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How to Make 3-Ingredient Glitter Slime

DIY glitter slime. It’s everywhere. It’s the DIY that keeps on giving. I can remember making homemade play doh and slime as a kid with my mom, and getting to do all of these simple and fun projects all over again with my own little girl, it’s way too much fun. Right now, at least in our house, this 3-ingredient glitter slime is having a major moment.

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Slime has officially become the family craft of the summer. We’ve made glitter slime twice – pink and purple – and have big plans to create Halloween slime in October.

And did you know, slime is a kid-friendly recipe that takes just 3 ingredients to make? As if that’s not awesome enough, the best part is: you probably already have the commonly used household items in your own bathroom and kitchen needed to make this slime; i.e., no frenzied trips to the grocery store to snag the right ingredients.

We even made a little video to show you just how easy 3-ingredient glitter slime is to make.

Scroll down for the full glitter slime recipe.

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3-Ingredient Glitter Slime

Prep

Total

Did you know that slime is a kid-friendly recipe that takes just 3 ingredients to make?

Your whole family is going to love this easy DIY!

Ingredients

  • glitter school glue (we use Elmer's*)
  • ½ tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1½ tablespoons of contact lens solution

Instructions

  1. Empty glitter glue into a bowl. 
  2. Add ½ tablespoon of baking soda and mix together with the glue.
  3. Add 1½ tablespoons of contact lens solution and blend into glue mixture until slime starts to take shape.
  4. Knead the slime mixture with both hands until fully formed.

Notes

*We love the Elmer's Glitter glue options because (1) GLITTER, and (2) they come in a bunch of bright colors that Scarlett loves.

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Voilà! Super easy glitter slime your little ones will adore playing with … especially because they made it themselves!

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Note: Once your child is done playing with their slime, put it in a ziploc sandwich bag or tupperware container with a lid that seals well, toss it in the fridge, and use it again and again. You can also “gift” slime to friends. These little zip top bags are perfect!

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Photography by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Thoughts on Maternity Photos

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As the due date for baby number two* looms ever closer, my mind is racing with the things I have to do. I’m a planner, by nature. I feel a sense of accomplishment creating lists and ticking things off those lists. But something I’ve neglected to plan? Maternity photos. Which strikes me as funny because I am a blogger, and so much of what I do involves taking pictures, creating and capturing beautiful content, and preserving memories. I think part of my reluctance to have maternity photos taken, lies with my own insecurities. I felt the same unease about my expanding body the first time around and never took official maternity photos. Though in my defense, Scarlett did decide to show up nearly a month early, so there wasn’t a whole lot of time left to squeeze in photos. Looking back on the photos we had taken of our newly-formed family of three, after Scarlett was born, I realize now that I should have captured every moment, because those photos are precious to me.

These days, Scarlett holds my belly, and demands to kiss her baby sister (my belly) “goodbye” each morning when I drop her off for those few hours of summer camp. She wraps her tiny arms around my growing mid-section and buries her face deep into the hardening belly that cradles her sister, and screams … yes, screams … “Mwah! I love you baby sister.” And I think to myself, how can I NOT capture these memories? Scarlett’s joy over her new baby sister only magnifies the feelings of warmth I get when I dream of our second baby.

I’ve never been very good at posing in a field. I can’t muster the look of serenity when I’m busy fidgeting, and nowadays, worrying over Scarlett’s every move. I’m convinced I look like the most awkward person ever in all of our family photos.

I keep circling back to the idea of doing a maternity photo shoot at home, where we’re comfortable. It seems natural to want to capture our soon-to-be family of four in our home, where we can be us. I flinch when I think about the stretch marks I’ll have to hide and the care I’ll inevitably put into when choosing our outfits, styling our hair, finding a way to superficially feel comfortable when I’ve never been one to like being the subject of photos. Vanity is awfully stupid, isn’t it? But I think that the end result will be worth it. Even if I can just capture the joy Scarlett feels over her impending baby sister.

So tell me, mamas: What are your thoughts on maternity photos? Did you have photos taken of your while pregnant? With your first? Your second? Your third child? Are you glad that you did? How did you find a way to feel comfortable in your own skin when rapid expansion and a dwindling wardrobe seems to have taken over?

*You can see how our little family announced that we were expecting baby number two here, how I told hubby we were pregnant (again) here, and the gender reveal here.

Photo via @elizabethmessina


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How We Made and Enjoy Our Own Toddler-Friendly Backyard Beach

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Maybe I miss Miami too much, or maybe I’m just a beach-loving kind of girl, but this summer, especially once we started planning Scarlett’s 3rd Mermaid birthday bash, I knew we needed a little backyard beach of our own.

We’ve spent this hot summer running through the sprinklers and wading in a blow-up pool, but Scarlett really wanted to build sand castles and “dig for buried treasure.”

So we set out to make and enjoy our own toddler-friendly backyard beach oasis.

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We made it happen by filling an inexpensive kiddie pool with about 4 bags of sand. We even went to the home improvement store to pick out our sand, and Scarlett loved being able to create her very own backyard beach, a.k.a., sandbox.

