Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste - REVIEW

Sunday, July 23, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

My family and I have been making the effort to use more natural and organic products, both in the foods we eat and in the personal care products we use. While cost and availability have been a factor, we try to buy natural and organic when we can.

We recently made the move to trying natural toothpaste. We had been somewhat hesitant in the past to making the switch to natural toothpaste. Other brands that we had tried before either didn't taste good or they just didn't leave our teeth feeling clean or fresh at all.

Thanks to Moms Meet, we were sent several varieties of Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste. The toothpaste offers a different approach to ingredients. It's free from harmful ingredients that are commonly found in other toothpastes, such as fluoride, carrageenan and sodium lauryl sulfate. Instead, Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpastes uses all natural ingredients to help fight plaque, freshen breathe and whiten and brighten teeth.

Exploring D.C. With Urban Adventure Quest

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with USFamilyGuide.com.  I received a free Urban Adventure Quest scavenger hunt in exchange for a review.  No further compensation was provided.  All opinions are my own.

We don't live very far from Washington, D.C. -- it's about a 45 minute drive from our house to downtown D.C. Yet, we hardly ever venture into the city. I think it had been probably over a year since I was last in D.C. 

This past weekend, we had a chance to play tourists and go on a scavenger hunt around Washington, D.C., using Urban Adventure Quest. They offer fun scavenger hunt adventures that you can complete with your family and/or friends.  Guided from any smartphone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. You can play anytime during daylight hours and start when you want and play at your pace. They have 54 Quests to choose from in many major cities.

Celebrate #NationalSunglassesDay on June 27

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I am a licensed, practicing optometrist, employed by Luxottica Group. This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are my own.

I don't post very often about my job. But, as a practicing optometrist, one thing I make sure to discuss with all my patients is the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect eyes from UV exposure. Long term exposure to UV radiation can accelerate the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Annually, The Vision Council hosts National Sunglasses Day on June 27 to remind people to wear sunglasses whenever they're outside. To celebrate, they encourage you to post a #SunglassSelfie of yourself in sunglasses to your favorite social media channel(s) and to include the #NationalSunglassesDay.

Revlon Youth FX - REVIEW

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received free samples from Crowdtap for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

I turn 40 next year, which is such a scary thought! And while I'm fortunate to look younger than I am, I know that it won't last forever. The past few years, I've added more products to my daily skincare routine to try and delay any signs of aging.

I recently had the chance to try the Youth FX system from Revlon. It consists of a primer for your forehead, a primer for your face and neck, a concealer and a foundation.

Urban Adventure Quest - Where The City Is Your Gameboard

Thursday, June 15, 2017

DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with USFamilyGuide.com.  I will receive a free Urban Adventure Quest scavenger hunt in exchange for this post and a future review.  All opinions are my own.

I've lived in the DC area pretty much my whole life.  And yet, there are so many places in the area that I've never been to.  I've always wanted to take the time to just play tourist and explore.  So many people come to DC to visit the monuments and museums and I've probably only seen a handful of them.

I recently discovered a fun way to explore the city.  Urban Adventure Quest gives you a chance to turn your favorite city into a giant game board.  They offer fun scavenger hunt adventures that you can complete with your family and/or friends.  Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Play anytime during daylight hours. Start when you want and play at your pace.

Urban Adventure Quests are available in a variety of popular cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. For a complete list, visit this link.

The Quests have an everyday low price of $49 per team of 2 to 5 people. They also offer Mini-Quests for $30 and discounts for military, school and groups.


 SPECIAL OFFER!

Save 20% and pay only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people! Use Promotion Code: FGBLOG. Sign up online at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com.

We plan on exploring Washington, D.C. It should be a lot of fun!

NCircle Entertainment's Octonauts: Calling All Sharks! DVD - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


DISCLOSURE: As an NCircle Ambassador, I received a free DVD for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

My youngest kids are fans of the Octonauts. They love learning about the different sea creatures featured on the show. The Octonauts rescue a different one in each episode.

ABOUT OCTONAUTS: CALLING ALL SHARKS!


Dive into adventures with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts aboard the Octopod as they come face to face with a trio of pesky Cookiecutter Sharks, look after an injured Lemon Shark and stop a Whitetip Shark who is chasing the Gup-A!



Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream - REVIEW


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

As a member of Moms Meet, I have the opportunity to try and review a variety of natural, organic and eco-friendly products with my friends and family. Recently, we had the chance to try Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream. While we've all had regular Turkey Hill ice cream before, none of us had tried the All Natural version before.

Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream is made with pure and simple ingredients like milk, cream, sugar and natural flavors. There are no artificial colors, artificial flavoring or stabilizers found in Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream. It's available in 20 flavors and retails for about $4.99.

Parragon May Book Buddies Box #BookBuddies - REVIEW

Friday, June 9, 2017


DISCLOSURE: As a member of the Book Buddies program, I received free books from Parragon Books to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.

This is the last week of school. Soon, I'll have four kids here at home that I'll need to keep busy, so they don't get too bored and end up vegging out in front of the TV or playing Minecraft all day. Luckily, our May Book Buddies Box from Parragon Books arrived! The box was filled with fun activity kits and books that should help keep the kids entertained at home or on a road trip.

NCircle's Entertainment's The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Camping DVD - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, June 3, 2017



DISCLOSURE: As an NCircle Ambassador, I received a free DVD for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

We're big fans of Dr. Seuss and The Cat In The Hat books. When my kids were younger, they really enjoyed having the Dr. Seuss books read to them. And even now, my six-year-old son loves to read them himself.

A couple years ago, my kids found The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That show on Netflix. They really liked watching it and also liked the Christmas special they have on Netflix. So, when I showed my kids we could review a Cat In The Hat DVD, they were excited to get it.


Sun Basket - Healthy Organic Meal Delivery - REVIEW

Thursday, June 1, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

I am so not a good cook. On most nights, my husband is the one who makes dinner. I'm just not very good at looking at what we have in the house and then whipping something up. I need a recipe to follow. Depending on the semester, my husband sometimes teaches late, and so on those nights, I'm in charge of dinner. If I'm not ordering out, then I usually look for a recipe that doesn't look too hard and then I go out and buy the ingredients I need.


Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo VoxBox from Influenster - REVIEW

Monday, May 29, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received free products from Influenster for review purposes. My opinions are my own.

As much as I don't want to admit it, I'm going to be turning 40 next year! Scary thought. To keep my skin looking young, I've been doing more in the past couple years to try and slow the aging process.

Last month, I was sent the Lancôme VoxBox from Influenster to try. It included:
  • Visionnaire Crescendo - a dual phase night peel
  • Bienfait UV SPF 50+ - a broad spectrum SPF 50+ super fluid facial sunscreen
  • Matte Shaker - comfort matte high pigment  liquid lipstick



NOW Women's Probiotic 20 Billion - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY - Ends 5/31/17

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Lately, I've been paying more attention to what I eat. My metabolism isn't what it used to be and I can't eat the way I did 15 years ago. In addition to being more mindful of the foods I'm eating, I've begun looking into nutritional supplements to help me look and feel better.

One type of supplement that I had been considering are probiotics. I had begun noticing that my stomach would get upset after eating. I couldn't really pinpoint what it was that was making it upset. It just seemed like everything I ate was making me feel sick. I already have a ton of food allergies and so I was afraid that maybe I was developing a gluten sensitivity, too.

NCircle Entertainment's Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY - Ends 6/1/17

Monday, May 22, 2017


DISCLOSURE: As an NCircle Ambassador, I received a free DVD for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Our family have been fans of the Octonauts, since their debut on the Disney Channel in 2012. My kids love watching all the different rescue missions and learning about all the different sea creatures. Plus, they like singing along to the theme song.

I first learned about the Spider Crab from an Octonauts episode!

ABOUT OCTONAUTS: 12 RESCUE MISSIONS


Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats - above and below the waves!


On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they embark on not one, not two, but TWELVE rescue missions! From attempting to dive deep into the abyssal zone to encountering a school of toothy barracudas to Barnacles seeking guidance from a mysterious sea turtle. It's time to sound the Octo-alert!

Revlon ColorStay Eye Makeup Review

Sunday, May 21, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received free samples from Crowdtap to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

My eye makeup routine is pretty simple. I put concealer under my eyes. I put some eye shadow on. I tightline my top lid and then put a little mascara on. I never really do anything with my brows, other than brush through them and get them threaded every couple weeks.

