Friday, October 20, 2017

Spooky Black Glitter Putty {A Year of Color}

Spooky Black Glitter Putty - Easy to make, hours of fun! #sensoryplay #putty #halloween

If your kids are anything like mine, they probably love to make slime, putty and play dough! My crew is always adding glue, borax, cornstarch and flour to my grocery list, and sometimes I think it would be best to just buy it in bulk. I try not to complain too much, because at least they love science and experiments! We had yet to do a Halloween craft or activity this year, so the timing was perfect for this month's theme for A Year of Color!

If you're new here, A Year of Color is a monthly link party. Each month features a different color and you can link up ANYTHING pertaining to that color! The link up stays open all month long, so feel free to continue to add links throughout the month. 

A Year of Color Link Party

October's Color is:

A Year Of Color


I originally planned on making Spooky Spider Slime using black glitter glue, but the glue was very thick, almost tar-like, when we opened it, so we made the decision to switch to putty. My kids didn't seem to mind one bit!


SPOOKY BLACK GLITTER PUTTY


Halloween Putty Recipe

Supplies:

  • 1 6 oz bottle of black glitter glue
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp Borax (found in the laundry aisle)
  • Spider Rings for play
  • Ziploc bag for storage
Homemade Putty Recipe


Make it:
  1. Dissolve 1 tsp Borax in 1 cup warm water. 
  2. Pour glitter glue into large bowl.  
  3. Slowly pour Borax solution into the glue while stirring.  You will see the glue almost immediately start to solidify!
  4. Stir 1 minute, then mix with your hands for 1 minute. 
  5. Spill out the remaining Borax solution from the bowl.
  6. Form a ball with the Glitter Glue concoction, and knead. The putty will be ready when it's the consistency between slime and play dough.

Homemade Putty

Homemade Putty

Homemade Putty

Homemade Putty

Homemade Putty

Putty Recipe


Store it: 

Keep your putty stored in a Ziploc bag or a in a sealed storage container, and place it in the fridge. We usually keep ours for a week or two before throwing it away! 


Spooky Black Glitter Putty was easy to make, and provides hours of sensory fun!


Homemade Putty


Visit my co-hosts, Little Dove BlogSunshine and Munchkins, and Thrifty Wife Happy Life to see their black-themed activities!


Join us next month on November 17th for the next A Year Of Color link party! Next month's theme is: ORANGE!
Looking ahead:
December 15th - Metallic

Spooky Black Glitter Putty - Easy to make, hours of fun! #sensoryplay #putty #halloween


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mom Life Must Haves: Things I'm Currently Loving

Mom Life Must Haves: Things I'm Currently Loving! #momlife #motherhood #momblogger

DISCLOSURE: A few of the featured items were sent to me free for review. I only share the things I truly love!

Happy Thursday, my friends! I can't believe we are over halfway through October, and that Halloween is less than 2 weeks away. This year flew by faster than ever before! It has been a few weeks since I last shared the things that I'm currently loving, so I figured I would put together a Mom Life Must Have list!


Life with four kids is non-stop, and I feel like we completely missed out on Fall fun due to our busyness and, well, the lack of Fall weather. Other than a few chilly mornings, it still doesn't feel much like Fall here. We've even had a few 90 degree days this month, which is unheard of for Pittsburgh this time of year. It feels more like late Spring than Fall. Most of the leaves fell off the trees weeks ago, due to lack of rain, so one of my favorite things about Fall never really happened. If you can't tell, I'm kind of bummed about this!

As every mom knows, motherhood isn't always cupcakes and rainbows. Sometimes it's just plain tough! Sometimes you just need to escape or spoil yourself with something that helps you feel like a normal human being again. (I've been there...often.) And sometimes, you just need something to keep your little ones busy so you can breathe! I put together a fun list of the things that help make mom life just a bit easier! And if you're NOT a mom, there are still a few things on here that you might like. Clothes and books, anyone?

Mom Life Must Haves


Fall Mom Style Options


Layers and transitional clothing are a must right now! The mornings and evenings are chilly, and the afternoons are still (very) warm. I'm pretty much living in in-between-seasons clothing!

