Wendy Copley, author of the blog Wendolina, does something very special for her two boys every morning. She packs them lunch -- amazingly adorable bento-box-style lunches, that is. Why does she do it? A true crafter at heart, she couldn't bear to relinquish her creativity to her busy schedule. When her kids started school, she decided to put in a few extra minutes to make a necessary chore a lot more exciting. "It’s also a way for me to send them a little love while they're at school," she says. Read on to see 12 of her best bentos -- they're easy enough for you to try at home!
As most parents (and kids) know, the Elf on the Shelf was sent from the North Pole to watch over girls and boys and report back to Santa on their behavior each night. In the morning, kids hunt around the house for the elf’s new hiding spot -- often finding that he’s gotten into some mischief while they were sleeping. Let these silly scenarios inspire your elf’s next big move -- and serve as a playful reminder to your kids to play nice.
Beanie Babies, Cabbage Patch Kids, Lego blocks. Trendy toys come and go -- but some have stood the test of time and become classics. Look in your attic, in your cupboards, in the boxes packed in your closet -- you could be the owner of one of these hidden (valuable) toy treasures.
Remember what your favorite toy was growing up? Maybe it was a doll or a stuffed animal or a board game. Sadly, many of these once-must-have playthings have faded into obscurity over time. That's why we're advocating for a retro-toy reboot ... starting with these classics. (And we bet your kids will love them too, which is why one comes with a set of DIY instructions.)