RSVP for the December #MyMarianos Twitter party!

Twitter-Party-Disclosure-2014Join us for the #MyMarianos Twitter Party this month! #ad #holiday

Do you love a good Twitter Party?

I absolutely do.

And that’s why I’m excited to co-host a Twitter party about baking, entertaining, and how to survive the hustle and bustle of the season! Mariano’s is your holiday season headquarters. They have everything you’ll need and more. Don’t forget about their catering and La Tavola events!

On Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 12:00pm CT/1pm ET, please join us for the #MyMarianos Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the holiday season and the best ways to prepare for celebrations, and giving you a chance to win prizes!

From beautiful floral arrangements to all the ingredients for a fabulous holiday menu, Mariano’s has got you covered. We’ll be talking about these things and sharing holiday entertaining tips and ideas at the Twitter party. So come and chat with us about your favorite holiday recipes! We be sharing ours. :)

Join me and RSVP for the #MyMarianos Twitter Party on SoFabChats!


DATE: Monday, December 8th

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00pm CT / 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

PRIZES: 5 – $100 Mariano’s Gift Cards

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 Mariano’s Gift Card

HOSTS: @KellysLuckyYou, @SweepTight, @thesensiblemom, @HFofNicholes,
@thedomesticexec

SPECIAL GUEST: @MarianosMarket

RULES: #MyMarianos Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP & PARTY GRID: #MyMarianos Twitter Party Page

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TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!

TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!

TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!

TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that options checked when you RSVP for the party!

TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!

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DIY: How to Make Homemade Hair Conditioner

Easy DIY: How to Make Homemade Hair Conditioner #diy #homemade #hair #conditioner

Of all the do-it-yourself recipes I’ve tried, homemade hair conditioner is one of the easiest.

It’s seriously simple and only requires three ingredients: hot distilled water, apple cider vinegar, and jojoba oil.

That’s it! Best of all, it only takes a few minutes to make at home.

Apple Cider Vinegar? On My Hair?

If you have apple cider vinegar in your home or have used it in the past, you know that it has a strong odor; so you may be apprehensive about adding such an ingredient to your hair conditioner.

Let me tell you, while the apple cider vinegar’s scent is noticeable when you apply the hair conditioner, it’s barely discernible as your hair dries.

And it’s undetectable once your hair is completely dry.

Easy DIY: How to Make Homemade Hair Conditioner #diy #homemade #hair #conditioner

Storing Homemade Hair Conditioner

My favorite way to store DIY hair conditioner is in an inexpensive dispenser bottle. The one I currently use was $0.98 at Walmart; and it’s perfect because of the long tip that makes it easy to apply the conditioner effectively. This is important because this particular hair conditioner has a watery consistency and is quite different from the store bought versions.

Do you know what else makes this conditioner different?

It isn’t full of chemicals.

It only has three ingredients, and you can pronounce them all. Plus, it works! :)

How to Make Hair Conditioner Video

To show you how quick and easy it is to make this recipe, I created a video for you.

And here’s the Printable Hair Conditioner Recipe:

DIY Homemade Hair Conditioner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup distilled water, hot
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon jojoba oil

Instructions

  1. In a measuring cup with a spout (for easy transfer) or even in the container that will hold your conditioner, combine the ingredients and stir or shake, if you're using a dispenser bottle. If necessary, transfer hair conditioner to a different container for storage. Use as desired.
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/12/diy-make-homemade-hair-conditioner/

Easy DIY: How to Make Homemade Hair Conditioner #diy #homemade #hair #conditioner

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It’s definitely a keeper. :)

What are some of your favorite DIY recipes?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

I hope you had a fun-filled Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Our family spent Thanksgiving just taking it easy, enjoying good food, and talking about what we’re thankful for. It was great. :)

As for my goals, I failed at getting up early most days, and I didn’t finish and post my DIY hair conditioner video here on the blog. But otherwise, I did pretty well.

