11.04.2021

How to Plan a Block Party to Meet New Neighbors

 Less than one-third of Americans know most of their neighbors. If you’re looking to break that statistic, a block party is a way that you can get involved in your community and meet your new neighbors.

Whether you’ve recently bought a home or you’re just trying to make some new friends, these ideas can help you get started. The hardest part about moving for your kids can be meeting new friends, so these block party ideas can start them off on a positive note.


Use Your Amenities

Take advantage of your surrounding environment for your block party ideas. If you have access to a pool, everyone loves a good pool party! If you have backyard space, games such as tag, freeze dance, and limbo are fun for all ages and require very little planning.


Even if you just have sidewalk or street space to work with, you have plenty of options for block party activities. Grab some sidewalk chalk for doodling or tracing out games like hopscotch and four square. 


If you live on a quieter street, you can even set up a game of kickball. Just be sure to have a couple of adults on the lookout for any approaching traffic.


All these activities require minimal planning, so you can focus on grabbing some snacks and enjoy meeting your neighborhood.


Plan Around Food

Everyone loves a good barbecue. To make sure that no one walks away hungry from your block party, plan a little grilling competition to see which family makes the best burgers.


The kids can sample and judge their favorites, which gets even the little ones who can’t help out with the cooking involved.


Finish off the night with a campfire and s’mores! They’re easy to put together and campfires are always a good bonding experience.


No matter what you plan to do for your block party, download these printables below to get you started. This block party pack includes a welcome sign, game location sign, and name tags so that you’ve got the decor covered.



It’s difficult to adjust to a new neighborhood, especially for kids. After the stressful process of buying a house, now you’ve got to start building a new routine in an unfamiliar neighborhood. 


These tips will help ease you into your new community and relax after you’ve finally finished unpacking all those boxes. These block party ideas will help make those first connections with your new neighbors to build lasting friendships.


9.21.2021

Inspiring Lunchbox Notes to Share With Your Kids This Year

With back to school in full swing, it’s going to be a huge adjustment for most kiddos. After a year of at-home learning, going back to in-person can be exciting, but may also be challenging for some. Many children, and parents at that, have gotten used to this new remote way of doing things. With so much time spent together over the last year, it can be easy to miss them throughout the day now that they’re back in school. 



Because of this, writing sweet lunch notes to your child can let them know you’re thinking of them to add a little pick me up to their school day. The five printables below are the perfect sweet surprise to add to your child’s school bag this year.  

Inspiring Lunchbox Notes

These three lunchbox notes have inspiring messages to send to your child, guaranteed to make them smile. Feel free to color in the images more or add any other messages you see fit. 


Download the inspiring lunchbox notes here

Prompted Lunchbox Notes 

These lunchbox notes include two different prompts you can fill in to send a sweet message to your child. Once you’ve printed them, use the prompts to help you write a personalized message to your kiddo. Let them know why they inspire you and what your favorite things about them are—a sure way to put a smile on their face. 


Download the prompted lunchbox notes here


A simple lunchbox note can really go a long way in making your child’s day. The inspiring messages help boost their self-esteem, while also strengthening the bond you share with them and will continue to share with them throughout their life.


View more lunch box notes here.

9.07.2021

Create a Mug Herb Garden: DIY Crafts For the Whole Family to Enjoy

You can never have too many coffee mugs — until you realize your cupboard is packed to the brim and you find yourself praying they don’t come crashing down every time you open the cabinet door. When it's time to declutter and get organized, find a new purpose for those unused mugs by making a coffee mug herb garden.



This is a great way to repurpose old dishes while keeping fresh herbs in your kitchen ready to be used for delicious meals. Get the kids involved and make it a fun DIY party that they are sure to enjoy! Read on to find out how to make your own mug herb garden and find inspiration for your next project.

Gather All of the Necessities

With a few simple materials, you can create an atmosphere where your herbs will thrive. These simple mug herb garden materials will create long-lasting herbs that you will love all summer:


  • A fun mug

  • Soil

  • River rocks

  • Decorations if you feel like giving the herb some character

Locate a Sunny Spot

When thinking about what spot in your home is best for your herbs, consider a few options before closing in on one space. This area of your home could be your kitchen, a windowsill, or anywhere with proper access to sunlight. 

