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July 28th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Recipe: PB&J Sushi

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Sometimes we go weeks of just eating peanut butter and jelly every day. I try to mix it up by cutting it into squares, rectangles or even triangles. My kids love it that much! I started using this fun recipe to make it even more exciting. You don’t have to limit yourself to just PB&J though, it works with meats and cheeses. Tip: use a condiment to keep it rolled up and together.

PB&J Sushi

Ingredients : Bread, Peanut Butter, Jelly

Preparation:

First, take a slice of bread and cut off the crust.

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Use a glass or rolling pin to flatten bread.

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Spread on as much peanut butter and jelly as you like! You can also use chocolate or marshmallow spread or add items like bananas.

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Roll up the bread.

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They can eat it as a big roll, or you cut it into smaller pieces. The kids LOVE these, so be prepared to make a bunch!

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What are some ways YOU make food different and special for your kids?

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July 25th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Labeling Your School Supplies

With 32 days left of summer vacation, my family needs to start thinking about school and getting school supplies. Buying the supplies are the fun part, but the labeling of them can take forever! You can go the simple way of labeling with initials or first name using a pen or marker, but I wanted to share some fun ways to label your supplies without all the hassle.

Print some labels like in the picture above. I love these little labels to print names and attach to items. They can also be found in neon colors. I have found that you sometimes need to cover with tape when labeling crayons and markers and others things that are curved.’

Check out these Property of stickers. These would be great for books, folders, and other large items.

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Your child can really add personality to their labels when you print these personalized labels.

 

Mabel’s Labels offers labels for school supplies, lunch boxes, and even clothing and shoes. These offer a great alternative to the printed labels because they are made with labeling items as a sole purpose.

If you have the ability to cut vinyl lettering you can label things like this. This would take a bit of work but makes a big statement. Check out how they labeled pencils with vinyl.

Once you decide what option you are going to use stick a good movie on the tv and go to town! It’s a tedious task, but once you see all those labeled items you will feel like you really accomplished something!

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July 24th, 2014 at 10:27 am

Fun Summer Crafts for Kids

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When school is out during the summer, it’s the perfect time to ready a list of crafts that will allow your kids having fun and being creative! Some of these crafts can be made from materials found in the great outdoors…have an adventure with your little one to collect the items before you make it. You can also make it educational by using it as a way to teach your kids about animals and nature.

 

Sandpaper Starfish from Meet the Dubiens

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Paper Plate Tropical Fish from Crafts By Amanda

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Nature Collage Suncatcher from Hands On As We Grow

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Turtle Herb Planters from Reading Confetti

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Tissue Paper Fish Bowl Lanterns from Juggling With Kids

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Beaded Wind Chimes from First Palette

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Glow-In-The-Dark Hanging Jellyfish from Craftiments

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Seashell Turtle from The Chirping Moms

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Hand and Foot Print Lobster from Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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Styrofoam Cup Sea Crabs by Crafts By Amanda

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July 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 am

Outfit of the Week

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As a kid, I LIVED in sweatsuits in the fall and winter because they were just so comfortable! These fleece sets are no different, and they come in a bunch of colors with fun graphics and patterns. Sports, skulls and crossbones, and monster trucks…your little guy will love these soft sets for play or just lounging around.

You can find these in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com!

Garanimals Infant/Toddler Boy Graphic Fleece Top and Pants

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July 21st, 2014 at 10:44 am

Making Homemade Decorations for Your Home

Taking the time to add decor to your home can elevate it to a new level. The hard part is that decorations can be costly and decorating a room can become expensive fast. I like to take less expensive items and make them into something else! One of my favorite homemade items is my Elevated Glass Vase.

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To make each of these it cost $2 plus the cost of a little glue. There are many different types of glue you can use, so pick out your favorite brand for this.

This project started with a tall straight vase. Get creative. Vary colors, styles, and heights of vases. Then you need two shorter candle holders as shown here.

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You simply glue the candle holder to the bottle of the vase. I like to put the vase upside down and apply the candle holder that way.  Let dry and fill. I have filled with shells, christmas ornaments, marbles and more. This is a great way to add color through decor.

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I have also taken candle holders and attached to plates to make a cake plate or an item to display or serve on.

