Post Potty Training Cleanliness With Cottonelle Clean Care #LetsTalkBums

When approached to talk about Cottonelle toilet paper & flushable wipes, I was actually kind of excited.  You know we are pretty picky about toilet paper in our house.  Like seriously picky about what we use on our bums.  That, along with the fact that there are great coupons included, I knew I wanted to share this campaign with you.  But how does one talk about toilet paper and flushable butt wipes without seeming like it’s a totally generic and lifeless post.  Come on guys, you know this is a sponsored post – so you likely are rolling your eyes and saying whatever.  The thing is – when it comes to our backsides, well..the kind of toilet paper we use is really truly important.

Post Potty Training Cleanliness With Cottonelle Clean Care

Post Potty Training Cleanliness With Cottonelle Clean Care #LetsTalkBums

First off – let’s talk about why I love Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper.  You see, I am really picky about what we use.  I hate thin sand paper toilet paper.  I don’t want to pay for something I would find at a gas station on a giant roll.  I want quality at home.  On top of that, I want it to be soft, but not lotioned.  I don’t like feeling like my bum is still “dirty” after I wipe.  Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper offers soft, thick toilet paper that does the job and leaves our bums feeling clean and fresh.

Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths come in handy for the other thing on our list.  The messier bathroom visits.  It’s gross.  Perhaps uncouth to speak of in mixed company, but the truth is we all use the bathroom and we have all experienced a less than fresh feeling at some point.  These handy Flushable Cleansing Cloths are just what you need!  Not only do they help take care of those messier bathroom visits with ease, they are simple to flush and affordable.

I had heard of flushable wipes in the past, but outside of using traditional baby wipes on my kids when they were infants, I didn’t really know much about them.  It has been a few years, but when my youngest was finally potty trained, we found the need to continue using baby wipes on his bottom from time to time.  At a young age, they can’t always properly wipe themselves, but they also want independence.  If you have ever had a child tell you, “I’m not a baby any more”, then you know how stubborn they can be when you ask them to use “baby things”.  When our son was starting to get to that independent stage a few years ago, he refused to use baby wipes because he wasn’t a baby any more.  With a bit of convincing, we found that wipes like the Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths were perfect!  Not only did they do what we wanted – keep his bum clean – they were for adults too.  That made him happy, and lowered our stress level considerably.

Whether you like the wet dry routine of using both flushable wipes and toilet paper yourself, are looking for affordable toilet paper that doesn’t feel like sandpaper or you are dealing with an independent potty training kiddo who wants nothing to do with baby things – Cottonelle has you covered!  On top of that they are offering this great $1.50 Coupon for your next purchase!  Not only are these great prices in store – you have the added bonus of this awesome $1.50 off Coupon for Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper & Flushable Cleansing Cloths to keep you in budget!

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Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring this fun post about bums, butts, booties and more!  While this is a sponsored post, we only share about companies and products we use and enjoy.  We are already fans of Cottonelle products and glad to share this information and great coupon with you!

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Using Legos In Your Homeschool

Using Legos In Your Homeschool

If you have a LEGO crazed boy or girl in your house then you have the perfect motivator for learning! LEGOS can be used to teach everything from math to language arts to art!  They are free since you probably already have buckets of them on hand, and will keep your childs attention probably better than any other theme will.  I know my son will reach for LEGOS before any other toy so it seemed like a great theme to use, and it was! Whether you have a preschooler right on up through middle school you can easily be Using Legos In Your Homeschool.  They are also great if you just want to supplement school work. I want to give you some ideas to get you started using LEGOS in every aspect of your school day.

Using Legos In Your Homeschool

Using LEGOS In Your Homeschool

Math

You can use LEGOS as a tool in  math from simple one to one correspondence counting (pointing to each object as you count 1,2,3…) to  fractions.  They are a fabulous  math manipulative for boys or girls.

Even toddlers and preschools can use them  (with supervision and perhaps the bigger Duplo version) can learn through using them.  Colors are a beginning concept of math, you can have them identify colors, sort, make patterns, count using one to one correspondence, as a tool for simple addition and subtraction.

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Make worksheets by writing out math problems such as 5+2=_, or 10-3=_ and have your child use LEGOS as a manipulative to solve the problems, and then write down their answer. For addition problems use 2 different colors to show each addend. Let them also make up their own problems, involving them in the process will make them more interested.

