03/5/14
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homemade cinnamon play dough

Thank you all for your super sweet words regarding Zoe’s birth story!  It was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I get to share how our little girl came into this world.

Hunter first got his hands on some play dough at the library story time a few weeks back. They had all sorts of animal shape cutters and play dough molds. He had tons of fun playing with it and he even got to take his play dough home. While it was just a little ball, we made it last a few afternoons. The fun ended when the dog ate the play dough… ewww.

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I saw a recipe for herb and spice scented play dough on Pinterest along with a homemade play dough recipe I just had to try. Yesterday during Hunter’s nap, with Zoe asleep in my arms, I made a batch of cinnamon scented play dough. The cinnamon gave the play dough an amazing smell + a nice tan color too. I don’t have too many cookie cutters around so our ‘tools’ were kind of random – a kid’s table knife and a circle cookie cutter.  Imagination was necessary. :)

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After breakfast today I pulled the play dough out of the fridge.  The tools were barely touched.  Lots of balls, squares, triangles, snowmen and pretzels were made.  Family fun for all!

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I’m trying to have some activities other than just playing with toys around since we’ve had a lot more at home time. While Zoe has been a great sleeper for us, both Jacob and I are more tired and I want to minimize TV time as much as possible… save it for the times we are absolute zombies. :). This will be a great activity to have around!

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I should note, the dough was very sticky before I put it in the fridge.  I probably should have cooked it a little longer than I did… but instead I rushed since I was cuddling a baby  Still, it works great and we’ll get lots of use out of this batch!

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Homemade Cinnamon Play Dough

Recipe from here

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a saucepan (preferably nonstick), mix the first four ingredients together so the mixture is as smooth as possible. It is OK if a few little lumps remain. Add the cinnamon and stir to mix thoroughly.
  2. Heat slowly, stirring regularly. As the mixture starts to thicken, stir constantly. Soon it will begin to start to pull away from the sides of the saucepan and form one lump. This takes about five minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and place the play dough ball on some parchment paper. Let cool and then knead for a minute or so.  I found I had to chill it first before kneading it.
  4. Store wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge.

Next I want to try the rosemary variation. Green color + I think it will smell amazing.

Are your kids big into playing with play dough?  Have you made play dough before?  If so, share your favorite recipe! 

Heather

02/12/14
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sewing lately: 2.12.14

I last shared what I’ve been sewing as part of my DIYed Christmas at the end of the year.  Since then I’ve made many more garments.  I’m excited to share them with you guys!  Kids Clothes Week seems to get me on a roll with coming up with sewing ideas.  Since that week (at the end of January) I’ve been continuing on with my sewing streak.  Here’s what I’ve been up to on the sewing front.

baby pants

So-so many baby pants!  They come together pretty quickly and I can make them how I want them to look.  I love harem pants and had already made a couple different ones for Hunter, so I decided to work on drafting and shrinking the pattern I had for Hunter down so baby girl can have them too.  Harem AKA parachute pants are perfect for big cloth diaper butts, so I think these will work out great.  Here’s my first pair I made, as a test for the pattern.

I up-cycled an old but barely worn shirt of mine for the material – dark grey thin knit with some stretch in it.

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After I made that first pair I was ready!  Next I got even more creative and added the custom carrots all over this up-cycled shirt fabric.  It’s just white cotton with not much stretch, but made into something new with the citrasolv carrot transfer.

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My final pair of harem pants are my favorites.  Soft black interlock fabric – so it’s a bit thicker than the other up-cycled shirt fabrics and still has some stretch.  I added cuffs to the bottom which is much easier than hemming itty bitty leg holes.

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I also made Hunter a matching pair of harems with the same fabric.

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Dog hair is inevitable in our house. :/

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Two more pairs of baby pants.  These basic newborn pants (free pattern + tutorial) in this fun yellow and leaf flannel.

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Lastly, these flannel shorts.  They are supposed to be 1-3 months in size, but they look much bigger (at least 6-9 months).  The sides of the shorts have elastic to give it a scrunched look.  Simplicity vintage baby pattern 1813a if you’re interested.

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hats/hoodies

This free baby bonnet pattern came together in a snap!  I used the same flannel material as the last shorts along with a very light grey soft cotton and polyester blend fabric (I believe) for the lining.

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Hunter also got a head warmer in the form of a hoodie-scarf.  Or what was supposed to be a scarf.  I think I made a mistake on the fabric calculation because it turned into a cowl/cape instead of a scarf.  It was my first time adding ears to any type of hat – so fun!

I do still need to add a snap where the safety pin is.  Maybe I’ll do that today. :)  Flannel + the same light grey I used in the bonnet above.

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dresses

I was at a store a couple months ago and spotted this dress by Carter’s.  I loved it, and instantly thought, I can make that!

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So I did!

Lucky for me I already had an almost exact match to the stripped fabric on hand.  Using the geranium dress pattern (I love this pattern) I made my own in a 3-6 months size.  I made the dress a bit shorter than the pattern called for just so it wouldn’t be long and in the way of little baby legs.

