Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Borax-Free Gak Slime

Excerpted from 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids Copyright © 2014 by Asia Citro, Med, and published by Adams Media, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Borax-Free Gak Slime


Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ages: Preschooler, Ages 5 and up

It’s slimy when you hold it loosely and solid when you squeeze it; you can make a handprint and watch it disappear! Like Oobleck, Gak slime is another interesting non-Newtonian fluid for kids to investigate. They can make impressions with their hands, figurines, or other hard waterproof items and then watch their imprints disappear right before their eyes!

Gak slime is only for children who understand not to taste the Gak slime or touch their mouths while they play.

To make Borax-Free Gak Dough, you need:

2 1/4 cups cornstarch
½ cup shampoo (thick gel-like shampoo works best)
Food coloring or liquid watercolors (optional)
6–9 tablespoons water

1. Place 2 1/4 cups cornstarch into a bowl or container.

2. If coloring your slime, mix food coloring or liquid watercolors into the ½ cup of shampoo until combined.

3. Add shampoo mix to cornstarch and stir to combine it well. The mixture will appear crumbly.

4. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing thoroughly to distribute
the water each time. You want to add enough water that a rolled portion of dough forms a ball that “melts” if you hold it in your hand. I find that the difference between Gak slime that holds a ball and Gak slime that holds a ball that melts is around one tablespoon of water.

5. Once you have a nice shiny dough that holds together in a ball, but also slowly melts in the absence of pressure, you’re ready to play! Keep in mind that the dough may dry out as you play. If this happens, just wet your hands with water and keep playing. The amount of water on your hands should be enough to rehydrate the dough.

6 Add ¼ teaspoon of water to the dough and store it in a sealed container. The water will help keep it from drying out before you’re ready to play with it. The dough will keep for several days at room temperature.

Be sure that you can roll it into a ball and pick it up. If it is too watery, add more cornstarch. If it is too crumbly, add more water. If the dough has sat out overnight or longer, you may find that you need to rehydrate it. You can rehydrate it by wetting your hands and kneading the dough. Be sure to do this between each play time to ensure that the dough is rehydrated and ready to play with.

Fun & Easy Patriotic Dish for July 4


1.            Place blue corn chips on top left quarter of a rectangular pan of choice

2.            Spread Heluva Good! dip of your choice on remaining quarters

3.            Cut red cherry tomatoes in half and place on top of the dip in rows as many as they will fit

4.            Add star cut-outs of cheese of your choice on blue chips

5.            Sprinkle some cracked pepper all over on top and ENJOY!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers With Night Lock Plus Coupon Offer #Sharetheluv

Luvs, the official diaper choice for experienced Moms everywhere. Luvs diapers are already affordable, but this month you can save even more with these money saving print at home coupon.
Softer and more absorbent than ever before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and money back guarantee, Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus provide the high-quality features babies and parents need for less cost than the premium brands.
There's no way around it, parenting is expensive! But Luvs is offering a great money saving opportunity for parents with little ones.
Visit spr.ly/coupluvs43 to access a Luvs coupon of $2 off any one diaper pack. Print the coupon at home and use it as any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs diapers are sold. All Luvs diapers are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs. Coupon expires 30 days from the date printed by the consumer. Luvs wants to provide a quality brand diaper to parents at a great price so that you can use that extra money for vacations, movie night with the family or simply to treat yourself.

Featuring Super Absorbent Leakguards and NightLock Plus, it's largest absorbency ever. Luvs Diapers lock away wetness and absorb even more than regular Luvs. With large refastenable stretch tabs, fastening Luvs diapers is super easy for Mom, plus she can rest assured knowing that she's giving baby a secure, snug fit again and again. Luvs knows that between laundry, play dates, snack time and nap time, you don;t have time for leaks. Luvs makes life easier for busy Moms by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong, so baby stays dry and comfortable, even over night.
A contoured shape hugs baby for a great fit and a super soft cottony material- softer than ever before and feels gentle on baby;s skin.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Seasonal Beer Bucket Giveaway

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer Fun with Oriental Trading

Summer!! My favorite time of the year. My kids are all ready to spend their evenings outside and that means I may be able to squeeze in a few seconds of "me time" ever so often. I try to make sure that we have alot of fun, outdoor games to keep the kids occupied through out the summer. They spend enough time in doors on electronics. When the weather is nice I want them out side being kids. When I was their age I couldn't wait to get home so that I could spend the day outside with the neighborhood kids. I was gone from the time the sun came up until the street lights came on.
Kids these days have gotten lazy. They've also gotten addicted to electronics whether it be watching videos on YouTube of kids playing video games, or playing video games themselves. I get so sick of seeing their eyes glued to the screen.
This summer I made sure to visit Oriental Trading for our "Outdoor Fun" needs. They have so many options to keep the kids occupied. I love that they have so many items you can buy in bulk. That's a great option when you have multiple kids or family members visiting from out of town.
My boys love playing Ladder Ball when they go to their Mamaws house so I decided to get one of our own. It has ended up providing us so many hours of fun. Every evening we all go out and play together. It's great for all ages.

