Tips for Staying Healthy As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall

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Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Following is my collection of tips for staying healthy (and organized!) as the kids head back to school this fall. So you, and your kids, can stay on top of your game.

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

Last week I mentioned that my son is starting his senior year of college. So back to school is extra exciting for me this year. Even more exciting is that Cody (my son) is going to the first person on my side of the family to ever go to grad school. However, if your son or daughter isn’t quite there yet, I still wanted to share some great back to school ideas for you as well.

I remember when my son was in elementary school. Every single viral infection or stomach bug that made rounds at school, made its way back into our home. And it never failed, the sound of him puking would wake me up from a dead sleep every single time.

Even after Cody graduated high school there were still back to school germs to contend with. My coworkers at the time had school aged kids. And from time to time they would find their way into the office – especially during summer or sick days. I like to think they contributed to the mighty immune system I seem have now.

Of course, if you’re working full time and you have kids in school, you can’t really afford to get sick. So I’ve pulled together a few tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. After all, you have enough to worry about when school starts. With all the after school activities, packing lunches, and helping with homework, the last thing you need to worry about is the next virus squirming its way into your home.

Tips for Staying Healthy this Fall

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

This amazing hand sanitizer is Queen.

Because back to school means lots of germs, hand sanitizer is a great way to keep dirty hands germ free. I know as well as you do that kids hate to wash their hands. Which is one of the reasons I love the Grove Collaborative hydrating hand sanitizer spray.

This hand sanitizing spray makes disinfecting hands seem like less work. It also won’t dry out your kids hands with excess use like drugstore brand gel hand sanitizers. This awesome spray has coconut oil (for those of you who are a fan!) for extra hydration. And it’s scented with natural essential oils, not a synthetic fragrance. (Keep reading to learn how you can get Grove’s hand sanitizing spray free!)

Simply toss a bottle of hand sanitizing spray into your kids’ backpacks so they can clean up before lunch or snack time. And be sure to keep one in the car, too. It’s a great way to disinfect their hands after school or after sports practice. If time is of the essence, you can worry about one less thing by setting up disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer to autoship monthly from Grove Collaborative. That way you never run out and you save a trip to the store.

Encourage hand washing with this simple idea.

Of course, sometimes, kids HAVE to wash their hands. With younger kids especially, this can be a struggle. The solution? Let them pick their favorite scent to keep by the sink! Kids especially love Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap in lavender and lemon. And, they can make their soap even more special by decorating the bottle with their favorite stickers.

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

Don’t forget the teachers!

Teachers spend a lot of money out-of-pocket on classroom supplies. So donations of disinfecting wipes and tissues are always appreciated. You can help give back to your child’s teacher for all their hard work by gifting a few containers of Seventh Generation disinfecting multi-surface wipes. They’ll also appreciate receiving several boxes of Grove’s new paperless Seedling tissues for your kid’s classroom. These products are great at preventing kids from passing around the same germs over and over.

If you haven’t heard of Seedling by Grove, it’s a fantastic new brand of tree-free products that includes tissues, paper towels, toilet paper and napkins. Unlike other green brands of toilet paper and paper towels, Seeding products aren’t rough or scratchy. Rather than using recycled paper, Seedling products are made from a renewable proprietary blend of bamboo and sugarcane that creates a soft, luxurious product.

Tips for Staying Healthy As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall

Feed your kids healthy snacks.

One of the first questions kids ask when they get home from school is, “Hey mom, what’s for snack?” While you may be tempted to treat them to sugary snacks or potato chips, try giving them healthier options instead. Healthy snacks aren’t just a better food choice. Natural foods like veggies and fruits contain extra vitamins and minerals that also help to boost those budding immune systems.

So instead of buying those cookie or cracker snack packs when you’re at the grocery store, opt for grab-and-go snacks like cut up fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks, and veggies & hummus instead. Grove’s reusable storage bags are a great way to store individual snack-sized portions. Not only are they durable and easy to clean, they also won’t leak in your refrigerator.

