Family Valentine’s Party | Halcyon | Alpharetta, GA | 02/12/2022

This was my first visit to Halcyon, and I now wish I lived in Alpharetta so that I could attend practically every event they do.

Parking was considerably easier than anticipated. A parking garage is located across the street from the event site. There was plenty of parking space available. We arrived on the fourth floor and headed down the stairwell. Taking the elevator was also an option. It was also convenient that they had a couple of people directing traffic there. Oh, and PARKING IS FREE!

We followed the crowd as they led us towards the busy party area. A lovely lady greeted us and handed us some adorable event brochures shown above. I wish there was also a map included.

We decided to start with Mickey and Minnie, who were posing for photos from 12:30 until 2:30pm. The line was long, but it moved quickly. It was good that there was a lady assisting you with snapping shots with your own phone.

It was also wonderful that while I was holding our place in line, my brother took my baby to play in the sandbox, which was packed of kids and grownups having a good time.

He also had the opportunity to play in the ball arena, which was quite dangerous. Children can be rough, and they were kicking balls in the faces of children by accident, and some would purposely kick them out of the area, hitting people standing in line nearby.

At one time, I was smacked in the face while standing outside watching my child.

On the back of the pamphlet, there was a list of shops in the vicinity that were running offers.

We stopped by Holmes Slice, a pizza restaurant, to purchase a box of pizza baked from scratch and cooked in a wood-burning oven.

I appreciated how they asked for my phone number so they could text me when the pizza was ready.

The wait was only approximately 10 to 15 minutes long. The pizza was delicious! There was only one slice left in the box when we finished.

On-site, there was a FREE photo booth, which was fantastic!

Both inside and outside of the small trailer, there was a setup. We began by capturing shots with our mobile phones on the setup outside. We were assisted by a lovely lady in line. Then we were ushered inside, where a worker snapped photos of us with our own devices before we gazed into the box to pose for photos as the timer counted down, just like a standard photo booth.

On our way to the puppy play area, we stopped by “It’s A Sweet Life’s” cart for some chocolate coated oreos and red velvet cake.

I can say one thing about this event: there were dogs EVERYWHERE. That day, around one-third of the population was made up of dogs, haha. They were all nice to see too.

The event was enjoyable. I’d love to return to Halcyon whenever possible! There’s so much we haven’t done, so many shops and locations we haven’t yet seen. Hopefully, the next event will have a map so I can make more direct stops or I will personally have more time to explore.

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Family Movie Night at Home | Checklist | Valentine’s Day | 2022

Essentials

1. Plush Pajamas

Spend some time lounging about in an extremely comfortable fabric.

2. Put on Your Red Fuzzy Socks

Relax in socks that are the most comfortable for your feet.

3. Red Heart Valentine’s Day Head Bopper

Make a statement this Valentine’s Day with a colorful and charming head bopper!

4. A Warm Blanket

Using a faux fur blanket is the perfect way to cover yourself up and keep warm.

5. Candles

They have a calming effect and make everything smell nice.

6. A Portable Heater

A space heater can help you stay warm in your home theater.

7. Red and Pink Serving Bowls

They are great for serving popcorn, chips, dips, candy, and so on.

8. Popcorn Buckets

You may either keep your popcorn in a bowl or pour it into a popcorn bucket that looks like the ones you’d get at the movie theatre.

9. Heart Valentine’s Day Silly Straws

With a Heart Valentine’s Day Silly Straw in a drink, your Valentine’s Day party tableware will be complete!

10. White Plastic Cake Stand

Cookies, cupcakes, and party favors look lovely displayed on this beautiful cake stand.

11. Red Heart-Shaped Paper Lunch Napkins

With the proper on-theme lunch napkins, you can create your dream table.

12. Heart-Shaped Dinner Plates

On some Heart-Shaped Dinner Plates, serve guests a plateful of love!

13. Food

Get your favorite restaurants’ meals delivered to your door. That means you can continue to lie in your pajamas.

14. Popcorn

Consider investing in a popcorn maker. Many people believe that popcorn prepared in a popcorn maker tastes better than microwave popcorn.

15. Cake or Cupcakes

Roses are red, violets are blue, a valentine’s day cake or cupcakes can express “I love you!”

16. Ice Cream

Grab a bowl or a cone and go to eating!

17. Cookies

There are so many different flavors to try!

18. Candy

Make sure you have chocolates, peanuts, fruit-flavored pieces, and gummies.

