April 25, 2015

50 Outdoor Kids Activities for Spring

Apr 23, 2015

Take advantage of the beautiful Spring weather with these 50 FUN Outdoor Activities for Kids!

Can you believe it’s already April?! Spring is in full bloom and the kids are probably getting antsy with the end of the school year right around the corner.

When the weather is this beautiful, it’s such a great idea to find fun outdoor activities for the kids to enjoy. The great thing is that outdoor activities don’t have to be expensive! Check out this list for some inspiration on some frugal and fun outdoor kids activities for spring.

50 Outdoor Kids Activities for Spring

1. Hula Hoop Hideout via The Craft Nest
These super cool backyard hideouts are hanging “tents” made from sheets and hula hoops! Kids will have their own little individual adventures involving play and snack time. Bonus: it provides shade on those hot sunny days.

2. DIY Giant Water Blob via Paging Fun Mums
Make a huge outdoor water bed with this easy to follow tutorial! And it costs under $10 to make! This is sure to provide hours of fun for kiddos.

3. Nature Scavenger Hunt via The Taylor House
This is such a fun idea to encourage educational outdoor play! And you can change it up for your specific geographical location and neighborhood.

4. Spray Chalk via The Clever Pink
Switch up the ole sidewalk chalk routine with something a little bit different! Super easy (and cheap) to make!

5. Garden Rock Caterpillar via Nellie Bellie
Well, isn’t this just adorable?! Gather a collection of rocks and paint to have kids make their very own caterpillar! How fun!!

6. DIY Pool Noodle Sprinkler via Ziggity Zoom
No sprinkler? All you need is a hose and a simple pool noodle to create lasting sprinkler fun in your backyard. How clever!

7. Giant Yard Twister Game via Instructables
Play a giant game of Twister right in your backyard, and there’s no slippery mat to worry about! You play it right in the grass.

8. Recycled Bottle Bowling via Moon Frye
You even get to be environmentally-friendly with this one! Save up your old plastic bottles and turn them into bowling pins! All you’ll need is a tennis ball.

9. Giant Pick-Up Sticks from I Heart Naptime
This giant game of pick-up sticks made from bamboo stalks is such a genius idea! Who wouldn’t love life-sized pick-up sticks? (I would!)

10. Backyard Oversized Memory Game from Dollar Store Crafts
Grab some poster board and make a giant memory game to play in your backyard. This is perfect for younger children just learning their numbers or ABCs!

11. Backyard Obstacle Course via Simple Kids
Create your own competitive obstacle course! These are tons of great ideas to customize it exactly how you want it with what you already have on hand.

12. Bottle Rockets via Science Sparks
You can’t ever go wrong with…rockets! And these are so easy to make with household objects you probably already have on hand. Kids will love this.

13. Exploding Sidewalk Chalk via Growing a Jeweled Rose
Here’s another fun variation on the regular sidewalk chalk. This one looks like so much fun! (And it’s sure to entertain.)

14. Melting Ice with Salt and Color via Artful Parent
This is a great educational science activity, plus it creates a beautiful result! This looks like it could potentially get messy, so I think it would be a great outdoor activity on a day when it’s not too terribly hot.

15. Squirt Gun Science via No Time for Flash Cards
Utilizing the reaction between baking soda and vinegar, this makes for a fun and colorful activity for kids! Just be sure you have protective eyewear.

16. Mentos Soda Rocket via Keeping It Simple
This is a classic one I remember doing as a kid. So much fun to see how high the soda will erupt!

17. Threading Leaves via A Little Learning for Two
What a simple and relaxing afternoon activity that gets the whole family out in the beautiful weather to enjoy nature together. And it’s pretty much free!

18. Build a Volcano via Kids Activities Blog
You can easily build a dirt mound volcano right in your backyard. With adult supervision, the kids will be super impressed when it erupts.