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Fractions? No problem. Make flash cards listing various fractions, give your child a pile of LEGOS and have them demonstrate by making a visual model of them.

 

Language Arts

Use a small piece of washi or painters tape to cover one side of a brick- write letters for little ones, give them 2 or 3 as well as an object like a pan and have them match the object with the beginning letter.

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Cover one side of LEGO in tape, write simple sight words  on each one. Call out words and have your child pick up the one you called out, to make it more fun have them use tongs or even their toes!  Another variation? Create a bingo sheet with sight words on it, and use the LEGOS as markers.

Show your child how to count syllables in a word- use LEGOS to represent each syllable.

Use the LEGOS to create letters of the alphabet, a great way to enforce letter recognition.

When reading we use long LEGO pieces as pointers to track words in the story.

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Science 

Create a LEGO solar system or a diagram of the bones using bricks.

Build simple machines from LEGO, make predictions on how they will work, have your child log their findings.

Measure with LEGOS or make towers from them and measure with a ruler.LEGOS-homeschool

Use a scale to measure weight, learn the terms- balance, heavier, lighter, etc. Give your child tasks by asking them to weigh 5 -6 stud bricks on one side and 10- 2 stud bricks on the other. Which is heavier? Have them add more as needed until the scale is balanced.

History/Geography-

If you are studying a particular time period, place, or person use LEGOS to  create landmarks like The Tower of Pisa, a replica of the Sistine Chapel,  or a map of Florida.

Use them to create a timeline- cover in washi or painters tape, write events from various points in history and have your child place them in order.

Study the history of the bricks themselves using the library or computer- When and where were they invented? What does LEGO mean? Where are the various factories located?

Art

Create free form structures and designs or give your child a specific subject- make a flower from LEGOS,  create a garden using them, etc.

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Use LEGOS as stamps, dip them, both sides, in paint and create a free form abstract painting.

Create your own Minifig- Have you child draw their own unique version of a Minifig character.

 

General

One of my favorite activities to do with my son is to give him a select amount of LEGO bricks in a bag and ask him to make – a flying machine, a boat, a building, or anything that comes to mind. This builds great critical thinking and problem solving skills.

At any age the act of putting together and taking apart bricks builds fine motor skills, this is great for children who are having a hard time with writing.

Create something functional out of LEGOS-  A pencil holder, a back scratcher, bookends, etc…

Don’t forget to just play with your child- LEGOS are amazing for imagination, creativity, dramatic play, fine motor skills, they can be therapeutic for any child but especially those with special needs.

Sensory Bin- Fill bin 1/4 to half of the way with water or rice, toss in some LEGOS and let their senses and imagination take over.

 

What is your favorite way to use LEGOS for learning?

 

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Posted in Homeschool

Kitchen Full Of Memories

Every now and then I get sentimental and start thinking about things that are special to me.  This past week, my 7 year old cooked us dinner for the first time.  He had a lot of help from Daddy, but putting on his apron, getting out the stool and standing in front of the stove brought happy tears to my eyes.  And it reminded me how growing up it was the Kitchen Full Of Memories I now recall most fondly.  Not only did I spend time in the kitchen with both of my parents learning to cook, I did with my grandma’s too.  Not to mention the late nights playing card games with family in that kitchen.

Kitchen Full Of Memories

I have a lot of painful memories in my life.  Things I wish I could forget.  People I wish I could forget.  Yet, in that moment standing there watching my son stirring a pot of pasta for us, I was able to relive the good memories.  The things that overcome the bad memories in my life.

Standing on “the stool” at my Granny’s on Thanksgiving morning buttering the turkey before it went in the oven.  Those were always fun times.  I loved playing in the squishy butter.  All of the men would be gone out hunting, as was tradition for several years.  I always got to help with the turkey.  That is one of my few memories from my early years.

Mornings after I did my homeschool work, getting in the kitchen with my Daddy.  He always had to try something new.  I remember way back when (oh yes, I just used that phrase)…way back when the Food Network was brand new.  My Dad and I would watch shows with Emeril, Sara Moulton, Bobby Flay and a few others.  He would listen and learn little things here and there.  Then he would head to the kitchen, and suddenly our kitchen was turned into a messy assortment of whatever he could dig out of the pantry or fridge to suit his creative needs.  We made multiple batches of spaghetti sauce one summer.  Chopped banana peppers and brown sugar made it different from any other we had tried in the past.  It was some of the best I ever had, and I miss that now.  I miss my Daddy being able to cook like he once did.  Those times with him were fun.  I learned a lot about cooking, but it was also fun to see Daddy doing something just because he wanted to.

