Stocking Stuffers for Babies & Toddlers

Stumped on what to put in your child’s stocking? I’ve got a great list of stocking stuffers for babies & toddlers to take some of the guess work out of Christmas shopping!

Stocking stuffers for babies & toddlers
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Hey there, friend. Christmas time is here and you may be struggling on what to put in your child’s stocking. So I’ve put together a quick guide of stocking stuffers for babies & toddlers. In full disclosure, some of these may not fit in the actual stocking. These small, inexpensive gifts are some of my families favorites! We personally love all these items, which is why I am suggesting them.

As always, use your best judgement when it comes to age appropriateness. Just because something is marked for a certain age, doesn’t always mean it’s right for your little one. Mamas know best!

Under 6 Months

As a mom I know I always appreciated clothes as gifts because they go through them so quickly and clothes are surprisingly expensive. But I absolutely loved some of the items I’m sharing today.

It seems like when your child starts drooling and teething it seems like it happens before are fully able to grasp items well. That’s where some of these things really come in handy. Some of our favorites were drooling bandana bibs. They have an attached teether on them. This keeps it fairly clean since it isn’t falling on the floor all the time and it’s always handy. Same goes for the munch mitt. This was a favorite by both my boys. Its a mitten that is secured to their hand. They can munch away on it without it dropping to the floor all the time! If you haven’t tried Baltic Amber for teething, I highly recommend it. Amber (genuine) has natural healing properties and it is a great soother for sore gums.

Feeding spoons always come in handy and my boys loved wrist and foot rattles. This made floor play super fun and it was handy even when they were in the stroller. Both my boys were disenchanted with tummy time. I received the water pad / mat as a gift and it turned tummy time around for us. It is a non-messy sensory experience and the water is very soothing to babes.

When your baby is first born their retina isn’t fully developed and therefore their vision is also undeveloped. They see high contrast images better. Thats why high contrast books, like this one are a great choice for newborns and young babies.

6 to 12 Months

With a little one, I always felt like I never had enough bibs and socks. Socks always seem to disappear in the wash and between starting solids and the constant dribble of teething, I felt used bibs like they were going out of fashion!

Six to twelve months is a great time to start introducing spatial reasoning. This is an early math skill. Believe it or not, at six months, children begin to be curious about the relationship of objects’ size, distance, direction, and space. You’ll notice your little will try to stack objects which makes stacking rings, bowls, and cups an awesome toy. They’ll also start trying to fit objects inside another which is a great time to start introducing shape sorters. They’ll need your help with it for a while, but it’s a great time to introduce it. Additionally, babies enjoy feeling things with different textures, which is why sensory balls and toys make a great addition to your play area.

Ages 1 to 2 (12 to 24 months)

At about a year old, your child’s world becomes colorful! You’ll find they are now interested in objects that are bright in color. Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a great book for learning animals, colors, and the noises they make all in one easy board book. My boys learned all their animal sounds with this book by 18 months.

You’ll also notice your little one loves bath time and this is actually another play time for her. This is where bath toys like squirters and stick-on-the wall pipes become super fun. I also used bath time as an opportunity to teach colors. I used color drops (below) and I would put toys that coordinated with that color (e.g. green water, green toys). Finger paints are great for both a sensory experience and learning colors. If you are worried about a mess, take it outside or you can do what I did – we did it in the bathtub! It’s easy to hose them down afterwards and the mess is contained. Palm crayons are awesome for kids of this age that might get frustrated with traditional crayons.

Also, your little one will be very interested in things that make noise like play phones and musical instruments. This is also a great time to read as your babies language is starting to develop at rapid speed. Board books are great at this age because they can’t destroy them.

Ages 2 to 3 (24-36 months)

Congratulations, you have a busy bee who wants to copy everything you do! This is a great age to start introducing play kitchens, household sets, play food, and other pretend toys are always loved items.

Kids love to play outside in the dirt. My son loved having his own little garden tool set where he could play in our garden bed. Kids of this age also are interested in fine motor activities which is an early writing skill. Fishing toys, lacing toys, dot markers, even wooden puzzles are great for this.

This is also a great time to work on the alphabet and counting. All kids are different, but my oldest was able to count to ten and knew his alphabet by 36 months.

Around this time, I started to introduce a rimmed sippy cup to my toddler to help transition him to a normal cup. Also the Munchkin snack catcher is one of favorites! It’s great for holding puffs, goldfish and other toddler snacks without crazy spills. Stuff can still fall out, but it certainly mitigates messes.

Ages 3 to 4

As you start approaching preschool age, fine motor activities will be a forerunner to writing. We loved using fine motor tools in our sensory bins.

