Yogurt popsicles are easy to make and fairly healthy too! All you need is several flavors of yogurt to layer inside a popsicle mold and freeze. We made popsicles with 3 flavors each, although you could make them single-flavored or any combination you choose! For an ultra-healthy version, use plain Greek yogurt sweetened with honey.
When we moved into our new home last year along with the house we inherited a stack of old tires. We found out it actually costs money to have them properly disposed of or recycled and so they ended up sitting there as an unsightly stack in our backyard. Recently I got inspired to find some creative uses for old tires and it turns out there are all kinds of way you can re-purpose old tires! Here are some of my favorite creative uses for tires. Check out these fun ways to use tires and maybe you'll find your next summer project!
Sometimes you just need a custom made sign. My darling Happy Heart wood wall art started out as an old cabinet door, transformed into a beautiful focal point on my wall. I have a lot of ideas for DIY wooden signs but I had to come up with a way to easily make them. I tossed around the idea of buying a vinyl cutter to make custom stencils but the start-up cost for the plotting machine and the vinyl adhesive material is pretty high. ...Someday, maybe. Anyway, I did find a pretty easy solution to make DIY die-cut stencils for painted wood signs using printer paper, spray adhesive, and contact paper. I'm sure there are lots of ways to accomplish making homemade stencils for painting; this is just the route I went.
Summer is full of fun and excitement for families and this summer Disney offers a bunch of new movies that would be great fun for a family outing. Around here we have a double screen drive-in movie theater where I am hoping to catch a few of these Disney summer releases. Since I have a toddler who loves fish (and water for that matter) I am especially looking forward to seeing the first movie on this list!
Washing dishes. I'm going to be honest. Doing the dishes is high on my list of "most dreaded household chores." As soon as you get your counter top and sink sparkly clean, someone walks over and dumps another dirty plate in your sink. The dirty dishes do not end. Ever. And the longer I put it off, the worse it gets. However I have been reminded that a sink full of dirty dishes means that you have plenty to eat, and the more dishes there are means the more people you have to share it with! So there is something to be thankful for. Two more things I am thankful for are the invention of the dishwasher and this recipe for what I consider the Best Homemade Dishwasher Detergent!
Summer with kids can be super fun, unless your kids are super bored; then summer days can feel like they last forever! I have 3 kids of my own ranging from ages 4 down to 6 months. I'm pretty limited when it comes to getting out of the house, so we have to think up things we can do in between nap times and mealtimes. Here are some fun preschool activities for keeping kids busy during the summer.
Get ready for the most delicious snack ever! Combine two of America's most popular snacks, and what do you get? Chocolate covered goldfish! Make these chocolate-dipped goldfish for your kids, or for yourself. Granted, moms will probably eat most of them. All you need is melted chocolate (in a pot or microwave, take your pick) and a handful of goldfish. Dip each goldfish cracker in melted chocolate, let it dry, and enjoy!
One of my favorite things about having daughters are the many opportunities for spontaneous dress up and accessorizing. My girls couldn't be more girly. They love all things glittery, pink, scented, and furry. Even my 18-month-old has shown a specific delight in shoes. I love accessorizing my girls, while remembering to remind them to value their inner beauty. Nevertheless, dress up is always lots of fun, even for moms! The other day my daughter wanted to make a crown out of roses. She helped cut them from our rather out of control front rose bush and watched with anticipation as I crafted her rose crown. This DIY homemade rose crown was surprisingly easy to make! We designed this crown of real roses just for fun, but this would be stunningly beautiful for accessorizing a flower girl or birthday girl on her special day. Of course, my daughter was over the moon to be able to wear "real roses" on her head!
A lot of things are about to change for our family this fall as I am thrilled to announce we are expecting a new baby girl! There is a lot to do as far as setting up a nursery and making arrangements to make the transition from one to two kids as smooth as possible. I have been putting together a little “New Baby Wish List” as I consider what items I'll need for our new baby girl! A lot of things will be re-used from her older brother but there are some items I'll need to re-stock and other items I'll want to have new and just for her (especially since she'll need some sweet pink in her life!). Here are a few of my favorite must have baby items for my new baby to give you some ideas for your own baby wishlist or baby registry!
Mommy Life can be all consuming and very rewarding as we navigate life with our precious little ones. Especially during the baby and toddler years, mealtimes take on entirely new meanings, getting out of the house can become mission impossible, and feeding, dapering, nurturing, cuddling, and disciplining can leave little time for much else. Mommy Life is a short and yet very demanding stage of a woman's life. I have 3 kids from preschooler to baby; I'm living a life defined by kids activities and feeding schedules. I'm lucky if I get my makeup on or eat a well rounded meal but it's worth it to give my kids the structure and security that each of us moms strive to provide. Check out our video #MommyLife Episode 1 - Cuddles, Messes & Giggles. Mommy Life is so busy but so worth it!
