The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

Do you find yourself throwing your hands in the air and exclaiming ‘Where can I find the best gluten free snacks?’

This post may contain affiliate links. See disclosure policy.

If you have a child that suffers from gluten intolerance, then you know how difficult it can be to find a good gluten free snack. As in it is actually tasty, doesn’t taste like cardboard, and your child will happily say ‘Thanks Mommy’! 😉 That is why I am excited to share with you my top picks for Gluten Free Snacks For Kids!

When we first discovered our daughter was allergic to gluten, I scoured the internet and found a ton of homemade recipes. I got to work right away, and was honestly happy to do so! Anything for our babies…am I right?!?

But, let’s keep it real for a minute. After a few months, this mama needed a break.

Making absolutely everything from scratch is hard y’all, and God bless you mamas that can do it! I was in need of some serious help with my snack game.

So after much trial and error I have found what I think are the absolute best gluten free snacks. These are great for traveling in the car, a picnic, or just plain old snack time!

So if you have a gluten allergy or intolerance in your house, get your hands on these snacks today! You will thank me later! 😉

Van’s PB&J Blueberry Sandwich Bars

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

Y’all these are really good! I even steal some for myself every once in a while. Shhh don’t tell anyone…it can be our secret. 😉

Lance Gluten Free Sandwich Crackers

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

These come in a pack of 4. You get 2 boxes of cheddar cheese cracker sandwiches, and 2 boxes of peanut butter sandwich crackers.

These are also egg free, which is a double bonus for me because my son has an egg allergy.

Bare Natural Apple Chips

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

These apple chips are so delicious. They have a crunch that the kiddos will love, and are great for their little bodies too!

These come in a variety pack, and you will get Fuji, Reds, Cinnamon, and Granny Smith. These are a snack you can feel really good about! #MomWin

Glutino Gluten Free Bagel Chips

 

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For KidsI love a good bagel chip! I would feel horrible when my sweet baby would come up to me, and want one.

With these tasty Bagel Chips, I no longer have to keep my bagel chip munching on the down low!

Katz Gluten Free Powdered Donuts

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For KidsWho doesn’t love a good donut? These are seriously good!

I don’t even mean like good for gluten free good…I mean they are good! The whole family will love them. 🙂

Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies

The Best Gluten Free Snacks For Kids

If you haven’t heard of Enjoy Life, you should definitely check them out. Their snacks are free from the Top 8 allergy offenders!

My daughter feels super special when she gets to have these as a special treat.

I am going to be honest here, and let you know they are a little on the pricey side. We do not eat these daily, so I feel like for the peace of mind the price is more than justified.

I hope that these snacks help you busy mommies out, and that your amazing kiddos enjoy them!

Do you have a kiddo with a food allergy? What are some of your go to snacks?

Let’s stay connected! Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

5 Refreshing Fruit and Herb Infused Water Recipes

What if I told you that you could easily have refreshing and delicious fruit and herb infused water?…like on the reg!

5 Refreshing Fruit and Herb Infused Water Recipes

We all know that we should be drinking more water. Like constantly drinking water. Yet, how do I put this? Sometimes, water can be a little boring!

As a mom, there is so much to keep up with, and we really don’t want to add another thing to our ‘to do’ list. Logging our water consumption is something most of us just don’t have time for. #aintnobodygottimeforthat

However, when I drink water, I just feel better! My skin looks better,and I have way more energy.

I decided that I needed to up my water game. And I did just that, by adding some simple fruits and herbs to my water.

Y’all these fruit and herb infused water recipes are seriously delish, even the kiddos will want in on the action! 🙂 The best part is that they only take a few minutes to make!

So are you ready to take your water to the next level? Let’s get started!

P.S. If you want to get your hands on some super cute drinking glasses like these, you can find some similar ones here. 🙂

I am loving this Strawberry and Basil infused water.

Strawberry and Basil Infused Water

Y’all, this water is so yummy. It’s refreshing with a little bit of sweet.

To make this water, you simply slice up a few strawberries, and add a handful of fresh basil.

This Orange and Basil infused water is my jam!

I love all of these water recipes, but I am majorly crushing on this one! The citrus is complimented so nicely with the basil.

