Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Peanut Butter Smores


Here's a twist on a favorite camping treat, plus you can make this one indoors.


Chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter and marshmallows are all you need to make this gooey and delicious treat.


You could use larger marshmallows and roast them outside, or you could do it inside, in a microwave.


Top your chocolate graham cracker with some marshmallows and microwave until they expand and look all gooey.  It only takes a few seconds.


Then place a peanut buttered chocolate graham cracker on top.


Mmmmm.


Enjoy!





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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Clean Ballet Slippers

My older daughter has been taking ballet lessons for several years.  Right after school let out, she had her dance recital and of course wanted to look her best.  The ballet slippers she'd been wearing all year have gotten pretty dirty.  Rather than buy her new ones, I tried to clean up the old ones.  I didn't even bother checking Pinterest or Googling "how to clean ballet shoes", I just got out my Magic Eraser and went to work.


Here is what her shoes looked like before:

And after: 


Here's a close up before and after for comparison.  They aren't totally clean, but they are noticeably cleaner and it took very little scrubbing on my part.



Now she's picture perfect for her performance.



Anyone else had to clean ballet slippers?  How did you do it?


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Non Newtonian Fluid or Oobleck

Is it a liquid or is it a solid?  Who cares?  It kept my kids busy for 2 hours!


It's actually called NON NEWTONIAN FLUID and it has some strange properties, like being able to walk on it, but if you stop moving, you'll sink into it. 

After watching THIS VIDEO (which I mistakenly thought was an episode of Top Gear because it stars Richard Hammond), the kids wanted to make their own non newtonian fluid and experiment with it.  They really wanted to fill up the bath tub or baby pool so they could walk on it.  Sadly, we didn't have enough cornstarch for that, and ultimately they were happy to make a bowl full of the stuff.


The older two kids (11 and 13) made oobleck (a common non newtonian fluid) with two ingredients you probably already have:  cornstarch and water.
The ratio is 2:1 and they put the water in the bowl first then added twice as much cornstarch as they did water.  My kids made this all on their own and I just sat back and watched/filmed their fun.





Here's my son punching the bowl full of oobleck.  You can see the stuff starting to crack and his hand isn't sinking into it.


Then he gently presses his finger into it....


and his finger sinks into the oobleck.



I had to try this out for myself.  So here I am with a handful of it.


After holding it firmly then opening my hand, you can see how dry and hard it looks.


A few seconds later, it just melts away.


This stuff is so cool.


Here are a few videos showing just how fun it is to play with.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Medicine Hack

Summer is in full swing around here and that means I'm working overtime keeping the kids busy and/or separated from one another so they don't fight.  There is a lot going on and I'm the first to admit, I can't remember it all.  I need to write stuff down, which is why I found this hack to be a life saver.


Keep track of when you last gave your child their medicine with this simple hack. 

 

Using a permanent marker, write the dates and times you need to give the medicine on the back of the bottle.


Then check off after you give each dose.  


This is especially helpful on those crazy days when you can't remember if you gave your kid their medicine or not, or if you have several kids on antibiotics.  




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Friday, June 17, 2016

What to Get the Dad Who Has Everything

My dad is always hard to buy for, often claiming that he doesn't need anything but our love.  Is your dad or husband like that too?  It makes gift giving so difficult.  They usually have everything and don't need another shirt or tie.  So what do you get the Dad who has everything?  My go to gift has recently been food.  I've been getting my husband his favorite candy bars as birthday, Father's Day and Christmas gifts for over a year now and he loves it.   So I decided to get my dad some of his favorite food for Father's Day.  I also added some printables for fun.















I put everything in a gift bag with some tissue paper to make it look cute and worthy of gift giving.


And for my husband,  I did something similar using printables to match because I love a good play on words:



His gift bag wasn't as pretty but I don't think he'll mind.  
Here's everything that's in the bag:



And a closer up view so you can actually see what it says:



Here's a list of the food/drink and its corresponding printable in case you can't read it in the photos:

Root Beer - Happy Father's Day to a great POP
Snickers candy bars - To my sweet, sweet husband on Father's Day
Circus animal crackers - I'm not clowning around when I say you're the best
Cookies - You are one smart cookie
Peanut butter Oreos - Sometimes a little nutty
Salsa - And always just the right amount of hotness
Chips - You're all that and a bag of chips

I put them in the gift bag in order so he'd read them that way so they'd make the most sense.  


Consumable gifts are a great idea since they don't contribute to the clutter and can be enjoyed right away.  If you are looking for more last minute Father's Day gifts or printables, be sure to check out my Father's Day board on Pinterest.


And to all you dads and special men in our lives:

Happy Father's Day!!



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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Dad Gift

Here's another Father's Day gift idea.  This one is perfect for the new dad and lucky for me, I know a new dad.  My sister and brother in law had a baby last month so while perusing Pinterest for Father's Day gift ideas, I saw THIS and knew I just had to make something similar for my brother in law.



I started with a block of wood cut to size and sanded.  The dimensions were roughly 3 x 7. 



Then I painted it grey.




Using my silhouette cameo, I added the vinyl lettering.



And that's all there was too it.  Simple and cute.
Check out my Father's Day board on Pinterest for more gift and card ideas.



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Monday, June 13, 2016

Thumb body Loves You Father's Day Card

Now that schools out, I am focusing on Father's Day in hopes of not making things at the last minute.  I've got several ideas in mind (all thanks to Pinterest) and the first one is this cute little "thumb bodies" love you card.  I got the ideas from HERE, and modified it to fit my needs.  Oh, and if you'd like to check out more Father's Day gift ideas and cards, you can follow along on my Father's Day Pinterest board HERE.


I created this design in Word making sure to leave space for the thumb prints.


Then I used washable markers and colored a thumb of each of my four kids to create the thumb bodies.


Here are the four thumb prints.


Using a black pen, I added arms, legs, eyes and a smile.
Don't they look so cute.


And here's the finished project!


A cute card and keepsake for Father's Day.  Of course you could do the same thing for Mother's Day or Valentine's Day.  Stay tuned for more Father's Day ideas, I hope to have two more posts for you before Father's Day.


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Influence of a Good Teacher can Never be Erased

My daughter finished school on Tuesday so that means Monday night I was making her teacher's gift.  I like to have my act together and plan and prepare for things, but lately it seems like I'm barely getting by.  I've known school was ending for months and 9pm the night before I started making this.   Luckily I can always count on Pinterest to help me out.   I saw THIS cute idea and thought it would be perfect.   Here's my version below:


It was easy to put together.

Step 1:  Get a small blank chalkboard.  Mine was about 7" by 10".


Step 2:  Using my Silhouette Cameo machine, I cut out "the influence of a good teacher can never be erased" on white vinyl.


Step 3:  I used contact paper to transfer the words from the vinyl to the chalkboard. 


Step 4:  Admire your work!


My daughter has been blessed to have good teachers throughout her school years.  Each teacher has helped her learn and grow in numerous ways.  They are positive role models for her and it's no wonder when asked what she wants to be, "teacher" is the answer.  

To see other teacher gifts from past years, be sure to check out THIS post and THIS post.





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