Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime

Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
I made Aria some Halloween slime back in October, and she loved it. She played with it until it dried out a bit and I tossed it. When I told her I was going to make her some Valentine slime she was over the moon. And what says Valentine's better than pink glittery slime?

Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
Here is what you will need:
  • 2 cups of white glue
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • a few drops of food coloring of choice
  • 2 tablespoons of glitter
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of borax
Instructions:
In a large bowl combine the glue, the 1 1/2 cups warm water, the food coloring, and the glitter. Stir until combined. 
Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day SlimeSweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
In a measuring cup, dissolve the borax in the 1 cup of hot water.
Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
Slowly pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture while stirring.
Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
Then get your hands in there and squish and knead until it all comes together and the water is absorbed. It takes about 3 to 5 minutes to become slime.
Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime

Notes:
Because of the glitter your hands will be covered after you squish it into slime. After it turns into slime the glitter doesn't tend to get all over though. I wasn't sure if we would end up with glitter hands and a table each time we played with the slime, but I've only seen the occasional lone glitter spec afterwards.

Store it in an air tight container and it lasts a nice long time. The Halloween slime we made would get dry around the edges eventually but I'd pick it off and toss those pieces and Aria could keep on playing with it.

Borax and glue aren't the best things for tummies so wait until the "put everything in your mouth" phase is over for this activity.

That big bottle of glue costs around 12 or 14, and you can make two slime recipes with it.

Sweet Turtle Soup - How to Make Pink Glittery Valentine's Day Slime
Aria couldn't wait another second for her slime to be finished. She has played with it daily (sometimes more than once) since I made it. It works great with cookie cutters, and with plastic knives, and with a rolling pin, and to make snake families over and over and over and over...until you just can't roll out another snake ever again.

I modified my recipe from The Connection We Share.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Day in the Life - Winter edition

Our day: Friday, January 22nd, 2016 - Aria is 3 years and 2 months old.

2:00 am | Aria wakes up so I hold her hand for a minute and she goes back to sleep.

3:30 am | Aria is up again so I hold her hand for another minute and she goes back to sleep.

6:49 am | My first alarm goes off. Aria is sleeping soundly. Chris is getting ready for work. I go back to sleep.

7:25 am | My "Aria's green light goes off soon" alarm goes off. I play around on my phone to wake myself up a bit.

7:35 am | I hear Aria leave her room and ever so slowly open up the bedroom door. She pops up on the bed with me and snuggles for a few minutes. I asked her if she had any dreams and she says she dreamed about Santa.

7:47 am | She is all done snuggling. So she hops down and trots off to the living room while I work on moving. Why do beds have to be so cozy?

7:50 am | I finally remember I want to do a DitL and start taking notes.

7:52 am | Now I drag myself out of bed. I find Aria playing with her baby and stroller in the living room. She wants to get dressed this morning instead of staying in her pajamas today.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

8:04 am | Next up we feed the dogs and cat. Aria has a pity party over not getting to say hello to the cat. When she calmed down she fed the dogs.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

8:09 am | The dogs are eating breakfast so we head outside.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

8:14 am | Aria asks if she can play with her pink slime so I set her up at the table with it while the dogs lounge outside. I go brush my teeth and wash my face, refill the ice cube trays, get myself water and Aria some milk, and then empty and refill the dishwasher.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

8:39 am | I am just finishing up the dishes so I play with the slime with Aria. We make snakes - mama snakes and daddy snakes and baby snakes and puppy snakes and grandma snakes.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

9:01 am | The dogs come back inside. Aria wants to play with them. I start a load of laundry.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

9:06 am | Aria wants a bandaid for a bug bite. Then she comes and helps me finish the laundry.

9:10 am | Time for breakfast. Aria wants pancakes, and we happen to have leftover pumpkin chocolate chip ones in the freezer still. So easy enough. I pop one in the toaster.

9:13 am | I pick her up to wash her hands. She snuggles on my shoulder so I sway with her and hum for a bit. When I stop to actually wash her hands she asks to me to keep snuggling her. So we hum and sway some more. I'm pretty sure I was humming the mario tune. Eventually I wash her hands and she gets in her high chair.