To make this water, I sliced up one orange and added a handful of basil.

Y’all are going to love this Watermelon and Lime water!

This fruit infused water is perfect on a super hot Summer day! The watermelon adds a little sweetness, and the lime adds some zip.

To make this water, add a few small cubes of watermelon and a sliced lime.

This Blueberry, Lime, and Mint water is amazingly good!

I absolutely love blueberries, but this water takes them to another level! And by adding in some lime and mint, it makes this water out of this world good!

To make this water, you will add a handful of blueberries, mint, and a sliced lime.

Okay so this one doesn’t have fruit BUT, this Cucumber and Mint water is super refreshing!

This cucumber and mint combo just quenches my thirst! Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! It is a nice and subtle flavor combo, so even the most finicky water drinkers will love this infused water!

To make this, you will add 5-8 slices of cucumber and a handful of mint to your water.

These fruit and herb infused water recipes will definitely keep you feeling refreshed!

Stay hydrated my beauties! XO

So, tell me, what are some of your favorite drinks?

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see Disclosure Policy.

Let’s stay connected, and keep up with the latest! Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest

5 Reasons Your Wife Needs To Go To Starbucks…Alone

Hey there guys! I want to speak to you for just a few minutes…it won’t take long, I promise. 😉

So, we know that you do so much for us! You work hard, are a fantastic daddy to our littles, help with fixing things around the house, and are the bestest child wranglers EVER!

We appreciate all that you do for our family, and how much love you give to us every day.

I want you to take a minute and think about your lovely wife. Think about everything she does for you, and your family. Let that sink in for a minute.

She cooks the meals, tries her best to keep up with the never-ending housework, runs the errands so that no one starves, changes diapers, potty trains, takes the kiddos to all of their activities…the list could go on forever.

She is pretty amazing right?!?

Now let me ask you another question. When is the last time you were alone?

Was it a few minutes ago when you were in your car? Or perhaps in your office at work? Did you enjoy a leisurely lunch, and were able to catch up on the latest events?

Would you like to know the last time your wife was alone? The day before she went into labor with your first child. Okay that may be a slight exaggeration, but trust me the alone moments are few and far between.

Your wife needs a serious BREAK, and you are just the person to help her get one! And because you are so awesome I know that you will happily do this.

So give mama a break, and help her get her Starbucks on…ALONE!

In case you are hesitating, and wondering why, here are 5 reasons:

She needs to rock out in her car!

Do you know the last time your wife got to just belt it out, and listen to whatever music she wanted to? Yep, neither does she. 😉

There are only so many nursery rhymes we can sing, sibling bickering that needs to be resolved, and snacks and sippy cups that can be tossed at our heads before we are seriously going to go cray cray!

Help us to have the opportunity to channel our inner Beyonce, and rock it like the fierce messy bun mamas that we are! Her soul will thank you.

She needs a breather!

There aren’t any real breaks in #Momhood. I mean seriously guys, they will find us…EV.ER.Y.TIME!

Bathroom? Nope they are in there with us. Shower? Laughable, my toddler just climbs in with me, and fully clothed I might add. Your wife may be able to sneak into the closet, but that will only last a few minutes at best.

We need a moment to just catch our breath, without having anyone asking  us for anything…other than our order of course! 😉

She needs her caffeine!

Guys, we have had a very long day and are beyond exhausted!

There is just something super special about those magical concoctions from Starbucks. I honestly believe they have special ingredients in their drinks that give us mommy superpowers.

It will help you!

This may sound a little crazy, but guys helping your wife to achieve fully caffeinated status alone will score you a ton of cool points!

I assure you, when she arrives back home, she will be recharged and refreshed. A teeny tiny vacay from being a mommy absolutely revitalizes us!

Assisting your wife with regular breaks will only strengthen your marriage! It’s a win win for everybody. 🙂

She deserves it!

She has been knee deep in poopy diapers all day. She has cleaned up the same room 27 times today. She has washed 15 cups, because children have yet to figure out that they can in fact reuse the same cup. She doesn’t even remember the last time she had a full on leisurely shower.

Guess what? She does this all day, everyday, and happily I might add. She does this because she loves you and your family, AND because she is AMAZING!

