10 Ways To Have Creative Fun With Kids
Sometimes there is free time with the family and it is way too easy to put the tv on. Here are some fun ideas for all ages to do with the family. Educational, creative, hands on fun. Dig in and make the most of these years.
- Get a 3D pen and take turns building all sorts of fun things. Hamilton Buhl 3D pen is on Amazon and additional filament can be purchased. Not sure if there is an actual age limit on this but I saw kids at MakerCon in early elementary school creating all sorts of objects.
2. Go on a scavenger hunt! Make one or search for a printable one online. You can do it in your neighborhood, on a hike or at the mall. Team up youngest and oldest to balance the odds.
3. Make your own trailmix. Get your favorite ingredients and make lunch-sized bags. Most contain nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. Add the ones you like.
4. Play Flashlight Tag outside. The Atomic Beam flashlight is great since it can be worn on the forehead and will point in the direction the wearer looks.
5- Have some STEM fun. Basher Science has books, card games and action figures about biology, chemistry, rocks & minerals. Meant for ages 10-14 but younger and older kids can play and learn too.
6- Build an engine! The Electric Motors Catalyst is a hands on project from Tinkering Labs. This is more STEM fun and the end result is a really cool car. Teacher love these for rainy days and state standards can be printed.
7- Learn to Tie-Dye shirts. This takes sometime but I did it with the kids and we had a blast. The end result was we all had new shirts (I used old white shirts that had some stains on them). The kids made a second shirt and after the dye was dry they cut and sewed the shirt, making a pillow. I bought one-step color by Tulip to make it easier but still pre-washed the shirts and soaked them in vinegar to make the color last. It is cheaper if you make the dye yourself but I didn’t want a huge mess. FYI- we did this in the backyard, on the patio, since the dye did splash some.
8- Bake some muffins. Kids like mixing ingredients and it is a great way to help with reading skills and teach some math skills with the measuring. Want to make it harder? Double a recipe and have them figure it out. End result is a delicious snack everyone can enjoy.
9- Color together. Depending on the age kids might want crayons and construction paper or they can color with you in an adult-child coloring book. It is a great way to chat and have some resting time. I love this Let’s Color Together book. It has a child side (easier, less detailed picture) and an adult side. You can color at the same time in one book.
8- Go for a walk. Get some books educational books for your region. You can get books on birds, native plants, native wildlife. Bring a book and some binoculars and go searching together.
No matter what you do, if you are enjoying your day and spending time together it is priceless and making great memories.
What are some creative ways you have fun with your family?
Skincare & Makeup Tips For Spring
Makeup tips for spring plus some brand new products. Some I am sharing with my teen. Having a teen wanting to wear makeup is a little scary. Firstmost, I don’t want her to grow up. Yeah, I know… it is going to happen. So, I want her to make good choices when wearing makeup and with taking care of her skin. It isn’t just throw makeup on and run out the door. Tutorials and tips are available on YouTube now a days (we didn’t have that growing up) but not all videos are good advice. I always used the general rule of thumb that makeup should look natural and enhance beauty but not be something that stands out like a neon sign. Skincare isn’t just about makeup either. If makeup isn’t removed than acne problems can happen. After removing makeup skin might be dryer. Wearing nail polish can wear down fingernails and weaken them. Whew! There is so much more than just ‘here is some makeup.’
Here is all I chose to review. It is a mix from Sally Hansen, Jergens and Rimmel. I chose a few for me and the rest for my teen daughter.
- Left to right:
- Keep It Coral.
- High Flyer.
- Run The Show.
- Leader of the Pink.
- Stay My Rose.
- Captivate Me.
Lotion is great for dry skin, especially after showering and shaving. I think having a good lotion to hydrate skin is important for looks and so skin doesn’t get dry and itchy. Jergens lotion comes in a few varieties including Shea Butter and Wet Skin Moisturizer.
We love painting our nails and my daughter does it a few times a week (changing colors). The Miracle Gel by Sally Hansen lasts up to two weeks (unless you change your polish color just for the heck of it). I have never tried this but thought it was a great idea. It is Moisture ReHab X Strength Treatment. Intense care for severely dry dehydrated nails and cuticles. It is a lightweight serum that is applied on bare nails and than massaged in and can be used nightly.
I love to wear brown colors and these are great eyeshadow pencils and eyeliner/eyebrow pencils. The smaller ones (on left) are good a very skinny stick, great for under they eyes, to make a very thin line. The other two (four colors, one on each end) are fatter tips but the tips seem to break too easily if they are pointy.
Colors left to right:
- Black Brown.
- Queens of the Bronzed Age (third and fourth colors).
- Kissed By A Rose Gold (fifth and sixth colors).
