It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’ve been on the hunt for a homemade, candy-free, nature inspired gift that my son can hand out to relatives and classmates. These DIY Valentine Bird Feeders check all of those boxes and were super fun to make! This easy, 3 ingredient recipe is also an awesome cold weather activity for the thick of winter.
And bonus, we’ve included some FREE Printable bird-pun tags to attach to the feeders. You’re welcome!
I love how this project can inspire some serious bird watching and outdoor activity. We definitely kept some feeders for ourselves and our backyard is chirping! If you want to get really serious, here is a great book for bird watching beginners. Keep scrolling for a full ingredients list and step by step directions. Most importantly, enjoy!
You will need:
2 cups of birdseed
2 packets of gelatin
1 cup boiling water
Mixing bowl and spoon
Heart shaped cookie cutters
Tray covered in foil
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Pour the boiling water into mixing bowl, and slowly ad the gelatin. Once the gelatin has completely dissolved, pour in the birdseed. This is where you can get the kids involved. Have them mix it up well! Be sure to cover all of the seed in the gelatin mixture, as this is what holds it together.
Next, take the foil covered tray and place the cookie cutters on top. Then, spoon the birdseed mixture into each cutter and pack it in until it is flat. We used heart and arrow shaped cutters, but feel free to get creative! Stick the straws (see picture below) into the mixture, as this will create a hole for the ribbon hanger. Cool in refrigerator over night or until hard.
When the feeders are good and hard, remove them from the cookie cutters carefully. Our creations popped right out of the cutters just fine. Next, remove the straw and string the hangers through the hole.
Presto, your DIY Valentine bird feeders are complete!
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With the turn of a new year tomorrow, its a time of reflection and goal setting for many of us – and not just for adults. Today, we are sharing New Years Reflection and Goal Setting Worksheets for your kids!
This is the perfect opportunity to discuss with your children the importance of reflection and setting personal goals for the year. Our worksheets are designed to be thought-provoking, fun and encourage personal growth and development. They include:
Year End Reflection Questions – Before your child decides how they want 2020 to look, dig deeper into the past year. Surprisingly, some of the answers can be a catalyst for major goal motivation. This worksheet is also a great conversation starter with family and friends (and you know we love a good conversation game.)
S.M.A.R.T. Defining Sheet – S.M.A.R.T. goals is a simple way to assist in goal setting. It is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals helps to clarify ideas and focus efforts that ultimately increase the chances of achieving accomplishments.
S.M.A.R.T. Worksheet – Have your child work through the S.M.A.R.T. process questions to plan out their 2020 goals.
This is the perfect opportunity to discuss with your child the importance of reflection and setting personal goals for the year
Teaching goal setting can be a challenge, so consider these simple tips:
Break big goals into little goals. If your child has a challenging goal they want to achieve, break it down to a step-by-step process. That way, they are continuing to accomplish small wins as they go.
Keep them short term. An important thing to keep in mind for younger kids, is to focus on a small goal that is easily achievable within a short amount of time. For example, a goal for a kindergartner may be to learn tying his/her own shoelaces within a week.
Celebrate the wins. Hitting goals is exciting. Be sure to acknowledge the great accomplishment that your child has made and let them know how proud you are of them. They will certainly want to achieve more.
Share your goals. Use this activity as a way to be candid and give examples of some of the goals you plan to achieve.
After the activity is done, have your child hang their worksheets on the fridge or in their room; this will serve as a daily reminder and motivation for the goals they plan to achieve!
If you enjoyed this activity, check out our other kids activities here.
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The time where we reflect back on all the opportunities, endeavors and experiences we have had in 2019; and a new opportunity to set goals and prioritize what we hope to accomplish next year!
Enter: New Years Resolutions.
Now I am all about turning over a new leaf – and my intentions with resolutions in the past have always come with high motivation. However, I have realized that I have consistently set unrealistic goals for myself.
So this year – I am nixing resolutions altogether and practicing affirmations instead. Why you ask? Let me explain.
First let’s define New Years Resolutions: Noun – A promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.
And now Affirmations: Noun – Consciously choosing words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life. Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation.
