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Valentine’s Day for All Generations: 7 Ideas for Sweet Fun

Just months after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Valentine’s Day is another good holiday for families to spend sweet quality time together. Time is the ultimate gift, so fun Valentine’s Day activities can help family members of all generations enjoy each other’s company, make lasting memories, and share love with one another.

This year, give the gift of time to your family by incorporating these Valentine’s Day ideas for kids and adults.

Sweet Gifts Made Like These

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

At any age, well-thought out gifts are the way to your loved ones’ hearts. This year, get with your crew for some homemade gift giving.

To let family know they’re the “beary best,” help kids fill mason jars of any size with Surf Sweets Fruity or Gummy Bears. Then, have fun creating custom labels and decorating it for the special person who’ll receive it. Grab colorful pens, ribbons (here we used baking twine), labels, construction paper, and double-sided tape or glue. And since it’s Valentine’s Day, don’t forget the heart stickers!

Reveling in Relaxation

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

You don’t have to take your family out to relax. Bring the spa to your home by making family-friendly bath scrubs with all natural ingredients. It’s a great gift to have little ones make for moms, grandmothers, and older sisters. The fun is really in the creation.

Set up a bath salt station where your kids can mix up the ingredients. View our homemade spa recipes and grab our printable labels to complete this calming gift.

Love Chats  Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

How often can you get your whole family together to talk? For many families, not often enough. This Valentine’s Day, set aside some time to catch up as a group. Have a love chat. Sit around in a comfortable place and pull out pre-written questions out of a hat such as “What is usually the best part of your day?” and “If you could do anything every single day, what would it be?” Whatever question is pulled, everyone has to answer. Go around the circle with everyone pulling from the hat until you’re out.

Game Night Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

 

Keep the party going in your house with a Valentine’s Day game night — a festive version of the traditional family favorites. There are tons of games to choose from. For example, it’s Surf Sweets Fruity Hearts vs. Jelly Beans (or any two candies) in this yummy game of tic tac toe. Download your game board and then print out as many as you need for a night filled with fun.

Family Dinner Cooking Contest

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

No matter your family’s individual interests may be, food is always fun. So, why not make it a contest? Break your family into teams to cook a part of an allergy-friendly meal. Divvy up adults and kids into teams, and then choose dishes that cover the entire meal, ranging from appetizers to desserts. You’re going to need some good judges, though. Invite over extended family, friends, or neighbors to enjoy and share their favorite dish.

Hunt for Hearts

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

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GiTake advantage of young curiosity by setting up a “heart hunt” throughout your home. Similar to the fun of an Easter egg hunt, this scavenger hunt is sure to bring smiles to younger kids’ faces. Place hearts made of construction paper around the house, enlisting the help of any older children to write sweet notes on them and then place them in creative places. Before the search starts, allow kids to decorate their own baskets to hold their discovered hearts. For an added touch, allow kids to exchange a number of paper hearts for small gifts and candy.

Show Signs of Love

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

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You don’t need spoken words to say “I love you.” This easy-to-make homemade card teaches your kids how to say the term in sign language while also giving them another way to spread love this holiday.

Have kids trace their hands on construction paper with fingers spread apart. After cutting out the hands, fold down the tips of the middle and ring fingers and add to a homemade Valentine’s Day card. Note: Only tape or glue down the fingertips to leave a three-dimensional effect.

What are your family’s favorite Valentine’s Day traditions? Let us know below.

 

Fostering the Spirit of Giving

Fostering the Spirit of Giving

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” — Maya Angelou

When your kids think of the holidays, they probably think of holiday decorations, lots of shopping, and a ton of presents from Santa, but it’s always better to give than to receive. This year, teach your children the true meaning of the holiday season by sharing ways for them to give back. Instead of just getting the material things on their lists, they’ll also get the great feeling of doing for others and making the world a better place.

7 Ways to Inspire Your Kids to Give Back

Give time.

 

Time is one of the most valuable of life’s resources, and making a habit of giving it to those who need it can be priceless. Choose a cause that is near and dear to your family and give a few hours this season.

