A SIMPLE SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST

Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog has the right idea with this perfect spring cleaning checklist!

Friends, I am the first to admit that cleaning is not my favorite thing in the world. I absolutely love to organize, but cleaning? Not so much. Every year when spring cleaning time rolls around, I vow that this year will be different, that I will find the perfect printable on Pinterest print it off, and complete every single task on the list!

Do you know how many times I’ve done that successfully? Approximately zero. 🙂

Oh, I’ll print off the sheet. Sometimes I even do a few of the tasks. But with 10-15 tasks usually listed for each room of the house, I quickly get discouraged and abandon my best laid plans.

Because of my terrible track records with spring cleaning plans in the past, this year I decided that I would take matters into my own hands and come up with a plan that is 100% my own.

I call it my five point plan.

You see, while 10-15 tasks might seem overwhelming to me, five seems like a much more manageable number. I can handle five tasks in each room, especially if I get to decide what those tasks are going to be. When I came up with this brilliant plan, then, I knew I would have to create a pretty printable to go with it, so that is exactly what I did.

My list is simple. I broke it down by area of the house and left space to add five tasks for each room. I figure that if I can hit one room each weekend for the next few months, I can easily complete my list before spring ends.

Five tasks per weekend? That I can handle. I can make them as big or small as I want and focus on the areas in my house that really need the most attention. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Oh, and of course I’m giving you a copy of my pretty spring cleaning checklist too! Simply click below to download your free copy!

{Click here to download your FREE printable spring cleaning checklist!}

Need some ideas of tasks to add to your list? You can download a pre-filled version of the spring cleaning checklist here.

I don’t know that spring cleaning will ever be on my list of favorite tasks, but having a pretty printable (and putting on some fun music while I’m cleaning!) can make it a little more bearable!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

 

 

Glow in the Dark Easter eggs 🌚

Eek, it’s already almost Easter! Can you believe it?

Make hunting for eggs a little more fun for older kids by hosting the activity at night with glow-in-the-dark eggs.

We just love this idea from Lil’ Luna 

So easy and fun!

SUPPLIES:

-Plastic Easter Eggs (medium – large size work best)

-Glow Sticks

-Tape

-Candy

DIRECTIONS:

1. Snap glow sticks so they are glowing and insert into eggs along with some candy. They can be a little tricky to fit in and close easily.

The easiest thing we’ve found that helps is putting on the connector piece to the glow stick making it a circle, and then twisting it to be two circles and then putting it inside the egg. 🙂

Tape shut and HIDE.

That’s it – Told you it was EASY!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Did we FOOL you?! 😏

Are your kids always pulling tricks on you? Be sure to get them back this year with this silly trick!

We found this fun prank on the Make it & Love it blog!

A cup of juice, a bag of chips, and a few cookies.  Looks harmless enough, right?

Oh… but it’s not! 🤣

Once they take a sip of the juice, nothing will come up the straw.  In fact, the straw is seemingly stuck in the juice……because……..it’s JELLO!!!!!

Make Jello like normal, but pour into clear glasses. Insert the straw and then let it set up in the fridge like normal

Just open up some Oreos, scrape out the cream with a knife, place a blob of WHITE toothpaste in the center and squeeze the 2 cookies back together. (They look exactly the same.) Place them back in the Oreo container and pass around to friends or co-workers

Open chips from the bottom, dump out the chips (save in a bag for later) pour carrots inside, and use hot glue to re-seal the bottom of the bag. Actually, if you seal almost the entire bottom closed and then blow some air into the little opening before sealing the rest of the bag shut….it’ll look more puffed up like a bag of chips

Hope you all love to play along!

Happy April fools!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Easter Bunny Basket: DIY 🐰

Recycle an old apple basket to bring this adorable bunny to life, pom-pom tail and all. Because everyone needs a festive spot to store their Easter treats!

We LOVE this cute craft from Sister’s Suitcase Blog 

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR BUNNY EASTER BASKET:

  • apple basket
  • acrylic craft paint
  • pink and black vinyl- We LOVE the glitter vinyl from RABOM
  • white fuzzy pipe cleaners
  • white yarn
  • pom pom maker
  • hot glue gun

HOW TO MAKE A BUNNY EASTER BASKET:

 

The first step is to paint your plain apple basket white. You could paint it any color if you wanted your bunny to be a cute pastel like pink or lavender

Once your basket is dry, it’s time to add the cute little bunny face! This is a perfect way to use up some of your smaller scraps of Vinyl.

Once your design is cut out, just weed your vinyl and apply some transfer tape!

Now it’s time to apply the eyes and nose to your basket. I ended up cutting my eyes apart and applying them one at a time to make sure I got them exactly where I wanted them!

Next, you will make the bunny ears by bending a pipe cleaner in half, pinching it in the middle to make the top of the ear, and then hot gluing the bottom ends inside the rim of the basket. Repeat with another pipe cleaner to create the other ear. I bent one of the ears over a little to make it look like the bunny’s ear was more natural.

Now all that is left is adding a darling pom pom bunny tail!

I added some green paper grass and plastic eggs and I love how it turned out!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

DIY: Key Fobs

This is one of my favorite projects because key fobs are so easy and useful! Plus, they are fun for the whole family. You can give one to every family member so they never lose the house key or keep it as an accessory on your key ring. They also make great gifts! Super simple and personalized.

All you need is:

  • your ribbon or fabric scraps
  • a little imagination
  • key fob hardware (available here)
  • and a pair of pliers.

