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Easy peasy play doh!

No Cook Play Dough

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon cooking oil
½-1 cup cold water
2 drops food colouring


Combine plain flour and salt
Add water and oil.
Mix until ingredients are combined.
Knead well.
If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.
If too dry add dribbles of water until you gain the desired consistency.

Divide the play dough into 4 large balls and make each ball a different colour using the food colour. Remember adding more colour will deepen the colour of your dough.
This is a quick and easy recipe that kids can help make as well as play with.

This can be stored wrapped in cling wrap or in an air tight container.

Play dough can dry very easily and quickly so if it does simply throw away and make some more 🙂

If you like you can also use cookie cutters and make shapes to use as trinkets or decorations.

Just remember if these are hanging decorations to add a hole at the top prior to baking so that a string or ribbon can be tied through once cooled.

To make dried decorations place your dough cut in shapes on a baking try and place in a hot oven approx 200 degrees for 20 minutes.

Have fun!


Home made piñata!

Home made piñata!

We all want our little ones birthdays to be special and almost every child I know has a party to celebrate every year!

Party’s can become quite expensive and we are not all wealthy. Although sine children think that we are and become expectant of birthday parties.

I am trying to raise my little one not to be expectant. I say trying as he is only 20 months old. I will however not allow a party every year just because he wants one.

I know some readers may say I’m ‘mean’ or ‘that’s nasty’ but seriously, do children need a party every year? What is wrong with having a nice picnic with your family or having 2 friends come over for a play and cupcakes? Why does it need to be extravagant and excessive?

This could be a whole other blog about parents and children who try to ‘out do’ each other with hosting parties. So back to my piñata !

Easy to make and don’t cost a lot, plus lots of fun! Get your little ones involved!

You will need –

2 x old news papers torn into pieces approx 1 inch squared or similar ( the shape doesn’t matter)

A selection of coloured child friendly or non toxic paint.

As many balloons as you wish to make piñata

1 x tub of child friendly / non toxic paper glue. (Something like clag or water based Рeasier for the pi̱ata to break when being hit)

A leg nth of string to tie the balloon whilst drying.

Firstly blow up the balloons and tie a knot in each end.

Tie some string at least 40cm in length around the knot. This works as a handle as such.

Then paint the entire balloon with the glue making sure not to leave any in painted.

With the newspaper stick each pice over the balloon to cover the entire thing with the newspaper or until you can no longer see and balloon. Making sure that you leave the tied end uncovered. This is where you will fill the piñata with lollies! Or toys, or whatever you fancy!

Repeat the glue and paper process 3 times. Allow the paste to dry over night in a cool well vented space. Perhaps tie the balloons up so that they also cannot be touched.

Once all dry you can carefully pop the balloon with a pin and fill with your desired filling.

Once filled, stand the piñata upside down so that the opening is at the top and carefully cover with a piece of newspaper and glue down again but be careful not to get the glue inside with your goodies.

Using another piece of string to your desired length paste carefully so that this will be what you use to tie up your piñata. You can also use decorative ribbon if you wish.

** My tip if your using lollies, use lollies in wrappers. This also helps if glue get on the but also nice when the piñata breaks and lollies fall to the ground.

Once completely dry you can paint the balloon as you wish. Perhaps making a face or patterned in any design you like. Again allow to dry for a few hours or over night.

Your piñata is ready! Have fun!

Quick Effective Beauty Secrets!

I am all about learning beauty secrets and I suspect you are, too. After all, it is the little things that really make the difference. We want to look and feel our best.
Here are some beauty secrets that can help you to do that.

1. Your Nails Dry Faster after a Cold Water Dip

Do you get tired of sitting and waiting for your nails to dry? I know that I do. I always have a thousand things on my mind that I want to do and waiting for nails to dry isn’t one of them. I learned that if you dip your hands in cold water when they are tacky, it will help them to set and they will be dry much faster. Plunging them in ice water for ten or fifteen seconds is even better. This is one of my favorite beauty secrets because it helps me save so much time.

2. Baking Soda Mixed with Shampoo Equals Less Buildup

This is a beauty secret that I learned to help me to deal with buildup. Clarifying shampoos are harsh on your hair when used often. Instead of using a clarifying shampoo on a regular basis, try this. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in with your regular shampoo and wash your hair as you normally would. You only do this as needed and it works beautifully.

3. Stretch Your Mascara Longer by Using This Trick

This one will be loved by all of you mascara queens out there. If you want to stretch your mascara to last a longer amount of time, try this. When you feel like your mascara is drying out, add two to four drops of regular Visine or a multipurpose contact solution and shake. It will moisten your mascara and let you use it for a few weeks longer. This is especially helpful when you need a new mascara and don’t have one stashed back.

4. Eye Cream Isn’t Just for Your Eyes

Eye cream isn’t just for your eyes, ladies. If you are using an eye cream that is designed to target and reduce wrinkles, don’t limit it. Use it around your lips and on your forehead. Basically, you should use it wherever you are seeing wrinkles or the beginnings of wrinkles. It can do wonders for all those areas.

5. Lip Exfoliation And Plumping on The Cheap

Lips need exfoliation from time to time. This seems to be especially true when the weather is cool and they dry out. You don’t have to have a special lip product for this. A new toothbrush works wonderfully. Simply wet the toothbrush and gently scrub it across your lips. Not only will it exfoliate them but it will give you a bit of plumping in your lips as well.

6. Moisturize Upward

This one makes a lot of sense if you think about it. When we put on moisturizer, most of us use a downward motion. When we do that, we are pulling our skin down and helping wrinkles to form. Change your habit. Apply your moisturizer in an upward motion. You can help fight the tide of gravity this way.

7. When in a Pinch

Sometimes, you want to liven up your cheeks a little but you don’t have your blush with you. Here is a little secret that dates way back into the 1800s and maybe even beyond. All you need to do is gently pinch the areas of your face where you naturally blush or along your cheekbones. This is not the most pleasant way of adding color but it is very effective. It also gives you a very natural blush which you cannot achieve with a cosmetic product.

These are only 7 beauty secrets that I am thankful I know. I would love it if you would share some of yours with me.

What are your best beauty secrets?