Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kids Corner - Pudding Painting

Today I woke up and decided we would pudding paint.
So, here's what I did...
1. Made a package of instant chocolate pudding.
2. Stripped my kids down to their undies.
3. Put my kids with the pudding inside the bath tub.
4. Let them have at it.

It was quite funny watching Miss A at first.
She kept looking at me and saying,
"Are you sure it's ok to do this?"
Then she was really hesitant to put her hands 
in the pudding,
but after I showed her she could paint and draw 
with the pudding, she went to town!

I did make it extremely clear that the minute she painted
outside the tub, we would clean up.

Miss H loved dabbling chocolate pudding into her hair.

This was a great activity that kept the kids occupied for about an hour...
and that's practically an eternity in kid time. 
I was able to fold the laundry, dust, and vacuum
while I heard squealing and laughing coming from my two girls.

After they were done, 
I gave them washcloths, turned on the shower, 
and rinsed the chocolate away.
I also gave Miss A a squirt bottle to help me wash the pudding off.

After all the pudding was off,
the kidlets got a bath. 

I was forced to actually clean the tub,
which was part of my plan anyways!
(After the kids were out... thank heavens for Scrubbing Bubbles!)

This was a great activity that was cheap, fast, and fun!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oreo Cupcakes

These cupcakes are to die for!
 They look super gourmet, 
but are super easy to make.
After finding the recipe here,
I made 2 batches in a week. 
Yeah, they were that good!

First: start off with your favorite box of chocolate cake mix.
I used Duncan Hine's Devil's Food Cake because that's what I had on hand.
Mix the cake mix according to package directions.

Second: pour a little batter into your cupcake liners. 

Third: place a whole Oreo on top of the batter in each cupcake liner.
I used Double Stuff Oreo's because that's the only Oreo I will eat.

Fourth: Top each liner off with batter until the liner is 2/3 full.
Bake according to the package directions.

Once the cupcakes have completely cooled
frost them with your favorite buttercream icing.
I used the Vanilla Buttercream Icing recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.
and mixed in some crushed Oreos.

After all the cupcakes were frosted, 
I cut an Oreo in 1/4ths using my butcher knife,
and place a quarter Oreo on each cupcake.

See how easy that was?
Now go wow some of your friends 
with your gourmet cupcake making skills. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

FHE Tags

Awhile back, my mom gave me this sign...

and I love it just the way it is because she made it for me.
However, I lost the things that you put the names on to tell
who has the lesson, prayer, song, etc.
So... I've been on the lookout for something cheap
that I could stick some vinyl names on and call it good.
For the past year or so, I haven't really found anything...
until I went to Craft Warehouse!
They're a local craft store that's closing it's doors,
so everything is 50% off! Yeah!
I picked up these bad boys for 50 cents each!

I just cut some vinyl on my Silhouette....

and voila!
Perfect tags for my Family Home Evening board.
I tried to find fonts that matched the personality of each person.

Hooray for new, cheap, and cute signs!

*I'm not sure what these tags were supposed to be used for...
but I love how they turned out!*

Monday, June 27, 2011

Laundry Woes

Mondays are laundry days in my home.
I dread laundry more than anything in the world.
The stains, the grime, the dirt... Gag me.
But I found some tips that I think will help laundry day 
become more bearable, so I thought you'd like to hear them. 

 1. Body oils rub onto shirt collars and attract dirt, leaving them grimy and worse for wear.
 Reverse the damage by grabbing your shampoo
 and a clean paintbrush and paint a line over the soiled collar before washing.

2. Soaking clothes overnight in
a tub of water
 really helps loosen
dirt and grime and can be especially effective when your clothes have
that dingy-all-over look.

3. To keep brights their brightest
and blacks from fading, turn garments inside out and choose
the coolest temperature setting that will get them clean.

4. For stubborn food stains, such as coffee, soy sauce, or mustard,
 blot the troubled area with foam shaving cream 
and allow it to sit for half an hour. 
Repeat the process and if the stain remains, try leaving the cream in overnight.

5. If you’ve just washed a stained garment,
 examine the results before tossing it in the dryer. 
If the stain didn’t come out, the dryer’s heat will set it and make it even harder to deal with. 
Your chances of success are greater if you remove the item while it’s damp.

6. Your best chance of salvaging a stained garment after it’s been in the dryer
 is to soak it for thirty minutes in a solution that’s equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide.
 Be sure to wash it immediately afterward.

7. Adding a quarter cup of baking soda to a wash
will take care of stale, musty odors common during the summer months 
and give your machine a fragrant boost to boot.

