How to Make Tap Shoe Ties Under $2

DIY Tap Shoe Button Ties

Lennox is all signed up and ready to start her dance class this week. If you haven’t seen her tip tapping away yet – you have to check out this video. When I purchased her some tap shoes at the Just Between Friends consignment sale the other week, I didn’t realize that many of them didn’t come with laces or clips to keep them closed!

After researching it a little – there were many different things that people use but since she doesn’t know how to tie yet, I decided to make her some tap shoe button ties! These were super easy to make and cost almost nothing! I could make 5 sets of them for under $3.00!

How to Make Tap Shoe Ties Under $2

What you will need:

  • Buttons with the bottom loop instead of holes
  • Small elastic bands (you can use small hair ties)
  • Tweezers

How to make:

  1. Fold an elastic band in half and push through the button loop.
  2. Using tweezers, pull the band through the loop and pull the other end of the elastic through to make a knot.
  3. Put the other end of the elastic band through one lace hole of tap shoe.
  4. Put shoe on and loop over button to make a closure.

That’s it! I gave the them to Lennox, who asked me if I made the buttons myself! She was able to put them on and off without any help – hopefully her dance teacher appreciates these more than laces!

Before dance class day at school this past week, we even made a quick hair accessory to match!

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Getting Active with LeapFrog LeapBands #fitmadefun

Sometimes during the summer, when it’s oh so hot here in Texas – we forget to get our kids out and active. We would rather sit in the air conditioning! But, on Saturday September 7th Lennox and her neighbor friends, got outside and participated in #FitMadeFun day! On this day, children around the world were getting up and out to be active and have some fun. To help Lennox and her friends have fun, they were trying out a new product from LeapFrog – LeapBands! LeapsBands are the newest and coolest activity and fitness tracker for kids.
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The LeapFrog LeapBand encourages children to get up and get active in a fun way. The LeapBand will track their activity in return for points and to help take care of a virtual pet! There are daily challenges, such as crawl like a crab, hop like a bunny or even pretend you are in a parade (this was one of Lennox’s favorites – surprise surprise!).

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There is a wide range of ages in our neighborhood friends, a 3 year old, 4 year old and 9 year old and each kid loved the LeapBand in a different way. The 3 year old would do exactly what it said, over and over again, the 4 year old tried to figure out the virtual pet and followed along and the 9 year old explored the full interface and then started listening to the challenges!

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Besides just being an activity and fitness tracker – the LeapBand is fully customizable, water resistant, comes in green, blue and pink and the battery is rechargeable. All in all this is a great product for the upcoming holiday season! #fitmadefun-day---leapfrog-leapband-04 #fitmadefun-day---leapfrog-leapband-05

After the kids got to play around outside with the LeapBands they had to take a snack break with Clif Kids! Clif Kids offers a wide variety of bars, including the Clif Kid Protein Bars. These are available in Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint. To my surprise, Lennox’s favorite was the Chocolate Mint! Clif Kid Protein Bars are made with organic whole grains, no high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives or artificial flavors – so you are putting some good stuff in your little person’s body!

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How do you stay fit and active with your kids?

Note: I was provided a LeapFrog party pack from MomSelect, Mommy Parties, LeapFrog and Clif Kid. All photos, vidoes and opinions are 100% my own.

15 Fall Art Projects for Kids, 15 Fall Painting Crafts for Kids

15 Fall Art Projects for Kids

Fall is upon us and it’s heading into the holiday season. For me, that means decorating the house and getting to do lots of fun activities with Lennox! The first of many will be crafts! Lennox’s favorite crafts or art projects, usually include paint! I went looking through the 1000’s of great ideas on Pinterest and found some new and different ways to make a fall art project or craft using paint! Below are a list of 15 of my favorites! Everyone is so creative!

15 Fall Art Projects for Kids, 15 Fall Painting Crafts for Kids

15 Fall Art Projects for Kids

  1. Handprint Autumn Leaves
  2. Bottle Cap Pumpkins
  3. Tree Painting using Dish Brush
  4. Toilet Paper Roll Leaf Stamps
  5. Cookie Cutter Leaf Painting
  6. Bug Leafs
  7. Cork Tree Leaves
  8. Egg Carton Leaf Painting
  9. Negative Space Handprint Tree Painting
  10. Knuckle Print Pumpkins
  11. Shower Puff Apple Tree Painting
  12. Toilet Paper Roll Apple Painting
  13. Acorn Painting
  14. Leaf Prints
  15. Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Painting

I love so many of these, especially the ones using unconventional paint “brushes”. So much fun.

What is your favorite fall art project?