DIY reusable water blob

waterblobI saw this idea recently and luckily a friend had just tried a water blob with wonderful success so we gave it a shot!


What you’ll need:
Plastic sheeting-thickness varies- we purchased 6mil thickness from Home Depot just to be safe…we have curious dogs.
Hair straightener or iron
Wax paper
Food coloring, glitter, spongy toys *optional* I used teal food coloring
(You can also use duct tape for the edges however it will most likely leak more, hold less water, and not be reusable)

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I purchased enough plastic sheeting to make a first attempt as well as a 2nd…just in case. All I did was seal the seams by folding a piece of wax paper over the edge and running my hair straightener over it. (Leave a small hole to fill with water)You do have to be careful not to burn through the plastic doing this method…but…doing it this way allows you to add more water, and trust me you want more water! I think the first round was super simple though and we will be making more of these 🙂

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….and then daddy popped it 😦 unnamed (117)luckily a refill is just a small hole for the hose and a reseal with the hair straightener away 🙂

Play dough jello cookies

In the spirit of spring I’ve been planning away-picking out new activities, finding new places etc- but some spring days in the Midwest are too rainy and overcast to pull out summer stuff quite yet. So we enjoyed this inside activity the other day!
I had originally looked for jello play dough but once I saw the ingredient list I realized we could easily bake these into cookies once the boys got bored…a nice way to lengthen the activity;)
What you will need:
4 1/2 c of flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 3/4 c unsalted butter(softened)
1 c sugar
1 egg(and I added 2 tbs egg whites)
1 tsp salt
5 boxes of jello (3oz size)
You can add a flavor extract like vanilla, BUT the jello flavor is really intense so I wouldn’t recommend it.
Mix all ingredients except jello into a dough.
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Divide dough into 5 chunks and mix one 3oz box of jello into each dough chunk.

squishing awayThe boys got a kick out of crumbling the dough and squishing it. But when that entertainment value was gone we just moved onto the baking portion:)We used two tablespoons to evenly measure and shape the dough into balls. After that A&B rolled them in sugar, placed on the cookie sheet flatten a bit and baked! Our oven runs really hot so we baked them at 325(ish) degrees for about 10-15 minutes.

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And voila, Play dough jello cookies!

This recipe made about 30 cookies for us. It is definitely a kids cookie or for adults who like intense punchy flavors. All in all we had fun!