19. Heart-Shaped Box of Assorted Fine Chocolates

This box of chocolates can be included in a Valentine’s Day gift basket or enjoyed with your loved one on the special day.

20. Bright Pink Chocolate Coins

To add a splash of color to your candy buffet, place candy coins in clear containers.

21. Beverages

You’ve got the popcorn and the sweets; now you just need something to wash it all down. Whatever you’re drinking, a set of tumblers will keep it cool for the rest of the movie.

22. LED Lights

A simple LED light strip that attaches to the back of your tv may truly make your home theater stand out. The light helps to lessen eye strain by removing the need for your eyes to adjust between the dark surroundings and the screen.

23. Fairy Lights

You’ll want to keep the lights low to simulate being in a movie theater, but you’ll still need some light so you can always find the popcorn bowl.

24. Red & Pink Heart Hanging Decorations

Arrange them level or staggered on a wall to create a stunning photo backdrop.

25. Valentine’s Day Plastic Table Cover

With a themed tablecloth, you can lay the groundwork for your table.

26. Red Heart Centerpiece

This Valentine’s Day, add a heart centerpiece to your table decorations!

27. Red Heart Gem Plastic Table Scatter

Scatter them across any surface to decorate or use them to spice up a bouquet or table centerpiece in a vase.

28. Happy Valentine’s Day Vinyl Cling Decals

With some vinyl decals, create a charming Valentine’s Day window display.


Movies

Shrek (2001)

Despite a rocky start for Shrek and Fiona, it appears that the ogre and princess aren’t so dissimilar after all. Shrek embarks on a quest (aided by his “noble steed” Donkey) to bring Princess Fiona to Lord Farquaad in exchange for the grouchy king removing Shrek’s fairy tale pals from his swamp. When it’s all said and done, the narcissistic king plans to marry Fiona. However, her new friendships—along with a significant secret—threatened to derail the plan. Love appears to strike when you least expect it. It is rated PG-13.

Up (1998)

Love is loss, and the first few minutes of this Pixar classic impart that lesson in the most succinct and heartbreaking way conceivable. The rest of the film is filled with floating balloon houses, talking dogs, and too enthusiastic Wilderness Explorers.

WALL-E (2008)

Robots, too, have hearts. WALL-E has been tasked with cleaning up the massive rubbish strewn across Earth after the planet was abandoned. He goes about his business until one day he meets EVE, another robot sent to discover if there was life on Earth again. WALL-E stays committed to his love and protects EVE even when she becomes unresponsive.

Tangled (2010)

Rapunzel has been imprisoned in a tower, living alone with her mother, who guards her from the perils of the outside world. However, a fortunate encounter with a thief allows her to explore the world beyond the tower and discover the sky full of lights that she is captivated to. Along the road, she might even fall in love.

Trolls (2016)

You will enjoy seeing a gang of candy-colored trolls embark on a fantastic, musical trip.

UglyDolls (2019)

As the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be a little different, they teach the most essential love lesson of all: how to love yourself.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

When you combine a charming singing, dutiful daughter with an ogre cursed for his bad behavior, you have a timeless love story. Belle will go to any length to help her father, including taking his place when he is imprisoned for trespassing. But all is not as it appears, and maybe, just maybe, the Beast will find his heart after all.

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a wonderful love story that also emphasizes the necessity of being loyal to oneself. While Aladdin fell in love with Jasmine, he knew she had to marry a prince, so when he was offered the opportunity to cash in on some genie wishes, he decided to become what he felt Jasmine desired. But the reality was that she preferred the real Aladdin to the phony Prince Ali Ababwa.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Every scene (and chapter) in Hazel and Gus’ love story has teenagers swooning, sobbing, and everything in between. Curiosity strikes when the two teenage cancer sufferers meet at a support group, and before you know it, they’re inseparable.

Enchanted (2007)

A cruel queen banishes Giselle from her storybook world, leaving her stranded in Manhattan. But when Giselle falls in love with a charmingly imperfect divorce lawyer who comes to her rescue – despite the fact that she is already engaged to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she wonders if a storybook perspective of romance can survive in the real world.

Jungle Cruise (2021)

Dr. Lily Houghton and wisecracking captain Frank Wolff partner up for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, a raucous trip down the Amazon in search of an ancient tree with medicinal powers. Secrets of the forgotten tree emerge amid danger and mystical forces hiding in the bush, as their fate—and that of mankind—hangs in the balance.

