Please welcome my Guest Post for the day, Kristi!
Hi! My name is Kristi from Creative Kristi and I am so excited to be guest posting here at Saving the Family Money! Karen guest posted for me when I was adjusting to life after having my second child in early June. (You can check out her guest post on my blog here) I was beyond thrilled to return the favor when she asked!
First a little about me: I am 26 years old, married for almost 4 years to my hubby, aka Military Man, we have a 3 year old boy who I call “Little Man” and a newborn girl who I call “Miss E”. I blog about frugal living, green living, DIY home renovations, crafts/sewing and life in general! I hope that you all will come on over, visit and if you like what you see become a follower!
Ok onto the post. It may be August already but you can still have some great frugal family fun!
My favorite summer activity is ice cube watercolor painting!
First here is what you will need:
Food coloring in colors of your choice
An empty ice cube tray- this one is from my son’s ‘play’ box so I’m not worried about it getting dyed.
That is all you need!
Here’s what you do:
Fill the ice cube tray with water- fill it a little shallow (you don’t want the colors mixing together by going up over the side into the next compartment)
Drop a couple drops of food coloring in each compartment:
Then freeze. After it’s frozen take it outside with some paper and a cute kiddo.
Pick your color ice cube and start ‘painting’
You can leave an ice cube on the paper to melt in the sun and see what happens or put two different colors next to each other and watch what colors it makes when they melt together! Cheap, easy, cooling off fun!
Next I have a few ‘recipes’ for making some fun items at your house!
A jar (I used a washed out spaghetti sauce jar)
2 cups dishwashing soap (I use Mrs. Meyers lemon verbena and it smells divine!)
6 cups water
3/4 cup Karo corn syrup
Just mix it all together in a big bowl and pour into your jars. I saved a couple store bought bubble jars/wands from last year and just re-fill them as needed.
You could just leave your bubble jar plain like this:
Or you could liven it up with some vinyl lettering to label it: (I used my Silhouette SD to cut out some free bubble wording/pictures I found online)
Next recipe is Homemade Edible Play dough:
You will need:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
coloring of your choice (food coloring, brightly colored juices- you’ll need a cup each if you use juices, or natural dyes like those suggested here)
You need to put all the ingredients in a pot and cook over medium/medium low heat. Stir in constantly until it comes together into a dough. It shouldn’t take long. Let it cool to the point of being able to be handled then knead it until it is smooth. Store in the fridge in between uses.
Last I will leave you with some links of where you can find more fun, frugal family ideas!
I hope you found something frugal and fun to get you through these last few weeks of summer without breaking the bank OR hearing “Mom I’m BORED” 🙂
I had fun guest posting here a Saving the Family Money and I hope to see you all over at my blog soon!