Toddler Activity: Edible Homemade Paint

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I am not a big DIY person. However I looked up a recipe on how to make paint for my son. Yes I know that I could just go to the sotre and purchase some finger paint however, my son is still in the stage that he likes to put everything he touches in his mouth. This recipe is GREAT for the child that still likes to eat what they touch. I should also say that even though this recipe for paint is non toxic and that it can be consumed it is NOT meant to eat. I use the word edible in the description because if they happen to put it in their mouth then it’s ok. To make this BABY friendly all you need is yogurt and food coloring :)

This is very easy to make and the ingredients are things that many of us have in our home already.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Plastic Cups

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 Add 2 Tablespoon of sugar to pan

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1/3 cup of flour next

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1 Teaspoon of Salt

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2 cups of Water and turn on heat to stir mixture together

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Mix continually  until smooth and mixture thickens

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Pour mixture into plastic cups equally. I have four cups for the four colors I wanted to use. (you can have as many as you like)

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Add The color. I wanted them to have a deep color so I added 5-6 drops( I used plastic knife to mix  the color

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Make sure that the mixture has cooled all the way down before letting toddler play.

while it was cooling I set up a play area for my son. I used a trash bag that I cut and taped to the floor so clean up would be a breeze

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I let him have a blast. the food coloring didn’t stain the floor or my son. This is a great activity.

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Fall into Wraps

Lets face it sometimes we have things to do and places to be. Wraps are a great choice when you have to deep condition on the go or your twist have not dried yet(actually wraps are great for ANY occasion) One of my favorite places to purchase wraps from are The Wrap Life. They have some amazing prints and colors and are like nothing I have seen on the market.

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You know you love those colors!!! I have many ways that I like to wear my hair wraps. I have made a tutorial for 4 of my favorite ways. So let your imagination flow and Fall into Wraps this season.

Get to Steppin’

Shoes have always been an obsession of mine. The higher the heel the better. Then I turned 30 and I was like ummmm unless it’s a special occasion I will be rocking flats. Now days flats are just as beautiful as heels, only your toes aren’t crossed weird once you take them off.

I like to splurge once an a while on shoes. I also love a company that gives back. TOMS are so comfortable and when you buy a pair of shoes they give a pair to a person in need. That to me is good business. Once I received the three pair I ordered (one for the whole family) we had to test them out. What better way to do that then to go on a afternoon walk and enjoy the temps and leaves of fall(the little bit of leaves we have down here in florida) We strapped on our new shoes and off we went.

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all the leaves are brown…and the sky is grey

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Throw back…WAY BACK

Everyone has heard of TBT(Throw back Thursdays for those who haven’t) It’s a time where you can break out your embarrassing photos and you don’t feel as judged because everyone is doing it. I don’t have many childhood photos but I have one that puts a smile on my face every time I see it(now)

This beauty right here

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So here is the story behind this picture: I was late for school because my mother wanted me to go get my hair done that morning for pictures(She said she wanted the style to look freshly done) My mothers stylist of choice Douglas J academy(yes because when it comes to picking  a place to get your hair LAID you want to choose a building full of students LEARNING how to do textured hair) I was already feeling some kind of way because of the outfit that my mother had chosen. I was 12 and that was the year lion king came out. Since I didn’t have a say in my outfit or my hair I decided my ONE saving grace would be that my buddy Simba would be in the pic with me.  So I am dressed to impress and sitting in the salon chair when a VERY nervous student comes over and asked my mother what she wanted done, without skipping a beat my mother said Shirley temple curls. MA’AM my hair was not long enough for this style but you couldn’t tell my mother anything. The stylist and myself looked at each other and was like WELP here goes nothing.  As she took out the perm rods to spiral the little bit of hair I did have I could feel the tears coming on. I looked HORRIBLE, I had these Rick Morranis glasses (if you don’t know him, he is from Honey I shrunk the kids and MANY great films in the 80′s. He quit show business after his wife passed from cancer to raise his children. Very sweet in my opinion. Ok I am getting of track) A bill cosby reject sweater and as the stylist took the last rod out(the one right in front) I think she was saving the “best” for last this ONE curl fell, a semi spiral curl that immediately went limp.  My mother thanked the girl and after she emptied a whole bottle of hairspray on my hair, you know to make sure it REALLY set, my mother paid for this monstrosity and we headed to my school. Now, if you have seen ANY picture of me I have a HUGE smile. It has always been that way even as a child I would show nothing but teeth in my smile. My mothers parting words when I was getting out the car were” Don’t smile to big, it’s not attractive and I don’t want to pay for a picture that is ALL teeth” Thanks mom…so that is why I have the half smile that isn’t even me.

Now days I know that a child would probably just go to the bathroom, wet their hair and have a change of clothes in their locker. Not me, my mother was a single parent who worked hard for her money and even though I didn’t like how I looked I wanted to please her and she paid money not only for my outfit but she also bought this picture.

Fast forward to 2014 and I was hanging out with my friend and her daughter had a Simba stuffed animal…light bulb! I was going to recreate this picture. I truly believe that it’s because of this picture that I stay grounded lol. If I ever begin to think to much of myself, i just look back and 12-year-old me and I am brought back to reality. Obviously I couldn’t fit into the same clothes that I had back then but there is always goodwill(they always come in handy when you need 80′s or early 90′s fashion). With my outift, Simba and a few bobby pins to make my hair look shorter and My husband and friends to help…..

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I am so happy with how this turned out. I couldn’t hold in my laughter. The 12 yr old me is proud that I took a very bad moment in my adolescence history and made light of it. It doesn’t matter what we are now. At one time we were all just 12 yr olds trying to find our way so thank them for allowing you to become the person you are now :)