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Sleepover and Spa Day With Grandkids

It turns out that you really don’t have to have a lot planned to create a day of fun with grandparents.  Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE planning fun activities.  However,  it is also fun to do the simple things that will create special memories for ALL ages.  This weekend turned out to be just that!  I packed my bag and gathered up all of my favorite skincare products (Limelife by Alcone), and we headed to my mother’s house with Lauren and the grandkids.  The end product was a fun sleepover and spa day with the grandkids…and it was absolutely perfect!

Lauren, the grandkids and I piled in the car and headed down for a day of fun with Great Grandma!  Both Lauren and I always tend to plan for every hour of the day (well, more Lauren than me these days), but we decided this would just be a day of relaxation, conversation and whatever decided to come our way…you know….just enjoy the old time fun of enjoying the simple life!

The Simple Life ~

The day brought lots of simple fun:

Story Telling
Fort Building With Boxes
Snuggle Time

These are the days that I don’t think the average person gets enough of….at least I know our family doesn’t.  Let me tell you…it is worth it to make it happen…and not just for the adults!  The littles enjoyed this day as much as we did!

As we were sitting out on Grandma’s cozy porch in the early hours of the day, I decided why not have a little “spa day.”  The coffee cup was forgotten for awhile as I pulled out my favorite skin care products.  Funny looks were turned my way at first…a spa day outside?  Why not?

Reconnecting With Old Friends ~

Let me back up a bit to talk about friends we meet throughout life.  Friendships are a funny thing…you have lifelong friends from childhood and then the many you meet along the way.  For me, friends were made through sports, college, work, kid’s classes, volunteering, kid’s after school activities and neighborhood.  So many wonderful friends have been made through the years.

So why am I talking about this random subject?  I have reconnected with many friends over the years…friends from those earlier days.  Lori is one of those friends.  We met in college and reconnected through social media (one of the things I love most about social media!)  She is this beautiful soul inside and out.  The outer beauty is enhanced even more by the skin care products she shares with others…Limelife by Alcone.  (No, I am not a rep…she is….I just love the products!)

Spa Day ~

We started with some warm washrags draped over our faces.  I believe the smiles on both faces say everything…they were loving it from the very start!  (notice the hand holding too….be still my heart!)

Next was deep cleaning with Glowing Green Toner Pads.  (These feel wonderful).  Keep in mind that I am obviously not a professional, so we may have done things out of order.  I sometimes have to reach out to Lori to remind me what is used when. 🤣

We continued on with Eye Arise (guys…seriously this stuff is AMAZING!), skin polish (also AMAZING), Sotoks and Green Smoothie.  We didn’t necessarily do it in the order listed and not everyone used every product.  The general idea was to just make them feel good and have fun!  I used Limelife because I love it, but you can obviously do your own spa day with whatever your favorite products are.

The end result was a lot of laughter and relaxation.  The girls mostly enjoyed this part of the visit, but the boys jumped in on some of the fun as well.  They had box forts to turn to when not interested!  Heck, we even had some of Grandma Judy’s favorite friends peek in on the fun!

Pssst…I think Lori has some products for those under eye bags Miss Raccoon!

We finished off the weekend with loads of yummy food, movies, playing with dolls and super heroes and golf cart rides!  We packed A LOT of fun in one night/day!  My suggestion…mix it up….simple fun and planned fun…enjoy a little of both!  (For those of you who want more “planned” ideas…check out the rest of the suggestions below!)

Want To Take It Up A Notch? ~

Are you one of those that prefers planning over just letting things happen as they may?  Consider taking it up a notch for your own spa day!

Add some special slippers for the occasion ~ Add these adorable slippers by Gygo Goods to complete the Spa Day Experience!

Mini Spa Kits????  Yes please! ~ Have a Mini Spa Kit by BubblesandSpark available for each person in your party…how fun is that?

Send each person home with a fun little gift! ~ Get these adorable Spa Day bath bombs by Wild Lavendar Bath Body

I hope of each of you can plan an overnight and spa day with grandkids….real soon!  Enjoy!

Love~

Mimi

P.S.  Are you interested in reaching out to Lori regarding Limelife by Alcone…..Click here to get more information about Limelife products from Lori!

