Posted in Activities for little ones, Home Made Everything, Sensory play

Edible Play Dough

 

 

Pretty sure I have posted this here before, but apparently it has vanished into thin air. So here we go again! My little one used to put everything in her mouth (except for actual food). So we made this play dough that is safe for them.

Homemade PlayDough Recipe

This homemade playdough recipe is simple, natural, and perfect for entertaining children. They enjoy making it almost as much as they enjoy playing with it!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of flour (whatever kind you have on hand)
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • ½ cup of water
  • 3 to 5 drops of natural food coloring

Instructions

  1. Mix together the flour and the salt.
  2. Mix together ½ cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring.
  3. Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.

Thank you to diynatural.com for the original recipe.

 

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Posted in Activities for little ones, Home Made Everything, Sensory play

Fake snow using only 2 ingredients

We are doing a Winter theme this week, because Winter has truly arrived in South Africa! Being a cold, wet day and the little one not feeling well, I decided to keep them busy with some fake snow. They loved playing it with it, they spread it out on the table and wrote in it. Well the older one did and the little one kept destroying what her sister made – that is basically our daily routine!

So how to make fake snow. I saw a few recipes but having limited things in the house and not planning on running around in the rain, I found a simple recipe. All you need is bicarb and water. Yes that is all!!!

You take bicarb (as much you want to use) and put one teaspoon of water at a time in the bowl. On 100g I used exactly 1 teaspoon of water. Just mix in in with a fork and you will get fluffy ‘snow’. It kept my kids busy for hours!

It’s the beginning of Winter and every little thing that we can use to entertain them is helpful at this stage. So go make some snow and get them busy.

PS. Great sensory play

Posted in Home Made Everything, Random nothings

Review: Bubiroo All Natural Baby Products

I must be dreaming – an all natural product for baby (and yes mommy tried them as well) – In Port Elizabeth – AND affordable! Like – YEAH me!

 

We got some samples from Bubiroo at the #ECMeetUp and I must admit I could not wait to get my hands on them as I knew about the products and I knew that they are a brand new company, so I have not seen them in shops – YET. Sure they will be soon, but until then you can order it online  

My staff member that was with me at the meet up do not have kids, so I got to keep his gift as well – WIN! So I got to try the baby wax and the baby wash and shampoo.

The wax is soft and smells great. My sensitive little one enjoyed using it as the smell is not overwhelming and best of all – all natural! The wash is also great and we both enjoyed testing it. Real soft on the skin – and eyes.

Their page describes their products as:

All-natural, gentle yet therapeutic baby range handmade by a Naturopath Mama. No chemicals, artificial fragrances or colouring, mineral oils, preservatives, parabens, petroleum, sulphates or nut oils.

So it’s safe for everybody. I am very excited about this product because I hate putting chemicals on our bodies and we mostly only use coconut oil. This is coconut oil base with some really nice smells

Go show them some love on their Facebook Page. We are supporting local this year, so these will make great stocking fillers.

Posted in Healthy Eating, Home Made Everything, Random nothings

Excuse the silence

I am sorry that I have not been able to keep up with blogging the past few weeks. What a crazy time I had. Abby turning 1 – birthday party planning, hubby resigning at his job he has been with for 17 years and we are starting up a new business. It’s crazy we know, but life is too short to be miserable all the time. I will tell everybody more about it as soon as the lease for our premises has been finalized. That should be within the next few days. How super exciting.

 

Back to the birthday party. What a story to organize a party of somebody that won’t eat. I friend of mine went out of her way to bake us a dairy, gluten and egg free cake. Look how amazing it came out ❤

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Feel free to support her Page – she goes the extra mile

Abby is teething and basically hated everybody and everything as you can see when I gave her a cupcake

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That attitude she gets from mommy dearest, so I can’t say too much #blush

 

Thank you to everybody that came to celebrate with her. She did try the ‘icing” (Orley whip sweetened with Xylitol) on the cupcake but not much more. At least everybody else enjoyed the snacks 🙂

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Because of the SPD I was worried about us singing for her, but she took it like a real warrior princess and only had a small meltdown the night. I am so proud of her. It’s not easy for her to cope with things around her, but she did so good. But I must say – the next birthday we will go eat at the Wimpy and the kids can play in the play area and then I’m going home. This mommy is no supermom and these kids parties are HARD work.

 

Thank you Zelda from Shutterbugzz for the beautiful photos. You can find her here

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Messy playrooms

Hands up who’s children have WAY too much toys. There are toys in the lounge, toys on the floors, toys in my room, toys outside, toys in their room, toys EVERYWHERE! And they seem to only play with it for a while and then go on to the next one. And the constant – I need a toy to play with. Like really now? My lounge looks like some toy monster puked it’s whole breakfast out on my floor and you don’t have a toy to play with!!!

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I just could not take it anymore, so now we have a ‘Rotation” system in place. Some of the toys are out and others are being placed in containers and sealed. They get to play with the toys that is left out for a week or two (I sometimes forget to rotate – busy mom and all). After that we pack them away and ‘new’ toys come out. It works like a charm! They feel like they are playing with new toys, we have less chaos (not much, but you get the idea) and we don’t have to spend hundreds on new toys every month that gets chucked in the bottom of the toy bin within a day.

If you want to be all prim and proper about it you can label the containers, but that’s just me, I like to be surprised to what’s in the container – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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I use these black and blue ones because I had them in the house. If I had to get new ones, I would choose the clear ones then you can see what is inside.

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In the rooms we use these stackers. They are easy for them to reach and also to pack away again. We bought them at the local “R5 store” for around R100. I actually even bought the one second hand – bargain! We also use hangers inside the cupboards to store things like board games (this photo is not mine – you don’t want to see my messy cupboards)

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I use this for the toys and games that they can’t play with unsupervised. It really works like a charm.

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In the lounge we have a corner for all the toys. I know most of them belong in the room, but they play in the lounge more than anywhere else.

And if things gets too much in the lounge – cheat and throw it all in the playpen!

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I am busy working on more ideas to organize the ones that is out for the week, but for now our toy bins and stack systems seem to work okay.

Some online ideas I found that I need to try as soon as I’m mobile again:

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Posted in Home Made Everything

Home made washing powder

How to make home made washing powder. This will not only save you money, it’s also MUCH better for your skin: (Thank you Rinel for the recipe)

Take a 10 litre bucket
Grate 1 bar of pink (tropical) Sunlight soap into it
Add 2 litres of boiling water and mix until dissolved
Add 2 cups of your favourite washing powder and mix
Add 2 cups of washing soda (You can get this at any chain shop)
Add another 2 litres of water and mix again
Add 2 cups of baking soda and mix
Fill the bucket further with water and mix
You can add 40 drops of any essential oil you would like to the mixture
Leave to stand and mix a few times during the day until it has cooled down.

Use 1 scoop (125ml) per load of washing.

Posted in Home Made Everything

Cleaning with everyday household items

With hubby having asthma and little ones running around the house putting everything in their mouths, going a more natural root seems to be the best option. Some interesting tips:

 

# Mayonnaise removes water stains off furniture. (VERY helpful!)

#Put some mustard powder in bottles that smells funky

#Rub raw walnuts into scratches on wood. It just fills it right up!

#Use lemons rather than bleach to whiten clothes

#Iron have those dark marks on it? Rub salt on it

#Lemon essential oil will remove crayon marks of walls and furniture. One to remember!