Top 10 Backpacks For Back To School This Year!

Back To School Guide For Backpacks

Its that time of year again – BACK TO SCHOOL. We parents are sitting there patiently waiting for the schools to release the supply list so we can hurry off to the store so you are not that last-minute parent. Am I right? We all know who I am talking about here and trying to avoid being   “that mom”. The back to school shopping season is such a highlight to children, but in all honesty, I dread it. There is just so much to take care of it can be quite overwhelming at times. So, this back to school guide will help you find a perfect backpack for your children without even leaving the house. Now, that is a MOM SCORE in my book.

These top 10 backpacks are high quality, durable, and functional for both boys and girls of all ages. Whether you are looking for younger children that may be attending preschool or a middle schooler one of these bags should fit your needs. Each backpack has plenty of space along with comfort that children expect as they are growing throughout the year. No more wasting money on a cheap bag and getting a quality bag at a great price!

Top 10 Back Packs For The Upcoming School Year

1 – Sweetheart Pattern Backpack
This is an adorable backpack for girls ages 6-12 years old. It has adjustable contoured shoulder straps and a great back system for ultra comfort. It also sports mesh pockets, front pockets and one large main compartment.

2 – Mayzero’s  Waterproof Backpacks
Great backpack for boys or girls (other colors available) in elementary school. Waterproof material, high grade metal zipper and large capacity makes this backpack durable and practical.

3 – JanSport Cool Student Backpack
Backed by their lifetime warranty, JanSport is an icon in the backpack arena. This classic silhouette features two large main compartments, pleated front stash pocket, a front utility pocket with organizer, and side water bottle pocket. Can also house a 15’’ laptop. Wide range of color and design from which to choose.

4 – Sundance Rolling Backpack
Wear it or roll it with this water resistant backpack that’s great for students who have lots of books or devices to tote around every day. It has a padded laptop sleeve that can hold a 15” laptop. Padded shoulder straps allow this to be worn comfortably or to use the 3-stage aluminum locking handle and roll it. Multiple compartments keep all your small and large items organized for ease of use.

5 – Leaper Floral Backpack
If your teen girl likes a vintage floral look, consider this medium-sized backpack made from canvas. Lightweight and comfortable, it can accommodate a 14″ computer. Also has two inner open pockets, two side pockets for a water bottle or umbrella and one front zipper pocket. Cute and stylish!

6 – Vancropak Student Backpack
This backpack comes with convenient USB charger ports. It’s made of water resistant canvas, has multiple organizational pockets and can hold a 15” laptop. Its solid canvas design comes in many colors making this an understated and practical choice.

7 – Dinosaur Backpack with Safety Harness

This bag, perfect for toddlers, is available in several sizes to best fit your child. Great for pre-school, this backpack is roomy with a main compartment to put toys, diapers, books, and snacks. Comes in other animal-themed designs, as well.

8 – Reversible Sequins Backpack
For the girl who needs her bling, consider this reversible sequins backpack. Brush your hand against the sequins to change the color and create designs. It includes a front zipper pocket, two side pockets, and a large main compartment. Also features a  zipper cover with waterproof and anti-theft function. Fun, functional and sparkly!

9 – Marvel Comics Classic Comic Book Backpack
This colorful Marvel comics backpack is a fun way to take the Avengers to school. Large backpack sports a front medium sized zip pocket, adjustable padded backpack straps and a locker loop.

10  – Camo Backpack
The guys will like this camo-inspired backpack that’s roomy enough to hold all the books and devices that are needed to get through the school day and beyond. Comfy straps make it easy to wear and slip on and off.

Awesome Gifts For Father’s Day!

 

Father's Day Gift Guide

1 – BLUE BLOCK EYEWEAR

Does your dad spend a lot of time in front of the computer? If so, these glasses will help your dad’s eyesight as he sits in front of the screen. They are designed to block blue light and alleviate the eye strain. Show him that you care with this health-conscious gift.

