Pintastic Summer Week 1: Mad Scientist Week (June 3-7)

Welcome to Pin-Tastic Summer Week 1.  If you’re just joining us, please click over to read the Pin-Tastic Summer intro post and then join us for some summer fun. This weeks activities include: *  Monday:  Fizzy Color Art *  Tuesday: Glowing Fairy Jars *  Wednesday: Sparkly Monster Goo *  Thursday:  Shake-It-Up Sorbet *  Friday:  Can An Ant Change Colors?   Mad Scientist Week Shopping List If you’d like to prepare ahead so you have all components on hand, here’s this week’s shopping list.  Fizzy Color Art 1 box of baking soda for each kid (buy generic!) medicine droppers (I got mine at Target for free. I asked the pharmacist.) white vinegar food coloring Some sort of a pan or tray with edges.  I use 9X13 glass pans, but if you don’t have those, you might want to pick up a disposable one.  Foil or paper disposable roasting pans work great. Glowing Fairy Jars 1 glass jar for each child with a removable lid (I am using canning jars, although empty baby food jars or other jars will work as well.) tulle (optional, makes the fairies float better) glow sticks (about 10, I get mine at Target for $1 for 15) scissors (please, tell me you already have scissors) rubber gloves (If you’re a neat nick.  If you’re like me and don’t mind having marker all over your hands, then you can do without) Sparkle Monster Goo Flour (2 cups) Cream of Tartar (1 tbsp) Salt (1 cup) Gel Food Coloring Vegetable Oil Glitter (Lots, of course) Toss-Up Sorbet 2 cups juice (Pineapple, orange, cranberry, whatever) 1 small ziplock bag...

Welcome to the Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-tastic Summer

It’s summer!  It’s summer!  It’s summer! Let me just tell you that I am NOT the mom that dreads the last day of school.  I’ve been counting down the days to the last day for weeks now.  I can’t wait for no more early mornings, no more packing lunches, no more homework, and most importantly no more carpool.   (Thank goodness, thank goodness, thank goodness!) This summer is even more exciting because I’m making it a point to celebrate spending time with my kids.  Even if that means my floor goes unmopped (what are wet towels for anyway?) and my laundry piles up (it’s summer, who cares what they wear?)  This summer, we’re going to have fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun. Can you tell I’m a little excited? I want to invite you to join our fun in the sun this summer so I’m hosting a Pin-Tastic Summer.  Here’s how it works: *  Every weekday starting in June, I will post a fun craft, activity, science experiment, sensory experience or recipe centered on a theme right here on the Christian Mama’s Guide blog.  These Pin-Tastic Summer ideas are targeted towards kids ages 2-10 although slightly younger and/or older kids can certainly participate.   Week 1:  Mad Scientist Week Week 2:  Rainbow Week Week 3:  Alphabet Week Week 4:  Music Week Week 5:  4th of July Week *  Every Saturday, I will announce the week’s theme along with a shopping list.  This is so you can get ready for your Pin-Tastic Summer week by buying supplies early (if you’re a type-A person like me) or think about getting...

April Reading Round-Up: My Book Picks for Last Month

I’m a little late posting this month’s reading round-up—and it’s all Becky Wade’s fault.  Because last weekend when I was supposed to be working on this post, I was completely unable to put down her new book Undeniably Yours.  But, better late than never.  Here are the best books I read last month. Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade I really can’t say enough good thinks about Becky Wade and her books.  I read her debut “My Stubborn Heart” a few months ago and absolutely loved it.  Becky is one of those writers that makes you laugh and cry all while you feel like you’re reading about your best friend with her true-to-life and relatable characters.  And her new release is no exception.  Meg and Bo’s story is not only compelling– who doesn’t love a good modern Texas fairy tale?– but it’s also encouraging, uplifting and Christ-centered.  I picked up the book on Saturday morning and had a hard time putting it down for the rest of the day.       A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund Two years ago when I read Jody’s debut, The Preacher’s Bride, I remember telling my sister that Jody was one to watch.  Well, I’m proud to say that I was right.  Since Jody’s first release, she has released three other page-turners with The Doctor’s Lady, Unending Devotion and now, A Noble Groom.  I have yet to pick up a book by Jody that I didn’t completely love and this one was no exception.  A Noble Groom is set in 1881 in Michigan in a poor farming village.  Annalisa, a feisty, strong farmer’s...
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