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DIY Doctor Play Kit.

Hunter and Hope are really into pretend play at the moment, so I thought it was time to introduce Him and her to my favourite roll play toy as a child, the Doctor Play set. I had a Fisher Price one as a girl, and it really got a workout. Instead of buying her a whole lot of plastic stuff, I rummaged around in a few drawers and cupboards and put together a fun set that cost me next to nothing.
Apart from gathering supplies, I made a gauze surgical mask.
-Plastic Syringe
-Plastic Tweezers from a dressing kit
-Tongue Depressor
-Stethoscope (I bought this off ebay for $4, it’s not excellent quality but it does work. Make sure you supervise your child as yelling or banging on stethoscopes can cause hearing damage.)
Other items you may want to include:
-Cotton Balls or swabs
-Eye Patch
-Note pad and Pen
To make the surgical mask
You will need:
Cotton gauze 8″x10″
2 x elastic pieces 10″ long
safety pin
Sewing machine and general sewing supplies

This size suits a small child, you may want to adjust the measurements for older kids.
How to:
1. Cut your gauze square and elastic.
2. Fold the gauze in half and sew along the dotted line.
3. Turn inside out and press.
4. Fold open sides over twice as pictured and press.
5. Stitch along dotted line.
6. Fasten your safety pin to the end of the elastic piece and thread each through the side tubes.
7. Tie off the ends.
8. Move the elastic around to hide the knot.
To decorate the case:
-This was an old case I had kicking around the sewing room, if you don’t want to buy one you can use a lunch box or even a biscuit tin.
-Trace a circle around a bowl or plate onto some adhesive paper.
-Draw a large cross and colour in with a marker pen.
-Cut out and stick onto case or tin.DIY-Doctor-Play-Kit

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DIY Gift Ideas.

Over at livinglocurto she has some great free holiday printables for you. There is alot of good stuff from meal plans too party ideas,fun food,gifts and diy fun.
Also go to simplyfrugal.ca she has some pretty neat diy gifts for you their easy and fun to do! She has a sweet smelling body spray for you to make,kid’s aprons as well as adult ones.A great recipe for vanilla sugar and natural make up and so much more,check it out if you need some inspiration!

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Caramel Popcorn Recipe And More Jar Gifts.

This caramel popcorn recipe makes an excellent gourmet gift.Be sure to use real butter it tastes much better.This would be a really nice gift for just about anyone on your list.You can put it in a jar or tin, and make multiple gifts.

10 cups popped popcorn
1 1/2 cups of dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup butter cut in cubes
1/4 cup of corn syrup
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Use a roasting pan or a really big mixing bowl.Be sure to coat everything with cooking spray , makes clean up easier.
Pop your popcorn, pour the popcorn into your pan and sprinkle peanuts over top. Pre-heat oven to 200 F.
In a saucepan melt butter, corn syrup ,brown sugar, and salt over medium heat. Stir often and bring to a boil. Let boil for five minutes without stirring.
Remove saucepan from heat and add baking soda right away with the vanilla and stir.
Immediately pour mix over popcorn and mix using two spoons coated with cooking spray.
Spoon mix onto a well greased cookie sheet , bake 1 hour stir every 15 minutes.Cool completely and add to jars or tins. Great gift idea!
I have also added some more jar gift ideas that are really neat little gifts.
Bead jar with string for kid’s. Hair ribbons ,and things for a little girl. Baby wash clothes layered in a jar really cute! Pin cushion jars filled with sewing items. Treat in a jar layered with cake icecream ,icing and whip cream.
Use star bucks bottles to fill with candy. You can paint them to put flowers in them and write on the bottles. Also for dog lovers add some homemade dog biscuits you can’t forget the pets!

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Christmas On A Budget.