Natural ways to fight back to school colds or flu.

Let’s face it. Even if you do take all of the preventative measures to prevent an illness, your kids are still bound to catch a cold at some point. However, with the overuse of antibiotics (especially in cases of viral illnesses in which they have no effect on) sometimes it’s better to try a natural remedy first. Natural remedies not only help to relieve cold symptoms, they can also aid in strengthening your child’s immune system. From soothing medicinal teas to immune boosting syrups, you can find my favorite ways to naturally fight off colds here.

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

Manage stress better as a mom with natural supplements.

It’s not just the kids dealing with a lot of anxiety and stress as they head back to school. We moms can get overwhelmed too. It can be a real challenge fighting with your kids to get them out of bed in the morning. (I was a holy terror in the mornings growing up.) Or trying to figure out how to drop off and pick multiple kids up from sports or dance practice – when they all have to be there at the same time!

Unfortunately, not only is stress mentally exhausting, it can take a toll on your physical health as well. This in turn makes you more vulnerable to getting sick. So I help my body better manage stress with herbal supplements like ashwaghanda root. I also take a daily probiotic which helps to improve my overall health. Probiotics also naturally help to boost immunity. Therefore, by adding probiotics to your daily routine, your body is better able to fight off nasty germs you may come into contact with throughout the school year.

Grove sells my favorite brand of probiotics from Lovebug at 10% off. While I take Lovebug’s Here’s the Skinny daily probiotic, they also offer an immunity probiotic for little ones and a daily immunity probiotic for adults.

Another great way to reduce stress is by staying organized. So you’ll find some great tips to help you stay organized for back to school and keep up with household chores below!

Homemaking & Organizing Tips for Back to School

Homemaking & Organizing Tips for Back to School. #BacktoSchool can be a challenge for families. So when someone gets sick, it makes sticking to routine even harder. Discover my tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall so you & your kids can stay on top of your game.

Clean your kid-friendly spaces with non-toxic all-in-one products.

When things get hectic, multi-tasking cleaning supplies are a must. I love Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray because I can walk around the entire house and clean everything. It’s perfect for cleaning countertops, floors, toys, and even sticky lunchboxes with just one bottle.

If you’ve never tried Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products before, back to school is the perfect time to give these cleaning products a test run! First time Grove customers will receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning kit with an order of just $20 or more. This amazing cleaning kit contains one each of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, dish soap and multi-surface spray PLUS a Grove hand sanitizing spray and my favorite Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

If you’re ready to get ALL of the shopping for your household down in one fell swoop, you’ll also get a free Grove cleaning caddy IN ADDITION TO your free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning kit when you spend just $39. Sign up here.

Create a homework station.

Getting kids to sit down and focus on homework is hard enough without having to rummage through the junk drawer for a pencil sharpener. To streamline homework time, create a “homework station” by filling a caddy with supplies like pencils, sharpeners, tape, glue, crayons, colored pencils, and a stapler.

Homemaking & Organizing Tips for Back to School. #BacktoSchool can be a challenge for families. So when someone gets sick, it makes sticking to routine even harder. Discover my tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall so you & your kids can stay on top of your game.

Keep kids busy while you make dinner.

One of the biggest challenges as a mom is keeping the kids busy while you cook dinner. So how do you this without plopping them in front of a screen? Lately, I’ve discovered that kids LOVE dry erase markers and whiteboards. So have your kids write a pretend shopping list, draw, or practice spelling words or math facts while you’re in the kitchen. When they’re done, they can clean the boards with Grove all-purpose concentrate and a microfiber!

Choose the right tools for cleaning your dirty dinner dishes.

Kids or not, if your house is like mine, dishes seem to multiply when you’re not looking. Fortunately, Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap and Grove walnut scrubber sponges make quick work of greasy pans, crockpots, and lunch containers.

Save money on healthy & eco-friendly everyday products for your home.

