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Have Yourself a Salt Dough Christmas

This year we are making special keepsake ornaments for the grandparents. My kids are at that age where they are still small, but in one more year they will be practically grown children. They still have that sweet baby-like look to them, and their hands are still so small and beg to be held. I want to remember all of that. So this year we will make some special salt dough Christmas ornaments that will keep their little hands small and baby-like forever.

The fun thing about salt dough is that you can make practically anything with it. Your ornaments do not need to be plain, ordinary, or even the same shape or theme. There is a world of possibilities even when you are using a handprint or footprint as your shape.

Salt dough Christmas

I Heart Arts n Crafts has 27 different salt dough ideas that will blow your mind. So be sure to head on over and check them all out for full tutorials. We have chosen to do Santas and Reindeers for our gifts. We cannot wait to see the joy on all of the grandparents faces this Christmas!

Summer Survival: Parent Car Hacks

We normally discuss things that make life easier with our kids, but sometimes what makes life with our kids easy is our sanity. Now I don’t know about you But I LOVE my car. I am in my car a LOT. Especially when the kids are home for the summer. We go places to get out of the house and avoid boredom, we go on family trips, and we go back and forth to summer activities like swim lessons and playdates. My children destroy my car on a daily basis. I have learned to pick it up a little everyday. Get toys, food wrappers, books, etc out when I drop them off somewhere. But with them home all summer I find it more difficult to keep it clean because they are always with me.

I recently stumbled upon a few ideas that are helping me to keep my sanity this summer by ensuring my car is a lot more organized and I am a lot less stressed. I found this great blog post on I Heart Arts and Crafts and I am so excited to share it with you. Be sure to head over and check out her secrets to keeping your car clean this summer.

One of my favorite ways to keep my car clean is to keep a little vacuum with my all the time, after all kids + food = mess. I love this little guy from Amazon. I use it ALL the time!

I always feel better when my car isn’t such a mess. It is the same with my house, if it is organized I feel less stressed, and if I am less stressed I can spend more time enjoying my kids. I hope that some of these tips are helpful for you too! No one wants to be stressed on summer break!

Sweet Treats: Coconut Fudgsicles

If you are like us, and most of the world, you might just have a dairy allergy or intolerance in your family. When little ones have an allergy it can be difficult, especially something like dairy that can be pretty common in everyday foods, especially in the summer when ice-cream is abundant! We try to keep only dairy free cold treats at home, but it can be difficult to find them in some stores, and the selection isn’t always great. That is why we love to find great recipes to try at home that give our little ones some fun cool summer treats without the fear of an allergic reaction.

This incredible recipe comes from the Creekside Cook. The Creekside Cook is none other than Donalyn, a wife, mom, and grandma that loves to cook, grow her own ingredients, and share her wealth and knowledge of good food with others. Her incredible dairy free recipe is a life saver of moms with kids who have a dairy allergy. Check out her blog for all of her incredible recipes.

Donalyn’s incredible Coconut milk fudge popsicles are going to be a go-to treat in our house all summer long. We hope it is at your home too. Check out the recipe and tutorial now at her website.

Coconut fudgsicles

What You Will Need:

  • 1 13 ounce can organic coconut milk
  • 1 cup dark baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons honey [or 4 tablespoons maple syrup]
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt