Tuesday, June 28, 2016

10 Delicious Doughnut Recipes

Do you just love doughnuts? Doughnuts are probably one of my most favorite breakfast treats! We normally head to our local doughnut shop for fresh doughnuts but they are a bit costly at almost $1 for one doughnut!! So I found a bunch of homemade doughnut recipes either from scratch or using cake mix or dough from the canned biscuits you find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

Cake Donuts Chocolate Glaze from Simply Stacie

Strawberry Glazed Baked Donuts from Mom Endeavors

GLUTEN FREE - Lemon Donuts from Fearless Dining

S'Mores Donuts from My Suburban Kitchen

Easy Glazed Donuts from The Joys of Boys

Apple Cider Glazed Donuts from Cincy Shopper

Raspberry Ripple Doughnuts from Kitchen Sanctuary

Grapefruit Breakfast Doughnuts also from the Kitchen Sanctuary

Which recipe will you be trying first? I really want to try the baked strawberry glazed donuts.

And a question for you: how do you spell doughnut/donut?

Monday, June 20, 2016

4th of July Crafts and DIY Ideas

I can't believe it's already summer! We are gearing up for the 4th of July which for us is usually a softball game at the local ball field and amazing food at a family friends house, but with littles it's great to have some fun craft ideas at hand to keep them entertained and to help teach them a little bit of the history behind this fun holiday full of BBQ's, swimming, and fireworks.

Without further ado here are some of my favorite 4th of July Crafts and small DIYS:

These Popsicle Stick Vases from Cutesy Crafts are a simple craft with adorable results!

If you have a bit of time and need a festive wreath check out this awesome 4th of July Tulle Wreath from Rock-A-Bye Parents!

Quirky Inspired has a Popsicle Stick American Flag that is great for little crafters!

If you have a Cricut Jen Goode from 100 Directions has Patriotic Garland Decor you can make with your machine.

Also see these fun crafts and DIY:

No matter what I hope you have a fun, creative, and safe 4th of July!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Painted Helicopter (Maple Seeds)

I had to stop by school last month to drop off a book and found tons of maple seeds scattered all over the front of campus. I can remember throwing the seeds up in the air or throwing them down from a 2nd story balcony. Since we live in a condo with a 2nd story walkway I decided to bring some home so my boys could have fun with them.

My boys loved them but they were hard to find so we decided to turn it into an art project and we painted our maple seed helicopters so we could easily spot them when they landed on the ground.

And it has been a lot more fun to see the colored maple seeds fly down my oldest (3) would probably play with them all day if he could throwing them down, going downstairs to pick them back up and coming back up just to repeat the process... over and over.

So watch out for maple trees and if you find one be sure to pocket a handful of the seeds to take home for your kids to paint and play with.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Surfing Gummy Bear Banana Pudding Cups

Summer is here, celebrate with these delicious Surfin' Gummy Bear Banana Pudding Cups!!! They are super easy to make and were a big hit at the BBQ we brought them to at church!

These are SO easy to make, you just need:

Banana Pudding Mix (1 box yields completed cups), milk. whipped cream or cool whip, bananas (3 for 6 completed cups), gummy bears, clear cups (I picked mine up at Smart and Final - a warehouse food and supply store), Nilla Wafers.

Follow the directions on the box to make the pudding (one box pudding 3 cups milk) and make the pudding.
Add pudding to each cup almost to the top, add a scoop or two of whipped cream to the top, push bananas into the pudding, (optional) add crushed Nilla Wafers to the top of the whipped cream as sand, add a gummy bear or two on the top as your surfers.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Painted Rock Garden Markers

I recently started gardening and decided I should make markers for the garden so I knew where I planted all my vegetables. My son found all the rocks we would need on a nature walk and he got to paint a few and I made some simple painted rock garden markers.

All you need for this simple project are some rocks, paint brushes, and paint. (I went with a granite gray and forest green for my rocks, my son went with orange, red, and blue.)

