I am sort of a crazy lady when it comes to keeping records of things for my family. My kids all have their own pregnancy scrapbook (a detailed account of my entire pregnancy with them), a HUGE overflowing baby book, books filled with their artwork from each year, and now their annual Birthday Interview. I of course found the idea on Pinterest, and then made it my own. Age three is when the interview process begins, and I plan to continue this tradition on for as long as they will answer my questions. I love to look back to the previous year to see how they have changed. So if you are looking for creative ideas to commemorate your kiddos every year, here are some birthday party ideas: the Birthday Interview. [Read more…]
We have successfully eliminated all of the harsh chemical household products in our home. I make it all, everything from deodorant to to stretch mark oil. I am especially cautious about what goes into and onto my kiddos. So, first I made their shampoo, then I cleaned up their bathwater, and now the bubbles….what fun is a bath without bubble bath anyway! Of course it has to be non-toxic bubble bath. This one is the bubbliest!
I have made bubble bath in the past from natural ingredients but it never seemed to create enough bubbles to fill the tub. I read that glycerine increases bubbles when added to homemade bubble solution, so why not try some here too!
Non Toxic Bubble Bath Recipe
- 1 cup liquid Castile soap (we use baby mild so it’s tear free) — where to find
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 Tbsp vegetable glycerine (this gives it the extra bubbliness!) — where to find
- Essential Oils of your choice — I only use therapeutic grade essential oils on my kids, you can find them HERE
- Add all of the ingredients into a refillable bottle and gently shake to mix
- Give it a shake each time you use it, not too hard or you will have a mess
- Use 1-2 Tbsp per bath
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Growing up there was a park in my town that had a large patch of grass that always FILLED with dandelions every spring. A good friend of mine and I used to go up there and lay in the flowers and just daydream for hours. Those were the days! It was in that dandelion field that I taught myself how to braid dandelions into a dandelion crown. No glue, string, wires, or anything other than dandelions. Now every spring I have to make one for my little princess! [Read more…]
We celebrate every holiday to the fullest in our house and especially like to celebrate by covering every part of the house with decorations. But, even though it is tempting, we don’t like to buy all the cute trinkets in the dollar section at Target to decorate our house with. No thank you Made in China chemicals! Instead we like to make our own. This year we decided to make the onion eggs because the kids wanted to learn how to dye eggs using onion skins. So much fun, and honestly some of the most beautiful eggs we have ever created. [Read more…]
My daughter spotted a Barbie Birthday Cake one day when I was looking on Pinterest for party ideas. There was no going back once she had that idea in her head! All of the recipes called for sugary processed cakes and ultra sugary frosting recipes. I wanted to stick with my rule of making a healthy birthday cake every year, that was still tasty! So after a little careful planning and a few prayers that the frosting would turn out…..I came up with the ultimate healthy Barbie Birthday Cake recipe!!! [Read more…]
I love getting my kids into the kitchen whenever I can so they can learn where our food comes from. My favorite recipes to include them in are the ones that require no kitchen tools. This minimizes fighting over who gets the bigger spoon or who gets to stir first! Healthy snacks are a must in our house! Simple recipes are also a bonus. This recipe could not be any easier, or more fun for the kiddos. Plus, they taste very similar to caramel! Apricots are also a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. [Read more…]
I grew up making all sorts of cards and pictures to give to family members on holidays and birthdays. They were often decorated with flower stickers, that I had made myself!
When my daughter was finally old enough to learn how to make these I could not wait to teach her How To Make Stickers Out of Real Flowers!
How to Make Stickers Out of Real Flowers:
First you have to gather your flowers
Next, you should buy one of these amazing gadgets! (you can also press the flowers in a phone book, but it will take several weeks until they are ready to use….and who even has a phone book anymore?)
Arrange the flowers on the fabric in the press (please excuse the flower stains on mine, it’s been used MANY times!!!)
Careful to arrange them not overlapping one another and place the leaves and petals in the way you want them to look when dried.
If they are overlapping, they will become stuck together.
Throw this in the microwave and nuke them for a few minutes. Usually about 3-5 minutes, depending on the density of the flowers.