Pen Pal Fun With Grandkids

I walked out to retrieve our mail today expecting the usual advertisements and bills.  However, as I opened the mailbox, my eyes went straight to a different piece of mail.  There was a long white envelope addressed to Mimi & Pappy.  Well,  that sure did bring a quick smile to my face!  As I began to open the letter, I had an epiphany.  It is time to start having some pen pal fun with the grandkids!

In July, I wrote this post about Grandparenting from a Distance and in that article I discussed snail mail with the grandkids.  In fact, I even admitted then that I am not very good at it but want to get better.  Well, NOW is the time to start having some fun with the snail mail and pen pals!

Letters From The Grandkids ~

This particular mail was from Max.  He drew us pictures and wanted to send them to us.  Now, keep in mind that we are very lucky grandparents that get to see the kids several times a week.  However, this should not keep anyone from sending fun letters, cards, games, jokes, etc. to the grandkids.  As we all know, everyone likes to receive a special piece of mail.  It gives you the same feeling you get when opening gifts at Christmas.  Someone took the time to personally acknowledge you.

I actually keep a folder in my office of artwork and letters they have written for us.  Each one gets labeled with their name and date on the back of the pages so they can see how their writing and picture drawing improves over time.  I also pull them out once in a while just to enjoy the love they share in each page they create for us.

Pen Pal:  A person with whom one keeps up an exchange of letters, USUALLY someone that is so far away that a personal meeting is unlikely.

Benefits of Pen Pal Fun With Grandkids ~

  • Create a close connection
  • Allows opportunity to praise the children’s artwork and writing = boosts self confidence
  • Long-lasting memories
  • Teaches correspondence skills – stamps, addressing envelopes, proper writing etiquette over time
  • Patience – in this world of everything at our fingertips, it is good for them to learn the anticipation of “waiting for something good to come.”
  • Fosters creativity
  • Improves penmanship

Fun Snail Mail Ideas ~

  • Pre-stamp and address some fun post cards and give them as a gift to your grandchildren.  This way they can correspond with you any time they want.
  • If they are old enough to practice envelope format, then give them a blank notebook/stationery and envelopes.

Include some small item with your letter to them:

  • An old picture of you
  • A picture of the two of you together
  • Several charms – one at a time so they can make a bracelet or keychain once all are sent
  • A fun drawing
  • A coloring page
  • A seek and find page – I have always loved the Highlight brand but you can also find a lot of free ones to download on Pinterest! – I especially love this Highlights Back to School Version!

  • Bookmark
  • Ask a question and tell them to reply with their answer in a letter back to you
  •  Origami
  •  Stickers
  • Send a small puzzle a few pieces at a time
  • Cut the letter in large pieces so they have to put together like a puzzle
  • Write the letter in coded ink and send special pen for them to uncover the message.  I LOVE this Invisible Ink Spy Pen set…kids will too!

  • Bible verse – you can write them yourself in your letter or use something like this fun book to send in your letter – Fun Bible Memory Book for Kids

  • Send a Hug!  – I love this idea by Becca of Who-arted.com
  • Start a Write Me Back! – Jennie Moraitis describes this fun idea in her littlegirldesigns.com blog
  • Write a letter on a deflated balloon for them to blow up and read
  • Make an origami fortune teller – We love to create our own but if you struggle in this department, here is an easy fortune teller (or cootie catcher as we used to call them) book with templates – Origami Fortune Teller Booklet with pre-printed and blank templates!

  • Create a family quiz – it would be fun do do this annually and save to look back at their answers later!

These are just a few fun ideas.  Once you get started I am sure more fun ideas will come your way.  These ideas are simple ones that can be included in a small envelope.  It is also fun, of course, to send a small gift once in awhile.  However, the bigger importance here is trying to foster a fun relationship with your grandchildren with money not being the focal point.

Keep in mind, too, that it doesn’t matter if you live far away or in the same town.  It still can be such a fun activity between grandparents and grandchildren.  As I am sitting here writing this, I am getting so excited about all the fun ideas that are forming in my head.  I am truly looking forward to having some pen pal fun with my grandkids!  (And don’t you think for a second that I won’t be involving Pappy in this fun adventure as well! 😉)

Happy letter writing to you ~

Mimi

 

 

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