HTH Makes Summertime Fun

It’s no secret we LOVE our pool. I’ve always said I would never buy a house with a pool, especially in Maryland, but now I don’t know if I would ever buy a house without one.

We are in the pool every day. Most days it is the first thing we do after breakfast. There are many days where the kids spend the entire day in their bathing suits and they are swimming from morning until bedtime.

When HTH® Pool Care was interested in partnering with me, it was an easy fit because we’ve been using their products for the past two summers!

While we love to spend time in the pool, we don’t like to spend a ton of time cleaning the pool! We prefer for our time to be spent hosting parties so people can cool off in this crazy summer weather.

Or sometimes just cool off. No party or bathing suit needed.

With HTH® Pool Care products we can focus on the kids, not taking care of the pool. We use the HTH® test kit to check the pH levels and make sure we don’t need to add anything to the pool.

Since we have a saltwater pool, we are very careful about what products we use because replacing the chlorine generator is not cheap. All HTH® products are compatible with saltwater pools so we use them to keep our pool beautiful and blue.

Our pool isn’t normally “that” blue, that’s a fun HTH® Party Potion. My kids absolutely loved it and the girls asked if it came in pink, of course!

It is this blue though.

Since summer only lasts about four months in Maryland, we try to spend as much time having fun and enjoying our backyard before it turns into a snowy playground again.

If you have a pool and are not using HTH® Pool Care products it’s time to start. Our time this summer has been spent enjoying our pool (as those of you who follow me on Instagram have noticed) not taking care of it thanks to HTH®.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HTH Pool Care via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.


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August Holidays and Fun Days

August Holidays and Fun Days at The Happy Housewife

It’s no surprise August is National Family Fun Month!  What are your plans to enjoy this month before school starts again?


August Holidays and Fun Days

August – National Peach Month

August 1 - Francis Scott Key’s Birthday

August 2 - National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 6 - Root Beer Float Day

August 10 - National S’mores Day

August 13 - Left Hander’s Day

  • Practice doing things with your left hand today!

August 18 - Wizard of Oz Premiered

August 19 – Aviation Day

August 21 - Senior Citizen’s Day

  • Take dinner or dessert to a senior citizen today!

August 26 - Susan B Anthony Day

August 30 - Frankenstein Day

August is also National: Golf Month and Eye Exam Month

However you decide to celebrate August be sure to be generous with: sun block, bug spray, and family time!



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Silly Putty Science

By contributing writer Marci

Silly Putty is one of those classic toys that never gets old. It’s simple. It’s open ended. It’s an accident.


Silly Putty History

During WWII, there was a rubber shortage, so scientists and engineers were hard at work trying to create new polymers and substances that could take the place of rubber. One of those engineers accidentally dropped boric acid into silicone oil. The result was a new polymer with some peculiar properties.

This new polymer was a non-newtonian fluid, meaning that it acted as both a viscous liquid and an elastic solid. It could bounce, stretch, break, and flow.

Scientists tried to discover a practical application for this new substance, but could not. Finally, it was sold as a novelty item. It wasn’t until it was packaged in Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday and marketed as a children’s toy, Silly Putty, that the popularity of this accidental material took off.

Silly Putty Chemistry

Silly Putty is made of polymers, or long chains of molecules, that are cross-linked by weak hydrogen bonds. These bonds make the Silly Putty easy to roll into a ball and stick to itself.

Silly Putty Science

When the Silly Putty is stretched carefully, the hydrogen bonds break apart slowly and allow the putty to hold together.

However, when the putty is pulled apart rapidly, the hydrogen bonds break apart abruptly and the putty breaks.

Silly Putty Bounce Experiment

When Silly Putty is rolled into a ball, it bounces when dropped on a smooth surface just like a rubber ball. The properties of Silly Putty change with the temperature. Do this easy experiment to see how temperature changes how the Silly Putty ball bounces.

  1. Roll Silly Putty into a ball and bounce it on a flat surface. Note how high it bounces.
  2. Put that same ball into the freezer for an hour.
  3. Bounce the ball on the same surface and from the same height as before and note how high it bounces.

Does temperature affect how high the Silly Putty ball bounces?

Make Your Own Silly Putty

You can make your own Silly Putty at home—or at least something similar.

Supplies Needed

  • 8 ounces Elmer’s All Purpose Glue
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Zip top baggie


  1. Empty the bottle of glue into the mixing bowl. Fill the empty glue bottle with water and shake the bottle. Pour the water into the mixing bowl and stir until smooth.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon borax with ½ cup warm water in the measuring cup.
  3. Pour the borax mixture into the glue and water.
  4. Stir with a spoon and then knead with hands as the mixture thickens. Store the homemade silly putty in a zip top baggie.

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Printable Coupon of the Week: Gerber Graduates Coupons

I love the feeling of getting a great coupon. You know, the feeling of saving money on something you could really use. It’s great! So every Monday I’m going to try and spread that feeling with you guys by posting great printable coupons.

You might want to pass this week’s coupon on to the mothers of young children in your life. Gerber Graduates are great products that kids love. Just don’t get caught eating them yourself. Enjoy!

Coupons of the Week

$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Grabbers™ items

$1.00 off any 2 Gerber Graduates Lil' Whoos

$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides

$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends
See all the available coupons here at And make sure to check back next Monday for more hand selected printable coupons.


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