HERE'S A SIMPLE 3-INGREDIENT FAIL-PROOF SLIME RECIPE FOR KIDS
I am not a diy pinterest homeschool mom with an epic inspo board. I am more of a BIY (buy-it-yourself) kinda homeschool mom on a tight budget and an even tighter schedule. DIYs are not my jam. So when a fun diy comes along that I can successfully pull off with my kids, then there is hope for all my closet BIY sistermoms! This is a simple, fun, inexpensive, and low mess project that doesn't require much prep or cleanup but is super fun for kids. And for all of you awesome diy moms, you can probably pull off this little project in your sleep! Enjoy and take lots of pictures because the kids will totally get into it. We've done this project more than once over the years and since we seem to add a new little one every couple of years, it's always fun, even for the older kids who enjoy helping their younger sibs.
Simplest Most Fail-Proof Slime Recipe for Kids
Ingredients Per Child: 1 bottle of Elmers Sparkle Glue, 1 tsp of Borax, 1.5 cups of hot tap water
For an extra layer of "schooling", you can discuss the science behind your slime project and introduce terms like "polymers" and "molecules".
Get ready to have some mildly messy, kitchen-table kinda fun with your kids!
~Mix 1 bottle of Elmers sparkle glue with a 1/2 cup of hot tap water and stir.
~In a separate bowl, dissolve 1 tsp of Borax in 1 cup of hot tap water. I prefer using the gentler Pure Organic Borax when doing hands-on projects with my kids but regular Borax works just fine.
~Combine all of the above together and mush the liquid sludge together with your hands until you're able to make a snowball size ball of slime.
~Drain the excess water and Voila!
~Let your sparkly slime dry for about 5 minutes and have fun cuz you're done! I bought the multi-set glues so that each of my kids could have their own color. They loved it! Plus, it's cheaper than buying them individually at full price.
was born. You don't have to be a master writer or brand expert to find the winning name for your blog-baby. You just have to have a beginning idea of what you may want to write about and go from there. Here are a few quick tips on how to get started and birth the best blog name ever!
1. BE CLEAR. People should be able to tell what your blog is about just by the name. Being vague or too poetic with your blog name will make it hard for people to relate and connect with you and your blog. Remember, nouns and adjectives are your blog naming friends. Come up with a list of nouns and adjectives that can describe your blog and have fun combining them to find potential names. There's more to it but if you nail step #1, you are on your way!
2. KEYWORDS ARE KEY. The internet is very crowded and one way that we navigate it is by using keywords and key terms. If your blog is about new parenting, make it kinda obvious in your blog name (binkiesandbottles101.com). If it's about crafting (ribbonsandglue.com), traveling (passportdiaries.com), reading (mybooknook.com), beauty (beautyandbrains.com,) or something else, include an obvious hint in the blog name to let people know what they're in for when they drop by your blog. You don't have to include the actual subject in the blog name but your name should ultimately point readers in the right direction.
3. STAND OUT IN THE CROWD. I think we can all agree that the internet and social media, in general, can be a fun and quirky place so free your mind and experiment with fun, quirky and memorable names to help you stand out in the internet crowd. Don't forget to follow rules #1 and #2 while incorporating rule #3.
4. MATCH YOUR WRITING STYLE. If you are dreaming of writing a whimsical girlfriend's guide for mom-beauty or journal about all things weird and funny about motherhood then think outside the box and come up with a fun, kitschy name. However, if you are looking to become a marketable internet business in the corporate world, then a sober, more formal name may work best. Both types of blogs can be great but be sure to match the tone of your blog name to the style of your writing.
5. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Your blog name is your introduction to just about everyone who's in your niche so keep it simple, catchy, and on topic. Remember, shortcatchyandsimple.com is king when it comes to naming your blog baby. A vague and longwinded blog name can mean certain death in the blogosphere.
6. SAY IT OUT LOUD. Once you narrow down your top picks, try saying them out loud and say it in a conversation. Does the name sound clunky and awkward or does it sound like music to your ears? Is it fun to say and do you want to spread the word to friends and family? Alliteration and rhymes are two great ways to find a cool name: mybusybeesbake.com, and fununderthesun.com are two examples. Also, how does it look when you type it out? Does it translate well on paper or on a screen, in your font of choice?
