Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving was so late, or maybe it’s because this is our first holiday season in a cold environment, but we cannot wait for Christmas this year! I’ve been itching to do some crafts, and I figured the day after Thanksgiving was the perfect time since there was no way you’d find me heading to the mall.
Now, I consider myself a fairly crafty person. I love doing crafts, but I’ll admit I don’t love doing them with my kids. I have a low tolerance for glue and paint in all the wrong places. But I also know it’s good for them to get creative and for me to step out of my comfort zone, so this Black Friday, it was all about family crafting.
First up were the Melted Snowmen ornaments. I forget where I first saw these, but I filed it away in my mind a long time ago. You fill plastic (or glass, if you’re brave) ornaments with salt, add some peppercorn “coal,” and carrots and sticks made of polymer clay. Sculpting the clay parts was the most time-consuming step, but even that went pretty fast. A few minutes to bake and cool, then everything got added to the globes. (Hint: Use a funnel for the salt!) The whole project took less than an hour.
Next: salt dough ornaments. I turned to the interwebs for a good recipe, but everything I found was different, and people reported different levels of success. I lucked out on my choice, though. The dough worked beautifully, and the end result feel more like bisque or stone than baked dough. Here’s the recipe I used:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cup warm water (plus more if it’s too dry–I needed just a bit more)
Mix together with a spoon then knead until smooth.
I rolled mine out to 3/8″ then we used various cookie cutters to make our designs. Remember to add holes for hanging!
Bake at 200 degrees for two hours. (I put mine on parchment paper, but the bottoms wound up still damp so I had to put them back in without. Next time I’ll skip the parchment.)
The colored ones were stamped with regular stamp-pad ink before they were baked. We planned on painting the other ones, but I think we might leave some blank because the stone-look is so cool.
(In case you’re wondering, I ordered the Minecraft and Starbucks cookie cutters from a seller on Etsy.)
The day wasn’t without mishaps. My 2-year-old spilled a whole bottle of peppercorns on the floor (those things can roll!) and I wound up vacuuming four times. But we had so much fun, I just might declare every Black Friday “Ornament Day.”
What are your favorite ornaments or holiday crafts to make with kids?
At the ABC Show in October, we saw a product we saw in prototype form at the 2012 ABC Show. We thought it was a great idea back then and we still think it’s a great idea now. It reminds me of my old Dream Wings; perhaps those of you who have been around for a while remember those being sold in Skymall and One Step Ahead.
Anyway, the Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest is for kiddos in backless boosters (ahem, or adults) who would like head support while sleeping. A bonus is that it helps keep these same boostered kids from becoming limp noodles in their boosters when they fall asleep. The wings attach securely to the vehicle’s head restraint poles with hooks and star knobs and can be adjusted up or down to fit a person of any size. They can also be rotated up and out of the way for daily use. Here’s a video of the headrest in use.
Thanksgiving might be over but we still have plenty of reason to give thanks! After a few unexpected bumps in the road, the Safety 1st Incognito Kid-Positioner is finally in production and Amazon should be fulfilling pre-orders soon. Black will be available first, followed by Light Grey then Dark Grey and Tan.
To celebrate this highly-anticipated release and to share our enthusiasm for this simple but epic new product – we’re giving away FIVE Incognitos this week! That’s right, 5 lucky people will win an Incognito in the color of their choice, thanks to our generous friends at Dorel!
The Incognito is special because it’s meant to be “the seat after the booster”. It was specifically designed for older kids and Tweens who still need a little help getting the adult seatbelt to fit properly. With its very low profile and covers designed to blend in with vehicle interiors, the Incognito will be more appealing to older kids who may be self-conscious about using a traditional-looking booster. This is extremely important because one of the biggest challenges we face as child safety advocates is getting the message out to parents and kids that they are NOT ready to ditch the booster and move directly to the adult seatbelt by age 8.
The Incognito is rated from 60-120 lbs. and from 47-60″ tall. This product is targeted to kids in the 8-13 age group and the weight and height range reflects that. It really is meant to be “the seat after the booster”. Incognito is made of dense foam so it’s extremely lightweight. It’s firm and supportive but not as hard as sitting on plastic. See Ellie’s Review of the Safety 1st Incognito for more info, pictures and video.
Black and Light Grey should be available by the time winners are announced. If a winner chooses to wait for Dark Grey or Tan, that will be their choice.
To enter, you must leave a comment below on this blog. For extra entries, be sure follow the Rafflecopter instruction and Like our Facebook page and/or tweet about our giveaway to your friends as well!
Winner must have a shipping address in the U.S. (Canada is excluded – sorry! But they are working on a Canadian version.)
This promotion will close on Sunday night, 12/8, and the winners will be announced within 72 hours. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 10 days, a new winner will be selected.
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The great Cyber Monday deals have already started so I’m posting this now and I’ll add to the list as I find new deals or better deals. Check back throughout the night and day to see what’s new. Some of these deals may have longevity but most are “while supplies last” so don’t dilly-dally if you really need something.
Did you find an awesome carseat or booster deal that isn’t listed here? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!
Products sold and shipped directly from Amazon come with FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS (in case it doesn’t work out for whatever reason).
Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours! We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday and safe travels to and from your destination. If you’re lucky enough to be staying home today – I’m jealous. I’ll be sitting in traffic trying to get to Long Island. Yeah… so not fun. But I still have tons to be thankful for so I’ll try to keep that in mind while I’m creeping along on the Van Wyck Expressway.
Of course I’m thankful for great friends, a wonderful family, our health, a roof over our heads, the food on our table and all the other important stuff that I try never to lose sight of. But this is CarseatBlog so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the CPS-related stuff that I’m super thankful for this year. I’m thankful for (in no particular order)…
Affordable higher-weight harness seats
Infant seats (and even a few convertibles) that fit smaller newborns really well
Beltpaths that don’t cut my wrists when I’m installing the seat
Budget-friendly seats that are still easy to use correctly
All the smart, passionate & dedicated techs, instructors and advocates that I learn from everyday