Snow Day Activities

Winter is here, and many of us in the Northeast are getting set to experience a huge blizzard.  If you have kids, then you know that keeping them busy during a snow day can be challenging.  Here are 9 activities to help keep them occupied (and you happy) during a snow day:

1.  Melted Heart Crayons:  recycle crayon pieces and turn them into pretty heart shaped crayons

2.  Snow Ice Cream:  turn snow into a yummy treat

3.  Masking Tape Maze:  make a maze for all of those cars that are laying around

4.  Snowman in a Baggie:  create a cute and squishy snowman in a bag

5.  Snowman Treats:  super easy three-ingredient recipe

6.  Indoor Snow Paint:  bring the snow inside and get creative

7.  Outdoor Snow Paint:  spray the snow and create a rainbow of colors!

8.  Peanut Butter Bars:  no-bake 5 ingredient bars

9.  Snowflake Ballerinas: a pretty take on paper snowflakes

Stay safe and warm everyone and enjoy the snow!

Worry Woos

Tackling emotions with children can be challenging, which is why Andi Green created the adorable creatures pictured above:  The Worry Woos!

Each Woo has a different feeling attached to it – there’s Nola the monster of loneliness, Rue the monster of insecurity, and Wince the monster of worry..just to name a few.

These plush cuties come with a beautifully illustrated book that describes each feeling and ends with an up-beat message encouraging the child to “embrace their emotions.”

Worry woo sets start around $36, and you can check them out here: Worry Woos: embrace your emotions

PeekaBoo Pony

HOW smart is this?! Now you can rock a warm hat AND a ponytail with Peekaboos Ponytail Hats!

Each fleece-lined knit hat has a special high and low opening to put your pony through (they are not visible when not in use).

They come in a bunch of fun colors and are $36.95 – check them out here: Peekaboos Ponytail Hats

Starbucks Lover

For those of you that need a constant Starbucks fix, check out these yummy frappuccino candles from Double Brush (on etsy)!

They use soy wax and a recycled Starbucks bottle, to create the perfect gift for any coffee lover!

They start at $14 (the double set pictured above is $30), and you can check them out here: Starbucks Frappuccino Candles

Drool Scarf

This may look like your average cozy Winter scarf, but would you believe it is actually a drool bib?!

Butter Cup Road (on Etsy) has come up with an adorable solution to the horrible (and ugly) drool bib – introducing the infinity drool scarf!  Each scarf is handmade in the US, super absorbent, and lightweight.

Here is a pic of the scarf in action (works for ages 6months – 2.5 years old):

Infinity scarves start around $10, and they even come in matching mommy and me sets!

Check them out here: Butter Cup Road Infinity Drool Scarves

World’s Best Hoodie

The other day, I stumbled across an article claiming to have found “the WORLD’s best hooded sweatshirt,” and I just had to do some digging to learn more about it and share it with you!

According to the article in Slate Magazine, the folks over at American Giant have conquered the feat of creating the greatest hoodie ever made.  Not only is it made from 100% cotton, it is made in the US, and sold directly to the consumer (which keeps the price down and cuts out the middle man).

Although, I have yet to buy one  - I am definitely putting this on my MUST TRY list!

Here is a great graphic (and article) from Entrepreneur Magazine that illustrates all of the hoodie’s features:

The sweatshirts (for both men and women) start at $69 and go up to $89, and you can check them out here: World’s Greatest Hoodie

 

Eco-Chic

Show some love for your favorite city or state with these eco-friendly tote bags!

Made in the US, MapTotes come in a variety of shapes and sizes (including adorable wine totes – pictured above)!

Pouches and Totes start around $18, and you can check them out here: MapTotes

 

BluePrint Cleanse

New Year, New You?!

Then check out the BluePrint Cleanse – a delicious plan that has been called the “foodie cleanse,” because it blends amazing flavors together like cashew vanilla, cinnamon and agave – yum!

They have different levels, and the cleanses start around $75.  Check it out here: BluePrint Cleanse

Fair Treasure December

I am just LOVING getting my Fair Treasure Subscription Box (and I’m sad that it is coming to an end)!  Each month I’ve been giving you a glimpse at what’s inside, and December, just like the other months did NOT disappoint! 

December’s box featured a handmade elephant ornament (made in Nepal), a beaded necklace (made in India), and a gorgeous holiday greeting card (made in the Philippines).

Fair Treasure is a subscription service that curates fair trade products from around the world and delivers artisan goods right to your doorstep!  One month you might receive a pillow from Peru, the next month, a necklace from Nepal – each item is hand-crafted, unique, and follows the fair trade guidelines.

Check out Fair Treasure to see all of their fair trade products, and learn more about the subscription service-it makes an awesome gift!

Subscribe!

There are a ton of amazing subscription services out there, and they make a great gift because you can purchase them last minute, but they are still super thoughtful!  There is literally something for EVERYONE on your list.  I have narrowed it down to these top 7 (and these are only SOME of my faves):

1.  Treatsie:  Sweet treats delivered monthly starting at $12/month

2.  Stitchfix:  Online personal stylist for HER starting at $20/month

3.  Barkbox:  Goodies for the pampered pooch starting at $19/month

4.  Club W:  WINE delivered to your doorstep starting at $50/month

5.  Plated:  Gourmet meals for the foodie on your list starting at $60/month

6.  Gift Lit:  Carefully curated books for children starting at $50/3 months

7.  Trunk Club:  Online personal stylist for HIM starting at $100/month