Monday, July 20, 2015

Screen Free Summer Activities!

For summer, it can sometimes be hard to entertain kids with activities that don’t include a screen.  I have found 3 ideas that I think are both fun and easy.  I was able to do them while on a family vacation in Lake Powell, which was a fun break from all the crazy water sports as well!

Homemade Ice Cream 
pin here
Items Needed:
1/2 cup whipping cream 
1 t vanilla
1.5 t sugar

ice cubes, 6T salt
Place the whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in a baggie. Put it in a second baggie to help keep it from leaking. Put those baggies in another baggie with ice and 6 T of salt. Play with the bag for 10-15 minutes. You can play catch, hot potato or just shake it.  Get creative!  Your kids will be amazed they made their own homemade treat in the process! 
This was so yummy Brayden had to fend off his Dad from stealing from him!

Lava Lamp 
pin here
Items Needed:
baby oil 
food coloring
alka seltzer (I just buy generic brand) 

Fill your jar 3/4 full with baby oil. Fill it the rest of the way with water. Add quite a bit of food coloring. Throw one alka seltzer tablet in and you have your own lava lamp!  I tried putting two alka seltzer tablets in and it was not twice the fun, it was actually just way to fizzy!  You can add the Alka Seltzer over and over. 
My son thought this was pretty dang fun. 

Ice Treasure Hunt 
pin here
Items Needed:
I froze some little toys into a big block of ice. It was fun and entertaining for the kids to work on creative ways to get the toys out of the ice!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Patriotic Strawberry Pie

This pin was a fun patriotic dessert found here:   

The recipe is super easy to follow and yields 2 pies.
2 Graham Cracker Pie Crusts
1 pkg 6 oz. Strawberry Jello
2 C Diced Strawberries
1/4 C Sugar
2 pkg 8 oz Cool Whip
1 pkg 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 8oz can of Crushed Pineapple, drained
Blue Food Coloring

Make the Blue cream layer first.
1.  Add softened cream cheese and sugar, mix with a hand mixer.
2. Add in drained pineapple and 1/2 of 1 of the Cool Whip containers. 
3. Mix in drops of blue dye to turn mixture blue
4. Pour 1/2 of this blue mixture into each of the pie crusts. 
5. Add the other half of the mixture to the other pie crust. 
6. Chill in the fridge while making the Jello
Strawberry Jello layer
1. Add 1 1/2 C boiling water to Jello mix and stir until dissolved.
2. Add 2 C ice, stir until melted
3. Mix in Strawberry slices… I love to use my little strawberry core tool called the Stem Gem. It also makes my kids think it is fun to help. 
Then, I slice the strawberries in my egg slicer. SO FAST!
4. Chill in fridge until it starts to firm…about 5 minutes
Filling the pies
1. Spoon the Jello mixture over the blue cream filling 
2. Chill for 4 hours or so so the Jello will fully set. 
3. Top with Cool Whip when you serve
This recipe is I will say, it was EASY to make but I definitely wasn’t able to make it as pretty as the photo! I think I need to get the whip cream figured out! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

DIY Travel Packing Travel Hacks

With Summer here, I was excited to find this pin!

With super fun packing travel hacks.  Here were some of my favorite:
Use a shower cap to cover the bottom of your shoes.
Use a Cotton Cosmetic pad to protect your makeup from breaking.
Use Saran Wrap or Press and Seal wrap for your jewelry to keep it from getting tangled
Put your chains through a straw to keep them from getting tangled.
Use a binder clip to protect your fingers from the top of your razor.
Wrap your headphones around a binder clip and use that clip to attach to your bag for easy access!
Use a contact lens case to store some of your more expensive face creams/syrums so you don’t risk losing or breaking your whole bottle!
Roll your clothes in your suitcase. You will have more room, it helps so they don’t become unfolded as you are looking through them and it helps with wrinkles! I actually roll my clothes in my dresser as well :) 
Use a sunglasses case to store your chargers and cords.

What are some ways you pack? Share your secrets in the comments below :)