No Non-cents Nanna

Practical tips and advice for a family friendly lifestyle


Small Business Saturday FREE Kids Crafts at Tantrums in Colorado Springs

Yesterday, Small Business Saturday, I had the pleasure ( volunteer) to  help  kids do free crafts at Tantrums Kid Consignment in Colorado Springs while moms and dads shopped in the store for great bargains on kids clothes. I had fun. I think the kids enojyed having something on their level to do while mom, grandma and a few dads shopped.

I don’t have the time as much as would like to pay it forward by volunteering in the community, too often any more. But, when Courtney the owner of TANTRUMS Kids Consignment in Colorado Springs asked me if I would consider helping with FREE CRAFTS for the kids on Small Business Saturday I jumped at the opportunity to help a small business and give something special to parents – a chance to shop for the kids without the kids seeing what they were buying. READ MORE


5 Learning Experiences Children Get from Playing Dress-up

Have you heard the expression “Play is a child’s work”? 

Child learn by exploring and trying out new things during role play when they dress-up. Costumes can be simple; elaborate or authentic. Kids dressing up in a costume of some kind is not just for Halloween or a school play. Dress-up/ dramatic play items don’t need to cost much.

This post will share 5 of some of the many benefits kids get from having dress-up clothes to play with along with some links to dramatic play collections including this author’s on-line store, plus more resources to find dress-up clothes and a list of dramatic play props.. READ MORE


Dozens of the Best Resources for Kids Busy Bags

You are new teacher or  mommy who wants to put together the best educational busy bags for your children.

But, where do you start to gather kid friendly stuff on your budget? This post will share DOZENS ideas and links to inspire you as well as where to beg, borrow or buy those fun little sensory play items that go into busy bags.

Busy Bag Collections make wonderful gifts with  kid friendly stuff . This post will start out with a dozen Busy Bags pieces parts that I have done myself in recent years. READ MORE