8 Dollar Store Hacks that will Keep your Kids Busy

As adults we quickly grow tired of doing the same things over and over again so wouldn’t it make sense for kids to be the exact same way?

Sometimes we get caught on autopilot and expect that if we get our kids the same activities that they will always have the same reaction but this isn’t the case.

Life is about experiences so that means we have to continuously mix things up!

However, experiences don’t have to be costly. I’ve found 8 activities that can be put together with items from the Dollar Store that will keep both you and your kids busy.

Dollar Store Hacks to Keep Kids Happy

The goal of these hacks isn’t just to keep your kids busy but to also keep them entertained. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of plopping them down in front of a TV to keep them busy.

You want to provide some type of stimulation so they don’t turn into mindless zombies of the future.

1. Hoola Hoop Hideout

Children love hideouts and with these Hoola Hoop Hideouts, your kid’s will enjoy hours of fun outdoors. From start to finish your kids will be excited to create and design their own personal Hoola Hoop Hideout. All you need is a hula hoop, safety pins, twine or rope, tulle and/or ribbon, sheets, scissors, cushions, and blankets.

2. Giant Dry Erase Mat

Looking for something to keep the kiddos busy on those rainy days? Well, look no further this dollar store hack will absolutely come in handy! All you need is clear vinyl shower curtain liner, which you can find at a local dollar store for only $1, and washable non-toxic dry erase markers.

3. DIY Color Mixing Station

Wonderful, wet, and messy is a perfect way to keep any kid busy for hours. By mixing food coloring with cornstarch and water is one of those perfect kids’ activities that keep them busy while teaching them a thing or two.

4. Hula Hoop Croquet

This is such a genius way to keep the kids busy even into the Fall. Hula Hoop Croquet is a cross between kickball and croquet! You’ll enjoy watching your kids have fun all day long. This game is easy to create and everything can be picked up from the dollar store.

5. Backyard Tic Tac Toe

Looking for a fun twist to the traditional tic tac toe? Frisbie Tic Tac Toe is an exciting game that will engage the kids for hours. Simply make a grid using a shower curtain from a dollar store and some cheap tape. Then set 6 frisbees out, so the kids can stand behind a line and see who has the best aim!

6. Make Giant Bubbles

Want a super party activity that will WOW your guests? This activity is giant bubble station! It’s the perfect way to entertain all your guest, not just the kiddos. All you need is a hula hoop, children’s hard plastic swimming pool, a little dish soap, and some water.

7. Window Art With Glue & Food Coloring

Window Art With Glue & Food Coloring is a great way to get your kids to express themselves in a fun new way. Kids of all ages will have fun enjoy creating their own mater pieces for all to see. All you need is condiment bottles from Walmart (99 cents each), dollar store picture frame, glue, and food coloring.

8. Pool Noodle Obstacle Course

Creating an obstacle course out of pool noodles is a great way to entertain your kid outdoors. Get creative with your kids and have them kick or throw a ball through the noodles. Or try having them crawl under or jump over the noodles. With so many activities a Pool Noodle Obstacle Course is great for kids of many ages.

Fun Dollar Store Games for Kids

See? Fun doesn’t have to break the bank, it just requires a bit more imagination than most adults are used to using but that’s okay because over time your imagination will get back into the flow of things.

If you’ve found some other activities that you can do with inexpensive items I would love to hear about them.

11 DIY Sugar Scrubs for Beautiful and Happy Skin

There never seems to be enough time to pamper yourself. You’re running all around making sure the world doesn’t fall apart but sometimes you just want to take a break and get yourself a sugar scrub treatment. If you aren’t sure what sugar scrubs are then you are certainly missing out!

A sugar scrub is a compound that contains sugar to help give you beautiful skin. But wait sugar?

Yes, sugar!

Why does sugar work? Because sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin. So when you apply products with sugar or sugar derivatives, they’ll actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture within.

Who would’ve guessed?

One of the best things about sugar scrubs is that you can make your own and you can make them in a variety of scents!

And you aren’t regulated to some basic scents like grape or strawberry. No, no, no!

You can get really creative with your sugar scrub scents and I’ve compiled a list of 11 of my favorite ones.

11 DIY Sugar Scrubs You Can Make Today

You’ll actually be surprised at how easy it is to make sugar scrubs.

They’re actually ideal for Christmas and birthday presents so if you’re going to spend the time to make a container of one, you might as well make a couple extra for those times you need to give your girlfriend something to enjoy.

I do have to warn you though, that all of these scrubs smell delicious but don’t get any wild ideas about eating them. Of course, you’re going to need some containers to store your sugar scrubs and I like to use these hexagon glass jars because they are different and look stylish.

