Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Make a Wild Kratts Costume

My 6 year old son loves the Wild Kratts. Haven't heard of them? They are real-life brothers, Martin and Chris Kratt, who are zoologists. They teach kids all about different animals and how to respect them. They even identify each creature's "super powers". After they study an animal for a while and determine it's creature power, they put on a creature power suit that gives them the super power. It's a very educational program and I love supporting his watching it.

When my son asked for his own creature power suit (and then my 8 year old daughter wanted one too) I put my thinking cap on. Thank goodness for Pinterest! I did a search and found some fantastic and easy tutorials to make one. Here is a summary of my Pinterest search if you want to make one also.

Follow Elizabeth's board Wild Kratts Creature Power Suits on Pinterest.

The plan... I sent hubby to Wal-Mart to purchase a black tee shirt and a pink tee shirt. I found some felt in similar colours in my stash of fabrics and now my plan is to cut them out similar to the "official" creature power suit. Originally my intention was to sew some circles on and that would be that. The kids, however, have bigger plans! They have asked me to remove the sleeves and shorten the tee shirt so it is more like a vest. I may even take off the side seam and add Velcro. I have all the pieces and now I need to get making on it! Will keep you posted on how it goes.

Here is an "in progress" view

I also heard they are going to be in our area in December/January. I may have to make them extra well so we can show them off if we go!!

Have you ever made a child a costume? Did you like how it turned out? Did they?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Natural Remedy for Strep Throat

The last few months I've had recurring strep throat. I am convinced the last dose of antibiotics (three times ago) didn't get rid of the virus completely. I was not thrilled at the aspect of more antibiotics as they gave me a few other unpleasant side effects.

The last time I took Advil with lots of sleep and that seemed to get it to go away on it's own before a full-blown case.

This time I researched a natural remedy and I found a really interesting "natural antibiotic". Garlic, raw honey and cayenne pepper.

The honey is soothing and lets the mixture "sit" while it works. The cayenne is supposed to have Vitamin C and increase blood flow to the area so it can heal faster. The garlic is the natural antibiotic. You can read more about it here at Modern Alternative Health. I have no affiliation with this website. I found it by doing a quick Google search.

Of course, all of my strep occurrences have been on the weekend when my doctor's office is closed and this past long weekend even the grocery stores were closed! I concocted the best I could with what was in my pantry - creamed honey and minced garlic. It tasted vile and burned the first day (1 tsp every hour) but by the next day I did notice an improvement. I had a bit more yesterday and there was no burn and I didn't mind it that much. It's working at about the same pace as a synthetic antibiotic and I hope I can nip it for good naturally.

Have you used natural remedies? How did they work and why did you choose an alternative to conventional western medicine?

Monday, September 08, 2014

Back to Routine

As we start our second week of school and the routine I crave I must admit I do miss the children. 
However, I do relish the routine. 

Don't get me wrong, I do like the freedom and being together (all day every day) of the summer but it's hard to keep things fresh for 8-9 weeks! That's a lot of pressure on a parent. It's nice when they are little and go wherever you want to go or have input into the schedule but once they get old enough to not like any ideas or, worse, shrug indifference at your plans it gets tedious and fast. 

During the school year we choose one or two extra curricular activities and we always know where we will be Wednesday nights, etc. 

I also know when I'll be able to fit in time for crafting without having to squeeze it in on a summer rainy day or rush to get it done before a vacation! ;)

Hey, wait a minute! I found this comic and I realized that I like routine but my kids don't get it. Then I get frustrated - until they are out the door and then MY routine comes together. Yes, THAT's what I mean when I say I love the school year routine!!

What is your favourite part of the fall or a more regular routine (especially if you have children)?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Back to School Crochet Dress

In the nick of time (last Friday) I finished the final stitches on this adorable back to school dress for my daughter's first day of grade 3.

I used a variegated cotton yarn to keep it cool. Can you tell the part where I started a new ball on the dress? (hint it's where the zigs really zag!). The fun of variegated yarn is that you have no control over how it will work up. I do like the sass it adds to the skirt. More importantly, my daughter loves it and wore it Saturday as well as the first day!

Do or did you make your children an special outfit on their first day of school?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School 2014

This weekend is the last long weekend of the summer and then it's back to school on Tuesday!

A few weeks ago I started to panic about it. I have no idea why but for some reason I think I must declutter and get things out of the house to make room for all the papers and such that come home each day. It doesn't help that I still have to sort through all the items they brought home at the beginning of the summer!

I also feel that a clean home will make it easier to do homework in. I suppose it is also a time for me to take inventory on what we will need for the year. Then I sat down and realized that it is a bit silly of me - it's not as if there are not stores open all year round to get what we need when we need it but it is still an impulse that goes through me.

I wonder if it is a subconscious memory from when I was growing up. Either way my house is (getting) less cluttered and I'm starting to look forward to Tuesday.

How do you prepare yourself, your house and your children for back to school?