Spreading Kindness Throughout The World – Rock Painting With The Kids!

 

Hello, world! Today we are talking about kindness and this is my favorite kind to spread! Its easy, fun and the kids love to help. It cant get any better than that, right? My son and I just stumbled upon a cute little minion rock we found out in the neighborhood on our daily dog walk. As we looked it over we noticed it had been written on. It told us to post our findings on Facebook in a local rock group. How cool is that? We went home and found the group super quick. He was so excited to see all the painted rocks and he wanted to try to make some too! The men and women in this group did this daily- found rocks, painted them incredibly cool and then rehid them for someone else to find too! These individuals loved to see their rocks found but also loved the idea of spreading kindness on to others through their artwork. I wanted to walk through the process a little more so you the reader can also do this too! I would love to see everyone’s artwork being posted on here too!

 

We walked around our neighborhood and other ones nearby to gather up some rocks. We are lucky because we have a wash close by that my kids can ride their bikes to and pick some up! It makes it way easier than being in town, but if you are in town look for places that have decent rocks. We came home and scrubbed them off to make sure they were clean. We used all sorts of things to start the process of getting artwork on them. We have sharpies of all colors, paints, and mod podge. I will put the links for Amazon at the bottom of this post – which seems to be the cheapest option we have found so far! My son actually freehanded the Arizona Cardinals bird below and I was amazed by his talent. He recently just signed up for art and I think he is going to do amazing. I myself haven’t painted any yet but he seems to be doing it constantly in his free time. I love that he has this hobby!

 

The next step after they are painted is to wait till they are completely dry. You need to make sure this step happens correctly or the mod podge will smear the paints on the rock and mess it up. We have learned this the hard way, unfortunately. These rocks above, we used the regular mod podge but we bought the sparkle and glow in the dark ones now. We are stepping up our game! Ha! I thought the glow in the dark one will make it easier for people to see as they take walks at night. It can soak in the sun all day and glow at night. I will have to update you on this trial and error test for us. We aren’t sure that is what will happen but it’s our next batch to go out and be hidden. We live in Arizona and evenings are the best for night walkers it seems like. I know if you live in the snow states this won’t work the same at all. Just get creative on what will work for you!

 

After painting them with mod podge of your choice and letting it dry…  I highly suggest painting the back of the rock. This is where you will put the information on them. It is way easier to write on them after they are painted with mod podge. We learned this the hard way too. It also keeps your sharpies nice and not break them down super fast. As for writing on the rock, we put ” Keep or rehide. Post on Facebook group – Mesa Gilbert Rocks” We also mark his rocks with CK – his initials so we know it’s his too! After a stranger finds it, they can post their find in the group with the initials. So far one of his has been found, the cool cardinals one he hand painted. There are groups all over the place. If you are local to me and want in on the fun – join this group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MesaGilbertRocks/ otherwise try to search around you and you should find some groups to join. Also, you can start new ones if need be!

After we have a batch created and ready to go – it is now time to hide them! This is the super fun part in my opinion. Here is a photo above of my son hiding some of his out in our neighborhood. We like to put them in a spot so people can find them easily. We don’t try to hide them in hard places but I know some people enjoy doing that! Now, when doing this and hiding them – remember to not get too disappointed if they aren’t found and posted in the groups. I know that part can be hard when you spend lots of time on the rocks. Just know when someone finds it you are spreading kindness and smiles. This type of kindness can go along way and you just brightened someone’s day! My mom just recently painted some while she was here last weekend babysitting my kids and loved it. She didn’t realize how fun this could be and relaxing!  I highly suggest giving it a try and looking for a local rock group on facebook – you can spread some kindness of your own!

 

 

Sharpie 1949557 Color Burst Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish

Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer (12-Ounce), 1470 Gloss

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (8-Ounce), CS15128 Glow in The Dark

Making Your Husband A Priority Again!

 

I am one that loves to make New Year resolutions every single year. Honestly, for the most part, I seem to crush my goals and move onto new things each year. The only real hang up I seem to have recently is getting some unwanted weight off… which seems to be EVERYONE’s goal but that’s a blog post for another time. This year my big goal is geared toward my husband – I want to make him a priority again.  I am totally not saying he wasn’t or isn’t a priority but with three boys and a crazy hectic schedule – things tend to go towards the children. I feel like now that things are a little more settled for the time being and my kids are getting older & less reliant on me, this is a great year to put a plan into place.

