5 Thanksgiving Picture Books to Celebrate Turkey Day

Here are five delightful Thanksgiving picture books that celebrate the history and traditions of "Turkey Day". 5 Thanksgiving picture books to celebrate Turkey Day - Tipsaholic.com #thanksgiving #thanksgivingbooks #fall #picturebooks #childrenbooks

5 Thanksgiving Picture Books to Celebrate Turkey Day

Fall leaves crunch underfoot and pumpkin spice is more than just in the air—it’s everywhere you turn. Yes, there’s no escaping fall (my favorite season), especially now that November is upon us. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and I confess that lately, visions of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie have been dancing in my head. I love this time of year, not only for the food, but more because of the traditions and family time that accompany the holiday season.

With Thanksgiving in mind, here are five delightful Thanksgiving picture books that celebrate the history and traditions of Turkey Day. Adults and children alike will be captivated by these fun, insightful stories.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition shared by many families, mine included. I love cozying up with a blanket and hot chocolate to watch the amazing balloons, floats, and Broadway musical numbers parade down 5th Avenue. This delightful tale is the true story of Tony Sarg, a German American puppeteer and illustrator who came to be known as “America’s Puppet Master”. In 1928, Sarg and his protege built large helium-filled balloons, some up to 125 feet long, resembling various animals. These became the first, now iconic, balloons millions love to see in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Both you and your kids will enjoy this interesting behind-the-scenes look at a long-standing American tradition.

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Thank You, Sarah : The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

Without Sarah Josepha Hale, the national Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today may not be in existence. Hale is widely known for authoring the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, but many consider her work to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday to be her true legacy. Hale’s advocacy began in 1846 and lasted 17 years until President Abraham Lincoln established a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. This book tells Hales captivating story and explains to children how Thanksgiving as we know it do came to be.

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The Thanksgiving Story

This Caldecott Honor–winning picture book brings the story of the first Thanksgiving to life in vivid detail. Giles, Constance, and Damaris Hopkins travel to the New World as pilgrims on the Mayflower. Their little brother Oceanus is born on the ship during their passage. When they arrive in the New World, their colony endures sickness, hunger, and harsh elements, but thanks to the Native Americans they might just make it through their first year in the new land. This historical account is sure to be a family favorite that will be cherished for years to come.

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Duck for Turkey Day

Tuyet is excited for Thanksgiving and a break from school but there’s just one problem. Her Vietnamese American family is having duck instead of turkey. What will her friends and classmates think? When she returns to school after the holiday, Tuyet discovers her classmates’ main dishes ranged from lambs to enchiladas. This story exposes kids to different cultures and reinforces the most important element of holidays and traditions—spending time with family.

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Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving

Bundle up and jump in the sleigh, a Thanksgiving adventure awaits! This charming book sets Lydia Marie Child’s original verse against Matt Tavares’s detailed illustrations. Experience “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day” like you never have before while you bask in the holiday spirit it inevitably invokes. A classic picture book for all ages, your family is sure to enjoy this book year after year.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something discovering her place in this world. By day she is a communication specialist bringing communities news about their local libraries and the resources they provide. When she’s not tweeting or writing a press release, you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

 

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8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try

Thanksgiving traditions help you to create precious memories that you’ll always remember. Here are 8 fun Thanksgiving traditions to try! 8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try via @tipsaholic #thanksgiving #traditions #november

8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try

Traditions are the stuff of memories. As we grow into adulthood, it’s the family traditions that we remember and look back on with fondness. Create your own traditions for your family, whether you have kids or not, and you’ll also create lots of precious memories that you’ll always remember. Here are 8 fun Thanksgiving traditions you might want to consider adding to your Thanksgiving celebrations!

Turkey Tickets

Give every family member a 6-foot long piece of paper (try cash register paper rolls) at the beginning of the month and ask them to fill up the entire paper with things that they’re grateful for. It’s a good exercise for everyone to really think and be grateful for the good that they have in their lives. Then everyone could share their favorite ones at the big dinner!
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Thankful Pumpkins

Paint a couple of faux pumpkins white and write on it with a black sharpie the things that you’re thankful for. Ask everyone to add theirs and then decorate your dinner table with these pumpkins. Be sure to take pictures so you’ll always remember what was written. For your guests, give them small pumpkins of their own and ask them to do the same thing.

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Thankful Boxes

This is a cute traditions for kids to do year after year. The first year, have your kids decorate a box, such as a baby wipes box. Then give them pieces of paper in one color and ask them to write down a thing they’re grateful for. Store the boxes when Thanksgiving’s over and bring them back out for the next year’s Thanksgiving. This time, give them paper in a different color. After a few years, their boxes will be filled with slips of thankfulness in various colors. Everyone can look through their boxes and reminisce!

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Warm Fuzzies

This thanksgiving tradition is centered around being thankful for each other. Give every guest pieces of paper with other guests’ names on each of them. Have them write down what they’re thankful for that person. Then everyone takes a turn and says out loud what they wrote on the paper and gives the paper to the person as a keepsake. This activity will make everyone feel great about themselves!

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Thanksgiving Day Walk or Run

Many cities host a Turkey Trot or a similar running or walking event on the day of Thanksgiving. It could be a fun tradition for you and your family to get together and walk or run before getting together for a big, filling dinner. If your area doesn’t have anything like this, you could find a nice hike in your area and enjoy the fall foliage together before sitting down to eat at home.

For even more fun, you could all dress up for the special day and show off your outfits at the walk or run. For example, this threesome went all out and dressed up as pilgrims and a turkey. Or you could do something simpler and make t-shirts for everyone to wear. Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it.

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Thanksgiving Table Runner

Grab a plain table runner or cut one from fabric. Ask your kids to paint their hand and put it on the runner. Add their names and the year and have fun turning the hand prints into little turkeys. Pull it out the following Thanksgiving and have your kids do the same thing. It’ll be fun to see their little hands grow throughout the years until the table runner is all filled up!

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Fall Scavenger Hunt

Doing a fall scavenger hunt as a family could be a fun Thanksgiving tradition before dinner or a way to burn off full stomachs after eating. Go to a nearby park with a fall scavenger hunt list and either do it together or compete in teams. Here’s a free printable, but you can always create your own list based on the things that you have in your area or park.

Book of Thanks

Get a book with blank pages and call it the “Book of Thanks” or whatever name you want to give to it. Every year just before dinner, take a group picture of everyone and save a spot for it in the book. On the pages, have every guest write what they’re thankful for that year. Print out the picture and put it in the middle of the pages. The next year, do the same thing and so on, so you can look back on it and see who got together which year and what everyone was thankful for. Such a nice memento!

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Thanksgiving is all about family and friends, so it’s always nice to celebrate together with a few of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. What other Thanksgiving traditions have you done with your family and friends?

