15 Minute Mini Mom Makeover

15 Minute Mini Mom Makeover

As a busy mom, I very rarely have much time to myself! Even when the little one is at school, I always have a never-ending list of things to get done. Today, I want to share a fun self-makeover I did a few days ago in just 15 minutes!  

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I was feeling a bit sluggish and in need of some pampering, but I didn’t have a lot of time! It was super cold this past week, so I definitely didn’t want to leave the house for any longer than I had to.

I started by using a brow pencil to fill in my eyebrows. Next, I used Cover Girl concealer to clean up my brow area a little. After that, I put on foundation. I typically use primer as well, but since I wasn’t going anywhere other than to pick my daughter up at school, I skipped that step. I wanted to really glow, so I also used my favorite highlighter palette.

Next, I put on some eyeshadow, lip gloss, and mascara. I picked an eyeshadow palette with fairly neutral options. I finished up my makeup with a setting spray.

The last thing I needed to finish my 15-minute mini mom makeover was a hairstyle that made me happy. I’ve been struggling with hair loss and thinning, so I threw on a wig that I had recently bought from Amazon. It was super affordable and just what I needed for a little end of the week pick-me-up!

I’d love to hear from you! When you only have 15 minutes for self-care, what do you do? What are your go to beauty products for a quick makeover?

Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

There are so many great crafts that you can make with your kids for Valentine’s Day! Today, I want to share some that are easy and fun!

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I hope your family can enjoy these super cute and fun projects! I love them all and it would be super hard to pick a favorite! Which one do you plan on trying first? Let me know!

Fourteen Of Your Favorite Restaurant And Grocery Store Recipes

Fourteen Of Your Favorite Restaurant And Grocery Store Recipes

There’s no need to go out to enjoy your favorite restaurant and grocery store foods!

With these copycat versions, you can get all your favorites in the comfort of your home.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with a Cream Cheese Frosting

Need a delicious cinnamon rolls recipe? This amazing recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting will be the best dessert you’ve ever had – they even rival Cinnabon cinnamon rolls! The thick cream cheese frosting with the heavy layer of cinnamon and brown sugar creates a delicious mix of taste and texture. You won’t be able to eat just one!

Copycat Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch Recipe

If you have found Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch to be missing from your local store, then fear not. With this copycat recipe, I’ve got you covered. With a handful of pantry items you too can make this at home.

At Home Hibachi Chicken 

Experience this delicious Japanese-style chicken dish from the comfort of your kitchen with this At Home Benihana Hibachi Chicken recipe!

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

This vegetarian soup is filled with carrots, spinach, tomatoes, cannellini beans, pasta and zucchini. It features Italian herbs and seasonings in a Parmesan broth.

New Orleans Style Hurricane Drink

Enjoy one of the United States’ most famous cocktails at home. This Copycat Pat O’Briens Hurricane recipe is a New Orleans staple. Made with two rums, it’s a classic party drink.

Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad

This Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad Recipe is a great option when you can’t get to Walmart to get your favorite deli pasta salad. As a bonus, it uses healthier ingredients as well!

Instant Pot Chicken and Bacon Carbonara

If your family loves going out to eat, but also loves saving money, this is a great recipe. This easy recipe can made at home!

Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup 

 This rich, delicious, spot-on copycat recipe is easy and economical to make. It takes just one pot and 30 minutes, stove to table.

Starbucks Iced White Chocolate Mocha Copycat 

This delicious Starbucks Iced White Chocolate Mocha copycat is a mixture of espresso and creamy white chocolate sauce, topped with ice and milk, and finished with whipped cream. You can make this coffee at home in under 5 minutes!

Gluten Free Copycat Ikea Swedish Meatballs Recipe

These copycat Swedish meatballs are fool proof and easier to put together than an Ikea shelf!

Nothing Bundt Cakes Copycat Recipe

This Nothing Bundt Cakes copycat recipe is a take on their classic vanilla bundt cake. It’s fluffy and flavorful with a classic cream cheese frosting!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake is a rich homemade cheesecake is studded with generous chunks of cookie dough and mini chocolate chips, with an Oreo crust. Top it with some freshly whipped cream and more edible cookie dough bites for good measure!

Twice Baked Loaded Mashed Potatoes

These twice baked loaded mashed potatoes take regular, delicious mashed potatoes, and then elevate them to the next level. With bacon, cheddar cheese and tangy sour cream, these potatoes do not skimp on flavor. They taste just like the ones you’d get at Outback Steakhouse!

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Just like the amazing Cheesecake Factory menu item, this Chicken Parmesan Sandwich features lightly breaded and fried chicken cutlets, marinara sauce, and melty cheese on grilled french bread.

Popular Fast Food Chain Copycat Recipes

Popular Fast Food Chain Copycat Recipes

Most of us enjoy fast food from time to time. Today, I’m sharing copycat recipes for some of your favorite fast food treats!

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars- These bars are the perfect sweet treats to serve your loved ones this holiday season. These sinfully good blondies are double-loaded with white chocolate and chewy raspberry raisins and topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting!

