Fun Ways To Get You and Your Little Ones Outside

Fun Ways To Get You and Your Little Ones Outside

Our weekends mostly consist of being outside all day long. If the sun is out so are we and it will be this way until the clocks turn back.

Studies have shown that all we need is at least 20 minutes a day outside. Nature came be healing and beneficial for the mind and body. Benefits include:

  • Improves mood — Researchers have found that nature simply makes us happy. Anxiety, depression and anger are notably decreased after spending time outdoors.
  • Improves focus — Studies show that both adults and children who have difficulties focusing or controlling impulses are better able to concentrate after being in nature. The natural world allows our brains to take a break from all that mentally drains us, and even reduces symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (Source from Sharp.com)

Sometimes it can be hard to get little ones to go outside, so here are some fun ways to inspire them to ditch the electronics and get outside!

1000 Hours Outside

1000 Hours Outside is a global movement designed for any age child (or adult) and any environment. The entire purpose of 1000 Hours Outside is to attempt to match nature time with screen time. They provide challenges, trackers and activity ebooks for the whole family.

The Best Homemade Bubble Recipe

Just realized you are out of bubbles? No need to worry with this easy recipe with ingredients you most likely have on your home already! Head to Caitlin Houston Blog for this recipe!

DIY Children’s Garden

Create a garden for your little one that includes a ton of imaginative play! While growing plants of your choice, your little one can decorate with rocks, stones and figurines of their choice! Head to Mid Morning Mama to see how they did theirs!

DIY Backyard Binoculars

This fun craft is an oldie but goodie of The Robins Nest! We made these last year and were a hit when we went outside. They are even great for rainy days and want to do some hunting your home.

Go On A Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

Don’t forget these printables on your next nature walk! You have the choice of drawing your own finds or circling the images you see on your walk. It gives your little ones a reason to look around them while on their adventure.

Watercolor Painting Outside

Create a mess free masterpiece while getting inspiration painting outside. These watercolor paint pens are ideal for your kids painting outside! Check out The Very Best Baby Stuff for more info!

DIY Glow Jars

How cool are these fun diy glow jars from Our Tiny Nest? This easy activity is great for little ones who enjoy warm nights outside.

Seed Bombs

Our Tiny Nest is also sharing these awesome seed bomb diys. Just in time for Earth Day these little earth seed bombs will plant into beautiful wild flowers. Go check it out!

Outdoor Games

There are so many fun games to play outside! Check out Chronicles of a Momtessorian for some fun game ideas.

35 Additional Outdoor Activities

There are so many reasons to get outside and have fun so check out Happily Trista for 35 additional activities to do outside!

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My Favorite Rompers for This Summer

My Favorite Rompers for This Summer

Summer is just around the corner and after practically living in jumpsuits this past season I am ready for some rompers.

I love rompers because instead of looking for two things to pair and wear, it is only one!

I am sharing my favorite rompers for this summer and as a 5’1 plus sized girl, I approve them!

Plus Solid Knot Detail Tank Romper

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Plus Solid Button Front Cami Romper

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Plus Two Toned Ribbed Panel Tie Front Cami Romper

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Plus Tie Waste Tank Romper

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Plus Tribal Embroidery Cami Romper

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Lightweight Soft Shortalls

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Sleeveless Surplice-Back Romper

Army Green Front Tie Romper

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Summer Tank Romper

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Casual V Neck Sleeveless Romper

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Easy Last Minute Easter Ideas

Easy Last Minute Easter Ideas

Yes you are reading that right, last minute Easter ideas because it is only a few days away!

Don’t ask yourself how this happened and how to it! I am sharing some easy last minute Easter ideas to get your little ones excited for this spring holiday.

They are easy enough that some of these activities can be done at home, or for very cheap! Check them out below.

1. Easter Bunny Footprints

Print out this free template and carefully cut out the bunny feet to make a stencil. Place stencil on the floor and sprinkle powdered sugar. Do this a few time to make a trail.

2. Free Spring Printables

When you sign up for my newsletter, you will get a set of spring themed printabbles including Easter pennants, toppers and coloring pages.

3. Naturally Dye Eggs With Onion Skin

Coloring eggs has never been this fun! Head to my previous post on how to color eggs with onion skin!

4. Easter Bunny Bait

Mix some dried oats, colored sprinkles and anything else you want to add to sprinkle for the Easter Bunny when he comes at night.

5. Dollar Store Easter Basket

Head to your local dollar store and stock up on the ultimate Easter basket! Everything you see hear is from Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot. You can add snacks, bubbles, Playdough, sippy cups and more! Also how cute are these sunglasses? I decided to glue some letter beads to customize them.

6. Jelly Beans in the Toilet

Throw some jelly beans in the toilet and even add some green and purple food coloring. Add the note for the Easter bunny saying they forgot to flush!