Are you getting excited yet? I hope so because you are almost there!
7. SPLLNG KOWNTZ. I hope I made my point. Be unique. Be memorable. But most importantly, be easy to spell. If you choose to go off-road when it comes to spelling, stick with the easy-to-remember misspells like dollz.net or xtremeparenting.com. Unique spellings that are not obvious to most people can trip up traffic to your site so keep the unusual spellings simple and to a minimum.
8. BLOGS, LIKE BABIES, GROW UP. Pick a name with the future in mind. Will your blog name still be relevant to your niche as your life expands? For instance, if you start a mommy blog as a new mom but plan on growing your family, onlychild.com would not only work in the short term. You can always continue to grow and add new layers to your blog but find a name that has stretch and elasticity in meaning so that it will still be relevant as you and your world grows over time.
9. IT'S TAKEN! Bummer. You followed all the steps and found the absolute perfect blog name, only to find that it's taken. If that doesn't happen to you at least once, you are either very lucky or an absolute blog naming wizard! Many names and terms are already in use and it can be challenging to come up with a truly unique name. Don't give up! Grab a thesaurus or download a thesaurus app, order some Chinese takeout and get comfortable because it's time to do some serious brainstorming and find your REAL name gem. There are great domain name generating websites such as www.panabee.com/ and www.namemesh.com/ that can help if you get stuck. You can use their name generating ideas to come up with an entirely different name or find one that closely resembles your original top pick. Good luck and have fun!
MY BODY AFTER 9 PREGNANCIES
about vanity. Too often, as busy mothers, we prioritize the care and well-being of everyone else around us and put our own self-care at the bottom of the list. I think our mates and our children would much rather see mom healthy, fit, and happy instead of tired, depressed, and discouraged about herself. Let's face it, our greatest obstacles aren't demanding husbands who won't help out with the kids when we want to go to the gym or out for a walk. And our children wouldn't begrudge us if we spent an hour a day getting recharged. We are our greatest obstacle. We make excuses for why we can't spare the time or the finances to hit the
gym or splurge on a new pair of sneakers or take a brisk walk before the kids wake up or after dinner and dishes. Our family matters and we are part of that family and so moms matter, too. Confession time: I actually delayed buying protein powder shake mix for over a year because I thought it would be a waste of money since I would be the only one using it. That was a low point for me and that was how little importance I placed on my own self-care. Don't do that! Care about yourself, work on yourself and know that your efforts benefit your whole family to have mom feeling happy, strong, fit and well! You are awesome, mama! Make a plan and own your wellness, health and happiness!
The first time I heard about homeschooling, I was spouseless, childless, and clueless about everything that I am now presumed to be an expert on. Fast forward the entire Matrix trilogy, 2 installments of Guardians of the Galaxy, all of the Harry Potter films, and this is where I now find myself - “A family of 8 and homeschooling?! You are amazing and your kids are great.” Other moms often confide in me that they don't think they could do it. The brave ones ask for advice on how to get started and the curious ones ask what my typical day looks like. The one thing they all have in common is the false idea that I am a perfect wife, mother, and teacher and that my children are excellent in just about every way (grades, talents, behavior, manners, etc.) The truth is, I am an excellent wife, teacher, and mother SOMETIMES. We all have our great days. Other times, my epic parenting fails, wifely misses, and teaching stumbles are embarrassing and I chalk them up as growth and learning opportunities (I’ll share them with you at a later date).
My kids are not perfect. Their mom is not perfect. My schedule is not even close to being perfect. And yet, as a homeschooling mom, I feel that if I open my mouth and confess that it’s crazy hard sometimes and I don’t know if I’m doing it right, I will let people down. Did I just let you down by saying that?
So here I am, dropping the veil on myself and my fellow homeschool hotties, on the quiet realities we homeschool moms often suffer alone. The list was supposed to be longer but my schedule’s kinda wonky as my kids recover from the flu so here goes...