Boon product reviews

It’s no secret I love boon, their stylish modern baby items are just too fun to pass up. Here are the ones we’ve tried and love…..I promise you will love them too!
Boon lawn and patch with twig accessory- originally we only had the lawn and it was a wonderful addition to the kitchen not just for baby items either and it’s large size meant it could hold bottles for twins or even dishes. The grass is rigid enough to hold even our heavy dinner platters! But as the boys grew we didn’t always need the sq footage of a lawn we downsized to the patch, it was a perfect little addition in our new kitchen. With the patch we do have to be careful since it’s dimensions mean it can tip easier than the lawn. The pieces come apart so remember to rinse it often to keep it fresh. Only downside to this set up is twig branches are a bit short and therefore it doesn’t hold much, bit of a bummer with twins. They are however flexible which was a big plus to get things to stay on it.
Worth the money? YES
Boon bench potties-ok, I wasn’t sold on these AT ALL from about 9-14m. For a little boy they did not want to work, splash guard was never in place, the seat and to holder were constantly popping apart etc, very disappointing for a 40$ kiddy potty. BUT, we decided to give em one more go before we pitched me since that was 80$ invested in toilets. It was like night and day, clearly these potties were made for a specific size of child because they covered little boy parts perfectly from 15m-24m, and if you’ve ever potty trained a boy you know how important this is! Now at 2 we could use them as the step stool they were designed as but like I said before the parts are constantly popping off/sliding around. I had hoped for WAY better quality and longevity but the design for a little boy potty is on the spot.
Worth the money though? NOPE
Boon squirt– these, by far, were the only way I saved my sanity feeding twins! Great design and overall quality. I wish they sold replacement pieces(more than just caps). We had a rainbow of these things and I only wish they made a version with a bigger hole in the spoon to allow for chunkier food!!
Worth the money? YES, if you feed a lot of stage one foods…I’m talking to you, parents of multiples.
Boon Ray this tub drain cover does just what it says, and surprisingly well I might add! It provides and amazing seal when your regular tub drain won’t! I thought the boys would try and play with it since it looks sooo much like one of their toys but we’ve been lucky…so far 😉
Worth the money? Yes, if you have old drains that don’t have a nice seal to hold water
Boon snack ball– this one is better as a snow ball mold than a snack holder. It’s awkward lid easily popped off and the small opening was even difficult for toddler hands to manage. It was a rare miss for boon with this one.
Worth the money? NOPE, unless you live in Alaska and honestly want a snow ball mold
Boon Glo-ok I could probably do one entry on this this alone, it’s that awesome. After reading some mixed reviews we decided it would be a birthday gift for the boys 2nd. So, realistically, it’s not been in use that long and I may have different opinions after prolonged use but….this thing even kept Scott entertained. It has a few different settings which is really nice, the removable balls do hold a decent charge for late night potty breaks, and overall it’s pretty sturdy. So far A&B love it and are entranced! I just wish it wasn’t always really static-y….it attracts pet hair like a mofo.
Worth the money? Debatable, the price is rather steep for a kids night light, but this would be a staple in any child’s room for years! boon glo
glowing boon glo
Boon stash– this cool counter or wall organization has entertained the boys for hours! It even inspired our pvc wall desk, with sturdy construction it has even held up to being thrown and dropped, something I can’t say for the wood composites from target.
Worth the money? YEP
Boon gnaw– ok this is supposed to worth somewhat like a Chinese finger trap to hold you kiddos goodies and clip it to them so they don’t get tossed to the floor…..key word supposed to. First, the clip is a joke and even at 6m they pulled it right off. Second, the part that should hold your kiddos item….doesn’t fit anything-we tried crackers, nam teethers etc….nothing worked with it. I’m not sure what boon had in mind with this one, the best we found was that they just chewed on it.
Worth the money? Hells NO
Boon benders – these toddler utensils bend at the base so your little one has an easier time navigating a spoon/fork to their mouth. Great right? The plastic is durable and didn’t crack even after a year of dishwashing and toddle use, and the guys find them easy to use. However, Walmart carries these in generics for way cheaper if you have to have em. I would have been better served with a bigger utensil like the nuk designed ones as these hold next to nothing(especially by the time they make it into a mouth).
Worth the money? Not so much
Boon catch bowl – the hope with these was that we could minimize messes/spills. Sadly the suction base won’t stick (not to wood plastic or granite) at least not enough to deter the guys from pulling them off the table, flinging all its contents. The lip on the side to catch spills is however, really handy. So, I kind of have a love/ hate with this bowl. Best used for slippery finger foods with a toddler that knows to leave bowls on the table.
Worth the money? Yes, but only if you’re buying it for the catch lip and NOT the suction base.
Boon stout– these cup/sippies are dual purpose and workin stages first a sippy then a free flow sippy then a cup. Wonderful concept and perfect in application . The wide base on this means it stays upright even with little hands setting it down. The ability to use it through a few stages means longer life. Now boon just needs to sell replacement valves!
Worth the money? Hells YES
Boon swig– these come in two sizes and both had the same considerations for us….the nipple/sippy hole was far too small even for them at 7m so we cut them to make em faster flow. The seal was great for meal times but not a sippy to leave out or with your kiddo unattended. The small caps they came with popped off really easily so don’t plan on that stopping leaks in your diaper bag. They pro of these were that they were a nice step off of bottles with nipples. A&B actually really liked these and would often refuse other sippy styles for these.
Worth the money?Yes, for the big one though.boon saucer
Boon saucer -the sectioned plate is supposed to help with portions while having no hard edges…..ermmmm well sorry to say I have nothing positive to say about these aside from the mod design the pros end there. The base is not sticky enough as our guys could easily push and pull them across all types of counters and the roundness means its a huge challenge for younger kiddos. Not what I want to deal with when they hardly manage utensils.
Worth the money? Not so much

What were excited to try next: Link, fleet, and pieces!!