My Mama taught me about the basics in the kitchen.  Things like making the most of the few dollars you had for groceries.  How to dress up hamburger, potatoes, beans and biscuits in ways that everyone would love.  Perhaps not the healthiest food choices by far, I still crave my Mama’s cooking.  It’s often the simplest things I miss the most.  Like her thrown together biscuits from scratch.  There was never a recipe.  She just added this and that and patted them out on the counter.  A glass cut them into circles and they were put into an oiled pan and baked until they were just perfect.  Arriving home from school when I was little to find the perfect hamburger ready and waiting on the back of the stove.  I swear Mama’s hamburgers are one of the most amazing things you could ever eat.  So perfectly simple, yet made with love.  Toasted wheat bread with mustard and ketchup.  She added the pan fried hamburger patty, a slice of American cheese and a few pickle slices.  There was nothing that made me happier than seeing that when I got home.  I miss those now.

Standing beside my Granny as a teenager in my parents kitchen.  Watching her hands delicately pull together pie crust that people begged her to make for them.  With a giggle, wink and conspiratorial smile she would pat it into the pie plate and leave me to fill it.  All to impress the boyfriend I had at the time.  It was our little secret – she made the crust, I took credit.  I miss her.  I miss her a lot.  I lost her a few years ago when Alzheimer’s stole her mind from us, but losing her physical body this year sure has made it harder.  I would love to stand with her and learn once again how to add the water at just the right time to make it a perfect crust.

Sitting around Mama and Daddy’s kitchen table with friends and family through my teen and early adult years created many fun memories.  Long time family friends who live just a few blocks from us when I was a child coming over after years of not seeing each other just to play games.  Catching up like no time had been lost.  My first love there on New Years Eve with my family.  Eating together, playing games and laughing until the wee hours of the morning.  A memory that has remained 15 years after his death.   Friends who came into our lives briefly, but left memories forever.  The year I gave birth to my oldest son, spending the holidays when I was so emotionally spent with a friend who came out of nowhere to truly push me through those months.  He gave me hope, joy and always made me laugh.

Now, as we have grown up and moved on with our lives, Mama and Daddy’s kitchen is still visited, but it just isn’t the same.  Those memories are precious.  They are ones I will cling to forever.

Kitchen Memories

Today, I watch my son climb up on his stool beside his Daddy and smile proudly as he makes us something for dinner.  I know that it is time to start really start making a kitchen full of memories for him.  I plan to make them healthy and happy memories.  Perhaps leave some of the deep fried food out of the mixture, and teach him more about nutrition in the process.  Mostly though, I want to teach him that for our family a lot of love and joy will be found in the kitchen together.

Mixing up a bowl of brownies with his Sissy.

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A kitchen full of memories.  Yep..that’s a legacy I want to leave my sons.  The memories of love, joy, laughter and good food.  These memories he can carry through with him for years to come.

Posted in Belle's Heart, Family

Wooden Block Pumpkin Patch DIY

Wooden Block Pumpkin Patch DIY

This fun pumpkin patch adds a bit of country whimsy to your front porch.  Made from scrap pieces of wood it is an inexpensive and simple  way to add some fall decorations  indoors or out.   Using various textures creates a more interesting and visually appealing piece- wood, wire, and cork  combine to make your pumpkin patch a cute and welcoming addition to your fall decor.  This Wooden Block Pumpkin Patch DIY is a fun way to repurpose some scrap pieces of lumber while making a fun and unique craft for your holiday decorations.  Pumpkins are great not only for Halloween, but throughout the Fall season and into Thanksgiving!

Grab the supplies needed, a bit of imagination and have fun making this great Upcycle Craft for your holiday decor!

Wooden Block Pumpkin Patch DIY

Wooden Block Pumpkin Patch DIY

Supplies Needed:

Scrap Wood (leftover pieces from projects like 4×4′s, 2×4′s or trim pieces)

Orange Spray Paint

Black Paint Pen

Green Floral Wire

2 Wine Corks

Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks

 

Directions:

Cut your wood to varying sizes, I cut my pieces to 3″, 4″, and 4 1/2″. If you ask nicely they may cut them for you at the home improvement store, or may charge you just a bit per cut. Better yet they usually have a bin of free pieces that are leftover from other cuts- if you can grab a few of these even better.

