Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spider Bites Snack




The girls wanted to make a fun and creep snack for Halloween and we came up with Spider Bites.

They are perfect for the Holiday or anytime in a school lunch!



Spider Bites Snack

  • 1 ¾ cup Almond Flour or Meal, lightly packed
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 6 tablespoons Plain Brown Rice Protein (or other favorite plain protein powder)
  • 10 small dates chopped (2 oz)
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • ½ cup Palm Sugar (if not available use ½ cup powdered sugar and ½ tsp molasses)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp water (more if necessary)
  • 24 mini or regular size semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 48 small pretzel stick halved

  1. Add Almond flour, oats, protein powder, dates, honey, sugar, salt, vanilla and 1 tablespoon water to food processor.
  2. Process on high until mixture comes together as a dough (should only take 1-3 minutes).
  3. The dough should feel similar to play dough
  4. If too dry and not coming together add 1 extra tsp of water (or more) and continue processing
  5. Remove dough from your food processor
  6. Take about 1 slightly heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball
  7. Place on wax paper
  8. Continue making the rest of the balls (makes somewhere around 12)
  9. Take pretzel sticks and poke in 4 to each side of ball
  10. Place two chocolate chips on the front for eyes.
  11. Continue for all spiders.
  12. Enjoy immediately or place in airtight container and freeze.




Monday, September 8, 2014

How to Make Invisible Ink

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Lynn loves Harry Potter so when she found this book called the Book of Wizard Craft, she was pretty excited to try out some of the "magic recipes".


One that she particularly liked was one on how to make invisible ink.


It's very easy and she made a video for you all to watch.

*as a note, anytime an oven is used an adult needs to be there to help.



What you will need:
  1. lemon juice
  2. a piece of paper
  3. a tooth pick
  4. oven heated to 350 degree F
  5. a baking sheet
Watch the video for instructions.


Hope you enjoyed it as much as she did making it!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

American Flag Kabobs

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Summertime is here and bring on the patriotic fun!!

My 2 Sisters had a great time putting together this fun American Flag Kabob Platter for summer holidays like July 4th (perfect for Memorial day, too).

It's SUPER easy and impressive for a party and a great snack for the kids to put together.





American Flag Kabobs (makes 11 kabobs)

What you will need
  • 3-4 bananas, cut into slices (about 51)
  • Raspberries (about 62) 
  • Blueberries (about 45)
  • Wooden Kabob Skewers (about 11)
  • Lemon Juice

Assembly
  1. For each banana/raspberries kabob you will need 7 raspberries and 6 banana slices.  You will start and end with a raspberry
  2. We made 6 of these, but if you want 12 make one more
  3. For each, raspberry/banana/blueberry kabob you will need 4 raspberries, 3 bananas and about 9 blueberries
  4. Star with your raspberry and end with all the blueberries at the top.
  5. Arrange on platter with 5 raspberry/banana/blueberry kabobs and then 6 (or 7) banana/raspberries kabobs to form your flag.
  6. Carefully arrange to make sure the stripes are all aligned.
  7. Drizzle with lemon juice to make sure bananas do not brown
  8. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour
  9. Note- if you need to store longer, I would recommend mini marshmallows instead of the bananas.  Not as healthy, but it will last a bit longer.





Hope you enjoy!  Leave a comment for My 2 Sisters!

Friday, May 9, 2014

25 Safe Movies Your Kids Can Watch on Netflix Right Now

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We LOVE reading around here, but we also watch movies (especially on the weekends).  We have Netflix and really like it, but I will say that it can be hard finding movies that are "safe" for the 2 Sisters.

I am pretty fierce in making sure movies are age appropriate, I always have been.  I personally think that a lot of children's toys and movies are simply not age appropriate.

Every parent has to make their own choice for their family but I thought I would put out a list of movies that, in general, I find appropriate for my 8 and 9 year old daughters, and most of these on the list I woudl have though were OK for younger kids, too.

Keep in mind, my family is different than yours so you may find these movies too young or old for your kids.  And no movie is perfect and may have topics come up that you need to discuss with your children.

If you see anything on this list that you believe should not be here, please leave us a comment!