Recently, I had the chance to try Revlon ColorStay™ 2-in-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner, Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Eye Shadow, Revlon ColorStay™ Brow Pencil, and Revlon Super Length Mascara. Since I've never really done anything to my brows before, I was excited to give it a go.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


We have a goal this year to visit as many national parks as we can. We got a little off track, but managed to visit one on Easter morning. We were going to a lunch at my sister's in Leesburg, VA, so we took a side trip to visit The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run in McLean, VA.


Fintastic Finds At The Georgia Aquarium

Thursday, April 27, 2017



DISCLOSURE: I received discounted admission in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

I love visiting aquariums. I've only been to a handful, including the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD, North Carolina Aquarium in Roanoke Island, Sea World San Diego, Sea World Orlando and the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. But I think my favorite so far has been the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. I had a chance to visit during Spring Break this year and I loved it! There's so much to see and do at the Georgia Aquarium. But, to keep this post from getting too long, I'm just going to talk about my family's favorite things we saw and did.

Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan - REVIEW

Monday, April 24, 2017



DISCLOSURE: I received free products from Crowdtap to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

I tan pretty well. If I spend enough time outside during the summer, I get pretty dark. This was me last summer, hanging out with my buddies, Wilbur and Orville Wright. That was after spending two weeks at the beach.

Tan and chilling with my homies
So, I've never even considered trying a self-tanner before. Yes, I'm more pale in the cooler months, but I actually prefer that over being too tan. Recently, I was sent a sample of Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan. It combines a medium coverage makeup with a gradual self tanner.

NCircle Entertainment's Sonic Underground - Volume 2 DVD Set - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

Sunday, April 23, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received a free DVD from NCircle Entertainment for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

I wasn't familiar with the Sonic Underground series, but I was familiar with the Sonic the Hedgehog character. I used to play Sonic video games when I was growing up. When we received the DVD in the mail, my kids all knew about the show. Apparently, they had seen some episodes on Netflix.

ABOUT SONIC UNDERGROUND - VOLUME 2

Join Sonic (voiced by "Family Matters" Jaleel White), and his siblings, Sonia and Manic, as they fight to be reunited with their long-lost mother, Queen Aleena. In this second and final set of episodes, we return to Dr. Robotnik having his sights set upon Queen Aleena's crown jewel, which glows as it moves closer to her. Sonic, Manic, and Sonia need to recover the jewel before Dr. Robotnik does. They need to do this not only to find their mother but also to protect her from Dr. Robotnik. Will they succeed? When they aren't battling Dr. Robotnik and his henchmen, Sonic and his siblings make time for their rock band, Sonic Underground. With over seven hours of content, this final set is sure to showcase all the best Sonic episodes from the tunes to the great battles. Based on the popular SEGA videogame character, this Sonic the Hedgehog collection is a must-have for all Sonic fans!

Parragon April 2017 Book Buddies Box - Unboxing + Review


DISCLOSURE: As a member of the Book Buddies program, I received free books from Parragon Books to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.

It's definitely Spring. The weather has been oscillating between warm and sunny and cold and rainy. On a recent rainy day, we received a package from Parragon Books that helped brighten the day.

My kids look forward to their Book Buddies Box each month. They love getting new books! This month, our Book Buddies Box included three Disney Princess activity books and a Disney Pixar activity book. My 6-year-old son was excited about the Pixar book. He loves Inside Out and Finding Dory. And, of course, my three-year-old daughter loved all the Princess books.

PACT Organic - Super Soft Organic Cotton Clothing - REVIEW

Thursday, April 20, 2017

DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

I've been trying my best to make sure we eat healthier this year. I've been buying more natural and organic foods and steering away from foods that contain any artificial ingredients, colors, flavors or preservatives. I've also started trying to use more natural hair care and skincare products, as well as natural household cleaning products.

But, one area I haven't really delved into is organic clothing. I've taken a look at some brands, but haven't had the chance to try any of them. A lot of the brands seemed to be more expensive than I was willing to pay. Thanks to Moms Meet, I was introduced to PACT Organic.


Must Sees At LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

Tuesday, April 18, 2017



DISCLOSURE: I received free admission to Legoland Discovery Center in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. No further compensation was provided.

During Spring Break last week, we took a road trip down to Atlanta, Georgia. It was our first time visiting the area. Though we were only there for a couple days, we had a lot of fun checking out some of the things the city had to offer. On our first day, we had a chance to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Out of all the places we visited in Atlanta, it was what my kids enjoyed the most.