Mom Life

Motherhood


I've mentioned my love for Shop Pink Blush on my blog before, and that's still going strong. This online store sells maternity and women's clothing, and they only carry the most popular, trendiest styles. An added bonus is that most of the styles can be worn in all stages of motherhood, including pregnancy!

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My two favorite items right now are the Black Floral Draped Cardigan and the Pink Striped Rose Floral Colorblock Top. Both tops are versatile, and perfect for changing seasons. I love how I can dress them up for mom's night out or comfortably wear them for mom life on the go!

Shop Pink Blush

Shop Pink Blush

TWISTSHAKE Kid Cup


Liam is a busy kid! He loves to spend most of his time outdoors, so I always have a cup and snacks ready to go. The 12 oz fruit splash kid cup from TWISTSHAKE is our new favorite!


TWISTSHAKE

Not only do the colors pop, but it's a safe, spill-free cup that keeps up with Liam's active lifestyle and life on the go with kids! This BPA-free cup features a spill-free spout, a leak-proof lid, and a protective cap that keeps the spout clean. But the most unique feature is the awesome fruit mixer inside the cup! I add Liam's favorite fruits to the mixer and shake it up to give him delicious fruit-infused water and juices! (An added bonus is that it's one of the easiest cups to clean. That's a Mom Win!)


TWISTSHAKE

Want to try this cup? Use the discount code lexieloolilyliamdylantoo20 to save on your purchase!

TWISTSHAKE cup


Link Parties


I'm a big fan of link parties! I just think they are so much fun, and they are a great way to connect with other bloggers. I'm joining Stephanie, Beth and a few other bloggers to co-host a fun Halloween Recap Linkup which will go live on November 3rd and run until November 10th! We hope you will join us!


Halloween Link Pary



Spa Days


I always wanted a daughter, and I felt like I won the lottery when I was blessed with two! Lexie and Lily are girly girls, and I absolutely love it. Relaxing at-home spa days are one of our favorite mommy-daughter dates, and the girls love having products of their own. They LOVE the spa products that Posh Girly Girls sent for them to try! 

Spa Party

These 100% handmade products help young girls feel extra special and completely FABULOUS! And I am completely jealous, because the products smell amazing. I'm not ashamed to admit that I've used the Pink Sugar Body Lotion, too. They love this glitter-infused lotion, but I love it because it smells good enough to eat! 

The Signature Delight Bath Bomb and the Raspberry Cream Cupcake Facial smell every bit as good! The girls loved taking a bath with the delicious-smelling, fizzing bath bomb, and their skin still smelled amazing the following day. But their favorite thing was being able to use a face mask just like me! Spa Day just got more exciting for them!

Check out all the fun products Posh Girly Girls has to offer, which also includes subscription boxes, pajamas, robes, and spa party favors and invitations. My girls can't wait to try more!

Posh Girly Girls


Nuby Bath Links


Liam is still a big fan of bath time! I try to rotate the toys each day to keep things interesting. He loves the Bath Links from Nuby


Nuby Bath Links

I don't know what it is about linking toys, but the majority of the links that "pop" together are practically impossible for young kids to do. That was the case with my "typical" kids, so you can imagine how difficult it is for Liam. Imagine trying to do it with oven mitts on your hands, and you will have a good idea of how hard he works to accomplish everyday tasks. Thankfully, the Nuby Bath Links are NOT like that. They are easy to link together, which make it a great toy to use for occupational therapy to build those fine motor skills! 

The 15 bath links in a variety of shapes, colors, and sea creatures come in a convenient bucket with a lid for easy storage. They are BPA free, which make them a safe option for young kids, especially if they still like to put things in their mouth! Plus, there are suction cups included so they can be suctioned to the wall and create link chains across the bathtub. You can purchase the Nuby Bath Links on Amazon. 


Nuby Bath Links


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An Educational App


We limit time spent on electronics, so I want every app that our kids use to be a quality app! Although we allow them to spend some time on YouTube Kids, we encourage them to focus on quality, educational apps that they learn something from. There are so many apps out there, and a lot of them aren't that great, so I always like to recommend great ones when I find them!