  1. The Aristocats 
  2. Dumbo
  3. The Rescuers Down Under
  4. The Tigger Movie
  5. Stuart Little
  6. Veggie Tales: It’s a Meaningful Life
  7. Veggie Tales: Esther
  8. The Rescuers
  9. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
  10. Treasure Buddies
  11. The Land Before Time II
  12. Veggie Tales: Sweet Pea Beauty
  13. The Pirates Who Don’t do Anything
  14. Space Dogs
  15. Golden Winter
  16. The Fox and the Hound 2
  17. Delhi Safari
  18. Brother Bear 2
  19. The Hunchback of Norte Dame
  20. Mulan
  21. Mulan 2
  22. Ralph S Mouse
  23. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  24. A Turtle’s Tale 2
  25. Charlotte’s Web

12 Educational Freebies for the Kids 5/9/14

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More Freebies for the kids!! 

Makes sure to take advantage of these whether you homeschool or not!
  1. Free ABC Mouse 30 day Trial- perfect for preschool to K
  2. Free App Friday - 33 FREE apps available on 5/9/14!  
  3. How to make a penny battery that will power an LED light for 7 days!  
  4. Free resources to teach your child to read from SightWords.com
  5. FREE Uno-style Probability card game Simple directions for several household science projects
  6. FREE Minecraft-based Geometry unit from Currclick  
  7. Free curriculum from the National Postal Museum - options for Early Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School Free  
  8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar printable worksheets  
  9. How to put together your own Journalism curriculum from FiveJs  
  10. 75 top APPS for homeschool - the top school apps for just about every subject! 
  11. How to create your own Little House unit study Educational online games for K - 5th grade  
  12. Free Kindle Books For Children – The top 100 completely FREE Kindle Books for kids! 
Any don't miss our fun crafts like Dolly Bookmarks and the Lemur Face Sandwich and Lemur Tail Kabob with Cantaloupe Dip.

  
Thanks How to Homeschool for Free


Friday, April 18, 2014

12 Educational Freebies for Kids

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Looking for some freebies for your kids? Here are a bunch that should keep them busy! 

 Thanks goes to How to Homeschool for Free for this great list.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ally the Dolphin Fairy Review

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Ally the Dolphin Fairy Review by Ohana, 3rd grade.


Ocean Fairies #1: Ally the Dolphin Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book, by Daisy Meadows- 5 Stars

Setting: The setting is at Leamouth beach and Fairyland.
Characters: The characters are; Ally, Echo, Rachel, Kirsty, the goblins and Jack Frost.
The Problem: Jack Frost and his goblins broke and hid the golden Conch Shell.
Solution: Echo, the dolphin, helped out to find one of the pieces.
Important Events
1. Ally's dolphin is is the human world.
2. Rachel and Kirsty help the fairies.
3. The goblins are up to no good and take the golden Conch Shell.
What I liked about Ally the Dolphin Fairy is that is about dolphins and fairies.  And there was nothing I did not like.




Monday, March 31, 2014

Lemur Face Sandwich and Lemur Tail Kabob with Cantaloupe Dip

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Are you excited for the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar movie coming out in a few days?  

If your kids are exited for it it's a great opportunity for you to get them reading about Lemurs! (the 2 Sisters sure are tricky in getting your kids to read more!)

We decided to put together a fun Lemur Face Sandwich and Lemur Tail Kabob with Cantaloupe Dip "food craft" that you can make with or for your kid's lunch.  It's really easy and doesn't take too many ingredients.

Note: you know your kids and if they can handle scissors and bamboo skewers safely.  If you can not, please let that be an adults job.

Lemur Face Sandwich (make 1 sandwich)
  • One piece of bread (we used brown rice bread)
  • 3 pieces of turkey or chicken lunch meat or a round slice of white cheese (we use nitrate free lunch meat)
  • Mayonnaise (pptional, but can work as "glue")
  • 2 green olive slices with pimiento  
  • 1 black olive, cut lenthwise in half
  • 2-3 sheets of seaweed snack (they are about 2x4 inches each)
Assembly
  1. Lay bread down on plate
  2. Optional- spread bread with Mayonnaise
  3. Take 2 pieces of lunch meat and trim, using kitchen shears, into a circle shape fitting the bread
  4. Lay onto bread
  5. Take the 3rd piece of lunch meat, fold over and trim into two triangles for ears, place in "ear position", using a small amount of mayo to stick down if you like.
  6. Trim seaweed snack pieces into a rectangle for the forehead, 2 "leaf" shapes for the black around eyes and a circle for the muzzle. You can also cut two small strips for the ears, scraps may work.
  7. Place into position on top of the meat (again using a small amount of mayo to stick down if you like).
  8. Place green olives for eyes.
  9. Place black olives for nose.

