Bathtub Paint

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I’ve had this pinned in my “Kid Boredom Prevention” board for a while and I finally remembered to do it. On a separate note, I remembered because I am currently working on a project that will make all of the fun ideas that I find for my daughter to do easier to remember and access. I’m calling it “The Fun Jar” and will post it as soon as it’s finished. It’s going to be great and a HUGE free printable so be on the lookout. Anyways…back to the paint.

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All you do is mix cornstarch, water and a few drops of baby shampoo in a cup or bowl and then pour it into individual containers. I chose to use an ice cube tray because it gave me a bunch of spots in a condensed space. Then you drop one or two drops of food coloring into each section and mix it up a little more. There you have it! Bathtub paint! It is super easy and doesn’t stain. Trust me. Since we started doing this she has knocked it into the floor several times and I was easily able to clean up the bathmat and the floor. I do recommend adding the food coloring over an area that is easy it to wipe down and doesn’t stain easily because straight food coloring that has not been mixed into water and cornstarch can stain. My husband proved this when he was making paint on the edge of the tub and spilled just food coloring. I now have red grout as proof.

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Have fun!

 

 

Apple Pie Nutella Bites

This week is “Treat Week” in the teacher’s lounge. Everyone signs up for one day to bring something and we have food that is normally really bad for you available all day every day for the entire week. I managed to snag Monday which is the best day because you have the weekend to think about it and prepare. I decided to experiment and made these delicious little pastries.

You will need:
– 2-3 apples
– nutella
– 2 packages crescent rolls
– cinnamon
– nutmeg

Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the crescent rolls. Then roll out the dough and smear a little nutella on each piece. Then place an apple slice with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg on top and then roll them up. Bake them for about 15-20 minutes or until done and enjoy!

DIY Coffee Hand Scrub

I finished up all of my Christmas gift crafting this weekend and this was one on my list. I have few guy friends who are addicted to coffee but still care about their appearance and hand softness. So, I thought this would be a great gift and, it only took a few minutes to make!

You will need:
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup ground coffee
– bowl for mixing
– container for scrub

All you have to do is mix together your ingredients and then put them in your container! It’s that easy. I went ahead and made some fantastic labels for the scrub that you can see below and click to download.

If you like this post you should also check out my DIY coffee themed t-shirt!


DIY Infused Alcohol for Christmas Gifts

I decided to try my hand at making infused alcohol for several of my friends and family this Christmas. I did a little research and came up with the flavors I wanted to create. Then I went to get my ingredients. Infused alcohol is really easy to make. You simply take your choice of alcohol, something in the middle price range, and the fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables you want to infuse into your liquor. I decided to use vodka with the flavor combos of thai chile and apricot, pear and mint and apple cinnamon. I also made a lime jalapeño tequila.

All you have to do once you buy your ingredients is to cut them up, wash them off and place them in your alcohol. However, there are a few rules that you should be aware of before you throw everything into your jar.

1. Only leave citrus fruit peels in for a max of 5 days otherwise they start to get bitter.
2. Some things take longer to infuse their flavor than others.
For example: citrus only needs a few days as does any other fresh fruit but stronger flavors like peppers and chiles only need up to 24 hours.
3. You can always remove the stuff you place in the jar and refresh it with new ingredients if you want to make the flavor stronger but, you can’t take away!

I haven’t finished my infusions yet but so far the pear+mint is the best combination which makes me pretty happy because it was completely my idea and not inspired by someone else’s combinations. The dried apricot is going to take a few weeks before it tastes like anything other than vodka because I’m not adding those chiles until the last minute. The apple cinnamon is also pretty good and the tequila just tastes like lime right now but will be really fun once I add the jalapeño.

I also made labels for my bottles that I plan on applying after pouring the different liquors into my clear bottles from Hobby Lobby. You can download the pdf of my labels here.

If you like this idea then you should check out the even easier gift of Rosemary Infused Olive Oil which also includes a how to and printable labels!

An Impromtu Halloween Party

I decided at the last minute to throw a Halloween party. It wasn’t anything fancy. I just threw together a few fun things and we had a good time. I made guacamole and my artist brother helped out by carving a “puking” pumpkin to go with it.

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We also had a panna cotta brain with cranberry sauce as well as mozzarella, tomato and olive eyeballs.

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The best thing that we made was caramel apple jell-o shots. They weren’t too much work and were the best jell-o shots I have ever had. Normally, they are either horrible tasting or not strong enough to be worth eating but these were neither. The apple made them taste really fantastic and made them super easy to eat. I got the recipe here. However, we did add more vodka and we made a double batch. As a note, I bought a melon-baller in order to make these and I don’t know why I have never owned one before! It is an amazing little tool!

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I also got to give my costume a test run but, I plan on doing a few things differently for the actual day of Halloween.

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Pinterest Adventures Volume 1 – An Update

I previously posted about the projects I am planning on tackling this month. In the post I mentioned making apple smiles and cloud dough. Well, Lilly and I had some fun yesterday with both of these and here are my results.

Apple Smiles

The apple smiles are stupid easy to make. You only need sliced apples, peanut butter and marshmallows. I decided to use “The Bees Knees” peanut butter which is peanut butter and honey mixed together and is delicious.

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You then spread the peanut butter on two apple slices and place marshmallows in between them. Notice how they look kind of like a smile. My only issue with these were that they were difficult to eat and messy. I ended up making them open faced instead of an actual smile. So, they aren’t as cute but they are much less messy.

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Lilly was more interested in picking off the marshmallows and I had to play the “take another bite of apple and I’ll give you another marshmallow” game. I however thought they were a fantastic snack. I am considering making some sort of apple, peanut butter, marshmallow panini in the future. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Moon Dough

Moon dough is also ridiculously easy to make but it is quite messy so I recommend that you do it outside. All you need is flour, baby oil and a container for the end product. Then you mix 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of baby oil.

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I chose to use baby oil with shea and cocoa butter in it so it smelled really nice. Combining these two ingredients will give you something that feels like flour but is moldable. This was a fun project for Lilly to help with.

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She also loved playing with the dough. She probably spent 40 minutes playing with the dough and a cup.

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She was, of course, COVERED in flour when she was done but, it was easy to brush off of her and we did it outside so it wasn’t a big deal. I placed the dough in a Rubbermaid type of container so it will be ready for her to play with again tomorrow and the next day. So, this was a total win and only cost a few dollars to make but will give hours and hours of fun.