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I'm a WAHM to a 7-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. Left the full-time work field in criminal justice and mental health to be at home with my children. Haven't lost my sanity yet! :-)

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March 20th, 2013

Reusing Pasta Boxes

… to hold birdseed!

I’ve had these old pasta boxes around, and I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with them. I had one on the kitchen counter from making baked ziti, and boy was I glad it was there when our bag of birdseed broke! I was able to salvage most of it, and now I can put it safely in the cabinet. It’ll be easier for the kids to open and get their hands into as well, and now I don’t have to worry about spilled seed all over my floor :-)


February 28th, 2013

St. Patricks Day Craft- Easy Pot Full O’Shamrocks

Since I am FINALLY over my bought with pneumonia, it’s time to return to the land of the living! I needed to start small and easy though, and I figured something with few materials and steps would be a good beginning. Considering I basically missed Valentines Day and the entire month of February, I decided to start with St. Patrick’s Day right away :-)

The supply list for this was easy:

  • Green Paint
  • Brushes
  • Printouts of shamrocks (you can find them if you search “free clip art”)
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper (black for the pot and whatever color you want for the background)

First I had The Younger cut out the shamrocks which was great for her fine motor skill set. In reality I cut out the majority, but she was happy doing just one.

When we were done Read the rest of this entry »

February 11th, 2013

Valentine Butterfly- Easy Valentine’s Day Craft

The Younger still doesn’t understand what Valentine’s Day really is, so I’ve been doing little things here and there to teach her about the day. I don’t actually celebrate it myself, but I do like teaching her about different holidays and peoples’ beliefs.

I decided on an easy valentine craft which I saw somewhere (can’t remember where so I can’t cite it), and she was game to try it :-) This is our cute butterfly!

The Younger chose the colors for the body and the wings, and then I let her go to town.

First she painted the body (which is a toilet paper roll) while I cut out the heart wings. Then we let the body dry Read the rest of this entry »

October 3rd, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin Faces

I had this great pumpkin carving idea for my preschooler. See, in Florida you can’t just carve a regular old pumpkin and leave it on your doorstep, a reality I learned when I first moved here in 2000. All you get from that is a large, wet, moldy mess on your front porch, and that’s a Halloween horror I don’t want my kids to experience. I decided a great alternative would be to get those carvable fake pumpkins from somewhere like Michaels, and then both The Older and The Younger could make their own pumpkin that would last. I’d cut out different eyes, noses, and mouths, for The Younger, and she could create the face she wanted while the older drew his own.

I started out with these, and The Younger got to work, creating all the different pumpkin faces her little mind could come up with.

However, as all projects do, this one took Read the rest of this entry »


September 27th, 2012

Easy Ghost Craft

The Younger is fighting a nasty head cold, so last night we decided to say “no” to baseball and stay home. The kids are getting excited for Halloween, so I figured there would be no harm in starting our annual footprint ghosts a bit early.

These are easy to do (this is my second time doing this, and the kids were really excited). All this project takes is white paper, a pen, a black marker, and some scissors.

First, have the kiddo put their foot on a piece of white paper (I used copy paper, but I think I’ll try thicker paper next time), and trace the foot. Try to keep their toes together, if you can.

This is not a good example of proper foot placement, but The Older was adamant that this picture be included.

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September 19th, 2012

Make Your Own Play-Doh

We had a rainy day/not feeling so great afternoon. Perfect recipe for a day of play-doh! I didn’t have any around the house (shocker, I know), so the kids helped me make some. It’s easy, and they can both help because there are enough ingredients for both of them to do something, yet not too many to be overwhelming.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 to 2 cups warm water (I had to play around with this part)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • food coloring/unsweetened drink mix

Add all dry ingredients, then oil and coloring. Mix well, kneed, and then HAVE FUN! :-)

I made 2 colors for them with blue and red liquid food dye

It didn’t stay separated for long, and we learned that red and blue make purple! Read the rest of this entry »

September 18th, 2012

Medication Chart for Kids

Since we had to add 2 more medications to The Older’s daily practice, I decided it was time to get organized. I can remember a lot of things, but not 5 medications, one of which is only taken on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday basis! I ended up getting an erasable chore chart and some reusable stickers from Lakeshore Learning, and set up an easy-to-follow chart.

Yes, there are bears on it, but I figured the stars would make up for that.
I filled in the chart with the colors of the medications (for now), and this way he can keep track of the medication with me. I know he’s starting to feel out of control with everything that’s going on, so I thought this would give him a way to feel that he is managing at least something. As you can see, I also got him a daily pill box that I’m going to let him decorate any way he wants.

Filled out and ready for action!
Have you ever had anything like this that you’ve had to keep track of? What did you do to keep it all straight for you and your kids?


September 5th, 2012

Make Your Own Musical Instruments

It’s no secret that The Younger loves anything creative. She loves singing, dancing, and playing instruments, so I decided making homemade instruments would be a fun activity.

First I gathered everything I needed. I got some dried beans, rice, bells, and some stickers and markers. Then I pulled some paper plates and plastic cups from the cabinet, removed the paper towel roll from our paper towels, found a rubber band, stapler, and the scissors. While I was in the junk drawer I found an old Easter egg, and that proved to be a good find too!

We made the horn first. For this, I had The Younger decorate the paper towel tube while I Read the rest of this entry »

August 28th, 2012

Hiding Vegtables in Sauce

I’m always looking for ways to increase veggies into The Olders diet. Because of his sensory issues it’s hard, and before tonight the only vegetable he’d eat were canned peas. Nothing else. Ever. I knew he would, however, eat the heck out of pizza, so I figured rather than fight it, I’d just add to it.

The first night I tried it was a total fail. I pureed some zucchini and added it to the sauce. That’s it. Nothing fancy at all, and I think two things happened: I changed the type of crust, and the added vegetable wasn’t “smooth” enough. He declared it “pretty gross,” and he ate only one slice. Darn.

Well, after that I got wiser. I sauteed some mushrooms and zucchini, then pureed it with some extra garlic. I then pureed the veggies and sause together. That created a much smoother sauce, and the veggie taste was barely there.

Success! Tonight he had 2 slices, and he told me that this was “the best pizza yet” and to “keep them coming!” All right then, I will :-D

August 13th, 2012

Water Balloon Activities

I love playing with water balloons, and I love watching my kids play with them. There’s something so innocent and joyful about an afternoon playing with something so easy! I decided to share 10 of my most favorite activities we do with water balloons in the hopes that you enjoy these with your kids as well.

Baseball Water Balloon: You knew this was coming, right? I love this one, because it’s so easy and fun! Just fill up some water balloons, have a plastic bat for the kids, and there you go.

Water Balloon Bowling: Just like it sounds. Fill up empty 2-liter bottles about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way and arrange into the desired patters. Give each child a balloon and let them roll or throw the balloon at the bottles to try and knock them down.

Musical Hot Potato Water Balloon: Play music (or sing!), and when the music stops, the person left holding the balloon has to break it over their head.

Musical Water Balloon Stomp: Just like musical chairs! Make one balloon less than you have people playing the game and designate one person who will stand away from the group to play music (or sing!). Start the music and have the children go around the circle until the music stops. Each child must stomp on a balloon, and the one who doesn’t have a balloon is then ‘out’ for the next round. Read the rest of this entry »