Slime the Principals

October 30, 2014

This month I was able to wrap up the first of two major events that I was/am in charge of.  Our elementary school jog-a-thon took place at the beginning of this month with the awards ceremony being two weeks later.  Among the prizes was the reward of sliming the Principals if our school raised a certain amount of money.  This was a fabulous prize because 1) it was so much fun to watch the Principals reaction 2) the kids went wild over it and 3) it was the cheapest of all the prizes.  All this cost me was a package of Xanthan Gum from the grocery store and food coloring.  Xanthan Gum, water and food coloring.  That’s all it takes to make a bucket full of super slimy slime.  Yes, it made a big mess but it was worth it.  

sliming principals

sliming principals

In my search for super slimy slime I ran across a fun website that had a fun recipe for bubbling slime.  Harry and I tested that recipe out and had a lot of fun with it.  This recipe is much more simple but just as much fun.  Xanthan Gum and water make a very slimy slime mixture with the constancy of mucus.  Perfect. Yes, it made a big mess but the clean up wasn’t as bad as you would think because the more water you add the thinner and thinner the mixture becomes until it just washes away.

Now that I have two jog-a-thons under my belt I feel like I could write a short book on how to run a successful jog-a-thon.  Until then I’m recruiting my replacement.  Any takers?

Floating Eyeballs

October 28, 2014

floating eyeballs

This idea was all Addison.  

A few weeks ago he had this idea to paint an eyeball.  Who knows what goes on in the mind of a 10 year old…but he wouldn’t let the idea go so off we went to the craft store.  The first one turned out great and we had the bright idea to paint several eyeballs of various sizes and turn them into a creepy Halloween decoration.  

Floating eyeballs are so easy.  Supplies:

  • Styrofoam balls (various sizes)
  • craft paint – red, black, blue, green, brown (or whatever color you want to make your iris)
  • floral pins (U shaped)
  • thick fishing line or clear jewelry thread/cord

Paint and allow to dry.  Tie the jewelry thread to a U shaped floral pin and secure to the eyeball.  Hang and enjoy watching your trick or treaters reactions.  Bwahahahahahahaha

floating eyeballs

floating eyeballs

floating eyeballs

floating eyeballs

floating eyeballs

Party Popcorn with Jolly Time Popcorn

October 22, 2014

(disclaimer: I was provided with free popcorn.  I know, your jealous that I’m so popcorn rich.  All thoughts are my own…regardless of how much popcorn I consume)

party popcorn

If I suggested you serve popcorn at your next birthday party bash you might be like…meh, popcorn is fine but it’s not really party worthy.

Guess again sister, because this isn’t your ordinary popcorn.  This is Party Popcorn.  

What is Party Popcorn, you say?  Popcorn with one simple ingredient that will make you stuff it into your face until you feel sick but you will still take just one more bite because, well, now your addicted. 

What is this magical ingredient?  Almond Bark.  This simple candy coating called Almond Bark found in the baking section.  If you were to lick an angels toes, they would taste like Almond Bark.

party popcorn

So here is what you need for Party Popcorn. Knock yourself out.

Party Popcorn
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Total Time
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Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 packages Jolly Time popcorn (preferably Kettle Corn style)
  2. 6 bars (half a 20 oz. package) Almond Bark
  3. sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pop popcorn and spread out on parchment paper.
  3. Melt Almond Bark in the microwave according to directions on package.
  4. Drizzle melted Almond Bark all over the popcorn.
  5. Shake sprinkles on top of Almond Bark/popcorn.
  6. Allow everything to cool until Almond Bark is no longer sticky. Store in air tight container or zip lock baggies.
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Holiday Cards with Minted

October 20, 2014
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions and ideas are my own.
 
I can’t believe I’m about to say this…but…it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cards. I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween yet.  Here’s the deal. Every year I think to myself oh, I have plenty to time to get Christmas cards made.  I’ll work on that next week. Before I know it December 1st has come and gone and I don’t even have a decent family photo. Then I’m scrambling to create a card online and have to pay out the wazoo for overnight shipping. There is a lot of cursing involved in this process. 
 

