Easy Homemade Fingerpaints

easy homemade fingerpaintsWho else is in need of an easy homemade fingerpaints recipe? We go through so much fingerpaint that I should buy stock in Crayola. But, I would love to have an option that is inexpensive to make AND I don’t have to worry if my 4 year old eats it. (A story for another day!)

This is the recipe I am giving a try this summer:

- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring

1. Mix flour and water together until mixture is smooth.
2. Separate into baby food jars, solo cups, bowls or even a muffin tin.
3. Add about 5 drops of food coloring to each and mix. (Depending on how dark you want the color)

It seems to be working pretty well and my kids LOVE that they make it themselves. It doesn’t wash off quite as easily, so remember to have the kids wear old clothes!

What recipe do you have for homemade fingerpaints?



Creating an Environmentally Friendly Home

An environmentally friendly home seems like too much work for the average busy mom. But still, we want to do our part for the environment and improve the health of our families by not filling our homes with chemicals.

Where is the balance between a “green house” and a busy lifestyle? Here are some helpful tips that are quick and easy ways to help keep our homes healthy and our world staying beautiful:


environmentally friendly home


This is one of the most important things any family can do for the environment. Find out how your city handles recycling and then DO IT!

-Recycle plastic, paper and glass at your local recycling center or if you are lucky and have curbside recycling in your town, put the blue container out with your trash!

-Paint, batteries and household chemicals should NEVER be poured down the drain, flushed down the toilet or put in the trash to go to the landfill. Most cities have a hazardous waste removal day every few months. Watch the newspaper or local news to find out when these events are happening in your area.

-Return plastic grocery bags to the store for recycling. Most grocery stores have recycling bins near the front of the store. Or even better, use canvas grocery bags instead!

2. Use chemical-free household cleaning supplies.

- There are many great ways to clean your home without using harsh chemicals. Use everything from lemons to baking soda as natural cleaning products for a fresh, clean and environmentally friendly home!

3. Around the house tips for an environmentally friendly home

-Look for appliances with the “Energy Star” seal. These products use less energy, save you money and help protect the environment!

-Unplug electronics around the house like cell phone charges, lights and televisions when not in use to save energy. These items still use electricity if plugged in even when they are not in use.

-Purchase low voltage, energy saving light bulbs and turn out the lights when you leave a room. You will be amazed at how much this will save you on your electric bill!

-Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees. Not only is is safer for your children, it saves energy too.

-Look for paper and wood products with “Certified Sustainable Forest” labels. This means they are made from trees in forests that are replenished with new trees each year. Thus, keeping this renewable resource plentiful for future generations.

4. Use cosmetics, baby wipes, lotions, toothpaste and other beauty aids that don’t contain harsh chemicals.

-You would be surprised at how many of our daily cosmetics and beauty aids contain unhealthy chemicals. Be aware of what you are buying for your family. There are even baby wipes and shampoos that are unhealthy!

Visit the EWG website for more information on creating an environmentally friendly home!

Even if we all just did a small amount to help keep our homes chemical-free and the environment healthy, we will make a huge impact for generations to come!

Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

healthy Thanksgiving tips

A Healthy Thanksgiving is achievable with a little prep work and a few healthy Thanksgiving tips! Avoid the guilt by trying these healthy Thanksgiving tips:

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #1: Whether your Thanksgiving meal is at noon or at night, always eat a healthy meal in the morning to avoid overeating later in the day. Try a bowl of oatmeal with raisins or an egg white omelet with veggies. Arriving at your Thanksgiving meal with an empty stomach will only lead to overeating and guilt.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #2: Workout before going to Thanksgiving dinner or if Thanksgiving is at your house, put the turkey in the oven and then jump on the treadmill or put on a workout DVD. Exercise will improve your mood and help you make better eating choices later in the day. Also, if the weather permits, take a family walk AFTER dinner as well.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #3: If Thanksgiving is at your home, try for healthier menu options such as removing the skin from your turkey, substitute regular butter and cheese for the low-fat versions, use egg whites instead of whole eggs or try low-fat plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Also, remember to offer several healthier side dishes such as steamed veggies or a green salad.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #4: If Thanksgiving dinner is not at your home, offer to bring a side that you know will go well with your diet. That way you will know that there will be at least one item on the menu that you can eat. Offer to bring a veggie tray, steamed carrots or a big green salad.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #5: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your stomach full. Avoid caffeine and alcohol that can dehydrate you and cause you to overeat.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #6: Remember portion sizes. A serving of turkey should be no larger than the palm of your hand. Opt for a small spoonful of high-calorie foods such as candied yams or cranberry sauce and pile your plate high with foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. When it comes to dessert, only enjoy one small helping of your favorite or opt for fresh fruit instead.

HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIP  #7: Don’t nibble on appetizers beforehand. You would be amazed how many calories you can mindlessly eat before even sitting down to dinner!

Remember, food does not need to be the main focus of your Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is about enjoying friends and family and being thankful for all the many blessings throughout the year.

Click here for some healthy Thanksgiving Recipes.