For more Thanksgiving ideas, check out 10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving and 14 Easy Designs for Thanksgiving Tablescapes.

Title and featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

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35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic

Pumpkins are an essential part of fall decorating, especially for Halloween!  But let’s face it, they can be a pain to carve – from the mess, to the time investment, to the difficulty level.  If you’ve got young kids, carving pumpkins can be a daunting task!  And sadly, hollowed out pumpkins often become a pile of mush far before we’d like them to.  If you’re ready to give no-carve pumpkin decorating a try, here’s loads of awesome inspiration for you!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins1. Tissue Paper Damask Pumpkins – All you need is some mod podge and tissue paper to make some fancy damask-patterned pumpkins.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins2. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins – These super fun pumpkins look great during the day and glow different colors at night!  They’ll be a hit with kids.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins3. Tissue Paper Spotted Pumpkins – Here’s another idea with mod podge and tissue paper – just punch out circles and paste them on.  Overlap for a fun polka dotted look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins4. Candy Corn Chevron Pumpkin – tape off a few lines of chevron and use puffy paint for a fun distressed effect.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins5. Golden Paper Doily Pumpkins – Use cut up gold paper doilies for some gilded pumpkins with no effort.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins6. Potato Head Pumpkins – Use actual potato head pieces to dress pumpkins up as characters!  Just pre-drill small holes in the general facial feature spots.  Young kids will love this!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins7. Yarn Wrapped Pumpkins – Wrap your pumpkins up for a fun, comfy cozy look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins8. Felt Pumpkin Costumes – These felt pieces are glued on, or attached to toothpicks and then stuck into the pumpkin.  It’s a fun way to get the kids involved and create lots of different characters.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins9. Fancy Masked Pumpkin – Here’s another fun way to create different characters with your kids – use magazines, glue and masks (along with any other craft supplies you have like pom poms, feathers and sequins) to make funny masked pumpkins.  The cool thing about these is that the decorations are removable, if you decide you want to paint them differently later or use them for Thanksgiving next month!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins10. Gold-Flecked Pumpkins – Here’s a grown-up, subtle, gilded pumpkin – just paint white and add flecks of glitter with glue.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins11. Washi Tape Pumpkins – You can add washi tape to just about anything – including pumpkins!  These too are impermanent, making them a great cross-over decoration going into November since you can decorate them differently later.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins12. Doily Stencil Pumpkins – Use paper doilies as a stencil and sharpie around your pumpkin top for a fancy, detailed look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins13. Finger-paint Toddler Friendly Pumpkins – Let your little one go to town with finger-paints!  He’ll love looking at his masterpiece all month long!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins14. Crayon Melt Pumpkin – Take the crayon melt artwork off the canvas and put it on your pumpkin this year!  This is a messy, fun and creative way to decorate a pumpkin.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins15. Ombre Spider Web Pumpkins – These spiderwebs were created with skinny tape, then painted over with a sponge brush in two different orange colors.  It’ll only take minutes to do.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins16. Toddler Friendly Chalk Pumpkins – These pumpkins have a secret.  It’s CLEAR chalk paint!  Keep the orange of the pumpkin for Halloween, but allow your kids to chalk them up as much as they want!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins17. Lashes and Staches Pumpkins – These pumpkins have a lot of personality – and all it takes is cardstock, scissors and double-sided tape!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins18. Lace Stocking Pumpkins – Save your black lace stockings or stock up when they’re on clearance!  Stuff your pumpkin inside and close the top around the pumpkin stem with a black rubber band or ribbon!  They look classy and gothic.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins19. Black and White Striped Pumpkin – Here’s a fun black and white pumpkin you can paint with normal craft paint.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins20. Ribbon Pumpkins – The ribbons on this pumpkin are hot glued directly to it – from stem to bottom – along the veins.  It’s cute and easy!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins21. Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins – For something totally different than the normal orange and black, try these neon dipped pumpkins in all sorts of fun colors!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins22. Button Pumpkins – These pumpkins are – dare I say it?  Cute as a button!  All you need is glue and some buttons you don’t mind giving up.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins23. Duct Tape Face Pumpkins – Cut sheets of duct tape into facial features and stick it on for an easy, personalized pumpkin face.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins24. Masked Owl Pumpkin – Make your pumpkin a cute felt owl mask to wear; and make sure to glue on some googly eyes!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins25. Thumbtack and Sharpie Pumpkins – Make a sharpie spiderweb by following the pumpkin veins, or create a ghost out of white thumbtacks!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins26. Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkins – Using chalkboard paint and letter stickers you can create a word find pumpkin that all bibliophiles will love!  Use spooky, Halloween-y words.  Then, switch out the letters and use Thanksgiving words for November decor!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins27. Rhinestone Pumpkins – Using jewels and tiny rhinestones, you can glue on a fancy, sparkly design.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins28. Pumpkin Totem – Stack your pumpkins up, paint on some eyes and glue ricrac mouths on for a super cute Halloween totem.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins29. Confetti Dot Pumpkin – These confetti dots make a plain white pumpkin cute and festive!  Pop by your office supply store, because they’re an unexpected decoration – colored brads!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins30. Sunflower Pumpkin – Decorate your pumpkin with fake sunflowers for a look that will carry all through fall, not just Halloween.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins31. Tangled Web Pumpkins – Wrap your pumpkin in a bit of twine and glue on a spider for some easy, creepy decor.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins32. Donut Pumpkins – These little pumpkins are painted like sprinkled donuts for an unexpected and unique twist.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins33. Mummy Pumpkin – You can use gauze or paper streamers to make your pumpkin into a mummy!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins34. Marbled Pumpkins – Instead of painting your pumpkin, use nail polish instead.  Get instructions for how to create a marbleized look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins35. Googly Eye Pumpkins – For a subtle yet fun pumpkin the kids are sure to love, hot glue different sized googly eyes all over!

 

Here are some more no-carve pumpkin ideas you’ll love!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

Title picture courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.  Get more ideas at the link.

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55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes for Kids

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With Halloween just around the corner, no doubt your kids are clamoring for their favorite characters, monsters and dress-ups.  Quality costumes can be pricey, and inexpensive costumes can fall apart.  If you’d like to try a handmade get-up for the young ones this year, but are short on time, there are plenty of no-sew options out there!  For boys and girls, toddlers and tweens, here are the best tutorials that will teach you how to create the perfect no-sew Halloween costumes!

