Paper Plate Lion

This summer, we have gotten to go to several zoos and animal parks! As summer comes to an end, we decided to bring some of that animal fun home with a few jungle animal crafts! Today, we want to share an easy paper plate lion!

Materials Used

  • Paper Plate
  • Yellow Paint
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Yellow Construction Paper
  • A Paint Brush
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors

I started by giving my toddler the paper plate to paint.

We let the paint dry overnight. Once it was dry, I helped my toddler cut strips from the brown construction paper. I cut ear like shapes from the yellow construction paper.

Once the paper was cut out, we glued it onto the back of the paper plate.

To finish this craft, we flipped it over and added googly eyes!

If you like this craft, please share it with a friend!

Five Easy Bath Bombs You Can Make At Home

If you are looking to get creative, making your own bath bombs is a lot of fun! They are easy to make and they also make great gifts! Here are some easy bath bomb recipes!

FRESH AVOCADO BATH BOMBS WITH REAL AVOCADO

Photo Credit: Happiest Camper

Avocado is full of hydrating properties. Fresh avocado bath bombs will give you a burst of energy and also hydrate your skin!

DIY BATH BOMB RECIPE FOR STRESS RELIEF

Photo Credit: Happiest Camper

If you have been feeling like you need to relax, this bath bomb is just what you need.

INFINITY STONES BATH BOMBS

These super fun bath bombs glow in the dark!

DIY ANIMAL COOKIE SPRINKLE BATH BOMBS

Photo Credit: KIMSPIRED DIY

These DIY bath bombs are super adorable. These bath bombs are great for the whole family!

ROSE PETAL BATH BOMBS

Photo Credit: Ottawa Mommy Club

This relaxing bath bomb is a perfect addition to your  quiet time in the bathtub.

Great Grilling Recipes

Many schools are starting and summer is slowly starting to fade into fall. Many of our family’s late summer traditions have been canceled this year due to COVID restrictions. One thing that is not canceled is grilling outside! Today we want to share some great grilling recipes!

Ground Beef Kebabs

Grilled Veggie Skewers

Grilled Peach Salad

Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts

BBQ Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Potatoes in Foil

Photo Credit: Skinny Comfort

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Tenders

Peanut Butter Burger

Banh Mi Turkey Hot Dog

Marinated Grilled Maple Lemon Pork

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

Grilled Swordfish Kebabs

Lime Coriander Marinade with Grilled Tuna and Summer Squash Skewers

Photo Credit: Pinch and Swirl

Grilled Chicken Thighs

Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers

Easy Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Steak in Beer Marinade with Salsa Fresca

10 Minute Spicy Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Balsamic Grilled Baby Artichokes

Vietnamese Grilled Pork Chops

We hope these recipes can inspire you to try some new grilling recipes before the nice weather ends for the year!

Our New Normal

We are now about five months into pandemic life and it has been full of ups and downs in our house. We have finally started getting a hang of what could be our new normal for a long time. I wrote a post in April about things my family wanted to do once things started getting back to normal. Today, I want to share a little bit about what our life is currently like and decisions we’ve made to keep safe!

Travel

We will not be going to our October 2020 trip to Walt Disney World. We decided that between the quickly raising number of cases in Flordia and the changes to the parks, it just wasn’t worth it. We are aiming to visit in the spring! Our totally random road trip is happening within the next few weeks! You’ll want to subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow our journey. We will only be gone 4 days, but it will definitely be interesting! We have ventured out of the house to three local zoos, two drive through animal parks, and a walk through animal park.

School

My toddler will not be going back to pre-school. Last October, she joined the preschool class at the daycare we had enrolled her in a few months before. She loved it. I am really sad that she will not be going this year. It just is not the right choice for our family this year. We will be learning at home instead for now.

Family Time

We have started to see family again! We have gone to a few small outdoor family gatherings. We have not gotten together with friends yet but hope to at some point. We will likely go back to seeing less family once the weather gets cold and we can’t be outside, but it has been nice to get out of the house a little bit!

I’d love to hear from you! How are you adjusting to your new normal?

18 Great Pineapple Recipes You Will Love

Summer will be over before we know it! Pineapple is a wonderful fruit all year round, but I think it just tastes like summer! Today, I want to share a variety of recipes that you can make with pineapple!

Pineapple Moscow Mules

Pineapple Whoopie Pies

Grilled Pineapple Rum Glazed Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Dehydrated Pineapple

Celery Pineapple Smoothie

Classic Pineapple Crisp

Photo Credit: Strength and Sunshine

Slow Cooker Macadamia Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Cheesecake Dip with Toffee Pretzel Pieces

Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie

Piña Colada Macadamia Cookie Bars

Pineapple Sorbet

BBQ Pineapple Shrimp

Photo Credit: Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Grilled Pineapple and Red Onion Salsa

Grilled Teriyaki Pork Kebabs

Instant Pot Pineapple Pork Chops

Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Kale Pineapple Smoothie

Pineapple Ice Cream

I hope you enjoy these pineapple recipes! I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite pineapple recipe.

Four Tips To Help You Find The Perfect Daycare Center

Choosing a daycare center can be a difficult task. Today, I want to share some tips to help you find a quality daycare center!

Education and training matters!

Look for a facility with a director who is highly educated and has experience in early childhood education. You may be able to find this information on the center’s website, but you’ll also want to add this to the list of things you want to ask about when you take a tour! The classroom staff should also be knowledgeable.

Interview Multiple Centers

Start by calling or emailing each center you are interested in. This way, you can make sure the hours and curriculum meet you and your child’s needs before you do an in person visit. When you do visit, make sure you bring a list of any other questions you have. If you make an appointment to visit, try to stop in one other time unannounced. If a center does not allow unscheduled visits of any kind, that may be a sign that it isn’t somewhere you’d want to leave your child. You will also want to watch how the staff interacts with the children and take a look to make sure the classrooms are well organized and safe!

Carefully Read Through All Of the Paperwork You Are Given

When you are ready to commit to a daycare, you will be given a giant stack of paperwork. You should find the daycare’s policies in with forms that need filled out. You will likely have to sign that you have read these policies. Do not just skim through this information! You will want to make sure that you are on the same page as the daycare on topics such as discipline and safety procedures. If once you read this information you decide that center is not for you, do not be afraid to find another center!

Trust Your Gut

You know your child’s needs better than anyone else! If something doesn’t feel quite right, move onto the next center on your list! You may not like a center everyone in town raves about and there is nothing wrong with that!

I hope these tips can make the process of finding a daycare center less stressful! If you already have a center you love for your children, I’d love if you shared how you picked it!