How to Make Your Own Printable Coloring Sheets

how-to-make-printable-coloring-sheets 1This post is sponsored by Goldfish® Crackers in partnership with Socialstars. All opinions are my own.

We have lots and lots of coloring books at our house. Lots! And don’t get me wrong, they’re all fine and dandy, but sometimes you just need a little something different. Especially now that I have my own adult coloring books, Alea’s taken a liking to more of the intricate designs you find in those books as opposed to the character coloring books she has. It’s not that I don’t want to share or anything (okay, maybe I don’t), but it just dawned on me the other day that we could make our own coloring sheets quite easily!

Just take a looksee! It’s a whole lot easier than you imagined, I’m sure!

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How to Make Your Own Printable Coloring Sheets

Materials:

1. White piece of paper
2. Bold black marker
3. Scanner
4. Printer
5. A little creativity

Instructions:

1. Color all over white sheet of paper with a bold, black marker. The crazier, the better! If you want to draw out a picture (if you’re better at drawing than I am) you can absolutely do that as well.

2. Re-trace over the lines to make sure they’re all approximately the same thickness and they’re all completely black.

3. When finished, scan your drawing and upload to your computer. When you scan the drawing, it should save as a PDF.

4. Print out a couple and start coloring! Don’t forget to save your PDF file to your documents for future printing and coloring!

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We had such a blast with this. I’ll have to keep our permanent markers under lock and key, because I have a feeling that Alea is going to want to make lots more coloring sheets. And let’s face it, I don’t really want her to have free access to a permanent marker… yikes!

This makes a great after school activity or a weekend activity to keep your kids busy for a little bit so you can finally get those dishes done or the living room vacuumed. Just set them up at the table with some of their very own coloring sheet creations, some markers, colored pencils, and crayons and a small bowl of Goldfish® Mix Xtra Cheddar crackers! These make the best snack, guys! They’re all kinds of crunchy, the new flavors are delicious, and I may or may not steal a handful when Alea’s not looking!

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How do you get creative with your kiddos?

5 Steps to Pampered

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I’ve been thinking a lot about “pampering” lately and how maybe, just maybe, I need to make more time to do this for myself. Sure, I have my lazy days and enjoy relaxing and just snuggling my loves, but sometimes you need to be intentional with yourself and treat yourself to a little TLC. This is something I know us mamas don’t do enough of.

Since becoming pregnant (head over here if you missed our announcement) I’ve been completely and utterly exhausted and nauseated. I’m incredibly thankful for this pregnancy every single second of every single day, but boy is it hard to get anything done when ya just feel like taking a nap while simultaneously eating saltines! Now that I’m starting to get a little bit of my energy back, I’m trying to keep myself pampered, relaxed, and happy during this pregnancy. I’ve partnered with Dove to tell you all about their New Dove Dry Oil Collection featuring their Dove Dry Oil Beauty Bar and Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash! Here are 5 ways I’m remember to pamper myself during this pregnancy!

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one | Keeping My Skin Soft: I’ve been religiously using the new Dove Dry Oil Collection for the past couple of months. The body wash and beauty bar are enriched with Moroccan Argan Oil beads that gently cleanse while also replenishing the skin with nutrients. My skin has felt so much softer since I started using these! Because 9 in 10 women are concerned about having dry skin, Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash goes beyond basic moisturizing to help women nourish and protect their dry skin.

two | Bubble Baths: Is there anything more relaxing than a bubble bath? I think not. End of discussion.

three | Essential Oils: When it comes to pampering myself, I never take a bath with lighted candles anymore. The flickering of the candlelight is relaxing, but I’m not loving the chemicals that are in candles these days. Instead, I diffuse lavender and spearmint– my favorite essential oil combo– and inhale and exhale my way to relaxation.

four | Honey Salt Foot Scrub: This is the easiest thing you could whip up to care for those feet of yours! I know mine could use a little extra TLC after the dry winter months, that’s for sure! All you need is some raw honey, some epsom salts, and a few of your favorite essential oils. (I use lavender and frankincense for all things beauty!) I use 2 cups of epsom salts, mix in 4 tsp of honey, and add 3 drops of each essential oil. Stir together and scrub all over your heals and rough patches on your feet. Rinse off and then wash with the Dove Dry Oil Body Wash… perfection!

five | Coconut Oil Belly Butter: To help prevent stretch marks, I’ve mixed up a concoction of coconut oil, shea butter, and frankincense and lavender essential oil to massage onto my back, butt, and belly everyday twice a day! I had very minimal stretch marks when I was pregnant with Alea, so I intend to be very diligent in *hopefully* preventing them this time around as well.

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And some future pampering plans of mine? I desperately need to get rid of these dreaded split ends of mien and freshen up my hair color. I really loved the ombre look I had going on last year, but I’m trying to think of something a little more fun. If you have ideas, I’d love it so much if you let me know! I’d also love to treat myself to a manicure and a pedicure. I don’t remember the last time I did that! And down the road when my back is aching from my growing belly, I’d love to get a prenatal massage. I had one when I was 8 months pregnant with Alea and it was absolutely divine!

How do you take time to pamper yourself?

The Most Delicious On-The-Go Breakfast

jimmy-dean-breakfast-suggestions 5Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jimmy Dean through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jimmy Dean Delights, all opinions are my own.

Let me just be real with you for a minute here. If I don’t have an easy breakfast to grab and eat in the car on my way to work or as soon as I get to my desk at work, breakfast is the one meal that will get skipped. GASP! It’s no joke, though. I leave myself so little time in the morning that I don’t have more than 2-3 minutes to grab something before rushing out the door and if what we have on hand isn’t easy, then I’m left counting down until lunchtime while my stomach growls away.

Kind of sad, isn’t it?
Not until just recently, when I discovered the deliciousness and ease of Jimmy Dean Delights turkey sausage breakfast sandwiches, did I start really enjoying breakfast again.

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All I have to do is wrap one of these frozen sandwiches in a paper towel, toss it in the microwave, flip it over, and it’s ready to be devoured. And that time while it’s in the microwave? I make the most of it and make sure everything is packed and ready to go in my workbag. You’ve got to make use of every second you can, am I right?

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These Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches come in a few different varieties including on an English muffin, on a croissant, on a whole grain bagel, or flatbread —with all those choices you’ll never get bored. These sandwiches are made with all real ingredients from the cheese to the turkey sausage and packed with protein, making them a delicious and wholesome breakfast option! Check out this Morning Swap video to learn just how real the ingredients in these sandwiches are!

What’s your favorite breakfast to eat on-the-go in the morning?