Sweet Love

Happy Wednesday everybody! I know I usually don’t post on a Wednesday but this week I am only going to post once because school is starting to speed up and I need a little break. So I’m going to tell you all about my last minute Valentine’s Day party with Penny and Jude. Now usually I am good at planning ahead, even for blogging I have all the crafts that I want to do for the next few weeks written down in my planner. However somehow Valentine’s Day slipped my mind completely! It wasn’t until last Wednesday when my friend, Janet, who is also a nanny told me about the Valentine’s Day craft that she was going to be doing with her kids that I remembered. It isn’t really an exaggeration when I say I had a moment of panic. Of course I wanted to do something fun and homemade but I had a paper due Thursday morning and didn’t have time to plan anything extravagant. Janet suggested I just make the cut a bake cookies with the hearts in the center, she even offered to go buy them for me. I agreed and Janet saved the day!wpid-20150213_083416.jpg

Come Friday I had the cookie dough, plan cause the store was all out of hearts, in hand when I walked through Penny and Jude’s door. The morning was a crunch. Penny had school earlier than usual because they were going to have a Valentine’s Day party and then get out early. Plus Penny hadn’t finished all her valentines for the kids in her class. We spent the morning glueing, glittering, bejeweling, and trying unsuccessfully to not get it on ourselves. The valentines came out great and they were just dried when we had to pack them up and get to school. wpid-20150213_162856.jpg

After school, lunch, and nap time (which I even got to be a part of as a valentine to myself) it was time to make the cookies! The kids loved cutting them out and placing them on the sheets. And I pulled out sprinkles as an extra special treat! While the cookies were in the oven I set Penny and Jude up watch American Tale as another treat, and also so that I could clean the house for their mom. When the cookies were done I brought them down each a cookie and they just loved their Valentine’s Day treat! It was so simple and I was happy, I even got to watch part of the movie! So even though I usually like doing homemade things I’m here to say that in a pinch it’s ok to go store bought, there’s no shame! Have a great week everyone and I talk to you next week about our next adventure!

~The Pinning Nanny

Colorful Snow!

wpid-20150126_100525.jpgFirst of all Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope that no matter what you are doing today or this weekend you surround yourself with people you love and have fun. I’ve have been doing that this week! The kids and I had an eventful week! We of course finally got around to playing with the snow paint and we also did some last minute Valentine’s Day stuff yesterday, because I totally forgot! Anyway the snow paint was so much fun! I can honestly say that all three of us had so much fun with it.

wpid-20150126_100829.jpgTo make sure we had enough time outside to really use the snow paint I started preparing the paint and Penny and Jude to go outside as soon as their parents left. I used two of their water bottles and made them each a color, Penny got pink and Jude got green. Then we bundled ourselves up good because let’s be honest it has been freeing out! I then handed them their water bottles and let them go for it! It was fun to see how excited and imaginative they were with it. Within being outside for five minutes Penny was on a sled spraying her paint everywhere and Jude was pulling her along, leaving a pink trail of snow behind them. It was great! Then Penny got off and Jude got on and they did it again leaving a green trail this time. We stayed outside until the paint was all used up and the kids were frozen. Penny did get some paint on her snow pants but it blended in really well because both were pink so it wasn’t a big deal.

Our smiley face
Our smiley face

If you have snow on the ground this week I would say go out and make it colorful with some paint snow. It was really a lot of fun for the kids and me. And the great part is all you need is snow, food coloring, water, and a water bottle. We didn’t really try to make anything other than a smiley face but I’m sure that if you try you can make some pretty cool stuff. Alright well that’s all for today. Next week I will share what Penny, Jude, and I did for Valentine’s Day so be sure to check back!

~The Pinning Nanny

Snow Rainbows

How-to-make-your-own-snow-paint1So last week I tried something new, and it failed. I wrote this post ahead of time and then scheduled it to be posted last Tuesday, while I was at school, from my phone. Needless to say it never posted. Which actually turned out alright because when I realized that it hadn’t posted was around the time that I realized the kids and I had played all day and not done the activity. And so we’re going to try again this week! As I’ve said before I simply love the snow! Seeing it fall from the sky and cover everything gives me such a thrill. This week I am going to take advantage of the snow and go out and play in it with Penny and Jude. However I will not be going outside empty handed, I’m going to be bringing along snow paint. As always I found the recipe on pinterest, it originally comes from a mommy blogger One Little Project At A Time. And like all my favorite projects it is super simple! There are only two ingredients, well three if you consider the snow, water and food coloring. You put the water and food coloring in water bottles and then take them outside to paint pictures in the snow.

