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With all of us home quarantined, I started scrambling for activities and all sorts of fun to keep my kids occupied with out having to run to the store to buy any ingredients or supplies. Now, let me put in my disclaimer about how much I despise Play Doh, but this was super easy and gave the kids something entertaining to do. The ingredients are minimal and you most likely have them in your pantry. It took all of 10 minutes and the clean up wasn’t horrible. It also keeps my kids busy for all of 11 minutes through out the day, now you may think 11 minutes is nothing but with this #quarantinelife I’ll even take 2 minutes, lol!
Check it out and let me know if you try this recipe and how it came out by tagging me at Em Loren.
- 2- 2 1/2 cups of Plain Flour
- 1/2 Cup of Water
- 2 TBSP of Oil (I used baby oil, olive oil smells funny after a few days)
- 1/2 Cup of Salt
- Food Coloring
What To Do?
- Combine your flour, salt and oil in a bowl
- Take your food coloring (if you are using) and mix it well into your water. Add water to your mixture.
- Stir it well, I suggest using a baking spoon before getting your hands messy. Once most of it is combined, you can use your hands and start kneading.
- Continue kneading until it is no longer sticky, you made have to add more flour. Don’t be lazy with this part, this is the key to your play dough in order to make sure it comes out the perfect consistency
- When not in use, make sure to seal in an air tight container or a zip lock bag.
TA-DA! There you have it Super simple and easy, just how this mama likes it!
This is a sponsored post but all opinions, as always are my own.
So, over the holidays there was a fire in town above a pizzeria that has been around for abut 50 years. Unfortunately, there was an apartment on top and it just so happens that these children went to my son’s school. A family of 5 now had no home or belongings just a few days after Christmas. Our community quickly put together a GoFundMe and donation drop offs and everyone came together fairly quickly and although they may not be able to get back what they had at least the road to recovery was made just a bit easier with extra help.
A few weeks later they had an assembly at my son’s school and our Principal called up the youngest (8) to give him praise about what a great job he’d done during this catastrophe. It turns out, he was the first to smell the smoke, wake up his siblings and parents and rush them out with no belongings. All I could think of, was thank goodness this child knew exactly what to do and didn’t panic.
So of course, as a mom I began to think, “what if this were my family?” Would my 6 year old know what to do? Would he not “know” the smell of smoke? Would he panic and scream? Fire Safety is often talked about in school but just like other school work it also has to be practiced at home. Something I can shamefully admit that we have not discussed in my household. Partly because I believe we are super careful when it comes to fire hazards but accidents can always happen, right? Mostly to protect my son’s innocence. I simply don’t want to discuss scary topics like this with him much less imagine “what if?”
But, after hearing this story I decided it was time to put my big girl panties on and set up a plan. There are so many ways to be extra cautious around children with fire hazards.
- Don’t play with fire or matches. This may. seem like common sense to some but, let me tell you KIDS ARE CURIOUS. Most kids will try to get away with as much as they can every second they have. The best way to avoid this is to keep matches away in a spot where children can not get to. If your child is older, make sure to let them know it is not okay to use matches with out. adult supervision.
- Never, ever leave candles or incense burning. If you leaving your home, anything that. could catch on fire should be turned off especially a candle. If you are burning incense, make sure to be in the room until it has burned out completely. One time, I bought a candle home from vacation in a coconut shell and once it reached to the bottom it cracked open and kept burning!!! Thank goodness I was in the room and quickly shut it off because I can’t imagine what would’ve happened – it was on my dresser and we all know that fire and wood do not mix!
- Check smoke detectors and batteries. Make sure they are functioning. There is no use in having smoke detectors if the batteries don’t work or they are expired. We all know that annoying beeping that occurs when it’s. time to change the batteries, so just. change them and move on! Don’t let it linger.
- Don’t over plug. It is so hard nowadays to worry about this with this fast paced world we live in but but if you are not using it, just unplug it. With all the technology and chargers it can so easily become a hazard and its always better safe than sorry.
Image: Alpha Fire And Security Systems
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Most importantly, educate your children. Education is key in all aspects of life. Create a family plan and also practice it to make sure it is successful with out glitches. If there are glitches, make sure to make appropriate adjustments right away. Never re-enter the building once you are out no matter what. Crawling through rooms and hallways when smoke is present is super important and a key factor they should know. Stop, Drop & Roll technique is a great way to teach them what to do in the events of.
As much as no one wants to believe or think about this terrible stuff, it can happen to anyone and I’d rather be safe than sorry. I know that no amount of practice can prepare you for such a strategy but a little knowledge goes a long way.
*Insert dooming music here…. dun dun dunnnnnnnn…..* The most dreaded season has fallen upon us once again guys, yes FLU SEASON. The magic of the holidays has slowly slipped away from our finger tips and the season of germs, boogers & fevers is here. Our Christmas break started off with Max catching it first and then a few days later, my little one on Christmas Eve- Max didn’t get it half as bad as my poor little girl did. Let’s just say it was not fun at all we are going on a full week of being sick, but thankfully I can see she is on the mend and acting more like herself. Since she is home with me, this is the first time she has really gotten sick and I had absolutely nothing in my house other then a humidifier and Motrin so you know I had to do some research to check out what was on the market for babies so you know Target trip was needed.
