Does your family like dried fruit as easy go-to snacks? Preserving foods by drying is a great way to ensure foods don't go bad for long trips or during warm weather. Many people dehydrate food as a hobby rather than a necessity, but dried apple slices and apricots make delicious healthy snacks. You can make your own snacks using an electric dehydrator or even in the oven to remove moisture and create stable, nutritious snacks for your whole family.
Everyone loves a party! St. Patrick's Day is a fun holiday to celebrate by hosting a cute kid's party and play date with friends! I love hosting friends especially when it allows my kids to play with their friends too. St. Patrick's Day isn't a huge holiday, but we like to enjoy some yummy kid-friendly treats and delicious limeade, and let the mommies catch up and the kiddos play! Here are some yummy snack and treat ideas for a Shamrock kids' play group (or any kids' party)!
My kids are forever wanting to dress up and wear their sparky shoes and fluffy tutus to the playground and bounce house. I love having girls who love dress up but it also means their fancy clothing and shoes quickly become well loved. My 2-year-old often wears a dress for 3 days in a row, refusing to take it of even for bedtime. Childhood, right? Little kids don't sweat much and my girls never get truly filthy, so I don't mind if she wants to live in her favorite dress. These kitty shoes have been beloved by both my girls, which required me to give them a little makeover. These sparkly pink shoes were secondhand to begin with, and after a year of my daughter frolicking through the grass in our yard, these cute flats needed some TLC. I'm excited to share how I found some matching paint, pink glitter nail polish, and fixed these little kitty shoes right up!
Winter can feel long, especially when your family is cooped up inside with limited available activities and even some winter sickness. It's important for kids to have an interactive daily routine to feel active and to engage their minds. We had more than a foot of snow for weeks on end this winter, which limited our ability to play outside or even leave the house. With a bit of creativity you can find ways to help your kids enjoy the long weeks of snow and months of winter!
The first year and a half for any baby can be a tough one. Once a baby is able to sit up, they usually desperately want to move but can't. Once a baby can crawl, they want to walk but can't. My little guy is in the stage of wanting to keep up with his sisters but not quite walking. He is also a climber to his own peril, and has tumbled off boxes, down a few stairs, and only just recently learned how to safely get off the bed by backing up and sliding off. I try to encourage our baby to practice new movement skills by holding his hands and walking him around, setting up obstacle courses for baby to clamber through, and encouraging my baby boy to feed himself using a spoon. On the flip side, I don't want my baby to grow up too fast so I'm enjoying every day of him being little and dependent. Here are a few ways we encourage baby to practice his motor skills and learn through sensory play time.
It can be hard for moms to keep up with their kids' changing clothing sizes, especially with changing seasons too. My girls can easily share some of their clothes and the rest of their wardrobe ranges from 2T to 5T, which adds up to lots of clothes and lots of laundry. To minimize the many clothes on the floor and stuffed into the drawers, I've come up with a few tips to keep our kids' clothing streamlined so they can easily wear their favorites and reduce the extra clothing clutter.
My little girls have always loved to play mommy. Girls watch their own mommy and often can't wait to have their own babies and take care of them. Playing mommy is a sweet interest to nurture, especially by encouraging little girls to help take care of their little brothers and baby siblings. My girls also love to do crafts so this week we made some little mommy crafts so my daughters could take care of their baby dolls. Check out how we made an adorable baby bed from a cardboard box and easy no-sew baby doll bibs!
I love Valentine's Day, but sometimes I feel like handing out those paper character Valentines feels a little generic. Every kid gets a different character and they are fun, but inevitably those paper Valentines end up in the trash in a few days. I wanted to make our family something special for Valentine's Day, so last year I started making Custom Photo Valentines! I'm excited to share my tips and printables for making fun kids' photo valentines! All you need is a photo editing program that allows you to layer a graphic on top of a photo. I use Photoshop for my design projects, but there are free alternatives available that allow you to work with layers such as Gimp, a free photo editing program. If you are a mom who regularly takes photos of your kids, I'm sure you have your own favorite program for editing photos!
Handsocks is on a mission to keep babies' arms and hands cozy and protect them from scratching. Handsocks aims to expand their collection via their new Kickstarter campaign, including prints named after real children and limited edition styles. Learn how you can support the project!
Do you love duck tape? I'm sure you have at least heard about prom dresses and suits being made out of Duct Tape, ever since this popular and universal adhesive became a mainstream fix-it solution. Students are using Duct Tape to transform their school fashion trends with beautiful and talented Prom fashions designed entirely from Duct Tape! As a mom who loves creativity and fashion, I think these finished Duct Taped fashion statements are so cool!
It's easy to make cute and inexpensive valentines with colored paper, glue, glitter and stickers! The design options are endless! Cut a roaring dinosaur out of green paper, a fluttering butterfly, or a clever cat and personalize your Valentines with a child's name written in glitter glue. Not good at cutting out paper shapes? Print off one of the zillion coloring pages from Google search, place the coloring page on top of your piece of colored paper, and cut around the outline to create any shape you can imagine (or print off) I hope you enjoy our DIY Valentine's ideas for kids such as these darling hot air balloon heart valentines!
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!