27 Healthy and Adorable Snack Ideas for Kids

27 Healthy and Adorable Snack Ideas for Kids

Kids love new and exciting snacks, and even better, snacks that are already prepared! It’s time to move on from ordinary foods and make snack time fun with these 27 ideas for lunch box or after school bites. These can fit in most standard-sized lunch…

Activity | Reindeer Food + Crafts

Activity | Reindeer Food + Crafts

It’s Christmas Eve, and it’s time to leave the milk and cookies out for Santa. But what about the reindeer? Create a special treat for the kids to leave out as a way to say thank you to all of Santa’s hard-working helpers. Guide Rudolph…

Activity | Homemade Face Paint

Activity | Homemade Face Paint

Fall is in full swing, and Halloween is just around the corner. From carving pumpkins, to costumes to candy, it’s no wonder kids love Halloween! This year, step up your “costume game” and incorporate homemade face paint to any costume or character.

Homemade face paint is an affordable, easy way to celebrate Halloween, without the toxins of store-bought face paint. Because this paint is made from household items, it is easy to wash out with soap and water, which makes it great for younger kids or kids with sensitive skin. That being said, it’s also easier to rub off, so it isn’t the paint you want to use if you want the design to last for an extended period of time.

You’ll love how easy it is to whip up this homemade face paint, and they’ll be excited to try out fun patterns and designs! To find out how you can create your own homemade face paint, follow our step-by-step guide below.

Homemade Face Paint Recipe

To create a homemade, natural face paint, you’ll only need a few household ingredients. Begin by collecting all your materials, and place a rag down to prevent stains when mixing colors!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup lotion
  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Container


  1. Add water, cornstarch, flour and lotion to a bowl.
  2. Mix together ingredients and make sure the paint consistency is to your liking. If you want to thicken, add more cornstarch. To thin out the mixture, add water.
  3. Add food coloring.
  4. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Face Paint Coloring Guide

No matter the costume you plan to wear, the color options are endless for homemade face paints. Try a few drops of yellow for the ultimate bee costume, or a mix of yellow and red drops for a tiger design.

Face Painting Designs

Once you’ve made your paint, it’s time to get started! Use a generous amount of paint or paint on a couple of layers to get an extra vibrant color. Here are a few design tutorials to inspire you!

A ladybug is a fun face paint design that can be drawn on the side of your child’s face, and can be used for dress up or with her favorite costume. Ladybugs are considered good luck, so your little one will love the design and you’ll be thrilled with how easy it is to recreate.

Step 1: Create the ladybug body. This can be done by creating red circles. If you’d like to add a black layer under the wings, leave a section of the circle unpainted like the first ladybug body above.

Step 2: Add details. With black face paint and a small paintbrush, add spots to the ladybugs’ bodies, along with the eyes and feelers. If you’d like to add more details, feel free to add sparkles or small designs as desired.

Step 3: Paint the flowers. For a flower design, use a small paintbrush and take the white face paint (or the base without any food dye) to create small petals. Add light pink face paint to the insides of the petals once dry.

While a regular princess is fun, an ice princess adds that extra pizzazz. With a simple, elegant crown on their forehead, you can still see her face, and grab a few snapshots of her in her favorite princess dress. Bonus points: keep her hair up and away from the paint to keep the paint from getting rubbed off.

Step 1: Outline the crown. With a small to medium sized paintbrush and deep yellow face paint, create the princess crown base. Make sure to leave empty spaces for gems. Once dried, add glitter for extra glam.

Step 2: Add the diamonds. Using teal face paint, create the diamond shape in the crown. Once dried, add a white sparkle to make it shine!

Step 3: Add fun accents. Using the white face paint, create designs on the sides of her eyes, and forehead. Try stars, or a snowflake for a snow princess look.

Another classic face paint idea is a puppy. With just two colors, it’s an easy go-to, with many ways to customize. You can DIY this costume, with black or brown clothing and dog ears to top off the look. Find out how simple it is to add the muzzle and other additional features below.

