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Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

My mother in law taught me this trick.  I don't know why she waited until I had kid #4 to let me in on this secret.  Maybe she thought I already knew about it.  Well, I had never heard about it before and in case you haven't either, I'm sharing her secret.  It's so easy and it really does work.


All you need is some baby oil and a baby comb.

Rub some baby oil into the scalp.
Using a baby comb, gently comb the scalp and 'rake' up the scales.
Then wash baby's hair as usual.

This is fast, easy and results are immediate.
When it comes back, just repeat the process.
I had to do this 3 times over the course of a couple weeks until the cradle cap was completely gone.


It was hard to take before and after shots with a squirmy baby and the micro setting on my camera.
So I'll leave you with a cute picture of my little boy, who I can't believe is 6 months old already!



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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Here's an easy and inexpensive way to make your own foaming hand soap.  I got the original idea from HERE and just had to try it for myself.  It really does work.

I love the foaming hand soaps.  With 4 kids, 3 of which can wash their own hands, the foaming hand soap means less soap is wasted per washing.  So when I heard of a way to make your own foaming hand soap for so much cheaper than what you can buy it for at the store, I just had to try it.

To create you own foaming hand soap, you can use any kind of regular hand soap, water, and an empty foaming hand soap dispenser. 



I received these awesome hand soaps as a Christmas present.  But they are not the foaming kind.  I loved the smell of them and thought they'd be even better if they were the foaming kind, so this is what I used to create my own foaming hand soap.  


Most of my foaming hand soaps were almost empty, so  I just compiled them all into one dispenser.  That left me with several empty foaming hand soap dispensers to work with.  I filled each foaming dispenser with several squirts of the regular hand soap.  I didn't measure the amount.  I added enough to cover the bottom.  A little really does go a long way with this stuff.  Then I filled the rest of the dispenser up with water.  That's it.  I haven't noticed any difference in my DIY version compared to the store bought version.  They both work great.


The regular hand soap is cheaper than the foaming kind, plus you only use a little bit of it.  I filled up all my foaming dispensers and still had lots of regular soap left over.  I'm sure this will last me several months if not a year.  The great thing about the soap I used is that it's colorless so it will match no matter what sink it's next to.   My next step is to take off the store label.  Maybe I'll even create my own label.





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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

There is never a dull moment when you have 4 kids.  And just because I'm an "experienced mom" doesn't mean I've got it all figured out.  Each kid is different and just when I think I know how to handle something, I get thrown a curve ball.  Between spring break, sick kids, problems at school and some feeding problems with the baby, I haven't had much time to blog.  So today, I have a short but delicious post for these Fudgy Oatmeal Bars.


I followed THIS recipe from High Heels & Grills.

It said to check the bars after 15 minutes and if they were browning, to cover the pan with foil.  Well, mine never did brown and after baking for 25 minutes they still looked like they weren't done on the top, so I baked for an additional 5.
Below you can see how they looked before I put them in the oven and after they were done.  They didn't brown much at all.


And because less is never more when it comes to desserts, I added some ice cream.  Since I couldn't wait for the bars to cool down before eating them, ice cream was the perfect topping.



They did taste a bit under-cooked so when I make them next time, I'll bake them for 30 minutes.  Other than that, they were soooooooooo rich and delicious.  

Nothing works like chocolate to make your day better.



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter 2015 recap

We had a fun filled, family visiting, food eating, faith promoting Easter.  We really focused on the Savior and the last week of His life using the activities and videos from HERE.  

Life got busy and one of our kids spent a few days at Grandma's house so we didn't do everything on that list, but we did try to catch up on Sunday.  

We also made these delicious resurrection rolls on Sunday.  I've seen the recipe floating around on Pinterest for a couple of years now and finally decided to try it.  I was pleasantly surprised that they actually worked!  


They were really easy, I just used THIS recipe.  All you do is coat a large marshmallow with butter, then dip in a cinnamon sugar mix and place inside a crescent roll and bake. After they come out of the oven, the marshmallow has disappeared.  There is some symbolism with each ingredient so be sure to read all about it HERE if you want to do this with your kids for next Easter.  Next year I may have to make two batches because they were so good.


