A Little Fairy House

I love that Rowan believes in fairies. I love that he wonders, and is curious, and that we can have serious conversations about the magic that goes on in our backyard. He wonders if the fairies will scare away the skunk that lives in our bushes, or if they sneak in the house at night or do they like chocolate ice cream. In the evenings, we fill the water bath and talk about how thirsty the fairies must be with all that flying around they do. These will be some of my favorite conversations I have ever had. I need to record them, so I never ever forget.

Here are some scenes from the fairy house we created this week. This is starting to become a bit of a ritual for us. We have just moved into a new house after being in transition for months. Making sure the fairies feel at home in our yard, is becoming the thing that we do that says, "Yes, this is home".

Fairy House

Cardboard box

We cut the box flaps off to create a shadowbox. Smear glue along the inside of the shadow box and line the inside of the box with the moss. This creates a beautiful bed and cavelike little fairy bed. Smear glue on the outside of the box and stick leaves around the outside. Fill your fair house with little woodland creatures, pine cones or anything else you wish or can imagine.

Check out our other fairy endeavors:

Paper Blocks

Download and Trim Box Template HERE.
This works best printed on card stock.

Then Color or Paint.

Fold paper along the dotted lines and fold.
Adhere with scotch tape.

I love making things out of Rowan's original artwork. He still wears this shirt that we made out of a painting he created last year. Every time I put it on him, I smile at the memory.

I printed out a cube template, and we both colored in the squares. He was super proud of our creations which add to his enjoyment of these simple paper cubes. We were stuck inside home all morning waiting for a Fedex delivery and this did the trick to pass the time.

Mini Canteloupe and Blueberry Kebabs

I have been making a big effort to get a bigger variety of foods into my picky eater. His idea of what is good to eat has gotten so limited since he turned 3. I can sympathize because even though I LOVE food now, I too was a picky eater as a kid. So, I get it, and I am trying not to let is drive me crazy.

Rowan already likes some fruit, but whether he is in the mood to eat  it differs from day to day. I thought by making them into these cute kebabs they would seem more appealing.

I did cut the sharp tops of the toothpicks, so they would be safer for kids. Plus, I kept an eye on him while he was eating.

Get more snack ideas for kids HERE.

Make Your Own Lemon All Purpose Cleaner

I need all the encouragement I can get when it comes to cleaning. I am not a fan, but it has to be done. I love using organic cleaning products because in addition to being safe, they are usually pretty and smell good. I recently ran out of my Meyers Basil Counter Spray, and got inspired to try mixing up some of my own cleaner. This solution worked great and smelled really fresh and lemony.

Lemon All Purpose Cleaner

1 teaspoons Castile Soap
2 cups water
15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
3 drops tea tree oil

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Add liquid to a spray bottle.

The tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant. The Castile soap is a good cleanser. The lemon essential oil has germ-killing properties and adds a fresh scent.

Almond butter, strawberry jam and apple sandwich bites

I accidentally bought an extra bag of apples this week, so in an effort to use them up, I made this snack. Really delicious. Just slice up some apple, spread on some nut butter, your favorite jam, and a touch of cinnamon. Yum.

Anti-aging face scrub

I have gotten a bit concerned about my skin since moving to San Diego. I am definitely NOT complaining. Here me universe! NOT! complaining. But, it is super sunny here all of the time, all year long (not complaining). Which is great, and I do love it. BUT, I am getting a little paranoid about wrinkles and sun damage. Now that I am getting, ummm (coughing, clearing throat), older, I have to think about these things and protect my skin. Soooo, now I have a healthy passion for SPF, big hats, and making sure I take good care of my skin each day.

I just added this homemade anti-aging scrub to my weekly routine.You really don't have to go out and buy facial scrub. It is just a simple mix of your favorite oil and sugar (or salt or both). Then, I added my homemade facial serum to the mix to give it a boost of regenerative properties.

I love making my own natural products. You feel good using them on your skin, they smell good, and let's face it, they are a lot cheaper.

Anti-aging Facial Scrub

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 or 2 tablespoons olive oil
15/20 drops skin serum recipe here.

First mix sugar and coconut oil together. Add olive oil until you get the desired consistency. Add skin serum. You can also make this scrub by adding your favorite essential oils or just without any essential oils at all. 

If you like scrubs, try this recipe for lemon sugar scrub HERE.

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