This year I am taking a different approach…I’m planning ahead. Kind of unusual for me, I know, but I have this opportunity to order my Christmas cards through Minted.com and I’m all over this.  Just call me Hugs, Kisses and Thinking Ahead. 

 
Dear Husband witnesses my frustration every year and asks why I even go to the trouble to send out a Christmas card  if it’s so stressful. 
 
Why?  Because I love seeing Christmas cards from our friends and relatives. I love seeing how their kids have grown each year. I love seeing the different styles of cards they choose. I love decorating with them and hanging them up in my entryway, they welcome anyone who comes to our house. Watching the cards increase in number is like counting down the Advent for me. With each card I hang up they are telling me that Christmas is getting closer and closer. 
 
If I get so much joy from the Christmas cards that pass through our door, then I have to assume those who receive our card get a little bit of holiday cheer from our smiling faces. 
 
I’ve tried several different holiday card websites. One year I even created my own card on Picmonkey.  This year I am trying out Minted.com
 
Minted has over 200 beautiful designs to choose from. I’ve combed their site and saved all of my favorites with our picture in them trying to decide which one I like best.  This is a really tough decision, I mean, seriously, these designs are just gorgeous.  Just check these out. 
 
holiday cards with minted
christmas cards with minted
 
 holiday cards with minted
 
holiday cards with minted
holiday cards with minted
holiday cards with minted
holiday cards with minted
 
 
 
I might need some help deciding. Which one is your favorite?
 
Through October 27th you can receive 10% off holiday card orders.  Use code JOY2014
 
 

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Bubbling Slime Recipe

October 17, 2014

bubbling slime recipe

Recently I had the need to discover the perfect slime recipe (more on that next week).  I needed something that would make a big mess.  Slime made with Borax and glue is to clumpy.  I needed something worthy of Nickelodeon slime. I combed Pinterest (as one does when they need anything crafty) and I came across a blogger who has several great recipes for slime and sensory play.  Jessica at Epic Fun for Kids as tons of great ideas on sensory activities for kiddos.  

This recipe is made with vinegar and xanthan gum (found in the baking aisle).  You pour it over baking soda and the vinegar reacts with the baking soda in slow motion.  Remember the volcano science projects?  That reaction is really quick.  This reaction is slow because of the thick consistency of the slime.

bubbling slime recipe

Click here for recipe and directions for Super Slimy Bubbling Slime Recipe

  Harry brought out some Legos to make his bubbling slime playtime more of an adventure.  Thankfully, this is water soluble so it cleans up easily with just water.  The more water you add the thinner it gets until it is completely diluted.

bubbling slime recipe

bubbling slime recipe

bubbling slime recipe

 

bubbling slime recipe

The more you play and mix the baking soda into the slime, the foamier it gets.

bubbling slime recipe

bubbling slime recipe

 

bubbling slime recipe

bubbling slime recipe

 

This would be so awesome at a Halloween party!  Make it red and you’ve got a cauldron of bubbling gore.  Muaahahahaha

 

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Response to Shut The Eff Up

October 17, 2014

There is a blog post going around by a blogger complaining about stay at home moms who complain and asking them to shut the eff up.  In a nutshell the blogger (who is a SAHM herself) is tired of hearing/reading SAHMs complain about their mundane lives that revolve around juice boxes, play dates and mac & cheese. She is sick of hearing how they are drowning in poopy diapers, how messy their house is and how tired they are.  She wants SAHMs to stop complaining and start being grateful that they are able to watch their children grow up and are not missing the precious moments that make up childhood.  She wants SAHMs to realize that they are living an extremely privileged life that many working moms would love to live but just can’t because they have to have two incomes.  

She makes valid points but is pretty harsh in her presentation.  

