Playhouse Makeover

Playhouse Makeover

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A year ago, Dan was on his way home and found an old playhouse on the curb. If you know us you would know that we would never pass this up.

He brought it home and quickly put it together. Franco was happy and played a little in it but as the months went by, he stopped going into it.

A year later it has been untouched but for me, I wasn’t ready give it up.

I did some research online and found so many playhouse makeovers. I had to do it. Even if this was the last year Franco plays with it.

I wanted the playhouse makeover to reflect Franco and his love for superheroes. I decided to do one of his favorites, Batman.

The before..

I unassembled the house and gave it a good power wash, crazy how much gunk was on there!

Unassembled and power washed..

Spray paint..

I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Satin colors. This paint stayed on the plastic the best and great coverage. The only gods color I did was for the door because it was the yellow I was looking for. Honestly, it didn’t go on well. I had to do multiple coats and it was streaky. I waited about an hour in between to apply a second coat.

Little additions..

There were some things missing so I had to get creative with things I already had. I added these vintage draw knobs and spray painted them black for the door handle.

Make Batman emblems all over.

My Cricut Maker came in handy for this project and made a bunch of Batman emblems. It added the final touch on the house.

More emblems around the house.

There used to be a phone hanging on the wall but since we never had it I stuck a flashlight in the holder.

Top part of inside the house was painted with chalkboard spray paint.

Assemble and play!

Overall, I spent about $70 on spray paint and it was worth it! In my opinion this is better than any store bought playhouse design.

Here are the colors I got for the playhouse and materials I needed.

How to Throw a Golden Girls Themed Party

How to Throw a Golden Girls Themed Party

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My favorite show of all time is The Golden Girls. I can recite the words to every episode and laugh like it was the first seeing them.

I think we can all agree that The Golden Girls are heartfelt and can give you a good giggle when needed.

A few years ago we threw this little Golden Girls themed birthday party and I plan to recreate it again. I am going to share how to throw a Golden Girls themed party with similar and new ideas.

I made sure to have palm tree and gold decorations including plates, table cloth, cutlery and balloons.
Tea cups and designer coffee cups are great decoration pieces (not just for drinking!)
I painted this Golden Girl piece at a paint and sip but this is a fun activity to do during the party. You provide the supplies everyone provides the creativity!
Straw toppers are great additions! We had these but in my Golden Girls free printables set you will get a bunch with some pretty funny quotes.
Cupcake and cake toppers of the girls heads are funny and the perfect addition to your cheesecake. These also come with my free printable set including an easy recipe for blueberry cheesecake!
There are so many Golden Girls themed games you will want to play all of them. I have this trivia game and whoever fills all of their cheesecake first wins.
If board games aren’t your thing I have created this super fun Pin The Toupee on Stan! this is included in my Free Golden Girl Game pack printables.
What’s a party without a cocktail? Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get access to this recipe printable and more in The Golden Girls party pack.

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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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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

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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