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More DealDash Resolution Ideas for the New Year

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Making a New Year’s resolution is a smart idea. Even if you only stick to it for a few months that is still progress. Here are some ideas from DealDash for some resolutions to consider.

The new year is coming, and it is time to do something different with your life. Many people make New Year’s resolutions to change the course of their year. Some people don’t know what type of resolutions to make for the New Years Day resolution. Sticking to a New Year’s resolution can be difficult, but with determination, you can meet your goals. Here are three New Year’s resolution ideas that you can do for the New Year, from DealDash.

Start a Hobby

Are you tired of doing the same old thing? Picking a hobby is a good New Year’s resolution. There are so many hobbies to choose from such as painting, writing, sports, reading and more. Having a hobby reduces stress levels and relaxes your mind. Try doing something that is out of the box for your personality. Learning a new hobby can make the New Year more Enjoyable.

If you are looking for items to use with your new hobby, check DealDash first. DealDash has some great items for hobbies such as arts and crafts, reading, and more. If you would like to pick up the hobby of reading, DealDash has both E-readers, tablets you can get book apps on, and even gift cards to buy books. Check them out right here!

Get Moving

Moving more is a good goal to have for the new year. You don’t have to run a mile. There are simple things you can do to start moving more such as going for walks, dancing, and having a good time with friends. Getting out more is especially important for people that work a sit-down job. When you move more and get your heart pumping you will reap the benefits. Of course, DealDash has exercise equipment! Just click here to check out the Hobbies, Toys, Outdoors, and Games category. 

Eat Better

Almost everyone has a goal of losing weight as a New Year’s Resolution. You don’t have to worry about losing a ton of weight. Making small changes to your health can be beneficial. You can cut back on calories and sweets. Simple small changes in your diet can make a big difference. Even losing just 10 pounds can make a difference in how you look and feel in the new year. You can do it!

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Having a New Year’s resolution is important. These ideas for New Year’s resolutions will prepare you for the new year. It is time to get out of your comfort zone and have a great New Year creating new memories and achieving your goals.

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Kids: Choosing Your Next Art Project

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Most kids love doing arts and crafts projects. Here are some tips from DealDash to choosing your next art project with your kids.

Selecting a new art project to do with your kids can be a bit overwhelming. With so many different things to do online and off, it can be difficult to select the right art supplies. Here are some things to think about when you are looking for a new art project to do with your kids, from DealDash.

What Are Your Kids Interested in?

Think about things that your kids like. Then try to use that information to plan a project or two in order to have some fun being creative with your kids. Planning ahead of time when you want to shop online or offline for art project supplies.

For example, if your daughter loves horses and needs a new painting in her room it would make sense to try your hand at that. Perhaps your son loves dinosaurs. Maybe you could paint a ceramic dinosaur bank together. There are so many options, just try to figure out what your child is interested in.

Just Ask!

Simply ask your kids what they would like to do for an art project. Who knows, you might have all the supplies that you need right in your house. Your children will be very excited to be asked for their input. Making your kids excited about crafting is a great benefit of doing art with your kids. 

What’s Your Budget?

Keep in mind your budget. You need to not simply go shopping and by art supplies. You need to pay attention to sales so you can get the very best deals on the supplies that you need. That way you can pick up your kids’ favorite supplies when they go on sale. Be sure to google “coupon” and the name of the craft store you shop at before you go to get your supplies. There are almost always coupons floating around each week.

Re-Use an Old Idea

If you have simply run out of new ideas put a twist on an old one. If you can make something your kids have done before appear exciting again it would be a great way to keep them interested in doing crafts. 

For example, if you and your child have previously drawn a comic book together, why not go back and color it? Or maybe you and your child built a birdhouse. Now is the time to give it a new paint job!

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These are just a few things to keep in mind when you want to plan your next art project with your kids. You will be surprised how much having a plan will help you here. So remember ideas like these when you want to do a new project with your kids.

If you need any crafting supplies including paints, crayons, glue, or glitter, you can get them at your local big box store. DealDash has gift cards to Wal-Mart which is an excellent place to get your crafting supplies.

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on choosing an art project to do with kids. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here. Also read our sister blog, DealDash Tips. We love to hear from our readers, just leave a comment down below.

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus

DealDash Kids: Why is Coloring Good for Them?

