New Years Eve Quarantine Ideas
December 27, 2020

We are coming to a close for 2020. Hallejulah! 2020 has been a year full of firsts, like mask wearing and quarantining, social distancing and homeschooling We are all trying to do our best. One of our "firsts" was traveling while virtual learning. But I know a lot of people want to have fun on New Year's Eve. The thing is, that the CDC recommends staying home for the Holidays, which means staying home for New Year's Eve and quarantining. So, this leaves us with wondering how to celebrate safely for New Year's Eve. Hopefully we have already mastered the art of zooming and figured out quarantining ideas for kids. Stay at Home New Year's Ideas New Year's Eve Cocoa Bombs …

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8 Fun New Year's Eve Printables
December 20, 2020

Wow, 2020 was a disaster for everyone. We all can't wait to celebrate 2021. This year we are staying home for New Year's Eve. We are kind of out of 2021 New Year's ideas. We may do a stay at home New Year's Tradition with hot chocolate cocoa bombs, but we are not seeing family. Quarantining at home for New Year's Eve is something I never expected! Even though it will be quiet, I've found some fun New Year's Eve printables for the whole family to enjoy. Something light and fun after the year we have had. This New Year's Eve round up is full of fun surprises like scavenger hunts and word searches. Enjoy!

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DIY Christmas Cocoa Bombs
December 19, 2020

I'm a little late for the viral Cocoa Bomb craze, but the Holidays have gotten me inspired. It's been a rough year and I am starting to feel festive. So, I whipped up this fun DIY Christmas Cocoa Bomb recipe. It's simple and fun. This is the same recipe as the New Year's Eve Tradition Cocoa Bombs except for the decorations I used on top of them. You can also give these DIY Christmas Cocoa Bombs as gifts. Hot chocolate is so comforting too! I used leaf molds and Color it Candy Pearls to decorate the hot chocolate molds. These turned a simple cocoa bomb into a beautiful decorative holiday cocoa bomb. Supplies Semi-Sweet Lilys Baking Chips Lily's White Chocolate Baking Chips (optional) Mini Marshmallows Ghirardelli Chocolate …

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Fun Elf on the Shelf Printables for the Whole Family to Enjoy
December 12, 2020

I started The Elf on the Shelf too early with my boys and went through the 7 Phases of the Elf on the Shelf Disaster. I just wanted them to experience the joy, but they were too young. Now they love it. We even have Elf on the Shelf tools and activities. MORE ELF ON THE SHELF PRODUCTS Elf on the Shelf ClothingElf on the Shelf PetsElf on the Shelf ClothingElf on the Shelf Plush So, now that The Elf on the Shelf is a family tradition for so many people, and there are so many Elf on the Shelf Activities to do, I thought I'd offer some fun Elf on the Shelf Printables like an Elf on the Shelf Letter, Free Elf On The Shelf Planner, teeny …

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12 Amazing DIY Christmas Gnomes
December 2, 2020

Every since I visited the North Pole in Finland, I have been obsessed with Gnomes.  I brought some cute fun Finnish gnome's home and regret not bringing more.  Just another excuse to go back though! I found some great DIY Christmas Gnomes like a wine topper gnome, a Scandinavian Tomte Christmas Elf Ornament, Swedish Christmas Gnomes, mini gnomes, egg carton craft gnome and so many others! Check them out below. Which ones are you going to make?

