Monday, September 22, 2014

Leaf Owl {Kid Craft}


Leaf Owl {Kid Craft}

The nice thing about Wyoming is, although we don't get to experience fall for long, we do get a large array of colorful autumn leaves on the trees. This is probably my favorite part of the season change. You know it's fall when you see red, orange and yellow leaves. It's just point blank - beautiful and sometimes breathe taking as well. {I've heard in the Colorado mountains it's absolutely stunning!}

To celebrate the beauty of autumn colors, I'm sharing this Owl Leaf Kid Craft. Although we didn't use leaves from nature {which I highly recommend and I'm doing next time!} I did find some great decorative leaves at our local Dollar Tree. With a little imagination, you too can celebrate the season with this kid friendly craft! It's owl-tastic!

Pick Up The Popcorn {Fine Motor Game}


Pick Up The Popcorn {Fine Motor Game}

I've been on a roll with sharing Busy Bag & Sensory Bin Ideas - but today is all about a "fun" activity for the little ones. The idea of the Pick Up The Popcorn - Fine Motor Game is simple, while the supplies are inexpensive. To play, just sprinkle the "popcorn" all over the place and have your child "pick up" the pieces with their tongs, and place in their popcorn bag. Throw in some counting and you have an educational spin.

I picked up our game supplies at my local Dollar Tree, but you probably have these already hiding in your house. {making it easy to pull together NOW!} Once done - reuse the supplies for other kid friendly crafts ;)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mac and Cheese Casserole {Recipe}


Mac and Cheese Casserole {Recipe}

This time of year is always busy for us. Between my husband's job and activities with Lil Man - things get chaotic. That is when THIS mama likes to make easy meals. By the time 5 o'clock rolls around, I don't want to be in the kitchen any longer than I have to. So that is when simple recipes come in handy.

Today's Mac and Cheese Casserole recipe is one of my all time favorites. It essentially has everything you will want {and need} in it and you can easily substitute things to match what you have on hand or on your budget. I happen to use ham for the pictures in this blog post {as well as whole wheat products} but I have also used cooked chicken and even turkey leftover from Thanksgiving in the past. Throw in some veggies in the casserole dish and you "might" even sneak some into your child's belly. You can't go wrong with this cheesy goodness, so give it a try tonight!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Buckeye Chex Mix {Recipe}



Remember how I shared my easy recipe for Mini Strawberry Shortcake Cups a few weeks back? If you missed it, that particular recipe had a red and white Ohio State theme that I especially made for my husband, the DIE HARD Buckeye fan. {Just imagine him screaming "Go Bucks!" right now} He's got the head-to-toe fan gear, the chants and all that fun stuff down. We have even worked our weekend schedules out, just so he can watch the games on Saturday. I'm sure many of you can relate...right?

As for me? I'm just a girl who could honestly care less about any football game. {gasp! please don't stone me for that! } But I do love the fact that there is an excuse to pig out on game day food {who doesn't love that???} Hence how this Buckeye Chex Mix recipe came to life.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pumpkin Scented Sugar Scrub {DIY Craft}


Pumpkin Scented Sugar Scrub {DIY Craft}

Are you ready for the pumpkin madness to continue? Instead of my usual paper crafts or kid friendly tutorial posts - today I'm sharing a "smell good" DIY. I've always been a lover of sugar scrubs but I always felt like I was paying an arm & a leg for the pre-made stuff in stores. Little did I know, that I could easily make my own at home with stuff that was hiding in my pantry already.

Since I'm all about saving money but still pampering myself - this Pumpkin Scented Sugar Scrub came to life for the upcoming autumn season. Not only does it make my skin feel so soft - but it also smells AMAZING! {it smells like fall!} And with the money I saved and the amount I was able to make in one sitting - I was easily able to gift some to some special friends of mine. I want you to be able to do the same, so here is the easy DIY recipe. This recipe is my newest obsession and I hope it becomes yours too. And don't forget that the holidays are creeping up fast and this can make for a great Christmas gift!