 

2 – RING WI-FI ENABLED DOORBELL

Bring your dad into the 21st century with this digital doorbell. Think this is just another fun gadget? Think again! Dad will love being able to see who approaches the door as well as be able to speak with them. Great surveillance device. Pairs with his smartphone or an Echo device.

 

3 – SOLAR POWER BANK

If your father is an outdoor enthusiast, he’ll appreciate this solar power bank. He’ll never experience a dead phone battery again with this must-have gadget. Its waterproof design also sports a dual flashlight feature, just in case dad is out after dark.

 

4 – FITBIT VERSA SMART WATCH

Help dad stay fit and reach his goals with this Fitbit smart watch. He can track all types of physical activity plus access his favorite apps for sports, weather and more. A truly thoughtful gift!

 

5 – ZENPOD FIDGET SPINNER

Combines two cool products into one – just for dads. If your dad has airpods, he’ll love this new case that also doubles as a fidget spinner. It’s designed to give dad a subtle fidgeting outlet. Perfect for when he’s in long, boring meetings at work, or when he’s sitting in front of the computer working on that latest document or spreadsheet. Or maybe he just wants to zen out. Perfect for that, too!

 

6 – LASER MEASURER

If your dad loves his DIY projects around the house, then he’ll appreciate this laser measurer. He will be able to get high-precision measurement readings with just a point of the device. Let this gadget do the math! No more floppy old-school tape measures for dad.

 

7 – VICTROLA VINTAGE TURNTABLE WITH SPEAKERS

Does your dad have a vinyl records collection? If so, he’ll enjoy this vintage turntable, upgraded with modern technology to wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth enabled device. Let him share his classic collection with you in retro style.

 

8 – SHIATSU NECK MASSAGER

This portable neck massager will help your dad unwind after a long day or workout. It’s kneading action mimics a deep-tissue massage. It even has a heating function for additional comfort and relief. Perfect for travel, too.

 

9 – NESPRESSO COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MAKER

Help dad get his morning java jolt and get on with his busy schedule with this appliance. This coffee maker brews the best coffee or espresso that he’ll ever taste, all with the touch of a button. He won’t buy this fancy appliance for himself, so you’ll need to show him how quick, easy and delicious his morning cuppa can be with this thoughtful Father’s Day gift.

 

10 – UGG’S MEN’S SCUFFS

Let dad in on the secret of slipping your feet into a soft cloud of fluffiness that defines Uggs footwear. Think he won’t wear these scuffs? Think again. He can retain his dad status while wearing clouds on his feet. He’s got this.

 

Things To Do With Kids During The Summer With A Budget!

Things to do with the kids over summer

Incredible Ideas for Kids to Have Fun in Summers

Hey! Summer is here, and it’s a vacation time of your children; probably you might be wondering on ways how to convert this free time into precious memories right! Don’t stress too much. I am here with budget-friendly ideas that will add fun into their summers and will let them explore new life experiences. Some of these activities cost a small fee while others are things you can look into at a low cost. This should help you get the ideas flowing and have a magical summer ahead with the kids! If you have your suggestions to add to the list, make sure to leave them down in the comments. We mamas need to stick together!

 

Chalk and Art Projects

Fun Things You Can Do at Home

  • Make Chalk Paint: Making chalk paint with your children is fun and simple to do! There is a variety of recipes on Pinterest that seem simple enough, and children love this. You can use all types of rollers, paint brushes, and get creative as you like!
  • Slime Projects: You would be surprised at how many slime recipes there are on the web. We have tried a handful of them and my kids love it! Here are some of our favorites to check out – glow in the dark slime, floam, and butter slime.
  •  Art & Crafting: Kids love to do crafting, and if they are at home, you can join them to construct the activity will not only keeps them busy but boosts creativity in them. Visit any dollar store and grab a collection of supplies to put out for the children. They can build, create, paint, glue, as they, please! There are tons of ideas on my blog of crafts that you can do together. One of the most recent ones for the summer is the Popsicle Craft For Kids. We also love painting rocks together – Spreading Kindness!
  • Watch Motivational animated Movie: There are thousands of movies available that you can make a pick to watch the one that your kid is showing interest. Any fun, an exciting film can be a bonding time for the kids, and you can make a PJ day out of it too! Your local theater may offer cheap summer movies at a low cost, and Redbox is a great option to try also! Redbox offers codes consistently for cheap to free videos. Join their text message list or email list.

