Homemade Play Dough

We made play dough!
Here is the recipe I used although I ended up adding a lot of flour and a little salt to make it not “gummy”.  That’s the great thing about this recipe though…you just keep adding more flour or water until you have a good dough.
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)- I used liquid to make brighter colors
We mixed all the ingredients together…adding more flour and salt here and there.  I had a good, ready and willing helper.
You can also add a few drops of essential oils for good smelling dough, which far beats the smell of the store bought kind!
Use cookie cutters to make shapes, roll into snakes, throw it at each other.
Ok, we aren’t THAT crazy yet!
Store in a tupperware container and enjoy however you choose:)
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Boys Travel Themed Room Tour

This is a repost from my original blog.
This was Caleb’s first “big boy” room.  He was almost 3 when we moved into this house and we bought him this cute bunk set.
He LOVED his room at this house!
This room was decorated with lots of hand me downs, thrift and consignment items, and crafted pieces.
We paid $130 for the bunk set on Walmart.com.  The great thing about this set is that it can be taken apart and used as two twin beds.  Our 2 year old girl has one in her room here in our new house now.
I love this bedroom because it’s a great example of decorating on a budget!
Hope you enjoy:)
Here is the original post from 2011:
Here’s my little man’s big boy/little boy room.
A few weeks before Caleb was born, I sat in the floor for hours making that alphabet wall art for him.  I am so glad I did! It has been such a versatile piece that has worked in all three of his rooms (we’ve had 3 homes in the 2 1/2 years he’s been alive!)
All I did was grab a large canvas, paint it and then I cut letters out of scrapbook paper and glued them on.  Super easy, a little time consuming but well worth it!
Vintage globe borrowed from my parents.  One of my favorite parts of his room!
My mom made Caleb that cute pillow when he was just an infant.  It’s something he will keep forever.
I had to add some Americana in here too:)
He loves playing in his big boy room.  One of his favorite things to do is to sit in front of his bookshelf and pull books out, one by one, looking through each page.
I am excited about the challenge of creating a nursery for this new little one on the way.  It’s a nursery and guest room all in one and it’s a small space…plus we aren’t finding out if we are having a boy or girl so it makes it even more challenging to decorate but I am totally up to it, thanks to Pinterest for a zillion great ideas!


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Laundry Room Makeover

This post has been a long time coming.

When we first bought our home, we knew this area was #1 on the list!  It was just so dated and old looking.  We use our side entrance a lot, so we really wanted to update this area and get it looking fresh and clean so we could give everyone a great, fake, first impression of us.  We will pretend for 5 seconds that we are clean and tidy people, ok?

The first step was cleaning this reallllllly good (took a couple of hours just to get that floor clean), and removing as much of the old wallpaper as we could.   Seriously, what happened to the good ol’ days? Doesn’t anyone clean under their washing machine anymore?!?! (<<<See, I am sooooo good at pretending like I’m the worlds cleanest house keeper).

Next came the priming and painting of the walls, and the door, and also patching up the holes in the walls.

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Thankfully, the cabinets were in great shape!

For that retro, 1970′s tile, Seth bought an epoxy kit from Home Depot for about $25.  Instead of ripping up the old yellowish tile on the floor, we just painted over it with epoxy.  Saved time and a chunk money.

This was a pretty big project. It took two coats and the smell was TERRIBLE!  Luckily, we did this at the beginning of June and we were able to open all the windows and let the house air out.  It will make the entire house smell something fierce.  Mostly, you will feel like you are getting high, which maybe you are!  I blocked off our room, which is an addition to the house and kind of off in its own corner.  Thankfully, the smell was very mild in there, so we brought the kids in our room to sleep and left our windows open!  By morning, the smell was much better.  We had no idea the smell would be that strong, so to do it again, we would plan on doing it in the morning and then leaving the house with the windows open for the rest of the day.  But the smell was well worth the money we saved by not having to tear out the tile and have it redone.

DIY projects are typically not glamourous OR good smellin’ y’all.

The last step was having the floors tiled.

We chose light, beachy colors to keep the house bright and open feeling.

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But let me just tell you.  I will really try my hardest not to buy a house that has lots of wallpaper that needs to be removed.  Have you ever removed wallpaper???

Not fun y’all.

Also, I have learned that updating a house when you ARE NOT living in it would be so much easier.

How many of you have worked on a fixer upper?

It’s a lot more work than it seems, but the finished result is so satisfying.  Who doesn’t love a good “before and after”?

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My next steps will be adding some fun art.  Maybe a farm style sign with “wash” or “laundry” on it.

Rooms are always a work in progress, even when you think they are done!  They are never done.  You will forever see one of two things you’d like to tweak;-)

But, for now, I am happy with our laundry area!

Onto the next project…

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Review- Classical Treasures: Classics for Relaxation

Something about being a Mama of 3 small, cuddly, super cute but super high energy, crazy kids makes me open to any and all ideas related to the word “RELAXATION”.   I am sure many of you who can relate are relating big time right now, right?!?!

I am a classical music lover and this set of CD’s from Family Christian Stores has so many of my favorite classical songs included.

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I have found that it not only calms and relaxes my nerves, but it has a grand effect on my kids.  If they start fussing or getting loud, I turn one of these CD’s on and so far, every time I have done this, they have immediately calmed down.  My five year old even said, “Mom, that music is making me fall asleep!”