School supplies can take a big chunk out of your budget. Grove Collaborative is a great way to save on back-to-school household and personal care products like tissues, hand sanitizer, and vitamins. I find that items are less expensive than our local grocery store, and you can often score free products with a minimum purchase. Plus, once you’ve submitted your first order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Join Grove now and start saving.

Discover more back to school tips and ideas.

For more great tips for staying healthy and organized for back to school, be sure to follow my Back to School, Back to Work Pinterest board It’s filled with fun back to school supplies and office candy for the young and young at heart! Plus back to school DIY’s, teacher gifts ideas and printables.

Do you have great tips for staying healthy or keeping organized for back to school? I’d love to hear how you manage kids, housework and your day job without going nutty. So be sure to share your experiences and what’s worked for you in the comments! After all, coordinating with other moms and sharing ideas is another great way to not only save your sanity, but keep your household running smoothly as well.

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Kids Craft Projects for When You’ve Hit Your Limit

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Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you’ve hit your limit! (Plus a rockin’ printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you've hit your limit! (Plus a rockin' printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

We’ve all been there. The weather’s been crap for days. The kids are going stir crazy and you, well you’re trying to contain yourself so you don’t scream at anyone and come off as a raving lunatic. As someone who has already raised a child to adulthood AND seen him off to college, becoming a new stepmother in May admittedly came with a new set of challenges.

Granted my son turned out better than I could have ever hoped and I’m incredibly proud of both him and his accomplishments. However, he was one kid. I now have three more. Two we have on a 50-50 split and a third accompanies those two every other weekend. So I basically went from being a quite content empty nester to dealing with kid overload in an instant. And when your parenting skills are a lot different than what they expect and are used to, well. It becomes a learning experience for the entire family.

However, before I share with you one of the ways I dealt with recurring issues I had with the kids, I first want to share a collection of my favorite kids craft projects to keep them entertained WITHOUT television so you can get that break from chaos that you need.

Kids Craft Projects They’ll Love

DIY Light Bulb Aquariums for Marimo Moss Balls that Kids Can Make! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Light Bulb Aquarium

This easy kids craft project for a DIY light bulb aquarium is suitable for kids of all ages (elementary school and up.) They’ll have a blast assembling small toys, stones and beads inside a glass light bulb to create a tiny aquarium home for a marimo moss ball! Find the tutorial at Soap Deli News here.

Fun Kids Craft Projects! Learn how to make these DIY food erasers via The Paper Mama blog. Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Food Erasers

These fun food erasers are a great way for kids to explore creativity while also making a functional craft that they can use afterwards! Your kids will have a blast using using eraser clay to create their own custom erasers to use at school and share with friends! Find this DIY now at The Paper Mama blog here.

DIY Polar Bear Soap Tutorial for Kids! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Polar Bear Soap

This easy polar bear soap project is made using a melt and pour soap base. So if your kids can use a microwave, they can make this soap! Not only will they enjoy using these homemade soaps in the tub, but they can make extras to gift to friends and family! Find this soapmaking project at Soap Deli News here.

Kids Craft Project Idea for making DIY Shrinky Dink Charms with free printable patterns - including a unicorn! - via Ooly blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Shrinky Dink Charms

Kids will love making their own DIY Shrinky Dink Charms! They can turn use the free printable templates or create their own drawings to turn into charms for their backpack or fun necklaces or magnets. Find the tutorial and free printables at Ooly blog here.

DIY Wood Bead Doll Necklace via Craftberry Bush Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Wooden Bead Doll Necklace

There are so many possibilities with this necklace DIY from Craftberry Bush. Kids can paint doll faces or even make fun animals like panda bears or cats! Not only are the materials for this kids craft project easy to source, but this is a fun idea for a girls only slumber party too! Find the tutorial at Craftberry Bush here.

Borax Free Slime DIY for Kids from DIY Candy! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

Borax Free Play-Doh Slime DIY

This easy Play-Doh slime recipe is borax free so there’s no worry over mixing mishaps or potential chemical burns from extended playtime. Plus, if you have younger kids, it’s likely you already have all of these ingredients on hand! Find the recipe now at DIY Candy blog here.

