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Make a Color Matching Wheel with Paint Samples

I recently did an activity prep for my little lady. I wanted to focus on colors so I searched for some fun things we could try while I was home with her over the Forth of July week. One of the activities was color matching using free paint samples.

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Quick Breakfast and Snack Survival Tips for the Busy Momma

Do you need ways to save your sanity during the week?  Use these tips and you’ll have extra time and maybe not have to go to the loony bin.

These last few weeks I’ve been doing some major meal prep. It has been FABULOUS! I started small with snacks and am now moving on to full meals. Having meals at the ready is a true life saver in the evenings and I wish I had started doing this a lot sooner!

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How to Make a Rainstick

When I was a kid, we had these toys that made the coolest sound. A sound that I always found comforting. They were so simple. We had a few of them and they each made slightly different sounds. I remember watching a show (I don’t remember what sho) that actually made music with these things.

I loved them, and still do. They are so cool! Now, I know they’re called a rain stick. I’m pretty sure there was a learning activity to go with playing with the stick but I don’t remeber it now.

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How to get Breast Milk through Airport Security

I had the pleasure of going on a business trip recently. Of course I knew the rule of liquids being no larger than 3 ounces and they must be in a clear container. I think everyone knows this rule by now. It’s been in effect for a long time. The question for flying momma’s that nurse is then, how does this rule play an effect on pump equipment and breast milk? Does the ounce amount change? What about keeping the milk cold?
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Making Foaming Dough

So I wanted to get this posted on Saturday. Clearly that didn’t happen. Better late than never!

Earlier this week, I was home with my baby. Our sitter’s child was ill and she recommended that we not bring our little lady over until our sitter was able to get her child to a doctor. That means momma gets to work from home.

After nap time, my sweet girl had tons of energy so I figured I’d clock out of work and give her my undivided attention. So we played, ran around the house, and did an activity out of our book. I made her some foaming dough. Oh my goodness! This stuff kept her entertained for probably 20 minutes! It was so fun watching her play in this stuff. We both needed a bath at the end and I had to clean up the ENTIRE kitchen, but it was well worth it!

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This was another super easy recipe. Again, I already had everything in my cabinents for this dough.

Since it’s not my recipe, here’s the link to her post: Fun at Home with Kids – Foaming Dough Snowman.

Basic Ingredients:
Baking Soda
Dish Soap (I used Dawn)
Salt
Vinegar
Additional Supplies:
Food Coloring
Waterproof Tray
Spoon
Squart Bottle or Condiment Bottle
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Strait from my cabinet.

She recommends liquid food coloring but all I have is gel. It worked fine. I will say that when I added the gel to the baking soda and salt mixture, it didn’t look like it colored the mixture. The gel formed little beads that I “cut” into the mixture. Similar to cutting butter into flour for biscuits.

In the book she mentions that the mixture shouldn’t be too wet. It should actually be more dry to the touch. I think I got ours too wet. It looked a lot like lime sherbert. Made me want to eat it! Yum! It still worked and we were able to get lots of foaming bubbles.

Foaming Dough & Bubbles
Here’s what our foaming dough looked like.

My little lady was so cute playing. She was absolutely facinated with reaction of the vinegar and baking soda. I was very impressed by her hand motor control too. I thought for sure she’d squirt vinegar all over the floor! Alas, she proved me wrong and only squirted it into the little container. After she got all the reactions she could out of squirting, I gave her a spoon and let her dig in it. She took it a step further after a while and started splashing.

Our play started out pretty clean. Of course, with a baby, things don’t stay clean. After about 20 minutes, squirting a bottle, playing with a spoon and splashing, she was absolutely covered! My hands were so dried out after mixing it and cleaning up the counter than I was concerned for her hands, and feet, and face, and legs, and arms, and anywhere else she may have gotten the stuff so I called it a day. I think she would have played for a while more though. She got mad at me when I put it on the counter!

After I got us both all cleaned up, I used the left over mixture to clean my counters, stove, and floor. Baking soda and vinegar are fantastic cleaning agents so it was the next logical step. I had a sparkling kitchen by the end of the day and lots of fun with my little lady.