Water Gun Painting

Wow, it sure has been a while hasn’t it! It has been close to two years since I have written anything here. I have mostly been spending my time making videos on youtube instead of writing because well, sometimes life gets really busy and picking up a camera is easier than sitting down to write but I also love the creative outlet of video. But, I also enjoy writing so I figured I may try to get back into writing just a bit as well and what better way to start than to share a fun activity we just did!

Now, I do have to share that the idea for this is not my own but, we did a little different twist to ours if you would like to see where I got this idea from you can check that out here: Fire Flies And Mud Pies Squirt Gun Painting

The kids had so much fun with this activity! We did this activity in collaboration with a few other YouTubers and I will link the video here so you can check them all out! 6inthemix squirt gun painting

Water Gun Painting thumbnail

We ended up having to take this activity inside because of the weather and honestly I thought I was looking at cleaning up a HUGE mess when we were done but it really wasn’t that messy now, I have a feeling that if we had the large super soakers outside then the kids would have paint all over them which we will totally have to do one day!

Now, let’s talk about what you’re going to need! I kept this activity inexpensive and simple and got everything from the dollar tree except for the paper which we already had on hand!

Here’s what you need:

  • Squirt guns (I recommend getting one per color you’re going to use)
  • Paint (we used fingerpaint but many types of paint can be used)
  • Paper (we chose printer paper, again keep it simple most paper will work for this)

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering how I got the paint into the squirt guns right?? Well, that was a little tougher than I had thought. I did mix the paint with water I made sure not to water the colors down too much because I wanted them to show up well but I did enough so it was fairly easy to pour. I tried pouring it into the spout… that didn’t work. So, plan b…… pull out the turkey baster of course and that worked like a charm! Now, if you don’t have a turkey baster a little medicine syringe would work just as well!

 

squirt gun painting.png

Here’s how I kept the paint from dripping all over! 

Here comes the fun! Let the kids take turns squirting the paint onto the paper!

squirt gun painting.png

 

squirt gun painting.png

I loved seeing how different each of the kids created their artwork!

squirt gun painting

 

squirt gun painting.png

squirt gun painting.png

Since we took our painting inside we didn’t hang them up while we painted like suggested in the original idea so, after the kids were done I helped them gently lift their papers up and let the excess paint fall off, here is what they look like after we did that!

 

squirt gun painting

How neat is that! 

 

And that’s how simple it is, literally all the cleanup I had to do was a quick wipe down of the counter and to rinse out the squirt guns after we finished, that’s it!! I also only spend $2 on this activity minus the paper but you can find paper at the dollar tree as well, so not only is this activity so much fun but, it’s inexpensive, and simple! It works very well inside and outside as well!

 

Comment below and let me know if you give this a try I would love to hear how it turned out for you!

 

If you want to watch step-by-step how we did this then check out our video here: Step-by-step video

 

Thank you all for stopping by to read this post, I hope you enjoyed it, if you did give it a share and comment below! I will be trying to post a bit more frequently and sharing our videos as well!

Simple Scrumptious Soup!

Ahh, soup! Nothing better and more delicious during all this cold weather!
I realized it’s been awhile since I’ve shared my potato soup recipe but I wanted to bring back and oldie but a goodie with a little bit of a twist.

So, last time I shared my recipe it was my version of a crock-pot potato soup but this time I’m just going for the yummy one pot potato soup that’s really just as simple as my crock-pot version but I believe this one offers up it’s own yummy flavors!

Now, I know I like to share step by step recipes but when I cook at home more times than not a recipe is either not used at all, or I just go by texture, look, and taste instead of measuring out exact amounts but, for the sake of this post I’ll try to give the exact amounts……. or at least really, really close!

Make sure you peel and chop your potatoes before beginning to make the soup or have someone helping you to do this while you get started. Jeremiah is my potato peeler and chopper, he loves to do this job so anytime we have potato soup he knows what his job is!

