May 232016
 

Marshmallow Boo Boo Ice Pack

I am a boy mom and while they are not so little anymore (le sigh), boys are naturally prone to all sorts of cuts, scrapes and bruises. They love playing outside all summer long, so we definitely see our fair share of boo boos.  I have to bust out an ice pack at least once a day every day from the day they get out of school in June until they go back to school in September.  I’m not exaggerating at all.

The thing about ice packs is that they can be messy.  They drip everywhere once they start to melt and if one of the kids hurts someplace like their knee or elbow, ice packs aren’t flexible so they don’t really work well for jointed areas.  Well, here’s an awesome summer hack for you.  Make a cold pack out of marshmallows!  Yes, I said marshmallows.  Marshmallows get cold, but won’t be hard so they can mold to the body. Plus they are way more fun for the kids.

It only takes a few minutes to make and trust me, it will make the kids forget all about their boo boos in no time.

Here’s what you need:

  • Ziploc bag
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups of mini marshmallows (will depend on the size of your bag)
  • Food coloring in choice of color
  • Masking tape or washi tape (optional)
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Plate or cookie sheet

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Apr 242016
 

Homemade Cinnamon Play Dough

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that play dough is great for kids with sensory issues.  I happen to be the mom of a child with sensory issues and he absolutely loves to play with play dough.  As much as I love the smell of the store bought kind (and I really, really do), I tend to make my own.  The thing is when you make your own, you can get really creative with it. I have made dough in all sorts of colors, added sprinkles and my latest creation: Cinnamon Play Dough.  This recipe will yield 1 cup of all natural, edible cinnamon play dough and since May 5th is quickly approaching, it is a perfect Cinco de Mayo craft!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup boiling hot water

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Apr 182016
 

Easy DIY Resuable Swiffer Pads

If you are anything like me, your Swiffer is your best friend. I use mine every single day of my life.  Between the dust that my forced hot air heat blows out in the winter, the dog and the messes my boys track in – I would be completely lost without my Swiffer.  Ok, maybe not lost, but my house would be in a constant state of messiness.  Since I use my Swiffer daily, the disposable pads that are needed to clean with them were adding up fast. Even when I bought in bulk, I was spending tons on the disposable pads and since my house gets so dirty, there was no way I could use them more than once.

But I recently came up with the solution for that problem.  I made my own reusable pads to use and love all the money I am saving not buying the disposable pads.  The reusable pads are really easy to make and you can use any cute fabric you like to make them.

Here’s what you need to make your reusable Swiffer pads:

  • Any flannel fabric
  • Any cotton fabric
  • Sewing pins (optional)
  • Sewing scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine

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Apr 102016
 

Hot Air Cold Air Science Experiment

Both of my boys are SO into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) with a huge emphasis on the science part.   It’s funny because I hated Science class when I was in school.  Hated it! Now that I am an adult I have a whole new appreciation for it and am trying to catch up with a lot of what I missed while I was sleeping in class all those years ago.  Lucky for me, my boys love all things science related and get so excited when we do science experiments at home. This hot air/cold air experiment was a lot of fun to do with the kids and the results are absolutely fascinating.

Here’s what you need:

  • Two containers
  • Empty drink bottle
  • Large balloon
  • Ice cubes
  • Hot and cold water

**Note, there is no need for the stick, I just didn’t want my hands blocking your view. Continue reading »

Mar 202016
 

Easy Paper Plate Easter Egg Craft

If there is one thing that I remember from my childhood, it’s that my parents house was always decorated for every holiday imaginable.  Not only did my mom put out decorations she bought from Bradlees (remember Bradlees??), but she would always put my sister, brother and me to work crafting homemade decorations.  As a child I loved making Easter eggs out of paper plates and now that I have my own kids, they love making them, too.  They are incredibly easy to make and I love that they help bring out the kids creativity!  Plus, it’s pretty cool to walk into my house and see these cute Easter eggs everywhere.

