Kool Aid Play Dough

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Kool Aid Play Dough

Kool Aid play dough is a quick and easy way to make homemade play dough! Pick your favorite Kool Aid flavors, add a few pantry staples and you'll have fresh, fruity play dough.   There are a lot of homemade play dough recipes on the internet and I'm pretty sure I've tried, and failed, them all.  My poor kids. They get so excited to make play dough and then it flops. My friend, Sarah, posted this recipe on her blog last year and for some reason I recently decided I wanted to try it.   Sarah made a batch last Christmas and put it in her kids' stockings -- brilliant!  Anyway, Sarah is pretty crafty and I trust that if it worked for her, it works, so I we went for it. Thank goodness, it worked!  This is so much easier to do with kids than the kind you cook on the stove.  I love the vibrant colors the Kool Aid gave the dough, too.  I just used the store brand powdered drink mix since it was half the price of actual Kool Aid.   I can't vouch for how long this will last ... [read more]

Top 13 Posts of 2013

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Top posts 2013

Where has the year gone? I can't believe that 2014 is only a few days away.  I thought it would be fun to go back and see what posts were the most popular with you!  So here are the top most viewed posts for 2013! Thank you so much for making this a great year! I'm looking forward to 2014!   1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie - This pie is amazing! I made it originally because I wanted an ice box pie that used homemade whipped cream for a dinner we were hosting.   It's tempting to just use a store bought crust but don't do it! The hint of cinnamon takes this pie over the top. 2. Amish Baked Chicken - Baked chicken that is quick, easy and tastes like fried.  Coat it in flour and bake it up for a quick, easy and delicious weeknight dinner.   3. Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs - These have been family favorites for years.  Cook the ribs in the slow cooker and finish on the grill for the perfect rib.  These are great for the Super Bowl. 4. Easy Knit ... [read more]

Summer Day Camp: Juice Box Boats

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juice box boats

Can you believe we're already on week 4 of our Summer Day Camp?!  Some days I can't wait for summer to be over so we can be on a "normal" schedule, but most days I love the slow lazy days.  These camp projects have definitely helped keep us occupied. This week Kara from The Joys of Boys is sharing fun Juice Box Boats.  Kara is mom to three boys and I actually know Kara in real life! Kara lives just north of Las Vegas and we connect at local blogger get togethers.  Kara has a super cute blog and tons of great ideas to keep your kids busy this summer so head over and check her out - don't miss the Angry Birds Pizzas! ... [read more]

Kids Craft for 4th of July: A Colored Flag Shirt

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Kids' Craft Drawing

Let your kids be the artist with this fun kids craft for 4th of July - a flag shirt made using fabric crayons, your kids' creativity, and a little help from you to put it all together. It's Jenn from A Jennuine Life and I'll show you how quick and easy this kids' crafted project is. Start by getting your kiddos to color with fabric crayons on a plain sheet of white paper.  Give them the appropriate color and encourage them to scribble or fill a large area. Once they're done, cut the colored paper into the pieces of a flag.  For this I cut strips out of the red just over 1/4" wide and then cut them down to 8.5" long for the three full-length strips and 4" long for the four strips next to the blue field.  The blue is 4.5" wide by 3.5" wide.  This is not exactly the correct proportions of the US flag, but it's fairly close. Lay out your t-shirt and arrange the strips colored side down on top.  Using a pressing cloth to protect your iron, transfer the coloring by ... [read more]

Fathers Day Craft: DIY “Pop” Beverage Holder

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Fathers Day Craft: DIY Pop Holster

Looking for a unique Fathers Day craft?  With this easy sewing tutorial you can make dad his very own personalized beverage holder!  Grab dad's favorite drink and our fun Fathers Day printable for the perfect Fathers Day craft for your dad. Hey there, Growing Up Gabel readers!  I'm Jenn from A Jennuine Life.  Camille recently asked for volunteers to join her as a "crafty" contributor, and I jumped at the chance. That's me with my hubby Dave and my two adorable little girls Arden and Hadley.  I'm an accountant by day (part time) and a wannabe artisan - sew, knit, stitch, fabricate, paint - I try it all!  I do definitely lean towards sewing so that's likely where most of my projects will begin, but I promise to keep things interesting! Father's Day will be upon us in no time flat, so I'm going to share an easy sewing project to create a DIY beverage holster.  Perfect for your favorite father to keep his drink at the ready while tending a backyard barbecue or hanging out with his ... [read more]