toddler potty reviews

Admittedly, we have experience with relatively few potties considering how many are on the market, however, I can tell you what has worked AMAZINGLY well for us! We have used the Frog, Boon potty bench, Kiddyloo and primo topper with handles. While all have their own merits the kiddyloo blew all of them out of the water…by far.
So, what exactly was it that prompted me to pay 40 for another potty seat?
Well, the frog was outgrown in a matter of months, I truly believe that this potty was designed with a small…very, very small child in mind. We were using this potty from 10ish months old until about 18m and aside from it not being able to prevent “boy messes” they always looked awkwardly cramped onto the thing and lets just say the bowl of the potty wasn’t quite large enough. If you have a petite girl this might work for you otherwise, save your money. The Boon potty bench ended up being just as selective with appropriate user age/size. While it had a better set up for boys the thing was always popping apart and was only effective for about 6 short months(16-24m) meaning you will probably have outgrown this one well before you even look at it. The primo potty topper is great for outing’s and errands, but not an all the time thing. Especially for boys who can pee under the lip of the topper and right onto whoever is directly in front of them…most likely you. It is less secure but folds up nice an small for a purse and is the only one I’ve seen with handles. My advice save this one for emergencies.
Finally, the holy grail of kiddy potties, kiddyloo. It was obviously a last ditch effort for us after having spent about 150$ on potties. I was not at all interested in spending another 40, but I gave in and I’m soooo glad I did. Our goal was just to get them off of stand alone potties and onto a toilet, especially for leaving the house with them. A&B, however, were not interested in climbing onto a cold potty…far off the ground…with no handles. We looked at the only other potty topper on the market and it is $30-rediculously expensive for the *excuse me* piece of crap that it is-and no I am not exaggerating. It has no splash guard for boys and is horribly flimsy. For all of the reasons we turned away from that option we were drawn to the kiddyloo. I am only sad we didn’t find this potty option first as the guys can very easily get on and off of it by themselves, they can put it on the potty with little to no assistance, it fits a lil kid tush perfectly and they feel secure on it! I am confident in saying that even at 12m our guys would have been able to use this potty (with assistance). Now our long term goals are to teach them proper urinal usage but we will be waiting at least a year before we confuse them with that…for now we are just ecstatic to have such a perfect item!
what I learned though was to ask myself a few questions….
what size is your child and what size is the desired potty designed for?
what are the features and will you even use them, or is it just more pieces to clean/wash?
I hate to specify on this but…is the potty for a boy or girl? ie do you need a better splash guard?
what are your long term goals? toilet use, travel potty seat etc? it all varies by home
To read how all of these seats fit into our potty training methods see
potty training twins
big boy undies
nakie potty training
Ps I know some people get paid to do reviews or get free products to review. Not the case here, just honest opinions about the products we’ve used and how they work for us 🙂

Potty training Twins

sorry I didn’t want to add many images to this one 😉 hope you understand

Since this seems to be, by far, what I answer the most questions on I thought I would do an update on where we are with potty proofing! Last month we decided that it was unrealistic in this home to have two Boon potty benches out that were ready to move toward the next step. The actual potty. Now, we knew that the boys were a bit afraid of the large seat, but the transition would save space ANNNND make using the regular potty during outings easier. After looking at a few potty toppers we picked the Kiddyloo . Many of the others were ridiculously flimsy and would fall apart as soon as weight was put on it, not to mention they have no guard for boys. This one, while still plastic, is much more secure, gives the boys a comfortable spot, has handles, and get this, it works for boys!!! those of you with lil guys will genuinely appreciate that 😉 They can also take it on and off the potty themselves! To introduce it we simply used what every parent nicely calls a reward…..realistically known as a bribe. We told them if they could use the regular potty they would get a gummy treat (aka a vitamin gummy, hey, don’t judge, what they don’t know won’t kill them). Worked like a charm because B climbed right up went #2 got off and held his hand out for his treat. He ate his treat and promptly climbed back up went #1 and held out his hand for another treat……STINKER!!! But I’ll take it. We went on giving treats for about 1 week religiously and after sporadically for a really good job.
We have also transitioned 100% to big boy undies! minus night time of course. The guys find great joy in taking undies on and off…and on and off and on and off etc. but it makes for good practice time I guess. They are very good at getting to the potty and getting their undies off. We still haven’t added in shoes/jeans to this mix, but I’m in no rush for that. To get them back to wearing undies we just added more and more time. Originally, they wore bottoms for a half hour or so and we worked our way up to 6hrs (the average stretch of time the are awake for).
Our plan with all of this is that by summer not only will they be able to participate in a few different activities for “potty trained only” children and so that when I go out with them this summer I am not tethered to the house because they refuse the regular potty. As a compromise with the boys I found a folding portable potty seat with handles aka my purse potty. A little gross….and depressing….to be putting in a 400$ coach bag, but again I’m not tied to my house an hour away from the museum, zoo, park…
We have yet to try anything with overnights and naps time and at this point I am all but positive we give them liquid too close to sleep times. The times I have not given liquid they have not pottied, but they also get up WAY earlier then because they are hungry. Sorry, but I value my sleep time too much, so I’ll be letting this one go. At least until summer. Because using cloth and potty training went sooooo well together for us we decided to take them off of disposables completely now in the hope that it will encourage the transition though. Yes, were 100% still using our Gdiapers but I’ll do an entry on that another day!