Instead of always just pinning, I should do more doing. As part of my list, I’d like to do at least thirty pinterest-inspired projects over the next year. So far I’ve done…
1. Moon Sand! Flour, baby oil, utensils, toys, and a pink hospital bucket. Very fun time for the big kids. Will definitely be a repeat project! Probably best to do on a day when I need to sweep the floor anyway but they really were pretty neat with it. Maybe a big, shallow tote would be better.
2. Low calorie berry cobbler! Super duper simple dessert. Two bags of frozen mixed berries, white cake mix, and a can of Sprite Zero. That’s all! I made it for us and two families of friends who came over for dinner. We paired it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and I’d say it was a hit! Of course without the ice cream, it really could have been a low calorie dessert. Oops ;)
3. Spooky Healthy Halloween Snack! Very very easy way to add a themed fruit to our Halloween playgroup lunch. Next year I won’t wait until last minute and will try to do them a little better.
4. Homemade Twix Bars! Little more time consuming than just grabbing a Twix bar at the grocery line check out…ha, or maybe a lot more time consuming! And not near as tasty. I mean the chocolate and caramel were fine but the shortbread part was sub-par. And cutting pieces was difficult. But I’m glad I tried and glad I got to try it out with Katie- my friend who often shared a package of Twix with me back in our college days. Maybe next time we’re together I’ll try the homemade Reese’s cups recipe- we used to share the store bought version of those too!
5. Indoor masking tape games! I needed a P.E. activity for school and decided to try this out. The kids loves it! Something cheap, easy, and different! They played target practice, balance beam, long jump, tic tac toe, and the favorite- hallway hopscotch!
6. Baked corn dogs! For Halloween lunch, I made these corn muffins with cut up hot dogs inside. Sure they’re healthier than fried but they’re also not choking hazards. Win-win. They were a little crumbly but all in all they deserve a thumbs up. I’ll definitely make them again!
7. Letter walk! Designed to be done outside in the neighborhood, but it’s also the perfect game for the living room while sisters are napping. The idea is to find objects that start with each letter and fold over (or cut/tear) the letters as you go. We also lined up the objects (mostly toys) as he found them. A was for alligator, B was for ball, C- clown nose, D-dragon, etc. I let him skip some if he wanted but we came back and eventually found them all. A few of the trickier ones…I- ice, N- nothing! (haha), Q- quilt, X- the X piece in the alphabet puzzle, Y- yellow block, Z- zebra print chair.
8. Spice rack on the inside of the cabinet doors! When I originally saw this idea on Pinterest many moons ago, it said to use a mop holder to store your spices. I thought it was genius! Recently I’ve been cooking and baking more and decided it was time to do this Pinterest project. I amazoned (ya know like googled) mop holder and the first thing that popped up was a spice rack organizer for twenty spices. So…nothing about mops? It’s like Amazon knew what I was really after…weird. Anyway, click click click and it was on its way to my kitchen. Still needs some work but I’m on my way to having the cabinet above my stove a little more user friendly.
P.S. Colored icing is totally a spice. Totally. :)
9. The Minivan Express!! Oh, wow this was definitely a Pinterest success! Jon read the kids “The Polar Express” while I was hurriedly getting everything ready. After the story, they went to their beds and each of them found new Christmas pajamas and a ticket to The Minivan Express! They were so excited! Once they were all in their new pj’s, we went to the van. Jon hollered “All aboard!” and I punched their tickets. Inside they found chocolate milk and snacks. The Polar Express soundtrack was playing and their faces lit up with joy! It was seriously so precious! First, we drove to a house that has their lights set to Christmas music– including Mariah Carrey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” It was fun and also a little mind boggling for them. Next we went to a neighborhood by the lake (even saw Santa skiing on it!) We drove around for quite awhile and I can’t believe how happy everyone was. On our way back home, everyone got a bell to ring. Very fun time…definitely will be an annual tradition!
10. Donut snowmen! Leftover donuts from Minivan Express + candy from Grandma Lola = Pinterest treat for Christmas morning! I didn’t put them on a stick like I was suppose to but I will of I do a repeat for the Onederland party. Favors maybe?
11. For Super Bowl Sunday I did two (and a half) Pinterest projects but I’m going to list them both here as number eleven. First, I wanted to do something a little festive so I made a cracker tray in the shape of a football. Pretty cute- but way too much for the few people we had over. I’ll do it again next football season I’m sure. Maybe with different meat. Pepperonis may be football colored but the kids thought they were too spicy.
Next, Reese’s peanut butter cups inside of chocolate chip cookie baked in a muffin tin. Oh my gosh! Delicious! Loved loved loved them. Very high calorie so they better be a very seldom treat.
And the half project- well who wants to actually watch football when instead you can paint and chat with a friend! I’ll have to update later but here it is so far–date night/family fun night ideas in a jar! I’m excited to finish it and implement it soon!