The ULTIMATE List of Pinterest Boredom Busters

50+ Boredom Busters plus the simple shopping list to make sure you have everything you need to do them all! 

Pinterest is FULL of brilliant boredom busters that are super simple to make, but I don’t know how many times I’ve decided to try one and then realized I was missing a key ingredient.  So I created this list of more than 50 amazing boredom busters that can be made with these 8 household items. 

  • Borax
  • White or Clear School Glue
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Corn Starch
  • Shaving Cream
  • Dish Soap
  • Food Coloring

As long as you keep these items in stock – you’ll always have a project ready to combat boredom at almost any age!

50+ Boredom Busters plus the simple shopping list to make sure you have everything you need to do them all!

Dish Soap Silly Putty with corn starch and dish soap

DIY Window Clings with glue, dish soap, and food coloring

Homemade Finger Paint with cornstarch, food coloring, dish soap (and sugar)

Magic Milk Painting with food coloring, dish soap (and milk)

Marbled Paper with food coloring, dish soap (and milk)

Launching Cork Rockets with baking soda and vinegar

Bubble Snakes with dish soap and water

More Advanced Rockets with baking soda and vinegar

Lego Volcanoes with baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap

Make Foam Paint with shaving cream, glue, and food coloring

Shaving Cream Painting & Marbling with shaving cream & food coloring

Make it rain with shaving cream clouds and food coloring

Make Fizzing Cloud Foam with baking soda, shaving cream, and vinegar

Try some glue resist art with glue and food coloring (or watercolors)

Make stained glass with glue and food coloring

Try painting with glue and salt for fun effects

Here’s another fun way to paint with glue and salt

DIY Puffy Paint with glue, shaving cream, and food coloring

Tons of fun ideas for your DIY puffy paint

Make glue people!

50+ Boredom Busters plus the simple shopping list to make sure you have everything you need to do them all!

DIY Gak with borax, food coloring, and glue

Make Gak Bubbles!

Painting on wet glue with food coloring

Melting, fizzing dough with corn starch, baking soda, food coloring and vinegar

Make fizzy mud with baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar

Erupting Paint with baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar

Make a baking soda/vinegar powered boat

Make a tornado in a jar with dish soap and vinegar

Give your toy cars an exploding car wash!

Hatching Dinosaur eggs with baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring

Rainbow Oobleck with corn starch and food coloring

Make your Oobleck dance!

Fizzy Rainbow Slush with corn starch, baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar

How to get the BEST baking soda and vinegar reactions with dish soap

Shaving Cream Writing Practice is a blast for littles learning letters

Make Bath Paints with shaving cream and food coloring

Break Open Fizzing Treasure Chests with baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint with cornstarch and food coloring

Make your own Bouncy Balls with borax, glue, corn starch, and food coloring

Beautiful pressed flower ornaments with baking soda, corn starch, and glue

50+ Boredom Busters plus the simple shopping list to make sure you have everything you need to do them all!

Cloud Dough with corn starch and shaving cream

DIY Edible Finger Paints with cornstarch, food coloring (and sugar)

Exploding Sidewalk Chalk Bags with cornstarch, food coloring, baking soda, and vinegar

Dreamy Fairy Dough with corn starch, food coloring (and hair conditioner)

Soapy Sea Foam with dish soap, corn starch, and food coloring

Cornstarch Ornaments with corn starch and baking soda

Modeling Clay with baking soda and corn starch

Frozen Popsicle Chalk with cornstarch and food coloring

Sludge made with corn starch, dish soap, and food coloring

Make pretend melting ice cream with cornstarch

Make clay with glue and cornstarch

 

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The Only PUPPP’s Rash Cure That Actually Works


The ONLY cure for PUPPP that actually works! If you're pregnant and itchy, you must try this remedy!

