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avocadoworld
Black contact paper with liquid chalk pens makes cute chalkboard-style labels without the chalk dust mess.
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berczymom
Both of my children started around the age of 5 to pick a charity that they would like to support for their birthday. We have emphasized the fun of celebrating their special day with friends, not receiving stuff. Last year, my daughter picked a local animal shelter to support. We contacted the shelter and found out what items they needed. We sent the list with her party invitations and asked children to bring a small $10 item or donation. We brought the donations to the animal shelter, along with some dog collars she picked out. The shelter staff introduced some animals to my daughter. She saw how she and her friends made a difference and was happy and proud. She received a few presents from grandparents and us, but her smile was the greatest when she gave the donations to the shelter staff. I highly recommend giving this a try. Let your child pick a charity that interests them and they are passionate about.
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kkl5

Santa Claus knows if you are generous. Santa Claus likes it when you review all your toys after Halloween and give away toys for the poor children.

Lego rule (and we have hundreds). Any stepped on by an adult go into the recycle bin, even if they are unique parts of a set. We follow the storage bin of like items with one of those many little drawer tool/craft chests for the special ones. I have lots of 1-2 foot wide wooden shelves full of baskets and bins of similar toys (e.g., Lincoln logs, little plastic animals). A dress up trunk. The rule is one basket down per child at a time without special permission.

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