Ever since Bodhi was born, I’ve been a stickler for using natural cleaning and household products whenever possible. Everything from cleaning supplies to hand soap to candles have changed to be more simple, healthy, environmentally friendly products. I’m excited to be working with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® on this sponsored post. Minneapolis-based Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products are my favorite cleaning products and candles.
We’ve used the dish soap, hand-soap and candles for years and recently picked up the holiday scented candles too. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® products are inspired by a Midwest backyard garden and include Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Basil, Geranium and many others making the products perfect for my Minnesota home.
We’ve been working hard for a while to make our home a beautiful place of comfort, joy, peace, organization and most importantly, a practical and playful fun environment for our growing family.
We are in the middle of a big family room project. Think furniture, art, a cozy rug and all sorts of details to make our family room functional for a family of four including a 5-month-old baby and a 3-year-old. So creating a practical space is key, but I still want it to feel light, bright and beautiful. We’re about halfway done and still waiting on our sofas, rug and a few more things to arrive.
I’ve incorporated a lot of natural elements into our home because I think bringing nature in to our home helps create a clean, cozy environment and it definitely helps me survive winter in Minnesota. Our capiz shell light fixture, whitewashed pine table, birch wreath and whitewashed teak ladder are some of the big items we’ve added that are inspired by nature. And I’ve added plenty of cable knit blankets and pillows to make it cozy for winter.
A big part of making our house into a home for our family is making everything as kid-friendly as possible.
I’ve learned to incorporate my boys and their interests, specifically, their toys into everything in our home.
As I am decorating for the holidays, I created some fun spaces for Bodhi to express his love for animals including our white animal-themed Christmas tree and today we added a cake stand “snow globe” table centerpiece that is inspired by Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® Iowa Pine scented candle and Bodhi with his current obsession with forest animals, specifically white-tailed deer and moose.
To create a warm welcoming home, I have Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena candles and now the Iowa Pine scented candles throughout our home and I always want one on my family room table so I grouped today’s DIY project with a candle and one of B’s favorite toys.
Here is a simple DIY you can do at home with or without your children to incorporate their interests into your tabletop holiday decor. I’m calling it a “snow globe” but obviously, I wouldn’t recommend shaking it.
DIY cake stand snow globe
What you’ll need
- Something to serve as your “snow globe.” In my case, I used one of my simple white cake stands with a top. You could also use a small apothecary jar, a square vase or large cylinder vase, a tray or countless other items.
- Faux snow
- Fun little trinkets inspired by your children. I used Bodhi’s white-tailed deer, a white faux tree and a small holiday gift which is actually just one of his blocks wrapped up in wrapping paper with a fun embellishment.
First, this is so easy and so open that you really don’t need much direction. Just get creative with your kids.
- Pour faux snow on your surface. I made a few snow piles just to make it a bit more interesting.
- Add in your fun items. The deer stood up easily as did the tree, but you could certainly add in some cardboard and glue your items on if that is easier for you.
- Group your “snow globe” with other items to create a fun table centerpiece for the holidays.
- Let your kids play with the leftovers snow. I know that this creates a mess, but it’s just so much fun.
I love incorporating my little ones into my decor. Bodhi helped decorate our tree and then feels a sense of ownership over it, plus I think truly including them and losing our need for perfection is what creating family holiday traditions is all about.
More About Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®
The products were inspired by Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer, an Iowa homemaker and mother of nine. It all started when one of her daughters was walking down a cleaning aisle, eyeing all the products with their harsh, stinky chemicals. Right then and there, she had an idea: “Let’s make cleaners that smell nice, like my mom’s garden, but still work like the dickens on daily dirt and grime.“
As a mother of nine, Thelma was no-nonsense, and had a sensible approach to living a healthy and balanced life. It’s this balance that Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® hope to achieve with the products they make. Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer believes in a happy medium between perfectionism and a happy, “lived in” home. Ask Thelma and she’ll tell you that cleaning is something that just has to get done, so there’s more time to enjoy family and friends. So if you can make cleaning more pleasant, well, why wouldn’t you?
I agree completely that a home with children needs to be “lived in” and practical. I love all that Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® stands for.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®.