Stock Up on Fig Bars for the Holidays!

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Nature's Bakery fig barsThe holiday season can be stressful and chaotic, and our good eating habits tend to go out the window for a few weeks (months?)  This year, I decided to have healthier snack foods on hand for our family and I have been proven time and time again how smart this was!

Running errands with the kids?  Don't stop for fast food, grab a Nature's Bakery fig bar.  Wrapping gifts and don't want to stop?  Fig bars.  Watching a Christmas program and need to dig a delicious but healthy snack out of your bag?  Fig bars!  Every time one of us gets hungry, instead of grabbing something unhealthy, I get a Nature's Bakery fig bar.  All three of the boys (ages 6, 4, and 1) LOVE fig bars.  Their favorite flavors are blueberry and strawberry, but all six of the delicious flavors are satisfying, healthy, non-GMO, and trans fat free.  Other flavors include: apple cinnamon, raspberry, peach apricot, lemon, mango, and fig.  Yum!  Each package contains two mini fig bars, which are the perfect size for little hands.  The sticky center can be a little messy, but when something tastes so good, it's hard to make much of a mess.  
Nature's Bakery Fig BarsNon-GMO ingredients include:  stone ground whole wheat flour, dried cane syrup, brown rice syrup, fig paste, canola oil, rolled oats, oat fiber, ammonia-free caramel color, sea salt, citric acid, natural flavors, baking soda, and more, depending on the flavor.  (The blueberry fig bar is colored with red cabbage extract!)

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Just In Case You Ever Need It…Nit Nanny is The Natural Lice Treatment {plus a giveaway!}

This Nit Nanny natural lice treatment post has been sponsored.  All opinions are mine.

I have worked with children for many years and somehow, *knock on wood* I've never had to deal with lice. I have worried that the boys would bring it home, especially D with his full head of soft hair, but thankfully, it hasn't happened…..yet.

But I HAVE given it some thought….what do you do when you see your child scratching their head and wonder if it's more than just an innocent itch? What happens when that itch turns out to be head lice?

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Per the CDC, between 6-12 million children and adults get head lice each year in the US alone, as well asup to twice that many unreported cases.  Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at the greatest risk.  With close contact at schools, camps, sleepovers,  the crowding over electronic devices kids are always doing to get a look at the latest internet sensation and the constant selfies kids take, you can see why lice spreads so easily.  Girls between the ages of 3-15 have the greatest chance of getting lice, then they can easily spread throughout their family.

What do you do if someone in your family gets lice?

Dump chemical and pesticide laden over-the-counter products on their heads and wish for the best? Ignore it and hope it goes away?  One adult female can lay 10 eggs (nits) a day and she lives for 30 days…do the math.  They feed on your scalp blood; the bites are what cause the itching.  Many people are allergic to the bites, thus the itching.

Over-the-counter products available today like Rid, Nix and head lice shampoos for purchase in pharmacies have become ineffective. Lice have adapted and have become resistant to the treatment.   The plastic combs provided in the OTC kits are not effective at combing out all nits and bugs.   

Many products are dangerous. They are loaded with neurotoxins and chemicals. Compare the ingredients of the top over-the-counter products to a can of Raid…A CAN OF RAID! It’s truly frightening.  Some of the killing agents in lawn chemicals contain identical ingredients as well.  THAT is some scary stuff.  

Most home remedies are ineffective. Smothering lice with mayonnaise and olive oil for example will not work. Those melt, breakdown  and liquefy due to your core body temperature, which then allows the lice to breathe and not die. 

As parents, we do our best to protect our kids, so reliable and good information is key.  

Lice Lifters, headquartered in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania has come up with an all-natural and extremely effective in-store lice treatment process as well as the Nit Nanny Line of all-natural products to take lice out of your life.

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The Nit Nanny Products will end your lice problems with no harmful chemicals.  From the first application, all adult lice will be killed, after that you follow the treatment plan.  Nit Nanny Products are all natural and do not liquefy therefore smothering and killing  all live activity in 10 minutes.

