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My kids are a little under the weather today, so we decided to
do a low-key project indoors and make bath crayons.
There are tons of tutorials online on how to do this, but I
primarily used this one from Helium.
Here are the supplies you need: White ivory soap, cookie
cutters, a cheese grater and some food coloring. I received the box
of cookie cutters from my good friend Casey as a bridal shower gift - they are
awesome. Not only are there endless cookie possibilities, but they
are perfect for play doh and, well, bath crayons.
You shred the ivory soap with a cheese grater. We ended up using
3 bars of soap.
Then you take a cup of the soap and mix some warm water (about a
1/4 cup) with it. Stir in food coloring of your choice. You are
supposed to stir until it is stiff. I can't say that these every
got stiff. I also read you are supposed to stir until the soap
dissolves, but my kids were a little too excited to wait that long.
Then press them into cookie cutter molds or ice cube trays. I
set these on a piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet. We made
about 12 crayons out of 3 bars of soap in 6 different colors.
We put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes, then popped
them out of the cookie cutters. You are supposed to let them harden
for a day or two before using them in the bath. I'll be interested
to see if they really work - I've read that people have had varying
degrees of success. Either way, the kids had a blast making them,
and it was a very inexpensive project. Let us know if you try it,
and if so, how it works!
As I've mentioned in the magazine, my boys and I have a Summer
Bucket list each year. It's filled with activities that my boys
want to accomplish. This year's list was pretty long. I hope this
isn't a yearly trend.
On this year's bucket list:
The final item was accomlished tonight. My boys wanted to ride a
train for the very first time. We drove up to the Salem train
station and rode the Amtrak home. We took along a friend who'd
never been on a train. We all had a blast and ate ice
cream during the train ride. I do want to apologize to all the
passengers who actually stayed in their seats during the trip...my
kids wanted to walk all the way the to the front AND back of the
train...over and over. How's your Summer Bucket List coming
cat is out of the bag....our next cover MOM Is going to be Amy Roloff,
Oregon native and star of TLC's Little People, Big World.
If you had the opportunity to ask Amy any question, what would
it be? We might just select your question to ask her! Leave it in
the comments here, and stay tuned for our behind the scenes look at
the interview and photoshoot with Amy!
Our house is for sale and we decided to paint it. Of course
we've wanted to paint the Toxic Blue house since we moved in, but
waited to actually do it when we're ready to move out. Don't
wait... paint your house now. It's worth it!
We received multiple bids and decided to go with Robby
Dennis of Albany College Pro Painters. They did a great
We also used a fun online program to mock up multiple color
choices. Here are some that we did, and some the kids did. I hope
you can tel who's is who's!
Which did we choose? Check it out at www.tinyurl.com/housecolor
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