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Happy Father's Day to all you amazing dads out there! Whenever this holiday comes around, my children and I like to plan a very special day together full of crafts and activities for the leading man in our lives. Simple activities on the day like riding a bike at the park or a family picnic actually go a long way; it's about making the dad in your life feel loved and special for everything they do.

Need a few suggestions to celebrate your Father's Day with dad? Check out a few ideas that we have done over the years:

LAZY MORNING

Create a morning brunch feast of his favorite foods (yes, including cookies!) with a fresh cup of coffee or tea. An activity that is fun on a lazy weekend afternoon is tackling a puzzle featuring his favorite theme! You can even have the completed puzzle framed and hang it as a piece of art.

Breakfast spread in for the win this Father's Day!
An epic breakfast spread is never a bad idea.
GAME NIGHT

Board games are another fun way to celebrate Father's Day! With so many choices from Sorry, Trouble, or Guess Who, you can pull out all the family board games (or/and card games!).

You can add a little competition and see who wins the most (hint, it should be dad) and offer a prize! Want to take this idea up a notch? Host game night with other dads in the neighborhood. A friendly little competition never hurt anyone.

CATCH SOME SUN

Get outdoors with a hike or a bike ride! Personally speaking, we love beach walks and hikes. It's an excellent way to stay active with the kids and take a break from everyday adulting (and electronics).

Check out a new park to hike around in, and then have a family picnic. This would be a pleasant disconnect from all the possible distractions at home. If your dad is an outdoorsman, maybe consider planning a fish or camping trip or even bird watching!

GRILLMASTER MOM

Calling all moms, it time to turn up the heat. Host a small Fathers Day cookout inviting all the dads you have come to know or treasure. Have mom be the grill master for the day, and the littles can set the table up for all the dads.

Give dad a day to relax from grilling!

Load the outdoor dining table with classic summertime favorites like burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and grilled corn. If you have an extra Summer Kit, you could certainly use it for decor and as the tablescape for the kiddos. And, don't forget a section for outdoor games like corn hole, ladder toss, or giant Jenga! Be sure to keep a cooler of refreshing bevies nearby, especially since you'll be basking in the sun.

VIRTUAL ADVENTURES
Take a trip around the world from your living room!

Another fun idea you can incorporate in your Father's Day celebrations is a virtual tour! Is there a museum dad wants to check out and take in on a virtual tour? So many museums around the world are offering virtual tours.

You can visit three different museums in three other countries, making you the world's greatest traveler of 2021. The perk to this idea is you can stay in your PJ's and explore a museum after breakfast, lunch, or over a spread of all his favorite snacks in the comfort of being home.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas, and they help inspire your Father's Day celebration. Remember, no matter how you celebrate the holiday this year, it's about showing love and appreciation to the dad(s) in your life. Have a wonderful Father's day celebration; however, you plan to celebrate!

Share with me on Instagram how you celebrate this Father's Day!

Stay crafty,

Jaime

As we transition from Spring flowers in bloom to sunnier days, Summer is all about bright, saturated colors and scents that energize our senses for the new season.

Here are ways to add summer flair in just a few simple ways:
Summer scents are the simplest way to brighten up any space.
The new scents of summer!

Summer scents: There is nothing like lighting a candle for a few hours while the aromas of beach or coconut permeate throughout your home. I tend to enjoy more fruited candles during the summer as well; it redefines the existing space in combination with adding pops of color.

Decorative elements: I love adding colorful features around the house throughout the summer. I tend to replace winter decorative pieces with bright blues and reds for that extra oomph right as Spring arrives. I also tend to switch out any outdated seasonal cookbooks and stationary!  

Plants: One way I add a pop of color at home is through plants. The vibrant greens turn any space into an exotic paradise. During the Spring, one activity I enjoy with the children is planting new seeds, watching them grow throughout the summer. It's an excellent light project for the children, and smelling the fresh herbs and flowers fills our home, not to mention purify the air.

Growing herbs is a simple and fun summer activity.

In addition to the Summer holidays, the sunshine provides an opportunity to be outdoors more with my family. Being physically active has always been important to me, and I believe it's vital for a healthy lifestyle. The more sunny days there are in California, the more I want to be outdoors, challenging my body and mind while connecting with my family, even if it's just for a few minutes.

While summer days can be packed with vacation getaways, long drives, and beach days, the excitement of all those adventures inspires me to make small tweaks to summer-ize our home!

