DIY Rainbow Rice

Happy Wednesday, people! I know it’s been wayyyyyy too long since I had a “real” post up. Oh well. I’m really, really going to try to do better! Today I want to share with you this super easy project to put together for your toddler!

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I was needing a new, “big boy” activity for my son to play with while I cook supper in the afternoons. He’s pretty much given up his afternoon nap, so I have to get pretty creative to keep him out under foot. Up until recently I was letting him watch a movie (Thomas, Bible stories, ect), but I don’t like him having screen-time everyday, so I knew I had to come up with something.

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I wanted some kind of sensory play, so I decided on rainbow rice. Before having a child, I always thought it looked fun, so we took a quick trip to Dollar General (we took Grandmomma along with us!) to get the stuff I didn’t have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

-white rice (I got 3 bags for $.80 each)
– plastic box with locking lid
-food coloring
-plastic zipper bags
– small things to play in the rice with

All I did was put the rice in 4 different plastic bags and added food color to them. Then I just mixed and combined the rice with the color. I did a green, red, blue and a purple{ish}. Then I put them on paper plates to dry. Once it was dry, I poured it into the tub for Caleb to mix up and play with! πŸ™‚

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I ended up getting some measuring spoons, a wooden spoon and some small party cups at DG plus I had some popsicle sticks on hand for Caleb to use for the activity. Let me tell ya, it kept him occupied for over an hour!!!! Momma score! Everytime some rice came out of the box I just told him, “oh no! Keep the rice in the box so you don’t run out!”, and he did his very best at keeping it in. After he was done, I just swept the floor in 5 minutes and was all cleaned up. πŸ™‚

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Tell me, how do you keep your toddler occupied while cooking? Do you think rainbow rice would be a hit for your little one?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why I Love Cloth Diapering

I’ve only shared a little bit that I cloth diaper….I shared back a couple of months ago my super easy DIY cloth wipes and I hope to share in another post some things that have helped my cloth diapering journey. But, I’m not a 100%, full time cloth-diapering Mama. Why? Well, I don’t have enough cloth yet. Ha! Also, I really have no desire to do it full time, at least at this time in my life. But there are SO many reasons to cloth diaper, even doing it part-time and I want to share with you some of the reasons why I chose to cloth diaper (must to the dismay of my husband- at first!).

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It’s cheaper.

Ohhhhh, yeah frugal Mamas. I got my cloth stash (about 16 diapers) either gently used (from friends) or new for $5 or less per diaper. Yes, I’ve spent less than $100 in my cloth diapers & products for it, and have saved more than that in only 6 months!! The great thing about the diapers, is that if you take good care of them, they’ll last you kid after kid!

It’s healthier.

Here’s where I’m going to get a little crunchy on you. Did you know there are tons of yucky chemicals in your baby’s diaper? Right up against your baby’s important body parts for years, day in and day out….gross. Yeah, yeah, there are chemicals everywhere, but since I’m trying my best to rid them from my house, shouldn’t I atleast try to lighten the load of them up against my baby all the time? I feel so much better when my son is in his cloth….and, seriously. It has to feel better, too!

It’s easier on his bum.

Caleb has never had a bad case of diaper rash or anything like that, but he has gotten red a few times. After a day in cloth, it has completely gone away. Again I say- wouldn’t cloth feel better than diaper material?

It’s easier on the environment.

No, I’m not a huge go-green tree hugger, but it makes sense. There is less waste when you can reuse over & over again the same cloth diaper (and that’s why it’s cheaper, too….).

Before I had my son I thought I would never cloth diaper….but the more I talked to ladies who actually did it and read up on it (and read all the yuckies in diapers!!) I knew I wanted to cloth as often as I could. No, I don’t cloth through the night, or on long town trips. I also don’t cloth while traveling (some people don’t like you using their washing machine for them….imagine that! lol). But I cloth diaper on days we’re home or have little arrends to run and I am so thankful to have been introduced to this way to lessen our toxins in our home!

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Do you cloth diaper? Do you do it full time or part time? Are you interested in cloth diapering?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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