Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I love celebrating this holiday with my kids and family. It's festive and breaks up the post-Christmas winter months. My daughter always loves having a Valentine's Day party with her friends, complete with a post office, swapping Valentine's with friends, and making some heart-inspired yummy treats. Here are some of our top picks for Valentine's Day gift giving to celebrate this special day!
Isn't it funny that sometimes the most inexpensive and fun projects end up being your favorite? Awhile ago I made my girls a DIY Rapunzel princess tower out of old food cartons and they still play with it! This inexpensive "doll house" has probably inspired more fun than many of our other more expensive toys. It was super easy to make and my preschool daughter had a lot of fun decorating her homemade princess tower.
Have you ever had an absolutely adorable baby outfit ruined by that yellow baby spit-up stain? How about a diaper blow out? Removing set in stains can be tricky but this homemade "magic" stain remover has worked wonders for me! It's very easy to make and uses common ingredients most everyone should have on hand already. Save this DIY stain remover recipe if you have kids, life gets messy. You're going to need a reliable stain remover!
If you are excited about the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast movie, don't miss this final peek at the movie within Disney's US Official Final Trailer!
Baby, will you be my valentine? V-Day is a super fun way to celebrate the little ones in your life that capture your heart every day. Mommy life requires lots of unconditional love during the hectic moments, messy situations, and endless crying at the end of the day. We know we love our kids, but Valentine's Day is a super fun way to show our kids love with a few extra surprises. Here are some easy and sugar-free ways to celebrate your kids on Valentine's Day!
If you have never considered using all natural disinfectants for your home, now is the perfect time to switch to green cleaning solutions. Some recent surveys have proved that about 40% of the cleaning products and disinfectants sold on the market are not efficient against microbes and bacteria. Household solutions such as vinegar and borax prove to be effective against bacteria, without all the chemicals.
My little girls have always loved tutus and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to make! DIY tutus are fast and simple to make out of tulle and these fun sparkly skirts are perfect for dress up, Valentine's Day, just for fun, and toddler or baby milestone photo shoots. You can easily make a no-sew tutu for your own baby or toddler even if you don't have any sewing skills or sewing equipment. All you need is a few colors of tulle, a length of elastic, and scissors!
It can be hard to entertain kids all winter long when their time outdoors is limited, winter walks are chilly, or in our case, we can't go sledding much because we also have a baby. Daddy has taken the older girls sledding a bit and we've enjoyed fun indoor sensory activities and afternoon tea parties to keep us busy despite the feet of snow outside! See our DIY Kids' Activities below!
My girls love the story of Beauty and the Beast. This classic story from Disney is a timeless tale that even preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy. My 4-year-old loves Belle's twirling through the fields of dandelions and dancing across the ballroom in her yellow ball gown. The intricacies of the Beauty and the Beast storyline escape her, but that doesn't prevent her from enjoying the overall story. My 2-year-old just tags along for the fun! To celebrate the upcoming movie, we recently made some fun Beauty and the Beast inspired kids' crafts so my daughters can twirl around the house as Belle, complete with her magic mirror and the Beast's enchanted rose. I hope you enjoy our fun Disney inspired kids' craft ideas!
Our family loves going on adventures. We also have 3 young kids which can make it challenging to find the right adventures to go on. Last year we decided to purchase an RV to make camping, road trips, and exploring new places a whole lot easier. Our RV is awesome because our kids can nap on the go, use the bathroom, and enjoy a fairly normal routine in our home away from home! Our first trip took us to Seattle where we visited one of our favorite places, the Woodland Park Zoo! Our kids have always loved seeing all the unique animals that live at the zoo, skipping along the zoo pathways, and enjoying the kid-friendly and sensory activities offered by the zoo. The day we visited the zoo was very typical of Seattle weather; misty and overcast. The weather didn't dampen our adventurous spirits!
It's always fun to kick off a new year with fun movies to look forward to! Disney does not intent to disappoint, with exciting new family movies that cover almost every genre! I'm very excited to check out the live action Beauty and the Beast and watch the second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think we all want to see Baby Groot in action! Of course Disneynature's upcoming Born in China movie will delight kids with close up nature experiences and wonders, following the stories of three animal families including a rambunctious monkey, nurturing mother snow leopard, and mommy and baby panda family. Don't miss all the exciting new Disney movie details below, including movie trailers! Which new Disney movie is your family most looking forward to??
