Keeping the Kids Busy this Summer with Homemade {Play}Dough

Summertime can be a challenging season in which to keep the kiddos busy. It gets quite toasty here in Texas and there is only so much sun and swimming a mama can handle, so when the kiddos come in hot and tired it’s difficult to keep the TV and other electronics to a minimum. Reading is a great way for the kiddos to pass the time, and a fantastic way to keep their minds busy, but for my younger kiddos some hands-on imaginative play does the trick!

I kept seeing homemade play dough recipes, of various kinds, all over Facebook and Pinterest, so we decided to try to make some ourselves. We made three different types of {play}dough with just a few simple ingredients, found at our local Walmart. All have different textures, but they are all equally as fun and are so very easy to make.

3 Play Dough Recipes Using Everyday Ingredients | Moon Sand, Play Dough, & Gooey Goop

Also known as Moon Sand, or simply Sand, Moon Dough can be messy. Honestly, this is my least favorite, but it happens to be Timmy’s fave!

Moon Dough

Mix together –
2 cups flour
1/4 cup baby oil
bright chalk to color, crushed

Homemade Moon Dough

I had heard that there was a recipe that made the silkiest play dough, so I was excited to try a few different ones to test the claim. Let me tell you – corn starch and hair conditioner is a magical combination!


Mix together –
1 part conditioner
2 parts corn starch

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Ever since an old babysitter made goo with the kids, Noah had been begging me to help him make some. Not only is he glad he doesn’t have to beg me any more, but I feel bad for waiting so long to get him some corn starch. This one is super fun, but it’s incredibly messy. Fortunately it’s easy to clean up and has made me the best mom ever!

Gooey Goop

2 parts corn starch
1 part water

Add coloring to water. Place corn starch in a bowl and mix in colored water to create desired consistency.

Gooey Goop

What are some creative ways you keep your kiddos busy in the hot summer months?


Great Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Whole Family

Valentine Ideas for the Whole Family

Valentine’s Day can be a day to celebrate your love for each other as an entire family. There are so many great activities and goodies that everyone can enjoy together. Here are some great ideas. (Most of them incredibly easy for this craft-challenged mama!)

Follow Christine Young’s board Valentine Ideas For Kiddos on Pinterest.

Ray and I have never really gone out and made a big deal of Valentine’s Day. It really is just another day for us to show our love and appreciation for each other, as we try to do every day. Actually, just a couple of days later is a big anniversary for us. This year, on February 16th, Ray and I will have been an official couple for 17 years! SEVENTEEN YEARS!!!

So, on Valentine’s Day this year, like most, we will be staying in. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the day special or still have a romantic evening of our own. I’ve gathered just a few ideas on Pinterest to inspire the same for you.

Follow Christine Young’s board Be Mine on Pinterest.

What do you and your family do for Valentine’s Day? Any special traditions?

Mimi and the Rocket

We had the great privilege of being blessed with my mom’s company for the better part of this last week. It was the first time she had seen our new home, so we were excited to explore our new city with her and just hang out. (Well, Mom couldn’t help herself and she did a bit of organizing and lots of cleaning, too – Thanks, Mom!!) But, for the most part we all had lots of fun!

The highlight of our adventures together, however, was today. We played with the Smithsonian Rocket Science kit I recently got from the Walmart Moms Holiday Trip.

We got all of the supplies together, measured out the baking soda and vinegar, and headed outside.

Oh, my goodness… the hilarity that ensued!

Try #1 flopped

So, we added more soda and vinegar and we were on to Try #2

Try #3


Try #4 (with a little lesson about Thomas Edison)


Try #5

Try #6


And, then… finally!!



As y’all know, I am part of the Walmart Moms Program. I did receive the Smithsonian Science kit, but did not receive any other compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post… I just thought it was a fun story! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.