Posts Tagged: happy lists

Winter Break Project Ideas

Winter Break! Woohoo! Looking for ways to keep your littles away from the television? We put together a little list of some of our favorites winter break project ideas. Give ‘em a try, and have fun!

Here goes (click project titles/links to get detailed instructions):

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Paper Christmas Tree

Still figuring out how to set the table at Christmas? These cute little trees might do the trick!

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Happy Lists

This is a wonderful time of year to think about all the things for which you’re grateful. These happy lists are a perfect activity for adults AND kids!

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Bows (or flowers)

Still wrapping presents? These little bows are super easy and fun for a gift. Also great for a message board, to decorate a wall, or on some sticks as a little bouquet! (Wouldn’t that be a sweet gift at Valentine’s Day too?!)

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Heart Garland

Speaking of Valentine’s Day…this sweet garland is so pretty! Great hanging above a threshold or even – if you’re not worried about snow or rain – decorating a space outside for a party!

Peacock + doodle coloring page

Adult Coloring Page

We just love Sonja Emily’s coloring pages (more options at this link), and we’re sure the rest of your family will too!

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Paper Stars

We love the idea of making a bunch of these and grouping them together to hang above a table or in a corner of a room.

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Play Dough

Making play dough yourself is actually pretty easy! We are still loving the batch of play dough we made for this project – the texture and colors are just great!

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Spring Bird

Putting a bird on it is so 2000s, but we still love this little guy. Super easy and fun to make!

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Lantern

Chinese New Year 2016 is Monday, February 8! But it doesn’t have to be an Asian themed party to have paper lanterns. Hang these with your Christmas lights strung throughout for a pretty and fun little scene.

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Fortune Teller

Check out this printable to find out your future! What will 2016 hold? We hope it’s filled with unicorns and magic and all the fun you can muster up. Happy, happy holidays, friends!

XOX,
Inspire(d)

Happy Lists!

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Some days (days like today, when you get 10 inches of snow in the middle of an early spring), it’s hard to feel upbeat about everything. Or anything. Life can feel overwhelming, unlucky, and, honestly, kinda crappy.

BUT! But! There’s always a sunny side waiting for you, and always a way to realize “hey, I’m more fortunate than I think!”

Enter Happy Lists. This is something I started doing in college when I felt a little down or (shhh, don’t tell my parents) homesick. I would take a piece of paper – it can be big or little – and absolutely cram it with things that made me happy. From coffee to best friends to fancy sheets to scarves to the first tulips to chocolate to, yes, even fresh snow. Usually by the end I was feeling…gasp…happy! It’s a great habit I continue to this day (I just made the above list this morning, ‘cause I gotta admit, I wasn’t happy about all that pretty snow out there. I love a March spring.)

Sometimes I will also tuck the lists away in a drawer or folder or coat pocket. It’s fun to happen upon them randomly later – (almost) as good as finding a long-forgotten $20 in a spring jacket!

Anyway, we thought a happy list might be a good activity on this snow day! Put together your list, get happy, and then gear up and head out for a little frolic, because, c’mon: This has gotta be about it for winter, right?!?

Bonus: If any of the things on your list are things you can actually DO, go on and do some. This greatly increases the happiness factor. I’m going to make my tikka masala right now!

Happy happifying!

XO,
Aryn

P.S. Excuse my terrible handwriting! I don’t write with a pen these days nearly as often as I did in college!

P.P.S. “Do Something Awesome” paper by Iowa letterpress designer Meg Gleason of Moglea.