So with a new baby and being at home, I’m having a hard time keeping track of what day/date it is. Which means that I only realized today that this Sunday is Mother’s Day (luckily, I gave my mom her gift when she was here watching Emily). Last year I did a Creative Collection for Mother’s Day. And here are some more great handmade gift ideas…
Terrarium by Front + Main
Photo Pendant by Saving with Sarah
Coconut Lime Moisturizing Sugar Scrub by Smart n Snazzy
Freestanding Photo Gallery by The How-To Gal
Text Art by Keep It Simple, Sister
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day celebrating the moms in your life. And as fantastic as handmade gifts are, don’t underestimate the power of a thoughtful card. Just make sure you tell her how special she is!
I know there are lots of people who are cleaning out their closets and finding all sorts of t-shirts that aren’t making the cut for the spring and summer. And these are some great projects if you have some shirts that you’re like “Well, MAYBE I’ll wear them…” Yeah, you’re not going and they’ll get lost in the back of your drawers. So here are some ideas to spruce up tees that are still in good shape.
Ruffle Waterfall Tee by In Honor of Design
Anthro-Insprired Hip Cinched Blouse by Recycled Lovelies
V-Neck into Gathered Cowl Collar by Trash to Couture
Lace T-Shirt Refashion by Ma Nouvelle Mode
Ruffly Shirt Refashion by Ruffles and Stuff
Emma Pillsbury T-Shirt Refashion by iCandy Handmade
Pencil Skirt by Trash to Couture
Even though our Spring Break has already passed, I’ve been looking for easy games, crafts, and activities for Emily. Things to practice colors, letters, numbers… Quiet activities for when Momma and Baby Piper need to rest… And even though she has some fantastic toys (kitchen set, blocks, coloring books, etc), it’s always nice to have some new and quick games for Emily to play.
None of these are actual busy bags (for another day, because I have quite a collection of ideas!). But all are cheap and easy to put together!
Magnetic Pattern Blocks by Make It and Love It
DIY Wood Instruments by Hello Bee
Colored Beans by Fun at Home with Kids
Painting with Condensed Milk by ECE Made Easy
Fishing for Friends by Toddler Approved
ABC Easter Egg Match by My Sister’s Suitcase
Count and Sort Math Box by The Imagination Tree
This has been on elf the most fun posts to research. There are so many great ideas for easy toddler games that don’t require many materials. I can’t wait to get some of these ready for Emily!
So Spring Break has finally come! Who would have thought with all the cancellations and delays in January that it would have taken so long? Too bad SPRING missed the memo about break. It snowed yesterday. Snowed. I’m so ready for nice weather that will stick around for longer than two days!
But since it’s been cold and since there will be rainy days when spring does decide to show up, I’ve collected some Play Dough recipes that you can make at home. I’ve used the first one in my classroom and the kids loved it! These also would be great little gifts!
Squishy Play Dough by How Does She
Softest Play Dough by Kids Activities Blog
Gluten Free by Fun at Home with Kids
Flour-Free Play Dough by Hands On As We Grow
Kool Aid Play Dough by Pink and Green Mama
Slime by Teach Preschool
In other news, Emily is fighting nap something fierce. Any ideas to either make napping happen or transition into”quiet time?” Because this momma still needs a nap!
In this winter that doesn’t seem to end, I’ve fought dry skin and chapped lips. Especially the last week (when winter is supposed to be over!). Gosh I’m ready for nice weather, walks outside, and leaving the winter coat behind. But in the meantime, I’m drinking tons of water and looking for some good lotions. I’ve looked on Pinterest for some diy lotion/bars/chapstick…anything that will help get through these last weeks of winter.
Burt’s Bees Style Lip Balm
from Broke & Healthy
Essential Lip Balm
from doTerra Everyday
from One Good Thing by Jillee
from All for the Everyday
from One Good Thing by Jillee
Don’t forget about just using coconut oil too! It’s always a great solution.
Hopefully winter will end soon!
I don’t know about you, but I do better when I have someone else guiding me through organizing my house… as in, telling me what to do. Even though I have no contact with these people, except for the occasional comment, I feel accountable to keeping up and making sure I do a good job.
So I’ve collected some organizational challenges that you might enjoy. Some of them aren’t currently going on, but the ideas are great all the same. Remember, doing something is better than nothing (even if you don’t complete the whole challenge). And you don’t have to do it in the same timeframe that the challenges recommend–do what works for you!
Organizing Made Fun
A Bowl Full of Lemons
An Everyday Occasion
Happy Organizing! Good luck!
I’ve tried some cleaning schedules in the past–some worked for me, lots didn’t. As much as I want to do a little cleaning each night, I always end up doing it on the weekend. I hate that, but it’s what ends up happening (mostly because I crash on the couch after Emily goes to bed!). Oh well! Besides an hour on the weekend means that I can get Logan to help me…and husband help is something I know many of us have troubles with!
So here are some of my favorite cleaning schedules. And even though I don’t do much with the daily cleaning, I’m going to give it a try again! It would be so nice to have that couple hours back on my weekends!
Daily Cleaning Schedule by Organizing Made Fun
Monthly Cleaning Schedule by Two Things in Common
Quick Clean Ups by Clean Mama
Daily/Monthly Cleaning Schedule by Squirrelly Minds
House Cleaning All Year by List Template
As I was looking for cleaning schedules, I found this fantastic advice at Organizing Made Fun. Read the entire blog post here.