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Christmas Ribbon Busy Box

Friday, December 12, 2014

I was putting laundry away in our closet the other day and Little Miss Henley found my box of gift wrap.   She pulled out all of my pretty tissue and a bunch of ribbon that I have been saving hoarding for the last who knows how many years and had a field day with it!  She was a happy camper for at least twenty minutes, which is the longest she will do anything before she gets bored.  I was so happy to actually get a whole pile of laundry put away that I didn't even care half of the tissue paper was destroyed.

Since she loved the ribbon so much, and also has an affinity for cardboard boxes, I wanted to make a baby friendly and relatively indestructible toy for Henley to play with.  I have seen lots of busy boxes and books with ribbons and I thought that it would be a perfect, quick, and easy project to make a Christmas Ribbon Busy Box for Henley, especially to give to her while I am wrapping presents this season. 



What you need:

• Small cardboard box 
• Ribbon
• Scissors
• Tape
• Markers, Stickers, etc. to decorate the box if desired. 

Instructions:

1. Decide how many ribbons you want to use and poke that many holes in the sides of the box that are parallel to each other. I used the sharp end of my scissors to poke the holes and 9 pieces of ribbon for mine. Make sure to make the holes big enough for the ribbon to move through easily, but not so big that the knot can slip through. 


2. Tie a knot at one end of each ribbon and then string them through one side, in the box, then out the other side.  Finish by tying a knot in the other end. 


3.  Tape up the lid on your box.  Make it fun with some Christmas Duct Tape! I found mine at Dollar Tree :).  If you don't have Christmas tape, you could also decorate your box with stickers and markers, or better yet, let your little one do it!



I can't say that Henley loves this box more than getting into my box of gift wrap, because lets face it...babies love what they can't have.  She does, however, play with it for a few minutes and likes to fling it around by a ribbon or two, ha!  Once in a while she can actually pull a ribbon through, but I don't think she does it purposefully yet.





If you make this for your little ones, please share!  I hope they enjoy it!

Christmas Slime

Monday, December 8, 2014

We had quite a few rainy days this week...ugh! I know that here in California we need rain, but I hate it.  If it never rained I would be totally fine with that, you know, minus the whole drought aspect.


Rainy days are the worst.  I hate being cooped up indoors, especially with kiddos around.  I had my five year old niece with me last weekend in addition to my own little 8 month old and you can only do so much inside all day before everyone goes stir crazy.  Fortunately, I remembered that I had supplies to make slime and turned it into a fun, rainy day, Christmas activity. 

This is how you make Christmas Slime: 



What you need: 

• Bottle of Elmer's School Glue (118 mL)
• Red and green food coloring
• Glitter
• Water
• Borax (1/2 teaspoon)
• Small/medium mixing Bowl
• Cup
• Fork

Directions: 

1. Empty your bottle of glue into your mixing bowl.  Fill your empty glue bottle with water and add to the glue.  Stir until well combined.  I used a fork and whisked it, which I think worked better than a spoon.

2. Add a few drops of food coloring to get your desired color and stir to combine. 

3. Add a couple of shakes of glitter and stir. Don't worry, the glitter stays in the slime and won't get glitter all over the place! 

4. In your cup, mix 1/2 cup of hot water and 1/2 teaspoon of borax until dissolved.  Then, add to your glue mixture. 

5. Mix together until your water is completely absorbed.  The mixture starts turning into slime almost instantly!  I used my hands to mix instead of a fork after a minute or so.  Then, when it wasn't retaining some of the water I put my slime into a ziplock bag and squished it around in there to get it mixed extra well.




There ya have it! Squish it, use cookie cutters on it, make handprints and watch them disappear...we played with ours for quite some time!  Even Henley had fun!  She didn't know what to make of it at first, but was fascinated by it.  It was so neat to watch the girls make and discover the slime! We will definitely be doing this again.  


I'd love to know what your little ones think of this project!

Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement and The Bouqs Review

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by an up and coming online flower company, The Bouqs, about reviewing their product in exchange for a free bouquet.  There is something about having fresh flowers in the house that brightens my day, so obviously I said yes.


The Bouqs' main collection of flowers is the "Volcano Collection".  These flowers are grown in South America on a volcano, literally.  This collection takes a week or so for delivery, and is where I chose my bouquet from.  They also have the "California Collection", which is a little more expensive and subject to taxes, but offers next day delivery. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the youthful, modern design of the site and happy that it was extremely easy to navigateYou get a clear, concise view of what each bouquet looks like, and can select each one in three different sizes: Original (around a dozen stems, $40-50), Deluxe (two dozen, $50-60), or Grand (three dozen, $70).  Shipping is free, so you don't have to deal with crazy delivery fees.

The Bouq that I chose was "Dawn" in the "Volcano Collection".  I picked it because I loved the fiery orange color and thought it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving arrangement.  When it arrived, I was so excited!  The packaging was simple, yet cute.  The bouquet comes boxed and wrapped in brown paper.  The box has directions for unwrapping, arranging, and caring for your flowers. 



I unwrapped the flowers and they were gorgeous!  Despite being boxed and wrapped, they were fresh and unharmed, minus a couple of petals that were a little bent.  These roses were better than ones at the store by far, and just as beautiful, if not more so, than from a florist.



I removed them from the packaging and followed their directions, which were basically how I always care for my flowers.  Look at how beautiful the colors of these roses are!  Perfect for fall!



 



To compliment the colors in the bouquet, I took  square of burlap and wrapped it around the vase I had.  Then, I secured it with a rubber band and tied a burlap and orange chevron ribbon around it.  Perfect for my Thanksgiving table!



I received my Bouq on November 20th.  It is now December 4th and the roses just started wilting .  I changed the water out twice and they lasted me this long!  I have to say that I am very impressed with the quality of my bouquet.  I definitely recommend you check out The Bouqs for the next time you order flowers!



Disclaimer: I did not pay for these flowers, and I am an affiliate of this company, but they didn’t buy my opinion.