Friday Fun (on a Wednesday!) - Snow Day!

Hi Friends!

Hope you all are having a great week! Here in Colorado, we get snow fairly regularly all winter long (it can start as early as October and a couple of years ago we had a doozy of a storm on Mother's Day in May...so "winter" is used loosely), so we're used to it and have had to get creative to keep ourselves entertained when it's an official snow day and everyone is home for the day. This week we're having some unseasonably warm weather, but that means we'll probably get a blizzard next week, so we're planning ahead!

Here are eight of our favorite activities for those cold, snowy days.

1. Play in the snow outside - duh! If it's subzero out, this may not last long, but it's a great way to get some energy out and not feel stir crazy the rest of the day. We've invested in some miniature shovels and have the kids "help" us shovel out the driveway and sidewalks. We also love doing some quick sledding down the neighborhood hill or building a snowman with random food or toys for the face and appendages.

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2. Use the snow as your canvas! Put some food coloring (diluted with water) into a water gun or spray bottle and let the kids decorate the snow in your yard. Just try to keep them from squirting each other :-/!

3. Bring the snow inside! This one is especially great if it's too cold to go outside, your kids are sick, the wind is howling, or you simply can't muster up the energy to spend time in the snow. Run outside and grab a couple of large mixing bowls or buckets full of snow to bring into your house. Yes, it sounds a little crazy, but it's much warmer and your kids will feel like you've given them permission to do something "against the rules" - rebels! We've dumped it into the water table (with a towel underneath to prevent slipping and sliding) with various tools and toys and let the kids have a blast. You could also dump it into the bathtub, semi-dress the kids for the cold, and let them climb right in and play in it!

4. Hot chocolate! Not that we require much convincing to indulge, but is there anything better than making hot chocolate when it's freezing outside? If you've got the ingredients, try making your own from scratch. It's simple and delicious. And if you're looking for some amazing marshmallows, try Dandies. They're sold at Whole Foods, Sprouts, and other natural grocery stores and they are so soft and absolutely delicious! The real vanilla flavor takes them to a whole new level!

5. Build a fort! When I was little, building forts with my brother was one of my favorite things to do. We could deconstruct the sofa cushions and have a miniature house in a matter of seconds. My kids have inherited my love for building and a cold, snowy day is absolutely perfect for gathering up blankets and cushions and creating an epic hideout. 

6. Bake something, anything! The kids will have fun adding ingredients and stirring, your house will smell yummy, and it'll warm up the house and your tummy! Got some overripe bananas? Banana bread to the rescue! Have a leftover (unopened!) can of pumpkin from Thanksgiving? Pumpkin muffins, here we come!

7. Make playdough! If you've never made it at home, you are missing out! Homemade playdough is amazing...so soft, warm, and pliable you'll never go back to the store-bought kind!

8. Popcorn and a movie! You have an air popper, right? If not, get one! The kids love watching the popcorn pop and it's infinitely healthier than microwave popcorn - you can control what, if anything, is added to the kernels! We like ours with a tiny bit of cooking spray and salt or sometimes we add a tiny bit of cinnamon and sugar (and still salt - don't forget the salt!!) to make a sweet treat. A bowl of popcorn and a family-friendly movie can pass a few hours and give you a chance to soak up some snuggles on the sofa.

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Hope you found at least 1 new idea on this list to try during the next snow day! What's your favorite snow day activity? Tell us in the comments or drop us a line!

Xoxo,
Erin & Sarah 

Friday Fun - Halloween Ideas

Hi Friends!

We are in full blown Halloween mode around here! Now that the weather is (mostly) feeling like fall, we've busted out all of our Halloween decor and are busily planning for kids' parties and trick or treating! Since we've been Googling the heck out of Halloween, we thought we'd share some of our favorite finds in today's round-up. Enjoy!

Recipe found  Cocinando con Catman

How cute are these witches' brooms? Simple, healthy, and fun - a winning combination! The first half of the page is in Spanish, but scroll down for the English version of the recipe. I'm definitely making these for my kids - they're going to love playing with them and eating them!

Recipe at Fork&Beans

Recipe at Fork&Beans

Fork&Beans shows you how to make fun and creepy apple mouths with sunflower seed teeth and strawberry tongues! The recipe is great as-is (and food allergy-friendly!), but has endless possibilities for tweaking and personalizing. For a slightly more adult version, a hazelnut butter spread with hazelnut teeth and a strawberry tongue would be amazing! For an over-the-top version, you could use caramel for the binder and add some nuts or seeds for the teeth - just make sure you use a caramel recipe that sets up, otherwise it'll ooze out and make a huge (delicious) mess!

Recipe from  Bren Did

Recipe from Bren Did

Simple, stinkin' cute, and yummy - score! I don't know about your kids, but mine like anything that's in a miniature version - baby carrots, baby corn, mandarin oranges/tangerines, etc. They may or may not eat the "stem", but they'd devour these "pumpkins" in a flash! 

Found at A Pumpkin & A Princess

Found at A Pumpkin & A Princess

Is there anything more fun to play with than slime? I remember my little brother bringing home "gak" from a party when we were little and thinking it was the coolest/weirdest/most fascinating concoction I'd ever seen. I still think it's pretty darn entertaining and my kids could play with it for hours! It's simple to make (you could forego the food coloring and neon paint if you like and it'll still have the same feel, it'll just be white) and inexpensive. Need a non-food favor for a class party or for trick or treaters? This is a winner! 

This is a great craft idea to do with kids this Halloween season. Nothing complicated, but they get to paint with a brush and then do handprints and work on their manual dexterity when they make the web! Entertainment + educational = win!

Hope these are helpful as you prepare for Halloween! Let us know in the comments if you make/do any of these! And we'd love to hear from you: what are your favorite Halloween treats and crafts?

Don't forget: we're having a Halloween sale from now through October 31st! Everything is marked down 15% - get it before it's gone!

Have a faboolous and fancy weekend!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah

The 2016 Olympics are almost here!!!

Hi Friends! We're so excited - the 2016 Olympics start tonight!!! We absolutely love the Olympics, from the inspiring stories of world-class athletes and their fascinating paths to the games to watching underdogs unexpectedly triumph. Pardon our absence if we get too caught up watching to post regularly! 

To celebrate the games, we wanted to share a few fun things we found around the web. 

This article is a few months old, but has lots of interesting facts about the 2016 games. 

Via: NBC News

Via: NBC News

A cute and quick way to add some Olympic spirit to your party table found here

Via: The Flair Exchange

Via: The Flair Exchange

Burgh Baby has a whole "Adventures in Chalk" series, including a handful of adorable Olympics-themed drawings. So adorable! 

Via: Burgh Baby

Via: Burgh Baby

And last but not least, the world could use a little more love right about now. These heart-shaped Olympic rings give us the warm fuzzies. And you could absolutely make your own stencil with a piece of cardboard! 

Via: Hands Occupied

Via: Hands Occupied

Hope you enjoyed those and hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Xoxo,

Erin & Sarah