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The end of the school year gift!

This one goes out for all the teachers, tutors, and educators of all sorts! A craft to give thanks for those who gave their time to teach you or your family how to be smarter, think for yourself and or become an independent strategist. This is a gift worth giving. One they want and don’t know they do until you give it to them.IMG_6544

supplies you need to create this masterpiece are!

  • a small tin slightly shorter than crayons or one large enough for color pencils.
  • candy to fill them up with
  • crayons or color pencils
  • hot glue
  • box of new bic pens or capped pens
  • a bushel of pretty flowers cut 2″ down from each flower
  • floral tape
  • ribbon

steps to create the bouquet

  1.  glue your crayons to the tin
  2. wrap the tin with a nice bow tie
  3. fill the tin flush with candy
  4. uncap your pens and wrap the flower stem to the pen, stop just at the line of where your cap ends.
  5. recap all pens
  6. arrange your pretty bouquet
  7. give your gift away!

The cost to make this is about 10.00 dollars.  I recycled a twinings tea tin they are perfect for crayons.They do not have any sharp edges to deal with and I used a magnesium calm container (clean) for the color pencils. I think a cool bonus for this one is that the lid can still be used if you just want a creative capped jar. You can buy everything else you need at the dollar tree if you want or go bold with those Real to the touch flowers! They definitely add a beautiful touch! You will love making this craft so much that when you’re done you will want a rose pen for yourself too!  ( I used about 35 crayons on the tin and a few more with the pencils.) Good luck and get crafting!

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A true home spa day!

Do you need a spa day but loath the  diy food facials? I know I do. I also get tired of trying to book a day at the spa when they have minimal openings and  you want a full spa experience. So here’s how to make your own!First lets get started with a spa day plan.

  1. productth (5)
  2. aroma and sound
  3. food and drink
  4. room set up
  5. a luxurious robe
  6. an organized step by step process

#1 on our list will be the products we want to use. Typically, when you do a proper facial, you cleanse, tone and moisturize. You will definitely want to do something not in your daily routine so it feels like a spa day. Try using a mud mask , acid peel  , detox bath or maybe even a remineralizing bath! I do recommend that it is organic. A little note:  A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. Other studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia. And another peer-reviewed study showed 100% absorption for fragrance ingredients. I would watch what I put on my skin organic is best! th (9)

#2 You have to choose your aroma and music! I will use essential oils, potpourri or wait for a beautiful breezy rainy day and open the windows, which rain can also aid in sound! Music is pretty easy to find if you have calm music that’s great but if you are like me youtube has exquisite peaceful meditation, nature sounds, Celtic melodies, hypnotizers and pretty much anything you want.

#3 food and drink! fruit water is always the best choice or a hot cup of herbal tea if it is cold weather. A veggie tray, fruit sickles in the summer or maybe mini sandwiches for those friends of yours. Try to keep it light and organic.51orscKlGTL



#4 The room set up.This is up to you if you are entertaining. I will light unscented candles.I put my towels in the crock pot to get them warm. The facial steam is one of my favorites so having a double boiling pot on the stove is nice. If you are entertaining you can buy a plug in burner for cheap and display it that way. plenty of plush white towels rolled up is a classic design. Maybe some flowers or pebbles to set the tone. If you really want to go all out you can buy apothecary jars and fill them with soaps, salt, and sponges. Now, I think you are set to spa it up.

#5 the robe, it is all about comfort and a robe just sets the feel of spa day! Don’t forget flipflops , so you don’t ruin that pedicure.

#6  Finally,We are ready for spa day! This is just routine for me, but if you are new you might need to list the order of each step needed to be taken for a successful spa day. so here goes

  1. cleanse with you everyday facial cleanser to get the extra oil off.
  2. exfoliate the dead skin.
  3. use a toner,mask or acid peel.In this step you can peel then use a mask which is what I love to do, but if you exfoliate a peel may be too strong. Tip: if your using activated charcoal or a seaweed wrap wait 45 mins before you wash it off.
  4. A bath, in this step you can use a remineralizing bath or a detox bath please wait at least a couple of days to a week between each. In this step you may also wear the facial.
  5. The hair, yes you just soaked in the bath but you hair is a different process from your skin. We like to put in warm oil and put it in a bun during our next step then rinse it out with cold water so it holds it’s shine!
  6.  pedicures are a great to do while you wait for your hair mask to set. a pedicure is basic spa knowledge. Soak your feet, scrub the bottoms with a pumice, put lotion on the feet, then work on the toe nails.
  7. let your skin breathe! don’t put on make up until you read a good book or after you have relaxed and taken in the music and aroma. This is the definition of woosahhh!

Here is a list of a few things you might want to findth (4)

  1. mud mask
  2. acid peel
  3. detox bath soap
  4. remineralizing sea salt bath
  5. the tea pot shown
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Finally, 4 days on the road with boys 4 and under!

