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Thank You!

Yesterday was a pretty rough day for me.  My husband was getting ready to head out-of-town for work until Saturday when I found out that my Aunt passed away.  I was feeling pretty down when I had a knock on the door and opened it to find out the my neighbors were cutting our grass for us.  After living in Jacksonville, Florida for the past 10 years I almost forgot what it was like to have nice neighbors and I was beyond grateful to them.  So…  in my ongoing effort to show people how much I appreciate everything that they do for me, I created this little THANK YOU {bowl} and delivered it to them today.  

 

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided it would be perfect.  I of course went to purchase the tags to save myself some time, but the seller only had them in Christmas colors unless I wanted to pay an additional $15 for her to change the colors… NO THANKS!  I’ll design something on my own, and share it FOR FREE with those who follow my blog ;)  Mine are completely different and I happen to like them MUCH better! 

I made some “soda-lighted your my neighbor” tags for the soda bottles…

Some tiny little “Thank You!” tags for the bottom of the chocolate kisses…

And a “for the COOLEST kids on the block” tag to put around some ice pops for the kids of the house….

All of these tags that I just mentioned are my own personal design and I will try to provide that file here for free.  In the next photo you will see some polka dot bag toppers– but I did not design those, I downloaded them (for free) here.

This whole THANK YOU {bowl} cost me a total of around $13 and here is the cost breakdown:

Bowl- $1

Soda- $3.40

Cookie Dough- $2.50

Chocolate Kisses- $3

Ice Pops- $1.50

Tissue Paper- $1

Stay tuned for the free tags!!!

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DIY Bathtub Crayons

With the incredible success of my homemade bathtub paints in mind… I decided to go ahead and try to make Bathtub crayons.  Same concept… drawing all over the tub and surrounding area…but this way there are no little jars or paintbrushes in the equation.

I do like to think of myself as “crafty” but I am not so crafty that I just have crayon molds lying around the house.  So these bathtub crayons will not be as pretty as the ones you will find in the store or even on those super-mom blogs…those ladies are far more crafty than I :)

Notice that my crayons are squared– much like those triangle crayons that my children use so well, I figured having the edges might help their little hands grasp on better in the bathtub.

You will need:

IVORY soap- 3 bars

Food Coloring

Warm Water

Grater

Directions:

-Grate 1 cup worth of soap

-Add 5 drops off food coloring to your soap shavings

-Add a few tablespoons of warm water (I would suggest 1-2)

-Begin to mix your food coloring and warm water throughout your soap shavings.  Mixing slowly and kneading the mixture until it forms a thick and gritty dough.

-Begin to roll out your dough mixture.  **Here is where I split the dough in two in order to stretch out the recipe and make a set of crayons for each of my toddlers**

-Using your fingers, form the dough into your desired shape.  In this case– use your fingers to elongate the dough and make your squared edges.

-Place each pair of crayons in the freezer while you work on the next color (about 10 minutes)  Then move them to a platter to dry and harden overnight.

-Repeat these steps for each of your different colored crayons.  Once they dry and harden overnight… let your little ones get creative in the tub!

Did you try this?  How did it turn out?  Please share in the comments section below, I would love to hear about it!

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Homemade fingerpaints

I made these back in September for MJ and Kaydence and they LOVED it.  I was new to the “stay at home mom” thing and was trying to figure out ways to keep them entertained and happy… while giving me a little break.  I would much rather be wiping off their little fingers and helping them paint than battle them all day about screaming, fighting and running all over the house.  This was one of the first, if not the first, crafty thing that we all did together here in Oklahoma and for that reason, the pictures they painted that day are still proudly displayed on my refrigerator :)

When I made these fingerpaints, I had no intention of beginning a blog; therefore, I did not take pictures of every step.  If you need visuals, check out Penniless Parenting— they used the same recipe that I did and they have the pictures you need :)

You will need:

4 tbsp sugar (granulated)

1/2 cup corn starch

2 cups water

Food coloring

Baby food jars (or other small containers)

Directions:

-In a medium sized pan- combine your sugar, corn starch and water.  Mix these ingredients well, ensuring that you remove all of the lumps.  Some people use a fork for this but I prefer a whisk.

-Next, stir your mixture while heating it on high.  DO NOT STOP MIXING.  Your mixture will thicken, remove from heat.

-Divide the mixture you have created amongst your emptied, cleaned and dried baby food jars.  Once you have divided your mixture amongst the jars, add a few drops of food coloring into your jar and mix well.  Add a few more drops until you reach the color you would like.  The lighter your color is INSIDE the jar…the lighter your color will be on the PAPER.

**Make sure to work relatively quickly when adding your colors to the jar…the food coloring combines the best while the mixture is warm.

-Allow your fingerpaints to cool (I let them cool overnight) and have fun :)

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Bathtub Painting :)

I’m going to be honest…a lot of my “creativity” with my kids comes from pinterest.  Most of the fun little things we do together originated from someone else thinking the idea was great enough to share (pin).  I will always do my best to credit my sources, and for this particular activity all of the credit goes to Meet the Dubiens.

This bathtub paint kept my two toddlers entertained for HOURS!  Aside from the occasional battle over which colors belonged to who, this was a great activity for young kids.   I just slapped their bathing suits on and let them do their thing!  They didn’t even realize I was brushing them up on their colors and shapes along the way ;)

 

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You will need:

Baby Shampoo (clear)

Corn Starch

Food coloring

Baby Food Jars (or other small, air-tight containers)

Directions:

In a large bowl, take 1 cup of baby shampoo and combine it with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.  Mix well and spread into your small containers.  I had two boxes of different food colorings so I put less of the mixture in each jar in order to give the kids more colors to chose from.  Once the mixture is in your containers, simply add ONE drop of food coloring into each and mix well.  One drop of food coloring is plenty and doesn’t stain the tub ;)

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PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE BARS

To get this section of the blog off to a delicious start I decided to feature these delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Bars that I made for Thanksgiving.  Personally, I don’t care for pumpkin pie but I always find myself making one in order to please everyone else at the table.  This year since we were attending a “pot-luck” Thanksgiving with my mother-in-laws family, I decided to spice it up a little.  I was lucky enough to catch this recipe on The Today Show (with Kathy Lee and Hoda) and now I will be making these bars every. single. year.

Here is the recipe!

Recipe: Chocolate pumpkin bars

credit:  Jansen Chan

Ingredients (Chocolate Bottom)

  • 5 ounces chocolate, unsweetened
  • 2 ounces chocolate, bittersweet
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour

Ingredients (Pumpkin Topping)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ounce chocolate, bittersweet, melted

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9″ x 13″ baking pan by greasing the inside and placing a parchment paper or piece of foil that covers the bottom and two sides of the pan, with enough hangover to reach past the height of the pan. Over a pot of simmering water, melt the two chocolates and butter. Off the heat, add cocoa and sugar. Stir. With a whisk, add an egg one at a time. Add salt. Add flour and stir to combine. Spread over the bottom of the prepared pan very evenly. Reserve for pumpkin topping.

For pumpkin topping: In a bowl, combine cream cheese and pumpkin. Add sugar, salt, and spices and stir to combine. Add an egg, one at a time, and continue stirring until smooth and even. Pour mixture directly on the uncooked chocolate layer. With a spoon or piping bag, drizzle melted chocolate on top of pumpkin layer in rows. Using a sharp knife drag lines in opposite directions, across the melted chocolate.

Bake bars for 45 minutes or until puffy in the center. Allow to cool. Remove from pan and cut while chilled.

Serving Size:  Serves 10 to 12

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