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  • School Closure Schedule & Activity Planner

    In the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, the possibility of school closures was something that seemed far out and even extreme. Now, with many school systems abruptly closing for the year, parents are scrambling to create some type of schedule to promote the normalcy kids need to feel secure.

    Kids thrive on routines. The consistency not only provides them a sense of security, but allows them to feel confident with time management. And as studies show, creating an established routine assists in developing important habits and life skills.

    quarantine schedule

    It’s impossible to adhere strictly to a schedule in this era of social distancing and some days you have to wing it! This is uncharted territory for all of us. No-one expects a set schedule to be followed meticulously during this time. Keep expectations within reason.

    That being said, we can do our best to give kids a daily routine as a guideline to follow. Enter: the School Closure Schedule and Activity Planner that we feel every parent could use right now, available for download below!

    quarantine schedule

    See what our School Closure Schedule & Activity Planner has inside!

    The School Closure and Activity Planner has 3 pages including:

    • Weekly Schedule: An activity focus for each day of the week
    • Daily Schedule: A timeline of suggested daily activities
    • Chore Chart: Age appropriate chore chart to maintain tasks
    • Learning List: Over 50 ideas for things to do while you social distance

    Pair the School Closure Schedule and Activity Planner with our Family Emergency Binder printables and you’ll be all set!

    We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying well during this difficult time. Rockitmama has a variety of parenting resources and children’s learning activities to keep everyone engaged until life returns to normal. Check the tabs on our homepage or use the search bar to locate articles and printables. Brighter days are ahead, friends.


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  • DIY Wood Bead Spring Wreath

    I’ve been wanting to try this project for a while, and since we’re currently social distancing, I decided to give it a whirl. Wood Bead Wreaths are super trendy right now, and I’ve been looking to fill decorative space on our walls.

    This easy-to-make DIY Wood Bead Spring Wreath turned out to be a fun way to add some Spring flare our new home! Full tutorial below!

    DIY Wood Bead Spring Wreath

    *This may need to be eliminated in time, but during this era of Coronavirus and social distancing/lockdown, I want to provide the best way to accomplish this project while staying safe. I ordered all of the supplies online at Michaels.com. and as of 3/22 (I’m not certain how long it will last) they’re offering curbside pick-up, where they bring your order out to your vehicle. You don’t have to step inside the store! In addition, Michael’s is offering awesome sales on just about everything. All of the items I purchased were 30% off! Stay well, friends.*

    You will need:

    1. 12in. wood wreath frame
    2. Six 2in. wood balls
    3. Faux flower bundle (use ours or find one to match your design style)
    4. Glue gun
    5. Scissors or pliers

    Wood Bead Wreath

    Directions

    1. Hot glue wood balls to wreath ring. Keep them close together.
    2. Optional: An added step I took to make adhesion a little easier, was to sand down a small spot on the wood ball to apply the hot glue. Pictured below to the right!
    3. Cut flower bouquet with scissors or pliers
    4. Use hot glue to adhere leaves and branches
    5. Apply the bigger flowers with hot glue and let dry
    6. Use command strips to hang on door or wall

    DIY Wood Bead Wreath

    Wood Bead Wreath

    DIY Wood Bead Spring Wreath!

    Wood Bead Wreath

    The final product is simple and beautiful. Another option to this DIY Wood Bead Spring Wreath is to use floral wire instead of hot glue. This way, the floral arrangement could be swapped out seasonally. I picture leaves and sunflowers for fall, or Holly for the holiday season. I may have to make a few more!

    Additionally, if you don’t have the equipment to sand the wood balls, split wood balls are available on Amazon and most craft stores.

    DIY Wood Bead Spring Wreath

    Ready to hit the wall! Tag @rockitmamablog in your final products so we can see all the pretty new wreaths!

    For more DIY inspiration check out Weekly Menu Board – An Easy DIY Project

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  • 50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas)

    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!

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama

    This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you make a purchase using these links.

    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!

    Happy Shopping!

    Below is our list of 50 favorite Christmas gifts under $10!

