Thursday, October 13, 2016

DIY Halloween Treat Bag from a Shirt

Halloween is right around the corner and my oldest still needed a bag for his treats. We made this easy DIY Halloween Treat Bag using a shirt we bought on clearance for .25 cents last year.


This craft is easy enough for a child to do if they can use scissors and tie knots they can make their own Halloween Bags!

Directions:

1. Pick your shirt, measure and draw a line about 2 inches from the bottom of the shirt. We turned our shirt inside out so the line wouldn't be visible.

2. Take scissors and cut strips. Be careful not to cut off the strips as you cut.

3. With your shirt inside out tie knots using the strips of fabric you cut on the shirt.

4. Draw lines and cut around the neck line as well as both sleeves

5. Turn your shirt right side out and you've got a quick easy bag.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

 


Sunday, October 2, 2016

5 Reasons to Brick Or Treat at Legoland

*Sponsored Post: Though I was not paid to write this post I was given free tickets to Legoland, CA. All thoughts, opinions, and love of all things Lego ;) are my own.*

Brick or Treat is trick or treating after hours at Legoland. It is so much fun, we've now gone twice (once in 2014 and again in 2016). My Oldest son was almost 2 the first time we went and this time we went with my oldest (3) my middle (2) and my youngest (1 month). We spend the whole day at Legoland and when it was time for the park to close to regular guests we changed our kids into their Halloween costumes - we had two Pikachus and a Pokeball. They went to all the different trick or treating stations and did some trivia to get pop badges. We didn't have time to see the Halloween Party in the Aquarium but the first time we went  in 2014 we did go to Aquarium and my son LOVED the dance party!



5 Reasons you should head to Legoland Brick or Treat

1. They have a variety of "treats" including Honest juice, healthy snack bars, Lego bricks, Shutterfly cards, and some candy. My boys LOVED the snack bars!

2. It's a safe area to Trick or Treat



3. You can enter the costume contest, or just watch and see some AMAZING costumes during the contest!

4. The trivia for special Halloween Pop Badges.

5. A lot of the rides are still open so you can hop on rides with little to no wait time!

Lego Safari Trek - Brick or Treat 2012



Have you ever been to Legoland for Brick or Treat? What was your favorite part?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hot Dog Bun Sub Sandwich - School Lunch Idea

Can't believe it's already time for so many kids to be heading back to school! This delicious Hot Dog Bun "Sub" Sandwich creates a yummy school lunch while also providing a way to eat leftover buns because (for reasons unbeknownst to me) the makers of hot dogs and the makers of hot dog buns cannot seem to make the same amount of food. We bought an 8 pack of hot dogs with a 10 pack of buns and as a bonus my one year old is currently not interested in eating buns which means we had three extra buns after dinner.


This sandwich is the perfect solution to the too many buns problem, it may even have you buying extra buns just so your child can take a sub sandwich to school! I'd even pack this for my husband with some extra insides.

To make this particular sandwich we used:
One slice of cheddar cheese, 4 lettuce leaves, 3 small slices of smoked turkey, the bun, and mayo and mustard.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Easy Cow Shirts

These last minute cow shirts are quick and easy to put together! We just made one for this year's Cow Appreciation Day at Chick Fil A! It took me about 10 minutes to make the shirt but that was with all the photos to show you how to make one, too.

My husband, eldest son and I all had shirts from last year that still fit but my youngest son needed a new shirt and I procrastinated until today to do it.


What you need:
White shirt
Black shirt or fabric to cut circular shapes
Scissors
Hot glue gun (if you have more time you can sew them, it's what we did last year -2015)


Directions:
Cut out the shapes from the black fabric, I used an old shirt that I had managed to stain with nail polish.
Lay them out where you want them on the shirt, then glue.
Try to get the glue close to the edges of the black spots, and if you don't and there are spots that are leaning over because the glue is too far in the middle just go back and add a bit more glue.


Have fun and Eat Mor Chikin!!

Need a mask check out how to make one using a styrofoam or paper plate!



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Firework "Tie Dye" Shirts

Can't believe the 4th of July is just two days away, but there is still time to make these awesome Firework "Tie Dye" Shirts!! This year my eldest son helped me make some fun firework "tie dye" shirts for the 4th of July. This was such an easy project and my 3 year old got to do the majority of the work all by himself with just supervision to make sure he didn't color anywhere but on the t-shirts.