For the base I left it about 12″   long.

Set small wooden block pieces on newspaper in a well ventilated area, spray with a light coat of paint to create a nice tack coat. Allow to dry for 5 minutes before adding another 1-2 coats to your desired coverage.  Dry after final coat for 2 hours.

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While blocks are drying, create your  “Pumpkin Patch $.25″ text using a black paint pen.  Write on the wood with a pencil first until you are happy with your wording, then go over it with paint pen. Allow to dry.

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Cut your corks in half, glue one to the top of each painted pumpkin.

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Cut 3- 6″-8″ lengths of green floral wire, wrap them around a pencil to create a curling vine. Wrap one end around your cork, secure with a dab of hot glue.

Use a pencil to mark where you want your pumpkins to go on the base, apply a generous amount of glue and press your painted block on it. A high heat glue gun is best for adhering wood together.

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If you are  going to leave your decoration outside I recommend spraying it with 2-3 coats of clear sealer so that it will last season after season.  Since I was leaving mine outdoors I left it a little rustic- knots, holes, and rough edges intact.  This fun little  DIY

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This is a great piece to make for upcoming craft fairs, to decorate your own home, or to give as a gift to a friend you know would love the unique Wooden Block Pumpkin Patch DIY project.  Make sure to always be safe when handling equipment like saws to cut wooden pieces.  Proper eyewear as well as keeping kids and animals out of the way is important, and don’t forget the mask and good ventilation when working with aerosol spray paints!  You can alternately use a regular paint and do this by hand, but it would take more time and be a bit more awkward to do.  We love how easy spray paint is for projects like this!

You could even make them with various shades of orange, yellow, cream and maroon for a full Fall theme!

Check out our other awesome Fall Themed DIY Crafts!

Merry Fall Door Hanger

Kids Fall Thumbprint Leaves Craft

DIY Fall Burlap Pillow

Using End Of Season Flowers For Dried Flower Arrangements

Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

 

 

 

Posted in DIY, Easy Crafts

Whipped Gingerbread Body Butter

Whipped Gingerbread Body Butte

This deliciously scented Whipped Gingerbread Body Butter leaves your skin not only smelling heavenly but soft and silky as well.  From fall right through the end of winter Gingerbread is a terrific seasonal scent. Shea butter, almond, and coconut oils provide your skin with so many beauty benefits- soft, silky, and glowing skin. Don’t even get me started on the yummy aromatherapy benefits that the warm and spicy fragrance brings to you (and anyone around you)  Place in a pretty jar, add a simple homemade tag, and you have a thoughtful handmade gift- hostess, shower, teacher, or just to treat  friends and family.

Whipped Gingerbread Body Butte

WHIPPED GINGERBREAD BODY BUTTER

Supplies Needed:
1/2 Cup  Shea butter

¼  Cup Coconut oil

2 Tbsp. Almond oil

2 tsp or 2 Vitamin E capsules

2 tsp.  Ground Ginger

1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Jars

Hand Mixer, Stand Mixer, Food Processor or Blender (stand mixers work best for this but not necessary)

Directions:

  • Combine shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil, and 1 tsp.ginger,  in a microwave safe dish.
  • Melt in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each until completely liquid.
  • Allow mixture to cool on the counter for about 20 minutes, then place in refrigerator for 15 minutes or until it begins to set a little.

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  • Remove and place ingredients in the bowl of a hand/stand mixer, food processor, or blender.

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  • Add remaining ginger, vanilla extract, vitamin E, and cinnamon. Mix until fluffy and smooth- it will look like homeade whipped cream or batter.

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  •  Scoop body butter into wide mouthed jars with an airtight lid to store.  Can be left at room temperature and will be a very soft mixture, for a more firm texture keep in refrigerator.

 

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We love the idea of creating easy and natural beauty products.  While there are many things to consider, these simply whipped body butters, body scrubs and more can be a fun easy treat to use.  Always be careful when using oils, spices and such.  While these ingredients rarely cause allergic reactions or issues, it is always best to test on a small patch of skin before applying to your body.  If you choose to give this as a fun gift to your girlfriends this year for the holidays, make sure to include a simple label or note with all ingredients listed.  Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to someone else skin!

Check out our other fun DIY Beauty Products!

DIY Lemon Rosemary Salt Scrub

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

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