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Him

    1. Mr. Coffee Office Mug Warmer
    2. Every Man Jack Beard Oil
    3. Tuncily Credit Card Survival Tool
    4. Pair of Thieves Boxer Briefs
    5. Harry’s Mens Razor with 2 Razor Blades 
    6. Bodum 3 Cup French Press 
    7. Thermos Stainless Steel Beverage Can Insulator 12 oz.
    8. Buxton Top Zip Travel Kit
    9. Survival Paracord Bracelet 5-in-One Hiking Tool
    10. Handyman Flex Grip Work Gloves

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Her

    11. Burts Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Gift Set
    12. Phone Camera Lens
    13. Bella by Illume – Sweet Sangria
    14. seOSTO Women Small Crossbody Purse
    15. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
    16. Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool
    17. Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask
    18. Leather Tassel Lightning ChargeSync Cable for iPhone, iPad and iPod
    19. Gold Plated Adjustable Infinity Forever Bracelet
    20. Small Glass Jewelry Storage Box Gold

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Teens

    21. Just My Style Ultimate Scrapbook
    22. GETIHU Powerbank Portable Charger
    23. 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School
    24. Money Maze Puzzle Box
    25. ALEX Spa Hair Chalk Salon
    26. Spotify Subscription – The gift that keeps on giving
    27. Google Cardboard 3D Virtual Reality Headset
    28. iLive Audio Water Resistant Speaker with Carabiner
    29. Joopin Unisex Polarized Sunglasses 
    30. Bluetooth Beanie Hat w/ 2 Speakers

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Kids

    31. CoolSand Indoor Kinetic Play Sand
    32. Zuru Smashers – 8 Pack
    33. L.O.L. Surprise Dolls – 7 Surprises
    34. Gamewright Rory’s Story Cubes
    35. Play-Doh Rainbow Starter Pack
    36. Yeti in My Spaghetti Board Game
    37. National Geographic Break Your Own Geode Kit
    38. HITOP Glow Party LED Gloves
    39. Sequin Mermaid Pillow Case
    40. Elmers Glue Deluxe Slime Starter Kit

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Babies

    41. Where is Baby Board Book
    42. Baby Einstein Press & Play Pals
    43. Munchkin Squirtin’ Sea Buddies – 8 Pack
    44. Nuby Soothing Teething Mittens
    45. Fisher-Price Baby’s First Block Playset
    46. Infantino Stay & Play Sunflower
    47. A Baby’s Gift Box Set – Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
    48. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
    49. Infantino Topsy Turvy Hug and Tug Musical Bug
    50. Battat Sort & Stack

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama

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  • How to Plan a Halloween Wine Tasting

    I’m going to be real with y’all. I love wine. I have a deep affinity for my evening glass while winding down after a long day with the kiddos. The tannins. Mouthfeel. Aromas. I love it all. I decided recently that I didn’t know enough about this beverage for how intensely I feel about it, so I started doing a ton of research and informing myself about all things wine.

    Image of spooky wine trivia game free printable

    Thats when I came up with the idea of a Halloween Wine Tasting. One: to flex my newfound wine knowledge. Two: to spend time with friends. And Three: to celebrate this macabre time of year. I was delighted in how perfectly the event unfolded and how much fun we all had!

    All of that being said, I want to share with you guys everything I did to plan and host a spooky Halloween wine tasting in the hopes that you will plan your own, revel in some adult time and de-stress in the company of great friends. We deserve it, Mamas!

    ALSO: We’ve made our Halloween Wine Tasting Trivia Printable available for FREE. Simply scroll to the bottom. You’re welcome!

    Find a Sitter

    I was up in the air at first on whether or not to keep the kids at home or send them to the grandparents and now I am so glad I went with the latter. The luxury of uninterrupted conversation is one I don’t take for granted when my kids are gone. Plus, I’m not sure I would have been able to get through a detailed tasting with my two year old calling my name every 5 seconds.

    My advice: find a sitter. Enjoy adult time and encourage your mom friends to leave their babies behind so they can do the same. There is nothing better than spending time with mom friends emancipated from their children for a few hours. As the saying goes, in vino veritas.

    Wine and Food Selection

    I decided to offer a variety of wines at the tasting to keep everyone happy. Reds, whites and even a good Rose. I sought out a few local wineries and some international bottles. Total Wine is my go-to but any grocery store with a decent wine selection will do. I chose wines under $15 that rated highly on the reviews.  That way, I kept costs fairly low and my friends who enjoyed a certain bottle could easily pick it up next time they’re out shopping.

