I love using things we already have around the house for our crafts. It saves a trip to the store, teaches the girls about recycling, and expands their imagination by thinking about items in a new way. We made these 4th of July luminaries from tin cans we had left over from a particularly satisfying dinner (okay, it was from a can; I can’t vouch for it being too satisfying). The girls had fun looking for 4th of July images that would work on the cans, and we traced them out together. Now we have a fun holiday mantel decoration that the girls helped make!
What You’ll Need:
Tin cans, washed
Painter’s tape or masking tape
1) Wash the tin cans. Hopefully you’ll be keeping these for a while.
2) Find the images you would like to use and draw them on the can with your Sharpie.
3) Use the nail and hammer to make holes along the lines of your image. This will take a bit of time, so make sure you have something to keep the kids busy!
4) Paint the cans and allow them to dry. Add a coat of Mod Podge to seal the paint. You may need to re-poke some of the holes after the paint and Mod Podge dry.
5) Add votive candles and enjoy!
Nurture the Experience:
Take the opportunity to teach your child about recycling. Check out this site: Science Kids, and explore it with your kid. It is full of videos, fun facts, and activities designed to engage your child in learning all about recycling. After you’ve spent some time with this, allow your child to help you sort the recycling in your own house. Make sure to talk about some of the facts you learned from the site to help bring what she learned into context. If you normally have your recycling picked up at the curb, take a special trip to the recycling center to bring the concepts full circle.
Each Valentine’s Day the girls come home with a bag full of generic Valentine’s Day cards from the daycare Valentine’s Day party. Except, there are always a few that are creative. On busy years I role my eyes and wonder what Supermom decided to put those together but, in my heart of hearts, I love making homemade Valentine’s with the girls. Not only do I enjoy the process of making Valentines but I love the thought that goes into it. There is so much more meaning then buying a box from Walmart. (more…)
Never to shy away from adventures that would make most people exhausted just thinking about them, Lesley and I took the girls on vacation to Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY, this past month. It was amazing and packed full of fun times and adventures. One of the those times was making fruit kabobs for the grill. Lesley and I are not huge fans of meat, so we needed to get creative if we were going to try kabobs. Grilled watermelon is all over the place this year, and we were excited to try it. We assembled and grilled. It was interesting how the flavors of both the pineapple and watermelon changed on the grill. Most surprising was the watermelon. It definitely did not taste the way watermelon should. I can see why people like it, but you have to be ready for the difference the grill makes! (more…)
We are like any traditional American family. Spaghetti is a staple. It’s so quick. So easy. And, so cheap! Not to mention it stores really well so it’s also simple to make a bunch and bring it for lunch the rest of the week. It’s hard not to make it every night of the week. There would probably be a mutiny if I did that. Riley is already slightly bored of it. So, I needed to come up with something just as fantastic just a little more exciting.
Here it is! A cure for spaghetti boredom! This dish has the same great spaghetti taste with the same great kid appeal but has kicked the cheesiness factor up a notch. Quick and simple — a great weekday meal.
If you have not tried Biscoff spread, you are missing out. You use to only be able to get Biscoff cookies on Delta flights; however, those are now being sold in stores as well. It is a definite must for your next shopping list. The spread is made from the cookies and just seems to melt in your mouth. These cookies have the same effect and are guaranteed please. Be careful though, you won’t be able to stop eating them once you start.