Pattern blocks and counters are great teaching tools and it feels like play time to them. These are great for developing early math skills with patterns, shape, and color recognition. This is also a great time for them to start learning their name and a name puzzle is a great fun way to do that before learning to write it. Magnetic writing boards and mess free painting like Water Wow are fun pre-writing activities.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of stocking stuffers for babies & toddlers. Hopefully, it will take some of the headache out of Christmas shopping. Don’t forget to PIN this post for later. Also, be sure to take a look at how to make Christmas special with a Hot Chocolate Bar.

50 Acts of Kindness for the Holidays

50 Acts of Kindness for the Holidays you can do by yourself or as a family to bring the magic of Christmas to the hearts of others.

50 Acts of Kindness for the Holidays
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I try to do acts of kindness throughout the year, but during the holidays I’m especially mindful to do them. As my kids get older, it’s a tradition I love to do with them. I want to instill the habit of doing good in the world.

As a Christian, I believe we are supposed to be a light in a dark world. We should be an ambassador for Christ, showing his love through acts of love, kindness, and mercy. Even if you aren’t a Christian, you can’t deny the affect that kindness has on the world. Whatever the motivation, the holidays seem inspire random acts of kindness.

Choosing What Not To Do

Save Your Judgement

Now before I list some of the things my family does, I want to preface it. Kindness doesn’t have to cost anything. Kindness is as simple as paying someone a compliment or holding the door open for someone. Maybe it is returning someone’s cart or giving someone your place in a long line. Sometimes kindness isn’t what you do, but what you choose NOT to do.

For instance, the next time you see something you disagree with on Facebook, choose to extend mercy by scrolling by instead of hammering someone with your opinion. In fact, one of the places in most desperate need of kindness is social media. Everyone is so quick to judge and condemn others. The world doesn’t need your opinion about everything. Instead, commit to being a peacemaker and withhold your sanctimony. After all, you and me are incredibly flawed. Choose to be kind instead of being “right.”

Forgiveness

Just recently, I’ve seen some horrible acts of unkindness. In one instance, a man at a craft store couldn’t tell where the line started and accidentally cut in front of someone. The woman he cut off, went up the counter and started slamming her fist and screaming at him. The man apologized and explained, but she was unmoved by his apology and continued yelling inches away from his face. The man left broken and shamed.

Another time, I saw an older man come into a parking lot and nearly clipped someone. He parked beside me. The woman he cut off, parked her car directly in front of his, blocking him from getting off and entering the store. She then proceeded to get out of her car and yelled obscenities at him through the window. It was an accident and it’s not like he crashed into her. It was a near miss, but she was determined to draw blood for it.

Things aren’t going to go our way sometimes and when that happens we have a choice. We can respond with kindness or viciousness. Over the years, I’ve learned most people don’t intentionally set off to ruin our day. They’re busy, distracted, or simply make a mistake. Give someone the benefit of the doubt. One way to spread kindness is simply by extending someone forgiveness. Show someone undeserved love. It’s that kind of mercy that inspires others to be kind. It has a ripple effect.

50 Acts of Kindness for the Holidays

  1. Leave a basket of treats to thank mail carriers
  2. Let someone cut in front of you in line at a store
  3. Organize a group to sing carols at a nursing home / retirement community
  4. Offer to babysit a friend’s kids so they can get a date night out
  5. Bring a crossing guard or traffic directing police officer coffee or hot chocolate
  6. Donate canned food to a food drive
  7. Give a stranger a gift card
  8. Donate a toy towards a toy drive like Toys for Tots
  9. Put up Christmas lights for an elderly neighbor
  10. Make a Christmas care package for a far away friend or relative
  11. Let someone know you’re thinking about them with a holiday card.
  12. Give to a charity
  13. Donate pet food at a local pet shelter
  14. Donate blood or plasma (it saves lives)
  15. Volunteer at a shelter
  16. Surprise someone with scratch off lottery ticket
  17. Donate blankets or coats to a shelter
  18. Volunteer at a food bank
  19. Return shopping carts in parking lots during the busy shopping season
  20. Tape coins to a vending machine and treat someone to a snack
  21. Help an elderly person with yard work
  22. Donate change for bell ringers
  23. Give a server a generous tip
  24. Walk a neighbor’s dog
  25. Pay off a school lunch debt
  26. Host a book drive for Operation Paperback
  27. Donate used toys to a battered women’s shelter or orphanage
  28. Pet sit for a family who is out of town for the holidays
  29. Say a prayer for someone
  30. Hide a dollar in the toy section of a dollar store
  31. Drop off treats to a fire or police station
  32. Volunteer at church
  33. Donate your wedding gown to a baby who has died
  34. Gift diapers to a family with an infant
  35. Pay for a strangers meal or coffee
  36. Give someone your parking space
  37. Invite someone with no family to spend Christmas with you
  38. Let someone go ahead of you in traffic
  39. Send a thank you note to a soldier
  40. Hand out gloves and mittens to the homeless
  41. Pay for someone behind you at the drive through window
  42. Babysit for a single mom
  43. Take a homebound or elderly person to church
  44. When you disagree with someone on social media, choose to stay kind instead
  45. Bring in your neighbor’s trash bins
  46. Call an old friend
  47. Do something unexpected for your spouse
  48. Bring in goodies for your co-workers
  49. Pick up trash
  50. Give up your seat

Being kind is fun and it makes you feel good. I hope you enjoy doing 50 Acts of Kindness for the Holidays. PIN this post for later and share on your Facebook wall to get others involved.

