Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Sensory Jars

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During our beach trip this summer, my mom made some really neat beach sensory jars with my kids. They loved the project and the jars turned out really cool! I had so many friends ask for directions so they could make some with their kiddos. It’s actually a super simple project! You can customize them any way you want with different color glitter or food coloring. My kids have been begging to make more, so last week we made a couple of Halloween themed ones.

Quick and Easy DIY Halloween Sensory Jars

Here’s what you’ll need:
Plastic sensory bottles
Glitter
Clear liquid hand soap
Food coloring (optional)
Small Halloween themed toys or figurines

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Scarecrows in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Last week my kids had a few days off for fall break. It was the perfect time to do some of the local fall-themed activities here in Atlanta. One attraction we love to visit every year is the Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Each scarecrow is handmade by businesses, individuals, schools, and organizations around the city. Some are funny, some are creepy, and some are just silly! We love picking out our favorites! 

Scarecrows in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

 

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DIY Travel Snack Box for Kids

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Road trips. You either love them or hate them.

And when it comes to road-tripping with kids, we’re talking about a whole different ball game. #somuchwhining

I always thought I hated road trips. Ever since I was young, I really didn’t enjoy being in the car for long periods of time. Recently though, I drove to Savannah (a 4-hour drive) by myself and I have to say, it was amazing! Having all the control over the radio, the route, and when to stop was awesome. And getting 4 hours of alone time is every mom’s dream, right?

Anyway, back to road-trips with kids. If you’re looking for tips, I’ve got another blog post that’s been really popular on Pinterest – partly because of the tackle-box snack kits I mention in my post. These travel snack boxes are so fun for kids. I mean, who doesn’t like having a ton of options when it comes to snack time?

Here’s how to make your kids their own snack box for road trips.

DIY Travel Snack Box for Kids

1. Gather your supplies.

You really just need a couple of things to make a snack box. Hobby Lobby had these jewelry storage containers for $2 – you can’t beat that!

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You’ll also need some letter stickers and some other fun themed stickers.

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2. Slap on the stickers.

We did a Mickey theme because, duh, we love Disney!

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Our Favorite Things to Do and Eat in St. Augustine

Once a year we take a beach trip with my parents. We rent a house or a condo, drive down with the car loaded up, and spend a week or so enjoying family time in the sun, sand, and surf. The older I get, the more I love the beach. There’s just something about that ocean breeze and the sand between my toes that makes me feel at home!

This year, we traveled to St. Augustine, Florida. We’ve rented the same quaint 3-bedroom condo for three years now and we love the location and the space. The condo has changed ownership since the first few times we stayed, but we were happy with the service and the updates to the decor. We rented our condo through Vacation Rental Time. (Click here to check out what they offer!)

Our Favorite Things to Do and Eat in St. Augustine

 

Of course, our favorite thing to do when we go down to St. Augustine is to play in the ocean and sand! The condo we rent is right on the beach and it’s easy to pop out a couple of times a day to play and then come back for a meal or for a rest.

 

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My Little Pony and Pirate Pool Birthday Party

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When it comes to the kids’ birthday parties, I feel like we’ve done it all. We’ve done the super-cute Pinterest party, the easy/simple at-home party, the expensive kid’s play-place party.

I’m thinking the only thing left to try is the “hire a party planner and have them do the set-up and clean-up” type party. Maybe next year!

This year, we did a joint My Little Pony and Pirate Pool Party for the kids. They both have September birthdays, so joint parties will be a norm until they specifically request their own parties. Graham was dying to use a pirate pinata we had leftover from his birthday party two years ago, so he wanted a pirate theme. And Maddie is obsessed with My Little Ponies, so that’s what she picked.

I kept things really simple with decorations from Party City, food from Costco, and cakes from Publix. I didn’t make any cute Pinterest-y things this year. But I think the party turned out great anyway!

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Matching My Little Pony hair extensions!

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