Borax

 Have you heard of Borax?

It’s only some of the coolest stuff ever. Well–ok that might be just a *slight* exaggeration, but it’s super useful, super diverse, and super “green”! If you’re like me, however, you might not have known a whole lot about it. I’d never heard of it till a few years ago when I looked into making my own laundry detergent. Since then I’ve seen it popping up in great ideas everywhere! So I wanted to bring you a few ideas of just what Borax can be used for, and also a great Borax sweepstakes where you will have a chance to win money and some Borax of your own! Also I’m doing a giveaway-so be sure to scroll aaallll the way to the bottom to enter!)

First off, though, you might be asking:

What is Borax?

The reason that Borax makes such a great natural alternative to many things is that it’s not a chemical–it’s actually a naturally occurring mineral that forms white crystals composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water (Na2B4O7 • 10H2O for any of you Chemistry buffs out there!)

So now that we cleared that up…

Uses For Borax

As you can see–you can do a TON with it! Here are just a few of the things I’ve come across and love!

Around the House Borax:

  • Can be used as a laundry booster
    • this is most common use probably, it’s great if you have hard water
  • Can be used as a homemade cleaner
    • I scrubbed down the bathroom with it (shown above!) and it did a great job getting the counter and sink shiny bright! It doesn’t scratch and can be used on tiles, showers, tubs, and in toilets!
  •  Can be used to clean dishwashers & remove carpet stains.

As I mentioned I first came across Borax as I was looking into making my own laundry. You can find how to make your own here!

Borax isn’t just practical, though, here are two super fun ideas to do with your kids!

Borax Crystal Star

 

Glow in the Dark Slime

Don’t forget about the great Borax Sweepstakes going on! Enter to win the $1,500 Grand Prize, or one of 171 coupons for FREE BORAX! Why 171 coupons you ask? The TOTAL prize value is $2013!

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A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Gary Chapman

I recently talked about reading The 5 Love Languages for Children and how interesting I found it. The Perfect Pet for Peyton is a wonderful children’s book that works hand in hand with the other one.

In this book two twins, Penny & Peyton, set out to find the “perfect pet pals” on their birthday. Along the way they learn a little more about themselves–and their friends–by the pets that are chosen that match their love languages perfectly.

This book would be great for young school age children. Amber absolutely *adores* it and we’ve been reading it over and over and OVER for bedtime each night. It’s a little on the longer side–but the amazing sounding pet emporium and all the different animals keep her entranced! Even though she’s a bit young to grasp the concept of love languages it’s still great for her to be learning the different ways we have to show people that we love them!

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Rosie Flo’s Fashion Show

As I put in my Easter Post we ended the day with a fun Mommy & Amber coloring Fashion Show. We used the Rosie Flo’s Fashion Show and it was a blast!

Amber is always wanting to color together, so this was a perfect way to spend some quality time together! It made me remember how I always used to doodle, far into my teen years, and loved coloring and paper dolls when I was younger as well. It brought back lots of fond memories!

Once you color the fashion models in it’s super easy to pop them out and stand them up. The Pop Up Theater was very impressive and also easy to put together. The recommend ages are 6 and up, but Amber had a blast and has been very gentle with the dolls–so I’d recommend it for 4 and 5 year olds (with supervision) as well.

See our fantabulous models strutting their stuff on the runway?

The audience was quite impressed and ended the evening with great applause.

The whole idea is just so super cute–I love it! Amber’s been playing with the dolls all week since as well (only when Tyler’s sleeping, lol) 
I think that this would be an adorable idea for a elementary school age girl’s birthday party–have the girls all draw and color a doll or two and then put a fashion show on at the end! You could build an entire adorable birthday party around it 🙂
You can get your own Rosie Flo’s Fashion show for $16.99 from Chronicle Books, I’d highly recommend it for a special holiday, gift, or just something fun for your little girl!

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Cooper & Me & the Military

As I mentioned in my Deployment Resources for Kids video, when Bob was deploying last year I was shocked at the complete void of resources for kids whose parents were gone–especially when it came to books!

I was so happy to see our friends at  Cooper and Me are helping to solve this problem! Cooper and Me and the Military is about Cooper’s best doggie friend, Trooper. He’s a former military dog who comes to live with two military brats while their parents are deployed. I thought the perspective of two parents being deployed at once was a very interesting one.

The book is fun and was very easy to read aloud. Amber loves it and we’ve been reading it over and over and OVER for bedtime each night! I think we’re both excited to see a military book! This book is great for military kids or non-military families, as it is written from the non-military child’s point of view. It would be great to use for building empathy and understanding-something I think it really needed!

I also loved that there are activities that help children name and process their own feelings about what they’ve read included at the back of the book to help take everything one step further.

Be sure to connect with Cooper & Me on Facebook & Twitter

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I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.

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Dr. Seuss, The Lorax 

We adore Dr. Seuss at our house. One Fish, Two Fish; The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs in Ham, we have and have read all the classics over and over and over again. I even got the famous “Oh the places you’ll go” as a graduation gift. I can’t believe that I had never read The Lorax before this though! It was the “just right” length for Amber–who at “just turned” four loves longer stories and digging into them. As I was reading it to her and we got to the part where the last Truffula tree falls she looked up at me, genuinely distressed, and said, “Oh but Mommy….that is just SO SAD. WHY did they cut all of the trees down?????”

Wow! What an impact this small story packs! It led us into an in depth discussion of how God gives us all the wonderful things on the earth, and though it’s good to use them, we also need to be careful with them and be sure not to get greedy and use too much–or there won’t be any left at all.

If Tyler had his way he would help “go green” by being a “naked baby” all the time. Anytime I take his clothes off he screams “Naked baby naked baby” and starts giggling hillariously and runs away from me. It’s too funny! The Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers  looked especially cute on my “naked baby”. These were the overnight diapers and they couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Now that he’s such a “big kid” he sleeps for LONG stretches and has been starting to soak through his regular diapers (yucko). These worked great and there were no leaks (along with being so cute and having The Lorax pics on them).