Take a look at some of my other Christmas activities in The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Printable Halloween Memory Game

Keep your little one busy and improve their short term memory with this FREE printable Halloween memory game.

We are just a few weeks away from Halloween and today, I’m sharing another FREE printable with you. I love making memory games for my preschooler. It’s a simple game that he has really grown to love.

I love getting my preschooler to do it at the kitchen table while I make dinner. It’s a great boredom buster and I don’t actually have to sit down with him to play.

Benefits of Memory Game

Playing memory games has lots of benefits for your child. Some of those benefits include:

  • Trains short term memory
  • Builds vocabulary
  • Practice problem solving
  • Trains visual memory
  • Improves concentration
  • Improves ability to classify objects based on similarities and differences
  • Practice following directions

To find similarities, your child will look for similarities in size, shape and color. This skill is actually an early math skill. They’ll need this skill to find patterns and sequences in numbers.

Free Printable Halloween Memory Game

How to Use Your Free Printable Halloween Memory Game

  1. Download the file to your computer

  2. Use Adobe Acrobat or other PDF viewing software to open

  3. Open file and print on card stock or paper

    For added durability consider printing on card stock and laminating.

  4. Trim following the lines provided

  5. Mix them up and place them face down in rows

  6. Take turns lifting two at a time until a match is found.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween, friends!

Monster Halloween Gift Tags

Halloween is upon us and I’m sharing these cute monster halloween gift tags, perfect for all your spooktacular gifts and treats.

monster halloween gift tags

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Halloween is here and today I’m sharing a FREE printable! I know how much my readers love the free printables (Thank you for telling me!) and so I’ve made a cute set of Monster Halloween gift tags for you to use. Personally, I love using these on treat bags, but you can use them on basically anything you want.

This year I used them on party goody bags, snack mix treats for school and soap and hand-sanitizer gifts for our teachers. I even put this on a bottle of wine I took to a party! Get creative and use them on any kind of gift-giving you do this Halloween.

monster halloween gift tags

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The monster halloween gift tags are in a pdf file. You’ll need Adobe Acrobat or some other pdf viewing software to use them. Just print them out, trim, hole punch and tie around your gift or treat. I recommend printing them on white card stock paper for best results. Enjoy!

I’d love to see how you use them. If you are on Instagram, be sure to snap a pic and tag me at @my_beautiful_mess_blog

If you’re looking for an awesome treat, you need to try my Monster Munch Snack Mix. It’s so easy to make and the best part is it can be a fun Fall activity to do with your kids. Also if you are looking for other fun Fall things to do, take a look at my Fall Bucket List. It’s a great way to make to celebrate Autumn and make it extra special.

Monster Munch Snack Mix

Peanut butter and chocolate are the showstoppers in this yummy sweet and salty monster munch snack mix perfect for Halloween entertaining!

Monster Munch snack mix

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Happy Halloween, friend! I love Halloween. It’s so much fun even as an adult to decorate the house, dress up and make some spooktacular treats! That’s why I’m sharing one of my favorite Halloween goodies – Monster Munch Snack Mix.

I love making this with the kids and putting it out at our Halloween parties and events. It’s always loved by kids and adults alike and I’m always left with an empty bowl. I also make it and package it in cello bags as a treat for my son’s classmates and teachers at school.

Making Monster Munch Snack Mix

If you have kids, I highly recommend getting them involved. Kids love to help with cooking and since there is no actual cooking involved, this is a really fun activity. All you’re going to do is pour everything in a bowl and toss together. Even your toddler can help with that. I love doing this with our kids as part of our Ultimate Fall Bucket List.

Monster munch snack mix

This recipe calls for a mix of sweet and salty ingredients and really centers around peanut butter and chocolate flavors. It includes both Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s pieces. It also includes Chex Muddy Buddies. I have found that Muddy Buddies can be hard to source at times. Sometimes my store has them and sometimes they don’t. Thank God for Amazon Pantry! I’ve included a link on Amazon in case you can’t find it at your store.

monster munch snack mix

Monster Munch Snack Mix

Ingredients

  • 1 10.5 oz Chex Muddy Buddies
  • 1 14 oz Bugles Corn Chips
  • 1 7 oz Mini Reese's Cup
  • 1 4 oz Reese's Pieces Candy
  • 1 11 oz Candy Corn
  • 1 5 oz Pretzel Mini Twists

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss well.
  • Serve in a bowl or wrap as individual treats.

