We all know that us mothers love anything we get from our kids on Mother’s Day. The homemade cards and crafts, beautiful flowers, a gift card to the spa. Trust me they are all great,… More
Happy Spring Everyone!
I am so excited that the weather is final warming up here on the east coast! I’m ready for ice cream dates and playground fun. With my youngest now on the go, I’m really excited for what this spring and summer have in store for us. Last year was difficult because she was so young so getting out was a little tough, but this year she’s able to keep up with her brother and I know they are going to have a blast.
I am big on getting the kids outside as much as possible. I like for them to be active, to run around, and just be a kid! My son is old enough to get into sports, so I really want to experiment and see what he truly enjoys so we can sign him up for a team. We’re thinking baseball, so I’m really excited. His cousin is amazing at playing ball, so I’m hoping to get them together a lot during the summer to really get my son into learning to rules of the game.
As for my one year old, I just want her to learn to love the outdoors. We’re a very ‘outdoorsy’ family, so I really don’t want my little ones to be stuck on electronics and television, especially when it’s so beautiful outside. My in-laws are getting the kids a play set for our backyard so I’m excited. That will go great with the sandbox and fire pit we currently have out there.
So why not kick off the beginning of spring with a list of 100 ways to get your kids outside!
Some may cost a little, but others are completely free!
There are options for every budget!
Draw with sidewalk chalk
Go for a bike ride/learn to ride a bike
Visit a playground
Have a picnic
Go for a walk
Catch fireflies at night
Plant a garden
Visit a lake
Practice/Play a sport
Go swimming in a pool
Hike in the woods
Visit a zoo
Visit an ice cream shop
Go to a carnival
Visit an amusement park
Play hide and go seek
Have a bonfire
Pitch a tent and ‘camp’ in your backyard
Have a water balloon fight
Set up a sprinkler or slip and slide
Visit a national or state park
Identify different birds
Have an outdoors scavenger hunt (see below for a free printable!)
Build and paint a birdhouse
Pick different flowers
Go feed ducks
Find shapes in the clouds
Look for stars at night in a telescope
Wash a car
Climb a tree
Fly a kite
Make paper airplanes
Play with bubbles
Go puddle jumping
Have a squirt gun fight
Make a time capsule and bury it
Play in the mud
Visit a farm
Have a lemonade stand
Visit a beach
Go to a local baseball game
Make dandelion wishes
Visit a water park
Go frog catching
Go paddle boating
Go to an outdoor concert
Play in a sandbox
Go on a boat ride
Go swimming in a lake
Paint pine cones
Make a bird feeder
Identify tree types
Make a nature journal
Collect different types of leaves
Collect different types of rocks
Grill and eat dinner outside
Go mini golfing
Smell different flowers
visit a farmer’s market
Make a wind chime
Visit a drive-in movie theater
Roll down a hill
Visit an aquarium
Look for bugs
Plant a tree
Take outside photos
Build an outside fort
Go horseback riding
Watch the sun set/rise
Make paper boats
Have a race
Build an obstacle course
Jump on a trampoline
Make a tire swing
Do a science experiment
Tour a fire station
Visit a children’s museum
Find a four-leaf clover
Tie die shirts
Make shadow puppets
Walk to a snowball stand
Make your own snowballs
Make your own ice cream
Happy April Everyone!
So, as I did for March I am going to set some monthly goals for April. I am really starting to enjoy setting these short-term goals. They seem more achievable than when I would set a long-term goal.
With it being a new month, I’m here again to set my monthly goals for April! But first let’s recap. I want to go back to my March goals and see what I accomplished.
Get Liliana To Walk. Still a no go. But closer! She’s just about there! I give it a week or two and she’ll be all over the place.
Date Night with my Hubby. We were able to get out more than just once this month! I was so happy to have one on one time with my husband. It was well overdue. We needed it.
Mother and Son Date. We couldn’t accomplish this last month. With my husband working, and other personal conflicts going on, we did fun activities but it was with both kiddos, not just mama and son. He has spent a lot of bonding time with my hubby lately though!
Get Outside. We’ve still had cold weather, all throughout March. Even a snow storm. But, the nice days we did have we got outside. So, I’ll say this one was completed!
Explore New Recipes. I didn’t get to try as many new recipes as I would have liked, but we still tried a couple. So, I’ll say this was half completed!
March was a good one!
Let’s get into April.
I’m hoping the weather is nicer this month so some of these goals can be accomplished! Same as last month, I want to get outside.
Start a Garden. I want to spruce up my front lawn and add a flower garden. My mom bought me a Lily flower for Easter, so I’d like to get the mulch down and start off by planting that flower and going from there.
Grow My Own Vegetables. The hubs and I have been wanting to do this for a while. We love our veggies, and we really want to start our own garden in the back yard. We just never had the time. Now that I stay home, I think I can manage a veggie garden.
Add More Cardio into My Workout. With the weather warming up, I’m ready to get the little one and I out on our daily walks while my son is in pre-school, but as for now we brought our stationary bike upstairs and so far, so good with incorporating some cardio into my workout routine. I’m really enjoying it.
Open the House and Clean. Weather permitting, I really want to get the windows and doors open in the house and clean for hours. Crazy, right?! Get all the dirt and dust out of there, along with our millions of germs we’ve have cooped up in the house from all our illnesses.
Save Money for Vacation. Although vacation is in August, I want to start saving now. Just so we’ll have some extra money for the kids, alcohol, and groceries when we are down there and not having to worry about spending too much.
