DIY Busy Book for Kids

DIY Busy Book for Kids

Looking for a fun homemade gift to give to your little one? Check out this DIY Busy Book for Kids! It’s perfect for road trips, restaurants, andlong waits. It’s small enough to keep in a diaper bag or purse, and if properly stocked (with new paper) will provide hours of fun for little ones!

DIY Busy Book for Kids

DIY Busy Book for Kids

To make this craft you will need:

  • 3 pieces of colored craft foam (5.5 in x 8.5 in)
  • Index cards
  • Glue Dots
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Crayons

DIY Busy Book for Kids

After gathering supplies, divide one piece of craft foam into 1/3 strips (horizontally). Cut the strips. Apply Glue Dots along the bottom of a second piece of craft foam.

DIY Busy Book for Kids

Attach one of the strips to the bottom of the piece of craft foam. Place a few extra Glue Dots along the center of the strip to create 2 pockets inside of the book.

DIY Busy Book for Kids

Fold the book in half, then wrap ribbon around the outside. Secure the ribbon with Glue Dots. If desired, cut small shapes (hearts, flowers, superhero symbols) from extra craft foam and attach them to the front of the book with Glue Dots.

DIY Busy Book for Kids

Open the book and place small index cards in one pocket and a flat box of crayons on the other side. Close the book and tie with the ribbon to close.

DIY Busy Book for Kids

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8 Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Everyday Routine

Essential Oils in Your Everyday Routine

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate essential oils in your everyday routine? Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can do this without making any major changes.

Essential Oils in Your Everyday Routine

Ways to use essential oils in your everyday routine

  • Cook with essential oils. You can include essential oils in so many different recipes, you’d be amazed! You can incorporate garlic essential oil into Italian recipes, use rosemary essential to cook chicken, or add lemon essential oil to many dessert recipes. Make sure you always use Food Grade quality essential oils, which are approved by the FDA for consumption, in diluted amounts in your cooking.
  • Create a DIY perfume with essential oils. If you normally wear a fragrance, why not trying making your own homemade body spray out of essential oils? Simply make a solution of water and your favorite essential oil or oils. You’ll have so much fun creating a fragrance you’ll enjoy wearing every day!
  • Add essential oils to your bath water to relax. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil in a carrier oil to your bathtub to increase relaxation, reduce stress, and get a better night’s sleep!
  • Use essential oils to keep bugs away. A homemade bug spray made from essential oils like Thyme and orange can help keep away ticks, mosquitoes, and other outdoor pests!

Essential Oils in Your Everyday Routine

  • Include essential oils in your cleaning routine. Due to their antiseptic properties, many essential oils make great homemade household cleaning products. Some of the most effective essential oils to use include lemon, orange, peppermint, and eucalyptus. You can use them to clean everything from your countertops and cutting boards to your bathrooms and floors!
  • Keep essential oils on hand for skin issues. If you suffer from any skin problems like eczema, dermatitis, or Athlete’s foot, essential oils can be a great solution. Essential oils such as lavender oil, tea tree, peppermint, lemon, and eucalyptus are popular choices due to their antifungal properties. If you suffer from dandruff, consider adding a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil to your shampoo.
  • Wash your dishes with essential oils. If you’re looking for a DIY dish detergent, you might want to consider using essential oils. Due to their antiseptic properties, lemon, orange, and eucalyptus are all great options. Orange essential is a popular stain remover, while eucalyptus essential oil can even get rid of salmonella.
  • Use essential oils to do your laundry. Lemon, tea tree, and rosemary essential oils can all be great options if you’re looking to make a homemade DIY laundry detergent. To create a homemade laundry detergent, simply combine cup white vinegar, cup water, 1 tablespoon glycerin, 2 cups of liquid castile soap, and the essential oil of your choice!

These are just eight great ways to use essential oils in your everyday routine! No matter what your day to day routine is, there’s bound to be an essential oil to suit your needs.

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180 {Gorgeous} Fall Crafts

We are gathering lots of fall crafts to keep us busy while we start to spend more time indoors. Fall colors are so beautiful that it makes it really easy to come up with lots of crafts and art projects.

The other cool thing about fall crafts is that we get to bring nature inside and use it to create fun things. Below you will find crafts that use apples, pine-cones, leaves and even rice. What a fun way to celebrate Autumn!

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Create fall leaves by following the free leaf template here and tissue paper in your favorite fall colors.

Decorate your own fall tree with this printable coloring page and add glitter or paint for a sparkly tree!

Use a paper plate and some construction paper to make a fun fall apple.

Go on a walk to collect leaves and then take them inside and dip them in paint to turn them into stamps.

