Travel

Travel Accessories for Your Next Vacay

We’re finally off my friends!  If you follow me on Instagram then you know we are headed to Spain today!!  I know I don’t speak for myself when I say I AM SO READY TO TRAVEL AGAIN!!

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shark cakes

Shark Week Party with Homemade Shark Cupcakes

Guess what?!  It’s SHARK WEEK!!!  Do you guys celebrate it like we do in this house??  Maybe you have a summer themed party coming up?  Or perhaps just a little shark lover at home looking for some shark shaped treats for their upcoming birthday?  Well I got you, Girl!  Or Boy! These shark cupcakes are adorable and are sure to WOW the crowd!  I’ve also included some adorable shark-themed party decorations and favors to help make your bash a hit!

Two things to note before we start:

  1. I am not a Baker. 😂
  2. This is not my recipe, and I just followed the instructions of the New York Times Best Selling Book Hello, Cupcake! 

I say those things for you to know that I am just an average joe trying to make some fun summer cupcakes.  And if I can do it….you can DEFINITELY do it!

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Patio Inspiration

Patio Inspiration & Outdoor Decor

Howdy Ho Friends!  Thought it would be fun to play a little game of THIS or THAT with you guys! So I put together some “mood boards”, if you will, with some patio inspiration to see which styles y’all like better!  Make sure to vote in the comments!  Or, if you follow me on Instagram, you can vote there in my stories too!

Hope you have fun and find some inspiration along the way!

Patio Inspiration Looks 1 & 2

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Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream + Fun Bonus Tie Dye Projects

Summer is in full swing at the Cantu Household and it seems like I’m constantly scouring the internet for fun, hands-on ways to entertain the kids.  This year, for the first time, we created a summer bucket list!  That has definitely helped me in my attempt to keep the boredom at bay!  So this week we’re tackling 2 items on our list: making HOMEMADE ice cream, and completing a tie dye project!  (And thanks to our Walmart+ Membership, I didn’t even have to leave the house to prep for them! 😂) You can probably guess which one was my idea ✌🏼🎨. Oh, and don’t forget, I always share more close ups and details in my Instagram stories so you can head over there for more cray too 😉.

Our summer bucket list

Summer Bucket List


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO Walmart+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND HELPING US create these summertime memories

Homemade Ice cream

Making homemade ice cream has been on my personal bucket list for awhile now…ever since a friend of mine made buttered rum ice cream.  SO GOOD!!  But I knew this was a little project that the kids would love too, so we decided to add it to our Summer Bucket List!

Buuuut…unfortunately, we didn’t have anything we needed to actually MAKE the ice cream, so what did we do?  Logged into our Walmart+ account and ordered alllll the things!  That’s one of my favorite things about our Walmart+ membership….you can get same-day delivery from your local store (for groceries and such, $35 minimum & restrictions apply so just check out the benefits in your area), or you can order your goodies from Walmart.com, get FREE SHIPPING, no order minimum (excludes freight & Marketplace items) and super fast delivery!  It’s the best of both worlds!
Homemade Ice Cream

So that’s what we did! We got our creams, milks, fruits, toppings, etc. delivered and ordered our brand new ice cream maker (this is the one we chose, the reviews are AWESOME) from Walmart.com with FREE shipping.  And then we got to work!

Mix IT UP

By the way, if you’ve ever not your own homemade ice cream because you were afraid of how much work it would be (guilty 🙋🏻‍♀️), rest assured, this contraption does all the heavy lifting for you!  It’s so easy to use!  You just dump in the ingredients, mix it up, and stuff your face!! If you’re looking for a slightly more affordable option, here’s another really cute one!

See!  So easy! (Well, except the one little strawberry pouring mishap 😂).

Serve it up

And because it was so easy, we each made our own favorite flavor and then served it up buffet style!  This little ice cream board is the perfect setup up for a party, get together, or even just movie night!  We had so much fun with this one!

Homemade Ice Cream

And yes…it is ice cream and it does melt so you have to be quick about it! Lol.  I set up my whole board and just left the ice cream out of the bowls until I was ready to serve.  Then you add the ice cream and your guests (or in my case my little minions) can build their own sundae!

Homemade Ice Cream

 

And as you can see, E wasted no time digging in! 😂


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Bucket List Item #2: Tie Die All The Things

I’m not gonna lie, this bucket list item has been something my kids have been asking to do FOREVER….and I’ve been putting off because of the cleanup 😂.  It actually wasn’t bad though!  Just make sure you have a tablecloth and gloves and you’re golden!

My son and daughter both chose to do shoes!  They saw the idea when I shared my Summer Activities for Kids {Educational & All Under $25} post just a few weeks ago.  They loved the idea of being able to design their own shoes! So we ordered some plain white ones through our Walmart+ membership (gotta love that Free Shipping) and went to town! (If you wanna see the video, go check my Instagram stories—you can see the whole process there)



Didn’t they do a great job?!  If you’re wondering how we kept the white parts white….painter’s tape!  Here’s what I mean:
Tie Dye Shoes

Made all the difference!