7 UGLY TRUTHS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING THAT HOMESCHOOLING MOMS NEVER TALK ABOUT
1. You secretly regret your decision to homeschool. Year one of homeschooling is the honeymoon phase and you feel like you’re changing the world, one precious heart at a time. You are totally in love with spending time with your child/children and enjoying the freedoms and independence of being your own ‘school’, choosing curriculum, projects, co-ops, activities, etc. - the world is your oyster. Everything is new, beautiful and exciting and the sky is the limit! Then year 3 hits and you have to make greater efforts to stave off stale routines and repeat visits to local spots lose their appeal. Maybe you have a new little one or two and they haven’t gotten the memo to respect the delicate science experiments and to not pull all the alphabetized books off the shelves during power reading hour. You don’t remember the last time you had a minute to yourself and self-care is a forgotten concept to you. You feel like you’ve lost your homeschool mojo and in your weaker moments, the grass starts looking greener at your local public school playground. I have had hard days and been overwhelmed and in those moments, I doubted myself and my choices. But by the end of each day, I remember why I do what I do and that the advantages and benefits far outweigh the most challenging times.
2. You are alienated from family members or friends. Beware. Extended family members and friends who have little to no experience with homeschooling can sometimes be the biggest opponents throughout your homeschooling journey. They warn against it because they fear your kids will never make friends or they’ll turn out weird. If you’ve read my previous posts, you know my views on both of those issues. Homeschool kids can indeed enjoy close friendships, just as some public school kids can be surrounded by thousands of other children and yet feel totally and utterly alone.
3. Homeschooling is hurting your marriage. Homeschooling and managing a household is a huge undertaking and the un-ending responsibilities can easily hurt your connection with your spouse, if you let it. The to-do lists grow ever longer and the ever-increasing new opportunities out there for homeschoolers: enrichment activities, college courses, co-ops, field trips, etc. can keep you and the kids so busy that you can actually schedule yourselves out of the home and away from your spouse every single day of the week, including weekends. Making clear boundaries, syncing calendars, and prioritizing each other can go a long way in keeping the marriage happy and romantic rather than a chore gathering dust at the bottom of your to-do list.
4. You find homeschooling personally unsatisfying. I have intensely busy days, every day. But sometimes they are unfulfilling and I miss the glamor and excitement of working an exec job, on Madison Avenue, wearing expensive dry clean clothes, and interacting with smart and eclectic New York clients. My awesome kids range in age from 18 months to 15 years old. In a day, I may cover making lap-folders, finger painting, skip-counting, phonics, math drills, flashcards, on-line science, U.S. history, physics, Japanese, nursery rhymes, literature, and grammar. Then the homemaker in me is texting the husband, shopping, doing dishes, preparing meals, cleaning, folding laundry, making appointments, fixing something, and checking up on my own mom to see how she’s doing. Then later in the evening, the mommy nurse in me is making the nearly empty Neosporin tube cry uncle as I squeeze out the dregs (in my attempt to avoid a Target run at 10 PM) to cover another boo-boo, running baths, reading stories, breaking up fights, soothing hurts, designating chores, etc. Raising a family and homeschooling are not glamorous but the time spent with the kids in those early years is priceless and the personal passions that they discover and the strides that they make towards EVERYTHING is a wonder to see and a privelege to be a part of.
5. You feel like you’re losing yourself. When I threw myself into homeschooling, I found myself giving up all of my hobbies, not pursuing other personal goals, barely seeing my girlfriends, and even neglecting to take care of myself. It was all about the kids and homeschooling for a long time. I was exhausted, depressed and angry with myself and I wasn’t sure why. It was because I had lost myself in my quest to homeschool. I mistakenly thought I had to stop being 'me' and start being a 'proper' homeschooling mom. But I discovered that just being myself and homeschooling along the way is the best way to build a good life for myself and for my family. Don’t try to be the enviably perfect homeschool mom. Be the uniquely awesome you and make homeschooling one of the fantastic things you do, not the only thing you do. It’s a much healthier and happier approach.
6. Okay, this is what’s up - I know this post is titled 7 Ugly Truths but I could only come up with 5 because honestly, homeschooling is a pretty sweet gig and we homeschool mamas aren’t all that dark!
7. What’s one ugly truth about homeschooling that I missed? Fill in here: __________________________________
P.S. In case you’re wondering how a homeschool mom of 6 finds the time to blog - Right now, I am sitting at my messy kitchen table, feverishly typing out this post. My kids are loudly playing a game of dodgeball (yes, you read that correctly, "dodgeball") with the baby gleefully refereeing. And of course, this is all happening in my living room…
My January BEAUTY Favorites
I am super excited to post my first ever “beauty favorites” blog! And since this homeschool mama’s new to this, I’m going to keep it basic and simplistic.
