Monday Meal Plan: Week of March 27

This week John is on Spring Break so our schedule is going to look slightly differently. I wanted quick and easy meals and I know that things might get switched around depending on the weather and what we end up doing as a family.

Also, I wanted to let you know that later this week I am going to share the process I use for actually putting together my meal plans. Yes, there is a method.
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3 Silicone Kitchen Products I Love

I know Silicone baking mats and other such products have been around for a while and I just wasn’t sure about them. I am not quick to jump on most bandwagons. I like things to be tested by someone else before I will invest in the new and latest thing. But when I heard Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction rave about them when I heard her speak at a baking expo, I was sold. So I asked for some baking mats for Christmas and it was love at first use.

The links below are my affiliate links, but the opinions are all my own.

3 Silicone Kitchen Products I love:

Silicone Baking Mats

Now that I have them I have been wondering how I ever lived so long without them. Seriously, I love these baking mats! They are so versatile and make for some very easy cleanup. You just put them right on top of your cookie sheets and the cookies bake very nicely. It’s kind of like putting parchment paper down, only you don’t throw them away.

I love the fact that I have three different sizes too, though I mostly use the larger size. And I also love the fact that it shows different sized circles on it. It makes it easy to plop the cookie batter right in the circles so I don’t have to guess where I should place on the tray.

Did I mention they are also great for rolling out dough on because they have a naturally stickiness to them so it will stick to the countertop and not bunch up when you try to roll out a dough. They are so versatile and they keep everything from sticking to the bottom of your pans. Say goodbye to burned cookie bottoms and pan scraping and hello to silicone baking mats. Read more

Homemade Edible Play Dough Saves the Day and Makes Us Blue

Last Monday it snowed here. We haven’t seen snow in a while, and even though we could have still gone out, I opted for an inside day. Normally, I hate inside days because they are torture with two little ones under 3. But I guess I was feeling rather adventurous. I found this recipe for edible play dough on Pinterest a few weeks ago and decided it would be the perfect time to try it out.

It’s super simple, only 3 ingredients: coconut oil, cornstarch and marshmallows.

Maddie helped me count out the marshmallows and put them in each bowl.

I added the rest of the ingredients and food coloring and ended up making three colors: pink, purple, and blue.

It was a little more dense than I thought it would be, but we were able to make a few things with it.

As I finished helping Maddie make a snake I took a peek at Asher and discovered that he really liked it too, only in a much different way.

I was so happy it was edible because he thought it was snack time, not play time.

By the end of our time he had it everywhere! In hindsight I should have stripped him down before we began, but I don’t think of that in the middle of winter. Needless to say, after play dough time came bath time.

I didn’t really care for the consistency of the dough but it did the job of helping pass the time and it was simple to make and clean up from. Maybe I would try it again and mess with the ratio of ingredients.

What are your favorite ways of passing the time with little ones when you are stuck indoors?

Friday Favorites: Slugs & Bugs Revisited

I know I already shared the top 5 reasons why my family loves Slugs & Bugs music, but I have to share it again. They are in the middle of their kickstarter campaign and it ends March 28. They have a goal of $65,000 and are getting close. They already have $63,000 pledged.  Since I first wrote this post they reached their goal! However, you can still help them reach their stretch-goals, which are a few family devotionals and another silly songs album.

They have been working to create two more Sing the Bible cd’s. I cannot rave enough about their cd’s. Just yesterday Maddie was playing her “piano”, this toy xylophone, and singing God’s word which she has learned through Slugs and Bugs.

These moments melt my heart. You can listen to some of the Sing the Bible Vol . 2 here.

I also love how kickstarter works because it’s really not just like fundraising. It’s almost like pre-ordering your merchandise. There are so many perks to sponsoring them, and they just added new benefits for the $35 and $60 levels. You can check it out here.

Did I mention how much fun their silly songs are too. Even those albums have a great balance of being fun for kids and speaking God’s truth too. You can check out some of those songs here.

All in all, if you are looking for some great music for your kids to listen to that won’t drive you up a wall after the 100th time of hearing the same song, then look no further.

*Some of the links above are my affiliate links, but the opinions are completely my own.

How Long Can our Family Go Without Buying Any Shampoo or Toothpaste?

How long can I go without buying our family any shampoo or toothpaste is the question I am going to answer this year. Since the start of the new year I have not purchased any new shampoo or toothpaste for our family, and honestly, I think we can make it all year, or longer without buying any more.

What Inspired this Challenge?

Trying to save money, for starters. But secondly, when I looked in our linen closet and saw that we had several full bottles of shampoo, a few full tubes of toothpaste and like a million samples that were unused I started thinking, “I bet if we were to use up some of these samples that we could go a really long time without buying any product.”

How Did I Acquire So Much Product?

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Monday Meal Plan: Week of March 13

I am going to do a new thing here and post my meal plans for the week on Mondays. We’ll make it a Meal-Plan Monday. This way I can share new recipes tried, whether good or bad, as well as family favorites. Hopefully you’ll find some that will work for your family as well. For me recipes are like shoes for some women, you can never have too many. Read more

Where Can I Find Something Good for My Kids to Watch? Try JellyTelly!

In this day and age screen time is just a fact of life, but it is so hard to find content suitable for little eyes. And even though there are some shows on broadcast tv or cable that are pretty good, the commercials can be really annoying or worse. I really want to have control over what my little ones are watching as long as I possibly can.

And that’s why I decided to go ahead and give JellyTelly a try.  JellyTelly was created by Phil Vischer (original creator of VeggieTales). They have a lot of FREE content on their blog, which is amazing, and you should subscribe to. That’s where we started.

I fell in love with their 5 minute Family Devotionals and signed up to receive them daily in my email.
My 2 year old daughter loved sitting with me as we would watch a short video and discuss the story. I love the crafts and coloring pages that they provide as well. We had a lot of fun cutting out the characters and re-playing the entire story again. And, as I mentioned, that is all FREE.
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