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Outdoor Gaming Table: D.I.Y.

We spend a lot of time outside during the summer. We try to have as many outdoor activities to enjoy as we can. Recently we started creating fun little seating groups in our yard for spending time together as a family and for entertaining. Our kids loved the idea of having an outdoor gaming table so they could play with friends and with us. We found this fun tutorial online from Shanty-2-Chic, a great blog about DIY from two women.

I loved the idea that we could create this table at home. Also, I loved that it was two women showing us how to make the table. My boys and my girls were impressed by the skills these women had. I loved that they were seeing someone other than a man build and use power tools. it is so important for boys and girls to see strong women. I also loved how simple the tutorial was to follow. Now we have a fun new table to use in the yard, and I didn’t have e to purchase an overpriced item in a big store.

Outdoor gaming table

For the full tutorial head on over to Shanty-2-Chic now. They have many amazing tutorials for building and DIY. You can find anything from tables to beds to planters. Check them out and you may just discover a love for a new hobby.

Feel free to share with us, in the comments below, how you spend family time in the great outdoors.

Elmer’s Glue Slime: No Borax Slime Recipe

There have been a lot of incidents regarding homemade slime. Many parents have cited that their homemade slime recipes containing borax have caused chemical burns. So we have decided it was time to share a new recipe that does not contain the borax. Many different recipes have been floating around, and we found that this one directly from Elmer’s Glue seems to be the safest alternative to the one containing borax.

Elmer's glue slime

What You Will Need:

  • 1/2 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of contact lens solution
  • 4 fl oz Elmer’s White school glue
  • Your choice of food coloring

What You Will Do:

  1.  Pour out the entire bottle of a 4oz of Elmer’s School Glue into a bowl.
  2.  Add ½ tbsp of baking soda and mix thoroughly.
  3.  After mixing, add your choice of food coloring until you get the color you want.
  4.  Add 1 tbsp of contact lens solution.
  5.  Mix until mixture gets harder to mix and slime begins to form.
  6.  Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands.
  7.  If needed, add ¼ tbsp of contact lens solution to make the slime less sticky.

*Adult supervision is required; This project is not appropriate for children under the age of 3 years. Always wash your hands before and after making and playing with slime. Warning: If large quantities of contact lens solution are accidentally ingested (greater than a tablespoon), get medical attention immediately.

*Please watch children that play with this slime. It is not appropriate for children under three and should NOT BE INGESTED.

This Elmer’s glue slime recipe can be altered to include glitter or different colors. Check out Elmer’s Glue for more recipes!