Here’s what you need to make your paper plate eggs:

  • Paper plate platter
  • Green, blue, pink, and yellow craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic eggs

Here’s what you do:

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Mar 082016
 

DIY Easter Bunny Wreath

If you’re like me, you decorate for every single holiday there is.  I love it when my house looks festive and I tend to go all out for the big holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter).  I have a big collection of decorations, but every now and then I put on my crafty pants and make some new ones.  This Easter Bunny Wreath is really easy to make and I am sure it will be a very welcome addition to your Easter decor.

Here’s what you need to make your Easter Bunny Wreath:

  • Wreath form
  • Pink/White crafting tulle
  • Faux white carnation
  • Pair googly eyes
  • Pink, white, peach felt
  • scissors
  • Hot glue, glue gun
  • Ribbon or yarn/string
  • Jelly bean scrapbook paper

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Feb 242016
 

DIY Shamrock Soap

If you’re looking for a fun, easy and useful craft to make this year for St. Patrick’s Day, how about trying this Shamrock Soap.  I had never made my own soap before, but have been wanting to try it for a while now.  I am so glad I did because it’s really much easier than I thought it would be.

Here’s what you need to make your Shamrock Soap:

  • Wilton Shamrock Silicone Mold
  • Clear Glycerin Soap Base or White Glycerin Soap Base
  • Matte Woodland Green Soap Color Bar
  • Oak Moss & Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
  • Plastic Transfer Pipette
  • Microwave Safe Measuring cup
  • Spray Bottle
  • 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Optional: Pennies (for embedding in soap if you want)

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Feb 072016
 

cherry chocolate face mask with watermark

It’s that time of year again. Ladies you know, that time of year when our summer tans are completely faded and our poor skin is all dried out from the cold.  It’s not pretty, but you can rejuvenate your skin easily with this Homemade Cherry Chocolate Face Mask. The beauty of it is that you only need 3 ingredients and chances are you already have them in your cupboard.

Here’s what you need to make your Cherry Chocolate Face Mask:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons 100% cocoa (cacao)
  • 10 Maraschino cherries

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Jan 312016
 

DIY Valentines Day Banner

I am going to be honest, we’re not big on Valentine’s Day around our house.  In fact, my husband and I refuse to celebrate it, but that doesn’t mean that the kids can’t have a little Valentine’s Day fun.  I generally adorn my house with a few small decorations to acknowledge the “holiday” and this year I decided to make a fun Valentine’s Day conversation heart banner to hang up.

The banner is wicked easy to make and it will make a lovely addition to anyone’s decor. You can get as creative with the sayings on the conversation hearts as you want and believe me when I say, it can be real fun to come up with some out of the ordinary sayings. Because of the kids, I kept mine family friendly, but you can go in just about any direction you want with yours. Continue reading »

Dec 162015
 

Fun Gingerbread & Friends Craft for Kids - massholemommy.comWhen the weather gets colder we like to find more things to do indoors. We are from Canada but that doesn’t mean we all like the cold or want to be outside in it, because we don’t – at all!

We like to do more crafts, make more sweets, and even watch more movies together as a family when we can’t be spending excess amounts of time outside. I think our favorite besides making (and eating!) sweets is doing crafts. Especially Winter or Christmas themed. Who doesn’t love having homemade crafts for decorations especially with a house full of kids? We do!

So, today I’m sharing this fun craft for kids to make Gingerbread and Friends!

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Dec 092015
 

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Helping My Man Put His Best Face Forward

My husband Christian is an accountant with the Department of Labor. Yup, I am married to a fed. Basically he deals with civil issues and criminal issues having to do with employee benefits (retirement and health plans). His job is to protect employee’s benefits because, let’s face it,  there are some really shady employers out there.  Anywho, most of his time in the office is spent reviewing financial records to find inconsistencies and errors, but sometimes his cases go from civil to criminal depending on the situation and amount of inconsistencies he finds.  Sometimes those criminal cases are settled and sometimes they’re not.  When they’re not, often times, Christian is called to testify about his findings in front of a grand jury.

Obviously when he has to testify in court, he needs to look professional.  He is always well dressed, clean shaven and accessorized when he goes before a grand jury – and that includes his most important accessory: a nice smile.