For starters all you’re going to do is melt some butter I prefer real butter but if all you have is margarine on hand then that’s okay it just has a little bit of difference in flavor. Just add in about 1/4 C. While your butter’s melting go ahead and start cooking your bacon I know I said one-pot meal but on this night I didn’t cook the bacon in the pot but if you do you can certainly use the drippings from the bacon in place of the butter…. YUM!

Once your butter is melted grate in some yummy garlic, and with garlic at least in this house, the more the better!

20151129_191634-1

Let me also suggest that if you don’t already have a really good quality zester/grater, get one now! It saves so much time and gives you perfectly grated garlic! Also, even though you do have to hold the garlic to grate it, that garlic smell doesn’t stay on your hands like it does when you have to hold it while you’re cutting it and it’s so much easier. I suggest checking out this Best Premium Zester Grater from Smarty Pants Supplies (Isn’t that the cutest name ever!)

Once you get your desired amount of garlic you can also add in 1/2 white onion. I usually don’t add onion because my wonderful hubby doesn’t like the texture of onions but I do absolutely love the flavor and texture they add so I do occasionally have this soup for lunch when it’s just me and the kids.

Your next step is to add flour, now I’m going to be totally honest here I really don’t know any exact measurements on the flour that I really just do go by texture on this one but the basic amount you want to start with is equal to your butter so if you add in 1/4 C. butter add in 1/4 C. flour but the more you make this recipe the more you will learn. You’re just making a roux it gives your soup a great flavor and it also helps to thicken it a bit. I let my roux with the garlic simmer on low/medium for about 2-3 minutes or until the roux starts to turn a light golden brown.

Now, the super easy part, just add in your desired amount of water, I usually add in about 6 cups of water and add in the correct amount of chicken base or you can also use half chicken broth and half water. Then add in your potatoes and bring it to a boil!

20151129_195207-1

 

At this point all you’re going to do is let your soup boil for about 2 minutes then simmer for 15 or until your potatoes are soft. Just stir occasionally and at the very end you’re going to add in just a bit of milk or heavy cream depending on the thickness you’re wanting. I usually add in about 1 C. Then, serve the soup and top with bacon and yummy cheese and to complete the meal serve with some delicious dinner rolls! Enjoy!

*I received the grater/zester for free in return for my honest, unbiased review!

 

How To Cut Your Own Hair!

 2015-09-02_21.33.33

You guys I went out on a limb today. I decided to go outside my comfort zone and do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time that will help us and hopefully you save some money! I CUT MY OWN HAIR!! Yes, that’s right I did it and I’m so happy I did.

It took some time to talk myself into giving it a go but I went for it. I really like how it turned out I think in total I took off about 3 inches of my hair and now it can be healthy and start growing well again. So, just click to watch the video and I’ll take you step by step!

The steps are:

  • Brush your hair out really well make sure it had no tangles
  • Put it all in a ponytail at the front top of your head (you can see what I mean in the video)
  • Brush it out again while in the ponytail then pick the length you want gone and cut.

Comment below and let me know if you decide to give it a try, I’d love to hear about it from you!

A Day In The Life

Ahhh I know I need to do a normal blog post but things have been super crazy since we’re just getting back into the swing of things with school but let me tell you this year has been a blast so far, it’s so much easier teaching two at a time (technically 4 since the younger two like to join in and need to be entertained also) so that has given me so much motivation. It seems like we’ve still been so busy though so I’ve bee doing a few vlogs instead of writing out a post. But, I promise I will get to posting on a normal schedule as soon as we’re more settled in and I will be getting my first set of printables finished soon as well but, until then I’ve got a little “day in the life” video for you all to check out it’s not a normal everyday day for us but check it out and follow us along on this day also don’t forget to comment here and on my youtube channel and let me know what you want to read and watch from me! Click here to watch!

Mama’s gone crazy!

You read that right, mama’s gone crazy!! I have started vlogging!! Woo hoo, I just uploaded my first ever vlog just a few minutes ago so be sure to catch me on youtube! I will post my video below!