The Nit Nanny Lice Solution Treatment is a soothing blend of oils that quickly eliminates all stages of head lice. The 10-minute treatment is conditioning to your hair and scalp. It is safe and effective and leaves you non-contagious to others you are in contact with.

The Nit Nanny Lice and Nit Removal Comb is made of tempered steel. It has unique spiral micro-grooving that helps get underneath every egg. The long teeth can be boiled for sterilization. This comb is the best way to get rid of lice and nits as well as prevent future infestation.

The Nit Nanny Mint Spray deters lice.  It is a one-step product that detangles hair and deters lice. This product can be used on wet or dry hair and as often as you would like to help repel lice. This product is made with all natural ingredients that are offensive to lice but not to humans. The Mint Detangler Spray is non-toxic, smells great and is safe for the whole family.  A few spritzes of the fresh smelling spray are all you need.  If you know an outbreak is in your area or school, be diligent with the spray and putting your daughter’s hair up in a bun or in a tight braid or two.  

Each of these products are available on Amazon, you can purchase them individually or as a kit.  This is your best solution if getting into a Lice Lifters Salon is not an option. And is the best all natural, safe and effective treatment available for home use.

Visit the The Nit Nanny Site for all the information you need to get lice out of your head, out of your life, and out of your home.  Check out “The Great Clean Up Page” for what else you need to do around your home when lice strikes.

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Cake Batter Coconut Chocolate Candy

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I’m the kind of girl who keeps a Costco sized bag of semisweet chocolate chips in the freezer.  What….you don’t do that?  For one, it saves a lot of money, not only because I buy in bulk, but because it’s the only chocolate I really eat.  I can use it for chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip pumpkin bread, or I can grab a handful and share some with the boys midday.  There’s nothing wrong with that…right?  I mean, it could be worse!  Right?

For awhile I was making my coconut chocolate candy often.  D and I would eat it, but no one else really cared for it.  And then I realized that if I’m the only one really eating it, then perhaps I should not be making it anymore.  Huge sigh.  But then, I discovered something new and different from my regular coconut butter …….  CAKE BATTER coconut butter!!!  This is totally NOT sponsored, but this company, Nikki’s, makes amazing flavors of coconut butter and Vanilla Cake Batter is one of them.  Vanilla Cake Batter, people!  Coconut butter that tastes like cake batter.  Here are the ingredients:  organic unsweetened coconut, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic honey, organic vanilla extract, and sea salt.  It’s so delicious right out of the jar, but I made my chocolate candy with it!  And it’s so, so delicious!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a double boiler or in a glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water on the stove.
  2. Melt ingredients, continually whisking or stirring until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a silicon candy mold.
  4.  Place molds in fridge and let harden.
  5. Keep any uneaten candy in the fridge or cool place.

 

 

 

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Have an Eco-Friendly Picnic

This eco-friendly picnic post was brought to you by Paperless Kitchen.  All opinions are mine.

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I am not sure why, but picnics are so appealing to kids.  I remember how much fun it was to eat outside as a kid.  The boys are always asking to go on picnics.  I try to make it fun for them and help them to have a great time, but I admit I get grumpy about packing up the picnic and the waste…..oh wow, the waste.  Most picnics involve lots of paper plates, plastic forks, and napkins.  Last week, I made it a point to use our new bamboo towels and Leafware to make a super special, eco-friendly picnic with no waste.

The boys love salad and fruit, so that’s what was in our picnic basket this time.  I packed cantaloupe and watermelon in some glass jars that I had, salad dressing, water in reusable glass sippy cups, Leafware dishes, and Bambooee reusable bamboo towels.  I grabbed a blanket and we headed in the backyard for our eco-friendly picnic.

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We all had a great time enjoying each other’s company, the cooler day,and our yummy food!

