How to make Halloween 🎃 Slime

So,

The kiddos and I visited our local craft store for a slime making class. 

Yes, slime is all the rage right now, and its easy to see why! Even the adults were having fun playing with it. Here is Elmer’s approved slime recipe with some extra fun tid bits!

 Elmer’s Slime Recipe

1 1/2 TBSP Baking Soda

3 TBSP Contact lens solution

3 (4oz) Elmer’s glue (12oz total) [Suggest white for clear slime)

Food coloring, glow in the dark paint, sprinkles, beads (any decoration for the slime)

  1. Find a med to large bowl to mix your slime
  2. Pour all the glue in the bowl
  3. Add Baking soda. Mix.
  4. After mixing, add food coloring if you want to color it.
  5. Mix and add more color till you get to desired color
  6. Add contact lens solution
  7. Mix until slime forms and the mix thickens
  8. Take the slime out and knead with your hands. Note: the slime will be sticky at first.
  9. If needed, add more contact solution to make slime less sticky. 

Now for even more fun!

Add glitter, or beads, or paint and knead it in! We added glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint and beads to our slime! The sky is the limit! Below are some ‘ ingredients ‘ for different themed slimes!

New Years:

  • Year confetti sprinkles
  • Blue and silver glitter

Valentines:

  • Red, purple, or pink coloring
  • Heart sprinkle confetti

St. Patrick’s

  • Green coloring (or paint)
  • Shamrock confetti sprinkles

4th of July

  • Separate slime into 3 bowls
  • Color one red, another blue
  • Add star confetti, red, blue, silver glitter
  • Mix all together

Halloween Slime 

  • Orange, green, black, or purple coloring
  • Pumpkins, ghosts, bats – pretty much any Halloween confetti
  • Glitter
  • Our favorite: red slime, with dark red glitter and black bats confetti! 
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint is awesome!

Christmas slime!

  • You can color red or green but we like to leave this one clear
  • Red and green glitter
  • Christmass tree confetti

The possibilities as endless! 

Until Next Time!

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The Aftermath

So,

I honestly have been hesitant to really even write this post. With everything that has happened and with no clear end in sight, the task has even seemed daunting. However, I know that this is a step I need to take. 

I keep thinking to myself, “Well, where do I even begin?” There is no better place I guess than the beginning. 

My husband and I have been out of sorts since I lost my job back in August of 2016. It seems to have been one bad rollercoaster ride after another. Job loss, moving, our sons birth, more job loss, moving and then the hurricane.  Nothing could have prepared us for the devastation we were about to receive. 

When we heard Harvey was going to hit the golf coast, we thought nothing much of it. Get a few supplies in case power goes out, nothing overly serious. My husband got put on a night shift and was set to work 12 hrs / 7 days a week. Everything was okay for us till the water just wouldnt stop rising. We even had a small break in the rain. The water kept creeping. 

We knew there was nothing good about to come, so we made the ultimate decision as parents to whisk our child away to safety and wait out the rest of the storm. My husband sadly had to put himself back in harms way and leave our son and myself with friends hours away. Talk about helpless. Not knowing what to expect next. We even lived close enough and had family and friends who were close to the chemical plant that had containers blowing up. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that week. 

When we did make it back, and by we I mean our son and I, the losses were devastating. The house had taken in several feet of water destroying everything. The waste management facility in the community also flooded out, so all the water that got in the house was also contaminated. I do not regret the decision to get out, however I wish we had taken more steps days prior to prepare. Who knows what we could have actually saved. But, hindsight is always 20/20. 

So, we are currently one of many families displaced by Harvey. The worst part of it is, we are at the mercy of others. Because of our previous living situation, our FEMA app is being denied. We cannot get rental assistance till we are renting someplace, and all other assistance has been shut down for our area. I was unaware there was other assistance available till recently. I wish I was better equipped to handle a natural disaster. 

So, in the wake of everything I decided to go ahead and start a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise some funds. The goal is to hopefully replace some items but ultimately its to find a steady, safe environment for our kids. Someplace where we dont have to worry about where we are going to end up in the next week. 

Whether we get enough to rent out for the next 6 month’s somewhere, or even enough to start the purchasing process, ultimately the goal is a secure homestead for our children. A stable environment where they dont have to worry, and we can focus on rebuilding our future. 

I ask that if you’ve taken the time to read this, please go over to the campaign page and share it, or even share this blog post. They say it takes a village, so here we are. 

GoFundMe – Starting Over After Harvey
Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share our journey with you. The process is only beginning. 

-Until Next Time

Routine

So,

This isn’t true for every child but I’ve come to realize in my household, Routines are essential. My Husband, who is currently sitting behind me as I write this, says they are essential because he doesn’t like change. We won’t discuss this in any further detail. He’s a butt. However, for children and especially in my stepdaughter’s case, its a form of security.
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My Journey through Labor and Delivery

So,

Something I figured out, a little to late unfortunately, was always be prepared for anything when it comes to Labor and Delivery. I was looking forward to a natural labor, and had a bag packed ready to go with the only thought being that I’d have a vaginal, normal delivery and then go home in 24 hours.

I was wrong!

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the Music

Sometimes, when all is consumed in shade  and silence, an ache creeps upon me stealing away my peace. First it’s weight bears heavily upon my breast. Then, slowly, as if with a dull instrument it begins to hollow away at my chest.  The metal burns against my flesh, singeing all it touches. Flesh burns away, decaying inch by inch. The rotting putrid scent engulfs my senses. The ache bears down upon my body, flesh in shreds and my body nothing but a barren husk as my soul is consumed in darkness.
I open my mouth to scream from behind the flames, as they rise around me. I choke on the smoke and cinders, tears boiling against my skin. Gasping, hand out stretched, can you reach me? Water cleanse me. I beg of thee, release me of this misery. Refresh and quench my soul. death and destruction is all I see. Water pour and restore the balance. Give me life.
The rain. Cascades. The rushing sound of wind against the glass. Sheets impaling themselves upon sullen objects. Echoing  in the hollows, their deathly screams and cries of pain. Each drop a tear from heavens eyes. The unspoken words and sobs of the broken hearted and down trodden.
All is well within my soul. Slowly it decays, the bacteria of death slowly consuming it piece by painful piece. A smile beneath the gentle kiss of the sun. All is well within my soul. Until the moon brings truth in her watchful eye. The hollow cries in the eve. All is well within my soul. All is well.