Envelopes with Love


Reagan took one of her paintings that she made last week off of the fridge, held it up to me and said ‘paint mama paint’. Seriously, could she get any cuter? Without hesitation we headed to the basement and grabbed the needed materials. While setting up, I noticed the white envelopes that I had pulled out the night before to mail a letter to my cousin in Canada. What better way to show a little love to our favorite out-of-towners than custom made envelopes. As usual, I allowed Reagan to go to town and be as creative as she wanted. We talked about who we were going to send each envelope to and what we would put inside. This was a fantastic way to practice the names of the ones we love:)

Materials
envelopes
paint
paint brushes
dish for paint (we used a tupperware container because they’re easy to clean)
something to protect the surface of your table (we have a cardboard mat that we use)

Project is self explanatory. Allow your child to paint the envelopes one at a time. Allow to dry for at least an hour. Use a black Sharpie marker to address the envelope. IMG_4344

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Apple Sauce Drops


I’m trying to be creative to get Reagan to eat. She loved apple sauce for about a month and now she won’t touch it…so frustrating. Reagan loves frozen greek yogurt drops, so I thought that the same technique would be brilliant for the apple sauce that I had in the fridge. A super simple quick snack. I will forewarn…the drops begin to melt quickly. I give Reagan four or five at a time in a small bowl, in hopes that she will quickly eat them to receive more.


Ingredients
apple sauce

Materials
large baking sheet
wax paper
plastic bag
scissors

Line baking sheet with wax paper and pour apple sauce, enough for as many drops as you want, into the plastic bag.

Cut the corner of the plastic bag.

Hold plastic bag like a pastry bag and squeeze the desired sized drops onto the wax paper lined baking sheet. I make them big enough for Reagan to pick up, but small enough so that she does not choke.

You do not want the drops to touch on the sheet

Place in freezer for about an hour. Remove sheet from freezer, lift drops off sheet and place in tupperware container. It’s always so much more fun when Reagan get’s to participate!

These apple sauce treats are freezing, so I’m sure they feel fabulous on Reagan’s sore gums!

Life is odd…

Life is odd. Like when you read something that a complete stranger has written and you feel like they wrote it for you, that they knew exactly what you were thinking and exactly what you needed to hear. Has this ever happened to you, or am I just crazy??

Thank you Natalie from Nat The Fat Rat and Jessica Piacenza– I hope that you don’t mind me sharing.

‘it’s okay to not always be strong. it’s okay to sometimes feel scared. it’s okay to rely on your partner for strength, even when you worry your lean may feel more like a dead weight. it’s okay to let go of the idea that if you just work hard enough, you can please everybody. because you can’t. you can’t please everybody. and it’s okay to stop reading the crap people write about you online. it’s okay to not try and make them like you (you can’t make them like you). it’s okay to decide not to care when people hate you over misunderstandings (or over your eyebrows ;). it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay. we are beautiful and good enough, just as god made us. god does not make mistakes. and the stomachaches will go away with time, and the hormone-induced fears too, and i know i’ll start to feel like myself again soon. hormones are ever changing, after all. and even when i worry that i’m not, i know that i am stronger than this. we  all are. because we are not our bodies. these bodies are our limits, but we are limitless.’
http://www.natthefatrat.com

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
—Matthew 6:34
Jessica’s fb post

Play-Doh!


I love to have play-doh in the house that’s homemade and that I know is harmless if Reagan (when Reagan) puts it in her mouth. I don’t really understand the fascination with eating play dough. I remember the first time that I made it a few months back my husband told me that he remembers eating it as a child and how good it tasted. And then our neighbor said that her and her friends would eat it for a snack…Ummm- gross. When my husband was home one afternoon when Reagan was play-dohing, he watched her lick the play dough and he proceeded to say ‘yummy, yummy’ to her- of course he did- and now every time she plays with play-doh, she licks it and says ‘yummy, yummy’- thank you, dear husband of mine. Just wait till she starts preschool in September and she’s yummy, yummying their play-doh- how embarrassing that will be.

Today I made 3x’s the batch. There are a few of Reagan’s friends that we will be seeing tomorrow and we wanted to bring them some play-doh!


Ingredients

plain white flour – 1 cup
salt – 0.5 cups
cream of tartar – 2 tsp (you can substitute 2 tbsp of baking soda)
water – 1 cup
cooking oil – 1 tsp (if you use baking soda, add 1 tbsp of oil instead of 1 tsp)
food coloring

Combine all ingredients into large bowl.

The more food coloring you add, the darker your play-doh color will be.

Stir ingredients until smooth.

Pour the mixture into a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat- stirring continuously.

Stir until play-doh bunches up to form a ball. I’ve found that it’s easiest, at least for me, to use a spatula to begin stirring and then once the play-doh begins to get thicker, switch to a wooden spoon. My arm is exhausted after this part.

Remove from pan, place on a sheet of wax paper and allow the play-doh to cool

Knead for a few minutes until smooth.

Store in airtight container- we use plastic tupperware.

If I had to take a guess, I would say that Reagan plays with her play-doh about 5 days a week. I made a batch 2 months ago and it’s still smooth and good as new.

Enjoy!

Cereal Box Guitar

What young kid wouldn’t absolutely LOVE this guitar?
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The strings gave me a run for my money and I had to take a different route, suggested by the husband, because the strings just weren’t staying put. I made the mistake of starting this activity while Reagan was awake, thinking that it would have been something that she could have participated in…sadly, it wasn’t. Older children could/should definitely participate in the construction process!

Materials:

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Empty Cereal Box

Empty Wrapping Paper Tube

Yarn

Tape

Scissors

Sharp Knife

3 Popsicle Sticks

Directions:

(FYI-I used painters tape, because that’s what I had on hand, HUGE mistake…it did not stick to the cardboard or hold the string down very well.)

Cut a large hole towards the bottom front of the cereal box; I believe that it’s called the sound hole. Obviously I free-handed…lovely.
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Place wrapping paper tube in top of box and then tear down sides of box top to form a perfect fit for the roll.
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Tape the roll to the inside bottom of the box.
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Once secure, tape the top of the box closed and secure the roll.
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The first way that I attached the strings was a total bust.  The strings didn’t stay in place and it was a lot of work.  A few days after I began this project and the strings kept coming undone, I changed the setup.  My husband suggested that I poke tiny holes into the cereal box , where the strings began and ended , and gently push the yarn knots through the holes.  This worked out fabulously and three months later , the strings are still attached.

Measure the length of the yarn that you will need for the strings by placing it over the cut out sound hole.  Once you have the correct length, cut six pieces exactly the same size.
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Tie small knots into the ends of each side of the six strings.
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This is where I went wrong the first time that I attached the strings. Unless you have some serious tape, I wouldn’t suggest tapping down the strings.  Use the tip of a sharp knife to poke tiny holes and gently squeeze knots through.
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Cut three pieces of yarn, long enough for the guitar strap, attach to a chair and braid.
 
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Tie one end of the braided yarn around the wrapping paper roll at the top of the cereal box and tape the other end of the braided yarn to the bottom of the cereal box.  (This picture includes the taping down of the guitar strings)
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With a sharp knife, poke three popsicle stick sized/knife shaped holes at the top of the wrapping paper roll.  If you attempt to make the holes the same size as the actual popsicle stick, then you can gently slide the popsicle sticks into place, without having to secure with tape.  Push popsicle sticks trough roll.
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TaDa!  Home made guitar!
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