New Home Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Moving to a new home, no matter how close or far away, can put a strain on the entire family. And while studies have shown that children 6 and under adapt the best to moving homes in comparison with older children, there are still steps parents should take when moving homes to make sure their children are as comfortable as possible. 

new home scavenger hunt FREE PRINTABLES for kids

Over at The Zebra, they have put together expert tips for parents to follow before, during and after the move to keep communication open within the family and focus on the excitement a new home can bring rather than anxiety that can occur during the moving process. They also created new home scavenger hunts to help kids of all ages get more comfortable in their new home.

By following these tips while moving, putting the children's questions first, playing games in the new home and establishing new family rituals, parents can be set up for a successful transition into their new life. Of course, no home is complete without new home insurance, so make sure to get the best quote possible to protect the home your family will create brand new memories in for years to come.


30 Waterfalls to Chase on Your Summer Road Trip

Summer is in the air and we are all itching to take some time off to relax, recharge, and refresh. We all want to make our time off from work the best and get the most out of it! If you are searching for that wanderlust feeling, look no further. CarRentals has created a guide on 30 waterfalls to chase this summer while road tripping across the United States. This guide details falls from each region around the US, while also giving information on which falls require a hike or fee, allow swimming, and even the type of falls to expect! Start planning your trip today, happy waterfall chasing!

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Southwest Region Waterfalls

Did you know there are numerous tall waterfalls in the Southwest? Most tower over 50 feet, giving your neck a stretch while looking up. Nambe falls in New Mexico stands at 100 feet, and people will even climb a thin strip of rock to be able to stand almost directly under the flowing stream! The South is also known for some amazingly delicious BBQ, which will hit the spot after a long waterfall hike. When traveling to waterfalls around the Southwest region, be careful of spiky cacti and snakes.

Southwest Region Waterfalls - Summer Road Trip - www.carrentals.com

What to Expect:
  • Hot summer:
    • You’ll need to pack lots of water and sunscreen to make sure you don’t overheat or burn. We also highly advise bringing cool clothing and a hat.
  • Dessert surroundings:
    • Watch your step! There are plenty of spiky cactus plants and snakes, which can all be avoided by staying on designated trails. As an allergy warning, there’s lots of dust which could potentially trigger your symptoms.  
Fun Fact: When swimming in the Hamilton Pool Falls, you can swim underneath the 50-foot waterfall because of the cave the falls rushes over.

When traveling from falls to falls, make sure to pack accordingly (water, sunscreen, and proper shoes) and double check the weather that day to make sure you are all prepared. Have a wonderful, refreshing trip chasing waterfalls!


Teacher Gift Ideas

If y'all forgot last week was teacher appreciation week, have no fear...
there's always the end of the year! 

Teacher Gift Ideas - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

I'm constantly looking for gift ideas...when I find a good deal, I pick items up, stash them in my gift bin and then pull it all together as needed. PickYourPlum is a great site to find personalized, one of a kind items, such as the mouse pads & stamp. Etsy is also another go-to site and you can find super cute ideas on Pinterest. Let's not forget Target, which isn't in Germany, yet, boo.

Here are a few ideas to thank your children's teachers for helping grow your kiddos throughout the year.


"Just BEEcause"

Bee themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Bee themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Bee themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

I found the bee towel on clearance and ran with the bee theme, adding honey & a box of tea. And who doesn't love bees? Your gifts don't need to cost crazy amounts of money. You can put a little bit of effort and a lot of love in your gifts and really, that's what counts.


"You're just the sweetest"

Apple themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Apple themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Apple themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

A personalized apple mouse pad, paired with a small notepad for writing genius thoughts & writing utensils. I didn't have any plain gift bags, so covered the store writing with stamped images.


"You're so AWESOME"

Cactus themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Cactus themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

Cactus themed Teacher Gift Idea - Teacher Appreciation - leroylime.com

A floral personalized mouse pad paired nicely with this sweet cactus stamp set I had on hand. I switched up the color of the twine & washi tape to coordinate and made over the bag as well. The personalized stamp was a great find on Pick Your Plum. 


