Science

You and your kids are going to love these science experiments featured in Buzzfeed’s latest roundup. They are anything but ordinary; they are straight up magical! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about dyed flowers, baking soda volcanos and soap clouds but this is next level science. These 35 experiments are brilliant and are going to keep your littles entertained. Everyone wins! Bordom bug officially beaten!

Kids grow up too fast! These experiments are fun and hands-on ways to help them learn about the world around them. Let them get messy! Let them play in colorful puddles, make edible marshmallow paint, crayon wands, moon dust, and exploding rainbows. The magnetic slime is so cool! And the egg geodes?! Amazing. Is bad that as an adult I don’t know how some of these work? For shame! I guess it’s ok. We’ll learn together! It’s never too late to learn new things!

Find all 35 mind-blowing experiments here…

Buzzfeed: 35 Science Experiments That Are Basically Magic

Shelf

Not everyone loves to read. I can’t imagine being one of those people. How sad for them! Garrison Keillor said that ‘A book is a gift you can open again and again.’ I read another quote (author unknown) that said ‘A home without books is like a tree without birds.’ In that case, my trees are full of birds and my shelves are overflowing with books. So much so that I need more shelves! Maybe that’s why I loved this collection of bookshelves from Diply. They are wonderful!

Did you get a look at #7? A bookshelf secret passage that leads to more shelves and books. Score! The sinking shelves sure would be a space saver! #15 has a secret message. The ring shelf is a riot. Reading and exercising. Lol. What could go wrong?! Which of these is your favorite? They’re all pretty grand.

Aha! Parenting has a fun and interesting article on how to turn your kiddo into a reader. There are some good ideas in there! Be sure and check it out!

Here’s the link to all 18 ideas…

Diply: 18 Incredibly Creative Shelves For Book Lovers

Trailer

Vintage trailers are quit the thing these days; people get so creative with their refurbishing and restoration efforts. I have seen ones painted pink with bright everything, ones decorated in colorful paisley, and even ones decorated like soda shops. Most DIYs deal with the inside of the trailer. What about the exterior? A new trend is decorating the outside, making it just as cute as in.

Lynn Risor, a Texas artist, is one such person who wanted the outside of her camper to have a facelift. She started by painting it white; everyone needs a clean canvas to work with. Then she got out the drawing boards and let her imagination run wild. She wanted the outside of her little home on wheels to be a Victorian cottage. How cute! It has so much character. There is a pussy cat on the porch rail, fun lawn ornaments, a clothesline, and a cooling apple pie in the window. It even has grandma doling out hugs.

Lynn isn’t the only one who has gone above and beyond! I think the watermelon on wheels is amazing. What do you think about the wild west themed trailer? They are all so fun! Vintage Trailer Talk has a few other paint schemes that you need to see. So clever!

Here’s the link to see all the stunning transformations…

LittleThings: Vintage Trailer Gets A Victorian Makeover (photos)

nightstand fridge

Are you a lazy person? I think all of us have lazy days where we don’t want to do anything. I had one of those days yesterday and it was wonderful. We watched a few movies, ate some popcorn, did some porch sitting, and went on a walk (*that is doing something but barely since it was only to the park to sit and then come back). Buzzfeed has a roundup of the best products that will help you perfect your laziness, at least in the bedroom. We all need a lazy day once in a while…at least have one in style.

These 29 products are the best! All I want to do right now is go shopping. OMG! The bedphones are the coolest thing and I would use them every night. My husband definitely needs the anti snore pillow. He might respond to that better than me shoving him. #12 would be a fun kids gift, #22 would be a great gift for myself, and #13 would make anyone happy! (Especially college kids!) Which of these is your favorite? I have #29 but quite a few of these are going on the Christmas list. Lol.

WikiHow has an article with some tips on how to stop being lazy. Things that I’m not lazy at: eating, drinking, watching TV, and sleeping. Everything else I need a bit of help with. Read the full article here.

Here’s the link to all 29 products…

Buzzfeed: 29 Perfectly Lazy Products Your Bedroom Needs

Ice

Elle, from What’s Up Moms, has the ‘coolest’ ideas (hehe) for how to beat the sweltering summer heat during those hot summer months. They are fun, affordable, and probably something you haven’t tried before. New is always good when trying to beat the summertime blues.

My favorite is excavating ice blocks (maybe you will inspire your kiddos to become paleontologists). You could also try freezing the toys in muffin tins for quicker gratification. Lol. This is education and fun. Another way to dissolve this would be in the kiddy pool while everyone is slashing around.