Give food.

Fostering the Spirit of Giving

One way to go straight to the hearts of others is through their stomachs. Help your children plan a meal for family and loved ones. Maybe it’s making a special breakfast for grandma or a holiday dinner for the whole family. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit. Bonus: Consider making the table special with these decorating tips.

Give gifts.

Fostering the Spirit of Giving Fostering the Spirit of Giving

 

Small gifts made with care can mean so much to people whose jobs often go unnoticed. It’s common practice to give gifts to teachers, but this season, don’t forget about your postal workers, crossing guards, bus drivers, and babysitters. Fill baskets with Surf Sweets Jelly Beans and Fruity Bears for a fruity treat or go festive by filling boxes with TruJoy Peppermint Choco Chews and tying Candy Canes to the top for an added treat.

Give thanks.

Fostering the Spirit of Giving

 

Nice handwritten notes are still classic and will never go out of style. In fact, in the age of email and quick correspondence, taking the time to write something special by hand is a good practice. Help your kids make a list of people they would like to thank this year, give them a stack of notecards, and let them write away.

Give what you learn.

 

Giving doesn’t always cost you anything. Ask your children what they’ve learned this year and encourage them to teach at least one thing they’ve learned to another person. If they learned new ballet moves, they can teach a friend to plié. If they learned to write a new letter well, they can show a younger child how to do the same. Whatever they are excited about learning, they can help someone else have that same joy.

Give what you get.

Fostering the Spirit of Giving

Giving items that mean the most to your children is also a way to connect to others. Giving toys and other items such as favorite movies and games that meant a lot to them is a way to share their memories with other kids and pass on that joy for future fun.

Give as you get.

It’s likely that your kids will get a ton of new clothes and toys this season. Implement a “give as you get” policy in your home — as your family gets new things, you give away old items to the less fortunate. Help your kids clean out their closets and toy chests and allow them to go with you to donate the goods to a shelter or organization near you.

What are some other ways kids can learn the spirit of giving? Let us know by connecting with Surf Sweets on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

kids' holiday table

5 Ways to Make a Festive Kids’ Holiday Table

There’s nothing better than spending time with family and friends during the holidays, and one of the most memorable duties of a party host or hostess is decorating for the occasion. This year, the fancy decor doesn’t have to be reserved for adults only. Your youngest guests can enjoy the special decorations and treats at the kids’ holiday table, too. And, they can be inclusive of all guests’ dietary restrictions, especially if they’ll be left on the table for little hands to grab.

Here are five ways to make the kids’ holiday table just as festive — and fun — as any other part of your party planning this season.

Candy Cane Leads the Way

kids’ holiday table

 

Help your young guests find their seat and feel extra special with place card holders that are also a yummy treat! Write or print your guests’ names on cards, using TruJoy Organic Candy Canes as stands. To create the stands, tie the three candy canes together with a festive ribbon of your choice. Not only are the candy canes a yummy treat, but they are also nut-free, organic and colored with natural fruit juice, so they’re safe for almost anyone that comes through your doors.

Gingerbread Brings the House Down

kids’ holiday table

For table decor that’s good enough to eat, gingerbread is just the treat. You can even invite guests to help, using Sensitive Sweets Gingerbread House Kit, which is vegan and is free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy peanuts, tree nuts, sesame. It’s made with no preservatives, artificial colors, or flavoring, so it’s a safe bet. Decorate with Surf Sweets Jelly Beans, TruJoy Organic Candy Canes, and Surf Sweets Peach Rings.

Surprise! You’ve Got Gifts

 

kids’ holiday table

Who doesn’t want a special surprise gift? Your guests will be excited when they reach the kids’ holiday table and find special present that’s just for them. Fill boxes with a treat, like TruJoy Peppermint Choco Chews, and tie them up with a decorative ribbon. Place the boxes at your little guests’ placemat and add candy canes for an extra touch.