 The little touches, like gift tags or cards really make a difference and my kids LOVE handing over the gifts to their teachers. Again, it's the thought that counts, not how much it cost you. 
Just have fun with it! 

Check out my other Teacher Gift Ideas HERE

Happy gifting!!


6 Bucket Lists to Help You Live Your Best Life

Have you ever tried making a bucket list? While they might seem cliche, bucket lists are actually a great way to map out your life goals and become motivated to achieve them. Regardless of whether or not you actually check everything off, you’ll learn a lot about what’s important to you — and hopefully have some amazing experiences along the way.

6 bucket lists to help you live your best life - FREE Printable - LeroyLime

If you’re a fellow lover of traveling, I urge you to create a travel bucket list. Write down all of the destinations that you know you’ll want to see in your lifetime, and little by little, start making them happen! Not sure where to start? These printable bucket lists offer some great inspiration. I’ve included the traveling one below. Happy bucket listing!


Valentine’s Day Coupons for Kids

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show the little ones in your life how much you care. From Valentine’s Day crafts to special V-Day outings, the holiday is the perfect time to spend quality time with your kiddos.

Valentine's Day Coupons for Kids

This February 14th, show your mini-mes how much they mean to you with these adorable love coupons for kids from Wikibuy. These coupons are designed around encouraging quality family time, making them a gift they’ll love to get and you’ll love to give! From family game night to a one-on-one lunch date, these coupons will make your child light up. There are even fill-in-the-blank coupons, so you can really tailor the gift around their favorite activities.

Putting together the coupon booklet is easy. Simply download the coupons, print them out
(we recommend cardstock!) and bind them together using a hole punch and ribbon.
These coupons make the perfect gift from mom and dad, or can encourage time with
grandma and grandpa. There are 15 kids coupons in all, so there’s a lot of love to go
around. As a bonus, Wikibuy has also created 30 V-Day coupons for adults—so
you can cross Valentine’s Day shopping off your list. Happy gifting!


Skiing in Alpbach, Austria

Alpbach is a small quaint village where everybody knows everybody and you feel at home right away. You'll meet many Alpbach ski pals who come back year after year. There's quite a big crowd that flys in from London so English is heard throughout the small mountain villages and on the slopes. A great place to hire a ski instructor to either teach the newbies or brush up on your ski skills. The local watering hole, Post Alm, boasts a cozy atmosphere, tasty food and neverending drinks to whisk away any pain your may have incurred skiing that day. Don't skip the Schnapps at the end of the night, you'll thank me in the morning.

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

We ventured to Alpbach the first time in 2018, January 11-15th. We stayed 4 nights at the newly refurbished Ferienwohnung Neubau, which is centrally located in the middle of town, above a ski shop and directly across from a pizzeria. 4 nights for 983€ - The apartment boasted beds for 6 and a well thought out kitchen, dining and living room area. There is also a ski and boot room in the building, so your boots can dry and be nice and cozy for slipping into them the next morning. The walk to the bus stop is conveniently located a block away. There is a large wrap around balcony, which I'm sure is a wonderful spot to enjoy coffee and breakfast in the summer months, while soaking in the beautiful mountainside views.

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

Our latest trip to Alpbach was just last month, January 17-21, 2019. We booked the Ferienwohnung Marlene, which gave us a completely new view of Alpbach since it is nestled up on the mountainside instead of in the center of town. A brisk 10 min walk on a snowy path through the fields and you are in town but it's not for the faint of heart! Our little apartment slept 6, with 2 bedrooms and a pull out couch. Although it wasn't as nice as the first place we stayed, it suited our family well and the price was worth it at 435€ for 4 nights. There wasn't a boot/ski room but this time, we rented two ski lockers at Inneralpbach, costing 38€ for 3 days. The first day is always the hardest getting everyone's gear in the right place but after that the mornings are much easier to get everyone bundled up and boots buckled before hitting the slopes. 

