Monday, August 2, 2010

summer fun oh the cheap!

All moms know it. That moment where you want to yell at the top of your lungs , you feel like you've been cleaning all day, yet the house still looks tragic,and the kiddos...oh boy the kiddos are just about to kill each other. Well, last week I was at that point so after swim lessons, and dinner I promised Zoe and Amelie they could go outside with a few bowls of "homemade sidewalk chalk paint" It's the cheapest easiest kiddo occupier I use all summer and spring. The recipe is simple:
stir together equal parts cornstarch and water then stir in food coloring, get a few brushes and take it outside!!

Pretty colors all ready for two tiny tot artists to tag up the side walk:) Amelie has the dump-it method,she kinda gets the brush in the paint and plops it on the sidewalk.

Zoe on the other hand likes to concentrate,take her time, and paint letters,up and down the side walk.

Now, both kids are perfecting their specific artistic sidewalk painting skills,whats a mom to worry about?! Tennessee? MOSQUITOS!! So,while Zoe and Amelie painted,I "painted myself and them with bug spray....ICK!!!

However, I'd much rather only have to worry about fighting off mosquitos than breaking up another tiny tot fight.
So after an hour give or take a few minutes, like most activities, the girls got tired and grumpy and it was time to pack it all up and head in the house.

The glorious after math?
I hope you can use this super easy recipe in your moments of mommy desperation this summer.


  1. Oh boy, do I know those days. I have two little boys so I'll be sure to try out this recipe!
    P.S. I found you through Katie's blog and I thought I'd stop by and say hello!

  2. oh wowza those days are more common than not lol its super fun and cleanups a breeze (let a simple summer rain wash it all away)
    ps katie is jsut the bees knees !! ;)


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