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Treat Holder

 

 kids’ holiday tablekids’ holiday table

You can also decorate the kids’ holiday table with something that is not only a gift that guests can enjoy but that can also be reused for upcoming holidays. Use small terracotta planters to create this Randolph planter that can be used for kids’ next craft project. Use pipe cleaners for the antlers, Googly eyes or white & black paper for the eyes, and a red pompom for the nose. Then, fill with your favorite Surf Sweets treats.

Hot Cocoa and Peppermint Fixes

kids’ holiday table

Chocolate and peppermint go together during the holidays like Santa and his reindeer. Add a TruJoy Candy Cane to mugs for warm hot cocoa. To add to the choco-peppermint yumminess, melt TruJoy Starlight Mints into candy bowls that are original and unique gifts to take home, like Jennifer Fishkind of Princess Pinky Girl. These mints are an organic version of the holiday favorite and are also gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. Fill the candy bowls with more mints and TruJoy Organic Peppermint Chews.

 

What’s your favorite thing to add to the kids’ holiday table at your parties? Let us know by connecting with Surf Sweets on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Break out the camping gear and throw a birthday party where you don’t have to worry about cleaning the house! (Now that’s something to celebrate!)

This outdoor themed party will bring out the camp kid in all of us. Complete with fishing poles, s’mores and a cozy tent, read on to see how to replicate our version of Camp Surf Sweets that will transform your next birthday party!

DIY Play Tent

Surf Sweets Backyard Camp

What would camping be without a tent? You don’t have to get an expensive glamping unit that’ll you’ll rarely use. An easy, DIY play tent is the perfect addition to a camping themed birthday party (and fun to reuse in years to come!)

This DIY play tent is fun and easy to put together.  You can make it as simple or complicated as you want by coloring, decorating, or sewing different parts. For us, we went with natural colors so it felt more authentic. Sweet tip: you can fold it right up when you finally get the kids out of it at the end of the festivities and reuse for play time again and again.

How to Make Your Own

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Cost: $50 for (2) two Tents or $35 for (1) one

What you’ll need:

  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Hammer
  • (4) 1”x2” x 6ft boards per tent (available at any hardware store)
  • (3) ¾ “ x 48” dowels per tent (available at any hardware store)
  • ¾” drill spade bit(available at any hardware store)
  • (1) 9’ x 12’ canvas drop cloth (you can get 2 tents out of one of these)

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Step One:  Measure & Drill Holes

Measure, mark and drill a hole (using the ¾” spade bit) 2” from the bottom of each board.  Repeat 12” from the top of each board.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Step Two: Assemble Poles

  • Stack two boards on top of one another, aligning the 12” holes.
  • Hammer the ¾” dowel through both holes
  • Flip and repeat on the other side of the pole.
  • Open the boards on each side to create the tent frame
  • Lay the frame on its side and continue to hammer the remaining two dowels into the bottom holes

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Step Three: Cover with Drop Cloth.

If you are making two tents, cut the drop cloth down the center so you have two 4.5’ x 12’ pieces.

Drape the canvas over your frame and secure the fabric to the tent. Depending on how permanent you want the tent to be, you can sew it, staple it or use safety pins to hold it together.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Party Activity & Favor Two for One

Stone Painting Art

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Activities can be hard to organize when the party is outside, but this sweet painting game is flexible and doubles as a great take-home favor for all of your guests.

Create some beautiful original art work with found objects from your yard! If you are lucky enough to be near a beach, park, or trail use your party planning as an opportunity to take the kids on a walk to collect as many flat stones as you can find.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

At the party, provide children with water based paint pens and let them choose their rocks to decorate. Let their imaginations run wild with this great, creative, outdoor (and screen free!) art activity.

Snacks & Sustenance

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Trail Mix Station

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

What better way to keep the energy level up than to fuel everyone with a little trail mix? A trail mix station is a great way to let your guests put together their own dream trail mix. Plus, when you let guests make their own trail mix, you are giving guests with dietary restrictions the opportunity to eat a trail mix that they can eat without worry.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Sweet tip: If you have guests with food restrictions or allergies, be sure to clearly label your ingredients and make sure they aren’t touching or mixed together. Also be ready to provide ingredients for prepackaged foods for concerned guests. We did this by keeping our products’ bags handy for our guests to read if they need.

