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Playdough Recipes

Playdough, simple to make, fun to play with and so much cheaper than what is in the stores. I know with my kids they LOVE to make their very own playdough. We like to scent and colors ours as well.
So it is your lucky day. Today I’m going to show you how to make one of my favorite playdough recipes. Plus I will be sharing another one. The first one is one that I will show you is one you need to cook and the other is one is a no-cook playdough.
plus I will have a printable playdough recipe card for you to print and keep.

Playdough #1
Total Time to make: 20-30min

Gather your supplies
– Flour
– Salt
– Cream of Tarter
– Oil
– Food coloring *Optional
– Kool-aid for scent *Optional
– 1 Cup measuring cup
– Large pan
– Spoon for cooking with “smaller is better, since it gets really hard to stir the playdough in the pan after awhile” I found a slotted metal serving spoon worked best.

Instructions
You will need
4 cups of flour
2 cups of Salt
4 cups of water
4 tablespoons of Oil
2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tarter

Mix all the ingredients above in a large pan. *Except for the food coloring and Kool-Aid, We will be adding those later. Cook on low heat until thick and not sticky. If it is still sticky cook it a little longer. If you cook it to long it will be dry, if this happens add a little oil.

You will then stir while on low heat

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Starting to get a chunky

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Half way there. *by the way that spoon was way to big, and I had to down grade to a slotted metal serving spoon.

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Nice and thick, oh and did I say heavy? Notice the metal slotted spoon?

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Now put it in a bowl and brought it to the table for my boys to help add color and scent

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knead it several times so it is soft and there isn’t any chunks

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Separate it into 6 large balls

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Add your food coloring and drink mix at this step and knead some more until the color is evenly dispersed throughout the dough.

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All of our colors are done and the boys were so happy to start making all sorts of fun things. They played for 2 hours. Ahhhh

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Playdough #2 non-cook
Total time to make: 15-20 min

First Gather your supplies
– Flour
– Salt
– Oil
– Cold Water
– Food coloring *optional
– Small bowl
– Large Bowl
– Spoon

Instructions:
– 2 cups of Flour *more if it is too sticky
– 1 Cup Salt
– 1 Tablespoon of oil
– 1/2 – 1 cup of warm water * Not to hot or it will be too sticky
– Food coloring more drops equals a darker color

You will want to add your flour, salt together in the large bowl and mix. Then in your small bowl add the water, oil and food coloring. mix together very well. Then take your water, oil mixture and add it into the large bowl with the flour and mix/knead together

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Sugar Scrub Recipe

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Today I’m going to show you how to make your own sugar rubs for only a fraction of a price that you would normally pay for in a store.

First gather your supplies

– 3 cups of sugar white or brown
– 1 cup of a good quality pure oil (almond, olive, etc)
– Approximately 10 drops of essential oil (I love Jasmine or lavender)
– Bowl
– Jars (will fill approximately 5-6 4oz jars)
– Spoon

Directions

– add all your ingredients into a bowl and mix very well
– next spoon your newly made sugar rub into your jars.
– Wipe the edges of your jars before screwing the lids on tight
– once completed add your labels onto your jars. “There is a printable label pattern below.”
– Enjoy your sugar scrubs/rubs

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Apron Turned Sundress

I inherited all sorts of aprons from my husbands grandma. And oh the fun things that I thought I could with them all.

Well here is one of the very fun ideas. Find an old apron and gather the following supplies to create this fun dress for your little one.

– Apron
– Pins
– Sewing Machine
– Scissors
– Measuring tape

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Grab your apron and fold it in half inside out.
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Pin the outer seam
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Then measure how long you want the straps to be and cut that from the end of the apron strings.
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Next grab your straps that you cut and fold the cut ends inside and sew shut.
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next sew the back of your apron together and leave an inch or two or three from the top. to make it easy to go over the child’s head.
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Then go ahead and measure the top of your apron and make sure to pin the straps into the right spots on the apron.
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Now your sundress is complete and it only took 10 minutes!
And of course please leave a comment above.
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Earth Week Activities

This week we are going to continue to have fun with up-cycling and re-using the things around us to help keep the earth clean.
We need to teach our children to be good stewards of this earth.

Here are some ideas for this week to help save money and help teach your kiddos how to take care of the earth.

1 – Turn the tv off,
I know it is nice to have on. But trust me try it for 1 week, Turn the tv off and turn some soft music on or just enjoy the silence. Also with turning the tv off you will find that your kids will have to find something other to do. Which means stretching their imaginations.
Plus take a look at these stats.

http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/save-money-by-turning-off-your-television/

Yikes lets save some energy and cut those costs just think $4 for every hour you watch tv.

