How to Make Summer Snow!

Summer Snow

Its 113 degrees outside…literally.  “Can we go to the pool mom?” well that’s a no.  Hmm…what can we do? Summer Snow! “Do you want to build a snowman?”
Summer Snow

So it’s summer.  Here in Arizona that means we have record temperatures of 118 degrees some days.  I mean, you can NOT go outside.  You go outside and you will find yourself like the wicked witch from the west, melting, only from your own sweat created because of the intense radiation beaming down on your wonderfully unprotected skin.  Go ahead an put on SPF 60 in this weather but you still might get burned!

On top of the sun beaming its wicked smiling face at you the heat from the road comes up.  It’s like you are stuck between the sky and the earth, roasting like a hot dog on a stick with no place to go.

If you do brave going outside, like the missionaries for example, take ample water or you will get heat stroke in like 10 minutes!  When the missionaries show up to my door the first thing I do is give them water.  I don’t want someone’s son dying because he knocked on 10 doors and no one would let him fill up his water bottle. Come on people!  Where’s the love?

Anyway, back to the post.  I found a summer activity that you will love!  It is called…SNOW!!!!  Hooray for snow!

The best part is that this snow doesn’t melt.  You can use it over and over and over and over (you get the picture).  You just collect all the snow back into the bin and put it in the fridge or freezer and wa la!  You will have snow again in a couple of hours.  Want to know how I make it?

How to Make Inside Summer Snow

2 1/2 cups baking soda

3/4 cup water

I get a spoon out, oh and this is the REALLY hard part.  Are you ready?  I stir the baking soda and the water together.  Oh man, see wasn’t that the hardest thing you have ever done? Whew so glad that is over.

Put that snow in the fridge for a couple hours or in the freezer for a few minutes and wa la!  You have snow.  Then pull it out and make some mini snowmen with the wonderful chilly snow you just created.  Your kids will think it’s magic!  Really!

If you really want to get creative then take out your cookie cutters and let your kids put some snow in the cookie cutters to make various shapes.  I pulled out ALL mine!  Even the Halloween ones.  My kids LOVED it!

Warning: this makes a huge mess.  Make sure you are at a surface that is easy to wipe down.  It isn’t hard to clean up but it does get everywhere. For quick cleaning just scoop up the snow on the table that you want to keep, wipe the table down and sweep up anything that got on the floor.  Done!

You can make more snow if you want by doubling or tripling the recipe.  You may even find a bunch of other recipes for Summer Snow on Pinterest!  Just check it out!

DIY Coconut Body Butter

Coconut Body Butter

Have you ever wanted to make your own homemade coconut body butter?  Here is a recipe you will love making for you and your family!

Coconut Body Butter

Coconut Body Butter Recipe

This is a pretty simple recipe I came up with today.  I like to keep things that way. Simple.  This is also made of easy to find common ingredients.  Here’s what you need:

2 tbsp beeswax (or one small cube)
1/2 cup coconut oil

Melt the beeswax in a pot on low.  After its melted add the coconut oil.  Once that is melted take the pot off the heat and whisk the mixture.  Leave it for a few minutes to cool.  Whisk again.  Repeat until it is room temperature.  Then take a spatula and put it in a glass sealed container.  That’s it!  You’re done!

A few tips:

  • Keep your eye on it.  You want to be whisking pretty frequently so that you get a nice fluffy butter.
  • Store this at room temperature.  Make sure the temperature stays below 80 degrees as the butter starts to melt around then.  If you live in a place where it gets hot you may want to add a little more beeswax and if you live in a place that is colder you will want to add less.
  • This is a recipe you can definitely play with!  The coconut butter feels so good on your skin!  I use this instead of lotion and it helps my skin stay nice and soft.  You’ll also smell like coconut too!
  • Something I have learned over time is not to store it in too deep a container.  If you do you may have to use a spoon to scoop it out.  I like to just scoop out with my fingers so I have a nice shallow container.
  • If you double the recipe or even triple it you won’t have to make it as often!  It is great for storing and if you use it everyday you go through it quick!

Let me know how your coconut body butter making goes!