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White Tank Mountain Hiking

One of the benefits to living in Phoenix is you can take advantage of all of the mountain trails during our cooler seasons. The closest mountain to our house is the White Tank Mountains. This park is located on Olive a few miles west of the 303. There are many trails here that are easy enough for kids to hike including our favorite, the waterfall trail. This trail features a smooth path that takes you up to where the water falls after the rain. The trail is only about a mile long and we have seen even small toddlers do it so it’s fun for the whole family. You can get a map to see where this trail and other trails are by stopping at the visitors center upon entering the park.

White Tank Mountain Hiking

White Tank Mountain Hiking

Here is the pool at the bottom of the waterfall. It makes for a great photo opp!

White Tank Mountain Hiking

White Tank Mountain Hiking

Along the trail there are many facts about the mountains you can read. You can also make some games for the family like how many types of cacti can you spot along the trail.

White Tank Mountain Hiking

 

White Tank Mountain Hiking

White Tank Mountain Hiking

If you go to the White Tank Mountains:

  • Plan your trip here: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank/
  • Bring $6 to get into the park (this is per vehicle).
  • There are plenty of ramadas at this park so you can bring your own food and have a picnic with the whole family.
  • A few important things to always remember when hiking in AZ is always bring water, tell family where you are going and where appropriate foot wear.

 

 

Candy Heart Wreath

If you love candy hearts but maybe you’re trying to to eat so many sweets right now, this candy heart wreath is a perfect Valentine’s Decor piece. This is actually a pretty easy craft that took only about an hour and a half. This craft is actually perfect if you have some leftover hearts too!

Candy Heart Wreath

Candy Heart Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Candy Hearts (a very large bag, I bought one at CVS)
  • Flat Paper Mache Wreath ( I bought this one at Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue

Start at the bottom and work your way around in layers. Glue dots to the backs of each heart until the wreath is full.

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Need a quick Valentine for your kids? These are perfect to print and feature with chocolate cars! Below are the free printables I made for the cars. To stick them on, all I did was roll a little bit of scotch tape under the cars.

When I found these chocolate cars, I was pretty excited because I knew they would make perfect Valentines.

You Make My Heart Race Valentines Printables

You Make My Heart Race Valentines Printables

To Print: Click on the image below and then click CTRL+P or COMMAND + P

 

you make My Heart Race Free Printable

You Make My Heart Race Valentines Printables

I bought the chocolate cars at the $.99 cents only store.

 

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Stuck on You Valentines with Sticky Hands and a Printable!
These Clever Guy Valentines are perfect for any child, any age! They feature sticky hands and a printable Valentine making these Valentines gifts easy for anyone to make. I wish I could remember where I got these little containers but I have had them in my stash for a while. If you don’t have any, it may be a good opportunity to stop by your grocery store vending machines. You can always gift the small toys to the school for a “treasure box”.

Stuck On You Valentines with Printables

What you’ll need:

  • Sticky hands (I bought these at CVS for only $1 each and they are pretty large but you can buy Sticky Hands on Amazon for less than $.25 cents a piece)
  • Plastic toy containers
  • Twine
  • “I’m Stuck On You” Printables (below)

Directions:

Simply place the hands in the containers. Wrap the twine around them and then tie the printable to each. You can do this by simply punching a hole in the corner of each printable.

I'm Stuck On You Valentines (Printable)

Stuck On you Valentines with Sticky Hands and Printable!

Make a Sprinkles Necklace!

 If you saw my Valentine’s cookie gifts this week, you know I am on a sprinkle kick with the Clever Teen. Having an abundance of sprinkles from the cake store, I made these cute necklaces. I thought that maybe she was too old for something like this but she loved them! These sprinkle necklaces are cute for Valentine’s Day, birthdays or just for fun. They would make great favors at a rainbow party too!

Sprinkles aren’t just for baking as they make a great accent for only a few cents. I’ve used them in replace of glitter on cards too!

Learn how easy it is to make sprinkle bottle necklaces!

How to Make Sprinkles Necklaces

What you’ll need:

Directions:

  • Take the jars and place the funnel inside. Slowly pour the sprinkles in until it’s near the top.
  • Screw the eye ring into the cork.
  • Take hot glue or jewelry glue and glue the cork to the inside of the bottle.
  • Loop the chain into the eye rings.

Learn how easy it is to make sprinkle bottle necklaces!

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