We don’t ‘share’ makeup since it can cause pink eye and isn’t sanitary but we have similar colors we like and we both love getting new makeup to try out and wear.
What is your Go-To Spring Makeup?
Frugal Parents- Pay Attention!
This book is written by a VERY frugal person. Dannelle Gay has a blog, Operation 40K. She writes about saving $40 thousand (yes $40,000) a year by being frugal and spending less and was able to save money for her family. She has now taken the tips and tricks she has written about on her blog and created them into a book. 101 Ways To Save Money Painlessly. There is something in here for everyone. The best tip that applies to me is to keep better track of eating out and food expenses. That seems to dig the deepest in my pocketbook. Currently I’m spending about $600-800 a month at the grocery store (for a family of three) and I want to try to get better at sales and coupons and cut that expense in 1/2. By paying more attention to how much I spend eating out makes me more aware of the spending, instead of just paying with my credit card and not adding up all my dining expenses for the month. Now that I have started doing this it is crazy how much I spend. I could take the kids on more vacations or use that money for a car payment instead of a 1 hour meal.
This books says 101 ways but I think as a person starts doing some they branch out and find more and more ways to be frugal and save money. A lot of these tips and tricks are already familiar to me but some I have not used(and should) like making homemade cleaners and detergent (next on my to-do list). I like that the book is written in easy-to-read language and all of these ideas are tangible savings ideas for everyone. Can’t wait to see if there is a second or third book to come out by Ms Gay and all of her ways of saving money. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about retirement being about 20 years away (far, but will happen in a blink of an eye) and how I need to save more today, every day, so that I have more saved for when I retire. Definitely worth getting the book, even if you think you are saving money. There is always more to learn.
You can also check out Ultimate Guide To Your Dream Wedding (having a dream wedding without breaking the bank) by Dannelle Gay.
Listen To Tunes On Your Speaker With Chromecast Audio
If you like to listen to music and share it in different rooms of your house than you have to check out Chromecast Audio. It is a great way to cast your favorite music to your speakers and is supported by Multi-Room and Spotify. Available right now at Best Buy online or in stores. I like that I can control all of the music from my cell phone by using the Cast button. I now have quality music simply by plugging in the Chromecast Audio to my speakers.
Just Plug in and they are all connected!
- Some of the reasons I love the Chromecast Audio. It uses WiFi instead of Bluetooth, I can stream crystal clear hi res sound.
- Enjoy hundreds of my favorite audio apps. Just a few: Pandora, Play Music, Rdio, NPR One, iHeart Radio, Tunein…
- Stream millions of songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. Find more at chromecast.com/apps.
- Works with Android devices, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and Chromebooks.
- They are tiny but powerful! I love that they don’t take up a lot of room and can fit in the palm of my hand.
Simply walk in to your local Best Buy store or shop online (you can have item shipped to store for free or shipped to your house). I like shopping for all my electronics at Best Buy. With great prices and fantastic customer service it is a win-win.
Top 10 Gifts For Lego Fans
My whole family loves Legos. My son has been playing with them since he was three. He never cared for Duplo, just went right to Legos. I had to make sure he didn’t swallow them but he did fine and has been playing with them ever since. Now he mostly likes Star Wars Legos and has a LOT of sets. He loves the books too and there are even new ones just published! Check out this awesome collection for your Lego fan!
LEGO Star Wars 30247 ARC-170 Starfighter because Star Wars is awesome! There are hundreds of different Lego sets to choose from. Some for younger kids. Others that are huge sets for ages 14+. These are definitely a hit for birthday gifts.
Birds Model Kit– this is an awesome kit that the MFG discontinued but you can get it on Amazon. Build three different birds, on a stand and with greenery or flowers.
LEGO The Big Bang Theory. Okay, this is more for adults or older teens but this is an awesome set of the whole cast. Fun to build and a cool collectable.
LEGO Wally Set from the movie Wall-E. This movie came out a while ago but this set is a really cool one to build. WallE is a a unique shape that makes building it more of a challenge.
15 designs to spread holiday cheer. Each one has instructions, list of Legos needed and color photos.
Make your own animated movies! This book explains everything about animation and how to make your own movie. Including details on staging, blocking, facial animation and more. 205 pages of learning.
This is a second edition book of how to make things GO with random bricks.. Wheels, gears, axles, levers, RC systems, motors and more. 403 pages of color pictures and lots of learning.
Unlock your imagination. Over 500 ideas from Lego fans. From airplanes to spaceships. Battering rams to fishing boats. Lots of details, list of pieces needed, photos and more.
Everyone should own one of these Classic Brick Separator 630 Building Kit. Especially for tiny bricks that are hard to get apart