DIY Gelli Printing Tutorial! Gelli printing is monoprinting using a gel printing plate. Because the gelli plate is made out of a gel, it's extra sensitive surface will imprint any texture that it is sitting upon or covered with. So you can use materials such as bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, stencils, leaves and string to create unique and beautiful prints.

DIY Gelli Printing

If your kids love art, then they’ll definitely love gelli printing! Not only is gelli printing super easy and rewarding, but the availability of all-in-one kits makes this project even easier to dig right into! And your kids can create artwork for their rooms and the fridge! (These are also amazing framed!) Find the tutorial at Soap Deli News here.

Kids Craft Projects! Learn how to make these super cute DIY craft stick dolls via Teawagontales blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Craft Stick Dolls

These super cute craft stick dolls are so much fun to make at just about any age! (I even want to try these myself!) Design little dolls on wooden craft sticks using washi tape, buttons, colored pens and embellishments you have stashed in your craft drawer! Get inspired via the original post at Teawagontales blog here.

Get your kids to make these fun and functional DIY winter magnet clips via hello, Wonderful! When not keeping chips and cereal bags closed they can be used to create fun scenes on the fridge for imaginative playtime. Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Winter Magnet Clips

These fun and functional DIY winter magnet clips are perfect for both the kids and parents alike! When not keeping chips and cereal bags closed they can be used to create fun winter scenes on the fridge for imaginative play. Find the tutorial to make them now at hello, Wonderful blog here.

Kids will love this DIY craft project via hello, Wonderful! blog for making a rainbow town from recycling materials! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

Recycled Rainbow Town DIY

Kids can scourge through the recycle bin for this fun DIY project! With a collection of free printables on the website along with your own discarded cardboard and printer paper, kids can create and color a happy little town for stand up characters to play in. This is a great kids craft project for families with kids of mixed ages because everyone can join in on the fun! Find the tutorial now at hello, Wonderful! blog here.

Kids Craft Projects! Kids will have a blast painting these DIY galaxy rocks via Color Made Happy Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Galaxy Painted Rocks

Painted rocks are quickly coming back around as a hot craft trend – and for good reason! Now only is this kids craft project inexpensive to explore, but kids can also have fun hiding and hunting for their painted rocks inside on a rainy day. Find the tutorial for these painted rocks at Color Made Happy here.

Kids Craft Project for DIY Painted Dinosaurs from Craft & Creativity Blog! Plus more DIY kids crafts projects to keep the kids occupied so you can enjoy some "me" time!

DIY Painted Dinosaurs

These painted dinosaurs are loads of fun! Transform toy dinosaurs into party animals using paints and pom poms, googly eyes and little toy hats! Learn how to make these now at Craft & Creativity blog here.

Now that I’ve (hopefully) inspired you with some of my favorite kids craft projects, why not also us them as incentives for good behavior? (And give them a break from all that screen time overload.)

As I stated previously, zero to three kids within a two week time frame was, well, insightful. At some point I just hit pure exhaustion. Not only was I starting to feel like everyone’s maid, but there was the mouse incident.

The kids aren’t allowed to have food in their rooms for obvious reasons. And as it turned out, one child had forgotten about chocolate under her bed, while another had hidden plates of food in her hideaway bed. We got mice. And by the time we finally discovered all of the hidden food, the mouse incident was more like an infestation. As cute as they were, those little rodents kept growing. And then they started multiplying.

Unfortunately, it took us a while to get rid of all the resident mice. So I’m still checking their favorite spots weekly to make sure new mice aren’t moving in partially out of paranoia. And thus my chore chart system was initiated. My husband, well, he had his doubts at first. (It’s a guy thing, right?) But after several weeks we were in agreement that it really has made some positive changes within our new mixed family.

Kids Chore Chart Idea with Kids Craft Projects from a Prize Box as an incentive to go above and beyond and to help them explore their creativity.

