Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

School is almost here and I am excited to share some of my favorite Back to School pins!

1. Organize your school lunch items, so they are easy to find and assemble!

Organizing your refrigerated and pantry lunch making items in a bin…brilliant!

2. Start going to bed early!
It is good to get started training your body to go to bed earlier. The AAP suggests that preschoolers get 10-13 hours of sleep a night, grade schoolers get 9-12 hours and teens 8-10 hours. Have your kids start training their bodies now for an earlier bed time and earlier wake-up time, so the first day of school isn’t awful! Use this time to establish a new bed time routine.

a. Routines provide a template for how to organize and manage daily life. It teaches kids to manage themselves while their brains are developing. 
b. Routines put some things on “automatic”...Expectations are clear, so there is no need for parental reminding, nagging, begging or scolding. When routines are on autopilot, everyone can have a happier time.
c. Routines help children become more independent….You can use one of this fun check off lists. I used a free printable from this pin.

School work can be a mess to store while at the same time be a great way to remember or to see the progress of your child's school work

Using one of these easy closet organizers (I got mine for $10) and labeling it with days makes it easier to just get ready while on automatic in the morning. 


Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer Home Remedies

Summer Home Remedies

Unfortunately,…cuts, scrapes, bruises, and bumps are all a big part of summer. These two ice packs are easy to make from things you have in your home!
Original Pin:
Dish Soap Ice Pack
Frozen dish soap makes for a good ice pack that is moveable when you take it out of the freezer! Just put dish soap in a freezer zip lock baggie and you are done!
Rubbing Alcohol Ice Pack
Rubbing alcohol also keeps water from freezing solid. Just add 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol to 1 1/2 cups of water in a freezer zip lock baggie!
Did you know honey could…
heal wounds? It can! A thin layer of honey aids the healing process by drawing the fluid out of the wound. The acidity of the honey makes the wound less likely to get an infection. 
Original Pin:
Frozen Aloe Vera Cubes
Unfortunately, treating sunburns are a big part of summer! These frozen aloe vera cubes will feel good and help you heal. 

Items needed:
Peppermint… the original pin suggests that you use lavender to help soothe the skin. I didn’t have any, so I used peppermint. Peppermint is a natural pain killer. It helps soothe burnt areas by providing a cooling sensation. And it is addictive to put on those bad sunburns!
Aloe Vera… I used stuff from the grocery store here but buying a more pure form of aloe vera is always the best
Squeeze bottle…makes the mixing SO easy!
Silicone ice cube tray

Put the aloe vera and 20 drops or so of peppermint in the squeeze bottle. Shake it up to mix and put it in the ice cube tray. Freeze these bad boys, and you will be so glad later!!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Quick 4th of July Ideas!

With today being the Fourth of July, it is a good time to get some quick and easy last minute things together for your parties tonight!
Independence Day Punch
This pin has a fun punch that is perfect for entertaining and super  yummy too!
Cranberry Juice
Blue Gatorade Frost
Diet 7-up
Ice Cubes

Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour in the cranberry juice. Pour the Gatorade Frost over the cranberry juice gently and on the ice so it doesn’t mix the drink. Pour the diet 7-up on top over the ice as well. 
Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake
This pin has the cutest idea for a quick patriotic dessert.

Angel Food Cake
Whipping Cream
Powdered Sugar
Food Coloring

To make the whipping cream: Put 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 3 T powdered sugar and 3 drops of blue food coloring in a bowl. Mix together with a mixer until the whipping cream turns to a thicker consistency.
Cut the Food Cake into cubes, place in your container. Add Strawberries. Top with the Blue Whipping Cream.
Fourth of July Poppers
This pin is an easy, fun activity you might be able to do with some items you have around the house!

Items needed:
Plastic Cup

Cut off the bottom third of the cup
Tie a knot on the bottom of the balloon and put it over the top of the cup.

Put your confetti and/or marshmallows in the cup and shoot!