Homemade Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino- This delicious drink combines the goodness of the world’s best two flavors, chocolate and coffee, in every delightful sip. A jolt of caffeine spiked with a dose of happiness all in one frozen treat

Copycat Dairy Queen Reese’s Treatzza Pizza- This is such an easy treat to recreate! The chocolatey crumbly crust is PERFECT!

Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites- These egg bites are slow cooked in the oven. They feature ham, bell peppers and a flavorful egg base.

Taco Bell Chicken Fajita Crunchwraps- This recipe features flavorful chicken strips, fresh veggies, gooey cheese, and crunchy tortilla chips nestled between crisp oven-baked tortillas.

Copycat Chick-fil-a Avocado Lime Dressing– This dressing is creamy and so easy to make. It goes great with salads, wraps, and more.

Wendy’s Chili- This budget-friendly recipe has so many uses! It can be made to serve your family or a large crowd.

Panda Express Copycat Air Fryer Orange Chicken- You will love this recipe! It’s easy to make and doesn’t contain loads of salt and preservatives.

Sonic Ocean Water- Make the tropical blue coconut ocean water drink at home with this easy 5-ingredient recipe.

Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea– This is the perfect drink to warm you up when it is cold!

Chick Fil A Sauce- This flavorful dipping sauce is perfect for chicken, fries and the kids are going to love it.

Vegan Copycat Shamrock Shake- This shake tastes like the one you can buy at a popular fast food restaurant, but without all the sugar! There is no added sugar in this whole food shake and it comes together in just a few minutes.

Gingersnap Molasses Cookies- You can make your own Starbucks ginger molasses cookies in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Panera Mac and Cheese- This recipe came from their website a while back when they posted it for a short time! This easy stovetop recipe is a must try!

Subway Copycat Sweet Onion Sauce- This recipe can be made from scratch in 15 minutes.

Snowman Hat

Snowman Hat

I know the first day of winter isn’t officially here yet, but our weather has recently decided that winter is happening. We haven’t got enough snow yet to make a snowman, but we brought the winter fun indoors with this fun snowman hat craft! This can be done at home or in a classroom!

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Materials Used

White Construction Paper

Black Construction Paper

Orange Construction Paper

A Paper Towel Roll

Glue

Scissors

Tape Or A Stapler

I started by cutting thick strips from the white construction paper and taping them together in a circle that was just slightly bigger than my daughter’s head. While I did that, I drew a large circle onto another piece of white construction paper and had my daughter cut it out. If your child is too young to use scissors or if you need to save time in a classroom setting, you can cut the circle out ahead of time!

Next, I drew a triangle on the orange paper for my daughter to cut out. After that, I helped her cut out two big circles and several little circles from the black paper. Next, we worked together to cut out a long rectangle and a square from black construction paper.

After the cutting was done, my daughter got to work gluing together her snowman face.

To finish our cute little snowman hat, I used tape to attach the snowman to the paper band. To help it stand up better, I cut a strip from a paper towel roll and taped it under the snowman.

Book Suggestions

Little learners love pairing up a book with a craft! Here are a few suggestions.

Our Experience With Disney Genie+ And Individual Lightening Lanes

Our Experience With Disney Genie+ And Individual Lightening Lanes

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, my family got to try out Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes. Disney Parks recently introduced Genie, the new in park planning tool, as well as Genie+ and Individual Lightening Lane services and people have a wide range of opinions. Today, I will talk a little more about the Genie Plus service and tell you what I thought of it!

As a person who lives too far away from Disney to be a frequent visitor, the changes felt very overwhelming at first. My husband and I still remember running to get paper fast passes on our Honeymoon and we were also pretty comfortable with digital Fast Pass system that had been available for free up until the parks closed due to the pandemic, so the thought of paying to wait less wasn’t something we loved, but we were willing to give it a try.

You can purchase Disney Genie+ in advance for your entire trip, but we decided to purchase it in the morning on the days we wanted to use it. The service is $15 a person per day however, that does not include tax, so it ends up being $15.98 per person. For my family of three, it was just under $50 a day. We bought it three times, so the extra expense came to almost $150 for the week. It felt like a lot to spend on a service that was once free, but when we compared it to similar services at other theme parks we’ve been to, it was much less expensive.

Now that we’ve gotten a few of the basics out of the way, let’s talk about my experience! My dad and step mom got us all an Individual Lightening Lane pass for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in Epcot and we purchased three days worth of Genie+. The wait for Remy through the Lightening Lane was very short. Unfortunately, it broke right as we were about to get into a ride vehicle. They scanned our band and told us to come back at any time. When we did go back, we ended up having to talk to three cast members to get back into line. The first two told us that we had a boarding group, but not a Lightening Lane. It did get sorted out and the ride was a lot of fun! The boarding groups for the ride were gone right at 7AM that day, so if Disney World’s newest ride is a must for you, it is worth paying for!