 

Animals

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumes

Snowy Owl – This enormously cute owl costume is quite detailed and takes a bit of time to construct, but it’s all no-sew and totally DIY-able.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesBats – These last minute bat costumes are easy and cute!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesButterfly – There are templates provided for the wings and mask shapes, so you can easily whip up a butterfly of your favorite color.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesShark – This great white shark is warm and cozy, but easy to make.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesLion – Make this fabulous lion mane in no time flat and pair it with tan sweats for a ridiculously easy animal costume.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesCow – This cute cow takes no time at all to glue together.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesTurtle – Make an adorable little turtle with felt, polyfil, glue and felt!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesSkunk – Grab some fake fur and a feather boa to create the tell-tale stripes in this super sweet skunk!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesSnail – The main feature of this snail – the shell – is constructed out of brown kraft paper!  It comes together with your little one’s normal tan clothing, so everything is easy-peasy and reusable.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesBee – Here’s a cute bee that’s great for a boy or a girl and is super easy to create.  It’ll take just one afternoon to finish.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesDinosaur – The basis of this costume is an oversized sweatshirt.  Glue on some awesome felt spikes and you’ve got a cute and super simple dino!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesUnicorn – Bits of felt are pinned onto a sweatshirt for the mane and tail, while felt pieces are wound into a cone shape with ribbon.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesDragon – This how-to will give you the low down for creating a mask and wings, all entirely no-sew, for any color and type of dragon you want.

 

Food

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesCotton Candy – Use polyfil for the body and poster-board for the cone hat and you’ve got some giant cotton candy straight from the circus.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesEasy Mac – You’ll never believe what the noodles are made from in this ingenious costume.  Toilet paper tubes!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesFrench Fries – Use a long foam cushion to create the fries in this cardboard fry box you can easily strap on.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesPopcorn – Tape or pin yellow or white balloons in bunches around your chest and head for popcorn.  Update an existing white dress with taped on red construction paper stripes.  Easy, cute and creative!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesHamburger – This hamburger (complete with sesame seeds!) is made from fabric but entirely no-sew.  All the layers are glued and held over your shoulders with straps.  The pickle hat really completes the look!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesDonut – There couldn’t be anything cuter than a baby donut with sprinkles!  Basically, you just make a small donut pillow out of felt, stuff it and glue it together!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesBirthday Cake – Who doesn’t love birthday cake?!  Create the triangle shape out of cardboard, and with it strapped around your child’s shoulders, they become the candle with the paper flame headband!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesCupcake – Based on a Pottery Barn Kids costume, this cupcake suit it adorable.  There’s a cherry hat as well, just to top it all off!

 

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesPineapple and Strawberry – With just one strategic cut and a few lines drawn with black marker, these felt ponchos are the perfect fruit duo.  Add some little caps and you’ve got a pineapple and strawberry that can be worn over very warm clothing – perfect!

 

 

From the Movies

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesPrince Charming – Use a white button down shirt to create this very charming look!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesSuperheroes – Any superhero at all can be created with felt and glue!  These vests can be worn over normal clothing or sweatsuits.  They’ll double as dress-ups after Halloween is over.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesBuzz Lightyear – It looks incredibly detailed and well done, but don’t be deceived.  This costume is totally no-sew, created with paints, regular clothing, cardboard and few other everyday supplies.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesMinions – There’s almost nothing you can say about these amazing minions.  They’re somewhat elaborate in their construction so they take some time to create, but they’re made from easy to find materials and aren’t difficult to reproduce.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesSleeping Beauty – While this particular tutorial is for Sleeping Beauty, you could easily adapt this for most any Disney princess just by changing the colors.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesPocahontas – Designed around an existing tan dress, the details on this costume are perfect.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesElsa – Using a t-shirt and fabric paint (along with tulle and sequins), you can create a princess dress (Elsa, or anyone else!) that can be worn even after Halloween is over.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesOlaf – This cute little Olaf costume is super easy to throw together and all you need to start is a white sweatsuit and a white winter hat!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesCharlie Brown – Draw the tell-tale black zig zag on a yellow t-shirt and add one black curl on the forehead with eyeliner and your bald baby makes the perfect Charlie Brown.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesMickey Mouse – Simple regular clothes can be easily turned into Mickey Mouse – use yellow shoe covers or even shower caps glued over shoes, and make some ears on a headband to complete the look.  If you’ve got a Minnie Mouse fan, swap the red shorts for a red skirt and tape on white paper dots!

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesPrincess Leia – The robe for this Leia costume is made using fabric tape, but you could glue it together as well.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesJedi Knight Robes – With felt and some fabric belts you can do some creative cutting to make these Jedi robes.  Bonus: There’s a how-to for Princess Leia bun headbands as well!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesAudrey Hepburn – Turn your little girl into Audrey Hepburn a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s with some black tulle, sunglasses and pearls.  Easy, classy and so adorable.

 

Miscellaneous Characters

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesNinja – It takes no time at all (and very little cost) to cut this colored long-sleeved t-shirt into a ninja jacket.  Paired with sweatpants and some super easy kid-friendly, DIY nunchucks this costume is sure to be a hit.

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesSock Hop Girl – The 50’s are back – and if you can believe it, this cute poodle skirt is entirely no-sew!  All you need is felt and ribbon!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesMinecraft Guy – Use cardboard to create some Minecraft armor and your kid will think you’re pretty awesome.

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesKnight – These knight costumes are also made out of felt pieces glued together.  Pair them with some inexpensive props to complete the look.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesMummy – Rip up some white fabric and grab some fabric glue to create this super cute little mummy.  You don’t even need scissors!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesCowboy – All you need to do is cut and paste faux leather or suede to make chaps and a vest for your cowboy!  Cut strategically to make some fringe and you’re good to go!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesConstruction Worker (Emmet) – If your kids still love The Lego Movie, you can turn this awesome construction t-shirt into Emmet, no problem! Otherwise, add a hard hat and a stop sign prop and you’ve got a great generic construction costume.  The t-shirt is put together entirely with tape!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesMonster – This baby beast is pretty adorable.  Deck your kiddo out in head to toe faux fur, add some horns to a hat, and stuff some extra tights or socks to add more legs.  Use a glue gun for quick work.

 

 

Random Things

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesFluffy Cloud – With a bit of patience, you can turn papier mache into a wearable fluffy cloud by adding pillow stuffing or batting.  For even more fun, make it a rain cloud by hanging paper raindrops with fishing line to the under side!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesHot Air Balloon – Grab a basket and connect it to a giant balloon with ribbons or rope for this super clever hot air balloon!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesCrayon – There are tons of ways to create a simple crayon outfit for very inexpensive.  Felt or tape, colored poster board and construction paper with a cone shaped hat in your choice of crayon color will do the trick!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesFlower Pot – This adorable pot of flowers started out as a large plastic pot, a thrift store sweater, a dollar store hat and a bunch of silk flowers.  Add a glue gun and some ribbon straps to hold it up and you’ve got the cutest little bunch of flowers on the block!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesCactus – This is a super easy idea and great for last minute costumers.  All you need are solid green clothes – a dress is cute, but you could do cheap leggings and a t-shirt too.  Then hot glue bits of knotted yarn all over for the prickers and make up some colorful pom poms for the flowers and you’ve got a great saguaro!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesTree – Here’s a cute idea to add interest to a tree costume!  This shirt is cut into strips on the bottom, pulled to create fringe and then spotted with glued on felt leaves.  Add a green tank underneath along with brown pants for the trunk and you’ve got a creative take on a tree!