Make a craft that looks like a rake with leaves from the yard and popsicle sticks.

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Make this super cute turkey craft with carmel candy corn. Yum!

Use an old book to make this really festive fall pumpkin craft.

If you’re making fall themed sensory bins, here is the perfect way to make colored rice.

Use small sticks from the yard to make a twig photo frame to display your favorite family photo!

Here are 15 ways to make fall scented play dough for a fun indoor activity.

Make this Warhol inspired art using leaves, crayons and water colors.

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Here are the rest of the fall crafts. You can even add your own! By linking up, you give other blogs permission to link back to your site and use one photo in a roundup post. Family friendly links only, please.

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Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

Are you looking for natural ways to keep bugs out of your backyard? Fortunately, there are essential oils to keep outdoor bugs away.

Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

  • Peppermint Are you trying to get rid of outdoor ants? Peppermint essential oil is known to be a great ant remover. You can create a solution to spray around you home or spray it directly on anthills to kill them directly at the source. Peppermint essential oil can also get rid of spiders, flies, fleas, and caterpillars.
  • Orange This is perhaps one of the most useful essential oils to have on hand if you’re looking to keep outdoor bugs away. Orange essential oil can drive away gnats, mosquitoes, ants, spiders, slugs, ticks, and more! Spray a solution around the areas in your yard, on your porch or wherever else you want to be bug-free!
  • Lemon Lemon is another citrus essential oil that you can use to get rid of outdoor bugs. It gets rid of spiders, flies, and mosquitoes.
  • Citronella This essential oil is known to get rid of ants, fleas, flies, gnats, mosquitoes, moths, spiders, and ticks! It’s a great essential oil to always have on hand during the spring and summer months.
  • Lavender Lavender essential oil is another great bug eliminator. It’s known to get rid of flies, ticks, fleas, chiggers, and other pests. Simply spray it around your yard or porch to keep these bugs away.

Essential Oils to Keep Outdoor Bugs Away

  • Cedarwood This is another one of the best essential oil to have on hand if you want to get rid of your outdoor bugs. Cedarwood essential oil is known to drive away ants, chiggers, caterpillars, moths, gnats, spiders, slugs, snails, ticks, and other outdoor pests.
  • Garlic Are you looking for a way to get rid of the slugs and snails in your backyard? Garlic essential oil is known to work as a great weapon against these outdoor pests.
  • Lemongrass This essential oil is a great option to have on hand if you’re looking to keep outdoor bugs away. It’s known to get rid of mosquitoes, flies, fleas, chiggers, ticks, and other pests.
  • Thyme Thyme essential oil can get rid of your outdoor beetles, roaches, chiggers, flies, mosquitoes, and ticks!

These are just some of the best essential oils to keep outdoor bugs away! Do you have any other tips for beating those annoying outdoor insects?

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As a Young Living Independent distributor, I started with their AMAZING starter kit & then added a few things I thought you might like

like a super huge essential oil information manual. I use mine ALL THE TIME. It is a place you can look up information about each oil individually or find information by looking up the problem you want to solve.

like an Amazon gift card for $20! You can use it for additional resources or accessories OR just whatever you want!

like membership in our group’s private FB community. This is a great place to ask questions, get suggestions and find out how other people are using their essential oils. As part of my team, you can also choose other groups like our business building or blogging communities as well.

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Halloween Ideas for Kids

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Activities, Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Nothing is more fun than a good-natured Halloween scare! And Kids Activities Blog is full of Halloween ideas for kids.

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Activities, Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Do your kids love ghosts and ghouls, fake blood and vampire teeth? Or do they favor cute costumes, dressing up as their favorite characters, and carving pumpkin faces?

Halloween Ideas for Kids

Whatever you love about Halloween, we’ve got more fun than you can dream up on your own. Halloween crafts for kids, lots of worksheets and printables, creepy recipes, spooky party games – even Halloween costumes for kids of all ages.

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Toilet Roll Black Cats Make a black cat with this recycled craft tutorial!

Dollar Store Halloween Craft Hacks Save time and money with 15 fun Halloween crafts!

Soda Bottle Bats A little paint, a couple wiggly eyes, and some creativity transform this soda bottle into an adorable bat!

Halloween Coffee Filter Craft This preschool craft is sure to make little ones smile!

Recycled Bottle Cap Spiders There’s nothing to fear from these creepy crawly recycled spiders!

20 Halloween Crafts for Kids We’re in love with all of these adorable Halloween crafts!

Halloween Front Doors Decorate the door with these fun Halloween designs!

