50 Totally Free Day Dates With Kids

50 Frugal (mostly indoor) activities to do with your kids

Looking for ways to spend more quality time with your kids, one-on-one? I’ve pulled together 50 totally unique and creative ideas for building memories and bonding with your kids.

Of course, you don’t need to have an expensive outing to get a little quality time in. That’s why these ideas are all frugal or free. 

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Back To School Countdown Banner

Free Library Card Printables for pretend play

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T-minus 1o days until school starts in our area, and we are not ready mentally…or emotionally…at all. I’m not that mom with the glass of champagne at the first day of school bus stop. I’ll miss the easy mornings of summer and the lack of homework and activities in the afternoon. Life is crazy enough with all of that, but what can you do?

For starters, we can prepare ourselves with a good old fashioned back to school countdown banner.

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

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Printable Morning Routine Chart

Free Printable Back to School Morning Chart for Kids

This shop, Morning Routine Chart,  has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackToSchool #CollectiveBias

I can hardly believe I’m writing this post – but, believe it or not, school is almost back in session. HOW did the summer fly by so fast?? The more relaxed morning routine of summer will soon give way to the chaos of the school year, so today I’m sharing a Morning Routine Chart designed to make life a little easier.Free Morning Routine Printable Chart for Kids

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Road Trip Travel Tricks for Moms

Printable Travel Journal and Car Activities for Kids

A big thank you to Firestone Auto Care for sponsoring my Road Trip Travel Tricks for Moms. As always, all opinions are mine alone.

Summer is road trip season, and our family is always on the go. Mr. Marigold and I are both from Iowa, so we try to get back as often as we can to visit our families. While that isn’t nearly as often as we like, it’s often enough to have perfected the art of traveling with three kids. Today I’m going to share my favorite road trip travel tricks for moms – including a free printable travel journal for kids.

Free Printable Travel Journal for Kids - Road Trip Travel Tricks for Moms | Five Marigolds

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Sew Pajama Pants from Vintage Sheets

Sew Pajama Pants in just 15 Minutes

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love all things vintage. Lately, I’ve been especially fond of vintage sheets, afghans and quilts. I’m always brimming with ideas for repurposing these treasures, and I even sell my finds in  my small Etsy Shop. Last year I shared an article with genius ways to repurpose vintage sheets, and I fell in love with the idea of sewing pajama pants from vintage sheets.

What could be better? The soft feel of summer sheets paired with gorgeous vintage patterns.

Sew pajama pants from vintage sheets

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Peter Rabbit Party

Bunny Bar and Minute to Win it Games for garden party

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A few weeks ago, I shared about how our family has a weekly tradition of Family Movie Night. It’s something we look forward to every week, whether it’s an old throwback movie from my childhood, or we treat ourselves to a new movie.

Most times, it’s an excuse to veg out. Sometimes, we have fun taking our movie night to the next level.Peter Rabbit Garden Party with Bunny Bar | Five Marigolds

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Bless This Mess: Face Painting Kids’ Activity

Confessions of a (semi-) reformed Neat Freak Mom

I have a confession. I’m not a fun mom. I love to peruse Pinterest and find activities that my kids will enjoy, but when it comes to the actual DOING of the activities, I have a tendency to squash fun with my “clean as you go” mentality.

My oldest daughter is a creator. An artist. An, “I’ll just throw this over there in the corner” sort of gal.

The mom struggle is REAL.

However, there is real joy in seeing our kids develop and grow into individuals with unique abilities, talents and interests. I want to be the kind of mom who fosters those things, instead of stifling those things byf fostering my own unique interest in, well, cleanliness.

So, I took a leap at Christmas when I got my daughter a face painting kit. Just a basic kit with a few colors and instructions. You would have thought we’d given her the moon. She could NOT believe we would allow – even encourage – this activity.

Bless This Mess: Face Painting Kids' Activity

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Kid Friendly Honey Bread

Easy, Kid Friendly Honey Bread Recipe

Today I’m excited to share one of our family’s favorite recipes: Kid Friendly Honey Bread. I’ve been meaning to share this on the blog for, like, years, but just never got around to it.

Yes, the recipe is called kid friendly because my kids love to eat this bread. But, more importantly, this is a super easy recipe that your kids can make with you.Honey Bear After School Snack | Five Marigolds

 

 

 

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Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities + OshKosh B’gosh Giveaway

Mother Daughter Date Ideas to Capture the True Meaning of Christmas

This post, Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities , is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s true – it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, like so many families, we find ourselves struggling to keep up with the endless activities,  traditions and all-around excess that can come with the season.

It’s why I’m so glad we started the tradition of performing Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities as a family in the days leading up to Christmas.Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities to prepare for Christmas. Free Printable Activities and leave-behind ROAK cards.

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Honey Bear After School Snack

Celebrating National Honey Month

This post is sponsored by the National Honey Board, however the content and opinions expressed are my own.

Last week my baby started Pre-Kindergarten. Time is going fast, and I’m determined to savor these golden moments I still have with her at home with some special, 1:1 time.. Since she is getting to be such a big girl, I thought it would be fun to have a special tea party with her, letting her make a new recipe, a Honey Bear after school snack, all by herself.