 

 

Accessories and Extras

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesSuper Hero Capes – If your super hero needs a cape, this is a great tutorial for making one out of felt that’s completely no-sew and very easy.

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesHooded Cape – Little Red Riding Hood?  Witch?  Wizard?  Princess?  They all need hooded capes!  Amazingly, you can create one with this great no-sew technique!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesBird Wings – These awesome bird wings can be created in any color felt for your choice of bird!  They take a lot of cutting and gluing, but it’s easy to do (even if it’s not super fast…)

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesFelt Animal Masks – A cute mask can be the easiest costume there is when paired with the right colored clothes.  You can make these using the free templates, some elastic and fabric glue!

 

55 Amazing No-Sew Halloween Costumes For Kids - Tipsaholic, #halloween, #costumes, #DIY, #no-sew, #halloweencostumesGnome Hat – Toddlers make great tiny gnomes, and here’s the easiest way to create a felt gnome hat in no time!  Pair it with a fake white beard and long blue shirt with striped leggings and you’re good to go!

 

Title picture courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.  Get the no-sew Costume tutorial at the link, along with other easy ideas.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids

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10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - Tipsaholic

 

Halloween is a favorite among kids – all the costumes, candy and fun crafts and treats give them lots to love!  If you’re hosting a Halloween kids’ party this year, are in charge of games for your child’s classroom or just want to play some fun games at home, there are tons of Halloween themed games you can find around the internet.  Here are our top 10 fun Halloween games for kids to get you started.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games1. Pumpkin Toss Game – All you need is a cardboard box and some poster board to create this fun target toss game.  Use orange ping pong balls or tennis balls for ammunition – or if you’re playing outside you could even use tiny pumpkins!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games2. Ghost Cup Stack – Turn inexpensive plastic cups into ghosts with a black sharpie!  It takes literally seconds.  Then you can play the game one of two ways.  Divide into teams and race to see which team can stack their cups into a pyramid the fastest, OR use a beanbag to try and knock the stack down!  (The link above has tons more ghost party ideas for you as well.)

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games3. Skeleton Scavenger Hunt – The scavenger hunt described at the link used plastic skeletons broken into pieces and hidden around the neighborhood, then snapped back together as they were found.  But you could do the exact same thing using cardstock skeletons you’ve created yourself and hiding them anywhere you’d like.  Then use tape to put the bones together.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games4. Unwrap the Mummy – This is pretty popular as a birthday party game (minus the mummy theme) and kids love it!  Wrap up Halloween toys and candy in a roll of toilet paper, glue on googly eyes and let the kids at it!  Each child takes a turn unwrapping until they discover a prize, then pass it to the next child who continues.  Everyone wins!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games5. Web Walk – Don’t tell the kids, but they’re actually learning as they play this game!  Tape off a web on your floor with painter’s tape.  Scatter spiders all throughout the web.  The kids have to walk the lines of the web and pick up all the spiders to win, but if they step off the web or fall they have to start over at the beginning!  Make it more difficult by adding “ghost” obstacles!  Encourage problem solving, critical thinking and gross motor skills!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games6. Witch Hat Ring Toss – Repurpose your diving rings for this toss – which is made with paper cones and foam board.  It’s inexpensive to create and you’re kids will have a blast matching the rings to the buckles on the hat and trying to get them all!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games7. Lair of the Spider Queen – Make an obstacle course in your hallway with white streamers – the spider’s web!  Decorate the hallway and streamers with small spiders (and a big spider queen if you have one!).  Then the kids can have a fun time trying to make it through the web without knocking down any webs.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games8. Tin Can Bowling – Paint and decorate empty tin cans headed for recycling to look like Halloween monsters.  The kids can help you for even more fun crafting time!  Then set them up as bowling pins and take turns using a tennis ball to knock them all down.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games9. Pin the Bowtie on Mr. Bones – Use the free template to cut out Mr. Bones the skeleton.  Create bows out of ribbons and add glue dots or double sided tape to the back.  Blindfold the kids and have them pin on the bow tie!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games10. Snake Eyes – Decorate water bottles with snake eye lids, then hide matching pairs of Halloween themed prizes in them.  Place them in the mailing tube structure and let the kids take turns pulling two randomly.  If the prizes match, they get to keep them!

 

Title picture is courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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25 DIY Hair Care Products You’ll Love

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils

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Hair it is, happening all week! Check out all the fun hair ideas here or follow along on social media with #HairItIs.

 

Whether you want to skip the chemicals, get salon looks without the salon price, or just try something new, making your own hair care products is a fantastic option!  You can customize scents, adjust for hair type and texture, and create personalized results – and you’ll be surprised at how easy most are to make.  So save yourself a trip to the salon for your next round of hot oil treatment: you can DIY that!  And make yourself nearly any hair product you need, from gel to dry shampoo!  Keep reading for 25 favorite DIY hair care products.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils1. Hair Detox – If your hair feels weighed down by products and over-styling, this detox will take a load off!  It’s just like detoxing your body – use the solution sparingly for a clarifying, exfoliating effect and your hair will thank you for getting rid of all that build up.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils2. Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse – This is probably the easiest of the DIY hair regimes.  It involves scrubbing your hair with a baking soda solution (to counteract natural oily buildup) and following this with an apple cider rinse, which helps to restore pH to your scalp.  The final step is to rinse with cold water.  With this simple guide, you should seal in moisture and have sleek, shiny hair.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils3. Green Tea and Lemon Hair Rinse – Green tea is an effective ingredient in beauty and hair products.  You can harness the nourishing qualities by simply rinsing your hair with some cooled, brewed green tea (mixed with just a few other ingredients).  It’s a source of vitamins E and C, it can heal split ends, repair damage, and strengthen hair.  It’s known for helping with dandruff and hair growth.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils4. Rice Water – Don’t toss the water after making rice!  Apparently, after boiling rice you can save the milky “rice water” and use it as a conditioner for your hair.  The rice proteins fill in any cracks and splits, making your hair smooth and shiny.  Who knew it was so easy?

