Memory Keeping & Crafts

End of the School Year Ideas & Teacher Gifts

by jessicaturner on May 20, 2015

Elias completes his first year of school next week. It seems like just yesterday I was sending him off for his first day. I’m doing a few things to commemorate his end of the year: Taking a photo on his last day of Kindergarten, with this free printable sign. Having his teacher sign a copy […]


Birthday Party Prep: Fairy Party

by jessicaturner on May 18, 2015

One of my favorite seasons of the year is summer. Not only do I love warm weather, swimming pools and fresh produce, but I LOVE planning big and fun birthday parties for my kids. (Adeline’s birthday is in June and Elias’s is three weeks later in July.) If you are a long-time reader, you have […]


St. Patrick’s Day Class Treat + Printable

by jessicaturner on March 10, 2015

How is it already almost St. Patrick’s Day? Also, when did St. Patrick’s Day become like Valentine’s Day and kids bring in treats? I don’t know the answer to either of these questions, but I have a quick solution to the treat dilemma. I made these adorable pirate tags (click here to download) that will […]


60% Off: The Non-Toy Gift of the Year for Kids Ages 3-16

by jessicaturner on November 25, 2014

I don’t know if it is that I have entered the nesting phase of pregnancy or just have a strong desire for less toys and less stuff, but this year especially, I am all about buying Christmas gifts that are experiences, stimulate creativity and just won’t be in at the bottom of the toy chest […]


Thanksgiving Treat: Pirate’s Booty Turkey Snacks

by jessicaturner on November 20, 2014

This post is sponsored by Pirate’s Booty. It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away, isn’t it? This month is FLYING by! While Matthew was out of the country, the kids and I came up with a fun snack perfect for Thanksgiving treats at school or for a family gathering. We […]


Project Life Tuesday: 6 Months Behind Edition

by Sarah Kooiman on November 4, 2014

Welcome to Project Life Tuesday 2014 If you are new to The Mom Creative, welcome. I hope you will stay awhile. I’m Jessica – wife to Matthew, mom to Elias, a silly and spirited six-year-old, and Adeline, a spunky three-year-old. I’m also a marketing professional, savvy deal finder, photo lover and memory keeper trying to […]


DIY Pumpkin Snack Jars + Yummy Trail Mix Recipe

by jessicaturner on October 17, 2014

Since being introduced to Aladdin plastic mason jars earlier this year, I have found so many uses for them, but these pumpkin snack jars might be my family’s new favorite! When Aladdin contacted me about doing a sponsored Halloween post, this idea instantly popped in my head. It is easy to execute and your kids […]

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DIY: Easy Candy Corn Costume Tutorial

by jessicaturner on September 11, 2014

I was going through some old Halloween costume posts and realized I never wrote a costume tutorial for Adeline’s felt candy corn costume that she wore at 16 months. I went back to our 2012 photos and found a few in case anyone is looking to make a simple little girl costume this Halloween. Felt […]


Easy Sam I Am Costume Tutorial

by jessicaturner on September 8, 2014

Today I am delighted to share how to make an easy Dr. Seuss Sam I Am costume. I made this costume for Adeline during Dr. Seuss week at her school, but thought this tutorial was perfect to share with Halloween right around the corner. I have walked through the steps to making this costume in […]


Tutorial: No-Sew Star-Bellied Sneetch Dr. Seuss Costume

by jessicaturner on September 5, 2014

For Dr. Seuss Week a few months ago, I made simple costumes for each of my kids. I decided to wait on doing tutorials until closer to Halloween. Today I wanted to share how I made a Dr. Seuss-inspired Star-Bellied Sneetch Costume for Elias. You remember The Sneetches and Other Stories, right? Such a classic! […]