I hope you enjoyed this Monster Munch Snack Mix. Be sure to check in for the next post for some cute Monster Halloween gift tags. These are super fun for packaging your monster munch snack mix. Also, try another fun fall activity like listening to a Halloween Music Playlist!

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25 Fabulous Fall Finds on Amazon

I’ve done a lot of the hard work for you! Here are 25 Fabulous Fall Finds on Amazon to get you ready for Autumn!

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25 fabulous fall amazon finds

Yay! It’s fall, y’all. I adore Fall. It’s my favorite season and I love to decorate and get into the Fall season. Today, I’m rounding up 25 Fabulous Fall Finds on Amazon. Many of these items I have personally bought myself and others are on my wish list for this year. I’ve done a lot of the hard work for you by putting some of the best items here in one place.

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25 Fabulous Fall Amazon Finds

1. Fall Plaid Blanket Scarf

It wouldn’t’ be Fall without donning the perfect Fall accessory – a plaid Fall scarf. Sweater weather calls for it. This beautiful plaid blanket scarf is just a mere $12.99 and comes in a variety of plaid shades.

2. Fall “Hello Pumpkin” Doormat

There is nothing quite so pretty and inviting as a Fall porch. Make an entrance statement with this cute “Hello, Pumpkin” Door Mat. I love the look of layered doormats particularly with a black buffalo plaid mat underneath.

3. Fall Olive Wreath

If you’re looking for a more natural look, this Olive Wreath is beautiful and classy. I think it pairs really well with a Buffalo Plaid layered door mat. This one has some of the better reviews and retails for $49.99 and is Prime eligible.

4. Rae Dunn Inspired Mug

Rae Dunn without the price? Yes, please. This super cute “Sweater Weather” mug is not eligible for Amazon prime, but its only $8.95 and has FREE shipping. I totally bought one for my sipping my pumpkin lattes this year. You could also use it to decorate a Farmhouse tiered tray.

5. Buffalo Check Table Runner

It wouldn’t be a Fall dining table without a gorgeous black and white buffalo plaid runner. The best part? It’s under $10! They also have it in grey check, orange and black check and even red and black check for Christmas time. My dining table looks adorable with it!

6. Buffalo Plaid Throw Pillows

Yes, more plaid. Can you tell I love it? These cute plaid throw pillows come in variety of sizes from 16×16″ to 26×26″ and a variety of shades including red and black for Christmas. What’s nice is that they come as a pair and they are just $10.99!

7. Pumpkin Patch Pillow Cover Set

If plaid isn’t you’re thing, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. I found this super cute set of Fall Farmhouse Pillow Covers. It’s just the pillow covers (not the inserts) and comes in 18×18″ for just $18.99 for 4 different coordinating covers.

8. Wooden Welcome Porch Sign

I’ve seen this floating all over Pinterest and I love it. It’s a cute wooden “welcome” sign for the porch. Just lean it near the front door. So cute. It would look great with pumpkins and that Hello Pumpkin doormat. Just sayin! It retails for $59.99 which is the same price I’ve seen on Etsy.

9. Fall Burlap Bunting

Seriously, bunting is the quickest way to make anything feel festive. That’s why I love this Fall Burlap Bunting. You can hang it across your mantle, over your dining or entertaining area, even take it outside for Fall entertaining. Just $10.99 and Prime eligible.

10. Galvanized “Gather” Sign

I love my galvanized gather sign. It’s one of the first things you see when you walk through my front door and I’ve received several compliments. The sign measures 23.5×11″ and is $19.99.

11. Double Sided Letter Board

I’m in love with this double sided letter board, y’all! I love having mine up. Every day I put a inspirational quote, mantra or funny saying. It also makes a great prop for photos on Facebook and Instagram. This one has a rustic farmhouse look and comes with some modern calligraphy letters and letters in white and gold. So pretty!

12. Wooden Nesting Crates

These cute Fall nesting crates are great for all kinds of things. Obviously, you can use them for decor around the house and filling with Fall florals and objects. But they also make a great photo prop in Fall photos. Since these are white, you can use them all year round.

13. Resin Thankful & Blessed Pumpkin

How cute is this? I found this beautiful Thankful & Blessed resin pumpkin and I’m totally getting it! I love the beautiful gold modern calligraphy! Just $18 and Prime eligible.

14. Rustic Pillar Candle Holders

I love these rustic wooden pillar candle holders. These are so cute on a coffee table, mantle or even on your dining table. It comes as a set of 3 in varying heights and is $31.63 on Prime.

15. Copper Moscow Mule Mugs

I love my set of copper Moscow Mule mugs. Yes, they’re typically for an amazing Moscow Mule cocktail, but I’ve used them to serve guests all kinds of things like hot chocolate, hot toddies, and warm apple cider. They’re always festive and charming. This comes as a set of 4 and are the classic hammered style.

