Happy Fathers Day!

Our Fathers Day gifts came out perfect! The boys enjoyed making his gifts, anything that has to do with paint they are all over it. It took a few tries but we finally got it. I feel like they intentionally smeared their handprints just to do it again haha! We always have lots of fun playing with paint.

The boys look up to their daddy and love hanging out with him. Every morning my oldest son asks me “Does daddy have to work today mom?” it breaks my heart when I have to tell him yes. I always explain to Charlie that daddy goes to work so we can buy toys and go to waterparks. I know he is young, but I feel it is important for him to know that we have to work to be able to do all these fun things

Family Time!

I’ve been trying to find some ways to spend more quality time with my boys as a family. On my husband’s days off we usually do Charlie’s favorite thing, get ice-cream and go to the park. The park is fun, but I would like to have a variety thing to do while daddy is home with us. I found some great ideas Charlie may enjoy doing as a family and especially on days when daddy can join us. Some of these could easily become family traditions for us. Charlie looks forward to spending time with daddy on his days off, so I know he will enjoy doing any of these just as long as daddy is there to play with him.

 

 

  1. Go camping and let him pick out the snacks and games
  2. Take him to his favorite restaurant then laser tag
  3. Build a paper boat and let it sail in the pound
  4. Go see a movie at the theater
  5. Pajama party. Eat junk food and stay up late watching a movie in your jammies.
  6. Find a local park or pond where you can go fishing.
  7. After dark, head outside with binoculars and look at the stars
  8. Have a water gun battle in the backyard.
  9. Pack a picnic lunch and walk the trail at the park
  10. Pick out his favorite toy or something to build and go home and play with it together

 

 

 

Wooden Baby Swing

I received this swing and within an hour was able to get it hung up and ready to try out! It was super easy to hang already put together, which I loved. This swing fits Charlie perfectly. I was surprised at how well built it is and how thick the rope is. This is a fun swing for the kids and so safe. I don’t have to worry about them falling out because the bar is all the way around them. So no matter how crazy they get, they won’t fall off. Here is a preview of him in his first swing. Needless to say that smile says it all!

You can get it from Amazon, check it out:    Click here

We hung this swing a little lower than the normal swing so if they were to have an accident getting in and out of the swing they would have far to fall. Love the classic look of this swing and the many details. You won’t be disappointed!

 

MEIGO Magnetic Blocks

I have been looking for something other than Legos for Charlie, my oldest son,  to bring out his creative side. We’ve tried Legos and it doesn’t seem to spark his interest, but that might be because his younger brother knocks them down as soon as he starts to build something. I’ve noticed he has taken interest in magnets. So, when I saw these, I said we have to have them! These magnetic blocks are plastic, non-toxic and if they are left on the ground and stepped on I won’t be in pain for the next 15 minutes. That was a huge plus for me, I step on at least two toys a day and it so painful. The age range is  3+ so I knew they would be perfect for Charlie!

 

  

 

I talked to Charlie about this order and explained to him what all you can do with these magnets, he was very excited for this order to arrive. He had us check the mail every day hoping they would come in, thankfully the shipping was very fast! When they arrived, they were in a nice teal box neatly organize with an instruction book with different ideas on how to build things. It also came with a red velvet storage bag with a drawstring. I love the bag because when the boys are done playing they can pack them up and they are ready to grab and go if we heading to town that day or just dump them out and start playing again.

These MEIGO Magnetic Blocks are the best, we can do so much with them! We received the 30 piece set, that comes with squares and triangles. I love that they come in many colors to help with color recognition, they are thin and easy to hold on to.  They have a very strong magnetic hold, which helps when your building your models. The instruction book has so many ideas on things to make, this not only helps children build their shapes but also shows them how to follow directions. Really great quality for an affordable price. The boys never get bored with these magnetic blocks!

I know your kids will love these as much as mine do! I would love for you to surprise them with a magnetic set of their own and let their creative side come out. Go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077ZQ6H6W and enter this code”KBH6GXD6” at checkout to receive your 10% off coupon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Made Paint

My boys love to paint and do anything that involves getting messy. So I thought it was so awesome when I came across this recipe to make homemade paint. How awesome it that? I’ll never have to buy kids pain again! I can also make whatever color I want when I want. This paint dries so fast I don’t have to worry about the kids coming back to touch it later and getting dirty again.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Ziplock bags
  • Scissors

What to do:

  • Blend 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of salt. Add 1/2 cup of water…
  • and mix until smooth
  • Divide it up into three sandwich bags and add a few drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring to each bag.

 

Squish them up until it is all mixed pretty good. We had to add a little more water because ours came out a little too thick. We put the paint into Ziplock bags, it made it a lot easier for the kids. I cut the corners off the ziplock bags and let the kids squeeze the paint mixture into your squeeze bottle.

The boys had so much fun making their own paint!

 

 

Our Fishing Trip

Being a police officer my husband works a lot. Not only does he work his normal shift but he also works off-duty shifts. when it comes to his day off, we usually try to make the most off it and let Charlie pick what he wants to do for the day. Ivan is still young to pick but usually does whatever Charlie does. Today Charlie decided to go fishing with Ivan and  Tanner, his other fishing buddy!  But first, there were a few things we had to get together before we headed out to fish.

 

 

Gather all our fishing gear

• Kid Fishing pole/fishing net
• Bait
• Line
• Kids tackle box

 

Gather all items for kids!

• Sunscreen
• Cool clothes
• Sunglasses
• Water!!
• Snacks
• First aid kit
• Extra pair of clothes just in case someone jumps in the water.
• Shoes
• Towels
• Coolers to keep drinks and snacks cool
• Toys!!!!

 

 

 

Home Made Bubbles

I’ve been looking around for more non-candy ideas to put in my boy’s Easter basket! Here is another awesome idea that they would love and use every day, homemade bubbles. Not only will I use this for Easter but probably once a week, my boys love playing with bubbles. Charlie likes to see how many bubbles he can make come out at once, and he likes to catch two bubbles and make the connect.

Simple Homemade Bubble Solution:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of dish soap

Simply mix the ingredients together until the sugar is totally dissolved.  Then, after done playing, store in an air-tight container.

The next recipe requires an ingredient that is a bit more “rare”, but the bubbles from this solution are a bit better, but, like I said, they weren’t terrible with the first recipe.

Little Less Simple Homemade Bubble Solution

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons dish soap or laundry soap
  • 1 Tablespoon Glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Once again, simply mix the ingredients together until all of the sugar is completely dissolved.  Then, once you are done using it, store it in an air-tight container.

make your own bubble solution