Play dough with essential oils!

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Valentine play dough

Basic Play Dough recipe

2 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

4 tablespoons of lemon juice

3 tablespoons of coconut oil (this smells so good and it’s conditioning!)

1&1/2 cups of boiling water

Extras

Food coloring (I used Wilton gel colors)

Glitter (I got the fine pink glitter from Target’s dollar section)

Essential oils (always make sure it’s safe for the little ones!) I used 2-4 drops

Instructions

In a large bowl combine all of your dry ingredients, including the glitter. Boil your water and then combine into the dry mix. Do not add oils until later!!! We don’t want to damage the oil and take away the benefits. Wait until the dough is cooled and then add your oil. Again make sure your oil is safe for the age of the child or children you are making the playdough for. Consult with your healthcare practitioner. When cooled and oils are kneaded in then it is ready to use! Don’t forget to put it in a bag when all through or an empty container. Gelato containers are the perfect size for this, this recipe takes up two of the containers. I will update soon with a picture of the gelato.

The group of toddlers I work with love this playdough so much they ask me multiple times through the day to bring out the “playbow” and it keeps them busy for 30 minutes and sometimes longer. That’s a huge deal for 1-2 year olds!

You can make this basic recipe and it’s awesome, but the glitter and oils are what really bring it to the next level! I personally use Young Living oils because I can trust that they really are 100% pure (everyone adds that claim to their bottle but it doesn’t mean it’s true). I always make sure that what I am using is safe for these little ones. For my valentines play dough I added white Angelica, one of my favorite blends.

So far I have made a lavender play dough which I added dried lavender along with the essential oils, tangerine oil, pine oil (we were doing a tree unit that week), peppermint (for candy cane play Dough!), and the white Angelica. I can’t wait to try more oils in my playdough. The kids got a full sensory experience with these because the smell is amazing and calming and of course they tasted it a lot. Yuck!

I will have to update this post soon with pictures of my other oily playdoughs, I don’t know why I didn’t snap a picture!

P.s. this recipe works better than the name brand in the Playdoh Ice cream maker my son has

Mouse Paint

It was just doctor Seuss’ birthday and every year at my son’s preschool they dress up as a favorite character from any book (not just Dr Seuss) and bring the book to school. I believe it’s called read across America day!

This year my little one picked Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. He said he wanted to be the red mouse because red is his favorite color. Thankfully this was an easier and cheaper costume to make. I got most of the pieces from Walmart and a few things from around the house.

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First I went to Walmart and picked out a red t shirt that would fit him and matching red shorts (it’s hot here). Then I got an XL red t shirt, an XL orange t shirt, a package of little girls fabric covered headbands, orange socks from the baby section, and some red felt.

I cut a long skinny section off of the orange t shirt and sewed it onto the bottom of the red shorts to make it look like the mouse when he played in the yellow puddle and made orange.

I cut the XL red t shirt into long strips and cut the orange one into some smaller strips. I then tied the red and orange fabric pieces together and then braided them to make a tail that looks like it was dipped into the yellow paint too. I then sewed the tail onto the shorts.

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For the ears, I took one of the head bands and covered it with some of the red fabric from that big t shirt and hot glued it together. I cut the felt to make big mouse ears. I cut four pieces so that I could make them thicker and glue them onto the headband easier. My littlest one loved the mouse ears so I think I’m going to make more animal ears with the rest of the headbands.

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The paint brush is optional. I happened to have the materials lying around the house. I used some brown paper that came in an amazon box, an empty wrapping paper tube, newspaper, clear packing tape, gold washi tape, and bright red glossy paint.

I took the wrapping paper tube and stuffed it with balled up newspaper so that it would be sturdier. I actually did that step afterward but I suggest doing it first. You can push it in there with a broom. I grabbed a bunch of the brown paper and loosely rolled it up and then tightened up the end that would be the top of the paint brush. The bottom part I wrapped around the wrapping paper tube and secured it with packing tape. I then covered that part with the gold washi tape. Then I covered the entire wrapping paper tube with packing tape because My kids were getting a little wild with the paint brush and I wanted him to at least have it last for school. I covered the tip of the paint brush with that glossy red paint that matched perfectly with his shirt and still looked wet after it dried.

And that’s what made an awesome costume. Those shirts and pair of shorts were only $2.88 each at my Walmart.

 

Ready, Set, Jump…

They say that God makes you uncomfortable when he’s wanting to show you another open door and see you grow. This is what lead me to create a blog with no clue what I am doing. I’ve jumped into the unknown hoping that this path with lead me to victory as a young single mom of two little boys.

Currently as I write this post I am still employed as a CNA in a nursing home. I love my job, I love taking care of people and hearing their stories and lifting them up. While I am working though I can’t help but think about my two little ones at home. The oldest turning four soon with some behavioral issues and the other soon to be nine months old whose diapers I could be changing instead. Their emotionally abusive dad moved out and far away about two months after the baby was born.

Issues that I hadn’t noticed before, or possibly tried not to notice, started popping out of the woodwork. The four year old started hitting himself and me, he suddenly started having accidents in his pants, the cat was peeing everywhere in the house, the dog was diagnosed with fear aggression, and the baby thankfully went from cranky and crying to smiling all the time.

I believe God is calling me home to take care of my family and also start healing myself. I have been praying for his guidance and what should I do next and all I came up with is write… so that’s what I’m doing here. I jumped into a blog about my struggles and few victories. I’m hoping that whoever may come to read this can relate and find hope or offer some wisdom and advice.

I called this blog terrible two moms not because it’s about a lesbian couple raising kids, if that’s what you came for then I am sorry to disappoint. I came up with the name because after my children’s father moved out, my mom moved in. So it’s us two raising two boys. Soon maybe I can get her on here to offer her stories of raising me and my two brothers and what it is like having adult children.

Thanks for your time….. more to come soon.