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I have two little girls and when the boys are off and we are in…we love to have a Girls’ Night in.

I’m rounding up some fun ideas of items you will need to make the best girls’ night in!


Here’s what’s on our Girls’ Night In List:

1.  A Game… My kids love playing games…how cute is the Pink Monopoly game above.  We also love card games or even drawing games.  So many to choose from.  I often let each of us pick one of our favorites to play for our girls’ night.

2.  Nail Polish…it’s so fun painting our nails and toenails during our girls’ night.  You can even make it into a mini spa treatment night.

3.  A craft kit…my girls love making a craft together.  I love a kit that has everything included.   The one pictured above is for decorating a mini tote.  Other great craft kits:  bracelet makers, mini scrapbooks, paper or fabric flowers, etc.

4.  A mini Chick Flick.  We love to watch a romantic comedy during our girls’ night in.  There are so many great ones in the pre-teen category that my little girls love.

5.  Lotion…We love to rub some lavender lotion on to help us relax and de-stress.  This helps to make the night even more relaxing!

6.  A TREAT!  The best part.  We love Magnum Bars from Target.  Our favorites are the peanut butter and double caramel.  It’s like an extra fancy treat…perfect for a girls’ night!

How would you plan a girls’ night in?  We would love to hear.

Target has a great deal on Magnum Bars this week only.  You can access the Magnum 5% off special via Cartwheel.  (I love Cartwheel).

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Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

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I’m excited to kick off In The Kitchen Week with all these fun books for kids. This might be one of my favorite weeks because I love to be in the kitchen cooking with my kids. I love to teach them skills that come with cooking. It’s also a great time to have fun chats here and there about life and what’s going on with them.

Snag these books online or grab them at the library and get ready to have fun in the kitchen.


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Good Enough To Eat

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On Top of Spaghetti

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Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Pizza at Sally’s

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The Doorbell Rang

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The Food Parade

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The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

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Cooking with the Cat

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Betty Crocker Kids Cook!

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Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook

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The Children’s Step-by-Step CookBook

cooking children's step by step cook book Do you have any books to add to our list? Leave a comment and let us know what your favorites are.

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Shadow puppets can be the perfect camping activity. Can you imagine flashing these animals on the side of your tent?

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These shadow puppets are super simple to make. Download the animal silhouettes. Print on cardstock. Gather some skewers, tape, scissors and a flashlight.

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flashlight shadow supplies Cut out the silhouettes and tape them to skewers.

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Once it is dark take the flashlight and shine it on the paper silhouette. You will see the silhouette displayed on the wall. The further away the bigger it gets.

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A fun way to keep kids entertained once the sun goes down!

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It is easy to keep these simple supplies on hand so they could be made at any time. What a perfect sleepover activity too! You might like to browse this list of 50 Boredom busters crafts and activities to also keep kids busy and engaged.


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This solar system craft is so fun for the kids.  It helps teach them the order of the planets from the sun and reinforces coloring, & cutting skills.  Before we did this craft together, we read one of my favorite Space books…”There’s No Place Like Space!” by Tish Rabe.  I love the rhymes and how it teaches about space and the planets.

To make these Solar System Crafts, you will need:

-Black paper…I glued two 12 x 6 inch strips together to make a long strip

-Star Stickers

-Copy of the planets (This coloring sheet is perfect)


-Yellow paper for the sun

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Let your kids color and cut out the planets.  Using a half yellow circle, glue on the left end.  Let your child glue the planets in order from the sun (left) to the right.
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Then add stars all over the black universe. sm space 2 copy

A fun tip:  we loved looking at real pictures of the planets online.  We talked about the colors of each planets.  This was such a fun project…and my little boy proudly displayed his “space” picture on his wall!

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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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As a child, I always wanted to see a Moon Rock. There’s just something fascinating about the moon and outer space. So when my son started asking questions about that big ol’ rock in the sky, I decided to make our own version with these DIY Moon Rocks.

This easy play recipe takes some Moon Sand and adds a bit more moisture to make it moldable to form into rocks. We made them black with some shiny glitter to simulate the sun reflecting off the surface of the moon.

DIY Moon Rocks

DIY Moon Rocks

What you need to make DIY Moon Rocks:

  • 4 cups baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gold and Silver glitter
  • Black food coloring

In a large plastic bin, mix together the baking soda and water. Add lots of glitter and some food coloring and stir together.

