DIY Aroma-Dough

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Looking for a fun indoor activity to get you through these long winter days spent indoors!? We LOVE play dough at our house! My boys could spend hours kneading, building, and creating. Aroma-dough is an effortless and fun way to experience the aromatic benefits of essential oils for littles!

aroma dough:

Ingredients:

+ 1 cup all-purpose flour

+1/2 cup salt

+2 teaspoons cream of tartar

+1 cup water

+1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.)

+Food coloring *OR you can boil fruits or vegetables for a natural dye*

+ 6-8 drops of your favorite Essential Oils

Instructions:

1. Stir together flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a sauce pan. 

2. Add water, cooking oil, and color and mix until smooth.

3. Place pan over medium-low heat and stir until the mixture forms a ball.

4. Once it begins to look and feel like play dough, remove from heat and cool for 3 minutes.

5. Knead in the essential oils of your choice (below are some of my favorite combos!)

6. HAVE FUN!

Tip: Store your aroma dough  in an air tight container in the fridge for long lasting fun! These are our favorite air tight containers to use for our aroma dough!  


 

OUR FAVE AROMA- BLENDS:

BRIGHT + BALANCED AROMA DOUGH:

5 drops BALANCE

5 drops Citrus Bliss

 

CALM IT DOWN AROMA DOUGH:

8-10 drops Lavender

 

PEACE + LOVE AROMA DOUGH

5 drops doTERRA Peace blend

3 drops Lavender 

 

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Shop these oils + more right HERE !

 

 

Easter Bath Bombs

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To say Kaden is obsessed with taking baths lately would be an understatement, he has to take AT LEAST 2 a day- yes, he's in the bath as I'm writing this.  He recently discovered bath bombs when Sean got me 3 for Valentines Day (guess how many I actually got to use... but hey, choose your battles, right?). So we have been searching around town for some "affordable" bath bombs, but let me tell you.. those things are expensive! Especially when your toddler wants to use one for every bath he takes! I'm talking $20 for 2 (!!) at Whole Foods. I mean come on, who can afford that!? So we gave up on our search when we decided to make our own. And Kaden enjoys them that much more knowing that he helped make them. Since Easter is only a couple weeks away, we decided to make them in the shape of Easter eggs, and wanted to share our fun with you.

Easter Egg Bath Bombs

I was surprised that we had almost all of the ingredients on hand. The only thing we had to go out and get was citric acid, which we found in the canning section at Walmart, and our plastic Easter eggs, which we got at the dollar store.

First, mix all of the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Then pour the wet into the dry bowl and mix well ( I ended up using my hands for this part).The mixture will be very dry and crumbly, so don't worry.

Next, divide the mixture into 5 bowls (or however many colors you would like to use), add food coloring to each and mix well. You will need to be careful to cover each bowl with plastic wrap when you are done mixing in the color as the mixture dries out quickly.

Then the fun part begins. Separate your plastic eggs, and pack them full with whatever color scheme you choose, making sure to press down the mixture into the egg. Then put both halves together and let it sit in the mold for about an hour. After that hour, unmold them, and let them dry out further on a towel over night. Then your bath bombs should be dry and ready for use :)

He could not   WAIt  to wake up in the morning and take a bath with them!!

He could not  WAIt to wake up in the morning and take a bath with them!!

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ⅓ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup Epsom salts
  • 1 tbs almond oil ( I used coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp water
  • ½ tsp essential oils
  • food coloring
  • glitter (optional)
  • plastic eggs (used as molds)

Instructions

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients well.
  2. Mix the almond oil, water and essential oils together in a small dish.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and mix very well.
  4. Divide into 5 bowls and cover each with plastic wrap immediately (mix dries out quick). One bowl at a time add 6-8 drops of food coloring and mix really well. Recover as soon as mixed. (purple was made with 5 drops red & 3 blue)
  5. Pull the plastic eggs apart, if you are using glitter sprinkle a little in. Alternate layers of colored mixture on each side of egg and press the mixture in gently. Make final layer of each side the same color. Top one side off even, and the other should be a little over filled. Press together and snap egg together.
  6. Leave the eggs in mold for about an hour, then carefully remove the plastic eggs. Tucking a small kitchen knife into the seam and running along it to separate is helpful.
  7. Gently place the egg bath bombs on a towel or paper towels and leave for a minimum of a few hours to dry.
  8. Drop 1 egg in a warm bath to use.

*Original recipe found on blommi.com*

Kaden's Valentine's Cupcakes

 
I LOVE to bake. I can't cook to save my life...but baking, baking is something I can say I am actually good at. & Kaden loves to be in the kitchen with me, baking is a go-to rainy day activity in our home!
 
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This time, we decided to be festive and make Valentines Day funfetti cupcakes! Because, who doesn't love sprinkles on sprinkles!?!? Especially when baking with a 3 year old. 

 

This is a super easy, quick cake, that requires no mixer (just a 3 year old's hands--preferably clean), and then we added our favorite buttercream frosting, colored pink of course!

To add a little Valentines Day twist & kid-friendly vibe, we topped the cupcakes with Fruit Loop hearts. These toppers were to be Kaden's main focus--

until he decided it was more fun to munch on Fruit Loops & watch cartoons...typical 3 year old!

Side note--kaden hates wearing clothes at home. we had to compromise with the robe! 

Side note--kaden hates wearing clothes at home. we had to compromise with the robe! 


Here is the recipe for our festive cupcakes (or "pupcakes" as Kaden calls them).

Hope you guys enjoy them as much as we do :)

INGREDIENTS:

Cupcakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup sour cream, lite is okay (plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sprinkles, or to taste

 

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch salt, optional and to taste (helps offset the sweetness)
1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar (I use 2 cups)
1/3 cup sprinkles, or to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Cupcakes - In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, optional salt; set aside.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, sour cream, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry, mixing lightly with a spoon or folding with a spatula until just combined. Small lumps will be present, don't overmix or try to stir them smooth.
  5. Gently stir in the sprinkles, taking care not to overmix or they could bleed.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes (start checking at 25 minutes), or until center is set and not jiggly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
  7. Remove from pan and place them on a wire rack. While cupcakes cool, make the frosting.
  8. Vanilla Buttercream Frosting - To a large bowl, add the butter, vanilla, optional salt, and slowly add the confectioners' sugar while beating with a handheld electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  9. Add desired amount of food coloring and continue mixing until completely mixed in
  10. Turn frosting out onto cooled cupcakes, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife.
  11. Evenly sprinkle the sprinkles on cupcakes. They will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days (I'm comfortable storing frosted cakes at room temp, if you're not store in the fridge) or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

                      Modified from original recipe found on Averiecooks.com

Fruit Loop Cupcake Topper

SUPPLIES:

  1. Fruit Loop Cereal
  2. Craft Pipe Cleaners

INSTRUSTIONS:

  1. Bend pipe cleaner into heart shape
  2. Have your little one thread the cereal onto the ends of the pipe cleaner
  3. Make sure there is about 1-2 inches left at the bottoms and twist the ends together. This prevents the cereal from slipping off and creates a pick so you can stick it into the cupcake
  4. Finally, top cupcakes with the finished hearts, and enjoy :)