Check the flowers, if they are not dry like paper then put in for another 30 seconds until they are. If the flowers are not dry enough, they will mold.
This is the only thing we use our microwave for!
Here is what they look like dried
Next, tape them down onto some paper. Clear Contact Paper works really well for this!
Then cut them out leaving a small border so they don’t peel apart.
Here is what they should look like. Then put strips of double stick tape on the backside to make them stickers.
You now have stickers made from real flowers…..made in a matter of minutes from when they were picked.
These last a very long time!
I used to use them to decorate hand made cards when I was younger. Big hit with the Grandparent’s!
Now, if you want to make these stickers into magnets for the fridge, you can glue (or use double-sided tape) magnet strips to the back.
I re-use those free magnets that you get in the mail all the time from companies advertising with magnets. Good way to teach the kids to recycle!
Here is what they look like on the fridge
Ellie loved her giant Bleeding Heart magnet!!!
Now to organize them amongst all of the other stuff on the fridge
My kids are usually very good eaters when it comes to getting their fruits and vegetables, but occasionally they will boycott and go on a mono-diet of hidden-liver meatballs or Mickey Mouse pancakes. In those instances I make up a big batch of juice. On the days when they resist even drinking fruit and veggie juice I pull out my bag of tricks.
Here are a few of my favorite tricks:
- Change your language: Instead of “Do you want some juice?”, ask “What color would you like your juice to be today?”. Works like a charm and tricks them into thinking that they are running the show
- Take them shopping and let them pick out the fruits and vegetables. We used purple kale today because that is the current favorite color.
- Make it into a tea party and use fun glasses and tea pots. I can get my kids to drink an entire batch this way…even my son likes tea parties!
- Let them help put the fruits and veggies into the blender and then help strain the juice with a spatula and strainer (see photo below)
- Let them make up what “kind” of juice to make. Today we made “Green Witch Juice” (go figure, since witches are feared in our house lately!)
- When all else fails you drink it and tell them that they can’t have any….reverse psychology will have them begging for it!
Here is what we made today:
- 2 large green apples (lower sugar)
- 5 large leaves of purple kale
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/3 cup lemon juice (to give it a lemonade flavor)
- 1 cup water
- a small piece of fresh ginger
Core the apples. Cut the spine off of the kale. Cut the white part off the celery. Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until liquefied (we use our Vitamix every day!). Pour the blended mixture through the finest strainer you have, over a bowl to catch the juice. Do what you want with the pulp, I use it to make frozen baby food. Now put it into fun glasses and enjoy. The batch we made this morning lasted about 4.3 minutes, after they fought me about eating some fruit with their breakfast. Sneaky, sneaky.
P.S. This is superior to buying the V8 junk from the store, because about 30 minutes after you juice fruits and vegetables their nutritional value starts to diminish. Think about how long those V8 bottles have been on the shelves. Plus, many brands add high-fructose corn syrup to give it that hyper-palatable sweet flavor.
So my daughter recently developed a fear of Witches, just another one to add to the list of bedtime fears. Why not? I remember being intensely afraid of the Witch of the West when I was a kid! Every night at bedtime it’s a battle though. So, I came up with an idea: “Anti-Witch spray“. [Read more…]
In the ongoing saga of teaching good behavior, I have come up with a new reward system that also teaches about money management and counting. Win win!
What you need:
1 piggy bank
Toys of a varying value, so you can “price” them accordingly (luckily the dollar section at Target has a plethora of Dora stuff right now!)
1 envelope to keep the money in
How it works:
We pay out $1.00 for each chore, task, or good behavior. If she picks up her toys, she gets paid. Gives her brother a hug and shares toys, she gets paid.
This system also works on the flip-side. She does not do what is asked, we take money out of the piggy bank. She does not share or is mean to her brother, we take money out.
At the end of the week we open her bank and count the money (she does the counting). Then we present the items for purchase. She matches the price with her dollar amount and chooses, or if she does not have enough for the toy she wants we put the money back in the piggy bank and continue to save.
This has worked wonders for behavior modification and with counting. Plus, it has introduced her to saving and spending.