We used one t-shirt and one onsie for little brother. The t-shirt we picked up at Walmart for about $3 and the onsie we already had on hand. We also already had the Sharpie Markers and rubbing alcohol.

What you will need to make this project:
T-shirts,
Permanent Markers (in red and blue),
Rubbing Alcohol,
Piece of cardboard or styrofoam (Something to stick inside the shirt to keep the marker colors from soaking into the back of the shirt.)


You can make fireworks by putting straight lines coming out from a center or by doing lots of dots (I like the straight line fireworks best but my son liked making dots).

When you're done drawing on the fireworks it's time to pour or spray the rubbing alcohol onto the shirt, trying to hit the center of your fireworks so the fireworks get bigger as the rubbing alcohol spreads from  the center to the ends.

Allow the shirt to dry (completely) then hand wash before wearing.


Happy Independence Day!!



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.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cast Iron Steak

This delicious steak is made in a cast iron skillet and is the perfect meal for dad on Father's Day!


This steak is pretty easy to make and tastes absolutely amazing. I always start with steaks that are on sale as long as they are boneless you can use this recipe to make the perfect steak in your cast iron skillet. We served out steak with steamed broccoli and carrots.

Ingredients:

Salt
Pepper
2 Garlic Cloves - more if you are a garlic lover
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Steak (for best cooking steak should not be thicker than 1 inch)
2 Tablespoons Butter


Directions: 


Cooking directions for 1/2 inch thick steak (medium-rare 145°), increase or decrease cooking time depending on your steaks thickness.


Pull out steak and let it get to room temperature (about 30 minutes before cooking)
Season steak with salt and pepper.
Heat your cast iron skillet on high heat, add olive oil. When oil is hot add steak to skillet allow to cook for 3 minutes then flip steak and cook for another 3 minutes.
Lower heat to medium and add butter and garlic to pan, as the butter melts use an oven mitt to tilt the pan (allowing the butter to pool) and spoon the melted butter and garlic over the steak, continue to spoon the butter over the steak for about a minute.
Remove steak from the skillet and cover with aluminum foil, let the steak rest for 10 minutes before serving.




Saturday, May 14, 2016

Raspberry Iced Tea

I love tea! And with summer coming iced tea is the way to go. Costco had a good deal on berries so I bought some and what wasn't eaten by my sons in the first 5 minutes of getting home went towards this delicious raspberry iced tea.


The hardest part about this tea is waiting for it to get cold so you can drink it. I used frozen raspberries as my ice but you could also use regular ice cubes or frozen tea to keep your raspberry iced tea refreshingly cold.


 Ingredients

20 - 25 Raspberries
1 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
7 Cups Water
5 Tea Bags (more if you want a stronger tea)


Directions

Combine raspberries, sugar, and 1/4 cup of water together in a sauce pan, bring to boil. (You can see the stages in the photo above.)
Remove from heat and strain the syrup to remove the seeds and pulp. You should be left with about 6 oz of seed and pulp free raspberry syrup.
Make your tea according to the package directions using more tea bags for a stronger tea.
Remove tea bags and add the syrup and stir. 
Refrigerate overnight to cool. 




Monday, May 9, 2016

DIY Lego Lanyard

*Sponsored Post: Though I was not paid to write this post I was given free tickets to Legoland, CA. All thoughts, opinions, and love of all things Lego ;) are my own.*

My sons and I recently went to Legoland to check out the new Ninjago Ride. We've been before and one of our favorite parts of going to Legoland is being able to trade Lego Figures with cast members! You can bring in a Lego figure (a head body and legs) and trade with cast members throughout the park, it's awesome!!!


The cast members have special lanyards or name tags that they wear that the Lego figures can attach to. I loved the Lego lanyards for my boys, but they are custom made for the cast members and are not available for sale so we went home and made them!! And you can too!


Supplies Needed:

Drill with 1/16th drill bit
Pliers (to hold the Lego when you drill)
Flat square 2x2 Lego pieces (you'll want 4-6 per lanyard)
Lanyards (we picked one up at Legoland and then two more at our local dollar store)
Needle and thread

Directions

Use the pliers to hold on to the Lego piece drill 4 holes in the middle of each of the Lego pieces you'll be using.



Line up your Lego pieces with where you would like them to be then use a pin to secure them, this will help you keep them symetrical.
Take each Lego piece and hand sew them onto your lanyard.


When your finished add you Lego figures and you're ready to go!