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2 Ingredient Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

A homemade silly putty recipe that needs just 2 ingredients.
Two Ingredient Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

Kids driving you crazy?

Why not try a little science experiment at home? With two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, you can make homemade silly putty.

A lot of this recipe depends on the kind of dish soap you have at home. Some brands just plain work better than others.

The only way you’ll know how yours works is to give it a go.

After we made our silly putty and played with it for a bit, I put it in a sealed container and kept it next to the sink. For the next few days, we used it to wash our hands with! That proved to be almost more fun than playing with the silly putty. It definitely encouraged hand washing.

Homemade Silly Putty Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 cup non-GMO cornstarch <— I use this brand
3 tablespoons dish soap

Stir these two ingredients together then start kneading them with your hands.

That’s it! You now have your own homemade silly putty.

I threw together a quick 30 second video so you can see exactly how this recipe is supposed to work.

Can’t see the video? Watch it here.

While this recipe produces a silly putty that can stretch and mold into shapes, I tried to use it to lift images off newspaper and it did not work. I was a little bummed about that because that was my favorite part of playing with silly putty as a kid.

However, my kids had never played with silly putty before, so to them, the fact that these two ingredients formed something that could stretch and shrink and ball up…was fun enough.

Did you play with silly putty as a kid?

Costco: New Organic Products I Found {March 2016}

My Costco was pretty quiet yesterday, so I had a good chance to walk around and see what new organic products were in stock.

I’m really excited about these two new organic lunch options:

Organic Cheddar Cheese

Organic Rumiano Sliced Medium Cheddar $11.99/2 pounds

True Story Organic Sliced Turkey Breast $12.99/1.25 pounds

These aren’t new, but I just had never noticed they were organic:
Wholly Guacamole Organic Mini Cups $10.99/20 

These new 2 Minute Grains are really yummy:

Organic 2 Minute Grains
2 Minute Organic Grains $6.99/8

Organic Coconut Milk
Organic Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk $9.99/6 pack

They’ve always had chicken broth, so I was excited to see vegetable broth is now offered:

Organic Imagine Vegetable Broth
Organic Imagine Vegetable Broth $9.99/6 pack

Perfect for a diaper bag, packed lunch, or in your purse:
Happy Squeeze Organic Kale Apple Mango $10.49/12

I had one of these in the car on the way home (I was starving). The mango turmeric flavor was awesome:

Shine Organic

Shine Organic On The Go Nutrition $11.99/12

If you need gluten free:

Organic Riceworks

Organic Riceworks Quinoa, Chia and Herb Snack $5.89/Bag

In the snack section:

Popcornopolis Organic Popcorn Pack $12.99/30

I don’t think these are new, but I definitely have not seen them at my Costco for a while
Kirkland Organic Animal Crackers $9.79/64 oz

Back to Nature Organic Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites $9.89/24

Go Raw Organic Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds $9.39/16 oz

In the supplement section:

Orgain Organic Protein Powder $29.99/2.74 pounds

This is not organic but it is a convenient place to pick some up for your smoothies:

Amazing Grass Green Superfood

Amazing Grass Green Superfood $22.49/49 servings

In the personal care section:

The Honest Company Organic Cotton Tampons $18.99/64 count

The Honest Company Organic Cotton Panty Liners $16.99/96 count

EOS Costco Pack

EOS Lip Balm $10.99/5 Count These are 95% organic. I like the colors for Spring/Easter baskets!

Gardening:

Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil $9.99/55 qt

That’s what’s new at Costco!

If you love shopping Costco, have you seen my 4 Week Costco Meal Plan?

Fixer Upper Design Style Ideas For Your Kitchen

Fixer Upper Design Style Ideas for Your Kitchen. Steal some of Joanna's design style and add it to your own kitchen!

I am in LOVE with the show Fixer Upper. Are you?

Oh. My. Word. Why isn’t Joanna Gaines my BFF? Why doesn’t she perform miracles on 1950s ranchers in Colorado Springs instead of in Waco, TX???

I enjoy the show so much, my friends and I talk about making the 14 hour road trip to Waco, TX just to go to Magnolia’s. (not kidding)

When we purchased our home 2 years ago, I shared how I remodeled our kitchen using Craig’s List.

I love to upcycle and shop thrift store finds…just like Joanna. (You know in every episode you’ll see Joanna out scouring some antiques store for the perfect details for her Fixer Upper.)