So guys, do yourself a favor. Once you get home, tell that woman you adore to get the heck out of dodge and go enjoy some Starbucks…alone!

She will absolutely adore you for it!

Do you love Starbucks as much as I do? What is your favorite magical concoction? Follow me on Instagram, and tag me with your Starbucks break!

XO


 

 

 

 

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Are you looking for a quick, easy, and delicious pie recipe? I have got the perfect one!

This is the absolute BEST no bake peanut better pie…EVER!

It whips up super quick, and is amazingly delicious.

I have even added in a little chocolate…because really, what is peanut butter without some chocolate?!?

My husband absolutely devours this pie, so the kiddos and I decided to make it for Father’s Day!

This is a great pie recipe to make with the kiddos, and the whole family will love it!

So gather those ingredients, and let’s get started!

This post may contain affiliate links. Disclosure Policy.

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

To make the crust we need to get those cookies crushed.

My son likes to push the buttons on our blender, but if you are having a particularly stressful day, I highly recommend throwing those cookies in a Ziplock, and go to town wacking them with a rolling pin. 😉

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Now you will melt one of the sticks of butter, and mix it in with the crushed cookies. Add to your pie container, and press to make the crust.

I am absolutely loving this pie pan by Le Creuset!

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Put the pie crust in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes for the crust to set.

Now it’s time to make the delicious filling!

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

You will add the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and 1 stick of softened butter to your stand mixer, or a large bowl if using a hand mixer.

Then, you will need to refrain from face planting directly into this bowl of amazing yumminess! 😉

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Spread the peanut butter mixture onto your pie crust, and place back in the freezer for another 10-15 minutes.

Now you can absolutely leave the pie just like this, and it is wonderful!

But, I like to take it to another level, and top it with some delicious melted chocolate!

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

There is a time and place for everything, but this mama has the perfect ‘don’t want to use a double boiler’ hack.

Take your milk, and zap it in the microwave until you see some good bubbles. Usually about 90 seconds.

Then add your chocolate, let it set about a minute, and stir.

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

See…no double boiler needed! You’re welcome! 😉

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Top the pie with the chocolate, and place in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does. Be sure to get you a slice mama, because trust me…this pie doesn’t last long in our house!

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook!

5 from 1 vote
Print

The Best No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 package Oreos 14.3 oz package
  • 2 sticks Unsalted Butter 1 stick softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk or heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Blend package of Oreos until well pulverized.

  2. Add 1 stick of melted butter, and blend well with crushed Oreos.


  3. Pat Oreo mixture into pie pan to make the crust. Place crust in freezer for 10-15 minutes.


  4. Place peanut butter, powdered sugar, and softened stick of butter in large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Blend well until mixture is smooth.


  5. Spread peanut butter mixture onto pie crust. Place back in freezer for 10-15 minutes.


  6. Heat milk or cream in microwave safe bowl for about 90 seconds, or until liquid is bubbling nicely.


  7. Place chocolate chips in liquid, and let them rest for about a minute.


  8. Stir chocolate in milk until well blended and smooth.


  9. Pour melted chocolate onto pie, and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Enjoy!



 

 

 

This Mom’s Essentials For Backyard Summer Fun

During the summer months we spend a lot of time outdoors. Especially in our backyard.

I like to have plenty of games and fun for the kiddos to keep them from getting bored. When the kids are bored, no one is going to be happy!

It also gets incredibly hot where we live, as in living on the surface of the sun HOT! Staying cool while we play outside is a MUST!

So, me being me, I just have to share with you some of this mom’s essentials for backyard Summer fun!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read disclosure policy here.

This outdoor inflatable bowling set by Kleeger is a ton of fun!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

Y’all this set is perfect for the whole family! Even the smallest of children have an absolute blast. And trust me, you will want to join in on the action too. 😉

If you have a swimming pool, or visit one close by, pool toys are a must! We are absolutely loving these Jellyfish Sinkers by Melissa and Doug.

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

These are perfect if you have younger swimmers, or a beginner swimmer. They are easy to spot, and they float down simulating an actual jellyfish!