Step 1: Paint the muzzle. Using white face paint (the base without food dye), paint on the muzzle. It will look similar to a bow tie.

Step 2: Add the nose. Using black face paint, paint the tip of the nose and above the lip. This gives the illusion of a dog snout. Add a black dot for the nose.

Step 3: Add the whiskers. Using black face paint, create whiskers outside the mouth, and repeat with white face paint.

For a fun sleepover night or birthday party, try painting flowers for the kids. They’ll be thrilled to see a beautiful intricate design that you can vary based on the child’s preferences. This is a design for the side of their face, and uses pink, green and white face paint, but the colors can be interchangeable.

Step 1: Paint the flower petals. Using white face paint (base without food dye), create flower petals on the side of the face.

Step 2: Add the leaves. Take green face paint and create leaves coming off of the flower petals.

Step 3: Add the accents. Add pink to the inside of the flowers, and dots outlining the flowers.

Now that you know how to create homemade face paint, you are ready to take on Halloween! Try painting your favorite animal or a superhero mask around the eyes. Experiment with different colors to find your perfect match and let the trick or treating commence! Don’t forget the fun trick or treat bags to complete the experience!

Thanks to Personal Creations for this activity!

Activity | How to Dye Eggs Naturally

Activity | How to Dye Eggs Naturally

Nothing feels quite as fresh and cheery as a breezy Sunday. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and resting mode is in full swing. This time of year, the focus turns to fresh and natural as the flowers begin to bloom. It’s only…

Activity | Make a Mr. Shape Scarecrow

Activity | Make a Mr. Shape Scarecrow

Nothing says “Fall” like a spectacularly spooky scarecrow! And if you pay attention, you can see them everywhere this time of year. You can point them out to your child at the grocery store or in neighbor’s yards. This Halloween, you and your child make…

Healthy Halloween Party Ideas

Healthy Halloween Party Ideas

Check out these healthier Halloween treats created by Chef Anthony Stewart, Executive Chef at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa

Candy Corn Fruit Cup

July 24, 2022
: 4
: Easy


  • 2 cups mango cubes
  • 2 cups clementine segments
  • 2 cups fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
  • Top with zest of clementine
  • Step 1 Layer mango cubes in a dish or cup, next layer with clementine segments, then top with Greek yogurt. Grate a bit of clementine zest over top of the yogurt.

Chocolate Jack O’Lantern

July 24, 2022
: 5 half-cup servings
: Easy


  • 1/4 cup water cold
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup Stevia
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces tofu silken, extra-firm
  • Step 1 In a medium saucepan, add water and warm over low heat, bringing to a low simmer.
  • Step 2 Add cocoa powder to saucepan, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes a fudge-like consistency.
  • Step 3 Remove from heat.
  • Step 4 Add Splenda to fudge, mixing well. Add vanilla extract, mixing well.
  • Step 5 In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add tofu and chocolate fudge mixture. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Halloween Kabobs

July 24, 2022
: Easy


  • Cantaloupe, cubed
  • Blackberries
  • Step 1 Simply skewer cantaloupe cubes and blackberries. And so easy for the kids to pick up and snack on!
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Series: Planning Your Garden | Post 2

Series: Planning Your Garden | Post 2

Welcome to our second post in our Spring Garden & Homestead series! If you missed our first post and mini post, you can find them here: Series: Planning Your Garden | Post 1 Series: Planning Your Garden | Mini Post 1 This week, we’ll be…

Series: Planning Your Garden | Mini Post 1

Series: Planning Your Garden | Mini Post 1

Spring Garden & Homestead Blog Series: Mini Post #1

COMPANION PLANTS: Harmful and Helpful Tools For Your Home Garden!
A quick look into companion plants that you can use alongside your crops to help with quality, growth, and pest control!