I lost my camera charger so I put this of until now. Yes, I found it (in a box that was labeled electronics of all places). That is a whole other story, anyway now for what you have been waiting for! I packed a giant list of toys books crafts worksheets and homemade activity pouches. Here are a few images of what it looked like packed before the trip!DSCN0616DSCN0615 This is everything packed before the trip. ?Here is a view of what the activities looked like.DSCN0621 DSCN0622 DSCN0623 DSCN0625 DSCN0626 DSCN0628 DSCN0629 DSCN0630 DSCN0631 DSCN0632 DSCN0633 DSCN0634 DSCN0635 DSCN0636 DSCN0637 DSCN0638 DSCN0639 DSCN0640 DSCN0641 DSCN0642 DSCN0643 DSCN0644 This was definitely over packing! I packed quite a bit more after taking these but the boys did not use it all. Here is a list of what they actually played with on the trip!

#1. I brought my laptop so we could watch movies. I was able to do this because I bought a 20 buck converting device that turned the lighter plug into a household plug. ( this was a life saver around lunch time when they were both getting fussy!)

#2. We burned cd’s for the trip, We don’t listen to every song on every cd like most, so we customized our own for little flipping and switching.

#3. Bed time bear and giraffe.

#4. Clothing and grooming. (can’t do with out them)

#5. In the last picture shown you will see our animal manipulatives these were very important our youngest played his little heart out with these!

#6. Silly putty, I brought three types of squishy stuff play doh, silly putty and magnetic sand. The putty was the only one played with and was simple to keep up with!

#7. Books in the first and second picture you see a tan box full of books! We needed only half! In this bin are also 4-5 wood puzzles in the back (we did not play with them at all.

#8. Sticker activity books. I brought two, one cars and one planes. I also created my own sticker craft activity. We used all three! This was another big hit with my oldest 4 year old.

#9.  Lam puzzles, I created transportation puzzles. you see in picture 16. my youngest 2 year old loved these.

#10. Cars, yes cars. I brought the two average size play cars popular with both boys and I surprised them with two mini cars and a laminated neighborhood mat to drive them on! They loved this! The road map is picture 18.

#11. Candy! yes, this is a must when you run in a store and your little one is hungry, they see candy. So we packed dehydrated fruit strips (aka fruit candy).  We ran out on the evening of day 2 so I picked up a share size starburst we used these at the end of the day when they were good and when climbing in altitude. (we were driving up a mountain). This helped to pop their ears!

#12. Worksheets, These came in handy during the quiet nap time for my youngest. My oldest did the transportation worksheets I made and worked in his big preschool book. other things he used were the dot to dot activity book and flash cards of mountain forest animals and tracks. My plant cards were not very interesting to them.

#13. I spy games, these were fun but It took half the trip to get my son to understand what it was we were playing! I guess it was a good thing we had 4 days.

#14. Legos! these were a hit! the duplos pretty much just ended up on the floor on day 1. the lego pattern cards were not. My son enjoyed creating ABC’s with them instead (note taken ABC cards yes, random pattern cards no).

#15. The last items actually played with on the trip were color wonders, I brought one for each of them ( the clipboard version) and gel pens and note paper since my youngest likes to draw.

Oh wait, there were the ABC magnets I made from scrabble pieces. My youngest loved them. I packed two metal large dog bowls to put little things in while they played (this was a lifesaver too!) they were magnetic so my son loved the noise they made when the magnets stuck to it. They also made excellent use for making clean up easy. So in a nutshell, I could have packed much less than I did. I am still glad I over packed, better they had too much than too little!

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Ocean diorama

Today, in class we made a diorama. It turned out pretty nice my son only needed minimal assistance. He came up with this!DSCN0645 The materials used for this project were three aquarium pieces, ocean foam stickers, blue construction paper, sea glass, sand, and sea shells. The tools used were a pair of scissors, Elmer’s glue, and Krylon spray adhesive. The spray adhesive is the (help) my son needed, I sprayed the glue on, he layered sand (like glitter). After three or four layers you have a nice sandy bottom ocean with little mess! That is everything you need. simple but fun for my preschooler/kindergartener. I hope you have loads of fun with yours! We thought to string some of his play creatures from the top so it would look like they were swimming but he decided to play with them instead.

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Easter centerpiece!

IMG_5204 Today, I made our centerpiece for spring. I will most likely make some small addition to this, but for now it is gorgeous! The pot is definitely one of my favorites. I love my little realistic birds too! These are yellow calla lilies and Ivy’s. My pink butterfly is a small sentimental item I received, in a random act of love from my husband (so naturally it went in). This pot is from Walmart for $20, the plants were $12 total, birds $1 each at dollar tree. Total cost $44 plus tax, not too bad for our own customized living centerpiece!

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smothered sausages!

IMG_5101 Smothered sausages are delicious.This is made using sprouts gluten free bratwurst with green chiles.  I split them in the middle of the inner curve to make them flat. I smother them in mushrooms,onion (not in this recipe shown), (bacon grease) butter, and green peppers. I also season them with garlic powder. Put them on collard leaves covered in brown mustard and you are done.

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A great reading program!

th  Hooked on phonics has worked for us so far. My son is starting level 4 of the five levels in this program. I admit it can be very repetitive and we tend to just go over the practice pages instead of drilling him. We had a rough start he practically skipped the entire first level. We used leap frog gaming and videos to help him reach level 2. My son has enjoyed the books and is currently motivated to get to each new level. We give him a choice when he reaches each level to get a gift or do something adventurous. This past weekend he has asked to go to the aquarium for reaching level 4!I want him to be excited about learning, so a trip here and there for excellence is a great reward! especially since it too can be educational.