Handy Helper – Toothpaste

Toothpaste is becoming a miracle helper in my house. People always think they have a secret object to fix almost anything. I am sure there are thousands of uses out there. But here is a list of uses for toothpaste.. and not just for freshening breath! So far the best kind of toothpaste we have found that works best is the white Crest paste (not the gel)

 

1.) Bug Bites!

Yes! Bug bites! Summer is upon us and in Florida mosquitos are out in full force!  Mosquitos are nasty boogers and they  love Jackson.  I always feel so bad for him when he gets bit. Even if we spray him down, dryer sheets help, but he doesn’t want to keep them in his pockets.  Get a dab of toothpaste on each bite and it immediately relieves the itch and removes the redness.

2.) Burns!

Burns as in from the oven, grill, or curling iron. Anything else you might be a klutz with and burn yourself on, if you are anything like me.  Apply a light layer on the burn immediately.  Let this 1st layer dry and then gently wipe it off.  Reapply the 2nd layer. Toothpaste removes the sting and the swelling. If you allow it to set it on the burn for at least 2 hours (the combination of both applications)  your burn will no longer be tender t touch, no scaring either!

3.) Remove crayon marks on walls!

Gotta love kids and drawing on the walls.  Rub a small dab of toothpaste on a washcloth and rub it on the marks.  Make sure to wash it off with warm water though!

4.) Deodorize Hands!

Have you cooked onions or garlic before and you can’t get the smell off your hands and the stainless steel trick isn’t working for you.. try washing your hands with toothpaste. Toothpaste helps with bad breath so why not smelly hands?

5.) Jewelry

Be careful when doing this one. To polish up stones take a small dab of toothpaste and an old toothbrush and go to work polishing. Rinse with warm water.  Cleans up rather well!

6.) Zits!

Yes, toothpaste works on zits as well. Dab it on and go to bed!  It dries the zit out. Isn’t that just nice?

7.) Fill small holes in the walls.

Again just a dab on a small hole ( thumbtack size) and let it dry. Sand and repaint.

 

 

 

Happy Summer and I hope that these tips help!

Gulfarium Adventures

If you ever come to Destin, Florida on vacation and you have the kids with you, take a break from the beach one day and check out the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. It is just across the bridge from Destin in Fort Walton Beach (on Okaloosa Island).  There is several activities to suit each age group. I took Jack there for his first time last month and he loved it! I’m not sure of his favorite section although I know he really liked the dolphin show.  He also asked to see the alligators, which are big, he wanted to see bigger and go pet them. I blame myself for letting him watch Gator Boys for that one. My personal favorite part are the penguins (yes! Penguins in Florida!) and the touch and feel sealife tank. Tickets aren’t too bad priced for what all you get to see.

Deciding to go here all started because Jack wanted to be a ninja turtle. We have an old turtle shell at home and it really peaked his interest.

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Here are a few pictures from our adventure!

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1 year!

 

Well today The Adventures of Action Jackson blog turned 1 year old!  Thank you to everyone who comes and reads on all the activities we do.  We hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas is you celebrate. Jackson’s birthday is also Christmas day so we get to celebrate his awesomeness with a lot of presents.  He turned a might 4 years old!

You can also keep up with us on Facebook.   See everyone in the new year!

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Sock Puppets

Today was craft day today with my mom’s group.  The theme was sock puppets. I don’t think Action Jackson was very interested in it after he colored on the sock. Maybe he will grow to really like his sock like he did with Mr. Pickles (his Muppet).  He usually runs around the house though with socks on his hands, which is silly since more often than not they aren’t clean.

 

Supplies:

EVERYTHING IN YOUR CRAFT ROOM! No, seriously, anything and everything works to make sock puppets, but if you need a list here you go:

  • Socks
  • Pom-Poms
  • Google eyes
  • Fabric Markers
  • Beads
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Buttons
  • Sewing Kit
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue

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As you can see from all of our mom’s we had a lot of items!

