Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recycling Bottle Caps into Summer Fun

Most recycling centers don't take bottle caps, so what's a crafty greenie to do?

How about a Mod Lampshade? This tutorial by Espirit Cabane looks like a ton of fun.

And this Electric Guitar Print from HamBop on Etsy is just amazing.

Here's a tutorial by JenSegrest to make absolutely gorgeous Pincushions from bottle caps.

This Tote Bag and Stool tutorial is in Greek, but the pictures explain it all.
I hope these ideas inspire you for some recycling fun.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Teaching Little Ones to Tie their Shoes

Build a tee pee, Come inside,

Bring a friend. Close it tight so we can hide.

Over the mountain, And around we go.

Here’s my arrow, And here’s my bow!

Ian's Shoelace Site

Teaching little ones to tie their shoes is, to me, one of the hardest tasks a parent is required to do. The hardest part is the patience required by both the parent and the child. I have found that my children get terribly frustrated with themselves when beginning to learn to tie their shoes.

It's hard for everyone involved, but have no fear, this website is a real parenting gem. Ian's Shoelace Site is the shoe lacing and tying authority. He offers up much more than just tying shoes. He includes 17 differnt ways to tie shoes. My favorite is the good old fashioned Two Loop Shoelace Knot.

Ian's Shoelace Site Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Yogurt Coated Real Fruit Pops

This recipe is one of those that you won't believe how simple it is, and how incredibly yummy it is too. Essentially what it is is frozen chunks of fruit coated in yogurt. It makes a wonderful summer treat, and it is an easy way to get more calcium and fruit into a picky eater's diet.

Grapes, washed and removed from stems
Strawberries, washed and stems removed
Vanilla flavored refrigerated yogurt (such as Dannon or Yoplait)

Cut the fruit into bite sizes (remember for children under the age of 4, cut the grapes in half to prevent choking hazards). Freeze the fruit for 30 minutes.

Coat with yogurt, and place on wax paper. Return to freezer for an additional 30 minutes.

You may substitute any other fruit that freezes well.

As much as I love this recipe, I think it's time for a new name. Please feel free to post your suggestions below in the comments section.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


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