Here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Take time as a family to tell each other what we’re thankful for

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 3x

4. Walk a total of 90 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 20 pages of The Most Important Place on Earth (affiliate link) by Robert Wolgemuth

6. Wake up by 7:00am

Home Management Goals:

7. Vacuum upstairs — I’m thankful for a husband who reads my goals post every week and vacuumed for me. :)

8. List one thing to sell on ebay

Business Goals:

9. Post the DIY video on how to make homemade hair conditioner — I’m almost finished with this post.

10. Photograph a product that’ll be featured in an upcoming blog post

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Plan a fun family day

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 3x

4. Walk a total of 90 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 20 pages of The Most Important Place on Earth (affiliate link) by Robert Wolgemuth

6. Wake up by 7:00am

Home Management Goals:

7. Go through a box of Christmas stuff and take out the things we’ll use this year

8. List one thing to sell on ebay — I made over $60 last week!

Business Goals:

9. Post the DIY video on how to make homemade hair conditioner

10. Photograph a product that’ll be featured in an upcoming blog post

What are your goals for this week?

Peep and the Big Wide World (Plus a Fun Science Activity!)

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I love the Peep and the Big Wide World children's videos, games, and activities! I'm also sharing a video for a fun Mentos Science Project to try with your kids! #Mentos #Science #Experiments #Homeschool

Homeschooling my 5-year-old son, David, is not easy.

He’s always been my strong-willed child and lets me know right away when he doesn’t like something. Whether it’s coloring or working with flashcards, if he’s not interested in it, well, school can turn into the “low part” of his day in a hurry. ;)

As his mother and teacher, I don’t want that for him. I want him to be excited about school and learning. So you can imagine how excited I was to have discovered an entire website full of educational activities that David actually loves!

Peep and the Big Wide World

The website is called Peep and the Big Wide World. It’s named after the series by the same name that appears on public television. Maybe your kids have watched an episode already?

The Peep and the Big Wide World series stars a wide-eyed chicken named Peep, a robin named Chirp, and an endearing duck named Quack. They live in a large urban park — a place of endless wonder, adventure, and mystery – perfect for learning science and math concepts each and every day!

I love the Peep and the Big Wide World children's videos, games, and activities! I'm also sharing a video for a fun Mentos Science Project to try with your kids! #Mentos #Science #Experiments #Homeschool

David and my other kids have been getting to know Peep and his friends, and amazingly, David and Isaac, my 7-year-old son, are learning even as they watch.

They learned how to “Mississippi count” the other day. :)

They’re learning even more from the Peep and the Big Wide World educational apps that we installed on some of our electronic devices. As a mom, I’m a huge fan of apps that teach my kids rather than simply entertain them.

The mobile-friendly digital hub gets preschoolers engaged using fun activities and helps parents be ready and confident to facilitate the exploration of math and science with their child.

I love the Peep and the Big Wide World children's videos, games, and activities! I'm also sharing a video for a fun Mentos Science Project to try with your kids! #Mentos #Science #Experiments #Homeschool

Pour and Squirt Water Activity

One of my favorite parts of the Peep and the Big Wide World website is the educators area where you can find a number of different activities to engage your child and encourage their curiosity.

My three youngest kids loved this pour and squirt water activity that I came across on the website.

Here's a super easy and fun Pour and Squirt Water Activity for Kids! #homeschool #fun #kids

We basically filled different sized bowls with water, and then they used a variety of household items to pour, squirt, and play.

Here's a super easy and fun Pour and Squirt Water Activity for Kids! #homeschool #fun #kids

Mentos Science Activity

Seeing some of the different activities on the Peep and the Big Wide World website made me think about a science experiment we’ve been wanting to try as a family, but kept putting off for one reason or another.

We’ve been wanting to try a fun and easy science activity that involves dropping a bunch of mentos candies into different kinds of pop.

Mentos + Pop = a very fun and wild science experiment to try with your kids! #Homeschool #science #experiment

There’s an incredible chemical reaction that occurs between the pop and the mentos, and you really must see it to believe it!

Mentos + Pop = a very fun and wild science experiment to try with your kids! #Homeschool #science #experiment

So, we created a video. :)

David having fun with the Mentos soda experiment

We finally carved out time, gathered the supplies, put on our jackets, and had a GREAT time experiencing such a crazy experiment first-hand!

Below is the video we created for the mentos science activity. The results might surprise you!

I’m so glad we took the time to finally try the mentos experiment.

It is as fun as it looks. :)

But, you know, I’m even happier to know that I have another resource when it comes to teaching and homeschooling my kids. I’m certain that I’ll be going back to the Peep and the Big Wide World website again and again. I love that there’s even a Spanish version of the site available – perfect for when I start introducing my kids to more español!

Are your children familiar with Peep and the Big Wide World? Do your children enjoy doing science activities at home?

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