Sunday, December 23, 2012

Getting kids ready for Santa

My daughter came home from preschool very excited to sprinkle reindeer food in our lawn.
In case you need some evidence....

Magical Reindeer food made up of rolled oats and glitter :-)

And here's a couple special touches we do for Christmas morning as proof that Santa exists.

It's weird how Santa's snowy footprints smell just like baby powder!

And lastly, my friend Kendall, gave me these cute little Magic Elf Gum Drops which work wonders if you need to get a quiet moment from the kids in a hurry.  

Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY Christmas Wreaths Using Danimals Smoothies

Remember how I told you that my daughter's preschool is trying to win a $30,000 playground makeover from Dannon by participating in the Danimals Rally for Recess promotional contest? Well because of that, we drink a lot of danimals smoothies around here so here's my Danimals Christmas Wreath made with foam board, hot glue, and wired ribbon.

Oh and don't forget, if your family drinks these or if you are a fan of the blog and willing to pick some up during your next trip to the grocery store, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE email me the special RALLY FOR RECESS code printed on the inside of the cardboard sleeve (not the UPC code but the code stamped on the inside of the packaging, I would so appreciate it.  You can send those to

 If you liked this, make sure to check out the Halloween lights.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kid Cooking - Thanksgiving Treat with a Message

I love my daughter's little preschool so much.  They do cooking once a month which she loves and I wanted to share this sweet recipe that she came home with yesterday.  This would be a fun teaching tool to do with your little ones while preparing them for Thanksgiving.

2 cups of Bugles corn snacks (Horn of Plenty or an Indian tee-pee)
1 cup of candy corn (Indian corn that pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving)
1 cup of dried fruit (a sweet harvest)
2 cups of pretzels (arms folder in prayer)
1 cup of sunflower seeds (a bountiful harvest)
1 cup of peanuts (acorn because God takes care of the animals too!)

Mix together and serve with friendship and love.  Recipe makes 8 servings.

 Image from The Mommy Files

Monday, October 29, 2012

Practically Free Frosties!

As you might remember, I am obsessed with stocking up on Wendy's frosty books this time of year.

Stop by participating Wendy's restaurants until October 31 and get Trick or Treat books with 10 FREE Jr. Frosty coupons for only $1.  They are good through February.

This is such a great deal.  For the last 3 years, I've bought 10 books.  That means I get to have 100 frosties for $0.10 each.  SCORE!  The junior size frosty is the absolute perfect size for a special treat for yourself or your little one.

According to Livestrong there are approximately 170 calories in a Junior Size Frosty (6 ounces).  Not too bad.

No joke, I usually go through the drive-thru and order 10 at a time and stick them in my freezer.  They last for a month or two.  I bring my cooler...I have no shame.

Remember, you only have until Oct 31st to buy them and they are redeemable through Feb 1st!  Yumm!!!  Go get your frosty on!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

DIY Halloween Lights

My daughter's preschool is banding together to try and win a $30,000 playground makeover from Dannon in their Rally for Recess promotion.  We have all been drinking a lot of these Danimals smoothies and another mom at our school made this absolutely adorable Halloween Lights using the empty bottles!  I just love this.  Check out her blog for more of her adorable DIY creations.

Here's how she did it.  She used black vinyl for the eyes and mouth but a sharpie would work too.  She even let her kids help by drawing on some of the faces.  Just grab yourself a pair of white string lights, and any ribbon you have laying around the house.  Punch a hole in the sides and then cut down the side to the hole.  The hole allows for a place for the lights to rest.  
Kelly said snowmen are in the works for Christmas.  I also plan on making a tacky Christmas wreath for my daughter's classroom using some of the empty red and green bottles.  Any other ideas for a gazillion empty yogurt bottles?

And speaking of the danimals smoothies, these really are great snacks.  My kids and myself love them and at 70 calories, they have less sugar than regular yogurt and no high fructose corn syrup.  If your family drinks these or if you are a fan of the blog and willing to pick some up during your next trip to the grocery store, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE email me the special RALLY FOR RECESS code printed on the inside of the cardboard sleeve (not the UPC code but the code stamped on the inside of the packaging, I would so appreciate it.  You can send those to  Here's what you're looking for at the grocery store.

