Friday, November 30, 2012

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Lets face it, Kids are messy. No matter how many times we tell them they will get germs they just won't listen. Dirt is too much fun to play with. Here is a neat way to get them involved in staying germ free.


  What You Will Need:

  • ²∕₃cup of 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol
  • ¹∕₃cup of aloe vera gel
  • 8-10 drops of essential oil, *optional* (such as lavendar, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)
  • bowl and spoon
  • funnel
  • recycled liquid soap or hand sanitizer bottle

    Make Hand Sanitizer   

    Nothing could be easier! Simply mix the ingredients together and then use the funnel to pour them into the bottle. Screw the pump back onto the bottle and you're ready to go.

    How It Works   

    The active ingredient in this hand sanitizer recipe is the alcohol, which needs to comprise at least 60% of the product in order to be an effective disinfectant.

    Essential Oils In Hand Sanitizer

    In addition to adding fragrance to your hand sanitizer, the essential oil you choose may also help protect you against germs. For example, thyme and clove oil have antimicrobial properties. If you are using antimicrobial oils, only use a drop or two, since these oils tend to be very powerful and might irritate your skin. Other oils, such as lavender or chamomile, may help soothe your skin.
    For more information on staying Germ Free listen to today's Messy Moms Radio Show

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    Lowes Build & Grow Workshop

       Recently I have discovered a new activity for my boys to do. Lowes home improvement stores offer a FREE workshop for kids every other Saturday! The kids can build and take home a project with all the supplies and tools supplied by Lowes. They also receive an apron, protective eye gear, an iron on patch for every project they complete, and a certificate of achievement. We have only attended 2 so far but we plan on attending more in the future. Did I mention its all completely free? To sign up for future projects check out the Lowe's Build & Grow Website.

    Here are some pictures from our recent project

    They love being able to build something on their own.
    Lowes also offers @ home projects!

    The Workshops are for Kids Ages 5 and up.

    Avery is sporting the protective eye gear.

    Even Nana got into the project!


    These are some friends who joined us!


    All in all it was a great day! We had so much fun building with the kids.

    Here is the finished Project: North's Sleigh


    This is the next project we are working on, December 1st!





    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    Make a Fire House Dog

    Materials You Need:
    • Toilet Paper Roll
    • A Printer
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Crayons
    • A piece of paper
    • 4 Toothpicks (optional)
    1. Start by picking out a template you want to use. You can choose either the colored or if you want to color it yourself choose the black & white. Print out the template by clicking below.    
    Colored Template                          Black & White Template
         2.  Cut out the template of choice and color if necessary.
         3.  Glue the large rectangular piece on first to cover the tube. Toilet paper rolls come in different sizes, so if you find the rectangle is a bit too big, just trim it down. If you find it's a bit too small, just cut out another small piece to fill in the gap.
         4.  Glue on the head, fire hat, legs and tail (using the tab to make a 3D effect).
         5.  This step is optional. To make the dog stand up on all four legs, take 4 toothpicks. Glue or Tape 1 toothpick to each of the legs.
    I hope your kids enjoy this little craft as much as mine did!