I Better Start Posting S’more

5 simple and yummy recipes to make a s'more even more awesome! I LOVE these! perfect for National S'more Day on August 10th!!!

I apologize for my absence.  I hit the publish button on THIS CRAZY POST and then I came down with THE FLU.

Not even kidding.

I haven’t been that sick in my whole life.  EVER.  Whoa, I could not even take care of my boys!  I was literally tossing Cheerios on the ground from my permanent position on the couch hoping that someone would come by and find nourishment if they needed it.

Now that nasty bug is working its way through every member in the family.  We were discussing the various things that needed to be Clorox-ed around the house and the Happy Hubby was like can you Clorox the inside of a person’s mouth?? :-)

But we are surviving.  And I might add, a HUGE part in thanks to you, sweet readers!

Your comments and emails and music videos and encouraging words this last week have truly lifted me up.

I feel so blessed and so grateful for the Happy Home Fairy community!!

And as the Happy Home Fairy, I consider it one of my highest callings to make you all privy to random holidays.  Life is about celebrating!

Did you guys know that August 10 is National S’mores Day??

I have put together a few fun s’more recipes that go beyond the traditional summer treat in order to have a sticky, gooey blast on August 10th.

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Baked by Rachel shares the recipe for Perfect S’more Cookies.

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These S’more Pops from Gimme Some Oven would be so fun to make with a group of Happy Buddies (that are not currently attending Veggie Boot Camp). :-)

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I think this S’mores Snack Mix from Cookies and Cups looks absolutely irresistible.

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I hear this easy S’more Cake from Chef In Training is better than anything.

Now that is a hypothesis worth testing!

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And this last idea is my favorite because it is just so. awesome.

Pop on over to Family Chic to find out how to make s’mores in your car.  Seriously, you do not need a campfire, friends.

Your Happy Buddies are going to love this perfect summer activity.

If you are a die-hard s’more fan, then you should check out my S’more Pinterest Board HERE (which even includes an adorable FREE Printable s’more-themed love note for your Happy Hubby!).

Happy National S’mores Day-ing! :-)

Dear Lightning Bugs, I Miss You.

such cute lightning bug craft ideas for summertime!One of the best things about summertime in the small New Jersey town I grew up in was catching fireflies.

My brothers and I would find a jar and fill it up so fast!

Some of my first babysitting jobs were in the summer of 1995.  I was so nervous and I remember asking my mom what in the world would I do with my new little clients before their bedtime?!

She responded cheerfully, “Catch fireflies!”

It was a terrible realization when my family relocated to Florida a few years later and we found that there were no. lightning bugs. anywhere.

I am now coping by putting together a fun little post that celebrates those blinky, happy little buggies.

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Summertime usually means more booboos (all that outdoor play!) and more booboos means more bandaids in your medicine cabinet.

If you have fun colored bandaids on hand you can whip up this creative Bandage Lightning Bug Craft from No Time for Flashcards.

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Do you find it hard to tell your Happy Buddies that they can’t bring their jar of fireflies inside for the night?

Come Together Kids has the perfect solution for a Glow In the Dark Firefly Jar using just 3 supplies.  So cute!

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How Does She? featured this great Lightning Bug Craft made from up-cycling a plastic bottle.

Toss in a glow stick and voila!

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I love this simple Glowing Lightning Bug from All Kids Network using a bit of glow-in-the-dark paint for an authentic look.

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I found one more way to use those leftover Easter eggs!

Apartment Therapy featured some stinkin’ cute Easter Egg Lightning Bugs that are so easy to make.

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Finally, Amy, via Tatertots and Jello, made this Lightning Bug Jar Printable for you to attach to a mason jar and give as a neat mid-summer gift.

I am feeling so nostalgic for some fireflies!

If you have them in your area, please catch a few for me, will yah?

:-)

Happy Lightning Bug Craft-ing!

10 Creative Ways to Have Fun With Foil

fun with foil - so many easy activities using foil!

We are slowly checking things off our Summer Bucket List!

One thing that I am really looking forward to doing is a Tin Foil River (see below) in our front yard!

But it has been pretty gloomy and rainy most of the week, so we haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Having a big roll of aluminum foil on hand has got me to thinking (and googling) – what are some other awesome ways we could use this shiny stuff?

Here is a compilation of several really creative ideas that I found to help beat summer boredom with foil in the coming days.

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This is the Tin Foil River from I Can Teach My Child that we are definitely trying.

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I Am Momma Hear Me Roar had her Happy Buddies make Aluminum Foil Boats that were tested to see how many marbles or pennies they could hold.

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My amazing friend, Bern, from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, froze some paint and had her preschoolers Paint on Aluminum Foil.

Such a great sensory experience!

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I love this Drawing on Foil with Sharpies activity from Picklebums.

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Same idea, but ikat bag took it a step further and made Aluminum Foil Crowns and Scepters.

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Make and Takes featured these fun Foil Pendants.

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Use up your recyclables with these hilarious Aluminum Foil Robots from Filth Wizardry.

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Kids Activities Blog handed a few Happy Buddies a roll of aluminum foil and they sculpted some really cool creations as well as wrapped a bunch of random things in foil and then guessed what each wrapped object was.

