Friday, January 08, 2016

Paper Bag Tree Activity for Tu B'Shevat

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One of my favorite Tu B'Shevat activities is a paper bag tree in blossom. They're SO easy and fun! There's no glue or other adhesive necessary since the packing peanuts stick all by themselves when wet.

~ Colored biodegradable packing peanuts such as these from Amazon  (or just any leftovers)
~ Brown paper lunch sacks

1) Open lunch sack.

2) Squash the middle of the sack to make the trunk.
3) Tear about four or five strips into the top of the sack to make branches. This part requires adult help for the very little ones.

4) Squish to mold the branches.
5) Very lightly wet each of the packing peanuts and put them on the tree as blossoms. This is the hardest part since kids tend to want to wet the packing peanuts enough to dissolve them. I sometimes just have them press the peanut against a sponge instead of fully wetting it.

The finished tree:

Sunday, January 03, 2016

DIY Foaming Hand Soap and Foaming Bath Soap

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I never like to buy foaming hand soap, because I feel like I'm just paying 5 times more for the amount of soap that I'm getting. I had a hard time looking up the soap-to-water ratio in order to make my own, so when I finally got it right, I figured I would post it here to save for all time!

foaming hand soap body wash

I bought these foaming soap dispensers from Amazon.  You can also just recycle and old foaming dispenser, but they tend to give out after a few refills.

InterDesign Metro Aluminum Foaming Soap Dispenser

I buy whichever liquid soap is on sale, but this is the soap I like best because it's gentle and unscented and I can add in the essential oils I want for scent:

Foaming Hand Soap

1 Part Castille or liquid soap
5 Parts Water

Foaming Body Wash

1 Part Castille or liquid soap
4 Parts Water
1 Part Cooking Oil (olive or avocado works nicely)
Essential oils if desired (5-10 drops)

Instructions: Mix all ingredients into foam soap dispenser. I also usually shake gently before using the body wash because of the whole oil and water not mixing thing. Happy sudsing!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Do Try This at Home's Best of 2015

Everyone and their brother seems to be doing a "most popular post" of 2015, and I figured I better get in on the fun before the year was over...tonight. 

Many of my posts this year went onto other websites and I'm not counting those here (although I believe I will repost them here eventually). 

One thing is very clear though: the people who came to visit me here on my very own blog came HUNGRY. I wanted to do my top 10 most popular, but I didn't think of it until too late, so here are the top few:

1) Mrs. Freedman's Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies - They're gluten free. They're extremely easy to make. And apparently they're very likable.

2) Bottle cap table - I actually posted this at the end of 2014, but it was either second or first most popular for 2015, depending on how proficient one is at finding information in Google Analytics. I'm not that good. But I'm hoping to make another of these in 2016:

3) Tres Leches Cake - See? I told you people were hungry. 

4) Peanut Butter "Dinosaur Eggs" - These are fun, easy and yummy. So...I guess people like them.

After that, because of my iffy relationship with Google Analytics, it gets a little tougher to tell. But right up there were the following:

So that's the best I had in 2015! Mostly people came with an appetite. Some people came to check out the stalking. Unfortunately, the world of blogging lost a wonderful soul this year and quite a few people stopped by to read my post about my old blogging friend Oren.

I look forward to visiting with everyone next year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: New Kitchen Countertops


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