Valentines Day is closing in and I wanted to share what the kids made for their classmates this year for Valentines. I am a pretty firm believer in giving non-cany valentines, considering the kiddos get plenty of other sweets between Christmas and this time of the year! Here is a really fun valentine that my son made from start to finish for his friends that is a colorful way to give a surprise without the added sugar. Homemade crayon rings with swirly colors and a message for friends to have a colorful Valentines day is the perfect sweet, but not TOO sweet gift!
Well December is here and that means…..our Elf on the shelf is BACK. Our special little Elf means exciting, memory filled mornings as the kids wake to see what his daily antics are. They love him so. I had to come up with a great way for them to say good bye to him each Christmas until the following year. Last year a special gift appeared all wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning from our friendly little elf. It was a yearbook of his visits for the year and a goodbye message too including a message about the reason for the season.
We love spending the weekend after Thanksgiving getting into the Christmas spirit. In our house, part of that means the kids putting up and decorating their very own little Christmas tree! Part of the fun is letting them get creative, crafty, and well…covered in glitter if that’s what it takes to a trim the perfect Christmas tree in their eyes. Last year we decided to make a craft project out of the decorating process. We used things that we already had around the house to make some fun glittery decorations to spruce up the holidays.
Christmas time is near and things get busy! I always try to make the holidays extra special at our house, and it certainly doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to do so. I do a lot of little things during the holiday season to try and make everything memorable without going crazy wasting too much time or money. Here is a super fun way to warp a simple gift like a movie or game, that will simply delight your kids. By using plain paper and adding a few little extras with a dab of glue, the Christmas wrap goes from boring…to quirky and cute and super fun.
As the first week of school approaches, I find myself trying to soak in every last moment of summer vacation with the kids. I fill the last few days of our summer together with fun activities and things that focus on being together as a family. One of the activities on our summer fun list was for each child to pick a movie to watch and then I would plan a little themed dinner date to go with it. This was a great way for us to have a quiet little family day and make it extra fun for the kids. My daughter decided on a Little Mermaid themed movie date and it couldn’t have been more exciting for her. Complete with the cutest little starfish rice krispie dessert, it was the perfect way to celebrate the last days of summer together.
While most of my recent blog posts have, obviously, centered around entertaining the kids over their summer break, I haven’t completely strayed away from my crafty ways, there has just been little time to share it with you all. Since we spend most of our time in the summer outdoors, I do find that I try to make the spaces that we hang out in a little more inviting. Today I wanted to share with you three of my favorite DIY outdoor signs that I have made to decorate our outdoor spaces and add a little bit a charm. I love making signs, because I get to create them exactly the way I want them, instead of looking for pieces that fit the bill. They always turn out to be exactly what I need.
This week’s What I Wore post is going to be a little different… more of a What HE Wore type of a thing! And by he, I mean, my 6 year old son. Getting the kids ready for back to school time is a big deal at our house, especially because for the first year ever, I now have to school aged children. Well one preschool aged child, but she will be of to school each and every day this year! I wanted to share a little bit about a recent back to school shopping trip at Old Navy with you that was tons of fun for me and the kids. What I wore Wednesday this week is all about my little Man’s back to school makeover at Old Navy where kids multiply there style and get everything they need at a great price!
Summer is quickly coming to an end I realize that this summer has been packed full of nonstop fun with the kids! Thanks to our summer fun list and all of the fun summertime activities we were never really at a loss for something to keep us busy. One of my favorite summertime activities to do with the kids is make tie-dye shirts. This is a little project that we have done every summer since they were very little, and it has become a super fun tradition! They love to create the shirts, and then they have a fun play ans sleep shirt to wear all summer long too! We also find it is a great way to spruce up faded white shirts, dingy onesies, and even socks that cold use some TLC. Turn drab white kids clothes into stuff that is fun to wear.
One of my very favorite summer time dessert is this super simple lemon cake. Topped with a little cool whip it is the perfect light summery dessert to enjoy with my family! A lemon cake mix, a can of 7UP, and a container of cool whip make for a fantastic dessert to make and share. Three ingredients are all you will need to whip up this pretty little dessert that everyone in your family will love, and here’s the best part…it’s a Weight Watchers recipe so it is guilt free treat… unless, of course, you eat the entire cake. I’m also including a fun little trick to help you fancy up any dessert using DIY Sugar sprinkles in case your pantry isn’t stocked with sprinkles! The combination of these two ideas is the prefect pairing – lemon cake and sugar sprinkles!
Here is a super fun summertime project to do with the kids that they will request over and over. You need only a few simple ingredients, and you already have everything you need in your cupboards to make this DIY sidewalk chalk paint at home! Did you know by mixing water, cornstarch, and food coloring you create a super inexpensive chalk paint that is fun for all ages? This was a summer fun activity that my kids loved! It kept them busy for hours, and we had a great time painting and creating together. The perfect way to spend a day together. Pretty fun! What a cool way to make an activity out of things that you already have at home! This is definitely a fun and inexpensive summer time project that I highly recommend!