 S’more Mason Jar

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Camping wouldn’t be complete without some s’mores. Unfortunately, having an open flame at a kid’s birthday party is not the safest idea. Our solution keeps that gooey, chocolatey, goodness from getting out of hand and safer for little ones.

How to Make Your Own

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes

What you’ll need:

Small Mason Jars

Graham Crackers

Chocolate Chips

Marshmallows

1. Grease sides of the mason jar (cooking spray, coconut oil, or butter work well)

2. Crumble graham crackers in a plastic baggy

3. Pour a layer of crumbled graham crackers into the jars

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

4. Top with a layer of chocolate chips, then mini marshmallows

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

5. Pop into the oven on broil for 2-3 minutes until the marshmallows are browned to your taste and the chocolate has melted.

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

6. Decorate with a graham cracker top

7. Cool until the glass has cooled. Serve and enjoy!

Sweet Tip: To clean, soak or boil mason jars in hot water to remove chocolate and marshmallow residue

Gone Fishin’

Birthday Party Theme: Backyard Camp Out

Another two-for-one activity, guests can take home a tackle box full of Surf Sweets “bait”! Put out your favorite better-for-you candies and give each kid a tackle box of their own. Let the kids fill their tackle box with their favorites (and be sure to safe some for Mom & Dad as well!) 

What else would you add to a camp-themed birthday party idea? Share your favorite Surf Sweets-infused party pics by tagging us or using the #SurfSweets hashtag on Facebook or Instagram!

 

 

Pool Party Ideas for Kids

Pool Party Ideas for Kids

Close your eyes and picture summer….

What do you see? How about a bright blue pool, filled with laughing children, splashing and swimming? Yeah, us too.

Pool parties are synonymous with summer and even if you don’t have a pool, it’s likely you’ll be attending at least a couple of pool parties with your little ones. And even so, sprinklers, hoses, and slip-n-slides will do the trick! No matter your method, we have some pool party ideas for kids that make sure every minute is splash-tastic.

Pool Games and Activities

Pool parties are a fun opportunity to play unique games and activities.

If you’re poolside with bigger kids or teens who are swim-certified, start the party with a “biggest splash” contest to get the obligatory belly flops out of the way. Make the little ones the panel of judges so they can feel included.

Entertain kids who are practicing their deep diving skills by tossing a dime to the bottom of the pool. Award the ten cent fortune to whoever can retrieve it first.

A fun way to engage your swimmers is by creating an underwater obstacle course. Tie down some hula hoops with waterproof weights and time who can swim through the rings quickest.

If you have a large backyard, you can try Wet & Wild Bowling. See how many inflatable bowling pins you can knock down when you become your own bowling ball!

Working off a sprinkler or a hose? Play h2o limbo! See how low you can go without getting hit by the hose.

Toys

One of the easiest pool toys can double as a DIY activity – the Sponge Ball.

Start by picking out some sponges in your kid’s favorite colors. Make sure an adult does the sponge cutting and the thread-tying. You only need one or two packs of sponges to make enough balls for the whole party!

Never underestimate the imagination of a child when it comes to pool noodles. They can easily become light sabers and your little ones can have safe pool-duels.

The world of inflatable pool toys has expanded to include hot-dogs, ice-cream, and even pizza! Just be careful, all of these delicious food icons may work up everyone’s appetite!

Food Break

After water activity, fuel tanks may be on empty. Keep sustenance nearby. Finger foods like carrot and celery sticks are people pleasers – especially if allergy-friendly, SunButter is nearby for dipping!

Once your kiddo gets their suggested servings of veggies, break out the sweets! Surf Sweets are safe alternatives to artificially-sweetened candy like our Sour Berry Bears Snack Packs or summery peach and watermelon rings.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, prepare these adorable Beach Bear cupcakes for the ultimate themed-treat.

