Gulf Coast-Inspired Easy Shrimp Tacos

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Be ready for summer with these easy Gulf Coast style Shrimp Tacos! They're so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Feel the Gulf Island flavor-- shrimp, taco shells, and plenty of flavor. #OurCaringHands [ad]

The clock is ticking, y’all. I am just weeks away from the event that I look forward to all year long. I’d say I’m practically packed, but we all know I’ll end up doing that the night before I leave. I’m talking about summer vacation, and for me, oh, it’s so much more than just a little break. See, for almost two decades now, summer vacation has meant something a little bit different for my family. It hasn’t just meant beach, and sand, and the sun, but it’s meant a whole lot of family time.

Every summer, we make the trek down to the Gulf Coast, to a tiny island called Dauphin Island, Alabama. If you’re a long-time reader, you’ve probably even seen me talk about it every summer for the past several years. This year we will be driving about 16 hours like we do every summer. Why? To enjoy the beach with our family, who live in another state.

To save money, we split condo costs. We also make sure to cook and eat meals family-style in the condo, rather than going out to eat a lot. That doesn’t mean we never visit local restaurants…. We totally do! There are so many great options for Gulf Coast flavor. Restaurants there serve up fried fish platters, po’boys, and of course, delicious shrimp tacos.

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How To Make Your Playset Last for Decades

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When you invest in a playset, you want it to last-- that's not an investment to take lightly. With the right care, you can make your backyard play set last decades, through your kids AND grandchildren! Here's how to help make your playset last with some TLC and GAF Shingles. #RoofedItMyself [ad]

When buying a playset for your backyard, it’s honestly a pretty significant investment. I know that in our family, we really value outdoor, active, imaginative play, but honestly? Play sets can be a little bit spendy. That said, we’ve found some great ways to help make ours last over the years. A playset that was once my little brother’s playset is now my son’s because we’ve taken time each year to prepare it for the spring and summer season of play and make sure that it has what it needs to truly last. Little investments over time in maintaining your playset can make it a great destination for play for years to come, making your yard the prime spot for the neighborhood kids to gather. Read more

DIY Play Dough Soap for Bathtime (with Only 3 Ingredients!)

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This DIY Play Dough Soap is messy play that gets kids clean! It's homemade play dough made with soap, is tub-safe, and doesn't stain skin. Plus, it has only 3 ingredients you probably already have: sulfate free body wash, cornstarch, and water! Your kids will want bath time, ALL the time! Get your kids clean with this DIY soap recipe, then get your clothes clean with Sulfate-Free All Detergent. [ad] #allEssentials #allSulfateFree

Anyone who has been around the blog for awhile knows that I’ve got some favorite ways to keep things clean… like a favorite laundry soap that gets my clothes clean, and a favorite dish towel that gets my dishes clean. But I have found my all-time favorite way to get my kiddo clean, and that’s with a little bit of good, old-fashioned messy play. That’s right. I’m getting him messy to get him clean! The secret is something that’s one part sensory activity, one part bathtime hero: DIY Play Dough Soap. The best part? It’s only got 3 ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

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Starbucks Cup Inspired DIY Spring Paintings

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If you're obsessed with those super pretty spring Starbucks cups, you're going to love these beautiful spring paintings inspired by the designs! Plus, they're so easy to make that you can whip them up while watching your favorite TV show. | DIY Painting Idea |

I’m low-key obsessed with the spring cups that Starbucks has had in their stores all spring. Those bright, vibrant colors make me smile every time I see them, and the hand-drawn style of the doodles are so whimsical and fun. I may or may not have been swinging by to grab some coffee on the regular just because those cups are too cute. But since they’re limited edition, I totally wanted to re-create the look on canvases that I could display every spring! These DIY spring paintings are so easy to make, too, so you can snag this style for yourself.

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DIY No-Sew Felt Tacos for Imaginary Play

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If you or your kids love Dragons Love Tacos, or it's sequel, you'll love these fun taco felt food ideas! DIY No-Sew Felt Tacos are perfect for mixing and matching, and they're perfect for play kitchens. If your child loves imaginative play, make these for a fraction of the cost of buying them from big name companies... and make exactly the taco flavor you'll want for your playroom. Perfect for kids who love to play cooking, and great for future chefs.

Psssst… let me clue you in on a secret. Dragons. Love. TACOS. Seriously, if you want to hang out with a dragon, you should probably have some tacos for the party. Maybe even a BOATLOAD of tacos. It’s something that Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri explore in their book, Dragons Love Tacos, and then they explore the complete lack of tacos on earth in the sequel, appropriately titled Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel. When reading aloud to my kiddo, it helps his comprehension to have something to play with while we read. The kiddo and I have bought felt foods in the past, but I’ve found out just how easy it is to make DIY no-sew felt tacos at home (and, like the name implies, you totally don’t have to be a master crafter or great at sewing to make these).