After that, we buried a few “treasures” – a package of assorted sea creatures – and topped off our own backyard beach with a few plastic shovels and buckets.

Now, everyday, Scarlett asks if we can play in her sandbox. It’s too cute! And I love that it’s something we created together.

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One thing that is always on the top of my summer list is suncare products. The Walgreens brand suncare line helps provide high-quality, reliable protection against the sun and from those damaging UV rays, without breaking the bank. And as you may have caught on my Instagram story earlier this week, this month, as an added BONUS – Walgreens wants to help keep your skin healthy on the inside and out so they’ve partnered with smartwater to offer a $1 off coupon for Balance Rewards members who buy one smartwater and one Walgreens brand suncare item.

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Plus, Walgreens moisturizing sun-care items stack up quite well to their more expensive competitors. This year’s new suncare items are Oxybenzone free, Paraben free, and oil free and hypoallergenic. Of course, I went right for the Walgreens Baby Lotion 50+. It’s actually top rated on Consumer Reports!

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With my little girl out in the sun so much this summer playing in her backyard beach, we’re trying to be “skin smart” by protecting her skin from the sun. It’s actually been really good for me too. Every morning, I lather her up in the super light weight lotion, and then I throw a layer on myself too. It goes on so soft and sheer, I even wear it on my face under my makeup.

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And for the record, you should be wearing SPF every single day, even in the winter. I’ve been lathering myself in sunscreen for as long as I can remember – including under my makeup every morning – and fingers crossed, not only am I keeping my skin safe from scary things like skin cancer, but I’m giving my skin a fighting chance at staying soft and supple despite the sun’s harsh rays. Seriously, even on days that aren’t “sunny,” those UV rays are hitting your skin.

My Grandma has worn lotion and sunscreen her whole life, and her skin still feels like butter. #goals

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Are you a sunscreen lover? Have you tried any of the Walgreens brand suncare items? (Awesome, right?) Have you also made your very own backyard beach?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walgreens. The opinions and text are all mine.


Lexi

My Busy Mom Breakfast Hack

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Like most busy moms, my mornings are a blur of activity – from getting my little one up, dressed and ready, packing up her things and anything I’ll need for the day, and getting us out the door – the morning struggle is real.

Truth is, it’s hard to remember to treat myself to a good breakfast. Though I do work from home most days, with the exception of photo shoot days and morning meetings, after the morning race to Scarlett’s school, I find myself back at my desk or on the sofa, looking up at the clock sometimes to find that it’s nearly noon and I haven’t eaten a thing. Breakfast matters. We all know that by now. And for a pregnant working mom, skipping breakfast is just plain silly.

So I’ve come up with a busy mom breakfast hack … (because we all need a helpful life hack here and there!)

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A quick and easy warm muffin – that’s freshly made and warm in about one minute – with a cup of coffee; that’s basically mom bliss; a.k.a., the perfect thing for moms who deserve a bit of goodness in the morning.

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Which is why I’m way too excited about these new Duncan Hines® Perfect Size for 1® cakes and muffins. We all know I love to bake (Exhibit A), and really, there’s nothing like warm, fresh-baked goods. But baking takes time and often results in a whole lot of leftovers I’m begging neighbors and my hubby’s coworkers to take. (Seriously, I am a leftover photo shoot dessert pusher. Hang out with me too much and I’ll be pushing carbs at you like there’s no tomorrow.)

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Back to those cakes and muffins … the Perfect Size for 1 cakes and muffins are just one serving per pouch and allow you to enjoy your favorite sweet any time of day. They’re so convenient because you can have a warm cake ready in about in a minute; How PERFECT Is That?! They come in a huge variety of baked good types and flavors that work for breakfast, an after-school/midday snack, or late night dessert.

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I topped my warm morning Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Blueberry Muffin with a bit of sweetened cream cheese (just sprinkle a little powdered sugar into an ounce or two of cream cheese and stir), and some cut up fresh strawberries. Instant personalized treat! I’m partial to the muffins because, again, always forgetting to eat breakfast, and both the blueberry muffin and chocolate chip muffin are made from real ingredients, and have no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and 18g of whole grain per serving.

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Right now, the Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Chocolate Chip Muffin is my favorite, though I can’t wait to try that double chocolate brownie. You can snag your own Perfect Size for 1 products at your local Kroger in the baking aisle. Our Kroger is right down the street from our house, and that brownie is sounding yummier and yummier by the second. #pregnantthoughts

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Any favorite quick and easy, busy mom breakfast hacks? Have you tried the Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 cakes and muffins?

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My Little Pony Party: Cookie Decorating Station

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This summer, we have parties on the brain. Mostly, because at the beginning of July, Scarlett turned three! We had a party at her summer camp, a little family dinner party, plus a birthday celebration with my parents when we were in Maine, and just yesterday, we threw her big birthday bash at our house with all of our North Carolina friends. I’m pretty sure Scarlett thinks her birthday just IS the month of July, rather than one day in July. And really, who can blame her?

