December is here and I’m so excited to have a month full of traditions and fun with my family! I have had a particularly crazy November, so I am really trying to prep everything early so I just play as much as possible in December! One of my kids favorite things is to make our Magic Reindeer Food Recipe to set next to Santa’s Cookies for him to give to his reindeer!
Summer has us busy with lots of fun activities! But, we still have to have home days a couple days a week. You know… so mom can do the laundry and clean the house! Even though my boys are 5 and (almost) 7, they are still always happy to play with playdough several times a week! I love watching their little imaginations create fun things! This Stay Soft Playdough recipe has been our favorite for years! We’ve tried several other recipes, but always come back to this one!
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 packet unsweetened Koolaid
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1) Combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 2 tablespoon cream of tartar, 1 packet koolaid and 1 cup water.
2) Turn on medium heat and stir in 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil and keep stirring for 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture forms into a ball. The mixture will darken in color.
3) Remove from heat and knead for a minute or two.
4) Store in a air tight container or ziplock bag.
My kids love this Toolin’ Around Set and they have this fun Create a Monster set, but sadly I can’t find a link for it anymore. It’s sort of like this fun Shape A Pet Set though (fyi-these are all affiliate links)!
Make sure and store the playdough in air tight containers! Snapware works awesome if you have any of it laying around!
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Today I am excited to share with you guys a fun activity for kids – 10 Minute Homemade Finger paint!
My boys have really started enjoying some shows on Nickelodeon! So, I thought it would be fun to plan some activities for them to do with friends during the upcoming Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Awards on March 28th!! The first activity we planned was to make some fun neon ‘Slime Like’ Homemade Finger Paint for the kids to finger paint with during the awards show!
– Food Coloring
– Storage Cups
Step by Step Instructions:
1) Add 4 tablespoons of sugar, 4 tsp salt and 2/3 cup of flour into a large saucepan.
2) Add 4 cups of water and whisk until smooth. Turn on the heat and mix until it thickens.
3) Pour equally into storage containers. You’ll want a container per color.
4) Add a few drops of food coloring per container and stir until mixed completely.
5) Allow to cool completely before you let your kiddos play with it!
During the award show I’ll have a container of Nickelodeon Orange and Green Finger Paint for each kid! They can draw pictures, guess the winner of the awards or write words with the finger paint!
Make sure you have a roll of Bounty Paper Towels close, so your kids can be cleaning their fingers in between color changes and clean the counter after they’re all finished! Cause, you know the finger paint will end up somewhere other than the paper!
Now get your TV’s scheduled to record the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28th and get your Homemade Finger paint made!
Wanna make a guess as to what’s in Nick’s Slime? Head to @NickBreaks and enter #SlimeOnSweeps for a chance to win prizes thanks to @Bounty! Are you ready to get messy? If so, Get more slime content and tweet your own with #SlimeOn!
I have a sweet friend at Church, Bobbie, that was teaching a class on organizing and saving money. In her class Bobbie talked about how she had made napkins for her family when her children were growing up. It saved a lot of money since the napkins could be washed over and over. I thought it was a brilliant idea and during my next trip to CA I went to the fabric store and bought 8 fat quarters. I came home, cut them into quarters and my Mom helped me sew a double line around the edges. They were pretty small but perfect for our little boys.
We love them! We have been using them for at least 3 years now and they are still in great shape. Not only do we save money by washing them and reusing them, I love that they bring a sense of class to our family dinnertime. Bonus they are helping us teach our boys manners. Let me rephrase – helping us TRY to teach them manners!
(Note to self – meatloaf in pictures does not make dinner look appetizing)
The meatloaf was actually really good. I had some hamburger I needed to use today and I had about 10 minutes to make dinner. I used this recipe and it was pretty yummy….for meatloaf 🙂
In another happy little homemaking note – I tried making my own laundry soap again. I made liquid laundry soap a couple of years ago and I didn’t love it. This time I found a dry recipe here and I am much happier.
Ive been using it for over 2 years now and I still love it.
What you need:
3 bars Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (found in the detergent aisle) grated – I used the grater attachment in my food processor.
4 lbs. Borax (found in the detergent aisle)
4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in the detergent aisle)
4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
I grabbed one of my grandmothers old measuring cups and I use that as my scoop.
My clothes feel so clean and fresh. Ive also been adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to a yarn ball and and then throwing that in the dryer with our clothes. Our clothes have never felt fresher!