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The fruit was such a big hit that I had to grab the other half of the watermelon from inside.  The older boys took care of that, while Baby Brother and I ate the cantaloupe.ecofriendly picnic

Which brings me to the Bambooee bamboo towels!  We used quite a few with the juicy fruits.  Baby Brother had his fair share of spills.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat I love about the Bambooee towels is that they work well like paper towels, but you can also wet them and use them as a sturdy wet rag that wipes up sticky wet spills and dried on foods, too.  AND when we were done, I piled everything back in the basket and brought it all outside.  The jars and bamboo towels are washable and reusable, and the Leafware is compostable, so…no waste.

Leafware dinnerware is truly sustainable.  They’re all non-toxic and can be used for hot or cold foods, even liquids like soup!  All Leafware products are earth friendly, renewable, and sustainable.   How are they made?  Well, the palm leaves are collected, pressure washed, scrubbed, sun dried, compressed, and then sterilized.  After you use them, they are compostable!  Leafware is truly eco-friendly and much better than paper or plastic plates that are just thrown away.

Likewise, Bambooee towels are made from sustainable organic bamboo.  They are strong, durable, and reusable.  Towels can be washed up to 20 times!

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Queso con Carne (without Velveeta!)

Disclosure:  My friend Tori created this recipe by using a variation of the this Creamy Mexican Dip recipe.  They are both brilliant and have made my world a little brighter today because of this recipe.  :)

Queso con Carne without Velveeta!

Queso, cheese dip, whatever you may call it, it's a delicious thing.  I have had it multiple times throughout my life and it certainly is a wonderful thing.  However, most recipes call for a shelf stable processed cheese called Velveeta.  Now, Velveeta is wonderful and rich and creamy, but you gotta wonder exactly what they put in that stuff….it can't really be good for us, you know?  (sidenote:  You can make healthy homemade "Velveeta," but I haven't tried it yet.)  So when my friend Tori posted that she had found this recipe and thus made her own Queso con Carne….I had to try it.  And wow.  Just wow.  It's like a fiesta in your mouth!  Hubby said it tasted like it was from a five star Mexican restaurant and he was right!  It is simply delicious.  You can make it with or without beef, make some with beef and some without, add different variations of spices and salsa, save some queso in the fridge to serve over broccoli the next day, make mac & cheese…whatever your Mexican food loving heart desires!  So…here's the recipe!  It really is a lot easier than it seems.  I know it seems overwhelming, but you got this!  And you'll be so pleased after it's made, I promise!

Ingredients for beef:

  • 1/2 lb ground beef (more if your heart desires)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup (more or less) of your favorite homemade or jarred salsa

Instructions:

  1. Put meat in a pan over medium high heat.
  2. Season meat with salt, chili powder, cumin seeds, and garlic powder.
  3. Brown beef.
  4. After the meat is browned, pour salsa into the meat and cook until the liquid is cooked away for the most part.
  5. Set meat aside.

​(sidenote:  This right here is a delicious way to make homemade taco meat.  The boys tried it and really loved it.  I omitted the chili powder and didn't add too much salsa and it was the perfect flavor without spiciness for them.)

Ingredients for Queso:

  • 2 egg yolks (I separate the yolks from the whites, rinse them of white and dry the yolk. Then, I tear the membrane and drain the yolk into a glass. This keeps the membrane out of the queso so there is no weird egg textures in there.)
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder OR organic cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp cream or milk
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 8 oz shredded cheese (4 oz sharp cheddar and 4 oz cheddar jack is recommended)
  • 1/2 cup (or more) salsa (as mild or as spicy as you like!)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (here's a recipe for homemade cream cheese!)