What a cool game idea!

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With the steamy temperatures right now, this homemade Solar Oven from Spoonful is the most clever way to cook up a batch of S’mores using foil, an empty pizza box, and the sun.

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Finally, Making Boys Men has an amazing list of foil fun ideas, but this was the one that just screamed BRILLIANT to me -

Wrap foil around your Happy Buddies over and over so that their arms are tucked in.  Then on the count of 3, they explode out.

She appropriately named this The Superhero Escape.

Are you running to the pantry to check for foil?? :-)

Happy Fun with Foil-ing!

Nature Bracelets

wrap duct tape around your child's wrist, send them outside and let them decorate their 'bracelet' with items they find in nature! I LOVE THIS!

I was poking around through the Happy Buddy’s Happy Activity Bag the other day and we came across this idea to make Nature Bracelets.

nature bracelets1All you need is a giant roll of masking tape.

*Pardon the bucket on the Happy Buddy’s head.  He insisted that it was critical to the success of this blog post.*

nature bracelets2Wrap a piece of tape around your Happy Buddy’s wrist.

nature bracelets3nature bracelets4Then head outside to collect items from nature and stick them to the tape!

The Happy Buddy added leaves, pieces of grass, broken sticks, and those furry pine needly things to his bracelet.

He wanted to put an entire tree on there, but we had to be realistic.  I have no idea how to uproot a tree. :-)

nature bracelets5This was a really fun little activity that required hardly any effort or materials!

It was just what we needed to pass a lazy summer afternoon.

Happy Nature Bracelet-ing! :-)

*Adorable Boy’s Tie Shirt from HERE*

Easy Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft

easy summer sun paper plate craft! sooo cute!Yesterday we kicked off summer around these parts with the reveal of our Summer Bucket List.

In between checking off our list, we are having fun with a few easy craft projects while the Happy Baby naps.

This Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft turned out absolutely adorable and we were able to make it with a few supplies I picked up at Target!

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The key ingredients to this craft were all the bright colors and the cute patterned tape from the kid’s craft aisle at Target.

adorable summer sun paper plate craftOf course, I had to make my own sun.

adorable summer paper plateBut I liked the Happy Buddy’s better.

I used to be so controlling about the Happy Buddy’s painting – I would seriously finish painting the entire plate for him if he didn’t do it himself (anybody else a little OCD like that?!?!) – but now I have learned to LOVE his haphazard paint job and think it gives his sun some seriously sweet personality.

There is so much beauty in the imperfect, amen?!

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These guys just make us smile every day.

And while you’re busy painting and taping your suns, it’s the perfect opportunity to remind our Happy Buddies what it means to shine brightly for Him!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Happy Summer Sun Paper Plate Craft-ing! :-)

Summer Bucket List

such a cute and simple summer bucket list at happyhomefairy.com!I know I am dreadfully behind on getting ‘summer-y’ posts out to y’all.

I just needed the right inspiration to kick me in the pants, shall we say.

When I saw THIS chalkboard Summer Bucket List, I thought, I can do that!

So today during the Happy Baby’s nap, the Happy Buddy and I brainstormed some things we want to do this summer and I jotted it all down on the chalkboard hanging in our entryway.

I kept our list a bit small because I have to keep things realistic here.  Most days we are pretty happy just hanging out in pajamas playing with trains and cars.

But then there are other days (like today) where I was desperate for this list of ideas because if we stayed in our house another minute I think the fact that there is only one square inch of flooring that isn’t covered in some sort of crumb, raisin, or unidentifiable small thing would have sent me over the edge.

And as you can see, we have already been getting busy checking off our boxes – thanks to inclement weather.

Personally, I am unbelievably psyched about the kickball.  A zillion years ago I wrote a post HERE about how my mom and dad would take us out in the middle of the night for family kickball games during the summer.  It. Was. Awesome.  So I spent like 2 hours this morning trying to coordinate schedules with 30 different husband’s-side family members to nail down a date.  And yes, we were victorious.

Family Kickball Game is happening July 21st {KAPOW!}.

adorable (and realistic) summer bucket list at happyhomefairy.com! love it!What are you doing this summer that has you jazzed???

Happy Summer Bucket List-ing! :-)

*You can find other amazing Summer Bucket List Inspirations HERE.*

A Trip to the Beach

There’s nothing like a good trip to the beach in the summer time.

Don’t live near a beach?

No sweat! :-)

You can still get in on the experience with a few of these fun ideas.

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When visiting the beach, don’t forget to pack your Sand Toys.

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You’ll also need some Flip Flops.

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And a great pair of Sunglasses.

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Once you hit the sand you can build a Sand Castle.

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Then you must take a dip in the Ocean.

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But watch out for Jellyfish.

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And Sharks.

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When you get out of the water, you’ll be hungry, so have a Sandwich.

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It’s vacation – have a delicious Treat, too.

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Throw a Beach Ball around with a friend.

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And when you’re ready to head home, don’t forget this Dirty Little Secret.

Happy Beach-ing! :-)

*For more Flip Flop Themed Crafts go HERE*

*For more Shark Themed Crafts go HERE*