Thursday, March 29, 2012

Painting with Okra

Did you know that okra is great for stamping beautiful flowers?  I've only eaten okra once in my life, and it was at a Cracker Barrel in North Carolina...so I've never actually prepared it myself.  I had no idea okra had a hidden beauty in it, until I found this wonderful idea on This is Love Forever through Pinterest.





Supplies:
-Okra
-Paper
-Paint
-Sponge (optional)

Directions:

This first step is optional but I highly recommend it. A girlfriend of mine told me about this wonderful technique that is great for doing finger print painting or any type of stamp painting. Your prints won't come out looking as good when the kids saturate the okra in paint, so this will help minimize the amount of paint they put on it.  All you need to do is take a sponge and cut it up into however many pieces you please.  I'm sure I could have cut it up into 8 pieces...but I settled for four today.



Next cut the tops off of your okra.  You may need to carefully take some seeds out...but I found that the higher up you cut on the okra...the less I needed to dig out the seeds.  (not sure if this will be the case for all okra)



Then let your child stamp away.  For this craft I cute out the letter "F" from construction paper and we learned that "F" is for flowers.



Stamping away...


 Here is a close-up of her stamping...as you can see on the bottom left corner she tried to experiment and use it like a paint brush.




All done with her letter F!


I couldn't help myself and joined in on the fun too.  This would be a great way to make some home-made cards or wrapping paper.



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Tiny Hiney Girl's Tank Giveaway


We have a fun giveaway for mom's with girls!  Or anyone else who would like to win an adorable tank to give away as a gift.

We were sent this breast cancer awareness tank from Tiny Hiney to review and I must say it's so soft that I want one for myself!  I love the way the tank is adorably embellished and fashionably cute!  

Tiney Hineys also creates adorable dresses, onesies, diaper covers, beenies, cardigans and more!  It's not just for girls either, you will find plenty for boys, and even maternity wear for soon-to-be mommies. You will have to check out their other products at Tiney Hiney.


About Tiny Hiney… 
Tiny Hiney was created by two moms with a passion for fashion. Their infant and toddler designs are stylish, eco-friendly and modern. They are made with rhinestones, studs and specialty materials in baby and toddler sizes 3m – 4T. Their line uses the highest quality fabrics on the market to make their garments. The 100% luxurious pima cotton onesies, diaper covers, shirts and dresses are the most comfortable and softest pieces of clothing that children will wear. You can also check them out for burnout shirts, beanies, tanks, hoodies, long sleeve shirts, karate pants, cardigans and other trendy items. Find them on their website and on Facebook!


Win It!! Enter this giveaway  for a chance to win a girl’s tank of winner’s choice (from their available stock) from Tiny Hiney! I will choose two winners (one will be specifically for Orange County, CA ) through Random.org. 

To enter to win this giveaway:
Simply add a comment stating that you did the following:  (Please include your email address with each entry)  If you are from Orange County, CA please state that too...as one prize is for an OC resident)

Mandatory Entry:

1) Leave a comment with your email address below.  ** Please remember to leave your email address with your entry. THIS is mandatory to enter into the giveaway.


Additional Entries:
2) Go to Tiny Hiney's website and then come back and leave a comment, sharing which clothing item is your favorite.
3) Tweet this giveaway: I just entered @Jugglingwkids Tiny Hiney Girl's Tank Giveaway! http://tiny.cc/75fwbw


* Please remember to leave a comment for each additional entry so that we can make sure to count it.



This giveaway....
-is sponsored by Tiny Hiney.
-is open to U.S. Residents only.
-is open for entry from March 28 - April 5, 2012 (PST).
- The drawing will be conducted on April 6, 2012 and announced on the blog.  I will notify the winner via email.
- The winner will need to provide their full mailing address to me within 72 hours of announcement/email. If no response, a new winner will be drawn.
-Juggling With Kids was compensated in any way.  We received a tank top for review.


Please also head over to "Like" Juggling With Kids" and The Tiny Hiney on Facebook (if you don't already). Sorry folks...due to Fb rules I am not comfortable making this an entry anymore.






Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bubble Print Bee Hive

My husband brought home a bunch of bubble wrap for the kids to play with, and although bubble wrap can be amusing and entertaining by itself, I wanted to see if there were other ways to have fun with it.  I found this cute art project by House of Baby Piranha and thought we'd create our own bee hive.



Supplies:
-Paint brush
-Paint (we used orange and yellow)
-Marker
-Bubble wrap


Directions:
First we cut out our bubble wrap in the shape of the beehive.  Then we painted the bubble wrap (bubble side up) with our orange and yellow paints.


Next, press your painted bubble wrap onto your paper.


Then dip your thumb into the yellow paint and create bees swarming the hive.


Take a marker to draw the stripes and wings on your bees.


And there you have it...a really simple and cute craft!



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rolo Cake Mix Cookies

The little leprechaun that visited our house last weekend, left us with a huge pot of gold.  Well, not really...they were Rolos. =)  I remembered seeing an easy recipe using Rolos on Pinterest a few months ago (Buns in my oven) and decided to test it out.  We ended up with a delicious cookie..and the best part about them...my kids actually made these all by themselves...with only a bit of my assistance.



Ingredients:
-1 box of Devil's food cake mix
-2 eggs
-1/3 cup of oil
-Parchment paper
- Rolos (we were able to make 18 cookies)
-Powdered sugar


Directions:
Have the kids unwrap all the foil off the Rolos, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Still unwrapping...


While they were busy unwrapping, I got the ingredients ready for them.


Add the cake mix to a large bowl.


