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.
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!
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!
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.
Used coffee grinds
Garden labels printable
Tooth picks for the garden labels
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.
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:
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.
My name is Nicole and I am a full time working mom to my toddler Franco. I love creating and sharing ideas. You can find me rummaging at estate sales, binge-watching The Golden Girls while chugging Diet Coke, listening to old school hip hop, supporting small businesses and being an advocate for maternal mental health.