NCircle Entertainment's Dino Dan Trek's Adventures: Dino Go Seek DVD Review + Giveaway

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received a free DVD from NCircle Entertainment for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

My six-year-old son loves dinosaurs. He owns several stuffed dinosaurs and other dinosaur toys. He likes reading about dinosaurs and watching TV shows with dinosaurs.

When the Dino Dan DVD arrived in the mail, he was super excited. He wanted to open the package and watch it right away. But, I had to take pictures first!

Waiting, patiently, for Mommy to take her pictures so he can watch his show

Rosy VoxBox from Influenster - REVIEW #RosyVoxBox

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received free products from Influenster to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

I recently received a box of goodies from Influenster. It's been about a year since I was sent a VoxBox, so I was pretty excited to see what I got!


I've received some VoxBoxes in the past that contained a few things that I liked and could use, but there was always one or two items in the box that I just really had no use for. The Rosy VoxBox was different. I could actually use EVERY item that came in the box!

Currituck Beach Lighthouse - Corolla, NC - Outer Banks

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I finally got around to finishing a photo book that I had started last year of our trip to Corolla in the Outer Banks, NC. Looking through all the pictures, I was reminded that I never got around to finish blogging about all the places we visited while we were down there. I did do a little write-up about the Wright Brothers Memorial last year and about the North Carolina Aquarium a couple years ago, though it's changed somewhat since then.

We've been visiting the Outer Banks with my husband's family every year since 2008. But, last summer was the first time we visited with my side of the family. We rented a house in Corolla, which is located in the northern part of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. While we were there, we had a chance to climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.


Lunchtime Made Easy With Luvo Frozen Meals

Thursday, March 16, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

I am not a good cook. At all. My husband does the majority of the cooking in our house. He works Monday through Thursdays and so on those days, it's up to me to figure out what my preschooler and I are eating for lunch.

Sometimes, we'll have leftovers from the previous night's dinner. Sometimes, we eat sandwiches. And hey, sometimes, we go to Chick-Fil-A and eat lunch there! But, now, thanks to Moms Meet, I have a new alternative for lunch!

Introducing, Luvo Frozen Meals! They're quick and easy meals to make that adds variety to my usual lunchtime options. Luvo Frozen Meals combine veggies, protein and whole grains to provide healthy, nutritious meals that also taste good. They contain
  • No high-fructose corn syrup
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No artificial flavorings or colorings
  • No hydrogenated fats
 Plus, they use organic and non-GMO ingredients, whenever possible.

Crochet: Very Hungry Caterpillar Cocoon and Hat

Saturday, March 11, 2017


As winter dies down, I had been looking for other new things to crochet. The other day, I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed and came across a Very Hungry Caterpillar hat and cocoon set. I thought it was so cute! I'm done having babies, but one of my co-workers is expecting a baby this June. I thought it would be the perfect gift! So, I pinned several different patterns and set out to the craft store to find some yarn.

Ideally, I wanted a yarn that had a lot of different colors. As you can see on the book cover above, the caterpillar's body has varying shades of blue and green. I had one yarn in mind that I had worked with before. My one son had gifted me two skeins of Loops & Threads Facets yarn in Capri Blue. It had shades of blue and green and yellow. But, sadly, it's only seasonal and wasn't available.

Though, when I went out to buy yarn, I wasn't even thinking that it wouldn't be available at Michael's. I just knew Michael's wasn't having a sale that week and A.C. Moore was. So, that's where I went. I probably spent 15 minutes in the yarn section, looking for a yarn that would have the same colors. After almost giving up, I spotted a skein of Premier Yarns Puzzle in Cryptic. It's a self-striping yarn with blues and greens. Plus, it's a bulky weight yarn, so I thought it would work up quickly.


Parragon March 2017 Book Buddies Box

Tuesday, March 7, 2017



DISCLOSURE: As a member of the Parragon Book Buddies Program, I receive free books in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be present.


With March being National Reading Month, it's only fitting that we received another Parragon Book Buddies Box last week. My kids love books and they were super excited to see that the latest box was Disney themed!

As usual, my six-year-old couldn't wait to open the package and see what was inside.


National Geographic Kids Books - REVIEW

Sunday, March 5, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

March is National Reading Month. Last week we celebrated Dr. Seuss Week and Read Across America Day. My husband even went in to read "Ten Apples Up On Top" to my preschooler's class and he wore the Dr. Seuss hat I crocheted for him.