16. Warm Fairy Lights

About a year ago, I discovered how to decorate with fairy lights and these warm fairy lights are one of my favorites. These are waterproof so you can even use them outdoors for an occasion. I like using them on my mantle and twirling them inside my mercury glass pumpkins. So pretty! This is 33 ft (100 lights).

17. Crocheted Boot Cuffs

One thing I love about Fall? Boots!! And who doesn’t love some cute boot cuffs to go with them? These crocheted boot cuffs come as a set of four in neutral colors – black, grey, cream, and beige. They offer different sets too. Some have button accents, tassels and different crochet patterns. They stretchy so they work with both short and long boots. Adorbs! Just $15.99 for the set of four.

18. Hunter Snow Boots

Speaking of boots – it’s boot season and one of my favorites is Hunter snow boots. These boots are great not just for snow, but for wet weather. They have a rubber sole for slip resistance. I love the classic black, but I have to admit that the Hunter Green version is my favorite!

19. Orange Fall Throw Blanket

The hubby and I love cuddling up by the fire in the fall and having a soft throw blanket is a must. If you need to refresh your throw blankets we love this super soft orange throw blanket which comes in seven different colors.

20. Farmhouse Blanket Ladder

What a cute way to showcase those beautiful Fall throw blankets than with this gorgeous rustic farmhouse blanket ladder. Just lean against the wall with a favorite throw.

21. Buffalo Plaid Apron

One of the things I love about Fall is all the amazing comfort food! So why not look cute making it? I bought this beautiful buffalo plaid apron. Whether you’re entertaining or just want to protect your clothes while you cook or clean, this apron is adorable. It actually comes in seven different plaid colors and it’s just $13 on Prime.

22. Wooden Candle Lantern

Because you can never have enough candles going in the Fall, I discovered this cute neutral colored wooden candle lantern. This makes a great addition to any table or mantle. But this lantern is suitable for both indoor and outdoor decor.

23. Eucalyptus Silk Garland

Eucalyptus is such a versatile botanical. I love using it during the Fall. This pretty eucalyptus silk garland is beautiful on a buffalo plaid or burlap runner. Just add cream pumpkins and candles for an instant elegant Fall tablescape.

24. Burlap Ruffle Placemats

These sweet burlap ruffle placemats almost look like chargers. They are a beautiful addition to a Fall dining table yet versatile enough to use throughout the year. These burlap ruffle placemats come in three different sizes up to 20″

25. Thankful Wooden Pallet Sign

This lovely “Thankful” sign is great to nestle into your Fall decor. It’s roughly 24″ x 7″ and is on solid pine.

That’s it! Those are my favorite top 25 fabulous Fall finds on Amazon. I hope you have a wonderful Fall. Be sure to tune in late November for my favorite Christmas Amazon finds! Until next time.

5 Fall Printables to Help You Decorate

Decorating for Fall just got easier than ever with these 5 Fall printables to help you decorate now available in the My Beautiful Mess Etsy shop.

5 fall printables to help you decorate

I love Fall. It’s actually my favorite season. The crunchy leaves. Warm fires. Pumpkin Spice everything. Yes, please. Decorating for Fall is one of my favorite things. On September 1, I’m ready to throw the decor up. Thankfully, my husband talks some sense into to wait until the end of September!

I love making printables to decorate with. Printables are images that you can print at home and frame yourself. For larger sizes, you can email them to your local print shop (like Office Max) or photo center (Shutterfly, Walgreens, etc). Then you take them home and frame them. You can use them year after year. If something happens to it, you can always print it again. It’s yours to keep forever.

I make and sell lots of printables on my Etsy shop. Today, I’m sharing 5 Fall printables to help you decorate.

Farmhouse Pumpkin Patch

Farmhouse signs are all the rage and I’ve made this cute pumpkin patch sign just for you! I mean who doesn’t love a pumpkin patch sign. When you purchase it, you’ll get it in two sizes – 11×14″ and 16×20.”

Harvest Truck Pumpkin Patch

Here is a different take on the pumpkin patch sign – a good old fashioned pickup truck full of harvest pumpkins! When you purchase this sign you’ll get it in two sizes – 11×14″ and 16×20.”

Pumpkin Patch Printable

Buffalo Plaid Fall Words

These are the things that immediately make me thing of fall. Over the last few years, I’ve fall in love with text signs. So I’ve decided to make this one and now I’m sharing it with you! When you purchase this cute sign you’ll get two 8×10 versions. One in PDF and the other in JEPG.

5 Fall printables to help you decorate

It’s Fall Y’all

Who doesn’t love Buffalo Check? I’ve made this chic Southern style pumpkin sign. I have mine in a distressed wooden sign for a Farmhouse look. When you purchase it on Etsy, you’ll get two files to print in an 8×10″ – one in JPEG format and another in PDF.