19. Fabric Clothesline for Kids via Meri Cherry
What small child doesn’t love running through clothes hanging up in a department store? Recreate that experience with an invitation to run through fabric outside!

20. Make and Play with Story Stones via Paint on the Ceiling
These story stones are so cute! And they will provide continuous fun after they are made.

21. Backyard Picnic via My Kids Adventures
Picnics are always a great go-to option, and it’s great quality family time!

22. Rainbow Bubble Snakes via Housing a Forest
If you have little ones who love all things bubbles, these are sure to please. This isn’t just one bubble…it’s an entire SNAKE of bubbles! Super FUN.

23. Make Homemade Bouncy Balls via Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Make these bouncy balls using basic ingredients at home, and then take them outside for some fun bounce time.

24. Flower Painting via Nurture Store
Have your child pick out his/her favorite flower in your backyard, and then do a little flower painting! Such a unique idea.

25. DIY Homemade Wind Chimes via Hands On As We Grow
Guide kids in making their own handmade wind chimes! These look like so much fun and it’s a perfect outdoor activity.

26. Outdoor Water Painting via Tinker Lab
Let your kid get creative by painting with water on the outside sidewalk, tiles, deck, and other surfaces. The best part? NO MESS.

27. Paper Plate Frisbees via Crafts by Amanda
Another great craft activity that provides ongoing hours of fun after the finished product is made. Kids can get as creative as they want.

28. Catch the Comet Game via Crayola
This looks like a fun DIY game, and it’s easy to make for almost no cost at all. Just save an old milk jug!

29. Turn Your Deck Into a Board Game via Design Dazzle
Oh my goodness does this ever look COOL?! Wow — what an awesome idea!

30. Make Giant Bubbles via Busy Kids Happy Mom
I’m not sure which is better — this one or the bubble snake! Both are super cool for any bubble-loving kid. And this giant bubble recipe is so easy to make!

31. Toddler Color Hop via Learn Play Imagine
For the younger kids, this is a great color recognition activity that is also entertaining.

32. Edible Water Beads via Growing a Jeweled Rose
Kids love water beads, and this recipe is great because it’s completely safe to eat if younger kids try to go for the mouth. This is a great activity to take outside to avoid messes inside the house.

33. Make an Outdoor Tent via Kids Activities Blog
Here’s another great tent idea made from PVC pipe and sheets! So simple yet provides hours of fun.

34. Make a Pool Noodle Race Track via Ramblings from Utopia
This is an awesome way to use an old pool noodle, and kids will love it! Turn it into a race track for toy cars.

35. Outdoor Tic Tac Toe via Chicken Scratch NY
How creative and cute! Love this.

36. DIY Water Wall via Things to Share & Remember
This is such a cool idea, and it’s sure to entertain kids for a long while.

37. Ice Block Treasure Hunt via Macaroni Kid
Freeze some of your children’s favorite toys inside ice, and let them have fun hunting for them!

38. Balloon Dart Board via She Knows
So easy to make. Such a fun game!

39. Bean Bag Ladder Toss via Landeelu
Just set up your point targets on the rungs of a ladder and let the kids have their own game of bean bag toss.

40. DIY Slip ‘n Slide via Digital Misery
Save some money on a traditional slip ‘n slide and make it yourself with this easy tutorial!

41. DIY Sandbox via Stuff Parents Need
If you don’t have the money to build an official backyard sandbox, this is an awesome alternative for under $25!

42. Art on the Lawn via She Calls Me Mama Leisha
Spread out a sheet and let kids create their own art using paints!

43. Outdoor Play Boat from a Cardboard Box via Meri Cherry
Imagination takes the helm with this simple cardboard boat that provides hours of play!

44. Make Star Wars Lightsabers from Pool Noodles via Laughing Squid
This is a great idea! Kids can make their own lightsabers and go out back for some Star Wars style yard fighting. (Bonus: it’s “safe”…for the most part, anyway.)

