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?!

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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 Zoo Animal Water Bottles for Kids

INSIDE: How to make zoo animal water bottles for kids…without a machine. DIY zoo-theme water bottle labels.

Kid water bottles when visiting a zoo made without a vinyl cutting machine | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comGoing to the zoo –  especially a world-class one like the San Diego Zoo – is beyond fun for the kids. Those “kids” also include mom and dad. It’s an educationally interesting, all-day activity where you will indeed log many footsteps on your tracker!

Now as a mom of three little kids, I often feel like I’m living in my own wild animal habitat! So what is more fitting when taking my trio of wild and active monkeys to the zoo then to outfit them with animal-themed water bottles?


Learn how we got into the zoo spirit with DIY water bottle labels…without a fancy machine…that can be done in cheetah-like speed!
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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 Superhero Boys Bed with Wood Superhero Emblem

Inside: How to turn a Craigslist twin bed into a DIY superhero boys bed with spray paint and DIY wood superhero emblem.

DIY Superhero Boys Bed | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comHave you ever noticed that home projects seem to take on their own life? We recently installed new flooring in our kids bedrooms. Yay! Check the box on that long overdue home To Do. However, the act of moving furniture out of rooms quickly led to several furniture updating projects dotting our backyard landscape.

One such project was completely redoing our 5-year old’s Craigslist bed frame to better fit into his superhero themed bedroom. With all the bed frame pieces laying on old sheets across the backyard, this is how we turned a plain wood bed frame into a DIY superhero boys bed. This is project is also part of a Thrift Store Challenge. Scroll down to the end of this post to see other Thrift Store upcycles by some 30 bloggers…
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DIY: How to Make Rolled Fabric Flowers From Fabric Remnants

DIY Rolled Fabric Flowers | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI’m a sucker for several things. I’ll take anything with polka dots. I am not beyond wearing something with a bow. And I love to add fabric flowers to dress something up. I wonder what that says about me?!

Case in point, an upcycled DIY sweater winter wreath I created. Sure it looked fine on its own. But it may look even better with, you guessed it, a handful of fabric flowers!

Today I’m sharing with you how to create simple DIY rolled fabric flowers using fabric remnants. Let’s learn…
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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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