It's Fall Y'all Printable

Take Me To The Pumpkin Patch

I love plaid! That’s why I made this cute orange buffalo plaid pumpkin patch sign with lovely watercolor pumpkins in fall colors. This cute printable is available in a landscape 8×10″ size in JPEG format.

Check Out All My Printables

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Fun Holidays to Celebrate With Your Kids

Make the average day special with these wacky, fun holidays to celebrate with your kids.

Fun Holidays to celebrate with your kids

I’m always looking for a reason to celebrate and let’s be honest, celebrating is fun. I love getting my kids into the mix by celebrating fun holidays. I’ll be honest, most have to do with food! But a celebration wouldn’t be complete without food. Am I right?

This is a cute way to make ordinary days special for you and your littles. I’ve included some month long holidays as well as daily ones. Here are fun holidays to celebrate with your kids.

January

Monthly

  • Hot Tea Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Soup Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month

Daily

  • 2 – Buffet Day
  • 2 – Science Fiction Day
  • 4 – Trivia Day
  • 6 – Bean Day
  • 6 – Cuddle Up Day
  • 8 – Bubble Bath Day
  • 9 – Word Nerd Day
  • 12 – Marzipan Day
  • 14 – Organize Your Home Day
  • 14 – Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • 15 – Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 17 – Benjamin Franklin Day
  • 17 – Kids Invention Day
  • 18 – Thesaurus Day
  • 19 – Popcorn Day
  • 22 – Hot Sauce Day
  • 23 – Handwriting Day
  • 23 – National Pie Day
  • 25 – Opposite Day
  • 27 – Chocolate Cake Day
  • 29 – Puzzle Day
  • 30 – Croissant Day
  • 31 – Backwards Day

February

Monthly

  • Black History Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Grapefruit Month

Daily

  • 1 – Bubblegum Day (First Friday of the month)
  • 2 – Groundhog Day
  • 2 – Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
  • 3 – Carrot Cake Day
  • 4 – Thank Your Mail Carrier Day
  • 5 – Chocolate Fondue Day
  • 7 – Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • 9 – National Pizza Day
  • 10 – Umbrella Day
  • 11 – Make a Friend Day
  • 13 – World Radio Day
  • 14 – Ferris wheel Day
  • 14 – Library Lovers Day
  • 17 – Random Act of Kindness Day
  • 19 – Chocolate Mint Day
  • 24 – Tortilla Chip Day
  • 26 – Tell a Fairy Tale Day
  • 27 – International Polar Bear Day
  • 28 – National Chili Day

March

Monthly

  • Red Cross
  • Social Workers Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • Irish American Month
  • National Craft Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Women’s History Month

Daily

  • 1 – Peanut Butter Lovers Day
  • 6 – Dentist’s Day
  • 7 – Alexander Graham Bell Day
  • 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day
  • 12 – Girl Scout’s Day
  • 12 – Plant a Flower Day
  • 14 – Pi Day
  • 14 – National Potato Chip Day
  • 20 – International Earth Day
  • 23 – Puppy Day
  • 25 – Waffle Day
  • 25 – Pecan Day
  • 30 – National Doctors Day
  • 31 – National Crayon Day

April

Monthly

  • National Kite Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • Lawn & Garden Month
  • National Pecan Month

Daily

  • 8 – Zoo Lovers Day
  • 9 – Winston Churchill Day
  • 10 – Siblings Day
  • 11 – Barbershop Quartet Day
  • 12 – Grilled Cheese Day
  • 13 – Scrabble Day
  • 13 – Peach Cobbler Day
  • 14 – Dolphin Day
  • 15 – Haiku Poetry Day
  • 22 – Jelly Bean Day
  • 25 – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
  • 26 – Pretzel Day
  • 27 – Babe Ruth Day

May

Monthly

  • Asian American Month
  • Foster Care Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Salad Month
  • Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Photograph Month

Daily

  • 1 – Batman Day
  • 1 – May Day
  • 1 – Mother Goose Day
  • 2 – Baby Day
  • 3 – No Pants Day
  • 3 – Space Day
  • 4 – Herb Day
  • 4 – Star Wars Day
  • 5 – Cinco De Mayo
  • 6 – National Nurses Day
  • 8 – National School Nurse Day
  • 10 – Clean Up Your Room Day
  • 11 – Astronomy Day
  • 11 – National Train Day
  • 12 – Limerick Day
  • 14 – Dance Like a Chicken Day
  • 15 – Chocolate Chip Day
  • 21 – Talk Like Yoda Day
  • 24 – Scavenger Hunt Day
  • 28 – Hamburger Day
  • 31 – Macaroon Day

