Welcome to summer! That’s every mother’s nightmare or best wish come true. Make these adorable summer pineapple gift boxes to welcome your child to summer vacation. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Summer, oh summer – I don’t love you but my kids sure do! I’ve created these incredibly cute pineapple gift boxes with summer tags and initials to gift them when they come home from school on their last day.
Cutting Mylar paper is just like cutting acetate. The one I’ve found from Bazzill is darling and sturdy. You can definitely use Cricut’s acetate paper that comes in really cute patterns too. Choose that setting on your Cricut and cut away. There were a couple snags but it didn’t ruin the project so it didn’t bother me.Cut your pineapple toppers out of cardstock and place a small bead of hot glue in one corner and allow it to set.To assemble your pineapple gift boxes, use glue dots. I used 4 along the side seam and one on each fold on the top. Assemble the top first working from one end to the other to complete the circle. Then adhere the two sides together.Use hot glue to adhere the pineapple gift box topper to the actual pineapple. I just placed two small beads of glue and allowed it to harden before moving on to the next. Try not to move your topper too much as it’s drying or else it’ll just take longer and you may mess up your project.Place your candy in some clear cellophane bags and place them inside the pineapple gift boxes. Use some cute twine to tie the tags onto your summer gift boxes.
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Make these easy DIY popsicle holders to save yourself a headache and a huge mess.
This project is so easy and such a breeze. Begin by cutting your coordinating fabrics into 2.5″ x 12″ pieces. You’ll then take your pellon and sandwich it in between the fabrics. Sew both sides and if you’d like, sew the top and bottom.Next you’ll want to create your hole for your tag. I used a Crop-a-Dile but this step is totally optional. I just pierced the hole and then put a brad in the middle and pressed. Next, line up the edges and sew again. I left a 1″ tab on the top just for a contrast in the fabrics. Cut the edges using pinking sheers or you can use standard scissors, just be wary of fraying. If you don’t have pinking sheers, just use some hem glue and it’ll keep your edges nice and solid.After you’ve sewn up the sides, add your popsicle and your gift tag. Pass them out, wash them when they’re dirty and reuse them. Such a good alternative to a paper towel and great for our environment.
I just pretty much did whatever the fabric would let me do with this project, be creative and do whatever you’d like for your own custom DIY popsicle holder. Happy Summer and Happy Sewing!Let’s also settle a debate, what do you call them? I call them otter pops and my husband has always called them ice blocks. The ice block is rubbing off on my kids and I don’t know if I can handle that 😉
Create this fun summer gift with some water balloons and a free summer printable.This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I got to share these over at Design Dazzle a few weeks ago and I wanted to share them here too! My kids love summer and what better way to delight them then to have them throw stuff at each other? These water balloon free printables are the perfect little something kids need to boost them in the summer months. To make these are simple and you only need a few items. Supplies:
Click on the free summer printable and print them off. I added two holes to the top of the printable and looped my ribbon inside. I then attached the water balloons and tied a bow. You can choose how you want to tie it but I just did what was easiest for me. You can use twine or thick ribbon like I did but the fun in free printables is making them your own. This denim ribbon is from The Container Store when they had their Christmas ribbon up. That’s when I love to load up on the different ribbons that I use all year round. Paper Source is also a great place for ribbons.There it is. Have so much fun and be sure to have a Splashin’ Summer!
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Learning how your child reacts to the sun is always a fun experiment! Even though they share the same genetics, siblings often times react differently to the sun. My older three brown right up and then you have my baby who burns just like his mama. I’m going to give you some of my best sun care tips for toddlers so buckle up!
We were in Tonga over the winter (their summer) and we had to leave early because Malakai couldn’t handle the heat. It was so hot, like Arizona heat but with 85% humidity hot. No fun. I’ve never experienced heat like that and hopefully I never will have to again. Malakai was extremely sensitive to the heat there too. I’m not sure if it had to do with his prematurity or if he had somehow contracted a mosquito-borne illness. He’d toss-and-turn all night long, never napped and he was pretty much the grumpiest he’s ever been. I needed to learn quickly how to take care of him in the sun.The only thing he ended up loving was being dipped in the ocean and then laying down in the shade. Obviously that wasn’t always an option so we had to get creative with how we dealt with him overheating. Some of my favorite ideas are:
Sunscreen and a higher SPF than you think you’ll need. Toddlers skin is still so fragile and thin that they need extra sun protection. Don’t be afraid to try the Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen out for yourself. How you take care of your skin when you’re young will determine how it looks when you’re older.
Rompers and lots of them. The fabric in these rompers are fantastic. They’re extremely breathable and come in different sleeve and pant lengths. These were a huge lifesaver in the heat and I ended up buying more of them once we came home.
Hats and large ones too. The wider the rim of the hat, the more area it’ll cover. I do like those hats that look like a towel is hanging down, but fashion over function for me and so I like to stick with bucket hats. Be sure that there is a strap to secure it on your baby’s head. But also make sure that the secure tab can easily come off, like a velcro one.
SPF proof swimwear in addition to your sunscreen. There is never too much sun protection and get all the coverage you can find. I love that swimwear now is available with additional SPF because you can’t always swim in long sleeves and pants.
