A Mermaid/Pirate Birthday Party
When I asked my kids what theme they wanted for their birthday party my daughter said a Secret Mermaid party based on one of her favorite books right now The Secret Mermaid and my son pirate because he loves all things pirate and the book On a Pirate Ship. So a Mermaid/Pirate party I started to plan. The party was planned for a Sunday afternoon 1-3pm outside.
For the first hour or so I planned activities. These activities included mermaid coloring sheets at one table, decorating booty bags (simple 12” drawstring bags I made) with markers at another, and mermaid tails at a third table.
For the pouches I used scraps of fabric that someone was giving away and embroidery floss I had already around. The tails I cutout of cardstock and got the stickers from Ocean State Job Lot for a $1. I also put out a huge box to use as a pirate ship.
Once everyone arrived around 2:15 we started the treasure hunt. For the treasure hunt I had hidden four treasure buckets around the yard. I then gave the group of party goers a rhyming clue and then they had to find each treasure as a group. After the hunt we had cake and open presents. My kids said it was an awesome party.
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We love Playdoh in our home. We use it almost daily and we love it. However, the one thing that constantly drives me crazy is that tiny pieces go everywhere and it can get messy.
We found this amazing 2 ingredient playdoh that we tweaked a bit and added some glitter for color. The result was the best smelling, softest playdoh ever plus it was super easy to clean up! See below for how to make this and a few tips!
To make the Playdoh I started with:
1/2 cup of corn starch
1/2 cup of hair conditioner
Combine them equally in a mixing bowl and stir until the consistency starts to become more smooth. Depending on the conditioner that you use you may have to add a little more starch or conditioner.
Once the consistency became smoother, we added a bit of glitter for color to make it fun and then it was time to play!
Once you are done, your hands and the kids will smell amazing. The dough is very soft and easy to work with!
I have read that typically people experience a lot of drying out of the dough with this recipe however we HIGHLY recommend that when you are done playing, simply roll it into a ball while making sure you get as many air pockets out of the dough as possible. Then tightly wrap the dough in saran wrap. Finally store the saran wrap dough in a sealed container and it will last a long time. We made this recipe a month ago and we are still using the same one and it hasn't dried out yet!
By: Sung Bin
In an effort to save some money on organic baby care products, I set out to make my own shampoo for my household. I wanted to make something that was natural and organic with ingredients that I could name and know. The California Baby Shampoo that I have been using for my toddler was great but the price tag for a family size bottle was not. Plus I wanted to be able to use it too so we would just use one kind that was safe for all. Anyway, this turned out be a pretty humorous task. I experimented with a few recipes I found online, mostly using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap as the base. There were quite a few concoctions, some were too watery, too oily, too messy, but my toddler bared with me through it all. She was my guinea pig in my quest to make the perfect natural shampoo and at certain times her hair was a bit too scraggly or oily.
While, I haven’t found a perfect recipe yet, I have found a decent mix that kept our hair clean. The castile soap was also amazing for other uses so we use it as a body wash and hand wash. You can probably try any brand of castile soap for a shampoo but I liked the Baby Mild Shikakai from Dr. Bronner and I purchased a larger size bottle. For my coarser hair, I use the soap full strength with a few drops of rosemary essential oil in a small pump bottle. For my daughter’s hair and for a bubble bath I use a foam soap dispenser since she does not need as deep a clean for her fine hair. For her shampoo/bath wash I dilute the baby castile soap about ¼ part soap and ¾ part distilled water and a drop of vitamin e oil, and a few drops of lavender
and orange essential oils. My husband was not as excited about using a few pumps in the water for a bubble bath because it wasn’t like a typical bubble bath wash. It does not make suds but it does lather pretty well. I got the foam dispenser idea online too and since you use less soap, it lasts longer. The best part of making my own shampoo is that I can add any essential oil. Just a few drops of eucalyptus is great for a bath wash for colds or I can make a batch with lavender for relaxing. I’ll have to keep working on the
bubble bath but so far the shampoo has been great and the economic bottle will last us quite a while.
I had seen a article about making your own laundry detergent and it got me thinking, Can I really do that? It sounded like a dream when it came to how much money I could save. But I have sensitive skin and so does my child, who has eczema too and this made me very hesitant. But after some research I found that there were several people who switched to homemade detergent because of their skin allergies. I decided to give it a try and so far, I am very happy with the results! Together all the ingredients cost me $7.46, which would make 3 batches of detergent.
1 Bar Fels Naptha or Ivory soap (I used Ivory)
1 cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
I found all of the above in the laundry detergent aisle at Walmart, except the Ivory. I found that in a 3 pack in the beauty aisle.
Grate the bar of soap into fine pieces. I did not want to use my cheese grater (I had thoughts of future soap flavored
quesadillas) so I used an old vegetable peeler. A zester would work also. The smaller the pieces the better they will dissolve in your washer. You can run your fingers gently through the soap pieces to break them up more.
I mixed in the washing soda and Borax with the grated soap. But it was still a little too chunky for my liking, so I pulled out an old food processor that I never use and ground up the ingredients in small batches using short pulses.
Now the mixture is a fine powder. I used a Tupperware container to store the mixture with a 1/2 tbsp scoop. The powder smells very strong like Ivory, but that may just be me because I am so used to everything having no scent at all. I was concerned that my clothes would smell like Ivory too, but they don't. You can add a few drops of essential oils if you want to add a smell but I'm not sure when you would add it - to the powder or to the wash.
Here are the measurements I have used for my laundry:
Small: ½ tbsp
Large: 2 tbsp
I have a smaller stacked washer and dryer, not a full size side by side so I found that I needed to reduce the amount of detergent I used. For a medium load I used 1/2 tbsp and for a full load I used 1 tbsp.
You can also make liquid detergent, I chose not to because it needs to be stored in a 5 gallon bucket (which you can get at Home Depot) but I don't have room for that. However, if you would like to try the liquid variety you can find
several recipes HERE.
I also found a recipe for washing cloth diapers in a comment. It seems that homemade detergent is okay for cloth diapers, but the grated soap type does not rinse well from the diapers. Here is a recipe that should work:
Cloth Diaper Powdered Laundry Detergent:
Mix it well and combine in a sealed container. Use 2 tablespoons for a small load, 1/4 cup for a large load.
TipNut has put together a great FAQ list HERE. There are also over 200 comments where I found a bunch of useful info too.
Here are a few tips from that list:
If you cannot find the supplies in your local Target or Walmart, they are available online. I checked on Amazon.com and all are available there.
The site also has a great article on using vinegar in your laundry as a fabric softener, color protector and more HERE.
If you do try out making your own detergent, let me know. I would love to hear how your experience went!
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