Homemade Afterbite (anti-itch salve for mosquito bites)

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  I do not always remember to put mosquito repellent on the boys every time they step outside, so we inevitably have some mosquito bites around here.  After Bite has been a lifesaver this summer.  Unfortunately, however, I left ours at the lake on our recent trip and didn’t want to make a special trip to the store.  So we made our own homemade afterbite (based on the ingredients listed)! Much to my surprise, this stuff really does work!  It has been used and approved by everyone in the household as a remedy for helping to ease the irritating itch of a pesky mosquito bite.  :)   Here’s what you’ll need:  baking soda, tea tree oil, and water.   IMG 9150 300x450 Homemade Afterbite (anti itch salve for mosquito bites) IMG 9157 500x333 Homemade Afterbite (anti itch salve for mosquito bites)

 1.  Mix baking soda and water until it is the preferred consistency.  I used 5 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water.

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2.  Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture (I used 1/8 teaspoon and it is a little bit too strong).  Store in a closed container.

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 3.  Rub a little bit of the salve onto your child’s mosquito bites to help relieve the itch!

   

 And there you have it!  Be sure to check out our homemade mosquito spray as well!  

      
 

Why the Human Body Needs Both Muscles and Bones

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This simple demonstration answers the question of why the human body needs both muscles and bones.   This is a great introduction for young children to the various systems in our bodies and how they work together.  This activity was inspired by Bill Nye the Science Guy’s video on Bones and Muscles (which we checked out from our library).

 

Our boys were especially excited about this experiment because it involved eating two of their favorite things:  pancakes and cookies.  :)

 

Here’s what you’ll need for this demonstration:  a pancake and a gingerbread man (or overcooked sugar cookie).  

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 The pancake illustrates what our muscles are like…bendable but can’t hold anything up.  The cookie demonstrates what our bones are like:  strong but stiff.

 

 


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Our bones are strong and hold our bodies up (just like the cookie is able to stand upright without falling to the ground).

 

 

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But out muscles are bendable and allow us to move.

 

 

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 When you try to move bones (without muscles), they can’t move much without snapping in half.

 

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Oops.

 

 

What other ways have you found to explain to children why we need both muscles and bones?

*  Also, be sure to check out more hands-on activities about the human body!  *

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up!

Check out these alphabet activities for toddlers and preschoolers.
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There were lots of great ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few:

 

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Is your family going camping this summer?  From ABCs to ACTs shares 10 Kid-Friendly Camping Recipes.

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Check out this edible stamp art from View from the Fridge.

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What Do We Do All Day shares the Balloon Yo-Yo (inspired by 101 Kids Activities).

 

Have an idea or activity to share???  Just link up below!

Next week I’ll be sharing my favorites from the ones you submit! *By linking up, you are granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your blog.


 

 

Can’t see the link-up?  Go here.

 

World’s Best Spinning Top

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Tops are one of the oldest and most beloved toys.   Clay tops have supposedly been found in the Middle East dating all the way back to 3500 BC and wooden tops in Egypt from as early as 2000-1400 BC.  These toys are the epitome of “timeless”.

 

Spinning tops also defy continental and cultural boundaries.  My parents recently went to Nhowe Mission in Zimbabwe to work at the hospital that our church and family helped to build and now support.  We learned how to make the world’s best spinning top after a patient of my dad’s made about a hundred homemade tops to send with he and my mom for the children there to enjoy.

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Our boys were recipients of the very few that made it back home without being given to the children (and adults) at Nhowe.  They were immediately in awe of the fun that transpired with such a simple toy!

 

Once we realized how much our boys enjoyed the homemade tops, we decided to make our own and let them decorate them! This project is so versatile:  it would be a great project for VBS, birthday parties, summer camps, craft time, or even as a service project to send to missionaries or to put in Operation Christmas Child boxes!

