Fun on a Budget for Kids 3ish-8ish

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February vacation starts next week. Here are some ideas to keep the kids busy and have fun on a budget.

If your kids are having February vacation next week you’re either excited to have extra time together, or possibly dreading it! Or maybe you’re feeling a little bit of both. Even if you are looking forward to the kids being home, you’re probably not looking forward to the “I’m booorrreddd…” and “There’s nothing to dooooooo….” that often comes with more than a day or two off of school. Here are some suggestions for some things to keep Preschool-2nd grade-ish busy.

YouTube Karaoke

No matter what kind of songs your kids like if you google the name of the song and “lyrics” it will pop up a YouTube video with the song and the lyrics on the screen, that way they can sing along. Of course, this is only for kids who can read, so probably 1st and 2nd graders or older.

My daughter loves doing this even though she can’t read – because she knows all of the words to just about any song that’s on the radio, and this let’s me sing along with her. For even more karaoke fun, you can get karaoke microphones made for kids on Amazon at various price points. I’ll put a couple down below so you can check them out. I actually have the first one, it has bluetooth so you can hook it up to your phone or iPod


Snow Painting

Snow painting is super easy and super fun! Just get a clean squirt bottle of any type – a cleaned out condiment bottle would work, or you can go to the Dollar Tree and have a selection of a few different types. Then just add a few drops of food coloring and water, and go out and paint the snow! Fun, cheap, and will keep them busy until they get too cold.

Make COokies

What’s better than a project that you can eat? Get out the ingredients to make the dough and bake those cookies together. If you’re not the baking type, then you can get some slice and bake cookies and let the kids use cookie cutters and have fun!

I hope that you found this article on having fun with kids on a budget helpful. There’s nothing worse than whiny kids home for a while week! Keep ’em busy! If you need some ideas for pampering yourself after this week is over, check out my article Taking Care of You.

Love, DawnBlogtopus

Taking Care of You

selfcareHave you been taking care of you in this new year? Time to start the year out right and pamper yourself!

It’s 2017 now, it’s time to take some extra-special care of you. If you’ve been taking care of your family, your pets, your house, and everything else, you’re next! It’s hard to care for other people when you don’t take good care of yourself. Pampering yourself doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. Think about what would make you happy if someone gave you a surprise, and do it for yourself!

fun ways that you can take care of you

  • Buy yourself a fun new scarf for the winter season
  • Make a fairy garden, go to the nursery and get some succulent plants
  • Take yourself out for a coffee…or ice cream. Or both!
  • Try a new moisturizer
  • Find 10 things to donate to the thrift store – and buy yourself 1 new thing
  • Window shop at a “fancy” store
  • Get out an assortment of scented candles and take a bubble bath
  • Make yourself a cup of tea and watch the sun rise/set
  • Call (not text!) a friend and have a chat
  • Get yourself some new shampoo and conditioner. I like OGX, it’s sulfate-free!
  • Try a new restaurant for lunch
  • Write a note to your future (or past) self
  • Get a Brazillian hair straightening treatment. It’ll cut your dry time in half. Truth.
  • Try a new color of nail polish
  • Call your sister and talk about your childhood
  • Send a “just cause” card to your BFF in the mail

See how many fun ways there are to take care of yourself and make yourself feel great? And even better, most of the items on this list, except the Brazillian hair straightening treatment, are under $25. Once you get one of those Brazillian hair straightening treatment, though, you’ll be hooked. I get them every 2 months. Hey, you’re worth it! If you need some more ideas for taking care of you, check out my article Time to Relax.

love, dawnblogtopus

Fajiabao Baby Bath Tub Animal Toys Fun Swimming Whale

This is an adorable bathtub whale toy. It actually has two different fun functions to it. You can push the little button at the top of his head and he will squirt water out of his blow hole, or you can pull the tiny whale on a string, and it makes the whale flop his fin around and makes him swim in the bathtub. My baby boy is completely enthralled when I make the whale swim. He is only 8 months old, so he doesn’t really understand what’s going on except that the whale is cool! He loves to play with this whale in the tub. He thinks it’s super fun.

My baby likes this whale toy, so I like this whale toy. It’s fun, affordable, and works exactly like it should work.

I received a discount on this product for my honest review and opinions. Thanks for reading.



Fairy Season Toddler Prewalker Football Lace Up Sneaker (6-12 months)

Fairy Season Toddler Prewalker Football Lace Up Sneaker Breathable PU Leather Trainers Shoes (12-18 months, Blue)

These are really super cute little tiny shoes for little babies that can’t walk yet. I got the ones that are white with blue soccer balls. They are adorable and they look really cute on my baby’s feet. The reason that I’m giving this four stars instead of 5 is it’s really hard to know if the shoes are going to fit your baby or not. I was considering getting a few other pairs of them but I’m just not sure if they will fit my nephew’s or not. I do think that they are super cute though and they look like big boy shoes even though they are perfect for a little babies foot. They are soft soled, and my baby actually really likes to chew on them. They seem like they are comfortable and he doesn’t complain about them by crying so I guess he likes them too.

I received this product at a discount for my honest review and opinions. Thanks for reading.


Crafty Bot 4 White Liquid Chalk Markers Set

This is a really nice chalk marker set. You get so many things in this set that it’s hard to name all of them. You get four white chalk markers, you get an eraser, you get extra nibs, and you get a bunch of different chalkboard stickers. I think that this is a good deal, because you get so many extra things and the price is comprable to other sets.

These chalk markers are the same quality as any other chalk marker that I have ever gotten. They all seem to be pretty much the same no matter which brand or color of markers that I get. They come in a cute little box with a robot on it. If you are getting this as a gift for someone it would be a cute little extra to go along with a chalkboard.

