This summer is the summer of living out of our suitcases. People keep asking me how it’s going since we left Argentina in June with a few suitcases and no plans to move into our home until the end of August. My response is always the same: “It’s hard but it’s an awesomely mindful practice to live without all your STUFF for a period of time.”

At least that’s what I tell myself when I long to sleep in my own bed for a night 😉

My parents are so kind to allow us to move in and take over their home for 5 weeks. My kids are like two individual hurricanes moving through the house at all times causing destruction and mess and NOISE where ever they go. Sure, they’re cute…but even cuteness wears off after Grammy has stepped in peanut butter for the 5th time on any given morning.

We’ve had a few days of rain this week which makes my kids STIR CRAZY.  I resort to homemade crafts when we get REALLY bored because I don’t come by craftiness naturally.

Pinterest really changed the game for us non-crafty mamas, didn’t it?

We decided to make homemade play dough yesterday.  After researching a few recipes I decided there was no way I was going to be cooking up any play dough on the stove.  I’m more of a lazy non-crafty mom so I usually choose the easiest route to any given project with my kids.  We came up with a no bake homemade play dough recipe, to which I added a few drops of lavender essential oil, known for it’s calming properties I thought it would help keep my littles calm after such a long day indoors. (Learn where to order therapeutic grade essential oils here)

My kids loved this project and as usual they fought over the pink play dough.  Next time I’ll make a double batch of pink.


Zen-tastic Homemade Play Dough
Homemade no bake play dough
Recipe type: craft
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 5-10 drops food coloring of choice (less for lighter shades, more for darker shades)
  • 5 drops therapeutic grade lavender essential oil
  1. Mix the salt and flour together in a bowl. In a measuring cup place the water and add 5-10 drops of food coloring (to your color preference). Pour the water/food coloring into the flour/salt mixture and stir to combine. Measure out one tablespoon of olive oil and add 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Add oil to the play dough mixture and stir to combine. If it's too sticky add a little more flour.

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