DIY Leprechaun Trap Ideas

DIY Leprechaun Trap Ideas

Over this past year I am making sure our holidays are being celebrated all month long with special treats and surprises. It helps keeps us up when things seem to feel down.

Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day as an adult these days is enjoying corned beef and Irish soda bread but this year why not add some more fun with your kids.

We decided to make a leprechaun trap and see if he leaves anything behind for us!

I found this empty manger at a thrift store and knew I could turn it into a fun leprechaun trap!

With some spray paint, printable signs and accessories from Dollar Tree we were able to turn this lucky find into a pretty awesome trap.

If your little ones are looking to make their own leprechaun traps I found some great ideas and inspirations below!

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I also included this printable so your little ones can choose which sign they want for their trap!

Download Your Free Leprechaun Trap Signs Here!

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Food Dye Macaroni Plus Free Printable

Macaroni is one of the basic food groups in our house but when you can play with it, it makes things 10 times better!

I always had thing with sensory bins because I had fear of all the mess it would make but after months of quarantine I let things go.

Macaroni has such fun shapes and when you find unique ones at this Dollar Tree you gotta act fast because you never know when you will see them again!

I grabbed some food dye as well at Dollar Tree and decided to make a bunch of colored macaroni for a fun activity.

If you can’t find these at your local Dollar Tree you can snag these materials here!

I separated the shapes and put them each in a small container. I added about 4 drops of each color and a tablespoon of alcohol.

I closed the lid and had Franco shake it up until all a macaroni was covered in dye.

We laid them all out on a paper towel and let them dry, about 15 minutes.

I created this rainbow printable just in time for St. Patrick’s day and we used the macaroni to create a colorful rainbow.

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Moving and Working Remote During Changing Times

Moving and Working Remote During Changing Times

The work landscape has changed dramatically this past year and more than ever, companies are hiring people to work remotely. According to FlexJobs survey, 65% of respondents report that they want to work fully remote post-pandemic, and 31% want a hybrid remote work environment. As a total 96% desire some form of remote work.

It has been reported that with working at home there are fewer interruptions, more focused time, quieter work environment, more comfortable workspace, and not being involved in office politics. Another benefit is that people who work are realizing that they have more real estate choices and opportunities.

As full time working parents, working remote has provided my husband and I flexibility while taking care of Franco. It is not easy, but we are thankful to have that option. The layout of our house is not ideal for remote work since there is a lot of open space and not much room for an office but we do our best to make it work.

I was talking to my husband the other night and we talked about what we would do if we were to buy a house today. We talked about how we would want more office space and more of an ideal location than where we are now. We used a mortgage calculator to compare and and get a better estimate if this is something we are seriously considering. According to Home Ownership Matters buyers want enclosed or flexible spaces within their home that can serve as a private home office. Homes that offer an additional bedroom or a finished basement or attic space are often in greater demand.

Because of working remotely, we are spending more time in our homes and it’s changing the way we look and the criteria we use when we shop for a new one. I have had friends move to another state this past year because their job would allow it. They finally got the dream they always wanted by leaving Upstate, New York and moving to the beach in North Carolina.

According to flexjobs.com these states have the most work-from-home-friendly counties:

  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • North Carolina

The pandemic and remote working went hand-in-hand in changing the way people conduct business and live their lives. The pandemic didn’t force us to embrace remote work; it accelerated our embrace of being a remote worker.

As more companies decide to extend remote work opportunities in the coming months, and as more people realize they’re not tied down to their locale for their jobs, the residential real estate market is likely to continue its shift. If you’re ready to hit the road, do your due diligence to make sure moving is your best all-around option.

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We go through so much slime and Playdough in our house that I am better off making our own.

I enjoy making our own Playdough because they are so many different variations on how to make it. I have recipes for cook and non cook, cloud, scented and more.

Today I am sharing how to make edible Playdough! it’s soft and sweet your little one will be licking their fingers the entire time. The best part is that it only requires two ingredients!