These chalk markers work well you just have to shake them before you use them, and make sure that you press the nib down a few times to get the chalk flowing.

This is a nice set, I would definitely get it again.

I received this product at a discount for my honest review and opinions. Thanks for reading.


Natalie Styx 5 in 1 curling iron wand set with 5 pcs Interchangeable Tourmaline Ceramic Heads

This Natalie Styx 5 in 1 Curling Wand set is really quite nice. It’s a very classy gift set that includes a base with 5 different sizes of wands that you can snap on and off of the base to create different styles and looks for the day. This set also includes a heat glove. The heat glove is very good because it covers the whole hand, is a thin material, but still protects very well against burns and abrasions. You can use this glove on either your right or left hand and it works just as well on either. And finally, you get a travel case that is heat-proof so you can pack away your curling iron as soon as you are done using it. All of these things come in a nice box that could definitely make a great gift for someone, or you can keep the extra barrels in it for storage if you don’t use all of the sizes as often as others.

This Natalie Styx 5 in 1 Curling Wand set can be used on any length of hair. The larger barrel is great for my long hair to create nice beachy waves, and the smaller barrels are nice for using on my daughter who has hair that is a little bit shorter.

My Natalie Styx 5 in 1 Curling Wand heats up in around 3ish minutes, and each of the barrels has a built-in stand that you can use when you are using it on the base so the curling wand isn’t resting directly on your bathroom counter or vanity table.

Finally, Natalie Styx 5 in 1 Curling Wand has preset temperature settings that you can see on the LCD screen, and you can change them if you need more heat in one particular area or another that you might have thicker hair.

All in all this is an excellent curling wand set, it is sturdy and feels like it’s made of higher quality materials than my previous curler. It’s an excellent beauty tool. I like it a lot.

I received this product to test and give my honest review and opinions on. Thanks for reading.


Rose Pacifier Clips for a Girl with BPA Free Silicone Teether

This is a really nice set of two different pacifier clips for a little girl. The Pacifier Clips are pretty much the same except they are different color schemes, 1 is green with white and has a red rose in the middle, and the other is green and darker green and has a white rose in the middle. They are made the same way though they are sturdy and they are a kind of thick silicone rubber so the baby can easily too if they are teething.

My baby is a boy, so I got this pacifier clip set for my best friend who has a little baby girl the same age. The little baby girl likes his pacifier clip holders a lot, she chews on them and they look really cute with her outfits.

This pacifier clip holder works with a lot of different kinds of binkies, my son and his little girlfriend really like the mam and they fit just fine with this pacifier clip holder. kind of binkies and they fit just fine with this pacifier clip holder.

I received this product at a discount for my honest review and opinions. Thanks for reading.


The YogiiiTote | Yoga Mat Tote Sling Carrier w/ Large Side Pocket & Zipper Pocket

I got this yoga bag tote because I recently joined the YMCA and I really wanted to take some of the yoga classes but I didn’t want to use their mats that other people have sweated all over so I decided to get my own mat. And when you have your own mat of course you need a mat carrier. So enter this yoga mat carrier made by Yogiii.

The reason that I am giving this product for stars instead of 5 is the color is kind of awful. The mat is well-made and seems sturdy and seems like it will last for years to come. However, the color that I received is this really yucky kind of dark mustard yellow color and it is really not cute at all. I really wish that I had gotten a different color, I think that the red one or one of the darker ones might be much cuter. This one looked nice on the screen though but in person the color is yucky.

Even though I don’t like the color, I am still going to continue using this bag because it really is made of a good construction and is very handy to bring yoga mat, water bottle, and whatever else you might need to bring with you.

I received this product at a discount for my honest review and opinions. Thanks for reading.


Heavy Duty Shipping Tape, 6 rolls by Heavy Duty Moving

This is a fairly good set of heavy duty packing tape. You get 6 rolls in the set and each roll is 110 yards apiece. The inner core is 2 inches which is important for you to know if you want to attach this to a tape gun. I have a very standard size tape gun and these rolls fit just fine.

This tape is a pretty good quality and it definitely seals my boxes well. The only problem that I have with this team is it is really difficult to get it started. I have to scratch and scratch and scratch with my fingernail to get it started and then it’s kind of hard to keep going. But once I have it attached to the gun everything is fine.

The best part about this tape is that it’s made in the USA. It’s from a company in Tennessee, and it makes me feel happy to buy things that are made in the USA.

This tape is a great deal because you get so many yards for your money.

I received this product at a discount for my honest review and opinions. Thanks for reading.


Stardust Pop Whitening Professional Tooth Stain Remover Polish Paste

This toothpaste is pretty cool. It comes in the little round tubs like at your dentist’s office. I like the fact that it is whitening toothpaste and I also like the fact that it’s purple, just because.

This toothpaste tastes fine, I was kind of hoping that it might have a little bit of a fruity taste because of the color but it is just a standard mint flavored toothpaste which is okay and what most people are probably hoping for.

These little toothpaste pods are perfect for travel. You can open one up and use it for a few days. I seem to be getting about 4 days use out of one pod.

The reason that I am giving this for stars instead of 5 is it is extra gritty. I was expecting a small amount of grittiness due to it being whitening toothpaste, but it is extra gritty. As in, if you don’t rinse a hundred percent then in the morning it will be like you have chunks of sand in your teeth. I thought that I had rinsed a hundred percent but I was wrong. Now when I use this toothpaste at night I use my Waterpik after it just to be sure that I got all of the little grits out of my teeth.

As for Whitening, I feel like it has white in my teeth a shade or so after using the toothpaste for about a week.

I received this product at a discount for my honest review. Thanks for reading.