Fun and Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Lunch for Kids

A super easy, healthy St. Patrick’s Day lunch for kids that doesn’t require any craftiness or special tools.

A fun St. Patrick's Day lunch for kids that's also fast and easy. No creativity required!

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I get really excited about packing fun holiday-themed lunches for my kids to take to school. I find all sorts of ideas on Pinterest and have the best intentions.

Then I remember that I don’t have the cookie cutters, food-safe markers, or (let’s be honest) the desire to spend a ton of time on school lunches.

I genuinely admire all the fabulous mamas who pack these super creative lunches. But I don’t feel the need to hold myself to that same standard when it doesn’t really bring me joy. So I’m Marie Kondo-ing that biz and getting on with life.

Instead, I came up with a super simple St. Patrick’s Day kids lunch that anyone can make, even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body!

A fun St. Patrick's Day lunch for kids that's also fast and easy. No creativity required!

Whole grain noodles with pesto and chicken are a tasty and filling option for lunch. PLUS pesto is already green! This is also a great non-sandwich option for anyone whose kids are as sick of pb&j as mine are 😉

The rainbow fruit salad was the most complicated part and that’s only because I wanted all the colors to show. Otherwise it’s as simple as cutting up fruit. You could even opt for all green fruit (kiwi, grapes, melon, etc), but I think the rainbow colors are extra fun.

Vanilla Greek yogurt with some green sprinkles could not be easier. I bought a variety pack of sprinkles so you could use this idea for basically any holiday.

A fun St. Patrick's Day lunch for kids that's also fast and easy. No creativity required!

We use the Panino lunch box by Yumbox (you can find it here) and we love it. It’s cute, sturdy, and most importantly, leakproof. Food never leaks into other compartments, which is key if you’re packing something like yogurt or applesauce.

The inner tray is top-rack dishwasher safe and the outer tray is quick to hand wash. My one recommendation is to buy an extra inner tray because it’s kind of a pain to wash by hand. (This isn’t a sponsored post; we just really like the Yumbox.)

So now you’ve got a fun and healthy St. Patrick’s Day lunch for kids that anyone can make. No creativity required!

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21 DIY Halloween Costumes

It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is right around the corner! Every year, I see so many unique DIY Halloween costumes, and a lot don’t require a ton of crafting or sewing skill. My 7yo son is in the superhero/Star Wars/ninja phase that lends itself best to store-bought costumes. My 10yo daughter likes to get a little more creative.

I thought it would be fun to pull together some of my favorite DIY costumes. Unbeknownst to me, my husband bought my son a Black Panther costume, but my daughter is definitely eyeing a few options on this list. Here are some of my fave DIY Halloween costumes this year…

Disco Ball

This is such a cute and fun option for the little one that likes to stand out.


I love that this simple costume is made with items found at the dollar store. Cheap and easy!

Statue of Liberty

If it’s down to the wire and you’re still in need of a costume, this would be a cinch to pull together (and would work for an adult too).


White duct tape makes for a simple DIY costume that can be removed later.

Pokemon – AsH Ketchum

Of all the Pokemon-related costumes, this is one of the simplest I’ve seen. Your kiddo can carry around a Pikachu stuffed animal and call it a day 🙂

Smiley Face/Emoji

This is darling and would be super easy to customize to your preferred emoji facial expression.

Slice of Pizza

A hot glue gun would make this pizza slice a cinch to put together. Your little one could even personalize it with their fave toppings!


I was really pushing for Despicable Me as a family costume idea this year, but I couldn’t get the kids on board. Maybe next year!

Crazy Cat Lady

This cute costume had us all cracking up. The giant rollers are a nice touch!

Wind Sock Man

I think this is such a creative (and easy to DIY) costume. We’ve all seen these guys thrashing around in front of the Jiffy Lube!


If I was still in charge of my kid’s costumes, one of them would for sure be wearing this. So easy to put together and so dang cute!


Is this not the best robot costume?! Granted, it would take more work to make, but it’s so cool that it’s definitely worth a little extra time.

Han Solo

These next three costumes are for the little Star Wars fan in your life. I’m sure Han will be popular this year after the release of “Solo” this summer.


Star Wars definitely knows how to bring the female heroines into the action. Rey is a great character and this costume would be really easy to throw together last minute. There are even instructions for the staff.


Who says droids are boys anyway?! This is a fun spin on BB-8. (Side note: I love her Disney princess skates.)