- First and foremost, if you have kids you NEED a humidifier, I swear by these because as babies and toddler they don’t know how to blow their nose or get of phlegm. Best thing you can do for them is loosen it up for them. The minute I see a bit of congestion the humidifier goes on over night in their room. This is the one I use and I love it- super simple and easy to work and set up.
- Second, the Nose Frida!! Again, the congestion is what causes everything – the post nasal drip that leads the coughing and hacking up lungs. I used the Nose Frida on my babygirl before bed and she was sound asleep after 4 nights of basically being up and uncomfortable unable to breath and coughing,
- Third, I typically do not use Johnson & Johnson’s because they aren’t the cleanest product for babies but I already knew a good bath with Soothing Vapors calms and does wonders right before bed time when your little one isn’t feeling their best.
- Next, Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Mucus & Cold Relief for night time helps break up mucus and soothe coughing while asleep and is free of all artificial flavors, dyes & parabens.
- For daytime I was using Zarbees Baby Cold & Immune as needed because I truly hate pumping her with so many meds and I know her body has the antibodies it needs to fight off so I medicate so that she can be a little more comfortable. I love that I am able to control her cough but also help boost her immune system with Agave, Thyme & Elderberry.
- Last but not least I love rubbing her down with Zarbees Soothing Chest Rub. I use the Eucalyptus, Lavender & Beeswax scent because obviously regular Vicks is too strong for her. I rub this on her chest,, back, neck and bottoms of her feet so basically her whole body LOL.
These were my favorite picks and they can all be found at Target. I hope all of you fellow mamas stay strong during this cold & flu season. There is no more frustrating feeling than sick babies, no sleep and having to take of everything else, but sometimes this is a sign to just slow down. Things can always be worse so just let them cuddle, let them in your bed and simply hold them. A few days ago I came across @brittaniborenleach’s Instagram, she is a Youtube mama and she laid her 3 month old down for a nap on Christmas Day and when she went to check on him he was not breathing. After being rushed to the hospital and countless tests, the doctors determined the damage was irreparable. Brittani & her family have decided to donate Crew’s organs in hopes of saving another life.
This story really brought perspective to my eyes, Esme has been super clingy, clingy isn’t the word- but I’ll take it. It can always be worse. I can’t imagine what Brittani and her family are going through and I have prayed for her and her family profusely. There is a Go Fund Me set up for her as well as a PO Box for those that want to send gift cards or gifts. If you are unable to send monetary support you cn watch her Youtube videos without skipping adds as she has 4 other children they have to continue to support and money should not be a worry for them at the moment.
So remember mamas, hug your babies tight & simply take deep breath – there are far worse things then being sleep deprived.
The most wonderful time of year is upon us and it couldn’t have started off better than with our December 1st snow storm! I feel like each year it gets harder and harder to keep the magic alive with my 6 year old with all the gossip going around at school so I am always trying my best to give him the most joyous experiences especially during this time. I’ve put together a few places that you can enjoy with your kids during Christmas. I try my best to go to one place a week leading up to the “big night” and also save some for during Christmas Break when I’m going crazy with both kids at home.
1.Turtle Back Zoo– West Orange, NJ
The Holiday Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo is one of my favorites and its great for children of all ages. You can take a night time stroll through the zoo an admire the magical wintry light show and enjoy late night cookies and cocoa (extra fee). Entering the zoo is free of charge and donations of non perishable foods, unwrapped new toys and/or new or gently used winter coats are accepted at the door. The show runs from November 22-December 31 from 5-9 pm.
2. Van Saun Park– Paramus, NJ
The zoo offers plenty of winter time fun including ice skating (real & synthetic), activities & games, train rides, Santa’s workshop, a beer garden (for the adults, obviously), and food trucks! General admission is $15 and children 3 & under are free. This runs from November 22-January 5 from 4-9pm. You can visit www.bergencountywinterwonderland.com to see all the different activities they have going on each day to pick what day would best suit you.
3. Santa at Van Vleck– Montclair, NJ
This only runs Saturday-Sunday, December 7 & 8th and Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair and you can enjoy family selfies with Santa, arts & crafts and your kids are able to write their letter to Santa while enjoying milk & cookies provided by Vanillamore.
4. The Polar Express – Whippany, NJ
This will be our first year attending and I CAN NOT WAIT to bring the kids! You can board a train in Whippany, NJ and enjoy the magic & sounds of th motion picture The Polar Express and relive the magic of the movie as you are whisked away aboard the Polar Express. Santa & his elves join you and gift each passenger a silver sleigh bell. The train runs November 16-Dec 30 various times a day and you can choose from general admission ($41) or first class ($70). The website also gives you options for value dates at a less expensive rate- make sure to book fast before they sell out!
There they are! I didn’t want to bombard you with too many just because the holiday season is crazy as it is. Remember, most towns have also have their own tree lightings and breakfasts’ with Santa that are free of charge or very inexpensive. I hope you all are just as excited as I am to spread the holiday cheer with your friends and families!
If you visit any of these places, I’d love too see pictures- make sure to tag me on instagram @em.loren_ !
Know anyone that enjoys being cozy more than anything? During the colder months I know I’m all about staying in, popping open a bottle of wine & snuggling in my robe. I rounded up some really great gift options for a cozy night in. I’m so happy that you can still make cozy fashion with all these awesome gift ideas this holiday season.