Fun water play is a constant in our backyard. If you don’t have access to a pool, or even if you do, water guns are a sure fire winner!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

This Nerf Super Soaker Breach Blaster is amazing! It is very easy to fill, and reaches long distances. The older kids, and maybe the adults too 😉 , have so much fun playing with these. These will definitely keep you cool!

I am in love with this trampoline waterpark attachment!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

Tell me this doesn’t look like the most amazing thing ever?!? This mama would be jumping for days!

Have you seen the new craze with crochet water balloons? These things are fantastic!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

 

They are reusable, and eco friendly. No more hassle with filling up those pesky water balloons, and zero clean up!

If you happen to crochet there is a great pattern by Left In Knots here. If you would prefer to purchase the balloons, you can find them in my shop. 🙂

Another favorite of ours, on those summer nights, is a backyard campfire. These Mystic Fire Colorant packs will turn your fire into a whole new thing!

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

These packs turn your fire into a rainbow of colors, and lasts for awhile. The kids will be amazed, and you will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood.

And while we are on the subject of campfires…can we just say S’mores?

This Mom's Backyard Finds For Summer Fun

These Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are perfect for little hands. They extend up to 34″, and come in 5 assorted colors in a pack. Perfect for keeping those ‘assigned’ skewers straight. 😉

Our youngest has a slight obsession with bubbles. When I feel like taking our bubble time to the ‘next level’, I go with mega bubbles.

This Mom's Backyard Essentials For Summer Fun

Aren’t these the BEST?!? The kids just love the mega bubbles…okay maybe I do too. You can get the big bubble mix and wand here.

Now pardon me while I get my trampoline water park on!

What are some of your favorite things to do in the backyard during the summer?

Let’s be friends and stay connected: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


 

5 Ways To Keep Your Marriage Strong Through The Toddler Years

When you have children of any age, but in particular through the toddler years, how do you keep your marriage strong?

You know the scene. You are knee deep in poopy diapers, a mile long pile of laundry, the never ending list of errands, sippy cups leaking juice all over the floor, trying to maintain some semblance of order in your home…need I go on?

And, all of this is happening while said toddler is losing their mind in one of many full blown tantrums for the day.

Of course, all of this happens right when your husband walks in the door. You are so incredibly tired, and frustrated, and probably a little sweaty too. 😉

Your first inclination is to run away hand the kids to your husband, and say ‘you deal with it’.

In these hot mess express times how on Earth do you keep your marriage strong? I mean you are exhausted and overwhelmed, and I am fairly sure you are not feeling that this is your most attractive moment.

Embrace Your Partner

I know, I know…things are usually super crazy when he gets home, and you are probably in the middle of making dinner, BUT do it anyway.

Guess what? He may have had a rough day too.

No matter what is going on in our home, when my husband gets home we embrace. It just feels good to fall into his arms…even if one of the kiddos is screaming the entire time! 😉

Make The Time

Date nights can be incredibly difficult to manage. Especially if you move to a new town, and know zero babysitters! (I know all about this one.)

Even if you need to schedule an at home date night after the kiddos are asleep, DO IT!

It is incredibly important to put each other first, and solely focus on each other. Whether it be a nice meal alone, dancing all night, or watching a movie, you will be so glad you did it!

Talk To Each Other

This seems like an easy one, but there are some really long days with kids, a marriage can feel more like an assembly line than an actual relationship.

We can also find ourselves only talking about the kids. #Guilty

Find different things to talk about. Imagine you are back on one of your early dates, and were getting to know each other.

I know it sounds kind of silly, but it’s really important to continue to connect. If you are having trouble coming up with things to talk about, you can find some really fun conversation starter cards here.

Have Fun

It is so important to have fun! Many studies have shown that we actually think better, and are more creative when we are having fun.

Be silly! Have a tickle fest, pillow fight, play putt putt, go bowling, play a game. Whatever you decide just have fun!

Leave your worries behind, remember to breathe, and celebrate life together!

Don’t Stop Dreaming

This is a big one for me.

With the endless to do lists, over worked jobs, screaming kiddos, sometimes it feels like we are just in survival mode. But, don’t ever stop dreaming.

Where do you want to be in 5 years? What would your dream life look like? If money were no object what would you love to do?

Do you dream of traveling to an exotic place? Maybe you want to start your own business.