Educational Apps for Kids

Lily is loving the Get Qurious app and the Get Qurious Explorer Box, because it's creative and interactive! Sometimes, she even lets her little brother join in on the fun! Get Qurious is a free Augmented Reality App that can be paired with special boxes that are available for purchase. Right now, the Explorer Box and the Maker Box are available, and two more boxes will be available in June 2018. You can purchase the boxes on their website, but also at Amazon and Best Buy.

The app, which encourages STEM/STREAM learning (science, technology, reading, engineering, art & math), is for kids ages 4-8.  The app brings all the activities in the boxes to life, as they are scanned in! It promotes imaginative play and pretend play, helps build crucial motor skills, encourages learning through sight, sound and touch, builds problem-solving skills, and encourages whole brain thinking. 

Get Qurious App

Here's what comes in each box:
  • Build A Story cards - Lily scans the cards to build a story, and once all the cards are scanned in, she can read the story on her own or listen to it!
  • Masks - Lily puts on a mask, scans it with her iPad, then records her voice to be part of a story. The audio mixer which creates silly versions of her own voice makes her laugh every time!
  • Build A Spaceship cards - Similar to the Build A Story cards, these cards can be scanned into the device to create a unique spaceship, then blasted off into space for a fun adventure!
  • Treasure Hunt 3D Game - This one is Lily's favorite! The play mats are scanned with the device, and Lily can move in a circle with her device to explore from every angle. The goal is to find artifacts in each of the 4 terrains!
Liam just turned 4, and he can use the app with my assistance, but Lily is able to do everything on her own. It's one of her new favorites, and it's 100% mom approved. (I'm a big fan of anything educational that will distract my kids for a few minutes while I get some work done!)

Get Qurious Explorer Box

Reading List


My reading list for the month of October is pretty extensive! There's no way I'm going to be able to make it though everything, but a mom can dream. I did get sucked into the All Souls Trilogy, though!

All Souls Trilogy

My mom received the books for her birthday, and read the entire trilogy in less than a week. She loved it so much that she passed it onto me. I wasn't certain I would love it, but I figured I would give the first book a shot. WELL...I could not put it down! I haven't been sucked into books like that since I read the Twilight series or The Hunger Games trilogy.

The first book reminds me of Twilight, but for grown ups, and with more history and science involved. I finished it in a week, which is unheard of for me these days (thanks to four kids), especially considering it's a long book! So this is me encouraging you to read A Discovery of Witches ASAP!

I'm currently reading the second book, and it's really interesting because the two main characters went back in time and are interacting with real historical figures. I'm only a few chapters in, but I will be sure to let you know what I think!

Reading

So there you have it! These are the things that are making mom life just a bit easier for me and making life fun for my kids. I would love to hear your favorites in the comments! I hope you all are having a fabulous Fall! 


Mom Life Must Haves: Things I'm Currently Loving! #momlife #motherhood #momblogger

Have you tried any of the things mentioned above? What are a few of your current favorite things?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6 Adorably Spooky Halloween Hairstyles for Girls

6 Adorably Spooky Hairstyles for Girls - How To Guide #hairstyles #girls #halloween

It's almost Halloween, and my kids are so excited! We consider Halloween the start of the holiday season, so my kids are completely in the spirit. Their costumes are chosen, their clothing consists of a lot of orange and black right now, and the decorations are still coming out. Halloween is so close that the girls started requesting their favorite spooky hairstyles today!


Rather than wait until after the holiday to share their adorable Halloween hairstyles as they wear them, the girls and I worked together to create this quick guide for six of their favorite looks. We have attempted much more difficult styles, but easy is so much better! These six hairstyles only take a few minutes to do, and your daughters are sure to love them!

6 Adorably Spooky Halloween Hairstyles for Girls


The Spider Bubble Braid 


Halloween Hairstyles

Supplies:

  • Black rubber hair bands
  • Spider Rings


How To:

  1. Gather the front section of hair and secure it in a ponytail with a black rubber hair band.
  2. Gather another section of hair just below the first ponytail, and combine it with the ponytail. Secure with hair band.
  3. Repeat step 2 until you reach the bottom. You can use large sections of hair to create a looser bubble braid (as I did), or use smaller sections to make a tighter braid with more sections.
  4. Gently tug each section of the bubble braid to loosen it. 
  5. Cut the ring part of the spider rings, so you can loop one around each rubber hair band. Tuck each end of the ring into the elastic to secure.
Halloween Hairstyles