Christmas is coming up soon and as far as I am concerned has become too commercial.We spend way to much money,and end up suffering for it the rest of the year.Especially when the credit card bills start coming.So I will be coming up with many simple handmade gift ideas that people on your list will appreciate.
The first one is a custom made notepad this is great for just about anyone on your list,and is especially a good gift for teachers.Go to http://www.goodlookcookbook.com/2011/teacher-appreciation-ideas-html for a tutorial to make your own notepads.Then just add a nice pen,and put it into a decorative type box.Makes really cute gift.
I love this second idea glass tile pendant necklaces.You can make each one unique to suit any of the gals on your list.They look so good,no one will ever guess you even made them.Go to http://www.theidearoom.net/2009/04/glass-tile-pendants.html to learn how to make these creative gifts.
The third one is fabric covered notebooks these are really cute,and the possibilities are endless.You can personalize the notebooks for each person.Go to http://pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.ca/2010/12/diy-gift-ideas-5-fabric-covered.html.
These are three very unique ideas for everyone on your list,and very inexpensive to help you stay within your budget.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Coffee.


This is one coffee drink chocked full of flavour.If you like flavoured coffees this is definitely one for you.Combine 1/2 cup of milk,2 teaspoons of pumpkin puree,and 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice ,with 2 tsp of sugar into a medium saucepan.Heat on medium heat, stirring well about 5 minutes.Then make a 1/2 cup of coffee, and add your mix into your coffee mug.Add some whip cream ,put your feet up and enjoy!


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Three Super Tasty Pumpkin Seed Recipes.

ImageImageImage                                                                                            Don’t throw out those pumpkin seeds.After carving your pumpkin have the kid’s seperate the seeds from the gook.They will probably enjoy doing this.Put the seeds into a strainer,and rinse well.Then put them into a mixing bowl.Sink the seeds into some olive oil,with 1 teaspoon of salt,stir and cover let sit overnight.

Get a big cookie sheet out make sure it has sides on it.Pan out the seeds and drain as much oil off as you can,and place onto the cookie sheet.Salt lightly.Put in the oven at 350 F for 20 minutes.Stir and drain oil,then cook another 20 minutes.Check seeds every 20 minutes until browned draining any excess oil as needed

It may take up to an hour to cook them.Pumpkin seeds are chocked full of iron,and olive oil has many health benefits as well.Great healthy snack for the whole family.

Rosemary Flavoured Pumpkin Seeds.

You will need 2 cups of pumpkin seeds,put into a mixing bowl.Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil,1 tbls of dried rosemary,2 tsp of garlic salt,1/2 tsp dried thyme,and 1/2 tsp of dried sage.Use a little salt and pepper to taste.Mix everything together, coat seeds well.

Preheat oven to 275 F.Spread seeds on a cookie sheet and roast for an hour.Then stir every 15 minutes while cooking.Roast 1 hour or until golden brown.

BBQ Flavoured Pumpkin Seeds.

Use 2 1/2 cups of pumpkin seeds.Clean and rinse well.Put seeds into a mixing bowl add 2 1/2 tbls of olive oil,1/2 tsp of lemon pepper,1/2 tsp dried mustard,1/2 tsp of garlic pepper seasoning,1 tsp brown sugar,1/2 tsp liquid smoke,1/2 tsp chili seasoning mix,and 1 tsp of salt.Mix everything well be sure to coat the seeds well.

Pour pumpkin seeds onto a large cookie sheet with sides.Bake for 40-45 minutes stir about every 15 minutes.When you remove the seeds sprinkle with garlic pepper.Enjoy!

Save about 30 seeds to use to plant in the spring.There fun to watch grow,kid’s will like watching them,and caring for them!

I also added a picture of a pumpkin vomiting out the seeds,cute halloween idea for your pumpkin!

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Fast Easy Halloween Costumes.

ImageImageImage                                                                                                                               Sometimes even though we have been given constant reminders from our kid’s,who are looking forward to a big candy haul.Sometimes halloween sneaks up on us,but do not let the looming deadline scare you.I have found some fast,affordable costumes you can put together in a hurry.There is also a few that will take a little time.

Be a mummy wrap the person in gauze leaving the face out so it doesn’t obstruct anyones vision.Then you can add some green paint to splotch around to make it look like mold.You can also crack open a glow stick, and splash it around the gauze and you will glow for a few hours.

Another fast one is to be static cling.Dress in all white or black sweats,or any colour you choose.Then using safety pins attach socks,undies,washclothes,etc all over your outfit.You can even add a bounce sheet  in there.Use hairspray and tease your hair up straight,to make it stand up.

