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Take the kids outside for some fun!

With the warmer weather inviting us outside we will need some fun things for the kids to do! I have found a few easy, cheap, and fun things to do outside with the kids. I have personally done these with my 2 nieces and they had so much fun.

sidewalk chalk

*Sidewalk paint

1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water, and food coloring of your choice

Be sure to make the colors dark because as it dries on the sidewalk it will get much lighter.


*Dr Suess’ OOBLECK (we all laughed so hard with this stuff)

Mix 2 cups of corn starch and 1 cup of water in a bowl. You can add color but I thought that may get a little messy so I did not use color. If you are outside though color may be fun!

This stuff defies Newtons 3rd law of motion–for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If you quickly smack it with your hand it immediately turns into a solid, instead of splashing or moving. If you slowly move it reacts like a liquid. Try to do this in a shady area as I noticed in the hot sun it will harden pretty quickly.


*Fuffy Stuff Snow Balls (as if we didn’t get enough of this, but at least you won’t have to shovel this stuff!)

2 boxes of corn starch and 1 can of shaving cream

This is so soft but can still be molded it really is pretty cool! Go outside and have a “snow ball” fight

fizzy bag

*Fizzy Explosion Bags

Take a paper towel and tear it into 5×5 inch squares (this is your “time-release” packet)

Put 1 ½ Tbls of baking soda in the center of the square

Fold the sides of the square in toward the middle and then the opposite sides in toward the middle with the baking soda inside

Pour a ½ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of warm water into your plastic bag

Here is where it can get a little tricky, you will need to put your “time-release” packet you made earlier into the vinegar inside the zip lock bag. This will need to be done in a hurry because you need to get the bag closed before the fizzing gets out of control. You can try to zip the bag closed half way and put in the “time-release” packet to save some time.

You will need to give the bag a shake and then set it on the ground and back up!

The bag will start to puff up and when it cannot contain itself any longer there will be a big POP!!

I sure hope this will encourage you to get out and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather and have some fun while doing it!

**Don’t forget, check out your local Rural King for most of the supplies needed to try these fun activities!



Relay For Life *Cinco De Mayo* 5K run/walk


Come out and help support your community with Rural King and have a great time! Cancer has had an impact on most people’s lives in some way. I personally have assisted my mother in a long hard battle with cancer in which she WON and lost an uncle to a very aggressive cancer.  The fight against cancer can be won with the help of people just like you and I. Please come out and join us as we do our part to win this fight!

Event information:

When:  Saturday, May 3at 9:00am in CDT

Where:  Lake Land College- 5001 Lake Land Blvd. Mattoon, Illinois 61938

**We will start the run on the road between Lake Land maintenance building and the Police Dept then we will use county road just south of the college and run west over the overpass all the way out just before the railroad tracks and turn around heading back to the maintenance building.

All ages are welcome to attend, a 5K run/walk for adults and a kids fun 1 mile run.


-Packet pick up and Registration will be available at 730-9am

-Race starts promptly at 9am

-Pre-registration will be available via internet (website TBA) and will be available through 4/26/14.

-Registration will be available at Look for the Relay For Life link. This will be available starting 4/27/14. This will also have a map of the run.


-Pre-Registration- $20 includes T-Shirt & favor bag

-Late Registration- $25 does not include T-Shirt

-T-Shirts will be available the day of race for $10 with limited sizes and quantity’s available.

**Top Runners will be recognized as well as Water and refreshments will be available**

We cannot wait to see you there!!

Can’t make it, donate:


……………..~*Adorable Spring House Crafts*~……………..

  mason flower


Let me tell you how to make a beautiful decoration

Great for decorating anywhere!

You will only need 5 simple items:

  1. Mason Jars
  2. Spray paint (any color)
  3. Potting soil
  4. Flowers (seeds of your choice)
  5. Permanent marker (any color)


Take any size mason jar and spray paint it any color you choose preferably out side. Let dry over night. Next day rise and shine!Take a permananet marker of your color and create designs or quotes on your Mason Jar. Be Creative!! You will then fill your Mason jar 3/4 of the way full with potting soil. Apply seeds as directed on the back of the package. You will then need to fill the rest of the jar with soil to cover the seeds about 2 inches. Water as directed on flower pack and watch your spring flowers grow!

Example of a design on Mason Jar



Looking for a high-quality, fashionable grill??

Who isn’t, right?

Rural King now carries the cutest grill that can cheer up even the biggest grumpy-gill. Now you’re probably thinking “How can a grill be cute?” Well,  it is in the form of a pig!


Is it “Art Deco” or is it a barbecue? You decide, because our Lil’ Pig smokes and cooks just like any other Traeger grill. With 418 square inches of cooking surface, and internal hopper, stainless steel door handle, multi-position digital thermostat control, and upgraded wheels, this grill is sure to raise a “squeal” from your guests. “Soo-ee!”

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The Traeger Lil’ Pig Pellet Grill BBQPIG will sure to keep people talking and comin’ around for your fantastic BBQs. Honestly, who doesn’t love a good BBQ? Now you can have a grill that is adorable, comical, efficient! It even has eyelashes!

This item ships directly from  the manufacturer an only has a 2-3 business day processing time. So don’t hesitate, this is a must have for the grilling season!


Spring has sprung at Rural King

My first winter in Illinois has been a doozy! The only thing keeping me from getting cabin fever is knowing Spring is just around the corner. Just imagine……..** grass between your toes, warm sun on your face, and relaxing outside** Rural King has released their spring products a little early this year and I wanted to share some of the great products we have.


*We have really great looking outdoor décor that will make any landscape pop!


**What is Spring without a BBQ?! We have grills to that will make any grill master happy.

CHAIRS     swiveltablechairset

** We have a huge selection of outdoor furniture and swings!!

This does not even scratch the surface of everything we have to offer for Spring, so go check out your local Rural King or online at