45. Play Outdoor I Spy via Kids Activities Blog
This is a fun outdoor educational activity that requires no materials at all! And you can change up the theme or difficulty level any time you want.

46. Make Homemade Bird Feeders via National Audubon
Let kids help out with making bird feeders for your yard. Create a mini bird paradise. It’s so much fun watching birds come to the feeder each day!

47. DIY Hula Hoops via Six Sisters’ Stuff
Help your kids make their own hula hoops to play with outside!

48. Go on a Bug Hunt via No Time for Flash Cards
How fun and educational! Let your kids find and count bugs.

49. Chalk Dress-Up Dolls via The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
What a fun idea for little girls who love playing dress-up or love playing with dolls. It’s sort of a combo!

50. Frying an Egg Experiment via Growing a Jeweled Rose
This is always a simple and easy outdoor science experiment! The ultimate life question: is it hot enough outside to fry an egg on the sidewalk? ;)

What about you? What does your family do for fun? Do you have any tried and true outdoor kids activities that are sure to be a hit? Let’s hear in the comments!

Daily Frugal Tip: Simple Homemade Paint Recipes

Apr 16, 2015


If your kids love to paint, but you don’t want to buy expensive paints at the store, you can check out these 11 Super Simple Homemade Paint Recipes!

The best part is that all of these recipes are made with 3 ingredients or less, and they are all inexpensive and common to have on hand at home!

Thanks, Nate and Rachael!

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Daily Frugal Tip: A Month’s Worth of After School Snacks

Apr 7, 2015


Looking for some easy, inexpensive, and healthy after school snacks for the kiddos?

Check out this Month’s Worth of After School Snacks! Tons of great ideas here!

Thanks, Thirty Handmade Days!

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Daily Frugal Tip: Recycle Old Light Bulbs!

Apr 1, 2015

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Next time your light bulb burns out, think twice before you toss it!

Check out these 19+ Awesome DIY Ideas for Recycling Old Light Bulbs!

SO cool, right?! Some of these look really easy to do, too.

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Daily Frugal Tip: How To Use An Entire Candle (And Not Waste Any Wax)

Mar 17, 2015

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Do you ever have problems with the wax getting stuck on the sides of candles when you burn them? I always feel like I’m wasting at least a quarter of the candle because of all the wax that doesn’t burn down.

I loved this frugal tip that I found over at Jumble Joy last week! Check out her video on how to use an entire candle and not waste any of the wax!

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Daily Frugal Tip: 15 Life Hacks for Your Tiny Bathroom

Mar 12, 2015

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If you have a small bathroom in your house, you know it can be difficult to find space for everything.

Check out these 15 Life Hacks for Your Tiny Bathroom! Some of these ideas are SO great! And most of them don’t cost very much money for the longevity of use you’ll get out of them.

I love the mason jar idea pictured above! I also love the spice racks for organizing and the magnetic strip for bobby pins. Which is your favorite? Do you use any of these already?

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50 Delicious Paleo-Friendly Dinner Ideas

Mar 11, 2015

Paleo-friendly dinner Ideas that look delicious and easy to make! 50 different recipes!

Are you a Paleo family? Or are you looking for some Paleo-friendly dinner ideas to incorporate into your weekly menu? Here are some Paleo-Friendly Dinner Ideas that look delicious and easy to make!

