Painter’s Tape + Imagination

Mini Thor has been sick again…yes, again! He hates being stuck inside all day so this momma has to get creative. This time we put a roll of blue painters tape to some fun uses!

How about indoor hopscotch for those times when the Motrin is working and your sick kid suddenly has a burst of energy?

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Or our new favorite sick day activity… Making roads with the tape for cars to drive on.

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I made a tunnel and a garage using the empty box and Mini Thor helped me make the roads using the painters tape. He picked out some cars to drive around and we made some buildings out of Lego Duplo blocks!

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Wonderful Granmomma even got in on the fun when she stopped by with some food for us!

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She was pretty darn good at making voices for the Lego people. I’d post the video of he grandpa Lego voice but she’d kick my butt! Haha!

Mini Thor makes amazing houses!

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I wonder what else we could do with the painters tape?

-Kate

Pitas to Personal Pizzas!

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We all have those nights when we need supper to be something quick an easy. Top that with a side of picky kids and you have a recipe for difficulty. Never Fear, this momma has a solution. Simple, easy, and everyone gets to have it their way…Pita Personal Pizzas!
With just three ingredients + toppings these pizzas are so simple a toddler could make them.
You just need pita bread, pizza sauce, cheese, and your fav pizza toppings. We kept it simple with plain ol’ pepperoni.

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and start creating.

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Bake for 10 minutes and ta-da everyone has their own customized pizza!

Mini Thor approves!

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He loves making his own pizza. We usually have a picnic in the living room floor when we have these. He loves having picnics. 🙂

These pizzas are a great way for the whole family to make dinner together!

Added bonus, these are low cal pizzas! You can eat your whole pita pizza for under 300 calories if you leave off the pepperonis and add some veggies instead. With pepperonis you’re still only at about 350 calories!

Enjoy 🙂
-Kate

Monsterrific Jellotastic Movie Night

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Mini Thor loooooves the Disney Pixar Movie “Monsters, Inc.” With the new Monster University movie coming out this month there is Monsters stuff all over Walmart. He spotted a Jell-O juggler mold with the faces of a few characters right next to “berry scary” flavored jell-o, so of course we just couldn’t pass it up! There were a couple other jell-o uses that I’d been wanting to try as well, so I thought we’d just make a night of it. A Monsterrific Jellotastic Movie Night!

First we made Jello-Jigglers so they could sit for three hours in the fridge and be ready for dessert after supper.
This is the end result…

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They turned out awesome and Mini Thor loved them!

Next I fixed “Monster Snacks” for us to eat while we watch the movie. I made Jello Grapes and they were a hit! (There are many many posts out there with this idea so I’m not sure who actually came up with this genius snack.)
Here’s the how to..

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Mini Thor and Aunt PeyPey both loved them! They were gobbled up quickly and I had to make a second batch!

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(You may want to use a lighter colored jello if you are worried about messy fingers)

Next we made some “Jel-doh,” homemade play-do using jello mix! I’m kind of weird (which you may have guessed already) and I just can’t stand the smell that store bought play-doh leaves on your hands, yuck! so when I found a recipes for making this scented dough I just had to try it! If you have a little one who may be tempted to taste play-doh this dough might be a good trial before using other modeling clays with them.  If they eat this it won’t do any harm, although I can’t imagine it tasting very well. 

Here’s the how-to…

In a small saucepan combine the following:

– 1 cup flour
– 1/2 cup salt
– 1 Tbsp cooking oil
– 2 tsp cream of tartar
– 1 cup water
– 1 (3oz) package of Jello

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Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the dough becomes the consistency of mash potatoes.

Remove from pot and cool on a lightly flour surface.

When it has cooled enough, kneed the dough thoroughly.

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(Store in an air tight container when not in use.)

We put our Jel-do to use as soon as it was cool! We made it into MONSTERS!

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We used googly eyes (I love googly eyes!!!), pipe cleaners, and pompoms to make silly monsters!

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Mini Thor was occupied by this for like half and hour, which is a very long time for a two year old!

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I loved making jel-doh monsters with my little monster! We made many monster friends!

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We ended up watching Monsters, Inc. a couple times and we had lots of monster fun!!!
-Kate

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Survival Tips: Traveling with a Toddler

This weekend we took a trip to St. Louis with Granmomma, Aunt PeyPey, and Uncle Zane! This was Mini Thor’s first time at Six Flags! Although it was an incredibly exciting experience, if you’ve ever traveled with a toddler you probably know the stress that comes with trying to pack and prepare for a vacation. We’ve had to make several trips for out of town doctors appointments and we’ve taken several weekend trips, so I’ve got this down to science….mostly due to lessons learned (some not so fun, like not packing my migraine medicine because I didn’t think I’d need it..and then I reeeeally needed it!). I thought I’d share my traveling tips in case you have a trip to make this summer!

Number one rule: Be Prepared! I’m talking Boy Scout always be prepared kind of prepared! Plan ahead and pack extra of everything (seriously, EVERYTHING)!

Lets start with the packing…

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Pack (atleast) two outfits for each day, and pack each outfit in a zippy back.

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Mini Thor’s outfits will still fit in the quart size bags, for bigger kids or cold weather outfits use a gallon size zippy. If you have a little girl you could include matching accessories and a headband or bow in the bag with the outfit. This method of packing also makes it easy for them to pick out their outfit for the day.

