Make Your Own Kool-Aid Modeling Clay (In Under 10 Minutes!)

Posted 07-25-2017 at 12:42 PM by Jessica

Cute little girl having fun with modeling clay at a daycare. Creative kid molding at home.

I still love to play with play-dough. Don’t you?

I find it super relaxing! If you’re looking to make your own, look no further! With these few simple ingredients you can get your kids involved with this fun and easy craft that is not only fun to make but even more fun to play with!

As a kid my mom would make this with us all the time! We tried multiple recipes like salt dough, or edible peanut butter recipes but the one that worked best for the family was definitely this recipe! What makes it so fun is all the bright vibrant colors that you can create! I also love how fruity they smell. By following these quick and easy steps you can make this in no more than five minutes!

Although all of the ingredients are edible I would suggest not letting your children eat this as it is loaded with sodium!

Supplies:

  • ¼ C. Salt
  • 1 C. Flour
  • 1 Tbs. Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Cream Of Tartar
  • 2 Koolaid packets
  • ¾ C. Water

Directions:

To start it off, add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until the mixture is wet and well combined. Next put your bowl into the microwave for about 40 seconds. Make sure you stir the edges well and let sit for about 30-60 seconds to set. Using a spatula stir the dough thoroughly and scrape it out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. Using the flour knead the dough until it isn’t too sticky and has an elastic consistency. Last but not least enjoy your Kool-Aid creation!

Diaper Swapers

Orange Cream Popsicles (ONLY 3 Ingredients!)

Posted 07-23-2017 at 07:18 AM by Jessica

Homemade frozen ice cream popsicles made with oragnic fresh oranges

This is the perfect recipe for the Busy-Bee.

If you’re like me, you find yourself working a lot and spending less time at home. I wanted to cook more, so I found this great dessert option that doesn’t bust my bank or my schedule! It is very quick and easy, with only 3 ingredients. Everything can be found at your local grocery store, and since it’s so fast, you don’t have to worry about time!

These Orange Cream pops are perfect for an extremely hot day, and if you can bring yourself to share, I’m sure your family and friends will love them, too! I love coming back to these after a day at the pool, being outside, or just to have as a snack at any time of day. They are a great go to for me because I just don’t feel like there are enough hours in the day for me to make my own food, so this is one of the best recipes for dessert I have found!

Servings: 6 popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. of SunnyD or orange juice
  • 1 c. of heavy cream
  • optional: 1 tbs. of orange extract for more orange flavor

Directions:

  1. Mix together the cream and SunnyD or orange juice, and taste. Add in the orange extract as needed.
  2. Pour your mixture into popsicle molds or paper cups, and freeze overnight!

DIY Picture Frame Phone and Tablet Holder (Great for Reading Recipes While Cooking)

Posted 07-20-2017 at 02:28 PM by Jessica

Attractive woman with tablet in the kitchen.

Need a place to put your phone when you’re cooking?

I often find myself watching YouTube videos or Netflix on my phone or Kindle, and it’s just getting a little too hectic trying to find something to stand my devices against when I’m eating, cooking, or just sitting! This easy tablet and phone stand made from a picture frame will solve these problems, and it will provide a safe place to place your devices when they need charging. I have found it is especially useful for when you are reading recipes from your phone/tablet. No more digging around your work area for the recipe; now it is completely visible at all times! It also keeps your wires at bay and prevents the tangling that everybody hates.

Materials:

  • An 8 x 10” picture frame with a sturdy stand
  • Scissors or x-acto knife
  • Scraps of trim
  • Thick cardboard (i.e. The back of a notebook)
  • Hand saw
  • Glue gun
  • Chalk finish paint or your choice of paint

Directions:

  1. Cut out the piece of cardboard to fit inside the frame.
  2. Use the hand saw to cut two pieces of trim to fit inside the frame.
  3. With the scissors or the knife, cut two notches on the cardboard and frame backing on the side you want the chargers to be on.
  4. Paint the trim and cardboard and wait for it to dry.
  5. When it is completely dry, place the cardboard piece into the frame and make sure it fits snugly.
  6. Place your phone and tablet in the frame to determine where to place your trim pieces. If you want the phone to be on top, make the top shelf smaller and the bottom slightly bigger to fit your tablet into.
  7. Use the glue gun to put your trims in place.

Cure Summertime Boredom w/ DIY Sidewalk Paint

Posted 07-19-2017 at 04:43 PM by Jessica

fun with sidewalk chalk

Need a summer-boredom cure?

Make your own sidewalk paint! It’s messy (but washable) and oh so much fun! Your kids will spend hours painting driveway masterpieces. ;)

All you need are a few simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand. What I love most about this recipe is that the colors are so bright and vibrant – perfect for summer!

Simple ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup Cold Water
  • ¼ Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 T. Washable Paint (in your color of choice)

The paint-making process:

To start it off, get a bowl and stir together the water and washable paint until it reaches a smooth consistency. Next, slowly add in the cornstarch to this mixture. And that is it folks!

