Quick and Easy Indoor Hopscotch for Preschoolers!

   So it’s hurricane season in Florida, and that means lots of indoor time for the kiddos.  Before long they are bouncing off the walls, and I have played as much hide and seek and hungry hippos as I can stand! So in order to keep my kids from being TV zombies this weekend, I brought back an old trick that hadn’t been out of the hat since before little Juli was born.  Indoor hopscotch!  This game takes all of three minutes for me to set up from scratch, and only requires construction paper, a marker, scissors, and some painters tape. The beanie babies are optional for children who have the notion to play the tossing beanbags version.  I didn’t have beanbags around, and the kids enjoy having their little buddies play too.  So here’s how I did it… 

  You need;

  • Construction paper
  • A marker
  • Painters tape (comes off easier!)
  • Beanie babies/ beanbags
  • Scissors

Take the construction paper and number 1-10.  The 10 is usually bigger and rectangular, and the rest are squares.  Then arrange them on the floor and tape them down. ( so there are no concussions from slippery paper) 

I had my kiddos both pick out a beanie baby to toss on the squares and they had a blast!  

  

Thanks for stopping by!!! Happy hopscotching!

Glitter Grapes

Hey everybody! It’s been an awful long time since I posted, due to a couple of surgeries cramping my crafting abilities, but now I’m back and healthier than ever!  Today my mini me (Juli) got in on the fun. Since her big bro is away at school now she gets to be my sidekick.  So this means one thing at least; it’s so easy a toddler can do it!  

  I was looking for something Juli could participate in, wouldn’t take long, and that she could eat too.  This is really too easy! All you need is some grapes and Jell-o powder.  I’ve also seen it done with crushed up candy, but I already had plenty of Jell-o powder on hand to use so I guess I can try that later 🙂

  You’ll need:

  • Grapes
  • Jell-o powder (1 packet)
  • A plate

  The process:

Rinse your grapes, put on a plate. (leave them wet) 

Pour the powder on to a shallow rimmed plate or dish. 

Take a grape or two and roll them in the powder. (This is where JuJu had fun)

Repeat until all grapes are done and try not to eat them all in the process. 

That’s it! 

   

 Juli ate one for every one she put in the container for the fridge, and when she was full she helped me finish making the rest so she could play with the Jell-o. Fair warning, the powder turned our fingers red for the afternoon. I wouldn’t wear white for this job. Just in case:)

Thanks for coming by! See you again soon!!

How to Clean Your Glass Top Stove

Hey everybody! So I was going about my usual cleaning of the kitchen, and about to start on my stovetop, when I realized I hadn’t done a post on cleaning messes off of your glass cooktop!  

Glass cooktops are great, they look fantastic in my opinion. Until you let the rice boil over (every time) and burn some sauce onto a burner…. Then they can be ugly and damn hard to clean without scratching the hell out of it.  Unless you know my trick!  Really it’s not my trick, women have probably been using baking soda to clean glass since it was invented.  But I just really started to be introduced to the wonders of baking soda, vinegar and lemon etc not too long ago.  So anyways, this method of cleaning your cooktop will save you tons of scrubbing and make your stove look squeaky clean again! With (as always) little effort at all.  Let’s get to it!



You’ll need;

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Hot water
  • Hand towels
  • Large bowl

The process;

  Squeeze a small amount of soap into your bowl, and then fill with hot water.  Soak your hand towels in hot water, and while they soak, sprinkle baking soda on the messy spots of your cooktop. 



  For me, I usually end up doing the whole surface.  I’m a bit of a messy cook. Then grab your towels, one at a time and ring some of the water out.  You want them to be wet but not dripping all over.  Then place them on top of the baking soda and let sit for 15 minutes or so.  Depending on how much mess you have on your stove, you may want to leave it for 25. 



After time is up, come back and wipe your towel around on the dirty spots. You should have a paste of baking soda to work with.  The grime comes up with very little effort at all! Then just continue to wipe until you’ve removed the baking soda from the cooktop (I usually break out another washcloth to do this) and you’re done!  Nobody can tell how much of a messy cook you are! 



Thanks for reading! See you later!!!

Do you have any awesome tips for using baking soda? Let me know!  

The beginning.

Hey everyone!

Today I did it!  I finally started a blog!  I’ve only been thinking about it for over a year and here I am!  Why am I here?  Because I want to share with you my experiments and adventures in creativity, home making, and motherhood.  And I want you to tell me about yours, or try it along with me!

Alright! lets get started!  Who brought the wine?