Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Funny

Happy Friday!  

This made me giggle.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Easter Basket Edibles (that aren't candy!)

Looking for something edible, besides candy, to put in your child's Easter basket this year?

Originally posted last year, here are 13 20 ideas for you!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-candy.  I'm not a super crunchy mom who is only putting organic oats and fair trade yarn in her childrens' Easter baskets.

  • I love candy.  
  • Our kids love candy.  
  • I do not love being in my house after the kids have consumed an entire Easter Basket/Halloween Bucket/Christmas Stocking full of candy.  

So while they get a little bit, I try to limit it.  If, like me, you don't want to spend Easter weekend scraping young children off the walls, here are some ideas of treats you can put in their baskets!  Choose one or choose several for their baskets.  Whatever floats your boat.  :-)

1. Juice boxes
2. Granola bars (doesn't have to be the whole box!  Buy one box and stick a couple in each kid's basket)
3. Bag of microwave popcorn
4. Little cartons or baggies of Goldfish crackers
5. Mini boxes of cereal
6. Graham cracker sticks
7. Animal crackers
8. Pretzel sticks
9. Puffs (for the toddler age group)
10. Fruit cups
11. Jello cups
12. Baggy of Cheez-It crackers
13. Teddy Grahams
14. Mini bags of chips
15. Honey roasted peanuts (the 50 cent kind from the checkout stand)
16. Chewing gum
17. A sleeve of Poptarts
18. Bag of beef jerky
19. Veggie straws
20. Drink mix (hot chocolate, flavored water like Mio or Propel, etc)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Homemade Play Doh and the SECRET Clean Up Tip

This great playdoh recipe came from somewhere on the web.  Of course now I can't find the original blog I saw it on, but you can find almost the same recipe but with more pics over here.  
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One day I made it with my toddler and two of his friends. They each got to pick what color to make it (food coloring), and I stood at the stove and cooked it up.  The kids had fun with the homemade play dough and getting to choose their own colors!  Store in an airtight container and it will last for a long time!
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It looks like colored dog poo here but in real life it looks and feels
just like real play doh!

Afterwards the pan seemed tough to clean...thick, semi-hard dough stuck to the sides and bottom.  But, aha!, there's a trick to this..

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Here's the secret:
put a couple tablespoons of OIL in the pan with some water and let it soak.  The oil softens the dough and when you go back to clean it, it will come right off!  

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