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Seriously, in his head he thinks he is the Jack Bauer of the Department of Labor….

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Dec 022015
 

10 Fun Mason Jar Christmas Craft Ideas

There’s some extra special about getting homemade gifts at the holidays, am I right?  They are both fun to make & give as gifts and to receive.  With the recent trend in mason jar crafts, I rounded up some pretty cool things to make and gift to your loved ones – or use for yourself.  Check them out:

1. Winter Luminaries Snowy Pinecone Candle

Winter Luminaries Snowy Pinecone Candle

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Nov 152015
 

Olaf Snow Slime with Printable

Do you have a little one who’s absolutely in love with Frozen?  I have two little nieces that are utterly obsessed with Elsa, Anna and especially Olaf.  I thought it would be fun to make them something inspired by their favorite character from the movie, Olaf. This snow slime is super easy to make and will (hopefully) keep the kids amused for hours.

Here’s what you need:

  • Borax
  • 2 bottles of white school glue
  • water
  • glitter
  • 2 bowls

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Nov 082015
 

Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

I love, love, love homemade sugar scrubs!  The options are endless when you make your own, but since it’s fall, this Pumpkin Sugar Scrub is sure to be a crowd pleaser – or an awesome hostess gift at the very least.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice ( liquid)
  • 1 drop red food coloring (optional)
  • 1 drop yellow food coloring (optional)

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Oct 192015
 

Easy Ghost Puzzle Craft

It’s no secret that It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is my favorite cartoon of all time.  As soon as I see Linus and Lucy walking towards that pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin, I am transported back to my own childhood.  I remember as a child (before DVD’s and even cable), my mom would let me stay up late every year to watch it when it came on tv.

It’s not just It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, either.  I have loved so many of the Peanuts gang specials and movies over the years and I was excited to hear that they have a new movie coming out on Friday, November 6th, 2015: The Peanuts Movie. You can view the trailer here: http://www.peanutsmovie.com.

I was even more excited when I heard that Shaw’s stores was going to be the exclusive grocery partner for the upcoming release of The Peanuts Movie and that they were going to have two exclusive reusable Peanuts branded shopping bags / trick-or-treat bags that are free (with purchase, while supply lasts).

Do you remember the scene in It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown when all the kids go trick or treating.  With the exception of Lucy, who is a witch, and Charlie Brown, who just wears a sheet with a lot of holes in it, the rest of the gang were all dressed up as ghosts.  My kids and I decided to recreate those cute ghosts by making a craft out of some old puzzle pieces.  It’s super easy to make and you only need a few things to make your ghost (and you probably already have them). My kids got a huge kick out of it.

Here’s what you need:

  • Old puzzle
  • Any black craft paint
  • Any white craft paint
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Paint brushes

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by painting the back of about 30 puzzle pieces white (more or less depending on how big you want your ghost to be). Let them dry completely. Continue reading »

Jul 102015
 

Hatching Butterflies - What You Should Know

Watching a butterfly go through the stages of metamorphosis is an amazing experience. At least, that’s how I remember it from Kindergarten. I can remember the level of excitement in our classroom as we ran to peer into the converted milk carton every morning. “What’s it look like TODAY?!” we’d wonder.

A friend of mine gave my girls each a painted lady caterpillar in a small cup to watch it transform into a butterfly. “Oh good! Something educational and fun to watch in our very own home,” I thought. We set the cups on top of the counter and waited while the caterpillars ate through all the sugary substance inside the cup. The girls and I were so excited to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to our new family members every night. My darling cutie pies even named their little creatures after each other. It all seemed incredibly sweet until I realized something… caterpillars poop.

I started to notice all these little pellets piling up inside the little cup. “Ewwwwwww….. she pooped mom!” So, that was educational. I also started having nightmares of little spiky caterpillars crawling up my arms and I couldn’t stop them. They were a little tiny army I couldn’t out run! Suddenly, I realize there isn’t anything magical about this early stage of hatching caterpillars!