Once the Sun Goes Down

Provide extra beach towels so everyone can dry off head-to-toe before helping to put toys away. If everything goes to plan, party participants will be tuckered out and ready for a nap once the sun has gone to rest.

Now it’s time for the adults to get their summer on. Break out the adult lemonade, a favorite Spotify playlist, and snag those extra gummy bears. When it comes to pool parties, everyone’s a kid at heart!

No matter who is invited to your party, make sure everyone is wearing sunscreen, even if the sunshine is hiding behind clouds.

What makes a memorable pool party? Show us pics of you enjoying Surf Sweets poolside via instagram by tagging @SurfSweets

How to plan a sleepover

How to Plan a Sleepover

Sleepovers are an essential part of being a kid and knowing how to plan a sleepover is essential.

Think of it as a rite of passage.

Night time parties are also a great way to reward your child. It could be for exceptional deeds or improving grades anytime that you want to help them feel special. Sleepovers create community and strengthen relationships among your kid and their bffs. These are the memories they will look back on fondly.

Here are some steps to make sure the night is memorable:

1. Determine The Number of Guests You Can Handle

A sleepover is different than a birthday party. If your kid is a social butterfly, they may want to invite their whole class. Unless you rent out a gymnasium and hire staff to monitor, a class slumber party is a large undertaking. The exact guest maximum will depend on your space, budget, and sanity, but generally, a guest list of around 5-8 kids is a great slumber party size.

2. Pick the Date With Enough Notice

No need to stress about a date as you would a wedding. Most any Friday or Saturday will do. Try to pick a weekend where you have nothing to do the next day so your little one can take a nap once everyone leaves in the morning. You may need the nap, too!

Be sure to schedule the slumber party with enough notice. Fellow parents will need to make arrangements for drop off and pick up. A few weeks notice should be good enough during non-holiday times.

3. Choose a Fun Theme

OK, so not all slumber parties need a theme. But a theme can be the special sauce that flavors the evening. It’s also a great way to utilize what you already have.

Is your child obsessed with the movie Frozen? (OK, who isn’t?) Make a Frozen themed party. Kids can wear their Frozen pajamas, watch the movie, and do karaoke to the soundtrack.

Themes don’t have to be character specific, either. Does your kid love the color green? What about pink? Selecting a single color can help ease decorating. A theme helps to narrow down the overwhelming array of party options so you can focus your time on curating the fun.

And be sure to choose a theme with your child and plan it together unless it is a surprise. Teaching your child how to plan a sleepover and other gatherings is a bonding and teaching experience you’ll both remember!

4. Invitations

Sure, you can send invites digitally to their parents – but handmade invites are so much more fun.

Set out construction paper, coloring utensils, glue, and start crafting together. Sending the invitations via snail mail is a great way to teach your little one how to address an envelope and practice memorizing their address. Plus, sending the invitations directly to the recipient’s home will alleviate the sting felt by classmates who didn’t receive an invitation by hand.

5. Activities

There is no need to over-plan your kid’s party.

A sleepover itinerary will organically take its own shape as the evening progresses. That being said, it never hurts to brainstorm some ideas beforehand just in case there’s a lull.

Never fail activities are easy DIY crafts like homemade spa recipes or washi-tape sunglasses. Games and other physical activities like hide and seek can also help kids have fun while burning energy. One essential is the slumber fort. Get out all the extra linens, throws, and stuffed animals and let your future architects built their pillow palace!

How to plan a sleepover

6. Snacks and Treats

Will you be serving dinner, snacks, and breakfast the next morning? That’s a lot of food. Whatever’s on the menu, make sure you are allergy friendly. For example, Surf Sweets make organic candies that don’t contain artificial sweeteners. They are perfect for satisfying the sweet teeth of kids without the harmful chemicals found in traditional candy. Just make sure you buy enough. You’re gonna want some too!

