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How to Make Giant Bubbles

How to make Giant Bubbles

 

If there is ever a perfect time to learn how to make giant bubbles, spring time is it!

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The weather is perfect, and everyone is ready to get outdoors after months of cold rain, ice, and snow. So all the Smockities have been on a quest to find the perfect recipe and the best method to make giant bubbles.

Popping giant bubbles

Here is the recipe that we found great success with.

Giant Bubbles Recipe

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups blue Dawn dish soap

1. Mix the water and corn syrup thoroughly.

2. Add dish soap slowly, and stir, trying not to make bubbles.

giant bubbles

 

We experimented with the design of the bubble wand before we settled on our final model.

Emelyn with giant bubbles

 

Here’s how we did it.

  • 2 dowels
  • 2 pieces of string (one longer than the other)
  • washer (for weighing the lower string down)

1. Tie the ends of the short string onto the ends of the 2 dowels.

2. Thread the washer onto the long string.

3. Tie the ends of the string onto the dowel near the first string.

4. Dip string into bubble solution.

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In this photo, you can see the washer on the bottom string is weighing it down, so no one needs to hold it as in the above pictures.

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We had so much fun with these easy to make giant bubbles!

Outdoor Play Challenge

 

Give them a try and check out the rest of these great outdoor activities in the Great Outdoor Play Challenge.

 

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$20 Amazon Gift Card With Premium Starter Kit

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It has been eight months since we began our essential oils journey, which started with the traumatic day my 4 year old spilled a hot bowl of Ramen noodles on her shoulder, chest, and back, resulting in “deep second degree burns.”

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This picture was taken seven days after the incident, but you can see the photos I took 48 hours and then four days after at the link above. I asked both my pediatrician and the doctor at Cook Children’s Hospital if it was okay to use Young Living essential oils on her skin and they both said it certainly wouldn’t hurt.  (Amazingly, her skin now shows no signs of the burn! You can see it in this video.)

Since that week, the week I bought the Premium Starter Kit eight months ago, none of my eight children or I have been to the doctor. (My husband is still a skeptic.) This is an amazing feat for us, especially during the winter months when all kinds of things get passed back and forth at church and our homeschool co-op!

We use our oils daily around here for one thing or another, and my children even request them since they know first hand how well they work for keeping us healthy.

The Premium Starter Kit I ordered comes with 11 of the most commonly used oils, a diffuser, a roller fitment, some samples, and some educational literature about the oils.

YL Premium Starter Kit Special Offer

 

And since I love a good deal and I want everyone to know how amazing these oils are, I am offering a $20 Amazon gift card for a limited time to anyone who orders the Premium Starter Kit through my link. (As usual, I also send a 485 page pocket reference and add everyone to a 1600+ member private Facebook group for essential oil users. This ensures you are never without support or information on how to use your oils safely.)

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If you are interested in finding out more about why Young Living is a company trustworthy enough to have been in business for over 20 years and how to order a Premium Starter Kit for yourself, go here.

If you are a blogger and would like to be part of a team who spreads the love for oils far and wide, I have lots of resources available to help you do just that. Contact me and let me know you are ready to take the Young Living plunge. I would love to work with you!

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Those 3a.m. Phone Calls Though

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It may or may not have recently happened that a certain young adult in our family became a nanny for the teen offspring of a celebrity couple.

Above mentioned young adult was commissioned to spend nights in luxurious mansion looking after said teen.

Said teen may or may not have taken it into her head that while naive young adult was on watch would be the perfect time to throw a covert overnight party, complete with boys and beer.

Young adult calls home around 10 p.m. when this plan was discovered, and in whispered tones asks how she should handle it. The very wise mother of the young adult encourages her to let the teens know that no such party would be allowed and they should all leave the premises pronto.

Young adult expresses that she is unsure she can muster the authority to enforce such action on a group of rowdy teens since she has no experience with this type of behavior and she is not more than a few years older than the teens herself.

Very Wise Mother instructs the young adult to listen to the tone of her voice and channel all the lectures she has ever been given by Very Wise Mother, march in to the party confidently with shoulders back, and with as steady a voice as she can fake, command the teens to leave.

Young Adult does so, but calls back to say the teen in her charge nervously tried to convince her not to set the security alarm because her mother “never does that.”

Very Wise Mother advises Young Adult that it sounds very much like Sneaky Teen was planning to continue her party after Young Adult went to bed, so she should definitely set the alarm and have a thorough look around teen’s room before turning in.

Around 3 a.m. Very Wise Mother gets a third phone call from Very Scared Young Adult notifying her that the security alarm is going off. Very Wise Mother tells Young Adult that she is sure a leftover teen partier has stayed in the house to continue the party, and that Young Adult must go to Rebellious Teen’s room to check it thoroughly, including under the bed and in the closet.

3:15 a.m. Young adult texts that everything is fine now.

3:30 a.m. – Fourth phone call. Another alarm sounds after Fake Asleep Teen pretends not to know what is going on.