All you need is

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of white vanilla frosting

This is optional, but you can add food coloring and sprinkles as well.

Mix sugar and frosting together preferably with a mixer. Once mixed knead with your hands and add food coloring and sprinkles if you prefer.

You will have pillowy soft Playdough that tastes great! No more worries of what your kid may ingest when eating playdough.

I made this sensory tray with a bunch of treats from Dollar Tree to go along with the Playdough! What do you think?

My Favorite CBD Products To Benefit My Health

My Favorite CBD Products To Benefit My Health

I am vocal about my mental health and always share about my struggles and advocacy.

Therapy and medication is my main source of coping with my struggles but I have also learned the benefits of CBD.

According to Medical News Today, cannabidiol oil comes from the Cannabis plant and has become a popular alternative therapy for a range of conditions over the past few years. It has been reported that CBD oil can help reduce pain, anxiety, inflammation sleep issues and more.

Although studies report very few side effects with Using CBD, its effectiveness for various medical conditions requires further research and is not known to curing diseases. Different spectrums of CBD include:

  • CBD isolate: CBD isolate is the pure form of CBD.
  • Full-spectrum CBD: This CBD contains all the phytochemicals that occur naturally in the cannabis plant. It also contains some trace amounts of THC, which is the compound that gives you that ‘high’ effect.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD: This CBD contains all the phytochemicals in the cannabis plant with little or no THC. Some broad-spectrum CBD may contain trace quantities of THC.

Any product made from hemp seed oil will not contain CBD. Hemp seed oil is high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega fatty acids which is still can be very beneficial.

CBD products with less than .3 percent THC are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved.

With a lot of research, I have found CBD products that have benefitted me physically and mentally. Once again this is not my main source, but has provided as an aid in my beauty and health care.

Here are some of my favorite CBD products below.

Joy Organics provides products with premium grade, 0.0% THC, broad spectrum hemp CBD oil. Made with love in Colorado. Each month, Joy Organics will choose a different nonprofit or topic of concern and will donate a portion of all revenue.
Sachet Heavenly Vanilla has an inviting fragrance and beautiful pouring texture. Blend the sachet into your favorite morning cup of coffee, smoothie or even sprinkle atop French toast. You will be surprised how many ways you will want to use Sachet Infusions throughout the day. It is Broad spectrum CBD. All natural. Clean ingredients. Sugar free.
Derma E is formulated to comfort and restore dry, sensitive skin, this antioxidant-rich, skin-calming line is infused with high dosages of non-psychoactive CBD
to deliver potent adaptogens. Skin is soothed and calmed promoting a protected, hydrated skin barrier.
Undo the skin damaging effects of urban living and say bye to a dull, dry complexion with this high-vibe botanical oil blend rich in whole plant CBD & powerful plant actives that creates instant dewiness and lasting radiance. Cell renewal is boosted and skin looks eternally youthful, gorgeous and glowy.
Dr. Hempworth’s coffee reduces feelings of everyday stress, discomfort, and pain.
100mg dosing of full spectrum CBD oil for maximum efficiency (~5mg per dose)
Natural, fast-acting non-psychoactive formulation from natural ingredients.
No artificial fillers or ineffective synthetic additives. Thanks
300mg CBD/10mL
Chronic’s highly concentrated dose of CBD + pure, therapeutic grade essential oils provides targeted relief in a convenient, easy to use roll-on applicator. Fast and targeted solution for soothing tension and discomfort.
Purposeful selection of essential oils that work synergistically to enhance the benefits of CBD
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Recess help eases the ups and downs of modern times. Hemp and adaptogens interact with our endocannabinoid system to help our body maintain equilibrium and homeostasis. Recess combines hemp extract and adaptogens instead to promote a calm state of mind that helps you be more creative and productive. They use real fruit and functional herbs to create a rich flavor that’s low in sugar and calories.
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