LIFE: We’re on Vacation!!

June 29, 2015


We are celebrating 100 posts here at Yay for Yaya by taking a much needed two month vacation! You can follow our summer vacation adventures on Instagram or Facebook. Regular posting will resume in September. Till then, check out these awesome recipes, crafts and more:

Watermelon Sorbet

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Nettle Tea Smoothie

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Jam

Homemade Ginger Chews

DIY Temporary Tattoos 

DIY Succulent Hairpin

Spin Art

DIY Slip Resistant Socks

DIY Yarn Pom-Pom Tutorial

Happy Summer!


DIY: Sun Dyed T-Shirts

June 22, 2015

DIY: Sun Dyed T-Shirts | Yay For Yaya

I am really excited to share this fun summer DIY: Sun Dyed T-Shirts for your toddler! The process is easy and it is so fun to think of all the different ways to design a t-shirt.  This is a great craft to create outdoors and you have an awesome t-shirt to remember the summer by.  Continue reading for the how-to…..

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FOOD: Father’s Day BBQ Spice Rub

June 15, 2015

Barbecue Spice Rub | Yay For Yaya

Father’s Day is just days away and if you haven’t thought of anything special for the best dad in your life, then consider making this Barbecue Spice Rub.  It’s a tasty blend of spices that you probably already have in your spice rack that is perfect for the Dad who loves to barbecue.  Give alone or with a few barbecuing tools and you have the perfect gift for that special Dad. Continue reading for the Yay For Yaya Father’s Day Spice Rub.

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June 8, 2015


It is summertime which means it is time to indulge in some cold sweet treats such as these homemade banana ice cream sandwiches! And the best thing about this healthy homemade ice cream recipe is that it is requires one (yes, one!) ingredient. It is super simple, leaving you with more time to bask in the summer sunshine.  Not to mention the kiddos will love it and you won’t feel guilty about letting them have more. Continue reading for the recipe……


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DIY: Kids Art Temporary Tattoo

June 1, 2015

DIY Kids Art Temporary Tattoo | Yay For Yaya

There are many challenging things about being a parent and most of those challenges were to be expected, since I read about them in parenting books.  But the one challenge I was not prepared for was the abundant amount of art my child would produce and endless decisions of what to do with it all.  Every scribble, stroke, and dot-a-dot is precious but soon turns into piles and piles and more piles of mini-masterpieces.  Does anyone else have a pang of guilt when a few of these masterpieces are tossed in the recycling?

There are many different ways of organizing it all, such as binders, frames and photo archives; all great ways to display and remember the scribbles and strokes. Today I am sharing with you another way to display those mini-masterpieces, as temporary tattoos.  It’s a fun way for kids and adults to wear their (or their kid’s) art.  I love how Yaya’s art turned out and if you have older kids who can draw whole worlds, then making a temporary tattoo is a different and great way to display it. Continue reading for the how-to….

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Yay For Yaya Audiobook Club Review: The Fault In Our Stars

May 25, 2015

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WOW…The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is a powerful tribute to life, love and loss.  There were so many beautiful passages throughout this book that I was constantly rewinding to hear it again (and again). For anyone who thinks that they would have nothing to gain from listening (or reading) young adult (YA) books, I would strongly encourage to them to listen or read The Fault In Our Stars.  Here is my review….

1. There were many beautiful passages and sayings in this book that could stand to be anyone’s daily mantra.  Here are a few of my favorites:






2. The narrator, Kate Rudd, was simply amazing.  The depth and  emotion of how she read this book is worth the price of the audiobook.

3. I was touched by this story not only from Hazel’s perspective and narration but also from the parents’ perspective.  I can’t even begin to imagine what life would be like with a terminally ill child.  I couldn’t feel more blessed to have a healthy child.

As you can probably tell, I was deeply moved by this book.  There are very few books that I can say “changed” me but this is one of them.  I highly recommend it for any age!  The movie is also equally amazing and powerful.  Check out the trailer:

For the month of June we will stick with the theme of book-to-movie and listen to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.