Aladdin (2019)

In this entertaining remake of Aladdin, the original animated Disney film is given the live-action makeover.

Clifford The Big Red Dog (2021)

Is there any love stronger than the one a youngster has for their dog? In this live-action version of the popular cartoon, follow Emily and Clifford on their adventures.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

A selfish Prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life until he learns to love a beautiful young woman that he holds captive.


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4 Ways To Make Your Yard More Bird-Friendly for Bird-Watching | Creative DIY Projects

Birds are a must-have in any yard. They offer natural bug control (including bees and mosquitoes), lovely songs, and an educational experience for both children and adults.

Birds are a must-have in any yard. They offer natural bug control (including bees and mosquitoes), lovely songs, and an educational experience for both children and adults. It’s also a lot of fun to keep track of how many various kinds of birds you can invite into your yard.

Many people have a bird feeder or even a bird bath. However, there is much more you can do to welcome birds and improve your land as a wildlife habitat in general. Do you want to know how to attract birds to your yard? I have the tips you need to turn your home into a birding paradise.

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1. Create a Bird Feeding Station

Making a bird feeding station will meet your birds’ most fundamental survival need – food! To attract more birds to your yard, consider establishing a bird feeding station with many feeders rather than putting up a single feeder.

Different birds will prefer one feeder style over another, thus the variety will provide your birds with the benefit of choice. Cardinals, Juncos, and Blue Jays are all ground feeders, but will also use a strong hopper, whereas finches and nuthatches prefer hanging cylindrical feeders.

You should consider locating your station in a location where you can see it all year and where your birds will be safe. Different bird species feed at different levels, and the ideal feeding station will reflect this.

Begin with at least three or four feeders, placed at various heights and with a range of feeder types to give you the best opportunity of attracting birds to your yard. The more feeders you have, the more birds will flock to you.

Shop Bird Feeders with Amazon

White Swing Wild Bird Feeder
$21.99
Sunflower Bird Bath & Feeder Bowl Stake
$13.88
Amish Platform Hanging Bird Feeder & House
$23.99

Shop DIY Kits with Amazon

5 Pack Build & Paint Bird Feeders
$17.99
2 Pack Build & Paint Bird House Kit
$14.99
4 Pack Build & Paint Bird Feeders
$19.99

Inexpensive and Homemade Bird Feeders

Citrus Rind Bird Feeder
Ice Ornament Bird Feeder (for winter months)
Twig and Toilet Roll Bird Feeder

2. Lure Them With the Proper Treats

Because different birds eat various things, giving them a choice is not only a tool for enticement, but it also helps them acquire the essential nourishment they require to stay healthy.

Black Oil Sunflower seed is a great place to start because it attracts a variety of songbirds such as Blue Jays, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and chickadees. But don’t stop there; provide your birds with a variety of seeds and berries to attract the largest range of wild birds. Smaller seeds, such as nyjer or millet, will attract birds such as nuthatches and finches that aren’t fans of sunflower seeds.

Suet cakes are another fantastic option that many birds will enjoy, particularly species that require high-energy, easily digestible food, such as woodpeckers, chickadees, and wrens. In addition to seed and feed, many birds enjoy other goodies such as peanuts, almonds, and nectar. When you pair each with the appropriate feeder, you’ll be able to attract a diverse range of species.

Simple Foods to Feed Birds From Your own Kitchen

Apples

Slice them up and remove the seeds. Alternatively, cut them in half, scoop out a portion of the fruit, and fill with sugar water before skewering one on a feeder to attract hummingbirds.

Bananas

Remove the peel from the bananas and cut them in half lengthwise to offer to the birds.

Cereal

Plain cheerios, bran flakes, corn flakes, and toasted oats with fruits and nuts are popular with birds.

Before feeding the birds cereal, crush them up. As a result, they will have no difficulty eating the large chunks.

Eggs and Eggshells

Bake clean shells for 15 minutes at 250°F. Crush and place in a dish, or mix with birdseed. They are an excellent supply of calcium for egg laying.

Melon, Pumpkin, and Squash Seeds

First, roast the seeds in the oven. Use no salt or seasonings.

Nuts

Many birds are drawn to peanuts, as well as other nuts such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts.

You can feed the birds either perfectly crushed nuts or whole nuts.

Don’t feed the birds nuts flavored with spices or coated with candy.

Offer the birds only raw or roasted nuts with no additional salt or flavors.

Raisins

Soak raisins in warm water beforehand to soften them and make them easier for birds to bite.