​Directions for Queso:

  1. Mix egg yolks, arrowroot powder OR cornstarch, and cream OR milk together until the powder is fully incorporated into the yolks and thinned a bit by the milk/cream.  Mix until lumps are gone.
  2. To this mixture, add 2 cups of milk.
  3. Cook on medium, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to thicken.  (Tori's notes:  After 7-10ish minutes, it should be thick, like white gravy. You know. REAL white gravy. Not that milky stuff some folks call gravy.)
  4. After it thickens, 1/2 cup (or more) of salsa and stir until well mixed.
  5. Then, add 8oz of your preferred cheese blend, shredded, and stir.
  6. Add 8 oz of cream cheese and stir all together until everything is melty and delicious. (do not let it come to a full boil or it will curdle and separate.)
  7. At this point, if it is not thick enough, add another 1/2-1T arrowroot or cornstarch. Dip out a little queso into a cup and mix it into the queso first before mixing it into the pot. This prevents the locked up, starchy balls that don't mix well. Add and cook until thick.
  8. Add in beef mixture.
  9. Eat and enjoy best real food queso con carne in. the. WORLD!

Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip made with Probiotic Rich Lifeway Kefir

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Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip

If there is one thing our family loves, it is yogurt.  I remember shopping the yogurt section of the grocery store, looking for something new and delicious, when I saw a bottle of blueberry Lifeway Kefir.  I had never heard of kefir before, but I read all of the health benefits on the back of the bottle and decided to give it a try.  After I got home and unloaded the groceries, I gave it a try and it was oh so good.  That was almost two years ago, and I have been hooked on kefir ever since.  It has been especially great for me to get a quick, mess free, protein rich snack in a hurry….no spoon required!  You don't know how truly important that is until you have an infant demanding your time and energy.  We are expected to feed them and care for them at any moment of the day or night, but good luck finding enough time to feed yourself healthy food and get all of the protein and nutrients your body requires to feed them!  Kefir has been a great solution to this problem for me!

If you're not the adventurous food type and you want to know what kefir is before trying it…just think of it as a sweet and tangy yogurt drink, the "Champagne of Dairy."  Kefir originated in Eastern Europe over 2,000 years ago.  It contains 12 live and active probiotic cultures that help support the digestive and immune systems.  It is high in calcium and protein, as you would guess, and such a delicious way to keep your body healthy!

Hubby and I love to indulge in cheesecake, so I created a delicious Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip, made with Lifeway Kefir.  So it has the satisfying cheescake flavor with all of the goodness that kefir provides!

Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp Madagascar Vanilla Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothie
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp coconut sugar (can be substituted with your favorite sugar)
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Mix kefir and cream cheese together in a mixer until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in sugar and cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Serve with your favorite fruit, graham crackers, etc.

Lifeway Kefir makes a great Chocolate Cheesecake Fruit Dip!

I have found that any recipe that calls for milk, buttermilk, or yogurt, kefir can be substituted instead.  Keep in mind that when you cook kefir, the probiotic benefits are lost, but Lifeway Kefir is still gluten and GMO free, 99% lactose free, and never contains artificial sweeteners, which makes it a healthier option for my family.  We have made banana muffins with kefir, and also this delicious Garlic Chicken with Fettuccine & Kefir Sauce:

Garlic Chicken With Fettuccine & Kefir Sauce

Ingredients for Garlic Chicken:

  • two chicken breasts
  • garlic powder
  • grapeseed oil
  • salt

Directions for Garlic Chicken:

  1. Set oven to 400º.
  2. Place chicken breasts in a glass dish.
  3. Drizzle grapeseed oil on chicken breasts.
  4. Sprinkle salt and garlic powder, as much or as little as you like, over the chicken breasts.
  5. Cook for about an hour, until the house is filled with the smell of yummy garlic and the center is no longer pink.

Ingredients for Fettuccine and Kefir Sauce:

  • one package of fettuccine
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 purple onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 cup of Plain Lifeway Kefir Cultured Lowfat Milk Smoothie
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch (optional, for thickening)

Directions for Fettuccine and Kefir Sauce:

  1. Cook fettuccine according to package instructions.
  2. Sauté purple onions in butter until they are cooked and clear.
  3. Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Add plain kefir, cream, salt, and pepper.
  5. Stir continually on medium heat until sauce thickens.
  6. Sprinkle corn starch and stir in if your sauce is not thick enough for your liking.
  7. Serve sliced chicken and kefir sauce over fettuccine noodles and enjoy!