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils5. Coconut Shampoo – In this recipe, you combine the power of coconut milk with castile soap along with your choice of essential oils.  Castile soap is good for all hair types, so this shampoo is a basic recipe that fits nearly everyone.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils6. pH Balanced Shampoo – Not only does this shampoo include all the benefits of other homemade products – like smoothing, moisturizing and repairing abilities of honey, coconut oil and jojoba – It’s created with a PH that closely matches the average scalp, which can reduce the chance of itchiness and flaking.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils7. Honey Shampoo – Raw honey does wonders for hair, as you’ve likely already read.  You can quickly whip up this shampoo, with only three very simple ingredients and you get all the power of honey – smoothing, moisturizing, nourishing, repairing frizz and split ends.  Plus, it’s super gentle for those with sensitive scalps.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils8. Dry Shampoo Spray – Dry shampoo took the beauty care world by storm, and now you can make your own in a matter of minutes!  This dry shampoo is actually a spray – meaning it’s a liquid you apply to slightly damp hair, then style as normal.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils9. Dry Shampoo Powder for Blond or Brunette – If you prefer the powder form of dry shampoo – which you simply sprinkle on your already dry roots when you need to touch up some oily spots – you can make that too!  It costs just pennies to make and you’ve likely already got everything you need in your kitchen!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils10. Leave-in Conditioner – The base for this yummy leave-in conditioner is coconut milk, so it smells good enough to eat!  It also leaves your hair super moisturized and can treat frizz and brittleness.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils11. Hair Conditioner – This easy peasy coconut rinse-out conditioner will give you tons of moisture, leaving you smooth and shiny.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils12. Deep Conditioner – A homemade deep conditioner is perfect for those occasional reparative treatments.  This one uses a few different kinds of oil to add shine to dull hair, control frizz and control dandruff and dry scalp issues.  Adding essential oils will personalize it to your needs, giving it an added bonus.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils13. (Yummy) Deep Conditioning Hair Masks – These three delicious hair masks cover a range of hair problems you may encounter – especially in the summer months.  There’s one for dry, damaged hair, one for deep moisture (for color-treated hair), and one that’s super light, for extra smoothness and shine.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils14. Mayo Hair Mask – Sounds gross, right?  There are so many variations in this recipe – eggs, vinegar and oil will promote hair growth and shine, plus adding different powdered herbs give a host of other benefits, including strength and softness.  Smooth it on your hair and let it stew for a bit before rinsing – the benefits may outweigh the mayonnaise!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils15. Coconut Honey Hair Mask – This super easy hair mask has only three ingredients, but packs a big punch.  It seals in moisture, offers antibacterial properties for a healthy scalp, removes gunky buildup and restores natural pH.  Sounds like a winner!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils16. Hair Repair Mask – Don’t let the ingredients fool you – it may look like a crazy breakfast concoction, but it’s a super ultimate hair repair treatment.  With all the healthy oils going on in this, it will smooth out your hair, control frizz, make it soft and shiny and repair split ends.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils17. Hair Growth Mask – The secret ingredient in this hot oil treatment is unexpected, and you don’t need to look any further than your spice cabinet.  Try cinnamon!  By massaging the cinnamon oil into your scalp, you stimulate circulation which encourages hair growth.  It can also strengthen the hair follicles already present.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils18. Hot Oil Treatment – All you need are three kitchen staples (olive oil, honey and coconut oil) and you’ve got the makings of your very own hot oil treatment.  Brush the mixture on your hair and wrap in a shower cap, and your hair will be shiny and damage-free in no time!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils19. Hair Detangler – If your little ones, or even YOU, have tangles you hate dealing with, try this super easy DIY detangler – another hair care product you can add various essential oils to for different results.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils20. Frizzy Hair Serum – Not only will this spritz smooth your frizzy mane, get rid of the wispy fly-aways, and keep you smooth and shiny, but it promotes hair growth as well!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils

21. Hair Volumizer – It doesn’t take much to create some volume for your flat locks.  Use this 2 ingredient DIY the next time you’re in the shower, then rinse it out for a bunch of bounce and energy!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils22. Sugar Hair Spray – You DIY your own hairspray!  It’s true – and you can create different “strengths” to suit your needs. There are only 3 (totally normal, everybody has) ingredients, too.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils23. Homemade Pomade – If you use pomade to texturize your hair or tame static and fly aways, then you’re used to plunking lots of money on the salon counter.  So make your own instead!  The addition of essential oils can help customize your pomade even further, with oils that can stimulate hair growth, boost shine and even fight dandruff!

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils24. Organic Hair Gel – I’m not joking when I say you can make your own hair gel with only two ingredients.  It’s so easy.  The secret?  Whole flaxseeds.  Add essential oils to give it your own scent (or hair care properties).  It’s the perfect product for “unmanageable” hair.

 

Skip the chemicals, high prices and tons of bottles, and make your own DIY hair care products instead! It's easier than you think. Here are 25 we love! 25 DIY Hair Care Products You'll Love - tipsaholic.com , #hair, #DIY, #naturalhaircare, #natural, #essentialoils25. Scalp Scrub – You’ve probably exfoliated your face before, right?  Well this product works under the same premise.  Scrub your scalp with this sugar based concoction once a month and your head – along with your tresses – will be healthier for it.  This is a clarifying scrub that will get rid of buildup and clear clogged hair follicles, encouraging hair growth.

 

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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14 Ways to Help Sick Friends and Family

 Don't just say "call if you need anything." Use these ideas to help sick friends and family and make a real difference during their time of need. 14 Ways to Help Sick Friends and Family ~ Tipsaholic.com #help #sick #illness

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 When friends cancel plans due to the flu, a neighbor falls and breaks a bone, or a family member is undergoing medical treatment, it can be hard to know what to do. Rather than using the well-meaning but generally unhelpful words, “Let me know if you need anything,” take action! Step up and serve those you love in the ways they need most using these ideas for what you can do to help sick friends and family.

 

1. Care packages and gifts

Whether your loved one is near or far, a care package or thoughtful gift like a book or music is a great way to show you care. Drop them at the house or send them in the mail whenever you want to let your friend know you’re thinking of him or her. Moorea Seal has some great ideas for a cancer treatment care package.

 

2. Make a commitment

If an illness or injury is long-term, offering to walk the dog, make sure the trash cans are curbside, water the flowers, mow the lawn, or complete other daily or weekly tasks can be a real help. Mark them down on a calendar so that your loved one knows they can rely on you.

 

3. Babysit

Babysitting a child (or a pet!) might be one of the most valuable services you can offer. Babysitters may be needed during doctor’s appointments or when illness takes a toll. A friend might even appreciate having someone around to sit with their little one while he/she showers or naps. Children with a sick parent will benefit from regular interactions with familiar people, and a parent gains peace of mind when a babysitter can be found in a hurry.

