Hello! My girls ages 10 and 7 are both going back to school tomorrow, so I thought it would be fun to round up some school must haves for them! We also re-organized their homework cart, so I thought it would be helpful to share that as well.
First up, water bottles. My girls always bring a refillable water bottle to school, and these from Simple Modern are their favorite. They are stainless steel, come in a ton of colors/patterns, and they are dishwasher safe! Oh, and you can get them on Amazon.
Next up, some vitamins. I don’t give the girls a multivitamin since they have a well balanced diet, but I do give them vitamin c/elderberry gummies every morning. Especially with all of this Covid stuff, I figure it can’t hurt, right?
They love the taste of these gummies. I put them into this mason jar so that they could easily open them…and it’s more aesthetically pleasing to me 🙂
Speaking of Covid (ugh), I want to share their favorite reusable masks to wear. It is challenging to find masks that are comfortable and breathable, and we have found some that they really like.
My 10-year old Allie likes the cotton ones from Cat&Jack at Target. These have a metal little nosepiece and are very breathable and comfortable for her.
It was a little bit challenging to find masks for my 7-year old Ashley. She is very small for her age, (barely 40 lbs) and so I found these toddler ones on Etsy. They are kind of like bathing suit material, very stretchy, and they have the built in ear loops. She LOVES these and wears them just for fun sometimes!
I put both kinds into a laundry bag every few days and wash them in the machine and then let them air-dry.
Let’s talk lunch! It’s the best part, right?
I love to include notes in my girls’ lunchboxes every day. They do buy school lunch about half of the time, but they love to bring their lunch too. I found the BEST notes on Amazon.
These come in a pack of 100, and have 50 different patterns, so they are perfect because I can give the girls the same one each day. They have the cutest little sayings and would be good for boys or girls! I know it makes the girls really happy when they get a note. I also like how there is space on the back to write something. It’s just a little something special to let them know how much I love them!
Here are some other little things I like to use for their lunches.
I love to use cookie cutters for their sandwiches, it just makes it more fun for them, and also using little toothpicks to make little turkey/cheese roll ups, and silicone muffin cups to separate certain foods. Also, these little reusable snack bags are so cool! I can put their afternoon snack in here and machine wash these. I usually don’t need to, I can just wash them out really quick by hand so they’ll last longer. I put goldfish crackers, cookies, pretty much any snack will fit inside and I don’t have to buy the plastic snack baggies anymore.
At our house, a homework cart is necessary. We keep this little cart in the kitchen, and it has everything in here that the girls will need to do their homework.
They like to do their homework in the kitchen while I am cooking dinner, so that is why we keep it in here. We have everything in here, so that they won’t have to run to their art table in the playroom to get something.
On the top here we have a little plastic caddy, two cups for each of their pencils and pens, some glue and scissors, and we use the space at the back for any important papers and homework due at the end of the week. Also up top we have a little hair-do caddy. We keep elastics, ponytail holders, hair clips, and a brush in here so that I can do their hair in the morning while they’re eating breakfast. It’s just easier than going over to their rooms to do it.
The next shelf has notebook paper, plain white paper, and their scratch journals.
The last shelf has markers, crayons, colored pencils, and then a few packages of extra pencils.
On the side of the cart I have these little magnetic hooks, and that is where we hang their face masks. They choose a new one each day to wear.
Alright, well that is all I have for back to school this year! Not only are they excited, but MOM is excited too!
A few more makeup products – this Pacifica lip gloss in Beach Kiss. This is the prettiest rose gold gloss that is so shimmery! It’s not sticky and it lasts. Love the color!
This brown gel pencil eyeliner from Maybelline is so smooth and STAYS. I love this even more than my beloved UD Demolition pencil. I use this on my lashline and tight line, and it just looks more natural and softer than using a black liner. It is actually really difficult to remove, but makeup remover takes it off. Love it.
Here are some swatches:
You know I had to include a nail color!
This is Essie Model Citizen, the perfect hot pink creme color! So summery and pretty! Love the Gel Couture line. Opaque in just two coats.
Next, a jewelry cleaner, because this thing is SO COOL. It’s like one of those twist up brush tip lip glosses. You twist it up, wet it, and brush it all over your jewelry. I use this on my wedding ring and it makes it look like when the jeweler cleans it!
