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Coloring Book

We love to color, but can get tired of the same old coloring books. This download-able coloring book from Olive Manna features 50 new and old patterns designed for coloring any way you like. It's great for kids, but creative adults will love this too and it's just $9.

Kids in Milwaukee

Heading east with your kids? OnMilwaukee.com published 100 things for kids to do in Milwaukee. The list includes museums, bounce houses, restaurants, ice skating, tours, sports and many more.

Playdough Fun

Whether you're trying to beat-the-heat or looking for a snow-day activity, playdough is always fun. I like these two natural alternatives: homemade or store-bought. Try this recipe from Babble or buy Clementine Art's Modeling Dough.

Homemade Playdough Recipe:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup hot water, tinted with food coloring if you like
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbsp. canola or other vegetable oil

Stir everything together in a bowl and knead until smooth, adding a little extra flour or water if needed to achieve a soft, workable consistency. Store in a plastic container or zip-lock bag.

Backyard Bubbles

Store-bought bubbles last about 5 minutes in our backyard before being dumped out. I think I need to try making my own. Maybe I'll try this recipe from Simple Kids.

Homemade Bubble Solution:
It is very simple to make your own bubble solution.

1. Gather small and large plastic or steel funnels, drinking straws, rubber bands (thick and thin)
2. Mix together in a bowl or metal baking pan:
     1 cup warm water
     ½ cup dishwashing soap
     1 teaspoon light corn syrup (optional)
3. Combine ingredients in a bowl, or metal baking pan and stir well.

To begin, dip the open end of the funnel, paper cone, or drinking straw into the soapy solution and blow lightly through the non-soapy end. The corn syrup helps to create a sturdy BIG bubble.

Once the kids have mastered the art of bubble blowing have a contest to see who can make the largest bubble. Serve with a glass of cold homemade lemonade and you’ll have an almost perfect event.

Hanging Bunk Beds

We live in a small house, so I love finding creative ways to use the space. These hanging beds built for three little boys is pretty clever. Read more about the inspiration and how-to on The Bumper Crop.

Broadway Paper

Broadway Paper
in Milwaukee's Third Ward neighborhood is one of my favorite paper stores. Their selection of invitations, cards and gift items is great. These are just a few of their fun kids party invites.

Sponsor: Just Between Friends

Have you discovered Just Between Friends? Find all your kids' needs at huge savings usually 50-90% off retail prices! At a typical JBF event, you can find top-brand clothes, shoes, toys, baby equipment, strollers, furniture, nursery gear, maternity wear, baby carriers, outdoor play sets... The list of  items is endless, and the variety and quality are unbeatable. JBF is a savvy shopper's paradise!

Earn Some Cash! JBF shoppers quickly become JBF consignors, selling their items to make up to 70% on sales! Consignors set their own prices and receive their checks from item sales within two weeks after the event. Sell the items your kids no longer need, and then purchase what they do need at huge discounts. This savings cycle has helped thousands of other families from across the  country make the most of every budget dollar. Don't miss out - sign up today at jbfsale.com!

Plan Your Outing! All moms (and dads) deserve a break! JBF is just the ticket for a Moms' Day Out: shop with friends and then grab a much-deserved bite to eat while marveling over your great finds. Shopping Feels GOOD Again! JBF is an all-around feel-good sales event. Your pocketbook feels good about saving/earning money. Your neighbors in need feel good about JBF's partnership with local charities  that collect unsold, donated items. And the environment feels good about avoiding more unnecessary  landfill. Once you discover JBF, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it!! Visit Kids Consignment.

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