The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Friday, February 12, 2016

Edible Play Dough: Birthday Cake Dough for Kids

Making homemade play dough or sensory dough is probably one of my kids' favorite things to do. We've made a lot of different kinds together--ice cream dough, foam dough, scented dough, fizzy dough, slime, and even one that glows in the dark! Edible dough seems to be the kind they get the most excited about though. Probably because the edible dough recipes we've created taste and smell amazing like edible chocolate play dough or the edible birthday cake play dough that I'm going to share with you today.

Edible dough or taste-safe dough is ideal for little ones who still put things in their mouth. The whole everything goes straight to the mouth thing is just a normal part of healthy development and exploration. My youngest who has sensory processing disorder is still in this stage. I certainly don't want him sticking store-bought play dough into his mouth though. That's why homemade taste-safe dough is the perfect solution. Although I don't openly encourage my kids to gobble up their entire portion of edible play dough, it's fine if they take a few tastes. That's the whole reason it's edible, right?!

Playtime with edible play dough has so many benefits! This particular dough appeals to the sense of taste and smell. It's a great way to explore textures and provide tactile input. It can even help with the development of fine motor skills. It's an open-ended activity that gives kids the opportunity to engage in pretend play and practice social skills while sharing and playing with each other. These benefits and others can all be said of edible dough and many other variations of sensory dough.

The best reason to make edible dough is that it's just plain fun! Ready to make some for your child or even for that next play date you're hosting? Keep reading for the recipe to a a fun and festive birthday cake dough!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Simple Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #168

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Looking for a few no-fuss gift ideas for Valentine's Day! These simple and sweet DIY ideas are a great way to let someone know that you love and appreciate them! Whether the recipient is your mother, sister, friend, child's teacher...these lovely ideas are sure to brighten their day!

Use colorful, cheery card stock to make your own envelopes with Antonella from White House Crafts. Just tuck a small gift or gift card inside and you're done!

Make your own bath bombs with Mistie from Homespun Engineer. They can be customized with different colors and scents for plenty of fizzy fun!

Sarah from Bombshell Bling is giving the gift of chocolate with her adorable Candy Bar Wrappers. Be sure to visit her site for these and other cute printables!

I'm a fan of anything pertaining to chalkboards. These chalk hearts made by Michele of The Scrap Shoppe Blog are no exception! So cute!

Let Lindi from Love Create Celebrate show you how to make custom artwork with vinyl! Just create, frame, wrap, and gift!

Homemade goodies are another fantastic gift idea, so be sure to look back at last week's round-up featuring Valentine's Day treats! Happy Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Cute Classroom Valentine's Day Cards for Kids

Still looking for some cute ideas for Classroom Valentine's Day Cards? Send your child to school with these personalized cards from Minted. They'll be bursting with excitement to hand them out! There are dozens of unique designs to choose from.  I'm so excited to share the ones we chose, as well as, some fun candy and non-candy pairings for each one. Hopefully this will give you a little inspiration for your own classroom Valentines.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

5 Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #167

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It's February and Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I enjoy using this time of year to do something thoughtful for the ones that I love. A beautifully packaged homemade treats is a simple way to show you care. Here are five fabulous treat ideas from some very talented bloggers. Each one would be perfect to package and gift to your family and friends this Valentine's Day!

1. Valentine's Day Muddy Buddies Mix
What a sweet mix! The recipe makes a big batch, so there's plenty to share.

2. Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies
It's a special version of the classic chocolate chip cookie. The sprinkles give it the perfect pop of red and pink for Valentine's Day!

3. Strawberry Cream Truffles
Sweet and creamy! I have a feeling these chocolate truffles wouldn't last long.

4. White Chocolate Hearts
These chocolate hearts look amazing and only require two ingredients to make. Simple and scrumptious!

5. Strawberry Fudge
Strawberry M&Ms and fudge together! Yum! It's a combination that reminds me of chocolate covered strawberries!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Behind the Blog: 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

 "It would have been nice if I actually knew what I was doing. But that's the beauty of blogging: you just jump right in whether you know anything or not!" --Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman wrote that in a post years ago when she was sharing insight into her early days of blogging. She started with a point and shoot camera and a longing to connect with others while living on a working cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere.

I am nowhere near the position she's reached but I, too, started my blog with a point and shoot camera and a desire to try something new. In my first blog post, I even described it as "my feeble attempt at giving something new a try," and feeble it was. That post didn't even have a picture with it.