I’m hoping that the kids will really like this craft because I’m really excited about it. I think that this could be really fun. It reminds me of coloring with chalk in the summer. Also the kids love being allowed to go wild and make things messy and this is a craft I feel I can allow them to do that. I can see them now a bottle in each hand shaking the bottles and spinning in circles spraying the colored water all over the snow. It should also be a fairly exhausting activity as well which means Jude will take a good nap and Penny’s teacher is just going to have to deal! I think this is going to be one of the crafts that we laugh the whole time we do it, and I really love those crafts.

I can’t imagine many things going wrong with this craft, but there are a few. Bottles could spill before we get outside, which would mean I would have to clean up before we went outside cutting into our play time. It could be bitterly cold outside and the kids might only be able to bear it for a few minutes before the cry out in protest to go back inside. I know their parents wouldn’t care if we got a little bit of the colored water on their snow gear but I’m sure they wouldn’t be too thrilled if say Penny rolled in the painted snow dying all of her snow gear.

As long as I can avoid those three problems I think this craft is going to be a hit! Ugh! I hope it goes well because I really want to laugh and play with them in the snow like this.  I’ll let you know how much fun we have with this one on Friday!

 

Sick Day

Yesterday I got sick, it is possible I have the flu. So I spent most of the day on the couch. Luckily Penny and Jude were really invested in their independent play games and so they didn’t even care that I wasn’t interacting with them all that much. Penny also took a 2+ hour nap when she got back from school so I was grateful for that. During her nap Jude played alone in his room for over an hour and then came out by me and quietly played and then made himself a bowl of peanuts and raisins.
I guess I lucked out by getting sick on a day when the kids were in such an independent mood. Of course I can’t fully appreciate how lucky I was yet because I’m still miserably sick. Even though I am sick the coloring pages didn’t go to waste. When their mom got home I let them pull them out of my bag as a reward for being so good. I didn’t get to see them actually color the pages but they were really excited to just get them. I’m sure they will have fun coloring them with their parents. Have a great rest of the weekend, stay healthy if you are and feel better if you’re sick.

~The Pinning Nanny

Groundhog Day!

groundhogNext Monday is Groundhog Day and so this week Penny, Jude, and I are going to be artistic and color pictures of the groundhog. I know it is a little bit lame, but my Spring semester just started a week ago and all the other Groundhog Day crafts I found were super intense! So what did I do after spending 15 minutes on pinterest and only finding either crafts that required a lot of work or that I had to pay for? I googled “free groundhog day coloring pages” and voila I got my coloring pages. I found a bunch through that link and I would encourage you that if you’re in a pinch and you need a Groundhog Day craft print out some of those pages and just claim that coloring encourages imagination and self expression.

Penny and Jude can spend a lot of time coloring if they really get into it and always enjoy themselves so I don’t feel bad that I couldn’t find a better craft. I’ll print out a whole bunch of different pictures and just let them keep coloring different pages until I run out or they lose interest, whichever comes first. We haven’t done coloring in a while because I have been doing all these different fun crafts with them and so they should be pretty excited to get to color. I’ll put on some music, Disney pandora, and we will have a nice, hopefully calm, time coloring. I’m actually excited about it if you can believe it.

Right now I’m worried that since we have been doing so many fun and different crafts that they may not want to simply sit and color. If they don’t want to color the reality is that we just won’t be doing a Groundhog Day themed craft cause I don’t have anything else up my sleeve right now. I guess this wouldn’t be so bad but I kinda would  like to say that we did do something that correlates with the holiday, and we can’t very well watch Groundhog Day!

Alright well here’s hoping the kids are in the mood to color this week! I’ll let you know how the coloring party went on Friday, and until then stay warm!