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

My husband and I purchased our own boots this season but we have yet to decide on skis, so have been renting them, wherever we go. 2 ski and pole rentals in Alpbach were 86€ for 3 days from Conny's Sport. They are located right below our favorite watering hole, Post Alm. 

There is free parking at Inneralpbach but I'd suggest going early or during the week if you want a good spot. Lift tickets for 5 of us came out to 482€ for 3 days on the slopes. 7 and under ski free, so our youngest just had to duck under the bar every time she rode the lifts or chairs. 

There is a great ski school, Bobo's Kinder-Club, that our two youngest attended in 2018, our kids still fondly talk about the "Bobo the Penguin" school. They were 4 & 7 when they attended last year and it was the perfect fit for both of them and also gave Mom and Dad a bit of a break to enjoy the slopes without any extra worry. 

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

Our first time in Alpbach, I had a wonderful private 2 hour lesson with a 77 year old instructor, David. He asked me what I wanted to learn and I quickly responded, "how to stop!". With a big grin on his face, he said, "well, that's what you'll learn today then"...to book your own group or private lessons, check out the Schi Schule Alpbach, you won't be disappointed! 

The perfect place to take your family and enjoy a weekend or week away nestled in the cozy hug of the Tyrol mountainside.  I hope you love it as much as we do! 

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime

Skiing in Alpbach, Austria by Dawn B. LeroyLime


Money Management for Kids

It’s never a bad idea to introduce your child to the concept of money, as the younger that you instill basic concepts like saving and the value of work and managing their finances the more you can ensure lifelong financial success and stability.

There are a few important things to remember when it comes to teaching your children. It’s a good idea to start with the basics, like recognizing each coin and their value. Focus on teaching your young child how to recognize coin and bill denominations, and the basics of purchasing.

To help your child understand the concept of earning money, give them an allowance for the chores they complete and keep track of what they earn on a sheet of paper. But don’t forget to teach them about how to save and decide on what to purchase with this money. The most important financial lesson they can learn will be to prioritize their purchases and practice patience.

Check out these printables created by Self Lender to help you teach your child the skills they need for financial success. The printable money games like the “coin game” will make it simple to teach your children about coin denominations and making purchases.


DIY Your Own Doormat With These 11 Free Printables

When you invite somebody over to your house the first thing they usually see is your doormat. It’s the welcoming sign to anyone dropping off packages or the neighbor who stops by to borrow some sugar. That’s why I’ll never understand why so many doormats are, well, boring! 

Stores sell the same old doormats so it’s hard to find one that truly reflects your personality. Lucky for you, it’s not difficult to make one yourself! It’s a great opportunity to show off your personality and reflect your personal style. 

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

Wondering where to begin? This tutorial from Simply Self Storage is a step-by-step guide to making your own doormat. It includes detailed instructions with visuals, as well as my favorite part: 11 printables to use as stencils. There are so many options to choose from, from the basic “Live Laugh Love,” to the more playful “The Password is Guacamole.” 

Once you choose your stencil and gather all of your materials you will need to cut out the stencil. Now, this can be tricky. Those not experienced with an exacto knife might want to pick the larger, blockier designs first. 

When cutting, you’ll want to cut through the stencil AND the tape, but avoid cutting through your mat. This isn’t too difficult but does take some finesse. The straight lines will be easier to cut out than cursive designs, so plan accordingly. 

Below, I’ve included a list of materials and basic instructions for making your own DIY doormat. Follow these steps and soon you’ll your very own custom piece of outdoor art. Happy creating! 

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

Materials You Will Need: 
Blank coir mat (standard outdoor mat) 
Outdoor acrylic paint 
Foam paint brushes 
Exacto knife 
Painter’s Tape 
And a downloaded stencil! 

1. Choose Your Design and Print it Out

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

2. Tape Your Mat Securely

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

3. Arrange the Stencil on Your Mat

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

4. CAREFULLY Cut Out Your Design

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

5. Paint Several Coats

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

6. Let Dry and Reveal Your Design

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils

7. Enjoy Your Doormat!

DIY your own Doormat using these 11 FREE Printable Stencils