June

Monthly

  • Candy Month
  • Aquarium Month
  • Rose Month

Daily

  • 1 – Say Something Nice Day
  • 4 – National Cheese Day
  • 6 – Drive In Movie Day
  • 6 – National Yo-yo Day
  • 7 – National Donut Day
  • 8 – Best Friend Day
  • 9 – Donald Duck Day
  • 10 – Iced Tea Day
  • 11 – Corn on the Cob Day
  • 12 – Red Rose Day
  • 15 – World Juggling Day
  • 18 – International Picnic Day
  • 21- National Selfie Day
  • 22 – Onion Ring Day
  • 23 – National Pink Day
  • 26 – Chocolate Pudding Day
  • 27 – Helen Keller Day
  • 29 – Camera Day

July

Monthly

  • National Blueberry Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month

Daily

  • 1 – International Joke Day
  • 7 – Build a Scarecrow Day
  • 7 – Chocolate Day
  • 9 – Sugar Cookie Day
  • 15 – Gummi Worm Day
  • 20 – Space Exploration Day
  • 21 – Ice Cream Day
  • 21 – Junk Food Day
  • 23 – Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  • 24 – Cousins Day
  • 26 – Uncle & Aunt Day
  • 28 – Milk Chocolate Day
  • 29 – Lasagna Day
  • 30 – National Cheesecake Day
Fun holidays to celebrate with your kids

August

Monthly

  • Family Fun Month
  • National Golf Month
  • National Picnic Month
  • Peach Month

Daily

  • 2 – Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 3 – Watermelon Day
  • 4 – Friendship Day (first Sunday in August)
  • 4 – Sister’s Day
  • 9 – Book Lovers Day
  • 10 – National S’mores Day
  • 11 – Son & Daughters Day
  • 12 – Middle Child Days
  • 13 – Left Handers Day
  • 16 – Tell a Joke Day
  • 17 – Thrift Shop Day
  • 19 – World Photo Day
  • 22 – Be an Angel Day
  • 26 – Dog Appreciation Day
  • 30 – Frankenstein Day

September

Monthly

  • Chicken Month
  • Classical Music Month
  • National Piano Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Little League Month
  • National Sewing Month

Daily

  • 5 – Cheese Pizza Day
  • 6 – Read a Book Day
  • 7 – Salami Day
  • 9 – Teddy Bear Day
  • 11 – Make Your Bed Day
  • 12 – Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • 15 – Make a Hat Day
  • 16 – Guacamole Day
  • 17 – International Country Music Day
  • 17 – Constitution Day
  • 18 – Rice Krispie Treat Day
  • 19 – National Gymnastics Day
  • 19 – International Talk Like a Pirate Day
  • 21 – Miniature Golf Day
  • 21 – International Peace Day
  • 23 – Checkers Day
  • 24 – Punctuation Day
  • 25 – Comic Book Day
  • 26 – Love Note Day
  • 27 – Native American Day
  • 28 – Good Neighbor Day
  • 30 – Hot Mulled Cider Day

October

Monthly

  • Cookie Month
  • Computer Learning Month
  • Seafood Month
  • National Pizza Month

Daily

  • 1 – International Coffee Day
  • 4 – World Smile Day
  • 4 – Taco Day
  • 5 – Card Making Day
  • 5 – Do Something Nice Day
  • 6 – Ocktoberfest
  • 6 – Mad Hatter Day
  • 16 – Dictionary Day
  • 18 – Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • 25 – World Pasta Day
  • 30 – Candy Corn Day
  • 31 – Magic Day

November

Monthly

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • Aviation History Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Daily

  • 1 – Author’s Day
  • 3 – Sandwich Day
  • 4 – King Tut Day
  • 8 – Tongue Twister Day
  • 10 – Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • 11 – Origami Day
  • 13 – World Kindness Day
  • 14 – Pickle Day
  • 16 – Fast Food Day
  • 17 – Homemade Bread Day
  • 23 – National Adoption Day
  • 26 – Cake Day
  • 28 – French Toast Day
  • 29 – Square Dance Day

December

Monthly

  • Bingo Month
  • Write a Friend Month

Daily

  • 1 – Eat a Red Apple Day
  • 2 – Fritters Day
  • 3 – Make a Gift Day
  • 7 – Letter Writing Day
  • 9 – Christmas Card Day
  • 10 – Dewey Decimal System Day
  • 12 – Gingerbread House Day
  • 14 – Monkey Day
  • 17 – Wright Brothers Day
  • 20 – Ugly Sweater Day
  • 24 – Eggnog Day
  • 28 – Card Playing Day

Looking For More Ideas

Are you looking for more fun holidays and ways to celebrate with your kids? Take a look at some of my holiday / seasonal bucket lists.

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Summertime is here. Here is the ultimate summer bucket list full of fun activities to do with your family.

The Ultimate summer bucket list
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Summertime! It’s the season of pool parties, fireworks, and grilling out. Days are longer with sunlight and the evenings are balmy and sultry. Kids are out of school and us parents are scrambling to find things for them to do.

So today, I’m compiling a list of some of my family’s favorite Summer activities – The Ultimate Summer Bucket List.