Then add 1/3 cup of oil and 2 eggs.  Mix all the ingredients together well.  I helped them a little with this part towards the end to make sure all the cake mix was incorporated.


Next you will want to separate the cookie dough in pieces that are about half the size of a golf ball.  Tell the kids to roll it into a ball, then flatten it out like a pancake. Then place a Rollo into the center of the dough.


Then have them roll the dough into a ball again.


These aren't going to look perfect...but it really won't matter since they will flatten out when you bake them.



Place some parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake them in the over for about 9-10 minutes.  I think I had mine in there for about 9 1/2 minutes.  Once they came out of the oven, I slipped the parchment paper with the cookies right off the baking sheet, and sprinkled some powdered sugar over them.

Yummy!  Please make sure you let these sit and cool for about 5 minutes...you don't want the caramel burning anyone's mouths.


If there are any left over for the next day...I recommend warming them up in the microwave a bit to soften the caramel again.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Invisible Ink!

We found this fun book called The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions by John & Danita Thomas at the library.  This activity, called Magic Paint, is what we decided to try out first.



Supplies:
-1 Tablespoon baking soda
-Water
-4-6 drops of food coloring
-Paintbrush
-Paper
-Hair dryer (optional)

Directions:
First mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water together.


Next take your paint brush and start writing a secret message or draw a picture with the baking soda/water mix.


When finished, you'll have to wait until the message is completely dry before continuing to the next step.



We decided to speed up this step by using a hair dryer. 

All dry!


Next get 1 Tablespoon of water and mix it with 4-6 drops of food coloring.


To reveal your secret message, paint the food coloring water mixture over your message.


He was so amazed!  Next time we do this activity my son said he wants to use multiple colors when revealing his message/drawing. This would be a fun activity for older kids to write secret messages to each other....or even at a pirate themed party with invisible treasure maps to decode.


I don't know if you can tell what he drew...it's a train (Thomas of course..which is why he drew the #1) riding on train tracks, with a sun in the sky.




Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nutella Banana Ice Cream

Have you ever watched your bananas sit on the counter, browning away and you think to yourself...just a couple more days and they'll be perfect for banana bread or muffins?  However, when that day finally comes, you just find yourself too busy?  It's happened to me quite a few times, and I hate that I have to toss them in the garbage.  Well, waste no more!  I stumbled upon this wonderful 2 ingredient recipe using bananas and Nutella!  



Ingredients:
-Bananas
-Nutella (or peanut butter)
-Milk (optional)
-Walnuts (optional)
-Mini chocolate chips (optional)


Directions:
Peel your banana and slice it up.  Put it in a container or zip lock baggie and freeze.  It will probably take 2-3 hours.

Grab your frozen bananas and some Nutella...


and add them to your blender or food processor.


If you want to make some chunky monkey ice cream...add some walnuts


and some mini chocolate chips.  The kids wanted to add a spash of milk too so that it would be creamier.


Wallah!  You have some yummy Nutella banana ice cream!



We also made smoothies out of this by adding more milk.




I left out the measurements to this recipe because I honestly think that each person should make this according to their own taste.  I went to many websites to see if there were any recipes that were consistently the same measurements, but I found them to all be different.  The kids and I did small taste tests while we made this and the kids decided if they thought it needed more Nutella or more milk.  So I'll leave you with some websites that I checked out during my search.

Here are some websites that I viewed:
-Everyday Musings
-Crumb
-The Nifty Foodie
-Rumkihn Crafts
-Pennies on a Platter





Monday, March 12, 2012

The Spinning Penny

My son has been wanting to do a chemistry experiment where you can make pennies turn a blueish green color.  So I jumped online to find the instructions to do just that.   However I got side-tracked and I stumbled across "the spinning penny".  I actually didn't believe this would work, and  I sort of laughed at the warning Steve Spangler Science had put at the top of the page... "Warning: The spinning penny trick is known to be addicting". However I found myself sitting there endlessly spinning a penny in a balloon.




Supplies:
-Penny
-Balloon

Directions:
Put the penny in the balloon.  Please make sure the penny is completely inside the balloon, so that there are no risks of choking on the penny.  Then blow it up and tie off the end.

While holding the balloon, spin it in a circular motion.  The penny will bounce around at first but once you get the momentum going it will spin around.

Here's a short little video I took to show what it looks like:


We even tried adding two pennies inside our balloon for more fun, and it worked. ;-)  Although after a few minutes our balloon popped.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tornado in a Jar


Last week my family and I went to a community science night at a local college, and they were passing out  free books to all the kids.  My son picked out a book called Twisters! and has been enthralled in reading this book.  So we thought it would be fun to make our own tornado in a jar.




Supplies:
-Jar
-Butter knife
-Water
-Vinegar
-Dish soap
-Glitter (optional)
-Food coloring (optional)

Directions:
Fill the jar three-quarters full of water and add 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 1 teaspoon of vinegar.


 Add a few drops of food coloring.  Adding color always makes it more fun right?


Then add some glitter for more added fun.


Close the lid and shake to mix all the ingredients together.


 Finally, swirl the jar around to create a tornado.  We did this, however the tornado that we created would only last for a few seconds. I couldn't even get a picture.  I was determined to get a better tornado out of this, so I stumbled onto this site, which recommended using a butter knife to swirl the water around quickly to form the tornado.  We got a much better tornado doing it this way.



We also decided to try using a taller vase and seeing what sort of tornado we could get. 


We definitely created a much better vortex and the kids preferred this tornado over the smaller jar.



If you like this weather activity...check out the rainstorm we created!