Sunday, August 4, 2013

365 Days of Pinterest Link Up - Week 2

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I would like to introduce you to a fun new link up and my friends blog Almost Supermom. Jordyn is a the group leader for our local homeschool group, a great wife, amazing mom to 6 beautiful children and the greatest friend anyone could ever ask for. For the last few weeks I have been helping her get her blog up and running, doesn't it look great?

Well she had a brilliant idea to put all those pins she has been adding to her Pinterest boards to good use and is committing to doing a Pinterest activity everyday with her kids over the next year. I convinced her it would make a great link up and so we are teaming up and encouraging you to do something with those thousands of pins (we know you have that many) with us over the next 365 days.

It is really simple choose a pin from one of your many boards and do it! Then blog about it and link up. Because of everything else I have to blog about (reviews, giveaways, etc) I will not be posting my activities everyday (and with my upcoming move I may get a little behind) but I will be doing a weekly pin wrap up and linking up.

Be sure to follow Almost Supermom as well as Kathys Cluttered Mind Pinterest boards to see what sort of stuff we will be doing.

So here are my Pinterest projects this week (remember it's okay to modify):

Day 8 - Boredom Buster Jar

-Some type of jar or container (I used a plastic drink mix container)
-These 2 printables I made which you can download for FREE - boredom buster ideas and boredom buster jar label

What to do:
Print out this FREE printable with boredom buster ideas (or make your own) and this one for the jar label. There are a few blank cards included so you can come up with activities that may better suite your children. To add your owe activities either download the pdf and add text in a pdf program, use a label maker or a marker. I choose to laminate my cards to make them more durable. Cut the cards apart and place them into the jar/container. Next time your child says those dreaded words, "mom I'm bored" send them to the boredom jar!

Day 9 - Homemade Lipstick Out Of Crayons (we had a blast doing this one with the Almost Superomom kids)

-Box of Crayola brand crayons (don't use any other type of crayons for a few reasons, 1) Crayola crayons actually go through special testing to make sure they are non-toxic and 2) other crayons don't melt nearly as well)
-Small bead containers
-Some type of oil (we used coconut oil)
-Double broiler (we used a little sauce pan and a bigger sauce pan)

What to do:
Fill a pot with water and heat it to a simmer, be careful don't let it get too hot because wax is combustible. Once the pot is simmering, place 1 crayon (without the wrapper) and 1 tsp of oil in the double boiler. Put the double boiler in the pot of water and stir the crayons and oil until completely melted and mix. Remove double boiler from heat and immediately pour the lipstick into your container. Let the mixture cool for 5-10 minutes before applying. Repeat with your favorite colors! 

This project was tons of fun and it worked really, really well. The lipstick looks great and stays on for a long time. Plus the crayon lipstick is non-toxic and doesn't contain a bunch of ingredients you cannot pronounce. You can search the internet and find lots of different recipes. I have seen several where they use shea butter, vitamin e, essential oils, glitter, glow in the dark crayons, etc.

Day 10 - TV Time Tickets

-Small plastic tray or a basket
-Envelopes (1 for each child, 1 for placing used tickets and 1 for reward tickets)
-Letter stickers (for names)
-Colored paper
-This tag printable I made which you can download for FREE

What to do:
Print out this FREE tag printable (or make your own). I chose to use different colored paper for each child. To add your children's names download the pdf and add text in a pdf program, use a label maker, stickers or a marker. You can also add your desired amount of time to each card. We do 1/2 hr time slots on each card and each child gets 10 at the beginning of the week (for 5 hrs of TV time each week). I choose to laminate my cards to make them more durable. Cut the cards apart and place them into each child's envelope. Next label the envelopes: one with your child's name, one with used tickets and if desired one with reward tickets . At the beginning of the week give each child all their TV tickets. Throughout the week children must redeem a ticket whenever they wish to watch TV. They only get to watch TV for the amount they redeem. When the cards are gone that means there is no more TV until a new week starts. This system has been working great for us. It requires the children to budget their TV time better and also incorporates some math skills as well. You can use the reward tickets as you please. Our children get reward tickets for various things like helping out without being asked, doing something nice for someone, etc.

Day 11 - Street Signs
We recently learned about street safety and this craft was a perfect fit.

-Construction paper
-Glitter optional

What to do:

Have your child determine which sign they would like to make. Gwyn made a yield sign and Rowyn made a street light. Next show your child a picture of the sign so they can determine what paper color then need. Next have them cut out the correct shape (s) for their sign and right the correct word if necessary on their sign.

Day 12 - DIY Shell Shower Hooks
The kids bathroom in our new place is going to be beach themed. I stumbled upon shell shower hooks on Pinterest which you can purchase on Amazon. They were cute and not overly expensive....but then I got a brilliant idea to use what we had on hand to make our own. So for FREE I made our very own shell shower hooks which not only look fabulous but also hold special memories of our beach trips.

-Shower hooks of any kind (visit Dollar tree/clearance sections or use what you have on hand)
-Sculpey clay
-Hammer (only if you need to break off decoration on existing shower hooks)
-Hot glue

What to do:
With a hammer break off any decoration from the existing shower hooks. Dig through your shell collection to find the perfect shells (I had the kids help me with this). Next glue the hooks onto the back of the shells. For smoother shells you may need to make clay supports. Simply mold small balls of clay and poke a hole in the middle. Bake per package directions. Then glue the hardened clay pieces onto the shells and glue the hooks into the clay. Hang up your beautiful new shell shower hooks!

Day 13 -  Best Way To Pack Clothes
We are moving again for the 7th time in 13 years. Yes I consulted Pinterest for packing and moving tips and found this great tip for packing clothes. Place folded clothes into trash bags. And for hanging clothes place all the hangers the same way and place a trash bag over the hangers by tearing a small hole through bottom of trash bag. Pull the bag down over the clothes and tie the bottom. Super cheap and super simple!

Day 14 - DIY Shell Night Light
This is another Pinterest item that gave me a brilliant idea to reuse what we had on hand. So with the help of my husband we created a beautiful piece for the kids new beach themed bathroom.

-Night light base (3 pack on Amazon) (or visit Dollar tree/clearance sections or use what you have on hand)
-Hot glue

What to do:
dismantled the kids old ducky night light and then with the help of my husband cut out the base of a shell so it would fit snugly around the night light base. I then secured the shell with hot glue. And viola a new nightlight to match the beach themed bathroom.


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