Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snow fun DIY

 Who doesn't love to bundle up and have some good fun with snow- especially when you can make it look like it's been tie-dyed!?  (Original idea found via Pinterest, here. )  My sis in law and I decided this would be kind of fun for kiddos, and inexpensive to boot... What I didn't anticipate, was that my almost twelve year old would stay outside for hours coloring snow.  Who knew?

You will need: 
Four (or more) squirt bottles from the craft store. (near the cake decorating aisles most likely) 
Food-safe coloring of your choice- we chose neon colors.  
Children who like to play in the snow. Ha!

 Fill up your bottles, add some food coloring and pass them out!  (Be expected to fill these up again and again for them.)
 The color was also washable so everything they were wearing didn't get stained. 

 Side note-be careful because if your hoodlums douse their snowball pile with colored water not thinking about it and then leave them in wait for the next day's snowball fight with daddies and uncles... they will freeze into little ice balls overnight.  And then when they hit daddies and uncles with their ice-balls, it will most likely pack a punch.   

It's all fun and games til someone takes an ice ball in the eye.

Just remember that.

(FYI Nobody was seriously hurt in the making of these snowballs... I'm just saying.  If a lesser man had been hit in the face with one though... he might have taken his sled and gone home.)
 They are very pretty, aren't they!?

 And now... for a little peace in the midst of all the holiday chaos out there...I'm home with this sick little one today and it occurred to me (as I was making calls to cancel things I had scheduled today and crossing things off my to do list) that sometimes God presents opportunities for seeking peace if you only ask.  Yesterday I was spinning my wheels getting the necessities done, the mountains of laundry, the grocery list making, etc... and I found myself asking, "Have I done it again?  Have I missed half the season to the hustle and bustle?"  Of course, I've spent time with Him but it's been a little hurried if I'm totally honest... and I've been trying to take time for myself while my shop is closed, time for creating and giving myself manicures (something I neglect all. the. time) but I was craving time to sit.  Rest. Prepare my heart.  Do nothing.  Be still.  And guess what?  I get that chance today while I snuggle with Ava.  (Thank you, Lord.  You know what I need before I do.  You are awesome. I plan to make the most of it. Amen.)
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11

 "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." 
Isaiah 26:3
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." 
Matthew 11: 28-30

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  
Philippians 4:6-7

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,  
Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6


  1. Thanks for the peace and rest and anxiety verses as reminders. I need that today. What started (earlier in the week) as a plan to get our son to the dr. for what seemed like appendicitis signs has now turned into switching the appointment to be for our daughter, who cannot seem to recover from this bronchitis/cough. (Our son is now fine!) It's been quite a week, and I needed the reminder to rest in HIM. Thank you Sweetie!

  2. hello my friend
    i'm praying your little one has a quick recovery. i know the feeling about feeling all rushed and then the lord "making us lie down in green pastures".
    praying your heart is full, content & peaceful today

  3. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery and also for the calm you brought to my morning today!


  4. I wish we had snow to do that - I wonder if Beach Sand would work ;) - Hoping your little angel is feeling better soon. I just LOVE your post. Happy PJ day :)

  5. you are right about the Lord knowing when we need a break. the Lord only gives us as much as we can handle. I love all of your family Christmas pics! XO

  6. amen.
    i got a little break today myself. unexpected, but much appreciated.
    hope little Ava recovers nicely.

  7. Desperately need those verses today - even though I rushed through reading them. I'm going to have to force myself to go back and soak them in. Times are tough and I'm battle weary. So thankful that I have a Place to find rest, if only I'll ask and take it <3

    Thankful for your posts and inspiration <3

  8. Sasha, I love your snow coloring idea. Thanks so much for sharing. And thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about peace in this time. I needed to hear not only the words from scripture, but also YOUR words about peace. I appreciate your willingness to share your tender feelings. Your words have been a blessing to me on this day. Thank you!

  9. I am PRAYING for snow so my kids can do this!!!!! HOW MUCH FUN!!!! You're awesome!

    praying for your little one, too...full recovery!
    His perfect peace....what a gift!

  10. I KNOW I'm going to sound like a "debbie downer", but does the food coloring stain clothes? I want my kids to have so much fun and this looks like a blast, but a little worried about Noelle getting it all over her new jacket. Just a question. (:

  11. Again for the 100th time...wish you were my mom!

  12. What a fun snow idea!
    I hope your baby girl feels better soon, but how nice that you get to rest...peace!

  13. Snow fun, what a great time the kids must of had, wishing Ava, get well soon's.
    Have a great rest day!

  14. Praying for Ava right now! Great post Sasha. We all need to learn to "rest in Him" and "cease striving!" Then His sweet peace will surround us. Love and blessings to you all this wonderful day!! :o)

  15. Let me just say, that I am thoroughly enjoying your blog. I'm really not a big blog reader/follower (three total). There's just something about the way you, inspiring and honest. ~Melissa

  16. those are seriously really pretty and a fun idea to boot!
    and is funny in all the ways He answers our needs when
    we ourselves don't even know they are there.
    and i being more hurried in my time with Him..
    oh to get off this crazy merry go round sometimes and then after yesterday
    i am humbled to the core..
    love ya