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It’s Slime Yo!


If you have a kid that’s old enough to hold a bottle of glue I’m sure that they’ve either made slime or have been harassing you to let them make it. Walking through the school supply aisle and seeing all the empty spaces where 4 oz bottles of Elmer’s glue used to sit….making me think there’s been a zombie apocalypse….I mean if all the zombies were school kids….gluing stuff, ya know? No? And don’t get me started on the clear glue. I’m pretty sure you need to know some type of shady guy that hangs out in dark alleys dealing glue out of his trunk if you want to get your hands on some. It’s literally impossible to find and when you do find it, it’s like 6.4 billion dollars a bottle (and I rounded down). 

So after several weeks of begging, 29 YouTube videos and 90 pinterest posts I let my kids join in on the slime shenanigans and they’ve been making it nonstop for like 7 months. 

I must say though, I happen to like this craze because it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients to make and the possibilities are endless as far as the different kinds of slime you can make. You can add all natural food coloring ( I get mine from Whole Foods) to make the slime whatever color you want. You can stir in glitter, sequins, beads etc. You can make it fluffy by adding shaving cream. We even add essential oils to some of ours!! 


Ok, so here’s what you need

1 tsp of Borax

1 1/2 cups of warm water

1/2 cup of glue

Easy enough right? I literally ALWAYS have Borax because I use it for my laundry detergent. I know that some people use  liquid corn starch instead but this works for me and like they say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.


First thing you’ll want to do is measure out one cup of warm water. You want it to be warm so the Borax can dissolve easier. Pour directly into a bowl. 


Next add the Borax and stir until COMPLETELY dissolved. This really is important because if it doesn’t dissolve completely it can jack up your slime. Wack, right? 


Now you will need another bowl. I usually buy cheap mixing bowls from Goodwill for my kids to do projects like this so those goof balls don’t try to use my good stuff….whatever that means. Anywho, in the second bowl you’ll be mixing 1/2 a cup of water with half a cup of glue. This is also the step that we added food coloring



So, if you’re going to use food coloring I recommend purchasing one that doesn’t have any artificial dyes. The one I used is from Color Kitchen. It’s plant based and non GMO. It only cost me like 2 bucks


Next, stir the glue mixture. In case you aren’t aware there is an unwritten law that says the baby ALWAYS gets to stir.


Finally, pour the glue mixture into the Borax mixture SLOWLY, stirring while they are combined.


You’ll start to see the slime form right away. This is the coolest part of the whole process and I just love watching how excited the little ones get when their slime becomes REAL.


So, I’m not gonna lie to y’all. We have had a handful of failed slime making attempts. But what do you do when life gives you lemons? Apparently you pretend it’s an entirely different fruit. So I just told Olivia that we were making Flubber instead.


Seriously, this stuff was so rubbery. The kids were bouncing it like a ball.   But we also got some pretty cool slime from the other batches




My absolute favorite was the one my teenage daughter made….and I just wanna say how thrilled I am that my teenage daughter still enjoys doing stuff like this…and that she’s not part of a twerk team, poppin her booty for the gram because apparently that’s a thing. But…..look how pretty! (Shout out to the sequins)



Well, that’s about it for our slime adventures. The kids ask to play with it all the time and it’s a great sensory activity! Let me know how slime making turns out for you and your kids and I’d love to see pictures. Happy Sliming!!!!!

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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So, nobody told me that when I became a mommy I would be spending the rest of my life doing laundry. I mean seriously, sometimes I’m doing laundry and I’m just like, where did these clothes even come from? I swear I’ve never seen this sweatshirt before. And then I have the type of kids that wanna change outfits 72 times a day. What do they think this is, the Grammy’s? No matter how caught up I feel like I am, I’m never really done washing clothes. There’s always that surprise basket of laundry that emerges from the darkness, taunting me, as if to say “Ha, woman! You thought you were done with laundry!” I swear I’ve heard the dirty bath towels do the evil laugh before.

Well, I figured since there is no escaping doing the laundry I might as well find the most affordable way to do it. I think I was spending close to 470 billion dollars (this is not an exaggeration) a week on laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets etc. (which I use all homemade versions of now…thank God).

The best part for me is that this homemade detergent only requires three ingredients AND they are easy to find…you don’t have to special order anything or go to a specialty store. I usually get my ingrendients from Meijer but if you don’t have a Meijer where you live you can find this stuff at Walmart, Target, Kroger etc. All you’ll need is

2 cups Borax

2 cups Super Washing Soda

9 oz of bar soap such as:

Zote

Fels Naptha

So, for about $10 you can make enough laundry detergent for about 80-100 loads, depending on the size of the load and how much detergent you use. You only need to use 1-2 tbs of the detergent for each regular size load but for larger loads you may  need more.

And now for how to make it. Omg! Easy Peezy…..even the baby helps me sometimes

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First thing you’ll need to do is grate the soap. I just use a regular cheese grater and I’m weird so I like to combine two different bar soaps. (1 full 4.5 oz bar of each) Usually Zote or Fels Naptha,but you can also use Dr. Bronners, Kirk’s Castile or Ivory as well.

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This next step is optional but I put my soap shreds in the food processor/blender after grating just because I feel like it mixes better with the other ingredients. It’s totally not necessary and won’t change the way your clothes are cleaned. You can see though it’s a lot finer after being in the food processor.