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Halloween Luminaries Looking for a way to light up the night? These Halloween luminaries are perfect!

Footprint Ghosts Use your feet to create the spookiest ghosts around!

Spooky Eyeball Bracelets These adorable cuff bracelets are made from cardboard tubes and a whole lot of giggles!

Mini-Haunted Houses Have a spooktacular time making these tiny haunted houses!

Sewn Jack-o-Lantern Bag This adorable sewing craft for kids is the perfect size for catching all of those Halloween night treats!

Halloween Spider Craft This easy paper plate craft is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!

Glow in the Dark Halloween Cards Use cookie cutters to make some awesomely spooky glow-in-the-dark Halloween cards!

Halloween Night Light Say goodbye to the dark with this easy-for-kids-to-make Halloween Night Light craft!

Halloween Printables and Games

Halloween Coloring Pages for Kids Get your coloring groove on with these kid-friendly, Halloween coloring pages!

Halloween Ooey Gooey Sensory Activities Prepare to get messy with some hands-on sensory activities!

No-Candy Halloween Printable Giving out treats that aren’t candy? This printable witches your trick or treaters Happy Halloween anyway!

Halloween Science Experiments Create flaming ghosts with marshmallows and more with these fun science experiments and games!

Brains and Eyes Halloween Sensory Bin Dig around in a DIY version of brains and eyes with this fun activity.

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Fun Activities, Games, Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Ultimate Halloween Games for Kids Here are some of the best and spookiest Halloween games around for your next Halloween party!

Halloween Paint Chip Puzzles Turn boring old paint chips into the perfect Halloween puzzles!

TP Mummy Game Break out the toilet paper, because you’ll be wrapped up in this game for awhile!

Halloween Math Games These Halloween-inspired math games make fact practice fun!

Halloween Sight Word Game Make funny sentences and learn to recognize Halloween words with this fun sight word game for kids!

DIY Ghost Bowling This kid-tested, parent-approved indoor bowling game will be a howling good time!

Halloween Recipes

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies Bake up a batch of these adorable (and tasty!) Candy Corn-inspired sugar cookies!

Sweet Treats for Halloween These five fun Halloween treats are super family-friendly!

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Fun Activities, Games, Ghoulishly Good Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Halloween Treats for the Family From Halloween popcorn to Mummy pizzas, these finger foods make the perfect Halloween treats.

Fog Drinks These spooky beverages will turn your next Halloween party from drab to fab in no time!

Halloween Breakfast Ideas Do-nut be afraid of these spooky breakfast treats on Halloween morning! We love these Halloween ideas for kids!

Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Juice Recipe This healthy juice tastes like Fall in a glass!

Homemade Halloween Bark You know your bark candy Halloween recipe is special when it has eyes!

Halloween Banana Pops Frozen banana pops are always fun, but these have a Halloween twist!

Spooky Halloween Pudding Cups These yummy Halloween treats are perfect for your Halloween party!

Halloween Ideas for Kids - 50+ Activities, Yummy Halloween Recipes, Costume Ideas, and More!

Halloween Cookies It’s a toss up which Halloween cookie recipe we like best, but the melted witches are a top contender.

No-Bake Bats and Mummies These frightfully good snacks are perfect for a Girl Scout or Boy Scout Halloween party activity!

Scream Cheese Brownies and Oreo Cookie Pops Check out these Halloween desserts that your kids are sure to love!

Halloween Costumes for Girls

Top Kids’ Halloween Costumes Will your little one be a princess or warrior? There are fun costume options for everyone!

Princess Halloween Costumes Let your trick or treater dress up like the princess you know she is!

Homemade Halloween Costumes These adorable DIY Halloween costumes are easy enough to whip up in a weekend!

Halloween Costumes for Girls

DIY Checkers Halloween Costume for Kids It’s amazing what a little cardboard, a few markers, and some glue and scissors can create with these Halloween ideas for kids!

Face-in-Face Halloween Makeup This Halloween makeup tutorial makes any costume come to life!

Halloween Costumes for Boys

31 Totally Awesome Halloween Costumes for Boys From a Knight in Shining Armour to a Lumberjack, these boys’ costumes are fun and easy to make!

18 Hero Costumes for Boys Your little one’s inner hero will shine through with these hero Halloween costumes!

Halloween Costumes for Boys

DIY Halloween Costumes for Boys Le-Go of your preconceived notions about how long homemade Halloween costumes should take, because these Halloween ideas for kids are perfect for last-minute costumes!

iPad Halloween Costume for Boys and Girls This free, DIY Halloween costume is perfect for your technology loving kids!