Friday Failure

So this week I failed. As I said on Wednesday’s post, which should have been on Tuesday, school started up again this week plus my friend that I have know since I was a baby is moving across the country to California and leaving Sunday morning. It is a slight understatement to say that my mind hasn’t been focused on making crafts with Penny and Jude. So today I regretfully have to say I didn’t do the snow dough with them. I was supposed to do it this morning with them but I woke up and completely forgot to bring the corn starch and lotion to make it with me to their house. This week has showed me that since my school schedule is different this semester my blogging schedule is also going to have to change. I will be thinking about how I can fit the blogging and crafting in somehow over the weekend and let you all know next week. I love doing this so much and so I just have to figure out how I will feasibly be able to keep posting every  week. I will keep you posted!

~The Pinning Nanny

Wintery Dough

Snow Dough Recipe for play 65First of all I have to apologize for not posting yesterday, or earlier today. Yesterday was the first day of my new semester. So now that that is out of the way. This week Penny, Jude and I are going to make some snow because on Sunday when it was raining/freezing something outside all I wanted was snow. I love making and playing with play dough with the kids, and so when I found a recipe for snow dough I was really excited. It isn’t exactly play dough but I can’t wait to see how it feels and molds. This craft comes from Growing a Jeweled Rose, a blogger who I have found many great ideas for crafts through. Penny and Jude love making play dough with me and I think that this new spin on it will be a lot of fun for all three of us. Instead of using flour and water over the stove to make the dough this snow dough uses corn starch and lotion. I’ve got some cheap lotion that I never use and corn starch is a cheap ingredient and so I’m happy. Also I’m not sure but I’m guessing that the lotion will keep some of it’s moisture giving abilities and with all this cold weather mine and the kids hands could do with some moisture. This really would be a great craft if it was both something for play but also a hand treatment at the same time.

I want to do this craft in the morning in hopes that Penny and Jude will love it and play with it for a long time allowing me to make lunch in peace. I feel like of late that is one of my main goals. It is like a little sanctuary from the craziness to be able to still see them playing at the table through the door but have my music on and be in some level of quiet. So this is my goal with the snow dough, make lunch in peace. I think I should be able to accomplish this given the fact that they will be fascinated enough that corn starch and lotion make a play dough like object. I have also seen how long they can play happily with play dough and so that also gives me hope.

My only concern this week is a peaceful lunch making time. I don’t really care about a mess or anything else. I can take care of and clean up those things while Penny is at school and Jude is sleeping. This semester has officially started and I’m already tired, I just finished reading four articles. So be rooting for me this week! I’ll let you know on Friday if I got my break or not.

It Was a Bit of a Fixer Upper

Yesterday Penny, Jude, and I made the Frozen flubber. The whole process of it wasn’t as easy as singing one of the songs from the movie that’s for sure. I actually had a bunch of moments when I didn’t think this flubber was going to come together.

wpid-20150115_162910.jpgOn Wednesday my friend Lily needed to borrow my car for a babysitting job, but she was going by the store with borax so I told her as long as she got me borax and glue it was fine. I thought that borax and glue were the only two items I didn’t have in my possession, I thought wrong. At dinner I asked where she had put my blue and white glitter after using it to make a New Year’s sign. She told me that she had left it in our friend Paige’s room, a room notorious for swallowing needed objects. This is when I started worrying that the Frozen flubber might not come together, without glitter it would just be blue flubber. Now I didn’t have my car so I couldn’t go in search of the needed glitter, I called Paige and asked her to look for it and let me know if she found it. Thursday morning arrived, I had the kids but no glitter. I decided to hold off making the flubber until after school and nap time in hopes that by some miracle I would have the glitter by then. Instead of making flubber we spent the morning outside and it was fun, but in the back of my head I kept thinking about the missing glitter.

wpid-20150115_163531.jpgBy the time I dropped Penny off at school I still hadn’t heard from Paige. Then like Disney magic Paige called me while Jude was napping, she had found the glitter! I told her I would pick it up at I got Penny from school. Paige only lives about 5 minutes from Penny’s school it was easy enough for me and the kids to go get it and return home only 15 minutes later than we usually did. I put Penny to bed and played with Jude for close to 2 hours. Then I realized that if I actually wanted this craft to happen it was going to have to happen now. Jude and I set up the ingredients,bowls, and the Frozen soundtrack playing. It wasn’t until we had started that I looked into my box of food coloring and realized that I was out of blue food coloring, a quick look in the kitchen told me that they didn’t have any either. Luckily glitter and white glue still look like snow and I was able to play it off to a three year old that we didn’t need food coloring because snow is white. Penny woke up just as we were finishing up making the flubber. Together they played with the flubber until their mom got home 30 minutes later, and I got to tidy up the house.