Lemur Tail Kabob with Cantaloupe Dip (makes 4 kabobs and about 1 cup of dip)
  • about 24 Blackberries
  • about 24 pieces of banana cut into about 3/4 inch pieces
  • 4 Bamboo Skewers
  • 1 cup diced cantaloupe 
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (we used unsweetened coconut yogurt)
Assembly 
  1. Skewer 6 blackberries and 6 pieces of banana on each  Bamboo Skewer, alternating fruit, set aside.
  2. (Job for mom or adult) Place diced cantaloupe and yogurt into the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour dip into a bowl
  4. Serve with kabobs
We found out that  cantaloupe is a favorite Lemur food. 

Hope you enjoy and let us know if you make a Lemur Sandwich or Lemur Tail Kabob!







Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dolly Bookmarks

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 Dolly Bookmarks


What better to use for a bookmark than a cute dolly that you can read to??

I thought up this little Dolly Bookmark craft when I saw some little doll figures drawn on paint sticks in a recent Family Magazine.  It was adorable, but it seemed that this bookmark craft would be more useful in the end.

The Two Sisters had a great time making and even played with them after they finished.  It is a perfect craft for a girls reading group or just for fun an a Saturday Morning.





What you will need for your Dolly Bookmarks:
  • Strips of white cardstock (I actually used poster board) cut to approximately 1.5x8 inches
  • Patterned craft tape with peel off backing, about 1/2 inch wide, cut into 2 inch pieces.  (if using duck tape you will need to trim). Different colors/patterns are nice.
  • Yarn in "hair colors" cut into about 48 inch pieces
  • Small, flower stickers
  • Colored pencils and/or thin markers and regular pencils with erasers
  • A 1-hole punch
  • Self Laminate (or I really think clear contact paper could work.. it would be cheaper)
  • Scissors



Directions:



1. Peel and place your craft tape strips (we recommend 3-4) on your book mark strip, leaving 1-1.5 inches at the top for the head.  This will be the "dress". Trim the leftover for a cleaner look.



2. Draw the head and hair almost or to the top of the bookmark, as you will punch the hole through the top of the bookmark to look like the "ponytail".


3. Draw in the legs and shoes below the dress.


4. Color the legs, shoes, head and hair with either colored pencils and/or thin markers (we found crayons tend to be too fat, but they may work for you.)


5. Cut your self laminate or contact paper to about 4x8.5 inches
6. Peel off the backing and place the bookmark in the middle of the slicky side.
7. Fold over the laminate and press down the seems on the back of the bookmark (careful to avoid air bubbles (a parent or teacher should help get this right).  Trim over any extra on the ends.
8. Punch a hole into the top of head
9. Take 48 piece of string and fold over 3 times, equally.  It should be 16 inches now.
10. Thread through the hole and make the sides equal.
11. Tie in 2 knots and either braid and secure with a very small clear elastic band or leave loose.  Trim ends to even out.  Note: Our yarn was very curly, so I (mom) actually ironed some of it on a VERY low setting.  If you do this, be careful, as you could melt the yarn.  We left one with curly hair.

DONE!  Enjoy!

And you can grab 15% off all Micheals gift cards to use with this 40% off coupon to grab all your supplies at a great price!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

No Dye Green Eggs and Ham

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After we made our Truffula Tree Pencil Craft we experimented with some no dye Green Eggs and Ham that we thought would be a great way to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday.

The recipe is crazy easy!  And I'll been you can't guess the secret "green" ingredient!

It's blueberries.



Lynn loves eggs and was excited about trying them, but Ohana does not.  Even so, Ohana actually did enjoy eating them.  Both girls said you could not taste the blueberries.  I don't know, as I have a cold and can't taste very well.