 

4. Run errands

The burden of an illness or injury can make the normal parts of life difficult. Offer to run errands for your loved one or call while doing your own grocery shopping and ask what they need. You may be able to pick up their medications, take their dog to the groomer’s, or return the neighbor’s tupperware.

 

5. Be a chauffeur

A sick friend may need someone to help them to and from doctor visits or may just need someone to take their kids to school or activities. Rather than saying “call if you need me,” be specific about which days you can drive and perhaps offer to do so regularly.

 

6. Make meals happen

Meals are always needed when a person cannot care for themselves or their family. You may want to make a meal yourself or set up a meal service with friends or family using a site or app like Meal Train that makes it easy to see what and when meals will be taken care of.

 

7. Offer distractions and entertainment

Living with an illness or injury can be isolating and depressing. Call your loved one for a random movie night, to take a walk, to go out for pedicures, read a book to them, or just spend a night sharing snacks and conversation.

 

8. Clean the house

Cleaning can be one of the best gifts, particularly for someone who needs a sanitary environment during illness. Friends can sometimes be self-conscious about this, and it may be more thoughtful to hire a cleaning service for them if you think this may be the case.

 

9. Be a listening ear

Sometimes a sick friend may just need someone to talk to. Be the person you’ve always been. Listen to their fears and hopes or just talk about something besides the illness, if that’s what they need!

 

10. Learn what to say — and what not to say

There are a lot of ways to stick your foot in your mouth when someone close to you is suffering. Educate yourself about their illness and how to talk to them about it. Read up on what things are helpful and encouraging to say and which cliché sayings you should avoid.

 

11. Put together activity kits for their kids

A parent who has to spend a lot of time at rest may struggle with keeping their children entertained and content. Put together simple activity kits like these from B-Inspired Mama and give them to your loved one’s kids.

 

12. Help them keep a schedule and remember events

Illnesses and injuries can be distressing enough to make a person forgetful. Offer to call and remind them of special events or help them make a calendar that lays things out clearly. You may also want to help them remember doctor appointments and when to take medications.

 

13. Make videos and take photos

If a person is homebound, they may be missing out on neighborhood events or even their children’s activities at school and want to be included in some way. Offer to make videos or bring photos to their home and talk about the things that are going on outside of the house.

 

14. Help decorate and make arrangements for holidays

Don’t let a sick friend miss out on all of the joys of the holidays simply because they don’t have the energy to decorate or plan parties. Bring a few friends over and spend an evening decorating a Christmas tree or coloring Easter eggs. Help them bake, shop for gifts, and participate in community events they might otherwise miss.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful

Don't settle for basic snapshots of your most important memories, use these tips to improve your photography skills and make your photos more meaningful. How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful ~ Tipsaholic.com #photography #photos

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When we are in a moment and hope that the memory of it will last, we sometimes take a photo to remind us. But too often, the photos we take focus more on saying “cheese” than on the real elements of the moment. Use these five tools to make your photos more meaningful today.

 

1. Get on the same level as your subject

Whether it is a child, a pet, your grandmother in a wheelchair, or Uncle Albert who used to play college basketball, get on your subject’s level. Try to see things from their point of view and look at things the way they might. Get a close-up of those ants your child notices marching across the sidewalk or snap a photo of Uncle Albert as he ducks under the chandelier in the dining room. Changing your own view point can make a huge difference in your photos.

 

2. Take un-posed shots

Going with the photo-taking favorite of “Say cheese!” will definitely get everyone’s attention, but it will also get you a lot of posed, inauthentic faces. Try going for more candid shots. Capture faces made during conversations, games, cooking dinner, and other moments. Grandma’s head-tilted-back laugh while she talks with her daughter or the intense focus on the faces of young cousins as they make mud pies, are the ones you’ll really treasure.

 

3. Capture raw emotion

You may not always think of pulling out the camera when emotions are running high, particularly in moments of sadness or frustration, but these may turn out to be some of your most moving, poignant photos and may help you process your own thoughts and feelings. When looking for opportunities to take such photos, consider taking your camera along (with permission, if needed) to major events like weddings, births, and homecomings. Look beyond the happy, posed photos and get closer to more intimate scenes. You’ll soon learn when and where you’re likely to find the most memorable images.

 

4. Capture personalities and passions

A truly wonderful photograph will embody the spirit of a person. Some of your most meaningful photo opportunities may come while a person is focused on something they love or showing their true self as they struggle, play, learn, or simply sit and think. Your job is to have your camera ready for those moments. You may also try projects that capture the many faces of a person as you ask them to run the gamut of their emotions. These can preserve the more simple memories you have of someone’s personality, like your child’s funny way of crinkling their nose when you talk about a food they dislike or your mother’s warm smile when you remind her of times you spent reading together.

 

5. Get closer or step back

If many of your photos feel more like they’re just a picture of a random scene than a real moment, change your proximity. In most cases, getting closer to your subjects makes the biggest difference. In other cases, you may want to try a new vantage point. Get up high and look down on a scene or down low and look up. Zoom in on details like hands, mouths, and eyes to cover all of the bits and pieces that describe your feelings in that moment.

 

Once you’ve added these methods to your photography arsenal, remember to print and cherish your photos rather than leaving the memories to fade on your computer’s hard drive. A photo meant to capture a memory is only as meaningful as the conversations it sparks when it is viewed.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines

Use these 5 tips to help your kids learn routines for home, school, and day-to-day activities and make each day a little smoother for everyone. 5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines ~ Tipsaholic.com #parenting #kids #routine

5 Ways to Help Kids Learn Routines

 

Routines are a valuable tool for children and their parents. Whatever their age, children can be taught routines that will help them understand their responsibilities and what to expect each day, which will make transitions from home, school, daycare, and other places and activities much easier for children and parents alike. Start with these 5 tips to help your kids learn routines and you’ll be on your way to a smoother day.

 

1. Charts

Kids love taking charge. Give them the opportunity to be responsible for some of their own daily to-do’s – within your limits. A chart is a great way to do this. Create a chart with photos or clipart or purchase a chart like this that outlines the things they need to do before school or at bedtime to help them get started. This way, they can see for themselves what steps to take and don’t need so many verbal reminders. Giving them the responsibility for these simple tasks can be a major confidence booster as well.

 

2. A visual schedule

Teaching children a routine using a calendar helps them learn how to apply their habits in the long-term. Consider using a big family calendar where you can write or place pictures of the parts of your routine that will be weekly and monthly. If Grandma picks the kids up from school every Thursday, put it on the calendar. If a child has a spelling test every other Friday, it may benefit them to see it coming up and remind them to study on the days that lead up to it. Adults can help younger children by pointing out which day it is and how many days will pass until the next event.