In addition to Dr. Seuss books, another series of books that my kids love reading and having read to them are the National Geographic Kids Readers books. They're a series of non-fiction books that contain fun facts, great pictures and little jokes and puns that make learning fun.

Crochet: Dr. Seuss Week "Cat In The Hat" Crochet Hats

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


This week is Dr. Seuss week at my son's elementary school. Each day this week they're supposed to do something related to Dr. Seuss. Yesterday was silly sock day to celebrate "Fox In Socks." Today was Cat In The Hat day. They were told to wear cat hats if they had any.

I thought it would be cool to crochet a Cat In The Hat top hat for my son to wear to school. I did a search on Pinterest and Ravelry. I didn't really want to pay for a pattern and didn't really have time to try and make my own pattern since I started making the hats yesterday afternoon.

I found the "A Cat In My Hat" pattern by Snappy Tots on Ravelry and went with that. I opted not to include the ears and braids.

I started with the Child/Teen/Adult pattern since my son is 6, but it ended up being too big for him. So, I gave that first hat to my husband. He's going to be reading to my preschooler's class this week and I thought it would be cool if he wore it for that. Then, I made the Toddler size hat and that fit my son better.



His teachers liked the hat and my son loved wearing it to school.

Cat In The Hat Crochet Hat

Supplies:
  • I/9 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in red and white
  • Yarn needle
Pattern:
     "A Cat In My Hat" by Snappy Tots

 Affiliate links:

Chick-Fil-A DIY Upcycling Challenge: DIY Musical Shakers #chickfilamomsDIY


DISCLOSURE: As a member of the Chick-Fil-A Moms Panel, I was provided coupons for free soup to facilitate this post. 

My family loves Chick-Fil-A. We eat it at least once a week. Last night, we had the chance to try the Chicken Tortilla Soup from Chick-Fil-A. I normally don't get the soup, but as a member of the Chick-Fil-A Moms, I was given a coupon to try it for free.


The soup was pretty good. It was a little thicker than what I was expecting, but still tasty.

A Visit To Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - Baltimore, MD

Thursday, February 23, 2017


This year, we're on a mission to visit as many national parks as we can. Last month, we visited Fort Washington Park in Fort Washington, MD. This month, we ventured out to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, MD. In the past, I've only associated Fort McHenry with the tunnel that runs under the Baltimore Harbor. I didn't even know there was a park by there with the same name until my husband told me. He had visited as a child and he thought it would be fun to take the kids one day.

We had a chance to go on Presidents' Day. Both my husband and my kids were off that day and admission to participating national parks was free. We chose to visit Fort McHenry since it wasn't too far -- only about an hour away.

February 2017 Daily Goodie Box Unboxing

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


DISCLOSURE: I received a free Daily Goodie Box in order to facilitate this unboxing post. All opinions are my own.

Daily Goodie Box sends out boxes of free samples. It's free to join and all they ask for in return is your opinion on the products they sent.

This was my first box and I was surprised by how many items were in the box. Here's a short video of my unboxing.


Look at everything in the box!


Minions Valentines Box


Happy Valentine's Day!

I wanted to do a quick post about the Valentines Box my kindergartener and I made the other day. This was the first time a teacher asked us to make a box to hold the Valentines the kids would be receiving in class. Usually, my kids either decorated a paper bag or a little box at school.

I went on Pinterest and did a search on Valentine Boxes and when my 6-year-old saw a Minions one, he got excited and immediately said that was what he wanted!  It didn't look too hard and we had most of what we needed already at home.


First, we needed a shoe box. Luckily, we found one in my older daughter's closet that was a good size. I covered the box and its top in yellow cardstock. This part probably took the longest, since I had the cut all the pieces out and glue them onto the box.

Next, I cut out some blue cardstock for the Minion's overalls. I tried to cut somewhat identical pieces for the front and the back of the box. I also cut straps for the sides of the box.


After that, I cut out some white foam circles for his eyes. I used a plastic ring from a Tying Knots game. I traced the inside of the ring on the white foam paper and I used a glittery silver piece of foam for the goggles. I made the iris and pupil with brown and black cardstock. I made the goggle straps with a piece of black foam paper.

The boxes had to have the child's name on the front, so I used some foam letter stickers that I had to put his name on the overalls. I sketched out a mouth for the Valentines to go in and my husband cut it out with an Exacto knife.

I think it came out super cute! I can't wait to see how well it held up in class!