Spring has (basically) sprung in our neck of the woods, accompanied by all of the outdoor activity we love about warmer weather. Yet with this lovely season of growth and renewal comes a fair share of rainy days as well. With that in mind, we decided to capture and bottle up our own spring scene for the days that outdoor play isn’t optimal. This Spring scene terrarium activity is the perfect creative undertaking, and a wonderful way for kids to exercise the imagination.
A terrarium is typically a glass vessel that contains real plants and soil, sometimes used to illustrate how an ecosystem works. Because the real ingredients can get a bit messy, we’ve come up with our own kid-friendly version that is also re-usable. We’ve decided to focus on the aformentioned, blooming season of Spring as our theme.
The best part is, all of the supplies needed to make this springy terrarium can be purchased at the dollar store for a whopping $5. Unless of course, you already have these basic supplies around the house! The base is play-dough, and can be used multiple times to create new spring filled environments. Have kids dream up their own sunny scenes, and add elements they find laying around the playroom or just outside the door.
Below you’ll find everything needed to create a Spring Scene Terrarium for kids. May the fun ensue!
Dollar store shopping list:
Green moss (found in seasonal section)
Rocks (or go outside and find your own!)
Various spring elements (butterflies, flowers, bunnies, eggs, etc.!)
Pack the play-dough at the bottom of the jar
Add the rocks for texture
Place the green moss on top of the rocks as the third layer (you can add more rocks later if desired!)
Insert spring elements. Be sure to press them into the play-dough so they stay put
Close the jar and your spring scene terrarium is complete!
The play-dough serves as a great foundation and sticking element so the eggs, butterflies, flowers, etc. stay nicely in place. Each terrarium creation has it’s own theme. You could use bugs, easter, or fairy garden as concepts; the possibilities are endless. I love watching my son’s imagination run wild while coming up with new ideas. Don’t forget to display them proudly as Spring decor until the next idea comes along!
Stickers could also be a fun way to add life to the terrarium. Use a sun sticker, clouds or rain drops to capture typical Spring weather patterns. Include a conversation about the changing seasons for educational value.
As you can see, we’ve done this more than once!
The finished products!
One proud little artist happy with the end result. A sweet Spring Scene Terrarium!
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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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.
You could say I’m a Fall enthusiast, but that would probably be the understatement of the year. I’ve had my Fall decorations up since the beginning of September. Pumpkins, leaves and harvest signs are taking up most of the space in our humble abode, and I’m not one bit sorry about it!
The Fall traditions run thick in this household, and I can’t think of a better time for family activities than during this festive, gratitude-rich season.
In order to galvanize your family members and get the Fall flare going, we’ve compiled a list of our 40 favorite Fall activities that will bring your family closer together. All of these ideas are family friendly for kids of varying ages, and can easily become traditions for the harvest season. Eventually, they become activities to look forward to year after year!
So why are family activities and traditions important?
Additionally, studies show family traditions are the basis in creating family culture. Some of the many benefits include nurtured bonds between siblings and parents, a further developed sense of belonging, and the making of a memorable childhood. Can’t help but love those perks!
A few of the Fall activities require prior planning and others can be done on a whim. That’s why we love this list and encourage you to add some family fun in your busy Fall schedule.
One of our Fall must-dos is a family hike during the weeks of foliage. It’s wonderful to behold the colorful leaves and to appreciate nature’s beauty that only comes around once a year together as a family. Again, the activity doesn’t have to be extravagant. Something as simple as backyard football can bring your family closer together.
To make planning even more simple here are a few quick links to find Fall activities near you!
To find Fall festivals (broken down by state) check out Funtober.com
To Find an upcoming 5K near you here is Active.com