Saturday, March 31, 2012

Glow Lantern

More Fun With Glow Sticks























So all you have to do to make this fun glow lantern is cut the ends of some glow sticks and empty the contents into a jar. Shake the jar to coat it with the glow mixture and viola...glow lantern!

My daughter calls it her fairy jar. :)


The Daily Dish: Mason Jar Salads


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Glow Bath

Fun In The Tub




















So how fun does this look? I bought a tube of 100 glow bracelets from Amazon for $8.85 Click Here
and put them in the twins' bath. They were squealing with delight when they saw them, and all I heard from them was "ooooh! and yay!" There are so many things that you can do with glow sticks, so I'm pretty excited to try them all out for you.


The Daily Dish: Fry Sauce

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tissue Paper Sun Catchers

Easter Egg Sun Catcher


A fun and visually stimulating Easter egg that your kids will love making!

Here's what you'll need:
  1. Construction paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Contact Paper (I used Duck Laminate Adhesive Paper from Amazon.com Click Here ). 
  4. Colored tissue paper cut into small squares or any shape that you prefer.                                                                                                             

  1. Cut out an egg shape out of construction paper.
  2. Draw a line about a 1/2 inch all around the inside of the egg.
  3. Cut out and remove the inner portion of the egg.
  4. Cut out a piece of contact paper and peel the backing off.
  5. Lay the egg frame on top of the sticky side of the contact paper.
  6.  Stick the tissue paper all over the inside of the egg.
  7. Cut out another piece of contact paper and lay it over the egg.
  8. Trim off the excess contact paper.
  9. Hang or tape on a sunny widow. 


Since I love me some Jesus and He is what Easter is really all about, I decided Grace needed to make a cross sun catcher as well. 




The Daily Dish: Honey Balsamic Carrots 
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    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    DIY Silhouettes

    DIY Silhouettes That Are Easy & FREE! 

    Click here to find out how to make one!

    So I found this fun tutorial on how to make your own computer generated silhouette. The best part is that it's easy and free!

    If you head on over to "Everyday Mom Ideas" blog (click on link below photo), you'll find this super easy tutorial and the free software link as well.

    The only issue I had was with the free software...it's for Windows only and I have a Mac. However, I do have Photoshop, so I just followed the same directions using Photoshop and I achieved the same result. You also can use this free online app: http://apps.pixlr.com/editor/


    I printed the image out onto some photo paper and hot glued one of her sparkly bows onto her ponytail for some added "bling" :) I then framed it.
    I am really happy with the result, it's super cute! The only thing I may change would be the frame. I want to find a pretty, antique white frame that matches her bed. If you know where I can get one, please let me know!


    The Daily Dish: Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread 
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    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Rainy Day Activities

    When it rains...

    Click on photo to enlarge

    So we had a pretty rainy and yucky weekend so I was trying to find some indoor activities for the kids.

    Grace finished painting her bird house, and I decided to take the boys and her downstairs to play in her school room.

    I took some sand out of her sandbox that's outside and put it in a plastic bin. I put the indoor sandbox on some plastic trash bags for easy cleanup. Then I put some of the boys' trucks in there as well as the counting stones I painted earlier. In the floral section at Walmart are different sizes of stones and I bought the largest size so my boys wouldn't be tempted to eat them. I brought them home and painted the numbers 1-10 on them.

    The boys had so much fun in their big sister's school room. They especially loved her musical instruments and books. I don't know why I hadn't thought to take them down there before.
    Indoor sandbox   Click to enlarge


    Here are a few more photos of the indoor sand box.














    Shoe Box Play

    I usually throw out shoe boxes, but this time I wanted to see what fun things we could do with them. My twins are 19 months so they are easily entertained just with the boxes themselves. Hide some toys in them and they were occupied for a good while.

    Grace decided to paint hers and make planter boxes out of them.
    You can make little dollhouses, purses, guitars, wall hangings, shadowboxes, or use them as containers for pretty much anything. The boys even had fun stacking them like blocks.




    These are my twins Jude & Liam. They are 19 months and into everything! They definitely melt this mama's heart though :)










    The Daily Dish: Crock Pot Mac & Cheese






    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Fun Fridays

    Best Bubble Solution
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    So today was gorgeous and I really wanted to be able to spend some time with the kids outside. I have a little bubble machine that the kids love, but when I went to use it, I noticed I was all out of bubble solution. I found this bubble solution recipe online so I decided to make some.

    I had an old "all" laundry detergent container, so I re-purposed it for my bubble solution. This way I can just pour the desired amount I want from the bottle whenever I need some.

    I will post pics as soon as I try out the recipe (hopefully tomorrow). Supposedly it's the best bubble recipe...we shall see!


    LED Balloons

    So While I was at Walmart picking up groceries and some fun things for the kids, I saw these LED balloons over in the party section with the rest of the balloons. They are super neat and the twins really got excited about them. It's hard to tell in the pics, but there is a little LED light inside the balloons and when it was dark enough, they really glowed nicely. The light is supposed to last 11 hours or so and Grace even asked to use two of them in her room tonight as night lights.




    DIY Bird House 




    Another fun item I picked up for Grace was this build and paint bird house. She made one last year and loved it,  so I got her another one.  She really loves feeding the birds that visit our back yard, so she was excited to make a home for them as well.


    Water Beads

    We ended the night with a water bead bath. In the floral section of Walmart, they have these little $2.00 packets of colored water beads. They're tiny, dehydrated beads that swell up when you add water to them. You can put them in decorative vases with flowers, or in pretty glasses as centerpieces. Throw them in the tub (They are non-toxic, but don't let your kids eat them!) and you have lots of fun for the kids.

