I fell in love with Melissa Leapman’s designs not long after starting to knit. Her book,Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting was hot off the presses and I fell in love with the designs. Being Irish I love the Celtic knots that are throughout the book. I’m so excited to share that Melissa Leapman Comes to Gainesville, Va on October 28th and 29th.
The slime is super easy to make but please remember to help your child in creating. This is NOT edible slime.
- 6 ounces of clear glue
- approximately 1/2 tbsp baking soda
- approximately 5 drops of contact solution
- yellow food dye
- red glitter
- LEGO Tires
We combined a few drops of yellow food dye with our glue first. I just added the dye and then shook the bottle to mix it in. The kids actually liked watching this as it showed how a substance disperses within a viscous liquid. Yep a little science in there! Then mix the baking soda and glue in a bowl until well mixed. Add in a few drops of contact solution at a time. Be sure that you do this slowly. Too much and you’ll wind up with a brick instead of slime. Once the slime is no longer super sticky it’s ready. Then add a little red glitter and the LEGO tires just to have some fun.
You can also enjoy some fun with some great Cars 3 activity sheets that Disney has created.
Plus a new trailer was released today!
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
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CARS 3 opens in theaters everywhere on June 16th! Let me know if you enjoy our Lightening McQueen Slime!
Adult coloring books are all the rage over the last few years and with good reason. They are wonderful stress relievers! Spending a half hour coloring those beautiful pictures takes us right back to our childhoods and helps us forget about the day to day. When I heard that Sourcebooks was coming out with a coloring book for parents and kids to share, I got genuinely excited.Rae and I had a nice time coloring together. The images are nice and clear to see which one should be colored by more experienced artists. Many of the images for the children are a portion of the bigger image for the adult. It was nice to see we both had similar images but with our own spin on the coloring itself.
Sourcebooks has always been a powerful resource for all things illuminating and enlightening. You can count on them to come up with new and unique ways to entertain us. The latest example is a simple, yet powerful tool in our parenting bag of tricks. It is called Let’s Color Together and it is for parents and kids of all ages.
Let’s Color Together takes the ever-popular theme of adult coloring books and melds it with the love that children have for coloring. Each page of this beautiful book has an adult picture on one side of the book with another that is more suitable for children. This allows parent and child to sit next to one another, chat about their day and enjoy a wonderful coloring experience. Such a simple idea but brilliant in it’s delivery, Let’s Color Together is sure to cause yet another revolution in the world of coloring books.
The book is 112 pages and contains 61 breathtakingly enjoyable coloring pictures for you and your child to enjoy. Margaret Peot is the author and has done a brilliant job of putting together a book that will hold the attention of pretty much anyone. Coloring can be addictive!
The pages are generally nature pictures. When you open the book, one side of the pages will be more intricate and detailed (for the parents to color) and the other will be a continuation of the same picture, but less detailed for the kids. Sitting side by side or across from one another is a wonderful way to engage your kid and reconnect on a regular basis.
Why not use them as a way to spend time together? I know that for my kids….
With all the goodies out for kids these days, it’s hard to impress me. However, the PlayTape Classic Rail Series is something so genius, #boymoms (and #girlmoms!)everywhere can rejoice.
Despite throwing charity donation birthday parties and going very light on Christmas, the toy pile seems to stack up at my house. And I don’t think Landon plays with any of his stacks of toys except for a little collection of monster trucks and trains. I say pack up for church, and he literally fills his backpack so it doesn’t zip and topples him over like a little turtle. Anytime it gets suspiciously quiet, I can usually see him playing on the floor, taking his trains and trucks back and forth, amazingly content. (Sometimes when it is suspiciously quiet, it’s for something not so innocent and safe, haha!)
While he loves driving his cars and trains, I haven’t bought him a road system yet. He’s played with a few at friends houses and the plastic is either to flimsy or the wood doesn’t stick right. I think it’s frustrating to him at this point to have to put together to use, since it would have to go away after each playtime.
When I saw the PlayTape Classic Rail Series, it was love at first sight! It doesn’t take room up, doesn’t result in a huge bin of (expensive) tracks being not so gently dumped on our hardwood floor, and is ready to play whenever. And it’s totally affordable!
My mind was reeling with OMG, let’s put this everywhere!
On our porch floor so he isn’t constantly trying to carry his huge playmat through the door (and spills the dog’s water dish every single time!) and is ready to go when it’s morning coffee (me) and play time (him).
For birthday parties, this would be so cute and inexpensive for both games and décor!
I also have a great table we’ve been using to store toy bins in that I’ve been wanting to finish as a train table. So much easier than trying to create a table using paint.
We decided to put it in the camper for our trip this weekend, because after the sunshine and non-stop running around, he needs that quiet unwinding time. Assisted by our dog, who also claims to like trains (to eat) we stuck a very basic square quickly on the table. You could really go nuts though between the curved pieces and straight runs… turn abouts, winding train roads…
The tape truly is removable for shifting or full on removing. Not like the crinkles and looks junky if you try to move- it’s serious, actual, reusable. And no gunk left behind!
I love that Landon has a little play area on the road and I’m sure they’ll be lots of miles run across our table!
PlayTape would also be a great project for kids working how to do angles and measuring spaces in school. It would be fun “real life” experience for them to practice creating designs and “blueprints.”
If you check out the PlayTape website, they also have road pieces, curves, turns, and more- even coming in different colors like purple!
I am definitely spreading the word- what a great solution for our cramped playroom at church or a play area in a classroom! For a spaces where a table is needed but a train table would be handy, this is a great solution to make it multi-functioning. And birthday presents… you bet this is a new go-to.
