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.

(pictures via pinterest)

Valentine’s Day Jar

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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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MommyMode: Raising a Strong Daughter

“She’s sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.”

 

The quote above describes my daughter to a T. She loves to learn, expresses herself using creative outlets, and is completely fearless when it comes to jumping off of everything she sees. In a few days my daughter Brielle will be four years old, and while I’m still processing this fact, I am extremely proud of the kid she’s become so far. From the day I was told that there was a little queen growing inside of me, I knew I wanted to raise her to be strong. With this new wave of black pride sweeping across our culture, I am more confident than ever that even after she leaves the nest, my daughter will continue to flourish as self-confident black woman.

 

I’m still learning tips and trick along the way but here are a few of my favorites I’ve rounded up so far:

 

Let her create her own identity:

As parents we often have an idea of what we want our kids to be like; from sports to clothing we low-key always want some input. But around the time Brielle turned 3 we decided as parents to start letting her pick out her clothes or choose what activities she would like to participate in to help her build her own identity. There are still situation where we step in to make executive decisions(because wearing Jordan flip flops in 10 degree weather is not going to happen), but for the most part we give her space to be herself.

Surround her with positive examples:

My daughter made me a better person, so everyday I try to be a positive example for her in return. I also make it a goal to surround her with positive images with her books, clothing and tv shows, making sure she sees people that looks like her in a positive light. Representation Matters.

Raise a free thinker:

I want Brielle to always be a free thinker. It’s easy to get boxed in to society’s norms and feel the need to do what is expected of you.  I’m raising my daughter to make her own choices,  ask questions, give her opinion, and do things HER way.

 

 

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ChalkOla Review

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All my life I have been a doodler. Writing or sketching has always helped me keep focus on whatever task I’m trying to complete. So when I was contacted by ChalkOla to review their chalk markers I could not pass up the offer. The inner neat freak in me couldn’t wait to try the markers on my various chalkboard labels while my educator side was excited to have my students use them during our PBL project.

Here is a little information about ChalkOla markers:

All ChalkOla products are water based and non-toxic. Great to use with the kiddos.

The markers work on any non-porous surface: chalkboard, dry erase boards, plastic and glass.

Clean up is very simple using a cleaning wipe or damp cloth.

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I have always wanted to try chalk markers, so the day my package came I was like a kid in candy store. I received an 8 Count of Jumbo Neon Markers and a 16 Count of Chalk Pens and Metallic Markers. I honestly loved using the markers; the colors came off bright and vibrant and they were as easy to use as normal markers. Due to the high density of the chalk ink it does take a minute to get the markers working initially, but after that using them is a breeze. We tried using it on various surfaces (chalkboard, dry erase board, glass mirror and chalkboard labels) and the markers performed equally well across them all. I will say that the neon colors looked really good against the black background of the chalkboard and chalkboard labels.

My favorite aspect was the easy and straightforward clean up, especially after using them with a 3 year old. I simply used either a Clorox or baby wipe to clean the ink from any of the various test surfaces even after it had completely dried. Another nice attribute I noticed is that after cleaning the ink from a surface and letting it dry there was no residue like you may have with normal or dry erase markers. This means you don’t have to worry about having weird hues appear in your creations after erasing an old image from your drawing surface.Untitled design

If you’re interested in purchasing these products you can get them on Amazon with the links below. Also the amazing people over at ChalkOla have offered my readers a 15% flat discount on all ChalkOla Products.

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Website: chalkola.com

Since my family enjoyed using the markers so much I want to give one of my readers the chance to win a 16 Count of Markers. Enter your email and name in comment section and make sure to follow @Beesosimple and @chalkolachalkmarker on Instagram!

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MommyMode: Terrific 2’s

Houston, we have a problem: Our household has entered the “terrific” 2’s stage. My little Bri-Monster turned two this past January and since then life has been a roller coaster of ups and downs.

I have been blessed to have this little person come into my life and make every day magical. Watching my daughter grow into an opinionated and loving little girl makes my heart smile. She is quick to say “No” to any food other than chicken or gummy snacks, but always ready to give a big hug or ask “Okay?” if I cough or sneeze.  Each day she learns something new to say or do; As of right now we have mastered counting to 3, saying her name, and identifying every animal in her animal books.

 

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However with good days also comes bad days resulting in true terrible two’s moments.  For instance, two-year-olds have crazy mood swings and there have been times when my daughter will throw a fit because she didn’t want to take her jacket off but three minutes later she is perfectly fine and asking for juice. Changes like this have caused me to learn some much needed patience, while incorporating cool down periods to give her time to calm herself have drastically reduced meltdowns.

 

Along with Bri entering her terrific 2’s I have also gone through changes as a mom. She talks non-stop, follows directions, and has an opinion about everything but it still took a while to accept that my baby is not a baby anymore.

 

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She’s growing up too fast 😥

 

Once I came to this realization I began creating small routines that have allowed her to feel like an independent big kid.  As an educator, I know how essential routines are for the growth and development of my students, so it was a no-brainer that I’d do the same for my child. We have routines for going to the potty, taking off her jacket/shoes, brushing her teeth, and going to bed at night. So if anyone is having trouble taming a toddler please consider adding more routines to your life.  

 

Like any parent, I want my daughter to continue to flourish as an individual while creating memorable moments. We are doing pretty good making it through the 2’s stage and I’m excited to see what in store for year 3.

 

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MommyMode: Easy Pepperoni Rolls

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Quick and easy are my favorite words when it comes to cooking, so today I wanted to share one of my go to delicious snacks with everyone. Pepperoni rolls were an absolute childhood favorite of mine, so I came up with a way to create my own yummy pepperoni rolls in under 15 minutes. My recipe below will help save you time while keeping your family full.

Quick & Easy Pepperoni Rolls

2 cans of Crescent rolls (Pillsbury Honey & Butter are my favorite)

2 bags of Pepperoni

1 Large bag of Mozzarella Cheese

Step 1: Open crescent rolls and section into triangles

Step 2: Sprinkle cheese and place pepperoni on each triangle and roll into crescent roll shape.

Step 3: Place pepperoni rolls on a baking sheet and follow baking direction time on crescent roll container.

Step 4: Let cool and Enjoy!

Remember to have fun and try adding various fillings to your crescent rolls for new tastes. I’d love to see your results by tagging your Instagram pictures with #beesosimple.

XoXo,

Bee