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June 26, 2014

How to Make 5 Minute Play Dough

I've been having a lot of fun this summer doing "Mommy School" with the kids.  My kids are getting a little older and it's really fun to sit down together each day and work on different fun schooly things together.  I used to be an elementary teacher, so these kind of things appeal to me.

I only have school for about two hours a day. I like to have the kids practice writing, doing some math, then we work on some fun project together, they have "recess" aka play outside, then we have lunch together. And that's it.  Fun right?

Well yesterday our "fun project" was making play dough together.

As a kid we used to make play dough all the time and I just loved it.  So it's always fun to do it with my kids as well.

Here's the recipe we followed:


1/2 c. salt
1 c. flour
2 tbs. cream of tartar
1 Tbs. oil
1 c. water
food coloring


Mix the salt, flour, cream of tartar, and oil in a pan.  Mix in water and stir well with wire whisk.  Place pan on stove and cook 2 - 3 minutes on medium heat.  Stir constantly.  When the mixture becomes thick and no longer mixes with wire whisk, remove from heat.  Knead the dough.  
When desired texture is achieved, divide dough up and add food coloring.  Mix well with hands.  Enjoy!  

Then I just let the kids play!

They had lots of fun.
And no, nobody ate any-- just pretending here.

I sat down and played with the kids, too.

Once you're done, wrap these up in baggies and stored in the fridge for another day of fun.

Also, I will note I usually always make my kids do play dough on top of cookie sheets, so there's a lot less clean up after-- but apparently I lost my mind and forgot to make them this time.  I remembered once I started cleaning up-- why I always make them play on cookie sheets.

June 25, 2014

Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash Bake

I haven't done a 
in a while.  

Try as I might, I'm just not as passionate about cooking as I am about sewing and other crafty things.

But, unfortunately for me...three meals must be made every day-- whether I want to bother or not.

So when I make a fun GF + DF meal, I'll try to do a better job with sharing it.

Kinda last minute last night I changed my recipe to this meal by Lexi's Clean Kitchen.

I had my spaghetti squash cooking and plans for a different meal when I noticed this one pinned on my pinterest board that I hadn't tried yet.

I had everything on hand already, so decided to go for it.

I wasn't sure what to serve with it.  I felt weird serving it with vegetables, since the whole thing is made of vegetables.  I almost did a salad, but we've been eating so much lately we needed a break.

So, last minute I served it with some white corn tortillas, topped with cheddar cheese.  My Wisconsin-born husband has taken a lot of things out of his diet these past two years and did a long time of no cheese-- but after reintroducing it lately has found that just eating a bit here and there is fine.  Cheese makes him happy-- as do new healthy meals.

This meal was really easy and very delicious.  All the kids really loved it.  My baby gobbled up three helpings.  It's definitely something we'll have often again.

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June 18, 2014

June is Made for Kids Month (Round up ONE)

Did you know June is Made for Kids Month?  'Tis true.

I've decied to casually play along-- when the kids are already wearing something I've made-- I try to snap a picture.  Usually on my instagram account and hashtag it #madeforkidsmonth.

Here's my first round up of some of the things my kids have been wearing.

We started on Saturday, with the kids wearing a bow tie and two dresses to their brother's baptism.

The my mother saw my post about Oliver + S' Sunny Day Shorts and made two cute pairs for my daughters.  These shorts are the best!

I'm counting this shirt since I "made"/painted it into a BYU shirt. 

Here's my daughter wearing her Little Miss Dress $1.50 pattern by Me.
 I made it size 2t, but somehow it still fits this almost 4 year old.

My daughters below are again wearing their Sunny Day shorts, as we got one of our Father's day gifts ready (more on that later).

This picture is from Father's Day and it really makes me smile.  Everyone is wearing something I sewed for them.
Dad and one of my sons is wearing a Gentleman's Bow tie.
My other son is wearing a School Boy Vest by Sew Much Ado.
My oldest daughter is wearing a Sally Dress by Very Shannon.
And my baby is wearing The Charlotte Dress by Mama Stellato.

Well, I enjoyed this round up-- how about you?  We're half way through the month, so there's more to come.

June 11, 2014

The Family Travels map

About a month or two before my husband and my's wedding anniversary I came across this post from Cut, Craft, Create where she shared her Personalized Photo Map

I thought it was such a good idea and couldn't wait to put my own spin on it.  My family loves to travel.  I often put our trips into little printed books and we always get magnets from where we've been.  My husband loves to look back at all the places we've been and discuss it. I knew this gift would be right up his alley.

So here's what hubby got from me this year to celebrate 9 years of bliss!


Want to make your own?

Here's how:

STEP ONE:  Gather up these supplies.

I got my map from Amazon here
I picked up a simple 24 x 36 frame from Michaels.
I printed out all 4 x 6 photos from Sams club.

STEP TWO:  Lightly trace each state out on your tracing paper.  

STEP THREE: Roughly cut each traced state out.  Place each traced state onto your photo and cut out together.  

For the larger states, I just used multiple pictures until that state was covered.  Another idea would be to print out the larger sizes for your photos to cover an entire state.  Texas would take an 8 x 10.

STEP FOUR:  After your state is cut out, place as many pieces of foam tapes as you need to hold your picture in place.  Place your photo in place.  

Repeat with all other states.

All done!

This made a really fun gift!  
My husband really loved it and all the kids love to look at it and talk about where we've been and more importantly, where we need to go next!

I had a friend ask me if when I went to Hawaii, if I was going to cut out little pictures of each of the kid's heads for the different islands-- sounds like a plan to me, ha, ha.

June 4, 2014

How to make YW Luminaries

 Remember how I'm in charge of the crafts this year for Girl's Camp?  
Well, after making those cute No-Sew headbands, the girls are also going to make their own YW Luminaries to bring to the testimony meeting at the end of the week.


There's a few idea for how to make these on the web but many are lacking in details for exactly what to do or buy.  
Plus I don't have a cricut or silhouette machine at my disposal...so I had to think a bit outside the box. 

Here's a list of the Materials We Used:

1.      Pint sized mason jar (donated from the stake)
2.      Clear contact paper (purchased)
3.      Krylon frosted glass finish (I bought 8 cans from Amazon here)
4.      LED tea light (100 pack from Amazon here)
5.      Printed off silhouette paper (I printed off 5 sheets total).
6.      30” of wire (for each girl, I bought two pack of this wire.  This wire is really thick-- thicker than I meant to buy, but it turned out great, as long as you can muscle it around.)
7.      Newspaper

For the silhouette paper I made a simple sheet which you can use located HERE
We have a few girls that are coming that are not LDS, so I wanted them to have options for their luminaries. 

This explains each step.  
I printed off three copies of the tutorial and put each page in a sleeve protectors and tied them together with baker's twine. 

I'll only be there on the first day, so the girls need to know how to do each step without me.

I can't wait to see how their luminaries turn out!