DealDash If your kids love coloring, then I have good news for you. It’s actually good for them. Read on for more information, from DealDash.

When you think of coloring pages you often think of kids having fun scribbling and coloring outside of the lines. But did you know that there are actually several benefits to having your child use coloring pages? It’s true. Read all about it, from DealDash.

Learn Patience

If your child isn’t used to coloring within the lines of their coloring pages doing so can teach them patience. It will be a great experience for them to learn to carefully color within the lines so that they can create a beautiful picture. Even the most high-strung child can learn how to enjoy a little bit of silence and calm by using coloring pages.

Relieve Stress

Using coloring pages can be a very relaxing pastime that can ease the stress of being in school or being active at play for an extended period of time. It is also a great change of pace from being in front of a computer or a video game. Coloring is relaxing and is good for an active learning brain to slow down for a moment and relax.

Quality Time Together

Coloring together using coloring pages can be a great way to spend some time together. Coloring is very relaxing and can be a great activity to do when you want to catch up on things like what your child did in school that day. Having tough conversations about subjects like bullying can be made easier when you have something to keep your hands occupied like coloring.

Boost Confidence

As your child’s skill develops you will find that their confidence will grow as well. Encouraging them to try their best when coloring will really help their confidence when taking part in this activity as well. So be sure to tell them what a great job they are doing with their coloring skills. Don’t make a big deal if they go outside of the lines, let them know that everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Just encourage them to try their best.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to coloring pages. You will find that there are coloring pages for kids and adults alike. Everyone can find something that they will enjoy adding color to when they are using coloring pages. No matter what benefit you are hoping to gain from using coloring pages with your kids you are going to see that most of all they are simply a great deal of fun.

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Need something for your child? If you are shopping for toys and games check DealDash first. DealDash has toys and games for you. Visit DealDash now. Have a great time on DealDash everyone, and happy bidding! DealDash  This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Crafts: Spooky Lanterns

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Welcome back to another DealDash Spooky Crafts article, today we will be talking about spooky lantern decorations for outside the home.

Isn’t Halloween fun? Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays for decorating inside and outside the home. Today’s article will include some fun and easy lantern crafts that you can do to decorate the outside of your house to welcome the little trick or treaters that are sure to come knocking in a few weeks.

Trick or Treat Lantern Cans – If you like the look of the lanterns in the above picture, they are super easy and very cheap to make. This is more of an adult’s or teen’s craft, I wouldn’t suggest doing this craft with little ones, unless they are just watching.

Materials:

  • Clean empty metal cans that have the tops removed. Any size metal can will do.
  • Sharpie marker
  • Awl, hammer
  • Paint & brush
  • Candle or battery-powered candle

Instructions:

  1. Using your sharpie marker draw your message in DOTS on the can. Make the dots approximately 1/2″ apart.
  2. Using the hammer and awl, poke holes in the can on each dot, spelling out your message in holes in the can.
  3. Paint your can, being careful that the paint doesn’t pool in the holes you made. If you need to, you can clean up the paint blocking the holes with a Q-tip. Let dry.
  4. Put candle in the can, light, enjoy the lit up message.

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Milky Ghost Lanterns – If you would prefer to do a Halloween craft with your little ones, this one is much more kid-friendly.

Materials:

  • Clean empty milk jugs
  • Sharpie marker
  • Battery powered LED lights
  • Paint (optional)

Instructions:

  1. If you want to make colored ghosts, then do this optional step first. put a TINY drop of paint inside your milk jug, then follow that with about 1/4 cup of water. Shake up the jug, then leave the top off, and let it dry. This will produce a very thin coat of paint on the inside of the jug. I suggest using lighter colors for this such as yellow, orange, pink, or light green.
  2. Draw on your ghostly faces with the Sharpie onto your milk jug.
  3. Put in your battery-powered lights, and enjoy your lanterns. If you have painted the inside of the jug, be sure that your paint is dry before you put the LED lights in.

I hope that you have enjoyed this article on how to make ghostly lanterns for your home. If you’re looking for any other items for your home, visit DealDash. DealDash has home items of all types, indoors and out to decorate your home. Bid and win on DealDash, just click on this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Sews: A Pillowcase Dress

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Making a pillowcase dress is easy, simple, and fun. You can use it as a dress for a little girl, or a blouse for a lady.