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How do you enjoy kefir?  If you have not tried it, do you have any delicious recipes in mind to try it in?

Baby Brother is Enjoying the Summer with Kushies

This post was brought to you by Kushies.  All opinions are mine.

Being the third child is hard.  Scoff if you will, but I was the third child and my older brothers might see it differently, but being the baby has it's challenges!  The constant noise, physical battles, living up to older siblings' reputations, and having to wear hand-me-downs is what we babies of the family have to suffer through!  Okay, okay, so it wasn't that bad.  And, I was a the first born girl so I did get new clothes.  But Baby Brother is the third boy and while he does not care what he wears, it is nice to have some new things from time to time….especially cloth diapers!

Throughout our cloth diapering journey, I have continued to hear great things about Kushies.  Their diapers are adorable, but for whatever reason, I never tried them, until now.  We tried the Kushies Ultra Lite "All in One" diaper, in White Crazy Circles.  The outer shell is lightweight and waterproof.  It has a hook and loop closure system, which usually I am not a fan of, but Kushies makes it work  because of the positioning and length of tabs:

Kushies all in one diaper

This diaper is less than $20, which makes it easy on a family's budget.  It features six layers of 100% cotton flannel with a super absorbent soaker layer inside.  And the best part is….this diaper contains a patented built-in flap that can be folded up for boys or down for girls for extra absorbency.  The infant diaper fits babies 10-22 pounds and sells for  only $14.49.  The toddler version is $17.49 and fits from 22-45 lbs.

Kushies all in one cloth diaper

I had no clue that Kushies offered WAY more than just cloth diapers, too.  If cloth diapering isn't your thing (or even if it is,) you should visit the Kushies website to see all the wonderful things going on!  Baby Brother loves this Little Lizard Romper by Blue Banana.  It is soft and super adorable.

Blue Banana RomperAnd don't forget the perfect summer accessory…sunglasses!  These Kushies blue sunglasses are fit him well and keep his eyes protected from UVA and UVB rays.  The lenses are scratch resistant and the arms are flexible and virtually unbreakable.  And it's true that my children have big heads, (95 percentile, y'all!) but these sunglasses even fit D, who is three.  They are less than $6 and fit for quite a while, so I will be looking to Kushies for more sunglasses in the near future.

Kushies sunglasses

Find out more about Kushies and see all the great things they have to offer for your baby.  Follow Kushies on Twitter and Facebook, too, to stay up to date about new products and sales!  Check their products out on Amazon, too.

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Summer Fun and Eco Friendly Drinkware for Kids

This eco friendly drinkware for kids post was brought to you by Silikids.  All opinions are mine.

We celebrated the first day of Summer with a trip to the park and splash pad.  The boys had really been looking forward to a family picnic, so we thought it was the perfect time.  I packed some deli meat, cheese, blueberries, and crackers, as well as some juice and water to drink.  We arrived at the park and decided to eat first because we were all hungry.

I have been trying to use as much eco friendly dishes as possible, and our picnic was the perfect time to try out our new drinkware from Silikids.  The boys were excited to drink out of something more "grown up" and "cool."  I was excited that they were drinking from eco friendly glass without BPA and leeching chemicals, that is protected to some degree with a silicon sleeve.