9:19 am | The pancake is ready. She also gets strawberries. I have a yogurt, which Aria eats half of too.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

9:39 am | Aria asked for a bagel to go with the rest of her feast so while she eats part of a bagel I get out the vacuum.

9:49 am | Aria is done eating so I pause the vacuum and wash her hands and face so she can get down.

9:51 am | She asks to go play in great grandma's room so while she does that I finish vacuuming and scoop the cat's litter.

10:02 am | When I'm done I go check in with Aria. She tells me she is reading her favorite story in the whole world, she is holding one of great grandma's books. She says it is about monsters, H I V F C that means monsters, see? (she shows me a page).
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

10:05 am | I clean up from breakfast now, and then check the menu for the day. It's chicken for dinner so I grab some chicken breasts from the freezer to thaw. Then I check on the laundry and switched it to the dryer and started another load.

10:14 am | I go check in with Aria again. She made great grandma's bed herself, so I lay down on top and pretend to sleep. She pounces on me then cuddles up for a whole 45 seconds.

10:19 am | I change out of my pajamas.

10:24 am | Morning chores are accomplished. Time for iced coffee.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

10:29 am | Aria comes running down the hallway yelling "I have to go poopoo mommy, will you wipe my butt after???". After that is taken care of she asks to put pants on since she notices that I changed into pants. She gets pants on then runs back to great grandma's room.

11:01 am | Aria comes running back out wanting to go "shopping" in her kitchen for groceries for her baby. She stocks up on the essentials then takes them into great grandma's room.

11:10 am | She brought all the groceries into great grandma's room but now that she is done with them she doesn't want to bring them back out. She starts to throw a fit about it so I tell her I'll pick them up and put them in a time out if she wants and she will also lose her TV time before lunch. She changed her mind and picked them up herself.

11:12 am | She picked everything up really quickly and then ran over to the rocking chair asking to watch TV now. She tried to get into the rocking chair too quickly and it fell over on top of her, which was pretty funny because it toppled over like a perfect cage and didn't actually hurt her. She was just trapped underneath the arms and the back. I almost took a picture but I thought I'd better just rescue her. After she gets into the chair more slowly I turn on Bubble Guppies for her.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

11:17 am | I start making lunch. Turkey burgers and green beans today.

11:50 am | It started raining at some point while I was cleaning, and now that is stopped I let the dogs outside again.

12:05 pm | Chris gets home. So it's time for lunch. (What time is it? It's time for lunch!)
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

12:32 pm | Lunch is over. I clean Aria up so she can give Chris a hug before he goes back to work. Usually she is still eating when he leaves to go back. I turn on Mutt and Stuff for Aria while I clean up lunch.

12:40 pm | The lunch mess is cleaned up. Aria's show is still on so I empty the dishwasher and refill it again. Then I pull out the dry clothes and dump them on the bed for later.

12:51 pm | Mutt and Stuff is over so Aria turns off the TV. Then we get out the box of duplos to play with.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

1:11 pm | Aria needs a bathroom break. When she is done she asks for a wet wipe and proceeds to "clean" her room with it followed by the hallway and a few more wet wipes.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

1:23 pm | Aria asks for her chalkboard easel. I pull it out and she scribbles a bit on it but mostly just wanted to wet wipe it. While she does that I fold some of her clothes that have been piling up.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

1:38 pm | I finished folding them all, so I ask her if she wants to help me sort the new laundry I dumped on my bed. It is one of her favorite chores so she is enthusiastic.

1:42 pm | After we sort Aria asks if she can go pretend she's at Disney with great grandma. I tell her she can go ask so she runs off and does that.

1:58 pm | She is done pretending to visit Disney so we let the dogs outside and I get her a snack of her favorite Frozen fruit snacks.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

2:10 pm | When she is finished with her fruit snacks great grandma calls her into her bedroom because she left a mess. So she goes to clean it up.