Make yourself some fat bombs if you have the urge to go crazy on the sweets.

Anyways, you ready? Let’s begin.

1. DIY Blueberry Lemon Body Scrub

DIY Blueberry Lemon Body Scrub

Not only is this face scrub beautiful to look at its also amazing for your skin!

This scrub includes coconut oil which will add great moisture to your skin while cleansing and providing anti-aging benefits to your skin.

The blueberries in this scrub will provide your skin with antioxidants which will fight free radicals and cancer cells. The add lemon extract which is especially great if you have any scar tissue, as lemons are a natural bleacher and can lighten and even out your skin tone.

Get the instructions here!

2. DIY Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub

DIY Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub

I was immediately drawn to this scrub because I LOVE CHOCOLATE!

This scrub includes cocoa powder which helps tighten skin, fight aging, and can prevent breakouts. Another awesome ingredient in this scrub is almond oil which helps moisturizer and lightens the skin, while the Vitamin E helps with anti-aging and healing. Lastly, the peppermint in this scrub will help calm and soothe your skin.

Get the instructions here!

3.Coconut Coffee Scrub

Coconut Coffee Scrub

If you already have coconut oil and coffee then that’s good, because you already have the main ingredients for this wonderful scrub.So all you have to do is go to your kitchen, get some coffee, and start on that scrub!

Coffee has awesome antioxidants in it to help to prevent aging, as well as skin firming properties which help to give you a more youthful look. Along with all the amazing benefits, we know coconut oil provides this scrub will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing.

Get the instructions here!

4. Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub

Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub

The first time I saw this scrub, I thought it looked good enough to eat!

With coconut oil being the main ingredient this scrub also includes mint, and grapefruit juice and extract, which helps to keep skin clear and fight aging. Sounds like an awesome recipe for having young and clear skin.

Get the instructionshere!

5. Green Tea Sugar Scrub

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

I love green tea so when I saw that this scrub had green tea in it, I knew it was going to have some awesome benefits for my skin.

Just like the four previous scrubs, this scrub has coconut oil in it as well. But the key ingredient green tea which helps to fight against aging, inflammation, bacteria, and cancer cells. It really is an awesome scrub to take care of your skin’s health.

Get the instructionshere!

6. Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

Pamper yourself and smooth out those rough spots with this Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub!

This scrub is so easy to make you can make your own in less than 10 minutes with a few simple natural ingredients from your pantry. All you need is brown sugar, oil (almond, olive or coconut), vitamin E oil and real vanilla extract.

Get the instructions here!

7. Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

I am totally one of those people who love pumpkin spice everything so when I found this scrub I knew I’d love it!

This all-natural DIY vanilla pumpkin spice sugar scrub is made with granulated sugar, coconut oil, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract.

Get the instructions here!

8. Piña Colada Sugar Scrub

Piña Colada Sugar Scrub

Sugar Scrubs are amazing for your skin any time of the year!

This Pina Colada Sugar Scrub is perfect if you’re looking for a little added moisture. The main ingredient is coconut oil which will add great moisture while cleansing and providing anti-aging benefits to your skin.

Get the instructions here!

9. Mandarin Scrub

Mandarin Sugar Scrub

This scrub is perfect for bringing your skin back to life.

Mandarins are rich in antioxidants. The peels are also rich in vitamin C and E, which are essential for healthy looking skin.

Get the instructions here!

10. Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

This is seriously the best sugar scrub I’ve ever used and there’s no need for any crazy essential oils, everything you need is right in your pantry!

This Gingerbread Sugar Scrub blends spices and moisture rich coconut oil with sweet exfoliating brown and pure cane sugars.

Get the instructions here!

11. Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub

This Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub not only makes my skin super-soft, the smell is also intoxicating! This refreshing scrub is inexpensive and easy to whip up in minutes.

The refreshing cucumber scrub will awaken your skin, while the sugar gently buffs off old skin cells to reveal a healthy new layer of skin. Cucumber is also full of antioxidants, it reduces inflammation and it’s ultra-hydrating.The cherry on top is the moisturizing coconut oil that will absorb into your skin leaving it silky smooth.

Get the instructions here!

Sugar Helps Your Skin

Who would’ve thought that sugar could be so awesome for your skin? It feels nice when it’s exfoliating and it also smells great.

I love that you can mix and match sugar scrubs as you see fit so what is to stop you from having a whole inventory of sugar scrub scents waiting?

No need to go and buy one expensive flavor when you can have 5 to alternate between each and every day!