Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Foam Fun



  It's spring time and that gives us a chance to take a closer look at little creatures and appreciate colors and flowers.   I thought it would be nice to make our own spring scene on the window.

  I thought about what spring meant to me.  Flowers, sun, birds, clouds, ladybugs and spiders.  I am working on a couple more pieces that I'll add to it and I'm sure I will get special requests.

  I cut out pieces out of foam and colored some of them to fit my image.  I had foam on hand from separate purchases at The Dollar Store and Walmart.


  I was busy cutting and making details on like things like spots for the ladybug and legs for the spider to list a few.  It didn't take that much more effort but sometimes it makes me feel better when things I make can be identified without questions.


For these to stick on the window they need a little water. To minimize mess I added a small amount of water into a medicine cup and added a paper napkin. Just dip your finger in.


The medicine cup is just the right size for little fingers.  Dip your finger in the cup then wipe the water onto the foam.


Stick the foam piece on the window. It's all about the placement. So of course the clouds are getting placed in the sky.

This is a super inexpensive way to keep your kids constructively busy.  I will be using this as a learning tool for my son.

What color is this flower?
How many legs are on the spider?
What are the leaves attached to?
What shape is the sunrays?


We have previously played with foam pieces in the bathtub as well check that out here.

Next up I will be making a foam garden with vegetables! It will probably do better then a real garden tended by me. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Kong Skull Island review



  King Kong is not just a movie about a monkey or gorilla if you want to get specific.  There's a plot.  There's action.  There's a little left to keep you guessing.

  Kong: Skull Island runs for 2 hours and is rated PG-13.  This fantasy/ science fiction film stars: Samuel  L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly to name a few.

  I went to see this film after opening day as sometimes it's the best time to go.  Less crowd equals more arm room.  I always try to catch my movies at matinee prices which are easy on Tuesdays as its the special all day Cinemark.  So I can even catch a evening showing missing the crowd for the same affordable rate.



  It was nice to see 2017 Kong even though the movie is still set to be in the 40's.  He looked so realistic and believable.

  As soon as I saw the "female" of the movie I wondered of she was going to fall in love with a man or the gorilla.  The emotions and feelings were there but not just with her.

  There was plenty of action and a couple of those jump from your seat surprises.  A few jokes sprinkled in there which helped you get to know the characters better.  You can almost understand why the need to go to Skull Island is so important but you start to wonder why all the equipment is necessary.
  I am not a Sci-fi geek so as an outsider looking in I liked to see the other different extremely large creatures inhabiting the island.  I heard there was some importance to them.  I will leave that alone.

  I would say the PG-13 rating is about right.  Even if there isn't any sex, the blood and gore make up for it.  Language is pretty colorful but think about it your taking some soldiers to support some scientist on an island.  It's not Gilligan's Island here.

  I liked the movie and would see it again.  I'm sure I would catch more things the second time around.  So go ahead and head out.  It's not going to be packed and you should be able to enjoy yourself.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Easter and Mermaids (gift ideas)


  Spring is here and it's time to start Easter planning.  Here we prepare a dinner, decorate a bit and make baskets for the kids.

  Easter baskets are a combination of a spring item, candy and some fun toys.  The spring item is fun but, toys are really what my kids want. Something new to play with that will be there the next day unlike a piece of candy.

  I found a great selection of girls toys here.  I have my eye on this mermaid journal for my daughter.


She is learning to read and write at school and this would be a great book to document her day in a way only she can do.  The invisible ink pen and black will add a little fun to her creativity.

Find the direct link for the mermaid journal  here or check the other themed journals. 

I am able to share a deal with you for your future purchase.  Get 20% off your entire cart of gifts!  Go to: http://amzn.to/2a3d3v8 and use coupon code N3CQD6AE on checkout.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

St.Patrick's Day Bark



  In keeping with the theme of the upcoming holiday.  I made a fee treats for the kids.  One treat was chocolate bark.  The kids have voiced their appreciation for it in the past and I wanted to make it festive.

  I purchased:
  White candy melts
   Green candy melts
   Wilton Gold Spray and Sprinkles
  Sixlets in white

I melted the whole bag of chocolate and about 6 green candy melts.  I sprayed it out on a cookie sheet and swirled the colors on the tray more.


  I sprinkled the gold sprinkles, added the Sixlet candies and sprayed the gold spray randomly on the chocolate.


  I like the color of the gold. I have never used spray before but you can see the shimmer and it's kind of pretty.

  I sat it in the fridge for about 15 minutes and broke up the pieces.


  The kids liked it and it made a nice treat for an afternoon snack.

  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pot of Gold Craft



  I wanted to make something to give away that represented the upcoming holiday, but was easy enough for kids to help.


  Green is the focal point and everyone wants gold but in this case chocolate will have to do.  Does that about sum up St. Patrick's Day?

                 
  I picked up the pot at Walmart for under $1.00

  Pipe cleaner I had on hand would have rather had gold but silver had to do.



Purchased a spool of black ribbon under $2.00 also at Walmart.


  Paint was 2 for $1.00 also at Walmart, so I grabbed a couple colors and one was the green.

 Hot glue to hold everything together I had on hand!

  No plans for these pots to go outside so I just painted them first.


  Figure out your ribbon placement and cut it appropriately and secure it with hot glue.


  I had to decided based on the size of my ribbon how big I wanted the buckle.  Which was 2 pieces bent into "L" shapes and one piece for the middle.  I then glued it in the middle with the hot glue gun.


  Lastly, I had to add gold to my pot.  This officially completes the pot!  I'm considering to give packets of seeds away on Earth Day.


         Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Monday, March 13, 2017

S'mores fireside



  Spring is slowly approaching which means the family and I can spend more time outside warm and comfortable.  We spend our time hiking, biking, boating and spending some quality time at the beach.  We even go camping a few times over the summer.

  I recently read that March is National Craft month and I wanted to jump in on the fun.  Although I didn't make this craft up it was fun to make and will get the kids extra excited for our future camping.


  What a fun craft to have the kids make for f is for fire, c is for camping, m is for marshmallows.  So many ways to fit it in to your craft line up or just because it's cute, easy and fun!

 Find the full directions here.