Explore Outside For Summer

Places You Can Explore with Them

  • Stopover Local Parks: A picnic with sandwiches and a game of Frisbee may not sound exciting for you but your kids, it’s a huge deal. If you are finding the idea of summer camp super expensive leave it, take advantage of nearby local parks and spend quality time with your kids by playing games Sidewalk Picasso, Scavenger Hunts, Digging for Dinosaurs and can kick a soccer ball too.
  •  A Visit to a Public Beach: Entry in the beach area is not too expensive it wallows with a little fee. Pack your lunch, water and enough of snacks so that you can have full day fun in the water for low spending. I think it is the most viable option to enjoy hot summers. If you don’t have beaches nearby look into splash pads and community pool options!
  • Explore the Night Sky: Stargazing party! Yes, who says summer is perfect to have fun only when the sun is right up there; if you prefer to be in the air conditioner during the day time its ok! You can take advantages of cooler nights. A blanket, a telescope, and a star chart are enough to see a loveable smile on your child’s face. Take some snacks and start the party. You have to spend a little amount to buy a telescope which would not be an issue for sure.
  • Go Though the Websites for Specials: Children’s museums, local aquariums, and Zoos offer specials for summers. These places around you might be offering admission discounts and special offers on more than one visit and even during the week when crowds are slower.  If you frequently choose to visit a location, check it out for memberships. These might be worth the cost.
  • POGO Passes are a great way to do things during the summer at a fantastic cost. They are offered all over the US. www.pogopass.com – $49.98 per person gets you the ability to visit 24 different places around the Phoenix area. Our pogo passes offer Urban Jungle, Sunsplash, KTR, Fat Cats, and more! I would look into this option. I love the variety of places they provide for the kids to get out of the house during the summer time.

Summer time Fun

There are tons of other activities you can do to keep the kids busy during the summer. Here in the Phoenix area, we struggle with the heat and not wanting to go out in 120-degree weather unless we are getting into the pool. There are other options like summer camps, boys & girls club summer programs, sports, dance classes, etc. if that is something your child may be interested in trying out. Take some time to look around and explore your options along with your budget for summer fun. Just remember you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make things fun with the kids!

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Summer Ideas

 

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Mother’s Day!

Gift Guide For The Active Mom

1 – VERSA SMARTWATCH
This Versa Smart Watch includes core fitness features like activity, sleep and heart rate tracking, notifications, apps, and 4+ day battery life. It also includes music, on-screen workouts, floors climbing, and swim lap tracking. A great gift to help the active mom log and chronicle her fitness goals.

2 – DUFFLE BAG
Here’s the perfect gym bag, complete with heavy-duty zippers and clips. The classic design makes it an ideal compact gym bag or travel duffle. It is ideally sized to fit inside lockers and overhead storage compartments.

3 – TECHBLOOM BLISS SNEAKERS
An easy to wear sneaker perfect for the on-the-go mom. This sneaker is stylish enough for everyday wear or for hitting the gym or yoga studio. Made with lightweight and breathable material.

4 – FITNESS YOGA SET
Here’s a gift great set for yoga, pilates, stretching and toning workouts. This set includes a thick yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, a yoga mat towel, a yoga hand towel, and 1 yoga strap. Choose from a range of colors.

5 – EXERCISE BALL
This exercise ball is perfect for home workouts. It has a tough, rubberized surface allowing you to perform a range of balance and stability exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles. This exercise ball is perfect for use with yoga, pilates or for general strength and balance training.

6 – WELL AND GOOD COOKBOOK
This collection of 100 easy and delicious recipes will help you eat for wellness. The recipes don’t require a million ingredients or crazy long prep times. Enjoy exploring the dishes in this cookbook and trying them out with your family for quick, healthy and nutritious meals.

