There is a lot more time to do extra fun things with my daughters since school is out for the summer. Last night we had a breakfast dinner and we went all out! We do not have an outdoor table at the moment so I brought out our coffee table and put pillows down for seating. I went with pancakes as the main dish and used this recipe to create cinnamon roll pancakes. They were a hit!!! So delicious. I even created this cute little banner to go on the pancakes. I made it in the Cricut Design Space and it reads “You had Me at Pancakes.” Isn’t it cute? It’s a #CricutSummer project. You can print and cut your own here if you like. I’m going to make a list of more ideas that we could do later today. What are your favorite summertime activities to do with your kiddos? -jess
This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood, but all opinions are my own. See further below for disclosure.
It is spring cleaning season and that usually prompts us to do a good deep cleaning of our home so I wanted to share how I go about getting prepared to make it fun and easier.
1. Be purposeful
This might seem like a no brainer but set some cleaning goals! Make a list of what you want to get clean and what days you want to accomplish it. I sometimes can look around and have that overwhelming feeling that makes me just want to not even start, so having a clear plan helps me focus and accomplish all the cleaning I need to do. This even goes for getting the kids to help clean. I saw a friend post an awesome way she helps them focus and get tasks done. She writes the chore on a clothespin and puts them on the edge of a mason jar. When they are done with the chore, they take it off and drop it in the jar. Maybe I should make one for myself? 🙂
2. Create a fun atmosphere while spring cleaning.
Most of us do not exactly enjoy cleaning so we can use all the encouragement we can get! Create a fun playlist of songs that get you motivated and belt out tunes while you clean. Nothing like a fun song to help create a positive atmosphere. You can also light your favorite candle or put a pot on the stove and fill it with good smelling spices and such to provide a sweet smelling aroma. I have this candle that I light whenever I need extra motivation, whether it’s for crafting up a project or cleaning. The scent takes me to a happy time in my life and always lifts my mood. Amazing how smells can do that huh?
If you are getting your kids to help out you can encourage them by making special cleaning games. I started giving tasks points (ex: making the bed is 10 points, putting up dirty laundry is 5 points, etc.). Or if it’s just a simple task like picking up toys you could give each toy a point. Then have a reward system so when they reach a certain amount of points they have something to look forward to. For my girls, they really enjoy reading so it might be a new book or maybe a dollar because they really love going to the dollar store.
3. Use good quality products to make the job easier.
We have moved over 5 times as a family (which means lots of deep cleanings so we could make sure and get our deposit back lol). So I tell you that I have tried tons and tons of cleaning supplies. Nothing helps a good cleaning go easier than by having the right supplies. I go for natural or non-toxic cleaners as I learned from my own blood/hair test how much toxins from household cleaners/paint/etc really get into our bodies. I was shocked at how high some levels were in my system. Good news though is that it helped me make a very positive lifestyle change. Then to go with those cleaning products it helps to have great products to wipe them up with.
I partnered with Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood for their Spring Cleaning Program and received some of their cleaning supplies to use and a giftcard to go shop for more at Walmart where you can find their products. These are brands that I have come to know and trust and they are easy to find.
My girls and I both agreed that we love the feel of the Viva® Vantage® and Viva® Towels. They both have a different texture than regular paper towels. The Vantage® is kind of scrubby like a terrycloth. This makes them a better multipurpose towel as it can be used for more intense cleaning like scrubbing stovetops or patio furniture. The Viva ® Towels are more soft and smooth which is better for cleaning more delicate surfaces like wood furniture. I would say these are more strong and durable like a cloth so you could use it to wash dishes and have it hold up for a while. But honestly either one can still tackle all the cleaning jobs I do. Just depends on your preference.
I know toilet paper isn’t a spring cleaning supply per say, but we still use it to clean up quick toothpaste messes and such in the bathroom. Why? It’s the lazy in me that doesn’t want to walk back to the kitchen for a paper towel lol. And it’s easy for my girls to get if they need to wipe up something real quick. The Cottonelle® Clean Care has the Clean Ripple Texture which is designed to clean your bum or other small bathroom messes better than others. The Scott® 1000 was also put to the test and I like how long it lasts since it has 1000 sheets per foll and having two little ones means we go through a lot of toilet paper.
Here are a few tips they are sharing to help us out with our spring cleaning. I don’t know about you, but as a creative person I operate better when my home is in a clean state. It helps me focus more on my projects since there is no mess to distract me. So go stock up on some good quality spring cleaning essentials(like these that can be found at Walmart), be purposeful with your cleaning plan, and create a fun atmosphere to clean in. Now I need to hurry up and sew my girls Easter dresses up! -jess
I parterned with Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood for this post and received compensation for doing so. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting businesses that support Happy Together.
Valentines Day is coming soon and I have been getting supplies ready for my daughters to help them create Valentines for their classmates. My youngest is four and loves stickers so I decided that this would be a nice little goodie for her to give out. I found the cutest stickers in the dollar spot at Target and created a simple valentines free printable to add them too. This is a great opportunity to let a child practice cutting, gluing, and writing if they are at that age.
- Valentines Free Printable (Blue Green Orange Pink Purple Yellow Black) printed onto cardstock
- Optional: Paper Cutter
Once they are all cut out determine the amount of stickers you want to use on them. I had a sticker pad and cut it into pieces that would fit on the card but you can add the stickers however you like.
Put some glue on the middle of the card and then stick on the stickers. I made these so there is enough room to write a “from” name on the bottom and add a “to” name at the top if desired. I find it easier to just make a bunch with only the “from” so my girls can hand them out easily.
I have one more sewing Valentines idea that I will share next week to add to the Valentines ideas here on the blog. Until then, enjoy these! -jess