Step 1:

Choose your sock. Slide your hand into the sock so that your fingers are where you toes go.  Open your hand at the toe of the sock and push the sock in to your palm.  This will be making the mouth.

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Step 2:

Cut your felt out to the color that you would like your mouth to be. We chose green, and later cut out just enough red for a tongue.  Hot flue the felt in.

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Step 3:

Decide what kind of eyes you want either the google eyes or if you want to sew on buttons. Mark and make your sock puppet see!

Step 4:

Design. Have fun with your puppets. Give it a nose, hair, scales, anything you can think of. Here is some inspiration!

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Our lovely mom Elizabeth made a dragon for her little one.

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She ended up adding her google eyes to the pom pom’s so that they stand up more!

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Jackson’s and mine needs some help, but it was still fun making it

 

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All of our socks!

 

No sock puppets are perfect. They are supposed to be silly and a lot of fun to make. It’s the memories made that are more important than a physical appearance.

 

I hope everyone has fun! 

 

Rocket Man!!!

I have seen this all over Pinterest for months thanks to Do It and How . I believe she is the originator, if not I apologize. But I went off of her design.

I don’t know of any Superhero that has a jet pack, but Jackson has decided to be Iron Man and Captain America today all while wearing the jet pack. I guess it makes him fly even faster?

What you need:

  • 2 empty 2 liters bottles
  • gray spray paint
  • elastic
  • cardboard
  • hot glue
  • Red and Yellow tissue paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • tape

Step 1:   

Spray paint your bottles and let dry. Good thing I painted my bottles almost 2 months ago and just never touched them. Some bottles have different textures than others. If you can get two of the same brand and kind it would be nice.

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Step 2:

Cut your “flames” out of tissue paper. You can also use felt or just about anything else.

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After I cut the flames out, I taped the tops together.

Step 3:

Enter your flames into the the opening of the soda bottles. Hot glue on the tape part so that it doesn’t destroy the tissue.

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Step 4:

Get your cardboard (around 10.5 inches wide)

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Wrap your aluminum foil around your cardboard and tape the seams.

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Back

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Front

Step 5: 

Make your straps. Our straps were 12.5 inches long.

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Attach the elastic to the back of the cardboard using hot glue.

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Step 6:

Attach your soda bottles with hot glue on the back. Be careful not to use to much and melt the bottles.  Fill in the sides with hot glue.

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Step 7: 

BLAST OFF!!!! 

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Angry Birds Golden Egg

Like most kids and many adults around the world, Angry Birds phenomenon has exploded in our house and has been for a long time now. We even have no Angry Birds days just to give Jackson a break. Boy does he hate that!

Any who, he has several Angry Birds stuffed toys (the ones that make noise).  But you never see golden eggs anywhere. Since he is being to have more imaginative play lately I decided to make one. This was Jackson’s 1st sewing lesson, I do believe he enjoyed it.

 

What you need:

Stuffing

– Yellow Felt

 

Step 1:

Half the felt and drawn an egg and cut it out. Making 2 eggs.

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Step 2:

Sew the two pieces together (I used a zig-zag stitch) leaving just enough of an opening to fold your egg inside out .

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Jackson’s little hand helping guide.

Step 3: 

Fill your egg with stuffing.

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Step 4:

Sew up the opening of your egg.

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Not the best, but my 3 year old isn’t picky.

 

Now you have your golden egg to go with the rest of the birds… and pig.

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Green Anaconda

If you or your children haven’t heard any of the song from Big Green Rabbit y’all are missing out.  Not only are they fun songs they are also rather educational.  Jackson loves them and I actually love YouTube for having the different songs on there.

 

Since Jackson’s favorite is Green Anaconda (it is his go to song when he has watched to many Angry Bird videos) we decided to make a green anaconda out of socks.

What you need:

– Kelly Green fabric dye (or any green you want, more natural than neon though)

–  Old socks (we used a tube sock and an ankle sock that didn’t have a match)

2 googley eyes

– Red felt (used for the tongue, ours was hot pink though)

– Brown Fabric Pen

 

 

Step 1:

We dyed the socks a few weeks ago, I didn’t take pictures. Follow the directions located on the dye package.

