Wednesday, October 27, 2010

crayon melts

with little kids always scribbling, we were starting to accumulate quite a few broken crayon bits and pieces around here and remaking them into muffin shaped composite crayons seems like a fun way of giving them a useful second life. and, well. who doesn't love a little chemistry in the lab!

so, we set right to work sorting out colors. i took the lid to a container and traced circles on a sheet of paper in all the different colors and had a and h scribble away.  then we filled our mini muffin tin with our mixes. and, popped them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes. keep your eye on them though. have your children set a timer and record the progress.


there you go. mini crayon cookies! next up...creating new names for all your colors. ava had a princess pink cupcake and i am pretty sure that hudson would love to name the one grampa green as he loves to ride in his john deere tractor. but, seriously who gets that job. i think i would like to sign up.
just a few tips:
•use only one brand/kind of crayon. the batch we made of only regular crayolas melted more evenly. washable ones (very hard to melt) and all the freebies from dining establishments, differential melting becomes a problem as some melt to water-like consistency while other are rock hard.

•2-3 highly contrasting colors gave the best scribble. the all-shades-of-blue cookie looked great, but was a little underwhelming when it came to performance testing.

•3 full crayons are about all that you'll want in a mini-muffin tin. it looks like it will hold more, but you don't want them coming over the edge and spilling in your oven. use a pan underneath while the Cookies are in the oven.

if you try this yourself, i would love to see your rainbow of colors and hear the interesting names they are given.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

10 things i ((love)) sunday

 fall has officially arrived. the nights are crisp and cool. the days are sunny and warm. here are a few of the things i am hearting to add color, warmth, and sweetness to my days.

1. allisa jacobswood handle fall floral handbag
2. nikid. caramel and belgian chocolate covered apple with pecans
3. rocket and bear. baby organic booties
4. the bitsy bean. apple natural wooden teething toy
5. missisaau. handmade mixed rainbow colored pencils
6. thimble and acorn. heather grey long sleeve tunic
7. an apple a day. fresh and crisp the season's best
8. girl hula. wheels. what better way to get around and enjoy your surroundings.

9. this little boy in his little boxer briefs. we are far from being potty trained but, who can resist those cute little cheeks stomping around the yard. he has also become quite the scholar. both a and h love books and we spend hours reading. he found the perfect spot and plopped himself down with a pile of books. occasionally when the 'it's too quiet' panic mode sets in, this is what i find my children doing. it melts my heart.

10. ava's first official team sport. she has made loads of new friends whether they were dribbling the ball back and forth or swapping bracelets on the field.  i may not technically be driving the mini-van but, i am the proud momma of a soccer kid.

i hope you enjoy lots of snuggles with your loves and warm sweaters and cozy socks this fall.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

a newbie to melon dot

i am wishing this litte girl sweet sweet rainbow dreams and all the best to her family.

congrats on your new baby girl, addie!! hope she gets lots of use out of her melon dot tee.

also, i know the month is half over but, these are some dates you just may wish to celebrate

National Dessert Month (sweeeet!)
Class Reunion Month
National Book Month
National Roller Skating Month
10/8 World Egg Day
10/11 Thanksgiving in Canada
10/13 National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day
10/23 Weird Al Yankovic's Birthday
10/24 Mother-In-Law Day (insert joke here)
10/30 National Candy Corn Day
10/31 Happy Halloween! (should we add national brush your teeth day or go to bed with gum in your hair.....just a thought)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

going out with a bang and a lost shoe


alicia's blog is titled {a beautiful mess}. life is just that a jumbled mess of happiness, craziness, love and joy with mixes of mermaid tails, sidewalk chalk houses, naps in cars, hugs and kisses, father/daughter dances, water water everywhere, space alien body drying machines, late night runs to target (or tar-jhay if you prefer the more sophisticated).

here's to enjoying the small things, celebrating the magical days of childhood, and finding the beauty that is all around us.

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