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3. Put the Feeder in the Right Place

When it comes to attracting a diverse range of birds to your yard, the location of the feeder is critical. When it comes to visiting feeders, different birds exhibit varying behaviors. While some birds prefer to fly in from across the yard, with a clear shot right to the perch, others are frightened off by a feeder that is too exposed.

Place your feeders in a variety of locations to cater to diverse bird interests. Cardinals, for example, are known to be shy and prefer natural cover. Try putting one or two feeders near a huge shrub or bush that will provide them with the protection they require.

Feeders should be placed off the ground and at a sufficient height so that birds do not become sitting ducks for predators such as cats. Remember that certain birds might get territorial over feeders. To counteract this behavior, space feeders at least 3 to 4 feet apart to give birds more space.

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4. Set up a Bird Bath

Bringing birds to your yard is about more than just having a consistent food source. All birds want water, so create a bird bath to attract more birds to your yard by providing a water source.

While a basic birdbath is a good place to start, updating your birdbath and water features, such as a solar bird bath, is a guaranteed way to attract more birds. Most wild birds are drawn to the sound of moving water, and curious species will come from vast distances to investigate.

To attract more birds, consider several water sources or several bird baths. A steady water source will be a significant lure, and a single source may become congested, so consider numerous water sources or several bird baths. This allows you to create varied water conditions, such as static, moving, or misting, to appeal to different species.

Shop Bird Baths with Amazon

Bird Bath Deck Bowl
$19.99
2 in 1: Bird Bath & Feeder
$24.99
Bird Bath with Metal Stake
$27.99

Inexpensive DIY Bird Baths

Repurposed Chip Platter Bird Bath
Bowl & Stick Bird Bath (please paint the bowl)
Grapevine Wreath Hanging Bird Bath

Thanks for reading!

I hope some of these ideas encourage you to be creative for a stunning new bird sighting right in your own yard. If you have any other ideas for attracting birds to your yard, please share them in the comments area below!

Sources

Bird Feeder Hub
Birds & Blooms
Birds Advice
House Beautiful
The Spruce
World Birds

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7 Free Coloring Apps For Relaxing & Creative Fun – Reviews

Coloring apps, which allow you to color images as if they were on a coloring book page while using your phone or tablet’s touchscreen are wonderful.

Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids

Coloring apps, which allow you to color images as if they were on a coloring book page while using your phone or tablet’s touchscreen, are wonderful for smaller children since they allow them to be creative without making a mess. For older children and adults, coloring apps provide an alternative to casual gaming and a peaceful way to pass the time wherever you are.

I got the help of a little person to test a variety of coloring applications and select my favorites. There are apps designed specifically for children, some that offer an innovative 3D coloring experience, and yet more that will play back a time-lapse video of your coloring-in process.

I arranged these apps in descending order, with my favorites at the top and my least favorites at the bottom, regardless of star rating. The star ranking is based on how much fun it is.

My Favorite Coloring Apps

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: This app allows you to color over 5000 unique coloring pages created by their professional artists, such as mandalas, flowers, dogs, and cats. You can even upload and bring to life your own photos and drawings!

Every day, new pictures are added to the gallery for you to color. Over 70 palettes and dozens of coloring options are available, including solid and live colors, gradients, and crayons. You can also make your own palettes! There are over 80 effects, filters, and outlines to help you personalize your artwork. You can also participate in fun color-challenging events.

My Thoughts: This is by far my favorite app of all time. It’s incredible! It’s simple to use and comes with a variety of beautiful color palettes. It’s suitable for people of all ages. It allows you to create a profile and share your photos with others. The photographs are stunning. Every category has a good selection. This is my top recommendation.

Christian’s (2 y/old) Usage: I had to download this app on his tablet because he adores it. I need to get him a stylus for his tablet because he enjoys coloring on my phone with it.

Free Version: There are numerous free coloring pages available. Unfortunately, there appears to be no filter so that you can only see the free photos; you just have to skim through them all to find one. To unlock an image, you must first watch an advertisement.

Advertisements: Yes.

Optional Purchases: The app provides a seven-day free trial. The monthly fee for Recolor Premium is $14.99. It unlocks all 5000+ images, as well as all tools, filters, and effects, and removes all advertisements.

ColorFil – Adult Coloring Book
Made by Yea Studio. Cp., Ltd.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Fill in the blanks with your own colors. You can use as many images as you like, but you must watch advertising. They have drawings of flowers and animals, as well as various patterns and mandalas. You can make your own palette. It is simple to use for people of all ages.

