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  • 15 Halloween Crafts For Kids

    I am extra excited about Halloween this year. It’s not usually high on my excitement list, as I am not into dark things– but this year I am bringing some color to Halloween night! Sprinkles and I are not only dressing up like butterflies this year– but we are having a Colors Are Magic porch party for my trick-or-treaters! It’s going to be a blast and  I have some fun ideas up my sleeve, but I thought I would take to Pinterest to see if there were any fun ideas I maybe missing out on. There are some really adorable and clever things out there, so I thought I would put together a little post for any of you who are looking for some Halloween crafts to do with your little pumpkins this week leading up to All Hallows’ Eve.

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  • Homemade Kool-Aid Lipgloss

    Today Sprinkles (my pet unicorn), and I played dress up. I know it may sound stereotypical, but we but love to dress up as princesses. Yes…. tiaras, glitter, dresses…. we love it all. You should see us when we go to Disneyland..it’s pretty insane.

    Well, today we decided that we need to have some pretty princess make-up, but we were out of lipgloss. So, here is a recipe that we came up with to make our lips taste sweet and look like royalty. It is super simple– you should totally give it a try. read more

  • 20 Fun Earth Day Ideas for Kids

    I love our planet… it is seriously amazing. I have always had a “wanderlust bug”. I just love traveling and experiencing all our earth has to offer. It is not only full of oceans, mountains, desserts, rain forests, lakes, rivers, glaciers, volcanos, islands (I could go on)… but is also full of life! There are 7 billion people calling Earth home right now, as well as a plethora of animals, plants, insects, and all sorts of fun things! It is so important that we love and care for our planet so there is something beautiful to pass onto the next generation. Here are some fun ideas I stumbled upon to help you celebrate while you teach your kiddos about our planet this Earth Day.

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  • Adopt A Chick

    **Welcome to Love In Color! Where you help to color your world into a brighter and better place. Here is where I will post Love In Color challenges. These challenges will be fun and creative ideas that you can do with your kids (or by yourself!) to bring smiles, joy, and encouragement to your neighborhood and the rest of your world. Make sure you post your Love In Color challenges on social media (I myself am a Instagram-aholic. It’s a word.) and tag me/hash tag #colorsaremagic #projectloveincolor. I can’t wait to see all the magic you bring and may even repost your photos on my blog. Happy coloring!!**

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    Oh, Easter! I just love you and your fun colors. Also… how cute are bunnies and baby chicks? Answer: VERY. I decided that for this Love In Color project I would do a a chick adoption. It was super simple and was so fun to watch the kids light up while choosing an egg. I thought about hiding the eggs all over the park, but I thought baskets maybe a better plan so parents could help monitor the number of eggs each kiddo got. Sharing is caring! If you would like a fun Easter themed activity to do with your kids this weekend you should totally try this!

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    Here is a little shopping list for ya:

    – Plastic Easter eggs

    – Little toy/craft chicks (I got mine at Michael’s)

    – An Easter basket (I used x2 small)

    – Easter grass (optional)

    – Canvas or poster board

    – Markers

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    Here is what to do:

    1.) Stuff each of your plastic eggs with a little chick.

    2.) Line the bottom of your basket(s) with the Easter grass and arrange your eggs on top.

    3.) Make a sign with a fun message using your canvas or poster board. I used a small canvas. Here is what my sign said:

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    These eggs fell out of the Easter Bunny’s basket! The baby chicks inside need homes. Pick a chick to love and give it a creative name. Instagram a picture of your chick and it’s name with the hashtag #ProjectLoveInColor to be entered to win a fun giveaway! Love, _@colorsaremagic_

    (Obviously, you do not have to do a challenge and giveaways if you don’t want to… I did it for Color Are Magic :)

    4.) Take your Love In Color project and leave it some where in your neighborhood/community. I left this one on a playground before school got out. Sometimes my Love In Color projects are for everyone, but I felt this one would be most appreciated by little humans– kids love a good Easter egg.

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    I hope you are having a beautiful spring (even if it is taking it’s sweet time warming up in a lot of places) and have the best Easter ever! I would love to see your chick adoptions! Make sure to follow me on Instagram and to hashtag #projectloveincolor so I can find you. You never know… there maybe a little prize coming your way. x

  • 25 kids who are already cooler than I am.

    Oh, Pinterest… how I loveth/hateth thee. You are there for me when I need a quick and creative recipe for dinner and you have 1,000’s of DIY ways for me to solve a problem. However… you also show of the many, many, many things in life that I didn’t even know that I wanted until I scrolled through your many boards and pins.

    One of my favorite things to pin is pictures of children’s fashion. Lets be real– everything looks cuter on a baby or a kid. People tell me it is because everything is smaller, and little things are cute. I guess that could be the reason… but I am sure there is something magical thing I am missing. Anyway, here are 25 kids who (seriously) are already cooler than I am:

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  • Melted Rainbow Sun Catchers

    Well, there is a blizzard brewing here in New York City today. Literally. My pet unicorn has come down with a bit of a cold. I personally love blizzards. I love getting all snuggly in my Pj’s and drinking hot tea, watching movies, and painting all day long. But, it’s a little more complicated for unicorns. You see, blizzards cover all the colors outside in a giant layer of white, and although it maybe a beautiful winter wonderland to you and me… to a unicorn it creates an environment to get sick, as unicorns need colors to stay healthy. So, today we decided to make “Melted Rainbow Sun Catchers” to help her get the colors and sunlight that she needs to stay healthy during this snow storm. It’s fun and simple. If you would also like to make your own sun catchers I have left you instructions below.  (If you are making them with your kiddos, make sure you are assisting…there is ironing involved!)

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  • Paid To Play

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    I am a nanny. Yes, I do get paid to play… I am not negating that in the slightest. The playing is definitely one of the greatest perks of my job. Not once have I thought to myself, ”Gee…. I wish I were in a cubicle somewhere instead of pretending I am a fairy princess at this tea party.” I enjoy playing with bubbles, making sand castles at the beach, hugging sticky toddlers covered in strawberry jam sandwiches, and finger painting rainbow animals. I love that stuff. I don’t, however, enjoy it when people (who usually mean well) inform me that I have an easy job and merely play picturesquely all day long. I also do not appreciate it when they say, “Oh, Nickey… are you STILL babysitting?” as if coming alongside a family and helping them raise their children is not a real job, but merely an after school pocket money venture. False!

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  • black mountain

    Sweeping vistas, marching woodlands, tumbling streams and incredible clifftops unfold as you wind your way along 400 miles of mountain roads.
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  • Makapu’u hike

    Just about every time I visit Honolulu, I take a drive over to the southeastern tip of the island of Oahu to enjoy the Makapu’u hike. To get there, if you’re driving from Honolulu read more

  • Storm chase mission 3

    My throat was tight. My breath shallow. My eyes stung from staring hard at the horizon. We were told to look for shadows in the water or for a fin, read more