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Amazing DIY Gifts for Christmas that Every One will Love
November 7, 2020

This year, it feels like the Holidays have crept up way too fast. Life has definitely gotten busy the last couple weeks. School projects, meetings, Birthday Parties, and Holiday festivities have been piling up. And now we have two weeks until Christmas and the kids will be out of school. The pressure is on. CHECK OUT THESE ADORABLE CHRISTMAS HOT CHOCOLATEBOMBS HERE! At this point, it's all about finding Christmas gifts for friends and family. Looking for gift ideas can be fun but it can also be frustrating if you don't know the person your buying for. I find it rewarding to make gifts for people. It's more personal and I love creating fun items. And …

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7 Awesome DIY Halloween Crafts for Kids
September 14, 2020

 Halloween has to be one of my favorite holidays. It wasn't until I had children.  It brings out the kid in me and we have so much fun preparing for it.  We love doing Halloween crafts. Plus I get to go through their candy and stash the good stuff. 1. Dollar Tree Halloween Crystal Ball Craft 2. Craft Stick Spider Craft 3. DIY Mummy Water Bottles 4. How to Make Easy Slime Recipe- Oozing Blood Slime for Halloween 5. Cute Halloween Bat Crafts for Kids 6. DIY Halloween Window Clings 7. Free Halloween Coffin Favor Boxes Template But the best way to enjoy Halloween with children is to make spooky, creepy, scary, Halloween DIY crafts.  I found some easy and fun Halloween projects for us to try from some crafty bloggers.  Check them …

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20 + Awesome Halloween Printables
September 12, 2020

Halloween is coming up and we've been trapped in the house for 6 months! We want to celebrate this spooky Holiday, so we are putting up our Halloween decorations early and planning the big day with some fun Halloween activities with the help of free Halloween printables. Last year we made Halloween crafts and Halloween treats. This year will be different.  Instead of trick or treating, we will be doing a home party with the family.  We are making a Halloween Pinata full of organic candy and we will be doing fun Halloween activities.  I found some great free printables like Halloween Activity Packs, Printable Skulls, Pumpkin Carving Patterns, Fun Halloween Themed Lunchbox Notes, Free Halloween Labels, Free Printable Bat Outline Templates,  Printable Halloween Word Search, Free Printable Halloween …

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How to Make a DIY Halloween Pumpkin Piñata
September 9, 2020

My kids' birthday was quickly approaching and I was stressing over what kind of super amazing party I wanted to throw them. After many battles within my own mind, I decided to throw them a "simple" party at the park in my neighborhood. After all, it would be easier and cheaper, (wink-wink). And so it begins..."Are you going to have a piñata!?!" my husband asks, as if I could just whip it up in five minutes. Little did he know, it would take four days to prepare, lol. After checking out some local party stores I decided to go on an adventure with a DIY Halloween Pumpkin piñata. What You'll Need: Punching BalloonNewspaperFlourSaltElmers GlueCrepe PaperToilet Paper RollPVC PipingCandy Directions: I started with a big punching balloon. You know, the type you …

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Fun DIY Rock Tutorials
July 15, 2020

We recently found ourselves looking for some new kids activities to do inside, because of Covid-19. Just when we think we can't find any thing more creative to do, I dig around and end up finding something, like fun diy rock painting tutorials. Unfortunately, we lost the privilege to just pick up and go to the park or go to the public pool or water park. This virus has tried to ruin our summer. Gone are the days of endless play dates. It's been trying on our family. But we did find some fun indoor activities to do, along with back yard activities including water toys. There's always something. Kindness Rocks Then I thought maybe we could do something nice for …

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How to make Easy DIY Fourth of July Greeting Cards
July 2, 2020

The Fourth of July is coming up and I decided to make cute DIY Fourth of July greeting cards for friends and loved ones.  I'd like to do something fun for Forth of July, even if it's just a patriotic DIY craft. It's still rewarding to make something for someone else. This easy Fourth of July craft is fun for everyone to make, including the kids.  You can personalize it and use the supplies for future DIY projects.  We all love getting cards, especially now. I'd love to receive a Fourth of July greeting card from someone, especially since I will not be going out. Celebrating The Fourth of July is definitely going to be different this year. That's why I found something more personal to do. I'm …

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5 Easy DIY Father's Day Gifts
June 12, 2020