My Thoughts: This app is amazing! It is unquestionably one of my favorites. It provides the most adorable images to choose from. A lovely collection of color palettes, and I adore the photo effects.

Christian’s (2 y/old) Usage: He had a lot of fun using this app. I gave him my stylus pencil to color with, and it was so simple for him to choose a color and tap on the image to modify it.

Free Version: I’m not sure if I’m overlooking something, but it appears like all of the images are free to use.

Advertisements: Yes.

Optional Purchases: The app’s page advertises a 7-day free trial, however I don’t see that option within the application. I notice subscription options for getting all pictures, new ones every week, and without advertisements. The costs are $1.99 per week, $5.49 per month, and $34,99 per year. These are the most affordable subscription prices I’ve found for a coloring app.

Coloring Book for Adults
Made by ColorTime & PuzzleTime

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About: There are about 500 coloring pages in this app. It includes mandala and zen drawings, flower, heart, and love coloring pages, and iconic works by artists such as Vermeer and van Gogh.

Simply tap to select a color and begin painting. Real drawing with brushes and pencils is a possibility. Flowers, hearts, weather icons, and other images can be used as stickers.

My Thoughts: My Opinion: I truly enjoy this app. “Doodles” is my favorite category. Every page on this app is completely free. That’s incredible. Be wary of short ads, but it’s nothing that interferes with your gaming. Gaming includes an easy touch to paint feature, and my favorite feature is the ability to adjust the texture and style of the color you choose! There are so many options.

Christian’s (2 y/old) Usage: He found it simple to select his own colors and tap to modify the color of an area on the image.

Free Version: Every image is available for coloring.

Advertisements: Yes.

Optional Purchases: For a one-time fee of $3.49, all advertisements will be removed.

More Coloring Apps

Colorfy: Free Coloring Games – Paint Color Book
Made by Fun Games For Free

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About: In this digital coloring book, you will find both difficult and easy art for all ages that includes mandalas, animals, patterns, and florals.

My Thoughts: I adore this app! Let’s start with the adorable photo gallery. It has a variety of color palettes from which to choose. All you have to do is choose a color and tap on the page to color in whatever area you choose. When you’re finished, you can add a filter, texture, line color, and other effects before sharing it on social media.

Christian’s (2 y/old) Usage: It’s simple for him to swap colors by accident, and many times when he tapped on the screen, nothing changed.

Free version: There’s no filter for quickly getting to all of the free images, but while I was scrolling through, there didn’t seem to be many. Maybe a couple of handfuls.

Free Trial: There is a three-day free trial period.

Optional Purchases: It is $7.99 per week to unlock all features, including photos, color palettes, no ads, and more. Other alternatives include a one-month subscription for $19.99 per month or a 12-month subscription for $99.99 per year.

Coloring
Made by Teazel Ltd

Made by Me.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

About: This app has over 800 beautiful and detailed professional images for you to get creative with. There are sections for floral images, animals, sea creatures, and much more! You can use a tap or strokes to paint. There is an infinite color pallet to pick from, as well as multiple brush sizes.

My Thoughts: This app does too much. It automatically generates 50 coins to your account, which you do not have to create. Then any picture with a yellow coin on it is worth at least ten coins to color. Fortunately, there is a category with a variety of free images to choose from.

Christian’s (2 y/old) Usage: Because of the way the interface is set up while coloring an image, Christian kept hitting pop ups he didn’t plan to, such as the color wheel.

Free Version: There are 63 free images to choose from.

Free Trial: There is a three-day free trial period.

Optional Purchases: Extra coins can be purchased. 100 pieces for $0.99, 250 pieces for $1.99, and 600 pieces for $3.99. There are two subscription plans available. $2.99 a month or $4.99 for a three-month subscription to unlock all images.

Happy Color – Color by Number. Coloring games.
Made by X-Flow

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About: This app offers over 40 categories to choose from, including a new Disney category. Happy Color contains a lot of original drawings hand painted by expert artists, as well as photos of renowned characters, comics, cartoons, and so on owned by well-known studios like Marvel, Disney, and Warner Bros.

My Thoughts: It’s a peaceful game to play, and all of their photographs are free, albeit with ads imposed on you. And, for some reason, every time I play the game, I have to turn my phone upside down to make it right-side up.

Christian’s (2 y/old) Usage: Unable to enjoy it since he lacks the freedom to choose his own colors and where to color.

