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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mom, I'm Bored!

“Mom!  I’m bored!”.  What mother doesn’t live in dread when those words come out of her child’s mouth over summer vacation?  Everyone gets to a certain point when “Go outside!” or “Read a book!” or “Clean your room!” just falls on deaf ears.  So, why don’t you surprise your child the next time they utter that dreadful phrase?  Here are some fun, and different ideas to break up the summertime routine.

·        Make Petal Perfume

Items needed:  rose petals (as many as you can find), 2 clean jars and water, a pretty     glass bottle, dishwashing liquid, white vinegar and a strainer.

Step 1:  Put your petals in a jar and add just enough water to cover them, and then add ¼” more to top it off.  Leave in a warm, sunny spot for at least one day.

Step 2:  Take your decorative glass bottle and wash it with warm, soapy water.  Then, make sure it is thoroughly rinsed with a solution of water and a few drops of white vinegar.  Don’t add too much so your perfume won’t smell like salad dressing!

Step 3:  After the rose petals have  more than a day to sit in that warm, sunny spot, squash the petals into the water to extract more scent.  Then, strain the petal water into your clean glass bottle.

TIPS:  This will smell wonderful for a few days, but can spoil quickly.  Storing in the fridge will not only make it last longer, but will also make it refreshing to apply.

·        Create a Modern Masterpiece

Blow Pictures:  Grab a piece of paper, dilute some paint with water and drop the diluted paint onto the paper.  Using the straw, then blow the paint until you’ve reached the pattern you like.

Marble Pictures:  Grab a container with low sides, and cut a piece of paper to fit into the bottom of the container.  Grab several other paint filled containers (disposable cups work great) and drop in some marbles.  Then, take a marble out of the desired color container, and drop it in your paper container.  Roll the marbles around so that it leaves a colorful trail.  Repeat with any color you choose to reach the pattern you like.  Leave in the container to dry flat.

·        Make Your Own Placemat

Items Needed:  paint, crayons or markers, pictures, photos, wrapping paper, stickers, etc., 1 sheet of 8 ½” by 11” paper, 1 sheet of 8 ½” by 11” cardboard, glue stick, clear contact paper.

Step 1:  Choose the pictures or items you want to place on the mat.   Remember, changing up the shapes will make the design more interesting.  Glue your items to the paper.  Decorate with stickers, markers, decorative paper to fill in the open areas.  

Step 2:  Glue your paper to the piece of cardboard.

Step 3:  Cover both sides of your placemat with clear contact paper or a self-laminating cover.  Tip:  a copy shop can also laminate these for you.

Other quick ideas: 

·         Bake homemade cookies.  Once cool, place a scoop of ice cream between them for a new twist on an ice cream sandwich.

·         Use some store bought pita breads, and put out an assortment of pizza toppings and sauce, and let the kids create their own masterpiece to eat for lunch.

·         Grab a blender and mix in a cut of plain or fruit yogurt, a cup of milk and a handful of soft fruits (berries work well) and one ripe banana.  Blend for just a few seconds and you have a cool, and healthy snack.

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