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Star Crayons + Happy Weekend

A’s 2nd birthday party was a success!  Yippee!

While I am still writing my blog post about that, in the meantime, I’d like to share with you one of the projects that I did for her party–Star Crayon give-aways!

I gave these out to A’s cousins who were still too young to be given the papier mache horses (takas).  Those went to the older kids :).

Anyway, these star crayons are not only very easy to make, but it also cost me nearly zero pesos–next to nothing!  Hahaha!  I say “nearly” because while I recycled materials that I had lying around the house, syempre I did use up some electricity while in the course of making them so I guess may gastos pa din yon (I still spent something) :).  Hahaha!

Here are the things you’ll be needing to make your own Star Crayons:

one deep pot

mini glass jars (the number depends on how many colors you are making)

old crayons/broken crayons

mold/shaper

Here are the steps.  Easy Peasy.

Step 1: Sort your crayons into like colors and shades.  This is not really a super necessary step–only if you decide you want to make a monochromatic crayon.  In this case, that’s what I pretty much wanted.  I’ve seen other versions, though, where the maker just went wild and mixed so many different colors together!  The results are beautiful as well :).

Step 2: After you’ve got your crayons in groups, break them apart and put them into the glass jars.  One color group per jar.  Again, if you have an extra non-stick muffin or mold pan, you can totally eliminate this step and just sort the crayons straight into the pan itself.

Step 3: Fill your pot with water (up to the level where the crayons in the glass jar are covered, but not high enough for the water to enter the jar)  and bring to a boil.  Once water starts to bubble, carefully place the glass jars inside, and let the crayons melt.

If you use the non-stick pans, you can do this step in the oven.  I think melting the crayons to 325 degrees will do.

Step 4: Once the crayons have all melted, pour them carefully into the molds.  You may want to use an oven mitt in this step because the glass jars will be very hot!  Also, it’s best to do this project without kids nearby since you are dealing with stuff that can potentially scald or burn.

Step 5: After pouring, stick the mold in the refrigerator to cool for around 20 minutes, or until they harden.

Once the crayons have fully hardened, just pop them out!  In this case, maybe because I used a silicone mold, the crayons popped out easily :).  In other cases, especially if your pan or mold is not non-stick, you may have to spray some oil or any other agent that will make the crayons slip off with ease.

And here’s the finished product!  Voila!  Ready to be wrapped :).

Pretty, right?  I made them in the party motif colors–yellow, purple, fuschia and orange :).

Here is the little one giving her own set a try…Perfect for little hands!

Success!!!

Hope you have a great weekend, folks!

Fun Farm

During the previous 4-day weekend in August, a bunch of my friends and I planned a trip to the Fun Farm with our families.

Fun Farm is located at Sta. Elena Estates off the Cabuyao, Laguna exit on SLEX.  Despite it being less than an hour away from where I live, being in Sta. Elena feels like you’re totally far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  It is quiet, green and serene.

Aside from residential areas, a golf course, an organic farm and guest amenities, Sta. Elena is also home to the Fun Farm.  If, as a parent, you are looking for a different, educational, hands-on and fun experience for your child in an environment that is other than a mall, then this is a great place to go :).

Here you will find a variety of animals such as chickens, roosters, horses, carabaos, guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs and ducks.  Your children will be able to experience feeding them, petting them, and even riding them!

The little miss had her first horse ride in the Fun Farm :).  I was surprised that she quite excitedly got on the horse’s back, and actually stayed there for a while before deciding to get off.

She also loooooooved feeding the rabbits, and giggled at how they would quickly nibble the carrots she held out to them.  Gosh, my A is really brave!  First, the horse, and then the rabbits!  If that was me, I don’t think I’d be as fearless as her!  Hahaha!  I was actually cringing inside the rabbit pen, but tried my best not to show it :(.  And I don’t think I’ve ever ridden on a horse either :(.

A was also fascinated by both the guinea pigs and the pot-bellied pigs.  :)  To this day, she always asks to look at the two pictures below in my iPhoto album.  I’m wondering why they made such a lasting impression?  Hmmm…

Other than the animals, Fun Farm also has a fishing area, a boating area, a covered playground/sandbox, and a pavilion that is perfect for picnics!

On this day in particular, though, we unfortunately had to seek refuge in the pavilion for most of the afternoon because the weather was quite uncooperative. :(  Definitely, it would be a good idea to check the forecast before heading out to the Fun Farm.

The rain came down pretty hard during the time we were there so we didn’t even have a chance to go on the carabao ride :(.  We also wanted to go on a boat ride with A, but again the rains did not permit us to :(.

So instead, we decided to have our birthday celebrants blow out the candles on their cake from Tita C. Including A, two of the other kids in our group were also celebrating August birthdays.  Here they are in action!

Despite our issues with the weather, we all had a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.  It was a wonderful way to bond with friends, while spending precious quality time with our kids as well.

Seeing the look on A’s face as she saw and interacted with the animals was priceless!  Aside from the fact that she’s never really around animals that often,  I think she also enjoyed being able to run around in the vast area with other kids.  Being a “city girl”, she is cooped up a lot of times, and as a parent I am often wistful that she doesn’t have the luxury of open spaces.

Personally, I also thought it was nice to be in a very green, natural and peaceful environment.  The downside to living in a concrete jungle is that there is a lack of trees, grass, shady areas and fresh air.  Sta. Elena provides the perfect refuge from the city–a place for families and friends to get together, in a lush, verdant backdrop.  Haaaay!  It would be such a dream to live in a place like this!

But since I’m also not quite ready to give up city living yet, occasional trips such as these to the Fun Farm are just the thing me and my family need to rest and recharge from our busy schedules and fast paced lives.

Hooray for the Fun Farm!

A’s Creation + Happy Weekend!

Starting off the weekend with a block building from A :)

I am so happy she’s starting to gravitate towards other types of activities and toys :)

Ofcourse, books remain to be her favorite :)

Needless to say, the H and I are extremely thrilled and proud :)!

Happy Weekend, Folks! :)