    To add a creepy touch, I found some spooky wines in the seasonal aisle (one was labeled Witching Hour). We served Halloween themed finger foods to match the vibe and decor. I was thrilled with how the mummy jalapeno poppers turned out (recipe here) and I will say, Pinterest was a huge help. For the tasting portion of the event, I typed up small blurbs about each wine and gave a few tips on what to pair it with.

    image of party mummy Halloween jalapeno poppers

    We served Halloween themed finger foods to match the vibe and decor

    Image of Halloween themed party decorations and food display

    Games

    What’s a Halloween wine tasting without a little trivia? Games are a great ice breaker and a fantastic way to get the whole gang involved in the action. Our Spooky Wine Trivia game was a big hit with all of our guests and I could tell they enjoyed learning fun wine facts to take with them.

    I found a cute pumpkin charmed wine stopper as the game prize and stuck it in a Halloween bag with a card which both congratulated and thanked them for coming. Easy Peazy! And in case you didn’t see, our Halloween Wine Tasting Trivia printable is available for download below!

    Costumes

    I have a proclivity for dressing up on Halloween. It is the only time of year I can transform into a mermaid or a Dr. Seuss character without fear of judgment. However, we permitted our guests to make the call on costumes so no-one felt forced to come up with something.

    The different ideas were great conversation pieces and allowed for hilarious photo opportunities. My husband and I decided to do a play on snapchat and personify filter vs. no filter, which meant he was in a skirt all night and that in and of itself was worthing dressing up for. My advice: let your guests make the call! Costumes can be a real hit but you don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable. Some great ideas for easy DIY costumes here.

    Decor

    Decor for our Spooky Wine Tasting was easy and simple. I used generic Halloween gear that I had collected over the years, some faux cob web on our railings and mirrors and purple lights on the stairwell. The black cauldron was a perfect place to store the wines. I use my felt board for every event that we host at our house so that was a must. Emoji wine markers added a fun touch to each glass you can purchase them here.

    I used generic Halloween gear I have collected over the years, some faux cob web on mirrors and railings and purple lights in the stairwell

    And there you have it! The Spooky Wine Tasting. A unique and entertaining experience for everyone to enjoy. There are so many different things you can do with this event to make it your own. The most important takeaway: set aside time to be kid free with people you care about. You’ll never regret it!

     



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  • 20 Patriotic Food Ideas for the Fourth of July

    Hosting for the Fourth of July? Check out some of our favorite red, white and blue themed recipes that are guaranteed crowd pleasers – and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

    1. Red White and Blue Parfaits

    “These Red, White, and Blue Parfaits make the perfect patriotic treat.  Simply layer fresh strawberries, fat free yogurt and fresh blueberries with a little granola in the center for an easy  and healthy dessert without the guilt.” Go to Post

    2. Fun and Fabulous Fireworks Cupcakes

    “…they’re great for events, parties, and celebrations of all types, and these fireworks cupcakes for 4th of July are perfect to eat as you watch the rockets burst in the sky with sparkly color!” Go to Post

    3. Fourth of July Popcorn

    “4th of July Popcorn recipe is a fun and festive sweet & savory snack to enjoy on any patriotic holiday. Celebrate Fourth of July. Kids enjoy making this easy chocolate covered popcorn and everyone will relish eating this patriotic snack.” Go to Post

    Recipe by Mom Foodie

    4. Fourth of July Fudge

    “A patriotic red white and blue fudge recipe perfect for Flag Day or the 4th of July. This easy marshmallow creme fudge recipe is made using evaporated milk, white chocolate chips, sugar, butter, and food coloring.” Go to Post

    5. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

    “With summer approaching, I thought that it would be the perfect time to make these red, white, and blue ice cream cone cupcakes.

    These patriotic cupcakes would be great for 4th of July parties or Memorial Day barbecues.  Or even for Flag Day!” Go to Post

    6. Patriotic Thumbprint Cookies

    “It’s no secret that we love making cookies. Double butterscotch cookies that are easy to freeze are usually my go to, but these patriotic cookies also make for a great summer treat.” Go to Post

    Recipe by Money Wise Moms

    7. Patriotic Fruit Pizza

    “This is a great dessert to make with kids too, let them help decorate!” Go to Post

    Recipe by Splendry.com

    8. Flag Rice Krispie Treats

        

    Recipe by Making of a Mom

    9. Marshmallow Pin Wheels

    “They are easy to make, only take a few ingredients, and kids LOVE them! I just adore how fun they look — and aren’t sweet treats on a stick the best?” Go to Post