Father's Day is coming up and again, we are wondering what kind of gift daddy would like this year.  Daddy already has everything he needs. Father's Day gifts aren't easy to figure out for us.  It's even harder when Daddy's Birthday just passed. This is a tough one.  He really does have everything he needs.  And there's only so many work out clothes and barbecue items he can acquire.  With Mother's Day, the kids love making crafts as gifts for me.  I love receiving them too! I will treasure them for years to come. So, what about making crafts for Dad? There's nothing better than receiving something that was made with love.  Men are sentimental too, just like women. So, I found 5 of my favorite DIY …

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Easy DIY Greeting Cards
May 28, 2020

Who doesn't love getting a greeting card? Lately, I've been getting crafty and and decided to make DIY personal greeting cards for people I care about. I never considered it before, but since having to stay home because of Covid-19, I haven't been going to the store as much. I love getting creative but don't enjoy shopping for craft supplies anymore so I shop online. I also thought making DIY Greeting Cards would be time consuming and difficult. But making DIY Greeting Cards is quite easy if you use cardstock. I have terrible handwriting so puffy sticky letters help too. Here is an easy DIY Greeting Card tutorial. Instead of using paint to color sticks, use OOLY Brush Markers. Folding the flowers …

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5 Fun DIY Memorial Day Crafts for Kids
May 19, 2020

  I love Memorial Day! It's a day for me to reflect.  It's the unofficial start of summer and it's a three day weekend for everyone with family celebrations outdoors, like barbecues and picnics. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It is a day of honoring those who have died fighting for our country.  As a first generation American in my family, I am proud to be able to be included in this holiday. My boys are second generation Americans and love doing crafts, especially patriotic crafts. So, I found 5 fun patriotic crafts for them to try for Memorial Day. Check them out! Patriotic Flip Flops by OneCrazyMom DIY Hero Mason Jar by Pink Fortitude Patriotic Rock Painting by MeandMyInklings Patriotic Sparkling Orange Cherry Mocktail by by MeandMyInklings Ice Dyed Patriotic Firecracker T-Shirts by MeandMyInklings How fun …

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How to Make a Play Room Look Like a Living Room Space
April 30, 2020

Last year, we moved from Florida to Arizona and settled into a bigger house. In Florida things were a little cramped and the kids shared a room. Now they both have their own rooms and we have a huge back yard and extra space for them to have their own playroom. Yea! It was a total win moving to Arizona. With all this space, we have a playroom which is also a front living room and it looks cluttered.  We need some major home improvement. My visions of having tea with a friend while the kids play were starting to look slim.  No one wants to sit in a pile of LEGOS.  At least not me. So, I spend time in the other living room …

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Coloring Sheets for Kids for Mother's Day
April 26, 2020

My boys love coloring sheets.  They always ask us to print out coloring printables. Mother's Day is a special day and I would love to get a coloring sheet from my boys. It's so sweet to see them diligently working on their coloring. Their little hands picking out colors for the coloring sheets. For the best art supplies for kids check out OOLY. I found some free coloring sheets from some amazing bloggers. Check them out and ask your little ones which ones they want printed. Which one are you going to print out? Send Mother's Day Flowers Online! For Free Mother's Day cards Printable click HERE.

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Free "All About Mom" and "I Love My Mom Because" Printables
April 23, 2020

I have treasured all the "all about Mom" or "I love my mom because" printables I've received over the years. I've saved all of them and they've filled my heart with joy and also given me a good laugh! I will look back one day and show them to my children and have sweet Mother's Day memories. I found some really cute "All About Mom" printables, "I love my Mom Because" printables and Mother's Day Questionnaires. The questions are adorable. Related Posts Best Mother’s Day Free Printables and Card Ideas Mother's Day Coloring Sheets 5 Inspirational Quotes for Mothers How fun are these? Which ones are you going to print out?