    They do take awhile to swell all the way up, so I think next time I'll put them in a smaller container with water until they swell to full size and then dump them in the tub.  I just let Grace play with them because I know my boys would eat them if they got their hands on them. They come in lots of colors and you can get a few uses out of each packet.




    Here is a photo about 4 hours after putting the beads in water. They do take a few hours to swell to full size, so plan ahead if you are going to use them in the tub.







    The Daily Dish: Quick And Easy Salsa

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    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Hi, I Homeschool.

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    Homeschooling

    I homeschool my 4 year old daughter Grace. We use the Horizons Pre-K curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications and we love it! I fought with myself for a long time over whether or not I was going to homeschool her, but I really felt it was what God wanted me to do. I wanted her to have a Bible-based curriculum along with the basics and this curriculum covers it all!

    I usually do school with Grace during the twins' two hour nap (two hours is really all you need for Pre-K). I incorporate other subjects throughout the day and I love the flexibility we have when it comes to how she learns. We've been getting outside a lot since the weather's been nice, and that makes science that much more fun. Everything is a learning experience at this age, and Grace eats it all up. We both really enjoy school. 


    This is her home school room. We have a spare bedroom downstairs, so I converted it into a school room for her. I wanted her to feel the distinction between school time and regular time at home and she loves the school atmosphere. A lot of the items come with the Horizons curriculum, some were purchased at a local school supply store, some were purchased online and a lot of what you see was given to me, either from teachers or people who just wanted to bless us.
    If you want to know where I got something, or have any questions, please feel free to email me.

    I'm not 100% positive on how long I will homeschool her, but I told myself I would prayerfully take it one year at a time. She's involved in Dance, Soccer, Tee Ball, and goes to Children's Church, so I'm never worried about her social interaction. She's a social butterfly believe me lol! Parents should be thoroughly involved in their child's education and if you choose to homeschool, then that's great, if not, that's ok too. There are so many ways to learn!

     


    Tee Ball

    Yesterday was Grace's very first Tee Ball practice. My husband is the team manager and coach (he's reliving his glory days lol), and I wanted to share this photo with you. As you can see the boys are all ready to catch the ball and the girls are busy discussing Grace's feather extensions in her hair lol. That's my girly girl lol!





    The Daily Dish: Savory Oven Baked Chicken 

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    So this is my go-to dinner of choice. It's super easy, tastes great, and I usually have all of the ingredients. If you buy Land O Lakes butter, you'll find the recipe on the inside of the box. Nothing fancy really, just a great tasting chicken dinner.

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    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Who Would Have Thought Wednesdays!

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    Tub And Shower Magic

    Have you all tried the Dawn and vinegar tub and shower cleanser yet? I'm sure you've probably seen it on Pinterest 100 times, but have you tried it? Since the ingredients are super simple, I went ahead and tried it one night. I must say I was pleasantly surprised!

    Let's get one thing straight, I HATE cleaning my tubs and showers. I also have a lot of iron in my water so that makes getting things sparkling clean even harder. Well, I mixed this up one night and sprayed it all over my showers. I let it sit for about 10-15 minutes and then went back in to wash it off.

    The smell is...well..interesting (very vinegary), but not overwhelming. I started to scrub and found it does get rather soapy, so you may want to cut back on the Dawn just a tad.

    I took the sprayer to rinse everything off and voila...a clean and sparkling shower! Super easy, super inexpensive and a great result. It does take some rinsing, however, due to the soapiness of the Dawn, but it definitely does work. So what are you waiting for? Go give it a shot!


    Feather Fun & Balloon Animals

    Feather Fun

    Grace Olivia in her favorite flapper outfit lol.

    Today I received some fun feather extensions in the mail. I had a group deal for NuMe Style so I thought the feathers would be something fun for Grace and I. I bought pink ones for Grace and white ones for myself. Grace loves them and I must admit they are super cute in her hair. They are made from real hair so you can wash them, dry them, brush or even curl them. I put two in my hair and so far I'm liking them...we'll see though.



    I've added a widget on the right hand side of my blog for all of my favorite products that I use from day to day. I'll be adding more to it as time goes on, but if you're interested in the products I use and love, check them out and give them a try.





    Balloon Animals

    I home school my 4 year old, and a few months ago we made some balloon animals for a school project. I thought you all would be interested in how we did them.

    I bought some long balloons with a pump at walmart (cost around $5 total I think, over by the gift wrap section). I also bought some googly eyes over in the craft section. I brought them home and found a great tutorial on YouTube.






    We had a ton of fun as you can see!


    They really are pretty simple to make and your kids will love them, so go give it a try!















    The Daily Dish

    Today's super yummy recipe is one I've tried and love! Super easy to make and super fast. I added some sauteed grape tomatoes to the mix for some added flavor. Everyone loved it!
    Lemon Garlic Spaghetti-Click Here For Recipe







    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Spring!!!


    SPRING! 

    I'm sitting here watching my 4 year old play outside and so thankful that Spring is finally here! The twins are napping so that means mommy gets 2 hours all to herself! (Praise the Lord!) I could be tackling the endless piles of laundry, instead, I'm blogging lol. I'm new to this, so bare with me as I get used to the whole blogging world.

    So I've decided I want to share with you my fav things I find online, since I spend most of my free time glued to my keyboard. I'll try to post and update often so check back with me and please, don't be afraid to contact me and let me know what you think.




    Spring Equinox
    Have you tried standing an egg on its end today? I will admit it took me a couple of tries, but there she is...standing all by herself. My 4 year old was so excited with this experiment and I will admit I had fun tool.

     

    The Daily Dish

    Today's Daily Dish is: Pasta Primavara- Click Here For Recipe