DIY Sensory Snow is a fun way to have a snow day any time of the year! Homemade play snow is easy to make with a few simple ingredients and encourages hours of sensory play time. Bright out your DIY play snow on scorching summer days for some snowman-inspired fun. We made snow cupcakes and a snowman and had lots of fun sculpting our homemade snow into fluffy white balls.
Don't have anything to do on a rainy day? This is a wonderful way to keep little ones interested in a sensory board book! Read a sensory texture book or make your own by adding fabric or textures to a baby board book you already own! Kids love reading and starting at a young age encourages kids to love books; what's better than a sensory baby book that you can read and feel to explore different textures too?!
Everyone can easily have a backyard herb garden. I enjoy growing herbs each spring and summer to use in recipes; rosemary for chicken, cilantro for guacamole, basil for pasta with pesto, and mint for lemonade and mojitos. Herbs can quickly add up in cost when you buy them at the grocery store and it's a lot more efficient to buy an herb plant at your farmer's market than purchasing herb cuttings. Pesto requires a lot of freshly chopped basil, one of our family's favorite summer recipes, and a basil plant will grow all summer long if cared for properly. Here are some awesome ideas for crafting your own unique herb garden that are customizable for your yard or patio orientation, available space, and gardening ambitions.
These rhinestone embellished headbands are super easy to make and cost almost nothing. Glitz up your hairdo for Summer with one of these fun, custom accessories!
Does your house feel like a endless mess of baby clothes, accessories, kids' shoes, and toys? We've been there; these cool baby accessory organization ideas can easily help cut the clutter! Many of these DIY baby clothes storage ideas are easy to make from recycled or re-purposed items too. Check out these fun clothing organization hacks!
For Christmas one year I designed Superhero Capes for my nieces and nephews! They were a big hit and actually pretty easy to make. The pattern I came up with was essentially a square with a hole in one corner. Each cape featured each little hero's initial, which was a fun personal touch!
Chances are if you're not gluten free yourself, you know someone who is. Among our group of friends, more and more people seem to have an intolerance for gluten. If you are one of those people, then you know how hard it can be to find something to eat! My brother went through a period where he had to cut gluten out of his diet entirely. I remember the slim pickings available in fast food drive thrus; sometimes there were no gluten free options at all! Yes, you can always eat fruits and veggies, but if you are gluten intolerant you most likely still enjoy hamburgers, cookies and the occasional piece of cake. So what are the options for a diverse gluten-free diet?
I love taking something that was discarded and turning it into something beautiful. I found this chandelier at a local ReStore and if I was perfectly honest, my first thought was how ugly it was. True, I was seeing it out of context and it probably looked beautiful in its original Victorian style home; but at the recycling center surrounded by a variety of mismatched light fixtures, it just looked scrappy. I also balked at the price, $100, but after the second loop around the store I was inspired. A coat of spray paint could make this light fixture the focal point of a modern home.
I'm a pretty go-with-the-flow mom. I have 3 babies under the age of 4, which results in a busy home and very active daytime hours. I love breastfeeding my babies but I've had to work to be successful in continuing longer than five months. My first baby had a rocky start with nursing and the doctor encouraged me to start supplementing with formula pretty early. My second child up and quit wanting to breastfeed once she experienced the convenience of a bottle. I resisted for about a month, but when she continually refused to turn her head to nurse, I gave in and transitioned her to bottle feeding. My 3rd child has been the easiest and he seemingly loves nursing. However, I'm once again having a milk supply issue. My little guy is a tiny 25% on the weight spectrum, encouraging me to look into options for increasing milk supply. He still feeds every hour and a half at 5 months old, leading me to believe he would drink much more if he had the option. Here are some tips my research has provide for increasing milk supply while breastfeeding, plus some favorites for making my nursing experience simpler.
Parenting may seem easy from the outside looking in, but there are a number of issues that arise along the way and make things much harder than they have to be. One of them is the finances – children have many needs you might not have even thought about earlier. So, be sure to live frugally and always check for coupons at such sites as Discountrue.com that will help you get discounts in all your favorite shops including Sears or Kohl's. Other than that, there are a number of other parenting hacks, some of which are much less obvious. Let's take a closer look at these tricks and how they can make a parent's life simpler!