Popular Herbs to Grow 

While you may not be an expert on growing herbs, there are a ton of easy, fast-growing plants that you can choose from. As long as you have the proper nutrients and a supportive atmosphere, your herbs will be growing in no time. 


Make sure that you choose a mug that will support the growth of the herb. For instance, tall herbs like basil need a deeper mug while bushy herbs like parsley thrive in wider mugs. Here’s a list of some of the more popular herbs to grow indoors:


  • Basil

  • Mint

  • Thyme

  • Cilantro

  • Rosemary

  • Parsely

  • Chives

  • Dill

Pick your Mug

Time to choose your favorite mug that your herbs will be growing inside. This can be an engaging part of the growing process if you choose to purchase a mug or use a mug that has been pushed to the back of your cabinet. It’s all up to you! 


Plant Your Herbs

Add your soil to the mug about half an inch from the top. You will want to make sure that this is evenly distributed throughout the mug to prevent the mug from tipping over. 


Tease the roots of the herbs if you are using baby herbs and add a bit of water after the roots have been planted. River rocks will add a bit of irrigation for excess water. 

Decorate and Label Your Herbs 

With your location chosen and your herbs budding, you can decorate this area or decorate your mug however you choose. You can go crazy with paints or designs on the outside of the mug as long as you do not disrupt the herb. 


Your kids could even take turns coloring the outside of the mug and grow their own herbs to be used in your famous dinner dishes. Use these printable herb labels that you and your kids will love and look forward to growing more plants this summer. 


9.03.2021

Downsizing Checklist: Steps To Staying Organized While Moving

The idea of downsizing can seem like a stressful process at first. Well, you’re in luck because we created a step-by-step guide to help you through the process. 


We have the best tips and tricks to make your move as easy as possible. Our guide even includes a downsizing checklist to help you stay organized along the way.


Downsizing Benefits

Downsizing is increasing in popularity and with good reason. Here are some of the many benefits of downsizing your home.


  • Reduced cost: Downsizing allows you to spend more money on hobbies that you love instead of spending it on higher bills and mortgage payments.

  • Less environmental impact: Downsizing allows you to start using less gas, electricity & water than you did in your larger home.

  • Reduce clutter: Downsizing will force you to declutter and simplify your life for a more stress-free living situation.


Now that you know the benefits, it’s time to go over our best tips for keeping you organized during your downsize.



Take inventory of your belongings

It’s important to take a step back and look at what inventory you have in your current home to gain perspective on what is actually important enough to take with you. Once you take inventory you can start to imagine what will actually fit in your new home.


Measure your furniture

How are you supposed to know what furniture you can bring to your new home if you don’t measure your furniture and new home? Measure all of the items you’re planning on taking to make sure they will even fit in your new space.


Focus on one room at a time

Imagining tackling your entire house all at once can seem like a daunting task, but there are ways to make it feel less daunting. Focusing on one room at a time can help make the entire process more manageable.



6.29.2021

Moving to a New Place: Tips on Who To Call

Everyone knows that when you are moving from one house to the next, there are lots of things to do and people to tell. Whether these people are your old neighbors or government agencies, notifying everyone of your address change is an important part of the moving process. If you are taking the leap and are planning to move in the near future, here is a checklist to help you cover all of your bases, call all of your friends, and reach out to your family.

USPS

Ensuring that your mail will make it to your new address will keep you organized and allow you to receive packages that you are expecting. You don’t want your packages to end up at the wrong house, so establishing the address for your house or new apartment will ensure that they end up on your doorstep. Setting up mail forwarding online will allow you to receive packages for up to a year after your scheduled move.


Banks and financial institutions

Important notices are often delivered through the mail, so you must let your bank and investment companies know that you have a new mailing address. Your credit card companies will also need to know where your new mailing address is in case you need a new credit card and for billing purposes. Change your address online using online banking, or contact a representative at your financial institution.

Insurance

Notifying insurance agencies that you utilize for necessities like health insurance, car coverage, dental insurance, and life insurance are important. This ensures that you won’t have to make changes to any policies especially if you are moving to another state. 