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I pack two outfits for each day that coordinate. That way if he just needs a clean shirt I can just change his shirt instead of the whole outfit. (Mini Thor is very particular, his clothes have to match or I’d have a meltdown on my hands!)

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Don’t forget shoes and jammys too, and I recommend a couple extra pairs of undies (on top of the two outfits per day rule) just in case.

Don’t forget any medications your child will need. Pack the just-in-case kinds of things too, like children’s Motrin, you never know when a fever may suddenly appear! Put the needed meds in one bag and then just-in-case meds in a separate baggy (they will hopefully get to stay in the suit case and not be used).

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As you can see I’m the queen of zippy bags when it comes to packing. It just makes traveling so much simpler!
Pack bathroom stuff in zippys too. Put the toothbrushes and tooth paste in a bag, but shampoos and soap in a bag, etc. Bonus-if the shampoo gets to hot and explodes, no biggie it’s contained in a baggy!

Rule Number Two: Try to prevent the “are we there yet?”s
This can be tough, but making sure that you have plenty of snacks, drinks, toys, and activities for in the car should do the trick.

Pack a “Backseat Basket”: tote or basket of toys, coloring books (and crayons), books, and buddies (aka stuffed animals). Mini Thor’s backseat basket has a few books, two transformers, “turtley” the cleverly named stuffed turtle, a dry-erase board with dry-erase crayons (one of Crayola’s best on inventions ever!), and his Innotab.
If electronics (DVD player, iPod, or tablet, etc) will be in the basket be sure you also have headphones! This is for the sake of your sanity, haha!

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Headphones come in handy when your tot chooses to listen to the same song fifteen times in a row…this is a lesson I learned the time I forgot to pack the headphones. Headphones bonus tip- buy headphones with a volume limiter (Safe Soundz, for example). Headphones with a volume limiter keep your kiddo from turning the music up too loud and damaging their hearing. No matter how loud they try to turn the volume up on their electronic device the headphone limit it to a safe decibel range. Awesome right?!

Rule Number Three: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Make memories and have fun.

If your little superhero wants to wear their batman mask into the gas station, let’em (even if it embarrasses your teenage sister, haha).

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There is so such thing as perfect, so focus on the memories and don’t worry about whether or not you look perfect in every picture.  Obviously, we’ve had some less than wonderful pictures, see example below!

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When you are traveling with small children something is bound to throw you off schedule, just do the best you can and don’t stress.

Have fun!

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Fried Chicken…nuggets!

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Since its summer break my (very picky) teenage little sister has spent the night with me a few nights recently. Finding something to cook for supper that both her and Mini Thor will eat is a serious task! They are both picky little monsters, I tell you what! For two nights in a row they requested my homemade chicken nuggets. I must be doing something right then, eh? It must be my secret ingredient (well it wont be secret now, oops) that sets these tasty nuggets apart from the rest! So what is this secret ingredient you say? Pickle Juice! Yes, I’m serious, 2 tablespoons of pickle juice for a jar of sweet pickles!

Here’s what you’ll need..
– 1lb chicken breast cut into nugget sized pieces
– 2 quart size zippy bags
– 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I use White Lilly since it is one of the few flour brands that doesn’t have barley in it (which Mini Thor is allergic to))
– 1 tsp each salt and pepper
– two dashes each garlic power and chipotle chili powder
– 1 1/2 cups milk
– 1 egg
– 2 tbsp sweet pickle juice
– and a couple dashes of pepper for the milk/egg mixture
– Oil for frying

In one zippy bag combine the egg, milk, pickle juice, and a couple dashes of pepper. Mix it mix it and Shake shake shake it up and then add the chicken. Let that sit for now.

Mix the flour and seasonings in the other zippy bag.

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Heat oil in a skillet to medium heat. I use my handy dandy cast iron skillet!

Add a couple pieces of chicken to the flour bag and…shake it like a Polaroid pict-cha! (Sorry could resist that!).

Use a fork (or whatever utensil you prefer, I suppose) to get the pieces of chicken out of the flour and drop them into the heated oil.

Fry until browned and chicken is fully cooked.

Repeat until you’ve cooked all your nuggets.

Ta-da yummy yummy chicken nuggets!

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I didn’t get many pictures because they all got gobbled up so quickly!

Serve them with some veggies and you’ve got a southern style meal hun!

-Kate

Been away for a while now

So we’ve been missing in action lately huh?! We’ve been having lots of fun of course but I kinda suck at time management and getting blog posts finished and published hasn’t been happening lately haha. In fact, I have several partially written post that need finishing.

I don’t know about you, but being a mommy sometimes means that your lucky to get a chance to eat let alone do the stuff you want to do haha!

To me, what’s important is making sure that my son feels loved and making memories with him! 🙂 Therefore, sometimes the toys stay in the floor and the dishes stay in the sink…aaaaand sometimes the blog gets neglected haha.

So to tide you over until I get some posts published (like my famous fried chicken nuggets recipe, how to make ninja turtle ooze, and some other fun stuffs!) here are some adorably awesome pictures of Mini Thor from during our blogging absence 🙂

Being adorable in his Aunt PeyPey’s sunglasses!

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Playing in puddles!

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and his first time fishing!!!

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We hope you get to make some memories of your own today 🙂

A big thank you to everyone who follows the blog and our Facebook!

-Kate