2:24 pm | She got distracted after she cleaned up whatever mess she made and wanted to play in great grandma's sink. She comes out soaked so I change her outfit and then she wants to go out and swing with me.

3:20 pm | I have reached my pushing a child on a swing limit so we come back inside. I realize the duplos are still on the floor so we clean them up and then Aria dances while I play drums on top of the container.

3:32 pm | Aria wanted to go play in great grandma's room yet again. She doesn't usually want to play in there so much, normally she just plays for a bit in the mornings after breakfast. I organize some photos on my computer.

3:47 pm | Chris gets home from work. Aria comes out at the same time and wants to sit on my lap. I tell her she can as soon as I finish whatever bit I was working on, but she doesn't like that answer. She tries to climb up anyways. I put her down. She claws my arm so she gets carted off to a time out with dad. When she comes back out she apologizes and sits on my lap for a hot second before wanting to run back off to great grandma's room.

4:09 pm | I prep the chicken and potatoes for dinner. We are having pan fried chicken and oven fries.

4:29 pm | I hate touching raw chicken, but everything is prepped so I have another iced coffee. Chris and I chat while Aria is (still!) playing in great grandma's room.

5:25 pm | I start making dinner.

5:50 pm | We decide to have a spontaneous family movie night. Aria picks Hotel Transylvania 2. I put that in while I finish up dinner.

6:09 pm | Dinner is ready. I set up Aria with dinner at her picnic table. She also got blueberries with her chicken fingers and oven fries.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

6:49 pm | Aria needed a bathroom break, and more blueberries.

7:27 pm | The movie is over and Aria wants to dance to the music at the end.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

7:35 pm | Dance party is over so time for bed. Night time diaper, pajamas, lights out, three songs, and hugs and kisses. I sit with Aria while Chris goes back to work. Two seconds after Chris leaves she says she needs to go potty again... I get her settled again and hold her hand for a minute before saying my good night.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - Winter edition

8:02 pm | I close Aria's door. Then I realize I still have to finish folding the rest of the laundry. I do that and then clean up dinner and the kitchen.

8:22 pm | I check Aria's monitor and she's sleeping. I continue with the rest of the cleaning.

8:32 pm | I'm done! Time to shower.

8:48 pm | I grab a pineapple and rum then crawl into bed with my laptop to work on our family yearbook.

12:07 pm | Finally realize how late it is so I let the dogs out once more before crashing.

The end.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Foodie For A Year - Link Up Announcement

I'm excited to let you know about a year long link up today. And, it involves food!

Jamie from The Jamie's + 1, Elizabeth from Chasin' Mason, Sarah from Seeing All Sides, Whitney from Work It Mommy, Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats, and I have decided to join forces this year to bring you "Food For A Year"! A link up to share your recipes every other month starting on Tuesday, February 2nd.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Foodie For A Year - Link Up Announcement

Each of the six months corresponds to a different category: on February 2nd we would love for you to share a Valentine's Day recipe, on April 5th a Brunch recipe, on June 7th a Favorite Summer recipe, on August 2nd an Easy Weeknight recipe, on October 4th a Slow Cooker recipe, and on December 6th a Holiday Treat recipe!

You can also share with us using the #foodieforayear on instagram and twitter!

So, mark your calendars and start brain storming recipes. It's going to be a delicious year.

Monday, January 18, 2016

$10 at Target - January

I started seeing these $10 at Target posts pop up and thought they were just the most fun. Who doesn't like a trip to Target with 10 bucks of 'fun' money? Next thing I know Becky asked if I wanted to give it a whirl myself. Yes, please! I actually went to Target for something - I don't even remember, it was clearly a very important trip - and was going to do my $10 challenge at the same time. I walked out without even remembering. Good thing Target is my home away from home.

