Fun Family Crafts For April Showers

As they say, April showers bring May flowers, but what can you do to entertain your children indoors during the rain? Family crafts are the perfect way to engage your children while also producing a sentimental homemade piece. Here are some easy, fun craft ideas that won’t leave you with too much of a mess.

Fairy in a Jar

This craft will amaze your little ones! The glowing effect is so strong it can even double as a night light. You will not only enjoy making this craft but can enjoy the glow for about eight hours.



Mason jar

Glitter (diamond glitter works best)

Glow stick

Serrated knife


 Decide which color glitter and glow stick you are going to want in the jar.

Cut open the bottom of the glow stick on a towel (as not to get the fluid all over everything; you could also elevate the glow stick on the lid of the jar).

Dump the contents of the glow stick into the jar.

Grab the glitter and dump it into the jar on top of the glow stick contents. The amount of glitter is going to depend on the size of your jar, how sparklie you want it, and what glitter you decide on.

Put the lid on very tight, and shake it up like crazy.

Galaxy Slime

This slime will keep your kids fascinated for hours on end. It’s safe to play with and won’t ruin all of your furniture.

galaxy slime


1 bottle of Elmers Clear School Glue-5 oz

Sta-Flo liquid Starch-1/2-3/4 cup

Liquid watercolor or food coloring

Fine glitter in a variety of colors


Start by adding the Elmers Glue into a bowl.

Add liquid watercolors or food coloring and glitter and mix well.

Once mixed add starch in small increments stirring well until fully incorporated.

Begin kneading with your hands until the slime is at your desired consistency.


Playdough is a classic kids craft but sometimes its hard to get it just right. This playdough recipe uses Jell-O to make it smell wonderful!



white flour – 1 cup

warm water – 1 cup

salt – 2 tbsp

cream of tartar – 2 tbsp

cooking oil – 2 tbsp

Jell-O – 1 3oz pack


Mix all the ingredients together in a small saucepan.

Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until it thickens into a ball of dough.

Place dough onto a floured cutting board and wait for it to cool.

After 20-30 minutes, knead until no longer sticky and add extra food coloring until satisfied with the color.

To make it last, store in the refrigerator in an air-high container.


Enjoy these crafts with your children and try to stay dry!

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Working Solo? How to Push Yourself

plan for businessThe vast majority of my time is spent working solo.  I’m fortunate that I’ve always enjoyed a very low need – or desire– for social stimulation.  I quite enjoy my own company. J Therefore, the loneliness and isolation that plagues many entrepreneurs isn’t an issue for me.

Truth be told, I hear a lot of talk about it… and even nod my head in active listening mode when others discuss it.  But I really just don’t get it.

One common question among solopreneurs – one that I TOTALLY get — is how to push yourself.

If you struggle with missing deadlines and opportunities, consider these tips for keeping yourself moving forward, rising up, and taking new ground in your business:

    • Create and live by a strict calendar.DO NOT settle for a list of to do items. Schedule them in.  Make and HONOR appointments with yourself.
    • Consider an accountability partner or group.  Women Who WOW meets once monthly — virtually, to accommodate our national member base — to “work together” for 4 hours. We check in at the beginning of that 4 hours and again at the end.  It feels different when you know a whole bunch of people are working with you.  You can also simply have a 15 minute check in at the end of every day with an honest friend or colleague.
    • Wake up expectant and excited.Always have a plan for the following day, so you wake up knowing that you have an agenda.  Ideally — you know, since you are the captain of this ship — it’s an agenda that gets you excited! (Not EVERY day is full of excitement, but if every day is full of drudgery, change something.)
    • Reflect on how EACH day went.I used to “grade” myself at the end of each day.  Now, I reflect at the end of each day…. what went well? What am I most excited about for tomorrow? What was accomplished today? What could I have done better?
    • Reward yourself with something that motivates you.Do you love massages?  Reading a great book? Visiting the beach?  Lunching with friends?  Schedule this stuff into your calendar. Cancel if you’ve been slack with your effort.  Go and enjoy if you’ve been killing it and keeping your own agenda.   Simple fact: When I am ruthless about my time IN the office, I can enjoy MORE time out of the office.

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Ruthlessly committed to creating unreasonable results for experts and small business owners all over the country, she founded,  one of the fastest growing business development organizations for women, and has been featured on national and local media outlets giving real world, right now solutions for business owners creating their own success.

Michelle is often described by her clients as relentless, grass-roots,  passionate, profit-driven… and sometimes, even worse!   But, if your business is pregnant with potential, and you are ready to (FINALLY!) give birth to consistent profit that fully leverages your passion and expertise, you’ve got to speak to Michelle.  visit her at

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