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Easy DIY Chalk for Tons of Sidewalk Chalk Fun All Summer Long

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DIY Chalk is so easy to make-- it's the perfect way to prepare for summer. Simply make your own sidewalk chalk with a few easy-to-find ingredients for a bucketful of chalk that will last you all summer long! This homemade chalk recipe is also perfect for giving fun-shaped chalk pieces as party favors or gifts to friends! You can make your own chalk in any color you can imagine. Perfect kids DIY.

As a child, I remember many, many hours spent playing with chalk. There was just something fun about creating artwork for hours. I spent so many hours getting my hands and knees and elbows multicolor from sprawling on the driveway to draw. My kiddo is a big fan of chalk art, and all of his friends love it, too, so we’ve been going through a ton of it lately. I decided it was time to get creative to bring forward the most pigmented, best chalk for our money (and guess what? It’s easy to make, AND more affordable than buying boxes of chalk).

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Unicorn Kinetic Sand

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This Unicorn Kinetic Sand is the perfect sensory toy, and in bright, vibrant sparkly colors, it looks just like a unicorn, too! Easy to make and fun to play with, you can make DIY Kinetic Sand at home!

I love kinetic sand. There’s just something so peaceful about squishing it, shaping it, and playing with it. But what I didn’t realize was that I was spending way too much on the kinetic sand at the store… making it at home in my favorite unicorn colors is easy and affordable! Kinetic sand is such a great therapeutic tool, too. My son has autism, and allowing him to play with kinetic sand while listening to me read has been a huge help to him when it comes to focusing. It’s also a great sensory tool! Here’s how to make your very own kinetic sand at home!

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5 Tips for having the BEST Family Movie Night

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Family movie nights are a great way to bring the whole family together, but you can make them way more fun than just popping in a DVD, without a ton of extra money or time spent on your movie night. This is how we make family movie night AWESOME! (Our favorite tip? Letting everyone pick their own personal snack mix before the movie starts!) Plus, we share how YOU can get a free VUDU credit every month with your Walmart Family Mobile account. #YourTaxCash [ad]

Y’all know that I absolutely love Walmart Family Mobile. Just a couple of weeks ago, I shared all about how I invested in a smartphone for my business with Walmart Family Mobile, so I could keep rocking my business on the go, but that phone plan came with some extra perks that we are loving, like a VUDU credit every month! We decided that the movie credit makes for the perfect work break, which is why we’ve been staying intentional about family movie nights! I’ve figured out 5 foolproof tips for having the best movie night ever.

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7 Ways to Rock Your Home Business With Your Smartphone (And why Tax time is the BEST time to get one!)

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Whether you're a blogger, in direct sales, or have your own craft business, if you're a work from home mom, chances are you're missing out big time if you don't know how to properly rock your business from your Smartphone. Here are 7 ways to ROCK your business with your smartphone, and why tax time is a great time to get a smartphone for your business! #YourTaxCash [ad]

These days, it seems like there are fewer and fewer Stay at Home Moms and more moms who would consider themselves Work at Home Moms. Every day in my news feed, I see another friend promoting and rocking her home-based business, whether she is selling leggings or lotions, writing a blog, or creating handcrafted items. I love seeing the great businesses my friends are working from home, and I love when they support my small business, too, but it seriously shocks me that so many of them aren’t utilizing their smartphone data in the smartest possible way to rock their at-home business! After launching my site about 5 years ago, and after trying direct sales more than a few times over the last decade, I’ve found some really awesome ways to really maximize your business with a smartphone!

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DIY Ombre Flower Monogram

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If you’re looking for the perfect door hanging or office decor, you’re going to love this impossibly easy ombre flower monogram! If you can trace a circle, fold a piece of felt, and use a hot glue gun, you can make this! It is the perfect substitute for a DIY Wreath, or looks great on any wall! Just pick the letter or wooden shape that appeals to you, and you’re all set to make this fun creation!

You know when you’re walking through a store and you see something and think “I need that.”? It happens to me all the time. Usually, I can silence that inner voice that says “BUY IT!” but with this one? No. I had to give in this wooden letter. When it comes to easy DIYs, you really can’t beat this one. It’s so simple. Your floral monogram can be ready to hang in about the time that it takes you to watch an episode of This Is Us. Or, you know, a show where you aren’t too busy sobbing to craft… but still. Timewise, it’s do-able to make this DIY Wreath in the length of a TV episode.

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