Here's some more cute kid pictures of my two youngest.  Love the bunny tights my 4 year old is wearing.  And I can't believe my little man is 6 months old already.

We like to focus on the true meaning of Easter on Easter Sunday so we do all the Easter baskets and egg hunts on Saturday.  This year since Sweetie Pie was spending the week at Grandma's we did our Easter baskets on Tuesday before she left.  This gave me the idea to do Easter baskets on the Monday after Easter as part of Family Home Evening.  Then I could buy the Easter candy during the day on Monday when it's all on sale.  Maybe I'll try it next year. 

As for this Easter, we visited my parents the Saturday before Easter and did more Easter baskets, an egg hunt and egg dying.  

Several other family members came over to join in the festivities and to celebrate my grandmother's 94th birthday.  

Here's a picture of the oldest and youngest members of my family:

The kids got some pretty neat stuff for Easter.  Since the girls love horses, they both got a chocolate pony instead of the traditional chocolate bunny.  They also got some swim wear, books and summer clothes - all useful stuff, I loved it.  


They did get a pretty neat toy called a Heli Ball (amazon link in case you want to check it out).  It hovers above you hand and if you raise your hand, it rises.  Somehow it turns off when you point any remote at it and press the remote's off button. Here's a video to show how it really does hover. 


video



If you are looking for more ways to celebrate the true meaning of Easter, check out the ideas HERE

How was your Easter? 



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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter 2015




We've enjoyed focusing on the Savior during the week prior to Easter by using the ideas found HERE at the Mercy River blog We've modified it a bit to fit our family and schedule and we plan to do it again next year.  I'll write a post next week with more details about the rest of our Easter week activities and Easter celebrations.  We've also enjoyed the videos from mormon.org about the life of Jesus and the Easter Week messages which tell about each day of his life leading up to the Resurrection.  #BecauseHeLives 


Jesus Christ lived. He walked the Holy Land, working miracles and teaching truth. Then He was crucified. But His death was not the end. Because of His Resurrection, we will live again. Because of His sacrifice, we can rise above sin to experience true joy. Because He lives, we can find His help and healing every day of our lives.




Enjoy your Easter Sunday!


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bunny Mask, Easter Party Ideas and more Holy Week activities


Made this cute bunny mask with my 4 year old.


I used a paper plate, some black construction paper, some bunnies ears (made from white and pink paper - I had them left over from THIS EASTER ACTIVITY), a craft stick, glue and scissors.


FYI:  After trying to glue the ears, whiskers and craft stick on unsuccessfully, I used my hot glue gun instead.

Here the two littlest are trying on the mask.  So cute.



And if you are looking for some fun Easter Party or Activity ideas, be sure to check out my post about how I hosted an Easter Party for 35 kids.  
Games included:  pin the nose on the bunny, guess the number of skittles, roll-a-rabbit, hot carrot, an egg coloring contest, spoon relay, story time, and an egg hunt.
Click HERE for all the details including how I made it stress free!


We know Easter's not all about bunnies, eggs and candy.  If you're looking for Christ centered ideas including activities to do each day from now until Easter Sunday, click HERE for my post about celebrating Holy Week.  For the original inspiration and ideas for celebrating Holy Week, check out click HERE to go over to the Mercy River blog.

Here's what we've done so far:
On Sunday we learned about Palm Sunday and reenacted Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

On Monday we learned about Jesus cleansing the temple and acted that out too.

Tuesday we learned about some of the parables Jesus taught.  There are several videos to watch and talk about in this lesson.

Wednesday we learned of Judas' betrayal of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.  I had some coin scrapbook paper that I let the kids cut up.  We also practiced counting to 30 with my 4 year old.

I love all the ideas and activities to do this week.  Even though our schedule it getting busier and we'll be skipping a day or two and combining lessons, I love being able to teach my kids the true meaning of Easter.





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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools

So I was a slacker this year and didn't do any April Fool's pranks on my kids.  My oldest doesn't appreciate my humor, my 10 year old is visiting with Grandma for a few days, my 4 year old probably wouldn't get it and the baby is too young.  Well, at least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

However, I have played jokes in the past.