It wasn’t the magical easy experience that I was expecting but it did turn out nice in the end. Today they were playing with it again and Penny said that this was the best flubber ever! So I guess even though my experience wasn’t perfect it all turned out well because the kids were happy. So anyway have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week.

~The Pinning Nanny

Frozen Flubber

Frozen-Silly-Putty-Top-ShotOkay so I know I promised you guys that I wouldn’t talk about flubber again for a while, but six weeks is long enough right?! Hahahaha since this is my last week of Winter Break I wanted to do something fun with Penny and Jude while keeping mind some of the things we collectively love. I don’t think I have to really get into my love of flubber here, if you’re new to the blog this is the 6th post dedicated to flubber. The kids also love playing with it. And like every other kid they still are in love with the movie Frozen. I can’t tell you how many times we have watched the movie or listened to the soundtrack… it’s on my phone. So thanks to Paging Fun Moms this week we will be making Frozen themed flubber. They call it Frozen silly putty but by now I know flubber recipe when I see it.

I’m imagining the kids are going to freak out when I tell them we are going to make Frozen flubber. They still ask to play with the first successful batch and so this one should go over even better! I’m all geared up for this craft! I’ve got the soundtrack, the silver and blue glitter from our snow globes, I have to go get more glue and borax, but now I know where to get it and how to make a great batch of flubber. I think this craft is going to be a home run! I’m excited to make it with them and see them play with it afterwards.

After my last successful batch of flubber I’m feeling confident, combined with how great I feel after four weeks of no homework. I am going to say something that I have never said on the blog and that is I don’t think anything bad is going to happen with this craft. I’ve learned my lesson about the proper ingredients of making flubber. I can say I have made a successful batch. And I mean come on I’ve got the trump card, Frozen! This craft is set up for success! Come back on Friday to see if my confidence was misplaced or not. And because I can’t resist…

Melted Hopes

Hello everyone! It’s Friday, the end of the first full work week of the year, and time for the results of this week’s craft. As you may have been able to guess from the title of this post the craft didn’t go exactly how I had hoped. Was there snow? Yes. Did the kids paint? A little. Were they super excited about the craft? Not really.

wpid-20150108_101718.jpgSo this is what happened: Penny had her heart on going outside, but it was 10 degrees! Plus on Wednesday I had gone on a trip up to Up-State New York with my dad where the warmest part of the day was a balmy -5 degrees, so I wasn’t really in the mood to get Penny, Jude, and myself all bundled up to only have to come back inside 10 minutes later because their tears were freezing to their faces. So I said that we were going to stay inside but that I was going to bring the snow inside. My bringing the snow inside didn’t get the thrilling response I was hoping for. Penny was still crying in the corner because I wouldn’t let her go outside when I got back inside with bowls full of snow. Luckily by the time I had mixed the food coloring into the snow she was in a better mood and sitting at the table waiting to paint. When I gave them the bowls of colored snow they were more interested in eating it than painting with it but I figured they would stop soon enough. I was right, and they started painting. However they said that the paint didn’t melt fast enough and claimed that they had to let it melt by the fire first, which meant until the snow melted they ran around the house I was trying to clean…

wpid-20150108_101628.jpgThe snow finally melted and I herded them back to the table. They painted a bit and I was able to make lunch, taking breaks to spot wash Penny’s shirt that she kept staining even though I had an apron on her. Needless to say I was frustrated by my failed efforts of keeping her clean for school. In the end Penny dumped all of the red snow on top of her picture which washed most of the other colors out and made the paper a deeper red. Jude’s came out a bit better, it looked almost like a watercolor. Sadly I forgot to take pictures of the finished paintings because I wanted to wait until the paintings were dry before I took pictures of them and then I forgot.

Even though I didn’t get the enthusiastic response I was hoping for, the kids did actually have fun. The melting snow effect on the paper looked cool. And It was a fun way of playing with the snow without actually having to freeze our noses off. Plus it is so simple to make! It doesn’t get much more simple than snow and food coloring. So if you try this one out and get better results than I did I would love to hear about it, or if it turned out bad too. Alright well it is almost time to go pick up Penny from school so until next week, have a great weekend!

~The Pinning Nanny