You guys have no idea how excited I am that I have finally done this, I have been wanting to start vlogging for quite some time now and have just not had the time to do it and now I have some extra time on my hands…. never thought that would happen!! But, anyway I do now and so I decided to go for it!

I am so excited to do even more videos and to get even better at videoing and editing my videos as well, surprisingly this video only had 3 interruptions that needed to be edited out hehe! I may just show some outtakes in some of mine so you can see some of the craziness we have going on!

So, now that I’ve told you about it go watch the video for yourself on my new youtube channel 6inthemix!!!

Comment below and let me know what videos you would enjoy watching most!!

Be looking for Printables from me!

I’m so excited to fill you all in about what I’ve decided to start doing. I’m going to start adding printables for all your homeschool needs! I have been thinking about doing this for quite some time now and have finally decided to give it a try, and let me tell you I’m having so much fun and I can’t wait for you all to see them! I will be making one’s for free and will also be having some you can purchase as well.

Also, since I’m still in the process of making them I would love to get some feedback from all of you on what types of printables you would like to see. What age groups, what subjects, etc. Let me know in the comments section and I’ll be sure to get working on some for you!

You should start seeing them within the next month and the one’s for purchase will be available through my etsy shop ………..until I figure out how to put them on here hehe 🙂 As soon as I get some of the printables added to etsy I’ll post the link to my shop etsy shop in another post, I’m going to add sneak peek below of some of what you can expect to see!

Tracing shapes

UPDATE: Laundry Soap!!

I wanted to chime in today with a little update about the laundry soap recipe I tried!!! To say that we LOVE this stuff is a complete understatement, not only has it lasted forever I have been using it for almost a whole month now (remember we’re a family of 6 so we have a TON of laundry) and you can hardly tell it’s even been used, I still have a huge 5 gallon bucket almost completely full of it!! But, it also smells so amazing matter of fact, I had some **clean** laundry that stayed in the basket all week (Don’t judge you know you’ve done that before too) but my hubby grabbed a shirt of his from the basket and it still smelled like it had just come out of the wash, it kept that incredible smell he said he couldn’t quit smelling it :-D!! All of it was like that, there is nothing quite like wearing clothes that smell like that aaahhhhh so refreshing!!

But, now to answer the question I’m sure you’re wondering…… Does it get the clothes clean? Well, I’ll just say this yesterday Justin put on some of his shorts these shorts are some he has had for a couple years, they are the one’s he wears when he’s doing the “dirty work” they have gotten muddy and greasy and any other messy that you can think of, and looked really stained and dingy no matter how many times I washed them. Well, yesterday he said, look at what the detergent did to these shorts, they look so good. These shorts had no stains and didn’t look dingy anymore, I think I’d say that’s a win!! We also have tons of red clay in our yard which is horrible to get out of clothes but this laundry soap gets them out.

Can you tell how excited I am!!! Welcome to adulthood I’m so excited about clean laundry haha!! So, I definitely encourage you to try this out!!

Love and Marriage

Today I’m going to be talking a bit about marriage. Have you heard about the book the Love Dare? It comes from the movie Fireproof, and if you haven’t seen that one, you should really check it out it’s a wonderful movie! Anyway, back to the book. This book is written by the Kendrick Brothers and it gives you something to do each and every day to strengthen your marriage. My husband and I started the love dare together back in 2011 and we ended up not even getting to finish it but, just the other day I decided that I was going to pull the book back out and do this with him again only this time I’m just doing it myself for him without him knowing just to show him my love.  540_293_resize_20130901_c3baeb9f1aba9bc2d516f1a378a0005f_jpg

You see, my husband and I really do have a great marriage, I have been truly blessed with an incredible wonderful man whom I love with all my heart and we haven’t really ever had any marriage issues (I’m not saying we never get in an argument or don’t annoy each other, that’s just crazy everyone does that) but, we just work right through it and don’t hold onto those things. So, I hadn’t pulled out the love dare book in quite a while because it was almost as if I thought I didn’t need it to improve our marriage. Now, as I said before I decided to get the book out and my thoughts behind that were that it doesn’t matter that we don’t need any extra “help” to make our marriage work, why wouldn’t I want to always be working on making our marriage even better, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Today for me was day 3 of the book and it said to buy something special for your spouse but, today instead of buying something I surprised him and took him out for some frozen yogurt and we had a great time, it really can be something that simple. The first two days were about being kind and being patient with your spouse, sometimes that’s really, really hard but I have been putting my focus on doing these things and it has been so nice and I have really enjoyed showing love to my husband in those ways.

