Flip Flop Fun!!!

Summer vacation officially started today for our family!!! I am so excited and looking forward to do some more projects with the kids. During the school year I have to sneak in the projects between homework and activities. At least now we do not have to stress about it.
So last week I went to Michaels to kind of stock up on few material for the projects and they had their flip flops on sale for $0.99. ( They might still have them now). I remember seeing a DIY flip flop on Pinterest using only flip flop and ribbon or fabric. So I grabbed one flip flop of each color along with some ribbon.
All you have to do is cut the ribbon or cut strips of fabric and tie it with a double knot along the flip flop straps. You can also add a flower in the middle.
It is a very easy and quick project.
Keep creating – Josiane

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Shrinkydinks necklace!!!

Last year we did a lot of projects with ShrinkaDinks. For those of you who haven’t heard about ShrinkaDinks, they are sheets of special paper that you decorate and then bake. Once baked they shrink and become hard and you can use them as charms for necklaces, bracelets, you can even do bookmarks , signs etc.
Since last year we kind of forgot about them and haven’t done a project since. But it wasn’t until I saw one of my friends wearing a necklace, made from ShrinkaDinks, by her kids that I remembered how fun it was plus I loved the idea of wearing a charm on my necklace made by my kids. So I bought the ShrinkaDinks ( from amazon, but could be found at target or michaels) and got the kids engaged in them again and loved the outcome:) got my small personalized necklace charm out of it;). My kids’ friends were here too and they all just loved it and specially that they were doing personalized charms for their mom and friends.
We printed out templates too, the girls wanted to create their own designs but the boys just wanted their designs from the templates. And the best part was watching the charms shrink in the oven which only takes about 2 minutes.
Hope you get to try them they are a fun project to do! Hope you create this memory;) Josiane

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Quick and easy snack

Having 4 kids, with ages ranging from 1 to 9 years,  I am always on the lookout for new and easy recipes. My kids love to bake and cook with me.  I love the fact they are into cooking and baking but as you all know it doesn’t always end up being a nice experience. So what makes it a good experience is if the recipe is a short and easy one, specially when you have kids under the age of five. Their attention spam is short and by the time you finish reading the recipe they are all over the place. So here is an easy one that you can prepare in few minutes and keep them involved.

Ingredients:
4 oz grated cheese
3 Tbsp soft butter or margarine
3/4 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 425F. Blend cheese and butter into dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix to form stiff dough, adding drops of cold water if too dry. Shape into small balls and place on a greased baking tray. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Yield 12-18 balls.

Note: This dough can be used to make cheese straws or twists. Put dough into a pastry tube to make straws. To make twists, roll out dough, cut into narrow strips and twist before baking.

Bon Appetit!! Josiane
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Treasure filled balloons

Today my kids had half day at school and usually on half days they have friends come over. Again it is a hot day so I found this activity online and prepared it yesterday.
I filled a large balloon with small stuff like beads, mini cloth pins , confetti , google eyes and pompons. Then filled the balloon with water and froze it overnight. I gave the kids the frozen ice and had them dig for the “treasures”. It was a hit!!!

(Josiane)

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