 

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July 18th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

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One of our go-to desserts for celebrating special occasions is my Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. This is a great dessert that you can decorate or leave undecorated. I personally like to use store-bought frosting to decorate it. I typically use one can of white frosting and one of chocolate frosting. Use your imagination to bring this cookie to life!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Shortening or baking spray
  • Frosting

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 14-inch round deep dish pizza pan with shortening or baking spray.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy in a large bowl. Add eggs, one at a time. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda and beat until well blended. Then add chocolate chips.

Put batter in greased pan and bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack. Decorate with frosting.

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July 17th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Outfit of the Week

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The fall collection is here and it’s as bright and bold as the changing leaves will be soon! This outfit of the week is for infant/toddler girls. The pretty striped long-sleeved tee features a sparkly silver threading in between each stripe. The stretchy tuxedo leggings feature sparkly side striping for the perfect glitter glam ensemble! Both items come in a variety of colors for mixing and matching.

You can find these items in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com!

Garanimals Infant/Toddler Girl Long Sleeve Tee Shirt

Garanimals Infant/Toddler Girl Tuxedo Leggings

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July 15th, 2014 at 11:58 am

Totally Geeky Baby Gifts

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Looking for a fun and unique baby gift with the geeky parents in mind?

You’ll find some really cute and unusual items at thinkgeek.com. How about a Superhero bib and bootie set, Star Trek onesie  a quirky pacifier  (cork, mute button or vampire lips), or my favorite, The Periodic Table building blocks?

Visit geekabyebaby.com for some unique bedding, bibs, clothes and more that will amuse all you gamers, rockers, and Doctor Who fans. Lots of options for customizing your bedding, baby hats and burp cloths. Who wouldn’t love a Yoda or Minecraft Creeper hat for their little one, or a Star Wars diaper bag?

Want some good baby book ideas? How about Star Wars ABC, The Very Hungry Zombie or GoodNight iPad?

Another fun site is babygeek.com for an Indiana Jones bib or the I Just Boldly Went onesie (pictured), which is absolutely hysterical. Or a baby-safe smartphone teether. And for those die hard Batman fans, you gotta see this over-the-top car seat!

Lastly, how about this for ingenious and practical? A portable high chair. It’s like a camp chair for your baby and it takes geek factor to another level – it’s brilliant.

Your geeky baby gifts are sure to be a hit at the next baby shower you attend!

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July 14th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Making Summer Memories

 

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Summer is flying by way too fast! We’ve barely crossed some of our favorite things off of our summer bucket list, like going to the pool, visiting the zoo, and taking a vacation! That is what summer is all about to us – making memories.

One of my favorite summer memories is the local kite festival. We would always pack a picnic lunch and our favorite kites. They would have kite demonstrations and everyone, amateurs and professionals alike, would launch their kites at the same time! What a sight…it was just a good family event. The first year we went my youngest was only a couple weeks old so it was fun to see him grow older each year and to watch my oldest learn how to fly his own kite.

Some of my other favorite memories include:

  • Strawberry picking
  • Just watching the boys chat on the patio
  • Family basketball H-O-R-S-E tournaments
  • Sitting by the fire making s’mores

That’s the thing about summer…memories can be made in the simplest of moments.

What memories have you made this summer?

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July 11th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Everyday Homemaking Hacks

I am a huge fan of things that make my life easier. In my home there are things I have adapted that I would love to share with you.

My charging cord doesn’t quite reach the corner of my couch, and my iPhone is always running out of battery when I sit down to relax for the evening. I use one of these hooks to keep my cord easy to grab when it is needed.

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With two boys, there is always a need for a garbage can in our van. I took a simple cereal container and velcroed it to our center console. It easy to reach so we don’t have garbage all over the car.

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Our school collects labels, box tops, and milk caps. An easy way to collect them is by taping a sandwich bag inside the cabinet. It’s easy to store away and out of plain sight, and I always know where they are.

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We cannot have enough of these in our home. They collect my papers, photos, the boys stuff and more.

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We recently remodeled our house and barely had to pound a nail in the wall because we hung all of our pictures with sticky velcro. It is easy to remove for dusting or changing of the photos, but is securely fastened to the wall.

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What are some of your favorite tips or tricks to make life a little easier?

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