Homemade Playdough Fun!

Okay… So this summer we’ve done a lot of the usual summer fun activities…

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But when a friend came and stayed a few days, we decided to make play-dough.  Because let’s be honest… It takes a lot of muscles to make play-dough! Ha!  Between the two of us, we stirred up the play-dough completely painless!

 

Homemade Playdough using Essential Oils at www. DIYinReallife.comSince Emma’s finally to the age where I don’t think she’ll EAT the play-dough, we went for it!

 

 

 

 

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INGREDIENTS:

*4 c. flour

*1 c. salt

*4 c. water

*4 Tbsp. coconut oil  (I just want to note how good this smells!)

*4 Tbsp. cream of tartar

*Essential oils of choice

*Food coloring

 

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First we threw all the ingredients in a saucepan other than the essential oils and food coloring.  We put the heat on low and stirred the entire time.

 

Homemade Playdough using Essential Oils at www. DIYinReallife.com Don’t try to multi-task here, momma.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of multi-tasking.  Just not when making play-dough.  Keep stirring.  Don’t stop.  Even when your arm feels like it’s going to fall off.  Many thanks to Sylvia here for taking the brunt of the stirring!! 🙂

 

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Once it looks like… Well… Playdough? Yeah… When it looks like playdough, you’re done stirring!

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I divided it into 3 sections and rolled them into balls.  Then I used my thumb to make a large dent in each one.  That’s where I dropped food coloring and my Young Living essential oils.

Green = Peppermint

Yellow = Lemon

Blue = Thieves

(I would have used red for Thieves but I didn’t have any red food coloring.  Oh well. 🙂 )

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Then we kneaded and kneaded the play-dough adding more coloring and scent until we were happy with how it looked and smelled.

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I loved how the essential oils made it smell and Thieves for instance is good for supporting the immune system.  So it can’t hurt having it in there to keep her healthy immune system strong!  This recipe can easily be made without essential oils if you don’t have any, of course! 🙂

Homemade Playdough using Essential Oils at www. DIYinReallife.comEmma has been having a complete blast with this stuff!  FUN!

 

Eviction.

How’s that for a title that will make you nervous?? Ha!!!

 

No actually, that just happens to be the subject I posted on my personal Facebook this week! 😉

 

 

Emma's Eviction Notice!

Apparently she didn’t take the news of her eviction notice well.

“Dear Miss Emma Lyon,
We now inform you that you are required to vacate the premises. (AKA: Your crib) All belongings must be removed within 28 weeks as the new tenant will be arriving on or around March 23, 2015.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
The Management”

 

 

And so yes!  We are getting ready to do this whole baby thing again!!!  More details will follow soon *hopefully!* now that I’m close to 2nd trimester and feeling human a bit more often now!  Ha!

 

 

 

And since I’ve gotta leave you with a happier picture than that last one of Emma, here you go! 🙂

 

 

Love this girl!!

LOVE this girl!

What is mommy hood?

So in my last post…

The awesome one…

The one that disappeared and is nowhere to be found…

I wrote a bit of what’s on my heart lately in relation to mommy hood.  But now that’s gone.  Soooo…. How about a Take 2? 🙂

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Now don’t get me wrong… I LOVE motherhood!

And I LOVE her!

But you know me… I also LOVE to accomplish things.

I live off of lists and crossing things off.  I even tend to write completed jobs on my list just so I can cross them off even if they weren’t originally planned!

I love knocking projects out one by one! LOVE it!

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But with a kiddo, I find that even the easiest tasks are SO hard to complete.

Unloading and loading the dishwasher?  Nearly impossible when she’s awake.

As soon as she hears the dishes rattling, BOOM! She’s scurrying into the kitchen as fast as her chubby little legs can crawl so she can climb on the dishwasher door! (Have I mentioned her funny little crawl? Hilarious.  She crawls on her feet, not her knees like a normal child! But let me tell ya… She can move QUICKLY!!!)

Laundry? Forget it. That’s out of sight in the basement.  No eye contact – No laundry.

Anyway… You get the drift.

Emma

But I’m slooooowly coming to the realization (and I hear these things over and over, but learning them for myself is not always so easy)

This is the stage of life I am in!  I am a mommy. And I totally realize I’m a mommy of only one.  And those of you with more children are probably laughing and thinking “Oh Honey… Just you wait.”  But this is where I am now.  And I’m learning this all for the first time!  I just pray that God continues to give me grace and teach me with each added challenge child! 😉 lol!

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The goal isn’t necessarily to accomplish HUGE projects in a whirlwind fashion.  I can’t paint whole rooms in an hour or two or singlehandedly build a wall full of shelves in an afternoon any more.  And that’s okay!

Sitting on the rug in the living room and playing with blocks?

Playing chopsticks on the Little Tikes piano that Handsome Man found on a garage sale for 1.00 (Score!!) while Emma giggles at me?

Even this post has taken me 3 separate times to get it hurriedly typed out! 🙂

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It doesn’t feel super productive.  It doesn’t feel like I’m accomplishing anything. But that’s okay!  I guess I’m learning that mommy hood isn’t always about getting oodles done… Sometimes… Just sometimes…  It’s just chilling on the porch swing while Emma splashes in the water table. 🙂

UPDATE: The feature picture being in a jail on the post about mommy hood was unintentional… And ironic. 😉  I didn’t notice it until later when I was on Bloglovin’. Haha!!

An explanation of the radio silence!

Handsome Man and I are heavily involved with the planning of a kids conference every year.  Nebraska has an annual homeschool conference and curriculum fair for parents to attend that the can listen to various speakers, look at children’s curriculums, and just be encouraged!  While they attend the conference, we take care of 250-325 kids for 2 whole days.  It’s AWESOME!!! Totally my highlight of every year!

This year was called “VALOR.” The drama was a fictional story based in the 1940’s during WW2.

 

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The costumes, the theme, the music…. It was just SO. MUCH. FUN!

Can’t wait to show more as others share about the weekend!

 

Posting should resume as normal tomorrow! 🙂

I am SO looking forward to being back!

 

Update:  The Wissmann Family posted various pictures of the drama AND just general-NCHEA-fun-happenings for VALOR – Kid’s Conference 2013!  🙂