15 Cute Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

15 Valentine's Day Snacks, Treats and Gift Bag Ideas for Kids - DontMesswithMama.com

Need healthy and wholesome Valentine’s Day snack, gift bag or goodie bag ideas for kids and school parties? Check out these cute Valentine’s Day ideas for kids – including recipes, tutorials and DIY craft ideas. And if you’re staying in for Valentine’s Day, check out these 10 Stay-at-Home Date Night Ideas. 15 Cute Valentine’s Day […]

How to Make Clear Ice – Healthier for You, Fun Experiment with Kids

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My oldest son asked me how to make clear ice. I was bit stumped. First, I thought our ice was clear until I took a closer look. The ice from our automated ice maker in the freezer was cloudy. And then I found out that most ice made in homes are cloudy. Why? Typically, ice […]

8 Ways to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

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By the time I was eight years old, I was cooking bacon and eggs in the kitchen by myself. I burned myself a few times, but ultimately it made me more independent in the kitchen. And I’ll nevr forget my mom trusting me to do it and giving me the space to make mistakes (and […]

Flavored Water with Lemon, Cucumber and Apples

Kid-Made Recipe: Water with Lemon, Cucumber and Apples - Don't Mess with Mama.com

My oldest son was so encouraged about learning how to slice lemons that he came up with his first recipe. I’m so proud. It’s a recipe for flavored water with fresh fruit and vegetables (like our version of the spa water you find at hotels). My kids love flavored water. And to my surprise, not […]

DIY Natural Play Dough

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I love making homemade play dough with my kids. They really enjoy measuring all the ingredients and working with their hands to make the dough. We had some leftover artificial food dye (we stopped using it for baking years ago and just use it for art projects now) so we used a bit of it […]

DIY Terrariums in a Jar Tutorial

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I’ve always loved terrariums. It must the the miniature plants and their arrangement that makes you want to shrink down to ant-size and explore the contained little world. It doesn’t take much to make a terrarium — it can be done with plants found around your garden and jars saved in your house. The only […]

5 Cheap and Free Family Fun Night Ideas

5 Cheap & Free Family Fun Night Ideas #naturalparenting - DontMesswithMama.com

Now that my kids are back in school, I feel a bit wistful of our carefree summer days. We went to the beach, chased butterflies in the backyard, and visited to every park in a 5-mile radius to our house. My kids, on the other hand, love the fall. They like the shorter days and […]

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

sidewalk paint in action

We ran out of sidewalk chalk one day and luckily I remembered I had a pin for sidewalk chalk paint. Gotta love Pinterest. Thanks to Mommy Knows for the recipe. We tried it and it was amazing. So easy to make using ingredients I already had in my house – and way cheaper since Crayola […]

DIY Friendship Bracelet Tutorial


While on our two-month trip in Hawaii, my 7-year-old son and I really got into making friendship bracelets. In fact, I’m still wearing mine and we’ve been back for over a month. I bought a kit from Michael’s, but I admit it was overly complicated for me. But the ONE method I did understand was […]

DIY Craft Ideas for Easter

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Did you know conventional Easter products are loaded with artificial colors and other toxic ingredients? These DIY natural Easter ideas can help.

DIY Dinosaur Fossil Craft

DIY dinosaur crafts in action

I got the idea to do a dinosaur fossil craft when I browsed on Pinterest and saw this homemade holiday ornament craft from Homemade Grits. My kids loved seeing how dinosaur fossils were made. We happened to have a velociraptor and stegosaurus bone toys, but you could use just a regular dinosaur toy to get the […]

How to Recycle Broken Crayons – DIY Recycled Crayons

How to Recycle Broken Crayons - DIY Recycled Crayons #DIY #upcycle - DontMesswithMama.com

We have a ton of broken crayons – I blame the huge coffee can we use to store our crayons. The boys just end up throwing them in. So I separated the whole crayons into a smaller pencil box, and then took all the broken crayons and prepped them for recycling. I’ve been seeing DIY […]