Boy am I happy to be home. As much fun as the trip was, it just felt so good to walk through my own door and into the arms of my family. Blissdom was a mix for me. A mix of amazing people, great learning opportunities, overwhelming size, and new perspectives. I made new friends, connected with people I've met online, learned a lot, and came home with a new understanding of the blogging world.
As a lifelong introvert, it wasn't always easy to come out of my shell in a group of 700 or so bloggers (I walked into the newcomers meet-up and walked straight back out again). But I have gotten better at group situations since junior high school and was able to comfortably participate in much of the conference even if I did pass on the karaoke.
I'm driving to Nashville, Tennessee, today for the BlissDom blog conference. I have the car packed with music, audio books, and snacks and I can hardly believe have the next five hours to myself in the car! Usually car drives involve mediating the needs of four different people, including two small but very vocal beings. Needless to say, this peace- and quiet-loving mama will thoroughly enjoy the solo road trip.
Maia lost her first tooth last weekend! She was very excited about her wiggly tooth and kept talking about the tooth fairy—sharing all the interesting facts that she knew about tooth fairies (and surely learned from the other 6 year olds at school). And, of course, she knew the whole routine about putting the tooth under your pillow.
But she lost her tooth in the middle of the night! It was simply missing when she woke up. We searched her bed and bedroom and finally decided that she must have swallowed it during the night.
After posting about cooked versus no cook playdough recipes the other day, I thought I'd follow with a round up of ways for kids to use and play with the playdough. I began with links to my many playdough posts, but then went a little crazy and added all kinds of other playdough fun found around the web. Enjoy!
You know how much we love the cooked playdough recipe we've been making forever. It's the play clay from MaryAnn Kohl's First Art, and I've posted about it here and here as well as probably about 20 other times. It's awesome. The texture is smooth and playdough rubbery, the batch makes a more than generous amount to play with, and it lasts just about forever.
How does no cook playdough compare?
We've made five different no cook playdough recipes so far. Some use cold water, some use boiling hot water. Most of the other ingredients are the same but vary slightly in amounts. The recipes with the cold water are grainier and a bit drier in general. Here's the recipe for the no cook playdough I like the very best, using the hot water method.
Maia and I have been making interactive mandalas for a couple of months now, taking turns drawing each successive layer. Lately we've been making them into heart mandalas, mostly because Maia loves hearts, but also because of Valentine's day. And yesterday, as a family Valentine's celebration activity, we made a huge heart mandala together.
I made these heart applique shirts yesterday as Valentine's gifts for Maia and Daphne. While they were last minute in execution (and luckily very quick), I have intended to make them for quite a while now.
Do you remember how impressed I was with the Kiwi Crate we received last December—especially the suncatcher activity in it? I've been meaning to buy some colored film ever since, but haven't, partly because I don't know where to find it (anyone?) and partly out of sheer laziness. However! When I came across this post about learning with light at Still Parenting (via Pinterest of course), I was thrilled at the colored shapes she made for her light table from cheap notebook dividers. Thrilled because one of these days I will surely make us our own light table (I've only been saying that for the last three years). And thrilled because the solution to my colored film search was presented to me on a platter.
Colorful, yet sheer, notebook dividers!
I am just checking in briefly to say thank you for celebrating alongside me last month both with the amazing giveaways and with all the great guest posts! What a fun month! As much as I enjoyed the excitement, though, I have to admit that I am really looking forward to getting back to blogging as usual. I've missed it!
But first, a little vacation... I will be away from the blog this week. Also away from facebook and e-mail and twitter. This one will be a true digital sabbatical. One week, and then I'll be back. Until then!