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6 Things to Know about the Home Depot Kids Workshop

If you’re looking for a fun event to keep the kiddos busy, then check out the Home Depot Kids Workshop! It’s offered the first Saturday of every month and it’s fun for the whole family!  Here are some things you should know before you go!


  • It’s FREE! – Yep, Home Depot Kids Workshops are free!  You will want to register at so that the store can prepare for all of the kids.  But one important thing to note: Registering does not guarantee materials.  It’s possible your local store could run out of the materials for the advertised monthly project, but I’ve heard that they may offer a previous month’s project so that your kids don’t leave empty-handed.


  • Arrive Early! – The event is held between 9am-12pm or until they run out of supplies.  Also, some stores hold the event indoors while others set it up outside.  My local store held the event outdoors and fortunately we never had any issues with running out of the monthly project regardless of our arrival time. I have, however, seen them run out of paintbrushes and paint but that was closer to the noon timeframe.   So I do recommend arriving early to get a feel for your store and to guarantee that your kids get all of the materials.  Also, dress appropriately in case your store holds the workshop outside as well.


  • Be Patient! – Especially with the younger kids!  The workshop is geared for kids around the 5-12 age range, but I’ve seen kids and adults of all ages enjoying the project.  The instructions include step-by-step details with illustrations and the projects are pretty basic so don’t think you have to build an entire house or something.  But the nails can be kind of small and you probably don’t want your two or three-year-old swinging around a hammer, so you will have to do some work if you plan to bring the younger kids.  My 3 (almost 4) year old had fun helping with the building process and then I gave her full creative control with the paint and stickers.  Also, you will be sharing tools and possibly paint/paintbrushes with others at your table so have some patience with the other kids, too!
  • There’s a Facebook Group! –  I mean, there’s a group for everything…right?! ūüėČ Someone (not Home Depot) created a Facebook group to connect people around the country and so that everyone can share their workshop experiences and finished projects.  And if you are searching for a particular project from a previous month, you can request that someone send you something that you missed.  They usually request that you send money for shipping, but nobody should ever ask you to send money for the project itself.  If you see anyone selling these projects or pins, please report them to the admin.  These projects are free and nobody should be making a profit from it.  And if you’d like to know what exactly you will be creating each month, you can also find the annual calendar along with the bonus holiday events posted within the group.  You can find the group here.


  • There’s SWAG! – Every kid receives an apron with their name on it; a unique pin that illustrates the project; and a certificate of completion!  If you forget your apron the next month, don’t worry, they’ll give you another…but it’s fun to see how many pins you can collect on your apron!  I’ve seen some aprons completely covered!


  • Have Fun! – Most importantly, just have fun…because learning is fun!  Even if you arrive late and they run out of some supplies, just make the best of it!  You’ll enjoy watching your little builders focus on their projects and really showing their creativity!  Join in the fun and get messy too! (Most stores will have wipes on the table.) The employees really enjoy the event too so be sure to thank them for their kindness and positivity!  You’ll create lasting memories with your kids and they’ll love showing off their completed projects to their family and friends!

***Contact your local store to confirm time and availability!

Have you attended a Home Depot Kids Workshop?  What did you think?!

I’m off to review the next event!


Not All Heroes (or Heroines) Wear Capes

What does the word “hero” mean to you?¬† Maybe you think of someone who fights crime, dresses in costume, or someone with an intimidating name.¬† Or maybe you think of someone who saves people, stands up for what is right or acts selflessly.¬† Either way, whether we know it or not, real life heroes and heroines are a big part of history and now we have books that highlight these special people.


National Geographic Kids has compiled a list of real life heroes and heroines and conveys them in a way that is relatable to kids!  These hardcover books are aimed at kids aged 8-12, but I did try and discuss them a little with my almost 4-year-old.  And my almost 2-year-old enjoyed flipping through the books and looking at all of the colorful pictures.

And something else awesome happened….I enjoyed reading the books myself!¬† History is probably my least favorite subject, but I liked how the book was organized in a way where you could easily read all of the facts about each person.¬† I was familiar with most of the people in the book, but I was introduced to some new heroes and heroines as well!¬† I was also intrigued by many of the men and women in each book and it inspired me to learn more about their stories.