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Things To Do

We almost always take a small staycation. It’s fun to play tourist in your home town and explore where you live. We also do a summer road trip. This can be to a neighboring city on a weekend or a full trip across the country. Summers are a great time to satisfy your wanderlust.

Here in Texas, we survive summers by living in water as much as possible. This can be in your own backyard, water parks or resorts. But water activities automatically make me enjoy the scorching hot days of summer.

I always consider summer the season of simple pleasures. Sipping tea on a porch in the afternoon, catching fireflies at dusk, watching the fireworks on July 4th. It’s a great time to enjoy the little things in life.

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

  • Go fishing
  • Watch fireworks
  • Eat watermelon
  • Visit a splash pad
  • Plant summer vegetables
  • Go camping
  • BBQ / Grill out
  • Make dye shirts
  • Have a staycation
  • Make popsicles
  • Visit a museum
  • Play softball
  • Sip tea on a porch
  • Ride a rollercoaster
  • Watch a sunset
  • Visit the Zoo
  • Build a sandcastle
  • have a water balloon fight
  • Go hiking
  • Watch a Major League Baseball game.
  • Go for a family bike ride
  • Play with sparklers
  • Collect sea shells
  • Visit a theme park
  • Stargaze
  • Make s’mores
  • Plant a palm tree
  • Sit by a campfire
  • Eat fresh pineapple and coconut
  • Go on a vacation
  • Eat ice cream cones
  • Make & Drink Lemonade
  • Play mini golf
  • Go swimming
  • Visit the beach
  • Catch fireflies
  • Go on a weekend road trip
  • Visit a water park
  • Eat snow cones
  • Play in a sprinkler
  • Go to a picnic
  • Play beach volleyball
  • Watch a summer movie outside
  • Visit an aquarium

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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

I hope you guys have an awesome summer with your spouse and kids. Remember, you only get 18 summers with your kids under your roof. Make each one count.

18 summers

I’d love to hear what you love doing in the Summertime! Also, take a look at my other seasonal bucket lists:

The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List

The Ultimate Spring Bucket List

The Ultimate Fall Bucket List

The Ultimate Spring Bucket List

Butterflies, flowers and Winter melting away. Enjoy Spring this year by doing seasonal related activities by using The Ultimate Spring Bucket List

The Ultimate Spring bucket list

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Ah, primavera! Who doesn’t love Spring? After bleak, winter days the Spring is a welcome visitor. Virgin vegetation, budding flowers, and cool breezy days seem to embody the beauty of Spring. And the baby animals? Seriously, there isn’t a baby animal that isn’t cute.

There is only one thing I dislike about Spring. In Texas, we have Texas Live Oak, an indigenous species of Oak that sheds its leaves in March. So just when you think you’ve cleaned up all the fall and winter leaves, the Oak drops buckets of leaves in your yard. But what makes it really awful is all the yellow pollen it drops. It’s like a slow death by allergies. Aside from that I really enjoy Spring.

Planning Your Bucket List

One thing I love to do is embrace every season. That’s why I’ve previously posted on The Ultimate Fall Bucket List and the Ultimate Christmas Bucket List. Come on, did you really think I wouldn’t also do it for Spring?

Ultimately, your bucket list should reflect you and what you enjoy. I’m always inspired by the newness of Spring. Spring makes me want to clean out my house and get organized. It makes me want to be outside before the summer heat gets here. Frankly, Spring invigorates me to try new things and explore nature. Mostly, it encourages me to be outside.

Ask yourself what inspires you. You may feel differently than I do. That’s okay. Make it your own. However, if you are struggling to find things to add to your list, that’s where I come in to help. Below is a list of Spring-inspired activities.

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The Ultimate Spring Bucket List

  • Buy and plant Tulips
  • Do a Spring Cleaning Challenge
  • Color Easter Eggs
  • Have a picnic
  • Eat al fresco
  • Hunt for 4 Leaf Clovers
  • Bake carrot cake
  • Make an Easter / Spring wreath
  • Have a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt
  • Plan an Easter brunch
  • Bake cupcakes
  • Go for a hike
  • Go bird spotting
  • Make a bird feeder (or put on outside)
  • Visit a park
  • Take wildflower pictures
  • Go to a museum
  • Spot a lady bug
  • Read about the Resurrection in the Bible
  • Take pictures with the Easter Bunny
  • Hang windchimes
  • Do a Spring Craft
  • Go berry picking
  • Host a tea party
  • Make a suncatcher
  • Decorate for Easter
  • Go camping
  • Visit a butterfly exhibit
  • Make a “Happy” music playlist
  • Plant a lemon or lime tree
  • Arrange some flowers
  • Eat some Peeps or Cadbury Eggs

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The Ultimate Spring Bucket List

I hope that gives you a few ideas on how to enjoy Spring! In the comments below, I’d love to hear what you enjoy doing most in the Spring.