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Relax Bottle/Time Out Timer « My Crazy Blessed Life!

Relax Bottle/Time Out Timer « My Crazy Blessed Life!
Sooooo… I have a three-year-old little girl who is full of drama. Probably not the only one in history, but one of my current dilemmas. When time out time comes for bad behaviour I find myself with a little girl on the bottom step screaming, kicking walls and not able to even calm down enough to learn her lesson. This was getting worse and worse until I told my husband, “there has to be a better way, I’m going to research this.” So I went online and read other mom’s advice, dr’s advice, psychologist’s advice, etc. So I found a water bottle (Smart water was the brand) that was totally smooth and not too big around for little hands to hold. I removed the label with goo gone (it was very sticky under that label) Next I filled each bottle with about 3/4 (* edit 5-3-12, I used hot water so that the glue “melted” better… room temp or cold will cause it to stay separate) water, an entire bottle of glitter glue and a small tube of ultra fine glitter. Thanks for stopping by! Johanna Like this: Related:  Kids...

21 Incredibly Important Diagrams To Help You Get Through Life 25 Ways To Ask Your Kids How Was School Today This year Simon is in 4th grade and Grace is in 1st grade and I find myself asking them every day after school, “So how was school today?”. And everyday I get an answer like “fine” or “good” which doesn’t tell me a whole lot. Or at get at least a full sentence. #1. #2. #3. #4. #5. #6. #7. #8. #9. #10. #11. #12. #13. #14. #15. #16. #17. #18. #19. #20. #21. #22. #23. #24. #25. So far…my favorite answers have come from questions #12. #15, and #21. I actually love questions like the “alien” one (#12). And the answers we get are sometimes really surprising. Sometimes we just need to figure out the right kinds of questions to ask our children….some questions may work better for some kids than others. And, as my kids get older I know that I am going to have to work harder and harder to stay engaged with them…but I know its going to be worth the work… -liZ ****Also, to get a printable version of this list just click here: 25 Ways To Ask Your Kids So How Was School Today Printable

DIY Marbled Glassware When graphic designer and artist Joanna Bean Martin shared with us her technique for marbling the bottoms of glassware with nail polish, we couldn’t wait to try it ourselves. Who knew it would be such an easy way to add color and pattern to your next tablescape or party? Remember, the brighter and bolder colors you use, the more the glasses will radiate and glow. Have fun! You’ll need:flat bottomed glasswarevariety of colorful nail polishclear nail polisha disposable plastic containernail polish removerpainters tapetoothpicks Mask off the bottom of the glass with painters tape. Fill a disposable, plastic container with water. Layer the colors one on top of the other. Submerge the bottom of the glass into the polish. Allow to dry completely before applying a layer of clear polish. Once everything has dried, remove the painters tape and touch up with nail polish remover and a cotton swab. Your glowing glasses are finished! Bottoms up!

Prayers for Grown-Up Kids What is it about praying for your kids that you swing from wildly ambitious hopes to woefully mundane fears, never sticking to one or the other? At least that’s what happens to me. My two boys are great. I’m flattered when they come to me, their old man, for any shred of advice. Here’s a prayer for the parent of a grown-up child: Please let me listen, Lord, and know when I should step in to help, and when I should let go and let you do the helping. Alas, I want to micro-manage at all times. I waffle between trusting God and wishing to be God and making it all happen for them, with a wave of my wrist, a magic wand and a prayer, transform their lives. Not long ago, I was thumbing my way through the Scriptures, looking for some model parents. Well, that’s Mary, I thought. But if you keep reading the gospel of Luke you quickly come to a moment when she sounds like any other anxious parent. It is a parent’s fate.

Tutorial: How to make a Fabric Headboard In my master bedroom, I wanted an extra large headboard that would make a statement.Here are my instructions on how to make a fabric headboard…not just any fabric’ll see. Step 1: Find fabric that you love! I found this fabric at my favorite fabric store called Home Fabrics and Rugs. It cost 5.99 a yard, and I bought 10 yards. Step 2: Measure your space. Go big or go home right!?!? Step 3: Divide your space into squares. Step 4: Buy 2 sheets of thin backer board and cut them PRECISELY the right size. Step 5: Buy some foam and cut it into precisely the right size. Step 6: Cut the fabric. Step 7: Upholster every square. I’m not going to lie, this part was very frustrating. We had to HOT GLUE to fabric onto the boards and then the staples would go through. We also made pencil marks on the back sides of the boards to use as guides of how far to pull the fabric. Step 8. Step 9: Lay out your squares and decide on their position. Step 10. Step 11: Hang your headboard.

The Ultimate List of 100 Non-Toy Gift Ideas Remember this picture I shared last year? If that's how you feel when you survey the growing collection of toys in your home, then you may find today's post helpful! This morning I'll be interviewed on several radio shows across Canada about the idea of a Toyless Christmas, so I thought I would share a list on the blog of Non-Toy Gift Ideas that can serve as a reference for birthdays and Christmas when you're feeling overwhelmed with toys! Season Passes - Zoo - Museum - Butterfly Conservatory - Aviary - Aquarium - Amusement Park One-Time Passes - Movies - Bowling - Swimming - Theatre Performance - Dinner & A Show (we went to Medieval Times) - Go see a sporting event - Disney On Ice - Circus - Ice Skating - Roller Skating - Mini Golf - Concert Experiences for Kids - Horse & Buggy Ride - Train Ride - Ice Cream Vouchers - Special dinner out - A Trip to the Fire Station - A Trip to Chuckie Cheese (buy the tokens ahead of time so you have something to wrap!) Older Kids or Grown-Ups Family Experiences

5 So-Called Signs of Genius That Any Idiot Can Learn You know what would be cool? Superhuman intelligence. To walk into a room like Dr. Because with very little practice, you can ... #5. Getty When pop culture is tasked with presenting us characters who speak 17 languages, know way too much about far too many subjects, and/or are insufferably intelligent in general, speed reading tends to be the go-to skill to display their talent. Or the text is just really large. Well, here's good news for the vast majority of people who aren't Mensa-brained but want to appear to be: An ability to read quickly doesn't require a genius IQ, even if it will fool people at parties into thinking you have one. Provided you already know how to read (in which case, hi!) Getty"OK, now read the entire Harry Potter series in eight minutes ... go!" Keep doing it -- you'll be amazed at how fast you pick it up. GettyAnd the entire previous evening Googling the phrase "cauterized asshole." #4. That is, unless you read the manual."Hacks!" #3.

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