 

I have heard people talk about the book The Five Love Languages, often and how I really should read it. Its been years, but I finally got the chance this winter break to read it and take the online quiz. I also, had my husband take the quiz and much to my surprise we both have quality time as our number one ” love language”. I really didn’t expect that to be what we both require in our relationship and it was an eye-opener for me. For about a week I kept analyzing how I could use this book to make things even better with our marriage. I came up with a plan that I am very excited about. Now, I have to say I am lucky to have a wonderful mom that will help me with the kids whenever needed so it made it a little easier for me to plan out. The really cool part is I kept most of this a secret until recently too!

 

After reading the book, and taking in the information –  I knew I needed to change a couple things in my life to spend more time with him. As I began my list – evenings were my first things to fix. Granted,  I am a very busy person and I love to keep everything organized and clean. He is exactly the same way and I believe that is why we work together as a team beautifully, but his evenings seemed much easier than mine. He always makes time to sit down and enjoy at least an hour before bed. For years now, he will ask me to join him and some nights I do, while others I spend it getting the house cleaned up, dishes out of the sink, laundry started… whatever! For these first couple weeks of 2018, I now sit down with him almost every single night. He is more important right now to me. The housework will get done eventually, and he is beyond happy! To most people, it seems like an easy adjustment, but for myself, it is still hard some nights.

 

The second area I decided to focus on for the year is date nights. We tend to not take them very often unless it’s our anniversary or I start feeling like we really need to get out. Even then, it seems like it can be super hard to get it planned and actually figure out things to do. We mostly just go to dinner or the movies. I feel like we need a little more excitement! I came up with the idea that I would plan a night out every two months or so. I want each date to have a variety of activities. Our first one is actually this upcoming weekend. We are spending the entire weekend in Laughlin! I am seriously so excited to just get away for a weekend with just the two of us. I have lots of ideas for the upcoming months whether it be double dates, shows, sporting events, motorcycle rides… but whatever we decide to do, it should be fun. Sometimes life can get in the way and your marriage takes the back seat. I get it, but it doesn’t have to stay that way!  If you haven’t had a chance to take the online quiz or read the book, I highly suggest reading it. I will put the link below for you. If you have read the book, make sure to comment on which love language you are! I’d love to hear your stories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath Bombs In The Making!

Bath bombs are on the rage right now and I see them everywhere it seems like. I decided over the weekend we would give these a shot along with adding some of our own essential oils from YL in them. They were pretty simple to make but you had to have the right consistency for them to really form and stay together. Once we seemed to get the hang of it – it went pretty smooth. Let me share how we made them and the recipe so you can give it a shot too! My son got creative with me on these and loved doing this activity with me. I am now in love with putting Epsom salt and bath bombs in my bath weekly plus it gives your body some magnesium that it desperately needs! We made a couple different colors and I’ve seen so many styles made as well. We will be buying some new shape molds in the future to attempt some holiday ones. There is honestly no limits to what you can do when making these. Definitely, use your creativity!

 

The supplies you will need: baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, cornstarch, Mica Pigment powder, Coconut Oil, Water, and Essential Oils – we used Lavender, RC, etc. All of these supplies can be bought on Amazon and I provided exact links below to make it even easier for you! The molds I use are metal ones versus the silicone ones because I find it easier to work with but silicone can ones will do the job too.

1 Cup Baking Soda

1/2 Cup Corn Starch

1/2 Cup Citric Acid

2 Tbsp. Epsom Salt

Mica Powder – just add a small amount, to begin with as it will get darker as you add water

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

15 Drops Essential Oil

5 Tsp Water

 

 

Directions:

 Whisk together first 5 dry ingredients.

Add in Coconut Oil and Essential Oils – blend well.

Add water 1 Tsp at a time. It will foam, but that’s natural.

Mix with hands until it is mixed evenly.

Fill your molds & pack down lightly. Overfill slightly.

Press together in a slight twisting motion, holding it tightly together.

Remove carefully from the mold and set on wax paper to dry.

Let them sit for an hour before using, wrapping, or moving them.

 

A couple of hints when making these too – the constancy should be a mix of wet and dry. If the mixture is too dry use a spray bottle to add some moisture to it. If it is too wet give it time to sit as it will dry up on its own. Also, if the bomb crumbles apart after being sat down on the wax paper you do need to start over and add more moisture. Once you make a couple of them, you will get the hang of it. This was our first time and we had a blast making them for gifts.  We tested out these in the bathtub the day after we made them and they were amazing in the tub! I actually got some relaxation time without my kids and I smelled amazing right before bed. The lavender has to be my favorite ones so far. We used the rest of our batch for holiday gifts and wrapped them up in cute bags with ribbon. I highly suggest giving these a try, you won’t regret it!