7 – ALL BEVERAGE TUMBLER
This eco-friendly and sustainable tumbler design is stylish and functional for all hydration needs. It easily makes amazing fruit-infused water. It also brews hot or cold tea or coffee when you want a change from water. Keep this tumbler in pristine condition with the removable pearlesque sleeve that’s included. A truly thoughtful gift.

8 – DUMBBELL SET
Pump some iron with this pair of dumbbells in 2-pound, 3-pound, and 5-pound sizes. Add resistance training to workouts with this set. Resistance training builds strength and can help burn calories and increase energy levels. A great gift for the active mom.

9 – WIRELESS BLUETOOTH HEADSET FOR SMARTPHONES
Listen to music or podcasts with this headset that’s perfect for workouts. This fashionable wireless headset for smartphones delivers on design. Lightweight and no-fuss design allows for optimized sound while also being stylish.

10 – YOGALICIOUS ULTRA SOFT LIGHTWEIGHT LEGGINGS
These ultra-soft yoga pants fit like a second skin and are perfect for exercise. They’re also cozy enough to wear around the house for lazy days. Wide range of colors from which to choose.

 

Bring It On 2019 – New Year New Goals!

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Welcome 2019, I am embracing you with open arms. This past year has been incredibly rough teaching me and opening my eyes to many things I haven’t yet seen, experienced, or felt ever in my life. I suffered more heartache than I care to discuss and I have honestly changed so much in just a short amount of time. I am slowly trying to pick up the pieces and move forward as that is what is needed right now. I pray that 2019 takes it easy on me and things start to get back to normal around here. I hate to start a post off on a sad note, but don’t worry it gets better! Goodbye, 2018 and bring on 2019!

 

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This will be my year of change as I am more determined than ever. Seems everyone right now is talking about their word of the year, so I took some time to think about what I personally needed most before writing on this topic. I am in desperate need of change, but also some ‘self-love’ is what I would like to call it. Now let me explain a little and go more into detail of my plans to make 2019 one fantastic year! If you have goals yourself, I would love to hear about as well. I know that a lot of people don’t believe in setting goals, I understand that. I am a goal oriented person and love to be reminded daily of what is ahead of me. Every year I make a list, print it off, and on the fridge, it goes for the entire year. Looking back on 2018 – I accomplished most of my goals and can’t wait to spend this year attempting some new ones!

 

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My word of the year is going to be BALANCE. I desperately need balance in my life. I work long hours trying to help everyone, I try to show up for everything, and I tend to wear myself out often. I am a people pleaser and am grateful that I have such compassion and caring heart. I just really need to have balance at times. My weekends are typically filled up with cleaning, groceries, and events. I had to think of ways to make things easier on myself – such as groceries being delivered, taking evenings to just wind down instead of cleaning, reading before bed, and saying NO if I can’t make it happen. Learning to say NO has been one of the hardest things for me, but I am getting better with time. I just can’t do it all.

 

 

 



 

 

To make the balance work in my household and also strive for other HUGE goals such as paying the debt off from my surgeries – we both are working pretty hard to get there this year. I’m still working long hours alongside my husband that is doing the same. Debt is such a considerable, and we are really trying to get it paid off as soon as we can. Last year we conquered a ton and hoped to do the same this year. That does mean we do work a lot of hours – about 12 hours each day, but hoping we don’t have to do that for much longer. We decided together to have one weekend day be a “down day” for all of us. Try to not really schedule anything and spend some time relaxing or doing something we love. This is a massive step for us and a much break!

 

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I also want to focus on my blog this year and make it a priority. I have to admit I do have SO much to learn, so many courses to get through, and it’s going to take me some time to get really good with it… but I will make it happen! Even though it is so much work, I really do love learning and growing to hopefully be successful one day. This is something I would love to do in the long run and very hopeful to make it happen. In the past, I put it on the back burner, but I am really trying to set aside time to learn as much as I can right now. I never knew how much time, effort and creativity went into blogging but its way more than you can imagine! I can’t wait to see what this year holds for me as I put as much effort as I can into making the blog amazing!