7. Save Memories

Alright – you’ve done all the planning, the kids are mid-makeover, and there is popcorn in every couch crevice. Make sure you take pictures to remember the evening. Most cameras are durable enough to allow kids to snap pictures, too. If you are really fancy, you can even craft a photo booth with props for the kids to play around in. Pictures allow you and your family to relive the night forever.

Remember, no matter the theme, budget, or location, sleepovers are about the feel-good memories your child will be creating with their friends. Don’t stress on the details. Allowing your kid to socialize with their peers in a safe, loving environment is accomplishment enough. When it’s all over, pat yourself on the back and enjoy your secret stash of candy. The evening will not only be an everlasting memory for your kid and their friends, but one for you to look back on with fondness as you mentally catalog your little one’s adventures.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts

 

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts: 4 All-Natural DIY Spa Recipes

You know your wife, partner or mom is the sweetest. We have some fun ways to show her this year, just in time for Mother’s Day, with homemade Mother’s Day gifts.

Skip breakfast in bed this year as your gift to Mom—which usually means a messy kitchen and eating slightly burnt toast—and treat her to four easy, all-natural bath indulgences that make for great homemade Mother’s Day gifts.

You know your wife, partner or mom is the sweetest. We have some fun ways to show her this year, just in time for Mother’s Day, with homemade Mother’s Day gifts.  Skip breakfast in bed this year as your gift to Mom—which usually means a messy kitchen and eating slightly burnt toast—and treat her to four easy, all-natural bath indulgences that make for great homemade Mother’s Day gifts.

 

All of these can be made mainly with ingredients in your house or found at a local grocery store or food co-op. We love that each item can be customized to your wife, mom or your own preferences.

Like lemon over lime? Not an issue! Want to try grapefruit? Great! And, they’re simple enough to scale that you could easily make them for all the women in your life, from aunts to grandmas.

And if you are the mom of the house, why not make them with your kids as a spring activity? When you are asked what you really want for Mother’s Day, you can say that you want some time to yourself in a hot, indulgent bath with your homemade spa products. A little mommy-me time is good for everyone.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

We put together four easy, all-natural recipes to make homemade Mother’s Day gifts a breeze. The best part was all can be made in under an hour with measuring spoons, cups, bowls and jars.

Add some Surf Sweets, a card, and some freshly sliced cucumber for tired eyes to give Mom ultimate relaxation. She’ll love the minimal mess and maximum enjoyment of these gifts. And Mom feels appreciated and cared for, just like she makes the rest of the family feel.

For containers, use mason jars or empty jam jars or pretty clear containers at local shops or boutiques. We love that you can reuse what you have and also have the jars for storage afterwards.

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts Recipes

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

 

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

1 cup olive oil (you can use alternatives like grapeseed, sunflower or jojoba)

1 cup Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar

1 ½ cups Wholesome! Organic Light Brown Sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (make sure it’s pure extract and not flavoring)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then store in an airtight jar.

Sugar scrub can be used once a week to exfoliate. It’s especially great on the face and neck where salt scrubs are too strong or for individuals with sensitive skin. It dissolves quickly in warm water, leaving no residue just soft (and scented!) skin. You can also add some Vitamin E oil for extra moisturizing. If the sugar and oil separate, stir with a spoon.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

 

Citrus Salt Scrub

1 cup grapeseed oil

½ cup fine sea salt

+/- 20 drops of citrus essential oils per cup of sea salt (lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit are all fairly easy to find).

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then store in an airtight jar.

Salt scrub is an excellent exfoliant and, with the moisturizing oil, leaves skin soft and smooth.  We added orange essential oils as a pick-me-up making the whole experience refreshing and invigorating. Any essential oil can be substituted so spend some time sniffing around for a smell you think Mom will like. You can also make it as subtle or strong as you like or use other essential oils like lavender or mint.

You can use almost any moisturizing element in these homemade Mother’s Day gifts, from grapeseed oil to jojoba oil or high quality olive oils. We recommend sourcing fine sea salt (available at many grocery stores or food co-ops) as table salt can be abrasive.

