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My Pinterest feed has been saturated with today’s Try It for so long that I thought it was time to finally see what all the fuss was with these things:

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I won’t lie, I’m a little skeptical as to how these will work, no matter what some folks may say. But, I’m willing to try it out. I have a few kiddos I work with that I think will benefit from this (if it works) as well as Huff the Tot.

Here’s what I used:

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~ 2 Smart Water water bottles

~ Glitter glue

~Glitter

~Sequins

~Hair gel

 

First, I took the label off of the bottles. Goo Gone really helped get all the sticky gunk off.

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After that, I squirted some glitter glue and gel into one of the bottles. Then, I added different colored sequins:

 

Next, I added some warm water (every site I read was very specific–the water MUST be warm to break up the glitter glue and gel), food coloring, and shook it all up!

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Pretty, huh?

I decided to make a few more and even made a smaller one based on this sensory bottle, complete with glow-in-the-dark stars.

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I didn’t add as much gel to the golden bottle because the pink one seemed too “gel-y”, e.g., the sequins just kind of hovered instead of floating for a second and then falling. You want more of a “snow globe” feel to your bottle.

I still have my doubts as to whether or not these will help some of the kids in my class to calm down, but I’m willing to give it a go! I’ll also be sure to update the blog after I’ve tested them out!

Have you ever made these before? Have you tried them in your classroom or with your own kiddos? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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I’m sure if you spend any time on Facebook, you’ll see those videos starring arms not attached to a body, making delicious treats or awesome crafts in seemingly zero time. I saw this one the other day:

 

I was super excited because I wanted to jazz up the bathroom at the Mother’s Day Out place I work a few times a week with some jars of mints and chocolate (because, kids) and thought this would be perfect!

I gathered my stuff:

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I did as the video instructed. I placed the tape over the paper (and rubbed the tape with a Popsicle stick):

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Then, I cut out the piece I wanted to use and dropped it in a bowl of water for 1 minute:

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After that, I not-so-easily removed the paper from the tape:

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The ink was nowhere to be found and the tape wasn’t even sticky anymore! Yeah. Total bust. I ended up just printing off labels and covering it with packing tape. Sigh. 

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Have you ever tried this before? Did it work out better for you? Is there a trick to getting it right? Share in the comments below!

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So, for the past several Tuesdays, I’ve been talking about the fairy house I’ve been making. Y’all, this fairy house has been the bane of my existence. It has been tedious and time-consuming. And, to be honest, I’ve wanted to throw it out so many times and call it a day. I felt like all I was doing was working on this ridiculous house.

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But, thankfully, I’ve finished it! Woo!

First, let’s recap. Here’s where I got the idea to make a fairy house:

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I thought, “Oh, that couldn’t be too tough!” Ha! I was so naive.

I used an old Juicy Juice bottle and some rocks from Dollar Tree:

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Grout was too much for me to handle, so I used this awesome glue:

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And I went to work:

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This took, to quote Squints, FOR-EV-ER! Once I got all the rocks on, it still didn’t look right. So I added some sand in between the rocks to give the illusion of grout (in hindsight, I should have just used the freaking grout).

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Then I let it dry and started working on the roof. I bought some moss from Dollar Tree, along with this colander:

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I used Liquid Fusion and hot glue to stick the moss on. Then, I glue the roof to the house and set up my fairy garden:

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I think it looks super cute but there is no way in Neverland I am EVER making one of these %$#@ things again!

Have you ever made a fairy house? What did you use? What were your results?

 

 

 

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Last week, I gave you a teaser as to what my Try It Tuesday would be this week. Did you guess what I’m making? Here’s the picture again, just to refresh your memory:

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Give up? I’m making a…. FAIRY HOUSE!

The idea for a fairy house came when I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed and saw this:

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Turns out, making these adorable little homes are much more involved and tedious than I anticipated. And with the Virginia family visiting and two kids to wrangle, there was no way in Narnia this thing would be done in time for today’s blog. So, stay tuned for updates on the fairy house!

 

Have you ever made a fairy house? What did you use? How did it turn out? Share in the comments below!

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With it heating up outside, I’ve been working on the lawn A LOT. Which means I’ve been tracking mud and grass in the house. Which means I’ve been vacuuming more. Which means I’m about to lose my mind. So, in order to keep my sanity, I consulted Pinterest for some help and found today’s Try It–a foot rinsing station for the backyard!