Creepy Crawler Double Knots


Halloween Hairstyles

Supplies:

  • 4 hair elastics
  • 6-8 pipe cleaners in Halloween colors
  • Pencil


How To:

  1. Part hair down the middle and make two high side ponytails.
  2. Wind the hair of each ponytail into a bun and wrap another elastic around each bun to secure.
  3. Gently tug on each bun to loosen them into a messier style.
  4. Gather 3-4 pipe cleaners into a bundle. Wrap around the base of one top knot and twist once (tightly) to secure.
  5. Repeat step 4 for the second top knot.
  6. Fan out the ends of the pipe cleaners, then wrap each end around a pencil to spiral. 
  7. Gently tug on the end of each spiral to loosen.


Halloween Hairstyles

The Pumpkin Bun


Halloween Hairstyles

Supplies:

  • 3-4 orange ribbons 
  • Green Pipe Cleaner
  • Hair Elastic 
  • Bobby Pins


How To:

  1. Brush hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair elastic.
  2. Tuck the ends of 4 ribbons into the hair elastic and trim ribbons so they are 1-2 inches longer than the ponytail.
  3. Starting at the bottom at the ponytail, roll the ends of the hair up underneath, keeping the ends of the ribbons tucked in as you roll. 
  4. Secure the "pumpkin" bun with bobby pins along each side. 
  5. Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the base of the ponytail and twist once to secure.
  6. Wrap each end of the pipe cleaner around your little finger to make a spiral, then tug gently to loosen the spirals.

Halloween Hairstyles

The Nest of Spiders


Halloween Hairstyles

Supplies:

  • 2 Hair Elastics
  • Spider Rings


How To:

  1. Gather hair into a high ponytail.
  2. Spiral the ends of the ponytail around the base to make a bun, and secure the bun with the second hair elastic.
  3. Gently pull at the bun to loosen into a messy top knot.
  4. Snip the ring part of the spider rings so there are openings in the ring. Place a ring of spiders around the entire base of the top knot, and place another spider in the center of the "nest."


Halloween Hairstyles

Woven Candy Corn


Halloween Hairstyles

Supplies:

  • 3 white hair elastics
  • 3 orange hair elastics
  • 4 yellow hair elastics


How To:

  1. Gather the front section of hair into a ponytail and secure with a white elastic.
  2. Separate that ponytail into two ponytails.
  3. Make another small ponytail below each of the two strands of hair and combine, securing with the other two white elastics.  You will now have two ponytails.
  4. Separate each of those two ponytails into two ponytails. Repeat step 3 for the left ponytail and the right ponytail and secure with orange elastics. Grab the two middle strands and combine, then join it with a section of hair below it, securing with the other orange elastic. You will now have 3 ponytails. 
  5. Repeat those steps one last time, securing each of the FOUR ponytails with yellow elastics.
(This one is tough to explain, but it's easy to do if you just follow along from the top of the picture!)


Halloween Hairstyles

The Spider Bun


Halloween Hairstyles

Supplies:

  • 2 Hair Elastics
  • 8 black pipe cleaners
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Pomade 


How To:

  1. Gather hair into a low ponytail and secure.
  2. Spiral the ends of the hair around the base to create a bun, and secure with the second hair elastic.
  3. Tug gently on the bun to loosen a bit.
  4. Gather the pipe cleaners into two bundles of four each. 
  5. Tightly wrap just the ends of one bundle around the base of the bun. (You can shorten the spider legs if you prefer - Lexie just likes to go big!)
  6. Repeat on the other side with the second bundle.
  7. Fan out the pipe cleaners so there are 4 legs on each side. 
  8. Bend the ends of each leg into a "foot." 
  9. Put a dollop of pomade or hair wax onto the back of the googly eyes, and stick into the center of the bun. (You can also use a dot of hot glue.)


Halloween Hairstyles

I hope your girls enjoy these hairstyles as much as Lexie and Lily do! Most of them are really quick and easy to duplicate, and the more complicated ones (bubble braid and woven candy corn) can be done just as quickly after a few practice runs. My girls will be happily rocking their spooky hairdos each day leading up to Halloween.


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