Paint all the rocks a solid color of your choice, then allow the paint to dry. If needed add a second coat of paint.
When the paint is dry, painstakingly attempt to write the name of each vegetable onto each rock. Allow to dry then set them out at the beginning of each of your vegetable rows. If it rains where you are you might consider adding a protective coating.

I wish you lots of luck in your gardening endeavors. Our garden is at almost a complete standstill due to gnats, if you have any ideas on how to naturally get rid of them I'd love to hear them in the comments because they are taking over my garden box!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

In Case of Emergency Bracelet

I am pretty confident no one starts there day planning to lose their child, but when you're planning a trip to somewhere busy it's nice to have something that gives you peace of mind if you do get separated. These in case of emergency bracelets are perfect for outings when you know there will be a lot of people around like parks, beaches, and attractions.

To make these bracelets all you need are the slap bracelets (we picked a 12 pack up for $2.50 at Hobby Lobby) and a permanent marker. It's best to make them a day ahead so you don't have to worry about wet ink and smudging.

On the front of the emergency bracelet you can write "If lost see reverse," or leave it blank.
On the inside of the bracelet you can write down any important information like your name and number and any allergies your child may have, medical conditions, or any other information that you think would be important in the event your child got lost.

I hope you have a fun and safe summer!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Free or Almost Free Activities for Kids

Wondering what you'll be doing this summer with your kids? Here are some fun things to get your kids up and out of the house.

The first Saturday of the month Home Depot offers a Kid's Workshop (year round)

Home Depot supplies everything you'll need, including an apron and goggles you can take home (plus if you go every Saturday they give you a patch to put on your apron for every competed project.

June 4th they are doing a Trophy Smartphone Holder for Father's Day. You can go register online through their website here: http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

The Lego Store does a Mini Build in store once a month (year round)

The mini build is for kids ages 6-14. The Lego Store supplies the Lego and the instructions, your child must build the toy in store but they do get to take it home, free.
Register online here: http://shop.lego.com/en-US/minibuild-registration

The next event is June 7 & 8, and  you can register for July's mini build starting on June 15th.

Lowes has a Build and Grow program for kids every other Saturday (year round)

Their next big build is Saturday June 11th, kids get to build their own Captain America.
Registration starts on May 30th for the Captain America clinic you can register here: https://lowesbuildandgrow.com/

Lakeshore does free Crafts Every Saturday (year round)

No reservations, but you can visit their website to see what upcoming crafts they have here: http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/store_locations/storeCrafts.jsp

BassPro Offers Free Events Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (summer/varies by location)

Bass Pro offers A LOT of free activities from noon to five. Activities vary by location but might  include Catch and Release Fishing, Free Photo Download (of you "holding" a fish or frog), kids crafts, cooking demos (with free food), Kayak test ride pool. Just head to their website and put in your nearest Bass Pro and you should see an events section on the right side if you scroll down a page. http://www.basspro.com/

AMF Bowling offers Free Games to Kids (summer)

2 Free Bowling Games a day for each child (shoe rental not included).
You can sign up here: http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/
-Side note- we don't have an AMF that close to us but we live down the street from a local bowling alley and they offer free games to kids, so check with your local alley even if it isn't AMF.

Regal offers $1 Movies Tuesdays and Wednesdays

The movies start at 10 AM and you have the choice of two different movies each week. The movies are all movies that are out of theaters/on dvd but it is a lot of fun and a great way to stay cool.
You can see the movie schedule here: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express?

Michaels offers a Kids Craft for $2 every Saturday

From 10-2 the $2 covers the cost of the craft supplies used and this is a great option if you don't have a Lakeshore for Saturday crafts.

Free Entrance to National Parks

August 25-28, 2016 and September 24th.

Check Your Local Library

Ours offers all sorts of summer fun, from activities to reading programs where kids can earn points by reading to redeem for prizes.

Hope this helps you plan out your summer a little bit more, if you know of any free or almost free activities for kids let me know in the comments so I can add them in.