That was some yummy Froyo

That was some yummy Froyo

What are some ways you go out of your way to show love to your spouse?

Homemade Laundry Soap!

I have thought about making this laundry soap ( you can find the original recipe here ) for such a long time now and just hadn’t made any……. until now!  Today I drug out my big stock pot (yes you will want to bring that one out the soap foams…… a lot) and got the simple 3 ingredients out (well, 4 if you include the water).

First, get your ingredients together:

  • 1/4 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup Super Washing Soda
  • 1/2 a bar Fels Naptha Soap (this stuff is incredible)

IMG_20150615_192230

First off, let me start by saying that once you start making this your sense of smell will thank you! It smells incredible, your whole house will start to smell so good!!

I always buy a few bars at a time since they are so inexpensive but, I keep them in a cute little jar at the back of my sink and every time I walk by my sink I get to smell that great scent!

I always buy a few bars at a time since they are so inexpensive but, I keep them in a cute little jar at the back of my sink and every time I walk by my sink I get to smell that great scent!

Now, if the ingredients weren’t simple enough the steps to make this are so super easy which is really great for a busy mom like me!

The recipe I use is only half of the original recipe, I make 5 gallons at a time (yes, that little amount makes 5 gallons, crazy right!)

Just grate the 1/2 a bar of Fels Naptha soap (it looks like grated cheese hehe that would be a mean trick to play on someone), add it in a stock pot with 2 cups of HOT water. Heat it over medium low to medium until the soap is completely melted….. this was honestly the hardest part of it all only because it took a little bit of time (about 7 minutes or so) make sure you stir it continuously this is an important step!! This will be the time you either realized you should have used a bigger pot or you’re really glad you pulled out that giant stock pot because this stuff does foam up……….. A LOT!

Now, add HOT water to the 5 gallon bucket, fill it half full and then add in the foamy soap mixture and mix a bit. Then, just add in your borax and washing soda. You do need to mix it thoroughly although to be honest it’s really hard to see anything past the foam so just stir it a bit until you’re pretty sure it’s all mixed in and you’ll be fine.

The last step for today is to just top it off with some more HOT water. I topped mine off and then waited about an hour and added some more once the foam went down a bit to be sure I was getting my full 5 gallons.

I told you it was VERY foamy!!

I told you it was VERY foamy!!

Let this mixture sit all night and it will gel up, now you’re ready to use it just be sure to give it a nice stir before you use it each time!

I love that I finally tried making this it was really simple and now I can save so much money on laundry soap since we go through soooo much in our family and I can choose how I want it to smell, because once this recipe has cooled you can add in your own essential oils. Right now I only have peppermint and eucalyptus on hand so I’ll be adding one of those two to mine but I think that especially during the winter peppermint would be fabulous!!

Have you made this before? How do you like it? Let me know if you try it out now!!

**Disclaimer: I don’t own this recipe! Also, Please make sure to add a tight sealing lid to your 5-gallon bucket we don’t want our little one’s to get into this and get sick or hurt!!!!

Wow, it has been a long time!!!!!

I can’t believe how long it has been since my last post, it’s been over a year! I just got really busy with life and didn’t take out time to write and well, I have just been missing it so I decided to log back in and just pick up where I left off. I probably won’t be posting as frequently as I did before but I do still want to post especially once we start school back up again then I’ll have lots of posts.

Since I’ve been gone our family has done and grown so much. We haven’t added any new members to the family (other than animals which I will post about in the near future) but, Jeremiah is now 6 (he will be 7 next month), Caidence who just had her birthday is now my big 5-year-old (how that even happened I’m not sure, to me she should still be 3), Isabelle is 2 and will be 3 in August, and Ethan is 1 1/2!! CRAZY RIGHT!!!