Unlike Joanna, I have no real decorating sense of style. None. Nada. Zippo.

Sooooo, I’ve been studying the photos from the Fixer Upper remodels and I’ve found some awesome accents that show up repeatedly on the show.

Now, if you can find these items in a thrift store – buy them there! Use these design style ideas as a list to use while you thrift shop. But, if you simply can’t find them second hand, I’ve got some resources for you.

In keeping with what you will see on Fixer Upper, I tried to hunt down items that are American made or vintage/retro.

So here’s how you can copy some of the Fixer Upper design style in your own home.

We are going to start with a galvanized tray like in the kitchen detail below:

galvanized tray Photo Cred

Joanna oftens styles scenes with a Galvanized Tray. You can use it indoors or out and use it to serve items or to display them. (Don’t forget to get Biodegradable Green Striped Straws!)

There are two things I want to point out in this kitchen redo:

First, check out the retro Kitchen Scale next to the stove. It makes an appearance in so many of Joanna’s kitchens.

Second, look on the actual stovetop and see the Le Creuset Dutch Oven. Again, you will see this dutch oven out on many of her stoves.

Honestly? I just can’t do the price of the Le Creuset. It simply isn’t in my budget. So here’s a much more reasonably priced alternative: Lodge Dutch Oven. Lodge cast iron is American Made!

Okay, now check out this before and after:


Do you see the scale and the dutch oven again???
It’s her thing!!!

On to this gorgeous kitchen:

Do you spy with your little eye the iron cookbook stand? Joanna shows a cookbook stand in many of her kitchens. This Iron Cookbook Stand has the same little weights you use to hold your cookbook pages down. Cute, isn’t it?

There is so much to love about this kitchen (starting with no dirty dishes in the sink!):

mint green colander photo credit

But what I want to point out the vintage Mint Green Colander next to the sink. This may be an item you can find while thrifting or garage sale-ing. Or check in your grandmother’s cupboards! If not, you can get yours here.

This picture is similar to the one of the galvanized tray:

What I want to point out is: in almost every Fixer Upper I’ve seen, there are mason jars somewhere. They hold drinks, they hold straws, they hold flowers, they hold utensils, they hold crayons. To capture the Fixer Upper look, you just have to get yourself some quilted mason jars

The mason jars are sitting atop a serving board. Scroll through these pictures again and see how often she uses serving boards. It’s key to capturing the Fixer Upper style.

This makes me squeal. See the Anchor Hoking glass jars holding flour? I have some in my kitchen already!!! I’d like to say Joanna copied me, but somehow I don’t think so. (I really love these scoops to go with my jars. Just sayin.)

Look to the right of the stove in this swoon-worthy kitchen:

white crock wooden utensils photo credit

Do you see the white crock and the wooden utensils? Keep your eye out for them in all her kitchens! (You noticed the cookbook stand again, right?)

Neither you nor I may ever get to have a home designed and styled by Joanna, but we can copy her style ideas pretty inexpensively.

Do you already have any of these items in your house?

How to Remove Candle Wax from Glass Jars

How to remove candle wax from glass jars so you can reuse them.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

Mrs. Meyer’s candles are my total favorite. Love, love, love them!

As I’ve mentioned before, I wait all year for the holiday scents – and in particular, the orange clove candles – to arrive.

Every season I buy at least 3 or 4 and I burn them throughout the holiday season.

Once the candles are down to the wick, with very little wax remaining, I like to remove the candle wax so I can reuse the jars.

If you’ve never purchased a Mrs. Meyer’s candle before, the jars are a pretty shape, and the lid screws on tight. They are perfect for upcycling!

Removing the wax from a glass candle jar is actually quite easy.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Glass Jars

Start by placing the jar in the freezer. Allow the candle wax to freeze for at least 30 minutes.

Next, use a sharp knife to crack the wax.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

Once you’ve cracked the wax and broken it up a bit with your knife, use a spoon or butter knife to pry the wax out.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

The wick may still be stuck to the bottom of the jar, and there will be some wax left clinging to the sides.

Make sure your jar has come to room temperature (if the jar is too cold, it will break!) and pour in boiling water.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.

The boiling water should remove the wick and the remaining wax.

I like to stick my jars in the dishwasher just to get them thoroughly clean.

Voila! Your jars are now ready to use.

This foolproof method for how to remove candle wax from glass jars works every time with little effort.