Minecraft (Creeper, Steve & Zombie)

The Minecraft fan will go crazy over these easy, yet accurate costumes. The biggest challenge would be getting the right sized boxes!

Vending Machine

I must say, this is one of my favorites. It’s just not your typical costume. They were really thinking outside the box (see what I did there #pun intended).

Troll (Princess Poppy)

Trolls is one of my absolute favorite kids’ movies, and this Troll hair is over the top in all the right ways! Obviously you could customize based on your personal Troll preference. The instructions are detailed and the supply list is minimal, both pluses in my book.

Lego Ninjago

I’m a big fan of this semi-homemade lego ninja costume. No need to kill yourself trying to make the lego head when they sell masks, but the rest is pretty impressive DIY. You could replicate this idea with a lot of lego figures (Lego Batman, Emmett, etc.)


Other than the adorable beard and the axe, this is basically just normal clothes, which means your kiddo can wear them again. Maybe you don’t have suspenders just laying around, but they sell them in multiple colors at the party store. The beard definitely makes the costume though!

Lawn Gnome

I couldn’t find the source of this little get-up, but I wanted to include it because it’s so cute. FYI shorts and a white version of that lumberjack beard would make a great boy version. If your sewing skills are a little lacking, you can probably make it work with iron-on tape and a hot glue gun.

DIY Halloween costumes for kids.

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There you have it. Hopefully you’ve got some ideas for your own DIY Halloween costumes now! Which of these is your favorite??

DIY Halloween costumes for kids.

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How to Pack for a Family Vacation

Packing for a vacation can be a challenge, especially if you're packing for young children. Read my tips for easily getting your family packed for a trip.

Welcome to my 14 Days of Organization series where I’m sharing tips, tools, and strategies to help you organize your home, your family, and your personal life!

Yesterday I offered some helpful tips for prepping your house before a trip. Today I’m talking about ways to simplify the process when you pack for a family vacation. Packing for yourself can be enough of a hassle, but it’s a whole new world when you’re packing for kids as well.

*I originally published this post when my kids were much younger. I’ve added some new tips, but I’m focusing on packing with young children because it does require a different mindset. I’d also like to encourage all you mamas of little ones that this process gets a lot easier as they get older so hang in there!

I’m a classic over-packer. I hate the feeling of not having something I need on a trip so I tend to overcompensate a little bit. Fortunately, I’ve tamed it down since having kids so we can actually fit it all in one car.

I’m a big believer in learning from prior experiences so I’ve started taking some extra steps to ease the stress. Packing us up in an orderly way will help to keep things running smoothly during the packing process, as well as the trip itself.

Use a “Don’t Forget” List

As I’m packing for my family, I keep a running list of things I definitely don’t want to leave behind. Travel bed anyone?! As I pack things, I cross them off, but I also do a double check during our final walkthrough.

Pack Ziploc Bags

Having plastic bags on hand can save your butt when you have wet or messy items. Wet swim suits, sandy shoes, or extra dirty clothes from an accident can all be packed in a Ziploc bag for the trip home.

I also use gallon-sized bags to keep things organized. Having a separate baggy for snacks or sunscreen makes it easy to toss in a backpack or beach bag. All the bottle or sippy cup parts can go in another bag. By keeping things separate, they’re less likely to get lost.

Pack basics instead of outfits

By packing mix-and-match basics, you ensure that you have multiple options. For kids, I recommend having a top and a bottom for each day of travel, plus one extra. While you probably won’t wear all the clothes, at least you won’t run out.

Bring special Activities

Grab a few cheap activities and/or books as a special treat for times when the kiddos are bored. Exploring new places is fun, but sometimes kids need a break. Having a few new (but inexpensive) things to do will keep boredom at bay.

This is also really helpful in case of unexpected delays at the airport or to keep kiddos quiet on the plane.

One last tip: remember that unless you’re going to be in the middle of nowhere, you can probably buy anything you forget (except for a favorite lovey – don’t forget that!)

What do you do to make packing easier?

Check out all 14 Days of Organization topics here!

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One Room Challenge Week 7 – Girl’s Bedroom Reveal

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

It’s finally time for the One Room Challenge reveal! I’m so excited to share my daughter’s updated bedroom with you. It has been such fun to get her input and see her excitement when ideas come to life. Working on a girl’s bedroom design was different than other room updates I’ve done. In our kitchen or den, it’s more about my style and making our home work for our family. In my daughter’s room, it’s important that her personality shines through.