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Some blogger friends and I are teaming up to share some fun Easter Basket ideas! Follow our blog links for more inspiration!

Kimmy

Ally

Amy

Lexie

Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

I love dying Easter eggs, it is something I look forward to doing every year.

Growing up we always dyed Easter eggs with those little color tabs and some vinegar. Although I do love the nostalgia of it, I love finding new ways to dye Easter eggs.

With Easter only being a week away I lost track of time to creatively think of something fun to do.

While thinking too hard I realized the creative way was right in front of me- natural dyed Easter eggs using onion skin.

I love having an over abundance of eggs thanks to our chicks and now it was time to color some!

Thanks to not cleaning out my fridge, I found a bunch of onion skins. The bigger pieces the better. I would suggest about 7-10 onions to get what you need.

Cover your egg in the onion skin and wrap everything up in cut up cheese cloth/stocking/thin t shirt.

Loosely tie string or rubber bands around the wrapped eggs.

Place wrapped eggs in boiling water for about 10 minutes. I added any extra onion skin I had into the boiling water.

After 10 minutes places wrapped eggs in cold water and let them sit for a few minutes. Remove bands and cloth to reveal your uniquely dyed Easter eggs!

You can also change up the design by coloring the egg first with white crayon or wrapping rubber bands just around the egg and then placing into boiling water with onion skin already in the water.

You can also add other vegetables such as beets for a more deep color. Play around with it and have fun. Your kids will love this and it is all natural.

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Make Your Own Pizza Garden Kit

Make Your Own Pizza Garden Kit

If there is one thing we learned during quarantine, it is we need to be self efficient. Exactly a year ago we got chickens and that has been the best decision we have ever made. We have taught Franco how to care for them, how to collect eggs and how we cook the eggs. (I am better at homeschooling than I thought!)

Gardening is something I want to get better at and also teach Franco along the way. I decided to give our gardening activity a twist so we stay interested and have fun with it.

I created this pizza garden kit that includes seeds to grow our own pizza toppings, how could we lose interest in that!? To know that a homemade pizza is within our reach is worth the wait!

This pizza garden kit is great to gift someone as well, I am providing a free printable so you can create your own and give to someone who wants to learn how to garden (and loves pizza!).

Here is what you need to make your own pizza garden kit:

An empty egg carton, I used a four pack, but you can up to a dozen based on which seeds you want to plant.

Potting soil

Used coffee grinds

Garden labels printable

Tooth picks for the garden labels

Gardening seeds (green onion, oregano, basil, parsley, pepper, tomato, mushrooms, thyme, sage, cherry tomatoes, shallots, and rosemary) save packets so you know how long each plant needs to germinate for.

Fill holes of egg carton with some gardening soil, place seeds in and add more soil. Top with coffee grinds and pat down. 

Cut out garden labels and tape each one to a toothpick. Place label in each prepared soil.

Water garden and let each plant germinate according to package directions for each seed. When it is time, bring them outside to continue growing. 

By the end of the season, you will have everything you need to make a delicious pizza! Stay tuned for a delicious pizza dough recipe to make the ultimate homemade pizza.

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Delicious Matzo Ball Soup

Delicious Matzo Ball Soup

Passover is quickly approaching and I am excited because that I mean I get to have one of my favorite dishes- Matzo ball soup!

I was introduced to this soup after I married Dan. He makes it every Passover and whenever we are sick. His chicken stock aka Jewish Penicillin is key to making this soup taste amazing. 

I am sharing Dan’s recipe because I know you will all love it, even if you don’t celebrate Passover.

Ingredients

Chicken Stock

2 lbs of bone in chicken thighs

3 whole carrots

3 pieces of celery, whole

3 leek stems

2 whole turnips

3 whole parsnips

3 whole yellow onion

1 handful of parsley

1 handful of dill

1 tbs salt

Cracked black pepper to taste

1 box Matzo Ball Mix (prefer Manishewitz)

2 eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

Salt chicken and add carrots, celery, leeks, turnip, onion, parsley and salt in a large stock pot. Fill with water and bring to a boil.

Let us boil for 30 minutes and reduce heat to a simmer for about 2-3 hours.

Strain stock and put chicken and vegetables in a separate bowl, put to the side.

Bring just the broth to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes.

Prepare matzo balls according to package directions. 

Pour hot chicken broth into a bowl and add matzo balls, add desired chicken and vegetables into soup. Crack black pepper to taste.

Spring is in the air and there is nothing better than a warm delicious bowl of matzo bowl soup to celebrate the holidays or to get rid of the sniffles.

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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!

@sierralmiller
@theshowgals
@ashleymurphyfamily
@a_magicalmess
@finallyhomejuniperlane
@saranicolebarlow
@mothermystical

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

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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Sweet and Edible Two Ingredient Playdough

Sweet and Edible Two Ingredient Playdough

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?

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