from a threenager
pro-tips from a threenager to keep you and your kiddo laughing.
pro tip | "quath" bath balls
Quarantine with kids has its totally awesome moments, but overall it's been an epic challenge. Raise your hand if you have heard "mama, come wipe my butt" while unmuted on a zoom call 🙋♀️. Ya, me too.
In short: We are all in need of a little pampering. So here is a video about how to make your very own bath bombs with just three ingredients, all of which you probably already have in your pantry. Jazz it up with essential oils and cupcake sprinkles. They’re perfect for that moment when your 3-year-old requests your silence during their preschool zoom call. Quath time anyone? (quarantine bath, obvi…)
pro tip | it looks like a necklace, but it's a bird feeder
Given the Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020 we decided to reuse those ever precious rolls to make our very own bird feeders. Everleigh is back this week (we missed you last week) for Episode 8 of tips from a threenager.
pro tip | temporary tattoos
Ok. Today's episode was actually supposed to be about how to make this really lovely southern banana pudding for the moms in your life (or for yourself)...from scratch no less! Because, let's be real, banana bread was soooo 3 weeks ago. However, a run in with a 3-year old, a very hot pot and a sound issue means no banana pudding video.
Is anyone else finding that some - ok many - days in quarantine unravel pretty quickly and you just have to drop the plan and say yes to something else entirely? That's how Evi ended up with close to 30 tattoos before 10 am on a Saturday...or was it a Wednesday? Who knows. Watch it to the end. We are 100% sure it will at least bring a smile to your face.
And then, seriously, make the banana pudding.
pro tip | make your mask "funner"
We have been looking for ways to make masks a little less scary and a lot more fun for our kiddos. Especially given the CDC recommendation that all Americans wear cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In today's episode, Everleigh shows us how to tie dye our white Iksplor Children's Masks! If you need a mask, we are donating and selling these masks at cost for $5.
*Please note, the CDC advises that children under 2 years of age and those who have trouble breathing, should NOT wear masks.
earth day with everleigh | celebrating the big 50
In honor of Earth Day's 50th Anniversary Evi shares with you how to make the best mud cake to celebrate mother earth. Now more than ever, Earth Day provides a time to reflect on our relationship with the planet. Sending love.
baking with everleigh | the banana bread phase of quarantine
Today’s video features Everleigh baking Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread. Fun Fact, Google reports search interest in “Banana Bread” reached an all time high in April. Click here to check out the other most googled quarantine treats.
No surprise, really. It’s the ultimate way to use up those overripe bananas on your kitchen counter, as well as a delicious and cozy treat. A few lessons learned…
We forgot the coconut oil until halfway through baking….don’t do that.
Tune Alexa's volume before asking her a question (see video)
Sanity check…our next cooking with a threenager video will be just as sweet, but with less ingredients
Always lick the spoon before asking permission
Here is the full recipe (without missing the oil). Adapted from this recipe on Half Baked Harvest!
4 medium overly ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, or all-purpose flour (we used coconut flour!)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chocolate chunks
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5 inch bread pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate. Fold. fold. fold!
3. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes. Everleigh recommends eating it warm with lots of honey :)
exploring with everliegh | adventure bracelets
Everleigh is here to help you spice up your afternoon walks. All you need is a piece of tape. We used Gorilla Tape, because it's REALLY sticky, but you can use anything you have! Make a bracelet with your tape, sticky side outwards. That's it! Go for a walk around your neighborhood and see what treasures you find to stick on to your bracelet. Be sure to tag your creations with #letsgoiksplor we're excited to see your adventures and creations!
pro tip | blueberry monster oats!
Blueberry Monster Oats, Overnight Oats, Morning Oats, we may have referred to them 3 different ways in this 3 minute video. Regardless, Chef Evi (or is it Cowgirl Evi?) keeps asking for more Oats!
This is a fun activity for the afternoon and a delicious way to start the day.
pro tip | cooking with everleigh
With all the homedays ahead, Everleigh wants to bring you and your iksplorers some pro tips and tricks for daily activities. If you have a threenager in your life, then you know they basically know everything. We hope this lighthearted video series brings your family joy and giggles during this challenging time. As always, please send us ideas about what activities you'd like to see! Sending love from all our iksplor families to yours.