 

 

I can’t wait to see the progress I make this year with my goals for myself and my family. Last year was a huge hit for my family and hoping we can take the experiences, losses and move in the right direction for 2019. I know it won’t be easy and we will probably stumble along the way but as long as we keep the right mindset anything is possible. We welcome you 2019, can’t wait to see what you have in store! Let me know in the comments some of your goals for the new year – I would love to hear them!

 



Candy Corn Craft For Toddlers – Free Printable

This last week we have been on fall break and working on some awesome Halloween crafts to share with all of you! Most of these posted are super simple, and you can do with all ages of children. It seems to work the best here at my house since I have all ages and love for the kids to stay busy. We love Halloween and making new decorations to hang around the house. The candy corn craft doesn’t require many supplies and has an easy setup which is a great thing for mom! Candy corn seems to be one of those things you can use to make all types of projects and activities with during the fall season. We do things like counting, sorting, baking, coloring… etc just using your creativity!

Down below is printable for the craft activity. This makes it a little easier so you can just print and start. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can also draw the image on a piece of paper too. You also have the option to just print the template for fun and color in your free time.

Let’s get crafting!



Supplies:

Orange & Yellow Construction Paper

Glue Stick or Glue

Print off the Free Candy Corn Template

Directions:

1. Tear up paper – yellow and orange

2. Start with each section of the candy corn by putting glue on the paper and cover with pieces of construction paper. Make sure to repeat with the next section. The top section remains white. Some kids needed help with the glue while the bigger kids can do this part on their own.

3. Let the project fully dry before hanging up around the house.

Candy Corn Printable

Simple three easy step project for all ages! If you have 10 minutes to spare this is the art project for you. Make sure to stay tuned for more fun projects, crafts, and recipes for Halloween. You will see them posted soon!



Paper Plate Pumpkin Craft

It is finally October which means all things fall and Halloween for us! I can’t believe we are finally getting some cooler weather that we can enjoy. Some of you might not know, but we are in Arizona where it is HOT all the dang time! We just recently got some rain which knocked the temperatures down from 100 to the 80’s this week, so we are super excited! It is beginning to look like fall around here, and we couldn’t be happier! Since Halloween is coming up, I decided to do a simple paper plate pumpkin craft. I love doing these types of projects as most of the work for the little ones consist of just painting and gluing the faces on at the end. This particular craft is beyond adorable so you can use it for decorations all month long!

Supplies:

Paper plates

Orange Paint

Paint Brush

Pumpkin Face  – print a free one off or use a black sharpie to draw one on it! Either way works!

Directions:

  1. Paint the paper plate orange on one side & let dry completely.
  2. Print off pumpkin face to cut out and glue or use a black sharpie to draw a face on the plate.
  3. Optional to add the green or brown stem on the top of the pumpkin.

** These particular pumpkins in the picture we just printed off faces to glue on and cover with modge podge.

 

If you have toddlers at home, this craft works well since its fairly simple. The kids love to do these types of projects and easier the better for me! You can even make this pumpkin craft with no face for Thanksgiving or just a fall activity. You have so many different options! If you do decide to print a face off for the plate, there are tons of free faces on Pinterest you can use. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

 


20 Easy Keto Fat Bomb Recipes!

The craze right now seems to be the keto diet, so I decided to give a try and been at it for the past few weeks. I have to say so far it is going really good and I have lost some weight already. I am slowly but surely cutting carbs out of my diet and not jumping just full force into eating only 20g carbs daily. I didn’t want to get the keto flu or the carb flu, so this was the best way to try to avoid or minimize it. Keto is a diet that can be hard on your body at first but in the end is worth it. The freedom to eat less, burn fat, and have lots of energy – heck why not try it?  I have seen a lot of people around me try it with great success, and I wanted to get in on the action! Right now I am eating mostly fat, protein, and a small number of carbs. There are all different ways to go about the keto diet as I have learned myself. I have heard people call it strict keto, lazy keto, and dirty keto. I figure to pick one style that works best for you and your body. Everyone out there handles things differently.