Here’s what I used:

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~A short bucket

~rocks

~A screwdriver

That’s it. That’s all I needed.

 

First, I poked holes in the bottom of the bucket with a screwdriver:

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After that, I dropped the rocks inside:

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That’s it! This project took $5 and 5 minutes to make! And, it works:

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This worked great! The holes in the bottom of the bucket help to keep the water from pooling, the rocks keep the bucket from slipping or blowing away in the Oklahoma wind, as well as cutting down on splash-back (thus keep dry clothes dry) and avoiding getting your feet muddy or grassy!

(And yes, those are Huff the Tot’s adorable toes!)

Do you have one of these? What’s yours made out of? Do you like it?

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This weekend, I hosted my Best Mate’s baby shower. The theme? Doctor Who! When I found out she was having a boy, I automatically knew that would be the theme– I mean, hello–everything’s BLUE!

Knowing the theme, I ordered these silicone molds from Think Geek:

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I thought I’d use them for little chocolates or maybe mini cupcakes. Yeeeahhh… I didn’t realize they were bigger than they looked. Must’ve been that timelord technology.

Anywhoo, I thought, “What can I make with these?” Then it hit me: soap!

I looked online or instructions and got to work! First, I gathered my gear:

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~glycerin soap

~soap dye

~lavender essential oils

~Tardis molds

 

To begin, I sprayed the molds with alcohol to help the glycerin not to create bubbles.

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Then, I melted the glycerin. I placed it in a microwave-safe bowl and heated it up for 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the glycerin was melted thoroughly.

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Next, I added the color and essential oils. I chose lavender because its relaxing and I like the smell.

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After the soap was blue throughout, I poured the glycerin into the molds and sprayed it with alcohol again, to reduce the bubbles.

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I let the soap set overnight and then popped them out in the morning:

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This was such a simple and fun little craft! I ended up using the soaps as prizes for the game we played and people really liked them! I think I may go buy a circle mold and make some “fun soap” for my nieces and nephews!

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Its finally here, folks! The day you’ve all been waiting for; its reveal day for my play kitchen revamp!

I have been working on this thing for WEEKS and finally finished it a few days ago. I’m soooooo happy with how it turned out!

Before I get to the reveal, I’m going to tell you how I completely re-did a side-of-the-road find!

Here is the before:

 

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Really not much to look at, huh? It wasn’t fugly, per se, but it was outdated and needed some sprucing up.

I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me, but I was stoked to have such a fun project and addition to Hermione’s toy collection.

First, I sanded the entire kitchen with 3M sandpaper, 120 grit. This is a crucial step! Sanding the plastic ensures that the paint stays on well. There were a few places I didn’t sand as well as I should have and the paint sort of flaked off.

Then, I taped up the areas I didn’t want painted (a small chalkboard) and put a layer of primer on.

 

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I ended up doing two coats of primer with this spray paint from Wal-Mart:

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When I was finished priming, I taped/covered everything except for the top of the kitchen. I knew I wanted it to mostly be white (I like the “clean” look) but I wanted punches of color. So I got this paint for the “roof”:

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The name is Gum Drop! How cute is that?! I also got some pink paint called “Ballet Shoes” for the “oven” door. I put two coats of each color on each area and let those dry for about a day or two.

 

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After the paint dried, it was time to add some finishing touches. Because the paint covered some of those hard-to-remove stickers, I decided to use jewels I bought at Dollar Tree to add a little bling. When I was at Michael’s, I found some awesome rhinestone adhesive ribbon that I used to edge some areas. I added those stick on hooks and my mom crocheted little potholders!

I also bought some decorative duct tape and placed it on the table as a “table cover”. My dad cut some wire coils down and I used those as the grills for the stove top and he also cut some plastic so I could replace the oven door. (I used a silicone I found at Wal-Mart to apply the coils and the plastic sheeting. It worked great!)

And now–drum-roll, please–is the finished kitchen:

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As you can see, Huff the Tot LURVES it! She has been playing with it and “making cakes” like a little baker! This was such a fun project! I’ve looked online and in stores and these kitchen usually run around $70.00. Mine cost $28.98! AND I was able to match it to fit the colors of Hermione’s room as well as reuse something that would’ve ended up in a landfill!

 

Have you ever done a revamp like this? How did it go? What did you use? Share in the comments below!