Site Re-launch March 1st

Hi!  I’m Elizabeth and I get excited really easily.

Well, maybe not really easily, but… okay, who am I kidding?  So excited!!

That’s me, laying in the snow and making a snow angel.  I’ve got my youngest one wrapped on my chest and I’m outside playing with my husband and my two big kids.  I love my kids.  They are 4.5, 2 and 4.5 months and they, really and truly, are the greatest!  That photo was taken back in December.  What happened to winter, eh?!

I’ve been writing here for a while now…. just sharing my projects and stuff.  I’ve just come aboard to help out and revamp this amazing resource that Krystal has developed.  And, let me tell you… I am EXCITED!!

I’ve been blogging on my personal blog for over four years and I have seen lots of great things on this here Internet.  I have been blessed by some wonderful connections in those years.  My dream, for the parents of Kamloops, is that we really connect and know that we are a part of a wonderful community.  We live in a beautiful city and there are lots of great people out there that are working to make our community, our lives, better for us.  So, let’s do our part and get out there to enjoy it!  Life life to the fullest.  Carpe Diem, I say!  Let’s work together to make the world, in which our children are being raised, an even better place!

Do you want to know what’s coming your way?  Well, I’m planning that we will have new programs and regular weekday posts starting on March 1st.  The 1st seems like a good time, doesn’t it?  So, you can look forward to seeing some great stuff from KamloopsParents.Com!  Reviews, giveaways and fun family-friendly projects… but I’m getting away from myself already… not until March 1st!  I told you I was excited didn’t I?  I’ve got some great people that are joining the team as guest post-ers and have some great perspectives and ideas to share.

For now, what can you do to gear up for the KP re-launch?  Well, #1 is to join our mailing list to get the newsletter every two-ish weeks. #2 is to login so that you can leave comments and enter our contents (whoops, did I just say that?).  And #3 is look forward to connecting with the KamloopsParents.Com community and meeting some great people with Kamloops.

I’m thrilled to be working for you and look forward to meeting many of you, at time goes on.

If you have comments, questions, or are interested in getting involved with kamloopsparents.com, just contact me.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

~Elizabeth

So Cool and Healthy Muffin Mix

The kids and I were puttering around this morning and I decided to pull out one of my bajillion “cooking with kids” cookbooks because I want to start a program in Kamloops teaching kids how to cook simple things and thus help out in the kitchen with those skills.  My sister, is doing a program like that where she lives and I was totally inspired to do one, here.

I found the coolest thing… a muffin mix that you are supposed to be able to keep in the fridge for up to a month!  Sweet idea, eh?  That way, when you need some muffins you just pop ’em in the oven.  I think it’s a great idea, except that once I went to all the trouble of preparing the mix, I wasn’t about to leave it untasted… so we ended up making a double batch and now I only have one more batch in the fridge. Ah well, such is life.

Here they are, courtesy of “Cooking Wizardry for Kids” and a little bit of modification on my part.

1 15 oz package of Raisin Bran (I worked this out to be about 300g and I used Bran Flakes with a handful or raisins tossed in)
5 cups of flour (I used 2c whole wheat, 1c white, 1/2c wheat germ and 1/2c wheat bran)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
4 c buttermilk (or just milk with some lemon juice or vinegar)
4 eggs
1 c vegetable oil (I used 3/4 c oil and 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce)
3/4 c honey or molasses (I used 1/2 c honey and 1/4 c molasses)

1) Mix dry ingredients
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Alphabet pillows: an afternoon project

Tuesday morning.
Bored.
Dreaming of my fabric scrap bin…
1) Pull out fabric scraps and heat ‘n bond adhesive and poly-fill.

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A new play dough!!

The other day, I was browsing some blogs, as I tend to do, and I came across the coolest new (well new to me, anyhow) recipe for play dough!
It’s cornstarch dough!!

My two big kids and I made it and had a great time playing with it (read: it was all over the kitchen floor)!

Here’s the recipe I made:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking powder
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water

Boil on the stove on medium heat (will bubble a lot because of the baking powder and water reacting – so fun!) until it starts to thicken.
Then, I kneaded it until it was a little cooler for the kids to play with.
After we shaped it and smashed it and rolled it and played with it for a while (read: after a while the kids lost interest but I didn’t), I put my littlest man’s footprint in the dough, made a “pizza”, made some animals and then baked them all (300 degrees for an hour) to harden them a little.  I think we’ll paint it tomorrow!

Now, we play with cornstarch and water all the time to create that lovely “thixotropic” (not quite liquid but not quite a solid) muck we all love.  We also love making “goop” with white glue, borax and water.  But this?  This is awesome!  It’s whiteness is totally like snow.  It’s so soft and yet has that gritty cornstarch feel.  I’d love to add some sparkles next time and see what I get! I really really like it.  And the real bonus… it’s a great process to watch as the chemical reaction occurs while you boil it.

Twirly Skirt Tutorial

The other day I was in the fabric store picking out some fabric for a custom apron that I had been asked to sew.  Well, when I was there I saw the perfect fabric to make a twirly skirt for my 2 yo daughter.  I was reading Captivating, at the time, and thought that a perfect little sparkly twirly skirt would be a great gift for my little woman.  So, I made one up and here is my tutorial.  Please excuse the photos.  I’m afraid that I have not yet had my camera fixed and I am really missing it.  While my Sony was top-of-the-line when I got it… that is now eight years ago!

Without further delay my Rooty-Tute-Tuesday Twirly Skirt!  (Please keep in mind that I just invented this in my head, so I don’t have exact measurements or anything.  If you like it, you might need to figure out your measurements… or just guess, like I did.)

1) I figured that for the length I wanted I could just fold the fabric in half and cut my strips from there.  So, I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and then cut along the fold so that I had two pieces the same size.dsc07263
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