While Holly is at the big, ok HUGE “Finding Dory” event in LA, my family and I also getting ready for a very big party!
My son and I will be throwing a joint birthday party for our wonderful dog who thinks he’s a kid LXZander and our sweet little Lulu, who only answers if you yell, “Where is our sweet beautiful Lulu girl?!?” We adopted our pup and his records show he was born on June 1st, in Florida of all places, and our little fluff of a cat was born at my aunt’s house on the day of my other cousin’s wedding on the 20th.
I’ve never been a crazy pet person, but these two really round out and complete our household. My toddler adores them both and they really are like siblings during his only child phase. Plus, we love a good party and don’t have any other birthdays coming up for a while, so why not have a party for furry friends we like more than our human friends at times!
So how does one throw a Pet Party? As with any party, I feel treats are priority. Landon is super into making cupcakes and treats so I know he’ll be into baking one for his special siblings. There a thousand recipes out there for pet cakes, but they all require peanut butter. Since Landon is allergic, and I’m fairly certain won’t be able to resist eating a smidge of dog and cat cake, we are sticking with making a vanilla cake with just a smidge of icing for their names. Lulu will be getting a cupcake as she has a dainty appetite for table food, and LXZander will be getting a mini cake shaped like a bone.
Since it seems most of my cousins ended up with a kitten from the same litter, we invited many of them to come for a party and will make mini cupcakes for them as well. Who doesn’t love a good party, after all? Lulu’s sister MJ, however, will have to have her treat delivered as she ended up with kittens on Memorial Day (tsk, tsk).
Since we all have little boys (not a girl among us- YET!) we’ll be having it as pizza party too. I grabbed some little dog bowls at the Dollar Store for eating pizza out of… Yes, this is a total #boymom thing. We’ll also have chips and such laid out in bigger dog bowls on the table. (Yes, my husband has questioned my sanity as he heard the plans. So I stopped filling him in).
For favors, we went to the dollar store to stock up on cheap little kitty balls and toys.
Our entertainment will be a Kitty Race! I made a bunch of fishing rod cat toys out of a dowel, string, and a cheap feather ball and how I see this game going in my head is each kid will have to get his kitten to cross the finish line by luring her with his “fishing rod.”
It might seem like I’m crazy, or I have too much time on my hands, but really it’s been great fun to shop and plan for the “Big Party!” with Landon. He is so excited to be part of the planning and shopping, probably more excited than for his own birthday party!
What silly things have you made into an occasion at your house?
Summer time parties are always the greatest. It’s so much easier to pick a weekend with nice weather and just let guests mosey around outside than to worry about inviting too many people into a house you have clean. Even food seems easier to get ready… maybe because my husband does all the grilling!
My favorite summer party of all was my big tye dye party! (My neat-nik husband said, “I have to hand it to you, I’m dreading this more than your Glitter Party!”) So easy, and so fun, especially since us adults are too old for summer camp and many of our kids are still too young. (And it really wasn’t that messy!)
To get your tye dye party ready, run by the dollar store and grab a stack of cheap buckets. We grabbed about 10 and they’ve been used a hundred times after the party was over. Next, stop by your local craft store or Wal-Mart to get the colored powder packs to make a large bucket of dye. Don’t fall for the condiment squeeze-y looking bottles. Are they neater? Yes. As fun? Absolutely not! In addition, you’ll also want to stock up on a big pack of rubber bands and plastic gloves.
If you don’t have a clothesline, you’ll want to rig one up so the masterpieces can hang up a little while before going home. Have some grocery bags handy too.
We also set out our cornhole boards. Tye dying seemed to happen in shifts which worked well so nobody was fighting over colors. Any easy game to set out should help work shifts.
You’re all set material wise, but think about the last time you did tye dye… If it’s been more than a decade, look up some techniques! It was amazing how almost all of us swore we remembered and then couldn’t quite wrap our shirts up when it came down to it. Save yourself some rushed Pinterest-ing and look up methods before!
There’s also some fun food for tye dye- bright punches, tye dye cake, colored marshmallows for S’mores.
I asked my guests to bring a dish and their own shirts, bags, or linens to dye. Towards the end, the husbands, who thought they were too cool to participate (and actually were only there to help my husband grill) were looking for things to dye. My husband grabbed old tablecloths from our wedding and long lost shirts from his t-shirt drawer!
Trust me, this is an easy, cheap, and FUN party to have. Do you have any creative party ideas for summer time fun?
We’ve been a little busy lately- we have a small farm, so right now we’re busy with our regular spring maintenance, planting, and of course who can forget baby animals everywhere! We’ve got ducks in the bathtub, chicks in the mudroom… it’s nuts!
So of course it’s also when all the little extras hit and it was Staff Appreciation day for Landon’s school. I was sure they’d be getting food galore, so per usual, I racked my brain trying to think of something fun and different to show the love.
Luckily, I’d also volunteered to help with our local FFA fundraiser and while picking up donations at the garden center, spied some beautiful pansies for sale! Pansies are a great little gift- they are hearty if you will have them a few days (no presenting someone with a droopy plant!) and are very affordable. These were a dollar each, or 18 for $15.
To jazz them up, I had Landon dunk his hand in an inkpad (he loved that- have wipes nearby!) and stamped it on a piece of stock paper, and then cut it out so it looked flower-ish. I hot glued it to a popsicle stick when Landon wasn’t looking, and stuck it into each plant. It turned out so cute!
I was so proud of my little stroke of genius and wanted to share it with you all if you are looking for a little spring time gift for a crowd- Cute, Cheap, and Different- what I like to go for!
Do you have any fun ideas for gifts when things pop up?