I liked that the books highlighted important people from all genres, backgrounds and categories.¬† Some I had never even thought of as heroes and heroines before…like animals!¬† Yes, there is an animal section and I love it!


Within the Heroes Book, there is a little section that highlights “Gutsy Gals” and within the Heroines Book, there is a “Daring Dudes” section.¬† I think this is an interesting aspect of the books that highlights the importance of each gender.


And my daughter was super excited to see her favorite superhero showcased in the book!


Yep, Wonder Woman!  She has a Wonder Woman costume from a couple of Halloweens ago, but she loves putting the costume on sometimes and pretending to save the day!

Another cool thing about the books is that they¬†each end with an “Action Plan”.¬† Basically there are suggestions for kids about simple ways they can be real life heroes and heroines in their own community.


While my kids are still a bit too young to really understand these books, I think they are good to have on hand so I can show them how real life heroes and heroines can be present in our everyday lives.

Overall, I think these books are a great learning tool and educational resources for kids.  They are great to keep in your book collection and they would also make great gifts!

What qualities do you look for in a hero or heroine? Try asking your kiddos and see what types of responses you get!

Each book retails for $14.99 and can be found in most bookstores and on Amazon: Book of Heroes and Book of Heroines.

*Disclaimer:  I received this product for free from Moms Meet , May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I have agreed to use this product and post my honest opinion. The opinions posted are my own.

Can’t wait to review the next product!




Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

In case you didn’t have children (or weren’t a super nerd like me), March 2nd is the birthday of Mr. Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. And every year , The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido holds an event to celebrate Mr. Cat in the Hat himself as well as “Read Across America Day”.  I personally love Dr. Seuss (probably way more than my kids) so I was super stoked to learn about this event! I’m also a huge fan of this museum so I was super duper stoked when I found out that a Dr. Seuss event was being held at this venue. Bonus: the museum offers half price admission for military families! Score! 

It was a fairly crowded day due to the event, but not crazy packed. Parking was a bit difficult, but I later learned that more parking was available at the nearby Center for the Arts. For those of you that don’t know, parking is minimal in San Diego. I’m pretty sure it’s the city’s goal to make everyone take public transportation. And my first rule for parallel parking is to park someplace else.  I probably could do a whole ‘nother post on the parking sitch around here, but anywho…I digress. Luckily, it was a nice day so I didn’t mind walking a few blocks. Once we checked in, we found fun activities inspired from various Dr. Seuss books spread all throughout the museum.




I liked that they offered activities for various ages and the staff was super friendly and helpful. There was even a visit from a special friend! What up!
Besides the special activities and programs, the museum offers tons of fun areas for kids to exercise their creativity and imagination muscles. I really like that this museum encourages so much exploration, sensory, and pretend play both indoors and outdoors. Also, the museum periodically chooses a country for the kids to explore. This month is Korea.

In addition to the activities, a volunteer from Words Alive came to read stories to all of the kids for this special event. It’s a great organization with a mission to create a love for reading in both children and families all over San Diego County. P.S. They are looking for volunteers! This would be a great opportunity for book lovers and those looking to get experience in the education field. 

So what was the SWAG?

-Each family that RSVP’d was able to choose from a variety of Dr. Seuss books. 

-Sweet Bookmarks

-Dr. Bronner’s full-size soap sample. This soap has so many uses! Check out all of the benefits here. *This item wasn’t part of the event, it was just something the museum was giving out this day. 

-Free coffee *The museum always offers free coffee. ‚̧

Overall, I would say this was a successful event! My kids had an amazing time and I was able to socialize with some other great moms. I’m sure I will be posting more about this awesome museum in the future!

So in honor of National Read Across America Day, I will leave you with this Dr. Seuss quote from one of my fave books, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Happy 112th Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Also, if you are ever in La Jolla go see the “Dr. Seuss” tree in Ellen Browning Scripps Park.  Supposedly this tree along with other plants and animals in the area inspired some of his works. His widow still resides in their La Jolla home and he is honored  all over San Diego County.


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