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June 12th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Homemade Snack Alternatives


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As a child, I went food shopping with my mom every Sunday. She always had a list of meal ingredients and such, and as we walked down each aisle there was always something I wanted that wasn’t good for me. Fruit rollups, cookies, potato chips, sugary cereals etc. filled with tons of high fructose corn syrup, sodium, and additives. You can give your kids what they want with these healthier alternatives, and save money at the same time!

Cheesy Goldfish Crackers

Apple Chips

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Homemade Fruit Rollups

Homemade Fruit Snacks

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


Healthy Oreos

Peanut Butter Cookies


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June 9th, 2014 at 9:08 am

Handmade Father’s Day Cards


Father’s Day is a great day for your kids to show everyone how much they appreciate what their Dad does for them.  A simple but special treat for Dad is a handmade card. Below are some examples of everything from printables to handprints, and even specially cut cards. Your little one will enjoy being creative, and Dad will love a card lovingly created by them.

Fishing Card

Footsteps Card

Daddy’s Little Monster Card

Collared Shirt Card

Dad Jokes Card

Fathers Day Letter

Printable Cards To Color

Fingerprint Monkey Card

Dad Typography Glasses

Grilling Card

Dollar Bill Father’s Day Card

Football Father’s Day Card

Father’s Day Coupon Book 

Another great option is a tie card. Fold a sheet of paper in half cut into the shape of a tie. Decorate that tie and have dad “wear” it for his special day.

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May 27th, 2014 at 10:16 am

Make A Piñata In 7 Easy Steps


My kids are summer babies, so we’ll be celebrating their birthdays in the next couple of months. And the thing I love the most is that we get to celebrate them in our own backyard. For the past seven years, there hasn’t been one birthday without a piñata, but this year, we’re going to do something different. Instead of getting one to match the theme of the birthday party at the store, we’ve actually decided to make our very own piñata.

Although I’m not the most crafty person in the world and a making a piñata from scratch sounds pretty complicated to me, I found what looks like an amazingly easy tutorial on YouTube and I can’t wait to try to make a piñata with my children.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.5 cups water
  • Large bowl
  • Mylar ballon in the shape of a star
  • 5 party hats
  • Crepe paper of different colors
  • Lots of newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Glue stick
  • Candy
  • String
  • Scissors


  1. Mix water and flour in the bowl until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Inflate balloon and place a party hat on each of its points and attach with a bit of masking tape.
  3. Cut the newspaper into long, 2-inch wide strips.
  4. Grab the newspaper strips and soak them in the paste. Once both sides of the strips are wet, place them on the balloon until you cover it completely.
  5. Wait for strips to dry out completely (this can take up to a day) and then make a hole on the top so you can take the balloon out and be able to fill the piñata with candy.
  6. Then, you can start decorating with the colored crepe paper. Cut into 3-inch pieces and make fringes on the end. Then paste these pieces all around the balloon starting at the bottom and going round and round using the glue stick until.
  7. Fill up the piñata with candy and then make two tiny holes at the top on each side of the big opening and put the string through these so you can hung the piñata.

Photo Credit:  BeforeAndAfterTV

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May 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am

Haz una piñata en 7 simples pasos


Mis hijos nacieron en el verano, así que vamos a estar celebrando dos cumpleaños en los próximos meses. Y lo que más me gusta es que podemos celebrar en nuestro propio patio. Durante los últimos siete años, no ha habido un cumpleaños sin una piñata, pero este año, vamos a hacer algo diferente. En vez de comprar uno para que coincida con el tema de la fiesta de cumpleaños en una tienda, hemos decidido hacer nuestra propia piñata.

Aunque yo no soy la persona más talentosa en lo que a manualidades se refiere y un hacer una piñata desde cero suena bastante complicado para mí, me encontré con este tutorial en YouTube y se me hace que no es tan difícil. Además estoy segura que a mis hijos les va a encantar.