Free Version: Everything is available for coloring.

Advertisements: Yes.

Optional Purchases: The only thing you’ll have to pay for is to have the ads removed for a one-time fee of $7.99 + tax.

Coloring Book – Color by Number & Paint by Number
Made by Candy Mobile

Rating: 3 out of 5.

About: Each image features light blue or gray lines indicating painting locations, and each place has a number and a corresponding numbered paint to apply.

This digital coloring book gives you the opportunity to color some of the world’s most renowned paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, Starry Night, The Last Supper, and others.

My Thoughts: This program does not allow you to select your own colors for usage in the selected photo. It starts with a white canvas filled with outlined objects. You simply click the grayed our area to reveal its colors. I prefer to pick my own colors, but I enjoy the unexpected image displayed at the end. You can save the image to your phone, but you must first view a short advertisement to erase the watermark.

Christian’s (2 y/old) Usage: Unable to enjoy it since he lacks the freedom to choose his own colors and where to color.

Free Version: Everything is available for coloring.

Advertisements: Yes.

Optional Purchases: None.

Benefits

For Children

  • Enhances Motor Skills
  • Encourages Creativity
  • Helps to Improve Handwriting
  • Teaches Color Awareness, Recognition and Discernment
  • Enhances focus and hand-eye coordination
  • It aids in the learning of boundaries, structure, and spatial awareness.
  • Aids in Self-Expression
  • Stress-Relief

For Adults

  • Our focus shifts away from ourselves. Coloring diverts your focus away from yourself (and the things that are stressing you out) and into the present-moment experience.
  • It calms the mind. When your mind is focused on this basic task, your brain tends to relax.
  • It’s enjoyable since the stakes are low. Color outside the lines if you want! Coloring does not produce predictable or prescriptive results. It may be as clean — or as sloppy — as you choose, which is one of its soothing benefits.
  • It enhances your motor skills and vision. Coloring is more than just a relaxing activity. It necessitates communication between the two hemispheres of the brain. While logic assists us in staying within the lines, selecting colors generates a creative thought process.

Holidays

National Coloring Book Day – August 2nd annually.

National Coloring Day – September 14th annually

Thanks for reading!

I hope some of these ideas inspire you to try this new activity for some enjoyable and relaxing fun. If you have any favorite apps to recommend, please leave them in the comments!

Sources

Beaumont

Cleveland Clinic

Kid Companions

Mashable

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26 Free Things To Do At Home To Save Money And Still Have Fun

Allow me to introduce ways to save you money that you would have spent on parking, meals, or admission fees.

Allow me to introduce ways to save you money that you would have spent on parking, meals, or admission fees. You can do these enjoyable activities by yourself or, even better, with family and friends! This list does not necessitate the purchase of virtual lessons, tools, or supplies.

At home, there is more to accomplish than just housework. You have to have fun! I hope this list gives you some ideas on what to do when you feel like you have nothing to do.

1. Color

With this one, you have a few possibilities. The first option is to take out your smartphone and download a free coloring app. There’s a lot to select from, and it’s a lot of fun. There are various programs that allow you to color by number and look like a pro!

The second alternative is if you already have some coloring books lying around. Find some crayons, put on some music, and relax. It would be ideal if you could find a peaceful, relaxing location for this. I prefer to sit by an open (screened in) window and take in the fresh air and view of the outdoors. If you want to kick it up a notch and have kids who don’t like to relax, turn on some loud music and giggle as they color purple over your orange flower lol.

If you don’t have a coloring book, the last alternative is to make one. Find some free coloring sheets online and print them out if you have a printer and printing paper!

National Coloring Book Day – August 2nd annually.

National Coloring Day – September 14th annually.

2. Do Some Bird Watching

Most of us, if you’re like me, don’t know much about the wonderful birds that live next to us every day. If you want to learn something new while having fun, this is the activity for you. Relax outside and listen to them; take a snapshot of each one with your phone to add to a collection or scrapbook for later. Then use Google to learn more about the birds you see. This is a creative, entertaining, and educational project. Birds are fascinating creatures!

4 Ways to Make Your Yard More Bird-Friendly For Bird Watching

3. Video Chat

There are numerous video chatting apps available. Why not have a video chat party with a bunch of family or friends, or both? You may make a video chat room on Facebook, a group chat on Instagram, or even a video call on FaceTime.

Christian messing up my artwork.
Bird-watching.
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Can’t video chat Katie without filters.

