Fall Bucket List for the Family

Fall is now here and every year it is tradition to make a fall bucket list for the whole family.

With kids, I have started to look more and more forward to creating our annual family fall bucket list. (If you are not sure what this is, it’s a list of these you want to get done in a time frame.) My daughter now, also, looks forward to the bucket list as much as I do!

Even with the weather being chilly there’s a lot about Fall that I look forward too. I mean, who doesn’t love pies, apples, apple cider, pumpkin spice, and, of course, COFFEE!

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Durning the fall season, in the first week of October, we always create our bucket list. Then, I typically type it up and make it look pretty on Canva to hang it up by our command center.

This year, this is the Fall Bucket List our family came up with:

  • Apple Picking
  • Make Apple Cider & Apple Pie
  • Go to the Pumpkin Patch
  • Watch the Leaves Fall and Collect the Pretty ones.
  • Drink Hot Cocoa and Watch “The Little Ghost” & “Casper”
  • Dress Up and Go Trick or Treating
  • Hayride
  • Fair
  • Petting Zoo
  • Watch ALL Halloween Movies on ABC
  • Carve Pumpkins
  • Paint Pumpkins
  • Make Halloween Treats: Here is one of our favorites!
  • Jump in Leaves
  • Take Fall Photos
  • Paint Leaves
  • Take Nature Walk/Hike
  • Bake Bread
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Decorate for Halloween
  • Make Halloween Theme Dinners

We just keep adding more to the list. So far it is looking like a busy season and I can’t wait.

What are your favorite things to do durning the fall season? Do you make a family bucket list?

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Happy Fall Y’all!


How Natural Cleaners Impacted My Home

What happened when I made the switch to natural?

About 2 years ago, I completely made the switch to all-natural cleaners and the air in my house has never smelled so great! Although, I didn’t notice much of a difference until I went into the cleaning aisle and sort of instantly felt a bit light-headed.

After switching to natural homemade cleaners my house and health got better.

How I make my cleaners

With all the ingredients, the total cost is about the price of one mrs. Meyers. 4 dollars for three or four bottles compared to one.

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For all recipes you would only need the following ingredients:

Shower spray

  • 1 1/2 c. Water
  • 1 c. Vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 tsp. Dish Soap
  • Essential Oil (optional)

Disinfectant Spray

  • 1 c. Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 c. Lemon Juice
  • 1 3/4c. Warm Water
  • 2 drops Dish Soap
  • 10 drops Essential Oils

Window Cleaner

  • 1/2 c. Vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Rubbing Alcohol
  • 2 T Cornstarch
  • 2 c. Water

Mulit-Purpose Spray

  • 2 c. Water
  • 1/4 c. Vinegar
  • 10 drops Essential Oil

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Aside from these cleaners, there are many other ways of using baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar to help clean your house.

Not only do I love these cleaners, but my toddler does also! We love turning cleaning time into a dance party and have fun with it. It is honestly one of her favorite parts of the day.

If you have any favorite natural ways of cleaning your home please share them with me in the comments below!

Back to School Haul with Dollar Tree

The best place to find cheap school supplies is the dollar tree. Yes, sometimes going to Walmart and Target can be super cheap but don’t knock-down dollar tree until you give them a try. They also carry sales sometimes on their school supplies so when you get a chance give your local dollar tree a call. Or better yet, order it online and get free shipping to your local store.

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The following is a list of the products I love buying from my local store:

  • crayons
  • markers
  • color pencils
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • glue
  • clue sticks
  • note books
  • folders
  • erasers

Are you a teacher?

If you have a child who is home-schooled like mine, or you are a teacher, they also have great supplies. These are my go-to’s for my preschoolers and toddlers .

  • Flash cards (math, letters, colors, and shapes!)
  • poster board
  • poster board letters
  • paints
  • modling clay
  • construction paper
  • activity books
  • white boards
  • expo markers

Don’t forget to check out this relatable post.

Where is the next best place for cheap school supplies?

Aside for dollar tree, always check out walmart and target sales. But, don’t forget to look at your local thrift stores or goodwill.

