Summer Fun

We are ready to officially kick off Summer and spend plenty of time outside. One of the kiddos favorite activities is bubbles! They never seem to tire from them. I always make sure to stock up on bubble solution and fun accessories. It is hours of entertainment. We just might need to up our bubble game and experiment with this idea. Looks so fun!

Another thing that I love about Summer is the fresh fruit. There is nothing better to eat, well maybe besides an ice cream cone but Summer is the season to eat delicious fruit. I tried this Thieves veggie and fruit wash for the first time and will use this to wash our fruits and veggies every time. The water was so dirty it was shocking. If you are interested you can purchase it here and use my member ID 22456591 when checking out! Plus, I notice if our fruit is washed and ready to eat in the refrigerator we are more inclined to eat it!

Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend! XO

Dandelions and Soccer Fields

Hello friends! During the week in the evenings, I am at the soccer field almost every night. The kids love to be outside, playing soccer (which they have missed tremendously) and it feels life is somewhat back to normal when we are outdoors. It is a small chunk of time that is so powerful and needed for everyone’s mental health.

Jasmine loves to pick all the dandelions and make me dandelion bouquets. Jordan loves to play at the park when it’s not his soccer practice and Jonathan just enjoys playing soccer. Kids are laughing, running around, the sun is warm, and we are forever grateful!

I hope you had a great weekend! XO

Weekend Overview

We had a weekend filled with soccer, sunshine, and plenty of time doodling outside with outdoor chalk. The boys have just a few more weeks of school and we couldn’t be happier. Jordan will be graduating from Kindergarten and Jonathan from 5th grade heading to Middle School. This school year has been so enjoyable with the boys being able to spend one year together and having the same schedules. I will cherish the next few weeks and hope they don’t go too quickly, but looking forward to having them all home for Summer with no schedules.

The weather has been mostly warm with the exception of a few breezy days here and there. We have been busy working outside, landscaping, and getting our grass and irrigation system all up to par. This time of year is always so busy.

Outdoor Chalk/ Jasmine’s sandals

I hope you have a wonderful week! XO

Bike Rides and Bunny Pancakes

Happy Spring! It’s finally starting to feel like Spring here (even though we did get some light snow the other day) but overall Spring is here. We have been walking the boys to school each morning and enjoying every minute of being outside. Once the boys are off to school Jasmine likes to ride around the block on her bike. The trees are all really pretty right now that they are in full bloom, but it has activated all of our allergies. With the changing seasons especially in Spring, I always diffuse lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils and make rollers so that we can roll this blend on our necks, backs of ears, and chests. It seems to help if you suffer from allergies.

In other news, the boys have started outdoor soccer and have their first games this weekend. Everyone is excited! They have practice three nights out of the week so it seems like we will be living at the park and soccer fields for the next few months, which I don’t mind at all!

I made these bunny pancakes on Easter and the kiddos thought they were so cute. We have made them several times since and they will probably be around all Spring. It’s a fun way to kick start any weekend!

Purple Rainboots / Yellow jacket sold out but similar here

I hope you are having a great week! Cheers to the weekend! XO

Easter Baskets

Hi friends! I am happy to report that the kiddo’s Easter baskets are all put together. I gathered goodies throughout the month. Whenever I would pop into our local grocery store without any kids with me I would usually grab an Easter candy or item. The kids will come running to me as soon as I walk in the door so I have a small window of stashing the goodies without them questioning me what’s in the bag!

Their baskets are filled with books, this playdough and I added some Easter cookie cutters I had already to their mini rolling pins, paint sticks, pajamas, and candy! I like to stick things in there that they need and I have to get anyway, like pajamas. This time of year it’s starting to warm up and we are ready for lighter pajamas. 

Hello Nature Book / Exploring Nature for Kids Activity Book/ Up in the Garden and down in the Dirt Book / Mini rolling pins / Paint Sticks (similar here)

As always thanks for reading! XO

Easter Week

The boys are back to school and they couldn’t be happier about it. Overall we had a great break and are ready to get back into the swing of things. This week will be busy for us. Jonathan and Jordan are starting outdoor soccer again (which they haven’t played in over a year) and Jonathan has his first practice this week. It’s Jonathan’s Birthday on Friday and Easter on Sunday. I have a few more things to grab for his Birthday party and Easter and we should be all set!

We plan on decorating Easter eggs, having bunny-shaped pancakes, and I made the kiddos bunny-shaped mac-n-cheese the other day! So we are ready for all of the festivities.

Over this past weekend, we had such beautiful weather on Saturday, both our front and back doors were open and it was so nice to get fresh air in the house. I am looking forward to many more of these types of days!