Little girls come with lots of personality, interests and preferences, and heads of tangled hair. My little girls wake up every morning with huge teased bedhead hairdos, so my husband starts the morning routine with brushing out their locks. He's so funny, one of the things he most looked forward to about having girls was doing their hair, and he faithfully brushes it out every morning while I'm changing the baby's diaper and picking up clothes off the floor. I actually have hair envy of my oldest daughters hair. It's perfectly wavy and blond; not too much so it gets tangled, but not stick straight like mine. My daughter's hair holds curl beautifully. I was excited to try out some new hair products too; the collection of SoCozy curl hair products for little girls.
We used to travel for the holidays, but with 3 young kids family travel during the busiest time of the year has just become too challenging. We stay home for holidays in our own cozy house, celebrating our own Christmas traditions. But we do love going on adventures, so when we do get out, we've come up with some ways to keep our young children happy and engaged, despite changing daily routines. Whether you are going to grandma's house, embarking on a weekend family adventure, or going on a much anticipated family vacation, here are some tips for traveling with a young family.
Baking Christmas cookies and holiday treats is a tradition for most families. My girls are old enough now that they can help in the kitchen! This week we made gingerbread cookies cut into hearts, stars, snowflakes, and gingerbread men. My girls incidentally don't like the taste of gingerbread (or most other cookies other than chocolate) but they had a lot of fun baking holiday cookies for our friends and neighbors! All you need to make gingerbread cookies is a good gingerbread recipe. I rescued our cookie cutters from the play dough box and let the girls cut out their own shapes!
Do you want to build a snowman, or a gingerbread ice castle? We did! Our family has been staying cozy indoors and we needed a fun DIY project. With temperatures in the single digest outside, it's hard to do much of anything! My girls have been enjoying short romps in the snow followed by a warm mug of hot chocolate, and today we built a Frozen inspired gingerbread ice castle perfect for a snow queen! I baked the gingerbread the night before so it had time to fully cool. I made some pretty thick sheets, which I then cut into shapes while it was still warm. My gingerbread shapes cooled and hardened overnight, creating the perfect building blocks for our fun DIY gingerbread ice palace!
The Holidays are always bustling with excitement and extra busyness. Visiting family, shopping, special events, traveling, looking at Christmas lights, trips to the doctor during flu season, you name it. We are on the go with babies a lot during the Holiday seasons! Traveling in the car with a newborn and toddler makes it tricky getting anywhere on time but there are a few tips I've been practicing that might help you better manage your coming and going with little ones this Holiday season.
If you have been curious about Moana and are considering taking your family to the latest Disney princess holiday movie now in theaters, check out the latest MOANA clips from Disney! Excited about the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie, set to hit theaters December 16? We also have the latest scoop on that too, including photos from the Star Wars World Premiere! Enjoy a fun new movie release from Disney with the whole family as a fun Christmas holiday tradition!
When I redecorate a room in my house, I often like to make decor myself because it's hard to find exactly what I want. Or maybe I'm just inspired and want to create something complete unique! It's easy to make custom wood wall art with just a few easy steps. All you need to do is set aside a few hours, find a paint brush, gather some re-purposed wood and get to work! I'm excited to share with you my homemade shabby chic wood wall art tutorial and show off my "You & Me, Forever & Always" completed wood wall art!
You know how bed skirts can be a real pain? They get tucked up under the mattress, ride up and become crooked, and you constantly have to arrange them and straighten them to look good. I finally "had it" with our bed skirt arrangement and used the opportunity as an excuse to design a brand new one! I'm excited to share with you my solution for having the perfect looking bed skirt all the time, every day, no arranging required. My bed skirt has been on my bed for several months now, and I haven't touched it once since putting it into place!
As a mom, we know you are working hard to give your family a memorable holiday season, so we are excited to share some treats with you! First, we have some brand favorites to share, Paperless Post and Picket Fence: Gift Shop Pittsburgh — and we've coordinated an amazing Mom Faves Holiday Giveaway prize collection sponsored by many fabulous brands! Just send your hubby over to check out all of our holiday gift ideas for moms.