Download this easy to follow tutorial from Emmaline Bags HERE

Be sure to shop the latest and greatest ribbon perfect for key fobs, headbands, bows, crafts, and more HERE

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Loopy Rainbow 🌈

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends!

We love this fun craft by One Artsy Mama

This adorable craft includes supplies you probably already have. It’s great for fine motor skills too!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

They’re Magically Delicious ☘️🌈😋

This tasty treat is truly charming

Your chances of finding a four-leaf clover in your yard are pretty slim, but we guarantee you’ll hit the jackpot with this marshmallowy treat!

The blog Sugar & Cloth shared this clever idea for mixing Lucky Charms with Chex cereal for a festivite—and not too sugary—take on the classic puffed rice bar. The best part: you can melt the marshmallows in the microwave, then just let the treat cool before chowing down. A no-bake dessert? Now that’s charming. Get the recipe.

What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day dessert?

For all of your ribbon needs, shop HERE

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Make the Perfect Boutique Bow!

Sometimes you need a video, and then other times you just need a reminder! We love the visual tutorial as a companion to the video tutorial. So handy! Pin this and keep it in a good spot so you never miss a move while making your Boutique Bows!

 

Visit Ribbon and Bows Oh My to shop ALL of your ribbon needs!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Relax New Mamas! 😴

Becoming a parent for the first time is overwhelmingly wonderful but also a little frightening and very stressful! We love these tips and tricks from Mamas Like Me!

Parenting will probably be one of the largest but also the most rewarding challenges you will ever encounter. There are so many important decisions you will have to make once you bring your baby home from the hospital. There are even decisions to be made before your baby is born. One of the main pre-birth decisions is to make sure you have everything you will need for the baby nursery.

You want to make sure you purchase some essential items like:

  • Baby crib
  • Alarm or monitor
  • Dresser
  • Night Light

What are some of the things you can do to reduce the stress so that you can enjoy the joys of being a new parent?

Give Yourself a Break

It is very important to make sure you can take a break periodically to get away and tend to your needs, even if only for a few minutes. Of course, you will need a strong support system like friends and family, who understand this need and can take-over while you are taking that break. You can go shopping, take a walk, enjoy a cup of coffee, or take a bath. After your break, you will feel renewed to go back to your parenting duties with a clearer head and a better perspective. When you start feeling overly stressed again, it means it is time for another break 🙂

Eat Chocolate

When all else fails, eat some chocolate. It is true that stress or emotional eating is not always a good thing, especially when done too often. But there is also no denying that chocolate can make you feel good. In addition, studies have shown that it can actually reduce stress. How about a nice piece of Matcha chocolate, a white chocolate with an herbal aroma and the bittersweet finish of real green tea leaves?

Ask for and Accept Help

Don’t be afraid to ask others for suggestions, advice, and help. You don’t have to do everything yourself nor are you expected to know how to do everything. Seek advice from other moms who have had the experience of being a mother. Every mother has been through the same feelings you are having such as financial stress, time-related stress, or a combination of both. Arrange to meet other moms, share your feelings and situations with them and let them share theirs with you. Having a strong support system around you will help relieve some of your stress as well as give you the opportunity to take a break when you need one.

Understand Your Body

It is important for you to recognize the signs of stress and how they affect your body and behavior. If you aren’t in touch with your feelings, they are likely to overwhelm you and lead to impatience, irritability, screaming, and lapses in judgment. If you feel your heart beating faster or your blood pressure rising, take a deep breath and a break if you can. Pay attention to the warning signs that your stress levels are getting to the boiling point.

Take Care of Yourself

If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of your newborn. When possible, take those much-needed breaks. Do everything you can to get enough sleep. This might be rather difficult if your baby likes to sleep during the day and is awake at night. If you are able, sleep when your baby sleeps. Other suggestions on how to take care of yourself are:

  • Get a massage
  • Take long walks
  • Enjoy a bath
  • Sign up for a class
  • Do some gardening
  • Listen to music

Try Exercise

You are probably thinking “how on earth you will be able to find time to exercise”? Did you know that there is a lot of research that shows how physical exercise is crucial in helping you manage stress? When you exercise, it literally makes you feel better, reduces anxiety, and calms nervous tensions. You don’t necessarily have to join a gym or start a rigorous exercise regime. Start slow and do what you can in the time you have. Don’t pressure yourself to do more than you feel you are able to handle. Just knowing that exercise can help you reduce stress should be the incentive you need to get started.

You can’t take care of your new baby unless you take care of yourself. The concept is akin to when flight attendants remind us to put on our oxygen masks first, then on our children. Make sure to take time for yourself, keep your stress levels in check, and enjoy being a mother!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

 

Green Tea Scented Play Dough

Mmmm, we love the smell of this green tea play dough! Incorporating the use of all the senses is a benefit of sensory play. Thanks to Still Playing in School Blog, this recipe is even taste safe for little ones and involves plenty of fine motor work through pretend play!

To Make: 

For our green tea play dough we brewed eight bags of green tea in two cups of water. Then we combined the two cups of tea with two cups of water, one cup of salt, two tablespoons of oil, two tablespoons of cream of tartar in a saucepan. We let the mixture cook over medium high heat while stirring constantly. Once a dough was formed we dumped it onto a floured surface to cool.

Next comes the fun! Rip open the tea bags to dump the wet tea leaves out onto the cooled play dough. Knead the dough to mix the tea throughout. The tea leaves really scent the dough!

What a delicious smelling tea for calming and comforting sensory play on a long winter day. The recipe even makes enough to share!

We hope you love this easy and fun craft! Comment other flavors you would like to incorporate below!

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

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