You can let your kids explore this easy Moon Sand for a bit (warning: their hands will get messy because of the food coloring!), or you can go right to making your rocks.

Mold the sand with your hand to shape it into rocks. We pressed our fingers into it to form craters on the surface.

Allow to dry overnight.

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The rocks will be brittle, but kids will love examining them!

They’re much prettier than the Moon Rocks retrieved by astronauts aboard the six landing Apollo missions. Those rocks are stored at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

My son loved learning about the rocks, and how they have to be kept in Nitrogen so that they won’t get moisture. We talked about how adding moisture to the Moon Rocks would change their composition and cause them to fall apart. We even tried adding some water to our own DIY Moon Rocks!

Now that you’ve made Moon Rocks, share photos with us on our Facebook page. Then, head over to our blog for even more space activities for kids!

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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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Excited to share this adorable and simple craft for kids…to kick of our Space Week as part of our Mother Hen’s Summer.  My kids have loved learning and reading books this summer.  This week we read “Stargazers” from Gail Gibbons.  I love all of Gail Gibbons’ books.
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After we read the book we talked more about constellations.  We even went on a constellations hunt in the sky…looking for some famous constellations…and making some of our own.  To make these cool constellations…all you need is:

-Black Paper

-Mini Star Punch (star stickers work too…but its nice to be able to move them around to create your constellation before gluing the stars down)

-Chalk or a white crayon

-glue stick

-Bright yellow paper sm constellations

After learning about constellations, let your child have fun moving the stars around to create his/her own.  This was the fun part…thinking up fun constellations we could see in the sky.

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After you place your stars to create the constellations, glue down the stars.  You can then connect the stars with the chalk.  Or you can use a white crayon. sm constellations 5 sm constellations 2

It is fun to see the before and after…after you connect the dots.
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Of course my map and state loving boy had to make a UTAH constellation.  States are fun to make into these constellations.   sm constellations 4

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay tuned for more fun Space crafts and Ideas this week!

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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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Hi there! I am Laura from Inspiration for Moms and I’m thrilled to be visiting you today! I have the perfect snack for our Bug themed week. My Back Yard Bug Snacks have a little something for every bug lover. Your kids will totally enjoy creating these easy eatable butterflies, caterpillars and ladybugs.

Back Yard Bug Snacks


Let’s start with those nutty Butterflies. Slice a few celery sticks, fill with peanut butter and top with some pretzels. Finish it off with a few candy eyes to make these flying bugs complete.

Butterfly Bug Snack

Who doesn’t love a sweet caterpillar? This crawling bug is simply made with a wood skewer, some grapes, two candy eyes and a little icing gel. Love that smile! 😉

Caterpillar Bug Snack

And of course, every back yard has a ladybug or two. A cracker topped with provolone cheese holds a cherry tomato with a black olive and a few candy eyes. I speckled the tomatoes with icing gel. Tip: If you don’t think the sweetness would compliment this snack you could always use an edible black marker instead.

Ladybug Snack

I have to confess that out of all the Back Yard Bug snacks, the ladybugs are my favorite. They’re so cute!

All are great for “sneaking” more fruits and vegetables into your little ones diet. (Your kids will never know.) They’ll just be thinking about how their mom is so cool because she lets them eat bugs! 😉

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Happy Bug Snacking everyone!

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Back Yard Bug Snacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes

For Butterflies

  • celery stalks
  • peanut butter
  • mini pretzels
  • candy eyes

For Caterpillar

  • grape
  • wooden skews
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

For Ladybug

  • crackers
  • cheese
  • grape tomatoes
  • black olives
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker


For Butterfly

Rinse and cut your celery into 3-4 inch slices. Apply peanut butter into the middle and insert two mini pretzels. Then add two candy eyes.

For Caterpillar

Rinse and dry about 20 grapes. Carefully skew the grapes. Using the icing gel, draw a smile. Then add two candy eyes.

For Ladybug

Use your cracker as a guide to size your cheese. Place the cheese on top of the cracker. Cut grape tomato almost in half, leaving a tiny connection at one end. Open and lay flat on the cheese. Cut a black olive in half and place upside down at top of the tomato. Place the eyes in side the black olive and add the spots with icing gel.


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