If your child has a bodysuit in pink,brown,or white just add a powder puff to the backside as a rabbit’s tail.You can also use a large pom- pom as the tail.Make some bunny ears out of construction paper and a plastic head band.Fast ,easy,and cheap.

Make a princess tu-tu from strips of waxed paper,plastic bags,and mesh onion bags.Knot the plastic bags onto a pink headband.Use a coloured body suit and tights add a tiara from the dollar store,another cheap,fast costume.

Using cardboard boxes the possibilities are endless for costumes.Cut arm and head holes out of a box,remember the shorter the box the easier it is to walk in.Paint the box white and then add some black dots with acyrilic paint to make a dice.

Do the same to the box to be a rubix cube,cut the arms and head holes out.Then using coloured construction paper cut into squares measure to be sure everything is even.Then attach the squares to the box using black electrical,or duct tape.This will give the look of a black line on the rubix cube while securing the squares at the sametime.

Homemade costumes look better,and are alot more fun!

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Edible Slimy Worms Recipe.

Image While I was searching around I found these disgusting,slimy,life like gelatin worms.So cute, and yet so  gross.Great for your next halloween party.Imagine the looks on your guests faces when they see a big bowl of these slimy critters.Especially when they learn there edible,don’t know if I could bring myself to eat one.I will definitely  be doing this recipe,just to see the reactions on the kid’s faces.I can’t wait! For this recipe it’s important to use a tall slim container to hold the straws.Use a 1 litre milk or juice carton that has a four cup capacity.The straws must fit tightly together so the jello does not run out of the straws before the jello sets.Buy straws with the flexible neck,they give the worms a more realistic look.The recipe will make 100 worms.In a medium size heat safe mixing bowl,stir together 3/4 oz of unflavoured gelatin,and 1 package of purple gelatin( 6 oz.)Poor 3 cups of boiling water over the gelatin mix,stirring gelatin ,until dissolved.Cool gelatin until slightly warm.Stir 3/4 cups of whipping cream into the gelatin mixture.Stir in geen food colouring about 10 drops ,or until the gelatin gets a purple-brown-grey colour.With 100 straws fully extended and snug in your container,pour the gelatin mix over the straws,filling the container.Cover the container and chill for eight hours.You can can make these two days in advance, and store this way.When set remove straws from the container cutting or tearing a disposable container is the easiest.Run hot tap water over 4-5 straws at a time for a couple of seconds.Press with your fingers, and remove the worms from the straws.Set them on wax paper to set up.Do this until all worms are removed from the straws.Then chill covered on wax paper for 2 hours.Then serve in a chilled bowl to the disgust of your guests! I hope you have enjoyed this one,I sure have.Sick sense of humour huh!

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New uses for Old Things.

I thought this was a really nifty idea.Turn a cuboard door into a tray. You will need an old cuboard door,give it a coat of house paint any colour you choose.When it is dry trace your pattern onto it with a pencil.Paint over the lines with a different colour of acyrilic paint.Apply thick so you only need one coat of paint.Let dry ,then erase the pencil lines.You will need 2 dawer pulls big enough too fit your hands,spray paint them on both sides.Use wood filler fo the holes on the back where the hinges were.Let dry and sand them.Touch up with a few coats of paint.Attach felt pads on the bottom at each corner.Measue, mark and drill your holes for handles.Screw the handles in ,and then your done.Such a cool idea,I am definitely going to try this.Good-bye bathroom cuboards.Image

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Strawberry Brazilian Lemonade.

Well yesterday was the first day of summer,and boy was it a scorcher.I’m not complaining it certainly beats the white stuff.So we took the day off from school work,and the kid’s played in the pool most of the day.Here is a great recipe for strawberry brazilian lemonade.The kid’s loved it,and it’s chalked full of nutrition.It was a great way too cool off.They all sat under a shade tree sipping their strawberry lemonade.It was delicious,give it a try.You will need 4 limes cut into chunks,6 cups of cold water,and 1 cup of sugar,sweetened condensed milk,and strawberries.Mix sugar and water together until sugar is dissolved.Then add 1/2 of the sugar water to your blender with 1/2 the limes.Then pulse the mixture about 5 times.Then pour through a fine mesh strainer into the pitcher you will be serving.Now add the other half into the blender and repeat the process.Add frozen strawberries in it about 6.Then enjoy!

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