DIY Mother’s Day Ideas

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Obviously your Mother’s Day gift is in the hands of your (hopefully) magnificent husband who has spent his entire week dedicated to making it a perfect day for you. *Clear Throat*. But you also have some fun things to do for your Mother, as well as Grandmas and Great Grandmothers. Here are a few things you can make at home with the kids to give all the women in your family a special day!

1) A Card – Obvious one here, but this year we opted for the famous “Butterfly Feet” card and it is so cute I can’t stand it. This one is in the beginning stages and we will be adding a few more decorations but you get the idea. It’s messy, it won’t always be perfect, but the Grandmas with LOVE it. They can even cut out the feet portion and frame it. I used water colors and card stock.

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2) A bookmark – This was hilarious. I haven’t finished it, I need to go tomorrow and buy a bookmark tassel to attach to the top, but this is the general idea. Have your little one stand with their hands up and snap a picture. Print the photo and cut around it. Glue the photo to colored construction paper and then cut around that. Hole punch the top where their hands are holding and tie in a bookmark tassel. The Grandmas will love this for their romance novels!!!! Just picture this example of 3 bookmarks with tassels and you will get the idea.

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Lastly – Here is a last one I didn’t find time for but looks so easy and you can find these wood pieces at Michaels. Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 3.20.37 PM

Wishing all you mommies out there an AMAZING Mother’s Day and hoping you get REST, breakfast in bed, a massage, a Starbucks, a cute card, a nap, lunch in bed, a movie, dinner, a foot rub, a glass of wine, a bubble bath, and any other indulgence that the female mind can possibly think up.

Amazing Toddler Activities for Learning

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Now that I have a three year old, the old games we have been using are old news. I can see it in his eyes every morning when he wakes up, this kid need to be stimulated. His brain is like a sponge needing to be filled with knowledge about the world around him. So, faced with the task of keeping him growing both in body and mind, I have tried several inventive activities (and am trying more every day) to keep him appeased. And of course I will let you in on my favorites AND least time consuming for mommies everywhere. And keeping up with my “use what you have in the home” theme, most of these you won’t send you out shopping….much.

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DIY Mason Jar Christmas Decorating

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I love mason jars. We drink from them, we put flowers and plants in them, we store baby food in them, they are a staple in our home. Mostly because it is the one type of glassware we don’t break. Plus, it has a lid and looks really cute. So here are some ideas for the mason jar lover out there who feels like having some fun crafty time with the little ones.

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Descanso Gardens

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What an amazing place to take your kids. Seriously. It’s a place where you don’t always have to say “no” or “don’t do that” constantly to your children. They can run around, free and wild, on acres and acres of beautiful land. Some have gardens, some are rural, some are just wide open spaces with trees. You will find mazes, koi ponds, fountains and streams. Bring a lunch and lay on the grass and relax. If you forget lunch they have a wonderful cafe with outdoor seating. This place is so close by to the Los Angeles residents that it is now a favorite in our family. It took us 17 minutes to get

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Travel Town

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Travel Town is next level amazing. It is located in the picturesque Zoo district of Los Angeles and boasts so many things to do and see that Jack would have spent the rest of his life there if we had let him. First off, it’s free. As in free free. No hidden costs or anything like that. You walk in to find that the grounds are beautiful and grassy, almost all covered in trees so there is plenty of shade. I highly recommend bringing a picnic basket and blanket and just relaxing on a hill somewhere while your child plays. There are several old trains right when you walk in, but after a little walk further inside you will find where all the fun is. Tons of vintage trains to play in (you can even host birthday parties inside of them which I may do for Jack) as well as toy trains and track laid out on the ground where all the kids can play with their own trains and tunnels. (You just need to visit the nice lady sitting on the bench with a huge box, hand her your I.D. and she will rent you 2 trains for free). You can visit the museum to see some other vintage trains, and then top off your visit with a train ride around the park. It is such a great time, and only about 10 minutes drive from where I live so I’m pretty lucky.

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Farming Good Times

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We are constantly trying to get out and do something fun with Jack on the weekends. One thing that is always a sure fire hit is a visit to a Pick-your-own Farm, where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables as a family. Usually there are a few other activities thrown in on the side like horseback riding, animal petting zoos, tractor rides, and starting each September….Corn Mazes!

My all time absolutely favorite one in the history of time (so far) is called Underwood Family Farms http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com

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This place is a little bit of a drive, roughly about 40 minutes or so from Los Angeles. BUT, it is a mecca for little ones. Clean, beautiful, full of trees and grass and animals and rides you will have the time of your life. Bring a picnic with you and make a day out of it. I found the vegetable picking part something that I didn’t even have time for, so next time we go we have to make it more of a priority. I wish this was around the corner, I would have a season pass.

Now for the next little gemstone I have found…….. it’s a website. And on this website, you can find all your closest neighborhood farms and details about what they offer, what fruits and veggies they have available to pick and activities they have going on (like the super fun corn mazes). That’s not all. It will also tell you how to make homemade jam, jelly, salsa, pickles, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, apple butter, and 150 more recipes you can store and preserve in your own kitchen. YUM! This website isn’t glamorous but it is the exact information that I crave to know about. Here’s the website: http://www.pickyourown.org

I am visiting this farm next weekend for some tractor rides, veggies and corn maze fun. It’s 17 minutes from my house in Los Angeles, who would have thought!

 

Enjoy!