When I started, I added myself to many keto groups on facebook and did a lot of research.  It was hard to start,  but I stayed motivated.  I began to become less hungry and was super excited to notice that I did crave carbs anymore. Did I get a sweet tooth sometimes? YES! So I started looking into fat bombs. These are recipes that help you get your daily allowance of fat grams all while getting a dessert to conquer those sweet cravings! I have tried a couple that I wasn’t overly impressed with but then decided some that I love and make weekly. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see I tend to make the strawberry cheesecake keto bombs every single Sunday so far. I wanted to put together some recipes in one place for people trying out the keto lifestyle and wanting to attempt some amazing recipes as well. If you don’t have time to check them all out – make sure you pin it!



Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs by Savory Tooth
Peanut Butter Fat Bombs by What Molly Made
Powdered Donut Hole Fat Bombs by Real Balanced
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites by Beauty And The Foodie
Low Carb Chocolate Coconut Fat Bombs by Grassfed Girl
Keto Candy Bar Fat Bombs by How To This And That
Cinnamon Bun Fat Bombs by Ditch The Wheat
Chocolate Cherry Fat Bombs by Create Mindfully
Almond Pistachio Fat Bombs by The Healthy Foodie
Bacon & Guacamole Fat Bombs by Keto Diet App
Samoa Fudge Bombs by Beauty And The Foodie
Coconut Cream Truffles by Delicious Obsessions

Bulletproof Coffee Drops by A Girl Worth Saving

Chocolate Keto Fat Bombs by Recipes From A Pantry

Peanut Butter Whips Frozen Fat Bombs by Low Carb Yum
Piña Colada Keto Fat Bombs by Forget Sugar Friday
Raspberry Lime Cheesecake Fat Bombs by The Baking Fairy
Lemon Fat Bombs by Tasting Page
Chocolate Cream Cheese Fat Bombs by Savory Tooth
Savory Jalepeno Popper Fat Bombs by Low Carb Yum

The very first link above is the recipe I used to make my strawberry cheesecake bombs that I eat almost daily and are delicious! My next attempt is going to be some pumpkin ones. I am someone that loves fall and pumpkin everything! If you give the recipes, a try let us know what you think. If you have thought about trying keto and haven’t made the commitment yet make sure to research it before attempting and get yourself in some of the facebook groups. The people are super helpful and give you lots of ideas to use along the way! Also, if anyone is interested in more recipes like these – I will get working of course! Enjoy!



Lets Make Some Floam – Crunchy Slime Recipe!

Our family is obsessed with making all different types of slime together.  Floam can be fun to make but also an educational experience. Children love being able to mix things together and play with their own personal creations. This floam recipe is basically slime that can be molded. People call it all different types of things from floam, crunchy slime, or beaded slime. Growing up as a 90’s kid we bought Floam at Walmart with our hard earned money. Remember those times? Now we can make it at home, which is a whole other experience!

Let’s make some squishy blue floam! This type of slime has almost a crunchy texture to it and is super pliable. This recipe does take a little more time to make but its definitely worth it. It is basically regular slime with little foam beads, but you need to be careful and follow instructions for it because if you don’t, you will end up with foam beads all over the place. Trust me it isn’t fun to clean up! We found that this method works the best and the slime lasts in a sealed container for quite some time. Caiden stuck around to help me try this slime out, and he had a blast making it with me. So let’s get started!



Supplies:

Gallon Ziplock Bag

Foam Beads – Teenitor Slime Foam Balls, Styrofoam Foam Balls 0.1-0.18 inch Household School Arts Crafts Supplies Fits for Stick to Slime – Assorted Colors – 2 Pack

Borax –MILLIARD Borax Powder – Pure Multi-Purpose Cleaner 1 lb. Bag

White School Glue –AmazonBasics All Purpose Washable Liquid Glue, 1 Gallon Bottle – Great for Making Slime

Food Coloring ( If you want it to be a color! )

** If you rather buy your own floam you can here too –Educational Insights Playfoam Combo 8-Pack: Never Dries Out!

Directions:

