The Easiest Play Dough Recipe

My kids and I were having an at home (recoup from craziness) day. The only problem with this is they need something interactive and fun to keep them happy. They asked for play dough, and ours was looking a little worse for wear. Uhg. There is something about cooking play dough over the stove that rubs me the wrong way. The dough just sticks to the pot, creating a mess, and you stir and stir wondering the whole time if you are cooking it long enough or too long. So I looked up a non-cook recipe and found one on  the imagination tree blog.  I changed a few things on the ingredients list (I didn’t use glycerin, and added essential oils)

Play Dough

Total Time: 4 minutes

IMG 0928 The Easiest Play Dough Recipe

A no cook, simple play dough recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring
  • essential oil (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add food colouring and essential oil TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  3. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  4. Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  5. (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)

Notes

Lasts for 6 months

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FHE- Choices; President Thomas S. Monson

I love our dear Prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I loved his short and sweet message Sunday morning during General Conference. What a powerful testimony of what is important in life. He simply stated we need to know where we are going, and make wise choices to accomplish our goals. I want my children to understand the importance of the prophet’s words, so I created this short and sweet Family Home Evening lesson (target audience for toddlers).
The following is a suggestion on how to organize your Family Home Evening. Feel free to make adjustments as needed to suit your family…

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I’m the worst mom, ever.

Some days are hard. Some days I feel like the worst mom, ever. Why? I’m imperfect, and I fall short.

I sometimes fall asleep on the floor while my kids play with the hotwheels track I put together, but can’t bear to roll cars on.

Sometimes I lock myself in the bathroom, and ignore my children to get a break. Despite the pounding on the door.

I can sit in the same room with my children happily playing and scroll the various apps on my phone, totally missing out on the interaction. I’m just not mentally there anymore.

I snap. I get to a point where I lose it, and if everything isn’t exactly how I want after the count of three, all the time outs come out.

After dealing with a tantruming one year old in the middle of the night for what seems like hours, I get mad, and then I leave said toddler in his room to figure it out for himself. Or for my husband to deal with.

My children sometimes watch 4 episodes of paw patrol in a row.

My house seems like a constant mess.

I can’t keep up with everything.

My 3 year old is usually wearing miss-matched stained clothes, and has a huge rats nest in her hair (that she refuses to let me brush).

I’m bossy, and sometimes yell.

I’m usually wearing yoga pants, and an unflattering t-shirt with some sort of smear on it. I can’t find half my makeup, and the half I do have is hardly ever applied.

I have a breakdown every few weeks, after everything seems to just topple over after being piled up for too long.

Sometimes I struggle to be happy with my role as a mother.

The list could go on, and I’m sure you could fill in a few more lines of why you think you are the worst___ _, ever.

It has taken me a few days to get past this point of this post. I needed to take a break and do some deep digging as to why I feel this way, what is causing it, and how I can resolve it….

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General Conference with Toddlers

General Conference weekend is almost here!

I feel like the weekend is the most successful when I plan ahead activities for the children to do (and maybe for myself too). 8 hours over 2 days is a long time to be attentive and try to absorb everything that our Prophet and leaders have prepared. I don’t have the expectation that my children will sit through it all. 1 hour of sacrament meeting on a normal Sunday is hard enough! But I feel it is important to get them involved, and excited about General Conference. It is such a great opportunity to have our questions answered, and receive direction in our lives, and I want my children to learn how much fun it really is!

Here are a few things that were successful last fall…

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

Hello!

This morning I was craving a lot of things. Baking. Chocolate. and Muffins.

Holidays are always hard for me, as there are sugary treats everywhere! Easter is coming up, and I was thinking about our festivities, and chocolate. I started googling muffin recipes, but didn’t find anything that looked good, but still (slightly) healthy. I morphed a couple of recipes together, and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. These are AMAZING.

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Make your own: Foaming Hand Soap

Hello! This morning I refilled my bathroom soap dispenser, and it took me less than a minute. Stopping to take photos extended my time to closer to five minutes, but none-the-less, this is a very FAST way to make your own foaming hand soap. Not to mention cost effective, and toxin free!

 

IMG 0585 copy 300x200 Make your own: Foaming Hand Soap

To begin you only need 3 (well 4, including water) things:

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I am a Mother: Finding Joy in my Work

I’ve had a lot of thoughts on my work bouncing around my head lately. My work as a mother. What I do day in and day out.

We recently went to my Husbands work Christmas party, and I was so worried about what the co-workers wives would think of me. They all have impressive careers and perfect children to boot.

I kept practicing in my head the response to the question “What do you do?” with an elaborate impressive dialog of my children and duties of a mother. But when instead posed with the question “So are you still on maternity leave?” I was stopped in my tracks. I stammered out some details about dropping out of nursing school and working part time jobs before our oldest was born and being a stay at home mom ever since. The nudge and comment to my husband from her’s, “Its all on you hey?”  left me feeling small and unsuccessful.

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