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pro tip  | it's fireworks day 

"We all know by now holidays in 2020 require a bit more creativity. With parades and firework celebrations mostly cancelled, we wanted to help you find new ways to celebrate with your kiddos. In today’s Pro Tip from a Threenager, Evi shows you how to make firework decorations with toilet paper rolls, arguably the new currency of 2020 .

After you're done decorating your 4th of July signs, you might try a few more fun ways to celebrate:

Go for a hike and have a red, white and blue scavenger hunt 🇺🇸
Put on your own parade by decorating your kid's bikes or scooters and riding around the neighborhood 🚲
Cook up some red, white and blue treats 🍰
Have a backyard cookout and play these 4 th of July outdoor games 🥘

How are you celebrating? Reply with your ideas and photos of your celebrations. As always, we're grateful to have you as part of our community. Oh, and YES, jelly under your tongue really does cure hiccups 🙃

pro tip  | raincloud in a jar

Do you all remember when the Double Rainbow Guy went viral on YouTube 10 years ago? How could we forget!? I have been thinking quite a bit about him ever since I heard of his recent passing. If it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I would smile quite so big at the sight of a very rare double rainbow and utter under my breath “woah, it’s a double rainbow, what could this mean?!”
During these challenging times I have been trying to channel that childhood excitement for those little moments in nature. Everleigh is amazing at helping me with this because of her love for all things outdoors. On one of our recent rainy, chilly June days we decided to celebrate Pride Month with our very own rain cloud, rain drops and rainbow. Unfortunately, our first attempt with Dad’s hair mousse and a little too much purple dye ended in a mud puddle. We tried again with shaving gel with a bit more success.

Fun fact. I recently learned the American Library Association renamed June to Rainbow Book Month. Here are some great LGBTQIA books for children. 
As always, I hope this raincloud in a jar - tips from a threenager video brings a smile to your face, during a somewhat upside down time. Sending Love.

pro tip  | father's day diy

Father's Day is quickly approaching and, other than getting your Dad one of our super cozy merino beanies for all his camping and backcountry adventures, why not a little DIY craft to go with it? Here are three fun and simple ideas. All you need are stickers, something Dad will love to stick them on, paint, sharpie markers and glitter if you dare (yikes)! These are far from pinterest worthy, but we had fun.

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.

Sending love.

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 eggs
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 :) 

Sending love.

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.

Sending love.

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.


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