Every person who plants a garden wants their crops to flourish! No one wants to spend time, money, and effort on a garden and watch it wither and wilt within the first few weeks. Companion plants can be a HUGE help to your garden crops. Not only can companion plants aid in your crop growth and quality, they can also deter pests while welcoming helpful insects! Companion plants allow you to maximize your gardens’ potential and crop yield.

In this post, we will look at common, easy beginner crops and companion plants that are beneficial, as well as plants to avoid!

Below, you will find a helpful table that outlines ideal companion plants and “enemy” plants- this will be very helpful when planning the layout of your garden! You want to be sure that you are not planting enemy plants together as it will affect the growth and quality of your crops.

Since this is only a brief look at some common garden crops, you will not find a list of every possible plant combination. If you are planting something that is not on the table below, you can easily find recommended companion plants online. Also, note that some companion plants are herbs! Herbs are fantastic plants to grow since most do not require a lot of maintenance, they grow quickly and abundantly, and you can use them to spice up many recipes! Thinking of growing some tomatoes and making tomato sauce? Grow some basil! It makes an excellent addition to homemade tomato sauce 🙂 Want to make some refreshing mojitos this summer? Grow some mint and enjoy the crisp, tasty goodness that accompanies fresh ground mint leaves! There are SO MANY possibilities to make your garden work for YOU!

Crop Companion Plant(s) Other Allies Enemies
Lettuce Beets, broccoli, bush beans, pole beans, carrots, cucumbers, onion, radish, strawberries, dill Chives, garlic- deter aphids Cabbage- inhibits growth and quality
Spinach Peas, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, onion, strawberries, squash    
Tomatoes Asparagus, carrot- sometimes tomatoes can stunt carrot growth, celery, cucumber, onion, parsley, pepper Basil- repels flies & mosquitoes while improving growth and quality; bee balm, chives, & mint- improve quality; borage- deters tomato worm; marigold- deters nematodes Corn; mature dill & kohlrabi- inhibits growth; potatoes; apricot, dill, fennel, cabbage, cauliflower
Squash Corn, melon, pumpkin, beans, cucumbers, onions, mint Borage- deters worms while improving growth & quality; Marigold- deters beetles; Nasturtium- deters squash bugs; oregano & dill- general pest protection Potatoes
Cucumbers Bean, cabbage, corn, pea, radish, tomato, beets, carrots Marigold- deters beetles; Nasturtium- deters aphids, beetles, & bugs while improving growth & quality; oregano, tansy Sage, potatoes, rue
Carrots Bean, lettuce, onion, pea, pepper, radish, tomato- may stunt growth of carrots, leeks, parsley Chives- improve growth & quality; rosemary & sage- deter carrot fly Dill- inhibits growth; fennel, kohlrabi, parsnips
Peppers Carrot eggplant, tomato, onion, parsley, basil, geraniums, marjoram, okra   Fennel, kohlrabi, apricot
Radishes Bean, carrot, cucumber, lettuce, melon, pea, beet, parsnip, spinach, squash, corn Chevril & nasturtium- improve growth & quality Hyssop
Beans Beets (bush beans ONLY), cabbage, carrot, celery, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, peas, potatoes, radish, strawberry Marigold, nasturtium & rosemary – deters bean beetles; summer savory- deters bean beetles, improves quality and growth Garlic, onion, & shallot- stunts growth
Basil Tomatoes, peppers, oregano, asparagus, petunias   Rue, sage
Onions Beets, cabbage, carrot, chard, lettuce, pepper, strawberry, tomato, leeks, kohlrabi, dill Chamomile & summer savory- improve growth and quality; pigweed- raises nutrients from soil to onion; sow thistle- improves quality Beans, peas, asparagus


If you want to check out more options, consult the following resources:

Homesteading- A Backyard Guide 2nd Edition
Edited by Abigail R. Gehring
ISBN: 978-1-62914-366-8

Burpee: Companion Planting Guide

Golden Harvest Organics

Series: Planning Your Garden | Post 1

Series: Planning Your Garden | Post 1

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