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Monday, July 26, 2010

House Party, Kleenex Hand Towels, and Soap Making

If you haven't heard about House Party, you are so missing out. Their Web Site http://houseparty.com/
Manufactures have realized that the home parties by the various multi-level companies is a great a to Marketing tool.  That being said.  You will not be asked to buy anything at a party or asked to sign up and join anything.   This is Manufactures promoting a new product.  You have to sign up for every party and fill out a questionair. Then they will contact you via email to let you know if you a finalist.  Be quick on the draw at this stage.  If you get this email you will need to to reply quickly.  There are only a certain number of parties.  Here are some up coming parties:   Spartan Sagas Tailgate House Party  Sponsored by Michigan State University September 18, 2010  My Thai Kitchen® House Party Sponsored by Simply Asia Foods September 25, 2010  Beyblade Let It Rip House Party Sponsored by Hasbro  September 25th, 2010  Sabra "Share The World" House Party  Sponsored by Sabra  November 13, 2010

This weekend I got to host a Kleenex Hand Towels House Party. They sent me full size products to give out, an artist portfolio with kid art supplies watercolors, markers, and crayons. And a $10 dollar Visa Card. I opted to make soap for my craft for the party. And while the soap was setting we played lego rock band.  The menu consisted of jello jigglers, oreo pudding, cookies and gold fish. (all boxed made stuff).  Below is the recipe for the soap craft.   The Kleenex Hand Towels  work great. They are soft and very absorbent.  Below is the Soap recipe they gave me and some picture of the soap we made.

Letting kids make their own soap to use during bath time isone way to give them ownership over their hygiene habits.  Using soap flakes, mix about 11⁄2 cups of flakes with 3⁄4 cup water.  This will be the base of your soap bar. Add food coloring of your choice and mix until the soap reaches a color you’re happy with.  When correctly mixed, the soap should resemble play dough.  When it reaches this stage you can shape it.  Allow the kids to hand-shape the soap, making small bricks and using cookie cutters to create shapes, or allow them to press the soap into candy molds with fun shapes such as cars, animals, snowmen etc. Use vegetable oil on your hands and pan spray on molds to keep the soap from sticking.
A  couple of hints.  They no longer make Ivory soap flakes.  I had to buy Ivory and make my own by using a cheese grater.  There are soap flakes out there, supposedly  Hispanic stores may carry.  It takes about a 1/2 hr for soap to set and come out of the molds.  You will want to them to set again for a day before using or packaging. 
Below are some of the soap creations from the party. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Free Movie- Kung Fu Panda

Powers Ferry UMC
is having a movie afternoon showing of Kung Fu Panda
Thursday July 22 1:30- 3:-30
RSVP by July 19th to Michelle 770-973-5271
(popcorn and Sno-Cones after the movie)

A Day out with Thomas

Great Smokey Mountains Railroad
Bryson City, NC
A Day out with Thomas
July 23-27 & July 29-August 1
Tickets are $18 for ages 2 and up
Event is rain or shine. 
Train rides are approximately 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 45 minutes.

Other Activities are:
  • The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway 
  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts activities and coloring sheets.
  • Storytelling, video viewing and live music
  • A special display at every DOWT location celebrating 65 years of Thomas the Tank Engine
  • 2010 commemorative merchandise and giveaways, including a mini-view finder giveaway that tells the story of Thomas’ upcoming adventure, Misty Island Rescue
We did this a couple of years ago in TN.  It was a blast.  So if your child is Thomas Crazy it is definatly woth the money.  Bring your own snack to help offset some cost.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This time of year just crazy

So again... I really need to make back up post... This time of year is just crazy for me.  My son's birthday. And  family beach trip. The planning for these two events seems to take most of my time.  Last year I didn't sleep for two days before his party. (I was also working on a VBS too last yr.)

I have many post that I have to write: Responsibilities for kids according to age.   Birthday party planning.  Cake decorating.  Planning vacations with family. Stenciling plastic. Making Superhero capes.I'm hoping to get caught up when we are at the beach. :)

This weekend at Toys R Us they are having a Thomas Playdate, this Saturday 11-1pm  We won't be able to make it.  But these events at Toys R Us are great.  They are free and usually you get a freebie. We won't be able to make it.