Friday, December 15, 2017

Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little more. 

Tonight we will be watching The Grinch! I have always loved watching The Grinch and to my surprise...my son (age 6) has never seen it. I’m fairly certain we watched it when he was a baby...but otherwise...I have CLEARLY dropped the ball. Lol. 

In honor of our movie night, I decided to try my hand at some Grinch Cookies I saw online. It was much easier than I expected and the kids loved helping! 


First, I used the sugar cookie recipe from Katrina’s Kitchen! It is THE BEST! 


I made the dough according to her instructions. 


Then I added 20 drops of green food coloring and prepared my parchament paper to roll the dough! 


Next, we rolled the dough and cut out big hearts!


After all of the big hearts were cut out, we cut out small hearts in the middle of the big hearts. 


Finally, we added cherry Jolly Ranchers to the center.


Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes! 


Allow them to cool completely before moving them! We also baked the small hearts from the center of the cookie. Yum! 

We are all ready for our Grinch night! 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall is Keeping Us Busy

It has been a wonderful fall season so far! We have stayed pretty busy with football season, pumpkin patch trips, and roasting marshmallows. Yep, 70 degree temperatures here don't stop us from pretending it is 40 degrees.

I have not done much Tot School in the last week or so, well not organized curriculum anyway. We have done some blog-worthy crafts though!


Olivia enjoyed making her own version of pumpkin pie! I did most of the prep work on this. She is still working on her cutting skills, so I knew it would go much more smoothly if I prepared it!

I showed the steps below to prep the activity! Very simple, very few materials!




After it was prepped, I let her take over. I gave her an orange Kwik Stix. If you do not have these, I would suggest buying them! When you do not have the time for a painting mess, these are perfect!

She enjoyed "coloring" (painting) the piece of pie! 


After she was done painting, we glued the crust on the piece of pie. 


Add a cotton ball for whipped topping, and your craft is complete!


Next, we did an acorn hunt...followed by acorn painting!



Getting outdoors is so much fun for Olivia! I do it any chance we get! She found 6 acorns (there are not very many around our neighborhood.) We played for a while outside after that, then came in to do our acorn painting. 

We used a foil pan. I taped some paper in the pan and grabbed some paint.


I let Olivia squirt the paint in the pan. She loved it! 


Then just add in your acorns.


PLACE THE LID ON :) Then SHAKE!


Now, the end result isn't anything super "beautiful" but the process was so fun!


The last two activities we did were an absolute blast! Livi had the best time and we both laughed so hard. 

First up, Turkey Haircuts! Yep! You read that right!


I hot glued some feathers to a plate and drew a turkey face! Then Livi gave him a haircut!


Last, Feeding the Turkey! Pardon our feather remains on the table. :)


When doing this activity, YOU MUST talk for the turkey. :) Olivia laughed so hard when I talked for the turkey. Pure joy. 


Anyway, that's a wrap, folks! I will be taking a break through the Thanksgiving holidays on all things work related! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Jell-O Pinterest Fail

Ha! Yep, you read right! A Pinterest fail occurred in the Kiser house today! I wish I could tell you it was the first time...but it isn't! It probably (definitely) won't be the last either! I love Pinterest...but sometimes I just want to scream LIES! 

So, how did I fail? Let's start at the beginning. The birth of a beautiful dream by my 6 year old son! "Mom, can we make Lego Jell-O?" 

Well, of course...I went to Pinterest and found this photo! 


Gorgeous right? After reading a few more articles, we decided on Mega Blocks!

And the dream began to become a reality!


Jell-O...CHECK!

Mega Blocks...CHECK! 

Let's conquer this!

Arranged the Mega Blocks! 



Sprayed the blocks with oil, prepared Jell-O and poured into the Mega Blocks! (I'm thinking...I AM GOOD.) 

Who even did THREE colors? This gal. The kids helped; it was a proud momma moment! Pretty much feeling like a rock star at this point. Just Saying.


Jell-O in fridge for hours upon hours...CHECK! 

Now, the excitement of my children is just too much to handle. I heard the words "best mom ever" and rumblings of "mom of the year" (where my trophy?)

And then...it happened. Imagine this next part in slow-mo if you will. 

Ready...




Now...excuse me. These do not look like Mega Blocks. Where did I go wrong?? Well...I don't know. I went back to the articles...it turns out they didn't have success either. (Mental Note: Read the whole article next time...) Except for that crazy picture I posted first. And guess what? There was no article with that picture! LIES. Lol. 

So...my son ate the jello out of the Mega Block with a spoon. Actually with 1/8 teaspoon spoon. I wish I had snapped a picture of that. Priceless. Anyway, I must be parenting semi-correctly because Rex was happy as a clam to eat it out off the block itself. Win? Eh. 

What a waste. In closing...DON'T try this at home. :)