Use your salt scrub once a week, but not on your face and neck! If you have very sensitive skin, try adding citrus oils to your sugar scrub instead. If the salt and oil begin to separate in the jar, give it a quick stir before applying.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Lavender Chamomile Bath Tea

4-5 tablespoons loose tea

4-5 cups hot water

Steep the tea in boiling water for five minutes or more. Strain it into a bottle.

Chamomile tea is just about the most relaxing drink out there and is also an anti-inflammatory. Lavender is one of the best known scents for relaxation. When we found lavender chamomile tea we loved the idea of relaxing surrounded by the scent of the two combined. You could also offer this in a variety of teas from invigorating mint to refreshing lemon verbena. Again, it’s about what Mom loves!

When it’s bathtime, pour the tea into the bath, swirl and enjoy.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

Peppermint Lip Scrub

Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar, ground super fine

Olive oil

Peppermint essential oil or extract.

You’ll want your sugar super fine for your lip scrub. Place the desired amount of sugar in a food processor and grind for a minute or so until it is more soft than coarse. In a small bowl, mix together the caster sugar and olive oil until they form a spreadable paste. Add a drop or two of peppermint or desired extract.

This is one of our homemade Mother’s Day gifts that is safe and delicious enough to eat! Store in a tiny jar and tell Mom to place some paste on her lips, massage and then lick it off. She’ll reveal soft lips and enjoy the sweet taste.

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

To make these homemade Mother’s Day gifts even easier, we’ve created a printable label set for you. These tags are the perfect addition to surprise mom this year. Print them out, cut and attach to your bottles with twine or string.

With these four spa recipes, homemade Mother’s Day gifts are something that mom can enjoy over and over again.

We’d love to see how you’re showing Mom she’s sweet this year. Tag us on Instagram, @surfsweets, whenever you serve or give Surf Sweets!

Earth day facts for kids

Earth Day Facts for Kids (Free Download)

At Surf Sweets, we’re happy to be a member of 1% for the PlanetAs a member, we donate a minimum of 1% of the sales from our products to a number of organizations that support environmental causes  including the Rozalia Project, Sustainable Surf, Climate Cycle, and Healthy Child Healthy World. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve created a download of our favorite Earth Day facts designed to increase your child’s understanding of the planet. And it’s free!

Earth Day Facts For Kids

This Surf Sweets infographic is informative and printer friendly–making it a perfect activity for at-home use, class parties or youth group meetings! Simply download and print the template below, and let your kids color the sections while learning! 

Earth Day Facts For Kids

We want to see how you use your Earth Day Facts For Kids printable! Share how you’re putting it to use by snapping a pic and posting it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SurfSweets.

Easy Spring Crafts

Easy Spring Crafts

Whether you’re hosting an Easter brunch, a picnic or a shower for a bride or mother-to-be, we have easy Spring crafts to make your celebration sweet as possible. Decor ideas, creative place settings, and a fun cake will help make your celebration hop!

Easy Spring Crafts for Your Party

A Bright Tablescape

Easy spring crafts

A great celebration starts with an even greater tablescape. Simple and easy meets pretty and fun for our table inspired by organic jelly beans this year.

A bright palette of silver, green, and white let the pastel shades of Surf Sweets candy take center stage. Small bowls filled with treats fill the table so no one has to reach to far to find a favorite.

We’ve used different heights of our elements to let the eye dance, stacking bowls on one another and tall napkin folds next to Spring blooms.

Jelly Bean Cake

Easy spring crafts, jelly bean cake

This jelly bean cake is a showstopper. And the best part? It’s not a complicated recipe or difficult to assemble.

The delicious white cake recipe from Once Upon a Chef inspired this jelly bean cake. All of the cake ingredients are organic, from the vanilla extract to the whipping cream. A local member-owned grocery store provided bulk goods for everything from coffee beans to baking supplies. Fantastic alternative flour mixes or cake mixes for gluten free or allergy sensitive baking also makes sure the cake is safe for all to eat.

