Try It Tuesday

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I’ve been working on some projects around the house because, when you’re a SAHM, you look at the same stuff day after day and suddenly you get a wave of what I like to call “Joanna Gaines Fever” and you just HAVE to do some redecorating.

I’ve been looking for something to put in the kids’ bathroom because its just kind of bland. I bought an awesome shelf from Hobby Lobby (holla for clearance!) and I wanted a little somethin’ to go on it.

I knew exactly what I wanted but I didn’t know how to go about it. Enter: Pinterest. I found this link and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Here’s what I used:

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~A little wooden sign I picked up at Walmart

~glue stick

~cardstock

~freezer paper

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~metal spoon (also not pictured because, Mommy Brain)

 

First, I cut out the freezer paper to fit my sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock. I glued the freezer paper to the cardstock with the waxy side out (this is very important).

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Next, I thought of the quote I wanted on my sign. Then, I typed it up in Word and “mirror flipped” it.

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Then I printed the quote and laid it gently on the wooden sign, praying it was lined up straight. Finally, I used the edge of a metal spoon and scraped the cardstock.

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After a few minutes, I lifted the paper:

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Meh.

I was hoping for better results. BUT, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, the letters are light enough that I can go over it with a paint pen, so all is not lost.

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

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A few weeks ago, I was perusing Amazon when I came across this little contraption:

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No, not the toddler. The blue thing! Its called: The Noggle. Its an attachment you hook to your A/C vent so your rear-facing kiddo can get cold air in the hot car. This intrigued me because I’m constantly concerned that Huff the Babe is burning up in the backseat (which is why I have the A/C turned down to 68* in the car, much to Huff the Tot’s disappointment). I checked the price: $45.99!

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SAY WHAAAAAAAAT?! Nah. I know I could do this for a lot cheaper. I checked Pinterest for some tutorials, but I couldn’t really find any. So, I decided to just wing it and do my own thing.

Here’s what I used:

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~foil duct

~glue gun

~silicone sink strainer (I found some at Dollar Tree!)

~Velcro adhesive stickers

~felt

~fabric

 

My idea (well, actually my dad’s idea) was to put the silicone sink drainer in the hose, put felt around the outside, and attach the Velcro adhesives to the vent so the vent would stick.

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Then, I put a funnel at the other end (AKA, the end that Huff the Babe would have). I put the funnel there because I didn’t want Huff the Babe to put his hands down the tube.

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It looked REALLY janky. I couldn’t deal. So I covered it with some Star Wars fabric I had lying around.

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Much better.

Then, Huff the Hubs and I tried it out.

Yeah. Big. Fat. FAILURE.

The air didn’t really come out the other end (probably because of the funnel) and I really didn’t want to take it out because I knew HtB, AKA “The Destroyer”, would rip through the tubing. (Seriously, this kid has some Hulk strength). So sadly, this was a bust.

BUT, at least I didn’t spend $45.99! I only spent $16! And I can still use the stuff. I’ll probably reuse the fabric and the tubing can be used for a Tin Man costume or robot costume later. So all is not lost!

Have you ever tried The Noggle (or something similar)? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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This weekend, my sister, Bestie, and I had a girl’s night! When you’re in your thirties, “girl’s night” means hanging out in your lounge clothes, eating Bagel Bites and watching Disney movies. Because, priorities. It also means you get to make this awesome dip for dessert:

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Here’s what you need:

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8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. marshmallow fluff

1 c. powdered sugar

1/2 c. heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of salt

four different colors of food coloring

sprinkles

Nilla Wafers/fruit (for serving)

 

Combine cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix until it is thoroughly combined. Then, add in the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Combine until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

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Divide the mixture between four small bowls (one bowl for each color). Then, add in a few drops of different food coloring to each bowl and stir.

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Add spoonfuls of the dyed dip into a serving bowl, alternating colors until you’ve used up all the mixture. Swirl the colors together with a knife. Then, top with sprinkles and serve with crackers or fruit!

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This dip was super tasty! And also super fun! I think I may make some red, white, and blue dip for the Fourth of July!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

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Happy Tuesday, Tryers! This weekend was Easter and let me tell ya, so many tasty treats were demolished. I’m talking mountains of Reese’s Eggs and handfuls of Peeps. Along with the candy, I made a sweet–and super easy–dessert that is sure to please any crowd! (Shout out to theblondcook.com and Pinterest for helpin’ a sistah out!) I made these delicious morsels:

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Here’s what you need:

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¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon apple pie spice, and additional apple pie spice (about ¼ teaspoon) for sprinkling on top of crescent rolls

3 tablespoons butter, melted

⅓ cup chopped pecans (I didn’t use these because we have folks with nut allergies)

2 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices

2 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury Original crescent rolls (I thought I had bought original crescent rolls. Turns out I bought crescent rounds. Ugh. But I was able to make them work!)

 

First, preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, melt your butter and toss the apple slices around in it.

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After that, lay out the crescent rolls on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the brown sugar and spice mixture evenly onto each roll. Then, if you’re using nuts, add those to each roll as well. Next, place apple slices on each roll, starting at the widest end, and roll up.

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Brush the crescent rolls with the remaining butter, sprinkle with sugar and spices, and pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

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When they’re done, let them cool and dig in!

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These were soooooo good, y’all! They would’ve been even better with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on them! I think I’ll be making these A LOT from now on!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before? What were your results? 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!

Mommy Monday

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Does anyone else feel like they are just suffocated by all of their junk or is it just me? I feel as though our house is chock full of crap WE DO NOT NEED. Especially the kids. There are days I just want to go through the entire house and bag up everything and just get rid of it all. But I don’t. Because that takes A LOT of effort and I barely have time to go to the bathroom by myself. Plus, I’m not ready for all the emotional meltdowns that would follow.

But seriously. SO. MUCH. STUFF.

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(That’s not my house. It just feels like it.)

I figured one way I could make our home less burdensome is by attacking the areas that have the most accumulation: the kids’ rooms. Some days I got to Huff the Tot’s room and find toys and think, “I don’t even remember the last time I saw her play with that” or “Has she even looked at that book?” Huff the Tot has so many books that they are scattered everywhere. There are toys in the hall, toys in the kitchen, toys in the bathroom. TOYS EVERYWHERE.

I was searching for some help and ideas on Pinterest when I came across the concept of toy rotation. The gist is this: gather all the toys, separate them in to different categories of toys, organize. I’d like to try it, it just seems a tad overwhelming. I’m also wondering if it would be worth it. So I’m looking to you, reader. Have you done toy rotations? What did you think? Is it easy to keep up with? Got any tips? Basically what I’m saying is…

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