    10. Fourth of July Cheesecake Bites

    “Now these red, white, and blue Strawberry Cheesecake Bites may not be quite  as easy as simply stepping out on the deck to watch the fireworks. But they’re pretty darn close.” Go to Post

    11. Red White & Blue Chocolate Dipped Wafers

    “Got a celebration pool party to go to?  Or having a few friends over to celebrate the big day?  Well, if you’re looking for a fun and easy little 4th of July treat to make for your festivities, I’ve got just the thing for you – Red White & Blue Chocolate-Dipped Sugar Wafers.” Go to Post

    12. Vegan Star Spangled Skewers

    “Let’s start with these super simple 5-minute Star-Spangled Skewers! Aren’t they so cute? You’ll love the flavors of the sweet watermelon (red), salty vegan feta cheese (white), and tart blueberries (blue). Like my mom would say, “It’s the yin and the yang, the tart and the sweet!” It’s the perfect festive finger food to make for your 4th of July BBQ, cookout, or party!” Go to Post

    13. 4th of July Icebox Cake

    “This icebox cake is cool and refreshing with its layers of softened graham crackers, luscious cream filling, and fresh berries. It’s easy to make, there is no baking, and it can be made in advance. It’s a perfect summer treat and a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!” Go to Post

    14. 4th of July Cake Pops

    “These cake pops are easy to make and would look great on any party table.” Go to Post

    Recipe by Mommy Made That

    15. Frozen Yogurt Bark

    “Frozen yogurt bark topped with mixed berries and crushed pistachios – super easy, delicious and a refreshing no-cook recipe that is perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert!” Go to Post

    16. Fourth of July Pretzel Bites

    “Are you looking for a fun and easy recipe to serve on Independence Day? Here’s a festive red, white, and blue snack recipe that will be perfect for your Fourth of July picnic, party, or potluck.” Go to Post

    Recipe by Moms Who Save

    17. Fourth of July Chocolate Covered Oreos

    “With the the new fireworks oreos I thought it would be fun to make festive chocolate covered Oreo cookies for the Summer. The 4th of July oreos have red, white and blue and it’s so patriotic and perfect for a celebration. If you are hosting a cookout, party or just hanging out with family, try making Red white and blue chocolate covered oreos. The milk chocolate coating is so yummy!” Go to Post

    18. Red, White & Blue Jello Shots

    “This batch makes a bunch, depending on the size of jello shot containers you use so be sure to share these with friends! You could also use this recipe with other jello flavors throughout the year to create new color combos.” Go to Post

    19. Fourth of July Doughnuts

    “Be prepared to be shocked and awed by some doughnut deliciousness AND a quick video tutorial on icing these babies.” Go to Post

    20. Patriotic Pretzel Rods

    “Although these Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Pretzel Rods really are the ultimate Independence Day snack, they are actually perfect for any time that you want to express your patriotism. Whip up a batch for Presidents’ Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Election Day, or to commemorate the birthday of your favorite President. These festive snacks make every Patriotic event extra special!” Go to Post

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  • DIY Personalized Teething Pacifier Clips

    My one year old is going through an extreme teething phase right now and I’m willing to try about anything to soothe him and the fuss. As I was searching for teething toys, I came across these super cute DIY personalized teething pacifier clips and I decided to give it a whirl. The final product was so cute, I simply had to share.

    These easy to make clips are the perfect gift or quick craft for the mama looking for a teething solution. Below I’ve included the supplies needed and step by step directions for creating these super simple and sweet DIY personalized teething pacifier clips!

    This post may contain affiliate links, which means that we may receive a commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase using these links.

    You will need:

    Directions

    1. Cut a 25″ piece of white polyester cord.
    2. One at a time, place silicone teething beads on the cord. You may need to use the bobby pin to push the cord through the bead or tape to control a frayed cord.
    3. Find the center of the entire piece of cord and tie a knot to create a 2.5″ loop. Slide the beads down to the knot. Then thread the needle back through the beads.
    4. When you get to the end, loop the cord around the base of a pacifier clip. Hold it taught, and wrap the end of the cord tightly around the base of the clip and knot. Thread the end of the cord back through a few beads (to hide the excess) and trim the end.

    And there it is! A pacifier clip that doubles as a teething toy. Be sure that the beads are secure on the cord and that the knots are tied tight. These beads are perfect for teething but post a choking threat if detached.

    Sweet teether!

    Enjoying the DIY posts? Check out these awesome Kid Friendly Bath Bombs with a Hidden Surprise!

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