Eco Friendly Drinkware from Silikids

While D is great at drinking out of an open cup, sometimes sippy cups are preferred.  The boys were actually both trying to get to drink out of this 8 oz glass sippy cup because it is colorful and holds 2 oz more than the cups.  
Glass Sippy Cup from Silikids
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Eco Friendly Drinkware for Kids

Other great aspects of Silikids glassware:

  • silicone grips glass
  • air suction keeps top of sippy cup in place
  • dishwasher safe
  • can be boiled to sterilize
  • easy to hold
  • shock absorption design
  • 2 pack 6 oz. glass cups (in tart or sea colors) sold for $12.95
  • 8 oz. glass sippy cup sold for $12.95
  • replacement glasses only $3 each
  • can be purchased on the Silikids website, Amazon, or find a store near you

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Enjoy your summer and take Silikids anywhere to keep kids hydrated so you can have more of this:

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Cook Orange Bell Pepper Nachos Safely Every Time with Ozeri Green Pan

Disclosure: I received this Green Pan as part of an advertorial.  All opinions are mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

Lunch is always a big ol' question mark in this house.  Usually our choices are leftovers or a sandwich.  Lately though, I've been making the most out of my new Green Pan and have been making migas, eggs and toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, or this delicious little bowl of goodness:  Orange Bell Pepper Nachos.

Orange Bell Pepper Nachos

The recipe is simple.  Just top baked tortilla chips with pan grilled orange bell peppers and cheddar cheese.  It's such a semi healthy treat and absolutely easy to whip up in minutes!  

Ozeri recommends rubbing a little oil on your pan after hand washing it and not adding much oil when you cook.  This has worked really well for cooking.  Nothing I have cooked has stuck and for that, I'm pleased!

Bell Pepper Nachos

The ultra safe ceramic coating on the Green Pan is GREBLON, which is non-stick and free of PTFE, teflon PFOA, and other harmful chemicals.  Even under high temperatures, no harmful toxic fumes are ever released into the environment.  It is more durable and scratch resistant than other non-stick surfaces.  It allows you to sauté, fry, bake, boil, and braise with little oil.  Your food will cook evenly every time and cleanup is really a breeze!  I love the textured aspect of this Green Pan.  It adds variety from the Earth Pan, (which is also pretty awesome.)safe cooking Ozeri Green Pan

This 12" pan sells for around $38 on Amazon.  You can also order a 10" Green Pan for around $32.

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DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars

We have been using glass cups, bowls, and plates for a few years now to limit our use of plastics in the home.  I try to get our dishes from thrift stores or clearance but things DO break with kids using them, so you really can never have enough!  Recently, my mother gave me quite a few of these cute little jars that she had saved for us, because they are the perfect size for little hands.  (They are great for portion control for juice and keeping spills small, too.)  I had seen a great idea to decorate coffee mugs with oil based paint markers and thought it would be fun for the boys to personalize their repurposed glass jars.  We dedicated about an hour to decorate our clean glasses and let them dry for about 24 hours.  I think they turned out super cute!  They've made it through one dishwashing without chipping, but really should be hand washed to avoid chipping.

DIY Drinking Glasses for Kids Using Repurposed Glass Jars

Supplies needed:

  • clean glass jars
  • oil based paint markers
  • clothes that can get messy (because as much as you tell a three year old "don't get it on your clothes…it's not going to work ;)
  • imagination!

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars

DIY Drinking Glass for Kids using Repurposed Glass Jars

Directions:

  1. Follow directions on markers to get them ready for drawing.
  2. Draw, write, create with the markers on your glass jars.  I wouldn't recommend drawing inside of the glasses because I'm thinking that would leech chemicals into your beverages..which is the whole point of using glass jars anyway.  :)
  3. Let jars dry for about 24 hours.
  4. Place decorated jars into a cold oven.
  5. Turn on oven to 350º.
  6. Leave the glasses in the oven for about 30 minutes.  Warning: you will smell the paint "cooking," so definitely open up a few windows or do like we did and head outdoors during this time.
  7. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven but feel free to leave the glasses inside to cool….then they're ready!

This was so much fun for the boys and they just went to town, asking for more jars to decorate.  It all cost about $12, which was the price of the markers…the jars were F-R-E-E!  So now, all of my glass jars that I use for food storage are pretty and decorated! 

We also made a fun Father's Day gift for Daddy to drink his favorite juice:

DIY father's day Drinking Glass using Repurposed Glass Jars

(The jars I used were from this product, in case you wondered.)

 

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