We have also fully completed 1st grade and Pre-K. We still used My Father’s World curriculum and we absolutely LOVED it, so if you’re looking for a great one I really recommend that one! The kids have just surprised me so much with how much they learned over the past year it really is amazing! I have already started planning for 2nd grade for Jeremiah and Kindergarten for Caidence and can’t wait to get started which will probably be at the end of July! We will still be doing My Father’s World for K and 2nd, and for math we will be using Math-U-See for the first time so I will try to make sure to post a review of that once we have done several lessons using it. For language arts we’re using Language Lessons for today:grade 2 which I’ve never used before as well as Spelling by sound and structure.

Another really great thing is that my business (that I’m able to work in around nap time and a very small amount after bed) has been growing so fast and is really blowing my mind and I am thankfully having so much fun with it and not sacrificing any family time which before I started this never thought that would ever be possible!!

I also wanted to post an update about Ethan and his heart condition (bicuspid aortic valve) he has been doing wonderfully and no one could ever tell he has any issues, he had a checkup at 1-year-old and his heart is functioning wonderfully as is everyone else since they wanted to get all of us checked out as well. Also, he only has to go once every 3 years instead of once a year like they had previously thought which is fantastic!!

So, I hope everything has been going really well for everyone else and can’t wait to get back into posting again and welcome to my new readers, I hope you enjoy!!!

***Comment below and let me know what types of posts do you look forward to reading? I would love to hear your input!

–>For questions about business, feel free to send me an e-mail at sarahandjustin@myrandf.com  (inquiries about my business only thank you!)

Just wanted to say sorry for the lack of recent posts, I really didn’t intend to not post, but I’ll be honest, we have been so busy this week.  From dealing with kiddos and my husband not feeling very well to doing the finishing touches on our renovation on the bathroom that has taken up a LOT of our time.  We also just became independent consultants with Rodan and Fields the doctors who created proactiv so getting our part of the business going has taken some time but it’s going great and we’re loving it!

I love that we have decided to join this wonderful team of people, and I can still be at home with my kids…. all the time, and I get to talk to so many great people and share our wonderful line of skincare products with everyone!  I also want to invite all of you who live in the US (sorry we can’t go international yet) to come and check out our website and see what we’re all about!

Come see us at:  https://sarahandjustin.myrandf.com/

Or, if you have any additional questions, you can e-mail me at sarahandjustin@myrandf.com

Continue to look for new posts!!

Spring Is Almost Here!

Well, Spring is almost here and you know what that means, we get to have wonderful warmer weather again with beautiful flowers in bloom and smelling wonderful, but for most that also means Spring cleaning.  Not the most fun thing in the world to do but it just has to be done, so I’m going to share a few tips that may make your time a little easier.

1) Set your goals:  Make goals for yourself, and don’t forget these need to be realistic goals.  If you start out with goals that you know you’re not going to meet, you will soon get discouraged and possibly even give up on the whole process.  So, sit down and really focus on how much time you will have to devote each day.

2) Plan out your day the night before:  Go ahead and have your list ready, have your plan of action.  Are you going to tackle one room at a time, or are you going to focus on certain things that need to be done in all rooms and get them done in a certain order?  Make sure you know all of this before hand so you don’t get frustrated and end up running in circles.

3) Make sure you have what you need on hand:  Make a list before you plan to start your Spring cleaning of any products or other items you may need and go get them or if you make them then do that.  Also go a step further and each day make sure you have every item you are going to use that day with you and easily accessible to you.

4) Get to work:  Don’t keep putting it off, because if you do you and I both know it will never get done so don’t procrastinate and just get started!

And last but not least……………………..

5) Don’t get burned out:  This shouldn’t be a horribly long process, and don’t spend all day long each day cleaning, set a certain amount of time each day and stick to that, but make the whole cleaning process last only a week maximum!  If you plan it out and know what you want done and have a set time frame it should never take any longer than that.