These are all super fun things to discuss with your partner, and you may learn something new along the way.

Dream together! You never know…one day those dreams may come true.

Let’s stay connected: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest



 

4 Things All Moms Should Be Wearing

We have all seen it…the LISTS. You know the ones? The lists that tell women, in particular moms, what they should no longer be wearing.

There was a recent list I read, ‘what women over 30 should never wear’, and honestly it just made me sad.

This list included items such as graphic tees (ain’t nobody taking my #MomLife tee from me!), and hoop earrings. What the what? Hoop earrings??? Seriously, a staple of my wardrobe.

So with all the lists telling us what not to wear, I thought it would be a nice idea to list some things I think all moms SHOULD be wearing, on the DAILY! 🙂

Confidence

Mama you know how to wear a baby on your hip, hold a toddler’s hand, carry book bags and a purse, and clench that cup of coffee, all while walking to your car. #Fierce

You are responsible for raising these tiny humans into amazing people. EV.ER.Y.DAY

Yes, you may have stretch marks, have an added pooch that wasn’t there before, and bags for days under your eyes.  But let me tell you something, you have EARNED them. All of it is because you rock at being a mommy!

Work those aisles in Target like a runway, sashay that school pick up line #likeaboss, and know that you are amazingly beautiful just the way you are!

Grace

I feel very passionate about this fashion must!

We need to have grace for ourselves, others, and especially mommies.

If you’re having one of ‘those’ days, the ones where you question if you are doing anything right, and the kids are literally climbing the walls…wear grace.

When you see another woman who is on the verge of tears because the weight of the world is closing in…wear grace.

When you are at the store and you see a mommy whose children are running and screaming, and you can see that her head is about to explode (P.S. it’s probably me 😉 )…wear grace.

We are all in this together, and we need to show grace to one another. Never ever assume you know someone else’s journey.

No mom has it ALL together. No mom has an Instagram or Pinterest perfect life. We all need a little help, and a whole lot of grace.

Flats

This is the only actual fashion item on the list.

Seriously though, if you are a mom get you some flats! I am certainly not saying to never wear heels, it’s just that #MomLife will be a lot easier to manage in a good pair of flats.

It is incredibly difficult to chase a small child, balance groceries, and dodge sippy cups being hurled at you in every direction in heels.

Think like a ninja. Trust me, ninjas don’t wear heals! 😉

Whatever You Want

I think this goes without saying, but wear absolutely whatever you want!

You want to wear red lipstick? Go for it! Graphic tees with leggings are your jam? Rock on mama! You are more of a tee with a blazer kind of gal? Get it girl!

Here’s the thing…you are a grown woman who is fully capable of deciding what makes you comfortable.

Please don’t ever let one of those ‘lists’ make you feel less than you are. And definitely don’t let them make you throw out your most favorite, worn in, thread bare sweatpants or t-shirts EVER!

XO


Now that we are friends let’s stay connected! Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest

 

 

 

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

Salad is what I crave when summer time hits!

Once it gets hot I am not much for cooking, but for some reason my family still demands to eat. Go figure!

During the summer months I like to keep our meals on the lighter side, and the less it involves heating up my kitchen with an oven the better.

So for today’s #FridayFavorites I thought I would share 10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes.

One of my current favorites is Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad and Mango Avocado Salsa by Cafe Delites.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

Okay, pick your jaw up off of the floor! Y’all this marinade is AMAZING, and the mango sets this salad off.

This is on constant rotation at our house, and no one gets tired of it…EVER!

If you are looking for a perfect light salad than look no further than this Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella salad by Julia’s Album.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

This salad is perfect to serve up with some toasted crusty bread. It also makes a great side to go with some grilled chicken or fish.

It whips up super quick, and is a great crowd pleaser for sure! It makes a great unexpected pick for that backyard BBQ.

I love a yummy fruit salad! Like this Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad by Cooking Classy.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

I love how versatile this fruit salad is. You can eat it for breakfast, or turn it into a healthy after dinner dessert. It also makes for a great dish to bring on a picnic.

The Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad by Cafe Delites is one of my husband’s favs! If it has bacon in it, he is sold. 😉

10 Mouth Watering Salad Recipes

Y’all this salad is seriously delish. It is light but hearty, and keeps everyone in our house happy!