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These next two dresses were actually for my friend’s two little girls – more geranium dresses!  I think I’ve made 6 of them now.  Wow.

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Hunter gear

Lastly, some Hunter gear.  These slippers.  Most sewing is fun.  These were not.  While they look cute, even with the many mistakes I made throughout, they were such a challenge!  I followed this tutorial.

They are made with flannel on the outside and lined with faux sherpa, so super cozy and warm.  I have to say though, I couldn’t believe my slippers showed up on the kid’s clothes week wrap up post!  Totally worth it to make them. :)

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The last item I’ve sewn (I actually drafted the pattern myself and made it during our recent snow days) was this waffle shirt for Hunter.  I used an old but barely worn waffle shirt of mine (top left photo) and turned it into a nice fitted long sleeve shirt for Hunter. There’s a bit of extra length in the sleeves and shirt, so it should last a little while as he continues to grow.

I cannot wait to make more of these for him!  He has a couple of store bought waffle shirts and they are just so wide and loose on him.  Not a great fit for a slender kiddo.  I just love that I can customize the fit.  Bonus for using clothing I wasn’t wearing anyways.

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So much sewing, so much fun (well, except those slippers….).  I’ve been taking advantage of my extra time lately since I know soon I’ll be preoccupied with a new baby to snuggle (any day now!).  I do have 2 items I want to make for myself (a button up tank top + slouchy cardigan) and a cardigan for baby girl.  They’ll be matchy cardigans in mustard yellow… I cannot wait.  :)

I really worked on using up fabric from my stash or up-cycling old clothes to keep the cost down.  The only fabric I actually purchased was the black that was used for the matching harem pants and cuffs + collar for Hunter’s shirt.

What have you been crafting lately?  If you sew for kiddos, what’s your favorite pattern?  My current top 3 are harem pants, geranium dresses and this new long sleeve shirt pattern I made.  Probably because I feel confident making them!

Have a great Wednesday!

Heather

Looking for more sewing?  Check out these previous posts:

01/13/14
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food and fitness week 2

Hi guys!  Hope you had a fantastic weekend.  I had grand plans of starting a new series over the weekend, but instead I stayed away from the computer and had fun with the family.  So much better right?  New series to start tomorrow though!

We actually began getting ready for our baby girl.  Yeeeessssssssss.

I haven’t talked much about it (probably because of procrastination), but our kiddos are going to share a room.  Here’s a look at some progress we made.

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There are now two cribs in the room.  Hunter’s regular sized crib (right side), and a mini crib (left side) for baby girl.  My mom painted the wall to the far left side (dark grey) and Jacob added another tree along the edge, more branches, leaves and a yellow bird along the left side of the mural too.  We vacuumed, cleared most of the stuff out and rearranged a bit.  It feels so good to have a little bit done.

Really the only thing left to do (other than decorate her wall – which I’ll be DIYing!), is work on the closet.  I want to add more shelves and lots of baskets, like the picture below (that’s not our closet).  We don’t have doors on the closet so baskets will be nice to keep it looking organized.

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I also made lots of progress on some freezer meals and general food prep over Saturday and Sunday.  I spent about 1 hour each day working on it, so it definitely didn’t feel very overwhelming.  Here’s what I made.

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  • puffed amaranth cereal (see it in progress two pictures up) – for the week

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  • beef zucchini meatballs for the freezer
  • cooked black beans for the chili and for the freezer
  • thai coconut sauce that goes with the meatballs – for the freezer
  • beef and bean chili for the week + maybe the freezer if there’s a lot leftover

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  • pre-made my yogurt cups – homemade peach jam on the bottom and whole milk plain yogurt on top

Now onto the food and fitness for last week!

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Monday – cashew chicken with broccoli and rice

Tuesday – chicken noodle soup + fruit

Wednesday – chorizo ricotta tortilla pie (similar idea to this one)

Thursday – yummy casserole: rice, broccoli and beef breakfast sausage with cream of celery soup

Friday – dinner at friends! I brought this yummy apple and poppyseed coleslaw salad

Saturday – dinner with family!  No cooking from me, just lots of eating

Sunday – beef and bean chili with rice + fruit

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I was back to all of my regular classes last week + TONS of practicing for the launch of body pump and body combat.  I have major pregnancy brain going on… these have been the toughest releases for my brain to memorize.  But, I got body pump down and taught it with zero mistakes this morning, and Wednesday I’ll teach the new body combat release, which means more cramming tomorrow!

Monday – body pump + fitness yoga

Tuesday – practice body pump

Wednesday – body combat

Thursday – body pump + sculpt and tone

Friday – body pump + fitness yoga

Saturday – practice body combat

Sunday – practice body pump

Well this whole post turned out much longer than I anticipated.  Guess I had a lot to share!

Now your turn, what did you do this weekend?

Heather