White cake uses egg whites (not the whole egg) and helps natural food coloring pop. Triple the recipe to get that extra layer (is that ever a bad thing?!) and then dye each layer for every flavor of Surf Sweets jelly beans. Use an 8” circle pan to give taller, but smaller layers.

The icing was adapted from a favorite vanilla buttercream icing recipe, doubled to accommodate the layers and height. If your cake layers domed while baking, use a bread knife to level them. When you stack the layers, put the cut/crumby layer facing down so you are icing a clean surface.

To decorate, plan which pattern you would like with the jelly beans. Simple single vertical stripes inspired us, but consider several rows of the same color, diagonals or intricate patterns! Jelly rings on top would make a great, optional addition.

Mini Paper Easter Baskets

mini easter baskets

A fast centerpiece or take-home option, easy spring crafts are even delightful with this fun party favor. Keep your youngest co-host busy by having them color the outside of white paper cups.

For these cups you’ll need:

  • Paper cups
  • Construction or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers
  • Glue

Make the Cups:

  1. Cut a strip of paper about two to three inches tall and long enough to be wrapped around the inside of the paper cup.
  2. Create blades of grass by cutting from the top to the center the length of the paper. The closer together you cut the thinner your blades will be.
  3. Wrap it into a circle and tape or glue into the paper cup.
  4. Then, using a stronger cardstock cut a ¾” strip and tape or glue it in to form your handle. You can glue it between the grass and paper cup to strengthen the handle.
  5. Fill with your favorite Surf Sweets candy. Or, perhaps hide an Easter egg under some candy for an extra surprise!

Bunny Ears Napkin

easy spring crafts bunny ears

Nothing gets more convenient than using items you already have when making easy spring crafts for your gatherings.

A set of favorite napkins can get an Easter upgrade by folding them to resemble bunnies. Tuck a name tag or menu to the place setting.

Easier than it looks, use print-out instructions to get the look. This doubles as a fun activity for older kids to help with party prep.

Candy Engineer

easy spring crafts

If you’re looking for an easy spring craft activity for a kids’ party or playdate, look no further than candy construction.

You can make a classic STEM activity simple and sweet with this fun candy craft. We love that this project works equally well for girls or boys. Who doesn’t like to build? While we love it as an Easter brunch craft that can keep little hands occupied, it would be great any time of year.

For This Project You’ll Need:

Lay out small bowls with a variety of Surf Sweets candy and toothpicks. You can let kids use their imaginations to build 2D and 3D structures or Mandala-like patterns. Let them freestyle or trace out patterns ahead of time and have kids try to match your template.

*Be careful with younger children, who may need help with the sharper edges of the toothpicks.

Easy Spring Crafts From You!

easy spring crafts

We’d love to see how you celebrate this season and what easy spring crafts you’ll be doing with your family. Tag us in your pics on Instagram and say hello!

indoor winter activity

Easy Indoor Winter Activity: Candy Tic Tac Toe Printable

indoor winter activity

Winter has officially arrived!

Which means like most parents, you’re probably in search of a fun, easy indoor winter activity to keep you and your tykes occupied this season. We’ve found a solution that’s too sweet not to share! With the cold winter months descending you may be looking for more indoor fun for you and your kids. We want to help!

This Surf Sweets tic tac toe game is perfectly portable and kid-size–making it a perfect activity for President’s Day weekend trips! Simply download and print the template below, cut it out with some household scissors, open a package of Fruity Hearts to use as game pieces  and you’re ready to play!

indoor winter activity

You can give it out as part of your kid’s Valentine’s Day activities at school by printing out enough for classmates and perhaps writing a note on the back and including some candy for the first round of play! Regardless of your intended use, this printable makes a great indoor winter activity for kids of all ages.

And, be sure to download one for yourself!

Pick your favorite treats and let the games begin. We used Surf Sweets Fruity Hearts vs Jelly Beans but any two candies (or each player is a different color jelly bean or gummy bear) work well.

Download this fun, indoor winter activity and have fun with your little ones!