DIY Dollar Tree $6 Halloween Wreath

INSIDE: How to make a super cheap Halloween door wreath that cost $6 using Halloween supplies from Dollar Tree.

Eery and dreary Halloween decor is just not my game. My kids, at their young ages, already know that I get freaked at their large rubber spiders and bats. Seriously, do they need to make these things so realistic looking?!

So while I am no fan of spooky Halloween fun, I can totally handle cute spiders, friendly bats and googly eyeballs any day. Bring it on [adorable] ghouls!!


There was absolutely no fear when I put together this $6 Halloween wreath. Check out my ghoulish frugal fun…
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DIY Easy Paper Bag Football Snack Bags + Home Tailgating Party Tips

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Host football tailgate party at home with football themed snack bags | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comOne of my favorite memories of dating my husband was attending Saturday football games together. Let me be clear: I had great fun going to all the pregame tailgating parties. Come the actual football game, I would spend more time checking out the crowd, eating my endless pit of popcorn and eyeballing the team’s mascot on the sidelines. Good thing my then boyfriend was smitten enough to overlook my lack of game attention!

Now with a trio of kids and a much busier life, our football days are all about staying home with the game on in the background. However, one can still get into the spirit of fall ball with an easy at-home tailgating party complete with brown paper bag football-themed snack bags and refreshing drinks like Coca-Cola® and COCA-COLA® ZERO SUGAR.


And be sure to check out these 10 Tailgating Tips for a fun-filled Game Day…at home!
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DIY Halloween Witches Cape from Men’s T-Shirt

INSIDE: How to make a Halloween witches cape using a men’s large t-shirt. Easy Halloween kids witch cape costume idea.

Make an easy witches cape for Halloween from men's large t-shirt | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comOf all the holidays, Halloween was never my favorite. I was just not into dressing up and having people looking at me. (Go figure. A wallflower with a blog all these years later!)

This all changed when I had kids. When I realized how much fun it was to dress up a chubby baby in a pumpkin costume with mom and dad posing as farmers, or to pretend to be a gnarly group of pirates. Suddenly, I was all about Halloween!


But, we have a rebel in our midst. My oldest stamped her Converse clad foot down last Halloween and declared the end to her going in theme. So while the rest of us went in a fire(man) theme, she went as a wicked witch….shooting flames out of her homemade broom? I’m reaching to make it work. Brouhaha!
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5 Tips for Visiting Birch Scripps Aquarium + Free Aquarium Printables

INSIDE: 5 tips for visiting Birch Scripps Aquarium in La Jolla, California. Free aquarium printables and activities for kids.

Tips for visiting Birch Scripps Aquarium with kids and aquarium activities for kids | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comFor a desert kid, seeing the ocean (or green grass, snow or any season outside of summer) is a big deal! So when we partook in the mass exodus that Arizonans do each July for the California coast, we spent a fun afternoon at the Birch Scripps Aquarium in beautiful seaside La Jolla.

Little kid, or one that is adulting, there is something really special about seeing the many (read: like 5000) species of colorful fish, giant sea stars and all the fascinatingly weird creatures that call the ocean their home. However, no trip to the aquarium can be complete without a fun activity for the kids, right?!
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Easy DIY Teacher Photo Frame + Teacher Poem Printable

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Handmade teacher appreciation photo frame with printable poem | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

I dropped my kiddos off at school this morning. I did my yoga breathing as I battled the drop-off car line, rambled off my list of daily reminders of “be kind”, “eat your lunch”, “love ya” as the kids jumped out of the car, and took off to have a handful of hours of … quiet.


However, for our awesome school teachers, their day is just starting! Their patience, flexibility, superpower-like abilities to manage 25 kids. Wow!!

Anytime I can gift these special people with any token of appreciation, I’m on it. So I’m excited to collaborate with Windex® brand and Shutterfly® to bring you an easy DIY Teacher Photo Frame + Printable Poem craft. And how I clean up the crafty disaster that inevitably follows!

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Lunch Box Notes for Germ Free Year with Wet Ones®

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Have a germ free school year with Wet Ones wipes and free printable lunch box notes | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

Am I the only one who feels like you repeat the same phrases over (and over again) to your kids? Here are some of my biggies: “Are you buckled up?”, “No touching each other!”, “Did you wash your hands?” And it’s the last one that I must repeat a dozen times each day!


Now I’m not a germaphobe in any way but with three young kids and a busy household, there’s like zero time for anyone to get sick.

So when I send my oldest kiddos off to school, I can only hope they are keeping their hands as germ-free and clean as a 5 and 8 year old can!

I was asked by Wet Ones® Hand Wipes to create some fun ways to get kids to keep their hands clean with brand new Specially Marked Wet Ones® canisters and travel packs.

Keep your eye out for how to win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort™ on these Specially Marked Wet Ones® Hand Wipes products, which are based on two of Universal Orlando Resort’s hit attractions – Shrek 4D and Transformers™: The Ride-3D. Here are some germ-free ways to have a good school year, including how to make a DIY 5-minute back-to-school teacher gift basket…

lunch box notes for healthy school year with Wet Ones® hand wipes

When the doorbell rang the other day with my samples of the new Specially Marked Wet Ones® canister and travel packs, I had a trio of curious and fascinated spectators.