Yay! That’s it, you have now made washable sidewalk paint! If you’re interested, another option for mixing the paint together would be to get some jars and put all the ingredients into them and shake it up! I’ve always used popsicle sticks to stir but you can always use paintbrushes as well! Use whatever works best with the resources you have in your home, and enjoy! Once your kids are done painting all you have to do is rinse it off with water – it’s that simple! Have a blast! :D

Super Easy + Healthy Frozen Dog Treats

Posted 07-17-2017 at 12:51 PM by Jessica

frozen peanut butter coconut oil dog treats

It’s not just us humans that can enjoy a nice cold treat on a hot summer day – our pups would LOVE a frozen treat to help them cool off as well! This dog treat recipe is one of my favorites, mostly because it is so. dang. easy! And it’s also super healthy for your pup as well, making it a big win-win situation all around.

There are just 3 ingredients: Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil and Cinnamon. Before I go into the recipes’ instructions, I’d like to explain why these 3 ingredients were chosen.

Coconut Oil: This super-trendy ingredient is great for so many aspects of your furry friend. It helps to aid in digestion, promotes a healthy and shiny coat, increases energy while decreasing arthritis symptoms, and can also assist in weight-control. You do want to limit the amount of coconut oil you give your dog, though. The rule of thumb is about 1 teaspoon for every 10 lbs your dog weighs.

Peanut Butter: Before giving your dog peanut butter please check the ingredients. Some brands are using a low-calorie sweetener called xylitol, and it is deadly for dogs. As long as the peanut butter you choose is free from that sweetener, and is also unsalted and preferably all-natural, it is a fantastic treat! Peanut butter contains a lot of protein in addition to healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E and more!

Cinnamon: Small amounts of cinnamon each day can be very beneficial to Fido. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and it also known to help prevent fungus and yeast infections!

dog treat testers aussie husky

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (this is about right for a 10 lb. dog, so you can increase this a bit if your dog is larger)
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and melt on medium-low heat until everything is in liquid form and mixed together thoroughly.

Carefully pour the mixture into a silicon mold (or ice cube tray) and place in the freezer.

After they have frozen, remove them from the tray and place them in an air-tight container that is stored in the freezer (these treats need to stay frozen, as they will melt very quickly).

My Favorite Fresh Peach Dump Cake Cobbler

Posted 07-15-2017 at 12:50 PM by Jessica

peachy

I posted this recipe last fall, but after daydreaming about peach cobbler all day today, I decided I needed to make some more and get this recipe out there again!

Peaches are my favorite fruit, so you can imagine my excitement when summer rolls around and peaches come in season. There’s a peach orchard not far from my house, and they harvest peaches there that are to die for. Once they’re ripe, we head over and buy a huge box full. You’d think that we’d be rolling in peaches for months with the amount we buy, but we usually end up eating them all within the first week or so (we freeze a bunch of them so that we can use them in smoothies once we run out of fresh).

Recipes that include peaches are abundant, and we try out a large amount of them each year. There are a few recipes that have become family favorites and one of them is this super easy 4-Ingredient Fresh Peach Dump Cake. I love this recipe so much because it can be thrown together in no time as long as you have the fresh peaches. Plus, it’s pretty likely you already have the other ingredients in your kitchen.

This recipe is a combination of a few recipes I found online. When I first searched for a Peach Dump Cake, I was met with recipe after recipe asking for canned peaches in heavy syrup. Gag. (Okay, not really “gag,” I like canned peaches, too. And using the canned type works great during the winter when peaches go out of season. But I definitely prefer using freshly picked peaches when I have them on hand.) In addition to that, I’ve always loved oats in my cobbler, but I had no luck finding a recipe that included them. Because of that, I decided to experiment a little and come up with my own version. Let me know what you think!

4-Ingredient Fresh Peach Dump Cake/Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Stick Butter, Melted
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • About 5 Fresh Peaches, Sliced
  • (Optional: Cinnamon)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan, then add all of the sliced peaches.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together dry cake mix, oats, and melted butter.
  • Dump the crumbly cake mix and oat mixture over the top of the peaches, and sprinkle on a little cinnamon.
  • Place in the oven and let bake for 25 minutes.

I don’t think that it can get any easier or yummier than this recipe. You basically just “dump” all of the ingredients in a pan and bake it. Talk about my kind of recipe! This is perfect for putting all of those peaches to use, and is a great last-minute dessert if you want to whip something up but are short on time and ingredients. Also, you can always use canned peaches or substitute the peaches out for a different fruit entirely!

Let me know how you like this recipe in the comments! :D 

2 Delicious Recipes for Lemon Summer Treats

Posted 07-10-2017 at 03:59 PM by Jessica

Lemon yogurt popsicles in rustic tray with fresh fruit slices

When life gives you lemons… make lemon-pie popsicles!

Hate the heat and love all things lemon? Then these are the recipes for you! I’m currently experiencing temperatures of 100 to 102 degrees, so these refreshing delicious recipes are what I will be living off of this hot summer! Not only do these taste good, but there is plenty of flexibility on the amount of healthiness in the ingredients.