Water, water, and more water. Toddlers need hydration as much as adults and they’ll feel miserable too if they don’t stay hydrated. There is always that rule of drink before you’re thirsty. Stay on top of it and be sure they’re getting the amount they need.
Washcloths. Dip these in the cool water and place it around your child’s neck. This has an immediate effect on how your body feels and it can help them get the energy they need so that you can get them out of the heat.
Babies and ourselves need a lot of sun coverage for our skin. In the last few years I’ve had moles removed which were on the cusp of being cancerous. I’ve been more diligent to cover myself and my children more because of this. Tonga was by far my worst sunburn and so while we were there I made sure to cover them in Blue Lizard® sunscreen before they even started for the day. I knew they’d run off to the beach and sunscreen would be impossible for them to remember.I love the Blue Lizard® Baby Sunscreen especially for Malakai’s sensitive skin and you can easily find it at your local Walmart. But the most important feature I love is that the Patented Smart Bottle™ technology – bottle changes color when exposed to harmful UV sunlight. This can be used as a great teaching tool for your kids on when to re-apply sunscreen (only the bottle will change colors). Just remember to consult your pediatrician before applying sunscreen to children younger than 6 months.Tell me, what are your favorite sun care tips for toddlers? Also don’t forget to download the Ibotta app where you can get a $4 rebate just for purchasing Blue Lizard® Baby Sunscreen.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. This post is sponsored by Huggies Little Swimmers. All opinions are mine alone. #WaterThemDailyCB #CollectiveBiasBabies and summer are hard. There is so much to remember and you can’t always find a cool place to hang out so what we love to do is head to the pool. I’m going to show you what to pack in your summer swim bag and also how to make a personalized saying so you don’t get it mixed up with your neighbors..or lose your pool key (that may have happened today)I used some Iron-On Vinyl and my Cricut Explore to make the saying ‘Life’s a Beach’. They have a Heidi Swapp font now available that is to die for and so of course I had to use it. I used some teal glitter Iron-On and placed my iron on medium settings so that it won’t burn. To see the entire ironing process, head here. It’s pretty easy, just be sure to apply pressure and when you’re going to wash the bag, be sure to turn it inside out. Now that we go to our community pool weekly, I needed a bag that would house everything and nothing that I’d have to transfer, I needed a dedicated swim bag for my baby. Older kids, smolder kids – they are important but you just need less stuff when you go out so lucky me, I’ve got this bag now. Here are my 8 essentials that you’ll need in your summer swim bag.
Camera – You want to catch those sweet moments at the pool. Just remember that a camera is replaceable – your child is not.
A thin blanket – You want one that’s breathable so that the breeze can cool your baby down once you’ve decided to remove them from the pool. Muslin or cotton is a great choice.
A useful toy – You don’t want a toy that your teething baby can’t grasp or put in their mouth. There is such a better selection of toys nowadays and I’m sure they’ll just get even better.
Food – Whether they eat formula or they’ve moved onto finger foods, having some food is good for everybody involved.
Sunscreen – Be sure to put sunscreen on you and your babes. This is so important and more important to me now. I’ve recently had some moles removed which were one step away from being malignant. Just because my kids are bi-racial, it doesn’t make them immune to skin cancer. Start them early!
Change of clothes – You don’t want your baby to be freezing if the older siblings are still in the pool but they’re ready to get out. Be sure to have some extra clothes and diapers in your bag to get them all warm and snugly.
Your phone – Malakai’s therapist always used the light on the screen to help him with his head and eye movement so it’s got some purpose other than entertainment. You also want to have your phone available for emergencies in case any arise.
For worry-free water fun in the sun, look for Huggies Little Swimmers with new Disney•Pixar Finding Dory characters at a retailer near you, and follow this link to download a coupon for $1.50 off your first pack of Huggies Little Swimmers – for a limited time – and find other Huggies offers.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessPies #CollectiveBiasSo Key Lime Pie is my absolute favorite pie of all time. The tartness with the creaminess of the whipping cream leaves me satisfied. I also have a problem, I tend to want to eat it all. I’ve learned the hard way that portion control is where I need my head to be at to get my weight down. I decided that an easy Key Lime, Banana and Cococut mini pies sounded right up my alley.I ran to Walmart and grabbed the Dannon® Oikos® Key Lime Greek Yogurt, some Reddi-wip® and some Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust. I love easy and the new baby isn’t making my life any easier so I have to buy convenient ingredients.
Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Oikos® Key Lime Greek Yogurt
Toasted Coconut (if desired)
This was so easy to assemble. Just slice some bananas and add them to them to the Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust, then layer on your Oikos® Key Lime Greek Yogurt and top with the Reddi-wip®. I toasted my coconut in the oven at 375• for 8 minutes to get the perfect crispness to them. Go ahead and garnish your mini pies with lime zest and toasted coconut. These are so easy and delicious and the best part is that this recipe is so interchangeable and can be made with any mix of ingredients. To check out more ideas, head here and while you’re add it, sign up for Ibotta so that you can get a great rebate with all your groceries.