Friends and family

Although your close circle of friends and some family members may know about your upcoming move, they may not know your new address. Send out a quick fun message with your new address so your friends and family know where you are and where they will be visiting you. 


There are tons of transitions that come along with moving to a new place. Following this guide will help you to feel secure in your big move and get excited about what the future holds for you and your family in your new home! Click HERE to print out a scavenger hunt for your kids or HERE to welcome your new neighbors to the street! Happy moving!

5.13.2021

How to Beat Overwhelm and Get Back to Your Goals

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more likely than not that you’ve been dealing with sky-high levels of stress and anxiety. If you’ve managed to keep your anxiety in check, maybe you can relate to feeling a major shortage in your motivation. Whatever you’ve been dealing with this past year, don’t be too hard on yourself—and remember that it’s never too late to dive back into your personal health and wellness goals. 

click on the photo above for a free wellness wheel printable

If the thought of revisiting your pre-pandemic habits and routines makes you want to crawl into bed and hide, don’t worry—you’re not the only one! Luckily, with the right tools you can reduce the overwhelm and make the process far more manageable. 


Similar to how journaling is a helpful tool to gain some control over your self improvement ambitions, visual goal tracking is another method that can help you do the same. Using a visual system to track your wellness goals provides clarity and structure, along with a source of accountability to keep you focused each step of the way. 


To help you get back on the path to a happier, healthier and more balanced lifestyle, these printable wellness habit trackers are a perfect place to start. 


4.27.2021

Yaheetech Computer Mesh Chair Review

When you can’t get enough of sitting in your Tesla or Porsche front seats, get one of these to continue that modern look in your office.



The Tall Back Office Chair is both beautiful and comfortable, featuring leatherette seat and neck cushions for those who are looking for a softer, but still stylish, seating option

 

The frame is made from sleek, ergonomic molded plastic with a tight black finish naturally complimenting the mesh back adding to breathability.  The matching gas adjustment handle underneath allows for height adjustment to suit any desk module.

 

The modern style reinforced plastic base not only looks great, but it’s also pretty strong for the market.

 

Assembly:  Wheels → gas lift → seat → arms. All in just a few minutes! Less time assembling, more time accomplishing important things.



You can check out this office chair and other items to make your life easier HERE.



* This is a sponsored post, all photos and reviews are mine, 

thank you Yaheetech for collaborating with LeroyLime!

4.09.2021

Spread Love and Positivity With Gratitude + Printables

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for something or someone no matter how big or small it might be. It’s a simple concept, but sometimes it’s easy to forget just how fortunate we are. However, even when times are hard, there is always something to be grateful for. 

It could also be something as important as your health or as small as the warm cup of coffee you drank this morning. Whether you're grateful for something that is big or small, acknowledging your gratitude is a form of self-care that sparks positivity within ourselves.


Expressing gratitude to yourself and sharing it with others offers a variety of benefits including improving your self-esteem and your mental health. If you are trying to incorporate more gratitude in your life to show your appreciation, check out some of these simple ways to start today.

Gratitude Journal Worksheet

Gratitude Journal Worksheet


The importance of self-gratitude is often overlooked, as we tend to feel insecure or are constantly putting others needs before our own. However, learning how to practice self-gratitude will not only help you on a journey to self-love and confidence, but it will also inspire you to make necessary changes in your life for a healthier lifestyle.


You can start by being more mindful of the positives in your life whether it be for others, your health or the roof over your head. Journaling is a great way to take an active step toward taking control over your life as well as improving yourself. To help you get started on your journey to a happier and healthier lifestyle, use this gratitude challenge worksheet to take note of the positives in your life.

Send a Gratitude Card to Someone You Appreciate

friendship gratitude card


Another great way to show your gratitude is by surprising people you appreciate with a gratitude card. It’s the perfect quarantine-friendly way to share gratitude, especially since COVID-19 continues to keep loved ones apart. Whether it’s a significant other, a friend or neighbor, sending a simple card full of appreciation and gratitude goes a long way.  Try this printable gratitude card to send to a loved one to let them know you’ll always have their back just like they have yours.


Learning how to practice gratitude not only spreads positivity and love to those around you, but to yourself as well. Whether you want to express gratitude to someone special in your life or are looking for new ways to practice self-care, a gratitude journal worksheet will serve you well.