8. When conquering dried bloodstains,
 dampen the damaged garment with hydrogen peroxide, 
then rinse with cold water.
 If possible, set your washing machine’s temperature for cold as well.

9. When battling mildew and soap scum-stained shower curtains, 
don’t hesitate to drop them in the washing machine.
 For cloth as well as heavier vinyl and plastic curtains,
 use ordinary laundry soap and the recommended amount of bleach per load.

10. Whether you’re washing by machine or hand,
 vinegar is a must-have in any laundry room. 
A cup of vinegar is an effective fabric softener in the rinse cycle,
 adding a little bit to a hand wash will keep clothes from staying sudsy.

Do you have any laundry secrets that you'd love to share?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goop for Kids

It seems like my children have a million toys. No, really, they do! But despite having all their toys,
I still hear the words...

"Mom, I'm bored!"

And even though I hear these words, like, a million times a day, I still have this insane idea in my head that my children will entertain themselves, not ever bother me, or climb on me, or fight with each other.
Our home will be filled with laughter, and we will live forever in peace and love...

And reality hits.

I am constantly trying to find new ideas to entertain my kids for the day.
And, since we are on a pretty tight budget... most of these ideas 
need to be with food or cheap items that can be found around our house, or the Dollar Store.
{Hence why I like to bake... it's something we ALL enjoy doing!}
Since I'm sure I'm not the only out there who struggles with this problem,
I thought I would share some of the ideas I've come across.

Today's Kid's Corner...
Or, you can call it "Color in a Bag"
but I much prefer Goop.

All you need is:
1 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar
4 c. cold water
Food coloring
Gallon-size Ziplock Baggies
Duct Tape

1. Over medium heat, combine the cornstarch, sugar, and water in a saucepan, stirring continuously.
2. Once the mixture begins to thicken, remove the pan from the heat and stir for another minute or so until it thickens to a pudding like consistency. Let it cool for 30 minutes.
{After this step, I set the timer and told Miss A that she needed to play until the timer went off.}
3. Spoon the mixture into two bowls. Stir a few drops of food coloring into each bowl {I used blue and green}, then divide the colors between the two bags. Seal the bags with duct tape and let your kids mash the colors together! The mixture will keep for up to a week.

Oh, and don't forget to add some adorable children to complete your Goop mixture!

*I always put my kids names on their projects... otherwise we have chaos on our hands trying to determine
whose mixture is whose...*

Hope you will try this craft with your kids. I would love to hear about your experience!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Little Red Rocking Chair

Okay so I did it!  I completed my first piece and am already working on my second!  I had to go out of town for a little while for a work thing.  Louisville was quite hot, felt like I was walking into an oven really.  Coming from Portland when I walked out of the Airport in Louisville at 11pm at night I had to start stripping the layers off and was cursing the jeans and tennis shoes I wore on the flight.  A few days later, I went to Chicago to visit a friend for a few days.  It is such a beautiful city and her baby even more so!  I think I would want to live there if there were no winter.  But alas, it happens and winter happens bad in the windy city.  Back to furniture...

The little red rocking chair has been a joy to work on.  A learning lesson for sure.  Here is what I learned:
  1. I don't like working with spray paint.
  2. I don't like working with anything oil based.
  3. I don't like white primer under red spray paint (rookie mistake).
  4. There are a lot of little parts on little chairs.
  5. I do like glazing, but it did not really stand out enough so I just stained.
  6. Sand, sand and sand somemore.
  7. That my little boy loves his new red rocking chair.
  8. The little red ottoman is coming soon.

    $5 at a garage sale.  Look they even left me some stickers.
    My cool plastic spray gun handle was a good purchase.  But I should have just painted on a tinted primer.

    Turned out pretty cute though

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Restoration Hypo-procrastination

I think that is what I have. In the sales world they call it "call reluctance", I could call it paint reluctance! In my book it just means I think I am a little scared to start my first piece. I keep buying and orgainizing...buying paint, tools, furniture...I have a buying problem. Anyone that knows me personally, knows that I am a buyer and returner. The only problem here is that you cannot really return furniture you bought at a garage sale, Goodwill or on Craigslist. Hmmmm, that means I need to "just do it" (I live right around the corner from Nike HQ so I should follow their example)! At least I have come to terms with it. This is what my garage looks like right now. I swear my husband will leave me if I buy even one more piece of furniture. I hope it is not like my shoes he says for every new pair I get I have to throw away two pairs. What is that about? Men don't understand. Stay tuned for my first piece...

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