Step 2:

Cut a slit in the toe seam (the seam that usually its at the base of your toes) in one of the socks. This will be the snakes mouth.AAA_8591

 

Step 3: 

Fold the sock inside out, slide it onto the other sock and sew the tops together. Make sure you are able to fold the top sock back over the other so the “mouth” is out. This will make your snake longer.

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(I know I should of sewn it so the seam is inside. It didn’t occur to me until after the fact.)

 

Step 4:

Start feeding your snake some stuffing! Insert through the mouth.

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Step 5:

Sew your mouth.

– Take your bottom lip and pinch the tip so it folds in half.  Add your felt tongue in the back of the bottom lip.

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– Take your top lip and pinch the top making it lay flat just the like bottom lip. However, this time make the top

overlap the bottom.

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Step 6:

Place your googley eyes.

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Step 7:

We drew some brown ovals down the back of the snake to make it look like the video.

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This little project took about 20 minutes to make ( not including dye time)

I hope you enjoy your green anaconda for your little snake enthusiast.

Catching Some Rays

Today Jackson and I decided to make a few different sun catchers. More than likely, a few might go to his grandparents for Mother’s Day.  These were super easy, you just have to be patient and wait. I have seen several on Pinterest that involved using your oven and on a few occasions I read comments that other people had put them on the grill. Well, that is what we decided to do. I am so happy we did too because I couldn’t imagine the smell of burnt plastic all over the house, when it was bad enough outside.

I set the grill to medium/low (or around 500-600 degrees)

What you need:

Metal (it has to be metal) dish

Plastic pony beads (the transparent kind)

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That’s it. Pretty simple actually.

Arrange your beads in your metal dish in a single layer. The more beads you have the thicker it will be.

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(Yellow Angry Bird had to help)

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(This pattern in the grill was not melting as it should and I had to add more beads)

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Grill for around 15 minutes or until completely melted.

While we were waiting, like any project with a 3 year old there is going to be a mess. This time Jackson decided to step in the bowl of pony beads and spill them all over the the patio and into the grass… Yay!

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…..but before that happened we were taking the time to try and separate the pony beads. Teaching Jackson about organization and categorizing.  Yeah he wasn’t having much fun with that and started to get VERY whiny.

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Check the grill the sun catchers should be finished.

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We hung this one in our kitchen window.

I love it.

To hang just drill a small hole and use string. (Edited: Once you take this off the grill or out of the oven, while the beads are still hot, stick a non-melted pony bead into the sun catcher. Make sure the holes are on it’s side so you slide your string through. This beats having to drill anything and you get to use another cute bead! Just please do not burn yourself.) 

Let’s Play with Shaving Cream!

There are so many different ways you can play with shaving cream. This week our shaving cream play time involved a tarp (left over from Outdoor Waterbed), shaving cream (we used 2 travel sized cans) and a little bit of water that was left over from rinsing the tarp off in the 1st place 🙂

After spraying on the shaving cream I just let Jackson go to town. It turned out to be a pretty cool slip n slide. We will definitely be doing this one again!  He had so much fun that all you could see was a smile on his face and hear the giggles in the air.  He even pretended to be a frog perched on top of his lilly pad.

Warning: very picture heavy! It just shows the excitement! 

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Soda Volcano

Diet Coke and Mentos explode!  Did anyone else know that?  I didn’t until just the other day and decided we had to try it out. Of course we had to try it out on a day that daddy was home so he could actually get all sticky and I take pictures. This was a fun time. However, it is a shame that each bottle can only be used once. Also pouring the soda into smaller glasses in hopes for more activities doesn’t work. Both regular and diet coke work for this as you can see in the pictures.

All you need is a bottle of Diet Coke (or Coke) and a between 5-6 Mentos.

Here are our pictures!

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