How are you making your home Summer ready? Please share with me on Facebook, Instagram in the comments.

Stay Crafty,

Jaime

Happy Mother's day to all of you amazing mom's out there!

In our home, a holiday becomes a reason for us to celebrate. On Mother's Day, we usually spend time in the kitchen, beginning with breakfast morning and ending the evening with homemade cookies and family time. Sometimes we pull out the craft box and create decorations if we are hosting a Mother's Day brunch or dinner for the moms in our family.

Mother's Day celebrations!
They will always have a "pizza" my heart!

Motherhood is such an amazing gift, and while it's no easy task (we moms are on call 24 hours and day, seven days a week, 365 days a year), and somehow we manage it all!

I wonder where my strength and patience come from, and then I remember, "Oh, yeah, my mom!" I also honor her today, as she inspired me to become the mom I am today for my children.

Throughout it all, I am thankful for the gifts of motherhood and grateful to have a day where we moms remind each other how special each of us is.

I wish you all a wonderful, memorable Mother's day this holiday! Share with me how you plan to celebrate in the comments on Instagram or Facebook!

Stay crafty,

Jaime

Happy National Siblings Day to these joys in my life! Motherhood offers many pleasures, and seeing of these tiny humans grow together is such a blessing. I learn more each day about their personalities, how they love and support each other as their bond grows, and it's magical.

Our home is filled with the sounds of children laughing and playing, and thankfully they reach the daily exercise suggestion with all the running around they do. In the midsts of all that sibling fun they share, my hope for them in adulthood is to recall these treasured moments as I do every day.

When I first became a mom, one of my goals (still is) was to create a happy childhood by celebrating holidays, birthdays, and family events. Celebrating each and every milestone, idea and dream. Through these moments of celebration and joy is how these kits came to life as they are my inspiration during playtime and family time every day. Observing their interests and understanding their curiosities individually and collectively inspires me, and I am sure it helps them encourage each other.

Celebrating National Sibling Day with this three children being silly.
They are really excited to see what we are cooking in the kitchen today.

In my opinion, having siblings means they will always have a friend, a support system, a connection to each other through moments of celebration and growth. I enjoy seeing that beautiful unbreakable bond form early in childhood through each hug, kiss, and sweet moment exchanged as they grow.

How did you celebrate #NationalSiblingDay with your family? Wishing you a Happy National Siblings Day to your siblings and family!

Stay crafty,

Jaime

Ahhh, the sunny days of May prepare my family and me for Summer! School is almost out for the children (thank goodness for no more homework or trying to relearn fractions!), and this is the month where I begin to plan family activities. 

What's on your summer reading list?
What's on your Summer reading list?

I love the Summer holidays, giving us a reason to celebrate, and who doesn't want an excuse to gather together. One holiday that gears us up for in summer mode is Memorial Day! Usually, our home has been decorated with summer colors and vibrant plants (here's a blog post for simple ways to create a summer vibe).

Usually, by Memorial Day, the house is decorated, the grill is cleaned, and we gear up for the end of the school year, leaving us ready to spend some time in our backyard to play board games and bond with one another. Summer sunsets and early evenings are reasons the upcoming season fills me up with joy. Walks along the beach picking sea shells or spending time creating bonfires (roasting marshmallows, of course!) is another opportunity for bonding without the rush school responsibilities.

Here are a few other ways I gear up for Summer:

Reading list:  While Summer reading may have an elementary feel to it, as a family we like to create a summer reading list. I believe it's important to read even one book together as a family. It's a different avenue of bonding and another topic at the dinner table as a family. 

Outdoor games/sports: Who doesn't love outdoor fun!? Backyard scavenger hunts are a favorite in our household. Scavenger hunts are great for all ages, and you can customize them any way you wish. You may or may not see a scavenger hunt in an upcoming kit! 

Summer foods: Food off the grill screams summer to me, grilled chicken, grilled vegetables (kabobs!)  as well as homemade lemonade, and fun attempts to whip up a flavored ice cream together. I also love the fruits that are in season, everything from blood oranges, watermelon to cherries! 

What are some ways you gear up for summer pre-Memorial Day weekend (here's a checklist to help you plan)? Do you have any favorite foods or fruits you tend to enjoy more? 

Please share with me on Facebook or Instagram, and don't forget to use #CraftyHolidayHelper!

Stay crafty,

Jaime

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