50 Delicious Paleo-Friendly Dinner Ideas


1. Chicken Tetrazzini with Zucchini Noodles via Inspiralized

2. One Pot Spicy Eggs and Potatoes via Pinch of Yum

3. Paleo Pizza Bowls via Horrible Housewife

4. Paleo Swedish Meatballs via Plated with Style

5. Cauliflower Crust Hamburgers via The Iron You

6. Thai Red Curry via Wholy Goodness

7. Shrimp Skewers with Arugula Pesto Aioli via Fashionable Foods

8. Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes via In Fine Balance

9. Vietnamese Caramelized Pork Meatball “Vermicelli” Bowls via A Calculated Whisk

10. Lemon, Garlic & Rosemary Chicken Wings via Mom, Can I Have That?

11. Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup via Linda Wagner

12. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup via Paleo Grubs

13. Paleo Mini Meatloaves via Paleo Spirit

14. Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers via The Fit Cookie

15. Shepherd’s Pie via Frisky Lemon

16. Easy Paleo Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs via Paleo Pot

17. Paleo Crock Pot Cashew Chicken via The Preppy Paleo

18. Simple Salsa Chicken via Canada Girl Eats Paleo

19. Paleo Pulled Pork Sliders via Sugar & Spice

20. Simple and Delicious Slow Cooker Pork Loin via Real Food Enthusiast

21. Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls via Tablespoon

22. Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins via Half Baked Harvest

23. Paleo Buffalo Chicken Soup via Paleoholic

24. Bacon Butternut Squash Quiche via My Healthy Happy Home

25. Smothered Apple and Onion Pork Chops via Bravo for Paleo

26. Chicken and Cauliflower Fried Rice via Deliciously Organic

27. Seared Scallops via Add A Pinch

28. Easy Honey Mustard Baked Chicken via Good Life Eats

29. Lean Pesto Tilapia via Oh Sweet Basil

30. The Best Paleo Carnitas via Rubies and Radishes

31. Paleo California Rolls via The Clothes Make the Girl

32. Paleo Butter Chicken via My Heart Beets

33. Beef Bourguignon via The Domestic Man

34. Paleo Paella via Worthy Pause

35. Honey Glazed Coconut Shrimp via Butter Nutrition

36. Crispy Cashew Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders with Mango Honey Dip via Carlsbad Cravings

37. Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

38. Slow-Cooked Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos via Paleo Newbie

39. Asian Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry with Shrimp via Just a Taste

40. Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa via The Cookie Rookie

41. Paleo Taco Skillets and Taco Bowls via Sweet C’s Designs

42. Baked Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes via Diethood

43. Buffalo Ranch Stuffer Peppers via Primally Inspired

44. Bacon, Spaghetti Squash, and Parmesan Fritters via Julia’s Album

45. Veggie Infused Turkey Sliders via Libby Louer

46. Paleo No Bread Sandwiches via Empowered Sustenance

47. Chicken Avocado Burgers via Laughing Spatula

48. Kung Pao Cauliflower via Eat Good 4 Life

49. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet via Primavera Kitchen

50. Easy Thai Coconut Chicken via Delicious Obsessions

What kinds of yummy Paleo-friendly recipes have you tried with your family?

50 Juice & Smoothie Recipes To Kickstart a Healthy New Year

Feb 26, 2015

Stay on track with your health goals!! Here are 50 different juice and smoothie recipes rounded up to help you kick start a healthy new year!

Do you need help staying on track with your New Year’s health goals? If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when you start falling off the wagon.

I just love love love juice & smoothie recipes. They pack so much nutritional punch in one giant serving and fill you up just as much as an entire meal does. It doesn’t hurt that they are super easy to make on-the-go, even for the busiest of people!

If you’re looking for some simple and delicious juice & smoothie recipes, here are some of the best ones I found on the web — rounded up for you in one place!

