May 30, 2016

Personalized Picture Collage Frame

Hello and welcome back! It's a beautiful day, even though it's Monday.

I have been struggling to do anything other than keep the house in order and attempt to bring some order to the yard. It's been so crazy adjusting to having two kids, a big shout out to people who have more than two! You guys are my personal heroes. I craft and bake when I can, which is sparse and not nearly as much as I would like. I feel like as the kids get bigger, mostly Kaley, I will get more time. Thanks for hanging in with me!

It's super late, but today I wanted to share a Mother's day gift idea that I found on Pinterest and made. I mean, this would be great for a Father's day gift idea too, hence why I am still sharing this with you guys. The original post by Giggles Galore can be found here.

May 9, 2016

Coloured Rice Sensory Bottles

Hello there and welcome back! It's a beautiful day and I am hoping to get tons of stuff done. Yeah, that's what I tell myself every morning, but the day usually ends with the house worse off than it was when I woke up. Slow and steady over here.

Today I wanted to share a fun, easy and great idea for your little guys and girls. It's a fun sensory bottle that will help your kids unwind and relax if they get too stimulated.

First things first, gather your supplies. You will need white rice divided into plastic bags (about 1 cup per bag), food colouring and vinegar.

Add roughly a tablespoon of vinegar to the rice bag and as much food colouring as you would like. Now shake those bags until all of the rice is nicely coloured. 

Once you are happy with the colour and coverage, spread the rice onto wax paper to dry. Try to get an even layer so that the rice will dry evenly, it should only take about an hour. It may clump a little, just do your best.

Once it's dry you can use your hands to break up the clumps in the rice and get everything nice and loose. Using a funnel you can layer the rice into your container, if you do multiple colours.

I made another rice bottle earlier when I was testing the dying method on the rice, so I choose a few different colours. You can see of the left bottle how the rice will combine once the container gets shaken. So make sure you pick complimentary colours so that one colour doesn't get lost when mixed together.

Braxton absolutely loves these and carries them around when they are out, because if I don't put them away occasionally he won't play with any other toys. 

We put them in his bedroom one day and he didn't fall asleep for over two hours past his normal time! So maybe don't put them in your kids bedroom if they really like them.

Have you guys tried any rice sensory bottles or activities? Or have another method to dye rice? I'd love to see.


May 6, 2016

Kaley's Monthly Pictures: Four Months

Hello one and all and happy Friday. It's almost the weekend, and it happens to be Mother's Day this weekend. So make sure to spoil all the moms out there! I'm hoping for a semi lazy weekend, you know, full of diaper changes and crying babies. But I wouldn't change a thing.

I am finally caught up on my monthly pictures for Kaley, so today I want to share her four month picture. I'll give you a few minutes to take in all the cuteness.

May 3, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hopefully everyone is having a good and productive day, unlike me. Seriously, I'm lucky if I can even make a tea for myself between bottles and dirty diapers. Ah, a mom's life. I love it.

Today I wanted to share the cake recipe that I made for my birthday last weekend. It combined all of my favourite things: chocolate, cookie dough, and fluffy icing. There were multiple steps to making this cake, but they were all pretty simple. Just be prepared for a mountain of dishes. 

May 2, 2016

Kaley's Monthly Pictures: Three Months

Hello there everyone and happy Monday! It's finally May and I think spring my stick around this time, or at least I'm hoping it will. It's been pretty busy around here the last few weeks, so I am quite late with Kaley's three month picture. But better late than never.