Gak attack!

Who remembers gak? The slimey gooey stuff which really doesn’t have a purpose yet, is still SO much fun! I always bought the teeny tiny containers that would sell for a quarter and would pretend it was boogers with my little brother(TMI? Lol). I absolutely loved ( and still do love) gak! So, imagine my excitement when I came across a homemade gak recipe on Pinterest AND had all the stuff on hand to make it.

I found the recipe over here at Crunchy Betty.

20121107-150628.jpg the ingredients in gak are super simple! borax, glue, and water (food color optional) That’s it!

20121107-150923.jpg First, dissolve the 1tsp of borax in 1 cup water. Then, in a separate bowl combine the whole 4oz bottle of glue, 1/2 cup water and food coloring.

20121107-151019.jpg once those are both finished mixing add them together. You will see the immediate polymerization. I mix it with a fork but it stays pretty separated so I get down and dirty with my hand til it looks like this

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The kids had a blast with this stuff, and I’m not going to lie, so did I! They didn’t use anything but their hands to play with this stuff! Watching it “grow” and holding it high as it slithers down their hand was cool enough for them. This kept them occupied for an eternity (or about half an hour). They have been asking to play with it ever since!

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The joy of gak!

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Bakery shop dramatic play

A couple weeks ago my daughter had winter vacation from school. In October? Really? Its still hot outside! Anyway, this meant her and another school aged girl would be at daycare all week. It’s quite a challenge to keep all the kids entertained and happy whenever the girls are on break from school. The older kids want nothing to do with the little kid activities. “These are easy peasy” they say, as they zip through coloring pages and scissor practice sheets. Well, excuuuuse me!

I knew i had to set up some type of activity that the girls would love and that would keep them busy for longer than 15 minute increments. Off to Pinterest I go! I looked up some daycare dramatic play ideas and found tons of cute things. One thing about me, I’m very frugal! I love to use what I have on hand, buy at the dollar store, or just make myself! I came across a few different play doh bakery ideas. I thought, this would be great for the girls and I had everything I needed on hand to set this up!

First I pinned a few different ideas just to generalize what I wanted to do. I loved the idea from The Imagination Tree here and loved the FREE (my favorite word!) printables from Very Little Bear here. With these I created my own little dramatic play bakery in our garage/playroom. Our version may not be as pretty as the others but it did the job and the kids all loved it! It kept them occupied the entire week and they begged to play bakery every day.

The play doh the kids used was a homemade recipe I found on Pinterest from How Does She here . Although regular play doh isn’t expensive, this is fun to make and in my opinion stays squishy longer.

20121106-102000.jpg I set up a big table and made a sign out of some poster board I had. The kids loved the sign. I also set up a cordless phone and cash register for them. We pretended I was calling in orders as some of the took the orders, made them, then delivered them to me.

20121106-102017.jpg I used some mason jars And Popsicle sticks I had and let them make lollipops. I think this was their favorite part, no one wanted to “bake” anything else.

In the end this was definitely a success an something I know I will use again in the future.

Smoothie cups

This weekend I spent a little time prepping healthy foods for the week! Before Pinterest I didn’t know half of the healthy tips and recipes I know now! One of my favorites is spinach smoothies as seen here at Iowa Girl Eats. Let me tell you, these things are amazing! You can add as much or as little spinach as you want and it gives you tons of nutrients. And the best part? You can’t even taste the spinach! These actually became a meal replacement for me because it contains everything I need from a meal all in a convenient cup! You can add pretty much anything you like as you would in a smoothie and just top it off with spinach.
Now, with 2 kids of my own and the 3 to 4 daycare children I have in my care on a daily basis, I can be a little pressed for time. The best thing I can do to stay on top of healthy eating during the week is to prep on the weekend. While scrolling Pinterest I came across these baby’s over here at Muffin Tin Mama. Green smoothie cups to the rescue! These are (like everything else I see on Pinterest) amazing! I love the fact that these are premade and a smoothie can be whipped up in a matter of a couple of minutes! I also love that I don’t have to keep 4 bunches of spinach in my fridge waiting to be used throughout the week. Not only does it take up tons of space but spinach seems to go bad very quickly for me so I LOVE these! Like most things, I take the general idea i find on Pinterest and make them to my liking and with what I have on hand. This is what I had on hand.

1 1/2 cups of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of almond milk
3 medium bananas
3 tablespoons of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
4 cups of spinach

I blend everything together then slowly add in the spinach. You can more or less or any ingredient or even do an all berry one. Seriously, the possibilities are endless. Once I finished, I distributed them equally into silicon muffin cups and froze them. They are now stored in a freezer bad ready to use.

When I’m feeling like a smoothie I take 1 frozen cup, add some almond milk and steel cut oats (which I also premade for the purpose of using them in smoothies) and blend. I cut my smoothie cup into quarter pieces jut to make it a little easier on my blender and Enjoy!

20121105-110137.jpg. My frozen spinach cups ready to use!!

20121105-110224.jpg My son helped me finish this one off and even wanted more!

Hello world!

Oh, Pinterest. We all know the beloved Pinterest, some of us more than others. Me? I believe that I am literally obsessed with the site! I spend a lot of my free time pinning things from recipes to arts and crafts; home decor to nail techniques, Ive pinned a little bit of everything! I am a young married mama of  2 who works from home as a child care provider.Unlike some, I love to put my pins to use in real life! From recipes to party planning ideas and learning ideas for my daycare I’ve tried a little bit of it  all, some which have turned out AMAZING, others, not so much! Follow me in my crazy day to day Pinterest lovin’ life!