Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Freezer Cookie Balls

I have to always double the cookie recipes in our house.  And it doesn't matter how many cookies I make...they ALL get eaten within a day or two.  So to help my large batches last a bit longer I like to freeze little dough balls in a Ziploc bag.


Then I can cook up a quick batch any time I want!



Or my husband can grab cookie dough whenever he wants! (yes...he loves the cookie dough much better than the actual cookie...)

And don't mind my stained cookie sheet...
It gets used. A lot.


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Hy head is freakin' out (I mean header)

I don't know why my header is freakin' out on me.  The problem with having someone else do your blog background is that you can't really fix it yourself.  (or maybe you can...I just don't know how!)
My mom had been learning how to do digital scrap booking.  She says it's so fun, but it's taking her a while to get the hang of it.  I guess it's time for me to figure it out too so I can fix my header!
Have a great day!!!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Water Balloon Launcher!

How can you liven up the neighborhood on such a hot day? Make a water balloon launcher! (just don't aim at any cars...)


Materials Needed:
About 7 feet of 3/8 inch latex tubing (found in the plumbing section at Lowe's...$1.82/foot...they have to cut it for you), and fabric to sew.

Sew a tube about 9 or 10 inches long, and 8 inches wide. And make another tube for the handle, about 7 or 8 inches long (you can adjust these measurements)


Next, sew about 2 inches in from each side, allowing the tubing to slide easily.


Sew the handle on.
But sew yours on the other way. My husband says the balloon will launch farther if the handle is sewn on going "up and down" rather than "side to side." But I gave up on picking at the string on this terri cloth!


Run the tubing through and tie it in a triple knot at the ends.



Ready...Aim...Fire!!!
My boys can make the balloons go about 50 feet, and my husband can make them go over our house. 
 Have fun!!!


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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Entertainment on a Budget

A very small budget calls for some fun...and free...entertainment!
Last night we went to an outdoor theater where a ballet company was performing The Little Mermaid.  I went with my 2 oldest girls and they absolutely LOVED it! We went a little early so we could get some good seats.

Nothing beats good mommy and daughter time!

You can see the dancers doing their warm-ups on the stage.

Last week we decided to take advantage of this awesome summer weather and go to the beach...

Here's my 2 oldest boys braving the waves.

Bringing the playpen to the beach is a HUGE lifesaver.  My little man just loved being outside for so long. I don't think he cried at all! We kept him under the beach umbrella the whole time and he was as happy as could be.

There are so many virtually FREE activities to do on the weekends with your family.  Now that school is back in session, mark your calendars for some fun adventures! I love to give my kids something to look forward to after all that homework during the week.
Here's some suggestions that might help get your wheels turning...

1. Lowe's and Home Depot have children's building projects available usually once a month. Give them a call and see when they have them near you.

2. Visit a Museum or Botanical Garden.  They usually have a day once a month when they have free or reduced price admission.

3. Most public libraries will have different activities on Saturdays, such as puppet shows, magic shows, etc.  One library we used to live by had the humane society bring in a dog each week that the kids could sit and read to.  It was really popular, and the kids loved it!

4. Pack a picnic and head over to the park or nearby stream.

5. Visit a nearby relative or friends and have a potluck brunch. 

There are so many things to do...
The main goal though, is to just have fun, let your kids get dirty, and take lots of pictures because they just grow up way to fast!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stinky Diapers!

Dear Heidi,

How do you handle all those dirty diapers all day long? I don't really want to invest in a diaper genie, but I have 2 children in diapers still.  Any suggestions?

I had one of those diaper genies with my first child, but it was more of a pain than anything.  Plus, I really hated spending so much money on those garbage bag refills.

So, here is my suggestion...because it totally works for me...

It's one of those grocery sack organizer thingys.
Such a quick solution for the stinkiest diaper! Simply put it in a plastic grocery sack, tie a knot, and toss it into your kitchen trash can.  If you have an extra special diaper...simply double bag!
I bought mine at IKEA for a few dollars, but you can probably find them almost anywhere. 
I have a few friends (don't get mad at me!) who put their dirty diapers out on their doorstep because they don't want them to stink up the house.  The problem with that is that it attracts a TON of flies and is not a very pleasant welcome for your guests.
Anyone else have any other suggestions?


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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Graham Crackers and Frosting

What do you do with all your leftover frosting from a very happy 2-year-olds birthday?



You make graham cracker and frosting treats for an after-school snack!


YUM! This was (and still is) one of my favorite after-school snacks as a child. It always brings back happy memories when I make them for my kids.

P.S.~ I haven't forgotten about the water balloon launcher! It's here...all made, and ready to give to my kids principal as a gift for their "Wet and Wild" Fridays.  My pictures were just horrible, and I've been procrastinating getting more photos.  Anyways, hopefully I can get my act together and get the tutorial up before the weather turns cold! The kids are allowed to wear their swimsuits under their clothes on Fridays, and they turn the sprinklers on during recess because it's so hot outside.  So I thought we could give the principal a water balloon launcher just for fun!


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