4. Plan a Trip

I love organizing trips. You should do it as well; it’s entertaining and keeps you motivated. It’s a unique idea that allows you to travel to different worlds and locations without making reservations. Go ahead and get those price estimates and activities together for that all-inclusive resort you want to visit next year.

5. Have a Spa Day

Take a peaceful bubble bath, one with salts, or one with the dissolving bathtub balls (bath bomb). Taking a long, hot shower is an option. Wash your hair and scrub your scalp well. Evenly file or clip your finger and toe nails, and if desired, add a coat of paint. Throw on a facial mask if you have one lying around the house for fresh, clean skin. A nice face cleansing soap can also be used as an alternative.

6. Create a Bucket List

There is so much to do and see in life. What would make your life so significant that you would feel as if you had lived it to the fullest? If you’re stuck for ideas, turn to Google. They have everything. One thing on my bucket list is to ride in a hot air balloon.

A recent trip we took to Disney world, it took planning!
My freshly washed hair. Like my bayang?
Keep a journal for your bucket list.
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7. Edit Your Music Playlist

There are a lot of musicians out there. There are so many songs you have yet to hear. There’s music for every mood. Why not add new songs to your playlist and organize them by mood? You can have uplifting tunes for when you’re feeling down, party music, and even a playlist of children’s music for when it’s time to play. Crank up that Cocomelon!

8. Play Video Games

Download an app to your mobile phone; there are a lot of free games to choose from in a variety of categories. There’s even cute little games for the babies.

There are many free games to play online if you have a PC. Steam is the primary PC gaming app that I suggest. They have free games, but you might be tempted to pay some money. It’s fantastic if you have a game console. I’m sure you already have several games downloaded, perhaps ones you haven’t played in a while. It would be great if you could utilize that console for party games or any multiplayer game where others could join in on the fun.

9. Play Card Games

This is perfect for if you already have cards in the house. This can be beneficial for toddlers. It would be educational if you could devise a way to practice with their numbers with them. Picture cards are cool too. The older children and adults can teach the younger youngsters how to play spades. Play a game of goldfish if you want to keep it simple. Don’t forget about the snacks and the music! And keep an eye on the babies with the cards since they like to eat everything. An alternative to all of this is to download a card game app on your phone, PC, or console. They have some that are multiplayer as well.

Christian listening to music. Ignore the messy room.
Never let your brother “borrow” your gaming console. It won’t come back.
Children playing card games.
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10. Have a Scavenger Hunt

Taking pictures of objects around the house will be entertaining. Create a themed scavenger hunt! Take a picture of everything blue you can discover, and if you’re playing with others, whoever has the most pictures wins! Another possibility is to photograph an object in each color or shape. Also, an alphabet scavenger hunt, beginning with an object beginning with the letter “A” and progressing to “Z.” This can be a learning experience for the babies as they discover new objects, shapes, and colors.

11. Remember Little Joys

Fill a small jar or box with small notes about anything that you and others close to you enjoy. Things that make you happy. This is a wonderful method to learn about other people’s interests so you’ll always have something in mind if you want to surprise them with a present or a small gesture to make them smile.

12. Enjoy Virtual Trips

Travel & Leisure has compiled a list of places you can visit virtually, which is fantastic! There are numerous sites to visit. This is also ideal for the vacation planning task that I mentioned in activity #4.

Bonus: If you have a virtual reality headset!

Scavenger hunt: find objects that are circle.
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Gift giving.
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VR is a great way to have a virtual trip.
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13. Watch YouTube

I love to laugh. I enjoy watching amusing videos that make me chuckle. There are a lot of amusing videos to be found on YouTube. Find family-friendly videos to watch together. Allow everyone to choose a hilarious video in turn. Grab something to eat and drink in between breaks.

14. Do Yoga

There are free yoga videos available online. Hold a yoga session for the entire family. Grab your mats, everyone! If your baby is anything like mine, he will most likely refuse to cooperate in this one, but do your best. Don’t forget about the music!

15. Play Board Games

Party with board games! Music, snacks, friends and family, and a good time! There’s also board games available to download on consoles, make sure they’re free.

My definition of an entertaining YouTube video lol.
Christian was probably so confused.
The closest pic I have to a board game. Hey Ava!

16. Go for a Walk

A walk around your neighborhood is completely free. It’s always refreshing to get some fresh air. Ignore this one if you’re not comfortable walking around your area.

