7 San Diego Zoo Tips for the Family

INSIDE: Tips and tricks for visiting the San Diego Zoo with the family and kids.

Tips and Tricks for visiting the San Diego Zoo with the family | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comThere’s nothing like summer vacation with the family, am I right? As Arizonans, the entire state escapes our crazy triple digit heat and goes west to Southern California. It’s hard not to run into a fellow “Zonie” as you tour around San Diego!
With three kids in tow, we filled our vacay with lots of activities, including the amazing San Diego Zoo. Going anywhere with a trio of small kids and a wagon in tow can make anyone want to take off for the jungle!
So here are my top 7 tips for visiting the San Diego Zoo with the family. And an easy DIY zoo-themed water bottle craft to make the trip complete!
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DIY Back-to-School Teacher Survival Kit + Printable Gift Tags

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As a mom, we tend to pack with love. We lug around huge purses packed with on-the-go snacks, bandages, random small toys, and whatever stray crayons we pick off the floors of our often disastrous cars. We pack school lunches for the varied palettes of our picky children and even toss in the occasional lunch box note when we think of it. Moms are like the pack mules of love!

But what about our kids teachers? Here’s how to pack some love into the first day of school with a back-to-school survival kit of school supplies and an assortment of easy, on-the-go snacks like Lance Sandwich Crackers and Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels to give our teachers the energy they need to educate our awesome kids on Day One and beyond…


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DIY Fence-Mounted Outdoor Chalkboard for Kids

INSIDE: How to easily and quickly build an outdoor chalkboard for kids backyard fun. Backyard chalkboard for fence.

Call me old school but I want my kids outside. Ride bikes. Play in the backyard sandbox. Chase each other around the yard or lay on the grass and count every cloud in the sky. Doesn’t matter to me.

So in my attempt to (lovingly) get the kids out of the house, I went on a “treasure” hunt in our garage. There I found random pieces of scrap plywood and in another corner, some yellow rope. Perfect.


 

In about an hour’s time, here’s yet another way to get the kids outta the house…
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How To Make an Outdoor Movie Blanket from a $5 Bed Sheet

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How to make an outdoor movie or picnic blanket from a $5 bedsheet | Dazzle While Frazzled.comMy husband will occasionally surprise us with a “family gift”. I can usually tell he’s up to something because he’s feverishly researchingI find random product numbers written down on scraps of paper, and he gets all mysterious when asked what he’s up to.

So after weeks of acting all sly, he surprised us with a projector for outdoor movies. (He even went so far as to be Mr. Crafty with a DIY movie screen.) Needless to say, his secretive surprise has brought our family together as we sit under the stars  – mom and dad staying summertime “cool” as we share an ice cold Coke – watching the latest kid-friendly movie.


With summer upon us, backyard movie nights will become part of our family’s summertime routine. Here’s how to make an easy outdoor movie night blanket for the kids…
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Fill In The Blank “My Teacher Is Super” Printable

INSIDE: A free downloadable Fill In The Blank “My Teacher Is Super” teacher appreciation printable.

Fill in the blank "My Teacher Is Super" free printable for teacher appreciation gift | Dazzle While Frazzled.comI am not a teacher. I can barely manage my three kids let alone a room of 20-something constantly moving, hand raising, story sharing children. But I have GREAT appreciation for these unbelievably patient men and women who welcome and embrace my kids five days a week.

So whenever our school has their annual Teacher Appreciation Week, I find it the perfect time to let them know how much they are valued and respected…and their patience level admired.


Here’s a super easy fill-in-the-blank  “My Teacher Is Super” printable. Let your kids imagination go wild as they describe the super superhero their teacher is!
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How To Make An Easy DIY Coffee Mug for Mother’s Day

INSIDE: How to make an easy DIY travel coffee mug for Mother’s Day.

My mother is pretty picky about gifts. Love her very much but she’s so hard to buy for! There’s a lot of brainstorming that goes on come those gift-giving times.

However, you give her anything handmade and you’re golden. Now with a trio of kids of my own, I can give them some paper and colored pencils and let them create away for (grand)mom.


So I was pretty relieved to find DIY travel coffee mugs that I could easily make handmade and special for this Mother’s Day. Using paints and some letter stickers from the kids craft stash, I think I made a gift for mom she’ll happily enjoy…
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Home Run! Printable Baseball Tags For Game Day Snacks

INSIDE: Don’t strike out! Free printable baseball tags for kids game day snacks.

I’m in Year Two of being a Baseball Mom. Do I understand all the rules? Not really. Have I called it “rounds” instead of “innings”? Guilty. Will I ever comprehend why they wear white pants when sliding in dirt? Never.

But there I sit, clapping and waving back to my 5 year old who seems to spend a great portion of the game chatting and dancing on the field…instead of, you know, paying attention.


And when you ask the Baseball Player (as he refers to himself as) what his favorite part of the game was, he has one quick answer: the snacks.

Here’s how to easily get all crafty with it for those baseball game day snacks…and fake that you know what the game is all about!
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How to Pick a Family Word of the Year

How to pick a family word of the year | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comThis year we are trying something new. We are going to have a family word of the year. We were given this idea by a good friend of the family, who does this each year at Thanksgiving when her grown children come to town. In their case, they reserve a board room at a restaurant and don’t emerge until they’ve agreed on a focus word for the upcoming year. This year, they selected the word “integrity”.
As much as I love that word, and the idea of sitting around a grand table (with cocktails and finger foods!) deliberating inspirational words and phrases, we are just not there yet with our crew. Nowhere close.
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How To Decorate a Wood Pallet Wall with a Photo Display

INSIDE: How to decorate a wood pallet wall with photos.

DIY Decorate a Pallet Wall with Personal Photos Gallery Wall | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comPallet walls! We all love them. They can work in a kitchen, living room or bedroom. They can work with modern or traditional decor. They are all the rage on the TV design shows and all over Pinterest. Which is why I’m not going to give you yet one more tutorial on how to install a pallet wall. Instead I’m going to show you how we decorated our pallet wall.

If you love the look of a pallet wall as much as we do, hopefully this will spark some inspiration and creativity on what to do with the pallet wall once it’s up.


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Be Thankful! How to Create a Kids Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar

Create a Thanksgiving turkey countdown calendar | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI love Thanksgiving. Do you? I love the food (anyone say pie?!), the simplicity of the holiday and knowing that the next day, I can haul all those Christmas boxes out of storage for a weekend of trying to remember where everything went the year before!

With there being no emphasis on presents, this is a great time of year to teach gratitude to the kiddos. You know, get them to appreciate the load of gifts that’ll be invading your home in a few weeks time.

So as we countdown to Thanksgiving with all its fixins’, creating a countdown calendar may get your family to slow down and appreciate…even for one fast minute. Continue reading