Another one of my summer time favorites is this Corn, Avocado, and Tomato salad by The Girl Who Ate Everything.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

This salad makes the perfect side dish, or you can throw some shrimp or grilled chicken on it and you are good to go. I love the textures in this salad, and it just feels like summer to me.

I am seriously crushing on this Berry Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette by Yay For Food.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

This salad is light, and makes as a perfect dish for a brunch or lunch. I love that I can throw this together super quick on a busy summer day.

Yes, this is another fruit salad recipe, but oh my goodness it is amazing!

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

The Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad by Fork Knife Swoon is simply delicious! She affectionately refers to it as a non recipe, and it truly is super simple. Who knew watermelon, some berries, and a little lime juice could make perfection?

If I’m craving something with a Southwestern flare, this Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad by Tastes Better From Scratch does the trick.

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

This salad is a perfect for a Meatless Monday meal. It is another light, but hearty salad, and quenches that Southwestern craving!

Do you ever get a salty briny craving? Then this Tortellini Olive Salad by Norine’s Nest is perfect for you!

10 Mouth Watering Summer Salad Recipes

I have to be honest, at first this salad did not appeal to me. I’m not a huge salt person, and I do not like green olives.

But, y’all this salad is sooooo good. It makes a nice substitution to the more traditional pasta salads.

I am loving this Grilled Chicken Caprese Orzo Salad by Whole and Heavenly Oven.

10 Mouth Watering Salad Recipes

This salad is so simple, yet so amazingly yummy! The olive oil and lemon vinaigrette sends this salad over the top. It also makes a huge serving, so it’s perfect for leftovers.

I hope you enjoyed these #FridayFavorites, and make some of these recipes for your family! Let me know which ones are your favorites. XO

Now that we are friends let’s stay connected: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


 

 

 

 

 

 

This Art Project Is A Must For Kids

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more details.

Summer Break is in full swing, and this mama is trying her best to beat the Summer boredom blues!

You may have read my post on our family’s Summer Bucket List. One of the things on the list that the kiddos really wanted to try was an art project to display in our Playroom.

This mommy’s gears got turning. I needed to find a project that would keep the kiddos entertained, and turn out beautiful. I think we hit the mark!

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project

Y’all I am super excited to share this super fun art project with you today. It involves paint filled water balloons…what is not to love?!?

The kiddos had an absolute blast doing this, and seeing what color paint would splatter next.

The supplies I used for this project were:

Canvas 16×20 – feel free to use whichever size you prefer

Acrylic Paint in assorted colors

Push Pins

Washi Tape

Water Balloons

Trash bags for ponchos (to keep everyone’s clothes as clean as possible)

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project
Please note: This frazzled mommy grabbed the wrong balloons which are pictured here. I did end up using water balloons for the finished project.

First things first. You will need to decide if you want to create any words on your canvas. We decided to ‘write’ Be You in Washi tape, which I think is absolutely perfect for a play room! 🙂

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art ProjectNext you will place push pins through the back of your canvas. This helps with making the balloons pop.

I used a lot of push pins because I had a two year old participating in the project. I wasn’t sure how well her aim would be, so I wanted to make sure her balloons popped.

If you have older kids participating you may not need as many pins. But, if in doubt I would definitely add as many as possible.

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project

The next step is to fill your paint filled water balloons. Confession time: I had no free hands to take pics during the process of filling up the balloons, but I will try my absolute best to describe it to you.

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project

Grab yourself one of these handy dandy condiment bottles from the Dollar Store, Target, etc. I would have lost my mind without this thing!

I filled the bottle about a quarter of the way with paint, and added an equal amount of water. Swirl it around a little bit to make sure everything is mixed nicely, and then fill your balloon and tie off.

If you run out of water, add a bit more to the bottle and swirl it around again. Once you reach a much higher concentration of water than paint, add more paint.

I would also probably use Tempura paint next time as it is a bit more liquid, and washable. But hey, I like to live on the edge, so I used acrylic. 😉

Place your paint filled balloons in a safe container where they will not pop!

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project

You will definitely want to make some trash bag ponchos for yourself and the kiddos. This project can get cray cray messy in like 1 second!

