Sunday, December 8, 2013

Some of our Christmas diy decoration and activities

 This was the salt dough ornaments that we made ,I posted them in a previous post. I made them in to a door wreath.
 This little snowman was made from a bottle. I used felt to cover the bottle and an old sock for the details.
 I made gingerbread men and brownies for my sons school. They loved them...

 These are ornaments we made from Popsicle sticks. Kids painted them and glittered them..

And our christmas tree..

Friday, December 6, 2013

Homemade vapor rub

Just finished making our vapor rub, winter is here and so are those nasty little viruses and stuffy noses.  And so in our home we started with sneezes and stuffy noses:-) this vapor rub helps relieve this uncomfortable feeling and helps you breath a little bit better when it's  time for bed, especially for kids. Use it straight after a nice hot bath and get in to bed and keep warm.
Another good thing that you should do when your not feeling well with a cold is drink fresh ginger tea with a cinnamon stick, you could add honey for better results . If you can't have too much honey for any reason then just try to have at least one or two cups with the honey and the rest plain.
The other thing that should be done is a nice chicken ,onion and garlic soup again through out the day.  Now back with the vapor rub.
I used:
1/2 cup mango butter you could use coco butter too
1/2 cup olive oil
50 drops eucalyptus essential oil
40 drops peppermint
20 drops spearmint
10 drops tea tree.

Melt the butter and the oil in a double boiler and stir with a wooden or plastic spoon, remove from the heat and add your essential oils. Transfer the vapor rub in a glass or plastic container with a lid.
You could leave it out until it sets or if your inpatient like me put it in the refrigerator for about half an hour.. Remove and store in a cool and dark place.. Use it after a hot  bath or just when you need a little relief from a stuffy nose or bad chest.
This is nice effective and easy.. I don't like to use the store bought Vicks brand as it has petroleum and other chemicals in it that are not good for you and the thought off rubbing petroleum on my kids and my self isn't all that inviting:-) another thing you could do is put a spoon of the vapor rub in boiling  water in a bowl and put you head over it covered with a large towel and breath in the fumes with your nose.. This is super good and very reliving ..

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Paper clay

Christmas crafts..

Christmas is a big deal in our home , we love to craft and bake in this time of year and we love making a lot of good memories. Christmas decorations are on through out the house and you can smell ginger and cinnamon everywhere.. Love it:-)
I would like to share  our yesterday's crafts with you, we made Christmas ornaments out of ice pops sticks. We painted them and glittered  them. Kids loved it.  We also made salt dough ornaments a couple of days ago. I will share the recipe with you below.

Salt dough recipe:
1/2 cup salt( I like to use a little bit more salt)
1 cup plain flour
2 tsp cream of  tartar
1/2 cup water.
Put all ingridients In a large bowl and make your dough.. Roll out and cut out your ornaments with cookie cutters. Don't forget to make a hole for the string . Use the back of a painting brush and poke the top of the ornament. Bake in the oven on 180 degrees C for about 20 minutes.
Take the ornaments out and let them cool down for a couple of hours or until the next day. Then you can paint them with acrylic paint and glitter.
Now some people say you have to put them in the over on low heat so they don't urn brown and burn for  3 hours, but I didn't have that kind of patience so I did mine in 20 minutes on medium and they turned out ok, just keep an eye on them.

Kids cutting out there shapes

Happy happy painting

Some ready painted ones

Mr and Mrs Claus.
Lollipops stick house and manger 

Christmas trees