These days, our kids spend way too much time hidden behind the screens of computers, phones, and TVs. Even when they aren’t on their laptops on the #schoolfromhome grind, they are likely scrolling into the abyss of TikTok (maybe even making some), and taking quirky-filtered pictures on Snapchat (puppy filter, we’re talking about YOU!). Why not fill up that time with something a little more creative?
But in all seriousness, what happened to the days of crafting?! When we were younger, there was nothing more exciting than taking a trip to our local craft store and buying all the supplies. Paint, beads, ribbons…we had it all! It’s time to dust off the ole storage bins and put your hair up because things are about to get crafty! We’ve compiled some of our favorite fun and easy DIY activities to give you and your fam a little inspiration!
These bring us right back to the hot and sweaty days of summer camp. But for real, these really do make such a fun and beachy summer accessory. We used to spend countless hours making these fun friendship bracelets. All you need is embroidery floss from your local craft store – super simple! Don’t know where to start? Here’s a great tutorial for beginners from YouTube!
If you are anything like us, we had boxes filled to the brim with pony beads when we were younger. In recent years, these simple beaded bracelets have become popular once again. Crafters around the world were even selling custom sets of them on Etsy! All you need are pony beads and elastic string. For a more “adult” spin on this classic craft, stores like Michael’s even sell “fine jewelry” like beads and even offer online classes on jewelry making!
Anyone else have an impressive collection of Perler creations when they were younger? We sure did! In case you don’t know what these are, allow us to explain. Perler beads are used to make creations using pegboards, and are sealed together by using an iron and ironing paper. The design options are limitless! You can make something simple (like pictured above), or something as elaborate as a sunset portrait. The best part is that this is an amazing activity for youngsters because it helps them develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. On a basic level, it reinforces counting and color skills.
These bracelets were huge circa 2014, but nonetheless are a great craft to keep your kids occupied. The best part about wearable crafts like Rainbow Looms are that they get to show off their creation when they are done and it gives them a sense of pride! Rainbow Looms come in a kit at your local craft or hobby shop, and come with all of the necessary items including the loom itself, metal hook, and clips to secure the bracelet.
Now this craft is seriously an OG! Making potholders is seriously so satisfying. Not to mention, totally fun! We can recall receiving pot holder kits many times as kids. Nowadays, you can buy sets like this one on Amazon. The best part about this craft is that your kids can weave you something by hand that you can keep in your kitchen forever. So sentimental because it’s made with loving hands.
What is your favorite throwback craft?
Healthy Lunch Box Meals For Kids
Packing lunch for the kids can be a challenge! Of course you want them to enjoy healthy food, but it doesn’t always appeal to them. Plus, it can be really expensive to constantly be providing organic lunches. However, theres no need to worry anymore! Here are some delicious, nutritious and affordable lunches that your kids are guaranteed to love.
Let’s Start Packing!
The Breakfast Box
This box is for the kid that just loves breakfast foods! It is filled with Natural sugars, carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats to keep them attentive throughout the whole day. The box includes:
- 10 Grapes
- 6 Mini pancakes
- 4 Strawberries
- Tablespoon of peanut butter
- Mozzarella cheese
The Cheese Lovers Box
This box is for the kid that loves to snack and can not get enough cheese!! This box is filled with vitamins, minerals and tasty snacks to keep your kid satisfied. This box includes:
- Grilled cheese, made with mozzarella and whole wheat bread
- A cucumber slices
- 1/2 Cup of blueberries
- 1/2 Cup of popcorn
Mexican Bento Box
This box is perfect for the kid who loves a spicy kick to their meal. With delicious sauces and sides, it’s the perfect box to mix and match food combinations. This box includes:
- Handful of sweet potato crackers
- Tablespoon of guacamole
- Tablespoon of salsa
- Cheddar cheese quesadilla
- 1/2 Red bell pepper, sliced
The Pizza Party Box
If your kid loves pizza, this an easy to make and healthy alternative that they are guaranteed to be excited about when they open their lunchbox! Paired with a sweet treat, it is like getting an appetizer, entree and dessert! This box includes:
- Chocolate, fruit or nut bar
- Green apple, sliced
- 15 Cherry tomatoes
- Mini pizzas! made from two english muffins, a tablespoon of sauce on each and 1/4 mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top. Melt in the toaster oven for 5 mins!
The Snackers box
Does your child like snacks more than meals? Well this is the perfect box for them! Filled with both savory and sweet flavors. This box includes:
- Tablespoon of peanut butter
- 6 Celery sticks
- 1/4 Puff snacks, such as pirate booty
- 2 Mozzarella sticks, wrapped in 2 slices of ham
- Bag of mini cookie bites
The Sweet Tooth Box
This box is for the kid who loves a sugary and sweet treat! Sugar doesn’t always have to be a. bad thing and this box is a great example, filled with natural sugars to satisfy your child’s sweet tooth and avoid the sugar crash! This box is filled with:
- 1 Banana, sliced
- 1/2 Red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 String cheese
- 1 Chocolate treat, like a chocolate kiss
- 6 Ritz cracker sandwiches. This consists of 12 crackers sandwiched together with peanut butter!
