Best playdough recipe| Easy to make

Easy playdough recipe-

Also I think this is the best recipe that I have come across. I’ve tried many DIY playdough recipes in the past but this one is the best because it molds like store bought playdough and even keeps good for over 4 months!!

The other best part is that it’s super simple to make, also cheap. I’m sure you have all these items  in your cupboards right now. One other great thing abot this playdough recipe is non-toxic, which is great because those little ones always wind up eating it.

Playdough Recipe:

  • 1 C flour

  • 1 T vegetable oil

  • 1/4 C salt

  • 1 t cream of tartar

  • 1 c water 

  • 5 drops food coloring

Combine all ingredients in saucepan, mix together until smooth, THEN heat until it because thicker continuously stirring.

Once it is all one big clump remove from heat, knead it a bit, and there you have the best playdough!

Now let the kiddos dig in and have some fun😀

P.S. I love these playdough toys I bought many years ago and my kids still play with them!

                                                                         

Stay at Home Mama Daily Routine

How I stay sane throughout the day…

or at least how I try to!

When I first became a SHM I needed a routine to keep our day on track, it’s so easy to just run around with your head cut off and try to go with the flow… Then before I knew it, I’d think where did my day go? What did we even do? This made our day feel hectic – now that doesn’t mean we don’t still have those chaotic days ( I mean when you’re working with these little humans who are unpredictable – Yes things can be hectic, regardless of my best efforts). But at least I can try to pick up from where we left off in the day and try to get things back on track!

Not only do my kids totally thrive from knowing we have a set routine for the day, but so do I! I’m the type who just really needs a plan, the weekends we definitely can stray from the routine and that can be a great way to  break up the week. Anyways thought I’d share the routine I came up with that works best for our family, I have a 15 mo. old and 5 year old. Let me know what you find works best for your family♥

Routine

Father’s Day Gift

PhotoGrid_1465514129239Grill Master Grandpa or Daddy Gift🍔🔥

 

I was looking through pinterest for DIY father’s day gifts that the kids could help with and saw some super adorable grilling platters. Since all the Dad’s and Grandpa’s in our family love to BBQ this was perfect!

I found the platters at Walmart only $5 each. They are also heat resistant up to 450 degrees. I bought dishwasher safe craft paint in black and orange only $1.50 each.  A sharpie for writing a message.

First step wash plate and dry. Pre-heat oven to 325. I coated the babies hand in paint first (start with your youngest) I had to wash it off and redo it several times! Next child’s hand print.  Do thump prints in black for the charcoal. Let it air dry then added the saying “Grill Master Grandpa” with the sharpie. We also wrote on the back “Father’s Day 2016 love, Mason and Trenton” Bake for 35 min. Then let it completely cool in oven.

That’s all folks! Almost too easy for how dang cute they turned out 🙄

 

DIY Giant Bubble Serum

Looking for fun in the sun activities?!?!

This Giant Bubble Serum is so easy to make and you most likely have all ingredients in your cupboard. We made this for our Memorial Day party and it was a hit with all kids and parents.

First mix all ingredients together. I used a jug to keep them in and poured a small amount out at a time, this was good because my 1 year old kept dumping the bubbles out… I used a round plastic container at first but then moved them to a shallow dishpan (which worked way better).

Bubble Serum Recipe:

o6 cups water

o1 cup dish soap

o½ cup corn syrup

o½ cup corn starch

o1 tbs. baking powder

I made a couple types of wands. The first was with 2 straws, a large piece of twine, and a nut for weight. Just string the twine through one straw add the nut, string through the second straw, tie the ends together tightly and viola; a bubble wand. The next type of wand was 2 wooden shish kabob sticks ( I cut the sharp tip for safety), 2 long pieces of twine (you could use yarn as well), and a nut. Tie the first piece of twine to the sticks, add the nut to the second piece then tie it to the one going across.

Next prepare for fun! We ended using plastic bubble wands and the homemade wands. The homemade wands worked best to get the giant bubbles!!

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Moldable Sand DIY

I’m Always looking for something fun and on the the less messy side for my boys to do. It can be a challenge since they are ages 1 and 5, but this moldable sand was a hit with both of them! It was also super easy to make which I love. I had all the ingredients in my cupboard already.

It can also be kept in a container with lid for play for days to come! The texture was nice it wasn’t sticky or messy. It came right of your hands by simply rubbing then together. It was also fun because the consistency was great for molding into shapes, cutting with cookie cutters, and measuring cups. I am sure there are endless toys you can add to the sand to make it more interesting for your little one. Some ideas plastic bugs or animals, beads, any play dough toys, or cooking utensils.

How to:

  •  5 cups of sand
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup baby oil (add more based on your preference)
  • Moldable sand

How to sleep train within 4 nights!

sleep training

Sleep training your little one can be the most difficult, confusing, and frustrating part of  being a new mommy. Well at least it was for me, both my boys sure had a hard time figuring out how to sleep through the night. My first son was 10 months old before I got my first full nights sleep. My second son was 13 months old before sleeping through the night!

I don’t know about you, but I am not one of those people who can get a little amount of sleep and function. I need sleep; uninterrupted sleep, to be a happy functioning human!

So at my second son’s 1 year check up I told his doctor he is still waking a minimum of 2 times a night up to 4 times a night on average to eat (I was still breastfeeding)… I told her this is just not working for me, maybe I should stop breastfeeding?!

I was open to any and all advice at this point! I had read numerous amounts of sleep advice, methods, books. None were right for my son and myself. Nothing seemed to be working. I was getting desperate!

Now for the BEST SLEEP ADVICE EVER!

She told me what she recommends has always worked without fail within  4 nights! This is what psychologists and pediatricians have come up with that is the least traumatizing for the baby and parents.I thought this was worth a shot but probably wouldn’t work for us. But it did and it was a miracle!

Here is the method:

Step One: Once he wakes go into his room pick him up comfort him for 1 min. patting his back, saying a mantra such as “its bedtime, time to sleep,  I love you”. Put him back in his bed.

Step Two: Wait 3 min. return if he is still crying.

Repeat step one. Continue to do this until he falls asleep.

For us it took 2 nights. The second night he only woke twice. The third night he woke only at 5 am. It took almost 45 min. to get him back to sleep but for me I counted this as sleeping through the night, since it was the longest he’d slept EVER.  The fourth night he only woke at 5 am and took one time of me going in to get him back to sleep!  Night 5 he slept until 7 am!! Yay, victory!

Good luck out there! If you try this out please comment and let me know how it went! Also if you have any other advice on your best sleep practices I’d love to hear them.

fun fierce mama

Baby friendly play dough

BABY PLAY DOUGH

Baby / kid tested, mom approved

play dough!

  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup baby cereal (or oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon jello mix (for color and scent) optional

Combine ingredients, mix well (add more corn starch until no longer sticky),  let the fun begin!