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Make it Monday: Playdough

Make it Monday

Ten different playdough recipes

Making your own playdough is so. darn. easy, mamas, you’ll wonder why you ever bought it. (And it smells way better, too.) Still don’t believe me? I made you a little video below to show you how simple it is…and seriously, the hardest part was not letting the pot slide off the stove since I could only use one hand.

This is the best recipe in the universe (go ahead, fight me):

1 C Flour
1 C Water
1/4 C Salt
1 T Vegetable Oil
2 t Cream of Tarter
Food Coloring (4 drops)
Sauce Pan and Wooden Spoon
Directions (Cook all ingredients on the stove)
1- Pour all ingredients into a saucepan. The order does not matter.
2- Stir until everything is mixed well.
3- Once the mixture is mostly clump-free, heat over medium heat.
4- Stir and keep stirring, after a few minutes it will start to clump up.
5- Stir until one big clump is formed and remove from heat.
6- Knead by hand.

 

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It’s so pretty.
When it’s cool, I usually add essential oils (peppermint and lavender are both favorites at our house). Nothing says “re-claim your chill” like smashing lavender playdough between your fingers and deep breaths. You may want to skip this if your kids are still in the “let’s see what THIS tastes like” stage; the rest of the ingredients would be safe to ingest. Salty, but safe.
And the best part? If *someone* forgets to put it away, I’ve brought it back to life the next morning with a little more oil mixed into it. You show me a store-bought playdough that can do that, and I’ll eat my words. But (spoiler alert) you won’t be able to.
If you’ve got celiac folks in the house, try this recipe. I haven’t tested it, but if you do, let us know how it goes!
If you haven’t heard of playdough mats, here’s a post to get you started, but mamas, Pinterest is full of that goodness. Go get it.
Happy Monday!
You’ve got this.
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Make it Monday: Compost Tea

Make it Monday

No, mama, the tea isn’t for you, it’s for your garden! If you want to give your plants a little boost and you don’t have MiracleGro (snort), you’ll only have to wait a week for this liquid gold! This works on indoor OR outdoor plants and it’s perfect for city dwellers with no room for a compost pile.

She recommends eggshells, coffee grounds and tea bags; I would also add a banana peel for potassium. In fact, I just toss banana peels onto my plants regularly; they turn black quickly, but don’t smell bad or attract pests.

How to make compost tea

Give it a try!

#Momhack: Cooking While Traveling

We’re at our organization’s HQ for two weeks, doing some training and meetings, and the food situation? OY. Because my babies want ALL. THE. SUGARY. THINGS. and Mama doesn’t want crazy behavior due to too many treats. So I’m fighting back on costs and sugar with whole chickens…the leftovers of which I’m putting with stir fries, over pasta and into soups.

But my #momhack today has to do with flavor…because I don’t want to buy a whole bottle of sesame seeds for my stir fry, but without it? Kinda bland.

As you can see, even this tiny jar is $2.21, which is really more than I need for two weeks.

Instead, I went over to the bulk section at Winco Foods, and got just two tablespoons for $0.39. BAM.

In case you’re still not convinced, I also needed thyme and sage for my chicken soup, neither of which was cheap for a whole bottle…

A little trip over to the bulk section…(and look at all the options!!)…I scoop out what I need into a small plastic bag, write the four-digit code on the twist-tie, and close it up.

And I ended up walking out with just what I needed for two batches of soup. I paid $0.09 for thyme and the sage? Well, there was so little in the bag, it wouldn’t register on their scale, so they gave it to me for free. That would make me feel bad, except they’re the ones who designed the system, not me. So hey, I’ll take advantage of it! You don’t have to rely on junk food just because you’re traveling, and the smell of soup simmering can make even a temporary place feel like home.

Don’t let the big jars intimidate you! If you’ve got a kitchen available to you, don’t let it go to waste. Your wallet will thank you.

You’ve got this, mamas.

#Momhack: Kids sitting through church

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One of the ways I keep my kids happy in church is books. But I found that if I brought books with words in them, they always wanted me to read them. So the solution was…wordless books! And if you can, get actual paper books; it hasn’t worked well to take the tablet with us, as they inevitably want to play games instead of read.

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This is one of our favorites. It’s about flying frogs. David Wiesner has also written a book called Flotsam about a boy who finds a camera that took pictures underwater of hidden worlds. And a more recent offering is Free Fall about a boy’s magical dreams, and it was a Caldecott Honor book. (Caldecott is an award for excellence in illustrations…you can see an example of the medal in the picture above.)

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One book that has a more spiritual aspect is Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier.

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This one has some humor that older kids will pick up on, like how there’s two rabbits when they get on and about 100 when they get off. 🙂 His illustrations are very thought-provoking with some beautiful details.

When my littles were little-little, they also loved Good Dog, Carl. The mom goes out (!!) leaving the dog in charge (?!), and he has to keep the little girl from getting into trouble (…?!!?!?). Ok, so the premise is a little “old-school,” but it’s pretty cute. But also, don’t do any play dates at Alexandra Day’s house, mmkay?

I haven’t read this one, but it’s going on my Christmas list…to quote from someone who’s read it, “Two stories and two cultures are told simultaneously in one book. The stories appear side by side as the reader turns the pages at the same time. Mirror follows a typical day of two boys on opposite sides of the world. The stories take place in Sydney, Australia, and Morocco, North Africa.” Amazing, right?

And last but DEFINITELY not least, if you need a wordless book for an older kid who’s struggling with reading, I highly recommend The Arrival by Shaun Tan.

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Mamas, I got this book from the library on furlough, and I stayed up until midnight reading it. I’m usually asleep by 10:00…and y’all know how precious sleep is. It’s that good. And third culture kids will really connect with the story of a man entering a culture that seems completely foreign to him for the sake of his family. It’s so true to the emotions of moving to a new place, but I think anyone could enjoy it.

And apparently, I have good taste, because all the books I recommended are also on this list of Reading Rockets’ Favorite Wordless Picture Books. 

Note: I put in a bunch of links. That’s just for your convenience. I don’t profit in any way, so buy them wherever you want. 🙂

Maybe now we can get through worship without having to step out, eh? You’ve got this, mamas.

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