 

3. Stick with it

Consistency is going to be your best friend when it comes to your children’s routines. When they know what to expect each day, they are far more likely to cooperate even when there are interruptions to your schedule. Follow your routines to the best of your abilities and talk things over with the children if there are going to be changes or new routines introduced. Do the same things in the same order as often as you can.

 

4. Give kids a time warning

When it is time to transition from one activity or routine to the next, give a warning. Simply letting a child know that “in 5 minutes it will be time to go,” or “10 more minutes until bath time” is often enough to help prevent a meltdown. Children have a limited understanding of time and framing it for them from an early age will give them a head start when it comes to their experiences outside the home.

 

5. Make routines meaningful

Children will be more likely to adopt and embrace routines when they include an activity they enjoy, like spending time with parents reading books or playing games. You might also want to include some “free” time in their day-to-day routines to give them moments to create and learn how to structure their time on their own. A meaningful routine may also include some alone time for an individual to take some space and breathe.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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DIY Summer Car Kit

Don't be caught unprepared this summer! Create a summer car kit that will fit your family's needs wherever you go. DIY Summer Car Kit ~ Tipsaholic.com #summer #car #summerfamilyactivities

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Follow along with Summer Family Activities Week by clicking here or on social media with #SummerFamilyActivities. Better yet share you favorite summer family activities by using #SummerFamilyActivites. Or play along and add your ideas in the comments here on Tipsaholic.

 

Summer is a busy time and nobody wants to be caught unprepared. Your vehicle can be the perfect place to put a car kit you can create yourself. Use these suggestions to add to a basic car kit and get your trunk loaded with everything you and your family might need while out and about this summer.

 

1. Sunscreen

No matter how short a trip you think you’ll be making, it’s always best to be prepared with a bottle of SPF 30. 15-30 minutes in the sun are all it takes to start getting a sunburn. Babies and children are especially likely to need extra protection.

 

2. Extra clothing

Kids will find all kinds of ways to get messy (snow cones!) and get wet (sprinklers!) this summer. Often, it happens while our backs are turned and before we know it, they’re dripping and cold. Keep a simple outfit for each of your children (and maybe yourself!), or, if you’re strapped for space, consider using an oversized t-shirt that could work for any member of the family.

 

3. Bottled water

Sealed bottles of water are always a good thing to carry with you. You never know when you might get stranded or stuck in traffic away from gas stations and air conditioning, and water is the one thing that will keep your body working until you can make your way home again.

 

4. Snacks

Have you ever noticed how a car full of hungry people becomes a car full of chaos? Keep snacks in your car to take the edge off while traveling or to take with you to summer activities. Select snacks that won’t melt in a hot car and can be resealed for later use if you don’t finish the whole package.

 

5. Summer-ready first-aid kit

No summer seems to pass without a few scraped knees. Fill a small first-aid kit with bandaids and antibiotic ointment, plus other summer essentials like aspirin for heat-induced headaches, anti-itch ointment for bug bites, and motion sickness treatments for long drives.

 

6. A picnic blanket

A blanket is a great addition to your car kit for impromptu trips to the park, picnics, and sitting curbside for Independence Day events. Use it to cover a table or create a shady tent for sleeping babies or for curling up at a drive-in movie! It might even be used as a towel after a spontaneous run through the sprinkler.

 

7. Plastic bags

Plastic bags of all shapes and sizes can come in handy while traveling and attending events during the summer. Use them to hold candy from a parade, pack up picnic trash, keep wet or dirty clothing, and much more.

 

8. Bug Spray

Summer is the season for bugs, bugs, bugs! Be prepared wherever you’re at on a summer evening by keeping a bottle or two of bug spray in your summer car kit.

 

9. Wet wipes

Whether you like baby wipes, hand sanitizing wipes, Clorox wipes, or all three, you need some! Clean messy fingers, a dirty dashboard, an unsightly picnic table, and a hundred other things. Keep wipes in an airtight container so they don’t dry up in a hot vehicle.

 

10. Little extras

Pen and paper, a card game, a travel pillow – these are items you don’t necessarily have to have but can be helpful on longer drives. Tailor your car kit to fit your family’s needs and you’ll be on your way to a less stressful summer of activities.

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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25 Frozen Treats for Eating Outdoors on a Hot Day

From yogurt treats to frozen fruit to ice cream, a slushie, or popsicle, click on one of the 25 frozen treats links, to get these easy recipes to make for your next day in the outdoors.  25 Frozen Treats for Eating Outdoors on a Hot Day via @tipsaholic #frozen #frozentreats #summer #summerfamilyactivities

25 Frozen Treats for Eating Outdoors on a Hot Day

Follow along with Summer Family Activities Week by clicking here or on social media with #SummerFamilyActivities. Better yet share you favorite summer family activities by using #SummerFamilyActivites. Or play along and add your ideas in the comments here on Tipsaholic.

When the temperature rises, most people head outside for fun in the sun. And if a special treat is desired after playing outdoors, a frozen one is often the best thing to eat on a hot day. There are so many choices here that are perfect for when you need to cool down. From yogurt treats to frozen fruit to ice cream, a slushie, or popsicle, click on one of the 25 frozen treats links, to get these easy recipes to make for your next day in the outdoors.

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Low Sugar Kool-Aid Slushies

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Greek Yogurt Berry Smoothie Pops

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Homemade Shaved Ice

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Applesauce Popsicle Toddler Treat

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Peach Creamsicles

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Frosty S’more Cups

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana

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Frozen Blueberry Yoghurt Kebabs

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 Lemon Ice

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 Capri Sun Summer Slush

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 Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Bites

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 Banana Freezer Pops

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Frozen Pineapple Ice Pops

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Frozen Yogurt Dots

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Ice Cream Made in a Bag

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Skinny Oreo Milkshake

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Frozen Chocolate Bananas

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Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars

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Pudding Pops

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Ice Candy

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Choco-Taco

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Raspberry Sorbet

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7 Tips for a Kid’s Lemonade Stand

Want to get keep the kids busy this summer and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit? Hosting a lemonade stand would be a great way to do this. 7 Tips for a Kid's Lemonade Stand via @tipsaholic #lemonade #lemonadestand #kids #summerfamilyactivities

7 Tips for a Kid's Lemonade Stand

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Want to keep the kids busy this summer and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit? Hosting a lemonade stand would be a great way to do this. The kids get to learn a little about running a business, practice their manners and social skills, make a little money, and have a great time! Check out these tips for how to help the kids host a lemonade stand this summer.

 

1. Help the kids decide how they will make their lemonade stand and what they need to put it together. From a simple table with a bright colored table cloth to a DIY wooden stand with a lemonade stand sign up above, the only limit is the kids imagination (and your DIY skills).