2 – Recycling and the up and down game
Teach your kids about recycling, and how important it is to keep the earth clean. You can play a game called ups and downs. have the kids use there thumbs and have them point the thumb up for a good idea and point their downward for a bad idea. Some of the questions you can ask are
– After I eat a piece of Candy, I look around for a garbage can to throw my wrapper away.
– I drank some water out of a plastic bottle. I can’t find a garbage can so I toss it on the ground
– After playing with my toys, I put them away in their proper place.
– I made a bird feeder for the birds so they can eat.
– I picked up some rocks and threw them at the birds.
– I gave the dog food and water when he needed it.

3 – Turn the lights off
Have a day this week where you turn the Lights off all day or even for a meal and light some candles or lamp for light and play some board games.

4 & 5 – Build a bird feeder and house
here are simple instructions for making a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle.
http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/Make-A-Plastic-Bottle-Bird-Feeder.htm
And the instructions for making a bird house out of a 2 liter bottle
http://www.favecrafts.com/Cool2Craft-Videos/How-to-Make-a-Soda-Bottle-Birdhouse#

6 – pick up trash
Take your kids to the park and bring some plastic bags. Have the kids pick up trash that they find around the park. Once you are all done take them out for ice-cream or a special treat for a job well done.

7 – Melted Earth crayons
This is a very cute idea follow these simple instructions for making some crayons that look like our world.
http://www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com/2012/04/homemade-earth-crayons.html

8- Check out this awesome blog for some more fun ideas for Earth day/week.

http://morethanmommmy.blogspot.com/2013/04/6-earth-day-activities-for-kids.html

 

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Homemade Laundry Soap

There are a few things you can do to help save money in the laundry room. One of the biggest things you can do is make your laundry detergent. I have posted 2 recipes for making your own Landry detergent below, one is a liquid and the other is dry.

Dry Laundry Detergent
Approx time: 10-15min
Usable time when done mixing: Right away
1 tablespoon for regular loads 2 tablespoons for large loads
Makes approx 98 – 196 loads
Total cost $6.63 per container or $0.06 cents a load or $0.03 cents a load

First gather your supplies

– Borax (20 Mule Team) $3.99
– Washing soda (Arm and Hammer) $2.99
– Fels-Naptha $1.19
– A Grater
– Large knife
– 1 cup measuring cup
– Cutting board
– A Container to hold it in (mine is a 3 quart container)
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Directions
– Grab your Fels-Naptha Soap and cut the soap bar in 3rds or 4ths and then grab your grater and grate your soap.

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Then you will need to grab Borax and the 1 cup measuring cup and put 6 cups into your container. Then grab your washing soda and put 4 cups into your container. Now add your grated soap. Close your container up tight and shake. (this is a great chance for kids to help and get rid of that extra energy they always seem to have.)
Here it is all shaken up and ready to use
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For Liquid Detergent

approx time: 30 min
Usable time when your done mixing: 24 hours
1/2 cup for regular loads 3/4 cup for larger loads
Maxes approx 64 loads or 42 loads
Total cost $1.90 for 2 containers or $0.02 cents a load or $.0.04 cents a load

You will need the following ingredients

– 1 cup Borax (20 Mule Team) $3.99
– 1 cup Washing soda (Arm and Hammer) $2.99
– 1/3rd bar Fels-Naptha $1.19
– Essential oil “If you want it scented, I like the way it smells without it”
– A Grater
– Large knife
– A 2 Gallon bucket
– A small to medium pan
– A large spoon
– A funnel – (Buy one from the oil department they are the largest)
– 1 cup measuring cup
– Cutting board
– 2 Containers to hold it in (I use an old liquid detergent container)

Directions:

Cut your fels-Naptha soap in 3rds. Then grate 1 of the 3rds and place the other 2 in a plastic bag for more loads to come.
You will then add your 1/3 grated bar of Fels-Naptha soap and 6 cups of water to a pan and heat until the fels-naptha soap has dissolved.

While the pan is heating the soap through Grab your 2 gallon bucket and put 4 cups of HOT water into the bucket along with 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing soda.Mix
Then add your hot soap mixture to the bucket and mix again. You will then want to add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water ( 1 gallon = 16 cups) + 6 cups water= 22 cups of total water
You will then add your essential oil if you want a scent.
Grab your oil funnel, your bucket of soap and your containers. Pour your soap to the top and leave room for it to be shaken in each of the containers. You will then need to put the lids on and let it sit for 24 hours. Once the 24 hours are up your soap should have gelled a bit. just shake and use.
(You will need to shake before use every time) It takes 1/2 cup for regular loads and 3/4 cup for larger loads
And always leave me a comment of what you think.

updated: 5/8/13 Lee from the US suggested this as well “Try adding Downy UnStoppables for a great scent to the dry mix. I also add a bar of shredded Ivory soap.”

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