If you are a parent involved in coaching or managing your child(ren)’s sports team, hats off to you! Being involved is very time consuming but so rewarding at the end of the day. My family didn’t play a lot of sports growing up, mostly because we didn’t have a lot of money, but I’ve made it my goal to participate in any activity with my kids, whether it be tossing a ball in the summer, to cartwheels in the backyard, to coaching/managing their team. I believe in a healthy and fit lifestyle for my kids and the best way of having that is through demonstration.
These necklaces were a hit, not only with the kids, but the parents too. Many of the parents thought they were bought from a store and couldn’t believe that they were made from a Home Depot washer! Why thank you, thank you very much! ;D
Here are the supplies you’ll need for this craft….
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The nice thing about having a husband who teaches science, is that we got to use his classroom for our birthday party and it took most of the stress off me, since he conducted most of the experiments (I really had NO idea what I was doing) lol. I have to admit, while I thought the kids were going to be bored out of their minds and think that they were ‘back in school’, this party turned out to be so much fun! The kids, although some said, “it feels like we’re at school”, were ‘ooing’ and ‘ahhing’ with almost every thing we did. So yeah, they were back in school and maybe they learned a thing or two but they still had fun doing it.
You don’t need to be a scientist or a teacher to pull off this type of birthday party. You can do this in your home or better yet outside (it can get kinda messy). This is a great indoor birthday party idea and it keeps the kids occupied with all sorts of projects. My husband did some other cool exploding/fire displays, however he has all the knowledge on what to mix without blowing things up, so unless you know someone who has this knowledge, I would just stick to the basics… Continue reading “A Science Birthday Party!”
I remember when I was in grade school and my friends and I would make these paper crafts that would tell us if we were going to get married, how many kids we were going to have or what kind of house we were going to live in. Remember MASH!? haha Anyways, these paper fortune tellers would give us girls hours of fun during school and after! Continue reading “Fortune Teller Valentine’s Day Cards”
I think I have mentioned this many times on my blog but I hate baking. I feel like I say HATE a lot.. anyways I LOVE to decorate and I am still working on my royal icing skills to perfect the technique when doing my outline and flooding. At first I was using a fairly thick icing and dipping a spoon into warm water to push the icing to my edges. It actually worked fine, it’s just that I would have water lines if I didn’t mix it right. I see videos of people using a scriber tool to pop bubbles and push the icing so I have one of them on order but for now I am using a toothpick.
My hand is pretty steady but for some reason I just can’t get my outlines to be perfect. Again, something I am working on. I think it’s just knowing where the icing is going to land and not going too fast or too slow. Next time I am also not going to use a tip in my bag. The professionals just use a piping bag with a cut tip so I’ll try that next time too.
If you want to see the different consistencies for royal icing I found this video quite helpful and I have used some of their terminology in my directions. Here is the Quick and Easy Royal Icing recipe below
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some delicious shortbread cookies? I obtained this quick and easy recipe from a friend and it is my go to recipe! I rarely enjoy baking and if and when I decide to make something from scratch I don’t want anything complicated or that includes too many ingredients. I much prefer decorating the cookies over baking them.
These cookies are great for all seasons and are soft and will melt in your mouth! You can shape them round and stick a maraschino cherry in them for a classic Christmas treat or make a batch of royal icing to decorate for any occasion.
This style of cookie is best mixed with your hands. No fancy mixer is needed but I would suggest you wear gloves (the dough is sticky in the beginning). Your butter should be softened before you add it to your mixture. I always refrigerate mine and by the time I realize I need butter for my mixture I have no patience to wait for it to soften. I usually cut it into small sections and squish it with my hands and fingers to soften it.
Don’t get discouraged when mixing the ingredients together. Every time I make these, I think I need to add more butter because it seems like I have so much powder ingredients. But I continue to fold the dough over and over and it eventually becomes all mixed and forms into the perfect cookie mixture.
Once you have folded all the ingredients together, it is time to start rolling! I hate rolling dough because I feel like I press harder on one side or I make the middle section way thicker then the outside. If this happens to you, just put the thinner cookies in the middle of the pan instead of on the outside. I don’t know if there is an actual theory behind this but I feel like the middle takes longer to cook…OR maybe I just need a new oven?
I have ruined a few batches of these cookies, mostly because I don’t take a lot of time or care to measure the ingredients exactly and my husband will tell you I have absolutely no patience. Things I have learned in the chaos…
- Don’t put your cookies too close together when baking. Apparently this can cause air pockets in your cookies (as you can see in this photo).
- Don’t overbake. I don’t know what it is about me and cooking things but I always overcook everything. I get nervous if things don’t cook long enough. The last thing I want is for my family to get sick from something I made…hmm come to think of it maybe if they do get sick they won’t want me to cook and I’d never have to make a dinner again Muhahaha Lol just a thought…
- Don’t increase the temperature to get them baked faster. I didn’t even realize it but I set my oven to 350 degrees instead of 300 and the bottoms burnt.
Anyways here is the recipe and I hope I have shared enough of my bad experience with you to make your shortbread cookies turn out tasty and beautiful!
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Santa had gotten our family of four, tickets to ‘Cirque du Soleil-Toruk’ December 26th show. I have to start off by saying, I LOVE Avatar! It’s one of my favorite movies and the movie really spoke to me about how humans suck and how much the Na’vi people respect and love the world they live in. Anyways, my family of 4 got all dressed up and it took us about an hour and a half to get downtown and then search for parking. We made the trek through the snow to get to Roger’s Place and found our seats. We sat down and made ourselves comfortable and I then reminded my girls to sit still during the show and make sure to not kick their feet into the back of the other person’s chair, which they didn’t and they turned out to be very good girls. Behind us, however, was a family of 11 (Grandpa, Grandma, 5 kids: ages 2 to 8 and mom/dad, aunties and uncles). Continue reading “Crappy parents make for crappy kids…”
I love everything about decorating a Christmas tree and have always enjoyed spending the time to perfect where everything goes. Some people (my sister and husband) might say I’m a little bit of a control freak with where my decorations go. I can get a little crazy when you start to clutter the same ornaments together or the “spend more time on the back that nobody’s going to see” instead of concentrating on the (more important) front of the tree. I didn’t always have nice ornaments growing up and in my younger years, I had a lot of hand-me downs and dollar store decoration, but even then I always took pride in the way my tree turned out. Maybe you have no clue on how to decorate a tree or every time you do, it just doesn’t look quite as nice as all those Pinterest ones? Well, hopefully these few suggestions will help you improve your Christmas tree decorating. Remember, I AM NOT an expert nor do I have any skills in a decor/design background…..these are just my opinions only. Continue reading “Decorate A Stunning Christmas Tree On A BUDGET!”