The school year is almost over and many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy over summer ... So, WSBT's "Mom's Summer Survival Guide" gets crafty without breaking the kids' piggy banks.
It's often a struggle for parents to get kids away from computers, TVs and video games during summer. So a lot of parents want to keep their kids busy and their minds fresh with unique activities. WSBT found one local mom who went way beyond that and is now inspiring parents around the world.
Nine years ago, Amy Allen Clark was a mom with an idea.
"I never thought it would turn into this," says Clark. Now she is a mom with a blog and thousands of followers. Clark is the founder of MomAdvice.com.
"I started gathering ideas and I always wanted to write. So I created this website, of resources for families looking to live their life, have a great life on a small budget," says Clark.
She has since turned her blog into a business. The mother of two has served as a spokeswoman for many national brands including Kenmore and Wal-Mart. And she is writing her first book, titled, "The Good Life for Less."
On her website you can find recipes, organization techniques, financial tips and much more. And if you are interested in crafting on a budget, you will have hit the mother-load.
"What I am looking for when I am crafting with my children is things that are easy to execute, a lot of times I am looking for things I can find immediately in my pantry, I don't want to have to run to the store to come up with ideas. And things moms commonly have as an arsenal for craft supplies for their kids," explains Clark.
Clark showed WSBT how to make homemade bubbles with water, dish soap and glycerin. Most mom's have water and dish soap and the glycerin costs less than $3 in the first aid aisle at Wal-Mart.
"Three bucks but it equals at least an hour of fun is one hour that I can sit on my chair and read my kindle," says Clark.
All about Amy Allen Clark