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Do you suffer from allergies? Do those allergies restrict your activities? I have had seasonal allergies, food allergies, and environmental allergies most of my life. Because of all my allergies, when pollen counts are high, I am down for the count. But several years ago something happened that made me feel even worse.
One morning I woke up and my eyelid was flaky (think snake skin). In addition to the flakiness, it was also itchy beyond belief. When it didn’t go away, I visited the doctor. A few months later I still had flaky itchy eyes, and no clear reason why. I decided to start removing things from my life. First it was my face cleanser and make-up. Then I discontinued the use of my perfume. I stopped wearing contacts. I even stopped doing my nails. And yet, I continued to be afflicted. Eventually, I swapped my shampoo, and finally I changed my laundry detergent and dryer sheets. I got rid of anything I put on my body with perfumes and dyes. And as mysteriously as it appeared, it was gone.
This is why I love all free clear detergent and dryer sheets. I can find them easily at my local Giant Eagle.
It is the #1 detergent recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians. Because of all free clear products, I am now free to be outdoors. Yes, pollen still bothers me, and all free clear does not prevent or treat allergies, but I have eliminated a source of irritation and that has made a big difference.
We are free to be creative outdoors. I decided since Jack-Jack loves to play with water and he loves painting, I was going to merge the two of these activities.
Our first outdoor creation involved water guns and watercolors. I purchased inexpensive squirt guns, and I filled them with a mixture of washable liquid paint mixed with equal parts of water. You can also use tempera paint or liquid watercolors.
I set up an easel with watercolor paper. I handed each child a water gun filled with different colors. They were on either side of the easel.
Things were going quite well until my two sons decided to have a water gun fight. I ducked into the house to escape the mess and they continued to fill their guns. Our projects didn’t turn out quite like expected, but fun memories were created!
Jack-Jack asked to do bubbles, so I mixed washable paint in with bubble solution. We made pictures blowing bubbles through a wand.
I set up the watercolor bubble paints right on the easel. They look pretty, don’t they?
I took the same solution and we blew bubbles through a straw. We tried different techniques. We placed the cup of bubble solution on the paper and blew bubbles. We blew bubbles in the solution and placed the paper onto the bubbles until they popped. I even held the cup over the paper and let Jack-Jack blow bubbles until they spilled over onto the paper.
We used a straw and flicked watercolor onto the paper. We did this with the paper on the easel. Notice how the solution runs down the paper creating a different effect.
Jack-Jack tossed watercolor filled water balloons at the easel. I filled the balloons with tempera paint mixed with water. I used an empty water bottle with a squirt type lid to fill the balloons. It is messy and time consuming.
The object was to hit the paper. This helped him to improve his aim, but anytime he hit the paper, the balloon bounced and rolled on the ground. He doesn’t throw hard enough to actually break the balloon with his throw.
He then dropped the watercolor bubble solution on a sheet of paper and blew threw the straw. This created a very cool effect. For one picture we even made a Mickey head. I cut out circles from label paper to apply before painting. It came out so cute that we decided to paint another one. I will frame both the white Mickey head and the black Mickey head and hang them in their bathroom.
We all came in a little messy. But that was okay too because with all free clear detergent, laundry clean up is a breeze. Just be sure to follow package instructions when using this product!
So what are you waiting for. Buy all free clear detergent and dryer sheets, and create some summertime memories. If you would like to continue this conversation join the all free clear community and connect with parents just like you. And make sure to drop me a line and show me your summertime creations! I would love to hear from you.