Lastly, a bubble bath, because we all need some SELF-CARE.
I love this Dr. Teals Foaming Bath, but had never tried this scent. It smells sweet with the almond oil and is so moisturizing. It also makes a ton of bubbles!
So, that is it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?
Hello! I am here with some reading recommendations this morning! The books this month are all thrillers, (my fave!) so I hope you like them and please leave your recommendations in the comments for me!
This book is about a woman named Cass, who is driving late at night, in the rain, and through the woods. She passes by a stopped car and sees a woman inside who just stares at her. Later after arriving home, she hears that the woman she saw in the car has been murdered. She doesn’t want to tell her husband, because he didn’t want her taking that way home in the first place. She cannot stop thinking about the woman, and weird things start happening, she feels like she is being watched and also loses her memory.
This book totally surprised me at the end with its twist and I really love the books from this author. They are always suspenseful and good.
This book was a little bit disturbing, but nothing I couldn’t handle (and I’m a baby). This book is about a 16 year old girl named Summer who is kidnapped. She is blindfolded and taken into a cellar where she finds several other girls. The cellar is like a home, completely furnished and the other girls are nice to her. The man who kidnapped them refers to them as his flowers and wants everything that they do to be perfect, and Summer wonders why they aren’t trying to escape.
This book like I said is disturbing, but it was really interesting to me and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
This book is a classic murder mystery, there is a dead body found at the beginning and the characters are all creepy. A new family has moved into a new neighborhood, a headmaster of a school, his wife, and their son who loves to stare at the neighbors. The street is the type where everyone knows everyone, and everyone watches each other. The story goes between a lot of characters and a lot of point of views to help you to solve the mystery.
Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors and I’ve read a lot from her. This book was like the others, a thriller with a twist at the end. I really liked how the police transcripts were included in the story and also the ending took me a minute to figure out, but was very good!
That’s it for this month’s book recs! Leave some in the comments for me!!!
Hello! This Sunday is already Easter, and even though we won’t be able to go visit with our families like we normally do, we are still planning a fun Easter celebration.
When the girls get up in the morning, they open up their baskets, and I usually make a fun breakfast for them, like cinnamon rolls with pastel colored icing, or waffles with sprinkles inside.
This Easter, since we have time, I will be making my Baked Donuts. Instead of using nutmeg and cinnamon, and dipping them into cinnamon sugar like I did here, I will be making a pastel colored glaze out of powdered sugar and milk to go over the top of them. Here’s the recipe.
We always do an Easter egg hunt for them, putting little chocolates, stickers, erasers, stamps, coins, dollar bills…just anything we can fit into the little plastic eggs. We hide them in the front and back yards, and they love to run around and find them. We have about 75 eggs.
I also do a “mystery egg” for each of them, where I give little clues like a word jumble or a riddle. This is like a scavenger hunt that leads to toy or fun surprise.
Here are the clues I have for this year! Feel free to use them for your kids! I cannot take credit for them, I found them online.
I will cut each of these out and hide them. I tape the first clue to their basket. Keep in mind that the last clue is where you will hide the surprise.
At the end of the mystery egg hunt, I have a big surprise for them. I got them each one of these LOL dolls that they have REALLY been wanting. They’re going to flip when they see these.
We are also planning to barbecue and dye these little plastic eggs I found (since it’s hard to find REAL eggs to dye).
Now onto the baskets! I always go overboard, but my little princesses deserve it. They are my sweet girls!
Here’s what I got them this year.
I got them each these books that teach you how to draw things. Both girls love to draw, so they will love these. Ashley will get the Cute Stuff one and Allie will get the Animal one.
Next, I got them each a chapter book. Phoebe and Her Unicorn for Ashley, Candy Fairies for Allie.
Next, just some little notepads. They love to put these in their bags or take them into the car so that they have something to do.
Next, a new toothbrush. The girls love to get a new one, so I thought they would like these since they are OBSESSED with LOL dolls. These have timers too so they help with brushing long enough.
Next, a chocolate bunny for each of them.
And some more little candies.
So, that is pretty much it for what we will be doing for Easter this year!