Today I’m sharing the easiest little DIY project that you can do with your kids. I came up with this solar night light idea because my four-year old daughter is scared of the dark and we’ve tried so many things to help her sleep at night, but she still sleeps with her bedside light on. I don’t think this is good for her so we worked together to make a little solar night light that she could put on her nightstand instead. She had so much fun putting it together and of course my boys wanted one too.
We’re talking about summer with kids at home, and how you can survive!
Did you miss Part One? Start here: Summer Survival Series: Part One
Part One of the Summer Survival Series involved making a simple daily schedule. My intention with this was to give the kids a general sense of the day and set expectations, as well as eliminate the constant ask for playdates and snacks.
So now that we have our daily schedule, what happens when we’re having a hard time figuring out how to use up some of that free time? Let me introduce the boredom buster jar.
Summer Survival Series: Part Two
The boredom buster jar is a simple jar with activities written on popsicle sticks. I used this jar as a reward for chores completed, and/or good behavior and attitudes. If we had a great day, the kids got to pick out something from the jar to do. (idea originally found at While He Was Napping)
I am constantly inspired by all the great organization tips I see on blogs and Pinterest, and I am so happy to share with you my solution to organizing all my kids art supplies with this DIY Art Caddy. I love it because it is functional, but it also looks great when it is out on our dining room table (which is pretty much every day!)
I got the idea over at Clean Mama. If you don’t already follow her, run over and check her out right now. She’s amazing.
Anyway, she had a homework caddy she made using mason jars and a utensil bin, and I loved the idea. Such a pretty, but simple way to keep all that stuff together.
I have started using these homemade seasoning mixes in my kitchen and I was thinking about how they would make such a gift this holiday season! Seasoning packets that you buy in the store are loaded with chemicals and MSG, but these are natural and they taste superb!
I’ve put together my two favorite DIY seasoning mixes:
All Natural Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix and
All Natural Taco Seasoning Mix
I’ve included a free printable gift tag for you, to make packaging them up for friends, neighbors or teachers super simple. (see below)
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
- 2/3 cup dry buttermilk
- 6 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
- 5 tsp garlic powder
- 5 tsp onion powder
- 4 tsp dried onion flakes
- 4 tsp dried dill weed
- 4 tsp dried chives
- 3 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp pepper
Combine ingredients and pulse in a blender until fine.
I love making my own cleaning products (see my laundry detergent and granite cleaner recipes) and this is my latest favorite for quick cleaning and deodorizing for your toilets. These DIY Toilet Drop-In Cleaning Cubes are super simple to make and do a great job in between cleanings to freshen up, using the foaming power of citric acid. The little “bombs” are especially helpful if you have hard water like we do, as the citric acid helps to break down mineral deposits.
You will need:
1 cup baking soda