 

If you are pregnant and suffering with PUPPP, read on!  This was the only PUPPP’s rash cure that actually worked for me…

Y’all, I have twins.  They are awesome and amazing and wonderful, but my pregnancy with them was NOT.  I was sick as a dog and didn’t want to do anything but sleep.  Fortunately, I wasn’t working at the time, because I honestly don’t think I could have held down a job.  My husband jokes that he would leave for work while I was asleep in bed, then come home and I’d be asleep on the couch.   I’d wake up to ask for food, then move back to the bed and sleep again.  Only it’s not a joke!  That was pretty much the story of my first trimester. 

Second trimester was a lot easier and more enjoyable, that is – until the itching started.

Here’s the really really cruel thing about PUPPP – it always starts with itchy stretchmarks, and guess what normally happens when you get stretchmarks?  They itch!  So you google, and everything seems normal and fine – just go get some heavy duty lotion and take an oatmeal bath…

But then it gets worse.  And worse.  Until finally – it starts to spread.  Just a little at first, like “hey, that’s not a stretch mark, why’s it itchy?” But it soon progresses to covering various parts of your body and driving you absolutely insane.

What is puppp anyway?

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy.  Which roughly translates to itchy-scratchy-rashy-itchy-misery.  It occurs most commonly in women who are pregnant for the first time or carrying multiples.  It usually begins in the third trimester and doesn’t resolve until after you’ve given birth.

The ONLY cure for PUPPP that actually works! If you're pregnant and itchy, you must try this remedy!Here is a (really poor quality) photo of my arm when I had PUPPP.  (But really, who wants to look at rashes in high definition?  You can thank me for this out of focus moment later.) At this point, I didn’t even like to go out in public.  Full body rashes have yet to come into fashion and tend to make people squirm a little. 

I was trying everything under the sun to find some relief.  Lotions, oatmeals, pine tar soap – yes, pine tar soap! It wasn’t even the vanity thing, it was just the relentless itchiness!  I still have scars on my belly from scratching too violently.  I would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and go sit in an ice cold bath just for a moment’s respite.

I’d read countless stories from women who’d even tried prescription steroids to no avail. 

But wait –  There’s hope!

In my desperation – I finally found something that actually works!  And if I ever doubted the legitimacy of herbal remedies, this made me a believer.  I watched the rash (that had plagued me for weeks) disappear completely.

I’m not trying to sell you anything – I won’t make a dime if you try this.  But if you’re reading this because you’ve been claimed by the dreadful PUPPP – I just don’t want you to itch for any longer than you absolutely have to.  So, it’s going to sound a little crazy, but just trust me.

The ONLY cure for PUPPP that actually works! If you're pregnant and itchy, you must try this remedy!Dandelion Root.  I’m not even kidding.  Grab a bottle at a health food store or order it on Amazon.  You have to take the maximum recommended dose and it will take almost 7 days before you start to see results (in which time, you might just feel like a crazy person, but what do you have to lose? Other than the rash!).

Here’s my warning: When you’re rash is gone and you run out of dandelion root, DO NOT STOP TAKING IT! Go buy another bottle.  If you stop, your rash will come back and it will take another 7 days before you get relief.  Don’t ask me how I know…

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Are you a PUPPP’s sufferer?  What week in your pregnancy did it show up? Have you tried anything else that worked for you?

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How to survive a LONG flight with kids

How to Survive a Flight With Little Ones - Tips from a mom who's traveled the world with her 3 kids in tow... AWESOME link to free printables!!!When my twins were 5 and my youngest was not yet 3, I flew with them from Dallas to Shanghai.  Alone.

I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in.  My husband was already in Shanghai and we had arranged for a helper to accompany me but there was a last minute problem with the plane tickets.  Over the course of the most stressful 48 hours of my life, we had rescheduled tickets, had tickets canceled, and had new tickets charged to the tune of $93,000.  When we finally got it all straightened out, the flight we needed to be on had exactly 4 seats left.  Me + my 3 small children…

So I did it. Almost 20 hours of traveling, and you know?  It wasn’t terrible. I was even able to film little snippets of it, which you can watch below… (skip to the 2 minute mark if you want to see the delirium hitting)

Pretty cute, huh?