I love to sew, and the pillowcase dress is one of the easiest projects that you can do. You can complete the pillowcase dress in less than an hour! It’s a low-cost, high reward project. My daughter has so many of these dresses. If you have a little girl or a granddaughter this project is perfect, you can even do it together.

Materials:

  • Pillowcase
  • Ribbon

Directions:

  1. Buy a pretty pillowcase or find one around your house.
  2. Figure out how much of the material you will need – I’ll attach a sizing guide for little girls at the bottom of these directions.
  3. Lay out your pillowcase, measure the length you need, and cut straight across the closed end, so you end up with a tube of fabric.
  4. Cut semi-circular openings out for the arms on the side of the tube that you just cut open. (see picture for guide:
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  6. Using your zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine, stitch around the arm openings that you just cut so they don’t start to unravel in the wash. Alternately, if you have a serger you can use that to serge around the arm openings.
  7. Hem and sew a tube for the ribbon on the front and the back of the pillowcase dress. Please see the picture below for reference:
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  9. Guide a long length of ribbon through both casings and tie. You can use a large safety pin to guide the ribbons through the tubes. You could also use a chopstick to push the ribbon through, instead.
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Here is the sizing guide, if you would like to make it into more of a pillowcase tank top then use a shorter length, or if you would like a longer dress you can layer another piece of fabric underneath to make the dress longer. This is a great project because you don’t have to follow many measurements or instructions, make it your own!

6 – 12 mos: width – 15″, length – 18-19″, finished length – 14-15″

18 – 24 mos: width – 18″, length – 20-22″, finished length – 16-18″

Size 2 – 8: width – 22″, length – 24-31″, finished length – 20-27″

DealDash often has amazing sewing machine auctions. I personally won a Brother sewing machine on DealDash. DealDash also has other sewing and craft items up for bid. Check out the auctions at this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Brother 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine

DealDash Makes: A Chalkboard Calendar

As a busy mom of three sometimes I struggle with remembering who has a doctor appointment, who has a dentist appointment, and what I have planned for the week’s dinners. Enter the chalkboard calendar.

There are different kinds of pre-made chalkboard calendars out there, and of course there are plenty of plain chalkboards, but I was looking for something more special than that. I was planning on giving it a prized position in the kitchen above my new buffet cabinet, so everyone could easily see what was going on the upcoming week. I looked and looked, but I had a hard time finding one that was big enough, framed tastefully to match my kitchen, and wasn’t $180. Yes, the only one that I found that I liked was $180.

So I decided to make my own! It’s really very simple and easy. You only need a few items to make your new chalkboard calendar, and you can spend only a few dollars on up to as high a limit as you would like to go. The smaller chalkboard calendar that you make the cheaper it will be, because the most expensive thing that you are going to need is a picture frame, and picture frame prices seem to raise exponentially with size.

Materials:

  • Picture frame – Any size that you want that will fit your space and your budget. I personally went to the craft store and used a 40% off coupon on a beautiful bluish-gray frame that was sized 16X20. After the discount I paid around $20 for it.
  • Chalkboard contact paper – They sell rolls of this at the craft store, and also at Wal*Mart in the drawer liner section. The chalkboard contact paper is very inexpensive.
  • Paint pen – You can get them at the craft store in any color that you like.
  • Chalk or chalk markers
  • Hanging supplies for your frame
  • Ruler, scissors

Instructions:

  1. Measure a piece of chalkboard contact paper that will fit your frame and cut it out.
  2. Draw on the chalkboard with your paint pen, this information will be permanent. I chose to put our last name at the top, the days of the week, and then a section for “To do”.
  3. Peel off the backing on your chalkboard contact paper and stick it right on the glass of the picture frame.
  4. Hang up your picture frame.
  5. Bam! You’ve got a personalized chalkboard calendar! Use those chalkboard pens and write out your agenda, dinner plans, appointments, anything that you would like to remember. The chalkboard paint should rub off easily with a cloth and a little water, but the paint pen words should stay put. You may have to refresh them occasionally, or you could just peel off the chalkboard decal paper and put a new and fresh one on occasionally.

Wasn’t that easy? I found that it was really fun to make and looks very nice when hanging on the wall. It’s nice because you can get any frame you like from the craft store to match your decor. If you are shopping for any other decor for your home be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has decorative items as well as furniture. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!