Sending lots of love, nice weather, and good health to you all! XO

Easter Crafts and Nature Walks

The boys have been on Spring Break for the past two weeks and I wish I could report that we were able to get outside a lot, but it has been so cold in our region. We even woke up to snow a few mornings. Needless to say, we have been stuck inside for a good portion of their break. However, we did have just a few nice days that we did go to several parks and were able to walk around our neighborhood.

With Easter just a week or so away we decided that we needed to get some Easter crafting happening. Jordan made the cutest bunny all by himself (his creativity amazes me sometimes). Another craft we did was just using construction paper I cut out an egg shape on just white paper and let the kids paint using pastel colors. I love to see what designs they come up with. Once they were finished and the paint dried, we glued them on a different color piece of construction paper and then I laminated them.

Another fun activity that gets you out of the house is we took a nature walk around the block (Jonathan rollerbladed) and I had the kids find small egg-shaped rocks. Once we were home I washed the rocks, let them dry, and the kids painted the rocks like Easter eggs. They love doing things like this and it is a nice way to get some fresh air and let their creative side come out.

I hope you are having a wonderful Spring Break! XO

Easter Basket Inspiration

Hello friends! With Easter landing so early this year on the calendar I am determined to get the kiddo’s Easter baskets complete early this year. Jonathan’s birthday and Easter fall on the same weekend this year so I need to be extra prepared this year.

Easter is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate. The kids love to dye Easter eggs and leave them out for the Easter Bunny. I love to get the kids each a book, a craft, and something that they will need for Spring (soccer ball, water bottles, etc.) and we can’t forget about the candy! I will also include some playdough that I will make ( I use this recipe and love it) and put it in a fun jar adding a few drops of essential oils and a few Easter cookie cutters so they can have an Easter-inspired sensory kit.

Another fun idea is to fill a tumbler or water bottle with their favorite treats. I found some edible grass at our local grocery store that was so cute and unique, I know the kids will love it!

Below are ideas for Jordan and Jasmine (their ages are 3 and 6 years old). Jonathan’s will look different since he is older, but he still looks forward to seeing what the “Easter bunny” will bring!

Poster Paint Pods/ Egg Coloring Kit / Hello Nature Book / Hopscotch Chalk/ In the Garden Book/ Mini Rolling Pins (for playdough)/ Paint Sticks / Easter Bunny Tumbler

Happy almost Spring friends! XO

Rainbow Inspiration

Hello, March! I am longing for Spring and warm weather. I have noticed that the birds are out and chirping more and it is getting darker much later. All signs of Spring which I am so happy about. The boys have two more weeks of school and then they will be on Spring Break. We are ready to just be outside more (hoping the weather gets warmer, it has been pretty cold here lately).

With Spring approaching the boys will be starting outdoor soccer soon which they are so excited for. Jonathan’s Birthday is coming up in April and Easter is right after his Birthday this year. I will be sharing Easter basket inspirations soon since it will be here before we know it.

For now, we are enjoying the small things still. Crafting together on the weekends when the boys are home, starting to puzzle again (we took a break since we did several during quarantine), and having movie nights. With the seasons changing we are starting to get just a little bit busier. We will appreciate being able to do things (such as soccer starting) and also appreciating slowing down, it’s all such a balancing act!

Paint Cakes / There was an old lady who swallowed a clover Book

What are you looking forward to this Spring? I hope you have a wonderful week! XO

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and Books

Jasmine and I dropped the boys off at school and hit the kitchen to bake some yummy banana bread and we had to toss in some chocolate chips! I followed this recipe (plus adding chocolate chips). There is no better smell than warm banana bread baking. Its aroma fills the entire house and it just makes you feel like cozying up under a blanket, grabbing a good book, and eating some banana bread!

I just finished reading Daisy Jones & the Six. It was so good. I didn’t want it to end! It was written in an oral history format. It took some time for me to get into the book because of this style I think, but I am so glad I stuck with it. My next read is going to be The Vanishing Half. I am very excited to dive into this one. Has anyone read it yet? Also, a book series that Jonathan has recently started reading is The Underland Chronicles. Jordan’s teacher reads them Junie B. Jones (which is so cute I ended up buying all of these books for Jonathan when he was in Kindergarten because he loved them). Jonathan has to read every night for homework so he enjoys it much more when he is interested in the series. I will read to Jordan ( a chapter book such as Junie B. Jones or Ready Freddy books) before he goes to bed. This Summer, my goal is to have Jordan reading the chapter books to me.

Can you even believe that February is almost over? We are certainly looking forward to Spring! I hope you have a wonderful week! XO