For the Love of Chore Charts

The goal of my chore charts was to gear them toward an introduction into real life once they’re out in the world and getting jobs of their own. It requires they do a minimum number of chores on a point system. If they meet the seven day point requirement then they did their job. If they fall short, they lose television and internet privileges the following weekend. However, if they go above and beyond, there are rewards. It also teaches them responsibility, respect for their space and that of others and it helps us all work together toward common goals. The prizes then encourage their creativity in the form of kids craft projects. (Not to mention they’re developing better habits so it all seems less like work to them moving forward.)

The minimum number of points each child needs over a two week period (in which we have them for seven days) is 25 points. This leaves room to skip or forget a few things. (I mean, I’m not Cruella.) They can then do bonus chores to earn bonus points if they slip or to reach the reward goal of 30 points.

Kids Chore Chart Idea with Kids Craft Projects from a Prize Box as an incentive to go above and beyond and to help them explore their creativity.

30 points is where it gets crafty. Literally. Because I basically created a prize box for 30 points. It’s filled with $5 options that include craft kits and supplies, stickers, treats or winner’s choice for a family game night – even their choice of an after dinner dessert. There’s also the option of a big box pass. Choosing two passes from the small box allows them to then choose a prize out of the big box. Big box prizes include cool kids craft projects around $10-$15 (I found a lot of these on sale or purchased them with 50% off coupons) like a wood burning kit with a tv tray and a tie-dye kit with a t-shirt.

Are your kids driving you crazy? Retreat into some quiet time for yourself with this collection of 12 DIY kids craft projects for when you've hit your limit! (Plus a rockin' printable chore chart with a rewards system for crafty prizes!)

Want to give my chore chart a try for your kids? You can print fill-in-the-blank version of my chore chart here. Then be sure to let me know how it works for your family. Or, share successes you’ve had using your own chore chart system as well as some of your favorite kids craft projects!

For more kids craft projects that challenge their creativity, be sure to visit my DIY for Wee Ones Pinterest board. It’s full of great crafts projects for kids they can make themselves as well as cool projects you can craft for them!

For even more of my ideas and kids craft projects you can follow me on PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. You can also subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

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How to Throw a Unicorn Party for All Ages

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How to Throw a Unicorn Party!

Whether you’re planning a unicorn party for a child or simply a crazy fun cocktail party for adults, here’s how to throw a unicorn party that everyone will love!

How to Throw a Unicorn Party! Whether you're planning a party for a child or simply a crazy fun cocktail party for adults, here's how to throw a unicorn party that everyone will love!

My friend Cathy and I have birthdays just three days apart. Cathy really wanted to have a birthday party for our 42nd birthdays. So I threw her a unicorn party! While unicorn cakes and other crazy rainbow colored desserts are fab, we got back in touch with our inner child a bit for this birthday and instead painted paper mache unicorns!

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

Following are some of the photographs from our unicorn birthday party as well as a tutorial on hacking mini party hats into unicorn party hats, what you’ll need to paint your own unicorns, a pitcher margarita recipe (Cathy LOVES margaritas!) and ideas for unicorn party favors.

DIY Unicorn Party Hats

DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

To create my DIY unicorn party hats, I hacked some mini pineapple party hats that I found at Target.

DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

I used Krylon Short Cuts Spray Paint, a glitter set, and a clear acrylic sealer to transform them.

DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

I placed all of the hats onto cardboard outside and sprayed each one a solid color with the spray paint. I painted four purple hats, four black hats and four blue hats.

DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

After painting each color I threw/tossed/sprinkled different glitters into the wet paint.

DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

I then went back and painted “highlights” of other colors onto each hat in a strip or along one side. So, for example, a black hat got sprayed with purple paint and a purple hat with black and/or blue.

DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

I then threw/tossed/sprinkled additional glitter into the freshly spray wet paint.

DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

Once that paint dried, I sprayed each unicorn party hat with a clear acrylic sealer to reduce glitter fall out.

How to throw a unicorn party and a DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

Then I completed the hats by sticking the “pineapple” green tops into each hat. This step of course is optional.

