I kept seeing this photo on pinterest time and time again, and know that I had to try it as well, it looks amazing so who wouldn’t want to give it a go?!
Photo from pinterest
But before I continue, can I just say one thing, the above photo is IN NOW WAY REAL!!!!! It is, I am convinced 100% photoshopped. Even though we followed the instructuions to the letter, the results were nothing like this photo. However it was still pretty awe inspiring for my boys and so I would say that it is still worth trying to make ‘Faries in a jar’ but just prepare yourself (or maybe your kids) for a slightly more realistic outcome, as I have shown in my photos here.
You will need:
- a jar with a lid
- a glowstick
- some diamond coloured glitter (I am not utterly convinced I used the right sort of glitter, or that it is even necessary but we went with it as per the original instructions)
You need to make sure that the next part is fully supervised as glow sticks can contain some nasty stuff in them that you don’t want your littlies getting on themselves…
Snap your glowstick to make it ‘glow’, then carefully cut the top off to shake it in the jar. If you find this tricky (as I did) cut both ends off and blow (without putting your lip to the glowstick!) the contents into the jar. I found blowing it in more sucessful then shaking… Note the distance I was blowing from!
Then add your glitter, and pop the lid on…
Next, overcome the slight dissapointment that it doesn’t look remotely like the pinterest photo…
Then marvel at the glowy-ness…
Now quickly retreat to a darkened room for fairy watching!Here is my little fairy-catcher.
The boys had a jar of fairies each, and were very excited to go to bed with them as a glowey nightlight next to their beds. As I said earlier, I think the glowsick liquid shaken in the jar was what produce d the look of the fairies – I am not sure the glitter did much to add to the effect, however as the glow faded by morning it was nice to see the glitter inside the jar. I think in hindsight perhaps a jar of water filled with diamond glitter might make a more similar effect to the pinterest photo…?
I wil have to try it and see! x
I found this yummy recipe on a favourite blog of mine “Delighted Momma” . It’s a wonderful blog and the lady who writes it is very inspiring, funny and not to mention gorgeous and very clever! I love to try out her ideas, so made these crackers (or some might call them biscuits) and have adapted it slightly. I made these gluten free but you could easily substitute the GF flour for regular flour.
Crunchy Cinnamon Crackers (GF)
- 2 cups gluten free flour blend
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup sugar of sugar substitute such as Stevia
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil (I used rice bran)
- aproximately 1 tablesoon of milk (or water)
- Cooking oil spray
Pre-heat oven to 180 centigrade and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Wisk eggs with oil and stir into the dry mix then use your hands to from into a dough. If it is too dry still, add the milk. I used my dough straight away but you can chill it for 20 mins if you like.
Place some baking parchment onto your work surface and lightly spray with oil . Roll the dough out using a floured rolling pin. You might find it easier to place another peice of baking parchment on top of the dough and roll it out between the two sheets. It should ideally be around 2-3 mm thick.
Use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes or a pizza roller to slice it into sqaures. Re-roll the etra dough and repeat until its all used up.
Prick your shapes with a fork and sprinkle with extra cinnamon, then pop them on a pre-sprayed baking tray. Prepare your nostrils for an aroma overload!!!!
Bake for around 15 mins. They might need a little less or longer, up to 20 mins even, it depends on the thickness of the crackers. Remove them when they start to look a nice golden brown. Mmmm your house will smell divine! Time to pop the kettle on….
This recipe is super easy and a great way to make a yummy snack that you and your littlies will love, whilst knowing exactly what has gone into them. I like to bag these up into little snack sized pouches, perfect for my son’s lunchbox, and a much nicer, healthier (and cheaper) treat alternative to supermarket pre-packed kids biscuits which are full of ingredients I can’t even pronounce!
What do you do when your two year old throws two new rolls of toilet paper in the bath??
You make clean mud of course!
I hate waste, and throwing things away unecessarily, so was slightly horrified when my toddler took my husbands words of “put these in the bathroom for me” a little too literally… (I could see it happening in my mind’s eye the second the words were out of his mouth as the bath had just been poured, why do men not think?!) So I fished the soggy rolls out of the bath, and set them to one side, then when my little darlings were washed and dried and fast asleep I went on Pinterest find inspiration. Of course.
And voila! Clean mud was there jumping off the sceen demading to be made the following day, and I was happily satisfied that I had triumphed in the face of disaster. Okay not disater, wet loo paper. Still its a good reslut in my book!
Clean Mud Recipe:
- 2 toilet rolls (they do not have to be wet!)
- 1 bar of soap
- Warm water
- you will also need a cheese grater and a large container to make the mud in.
Usually you would take a couple of rolls toilet paper and shred it into a large bowl, bucket or storage bin. Since my rolls were pre-dampened, (the inner cardboard tubes just slipped straight out by the way) I just had to tear at them and added enough warm water to the bowl to saturate them. Then I got busy grating in the soap. Usually I would have let S do this but he was happy playing with a friend and so I just got on with it to avoid arguments! next you just need to squish it about till its all muched up and dough like, then its time to play!
We added glitter and plates so we could make some ‘real’ mud pies. it was a great sensory play activity that they could really have fun moulding and squeezing. Perfect for a rainy day! Unfortunately S got a bit carried away and poor M got a faceful of mud pie and glitter (had it not been cruel it would have made a great photo)… So that was the end of the clean mud for that day…. But aside from that and since finding glitter in every nook and cranny of my house for the rest of eternity, I would say it was great fun all round and much better then throwing the toilet rolls away, so I have to thank little J really for his impulsive act of ‘helpfulness’! I will definately make this again, next time though, I will try it outdoors.
Still, at least their hands (and faces) were very clean afterwards!! x