The Protein Box
This box is for the health conscious child. It is filled with delicious protein options that will keep them full for a long time! This box includes:
- 1 Cup of vanilla yogurt, add a dish
- 1/2 Green apple, sliced
- 1/4 Pretzels
- 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips
- 4 Large strawberries
Which box will you try?
Consider This Before Adopting A Furry Friend
Many people like to adopt rather than shop for a pet, but do not know 100% what goes into that commitment. Here are some important things to consider before adopting a new furry family member.
1. Do you have the time?
We all have hectic schedules but it is important to make sure we have the ability to take the time out of the day to care for our pets. Furry friends can not be ignored throughout the day because they need help fulfilling their basic needs. Pets require food, water, exercise, care, and
companionship every day. They also last years and will be a part of your family for a long time. This is one of the most important things to think about before adopting a new pet.
2. Can you fulfill the financial obligation?
Yes, typically adopting a pet is cheaper than buying one from a breeder. However, this does not mean it is inexpensive by any means. Some care costs include licenses, training classes, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, litter, and more. It is important to consider this prior to adopting a new pet because these expenses add up quickly.
3. Is your house suitable for a pet?
Some rental communities don’t allow pets, others have restrictions on species, breed or size. A few allow pets but you have to pay a pet damage deposit or additional monthly rent. If you live in a rental, make sure you know the rules and restrictions before you bring a companion animal home. If you don’t live in a rental and own the house, make sure you have enough space for the pet. First off, it is important to consider the size of the pet. Additionally, some breeds require more space and exercise than others. It is important to research your breeds needs prior to adoption. That way, you know your new pet will be as happy as they can be!
4. Are you prepared for accidents?
Let’s face it. Scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren’t yet house-trained, fleas, pet hair, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.Understanding that sometimes these things will happen is important prior to adopting a pet. While they are so cute and cuddly, and can be trained, they still are animals.
5. Can your home life and lifestyle handle a new companion?
If you have kids under six years old, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a pet. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you’re a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise. Constant movement and travel can confuse the dog which will give them anxiety. Also, It is important to consider how adopting a new friend will change your personal lifestyle. You will want a breed that is complimentary to how you like to live your life. Are you a homebody? A runner? Have allergies? Like to go for walks? Have a lot of friends with animals? The answers to these and other lifestyle questions will help you determine the most appropriate age, size,
temperament and more.
We hope this helps you with your adoption process!
Fathers Day Presents Dad Will Love
Knowing what to get your dad or husband for fathers day can always be a bit tricky. This year, we are here to help! We have found some of the best gifts for the holiday that your dad or partner is guaranteed to love.
Let’s take a look
For the dad who is a whiskey connoisseur
This 850 ml globe shaped whiskey decanter is perfect for 850 ml whiskey connoisseur. This piece was created by Godinger and sells for $65 at the Godiner store or on Amazon. This also can be used for bourbon, scotch, vodka, and other fine liquors. Etched onto the globe is a beautiful design of a ship. It also comes with two vintage style whiskey glasses and a mahogany tray. The company also sells a case for the piece separately so you can safely transport it! The company has been in business since 1973 and is most famously known for their craftsmanship in handcrafted silver, pewter, crystal, stainless, and alternative metal giftware. This is definitely a classy design to add to or start a collection.
For the dad who is a sports fanatic
The mug with a hoop. This mug created by Maxi’s Creation sells for $25 and can be found online at Maxi’s Creation store or at Amazon. What a fun way to start off any morning! The hoop serves as a handle but also a functional piece. Toss sugar cubes into your coffee, marshmallows into hot chocolate, oyster crackers into soup or toppings onto ice cream. This ceramic mug is also dishwasher safe, so it is easy to clean.
For the dad who is a golfer
This at home putting green is great for the dad who wants to work on his golf game on a rainy day. The green was created by Abco Tech and can be found at the Abco Tech store or online at Amazon for $70. The mat is portable so it is easy to transport or move around the house. It also has an automatic ball return feature so you do not have to be constantly walking back and forth to pick up the ball. The realistic turf is great for getting used to putting on a real course. The mat also extends, so you can adjust the length you would like to play at. Additionally, it comes with three practice balls! It is perfect for backyard, office or at home use.
For the dad who loves to grill
If your dad loves grilling, chilling and a good pulled pork sandwich,this is the perfect gift! This tool is made by cave tools and can be found on their website or on amazon, both for $13! Meat claws give you talons to shred meat really easily. Great for meat that was cooked in a smoker or crock pot. This tool makes carving, handling, grilling and smoking meats that much easier. Plus it is super fun. It’s non-slip handles make it easy to grip and use. Dishwasher safe, this product is very easy to wash. The company also adds a free copy of Grill Master’s Essential Barbecue Recipe book & access to Meat Smoking Journal, BBQ recipes, and access to a community with over 5,000 members. The company also has a lifetime guarantee, that is customer service we love to see! These claws come in the colors merlot and batmobile black. Buy two and receive 10 percent on your entire order.