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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Paint In A Bag- A Mess Free Activity For Your Child

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My kids are messy when it comes to arts and crafts. When they were younger and even more clumsy, I used to rip a head and arm holes into garbage bags and throw them over my children's heads so they could wear them and the bags would act as aprons to keep their craft off of them. Then I would lay table clothes on the floor under them so that clean up was easy and efficient.

I always want them to be creative, but I don't like the headache of cleaning up after them.

Imagine my delight when I first heard of suggestion of painting in a bag. "What's that?" you ask?

Oh, it's so simple! You literally put paint into a gallon bag and then let your kids move it around.

What You Need

  • Clear Gallon Bags- I find that those that zip work better because they seal better. 
  • Paint- Any type of liquid craft paint should work. I recommend something that's nontoxic and washable for the kids. (It should be obvious, but no spray paint or paint for a house with toxic fumes)

  • White Sheet of Paper- I used computer paper, but any sheet of paper will work. 
  • Tape- (optional)  Masking or something wider than clear tape works best. 
  • Glitter- (optional)

What to Do

Step 1: Pour in any colors that your child likes. Try to keep them separate from each other so your kids can work them together. Add colors that blend into different colors. Ex: Pour red next to yellow for orange. Add glitter, if you'd like, but you'll need a lot of it to show.

My daughter wanted pink and white so she could make a lighter pink.

Step 2: Seal the bag and tape over the white piece of paper. The tape is to hold the bag in place. I skipped this step because I misplaced the tape. The paper is there to help as background of sorts. Once your child has finished blending, they can run push the paint around and make "pictures" with the white background. 

Step 3: Enjoy!


This is an activity that my kids like to do. 

Unfortunately, now that they are older, it doesn't hold as much appeal for them as it used to. My daughter who is seven likes to play with this for a few minutes before wanting to paint "for real". Perhaps if I had more of the other colors that she likes, she would have played longer. 

My youngest who is four, still enjoys doing this more and spent more time playing with this. 

I think that if we were in the car, traveling, this would be a huge time passer as long as the paint stayed in the bag. 

Questions for you

What do you think of this project?
Are there any tips that you'd recommend?
Have you tried this before?
Are their similar projects that you've done before?

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Amazon Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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Valentine's Day is a special day for those who are in grade school and those who have someone to share it with.

I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's day because I either didn't have anyone to celebrate it with or because I didn't have very much money to spend on it.

When my husband and I first got together, (13 years ago) we had decided to keep Valentine's Day small. We were both college students with limited income. So we always did small things. One year I made him a hat with a kid's size felt cowboy hat, some sparkly glue sticks, and then baked him some really bad, burnt cookies. Another year, we wrote each other letters with candy and pictures.

Now that we're older, we say that we'll be ok with just a date night, but that's hasn't been very realistic with having three kids and no time. We'll tell each other that we'll just skip this year, and yet, somehow, we both don't follow through and end up getting each other something anyways.

I've sent my husband cookies and he's sent me flowers. It's always fun when you receive something in the mail and with Amazon Prime, your Valentine's Day can be so much easier! You'll get free shipping on qualifying orders and most orders will arrive within 2 days- even on Sundays!

So, husband! If you read this, these are ideas that I wouldn't mind having... I mean, we're not planning anything, this year, again.

Gift Ideas

When date night is hard to come by, Netflix and Chill or Amazon and chill can be a nice relaxing time, especially when you either take home some dinner or have it delivered.

Grubhub is a great app to order from restaurants around you and try something new. (click the link to use my referral code to sign up.)

Or really, any of these gift cards can help, as well. 

If eating out, isn't your thing and you want a more personal touch, here are other ideas!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries-
or if you'd rather not spend so much, you can try to make your own arrangements-

Instead of the traditional flower bouquet, maybe try something like this Bouquet of Chocolate Roses!

Or maybe this Bouquet of Hersey's Chocolate is more to your liking.

Or maybe Cookies will do for you- (These are the kind I sent to my husband last year and they were awesome)

How about this Care Package?

And for those who don't like sweets, there are always Beef Jerky Bouquets that you can send.

Don't forget your kids! They might feel left out if they didn't get something from you. For your daughter- Minnie Mouse Candy Tin

Or your son or any superhero lover in your family- Captain America Candy Tin

And if you really want to go above and beyond for your dog, you can always get them this Heart Shaped Rope to play with.


Your cat will probably love these Catnip Shaped Hearts.


There's something for everyone on Amazon if you know how to look for it or have an idea of what you'd like.

Living in a part of the country where the weather is unpredictable, it's nice to have the option to be able to order online- especially those very cold days when I don't want to head out to shop after my husband gets home and it already looks like it's midnight even though it's only 5:30 PM.

Keeping this kid friendly, what things have you ordered online? Have you ever ordered something for a friend or family member?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Frozen Lake Michigan

I grew up in the northwestern most part of Illinois where we were had small towns and cornfields. Almost 4 1/2 years ago, my husband and I moved to the other side of Illinois where we have Lake Michigan to the East and Wisconsin to the north.

Since living here, the winters have a mind of their own. Some winters we'll hardly have snow or it will snow, but be so cold that we can't play in it.

This is Lake Michigan from parking lot, last year. I had my cranky three year old with me in the car, so I didn't want to get out to get closer, but the site was still beautiful! The waves on a normal day, don't usually get to high, but these were at least two and a half feet high and they lined the whole beach. This was a more mild winter, so there was no ice. 

Last week, we had record breaking low temperatures with the lowest temperature reaching -50 degrees. A couple of days later, the temperature made it to 40.

So, naturally, we had to take the opportunity to check out the lake to see what changes had happened. Every year is different and this year, the change was amazing!

Lake Michigan/ Beach Park, Illinois Beach Resort Feb 2, 2019

Kids with Daddy and Grandma (Daddy's mom)

We have to put me in too!

There were a LOT of Glaciers and Icebergs

On a clear day, you can see Chicago's skyline right over where the last iceberg is sitting. 

This is the space between the top of the "glacier" and the beach. There was a small cave made from the erosion. 

This really made me want to take the kids to go explore a cave. Know any good ones in Illinois?

Ice meets pebbly beach.

40 degree weather means melting ice.

Other spectators. When we arrived it was just us and a woman and her daughter. Everyone is climbing on the ice glaciers. Always be aware of your surroundings. We warned our kids not to go past a point on the ice.

He was so excited!

Mountain woman!

*Sings* Climb every mountain! Ford every stream!- Sound of Music. 

Who needs a sled when you have a perfectly good bottom? Sliding down the snow covered ice. Again, we made sure they didn't cross a certain point. This part of the ice was still on the beach.

Who doesn't build snowmen on top of a frozen lake? This is the first time that we had a LOT of snow and it was packable!

This is why you watch your surroundings. Ice melts! I bet if we went back, today, the lake would look so different.

I was kind of sad that there were no whales to breach and make their presence. I guess that's a downside to the lake, but I bet there are some pretty big catfish and salmon in there. Yes! There's salmon in Lake Michigan!

Questions to leave with you:

Do you live in an area that gets cold?
Have you seen something like this before?
What do you do in the winter?
If you live some place warm, is this something you'd like to see?

Paint In A Bag- A Mess Free Activity For Your Child

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