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DIY Trolls World Tour Crafts and Printables
April 11, 2020

There are affiliate links in this post. It's time! TrollsWorldTour is now available to watch at home on demand. It's time to plan the perfect movie night! Or you can have a Trolls party! Have some fun with Trolls World Tour printables or Trolls World Tour crafts. Quarantine with Trolls World Tour, bake some Trolls inspired gingerbread cookies and get the family together for this awesome ride! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086Q5QGGQ/ref=dvm_us_tv_cs_sh_all_410Trol?pf_rd_r=TRSAN8TYC6MHV5DQBEN4&pf_rd_p=32283991-cd63-438e-8d83-396df800e30e https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085WYRD5F/?ref=idea_lv_dp_ov_d&tag=aiponsite-20&linkCode=ic6&ascsubtag=amzn1.ideas.27XQCONA306S0 Check out this adorable Trolls face mask! How to make your own Trolls movie inspired holder. by MommySnippets.com Trolls Bingo by artsyfartsymama.com Here are some fun Trolls crafts and printables. Trolls Headband Tutorial Princess Poppy Chow by artsyfartsymama.com Printable Trolls Coloring Pages by highlightsalongtheway.com DreamWorks Trolls Party Edition – Princess Poppy Inspired DIY Headbands by AprilGoLightly.com Trolls World Tour Printable Activity Kit by theMommaDiaryies.com Hug Time Poppy Troll Corner Bookmarks …

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Best DIY Face Masks for Covid-19 Protection
April 10, 2020

Well, it's been a rough 3-4 weeks, hasn't it? We will get through this, but like everyone else, I want to avoid getting Covid-19 and will go to any lengths to do it.  I've stocked up on necessities for preparing for a pandemic, finding homeschool hacks and I found some indoor activities for the kids.  Last week I researched some cute face masks and even purchased some but I've been seeing so many people making them and donating them which I think is wonderful.   I'm not the sewing type.  I never was.  I learned how to iron at 45 years-old.  I found some fantastic bloggers that know how to make awesome DIY face masks for Covid-19 protection.  EASY 5-MIN CLOTH MASK TUTORIAL By TheNeedleAndTheBelle.com How To make a Mask …

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15 Easy DIY Easter Crafts for Kids
March 17, 2020

Easter is around the corner and I am trying to drum up some new DIY Easter crafts for the kids.  They love Easter, more than Valentine's Day, so we try to make it a big deal in our house.  We don't do big Easter Baskets, but instead we get crafty.  That's not to say they don't get a ton of candy and chocolate for Easter but Easter Baskets are not the priority in our house. Last Easter I did a couple of fun Easter Crafts with my boys, like the DIY Bird's Nests Easter Treats and the DIY Bunny Pops. The Bird's Nests were just an excuse to get sugared up! But the best craft we did was the Keepsake DIY Painted Eggs. This is an awesome craft …

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7 Fun DIY Valentine's Day Cards + Free Printables
February 10, 2020

Writing Valentine's Day cards are one of the sweetest gestures I can think of. Of course I've taken the easy way out and just buy a box of 20 premade cards from the dollar store. I like to make my own cards. But there's nothing like doing a DIY Valentine's Day craft with your kids, like Valentine's Day Boxes or Valentine's Non Candy Conversation Starters from Recycled Crayons. They truly love being creative. We love funny printable Valentine's Day cards too. So, I found seven of best DIY Valentine's Day cards with something extra on them that make them even cuter. The bonus is that they come with free Valentine's Day printables. MORE VALENTINE'S DAY FUN Non-Candy Preschool Gifts Under $20 …

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How to have a TMNT Party for a Four-Year-Old
February 1, 2020

I love doing Birthday parties for my kids.  It’s fun to organize, brings out the creativity in me and makes me feel like a kid again! Last year we had a very successful LEGO Themed party for my three-year-old.  This year he’s turning four-years-old and wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed party.  I can’t say I was happy he chose that, especially since he doesn’t watch it or even know what it is.  He must have heard of it from school or maybe saw his brother play a Ninja Turtles game.  Either way, I was disappointed. I was hoping Unicorns or Superheroes.  A mom can dream, can't she? So, I brainstormed and thought of a way to have a toned-down Ninja Turtle themed party while …