If you aren’t sure how to do this here is an easy to follow guide.

Now prop that canvas up outside…preferably in a grassy area, and let those kiddos go to town! P.S. You will probably want to join in the fun too!

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project

Here is what our finished product looked like after we were all done popping.

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project

Once we finished popping the balloons, I removed all of the push pins, and placed the canvas on a flat surface to dry. Once it has completed drying, remove the wash tape.

While the canvas was drying, the 2 year old decided the painting needed a little something extra. She went crazy hand and finger painting all over it! Such is #MomLife!

Honestly I think it is perfect, finger paint additions and all!

You Must Try This Kid Friendly Art Project

The kiddos had so much fun making this, and they are super proud of what they accomplished!

What do you think of this idea? Leave me a comment below.

To keep up with the latest follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

 

50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe May is over! Cue the music…School’s Out for Summer!

Summer break means fun and excitement, while simultaneously causing dread and anxiety to mothers everywhere! Ahem…you know it does, who are you kidding? 😉

Well, have no fear because I have just the thing to cure what ails you! The Summer Bucket List.

This Summer our family decided to put together a list of all of the things that we would like to see, create, and do over the Summer break.

We gathered our family around, and everyone got to contribute. Even our youngest had suggestions…who may have been a little hard to understand, but I think I got all of her suggestions written down. 🙂

This is such a fun thing to do, because the kiddos answers may surprise you. Our oldest suggested things that weren’t even on my mommy radar.

The Summer Bucket List is great for planning out your day, and also for those times when boredom hits…you can proudly exclaim ‘Let’s look at our Bucket List!’

We like to put our Summer Bucket List on display in the kitchen so everyone passes by it daily. The kiddos also LOVE getting to mark things off of the list too.

Since you may be asking yourself ‘Sounds great, but where do I start?’. I thought I would share some examples of what is on our list to get you started.

  1. Get first library card
  2. Go bowling – Check out Kids Bowl Free
  3. Make Snowcones
  4. Have an outdoor movie night
  5. Take a mini weekend road trip
  6. Pick strawberries
  7. Visit a museum
  8. Tour your own city – This is really fun! Act like a tourist in your own town.
  9. Complete a jigsaw puzzle50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  10. At least 3 Playdates with friends
  11. Paint a picture
  12. Go to an arcade
  13. Play putt putt golf
  14. Visit a park
  15. Make tie dye t-shirts
  16. Make our own Minute to Win It game complete with prizes
  17. Go to a drive in movie
  18. Visit the zoo
  19. Service project of your choice
  20. Dance in the rain on a rainy day
  21. Go to a baseball game50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  22. Go roller skating
  23. Fly a kite
  24. Have a pajama party – let the kids stay up a little late, have popcorn, and play games
  25. Dance party – everyone gets a chance to show off their favorite moves
  26. Have a picnic
  27. Make some treats and share with neighbors
  28. Visit a farmer’s market
  29. Make homemade ice cream
  30. Plant an herb garden
  31. Slip and slide races
  32. Have a backyard campfire complete with S’mores
  33. Make a sidewalk chalk masterpiece
  34. Watch fireworks
  35. Gaze at the stars
  36. Make giant bubbles – recipe for giant bubbles here
  37. Build a sandcastle
  38. Go swimming50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For The Whole Family
  39. Catch fireflies
  40. Get ice cream from an ice cream truck
  41. Water balloon fight
  42. Go camping
  43. Scavenger Hunt
  44. Put on your own play
  45. Make popsicles
  46. Write a story
  47. Summer Reading Program
  48. Paint Pet Rocks
  49. Yes Day – this is a day where you have to YES to everything (within reason of course!)
  50. High Five Mom because she is AWESOME!

I hope you fall in love with this new tradition as much as our family has. It is such a great way to stay connected as a family, and a wonderful way for us moms to keep it together over the break.

I’m linking up with Erin at Perfectly Port Family where fellow mommy bloggers are sharing their bucket list ideas.

Because I love my ladies, I have included a Summer Bucket List printable to help you get started. Happy Summer Bucket Listing! XO

 

Summer Bucket List Printable

 

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.