We love crafts! I mean absolutely love them. Crafts are a great way to beat boredom while using your creative skills. I got this cute set of planters for the boys to decorate. I told them if they turned out good we could plant some pretty flowers in them and give all of their grandmothers one. The set came with 12 planters and enough stickers to decorate each one. The boys decorated every single planter in one setting and loved every second of it.

Potato sack races are always fun. Fun and exercise can go hand in hand. The front of these particular potato sacks say "Get Movin For Heart Health". Since my 10 year old son has Congenital Heart Defects I found these only fitting. We've had all the neighborhood kids over for some evening potato sack races.

One of my favorite purchases from Oriental is these beautiful Autism Awareness pencils. My son will be starting Kindergarten this year so I figured its a great way for him to show support and raise awareness. We have enough to hand out on to each of his classmates.

Oriental Trading has something for every occasion. Whether it be toys, summer time activities, Holiday decor or party favors. Make sure to check them out for all of your event and party needs.

                                                      Oriental Trading




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sleep Better with Cocoon Cam

Before jumping into this review I feel the need to let you guys know that the product I'm speaking of is not designed or marketed for this type of use. However, I personally felt it was worth trying and it fits the needs of My family.
Being a special needs parent comes with a lot of worry. It's usually a different kind of worry than those of typical children. We worry about being able to provide our kids with the right amount of nutrients each day because some of them cant eat by mouth or some have sensory or oral aversions which make eating certain foods difficult. A lot of special needs kids have no fear. Their brain doesn't really recognize danger therefor we have to keep our eyes on them at all times so they don't get into something that may result in injury.
My 10 year old son Logan was born with Congenital Heart Defects and Kabuki Syndrome. The effects of these two things resulted in him having a tracheostomy at just 3 months old. The trach is his lifeline. This is how he breathes. We have to carry a portable suction machine with us at all times incase his trach gets plugged and he can't breathe. Logan has always slept right in bed with me because I have a huge fear of his trach getting plugged at night and me not being able to hear him.

When I was introduced to the Cocoon Cam just a few weeks ago I immediately knew this was something that could possibly put my mind at ease. My favorite features of this particular cam is number one, that you use your smart phone instead of a secondary monitor. The main monitor is sit near the child and you use your cell phone to stream the video. The other thing I like is that the cam also monitors the breathing. Now, this isn't a part of the cam that I've personally used. Only because the breathing monitor aspect was designed to be used on babies so I don't think it would be a good idea to trust it on a 10 year old kid. Being able to visually see Logan means I can let him go to bed before me and I can feel content with checking on him via the Cocoon Cam. If I get even more brave we could possibly move him into his own room soon (or at least a small bed beside mine....baby steps people, baby steps). The picture quality of the cam is absolutely amazing. It's such a clear shot. It's been nice being able to cook dinner without having to run in the other room and check on him every few minutes. I'm able to lay my smartphone on the counter and take a peep whenever I choose. Logan also loves the cam. I'm constantly catching him smiling from ear to ear directly into the cam (as you can see from the photo above). He loves knowing Mommy is always watching him. If he needs something while I'm not in the room he will get in front of the monitor and use sign language hoping I'm seeing him via the cam. It's honestly been a huge asset in our home.

The Cocoon Cam is much more than the traditional baby monitor. It was designed to use cloud based technology to monitor your little ones breathing through the video feed without any additional physical device that needs to be attached to them. It offers real time streaming to your Iphone or Android device. The smartphone application has built in alerts which help determine if there are any potentially hidden issues that can be invisible to the naked eye. The 2-way audio function can easily be used to sooth your baby with your voice or just to check in with a quick Good Night.

I think this cam sets its self apart from other cams. I don't know personally of any other cams which have the no-wearable baby breathing monitor. They use cutting edge computer vision technology that tracks even the smallest chest movements. It even works if baby is swaddled or under a blanket. You get real time visualization of baby's breathing rates with the proprietary Breathing Graph , giving you complete piece of mind. Another nice option is that other family members have the option to log in themselves and view baby whenever they want.
Cocoon Alerts notify you whenever something changes in the baby's environment. You get notified right away  when the advanced computer vision senses periods of unusually low or high movements. Cocoon Alerts, the Breathing Graph and Swaddle Stories are all part of your Cocoon Insights Subscription. You get 6 months free with the purchase of your Cocoon Cam  and the subscription fee is only $12.99 a month after.
Whether your a new Momma looking for the best Baby monitor out there, or a special needs Mom just wanting to keep a close eye on your loved one, give the Cocoon Cam a try. You can learn more by visiting the links below.

Disclaimer:  I am not using this product in the way the manufacturer intended. The Cocoon Cam is in no way a medical device and I am in no way trying to portray it as such. 

                                                                                                  Cocoon Cam



I received a sample for review purposes. I only promote products I believe in. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others. 

Borax-Free Gak Slime

Excerpted from 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids Copyright © 2014 by Asia Citro, Med, and published by Adams Media, a division of...