It took several days for the little wiggly things to crawl to the lid of the cup, attach themselves and hang in a letter “J” just as the instructions stated they would. It was time to transfer the little creatures to their habitat (a new, poop free cup). When I opened the lids on the cups there was a horrible smell and the cocoons seemed stuck inside of a fuzzy web. Not at all a glorious site (or smell). Continue reading »

Jun 212015
 

DIY Patriotic Crayons

With July 4th coming up quick, what better time to make these fun patriotic crayons?  It’s a great way to use up those old crayon pieces you have laying around, plus they are super easy to make.  Not only that, the kids will love them!  I promise.

Supplies needed:

  • Red, white, and blue crayons
  • Muffin or donut tin, metal
  • Non stick cooking spray
  • Oven

Directions:

1. Begin by peeling away the wrappers on all of the crayons. Make sure all wrapping is removed thoroughly. Continue reading »

May 032015
 

DIY Homemade Bug Spray

Here in New England, the majority of our year is cold.  We get spring for a few weeks in May and then it goes right into summer for the months of June, July and August.  By mid-September, the weather is already starting to cool off again.  After the brutal winter we had here in Boston this past year, I couldn’t be happier that the warm weather is finally starting to make its way up here.

I am totally a summer girl, too.  I love everything about it.  As someone who is always cold, I am all for the heat.   There’s one thing I hate, hate, hate about the warm weather, though.  Bugs.  I am such a scaredy cat when it comes to bugs and if I see one in my house, I will stand there and scream until my husband comes running with a tissue to kill it.  Of course, that doesn’t work out so well for me when I am home alone, but I digress.

I live in a woodsy area, so there is really nothing I can do about the bugs except try to repel them as much as humanly possible.  The thing I don’t like about most bug repellents that you buy at the store is that they are filled with harmful chemicals. With two little boys and a dog running around the house, I can’t be spraying chemicals everywhere. That forced me to look for a more natural solution and today I am going to share it with you.  It’s super easy to make and it smells awesome, so you won’t mind spraying it around the house or on yourself. Continue reading »

Feb 252015
 

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Dr. Seuss’s birthday is quickly approaching on March 2nd.  Can you believe he would have been 111 years old this year?  His books are timeless classics and my boys both enjoy reading many of his stories.

One of my favorite books growing up was One Fish Two Fish by Dr. Seuss. This book came out in the 1960’s and continues to be a huge hit today. I love taking the concepts of Dr. Seuss and turning them into something fun for the kids to do. The craft we did is a spin off One Fish Two Fish by Dr. Seuss.

Supplies:
Construction Paper
Various Color Paint
Glitter
Paint Stampers
Paper Plates

Directions:
1.  Spread paint out on paper plates. We chose to use red, blue, and green because those are the only paint colors we had on hand. Dr. Seuss would want you to use your imagination, so go ahead and give it a try! Use whatever paint you have on hand.
2.  Dip your hand in the paint. If your kids are younger, they will need some direction. Your “fish” can go to the left or to the right. Whichever you choose.

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Feb 232015
 

Gross Science Project

Recently, I have been hearing my oldest son, who is ten years old, start to talk about what he wants to do when he grows up.  I have heard a few different ideas floating around like becoming a chef, being an inventor and being a scientist.

I just want him to be happy with whatever he chooses to do with his life, but since he’s still so young, I figure I can take the opportunity to help him explore all of the things he’s been mentioning.  In addition to working together in the kitchen, my son has been busy inventing all sorts of things up in his room.  I also bought a few books with simple science experiments that we can do at home to help encourage his love of science.  My son zoned in on one activity in particular: making boogers.  Yes, boogers.

Have you ever wondered where boogers and snot come from? C’mon admit it, everyone has! Children and adults alike get boogers and snot from time to time; no one is exempt from these things. Snot and boogers are actually formed from proteins and sugars in our bodies, that mix and in turn become stringy. That my friend is where snot comes from. When those strings of protein harden, you have boogers. It is gross and fascinating at the same time! Find out more about how boogers and snot are made when you try this homemade boogers and snot recipe below!

Here is what you will need:
½ cup of hot water
2 packets of clear gelatin
¼ cup of sugar
Green food coloring
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