5 Ways to Believe In the Magic This Holiday Season

5 Ways to Believe In the Magic This Holiday Season

We are the type of family that celebrates the holiday magic all season long , but how do we make it last? Check out these 5 ways to believe in the magic this holiday season.

1. Talk to Santa

This app is my favorite way to communicate with Santa. He leaves great messages and includes any name you choose.

2. Leave cookies for Santa

Download this free printable bundle for o leave a special note to Santa plus more activities! Grab your printable bundle here!

3. Decorate your windows.

While your little one goes to sleep decorate your windows and blame a little elf did it! Watch their eyes light up!

4. Random gifts

Head to Dollar Tree to get some candy and individually wrap them in simple decorations. Walk around your neighborhood and leave on your neighbors stoop. You can also leave some behind at a cafe, library or in a shopping cart. There is nothing more magical then the gift of kindness.

5. Reindeer food

Make some reindeer food for when they come on Christmas! You can mix in some sprinkles with oats or dried fruit to make it more environmentally friendly. Store in an air tight container.

Check out some more fun holiday printables!

DIY Citrus Lavender Milk Bath

DIY Citrus Lavender Milk Bath

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Just imagine, you spend all day at the beach having fun with your family. Laughs, snacks and memories are being made. This makes everyone happy. You can’t help but live in this moment and hold off on leaving for the day. It is time to go home and you all enter the house with the air conditioner blasting. The sun took all of the kids’ energy and put them to sleep for an afternoon nap. The house is finally calm and quiet. This is your chance to leave the mess so you can sneak up to the bathroom. You run yourself a bath to help relax and cool your sun kissed skin but still have enough energy to make dinner afterwards. This DIY citrus lavender milk bath is the perfect way to unwind after a family filled day.

Pin this diy milk bath

Sometimes a shower doesn’t cut it. This smooth and milky bath with a burst of citrus and lavender will leave you or your little ones with the softest skin.

It is so easy to make this DIY citrus lavender milk bath even your little ones with love it. Luckily, this recipe will make an abundance amount.

Diy citrus lavender milk bath

What You Need

In a bowl, mix together Epson salt, Himalayan salt and lavender buds from the sprigs. Add as much as you want depending on the strength of the scent you prefer. Drop in the essential oils and stir until everything is well blended. Add to the mix to glass jars and glue stick the printable label on tightly. Make sure to store in a cool place.

When ready to use, pour two cups of oat milk in a warm running bath. Scoop one cup of the bath salt mixture and add lemon slices, orange slices and lavender sprigs. This will make the bath look beautiful.

This DIY citrus lavender milk bath is the perfect wake up in the morning or to get your little ones relaxed and ready for bed at night. Either way it is a win for you!

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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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