September 10

Fun Kids' Activity Alert!!! Make Your Own Bath Paints

shaving foam bath paintThis has to be the easiest way I’ve ever seen to get your kids in the bath. For real, it’s so easy, my two-year-old helped make it.

Let me start by apologizing for the lack of photos. My kids had this stuff whisked away and in the bathtub before I could even reach my phone to get the finished product documented. But let me just say, it’s pretty. And, it’s fun.

All you need for this fun project is shaving foam and food coloring. That’s it. Nothing fancy, and you probably already have these at home right now. It just sounds really cool when you tell people that you make your own bath paints.

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I used an old muffin tin that we had lying around to make small batches of the bath paint. This also ensured my kids didn’t blow through an entire can of shaving foam, since my husband still has to shave with it.

Fill each muffin hole with shaving foam. Add a few drops of food coloring to each pile of foam, and mix with a spoon or spatula until the foam is colored all the way through. This is actually quite soothing, in my opinion! The foam looks so pretty before it is completely colored, when it still has a whitish, marbled look to it.

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Once the foam is mixed up with color, let the kids paint the bath tub with it. We did a trial painting in the bathroom sink, and it didn’t stain the porcelain, but I wouldn’t leave it on for too long. Also, I wouldn’t use too much food coloring. You really don’t want to explain to your child’s teacher why your nine year-old daughter has a blue face (yeah, we’ve been there).

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Still, for a fast, fun activity, you just can’t beat this. And it gets your kids clean while they play with it. Bonus points if you let them paint the dog!

August 4

Do You VUDU?

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When my family decided to cut the cord, cancelling our cable tv services once and for all, we knew we wanted to be able to watch certain things that weren’t going to be on Netflix or Amazon Prime for a while. We happened to be flipping through the channels on our Roku box, and discovered an app called VUDU. We noticed that they were offering a free rental credit for signing up and activating the account on the Roku, so we gave it a shot.

We have never looked back.

VUDU is a platform that allows you to rent or buy movies and purchase television shows if you don’t want to pay for cable or satellite to watch them. For example, we ditched our cable, but I absolutely had to see the season finale of Doctor Who. Yes, I am a shameless Whovianbut that’s a matter for another post!

We started off with a few movies on VUDU, then added more when some of the DVDs we bought in stores came with digital codes to redeem a copy on VUDU. At first we were like, what’s the point? I mean, we already had the DVD. But, have you ever been faced with a whiny toddler who wants to watch Frozen for the millionth time, and couldn’t find the disc? It’s not pretty.

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If you have a copy on VUDU, you don’t have to find the disc, put it in, etc. You just select the movie you want to watch from a list of movies you own, and nobody gets hurt.

VUDU is available on loads of platforms, from your computer to your smart tv and even your iPhone. We have it on game consoles, Roku, an iPad and a Bluray player. So, availability is not a problem for us, but if you don’t have quite as many gadgets (my husband suffers from Shiny New Object Syndrome, lol!), you may be able to pick up a set top box from Amazon.

One of the neater services that VUDU offers is something called Disc to Digital. You pay a couple of bucks to have your DVDs put onto your digital account, making the disc totally unnecessary. This has made a huge difference in the way we watch movies, particularly kids’ movies. No more digging through dozens of DVD boxes just to find something to watch! Even better, they GIVE you free movies to start your collection. Gotta love FREE!

I also discovered a great benefit when we went to my Mom’s house recently. It’s a four hour drive to get there, but we downloaded a couple of our VUDU movies onto my tablet computer and the kids stayed quiet for ages. Bliss!

If you’ve seen the VUDU logo on your mobile device, Bluray player or internet-connected television, but didn’t have a clue about it, now you know. It’s easy to use, super convenient, and can save you money, especially if you catch movies on special offers. Check it out for yourself, and let me know how you like to VUDU in the comments section below!