Clean Out the Kids Dressers/Closets. Out with the winter clothes, in with the spring. The amount of clothes my children have is unreal. I want to go through it all, find out what no longer fits and pack them away so I can fit their new clothes in there.
Does anyone else set monthly goals? I’d love to hear what you have going on in April!
It’s that time again where I should try weening my little one off the bottle. My youngest is about to turn 14 months old and this girl loves her bottle, or as she would say ‘ba ba’. She has an attitude like her mama and she’s already starting with the tantrums if she doesn’t get what she wants. I have a spoiled one on my hands, so taking her bottle way is worrying me a bit.
She loves having her bottle first thing in the morning, before nap time, and before bedtime. We’ve switched out the bottle for a sippy cup when she eats her food. Sometimes she throws it on the ground and wants nothing to do with it and other times she’ll drink it, shortly to realize it’s not her bottle.
My oldest was a little hard to wean off also, but we were finally able too. After going through a handful of different sippy cups, he finally found his perfect cup and it was all a piece of cake from there on out. They didn’t have half of the options they have today back when he was weaning off the bottle.
We discovered the Nuby 360 Insulated Wonder Cup and few weeks ago and we love it. It comes in a variety of colors and designs, so it’s great for any little one learning to drink from a cup!
Little miss independent loves the fact that she can look like she can drink out of the big kid cup just like her big brother does. This nine-ounce, BPA free cup is perfect for little ones 12 months and older. She’s able to drink out of the cup from any side also.
With the weather being very dreary and cold here in the Central Pennsylvania, we were able to get the cup outside on a warm day while visiting the park, and the entire time it stayed cold! As a matter of fact, it can keep liquids cold for up to six hours!
While she hasn’t quite let go of the bottle yet, this cup is helping immensely! She won’t drop it on the ground during meal time and she genuinely enjoys drinking out of it. It’s a step in the right direction when it comes to weaning her. I was excited to discover this cup.
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*I received this product from Nuby as a review, but all opinions are entirely my own*
Hey loves. It’s that time of year again where FabFitFun is sending out their seasonal boxes. I finally received mine on Saturday after it being delayed due to our snow storm. So, as I did last season, I want to share the unboxing with you! If you are not familiar with the FabFitFun box, it’s a seasonal mail subscription. It includes multiple products just for you. From fitness to beauty and more. You take a simple survey in the beginning to help guide them with picking the perfect items for your box. You can choose ‘add ons’ for your box and even decide between a few items you want put in your box for that season. Check out more here! This is my second unboxing that I’ve shared on my blog. Click here to check out my winter unboxing.
When I received my 2018 Spring box, they did not fail to provide me with the most perfect items. This is the first box subscription where I honestly use every single product I receive. Did I mention all the products are full size also? No trial sizes here! I absolutely love it. It’s like my own special mom treat I do for myself each season. A mini Christmas four times a year.
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Okay! Let’s get into the products. I received ten products in this box. Two of them I could choose what product I wanted from two different choices. This entire box was valued between $347-$354.99! All for only 49.99! Plus, here’s a code to get your first box $10 off.
Physique Massage Roller. This roller is wonderful! I’ve already used it on myself and my husband. We both approve. It’s great for sore, achy muscles. It can improve flexibility, break up scar tissue, and keep achy muscles at rest. Just 5-10 minutes a day is all you need! This product was valued at $20.
Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. I’ve already used this product since my skin has been feeling so dry. Of course, I love it! This moisturizer is oil free and super light. It provides hydration to you skin and even helps moisturize acne-prone skin to help it stay smooth and healthy. It also minimizes the appearance of pores, soothes redness and irritation, and refines texture. This product is valued at $40.
Anderson Lilley Sunset Collection Candle. I received the Super Bloom scent. Smells amazing! It’s made with a hand poured coconut blend and has a leak free cotton wick. It’s in an adorable copper colored vessel. Stylish and smells great! This product is valued at $45.
ISH Lip Statement Palette. I just started getting into wearing lip color and these colors are gorgeous! I am really excited to try them. This palette includes 11 pigmented shades and one balm that will give your lips a beautiful colored pop! They are enriched with rose extract, she’s butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and aloe vera. You can also mix and match them! This product is valued at $42.
Maya Brenner Designs “Love” Bracelet. This is such an adorable bracelet! I love the simplicity of it, and it’s just enough to pair with any outfit. This product is valued at $65.
Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eyes Travel Eye Mask. I used this mask last night and loved it! It’s a vegan leather eye mask that includes a removable non-toxic cooling insert. My eyes felt very refreshed! The elastic strip is adjustable to fit anyone comfortably. This product is valued at $40.
KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask – Set of 5. This lip mask is used to plump and hydrate your lips. They are infused with collagen, rose flower oil, cherry extract, and vitamin E. It is a gel textured treatment to make your lips look nice and fabulous. This product is valued at $25.
Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler. This product is used to conceal nail imperfections with a beautiful natural pink hue. It treats your nails with protein, vitamins, and moisture to keep them healthy, glossy, and smooth. This product is valued at $18.
Dove Exfoliating Body Polish. I love anything Dove. My entire family uses it. This body polish removes dull, dry skin from the surface and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. It’s created with 1/4 moisturizing cream, so it smooths your skin while exfoliating. I’m very excited to give it a try and add it to my nightly routine!
Rachel Pally Reversible Clutch. I received the Paradise clutch and it’s perfect for my style. The bright mint color is a great spring color and with it being reversible, it’s two clutches in one. I’ll take it! I’m excited to pair this accessory with spring outfits. This product is valued at $60.
I highly recommend this box. They never fail to amaze me with their products each season. Go give it a try!