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I spent last weekend giving this Amazon mud kitchen a little upgrade! It now sits in our backyard across from our playset and my girls have loved every second playing with it! There’s a water dispenser inside the cabinet so they can easily make mud creations and have fun getting messy. Have you ever thought […]

My Mud Kitchen Makeover

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It’s not a fancy inflatable sprinkler or a bouncy house. It’s a $10 (or less) drink dispenser that has given my kids (ages 2-7) countless hours of fun outside! I first learned about this idea from The Workspace For Children and it’s changed our outside playtime dramatically! It doesn’t seem like much (and really… it […]

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

My philosophy is that Mother’s Day gifts should spoil the recipient and be something she wouldn’t normally purchase herself. With that in mind I’ve curated my personal wishlist with the hope that it inspires & helps you as you shop for the mamas in your life this year! *This post contains affiliate links. I may […]

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Beachy Amazon Finds!

We are on Spring Break at the beach right now and I was inspired to share some of the items in my Amazon cart right now…. Check this post for my spring break fashion finds that I packed for my girlies! Striped Towels: Wish I found these before our beach trip! Ordering them to use […]

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The Best Affordable Amazon Fashion For Spring

I’ve been shopping for fashion finds from Amazon for years and today I’m sharing all of my favorite spring Amazon pieces. I own nearly all of these spring Amazon fashion finds myself! I’ve divided this post up into two categories – one section with more casual pieces and other with everything else! *This post contains […]

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Printable Art From Ukraine Based Etsy Shops

An easy way to support Ukrainian based artists and small shops right now is to purchase their digital products on Etsy. I’m so grateful I saw this post on @StitchAndSteelCo that shares how to easily search for these pieces. I was a little skeptical about this idea at first but when I started reading some […]

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2022 Easter PJs For Kids

Strawberry Khaki PJs Kids 100% Organic Cotton Bunny Graphic PJ Set Cat & Jack Daisy PJs Blue Plaid Peter Pan Collared PJ Set Burt’s Bees Blue Ditsy Floral Hanna Anderson Big Blooms PJ Set Bunny Slippers Girl’s Classic Nightgown in Marshmallow Floral 2-Piece Snug Fit Easter Egg Pajamas babyGap Multi Stripe PJ Set Pink Floral […]

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How To Dye Beans & Pasta For Sensory Play

There are a few different ways to dye dried pasta, rice and beans for sensory play but I’ve finally figured out my favorite! I’m picky when it comes to colors and I find food coloring makes it tricky to always get the right shade that I want. Acrylic paint is my go-to and here’s how […]

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St.Patrick’s Day Treats For Your Kids

I will take any excuse to create a little magic for my kids. The past few years the “leprechauns” have made a mess in the morning, turned our milk green and left a little rainbow surprise for the kids. If you partake in this nonsense, I found a few fun finds below! Green striped PJs– […]

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Spring Break Style Finds For Girls

We are heading to the beach in South Carolina for our spring break in April and I’ve been browsing for new swim gear! There are so many cute swimsuits out right now – and several of these are on sale. Green striped topFlower Sunglasses (lots of color options)Purple Gingham SuitBlue Striped SuitFloral HeadbandsShark GogglesPink Striped […]

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Recent Amazon Purchases

Here’s a round-up of recent Amazon purchases I’ve made – you can always reference my Amazon Storefront here!  Body Sponge: More hygienic than a loofah & works well to exfoliate. Loeffler Randall look-a-like sandals for a fraction of the cost!! Hopefully these are worth the wait! Softest PJ set for $20 that I got for Alice. […]

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Kids

While completely not necessary, I like to give my kids a little something for Valentine’s Day. Typically I give them a new set of PJs & book on February 1st. This year I’m also adding a DIY playdough jar that I made for them to enjoy all month (watch the video on how to make […]

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