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A Baby Journal You Will Actually Use!

So be honest with me…

 

How many of you were actually good about putting things in your children’s “Baby Books”?

 

My eldest daughter Aidalyn found her baby book when were going through some things in her room, and she guilted me pretty hard on not having much of anything in it! Total #MomWin right there 

 

I love the idea of using a Baby book to remember things that I KNOW I’ll end up forgetting, but a written book just wasn’t cutting it for me.

 

Enter Qeepsake!

 

 I learned about Qeepsake after seeing it on Shark Tank  and I thought “Wow! That’s an awesome idea for saving memories for my girls!”

Anyways, I decided to try it out!

 

Side note: if you are looking for a good physical baby book, I’ve had several people recommend “My Baby Book” from Amy Krouse Rosenthal to me. It’s super cute and has some fun features if you do still want a physical book to write in!

 

So what is Qeepsake?

Qeepsake is a service designed to send you routine text messages (or Facebook messages if you prefer) asking short questions about your children. You simply reply to the messages and your answers are stored in your account!

 

 Here is a sample of the questions it will ask you and save your answers. It’s all pretty seamless and simple!

 

 

Even better, you can make an actual printed book later of the answers and photos you share, or you can just enjoy looking at it online for fun!

 

I know I’m not the only mom who would love an easy way to keep track of all the funny sayings and memories of my kids… but let’s be real right? 

I can actually do this! 

 

 If you want to try it out with me, head here to try it for free!

 

Qeepsake Lite is free but doesn’t have all the available features. If you find you like it, there are plans from $1.99 a month to $7.99 a month that unlock photos, multiple users, and more.  I ended up going ahead and going the premium route because it works so nicely 🙂

If you want to sign-up, please use my referral link. It won’t cost you any extra but I would sure appreciate it! 🙂

 

Pro Tip!  Qeepsake has the ability to connect to your Instagram and Facebook accounts and directly add a post you share to your account to save for later. You just use #qeepsake and it all works perfectly!

 

Have you tried Qeepsake or another online baby book option? Share your experience with us so others can make an informed decision!

DIY Holiday Coffee Sugar Scrub

The holidays are here! Which means a great opportunity for some homemade gift ideas to share or just to treat yourself!

This season also means drier air which means we can’t ignore our skin –

 

I love making these homemade sugar scrubs because they are so fun and easy too – Plus, this is the perfect way for me to keep my skin healthy all through the winter.

 

Watch How to Make DIY Holiday Coffee Sugar Scrub

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup of coconut oil

1 cup of ground coffee

3 tablespoons of sugar

10 drops of Defend

 

Directions

Mix all ingredients in glass bowl and store in container with lid.

 

I hope that you enjoyed this easy recipe to keep your skin healthy all winter long!

 

 

P.S. If you want to learn more about how I keep my skin healthy and wrinkle free all year long, check out my easy skincare routine!

DIY: Holiday Scented Pinecones

The best thing about fall is the holiday scents… what am I saying? The best thing about fall is EVERYTHING!! 

 

 

 

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But mama can’t be simmering a pot of apple cider on the stove every day, amiright?

and I don’t love burning candles… fires and kids sort of make me visualize this happening in my house:

 

 

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Plus, you really don’t know what you are breathing in when you burn a conventional candle. Most are filled with artificial scents – and I’m just not sure I want to be breathing that in all day.

 

So, this is a really fun and memory filled DIY idea to keep your favorite holiday scents in your home without worrying about chemicals or anything else scary, lol.

 

DIY Holiday Scented Pinecones

 

 

 

1 – First, go on a nature hunt with your kids

 

 

We brought our Halloween buckets along for extra gathering fun!  What you want to look for is any pinecones you can find… They can be small, large, closed or open.

Of course, we collected some really fun colored leaves too (and I may get another activity out of those later.)

 

2 – Bake Pinecones

Bake your pinecones in the oven heated to 200 degrees. This will help any closed pinecones open further and prep them for the essential oils.

3 – Prepare Essential Oil Solution

When you use and store essential oils, you should always use glass. You can buy glass bottles or you may can find an empty glass bottle you can re-purpose! (We used an old olive oil glass bottle and just cleaned it well and found a spray top that fit it)

 

 

Ingredients:

8 oz of Distilled Water

30 Drops of Defend Essential Oil Blend

1 Glass Spray Bottle

8-10 Pinecones

Glass Bowl

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in spray bottle, shake to mix.

Place pinecones in glass bowl and spray solution over pinecones to soak.

Cover and let sit for 24 hours.

Display pinecones in house to naturally scent the air!

 

I hope you have fun making this holiday craft with your whole family! I know one of the most important part of the holidays is making memories – so why not make something you all can enjoy!

 

 

P.S. If you want to learn more ways you can use Defend Essential Oil Blend to stay strong through the holidays, Check out this post with more great tips.

 

 

Four “No Carve” Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

It’s Fall Ya’ll! 

And that means it is time for all your fall bucket list ideas!

 

Our Fall Bucket List includes:

Leaf Scavenger Hunts

Making Wassail

Baking yummy Pumpkin Treats

Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

and Decorating Pumpkins!! 

 

Traditionally, most people CARVE their pumpkins.

However, when you carve a pumpkin there are some downsides…

 

When you carve it, it may ROT!