The Closet

In my first post about my daughter’s bedroom, I shared that making the most of the large closet was a big priority. The old closet was underused and disorganized. Using an EasyClosets closet system, we were able to create a ton of storage.

I’m still adding a few last minute touches to this room, but overall my daughter is thrilled with her new room. This room redesign has been extra special because I got to see her reaction as it was transformed. The only problem now is that my son wants his room updated 🙂

Be sure to check out the other room reveals from the guest participants! A big thank you to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting another round of the One Room Challenge. It’s always an adventure!

Source List

Paint Color – Clear Aqua by Behr

Curtains –

Comforter –

Sheets – Target

Throw Blanket – Target

Sparkle Throw Pillow – Target

Bookcase – Ikea

Striped Canvas Bin – Target

Aqua Storage Boxes – Ikea

You can find posts from all seven weeks of the One Room Challenge here:

Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Week Six |

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One Room Challenge Week 6 – EasyClosets Installation

One Room Challenge girl's bedroom redesign.

It’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge from Linda at Calling It Home. Normally this would be the week where I share the big reveal, but Linda decided that due to numerous natural disasters affecting participants’ plans, the challenge would be extended by one week.

So next week I’ll be showing pictures of my daughter’s bedroom update. This week is all about our EasyClosets installation.

Storage is one of my top priorities in this girl's bedroom redesign.

Closet Design plan

In my week four post, I shared the before pictures of my daughter’s under-utilized bedroom closet. We were debating between some DIY closet system options, as well as professional installation.

After some deliberation, my husband and I decided that would be the best route. I read about several other blogger’s experiences with installation and decided it was doable for us.

In week four, I showed my initial closet plans that I created using the EasyClosets design tool. Once we decided to go with an EasyClosets system, I tweaked the design a bit and added some extra shelves for shoes.

Storage is one of my top priorities in this girl's bedroom redesign.

It was really exciting (and just a little overwhelming) when the shipment arrived and we took inventory of all the materials.

I’ll be honest that this is one of the most complicated DIY projects that my husband and I have done together. I’d done my research and felt fairly confident we could handle it, but there were a lot of pieces on our living room floor.

The closet was emptied, all the holes were patched, and we were ready for installation.

EasyClosets makes it easy to design and install a closet system that best fits your needs.

EasyClosets Installation

The key to the stability and security of the EasyClosets system is properly installing the steel rail on which the rest of the pieces hang. This was basically the hardest part of the whole project.

We double and triple-checked all of our measurements and the location of the wall studs. Unlike the helpful installation video on the EasyClosets site, our studs were not all 16″ apart. Nevertheless, we managed to get the rail in place.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

Once the steel rail was securely in place, the installation moved a lot faster. The vertical pieces hang from the steel bar and lock together using shelves with special cam screws. As soon as all the cam shelves were in place, we started to see the closet come together.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

Drawer Installation

After the vertical panels and cam shelves were secured, we assembled the drawers. The drawer boxes are pre-built, so we only needed to screw on the drawer pulls and attach the drawer face to the box.

I have to say that the EasyClosets instruction manual is incredibly thorough and easy to understand. We had no trouble following the directions to put the drawers together and install the drawer glides.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

After we installed all the drawers, we cut the rail cover to size to hide the steel rail. This is our least favorite part of the system. The plastic cover feels a little flimsy and tacky, but it does the job of disguising the steel rail, and will be mostly unnoticeable once the closet is filled.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

When it was all said and done, the EasyClosets installation probably took about 4-5 hours. The instruction manual was detailed and easy to read, but I highly recommend watching the installation videos on the EasyClosets site. Sometimes having a visual demonstration was very helpful.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

I’m so happy with the end result. This underused closet is now chock full of storage options. Our experience with the EasyClosets installation process was really positive.

As one blogger put it, it’s an easy closet, not a magic closet. It does take more skill than just pulling it out of the box, but it was a simple enough process that we would definitely use EasyClosets again. *Also I just want to note that this is not a sponsored post. No product was provided, and obviously all opinions are my own.

I’m excited to add the finishing touches to my daughter’s room this week and share the big reveal! Don’t forget to take a look at some of the other guest participants in the ORC here! There are some really talented people sharing some amazing transformations.

Check out all the progress of my daughter’s bedroom update in these past posts:

Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four | Week Five |


The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.

The EasyClosets installation process is completely manageable and results in a customized closet system to fit your needs.
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