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Playdough of the Month–Edible Peanut Butter

I'm SUPER excited to share something with you, our lovely readers....every month we're going to be sharing a Playdough of the Month! It will be different every month so be sure to keep close tabs on us! If you have anything you'd like to see us create let me know and we will give it a try. This month: Edible Peanut Butter Playdough All you need is: 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup honey 2 1/3 cups powdered sugar   Mix all ingredients in a bowl (tip: use a mixer if you have one it will cut your mixing time down to mere seconds). When all ingredients are well incorporated then your playdough will be ready to use. No baking required! Mykids love this playdough because it tastes really good and it works just as well as store-bought playdough. Just keep close eyes on them or they will end up with a belly ache as they will try to eat the whole lot of it! … [Read more...]

Liquid Chalkers Review and Giveaway! #ad

My girls love chalk. They also love markers. When I saw a request to review liquid chalk markers, I thought they would be perfect for my girls! Unfortunately, neither girl was home when they arrived in the mail so I decided to give them a try :) Um, yeah, bad idea...I went a bit crazy coloring all over the windows and mirrors of our house! Liquid Chalkers came with specific instructions about using them on non-porous surfaces vs porous surfaces but says mirrors and windows are safe so that's what I stuck with.  After all, that's the only thing I'll allow my girls to use them on anyway.  If you accidentally use them on a porous surface and they don't wipe away easily, Magic Erasers work well at removing residue left behind.  My girls came home from their playdates and saw my writings all over the house and insisted on trying the markers themselves...They couldn't get enough!  They had fun drawing and erasing, drawing and erasing all over the front door.  When all was said and … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play With Play From Scratch #Spon

In an age filled with electronics and step-by-step instructions for every toy out there, it's hard to encourage your children to use their creativity and imagination.   Children are constantly looking to adults (or electronics) to entertain them with what to do and how to do it.  They get frustrated when parents tell them just to make something up. When we were contacted by Play From Scratch to try out their products we were both excited and a little skeptical.  After all, it's just a bunch of cardboard boxes, tubes, and tape.  Why would someone pay for that??  Well, this is why... Jamie's thoughts: Nutty's birthday party was the perfect time to bring out the Play From Scratch Creative Party Pack!  I opened up the world famous box of boxes and the enormous tube of tubes, laid everything out, and gave the girls two rules: 1) Use your imagination, 2) Have fun... The girls promptly got to work choosing their boxes, picking their tape, and forming teams to work on things.  I … [Read more...]

Insects Made From Cereal

So as I am scheduling our posts for this week I realize that ALL of them are tasty treat related but we're still sticking to our regular schedule. Today's post is both a craft and a tasty treat. We're making insects from cereal. Ok, sounds gross, I know, but they're actually super cute! I told you they were cute.  To make them (and then eat them) with your kids, you'll need: Froot Loops, Fruity Cheerios, or the generic of either Pipe cleaners Large gum drops Candy sprinkles (optional) Frosting (optional) Scissors Toothpicks 1)  The inch worm is super easy and is good for younger kids.  Just curl a pipe cleaner slightly on one end and start stringing the cereal. 2)  Press a gum drop drop at the other end of the stringed pipe cleaner.  We found it easier to poke a hole in the gum drop with a tooth pick before trying to press it onto the pipe cleaner. 3)  Use a small amount of frosting and candy sprinkles to make a face on the gum drop. 4)  Use another … [Read more...]

Rainy Day Activities

It's hard enough to entertain your kids during the summer, let alone when it rains outside.  Today we're bringing you 10 ways to keep your kids occupied during the rain. #10- Make your own treasure hunt #9- Corn starch and water #8- Indoor obstacle course #7- Popsicle stick puzzles #6- Scratch drawings #5- Make cleaning fun #4- Make your own playdough #3- Shaving cream and glue #2- Coloring with your kids #1- Tissue paper flowers … [Read more...]

Scratch Drawing

Scratch drawing (or rainbow drawing as Lindsi calls it) was one of my favorite things to do as a child.  It was fun seeing all the unique pictures I could make.  It was also one of Lindsi's favorite things to do.  You see, Lindsi was scheduling posts for next week when she happened to look at what I had scheduled for this week.  She called me up and said, "I think we have the same posts scheduled!  What is 'scratch drawing?'"  When I told her she started laughing, "that's the same as my 'rainbow drawing' I have scheduled for next week!" Both Lindsi and I learned scratch drawing using just crayons (on the left above) but I recently saw some using crayons and paint (on the right above) and decided to give that a try with my girls too. To do scratch drawing with your kids, you'll need: White paper Crayons Dark paint or a black crayon Toothpicks, paper clips, a coin, or some other object for scratching Have your kids color patches of color on the paper with the … [Read more...]