To put it simply – A resolution is basically a make-it-or-break-it promise. For example: You decide in 2020 you will go to the gym 5 days a week. Blessings to you, as that is highly unrealistic for myself, and sets the bar high (:::slow handclap::: if you can do that). BUT, the caveat is, if you don’t go 5 days a week, you have “failed” your resolution and likely will not continue.
When you change your mindset, you are able to overhaul thought patterns that typically hold you back.
An affirmation on the other hand is a consciously directed thought for the present moment; one that will manifest or attract something into your life. A comparable affirmation for your resolution would be something like “I feel healthier and stronger when I exercise regularly and take care of myself”. When you change your mindset and make a commitment towards a disciplined thought, you are cultivating your subconscious mind with positivity, happiness and success and are able to overhaul thought patterns that typically hold you back. Those positive thoughts and reminders you give yourself then translate into prolific actions and goals!
So every morning starting January 1st, I plan to set aside a few moments and go over the affirmations that resonate with me – and I encourage you to do the same!
To make it easier, I have created a few of my favorite affirmations for you, for FREE. Find the ones that reflect who you are and your future goals and with consistent use, see the changes you want come to fruition!
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Christmas is just around the bend and we’ve got some helpful gift giving ideas for you today.
I have put together a list of 50 Christmas gifts under $10 AND 75+ stocking stuffer ideas for the whole family!
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Every year the holiday seems to sneak up on me and I am left scrambling to come up with ideas to put under the Christmas tree. But this time, I have compiled a list of ideas to reference and I want to share them here in hopes that it makes gifting a little easier for you as well.
Below you will find a list of 50 Christmas gifts under $10 that I have been loving in 2019. I have listed this in sections for him, her, teens, kids and babies. Some of the items may be a tad over $10, but totally worth the purchase. Also – be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see my Christmas “cheat sheet” with over 75 stocking stuffer ideas for the entire family!
Below is our list of 50 favorite Christmas gifts under $10!
Give the gift of sensory stimulation for baby’s first Christmas with this brightly colored and super durable toy! Babies will love poking and grabbing the colorful silicon bubbles while developing fine motor skills. Easy to take on the go and a fascinating attention keeper, this Dimpl is a wonderful gift for baby’s first Christmas!
You can’t go wrong with a classic! This multi-purpose radio flyer is a gift for babies and parents alike, as it is fun to ride in and easy to pull. It’s compact design folds for simple storage and it includes the UV protective canopy (for rainy days too). Plenty of room for 2, the radio flyer 3-in-1 can also be used as bench for seating. Buy it now!
It is never too early to instill a love for reading in a child, which makes this board book boxset the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas. These brightly colored reads cover all the basics, including numbers, the alphabet and animals. Great for language development and an awesome introduction to the wonderful world of literature. Baby needs this set like yesterday!
Just look at this adorable spike the Hedgehog in all of it’s colorful, fine motor glory! Watch as baby’s skills grow with this super cute peg-in-the-hole toy. The quills are easy to grasp and simple to store when play time is over. Spike is highly educational with it’s sorting, counting and color recognition building features. Exceptional!
What’s not to love about this interactive learning baby walker that features a removable toddler play panel and pretend telephone handset? Help babies learn to walk with this light up, musical push toy that sings songs and spouts fun phrases. Durable wheels work on carpet and hard floors. Intended for babies and toddlers from 9 months to 3 years old, it is also available in pink!
Bath time just got more fun with these awesome waterproof books and squeeze toys! This gift is not only educational but unique and guaranteed to keep baby entertained. The first page even squeaks when you press it! Tough but bendable, the books’ smooth edges are safety checked and mold resistant. Great value for everything included. Blub Blub gift these bath toys for baby’s first Christmas and enjoy some fun in the tub!
Personalized learning, 40+ melodies and lullabies, and night time soothing are just a few of the incredible features to this multi-faceted, educational cuddle toy. Sync with a smartphone or tablet, and Scout will say your child’s name and favorite things. Bedtime just got a lot easier!
A beautifully crafted childhood classic, the Battat wooden activity cube is a must have for babies and toddlers. With 5 sides of fun and rounded corners, this child favorite will keep baby safely entertained. Playtime with this toy encourages hand-eye coordination, imaginative play and cause-and-effect. Winning gift right here!