How to throw a unicorn party and a DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

All in all these unicorn party hats took no time to paint and decorate as there was no glue involved. (This is Cathy! She’s AMAZING!)

Pick your own party hat station and a DIY Unicorn Party Hat Hack! These mini pineapple party hats were transformed to dreamy unicorn colors with spray paint and glitter!

For the unicorn party I set up a “Pick Your Party Hat” station complete with stickers to decorate the hats if desired.

Paint your own unicorns!

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

When you’re turning 42 your birthday gifts are your friends and the many blessings you’ve accumulated throughout your life rather than physical gifts. So my gift to my friends for celebrating my life with me – and Cathy! – were these fun paper mache unicorns we all got to paint!

I picked up these paper mache unicorns from Target – one for every guest – and an assortment of paints, brushes and 0f course, glitter! I went a little crazy with Target’s Kid Made Modern line.

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

Supplies you’ll need for you and your guests to paint their own unicorns are: paper mache unicorns, acrylic paints, Krylon Short Cuts Spray Paint, glitter, Mod Podge and/or Elmer’s Craft Bond Fabric and Paper Glue, patterned tissue paper, stickers, small embellishments, Sharpie Paint Markers, foam and bristle paint brushes, small bowls or dishes to mix paint in, water glass with water for rinsing out brushes, and napkins or paper towels for drying brushes.

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

As my house is small and glitter is crazy messy even without margaritas, we had the painting portion of the unicorn party outside on my patio table. The party started at 8pm so I wrapped weather resistant white string LED lights around the patio railing, lit hand poured citronella outdoor candles, and turned the porch light on. It worked out beautifully!

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

And everyone painted really creative and amazing unicorns!

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

How to throw a unicorn party! Pair a paint your own unicorn paint project with fun DIY unicorn party hats and unicorn party favors for a magical event!

I also painted my legs with glitter…

Pink Cupcakes & Margaritas!

How to Throw a Unicorn Party! Whether you're planning a party for a child or simply a crazy fun cocktail party for adults, here's how to throw a unicorn party that everyone will love!

We also had chocolate cupcakes with a crazy amount of pink icing, pink sugar and sprinkles!

How to Throw a Unicorn Party! Whether you're planning a party for a child or simply a crazy fun cocktail party for adults, here's how to throw a unicorn party that everyone will love!

How to Throw a Unicorn Party! Whether you're planning a party for a child or simply a crazy fun cocktail party for adults, here's how to throw a unicorn party that everyone will love!

Cathy and I each had our cupcake that I loaded with Wilton’s Rainbow Ombre Birthday Candles.

How to Throw a Unicorn Party! Whether you're planning a party for a child or simply a crazy fun cocktail party for adults, here's how to throw a unicorn party that everyone will love!

How to Throw a Unicorn Party! Whether you're planning a party for a child or simply a crazy fun cocktail party for adults, here's how to throw a unicorn party that everyone will love!

The food, of course, was my dog Jasper’s favorite part of the night.

For the pitcher margaritas I used a variation of a recipe I found on Mouth.com as I already had a bottle of Fruitlab Orange Liqueur from a prior purchase.

Pitcher Margarita Recipe

32 oz. Jose Cuervo Especial
12 oz. Fruitlab Orange Liqueur
16 oz. lime juice
4 oz. Tres Agaves Organic Agave Nectar

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a gallon sized pitcher. Mix well, then fill the pitcher the rest of the way up with ice.

Create a drink station with your margarita glasses, a bowl of ice, lime wedges and a plate with margarita salt.

Adult guests can make their own drinks as it suits them. If salt is desired on the rim, they simply run a wedge of lime along the rim of the glass, then turn it upside down and press it into the salt!

DIY Unicorn Party Favors!

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns - or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

There are lots of fun unicorn party favors you can make. Following are my favorites. Simply use favor sized containers rather than full size ones! First up is this shimmering DIY unicorn balm.

