Make It: Kid Friendly Playdough

Last week my 2 year old came home from nursery school with one small can of neon pink Playdoh. My three children went bananas for the next day and a half--they divided the Playdoh three ways and went to town, making tiny ice cream cones, little bowls, plates, cakes--all with about a tablespoon size of Playdoh each. I was so impressed with their creativity that I decided to let them have what was once banished. But I know what happens to Playdoh--it gets mushed together into one unnatural color, then left out to dry and then becomes unusable. So, I thought I would make some that had the added bonus of being non-toxic. Now I'm the new local hero.Vinegar and baking soda are really enough to get most of your cleaning needs accomplished.
Something my husband and I have always agreed upon was having a Playdoh-free home.

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That stuff is like slow-moving lava--once you let it in, it never stops. Last week my 2 year old came home from nursery school with one small can of neon pink Playdoh. My three children went bananas for the next day and a half--they divided the Playdoh three ways and went to town, making tiny ice cream cones, little bowls, plates, cakes--all with about a tablespoon size of Playdoh each. I was so impressed with their creativity that I decided to let them have what was once banished. But I know what happens to Playdoh--it gets mushed together into one unnatural color, then left out to dry and then becomes unusable. So, I thought I would make some that had the added bonus of being non-toxic. Now I'm the new local hero.

Easy Peasy Homemade Playdough

4 cups flour
4 cups warm water
2 cups salt
1 cup olive oil
1 cup cream of tartar
1 box of food coloring

diy_playdough_via_goodwithstyleDirections:

- In a large pot, mix all ingredients together over low heat

- Stir mixture for several minutes

- Continue stirring until it's no longer sticky--this might take 5-10 minutes, but it will get there.

- Remove from heat, allow to cool.

- In separate bowls, scoop individual portions of dough, pour tablespoon of food colouring. Knead the dough until fully blended.

- Store each color in an airtight container.

- Now, go watch your kids smoosh that stuff into whatever their little magical minds can think of, and know that, ultimately, all the mess will be totally worth it.

 


Stokke Tripp Trapp Chairs

Chairs for kids. Chairs for kids who live in small homes. Chairs for kids the grown-ups can sit in without breaking. All of these things make the Stokke quite possibly the perfect modern kid-friendly chair. 

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Sturdy, convertible and nice looking. Yep, pretty much perfect.




Small Space Inspiration: Bunk Beds & Lofts | Apartment Therapy

Bunk Beds

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I've only had bunk beds once in my life, and that was so long ago I can't even remember if I liked them or not. I did have a slide from the top bunk which was super cool. My four year old has his heart set on bunk beds, but I worry he'll grow out of them and then we'll have to get rid of them. I'd rather get him a bed he won't grow out of. I wonder what it is about bunk beds that makes them so appealing to little kids. Besides the obvious hijinks, like jumping off the top bunk, hanging down and bugging the guy sleeping on the bottom bunk, what is it? Have you ever had bunkbeds? Do your kids have them?


eco friendly toys: wooden play kitchens

 

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I've been on the hunt for a play kitchen for awhile now. I've given serious thought to making my own, but with the limited space we have I am not sure that's such a good idea. As you probably already know, I'm partial to old school toys. Of course I could always repurpose a piece of furniture into some sort of kitchen. When I found Etsy seller Blue Eyed Yonder, I thought I'd died and gone to the great beyond (er). Seriously freaking adorably cute. She needs a contract with Home Depot stat. Miss Bonnie and Miss Darcy have pretty much left me speechless and unable to formulate any more thoughts on the kitchen quest, so I'm going to table (ha) the discussion until after the New Year. 

xo

Emily


I was a KOA Kid

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As the Fall weather cools we are spending as much time as possible outside. My kids would spend all day everyday outside given their druthers, so we usually pack up on weekends and head out to the country--upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania. We have a mini-van which I LOVE. Believe me, I never thought that I would say those words, but it's true. It reminds me of the motor home my Grandparents had in the seventies and eighties--we'd take that gas guzzler all over the country to visit hot spots like the Wisconsin Dells, Opryland, the Grand Canyon, even out to California to see the Redwood Forests. We'd camp along the way at KOA's. Camping as a child and then as an adult taughtt me about living simply, because when you hike in to a camp site you have to carry everything on your back that you will need for the time you are camping out. Food, clothing, and shelter. You pack minimally because you don't want to carry a single ounce more than is absolutely necessary. I haven't been camping in a long while, but now that we have a mini-van I think it just might be a possibility in the very near future.

Until you've gone on an extensive multi-day camping trip where you have to carry everything that you need to live on your back, the concept of Living Simply may not seem simple to you at all. The fact is that the Simple Living concept is not complicated, and it is a great help when pay careful attention to how you design your environment. You'll find that you can pare down your life to what is absolutely essential, and then carefully add some non-essential things (that tufted ottoman?) that are more like tasty treats. And you can remind yourself along the that what you really need is actually far, far less that what you thought.

xo

Emily

 


First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage...

Anne-geddes-baby-photo-purple-flowers-hydrangeas....and now we have a baby carriage. My husband and I welcomed our first baby, Sydney Lucille, in March. And now, with my new little flower by my side, we'll be adding fresh, eco-chic ideas everyday.

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