  • 1 taza de harina
  • 1.5 de agua
  • Un bol grande
  • Un globo de Mylar en forma de estrella
  • 5 sombreritos de cumpleaños
  • Papel crepé de diferentes colores
  • Periódicos
  • Cinta adhesiva
  • Pegamento
  • Dulces
  • Cuerda
  • Tijeras


  1. Mezcla el agua y la harina en el bol hasta obtener una pasta homogénea.
  2. Infla el globo y coloca un sombrerito en cada uno de las puntos con un poco de cinta adhesiva.
  3. Corta trozos de papel periódico de 2 pulgadas de ancho.
  4. Coge las tiras de periódico y mételas en la mezcla de agua y harina una por una. Una vez que ambos lados de las tiras están mojados, ponlos sobre el globo hasta que lo cubra por completo.
  5. Espera a que las tiras se sequen completamente (esto puede tardar hasta un día) y luego haz un agujero en la parte superior para que puedas sacar el globo hacia fuera y llenar la piñata con dulces.
  6. A continuación, puedes empezar a decorar con papel crepé de color. Corta trozos de 3 pulgadas y haz flecos en el extremo. A continuación, pega las piezas por todo el globo a partir de la parte inferior y dando vueltas y vueltas con el pegamento.
  7. Llene la piñata con dulces y luego haz dos pequeños agujeros en la parte superior de cada lado de la gran apertura y pon la cuerda a través de ellos para que puedas colgar la piñata.

Photo Credit:  BeforeAndAfterTV

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May 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Summer Fun Bucket


One of my favorite things to surprise the kids with is a summer fun bucket! I take a bucket and stuff it with all the fun items we need for summer vacation. Here is a list of fun things to fill your bucket with:

  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Inner tube or pool float
  • Goggles
  • Beach towel
  • Water balloons
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Fun craft set
  • Tickets to the zoo, pool, or another local attraction
  • Popsicle sticks and dixie cups
  • Water gun
  • Sparklers
  • Journal to document summer activities
  • Water bottle
  • Sandbox toys
  • Frisbee
  • Cards – to play War, Go Fish or other games
  • New coloring book and crayons
  • Sporting items
  • Glo sticks

What other things would you fill your bucket with?

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May 2nd, 2014 at 9:14 am

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Next week (May 5-9, 2014) is Teacher Appreciation Week. This is such a great way to let anyone who “teaches” our children know how much we appreciate their hard work.

One of my favorite things to do is to make a bucket filled with all of a teacher’s favorite things! As you can see in the picture, we fill it with snacks and even a little gift card for them to spend on lunch or an ice cream snack! This is helpful because I have the teacher fill out a wish list at the start of the year telling us some of their favorite things!

Soap Dispenser Gift

Teacher Plant Gift 

Sweet Teacher Gift

Journal Blessing Gift

Chips and Soda Gift

Target Gift Card Holder

Homemade Sweet Treat

Super Hero Appreciation

Homemade Soap Dispenser

Tape or Glue Gift

Teacher Qualities Frame

For more great ideas, you can also check out our Gifts for Teacher board on Pinterest!

I’ve done several of these ideas, but the best thing about them is that you can adapt them to celebrate the teacher’s birthday, teacher appreciation week, or even an end-of-year gift. Take some time to show your appreciation to the teachers in your kid’s life!



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April 28th, 2014 at 9:13 am

Planting a Container Herb Garden


I like to think I have a green thumb, but I’m not really good at gardening. In the spring I get excited about plants and the colors and greenery, but as the summer wears on I get tired of weeding and trimming and watering. Then I let everything go wild and out of control.

Regardless, I am good at growing herbs in a container. First, they require little to no weeding, they are trimmed all the time, and because I pick them often, I tend to water them regularly. I love to use fresh herbs in the summer, adding basil to pasta salads, cilantro to my black bean salsa, and parsley to meatballs and tomato sauce. They are the three herbs you will always find on my patio, but I have also grown mint, thyme, rosemary, and lavender.

Some of the best herbs for container gardens are:

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Tarragon
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

I like to mix several herbs in a pot. Most herbs need full sun or at least 8 hours of sunlight and dry conditions, and they tend to thrive in soil that is lean (meaning not a lot of fertilizer). I’ve never tried growing my herbs inside, but I do love to dry them towards the end of the summer. They will grow in different types of pots and can be worked into your deck, patio, window box, or front steps. When the plant reaches 6-8″ tall, you can harvest by cutting 1/3 of the branches. This will replenish and you will have amazing herbs all summer long. Plus, the scent off of the plants is amazing!

