Saturday, February 11, 2012

Easy "Stamping"

The other day we did an easy 'stamping' activity.
Instead of using my stamps I pulled out the cookie cutters (which we usually use for play-doh) and stamped with them. 
I just put some pink paint on paper plates and the kids dipped the cookie cutters (heart shaped cutters for Valentine's day) into the paint and stamped it onto their papers. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Box Coloring

We love to play with boxes. 
Most often they are made into cars and trains, or used to stash a big pile of toys and given to mommy or daddy as a 'present'!

We got an extra big box one day and kept it around.
It was prefect for hide and seek, but they also loved when I puled out the crayons, markers and pencils and let them go to it.

An easy (and FREE!) activity that re purposes something that could otherwise just be trash. 
Plus I love art activities that are a little outside the box (no pun intended)... why just color on paper when you can color on a big box?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wind Lesson

I'm planning on homeschooling my kids.
but since my oldest is four, we're only in preschool, so we're still pretty relaxed about it.
We were learning about wind one day so I blew up a couple of balloons and pulled out a portable fan.
My son watched it blow away. And we talked a little about wind and storms, and then just played with balloons.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hiding in Boxes

Whenever we get our hands on a good sized box we keep it around for a day or two.

I got a large box from an order off of amazon and the kids had fun.
They pretended it was a train for a little bit, but then used ti to hide in for round after round after round of hide and seek.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Shaving Cream Bath

One of the favorite bath activities in our house is shaving cream.
That's it.
It's that simple--- just shaving cream.
I get the barbasol cans of shaving cream for 97c at Walmart and then just squirt in onto my kids hands during bath time. They LOVE it one can lasts for about 4 baths so it's cheap as well as easy
Plus clean-up is a snap!

My two year old prefers to smear it on herself

Or her baby sister, lol 

While big brother (4 years) prefers to paint on the walls and the tub.
Sometimes for him, I'll just squirt a big pile of shaving cream onto the side of the tub, so he can grab it as needed.

I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it would be super fun with just a few drops of food dye also!

Monday, February 6, 2012


I love to eat and cook, but sadly I tend to lack imagination in the kitchen.
So I LOVE that I have the internet right here at my fingertips to help me in the kitchen.
Since I don't have too many of my own unique recipes, I though I would review a few I've tried online, so here goes.

I made this super simple Pico de Gallo and it was fabulous

And this Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan)
This soup was a little spicy, maybe too heavy with the pepper? But we still loved it. My husband and I kept taking bites ans saying how spicy it was, but we couldn't stop eating it!

And I found a recipe that claims to be the best falafel recipe ever!
It was very, very good. Maybe not quite as good as trader Joe's amazing falafel, but still very, very yummy! Plus, aside from the fact that you need to plan ahead and soak the chickpeas, it was really very easy.

So there you go... three relatively healthy recipes that have been tried and tested and found worthy. Enjoy!