Rainy Day Blues

Picture this: It’s raining. You have two toddlers who need to let out some energy. They’re going stir-crazy because they cannot go outside. You’re on your 3rd cup of coffee but wishing it was 5:30 so you can switch to wine.. Does this sound familiar?

I’m from Phoenix, AZ where 350 days out of the year there is sun. When it is raining outside, all my kids want to do it go outside and play. That would normally be okay if it was 90 degrees outside, but not when it is 65 degrees and pouring. So my oldest, who is 3, helped me come up with fun things to do with toddlers inside when it is pouring rain outside.

 

Fun things to do with littles when its raining outside:

  • Bake: We made cookies this day. It was such a fun activity that took up a good amount of time. Note: A lot of patience was tested during this activity. I mean, have you tried cooking with toddlers before? However, the girls did have fun!
  • Make slime: This was another fun activity that my older one likes to do. I didn’t let me 1-year-old help make slime because my house would literally have glue all over it, but she did play with it afterwards. Scroll down for slime recipe.
  • Make a fort and read books
  • Find your child’s favorite children’s book and draw, or trace pictures from it. Let them water paint
  • Board games
  • Hide n’ seek
  • Paint nails: This is a perfect opportunity to get the little ones to sit still. Both of my girls love getting their nails painted. Just plop them by the window so they can see the rain and “voila!”
  • Building with magnetic tiles: These things are magic. They are amazing and keep them entertained for a while. Click here to purchase them!
  • Dress up: whether you have boys or girls, who doesn’t love to play dress up? Especially on a rainy day, dress up is a perfect way to pass the time.
  • Playdough
  • Make homemade popcorn and watch an agreed upon movie. It is always Hocus Pocus at this time of year.

What other fun things do you like you like to do with your kiddos when it is raining outside? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Xox,

Marlee

SLIME RECIPE:

  • 1/2 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tbsp contact solution
  • 4 fl oz Elmers white school glue
  • your choice of food coloring

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Mouthwatering Pumpkin Bread

Happy October!

It’s finally October. Finally an acceptable time to decorate for fall! (Those who know me already know that I’ve had my house decorated for fall since August 31st.) October means FINALLY cooler weather! It’s 78 degrees out right now and I’m wearing UGG boots and a chunky sweater. Call me basic, but who cares… I am who I am.

Anyways, whenever I think of my favorite part of Fall, I reminisce of my childhood. My mom scouring the grocery ads for the best price on canned pumpkin. Mhmm, PUMPKIN BREAD. Sinking my teeth into the first bite of the season and the bread just melting in my mouth. I remember coming home from school knowing she made this recipe even before I walk into the house. The smell of pumpkin has me longing for another bite even after Fall is gone.

Today, my friends, I share with you our recipe. Advisory: You may become very selfish while consuming this bread and not want to share with anyone. 

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MOUTH WATERING PUMPKIN BREAD:

Ingredients:

5 eggs

1- 1/4 cups of vegetable oil

1 can (15 ounces) solid packed pumpkin (I ALWAYS use Libbys )

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 packages Jello cook- and- serve VANILLA pudding mix

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt ( I use just a tad more)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs.
  • Add in oil and pumpkin; beat until smooth.
  • In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture
  • Pour batter into greased loaf pan ( I use a bundt cake pan).
  • Bake for 55 minutes ( time will depend on efficiency of oven. I suggest checking bread after 45 minutes.)
  • To check if loaf is done, place toothpick in center of pan. If it comes out clean.. your pumpkin bread is DONE!
  • Let cool on wire rack
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional)
  • ENJOY!

**TIP: you may want to cover edges with tin foil about 45 minutes in.

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For muffins: bake for 25 minutes

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Tell me, what fall recipe brings you back to your childhood? I’m always looking for new recipes to try! Comment below.

If you do try this recipe, comment below your thoughts!!

Until next time friends,

Marlee

 

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