What can’t we say about Melissa & Doug? Their products are amazing. Get back to the basics with these stackable blocks with eye catching alphabet letters and animals. And when baby is finished they store away seamlessly. This toy is an incredible value under $10 and is guaranteed by Melissa & Doug. Talk about a no brainer!
Kids have a mental, emotional and physical need to learn how to explore by investigating their physical environments. What better place to do it than in this stimulating and safe ball pit? They can learn depth perception and to differentiate colors. It folds up quick and easy and comes with a handy storage bag so you can take just about anywhere!
Coffee lovers…we all know one. Coffee is one of the simple pleasures in life, and one that us sleep-deprived mamas often use for survival. Whether it’s the cute mug, the aroma, or the mood boost, coffee is one of the best waking joys.
Each one of the gift ideas on this list are amazon prime eligible and perfect for any java drinker. Make the holidays extra special for the coffee lover in your life and order one (or more) of these fun and unique products!
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Here is our list of the 20 best gifts for the coffee lover in your life!
Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker & Travel Jar (here)
This item is number one on the list and for good reason! Let me just highlight some of the awesome features of this stainless steel french press:
Hotter-For-Longer Thermal Brewer
Travel Jar included
34oz Stainless Steel
So many fun colors
For coffee that is flavor full and piping hot, pick out a cute color and put this one in your cart. (You know you want to!)
Cosori’s stainless steel coffee warmer features touch-tech controls, an LED display, and a water-resistant plate. User-friendly design makes it easy to use, and the cool grip handle will keep you from burning your skin while the coffee stays hot. Perfect for home, office and easy to travel with.
Purchase on kindle or hardcover! Starting with basic skills and patterns, readers will learn how to create the crema (the froth that acts as a canvas in the coffee cup) and how to produce the hearts, rosettas and tulips that will be used as the basis to form more complicated artworks.There are 60 designs to try, including The Swan, The Unicorn, and frothy 3-D babyccino animals. Awesome!
Taboo Creations 6 Piece Coffee Lovers Gift Basket Box (here)
The ideal gift set for any coffee lover created by taboo! The beautifully packaged box includes:
Large Mug: Expressive white mug “Instant human, just add coffee.”
Daily rise coffee beans: Sumatra Blend 3 oz bag of hand packaged coffee beans for a perfect pot of coffee.
Fun socks: Cute pair of striped socks that say “If you can read this, bring me a cup of coffee!” (One size fits most.)
Skip the queue at your local coffee shop, as only 4 minutes is needed to brew a cup of pure coffee with this French press. Increase the extraction of flavors, oils and acids from your coffee beans with the 4 level filtration system that keeps coffee grounds out of your cup. Whenever you crave it, a cup of smooth and delicious coffee is just at hand.
For the Vegan coffee lover in your life, order this 4 pack of award winning organic, no sugar added, nitro cold brew! Perfect grab-and-go option for those in a hurry and best served cold. Enjoy as cocktails, or mixed into shakes and smoothies. Yum!
Let’s Have Coffee Together Forever Stainless Steel Espresso Spoon (here)
Sweet and sincere, this coffee spoon is sure to delight. Engraved, so the impression will last forever. Perfect for any coffee loving, loved one!
Cafe Ole’ Gourmet Coffee Gift Sampler Package (here)
Cafe Ole Gourmet Coffee Gift Combination of Six 1.75 Ounce Coffee Sampler Packages! A little about each bag:
All coffees are medium bodied, medium roasts with unique blends of flavors and finishes.
Taste of Austin – a touch of southern pecans with a hint of cinnamon.
Taste of San Antonio – cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla flavors.
Texas Pecan – creamy carmel and Texas pecan flavors.
Cinnamon Hazelnut – spicy cinnamon with German hazelnuts.
Breakfast Blend – beautifully balanced taste and a smooth finish.
Hawaiian Blend – has a slightly sweet flavor with a mild tart finish.
Bag of Mommee Coffee
Perfect for the soon to be, breastfeeding, or attempting to conceive Mommee, monitoring their caffeine intake. Touting half the caffeine of a usual cup of joe, this product is low acid, organic and fair trade!