Very Wise (and Mean) Mother strongly suggests Young Adult should call 911 since Fake Asleep Teen reported that she did not have anyone in her room, and that could only mean an intruder is in the house.

4:00 a.m. Fifth phone call to report the police came and checked the residence, not finding anything out of order. Very Mean, Sleepy Mother instructs Young Adult to phone Celebrity Mother to let her know what her darling has been up to. She also tells Young Adult to prepare to be fired for doing what was called for.

4:30 a.m. Very Worried Mother calls Weary Young Adult to ensure she is alright. All seems quiet in Celebrity Mansion and Young Adult assures Mother she can handle things.

8:00 a.m. Young Unfired Adult drives Grounded Teen to school in the Rich People Car and tells her to have a great day.

Did you enjoy reading this? Try the true story, “And Then A Scorpion Fell Out of My Pants.” 

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Personalized Table Cloths and Runners

My friend, Kelly, is a stay at home, homeschooling mom who just started a brand new business venture, called Words by Kelly.

Words by Kelly

She had the brilliant idea to take words, phrases, or scripture and draw those words in different fonts to create a cool effect on a table cloth or runner. She has made cloths and runners as holiday themed, favorite TV show or movie quotes, family memories, or mostly scripture. Really, the possibilities are endless! Each one can be customized for the receiver, which is the fun part.

Personalized table runner

We had a ball coming up with what we wanted on our runner. We included quotes from Shakespeare, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, Bible verses and popular sayings. We had the year we married put in the center along with all our names.

We absolutely LOVE our runner!

Wouldn’t this be a great gift for Mother’s Day? You could order one with all the grandkids’ names for your mother or mother-in-law, or you could order one for yourself. Have everyone in the family choose the quotes and scriptures. It will be a unique gift that will always be cherished!

Find out about sizes and prices and how to order a customizable table cloth or runner here.

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On Teens

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Right this moment, I am the mom of exactly four teenagers, plus four kids, ten and under.

I’m here to tell you, friends, parenting isn’t for cowards.

I don’t have all the answers. I don’t even know all the questions, but one thing is sure. There’s always an adventure ahead. Yes, I like to call them adventures. It sounds so much more, well, adventurous than “struggles” or “problems,” don’t you think?

Just so you know, sometimes my teens do things that really disappoint me. Heck, sometimes I do things that really disappoint me. I usually don’t choose to write about those things here. Not so you will think I’m perfect or I have the perfect family, but for the sake of preserving the privacy and dignity of those needing and receiving mercy and grace for their mistakes.

Having said that, I have a story to tell all you moms who wonder if your kids will ever do what’s right when you’re not there to remind them, “Say thank you,” “Mind your manners,” “Be nice,” and so on.

As I was running errands recently, I ran into a lady from church and she said, “I need to tell you something about your son.”

Now, if you’re like me and if you’ve been a mom very long, you know that what follows this kind of statement could go either way.

So my heart skipped a beat, and I held my breath and said a silent prayer that it wouldn’t be something a) costly to repair, or b) illegal.

She said, “We were at the movie theater while he was working and an elderly man fell. Jackson was the first person to get to him and help him up. He cleaned up the mess and got him a fresh drink. I was so impressed!”

SHEW! A good report is always so welcome and such a relief.

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Take heart, mamas! All your loving and training and discipline and encouragement matters. That same kid who is breaking windows, and getting into fistfights, and apologizing (at your insistence) to little old ladies will grow up and make you proud!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

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Here are a few of my favorite things right now.

Cameron 15

This girl is definitely one of my favorites! She is 15 years old today. I wish everyone had a girl like my Cameron. She loves only 2 things: People and Life.

Breakfast StationsThese breakfast stations are GENIUS! Kids can get their own healthy breakfast from a stash of already prepared options.

Pack 1 includes:

  •  yogurt filled crepes
  • oatmeal muffins
  • energy balls
  • instant oatmeal packs
  • gluten-free cereal
  • pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars
  • breakfast burritos

Pack 2 includes:

  • pancake muffins
  • mini quiche
  • croissant breakfast sandwiches
  • smoothie packs
  • french toast sticks

Get your breakfast station here.

essential oils rack

I ordered this wire rack from Amazon to hold all my essential oils, and I am in love! It has plenty of rom to hold all my favorite essential oils, plus extra space to hold all the oils I would love to try but haven’t got yet. (Fortunately, I am earning points every month to get FREE oils, so it will be simple to fill it up!)

This is the third time I’ll be using DriversEd.com for teaching one of my teens to drive. If you know someone who needs a parent taught drivers’ ed. course, pass this along to them so they will get 40% off!

schoolhouse rock

This anniversary edition Schoolhouse Rock, of one of my favorite memories from childhood tv, is on sale for only $9.99!

Emelyn ballet

Here’s another favorite. This girl has waited her “whole life” and is finally taking ballet lessons. It makes me smile to watch her.

What are your favorite things right now?

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