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This past Saturday was Earth Day! Did you do anything special? If 90’s cartoons taught me anything, its that we only get one planet; we need to take care of it (and not just on Earth Day)! So today’s Try It is all about upcycling, reusing, and reducing waste!

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I did two different projects this week re-using what some may deem as “trash” but I saw its potential to be something better!

For my first project, I took the empty M&M minis tube Huff the Tot had just devoured and cleaned it out:

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Then, I wrapped it in some a-DORK-able Duct Tape:

Voila! I was done! Seriously, that’s it. Now I have an awesome pocket container to take places when I don’t feel like carrying a purse. This would be great for trips to the beach/lake, festivals, concerts, or just a night out on the town (though, I have two kids so the chances of me getting to go to any of those places is pretty slim!). But still, look at all that this thing holds:

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Plus, there was still room! You could pop a chapstick tube in there and maybe even some compact feminine hygiene products!

For my next project, I used an old coffee container:

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I cleaned it out, took the label off, and cut an “X” on the lid:

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Then, I used a chalkboard sticker I bought the day after Christmas and bam! Instant bag dispenser!

You don’t have to put bags in yours! You can decorate/label it any way you want and store just about anything in there. The possibilities are endless!

 

Here are some more links for recycling crafts!

Make Your Own Bath Bombs with K Cups

Tin Can Crafts

Bag Weaving with Old Plastic Bags

Altoid Mint Tin Upcycle

 

 

Do you have any favorite eco-friendly crafts? Share in the comments below!

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I’ve been seeing a lot of DIY sensory play in my Pinterest feed lately (probably because of the glitter bottles I made a few weeks back. Which, by the way, worked like a charm!) so I decided to try another one!

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Its homemade silly putty! Here’s what you need:

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~Yogurt

~Corn starch

 

That’s it! Oh, and a willing assistant to test said putty. Which, I had on hand:

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Start with a cup of yogurt and 3/4 cup corn starch. Mix together. If its still sticky, keep adding corn starch. If its too grainy, add more yogurt. Keep doing this until you reach the desired consistency.

I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the process because corn starch is the devil and it gets everywhere and makes you lose your mind because of its ability to cling to clothes/hands/the floor/everything within a 2-mile radius until your home looks like Tony Montana’s desk in Scarface.

But, finally, I got the consistency I wanted!

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It kept my little assistant busy for a hot minute while I unloaded/re-loaded the dishwasher. She really enjoyed it when I got out a few cookie cutters.

 

When she lost interest, I put it into a gallon sized Ziploc bag. THEN it was enjoyable for Momma. Mostly because it felt like a stress ball, lol. That’s when I thought, “Hey! This might be a good sensory play-type thing for kids! They can squish this together and keep their little hands busy!”

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All in all, it wasn’t my favorite Try It, but definitely not my least favorite! Have you ever tried this? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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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?