I made it back to Target and loaded the cart with anything that caught my eye under 10 bucks. I probably debated the merits of 20 different items plus various $10 combinations for 45 minutes. Aria and dad were off wandering the toy aisles. It was rather enjoyable to meander around on my own doing mental calculations. And, finally I landed on just the right combo of goodies - something for me, something for Aria, and something for Aria and me!
Sweet Turtle Soup: $10 at Target - January
So, what did it all end up costing?
Sweet Turtle Soup: $10 at Target - January
$10.09! I failed. 9 cents over. In my defense we did go to the Target with higher sales tax, which I didn't take into consideration. Whatever! Aria loves her new Paw Patrol plate.

Here is what everybody else found for $10 this month!
Sweet Turtle Soup: $10 at Target - January
Becky at bybmg
Courtney at Sweet Turtle Soup
Elizabeth at Chasin Mason
Rachel at Garay Treasures
Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me
Whitney at Polka-Dotty Place


Care to join? The February $10 at Target is schedule for Feb. 22nd!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Picture Perfect Project: 12 in 2016 - January

The Picture Perfect Project: 12 in 2016 - January
"Pajama Day"

Good morning, everybody! I'd like to welcome you to the first link-up of a year long photography challenge - The Picture Perfect Project. I am joining up with Beth of Our Pretty Little Girls, Whitney of Work it Mommy, Stephanie of Wife Mommy Me, Elizabeth of Chasin' Mason, and Desiree of Macke Monologues to encourage you to challenge yourself in 2016 to take pictures daily, monthly, weekly, or any combination under the sun. And, then link-up with us on the 2nd Thursday of each month to share your progress. Challenges are always more fun when you do them with friends.

My challenge is "12 in 2016" - taking a photo of Aria once a month all year. Not just any picture (because I can usually be found behind my camera) but a picture where Aria is both looking in my direction and with a genuine smile. Some months are more successful than others but the only picture you regret is the one you don't take.

Sweet Turtle Soup

Please link-up any photography challenge you've been working on this year below! The link-up will be open until the end of the month, so add your link anytime between now and then. You can also  share your pictures on instagram or twitter using #thepictureperfectproject. And, don't forget the next link up is on February 11th.




Monday, January 11, 2016

Valentine's Day: Love Handprint and Footprint Canvas Art

Sweet Turtle Soup: Valentine's Day - Love Handprint and Footprint Canvas Art
This is one of my favorite handprint and footprint canvases that Aria and I have made. And, since it is one of my most popular pins I thought it deserved a brand new post.

What you need:
- canvas
- pink and white paint
- paintbrush, one large and one small

Directions:
Paint your canvas with an ombre technique by starting with the pink paint on the bottom. Then mix in a little bit of white paint into the pink paint as you paint upwards. Keep adding white to the pink until you are to the top. Let it dry.

Paint your child's hand with the white paint and stamp where the "o" would be in the word "love". Then paint your child's feet, one foot at a time, and stamp them in the shape of a V where the "v" would be in the word "love".

You can let the hand and footprint stamps dry or get right to painting the L and E. When you are finished let it dry and then admire. Save it for years to come and marvel at how tiny those hands and feet once were. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Teaching Together Blog Hop #4

Hey, everybody! Welcome to the Teaching Together Blog Hop. I, together with Whitney at Work it Mommy, Amanda at Tickled Pink, Courtney at A+ Life, and Beth at Our Pretty Little Girls, thought that a link up focusing on preschool activities, homeschooling ideas, and play at home learning would be a great way to pool together all sorts of fun and educational resources. A place to share and be inspired. Check back on the original post for full details, and/or on the first, second, and third blog hops for great ideas!

Today I thought I would share how I get Aria, who is three, involved in the kitchen. It is one of our favorite things to do together, usually because we tend to bake goodies and Aria is an excellent taste tester. But, mostly she just loves to help.

Teaching Together Blog Hop #4 - 10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help in the Kitchen

Aria started helping in the kitchen just before she turned two. I'm sure she could of helped before then, but I really hadn't thought of it at the time. My very first tip is take a nice calming breath before you start and remember that there will be a mess. I very much hate spilled flour, so I always have to remind myself that messes are okay. But, after you give yourself a little pep talk there are a lot of things a toddler can do in the kitchen.