In the comments below let me know what place you go to find cheap school supplies. I would love more options!

Must-Have Toddler Art Supplies From Dollar Tree

I am consistently running out of art supplies. No matter what there’s always something missing because my toddlers are always creating something. If it keeps them happy and creating then I am happy.

When we started building our craft supply box, I wasn’t sure what to get. Then when I understood what to get, I was always getting doubles of supplies. Along the way I thought of these three quick hacks to help with my problems.

  1. Inventory list. Especially if you are a daycare teacher. Make an inventory master list of all the supplies. This way you can simply check off what you need to buy.
  2. Remember toddlers want to do it them selves. Always keep in bulk glue sticks, crayons, and markers. To buy in bulk you can always shop online. This option is so great for teachers. Check out dollar trees back to school section!
  3. Last, shop sales! shop dollar tree and go cheap! You do not need a lot of money to stock up on your art supplies.

Now, let’s get to the basic art supplies that you must have.

  1. Crayons! Lots of crayons and remember to save small pieces to melt into molds for cooler crayon.
  2. Markers! Crayola washable are washable. Take off all the covers when your kid is using them then with their helps put them back on after. I find this so much easier then having toddlers have covers all over the place.
  3. Watercolors! My toddlers love-love watercolors so much. So do I. For one, they are super easy to take out and put back. They clean up nice, last awhile, and are great to mix colors.
  4. Finger paint! A little more messy but finger paints are so much fun for toddlers. They clean up nice and will keep them busy for so long.
  5. Lots and lots of paper! I recommend getting this at dollar tree as well. Paper is always needed.
  6. Paintbrushes! Don’t forget the foam ones and rollers.

How about a little extra for some fun? These are a few of my toddlers favorite things:

  1. Pipe cleaners! Bright and fun colors. My toddlers use these with beads to make wands, bracelets, and necklaces.
  2. Pom-poms! Warning: you may find them everywhere. These are so much fun for sensory bins and to practice gluing.
  3. Googly eyes! Go crazy with these and put them on everything.
  4. Popsicle sticks! You can make so much with these.
  5. Beads! These are also good for sensory bins and bracelets or necklaces.

Check out there website! You can order in bulk online too 😉

What is in your art supplies? I would love to know in the comments below.

Water Table Dinosaur Activity!

Toddlers love dinosaurs! Mine especially loves this Dinosaur Water Table Activity! But, one thing that is always a hit on hot days is the water table. There are so many possibilities with a water table and, of course, toddlers love to play in water or sand and make giant messes! One of our favorite things to do with a water table is giving dinosaurs a bath. This water table dinosaur activity my toddler personally really enjoys because she loves to clean things up. Plus, soap, who doesn’t love bubbles?

For this super simple water table activity, just grab some dawn dish soap, a small bucket, clean rag, old tooth brush if you’d like, and water for your water table.

We started off putting soap straight into the small bucket with water, then we used the table as a shower/rinse station with just plain water.

Use sponges, rags, tooth brushes, etc. as tools and allow your toddler to ash up those toys, then bring them over to rinse.

Another fun thing to do is to grab some dirt and actually allow your toddler to get the dinosaurs dirty before bath time.

My toddler did this water table activity for a week and played a approximately two hours a day!

Water table was found at Walmart.

Easy Slime Recipe for Kids

Slime is still in, right? During down time or rainy days, making slime is what we like to do. This slime recipe is so easy your kids will love being able to help you.

During holidays we love making slime with the different themes. So, with 4th of July coming up, I had to run to Michael’s and gather up some supplies.

This easy slime for kids, in my opinion, is to pick up the glue and magical liquid for this slime recipe. For 4th of July, we also opted for a simple version of the slime and stuck with plastic red and blue stars. It is completely optional if you decide to add food coloring or glitter.

For this slime, we mixed 1/4 c of the magical liquid with a 20 oz bottle of your basic white Elmer glue with a Popsicle stick. Then we tossed in a small handful of the stars and stirred it up.

Easy, peasy. Fun, messy, and a great time to teach the kiddos how to measure!