You see, she is so excited to go to her bumblebee themed classroom a few 1/2 days per week,  and lamented on the first day she didn’t have a bee costume to wear 😂

Then, this weekend,we were especially excited to have guests who just started bee keeping. We enjoyed all their stories and pictures, and even got one of their first bottles of honey as a hostess gift. As a result, the kids are pretty sure we should start beekeeping, too (um, no.).

So, it felt especially serendipitous when I received a golden box of goodies from the National Honey Board to inspire us to celebrate National Honey Month with some honey, beautiful party decorations and easy, kid-friendly recipes.Honey Bear After School Snack | Five Marigolds

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Secret Message Lunchbox Notes

Printables for Back to School

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® Hand Wipes. The opinions and text are all mine. I received free samples of products from Wet Ones®. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser. #BTSWithWetOnes #CollectiveBias

It’s hard to believe in just a week the kids will be back to school. I mean, WHY does summer break have to go so fast?

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I love a good lunchbox note! This year, I’ve created my favorite, ever: Secret Message Lunchbox Notes!Secret Message Lunchbox Notes | Five Marigolds

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Pink Flamingo Birthday Party

Tropical Pool Party for Girls

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I can’t even believe it, but my middle baby girl is turning SEVEN. She is full of zest for life, a penchant for adventure, and loves to love.

A girl with this big of a personality needs a bold and bright celebration – like a tropical party with flamingos, pool floaties, and flowers galore. This pink flamingo pool party is adorable! Love the idea for favor bags.

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Easy DIY Toy Car Storage Jars

STYLISH, AFFORDABLE WAY TO STORE TOY CARS

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Today’s DIY is all about finding stylish ways to display and contain toy cars. My son’s love of cars was revived last month when we introduced him to the latest Fast & Furious™ movie. So, of course, he was thrilled when he discovered toy replicas of Dom Toretto’s car and the climax scene of the movie. However, we had reached capacity on car storage in casa de Mangold. Maxed. Out.

Stored here: Fast & Furious™ 5 Pack Vehicle Assorted

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Matilda Jane June 2017 Release

 Looks I love: Summer Style Edition

Today I’m going to talk about something I don’t often do, and that is one of my side hustles of selling boutique women and children’s clothing.

I’m never sure how much to talk about my Etsy shop, clothing sales, or other side gigs here, but I decided since this blog is all about living life colorfully, with vibrant lifestyle photography, that it’s indeed *quite* up my alley to share beautiful things I love and want to share with others.

Today, I’m sharing my own product review and  images of the latest June 2017 launch of The Adventure Begins,  because it is so stinkin’ adorable.

Before we start, please keep in mind you can get everything you see here, and much, much more, on my website here, and be the first to know about sales and get in on my 50% sample sales by joining my private group, here. 

First up: the big girls’ line. It’s so pretty in my daughter’s favorite pastels: pink and purple. You might have noticed one of our sweetest new additions in yesterday’s DIY Ice Cream Stand post.

Matilda Jane June 2017 Release | Trunk Keeper #340253

Bean Bag Toss Tank and Tart and Sweet Shorties

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DIY Ice Cream Stand

Good Clean Summer Fun

Thank you to Kemps for sponsoring this post, DIY Ice Cream stand. All opinions are my own.

School’s out for summer! This week the kids and I started tackling our summer bucket list, and at the very top of our goals was “eat lots of ice cream.”

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know we are very serious about our ice cream. So it should come as no surprise that,  on our first day out of school, Eve decided she wanted to DIY a free ice cream stand.  We made our stand with inexpensive poster board and a simple tablecloth.Easy DIY Ice Cream Stand | Simple Summer Nostalgia | Five Marigolds #yo2 #ad

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Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages

High Impact Gifts that Mothers & Grandmothers Will Love

A big thanks to GiftsForYouNow for sponsoring my Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts. All opinions are my own.

Happy May Day! Can you believe in just a two short weeks, it will be Mother’s Day?

If you’re one of the many people who haven’t landed the perfect gift for the women in your life this Mother’s Day – don’t panic! I’ve pulled together three thoughtful and inexpensive gift ideas for moms and grandmas, that even the worst procrastinator can pull off at the last minute! Moms can attest: there’s nothing better than receiving a truly thoughtful gift that can be sentimental, pretty, AND useful.Homemade Mother's Day gift ideas: DIY watercolor tea towels

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Big Boy Room Reveal

Colorful, eclectic Boy Bedroom

When we moved into this home two years ago, one of the first rooms I decorated was my son’s.  It’s where inspiration struck first, and I had so much fun creating custom framed engineer prints, pallet art, and industrial pendant lighting. I loved everything about it, and declared his room, “done.”

However, he has since graduated to a bigger bed…which required new bedding…and while I was at it, I decided his room was missing color, and elements that better reflect his personality.

My design style, if I had to describe it,  is an eclectic mix of colorful, vintage and updated traditional. Today I’m going to reveal his colorful / preppy / rustic /  vintage big boy room.Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids

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