 

2.  Make a signature drink. Skip the premade powder mixes, and let the kids get creative with their own lemonade recipe. Start with the basic recipe below, and then let them add their own twist such as a fruit flavoring, fun shaped ice (made with a special ice tray), or a piece of candy like a lemonhead dropped into the drink.

  • 1 ½ cups freshly-squeezed juice (about 5-6 large lemons)
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 8 cups water
    Mix the three ingredients well and serve over ice

 

3.  Make a list of all the supplies needed, such as ingredients, cups, napkins, etc., and take the kids shopping. Talk about using coupons or finding things on sale since all the money spent upfront will come out of their profits in the end.

 

4. Use this opportunity to discuss the basics of running a business. Who knew talking about supply and demand could be fun? Help them set a price point that people will buy at but still generates a revenue. Plus, this would be a great time to talk about what the kids will do with the profits. Suggesting they keep some to spend, but also set aside certain amounts to save and to donate to a charity of their choice.

 

5.  Pick a good location to let the kids set up the lemonade stand with both foot traffic (ie potential customers) and safety in mind. Your font yard would probably be the best place, but if it is possible, try to find a place where a large amount of people would be walking by like near a playground or park. Also, think about the best time of day when people will be out and about. And of course pick a day to host the lemonade stand when you have good weather. On a hot sunny day, people will be looking for a way to cool down and a glass of cold lemonade will be just the thing!

 

6. Get the word out. Let your friends and neighbors know that the kids will be hosting a lemonade stand and ask them to help spread the word. Make signs for both the lemonade stand and to set up for advertising nearby, like at the end of your driveway or at the entrance to your subdivision.

 

7.  As much as possible, let the kids run the show. This is a great time for them to practice their social skills and manners when dealing with customers. Also, if they do most of the work, the kids will get the satisfaction of a job well done and have a fun time while doing it.

 

 

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Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel

Use a few of these road trip apps the next time your family is traveling and make it easy to find fuel, lodging, fun, food, and more. Top Road Trip Apps for Family Travel ~ Tipsaholic.com #family #travel #roadtrip #apps #summerfamilyactivities

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Gone are the days when road trippers picked up a map and just started driving. In our high-tech modern world we have everything we need to plan, map, and have a blast on a road trip in the palms of our hands. Tap into some of the best travel resources available with these top road trip apps for family travel.

 

1. Waze

This app helps you check traffic conditions, road hazards, and more along your driving route by tapping in to a community of other drivers in your area. It also acts as a map to your destination and has voice-guided navigation .

 

2. Gas Buddy

This app is the best way to find the best prices for fueling up. Compare gas stations along your route or type in a zip code to compare gas prices in another area. Gas Buddy gives you gas station addresses and a map to help you get there.

 

3. iExit

Find out what’s coming up – restaurants, gas stations, lodging, shopping, and even campgrounds – at each exit you approach. iExit acts as a digital road sign for every exit near you and taps into your phone’s GPS to show you where to go.

 

4. State Plate Bingo

No roadtrip is complete without games! Use an app like State Plate Bingo to have a little fun on a long trip. If you’re looking for more ways to pass the time while driving, you may want to check out this list of road trip game apps on Babble.

 

5. Yelp

Yelp is a do-it-all app for finding shopping outlets, restaurants, and services and seeing reviews to find the best of the best. You can also use Yelp to get addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and even make reservations.

 

6. Hotel Tonight

When you hit that road trip wall and need to hole-up for the night, Hotel Tonight is the app that can get you a place to stay in a hurry. Hotels share their last-minute availability at discounted rates so you can get a great price, but you can also book a hotel up to 7 days out.

 

7. USA Rest Stops

It may not make for good conversation, but everyone’s gotta go sometime. Find rest stops along highways and interstates and avoid stop-on-the-shoulder bathroom breaks. It can tap into your GPS and guide you if needed. This app may be especially helpful if you have kids!

 

8. TripAdvisor City Guides

Get information on local hotspots and fun things to do, plus restaurants and hotels. Any information that is available for the city, including fun facts and how to get from one place to another, can be found within the app. City Guides can also help you create a kind of travel journal on your phone – just check in and take a photo at each of your stops.

 

9. TripIt

Keep track of every aspect of your trip with TripIt. Compile information and times for hotels, dinner reservations, flights, and other stops along your route. You can also access maps and directions to get to your next destination and sync your plans with others.

 

10. Oh Ranger! Parkfinder

If you’re looking to visit national and state parks and experience the great outdoors, this is the app for you. The Oh Ranger! Parkfinder app has information, directions, overviews, activity descriptions, phone numbers, weather, and more for every park in the USA.

 

11. Free Wi-Fi Finder

Even a low-tech family can use a little free Wifi now and again, and this app will find it for you. Wherever you are, Free Wi-Fi Finder will use your location to give you a list of the nearest hot spots..

 

12. Animoto

No road trip need be forgotten with Animoto. The app lets you take photos and videos from your phone and turn them into a movie complete with introductions, captions, music and more. This one is a pricier app, but it might be worth it to share videos with family and friends as you travel!

 

 

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3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

A great way to spend a warm summer night is to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. Here are 3 tips to get the party started. 3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night via @tipsaholic #movienight #outdoor #backyard #movie #summer #summerfamilyactivities

3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

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A great way to spend a warm summer night is to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. With just a little planning, you and your friends could have great fun under the stars. Here are 3 tips for you to get the party started.

 

  1. The equipment needed is fairly simple. First, you need a movie screen. If you already have a light colored garage door or wall of your house, you have a surface to display the movie. But if you need to make a movie screen, a simple white bed sheet tacked to a wall or fence will work great. Next, you will need a projector and some kind of speakers. If you don’t have these maybe you can borrow from a friend, or they can easily be rented. Also, you need a video source like a laptop computer or a dvd player. Simply set it all up on a table, aim it at your make shift movie screen and you are all set.
  2. What would a backyard movie night be like without snacks? Set up a concession stand on a table. Keep everything in individual portions, so everyone can easily grab what they want to eat before heading over to watch the movie. Pop a lot of popcorn before guests arrives and put it in decorative popcorn bags you can get at most party supply stores. Prop them up in a box or tray, so guest can select a bag of popcorn. Also, include candy you would normally find at a movie theater or bake up a sweet treat like brownies or cupcakes. Don’t forget the drinks either. Put those in a tub full of ice, to keep them nice and cool.
  3. Comfy seating is a must. Provide a variety of options. Set out a few folding chairs, lay out blankets on the ground, and spread out a few seat cushions from the patio set.

 

Once you have everything set up, it is time to start the movie and enjoy a backyard movie night with your friends.

 

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