Posted 03-12-2017 at 12:07 AM by Jessica
St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a huge holiday for most people, I know. It’s not like Christmas or anything, but, being the holiday-obsessed person I am, I can’t help but make a big deal out of it each year! I’m not talking big presents or tons of decorations or anything, I actually keep it pretty simple with a few small surprises – things that in turn actually make the day lots of fun!
Sounds nasty, right? Don’t worry, it’s just food coloring! Everyone gets to wake up to a gallon of milk dyed a nice light green color, perfect for accompanying their Lucky Charms cereal! I don’t stop there though. Sometimes it’s green pancakes, sometimes the water bottles are green, other times it’s green Alfredo sauce or cream cheese. I like to keep everyone on their toes.
St. Patrick’s Inspired Dinner
Whether it’s simply a bunch of green food, or I cook up something Irish (corned beef and cabbage is a popular Irish choice) dinner is always delicious with an extra bit of thought put into it.
Hidden Candy & Small Gifts
Sometimes the Leprechauns visit and they leave chocolate coins hidden here or there. And they usually bring by a small basket with a few fun trinkets in it as well. Maybe a pair of socks with clovers on them, a dollar store necklace, a small toy. Usually lots of green!
See, that’s really not much! But it’s the little things that can make the day feel so much more special. I love holidays because they seem like a little break from the ordinary. Even if it is just green milk in your cereal that day.
Posted 03-8-2017 at 01:14 AM by Jessica
Who doesn’t love Play-Doh? I know that as a kid I could play with the stuff for hours. I’d make anything from ice cream sundaes to animals to jewelry. As fun as the legitimate Play-Doh was, I always got so much more excited when my mom would make up some of the homemade type because we’d have a much larger batch and the grainier texture was so much fun! I’d watch as she mixed flour, some salt and water together and we’d magically end up with a bowl full of homemade Play-Doh that we would play with for days. Sometimes we’d add some food coloring to make it even more fun.
If you’re sick of spending tons of money on Play-Doh go ahead and make your own! You likely have all the ingredients in your pantry already, and you can make a huge batch that your kids will LOVE.
1 cup water
A few drops of natural food coloring (optional)
4 cups flour
3 tablespoons oil (canola is my favorite)
1 cup salt
Mix the water and food coloring in the bowl, then add in the flour and salt and mix it all together really well.
Pour in the oil, adding extra if the mixture still seems too dry after it’s been mixed.
Play, play, play!
Seriously, this is so easy and it’s going to be a big hit! When your kids find out that you know how to make the best Play-Doh ever and they can even pick the color(s) they’ll be thrilled!
Let me know in the comments how this recipe turned out!
Posted 03-5-2017 at 01:13 AM by Jessica
- Brush with them. Kids learn best by seeing the behavior modeled for them. If you are consistent and brush your teeth next to them, kneeling down so that they can see better, they will likely copy you. Demonstrate how moving the toothbrush in a circular motion cleans the best, and that you want to get behind your teeth as well!
- Let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste. You’d be surprised at how motivated a child will become if they get to pick out a Spider-man or Hello Kitty toothpaste and toothbrush. Choosing a few different flavors of toothpaste is always a great idea as well so that they can mix it up each night.
- Tell them they’re fighting “Cavity Monsters.” If they can think of cavities as little monsters that put holes in their teeth they’ll be more likely to want to fight them with their handy dandy toothbrush and “cavity-killing” toothpaste. After they’re done brushing ask them to open their mouth so that you can make sure they got rid of them all!
- Turn it into a game. Kids love games and anytime you make something into a competition it instantly becomes more fun! Set a timer for 2 minutes and see who can make the most bubbles in their mouth by the end of the 2 minutes.
- Reward them. Positive reinforcement and consistency is key to instilling good habits at a young age. Create a sticker chart where they can add a sticker each time they brush their teeth, with the goal being twice a day.
Posted 03-2-2017 at 01:11 AM by Jessica
When babies are teething they need lots of different objects to help soothe their sore gums. Sometimes the typical teething ring works great, and other times it doesn’t do the trick. In order to keep baby comfortable during the rough teething stages typically from age 6 months to 2 years old, you’ll need lots of different remedies on hand.
Plastic teething rings and other baby teething toys can work great, but they’re not always the most practical options if you’re concerned about only using it for a short period of time and then needing to throw it away. Instead of spending money on lots of those, grab a couple at the store but then try out a few of these other simple remedies as it will both save you money and help the Earth by reducing landfill.
This is one of the most popular methods for soothing a teething baby’s gums. All you need to do is get a washcloth wet and put it in the freezer, then let baby chew on the cold rag once it’s frozen. (I’ve also heard that you can soak the rag in Chamomile tea instead of water before freezing it because the Chamomile is calming and has anti-inflammatory properties. How cool!)
Hard Fruits and Veggies
Freezing is optional, but not required with fruits and vegetables once baby has reached solid-food age. A celery stalk or large peeled carrot stick can work great, just as long as baby is constantly supervised and only large pieces of produce are used in order to prevent a choking hazard.
Squeeze the pacifier nipple to release the air, and then submerge in water and release in order to suck the water into the pacifier. Fill about halfway, and then place in the freezer until the water is frozen. This works great for babies who find comfort in pacifiers, and really helps to soothe those back molars.
If you’ve got a favorite homemade teether, please let us know in the comments!