#1. Basic Hygiene - We always wash our hands before we do anything in the kitchen. Just like we always wash our hands before we eat anything. Aria knows that she can't help make cupcakes until she's scrubbed her hands clean. We also cough and sneeze away from food (and people). This lesson took a little longer to catch on, but she's finally not sneezing in the flour.
Teaching Together Blog Hop #4 - 10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help in the Kitchen

#2. Identifying Ingredients - I always told her what ingredients we were using while we baked. One day she started telling me. Now I ask her to help me find them in the pantry and see if she can pick out the right ingredient when I ask for it. She's pretty good with flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. And, she knows that mom will flip her lid if she licks raw eggs ever again.
Teaching Together Blog Hop #4 - 10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help in the Kitchen

#3. Measuring & Dumping - Does anybody else's heart stop when their toddler scoops half a cup of sugar out of the container? I really only relaxed enough to let Aria do this recently. It's definitely not the cleanest way to help, but everything is a learning process. We talk about the different sizes of the measuring cups or measuring spoons, and we count how many we need.

#4. Stirring - One of the most basic ways a toddler can help. Almost everything needs to be stirred.
Teaching Together Blog Hop #4 - 10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help in the Kitchen

#5. Pushing Buttons - Another favorite of the toddler crowd. Pushing the buttons on the blender, or sliding the stand mixer's knob over. Aria also loves helping me open cans, and turning the handle on the sifter.

#6. Portioning Out Dough & Batter - I think letting Aria scoop out muffin batter into the muffin tins is my least favorite thing to do, but my gosh does she love it. I haven't let her try her hand at scooping out chocolate chip cookie dough, but she helps roll them into balls and place them on the cookie sheet. I just have to remind her that they each need a little space to grow.
Teaching Together Blog Hop #4 - 10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help in the Kitchen

#7. Chopping - Aria has just recently started to help with chopping. The kind of chopping that involves a butter knife. Bananas are an excellent start. But, she's helped chop leftover roasted veggies as well. She also has a knife that came with her toddler silverware set that is even less sharp than a butter knife, and she goes to town on her plate of food.
Teaching Together Blog Hop #4 - 10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help in the Kitchen

#8. Serving - One of my goals this year is to have Aria help even more with the cooking side of the kitchen. Mostly we've baked together, but I think she is ready for a bit more cooking responsibility as well. So, over Christmas she helped me make loaded scrambled eggs and then I let her serve it to everybody. She thought it was the best thing since buttered toast. She was very attentive and she offered more eggs right away whenever mom or dad finished a plate. She also wouldn't give more than a few spoonfuls, so plenty of chances for her to refill the plates.
Teaching Together Blog Hop #4 - 10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help in the Kitchen

#9. Kitchen Safety - From the time Aria was little we told her over and over and over that the oven is hot. Hot, hot, hot, ouch, don't touch. We all do that I'm sure. It was one of the first words she knew. So anytime she helps out with cooking that involves heat she knows she needs to be careful. Mostly she will stir a pot of something...soup, or oatmeal. She also knows she can't touch the stand mixer when the paddle is moving. Or, turn it on when the top is lifted up for that matter. Safety first!
Teaching Together Blog Hop #4 - 10 Ways Your Toddler Can Help in the Kitchen

#10. Cleaning - I'm the worst at this one. By the time whatever we are making is baking or cooking, I'm ready to shoo Aria out of the kitchen so I can wipe everything down. But, having them help bring supplies back to the pantry, load the dishwasher, or throw waste in the trash is a great foundation for when they actually need to do those things. Wouldn't it be great if your teenager cleaned up after themselves? It isn't the easiest when toddlers are so short, but they love to help so letting them do so when possible is a great habit.


Here are a few of our favorite recipes to make together:
oatmeal
scrambled eggs

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Please link up and share your teaching together posts below or on instagram/twitter using  #teachingtogetherbloghop. And, mark your calendars for the next Teaching Together Blog Hop on February 4th!