Just stick to these simple tips and get started and before you know it Spring cleaning will be completely done and you will be enjoying your spotless home in no time!!!

Handy Tip For You!

Well, just the other day we had our first experience with gum getting stuck into a child’s hair.  Our sweet Caidence apparently got gum in her hair and didn’t say anything to us, so as I’m getting ready for bath time that morning I notice a big glob of gum not only stuck, but embedded into her hair.  I didn’t know what to do, I had no clue of how to get it out and I certainly didn’t want to cut it out.  Caidence hasn’t had a haircut yet and I really don’t want to cut it yet and I really, really didn’t want to ever cut it as short as it would have to be to get that gum out.

Here it is, and yes, that is a nice huge glob of gum!

gum in caidences hair  So, what could I do?  Well, I had heard before that you could try to use oil to try and get gum out but I really didn’t think it would work, I didn’t see how.  Maybe if it was just barely stuck, but not with hers where the hair somehow got wrapped all around this gum.  But, hey it was certainly worth a shot and I was going to try everything before I would even think of cutting her hair.  So, I got some extra virgin olive oil poured it into a container:

 

olive oil for caidence  Then, I took the gum and attached hair and just let it soak for a bit in the container.  After that it took a little bit of time just working the oil around the gum to try and free it from the hair.  Slowly but surely I discovered we were actually making progress.  This whole process took several minutes and it didn’t come out in one large piece but it did eventually come all the way out.

caidence when soaking hair  After adding the oil and getting the gum out and a nice washing of the hair here it is, no gum!!  You will need to wash the hair a couple of times to get rid of all the oil but it was totally worth the time it took to get it out, and, to my surprise my sweet girl who usually is very tender headed didn’t even mind me having to do all this for the most part.

 

caidence after gum

 

Sharing This For A Reader, Please Read His Wife’s Story

I recently had a reader contact me and ask if I would share this with all of you guys and I told him I would be glad to share it with you, so if you all wouldn’t mind please take a minute to read his wife’s story and to check out the page at the link below, thank you guys!

Hi Sarah!

Thank you so much for your quick response! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I was wondering if you’d be willing to help me with a cause that means a lot to me!

Eight years ago, my wife Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer that kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis.  She had just given birth to our daughter Lily, and was only given 15 months to live.  After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, LungLeavin’ Day was born.  On February 2nd, we celebrated 8 years of Heather being cancer free.

The purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage others to face their fears!  Each year, we gather around a fire in our backyard with our friends and family, write our biggest fears on a plate and smash them into the fire.  We celebrate for those who are no longer with us, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, and most importantly, we celebrate life!

This year, we asked bloggers to participate and spread the word about LungLeavin’ Day.  We created an interactive pagemesothelioma.com/heather/lungleavinday that tells the full story of our special day. Although the day has passed, we hope you will still check it out and share it on your blog.  It would mean so much to Heather and I.  Let me know what you think.

Thank you so much,

Cameron Von St. James
http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/cameron/

My Button Is Now Fixed!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you all know in case you didn’t notice I got my button fixed so now you can vote us for the top mommy blog page, I would greatly appreciate if you would just click the button to the left every day you visit the blog to help us get in the top 10 at top mommy blogs so more people can read our posts.  Thank you guys!!

 

Motherhood

I saw this quote in a magazine I read the other day and it really did my heart good, so I thought I would share it with you.

The Power of Motherhood

“Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God

may not be something you do but someone you

raise.”  -Andy Stanley

  Sometimes we are made to think that we are “just” mothers but, we are anything but “just” mothers, we are changing lives and in turn changing the next generation and making a difference in the world.

Vote For Us!

  Hi guys, just wanted to ask for a little favor, I’m trying to get us onto the top mommy blog website, so if you would just click the link under where it says “click to vote us the top mommy blog” I’m having a problem with my button so there’s no picture yet but the link is at the top left of the main page and looks like this:   <img border=”0″  thank you guys so much! 🙂