I don’t know about you, but Target has always been my go-to for party decorations. Target’s party supplies collections simplify the party planning process and as all mamas know, Target really is a one-stop shop. (Especially if you plan to leave with all of your groceries, party supplies, two throw pillows, a new pair of sandals, and summer gear for the kids. #guilty. Plus, with online shopping, and my red card, I can basically do all of that from the comfort of my sofa.)

This summer, their huge party supply section has really saved the day with all of these little parties we’ve thrown, especially when she has very specific requests for a toddler: “I want a ‘My Little Pony Party’ with ponies and cookies and glitter.” “I want a mermaid party with an octopus and cupcakes.” The list goes on and on. Thankfully, I can enlist her help, and we’ve had so much fun picking out party supplies and decorating.

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So we set out to throw a small My Little Pony© 2017 Hasbro  party, complete with cookie decorating station.

We were actually able to find everything we needed online for her My Little Pony party. The party supply selection at Target online is huge, with so many children’s movie and tv show themed party supplies (i.e. Disney Princess, Paw Patrol, Finding Dory, My Little Pony, Trolls, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) including napkins, plates, party favors, table covers, piñatas, and so much more.

I was also able to order my sugar cookie ingredients (grab the recipe for our favorite sugar cookies to decorate here) and all of the frosting and sprinkles for decorating our cookies online as well. By the way, make-and-break style sugar cookies, from the refrigerated section, totally work too! Remember, throwing a kids’ birthday party should be FUN.

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We even made a little DIY “inspiration station” – a.k.a., wall – where kids could see the colors of their favorite ponies, and use those ideas to decorate their own ‘My Little Pony inspired’ cookies. I used a chicken wire frame in our house, though a cork board or magnetic board would work just as well, and hung things like ‘My Little Pony’ invitations and thank you cards, and voilà: an inspiration station!

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And what kid (or grownup for that matter), doesn’t love decorating their own cookies?

I made sure to have stacks and stacks of sugar cookies, ready to be decorated, and all different colored frostings, plus three different types of sprinkles. We also had plenty of ‘My Little Pony’ plates and napkins for our cookie creations.

Scarlett spent most of the time licking frosting off of her fingers and piling sprinkles onto her sugar cookies, her daddy spread as much frosting onto every cookie as possible for his perfect mostly-frosting cookie, and I of course, patiently created intricate tie dye patterns, like a true nerdy mama.

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Make things easy on yourself and get all the supplies you need for your kids next birthday party without leaving your house by visiting target.com.

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How to Make A New Mom Survival Basket

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We’re nearing the seventh month in pregnancy number two over here (I know! Where did the time go?) and of course, I’ve got baby on the brain. You can see how our little family announced that we were expecting baby number two here, how I told hubby we were pregnant (again) here, and what we’re having here.

Funny enough, I know SO many friends who are pregnant as well, and with all of these ladies expecting, I keep trying to come up with sweet ways to let them know we’re thinking of them once their sweet babies have arrived. I LOVE freezer meals, meal trains, and basically anyone willing to feed me in those first few weeks and months after baby’s arrival, but I also know we’ll quickly be having a new baby of our own, so prepping meals ahead for several friends may start to get trickier.

So I thought a lot about what it was like in the beginning with Scarlett; and what I remember most is how overwhelming it can feel. There’s a steep learning curve when it comes to navigating life as a new mom (or a mom to two, three, etc., I suspect.) There were days that I felt a bit like I was losing “me” – totally normal, I now realize. What made a huge difference: the helpful hand, the thoughtful calls, the reminders to take care of myself too.

The idea: create a “New Mom Survival Basket” that any mom with a brand new baby would love.

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The perfect “New Mom Survival Basket” is filled with love and a whole lot of spoiling for a mother of a new baby.

Obviously, these are just a few idea for things you might want to put in a basket for a new mom; there are so many variations, and you might want to tailor the contents to your gift recipient.

How to Make A New Mom Survival Basket

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

A Basket (Loving these belly baskets lately!)
The Perfect Card for Mom
A Cozy Blanket
Bath Bombs
Foot Wand or Bath Brush
Bath Sponge
A Pack of “Thank You” Cards
Comfy Socks
Chocolate (or their favorite candy)
A Good Book (or a stack of favorite magazines)
Candle
Hair Brush
Hair Clips (Because a bun is her new hairstyle go-to!)
Face Mask
An Activity Book (like a coloring book or this hand-lettering book)
Markers or Colored Pens or Pencils

DIRECTIONS

Head to your local Target and find just the right card for mom, plus everything you’ll want to fill their basket with.

Then, with an empty basket, start by folding a comfy throw blanket into the basket. Layer the gift items into your basket; and finally, top with a card. You can also wrap your gift basket in colored cellophane wrap.

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Voilà! A gift any new mom would love.

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I loved standing in the card section at Target, reading each and every sweet greeting and sentiment. I can’t believe we’ll have another sweet baby in just a few short months.

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So there you have it: how to make a new mom survival basket, and just what you’ll need.

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What would you put in a new mom survival basket?

If you’re a mama yourself, any must-haves you know you would have loved in a basket or gift like this?

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Check out the American Greetings Pinterest board for more inspiration.

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