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Next thing you’ll want to do is mix all ingredients together, the Borax, washing soda and grated soap. I pour mine into a big bowl and stir before putting it in the container I’ll store it in just because I feel like it gets mixed more thoroughly. You could also pour directly into the container and shake I suppose. That’s the way I did it the very first time I made laundry detergent but it wasn’t mixy uppy (I’m sure that’s a word) enough for me

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And now it’s ready to store. I keep mine in a Mason Jar. Actually I pretty much keep everything in a mason jar these days. But it’s perfect, air tight and doesn’t take up too much space in my laundry room. And Voila, there you have it. Homemade Laundry Detergent. That wasn’t so bad now was it. Now smile at all of the money you’ll be saving, not to mention the chemicals you’re getting rid of!! Woo-hoo! Let me know in the comments how this worked out for you!

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DIY Toothpaste With Coconut Oil

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Okay so besides the fact that I’m completely obsessed with coconut oil (I use it in my hair, on my skin, for cooking….) I am in LOVE with this homemade toothpaste. I can’t lie though, I was scared to try it. I knew that I wanted to eliminate fluoride first of all. fluoride is HIGHLY toxic. Did you know that it was used as a rat poison and an insecticide….Ewwww. No thanks. Doesn’t sound like something I should be putting in my mouth. Maybe that’s why they make such a big deal out of swallowing it. Hmmmm……Also according to the largest study conducted on fluoridation and oral health there is no evidence that fluoride actually prevents tooth decay. Okay soooooo….why are we even…..just, okay. Or how about the fact that TOO much fluoride can lead to your teeth becoming discolored and crumbling.Ironic, huh?  Excuse me but I’ll pass. So yeah, I could go on and on with all the negative effects of fluoride on your body and mind but i think you guys get the point.

So why not just buy a fluoride free toothpaste you ask? (I can hear you….all of you) Well first because there are several other harmful ingredients in toothpaste (glycerin, triclosan, etc.) and secondly I would like to have as much control as possible over the ingredients I use. There you have it, my personal reason for wanting to switch to all natural DIY. You only need three ingredients and it’s quick and easy to make.

AND…….drum roll please……the kids love it!!!!!! Go Mommy…..Go Mommy!! Winning!!  I mean after having to explain to my two year old a few months ago why she couldn’t brush her teeth with ketchup this was an easy one. This recipe can be adjusted to fit your individual taste…..more or less essential oil, or even a different flavor, like orange or eucalyptus!! If you need a sweetener you can add a tsp or so of a sweetener like stevia or xylitol but I left it out!


THE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • About 40 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix together in a bowl and store in an airtight jar! Keep out of reach of small children that for some unknown reason feel the need to brush their Barbie dolls hair with the toothpaste!!

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DIY Nail Polish Caddy

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DIY projects are my favorite. First because I have complete control over my project. And also because it’s so much cheaper than going to Target or shopping on Etsy. With Christmas right around the corner I’ve been trying to think of ideas that my hard to please older kids will like and that won’t break the bank. Well, Miss Keja, (10) who is completely obsessed with zebra print these days is going to be getting a room makeover as a Christmas present. I also happened to have this old spice rack, that I’m not even entirely sure where it came from. I know I didn’t buy it, nor have I ever used the spices in it…..how did the spices even get there? Hmm…..that’s something to think about….Anywho, this was super easy and super cheap to make. I picked up a can of spray paint for like 3 bucks, although if you wanted to go ultra cheap I’m sure they sell spray paint at the dollar store. And then I grabbed a roll of duct tape for $3, which they also sell at the dollar store but I wanted leftover for future projects. If you are wanting to add any words, you can get a small bottle of craft paint in any color for less than a dollar and stencils. I should add that me and stencils don’t get along….like at all….ever,….. so I found these peel and stick stencils($2 at Walmart) and I was able to get through 5 letters with only two…..okay maybe three….curse words.30583

The project is itself is easy peezy…..you just want to make sure you are in a well ventilated area and put plenty of newspaper down. Wash down the wood surface with water and mild dish detergent and let dry completely before spraying on the paint. Once dry, inspect to see if it needs another layer….or coat….or whatever paint savvy people call it. The spray paint I got actually did a pretty good job on the first coat (and dried fast) but because I tend to be a bit of a psycho when it comes to these things I sprayed like three coats on. ALSO….if you are super bright like me and prop open your door for ventilation, beware that little furry acorn chasing creatures WILL make their way into your house, but no fear, the leftover donut that your four year old refused to eat because it looked like an oval and not a circle will be conveniently close to you so you will be able to use it as bait to get the squirrel out…but not before tripping over the Fisher Price fire truck that your 8 year old left in the middle of the kitchen. Once the paint is dry….and the squirrel is gone….you’re ready to apply your duct tape. I just measured the inside of the shelf and cut the length that I needed. Then you’re ready to do any stenciling at this point. This is the part, during MY DIY project,that I discovered that my 2 year old had got into the black paint…..presumably while I was chasing critters. So before applying the lettering to my nail caddy, I had to scrub paint out of my area rug, the wood floors, her hands and face…and of course put new clothes on her. But the finished product turned out beautifully and we’ll hang it up in my daughter’s room when we do her makeover!!

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