So how do you survive your flight with your little ones???

  • Reserve a seat near the bathroom on the plane.  This way, if you have multiple kiddos, you can help one get to the bathroom and still keep an eye on the others/not be too far away from anyone with a little separation anxiety. Arrange the seats so that you and your littles can get in and out of the row without making others get up.  It will feel like you’re making a million bathroom trips and it will be soooo much easier if you feel like you aren’t disturbing someone each time you go. 
  • Bring an empty sippy cup for each child.  These stackable Take and Toss cups are great – they come in a variety of sizes plus you can choose sippy top or straw top. They are super light, and since they stack nicely – you can stick them all in your purse and pull them out when the beverage service starts.  Because let’s be real, on a plane – even most grown ups could use a lid! (Also, take as many bottles of water as they’ll give you, as often as you can.  Nothing’s worse than waiting on a flight attendant with a whiny “I’m thirsty, mama” child threatening to turn into that kid if not attended to in time.
  • Think LIGHT & SMALL for your carry-on items.  Even though kids are allowed a carry-on suitcase and personal item, I highly recommend that each of you only bring ONE small, light bag.  Take one carry-on suitcase for the entire family if it’s really necessary, but if you have any layovers – you’ll most likely be carrying the bulk of whatever you brought, so make sure it’s manageable.
    Also, it’s important to think light & small for your kids activities (suggestions below!!!) for a few reasons.  I made some rookie mistakes on that flight that I’ll never repeat.  These printable activities below?  I organized them all in super cute binders for each child and was oh so proud of myself.  Until we got on the plane and tried to use them.  Those airplane trays are smaller than you think.  Trust me.  If you want to make a binder, get one of those tiny adorable ones.  Then print your activities in a landscape 2-up layout, that way you can cut them in half and hole punch them for your tiny binder.  Or just don’t do a binder.  Whatever.
  • If you’re worried about a kid who won’t stay buckled (why the heck are airplane seatbelts so easy for kids to unbuckle?!?!?!? I mean, in an emergency, I’m sure it’s great, but if you want my kid to stay buckled for 15+ hours – a little help, please!) Where was I? Oh yeah, if you’re worried about that.  Grab a super fun, printed pair of knee socks and cut off the toes.  Slip the sock over one end of the seatbelt, buckle, and stretch the sock out to cover the whole thing up.  Out of sight, out of mind. 
  • Last but not least, you can’t have too many snacks.  Who knows if your kid will eat the airplane food, so it’s always good to have back up just in case.  I made single serving tubs of awesome combos like goldfish and raisins, pretzels and m&m’s, oh – and I brought snack baggies of straight up marshmallows for when the going got rough.  Hey man, you do what you’ve gotta do.

You can totally do this.  And these free printables will help! 

Robots-CollageThis awesome robot coloring page!  photo courtesy: dabblesandbabbles.com

farm-animal-finger-puppet-cat-mouseFarm Animal Finger Puppets!!! and so, so much more on this site… photo courtesy: mrprintables.com

Have them try drawing silly expressions on these blank faces… photo courtesy: dabblesandbabbles.com

Made-by-Joel-Paper-City-Vehicles-3This site has tons of amazing Paper City printables! photo courtesy: Madebyjoel.com

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Freebie Friday – Our House Rules Printable

Our house rules needed a visual update, so I revamped my old family rules printable and I love the outcome! I included a few different color schemes and I have a pretty fun idea for a DIY project that will probably show up on the blog in a couple of weeks…

As always, double click on the image to open the full size version, then right click to save!

FREE family rules printable! Love these house rules...

FREE family rules printable! Love these house rules...

FREE family rules printable! Love these house rules...

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