The first recipe is for lemon pie popsicles. Popsicles are always a great go-to in the summer, and will feel much better than actual lemon pie because it is cold!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • For more lemon flavor, add ¼ cup of lemon extract
  • Optional: 2 drops of yellow food coloring
  • 2-3 crushed shortbread cookies

How to make:

  1. Stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, and food coloring with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  2. With a spoon, scoop up equal servings of the mixture into paper cups or popsicle molds.
  3. Scatter about 2 teaspoons of the crushed cookies on each popsicle, and stir. Make sure to pack the crumbs on top (or bottom!) of the popsicle.
  4. To finally make them actual popsicles, place popsicle sticks or fun straws in the middle of each popsicle. Place them in the freezer for 4 hours, or overnight. When frozen, remove them from the cups or molds and then you have a yummy summer treat!

 Lemon-Pie Milkshakes

The second recipe is one for lemon pie milkshakes. I like to switch off between the two, or it’s just nice to have options for whatever you’re feeling at the moment. If you master the popsicles and want to try your hand at another nice cool treat, try the lemon pie milkshakes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. of lemon pudding mix
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Crushed Nilla Wafers or shortbread cookies for topping

How to make:

  1. Put the ice cream, pudding mix, and milk in a blender and blend until there are no more chunks.
  2. Pour into glasses and top each glass off with the crushed cookies!

How to Make a Light-Up World Map (Perfect Gift for Travelers!)

Posted 07-8-2017 at 11:01 AM by Jessica

Family on vacations

This is a super easy DIY project for the adventurers, the wild spirits, and those who have a bad case of wanderlust. Everyone likes to have a little something that personalizes their home, and this is the perfect way to decorate plain walls, add to a theme, or even keep track of where you’ve been or where you wish to go!

      Supplies:

  • A foam core board (can be found at the dollar store)
  • Any paper with maps on them, i.e. scrapbook paper, actual maps, etc.
  • Mod Podge glue or another kind of sturdy glue
  • Christmas lights
  • Screwdriver

First, you will stick the map paper on the foam board with the glue. If your maps are not big enough to fit the board, that’s fine! It is extra fun to make a collage of maps so you can design your own wall art. You can cut out pieces that you want and stick them where you want. You are free to make your own design! When you have glued the paper to the board, you can begin to poke holes as randomly as you like through the board. Then you can stick the lights through the holes from the back, plug it in, and you’re finished!

Ending Chore-Time Dawdling For Good

Posted 07-6-2017 at 04:28 PM by Jessica

Part of the spring cleaning team

I don’t think I’ve ever typed out the word “dawdling” before. I had to double check that I even spelled it correctly. I think it’s just one of those words that you use often when you’re speaking, but hardly ever when you write. It’s a fun word though, I really like it!

Anyways… I love the word, but I hate the action. Dawdling is a huge problem when it comes to kids and getting things done. With so many fun distractions though, you can’t really blame them for not getting things done as they should. Suddenly wiping down the counter has taken them a solid 15 minutes, and you don’t know that they’ll ever get through the dishes. This is where a timer comes in.

Almost everyone thrives on friendly competition. When you have the clock counting down while they’re doing the dishes, they’re racing against the clock to get everything done before time runs out! Truly, it’s so simple, but so effective.

You’ll have to play around with the timing a bit to see just how long each particular task may take that person, but in no time you’ll have the timer set to 30 minutes and everyone will be quickly getting through all their tasks.

Of course, the issue of quality may come up. You’ll want to let everyone know ahead of time that even though they are wanting to get their chores done fast, they need to be done correctly or they’ll have to do them over again – impacting their time greatly. And you may wonder what happens when the time runs out. No, that doesn’t signify that they’re done, everyone keeps going even after time runs out to finish their jobs.

Having the timer running brings in the element of competition, which seems to make everything a bit more fun; even folding laundry! It cuts WAY back on dawdling, and gets everyone through their tasks faster – freeing up lots of time! Even if it’s just me doing some basic tidying up, I always set the timer so I can stay focused. Give it a try and let me know how it worked for you!

Strawberry-Watermelon Yogurt Popsicles

Posted 07-3-2017 at 03:35 PM by Jessica

Strawberry watermelon ice cream popsicles with mint over steel tray background

Looking for a nice refreshing snack on a hot summer day? Well this is definitely one of my favorite summer snacks. My mom used to make these for me all the time when I was young. If you love watermelon you will love this recipe! Not only will you love eating them but you they are fun to make as well! Watermelon has always been one of my favorite fruits, not only is it tasty by itself but there are so many recipes out there that make this fruit even better!

Serving size (12 popsicles) Feel free to double the recipe for even more frozen treats!

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups Watermelon – cubed
  • 2 Cups Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Yogurt (Greek or plain)
  • 2 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 12 Popsicle Sticks

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine the Sugar, watermelon, yogurt, and lemon juice
  2. Blend it all together until it is perfectly smooth.
  3. Next pour the mixture into popsicle molds and insert sticks.
  4. Put into the refrigerator and freeze for about 4 hours (or overnight) until firm and frozen all the way through.
  5. Best part of all ENJOY these nice cooling treats