50 Juice & Smoothie Recipes to Kickstart a Healthy New Year

1. Breakfast Energy Smoothie
 via Deliciously Sprinkled

2. Creamy Pineapple Berry Smoothie via Roxy’s Kitchen

3. Make Ahead Oatmeal Smoothies via The Yummy Life

4. Tropical Green Smoothie via Avery Cooks

5. Neon Pink Smoothie Juice via Oh She Glows

6. AM Sunrise Juice via Healthy Happy Life

7. Grapefruit Mint Juice via With Style & Grace

8. Watermelon Raspberry Lime Juice via Dana Bueno

9. Raspberry Rhubarb Bellini Smoothie with Blueberries via Half Baked Harvest

10. Chocolate Covered Clementine Smoothie via How Sweet It Is

11. Mango Carrot Lemonade via Cooking Ala Mel

12. Electric Green Limeade via Linda Wagner

13. Beet & Berry Liver Cleanse Juice via Bare Root Girl

14. Simple 3 Ingredient Fruit Smoothie via Real Food Enthusiast

15. Hot Pink Beautifying Juice via Veg Annie

16. Chocolate Malt Superfood Smoothie via Blissful Basil

17. Superfoods Power Smoothie via Savory Simple

18. Brilliantly Beet Smoothie via Ricki Heller

19. Raspberry Coconut Smoothie via Creme de la Crumb

20. Pineapple Enzyme Banana Smoothie via Healthy Happy Life

21. Sweet Potato Smoothie via Money Saving Mom

22. Radiance Boosting Coconut Kale Smoothie via Making Thyme for Health

23. Green Booster Smoothie via Greatist

24. Banana Caramel Smoothie via Oh My Veggies

25. Green Warrior Protein Smoothie via Oh She Glows

26. Pineapple Mojito Green Smoothie via Simple Green Smoothies

27. Skin Cleanser Juice via This Rawsome Vegan Life

28. Green Lemonade via Skinny Mom

29. Carrot Pineapple Smoothie via Baking with Blondie

30. Sunshine Smoothie via Sally’s Baking Addiction

31. Berrylicious Rainbow Smoothie via Heather Christo

32. Cacao Nib and Cashew Chocolate Smoothie via Eat What’s Good

33. Caribbean Passion Jamba Juice Knock-Off Smoothie via White Lights on Wednesday

34. Glowing Morning Juice via This Rawsome Vegan Life

35. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie via Lynsey Loves Food

36. Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothie via Avery Cooks

37. Pina Colada Cheesecake Smoothie via From Brazil to You

38. Tropical Sunshine Smoothie via Lovely Little Kitchen

39. Strawberry Banana Smoothie via Gimme Some Oven

40. Chocolate Mint Green Smoothie via Oh My Veggies

41. Coconut Lime Smoothie via High Heels & Grills

42. Peach Papaya Smoothie via Healthy Happy Life

43. Lime, Grapefuit and Ginger Juice via 101 Cookbooks

44. Creamy Chocolate Hemp Smoothie via Oh She Glows

45. Belly Buster Green Juice via Linda Wagner

46. Energy Elixir via This Rawsome Vegan Life

47. Strawberries and Cream Smoothie via Averie Cooks

48. Coconut Peach Green Smoothie via Simple Green Smoothies

49. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie via Money Saving Mom

50. Green Apple Pie Smoothie via Oh My Veggies

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P.S. If you’re looking for juicers or smoothie maker machines, here are my top picks:

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Also, I highly recommend The Juicing Bible! It’s one of my all-time favorite juicing recipe cookbooks.

Happy Healthy Drinking!! :D

Written by contributing author Meg, who is a total book worm, animal lover, neat freak, vegetarian foodie, and wannabe world traveler. She is passionate about hiking, writing, exceptional coffee, yoga, and good music. She is also a self-labeled nerd and thoroughly enjoys all things Star Trek and Harry Potter.

Daily Frugal Tip: Stretch Your Makeup Remover Pads!

Feb 19, 2015

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Here’s a super easy frugal tip from Birch Landing Home. Simply cut your makeup remover pads in half to get more bang for your buck! Often the makeup remover pads are so soapy and wet, you don’t even need an entire pad to remove all of your makeup. :D

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Daily Frugal Tip: 10 Clever Uses For Baby Oil

Feb 16, 2015

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Baby oil only costs a couple bucks, and it’s so versatile. Check out these 10 clever uses for baby oil over at Totally The Bomb!

How many of these did you already know about?

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