DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

February is the month of hearts, love, and flowers, but if you tend to procrastinate in the gift department like me then you’re probably rushing to find the perfect gift for your significant other. Don’t fret, because I have some last minute DIY Valentine’s gifts that your loved ones will fall in love with.

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Valentine’s Day Jar

Step Outin Style!

Mugs Set

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Sweet Treats

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Spa Time

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Love Notes

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Let me know some of your favorite DIY projects in the comments below and don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board for tutorials of the projects listed above.

 

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Rainy Day Fun

There is nothing like snuggling up on the couch to read a good book or binge watch Netflix on a rainy day. The relaxing sound of falling water puts me into full blown do-nothing mode, leading to some of the best naps of my life. Too bad my two year old doesn’t feel the same.

 

I have always made it a priority to ensure my daughter spends plenty of time playing and doing hands-on activities while having small periods for watching TV or using her tablet. Rainy days are perfect times to create fun activities to keep your children entertained and make the best out of those little spring showers.

Here are a few of my favorite activities:

Making Trail Mix

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No Mess Finger Painting

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Creating Homemade Playdough

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Contact Paper Window Art

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Make a Fort

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Spring Cleaning Must Haves

After a long miserable winter spring is finally here and in my household that means it’s time to clean, declutter, and organize. If you are like me having a neat and organized home can help lead to having a neat and organized mind. Getting rid of accumulated dirt, grime, and unwanted materials from your living space can act as a physical representation of removing these same types of things from your spirit. I know for many people cleaning is viewed as a tedious task complete with childhood memories of waking up to old school music and the smell of cleaning materials waiting to steal your weekend. However, with the right tools the messiest house can be cleansed with ease in minimal time.

 

Mrs. Jones Soapbox Products

I have been eyeing this cleaning line for some time and finally decided to try the Mini Combo Kit gift box set. I love that all of her products are made with all-natural products, making them better to use around my baby girl’s things.

 

Chalkboard Labels

My current obsession has to be chalkboard labels. I probably have labeled everything from my kitchen to my daughter’s bedroom. They are easy on the pocket and more stylish than plain old white paper labels.

 

Storage Bins

The items I have found most essential in keeping the house organized are storage bins. They provide a super easy method for keeping things out of the way to avoid cluttering. Home Goods always has really cute and decorative bins to use.

 

Oil Diffuser

Over the last few months I have become a certified essential oil junkie, making our oil diffuser a staple in my household.  At night I place it in my daughter’s room with lavender oil to help calm her before and while she sleeps. During the daytime my go to scents for a clean, energizing smell are a few drop of peppermint and orange essential oils; I add about 3 drops of each to my oil diffuser.

 

Let me know what products you use to get your home squeaky clean for springtime.

 

 

 

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DIY Gifts: Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Hi Loves,

This week I have the opportunity to collaborate with a group of talented bloggers to produce the Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday. The best gifts are those from the heart and made with love, so today I have a chic DIY holiday gift idea for everyone: hot chocolate in a jar. A personal hot chocolate jar has to be one of the simplest and inexpensive gifts to make. It is cute, time-friendly, and you can tailor it to the person receiving the gift.

Supplies Needed

Hot Chocolate Mix

Mason Jar (any size)

Marshmallows

Peppermint Candy (Optional)

 

The basic idea is to create layers in your mason jar using the listed ingredients. Each element could have one or more layers but we have to ensure they’re organized in such a way that the jar can be dumped to create a proper serving of hot coco. Depending on the size of the jar, we are also able to create single or multiple servings while also customizing how much of each ingredient to include.

I hope this early addition to the Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday helps someone out there in need of a quick but caring gift idea. If anyone decides to give this a try I’d love to see the end results, so tag me on Instagram (@beesosimple) or Twitter(@beesosimpleblog). And don’t forget to check out our collaboration host’s blog www.britneydearest.com.

XoXo,

Bee

 

Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday 2015

 

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Hey Loves!

 

This week I am teaming up with 15 amazing bloggers for the 2015 Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday blog hop. Get ready to enjoy a week full of DIY gifts, home décor, family activities, recipes, and holiday fashion. Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy our holiday blog hop.

Remember to check back daily for the links to each post.

 

XoXo,

Bee

 

  

Monday: Holiday Gift Guide & Shopping Tips

Kat of Type 4 Naturals – “Gift Guide”

Danielle of Mamademics – “10 Gifts for the Academic Mom”

Teri of Mommy Wife & Life – “Multicultural Books for Young Avid Readers”

Tuesday: Holiday Family Activities & Traditions

Toya of Mrs. Toya Carter – Traditions

Cynthia of Mrs. Wright Writes – Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Jennifer of  Baby Making Machine – “Here’s to Firsts: My Kids Discovering Snow!

Wednesday: Holiday DIY and/or Home Decor

Sheena of Sophistishe – Christmas Candy Santa Sleighs

Bee of Bee So Simple – DIY Gifts: Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Erin of Live Pretty on a Penny – DIY Beverage Coasters

Britney of Britney Dearest- DIY Deer Head Silhouette Wall Decor

Thursday: Holiday Recipe

Shanna of Ms. Naturally Random – Spiked Holiday Punch

Arnitris of Blessed Be the Tie – Mommy and Me Pecan Pie Tarts

La Dale of Johanna’s Mama

Friday: Holiday Fashion

Diedre Anthony of Are Those Your Kids – Holiday Fashion

Troy Cooke of Thriftanista in the City – How to Rock Your Holiday Thrift Style

SimpleTalk: Happy April

Happy April loves! It been a while since I’ve posted but I’m here with tons of exciting things for the blog. April has to be one of my favorite months of the year. From anniversaries to birthdays, this is a jam packed month for me. One of my personal goals for April is to fulfill a vow to explore my creative side more. I love DIY and home décor projects, not to mention my slight addiction to Pinterest-inspired crafts. For me being creative is relaxing and further helps me create a balance between motherhood, being a wife, and working. When I’m threading the tulle for one of my daughter’s tutus or penning the last few lines of a new poem, it’s like a personal escape to focus solely on me and what I enjoy. So this April, I am challenging my readers to take time to create, enjoy life, explore and live each day to the fullest.

XoXo,

Bee