Paint popsicles are awesome because they would cut down on messes! The ice boats wouldn’t work for me because my yard doesn’t have enough of a slope. Drats! Which of these are you going to try first? Check out Mashable’s roundup of summer fun DIYs for grownups. Only one involves ice (unless you count the coolers) but all are awesome! Be sure to make this the best summer ever, for you and your kids.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Fairy

Do you believe in fairies? I hope so because everyone needs some whimsy and fantasy in their life. Every little girl loves fairies! There is just something about magic, pixie dust (and flying), and a hidden world only accessible to children. Maybe you don’t love pixies and sprites as much as your kids (spoilsport) but you will love these miniature gardens just as much. Maybe even more!

I love the water fairy garden! How cute that it has a working waterfall. Using birdhouses to make a village is a lovely idea but I think my favorite would have to be the repurposed wheelbarrow. These mini gardens are especially great if you don’t have a lot of space but are looking for a ‘pop’ of color! Fairies have made quite the comeback. Have you seen the Tinkerbell franchise?! There is a lot of cool stuff out there. Backpacks, shoes, hair ribbons, school supplies and awesome movies. I kid you not, the movies are really good. Solid plots. Fun characters. Strong emotional appeal. It might just be me but don’t judge ‘em before you watch ‘em. Here’s a trailer for one of the latest.

Here is the link to all 12 ideas…

Diply: 12 Fantastic Fairy Garden Ideas

Science

How do you normally beat the summer time ‘boredom bug?’ The library, park, and pool are only entertaining for so long! Rather than plopping the kids down on the couch for hours at a time, how about trying some of these science experiments featured at Diply?

These science experiments are timeless classics that your kids are going to love. I take that back, YOU and your kids are going to love them! They’ll give the kids a head start come September and hopefully a deep love of science! (The experiments were the only things that help my attention in chemistry and physics class!) I love the rainbow jar and the ooblek. The invisible ink is my absolute fav! That is the best for making treasure maps! My favorite experiment as a kid was the ‘naked egg.’ Grab some vinegar, a glass, some raw eggs, and watch this video to learn how to make them!

Here’s the link to all 16 ideas…

Diply: 16 Exciting Experiments That’ll Make Your Child Love Science


Snacks

Thank God it’s finally hot enough to justify my laziness! 96 today. I’m feelin some front porch sittin and lemonade sippin. Feel free to join me and beat the heat this year with a nice cool treat. I can get on board with that idea! I can also get on board with this tasty roundup from Diply! My, oh my! It is to die for. Well, not literally, but it will have you licking your lips and not dreading the sweltering weather so much.

I am honestly smitten with these sweet and simple summer treats. The popsicles have to be my favorites. They remind me of summers as a kid. The ice cube tray treats look really fun! They all look so yummy! Huffington Post has a roundup of 30 different must-try popsicle recipes. Wow! Brown butter? Oreo Nutettla? Chocolate and salted caramel? Where do I even begin? I need to get more molds…I only have one! Find the full roundup here.

Here’s the link to all 20 yummy recipes…

Diply: Lemon Slices Into A Muffin Tray And 20 More Amazing Treats


water blob tutorial

Did you know that a plastic sheet, an iron, some duct tape, and water could provide unlimited hours of summer fun? Well, they can! Everyone needs a water blob in their backyard! I know that I need one.

I don’t have a pool but that shouldn’t stop me from relaxing in the ‘water.’ I’ve seen this blob idea on Pinterest and floating around on the internet but this is a wonderful tutorial that will help make it a reality. Sometimes I just can’t figure it out by looking at one picture. I’m so glad that the Little Things has all of these wonderful instructions and pictures!

This doesn’t look hard at all! I’m not the best at ironing but I can dust off my iron and give it a go. FYI be sure to move it around every day of your grass will die. Even if you don’t move it and it does die, grass grows back. Have a wonderful summer! Another thing that everyone needs is a slip n slide! A slide like this one is a must have. Hooray for summer!!!

Here’s the tutorial for making your very own water blob…

LittleThings: Make An Enormous ‘Water Blob’ The Whole Family Will Love (Just $10)


summer backyard diy

Whether you have a large or small backyard, there are a lot of projects you can pursue to liven things up. You may be ready for grilling and friends but is your backyard ready? It may be nice but is it ‘all that it can be?’ Lol. Mine isn’t! This roundup from DIY And Crafts has me so excited and inspired that I had to share it with you! These 70 backyard projects are the best!

What does your backyard need? Any of these DIYs going to work for you? Let me know what you try! I know I shouldn’t play favorites, but the living tee pee is my fav with the window mirrors in a close second. Some of these DIYs are the simple no-stress no-mess kind. While others are larger and more time consuming. No matter what you choose all are wonderful. They are all easy, epic, and affordable. I love everything backyard, budget, and brilliant and this roundup fits the bill.

I am so in love with the backyard and can’t wait to host some fabulous parties this summer. Maybe some themed parties? HGTV has some very clever ones. I might try the beach themed one.

Here’s the link to all 70 ideas…

DIY And Crafts: 70 Summery Backyard DIY Projects