Halloween Costumes for Infants

DIY Costumes for Babies These infant Halloween costumes are too cute for words!

Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids Forget expensive costumes, because these DIY designs are even cuter!

Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family Make it a family affair with these Halloween ideas for kids and adults with super costume ideas!

Top 10 Halloween Costumes for Kids These costumes make Halloween dress-up fun for everyone!

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12 Letter E Activities

12 Letter E Activities

We are learning our letters and today we have letter E activities! If you are planning weekly lessons for each letter of the alphabet, you’ve come to the right place. Here you will find a bunch of fun crafts and activities to help your kids learn about the letter E in a fun way.

12 Letter E Activities

12 Letter E Activities

Turn the letter E into an elephant! Kids love this fun craft idea.

Use fork painting to make Elmo from the letter E. via School Time Snippets

And here is a lowercase E for Elmo! via Moms Town

Grab these free letter E worksheets to help practice the letter E in a fun way

E for eyes. Fill a letter E with googley eyes! via The Lion Is A Boookwork

Make a blue and green earth from an E. via Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divaas

We love this fun letter E eye spy tray to hunt for letters. via A Little Pinch of Perfect

12 Letter E Activities

E is for envelope! Put them together to form the letter. via No Time For Flash Cards

Make a birds nest with a letter E bird. via The Imagination Nook

Turn the letter E into an eagle! via Our Mijos

Use blocks on an empty letter E to make your own. via In My World

Cut out a letter E and paint it with egg stamping. via I Can Teach My Child

Fun With Letters Preschool Alphabet Resource

Fun With Letters

Continue your Letter E learning by signing up for our email series Fun With Letters. This preschool alphabet resource isfull of activities, worksheets and coloring pages.

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

There is nothing better than cooling off on a hot summer weekend with a delicioushomemade chocolate ice creamrecipe!

We’ve partnered with Direct Energy to bring you this delicious recipe. Having family and friends over in the back yard, hearing the kids all have the time of their lives, and eating yummy meals together are just some of the reasons why we love weekends during the summer.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Summer Memories Making Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

For this recipe we used an ice cream maker! Let me tell you, they are well worth the investment. Not only is homemade ice cream so much better tasting than store bought, but actually making the ice cream is such a fun memory to have with your family. We all get involved with the whole process of picking the flavors and toppings to actually helping make it in the ice cream maker!

I have so many memories as a kids of staying up late on summer nights playing with my family and neighborhood friends, cooking good food all weekend with my parents, and having a blast while doing it all! I want my kids to have memories just like that. So we try and make an effort to have family/friend get togethers almost every weekend.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade chocolate ice cream is not the quickest recipe in the world and your ice cream maker will be running for at least an hour, but it is worth it. It is also made easier for us to make this recipe on the weekend because we have Direct Energy’s Free Weekend Plan!

Basically, what that means is that from 6pm on Friday to 11:59PM on Sunday we have FREE electricity. So we don’t get charged for running our ice cream maker on the weekends and also don’t get charged for our heating and cooling with kids running in and out of the house playing!

This energy plan is what we have always had with Direct Energy and our 3 bedroom house has never had an electricity bill more than $120 and that was a high month! We typically run around a $90 month. It’s awesome! It is open to all Texas customers which makes it the only electricity plan in the whole state that offers that many free hours of electricity.

They also offer a really cool tool called Direct Your Energy where you can see what you are using the most energy on in your household. Here is a screenshot of my energy usage for March-April:

Direct Energy Plan

So from here I can adjust what I am using during the week that is costing me so much and switch to using it on the weekends since we have the Free Weekends Plan!

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Okay, now down to the homemade ice cream tutorial. This recipe will make about 3 1/2 quarts of ice cream.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients:

4 cups half n half

4 cups heavy whipping cream

3 cups sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

4 tablespoons chocolate syrup

3 egg yolks

Also, you will need rock salt and ice for your ice cream maker. It is probably best to refer to your owners manual to see how much of each you will need since ice cream makers are different sizes.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Directions:

  1. Combine heavy whipping cream and half n half into a pan and heat it up until just before it boils.
  2. While it is heating, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and egg yolks.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients as they are heating.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Mix in the chocolate syrup and then chill the mixture in the fridge for several hours. The longer you chill the mixture the better, but just be sure that it is cold before you pour it into the ice cream maker.
  6. Follow the directions on your ice cream maker for how to turn the mixture into delicious homemade chocolate ice cream.

When the chocolate ice cream was almost done in the ice cream maker we threw in some peanut butter chips to add more flavor into the ice cream. You could add chocolate chips to make double chocolate chip ice cream!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Direct Energy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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