  1. Combine 2 Teaspoons of Borax with 1/2 cup of water. Mix until its dissolved.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup of white glue with 1/4 cup water. Add food coloring if desired. Mix together.
  3. Pour glue mixture into a ziplock bag and add 1 cup beads of choice. Now add water mixture to the bag and seal.
  4. Mix the ingredients in the bag well with your fingers. This step takes a couple of minutes until formed.
  5. Take the floam out of the bag and play once it feels like its pretty well mixed. ( The blue food coloring got on his hands as you can tell on the picture )

Reminders – for stiffer foam add more borax & if you use less borax, you get more slime like floam. You can always play around until you the perfect consistency for you!

The floam is super fun to mold with cookie cutters or even play-doh toys! The options are endless, and the fun is limitless. Make sure to put the floam in an airtight container. The beads will rise once it sits for a while but just mix it back up when you are ready to play again. Let me know in the comments if you try the recipe and what you think!



Summer Adventure Day 9 – Trip is Coming To An End!

We are now on the final stretch of our summer adventure, and I would like to give you all a big thanks for coming with us on this journey. I know you are sitting in your own home reading along with us, but it is a great feeling to know how much you all care even to read my blog! LOL, Well, let’s get back to it. After heading out of Williams after a much needed lovely stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, we started our way up to the Grand Canyon bright and early! I seemed to be the only one excited to see the Grand Canyon today, but that’s okay. Once we get there I think everyone will enjoy themselves. I know Travis is tired of driving at this point, the kids are ready just to be home and honestly, I was doing pretty good. I enjoyed being out of the house, on the road and seeing something new daily.

It took us about an hour from Williams, to the Grand Canyon. It was pretty packed already, but it wasn’t too bad driving up to the south side of the rim. I wanted to see the bridge that was made of glass on the north side but guesses we just didn’t make it this time around. I had no desire to walk on the bridge, but I thought it would be a pretty cool site to see! Maybe one of these days. The Grand Canyon is immense for people that haven’t been there. It was beautiful. Now, I get why people just say its a massive hole in the ground but like anything else you still need to enjoy the beauty of it. We walked around, took some pictures, petted some squirrels and listened to a small tour of the museum. The weather was amazingly beautiful and we were able to get some outstanding pictures along the way. We didn’t seem to stay long as everyone was hungry for breakfast and that was our next hunt.



 

After taking some time to eat – which we ended up having sandwiches for breakfast since we were not able to find somewhere close to lunch. We were on our way to Flagstaff as our last stop was the Lava River Cave. Travis’ parents told us about this place, and he wanted to take some time to check it out. We had a pretty good drive ahead of us, but it went by fairly quickly. The lava tube is located in Flagstaff, Arizona like mentioned before. It is a cave that goes underground that you can walk that was created a long time ago by the active volcano nearby. The sign reads that the cave was formed over 675,000 years ago.  I was not entirely ready for this thinking that I could go in a tank top and leggings. When we got there heading into the cave the temperature drops to about 32 degrees! The actual cave is only about 3/4 of a mile but does consist of rocks to be able to climb over. So I decided to sit this one out for a bit and let the boys and Travis go on in the cave. Next time we go back, I will be better prepared and would love to go inside! They had an absolute blast inside and can’t wait till we all go again to travel the entire way.

Extra Information: A couple of pointers for the cave – its cold, it’s dark, and it’s rocky. So prepare yourself ahead of time if you plan on going to check it out. I know we had flashlights ready to go, but I totally would have worn something else and maybe a jacket for once we were inside. I want to tell my readers this information, so they know what to do when they go.

It is now Sunday, and we are ready to pack up and head home. Everyone is ready to be home at this point, and in our beds, see the dogs, and settle down. The drive back is going to be rough, but this trip has been an absolute blast. I hope when the kids look back at their childhood this is something that stays in their mind. I know I will never forget these memories. I also hope all of you readers have enjoyed being apart of our journey! The trip has been a blast to write about, and I love that I have it all documented. It also might help someone else out there one day to recreate a trip similar to ours. If you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me on my blog contact page. We will help you out.