My guess is that a majority of SAHMs are very grateful that they are able to stay at home with their kids.  They probably love seeing that first step instead of the day care worker seeing it.  They probably empathize with the working mom when she has to drop her baby off at day care each morning.  She probably appreciates how special it is that she can take her kids to story time at the library during the week when it’s less crowded.

This is just another example of mom shaming and the war women are waging on each other.  We’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.  If SAHMs ran around all day telling everybody how great their life is and constantly reminded their friends how “blessed” they are to be at home with their kids then you can bet your lucky stars there would be a snarky blog post about how annoying the moms are who relish every spit up, pray over every diaper and frame every scrap of paper that their budding artist scribbles on. 

Here’s what it comes down to. Being a parent is hard.  Whether you are a SAHM or a working mom, its freaking hard and everybody wants and needs to be heard when times are tough.  The SAHM is stir crazy and needs validation in the toy explosion that used to be her living room.  Her frustration level is at code red and she sometimes questions her own sanity.  The working moms are anguished that the day care worker gets to help her baby take her first step or rub his back at nap time.  Her guilt is huge and real and she needs to voice it, have it be heard and for someone to understand before the guilt eats her alive.

We all want to be heard.  We all need validation in our struggle.  We need to vent now and then.  Once that steam has dissipated it is a little easier to see the positive in our situation and be grateful for it.  

So next time a mom is griping about her life, give her some grace and room to be heard.  And if she won’t stop then freaking hide her from your FB feed for crying out loud and stop complaining about it.  Geez.

 

 

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Burlap and Yarn Fall Wreath

October 8, 2014

 burlap and yarn fall wreath

This wreath was an experiment in what can I make with out having to go back to the craft store.  It’s been a while since I’ve made a wreath so I decided to see what I could come up with.  I knew I wanted a purple wreath for fall but I didn’t have very much purple yarn left.  A little digging in my craft basket and I found some burlap ribbon.  Turns out I didn’t have enough of either of those to cover a wreath.  A little more digging in my box of fabric scraps and I found the perfect fabric to go on my purple wreath.   Continue reading

Natural Makeup Eraser Giveaway

October 6, 2014

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.  Let’s get the bad news over with first.

Remember when I got the regular gig on the show Oklahoma LIVE?  Well, I did.  I was asked to do a monthly segment on the show and I had the freedom to come up with all of the topics.  The bad news is that Oklahoma LIVE has been canceled.  I don’t know the reasons why the show was canceled.  My guess is 1) they didn’t have me on as a guest often enough and 2) the show was on opposite Ellen.  Seriously, who is going to watch a local talk show when they can be watching Ellen? Continue reading

Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Chili

September 24, 2014

turkey sausage sweet potato chili

Another recipe inspired by my friends at Red Gold Tomatoes.  A few weeks ago they sent me a box of tomatoes with slow cooker recipes.  So far I’ve made 3 of the recipes and this one is my favorite by far.  I don’t mean to brag, okay maybe I do, but this was de-lish.  I made a few of my own adjustments to the original recipe, like using sweet Italian turkey sausage instead of pork sausage and taking out the chili powder and adding garam masala and coriander.  I also added apples and cut out one of the cans of tomatoes to make it less like soup.  This Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Chili is the bomb! Continue reading

OU Game Day Observations

September 23, 2014

I love OU football.  I love going to the games and watching it on tv.  This has been an acquired taste.  After 14 years of marriage to a lifelong OU fan I have learned that if I want to spend time with my sweet heart on any given fall Saturday, I better learn to love what he loves.  14 years of watching college football and I must say I’m pretty impressed with my football knowledge.  Not nearly as much as some, but maybe more than the average bear. OU game day is a lot of fun…not just for the football but for the people watching.  For your viewing pleasure…OU game day observations from the OU/Tennessee game two weeks ago.

This crowd parts for one thing and one thing only.  The Pride.  Don’t be the idiot who tries to turn left from Boyd to Asp.  It happens…I see it every week and I want knock on their window and ask them what the heck is wrong with them.  Moses couldn’t part this mass of humanity.  The crowd will. not. part for a minivan.  Just won’t.

ou game day

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