Sturdy and unique, this pewter spoon is 5 1/2 inches long and measures an exact tablespoon. Made in the USA and comes in a gift box.
JoyJolt Declan Coffee Mug. Glass Coffee Mugs Set of 6 (here)
Glass coffee mug galore right here! Shatterproof glass, easy-grip handle, dishwasher safe and a lifetime guarantee are only a few of the awesome features to this 6 piece set.
12-Piece Coffee & Cookie Stainless Steel Gift Tumbler (here)
How about knocking out all of your co-workers, teachers, friends, bridesmaids (you get it) gifts in one fell swoop?
Cold Brew Coffee Maker – Large Glass Infusion Pitcher (here)
Ever wanted to make your own cold brew at home? Look no further! This Hydracy premium pitcher is perfect for cold brewing your favorite coffee or tea. Want to get fancier? Just add mint or lemon in the mesh of your usual cold brew preparation or fill your extra fruit infuser tube with some fruits and veggies for a deliciously refreshing infusion packed with vitamins & nutrients.
But wait… there’s more. Not only is this pitcher convenient for everyday use, it offers up to to 1.6 Quarts when used as a carafe, and it fits in even the most crowded refrigerator door thanks to its slender shape. Dishwasher safe and BPA free. Boom!
Typhoon Living Airtight Coffee Storage Canister with Bamboo Lid (here)
Unique and stylish, this ceramic coffee canister (that also comes in white) is from the Typhoon Living collection. It’s perfect for your favorite coffee and other kitchen essentials. Generous 1 liter capacity but also compact enough to fit within crowded cupboards, the bamboo lid is airtight keeping contents fresher for much longer. And just as a little tidbit for the environmentally conscious, the bamboo lid is sourced from carefully-selected, sustainable forestry. That we can all get down with!
Como te llama? Big fan of this adorably detailed design. A perfect add to any collection, this sizable mug is made of durable hand-made ceramic, and comes in a variety of animals, (love the Pug dog) a cactus, and an ice cream cone. Sweet!
LOOKISS Coffee Mug Warmer, Electric Beverage Warmer Plate (here)
With the many demands of my kids in the morning, some days it’s a miracle if I get to my coffee before it gets cold. This sleek and portable beverage warmer is the solution to that very problem. Perfect for the desk, counter or even nightstand, the built-in temperature control has a safe auto shut off function that powers off after 8 hrs. It also boasts 2 temperature levels, lukewarm and hot for both hot coffee fans and those that enjoy it a little cooler. (Hubs, if you’re reading this, put this in my stocking!)
How adorable is this rustic, hanging coffee sign perfect for the java nook in your home? Display it on the wall, in the kitchen, or use as the perfect housewarming gift. The sign itself is 6 x 12 inches and well made.
Luxury Coffee Socks with Paper Coffee Cup Gift Packaging (here)
I’m not sure what is cuter about this one, the socks or the paper coffee cup, gift packing it arrives in! We love this one for a coffee-loving co-worker or white elephant gift. The soft and fuzzy polyester blend socks are almost like a house slipper, keeping your feet warm on every morning, night, and chilly winter’s day. Women size 6-9.5. If you can read this, order me this gift!
Bean Box Deluxe Coffee & Chocolate Gift Box (here)
I may just ship this one to myself. 8 freshly-roasted coffees and 8 chocolate bars to pair with! This awesome gift box comes with almost a pound of delicious, gourmet coffee with freshness guaranteed. Included in the box are tasting notes and roaster profiles so you know exactly what you’re getting. Enjoy!
Make the most of 2020 with this beautifully designed coffee calendar featuring nationally recognized artists! With 12 full color images on high quality linen embossed paper, this artfully bright month marker is a great gift or stocking stuffer.
Powerlix Milk Frother for Coffee & Foam Maker (here)
Step your morning coffee game up with this awesome battery powered milk frother and foam maker! Yes, it’s cordless! If you love your morning coffee with lots of froth and foam, then you certainly want to have this frothing wand at home. It comes with a stand for easy storage and can be kept on the countertop. The best part is, it comes with a 100% lifetime warranty.