God bless mothers of twins, two kids the same age are a handful. EVERYTHING has to be equal and as my mother keeps saying "What is fair is what is best for each child". So trying to keep one kid busy while the other one has over a friend has been quite the feat at my house. Enter lip balms. And Martha Stewart, of course. What little girl doesn't love lip balms? Perfect for that too young for make-up but still want to put some on stage. I remember making my own, way back when. Martha Stewart even had this cute kit, my mother ordered me for chirstmas. Yes, my love of Martha has been since almost birth, don't make fun, instead appreciate that I am steadfast. I liked her even when she got sent to prison; she used to be a stock broker, if you didn't know. Fancy. Anyways enough idol worship, here is a simple way to keep ages 10 and up (even those past 60) entertained for a bit (okay, like 20 minutes, but still)
-beeswax (unbleached) (3 tsp.)
-Sunflower oil (5 tsp.)
-Essential oils of your choice (vanilla and peppermint are always good fail safes!)
-Lip balm containers (either recycle or find some at a craft store)
-lipstick shavings if you want to color the balm
- Fill a shallow pan with about one inch of water. Bring to a boil. Pour beeswax and sunflower oil into mason jar.
- Place the mason jar in the boiling water, use a pipette to stir until melted.
- Carefully remove from heat and add essential oils to mason jar. For best results (i.e. not overpowering) add up to 10 drops of essential oils. (stir in lipstick shavings now too, if desired)
- Pour into containers and let set for twenty minutes before moving.
Minty Vanilla (i.e. the safe choice)
8 drops vanilla
2 drops mint
What's your favorite craft to entertain kiddoes?