Happy, Healthy HolidayDec. 22nd

We wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season!

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DOODLEBUG DESIGNS!

See our schedule for January 2016 HERE.

The Perfect Wish ListDec. 14th

The holidays are moving fast! Buying gifts can be quite daunting. How many toys does a kid need?! The truth is, they don’t need as many as we want to get. They are happy with very few things and it’s less overwhelming. We spend less, which means not stressing as much over our financial lives. 

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We recently came across a genius way to get the perfect wish list. Pint Sized Treasures has the best way to give and receive during the holidays! Why haven’t we thought of this before?! You can feel good about giving and not spoiling. This theory lends the true meaning of the giving. Let’s hope the kids will learn to embrace this way;)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Holiday CraftyDec. 1st

The holidays are so much fun! Get the kids excited and let them contribute to the decorating. Doing crafts together is a great way to get in some quality time and the kids can give them as gifts;) We found some pretty cute DIY holiday projects that we just have to share.

 Crafts By Courtney Paper Straw trees

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Elementary Art Fun Pinecone Trees

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Meet the Dubiens Melted Crayon Ornaments

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Aunt Peaches Pom Pom Garland

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Crystal and Comp Handmade Bead Ornaments

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Happy Holidays from Doodlebug Designs!

I Heart YouJan. 27th

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Valentine’s day is coming soon! What are you planning to do? The kids need gifts for their school friends, so you need to get a plan together. How about a nice DIY project to get things rolling? We found some quick and easy Valentine’s day cards that will be sure to put a smile on some faces.

1. Love bug

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2. Dear…

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3. Cupid’s arrow

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4. Same school

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5. Eye on you

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6. Good fortune

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7. Modern mix tape

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8. Roll it

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9. Super

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10. You rock

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Whatever your style. These cute do-it-yourself valentines are the perfect way to say…you are awesome! Hit the craft store, look around the house and set a date to sit down and do a project with the kids. Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Creating TraditionsDec. 16th

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Family is so very important, whether you have a traditional family, non-biological family or your family is made of friends and other family members. Tradition is what keeps family bonds strong and can be passed on.

I’m sure you can think of some traditions in your own family. Some people have Sunday dinners. Maybe you have a certain day of the week that the kids choose a movie or a menu for a meal. Whatever the tradition, it’s the meaning behind it that counts. It means strengthening ties between family members, providing a source for identity, it offers comfort and security, teaches values, connects generations, creates lasting memories and so many other things.

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Holidays are a great time to establish traditions. Visit your local tree farm and pick out a tree. Decorating the tree together or making cookies. Take a trip to the local hotel and see the big Christmas exhibit. Find out where the best light displays are. See a holiday production. Attend a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, create ways to celebrate your faith or heritage in a fun and festive way. I’ll bet you can recall holiday traditions that you have carried into your own family.

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Here’s a very insightful and uplifting article about creating tradition. Enjoy the read and have a wonderful holiday season!

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/10/09/creating-a-positive-family-culture-the-importance-of-establishing-family-traditions/

Teaching GratitudeNov. 4th

Gratitude is something we could all take a lesson in. It’s easy to let life’s distractions interfere with our moods and how we see the world. When we become parents, we want to teach our kids everything and hope that they will become better people than we are. One of the most important lessons in life, is to learn to be grateful. But, how can you teach your child to be grateful? We found a study by The Greater Good at Berkeley University. 

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Thanksgiving is approaching…believe it or not. Here are some good tips for fostering a grateful child.

1. Model and teach gratitude

2. Spend time with your kids and be mindful when with them

3. Support your child’s autonomy

4. Use kids’ strengths to fuel gratitude

5. Help focus and support kids to achieve intrinsic goals

6. Encourage helping others and nurturing relationships

7. Help kids find what matters to them

To read the full article click here: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/seven_ways_to_foster_gratitude_in_kids

 

Clever CostumesOct. 16th

Every year, it’s interesting to see what kids will dress up as. Halloween is just weeks away and we are excited! Instead of finding your typical princess, witch, ninja or superhero, we decided to focus on clever and unique costumes.

Elsa will be everywhere and the Lego characters too. Let us show you some of the funniest, most unique and most clever costumes we found on the web.

Heisenburg and Jesse are making an appearance. Your kids will have no idea, but all of the adults at the Halloween party will;)

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Alice in Wonderland…the oversized version!

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Little Dalai Lama.

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Cabbage Patch Kid in a the package.

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Granny and her walker…for those toddling little ones.

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Army man…could be from Toy Story;)

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All photo images from Google.

Have a cool idea or have you seen a unique idea? Share it on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/doodlebugdesignssd

Happy Halloween!!

D is for DadJun. 12th

 

Happy Father’s Day…dad! 

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Father’s day is this Sunday! We hope you have already thought of what to get dear old dad. Aside from the cards and gifts, let’s focus on why we appreciate our dads. We found some great articles about daddies who make a difference.

Here’s our favorite article, thanks to Buzzfeed.com.

1. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/things-dads-do-that-you-wont-see-in-popular-culture

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2. http://www.buzzfeed.com/samimain/things-dads-do-according-to-stock-photos (Buzzfeed.com)

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3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/19/great-dad-lessons_n_4233464.html (HuffingtonPost.com)

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4. http://zenhabits.net/how-to-be-a-great-dad-12-awesome-tips/ (Zenhabits.net)

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5. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/becoming-a-great-step-dad.html (Lifehack.org keeps stepdads in mind too!)

Give dad a big hug and tell him how much you care! Do something to honor him on Father’s day.

Remembering Our VeteransMay. 23rd

How do you honor veterans on Memorial Day? Do your kids know what it means? Most children are unaware of the significance of Memorial Day. How you do your part and teach them what it’s all about?

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Here are 5 ways to honor the wonderful people who serve our country and protect our freedom:

1. Make “thank you” cards for veterans. Let them know we care about their service and sacrifices.

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2. Take baked goods to friends or family with loved ones overseas.

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3. Take care of a pet that belongs to currently deployed military family. Look into organizations through netpet.org.

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4. Volunteer to serve homeless veterans food. Find a local homeless shelter in your area that serves meals to veterans.

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5. Teach your child how to display an American flag properly. Fly the American flag outside of your home and teach your child how to handle it properly, when lowering or raising it.

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Now that you have some great ways to honor our veterans. Have a great Memorial Day and enjoy some time off!