No one wants a stinky pumpkin rotting on their front porch! There are a few tips to help your pumpkin last longer – Click here to check them out!

 

Knives are scary

I’m a mom… and my internal safety alarm goes off randomly. When big sharp knives are involved I always have this BIG flashing red light go off in my head. DANGER! DANGER!

Yes, there are some safety tips you can follow… but most of the carving will need to be handled by mom and dad.

 

 

Here are Four Ways you can Decorate a Pumpkin WITHOUT carving!

 

1 – Paint!

When my girls were younger, this is the option we chose! It was fun, they got messy… but it was lots of fun to see what they created their painted pumpkins!

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Essential Oil Bathtub Crayons

When a rainy day strikes, bring the fun inside with bathtub crayons. Add a little Essential Oil for play time that can be as calming or energizing as Mom wants!

The girls have really enjoyed these, and sometimes it’s nice to have something that can be messy in a controlled way!

 

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• 1 bar Unscented Castile Soap (grated)

• 2 Tbs. hot water

• Natural food coloring (I like this one myself)

• Small ice cube tray, silicone mold, or cookie cutters on a baking sheet

• Small mixing bowls

• Essential Oils (Lavender, Lemon, Chill, Clear, & Eucalyptus have all worked great for me!)

 

 

How to Make:

1. Put grated soap into a medium bowl and slowly pour water onto the soap while stirring. (Note: the more water used, the longer it will take for crayons to dry)

2. Spoon equal amounts of the mixture into small bowls and add desired Essential Oils and food coloring to each bowl. Mix to consistency of a thick paste.

3. Scoop out and tightly pack into your molds.

4. Set in a warm, dry place to harden for 5-7 days or in the freezer for a few hours.

 

 

Is there anything better than clean, relaxed, and entertained kids!?

DIY Pom Pom Rug

 How to Make: Pom Pom Rug 

We are back to school! I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE doing crafts together.

I had some yarn left over from when I was trying to learn to crochet. The girls had this great idea to make a rug out of yarn Pom Poms {How fun!!}

I said – Let’s do this! It was super easy and fun for the whole family!! You can pick whatever colors you want to use too

Share with a friend someone who needs to make this!

 

 

 

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DIY Shaving Cream Slime

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The Perfect DIY Shaving Cream Slime

My girls (especially my oldest) LOVE science and experimenting at home. My mom gave us a book full of science experiments to do together this year and it is one of their favorite things.

Whether you homeschool or not, This saline solution slime is perfect for kids as a science and sensory play activity.

 

I get stressed out easily when my kids are making a mess in my kitchen (which happens often, haha!) But this is pretty contained in one big bowl (and as you can see, you can bring the fun outside too).

TIP: After you mix in everything, Use your hands to really kneed it to make it come together well.

 

 

One thing that can be frustrating with at home experiments is the ingredients – Right? The recipe may call for some weird thing that you have to special order or something. No need for that! It is easy to make this slime with common ingredients like glue, shaving cream, and saline solution.

 

DIY Shaving Cream Slime

Ingredients

4 oz of Elmer’s Glue

1 cup of Regular Shaving Cream

Contact Solution

1/2 tsp of Baking Soda is optional

 

Directions

 

STEP 1: Add one bottle of Elmer’s Glue to a large bowl. (Optional to mix in a few drops of food coloring)

STEP 2: Next, add a 1/2 cup of Shaving Cream to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda.

STEP 3: Add in another 1/2 cup of shaving cream and mix in well.

STEP 4: Slowly Add 1 tablespoon of the saline solution to the mixture and start whipping!

STEP 5: Once you get the mixture thoroughly whipped and incorporated, you can pull it out with your hands!

STEP 6: Spend a few minutes kneading the slime and add more saline solution if it is too sticky.

 

Then enjoy! My girls had so much fun with this!

 

 

?? SLIME SAFETY NOTES ??

Learning how to make homemade slime is totally worth it and your kids will love it! Let’s remember that slime is still a science experiment and every science experiment should be adult supervised.

If you kids are young, be in charge of the ingredients and do the mixing. DO NOT substitute ingredients (so you don’t get an unexpected reaction!) Wash hands thoroughly.

 

Snowman Essential Oil Air Freshener

Christmas is the perfect time to get the whole family together and make really fun crafts to give. I found this Snowman Essential Oil Air Freshener from Designs by Miss Mandee and I just knew it would be a big hit!

This time of year is a great time to

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Tips To Keep You Healthy Through The Holidays!

The holidays are a time where it may take a little more planning to stay healthy.

Temptation is around every corner, and it isn’t easy to stay on your diet or even avoid the average 7 pound weight gain – Yikes!!

 

I want to take this time to share with you an easy tip to help you stay healthy even when it isn’t the easiest and

I would love hearing your ideas on staying healthy through the holidays!

 

Here’s a little tip that we’ve been implementing in the Parker House:

 

 

It’s so important to stay active through the holidays!

Yes, it will probably be a little chilly outside, but use this special season to do fun things together. We really enjoyed taking the girls ice skating, and hiking on a trail – just bundle up!

After a big meal like Thanksgiving, take the whole family out on a long walk and just enjoy being together this year : )

 

P.S. Here is a little something I have been working on especially for you who wants to Detox and Lose right now. I am SO super pumped about this!

Click Here to grab my brand new Detox and Lose Guide!