Last year I fooled the kids with jello instead of juice in their cups, you can read about it HERE.

And the year before that I made Brown E's.  My daughter had some friends over and they totally thought I made brownies, as I pulled them out of the oven and everything.  They humored me and tried to eat them.


What tricks do you play on your kids?



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hoppy Easter Sign and more Holy Week activities

Friday was in the 60's here in PA, I thought spring had finally arrived.   I got out all the summer baby clothes that had been stored in the basement so I could wash them and get them ready to be worn.  My 4 yr old went for a bike ride without a jacket.  I even made an Easter decoration for the mantle.
So imagine my surprise when on Saturday, we woke up to snow.  There was a light dusting on the grass and it snowed off and on throughout the day.  And again on Monday, a few more flurries.  It's been a long, cold and snowy winter here.  I am so ready for spring.  I just had to make something to brighten up the place so I made this "Hoppy Easter" sign.




It was really easy to make.  I used acrylic craft paint, wood, scrapbook paper and vinyl that I already had so this project cost $0!  I painted the wood pink on one side, and green on the back and sides.  I made those bunnies from scrapbook paper cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.  The image I found online and followed THIS TUTORIAL for how to cut your own images using the Silhouette.  I also used the Silhouette to cut out the white vinyl.  I attached it all to the block of wood, using Mod Podge to make sure it stuck.  And voila!  My one and only Easter decoration (for now).

Yes, I know my mantel is pathetic.  I need to add some more Easter decor and make it look more spring like.  And this point, I doubt I'll get to that, but at least I have one bright and colorful thing up there to make me think spring regardless of the weather.





In case you missed my last post with activities to do each day from now until Easter Sunday that focus on Christ, you can click HERE.  For the original inspiration and ideas for celebrating Holy Week, check out click HERE to go over to the Mercy River blog.

On Sunday we learned about Palm Sunday and reenacted Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

On Monday we learned about Jesus cleansing the temple and acted that out too.

And today we'll learn about some of the parables Jesus taught.  There are several videos to watch and talk about in this lesson.

I am enjoying celebrating Holy Week with my kids.  We will have to make this a new Easter tradition.

Anyone else doing something special to remember the Savior this week?



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Christ Centered Easter Activities

A friend shared THIS IDEA she found for focusing on the Savior during the week prior to Easter.  Be sure to click HERE to go over to the Mercy River blog and read all about celebrating Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter). 


You'll find a bunch of activities to do each day during Holy Week.
There are videos, songs, crafts, and activities.  My kids ages 12, 10 and 4 (I didn't count the baby) were all able to participate and understand what was going on.  It's a great way to focus on Christ and the true meaning of Easter.

We started it today and the kids really enjoyed making the palm leaves and reenacting Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.


I'm looking forward to doing the other activities throughout the rest of this week.

Oh, and if you haven't seen the new Easter video from Mormon.org, you've got to check it out - it's so powerful, I just love it.  It makes me even more grateful for a loving Savior and all he has done for me.






How do you focus on Christ during the Easter season?




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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lengthen Pants Without Sewing

This is a great trick to lengthen pants without having to whip out the sewing machine.  Not only does it make your pants look longer if they are too short, but it makes your legs look longer too.  Let me explain......

The other day my daughter was about to leave for school when I noticed her pants were too short.  Now I suppose she could have changed pants, but they matched her shirt and she didn't want to.  So I came up with a way to make them look less short.  

Here are some before and after shots so you can see how dressing in all one color makes her legs appear longer, and her pants longer since there isn't a different color to break things up.


More before and afters.  This not only works for kids, but can work for adults too - even if you're wearing a skirt or dress (just keep reading to find out how)...



You can also use this trick to make your legs look longer.  By dressing in all one color for pants, socks and shoes, it doesn't break up your legs, thus creating a lengthening effect.  Don't believe me, check out THIS article which has fashion tips to make you look taller.  #7 is about the all one color look.  Or THIS article about how to get longer looking legs, the 2nd thing mentioned is to match your shoes to your pants or your skin tone if you're wearing a skirt.



So has anyone ever tried this trick before?


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