Learn how to make fun rainbow colored moldable sugar scrubs with a cool original semi-solid rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

Or give this shimmery unicorn inspired rainbow moldable sugar scrub recipe a try for a few laughs.

Learn how to make these sweet unicorn soaps with my unicorn macaron soap tutorial! Made using a melt and pour soap base, my unicorn macaron soap tutorial will guide you through the steps of making your own unicorn macaron soaps! Just melt, pour then paint your soaps for a sweet homemade gift!

You can also make these sweet little DIY unicorn macaron melt & pour soaps!

Or browse my unicorn favorites on Etsy here for unicorn sweets, treats, party favors and more so you can save time!

You can find even more great ideas and inspiration for throwing your unicorn party on my Unicorn Lust Pinterest board!

How to Throw a Unicorn Party! Whether you're planning a party for a child or simply a crazy fun cocktail party for adults, here's how to throw a unicorn party that everyone will love!

I hope this provided you with some great ideas on how to throw a unicorn party.

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Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

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These easy DIY Christmas ornaments are made from Shrinky Dink paper. Not only do they look great on the tree but they make fun necklaces for kids too!

Create these easy DIY Christmas ornaments using Shrinky Dink Shrinkable Plastic! Not only do they look great on the tree but they also can be used as fun holiday necklaces for the kids!

Easy DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments Kids Can Make!

How to make easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

What you’ll need:

Rough & Ready Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic
embroidery floss
kraft paper or parchment paper
cookie sheet or baking pan
markers and/or paint pens
colored pencils
hole punch
copy paper, optional
scissors

Instructions:

Begin by drawing out Christmas tree shapes onto a plain sheet of copy paper until you get a design you like. Alternately you can search for Christmas tree clip art online. I drew all of my Christmas tree shapes free hand.

You’ll want your trees to take up anywhere from half to three-quarters of the page.

Now place one sheet of Shrinky Dink plastic on top of your design with the rough side up. Trace the outline of the tree with a marker.

How to Make Shrinky Dink Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now use markers or colored pencils to color in the trees. I used Prismacolor Colored Pencils for their bold pigments and ability to blend easily. If you like you can use gold and silver paint pens to add accents to your trees once they are colored.

How to Make Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

Now use a pair of scissors to cut out the Christmas tree shapes. Punch holes in the top of each tree using a hold punch, then place the shapes rough/colored side up on a baking or cookie sheet on top of either Kraft paper or parchment paper. Place in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 3-3 1/2 minutes or until the trees have completely shrunk.

If your trees start to curl while in the oven, use a spatula to flatten them back out as they shrink.

Now remove your Christmas tree ornaments from the oven and allow to cool. Remove them from the baking sheet then thread embroidery floss through the holes at the top. Use shorter pieces of floss for ornaments or longer pieces of embroidery floss for Christmas necklaces. Alternately you could also use these as gift tags for your homemade Christmas gifts.

These easy DIY Christmas ornaments are made from Shrinky Dink paper. Not only do they look great on the tree but they make fun necklaces for kids too!

Now all that’s left is to enjoy your new creations!

For more easy DIY Christmas ornaments and ideas for your Christmas tree this holiday season, be sure to check out and follow my For the Tree Pinterest board. You can also follow my other Pinterest boards for homemade Christmas gift ideas as well as bath and beauty recipes and more.

You can also find me on Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial – DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap for Kids

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This melt and pour soap tutorial for making your own DIY goldfish in a bag soap not only makes a super cute gift for kids but is also perfect for DIY party favors. While they look easy to make, these soaps are actually a bit tricky to perfect.

How to Make Goldfish Soaps in a Bag - DIY Melt and Pour Soapmaking Tutorial

I recommend buying more materials than you think you’ll need and be prepared to exercise a bit of patience. It took me more than a few tries to get these adorable fish in a bag soaps just right.

Ready for the challenge? First a few tips.

Stick with a clear suspension soap base over a traditional melt and pour soap base for less frustration and fish that stay put without having to pour the soap in layers. I tried both and the suspension soap base made this soapmaking project much much easier.