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Non-Candy Preschool Gifts Under $20 + Free Printables
January 23, 2020

Valentines Day is just around the corner and it's party time again!  My kids love Valentines Day but for one reason only.  CANDY!  I'm trying to break them from the idea that Valentines Day is all about candy but that's the message they see everywhere we go.  Unfortunately, we can't escape it. Whenever we go shopping we are bombarded with different types of chocolates and candy gifts and although I'm a big chocolate fan, I haven't participated in giving Valentines Day Gifts to all my friends.  That's for another post, another day. MORE VALENTINE'S DAY FUN 7 Awesome Valentine's Day Boxes for School 13 Fun Valentine's Day Recipes 26 Easy DIY Valentine's Day Gifts DIY Greeting Cards 7 Fun DIY Valentine's Day Cards + Free Printables So, I've found some cheap Valentine's Day …

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How to Throw a Valentines Day Party for Less Than $20
January 23, 2020

It's that time of year again and I feel like I just got done prepping for Christmas parties.  Now we are onto Valentines Day.  This, along with Christmas and Easter is one of my kids' favorite holidays.  Why do you think that is? CANDY of course! I try not to make it just about candy and encourage them to get active by baking and getting creative, along with seeing the true meaning of the holiday.  Valentines Day doesn't have to be a romantic holiday.  And it only takes two people to have a party.  It's important for me to encourage love and kindness and what it means to spend time with people you love. But when you have kids, holiday parties can get pricey.  I have learned …

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26 Easy DIY Valentine's Day Gifts
January 13, 2020

It all started with How to Make Non Candy Valentine’s Conversation Starters with Recycled Crayons. That was my first time really trying Valentine's DIY gifts for my son's classmates. Now I want to make my own Valentine's Day Gifts for people.  Candy doesn't cut it anymore.  I guess this is what happens when you become a mother, right? MORE VALENTINE'S DAY FUN Non-Candy Preschool Gifts Under $20 + Free Printables 13 Fun Valentine's Day Recipes 7 Fun DIY Valentine's Day Cards + Free Printables DIY Greeting Cards How to Make Non Candy Valentine's Conversation Hearts with Recycled Crayons I used to be happy with Valentine's chocolates and roses.  Now I just want to craft with my kids. Motherhood.  It's awesome. From making simple soaps, Valentine's printable crafts, mugs, DIY lip balms, body butters, …

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DIY Rock Painting for Kids
January 2, 2020

How do your kids "create their happy?" Mine love collecting rocks for DIY rock painting. This is their creative outlet. Their way to paint their thoughts and feelings on a painted rocks craft. We are always looking for fun rock painting ideas. It's not hard to learn how to paint rocks. Rock crafts are really popular with kids. IMy boys love collecting rocks but you can also get different types of rocks like river rocks. They can simply just paint a rock with different colors or make a specific design on the rock. There are so many craft groups on Facebook and somehow I joined some rock painting groups.  Some of my friends were in them, so I was curious about …

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10 Amazing DIY Hot Cocoa Bombs
January 1, 2020

I've never been a big fan of hot chocolate unless it's made with real cocoa and milk. I don't like the instant cocoa you get from coffee shops or the cocoa you mix with water. No thank you. But when I heard about this new thing called Hot Chocolate Bombs, I was intrigued. I love that they are fresh hot cocoa bombs. I love the amount of time and creativity put into them and I think that hot chocolate bombs are great gifts and would brighten up any ones day and taste buds! I found some fantastic ideas using candy melts and hot chocolate mix. 10 Amazing DIY Hot Cocoa Bombs Homemade Hot Cocoa Balls with Marshmallows and Peanut Butter!Hot Cocoa Bombs …

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Fun Stay at Home Candy Buffet Ideas
October 6, 2019

