Sinkers and Floaters

Another snow day?

Sick day?

Day inside?

Need some fast fun?!  Pick up some of the toys that are all over your my floor.  

Scatter them around a clear bowl of water.

Add in some household items that are in your junk drawer.

Let the kids experiment with what SINKS and what FLOATS!  
(FYI this is the extent of my scientific experimentation abilities...)

Sure to get you a free (yet messy and wet) 10 minutes - 2 hours! 

Stay busy! :) Happy experimenting! 



One Ingredient Maple Candy

Looking for something else to do with ALL that snow? How about some easy peasy maple candy?  No HFCS here!  No artificial colors or flavors... just 100% pure, organic, maple syrup :) 

So take some maple syrup (straight-up people - none of that Aunt Jemima Log Cabin crap) and put it in a sauce pan.

It helps to have a candy thermometer but you can also just watch the syrup.  When the bubbles change from frothy to stiff(er), from the middle picture to the right, OR the temp hits 230/235ish you're all set.  

Pour your hot candy syrup, in ribbon, over some packed snow in a bowl or pan.



Allow kids to play with snow all over table, floor, get everything sticky, and then complain that their mouth is stuck together with syrup candy :) you're making memories people! 

PS - brush teeth.  repeat.  x2.



Crunchy First Aid

So last year I posted about Crunchy Cures... and we still use all of those fab things when we are feeling yucky... I have however taken to traveling with a first aid kit of homeopathic and crunchy stuff. It's nothing fancy, and short of the oranges... we really do travel everywhere with it - and it gets sent to daycare for the kiddos if they aren't feeling great.  

{before you continue... I'm a history teacher not a doctor - so don't get your doctoring here}

Here's what we keep handy: 

Elderberry Concentrate - immune boosting, black/purple berry goodness, taste strong and gross, I mix it with water/honey/coconut water/juice/turn it into pops to make it edible 

Coconut Water: "enjoy chilled" hahahaha yea right - it tastes like peepee.  High in electrolytes, must be mixed with something to make it drinkable. 

Citrus, fresh squeezed: mix it with your Elderberry or coconut water

PeppermintEucalyptus, and Tea Tree oils: they are great in a diffuser to clear congestion, I have also used tea tree to treat small skin irritations, zits, etc - but read the directions for each - some are toxic to skin.

Chest Rub: a natural non-vicks variety

Hylands Cough and Cold Day and Night: we use it at the first sign of a cold - it works great! 

Local Honey: good for sore throats, tea, and helping fight illness in your particular area allegedly :) 

Coconut Oil: for dry and irritated skin

Baltic Amber Teething Necklace: is it hocus pocus?  Does it reduce inflammation?  Ease teething pain?  You decide.

Happy travels!!



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