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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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DIY Pancake Mix

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Seriously guys who doesn’t love pancakes?? *insert crickets here* Everybody loves pancakes!! We even eat them for dinner sometimes. Having a big family….and even if you don’t, it’s so much more convenient to use pancake mix instead of having to measure everything out EVERY single time you want to make “pannycakes” as my 4 year old calls them. The problem with pancake mix, though, is all the extra ingredients in there that you don’t need. So why not make your own mix? It’s really easy to do and I put a label on the front of the jar so the kids know what to add if they want to make it on their own. Their quite the little chefs these days…….You can even store the mix in a ziplock bag if that’s easier. So, here’s what you need:

INGREDIENTS 

(for 24 medium sized pancakes)

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 7 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp pink salt

DIRECTIONS

Um, there’s not much to it. Just mix the ingredients together in an airtight container. You could use tupperware, a ziploc bag….or my personal favorite, a mason jar. Write somewhere on the container what you need to add to it:

  • 2 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs honey

And just cook like you normally would any other pancake mix

*TIP* PANCAKES ARE READY TO FLIP WHEN BUBBLES START FORMING

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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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Morning Chores

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I’ve gotten lots of questions in the past several weeks about how we handle chores around here. First, I should say that there is no such thing as spotless in this house. It’s not possible!! Somebody has always just spilled something, or peed on something, or spilled pee on something (We’re still potty training). On top of that it seems like nobody is actually eating based on the amount of crumbs that are on the floor after meals and everybody tries to act like they “forgot” whose day it is to sweep. We can’t really go a day without doing laundry or it piles up real fast. So, we have to have some type of system. We’ve tried a bunch but this one is my favorite for chores, well morning chores anyway. I’ll make a separate post for the other chores

For morning chores the kids all have their own chore “badges” on a lanyard in their color (I’ll explain our color coding system later). As soon as they wake up in the morning they are required to put on their badges and can’t take them off until everything on the badge is completed. Right now their responsibilities every morning are to:
Make up their Bed
Wash Face
Put Away Laundry
Daily Journal
Breakfast Dishes
Get Dressed
Brush Teeth/Floss
And then my oldest has to take out the trash as well.
There are two things that aren’t listed on the badges because they change every day. Whoever is the special helper for the day has to switch the laundry over ( I always put a load in the washer before bed so they would put it in the dryer) and the special helper is also responsible for putting away the dishes in the dish rack (that I washed the night before). The prayer prince/princess (will also explain in a later post) for that day has to assist with this chore as well! We only use this system for the morning because it’s what works for us but you can use it for after school chores or daily chores as well.

WARNING: Chore badges will not rid all children of the pesky whining and complaining  associated with having to do chores. Also, be prepared for one or more children to “lose” their badge. The beauty of this is its so simple to make these babies!!! Continue reading

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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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