Who doesn't like candy and chocolate? It's such an easy way to make someone smile, right? Lately, a lot of people are staying home and having indoor party. and having more intimate Birthday Parties with friends and family. People who are party planning and looking for party ideas are having intimate gender reveal parties, engagement parties, themed Birthday parties, kids Birthdays, and baby showers. We've had TMNT parties and LEGO Themed parties. My favorite themed party we had was a Ring Pop Pinata Party, which was also an indoor party. When looking for epic Birthday Party ideas,  first thing that comes to mind is candy and chocolate. But that's just me. Recently, I had a kids Birthday Party for my 8-year-old.  He loves candy but we use special occasions to …

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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 FunMoneyMom.com 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 DownRedBudDrive.com Toy Story Inspired Alien Slime by ThatKidsCraftSite.com DIY Forky Craft Toy …

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

Earth day is coming up and what better way to celebrate it but by making a DIY bug hotel (also called insect houses) 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 DIY bug hotel worthy of being featured on Million Dollar Listing LA. Materials Oat meal or another round container with a lidNylon screenCraft scissorsGlue gunBead capsTwine ooly lil paint brush setmarkersooly double ended markersooly lil' poster paint podsooly dot-a-lot dot painting setooly itsy bitsy stickers Directions Cut Out the Doors and Windows Building a bug hotel is pretty easy. I cut out the doors and windows before I gave them to the kids to paint. You can trace the …

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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 Candles with Essential Oils
January 31, 2019

This past Holiday, my friend and I decided to get creative and make DIY 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. https://www.amazon.com/Goddess-Garden-Aromatherapy-Go-Multi-Colored/dp/B07Z75V6TL?dchild=1&keywords=Goddess+Garden+Organics+Aromatherapy+lava+bracelets&qid=1612065617&sr=8-2&linkCode=ll1&tag=momjunkycom-20&linkId=0ef6a974eed0aace808195a184b151af&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl Fragrance is pretty personal but when mixing essential oils, you can use different premade aromatherapy blends or individual essential oils. Goddess Garden Perseverance Aromatherapy Bracelet 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, especially homemade candles. Goddess Garden Perseverance Aromatherapy Bracelet How do Aromatherapy Bracelets …

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DIY Essential Oil Sprays with Goddess Garden
October 31, 2018

  I recently went to Sedona and experienced the magnificent red rock.  Sedona is also known to be a mystical place where you can crystal shop and vortex hunt.   When I went I took my Essential Oils with me for inspiration for a DIY project. Essential Oils and crystals go hand in hand. Their benefits are so amazing, from aiding in sleeping, anxiety, breathing and can give you a mental boost.  Pairing them up and adding the crystal to the Essential Oils helps raise your vibration. Every day, when I turn on the hot water for my shower, I spray Eucalyptus Oil before I get in.  I've been doing this for at least 2 years. It helps wake me up (stimulates mental activity) and clears my sinuses.  …

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5 Essentials to having a Successful Indoor Birthday Party
October 15, 2018

We have always had our Birthday parties at parks or indoor venues.  Birthdays are such a big deal to my boys.  We actually celebrate for a whole week. Since moving to Phoenix, we have a big house with a yard, something we did not have in Florida, so my son wanted to have a Birthday party at home. Yes, this would take preparation but it was really exciting too to have friends and family at our home.  It got me wondering. There were a few things to think of though; how would be keep the kids busy and out of the house for the majority of the time? Would we do games and activities? What would we serve for food? A lot of the party …

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Why Fresh Produce is Essential for Canning
July 11, 2018

I love preserving food and canning. Whether it be making jam, meal prepping, or simply storing beans and pasta.  It is a no-brainer for a busy mom like myself.  But what's the point in canning if you're not using the freshest ingredients? Why would you can and preserve something that is not at its freshest? And where do you find the freshest ingredients? I have purchased my fruits and veggies from grocery stores and either scrubbed them or purchased organic only to be disappointed by the quality. So, I started going to Farmers Markets. I like to learn about where the produce is locally grown, and get to know the people.   I love going to Farmers Markets.  I look forward to Saturday mornings just for this …

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