Don’t overheat your soap! If it’s too hot your bag could leak and getting that fish to stay where you want him will take longer. You also need to keep your suspension soap base below 160°F to keep it at its peak performance.

Use clear cello bags NOT candy making bags. The plastic is very different and the candy treat bags will melt under the heat of the liquified soap base.

Make sure you have clean hands before you handle the cello bags. The tiniest bit of soap residue on your fingers means residue on the cello bag.

Allow yourself plenty of time to make these. If you try to rush it and it doesn’t work out the first few goes, the frustration of a deadline will only make this project harder and it’s probably going to raise your blood pressure. I worked on this for several days to get it just right and had to switch my soap base and my bags.

While you may be tempted, don’t spray the top of this soap once it’s in the bag to knock off any air bubbles on the top. The alcohol will leave an unsightly residue on the bag. Besides, fish like to make bubbles!

Make these one at a time. If you try to make more than one at a time – at least starting out – you’re going to get overwhelmed with the details of pouring the soap without getting drips on the sides of the bag or fish that end up upside down. Plus, you really want the lowest temps possible for the soap base so making them one at a time is ideal.

Here’s how you make them.

DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soap

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5.5 oz. clear melt and pour suspension soap base
.15 oz. fragrance oil of choice

Tools and Supplies:

vinyl goldfish
2.5″ x 2″ x 6″ crystal clear cello bags
Pyrex measuring cup
microwave or double boiler
baker’s twine or ribbon
plastic transfer pipette
utensil for stirring
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields one DIY goldfish in a bag soap.

How to Make Melt and Pour Goldfish in a Bag Soaps

Begin by weighing out the suspension soap base. Cut it into small chunks – so it melts more quickly at a lower temperature – and heat at 50% power in the microwave until almost completely melted through. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.) Watch the soap carefully so it doesn’t overheat. If it starts to bubble, remove it immediately from the heat source to avoid overheating.

Now weigh out the fragrance oil using the plastic transfer pipette to add the fragrance directly to the soap base. (Be sure to choose a fragrance oil without vanilla content to keep your soap from turning brown. Additionally, clearer fragrance oils work better than those with a yellow cast.) The pipette will keep you from accidentally adding too much fragrance and keep the fragrance from sliding down the side of the jar. Stir well.

DIY Melt and Pour Soapmaking Tutorial - Handmade Goldfish in a Bag Soaps for Party Favors and Kids' Gifts

Allow the soap to cool slightly, until a think layer of soap starts to solidify on top of the soap. Mix the soap again then slowly pour the soap into a bag. Be careful to pour the soap directly into the center of the bag so it doesn’t hit the sides going down. You may want to stop partially through the process to readjust the bag. If you don’t have a steady hand, place the bag in a dish that will hold the bag and still keep it slightly upright.

DIY Party Favors for Kids - Goldfish in a Bag Soapmaking Tutorial

Place your goldfish in the bag and use a pipette or chop stick to press the fish in the desired position against the very front of the bag. Leave the pipette in the bag to hold the fish in place until the fish stays in place upon removing the pipette.

For a wider based bag, leave the soap to cool with the bag open, then tie closed once the soap has solidified completely. Otherwise, gently gather the top of the bag while the soap is still soft and tie off with baker’s twine or ribbon. This will move the soap up the bag and create a slightly narrower base. I did mine both ways and it’s really just personal preference.

Fun DIY Goldfish in a Bag Soaps - Great for DIY Party Favors

Mix it up. For “colored” water, add a pinch of superfine emerald green or Caribbean blue glitter when you add the fragrance.

To use this DIY goldfish in a bag soap, simply peel off the plastic and scrub away!

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For more fun homemade projects you can craft for kids, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, DIY for Wee Ones. You can also find more homemade melt and pour soap recipes and projects on my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. Or visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen for a listing of all my DIY soap recipes. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin‘,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Tumblr,  Google +  and Instagram!

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