 

*Please note:  Due to the marble, these toys are not appropriate for children under 3 as they could pose a choking risk.  If you have younger children in your house, please use extreme caution when playing with these tops.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own spinning tops:

Wooden Toy Wheels
Marbles
Wooden Dowel Pins (be sure to purchase at least 18 since there are 18 toy wheels in a package)
Gorilla Super Glue
Various Colors of Sharpies
Puff Paint

 

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 This is all you need to make each individual top:  a wooden toy wheel, marble, dowel pin, and glue.  We learned through trial-and-error that gorilla glue worked much better than the glue pictured above.

 

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 The process of making the top itself is actually pretty simple…just make sure an adult is doing these three steps.  (1) Add some gorilla glue to the end of the wooden dowel pin and insert into the center of the wooden wheel.  (2) On the opposite side of the wooden wheel, add a generous amount of gorilla glue and place a marble in the center of the wheel.

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Poke holes in an egg carton and let them dry for at least 2 hours (if not longer).

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Use Sharpies to color the tops.  Then add some puffy paint for more decorating!  Let dry completely before you use your top (speaking from experience–the puffy paint will spin all over your counters)!

 

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All of the boys in our house (children and adult alike) have had hours of fun with these tops!  Check out this video that demonstrates how well they spin!

Can’t see the video? Go here.

 

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My Body Made Me a Mom

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It’s summer.

 

Which means that clothing is out and skin is in.  Nearly everywhere I look (online, on TV, and even out my bedroom window), I see people with tanned skin and fit bodies.  People who are running, exercising, and sunbathing…all while showcasing their near-perfect figures.

 

Having just had a baby 4 months ago, I am doing none of these things.  In fact, I am trying desperately to wear as much clothing as I possibly can while still staying cool.  Because, I can say with absolute certainty, nobody wants to see what lies beneath.  Maxi dresses and denim jackets are my new best friends.

 

Having my third baby and now being thirty, this baby weight just wants to hang on.  My stomach (which used to be flat) has become “squishy” at best, my thighs have expanded with each pregnancy (despite the fact that I am running), and my arms will occasionally wave back at me when I excitedly greet a friend or neighbor.  Oh, and I think I have lost enough hair to rival a whole family of cats.

 

To add insult to injury, the universe seems bent at reminding me of my monumental failure at being fit by showcasing moms on blogs, on TV, and on Facebook who look better than ever having just given birth a few weeks or months earlier.

 

This is not my reality.  My reality is that I can only workout one or two times a week (if that) and I am currently about as pasty white as a ghost

 

My reality is that I can try my very hardest to eat healthier and “count calories”…but that Dr. Pepper each morning is my one guilty pleasure.  And I am convinced it helps me make it through the day.

 

My reality is that I don’t have the time or energy to focus full-force on my body.  I have a husband and three kids to take care of, a relationship with God to foster, friends and family to encourage, a blog to run, and a church to attend.  I could probably get back into my pre-pre-pre-pregnancy size 4 jeans if I really wanted to…but my body is not my top priority right now.  My kids are.  My husband is.  My relationship with God is.  My friends and family are.

 

My reality is that my body has made me a mom.  Rather than cursing it for all the things that currently irritate the heck out of me, I can be thankful that I was healthy enough to carry three precious children within me.  This is a privilege I do not take lightly.

 

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Every pound I have gained has provided nourishment for three beautiful children.

 

Every stretch mark on my stomach a reminder that life was once formed there.

 

Every hair I have lost a memento of the thousands of prayers that have been prayed for the health and well-being of the three precious miracles that God has entrusted to me.

 

I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that I’ll never get my body back.

 

And that’s okay with me…my body made me a mom, after all.

 

And I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

 

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If you are reading this and you have become a mom through the beautiful act of adoption, please recognize that the same sentiment rings true for you as well.  Your body has enabled you to take care of your children and to put the needs of your family ahead of your own wants and desires (even that of a fit and fabulous bod).   :)