Would hand wipes with familiar characters make them more willing to clean their messy hands? I would think so! With a new school year upon us, I wanted to keep them healthy, happy and learning away at school instead of sniffing and sneezing on my couch! And their teacher too!!

Download free lunch box notes to remind kids to clean hands before eating | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

diy 5-minute back-to-school teacher gift for germ free year

The kids teacher deserves some germ-free good luck to start their school year off right! Put together a back-to-school gift basket. Some items to include:

  • Small plastic bin
  • Specially Marked Wet Ones® Hand Wipes
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Glue sticks
  • Bandages
  • Energy snacks, such as granola bars or trail mix

Attach a fun (and free) printable for a germ-free school year!

Make a back-to-school teacher survival kit with free printable gift card | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com
And that is why I created a series of FREE lunch box notes to remind the kids to clean their hands before they bite into that sandwich or rip open that bag of chips. Since mom can’t be at school, I’m bringing mom to them!

keep hands clean with lunch box notes

 

Free printable lunch box notes for germ-free school year with Wet Ones | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comThese printables are for personal use only.

The kids get a fun and friendly reminder to wipe their hands before they eat lunch and help to minimize the spread of germs. And as a mom, I appreciate that Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes clean up messy hands and kill 99.99% of germs AND are a convenient 2-in-1 way to wipe out dirt and messes when water isn’t available. Win, win, right?!

You can find great savings on Wet Ones® with this Ibotta offer.

Put a reminder for kids to clean hands before eating with free printable germ-free lunch box notes | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

These specially Marked Wet Ones® are available in canister and travel pack sizes (40 ct. and 20 ct.) and are perfect for lunch boxes or mom’s purse.

Put fun germ free lunch box notes in kids school lunches | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

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8 San Diego Safari Park Tips for Kids and Family

INSIDE: 8 tips for visiting the San Diego Safari Park with kids and the family. DIY animal headband craft.

8 ideas for visiting the San Diego Safari Park with family | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comSo, I’m going to gush here. I loved (loved, loved) the San Diego Safari Park. Yes, I sorta felt like I was in a Jurassic Park setting at times with the open plains and rolling hills but being up close and personal with animals often only seen in the pages of National Geographic was well worth the movie-like feel.

With three kids in tow, here are 8 tips for visiting the San Diego Safari Park with the family without wanting to run off into the savanna yourself!
And no zoo trip is complete without a super easy DIY animal headband craft…
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DIY Animal Ear Headbands for Kids

INSIDE: How to make DIY animal ear headbands using felt and embroidery thread. Easy sew craft project for kids.

How to make animal-themed headbands using craft felt | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comAnyone who knows me well knows I love myself a theme! I’m not huge on dressing up (my poor mother and the fits I threw as a child come Halloween) but give me a category to work with and I’m all over it.

So when we had an opportunity to take our trio of monkeys to the San Diego Safari Park this summer, do you think I could just send these super excited children to an animal park without some crafty creation? I think you know the answer to that one!


Learn how we got into the safari spirit with DIY animal ear headband (also good for Halloween, hint hint) which can be done in cheetah-like speed!
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DIY Chalkboard Plate Charger Flower Wreath

INSIDE: DIY chalkboard plate charger door wreath with fabric flowers made from fabric scraps.

Use chalkboard paint to make a writable plate charger wreath | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comThere’s nothing I like more than taking Item A and transforming it into Item B. That’s how I felt about a metal plate charger, inherited from a relative’s house sale, that spent much of its new life sitting in our garage gathering dust.

As often happens for us, once we can no longer squeeze two cars into the garage, we find ourselves doing a weekend purge. And that is how this dusty plate charger was discovered!


With a can of chalkboard paint and a pile of fabric scraps, here’s how I turned a formerly silver plate charger into a writable front door wreath…

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DIY Reusable Chalkboard Sign for First and Last Days of School

INSIDE: How to make a reusable chalkboard sign for the first and last days of school.

Make a DIY reusable chalkboard for first day and last day of school | Dazzle While Frazzled.comHow do you mark the first day of a whole new school year? Or the last day of school before everyone is home…all day for the next two months?!

The morning I sent my little girl off to kindergarten, I cut up a waffle in the shape of a K. One year gone too quickly, I found myself shaping a waffle into a 1. Before I knew it, I was doing my best to form a 2 out of a frozen waffle. (Apparently, having a number shaped waffle has become our First Day of School tradition.)


The school bound child is then told to pose with a DIY reusable chalkboard sign. They balk but I convince them someday their children will want to see these photos. Eye roll. Sigh. Smile. Ten months later, I make them repeat this school milestone photo session on their Last Day of School.

Here’s how to make your own chalkboard school sign to make your own kids pose, smile…and balk at a motherly requests!
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