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!  

      
 

Printable Summer Schedule for Your Refrigerator (just add magnets)

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As a classroom teacher, I maintained order and routine by following a pretty regimented schedule.  This gave us predictability for the day and ensured that we accomplished everything we needed to accomplish.  For some reason, this same characteristic has not transferred over to my stay-at-home mom life.  Since I am not a morning person I am content to just “ease into the day” (as my husband likes to call it) if we don’t have anywhere we have to be.  Before I can get my act together, it is nearly lunch time!   All I know is that my sanity for the summer depends on some type of schedule!

 

I created this printable summer schedule so that it can be interchangeable for varying days.  My goal is to plan ahead the night before what our day will look like and make sure to arrange the schedule accordingly.  I have one child who thrives on routine and predictability, so I know this will be very beneficial for him without being too regimented.  :)

 

Download your summer schedule printables here.

 

Once you download the printables, you can print on magnetic paper or laminate and use magnet tape to add to your refrigerator.

 

Here are some of the activities included in the printable: 

  • Get Dressed
  • Breakfast
  • Table Time (will vary each day:  includes handwriting, workbook pages, puzzles, learning games, play dough, etc)
  • Free Play
  • Library
  • Park
  • Swimming
  • Screen Time
  • One-on-One time (my goal is to spend at least 30 minutes a week one-on-one with each child doing something of their choice)
  • Rest time
  • Lunch
  • Chores
  • Field Trip (zoo, museums, etc)
  • Reading (independent or audio books)
  • Read aloud (me reading to them)

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I  included blank plates for you to add your own activities as well.  I did not, however, include dinner or any activities that come afterward just because this time of day is already a well-established routine in our home.  The printable includes 30-minute time increments from 8am to 5pm but also comes with blank clock faces that you can customize (which I will be using later in the summer to reinforce telling time).

Despite how it may look, there will be a lot of flexibility in our day.  Activities are spread out enough to allow plenty of “down time” in between.  I also asked the boys some themes that interest them, so we will be doing some weekly activities related to their interests.

Finally, we’re implementing a new screen time policy at our house.  The boys can early 1 minute of screen time for every minute that they read (or listen to an audio book/book read aloud).  I bought them both book timers and we’re hoping to keep track this way.

 

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Do you have a summer schedule for your home??? 

Frozen-inspired End Of School Celebration

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School is nearly over!  Although I am a little nervous about keeping the boys occupied all summer (especially having an infant), I am SO EXCITED for stress-free mornings.  :)  Our boys are currently obsessed with Olaf from Frozen and they have memorized the entire song “In Summer” from the Frozen soundtrack.  What better way to kick off Summer than to have this Frozen-inspired End of School Celebration featuring Olaf, who loves summer as much as anyone?!?!  :)

 

I created this printable “In Summer” banner for you to use for your own End of School/Beginning of Summer Celebration!  You can print the banner here.  We also put up some Olaf Wall Clings and I used some pre-cut foam snowflakes I bought a long time ago.  The boys were super excited about our little celebration and I had fun combining the summer and winter together in such a cool way (no pun intended)!

 

 

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Here is our little window sill with our Olaf-inspired snacks

 

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 We used powdered donuts for our “impaled” snowmen.  This is one of my favorite lines from the movie.  :)

 

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These “sand treats” are just vanilla pudding layered with food-processed Oreos.

 

 

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 “Kristoff’s Ice” is Blue Raspberry Jello in ice cube trays.  *Tip*:  Soak the bottom of the ice cube trays in very warm water for 1-2 minutes to get them to pop out easily.

 

 

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Blue Gatorade for Olaf’s drink!

 

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 Print your “In Summer” banner here!

 

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The boys definitely enjoyed drinking their ice cold Gatorade with an umbrella straw.  :)

 

 

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Once we had our treats and listened to the “In Summer” song, we just had to watch Frozen (again).  :)

 

 

I’m thinking this might be our End of School tradition from now on.  :)  What is your family’s favorite way to welcome summer?!?!

 

 

 

 

How to Stop Sibling Fighting

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The thing about my kids getting older is that they have opinions…at times, strong opinions.  Although I love that they are becoming more and more independent and freely asserting themselves, when these opinions clash it pretty much feels like World War III (not to be confused with World War Z …no zombies here …although I sometimes feel like one).    ;)

 

In order to stop sibling fighting and remedy the clash of the titans that happens pretty much daily in our home due to such horrible circumstances like not being to decide which TV show to watch or which board game to play,  we created a new system:

 

Jump Ball.

 

Yep, just like in basketball…only applicable in every other area of life as well.

 

Here’s how it works…

 

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I have written both boys’ names on a piece of card stock and put it on the refrigerator.  Each day, the clothespin is switched to the other child’s name (once Baby Girl gets old enough, her name will be on there as well).

 

When they can’t make a mutual decision on something, we call a jump ball.  The child whose name is touching  the clothespin gets to make the decision for that day:  which board game to play, which movie to watch, which lunch to eat (because I refuse to make two different lunches for both kids–I either don’t give them an option or they must agree on something they will both eat).  The clothespin is then placed on the other child’s name the next day.

 

(Obviously, this method isn’t appropriate for every situation and we still have the right to exercise parental authority when we see fit, but it is definitely helpful for the little things.)

 

I first thought about naming it Kid-of-the-Day.  But when I was telling Prince Charming about my idea, he replied, “Oh, kind of like a jump ball…where the team with the arrow gets the ball and then the arrow switches.”

 

Exactly.

 

Here’s to a summer with less bickering!!!

 

 

What is your go-to method to keep your children from bickering?  

Personalized Pot Holders

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Looking for a personalized gift for a special woman in your life (or even for a man who is no stranger to the kitchen)?  Encourage your child to create a personalized pot holder!  Most moms (and grandmas) are in the kitchen for a good amount of time each day.  When they go to grab something from the oven, what better time for them to think of that precious child?!?!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  solid-colored pot holders and fabric markers.  We bought our pot holders at Target for about $3 each.  They have a silicone back.

 

 

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Give your child the fabric markers and encourage him/her to make a beautiful picture!  
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