Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Snowman Poop: for the Pinterest impaired {Free Printable!}

I don't usually blog about DIY projects because, let's face it, I am anything but a DIYer.

BUT! I came up with this yesterday to give as Christmas gifts to my kindergarteners. I am so excited to see their faces when I tell them they are getting snowman poop! (WARNING: IF YOUR CHILD IS IN MRS. FRANDSEN'S KINDERGARTEN CLASS, YOU'LL HAVE TO DISREGARD THIS POST! ;))

This is the softest playdoh and it smells so good. I tried to find scentless conditioner so I could flavor it with peppermint extract. I was disappointed when I couldn't find any but the coconut conditioner made it smell amazing! Really, the possibilities of things you could do with this recipe, are endless.

So without further adieu. I give you, Snowman Poop.


Snowman Poop (non-edible)
2 parts cornstarch
1 part conditioner 
Styrofoam containers with lids (I bought mine from Old Grist Mill for $0.05/each!)
Black & Orange Sharpie
Ribbon for a scarf (optional)

Throw it in a bowl. Mix it up until it's not crumbly. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until soft.

*I used 6 cups cornstarch (which was 2 boxes), 3 cups of Suave Coconut Conditioner (+ a few extra squirts until it wasn't crumbly), and ended up with a good size ball for my 21 kids. Total cost was under $5!



...that's it.

I thought it was only appropriate that snowmen's poop was sparkly so I added blue glitter to the boys, and pink to the girls.


Then I drew a snowman face on the lid.




You can add ribbon, washi tape, or twine to make the snowman look like it's wearing a scarf.

And move over Dr. Seuss! I wrote this cheesy poem to attach to the scarf. Feel free to download and print for yourself.


And wa-la! It's sure to be a hit! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

10 Unique Baby Shower Gifts



Headed to a baby shower but don’t want to show up with the typical onesie or diapers? Here are 25 unique gifts that are sure to be a hit!


(* indicates gifts that would also make great group gifts if you are buying with other friends and family!)



1. Your favorite children’s book with a special message written inside*



It’s a gift that will be used for years to come and what could be sweeter than reading a special message from you as they grow older? Here are some books that are sure to leave an impression:




2. A basket full of paper products

There is nothing worse than those bring-in meals coming to an end. But a close second is worrying about dishes when you’re still trying to figure out how to function with a newborn. A basket full of paper plates, napkins, cups, and cutlery will be a gift that saves the day and leaves a lasting impression.


3. Baby’s first year calendar

Every mom always has intentions of scrapbooking and writing down their baby’s first word and each special moment. But those things are easy to fall by the wayside once the realities of motherhood kick in. A calendar specifically for baby will make it easy for the parents to remember every important milestone that is easy to forget.


4. A picture frame with a gift card/money toward a photography session*

Newborn pictures are something that will be looked back on….well, forever. However, a quality photo shoot can cost a pretty penny. This is a gift mom will never forget.


5. Hand/foot casting kit

Sooner than later those tiny little hands and feet won’t be quite so tiny! This gift is priceless and perfect for all the times she will be wishing she could freeze time.
 


6. Hooded baby towel

This is not something that usually makes the shopping list for a new mom but will save the day when it comes time to give baby their first bath. Doll it up with some baby wash, lotion, and washrags.


7. Sample box subscription*

This gift keeps on giving. (Literally!) When the novelty of a new baby wears off, this will provide something to look forward to as well as a way for her to find new products that she loves! These boxes are darling for new moms:







8. Maid services*

Enough said.


9. Spa gift card*

Try to remember that it’s not just about that new baby. A gift card to the spa will save the day when her feet are swollen and she wants a maternity massage, or after the baby comes and she wants a facial for some alone time.



10. Amazon Prime Subscription*

There is nothing worse than trying to shop once you have kids. Most mom’s turn to online shopping. Since Amazon basically has everything in the world (they sell underpants dispensers, people!), make life a little easier on her. Amazon Prime includes Amazon Mom (20% off diapers and up to 15% off other products) as well as the free shipping, free e-books, and free video/TV streaming that comes along with Prime.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Must-Have Monday: Miracle Cleaner

I don't know about you, BUT, I hate cleaning my showers and tubs. 

Torture, I tell ya.

So I'll just cut right to the chase.

Every mom needs this amazing, make-at-home, magic cleaner.

You need:
  • A spray bottle

  • Blue Dawn dish soap (Has to be blue!!!)

  • Distilled white vinegar
Aaaaand...that's all. Not kidding.

Guys. I am really skeptical about make-at-home cleaning products/laundry soap/anything. But you neeeeeed this in your life. Trust me. I wouldn't lead you astray.

So here's what you do.

  1. Warm up some vinegar in your microwave (I usually do about a cup)
  2. Pour warm vinegar into spray bottle
  3. Pour in equal parts of Dawn soap (Doesn't matter how much vinegar and Dawn you use, but just make sure you use equal parts.)
  4. Give it a little shake
  5. Spray solution on ANYTHING that needs a good scrubbing. (Showers, tubs, windows, sinks, etc.)
  6. Let sit for some time (I let it soak in my showers for about an hour)
  7. Scrub off with water (I use just a normal sponge or scrubber)
  8. Do a happy dance
It seriously is amazing. You don't have to sit and break your back trying to get all the junk off. It just wipes away and then sparkles.

It smells terrible.

But it is worth it.

The best part? My showers seriously stay cleaner, longer.

UH-MAY-ZING!

You can thank me later! Go clean.