17. Draw

You must have some kind of paper, pen, pencil, or crayon available. Hold a drawing competition! Allow someone to select a theme or an object to draw. The best of the best wins! It’s always amusing to see the worse drawings, lol.

18. Dance

It’s very terrible that my kid doesn’t know how to truly vibe with the music. It’s entirely my fault that I don’t dance with him. I’m going to start, and I strongly encourage you all to do so. Let’s have a dance party! Find some toddler dancing videos for them and join in the fun. Find a dancing tutorial on YouTube for older children and learn an entire dance together! It’s a lot of fun. Try not to get frustrated having to rewind this one for the one who keeps messing up or missing steps lol. But that’s where you step in to guide them!

Bonus: If you have a “Just Dance” game available on console. It’s free uploaded videos on YouTube!

This is “us” walking the street.
He was really doing more crayon breaking than drawing.
Dancing.
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19. Build a Fort

For some reason, Christian prefers this to being in a real tent. I usually get some tall chairs, blankets, and books and stretch the blanket out high above. It could be a better approach, but I’m going the only way I’ve ever known. I also like to place a little lamp beneath it. If you have a little television or even a tablet, you can use it for amusement. To me, it’s a messy pastime that necessitates cleaning up afterwards, but if you don’t mind, go for it! It’s a lot of fun. You can watch movies, videos, have story time, or just chill and talk to each other.

20. Watch Movies

It’s great if you already have a subscription to a platform like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO Max! If not, when you sign up for a new account, most platforms like these provide free trials that run 3 – 7 days. Many of you have Roku, which has a wide range of free movies. I suppose people upload free movies to YouTube, so check it out before it is taken down. Allow each other to choose movies for everyone using whichever way you prefer. Remember that everyone has various interests; it’ll be interesting to learn what others like. Even if you don’t think you’ll like the movie, keep watching because you could.

There’s also an app called “Rave” that, as far as I know, is available for Android and allows you to view videos from multiple platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime in a room with others, which would be a fun watch party. While the movie is playing, you can also communicate each other through the app via messaging, audio, and video chat. To watch Netflix together, everyone must be logged into the platform, for example, everyone must be logged into Netflix. What’s even better is that you can all log into the same Netflix account if you wish. So long as you’re signed in.

21. Paint

Paint can be made in a variety of methods, including using food, personal care products, and dye. I’ll write a post about it later. Feel free to conduct your own research and investigation. Otherwise, if you have some painting supplies lying around the house, go ahead and use them!

I need to figure out how to build a blanket fort like this.
Fun watching movies together.
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Christian’s artwork I call “Shark Attack!” It wasn’t painted at home, but it’s still cute.

22. Read a Book

Children adore reading and story time. Take some time to read to your children if you have some books! Infants would be delighted to hear the sound of your voice. If you’re at a loss for what to say to them, read them a story! Find a comfortable area for you all to read and enjoy each other’s company.

23. Exercise

What better way to exercise than in a group? Play a fitness video on YouTube and follow along. It’ll be even great with a Zumba dancing video! Remember to stay hydrated!

24. Cook Together

This is a straightforward one. Instead of having one individual prepare a meal for the family, why not have a group made supper? It’s a terrific time for connecting, and the kids can receive hands-on experience with how to create a specific cuisine and how to utilize various kitchen tools. The toddlers can practice their motor abilities while the infants enjoy sitting and watching everyone else do things.

Me tired of reading this one book a million times, but it makes him happy.
A way to use an exercise ball while watching tv.
We wasn’t really helping, but it was fun to watch this instructive cooking lesson.

25. Declutter a Space

It’s not exactly “fun,” but if you have the time and desire to get it done, it’s a worthwhile endeavor. It would be enjoyable to do it with family. Ignore the one who isn’t putting forth as much effort, lol. To make it more engaging, add some music. My aunt’s pantry was the final place I decluttered outside of my bedroom. I gathered her two daughters and we worked together to clean it in order to surprise her while she was upstairs. It was a lot of fun cleaning and laughing with them as we debated what to throw out and what to keep.

26. Listen to a Book

Outside of audible, I’m not aware of any subscriptions that allow you to listen to books being read to you. I’m sure there are others, but we’ll have to dig to find them. For new subscribers, Audible also offers a free trial period. It will be enjoyable to listen to a book being read to you while doing housework or stretching/yoga.


Thanks for reading!

I hope some of these inspire you to try something new or to immerse yourself in something enjoyable for a while. If you have any more suggestions, please put them in the comments section below!

Sources

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