I will say, some of the dye still leaked below the tape in places but all we did was take a cleaning spray and a paper towel and wipe them clean! Came right off!  I’d suggest doing this while the shoes and dye are still wet though.

We also got some leakage down into the shoe but that didn’t bother any of us at all because you’ll never see that when the kids are wearing them.  If that bother’s you, you may want to add something inside to the show to protect the sole before you get started with the dye.


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Checking Things Off!

Well that’s it!  Two more items crossed off our summer bucket list!

Homemade Ice Cream

We had so much fun with these projects because they were so hands on!  The kids had such a blast and were entertained for ours!

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Walmart+ like I mentioned before!  Our membership has just made life so much easier! I didn’t even have to leave my house to get everything we needed for these projects!!  Plus, I get all my groceries delivered straight to my house (same delivery at that, from my local store!), and I get free shipping on SO MANY items online.  Not to mention the mobile scan & go streamlines the shopping process in-store, and the member fuel prices save us money each week!  Make sure to check out the benefits in your area when you sign up! You WILL NOT regret it!

What’s on your summer bucket list??  If you complete either of these projects make sure to tag me!

Talk soon buddies!

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Summer Tablescape Ideas

Sweet Summer Tablescape

I feel like it’s been a minute since I’ve shared any fun tablescape ideas with you guys!  But as more and more of us are hosting family and friends this summer season, I wanted to make sure we all had plenty of sweet summer tablescape inspo to wow our guests and provide the perfect centerpiece for our gathering.

So….here’s what I came up with!  What do we think?!

Summer Party Ideas

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Playroom Storage Solutions

Super Easy Minimalist Wall Decals

And just like that the small update in the kids’ playroom is COMPLETE!  We added a few super easy minimalist wall decals, moved some furniture and some toys around, and voila!  Big changes on a tiny (and I mean next to nothing) budget!!

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Plants

My Plant Picks from Target

Well hello there plant moms and dads (or maybe soon-to-be plant parents)!  I’m so glad you’re here! My guess is you stopped by because you, like me, love what plants do to brighten up your home and connect you to nature!  Now, while I have been trying my hand the last 2 years or so at real plant care, I’ll be honest, GOOD faux plants can be just as beautiful and a HECKOFALOT less work!

That said, I took a little stroll through Target this morning (shocker I know), and happen to come across the launch of Hilton Carter’s new line in collaboration with Target.  Y’all.  Show stoppers!!!!  They had real and faux plants mixed in together and I couldn’t tell them apart!!! It was AMAZING!!!  I have never seen such real & BEAUTIFUL looking faux plants!!  So naturally, I had to share them with you guys!  I picked up two new live beauties myself, but of course the live plants can’t be purchased online.  Soooo…instead I’ve rounded up my favorite faux picks, as well as one or two gardening accessories that I love! You guys, I saw these plants myself in-person today.  They are BEAUTIFUL and the quality is amazing!!!

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Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activities for Kids {Educational & All Under $25}

BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND for helping get us primed, prepped, and ready for summer!

Well.  It happened.  My baby officially graduated pre-school today and will be heading into elementary school in the fall.  😩😭  I know they have  to grow up, and trust me, I love watching it, but man, I’m gonna miss these years.  **Cue the tears,  bring the tissues, save the children bc right now I’m squeezing them extra tight.**

Summer activities for kids

Okay, now that we got the sappy part over with, I can share the real reason behind this post.

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Decorate my planner

My Planner Organization & Planning Go-To’s

This blog post has been a loooong time coming!  You guys have been asking me FOREVER to share my planner organization faves and I’ve FINALLY had the time to sit down and gather it all together for y’all!  Also, the new Life Planner launched from Erin Condren TODAY and I’m LOVING IT!!!!  Y’all know that is my absolute go-to to keep my life in order (well, somewhat in order 😉)!  I can’t remember things without it, seriously.

Anyway, this new launch gives even more options for personalizing and customizing so y’all be sure to check it out!  I’ll be sharing everything I got from the launch here so you’ll get a sneak peek!

Alright, so enough chit chat, let’s jump right in here!!

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Travel Makeup

Travel Makeup Capsule: Lightening the Load

Alright.  Let’s talk travel makeup.  Who here is guilty of overpacking? 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻  This is a judge-free zone, so it’s okay, you can admit it! In fact, admitting you have a problem is the first step,😉.  I’m kidding of course, but my guess is, you probably consider yourself to be an over-packer as well since you’re here with me!  Well let me tell ya, I used to be TERRIBLE! I mean, it was borderline embarrassing how much I would pack.  So unnecessary; and let’s be honest, when you’re traveling, the lighter the load the easier it is to get around!!

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