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Monday, December 2, 2013

Studio C T-Shirt Design - Free Printable

If your kids are anything like mine, they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Studio C on BYU TV. They watch it incessantly and then there is the quoting. Yep, they quote it allllll the time! On any given day you can hear the following phrases in our house:

"Lobster Bisque"

"Captain Literal"

"Look into my unblinking eyes!"

"Take my weapon and strike me down!"

They seriously love this show. So for Christmas it was only natural to want to buy them a Studio C t-shirt or hoodie. Unfortunately, when I went looking for something like this, there was not much to buy. One sad-looking (sorry Studio C) black adult sizes. 

Obviously, I do not own the rights to this show and cannot be making money off of its likeness -- thank you everyone on Etsy who sell unlicensed character things --- but I wanted to share this so others can make these t-shirts for their kids for Christmas. I would never want to take money away from our friends at Studio C to fund their awesome sketches, so when they start selling cool t-shirts, this free printable will go bye-bye, but until then...enjoy!

Note, I uploaded mine to VistaPrint and bought two youth t-shirts. They are having a Holiday Special if you log, things will be half-priced. I got the two shirts for $6 each. 

You could also print the above designs to t-shirt paper you buy at your local super or office store and iron them on yourselves. 



P.S.   Oh, and if you're wondering "What in the heck is Studio C?" (Only the best show ever!) Here is a link to their site where you can watch episodes for FREE! It's like Saturday Night Live, but it's clean. Your kids can watch it, you can watch it and it's funny and appropriate for everyone.

> Watch Studio C for FREE!

Friday, November 22, 2013

13 Signs Your Kids are Addicted to Rainbow Loom!

1. Every member of your family is sporting Rainbow Loom bracelets on their wrists, has them in their jewelry box, on the night stand, by the sink, on the kitchen table, in the car....

2. Everywhere you go, you're looking to see if they have the extra bands in stock...and in "glow in the dark" white.

3. Little rubber bands are littered all over the house, and you just stepped on three of them, on your way to the kitchen.

4. Speaking of the kitchen, every Tupperware container is missing from your kitchen because they have been repurposed for holding rubber bands...

5. You know the difference between a s-clip and a c-clip, and you know the difference between a fishtail, a starburst, a pinstripe, a ladder, and a triple-single....and you can even make a couple of those.

6. Your children steals your iPad to watch videos of "Ashley" teaching him how to make all the different styles of Rainbow Looms. (And you and your child refer to "Ashley" from the YouTube videos as if she was your child's in point.... You say, "What is Ashley up to today?" Child: "She's teaching me about the double hex...")

7. You light up when you find a package of knock-off Rainbow Loom bands in the dollar isle of Target, realize they are pink and purple and that you have boys, and shrug and buy them anyway.

8. You hear your child mumbling to himself, "Now, let's get started....first take the band and place it on the loom..."

9. Your child is no longer earning screen time....he is earning time in which he can Rainbow Loom....

10. Your child ask you where his "hooker" is.  This is a true story. After laughing hysterically, you realize he means the hook device that comes with the loom instead of a different kind of hooker. Subsequently, you have lost and/or broken this "hooker" -- the stick that comes with the loom -- and you have to buy a replacement crochet hook....or two...

11. Your child manages to place all the rubber bands on the loom but needs your help "hooking." "Mom, I need help hooking," are not the words every mother longs to hear, until you realize he means the Rainbow Loom.

12. Your child makes Rainbow Looms for friends, family members, neighborhood kids, house guests, the repair guy who fixed your washer, and the Mormon Missionaries who stopped by.

13. You go into your child's room at night to tuck him in, and he's hunched over, under the covers with his beloved Rainbow Loom, rubber bands strewn about and he's lit by the glow of the iPad, watching an instructional video...probably from Ashley.

If only he was this obsessed about homework or doing his chores...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY Dishwasher Tablets

Pinterest-Tested, Lori Approved

Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent Tablets or Pellets

I am always looking for ways to save money, and I love a good project. I have seen recipes for homemade dishwasher detergent before, but a recipe for making your own dishwasher tablets or pellets, now that got my attention.

Not all Pinterest projects are pin-worthy. But, this one, my friends, definitely is. This lady is a genius, and here is my take on her wonderful tutorial:

What you need:

1 - 54-55 oz box of washing soda / detergent booster (3.89)
1 - 76 oz box of borax (4.49)
1 - 2 lb carton of epsom salts (.99)
1- bottle reconstituted lemon juice (32 oz for .99)
$10.36 for over 300 pellets

(Note, you do NOT need baking soda. I'm not sure why I included in the picture....maybe it was lonely.)

Step 1: In a 5-gallon bucket, mix all of the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. 

Step 2: Scoop out 2 1/2 cups of the mixture and put into a large mixing bowl. (Keep the rest in the bucket with the lid on tight so kids and pets don't get into it. 

 Step 3: Add lemon juice 1 TB at a time into the dry mixture until it clumps and is sticky. 

Step 4: Scoop the mixture into the ice cub trays loosely to about the top. I got my trays from Wal-Mart.

(Note: you might want to fill them even less full so that when they are tamped down they are small enough to fit into your dishwasher compartment. Some of mine were a bit big and had to be chopped in two.)

Step 5: With gloves, tamp each down pretty tightly. 

Step 6: Let them drive overnight. In Budet101's tute, she said it takes days for hers to dry out. Mine took less than 24-hours, and it was winter. You know when they are ready when you flip them over and gently tap them and the tablets fall out. 

Step 7: You can now use them as you would Cascade or Finish's dishwasher tabs. I also use vinegar as a rinsing agent. Place extras in a storage container.

The results? It worked out great. I couldn't tell a difference from my normal detergent. Did it work for you?

------------------------------- UPDATE, 3-7-13 -----------------------------------

So it has been a few weeks and we are loving the results of the homemade dishwasher tablets. Sparkling, I tell you! We have learned a few things....

1. Size Does Matter
Check out your dishwasher's detergent compartment FIRST to see if the molds you have chosen (and the resulting tablets) will fit in. Some of my first batch were too big and had to be cut in half. 

2. There's More than One Way to Make a Tablet
So I enlisted my kids help to make another round of tablets. The 10-year-old was very capable. He asked if he could make Lego ones.... of course! They worked out okay, but the more intricate the mold, the harder it is to come out perfectly. Also, we found that the silicon molds we had worked so much easier than the ice trays. 

3. It's Not Exactly a Science
So, I realized that once you have the "big mix," it's not exactly a science when you mix in the lemon juice. Just grab a cup or two of the "big mix" and then add enough lemon juice to wet it and make it a sticky consistency. I like things that are not exact. 
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