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April 7th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

100 Easter Basket Fillers

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I love to watch my kids’ eyes light up when they find their Easter basket. We fill the baskets with candy and other favorite food treats for the little ones to enjoy, but every year I struggle to find other items to include. Here is a list of 100 items you can fill your child’s basket with!

  1. Pacifiers
  2. Pacifier Holder
  3. Headband
  4. Sippee Cups
  5. Bibs
  6. Onesies
  7. Musical Toys
  8. Garanimals Baby Toys or Foam Letters
  9. Small Stuffed Animal
  10. Toddler Cutlery
  11. Pajamas
  12. Magnetic Fridge Letters
  13. Umbrella
  14. Rain Boots
  15. Coloring Books
  16. Character Undies
  17. Hex bugs
  18. Crayons
  19. Bath Toys/Crayons
  20. Sidewalk Chalk
  21. Bubbles
  22. Fun Toothbrush
  23. Fun Shampoo
  24. Sunglasses
  25. Stuffed Animal
  26. Painting Smock
  27. Art Supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, paints)
  28. Art Kits
  29. Bubble Bath
  30. DVD
  31. CDs
  32. Blocks
  33. Fun Cups/Plates
  34. Frisbee
  35. Dress Up Items
  36. Play Jewelry
  37. Kaleidoscope
  38. Pool Toys
  39. Posters
  40. Fun Duct Tape
  41. Suncatchers
  42. T-shirt
  43. Top
  44. Kids Word Search
  45. Jump Rope
  46. Construction Paper
  47. Hair Pretties
  48. Yo-Yo
  49. Flashlight
  50. Book light
  51. Sandals/Flip Flops
  52. Beach Towel
  53. Matchbox cars
  54. Kite
  55. Play Tool Set
  56. Sand Toys
  57. Shovel and Pail
  58. Chapstick
  59. Bike Horn/Bell
  60. Watch
  61. Character Bandaids
  62. Temporary Tatoos
  63. Water Bottle
  64. Swimsuit
  65. Summer Hat
  66. Books – appropriate for child’s level
  67. Sticket Books
  68. Water Gun
  69. Nerf Gun
  70. Swim Goggles
  71. Lego’s
  72. Sporting Supplies or games
  73. Jigsaw Puzzle
  74. Balls
  75. Cards or Card Game
  76. Jacks or Marbles
  77. Tape Measure (my boys loved the keychain ones since they were toddlers)
  78. Doll
  79. Nail Painting Supplies
  80. Animal figures
  81. Magic Tricks
  82. Comic Book or Kids Magazine
  83. Bop it or Tangle Jr
  84. My Little Pony or other small horses
  85. Play Food
  86. Walkie Talkies
  87. Small Magna Doodle or Etch a Sketch
  88. Glow Sticks
  89. Small Musical Instrument (harmonica, recorder)
  90. Pencils/Pencil Toppers
  91. Action Figures
  92. Trading Cards
  93. Fun Socks
  94. Seeds and a pot
  95. Diary or Journal
  96. Video Game controller or new game
  97. Play Dough
  98. Bunny Ears
  99. Gift Cards to favorite stops
  100. Bunny Money

Feel free to share any other ideas I may have missed!

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April 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Easter Treats



Easter is only a few weeks away and it’s never too early to plan your holiday meals. Instead of saving the best for last, we like to start with it…DESSERT! Cakes, candy, cookies, and more, there are so many choices! You can go traditional or get creative. Do you have a special family recipe for an Easter dessert? Share your delicious creations on our Facebook page!


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March 31st, 2014 at 7:28 am

DIY Scarves


Scarves are all the rage, and just because winter is over doesn’t mean they need to be packed away in the closet. During spring and summer, choose scarves that are lighter material and have brighter colors. Have you ever tried making one yourself? Check out some of these great DIY scarves!

32 Easy DIY Scarves - I really like the tie-die infinity, braided infinity, ruffled, stenciled, and circle scarves for spring!

No sew rosette scarf - This would be a great way to dress up a tee or tank.

Arm Knitting – An easy, new trend. This is the best tutorial I have seen!

Ruffled Flower Scarf

Felt Flower Scarf

10 T-shirt Scarves- All 10 of these are on my to-do list!

You will find me wearing scarves all year long!

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