 We used the Genie+ at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios. It was amazing in Magic Kingdom. Our first MK day was a busy Sunday, and we were still able to get almost constant Lightening Lane selections. The longest we waited in line all day was about 10 minutes. My daughter is just under 40 inches, so she couldn’t ride any of the big rides, but we rode almost everything else in a day. In my opinion, the service is a must for Magic Kingdom, even if you have several days planned at the park. After our second day at MK, we park hopped to Hollywood Studios for dinner and a few rides. I was very disappointed to find that almost all the Genie+ selections for gone by 3:30PM. We were able to get one for Alien Swirling Saucers for much later in the evening. We originally were going to buy Genie+ for our full day at Hollywood Studios, but because of that experience, we decided not to.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Genie+ service and found it to be a good value for our time at Magic Kingdom, but didn’t think it would have been worth the cost at any other park.

Have you used Genie+ yet? I’d love to hear your opinions!

18 Wonderful Science Experiments

18 Wonderful Science Experiments

Science is a part of our daily lives. Potential STEM learning is all around us! It is important that young children are given the opportunity to explore how that day-to-day science works. Today we have some wonderful science experiments and activities to share.

Penguin Science Experiment 

Peppermint Science Experiment

Dragon Fire Science Experiment

Fizzy Lemonade Edible Science Experiment

Skittles Color Blending Experiment

Magic Milk Experiment

Colorful Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction

Popsicle Stick Catapult

Easy Heart Pump Model

Unicorn Density Tower Science Experiment

Balloon Air Pressure Experiments

Fun DIY Bath Bomb Science Experiment

Frozen Toys Ice Challenge

Edible Sensory Foam

Borax Crystal Snowflakes

Dancing Grapes Experiment

DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers

Coffee Filter Process Art Science Activity

16 Sweet Halloween Treats

16 Sweet Halloween Treats

Halloween is almost here! I have gathered some fantastic homemade Halloween treat recipes. You can make these with your kids or make them while they are at school for a fun surprise!

Halloween Chocolate Bark from Slow The Cook Down

Halloween Bark from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Halloween Monster Bark from Seasoned Sprinkles

Spooky Halloween White Chocolate Candy Bark from XOXO Bella

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from The Art Of Food And Wine

Gluten Free Snickers Bars from Organically Addison

Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather from This Mama Cooks

Candy Corn Butterfingers from In Fine Taste

Halloween Candy Cookie Bars from In Fine Taste

Instant Pot Halloween Sugar Cookies from Corrie Cooks

Halloween Pinwheel Cookies from Urban Bliss Life

Nutter Butter Ghost Cookies from Urban Bliss Life

Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats from Urban Bliss Life

Halloween Pretzel Treats from Sweet Precision

Hocus Pocus Marshmallow Pops from House Of Nash Eats

Halloween Rice Krispies Treats from Kitchen-By-The-Sea

BoxyCharm: October Box

BoxyCharm: October Box

Every month, I look forward to getting my BoxyCharm box! The box is only $25 per month and it includes 5 full-size beauty products worth well over $100! Keep reading to see what I got in my box this month!

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KNDR BEAUTY

Overnight Lip Mask

Retail Price $20

My lips get so dry once the weather gets cold, so this came at the perfect time! I tried it out as soon as I opened the box and loved how soft and moisturized it made my lips feel. It is a little thick and sticky feeling, but I can get past that since it works so well.

MALIN + GOETZ

Resurfacing Face Serum

Retail Price $70

I decided to gift this one to my mom because I already have more skin care products than I can use!

JULEP

Makeup Remover Towelettes

Retail Price $20

These makeup removing towelettes aren’t horrible, but I don’t love them either. They are soft, but have a smell that I don’t like. I would not pay $20 a pack for these.

LAURA GELLER

Spackle Skin Perfecting Primer: Hydrate

Retail Price $32

I just got a primer last month, so I’m not opening this one up until I finish that one.

BEAUTY BAKERIE

Milk & Honey Highlighting Palette

Retail Price $38

This palette is beautiful! I don’t use highlighter on a daily bases, but I will use it. I got a similar palette last month, but I like this one better.

Overall, I didn’t love this month’s box. I did like it enough to feel like I got my money worth, but I was disappointed to get very similar items two months in a row. If you get have a subscription, I’d love to hear what you thought of this month’s box!

A Boat For Santa

A Boat For Santa

I know we haven’t even shared any Halloween crafts this year, but as my preschooler and I were talking about modes of transportation, she decided to talk about ways Santa might get around. It was a wonderfully creative conversation. After talking about it, she wanted to make Santa’s boat. It turned out super cute, so I wanted to share it!

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Materials Used

Paper Plate

Red Paint

Brown Construction Paper

Decorative Paper

Paint Brush

Scissors

Glue

Craft Sand

I started by cutting a paper plate in half. After that, I gave my daughter red paint to paint the paper plate.

While we waited for the paint to dry, I drew a rectangle on the brown construction paper and a triangle on the back of the decorative paper for my preschooler to cut out.

Once the plate was completely dry, we flipped it over and glued the rectangle onto the back. Next, we flipped it back and glued the triangle onto the rectangle.

To finish the boat, my daughter made three circles with glue. I helped her pour the sand onto the plate. This part was messy, but so much fun! If you want a less messy option, you could use black construction paper.

The end result of our spur of the moment craft project was a magical boat fit for Santa!

Book Suggestions

Little learners love pairing a book with an activity or art project! Here are a few suggestions.