Let’s start off with skincare because I am Korean and good skincare for Asian women is as basic as water and sunlight (pssst… if you want to un-age like an Asian or a vampire, then you must stay outta the sun like an Asian vampire. At the very least, slather on the sunscreen and cover up. Trust me, your less-wrinkly older self will thank you.)
I discovered this a couple of summers ago on one of my many beauty quests to Ulta and both my daughter and I've been using it daily ever since. It's Soap and Glory's Face Soap and Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash It is gentle enough to use every day and it wakes up my skin and gives it an amazingly clean, soothing, and refreshing glow. Honestly, my skin craves it the way my mind craves that first cup of morning coffee. No joke. It is that good. The scent is a bit stronger than I am used to but not overpowering. It has a fruity, citrusy fragrance and it smells very fresh and clean. You can pick it up at Ulta, Target, or amazon. I like to look for new products at the brick and mortar stores so that I can sample and try them out but my re-orders are usually done on amazon.
My next favorite skincare/makeup is a Correcting Primer by PUR. I am not a fan of silicone primers (they feel heavy and leave a residue-like texture on top of my skin). PUR's primer is both silicone-free and oil-free and it absorbs into my very dry winter skin and leaves it super hydrated. Also, I got the green tube because I have some red and pink splotchiness on my cheeks and the green tint helps to reduce that. I also use a miracle redness corrector that makes the redness vanish completely and smooths out my skin flawlessly but more on that in another favorites blog.
Now we're getting into the fun toys - mascara and lipstick!
I rarely go anywhere without mascara. The only place I go to consistently, without mascara, is to bed. Other than that, if I'm leaving the house then I'm probably rocking mascara. My eyelashes are short, sparse, and stick straight out - no curl, no volume. Over the years, since my teens, I have experimented with just about every reasonably priced and some outrageously priced mascara on the market. My absolute, hands-down favorite lately is the Covergirl Plumpify blastPRO Waterproof in Very Black. It thickens my sparse lashes nicely and separates them without getting clumpy and if you "swoop" outwards and up at the edge of your lashes, it helps give you a gorgeous cat eye effect with little effort, easy-peasy. And lastly, as a mom of 6, I love the affordable price at around $9. The non-waterproof version glides on smoother and is easier to get off at the end of the day but I tend to cry, yawn, or get caught in the rain whenever I'm wearing non-waterproof so I've learned to stick with the bulletproof (I mean "waterproof") versions. Anyway, there's a great eye makeup remover that erases all traces of hard to remove mascara without tugging at the sensitive and delicate skin around your eyes.
When it comes to everyday lips, I prefer a well pigmented gloss such as NYX Professional Makeup Mega Shine Lip Gloss. Lipsticks are too high-maintenance for all-day, everyday wear. The only times I really look in the mirror are first thing in the morning and during my bedtime routine because the day in-between is full to the brim with homeschooling, toddler duty, mom duty, and everything else duty that I don't really have time to adjust my lipstick. Also, lipsticks tend to dry out my lips as the day wears on. The NYX glosses are not as drying and still look flattering even as they fade, unlike most lipsticks. A tube lasts a long time and the shine is subtle yet sparkly and not greasy or sticky. There's a good variety of shades to choose from and again, budget friendly for a large family mama. I usually keep two or three duplicates of my favorite colors - one for the diaper bag, one for my makeup box, and one for the car. After all, I may have a lot of kids and a full plate but that doesn't mean I have to look like a hot mess. It's way more fun to look your best.
And last but not least, this unglamorous but very necessary favorite in my first beauty favorites review is the Ardell Touch of Color hair wand. I'll be turning 46 this year and the gray hairs are marching at a faster pace these days. As you can imagine, I don't get to the salon very often so I prefer to do minor touch-ups at home. It's a quick 60 seconds of brushing it on at the roots with the mascara-like wand and off I go. I love it.
So those are my picks, tips, and beauty favs for the month of January. What are your favorites that you just can’t live without during the cold winter months? I’d love to know.