EXACTLY buddy.  Exxxxxxxactly.

Besides the great, calming side effects, classical music studies have shown where listening can help us sleep, improve our IQ scores, fight depression, and improve alertness, among other great benefits!

So when it doubt, snatch these up and play them every chance you get! (P.S.  They’re only $5 today!!!)

*I received a copy of the above mentioned product to help facilitate the writing of a honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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My sweeties

Hello dear, sweet, long lost blog friends.

I have a confession.

I have been the worlds WORST blogger lately.  I literally didn’t even blog in December.  I am not even sure if I have EVER in the history of The Patriotic Peacock blog, since 2008, not blogged for the entirety of a MONTH.

Holy Moly.

Life has just been full of happy, really great things!  And sometimes when life is full, I forget to do things.  Like clean my house and wash my hair and cook homemade dinner and blog.

I’ve been too busy kissing chubby cheeks, helping with kindergarten parties, painting teeny finger nails, nursing a hungry baby, and fighting, I mean helping my 5 year old practice violin.

And honestly, it’s pretty rare that I have two hands available.

I’ve done things with one hand that no one ever thought possible.  I’m also getting pretty good at being ambidextrous.

But life is good and I have missed my blogging family, so I decided to share with you the three reasons I haven’t been an active blogger the last 4 months.

Here they are!


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Berenstain Bears Review and Giveaway!

There’s always a place in my heart for the Berenstain Bears!

I grew up listening to these books being read to me and now I get to read them to my own children.

This one is particular is pretty awesome.

“God Loves You” is a fun book about the truths of life for our little’s.

If your kids are anything like mine, being the BEST, at anything and everything, is always the goal.

They want to be the leader, the winner, the tallest, the fastest, the oldest…whatever it is, they want to be on top.  This book is a great conversation starter about how life doesn’t always let us be “the best”, but even when we don’t win or make the team or run the fastest, God still loves us and thinks we are AWESOME just the way we are!

I can’t think of a better lesson to begin to instill in my little children’s minds.  Building self confidence through confidence in Christ.

The best confidence you can find!

We really enjoyed reading this one and it’s one we have definitely added to the bedtime book loop!

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I am also excited to offer a $25 gift card to Family Christian Stores!  This certificate can be used online or at any Family Christian Store.

Simply follow the instructions below to be entered to win a certificate so you can get your own Berenstain Bears books, OR a cute coffee mug, or some great kids movies, or a new Bible, or a Dave Ramsey book…or or or….there are SO MANY OPTIONS!!!

*I received a copy of the above mentioned product to help facilitate the writing of a honest review.  All opinions are my own.




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Veggie Tales Review and $25 GIVEAWAY!!!

I am so excited to be able to share this post today!

Not only do I get to tell you about the PERFECT kids movie for this Christmas, but I also get to share a $25 gift card giveaway for a lucky winner!

We watched Veggie Tale’s new movie, “Beauty and the Beet”.

So so so cute!

The kids loved it.  It was a GREAT story about loving others, even when they aren’t all that lovable.

It’s a great, heart warming story with a Christmas theme.  Your kids will love the fun songs and funny jokes and you will love the Biblical base of the movie.

It’s always nice to be able to pop in a movie without worrying that it may have something inappropriate in it!

This goes beyond being a “safe” movie.  It helps to instill the meaning of unconditional love and kindness towards those around us.

If you can’t tell, we are FANS!!!

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Now I would love to offer one of you a $25 gift card to Family Christian Stores (online or at any of their local shops!).

Take a peek at their website…SUCH cute items.  Perfect for helping with your gift list!

To enter, simply follow the instructions below:


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DIY: Stamp & Paint Baby Sleeper

DIY: Stamp & Paint Baby Sleeper

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This is a simple tutorial on how to snazzy up a plain sleeper (or onesie, or t-shirt or pair of pants, or, or, or…)
Step 1: Start with a plain sleeper.
  I found this cute one, brand new at a thrift store.  I loved the simple grey and white stripe design (can’t wait to put it on my bebe!)
 Step 2:  Gather supplies as though you’re a pilgrim gathering food on Thanksgiving day.
  Okay, you don’t have to work that hard.
In fact, you only need three items: your choice of fabric paint, a foam brush and some letter stamps OR stencils.  I found these large stamp letters at Joanne’s on sale one day and had to grab them up and I have used them on tons of projects.
Step 3:  Liberally apply paint to your stamp, and stamp away!
Being careful to make sure you line things up nicely.  Don’t forget to put a piece of cardboard or card stock in the sleeper so the paint doesn’t leak through.
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 Make sure to follow the instructions on the back of the bottle of fabric paint.  I have found after you let the paint dry really good, laying a towel over top of your design and ironing over the towel heat sets the fabric paint, allowing for more durability.
  Definitely allow for as much time as possible for the paint to dry before you wash it!
How simple and cute is this?
Inexpensive too!
I’d love to see your painted clothing if you get crafty and decide to paint something:)
Happy FRIDAY everyone…
I hope this is the start of a GREAT weekend for you!!!
Friday is by FAR my favorite day of the week.  We always partay like it’s 1999.  Fo ril yo.
Disney movies and juice boxes…here. we. come!!!
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