Dye Free Green Eggs and Ham

Ingredients 

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 6-8 Blueberries, crushed finely (you may want to run though a fine mesh strainer)
  • Olive Oil for pan
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

Instructions
  1. In a bowl whisk together cracked eggs, water, blueberry juice/mash (make sure no large blueberry pieces)
  2. Add oil to pan  and turn on high
  3. Immediately add eggs to the pan
  4. With a wooden spatula begin moving eggs around the pan
  5. When they start to set up turn down to Medium and continue moving eggs around until desired doneness.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Keep in mind eggs do continue to cook after removing from the heat, so be sure not to overcook.
  8. Enjoy eggs with a slice of warmed ham.
(note: as with most natural dyes you do not get the intense color you would with artificial dyes)

And don't forget to grab some Dr. Seuss Books for your child's library!


Thanks to Motherhood on a Dime for the inspiration!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Truffula Tree Pencil Craft


It is Dr Seuss's birthday on March 2 so we thought it might be fun to celebrate by making an easy little craft!

We make these super cute Truffula Tree Pencils (from the Lorax).

What you need to make the Truffula Tree Pencils:
  • Pencils with a funky design
  • Pom Poms (large)
  • A Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue sticks

(note: I think regular glue would work, too, but it simply will not dry as fast.  It would be safer for younger crafters).



Step 1: Heat your hot glue gun (adult supervision is recommended)
Step 2: Prepare a mat or spread newspaper out over crafting surface.


Step 3: Apply about a dime sized amount of hot glue to one spot on the Pom Pom.
Step 4: Punch the eraser end of the pencil into the hot glue on the Pom Pom.


Step 5: Allow hot glue to cool.
Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 with the rest of your pencils.

Be aware that hot glue is VERY hot and burns quickly.  If you think your children can't handle hot glue safely please either apply the hot glue yourself or have them use regular glue.

And make sure that you are supervising any child using hot glue at all times.

Enjoy your pencils!! And don't forget to grab a copy of the Lorax if you don't have one yet.

And make sure to hop over to our No Dye Green Eggs and Ham recipe!

My Teacher Is an Alien Book Review

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My Teacher Is an Alien Book Review by Lynn, 2nd grade.

My Teacher Is an Alien, by Bruce Coville- 4 Stars
Setting: The setting is at Susan's School.
Characters: The characters are; Susan Simmons Peter, Mr. Smith and  Ms Schwartz.
The Problem: Susan's Teacher might be an alien and no one believes her.
Solution:Susan asked Mr. Smith to take off his mask.
Important Events
1. Susan went to Mr.Smith's House and found out he was an alien.
2. Peter went to outer space with Mr. Smith.

What I liked about My Teacher Is an Alien: I enjoyed the part where she found out that Mr. Smith was really an alien.  I did not like the part where he took off his mask, it was creepy!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Review for Juliet the Valentine Fairy




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Book Review for Juliet the Valentine Fairy
by Lynn, 2nd grade.

Juliet the Valentine Fairy- 5 Stars

Setting: The setting is at Rachel’s house.
Characters: The characters are; the goblins, Rachel, Kirsty and Juliet.
The Problem: Jack Frost took the 3 Valentine Love presents from the fairies and brought them to the human world for the goblins to find.
Solution: Rachel and Kirsty found the Rose, Candy Hearts and the Valentine Card and gave them back to the fairies.

Important Events
1. Rachel and Kirsty found the goblins and followed them to the Valentine Card.
2. The Goblins found the rose but did not know what it was.
3. Rachel and Kirsty found the candy hearts that were in the goblins hand.

What I liked about Juliet the Valentine Fairy: I enjoyed the part where they found the candy hearts.
What I did not like about this book: I did not like the part where the goblins found out they had the presents.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  I love the Rainbow Magic series.

About the Two Sisters

Ohana
Ohana is the oldest.  She is 10 years old and in 5rd grade.  She loves writing, skateboarding and chocolate.

She also enjoys sewing, watching TV and spending time with Mommy and Daddy.


 






Lynn

Lynn is 9 years old and in 4nd grade.  She is an avid reader and always has a book in her hand.  She loves animals and playing with her friends.

Lynn likes to cook and is into art.  She also enjoys spending time with her family.







Note from mom:  I set up this blog as a way to encourage my girls to read more and enjoy doing their book reports at school.  I do all the typing and maintaining of the blog, but the reviews are theirs.  You can visit my main site at Frugal Living Mom.