How to Make a Simple Candy Buffet for Parties
October 6, 2019

Who doesn't like candy and chocolate? It's such an easy way to make someone smile, right? The holidays are coming up and I have lots of parties to attend and set up and the first thing that comes to mind is candy and chocolate. But that's just me..... Recently, I had a Birthday Party for my 8-year-old.  He loves candy but we use special occasions to let him indulge.  A candy buffet seemed to be a festive and fun activity for everyone. I love DIY candy projects and I created the easiest, most fun way to set up a candy buffet with just a few, simple ingredients and props. Here's how to do it. Get Candy Buffet Props Candy Buffet Props are important because they make your candy station set up …

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8 Awesome Indoor Summer Activities for Kids
July 19, 2019

Just a few more weeks left of summer vacation and the boys are getting antsy! I don't know about you, but camp isn't feasible financially for the whole summer and I don't want my children to be away the whole time. Summers are meant to spend with the family, going on water park trips and road trips. But there are those days when we just want to pull our hair out and the kids a bored and we need to find activities indoors.  When it's 114 degrees outside - no one wants to play in that heat. I've found 8 awesome inside activities for the kids. Paper Plate Ocean Craft by My boys love any crafts that have any thing to do with the ocean …

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5 DIY Toy Story Crafts and Printables
April 22, 2019

We just got back from Disneyland where we had a Woody sighting!  Toy Story 4 is all I can think about! I found this Disney Toy Story 4 Forky Creativity Set! Check out Forky! I love the new toy, Forky, who insists he is NOT a toy! Forky is a spork-turned-craft-project and is convinced he doesn't belong in Bonnie's room.  But we all know that everything in the world has a purpose, including craft project toys! I thought it would be fun to do a quick round up of Toy Story DIY crafts and printables. And if your looking for toy story party ideas check them out here. DIY Forky Toy Story 4 Craft by Toy Story Inspired Alien Slime by DIY Forky Craft Toy …

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7 Awesome Earth Day Crafts for Kids
April 14, 2019

Earth Day is every day around here, but the official day is April 22nd.  I did not grow up educated about how to keep a healthy, sustainable environment.  Recycling was not big in our house either, until I moved out on my own.  When I started college, I learned about  global warming, deforestation, and pollution.  Today, I take my kids to "beach clean ups" and we recycle, especially reusing boxes and containers to store toys and nick knacks.  I recently visited Costa Rica and planted a tree! It felt so good to know that I was making a difference.  The kids and I are always trying to find ways to celebrate Mother Earth.  Here are 7 Awesome Earth Day Crafts for all of us, specifically …

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How to Make a Bug Barn for Earth Day
April 1, 2019

Earth day is coming up and what better way to celebrate it but by making a bug barn for our beautiful earth's creatures.  My boys love bugs and bugs deserve a special place to hang out; don't you think? I found an awesome way to make a bug barn worthy of being featured on Million Dollar Listing LA. Materials Oat meal or another round container with a lidNylon screenCraft scissorsGlue gunBead connectorsTwine ooly lil paint brush setbig bright brush markersooly perfectly permanent double ended markersooly lil' poster paint podsooly dot-a-lot dot painting setooly itsy bitsy stickers Cut Out the Doors and Windows I cut out the doors and windows before I gave them to the kids to paint. You can trace the doors and windows before cutting if you want.  …

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How to make Chocolate Playdough
February 10, 2019

By now, you would think that I know how to make chocolate playdough, but I've honestly never thought about it until my 4-year-old's teacher asked me to make it for the class.  We've made regular playdough, but never scented, especially chocolate scented! I'm not going to say no to my son's teacher, right? But then it opened the doors to other things like mud play dough and poop playdough.  Only a #boymom could understand why anyone would want to make poopplay dough.  My boys are obsessed with anything that is related to poop (farting, burping, etc.). Play dough has many benefits like teaching kid's fine motor skills and creativity.  There are even sensory benefits to using playdough.  I put the pot on the counter so that they …

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How to Make DIY Homemade Candles with Essential Oils
January 31, 2019

This past Holiday, my friend and I decided to get creative and make DIY, homemade candles as gifts for people.  It was such a rewarding experience to hand make candles for people we love, with our own mixes of Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends. Fragrance is pretty personal but when mixing essential oils, you can use different premade aromatherapy blends or individual essential oils. Goddess Garden has their own aromatherapy blends that I use for candles, sprays, and Aromatherapy Lava Bracelets. One of my favorite scents is Happy Day.   It's a happiness-boosting essential oil blend, featuring certified-organic citrus oils like bergamot and grapefruit.  Aromatherapy positively affects mood and alertness and can have many uses. For more information on essential oils click here. How do Aromatherapy Bracelets and Blends work? As …

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