Thanks so much!!!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Family Halloween Costumes

I am a HUGE DORK, lover of family-themed Halloween Costumes.  Thankfully, I have a husband who plays along and even gets into it himself. 

In 2009, Brenna was a Ghost and we were Ghostbusters!

The Handy Husband and I made our costumes from a plain white paint suit from Home Depot which cost about $7 each.  The backpacks/ghostbuster guns were assembled from spare parts from the garage and a print-out of the Ghostbusters Logo from the computer.  The straps on the backpack and the red stripes on the suits are duct tape. 

Our little ghost, Brenna Boo's, costume was a Casper-onsie purchased from Walmart for $3, a black and white tutu, and personalized bloomers from Etsy's CustomClothesForKids

In 2010, we had a princess themed family getup:  Brenna, of course is the princess, Daddy will be sporting a Prince ensemble while I will be the EVIL QUEEN...muahahaha! 

Last year, I had a 2 week old so I didn't dress up myself (other than being a symbolic cow), but Brenna was another princess and my mother-in-law knitted this precious apple costume for baby so we told everyone she was our poison apple.

Cute Halloween Party Food:

More Fun Family themed Halloween costumes:

My Mommy Squader, Amanda's, family went as the Flintstones last year.  Super Cute!

Another Mommy Squader, Jill, did a Mommy-Daughter Cat Combo! 

Laurie, the fabulous Tip-Junkie featured a great post about Family-themed Halloween Costumes.  Check it out.  Some of my favorites were this Incredibles Costume and the Condiments. 

Here are a few ideas from Halloween Express:

Family Costume Ideas

And a few more from Busy Siblings

Do you like dressing up the whole family?  I'd love to hear about some of your favorite themes. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rustic Bridal Shower

I had the pleasure of co-hosting a bridal shower this weekend for my bff, Schecky.

I love making these banners.  They are completely reusable and are a relatively inexpensive way to really dress up a table or spread.  Free printable

We decided on a signature cocktail "The Schecky Sangria"  We used 16 oz regular mouthed Mason jars with chalkboard labels (black vinyl) and used white chalk for the labels.  I had read online that you could sharpen a piece of chalk with a pencil sharpener but it didn't work very well for me.  If someone makes a special chalk sharpener, would have loved that.  I think a white crayon would have also worked and smudged less.

Paper Straws on Etsy

Burlap bar covering purchased at Michael's.

For favors, everyone got to take home a mini bottle of Sangria.  Custom label read:  Love is Sweet, See you in December.  Because the caps were orange, we covered them with burlap and a ribbon.

Advice tags: we used these spruced up wish tags from Michaels and just glued some scrapbook paper to the back.  Everyone was to write a piece of advice for the couple and drop them in the box.  At the end of the night, we put all the tags on a key ring for the bride-to-be.

There are a few similar poems like this floating around online.  I took from 2 or 3 and kinda combined them all to get this:

As Michelle and Brian embark on their adventure
As a new mr. and mrs.
They'd love to read your advice
Your blessings and your wishes

Share with them your wisdom
Of marriage, love, and life
How to be a loving husband
Or a kind and caring wife

Please take a tag, sign your name,
And offer a kind thought
These will be their keepsake 
Once they tie the knot

We send them off with our love
And hope their days are filled with laughter
They will use your words to guide them
To their happily ever after

Games:  Our two games worked well for a bride that was very much opposed to anything cheesy.

Game 1:  Caption Contest.  We took 4 pictures of the couple in random scenarios and had everyone write a funny caption for each.  The bride then selected 1 winner for each and read some of the honorable mentions as well.  People were pretty darn funny.

Game 2 was a famous couples worksheet.  We put the groom's name as #8 and to make it a little interactive, we called out people's names to read out their answers rather than just reading the answers one-by-one.

Each table had a floral centerpiece made up of 1 bunch of hydrangea and 3 roses.  They were in mason jars wrapped in burlap and tied with a ribbon.  M&M filled vases.  L.O.V.E candles from Michael's.  Scrapbook paper and a custom frame.  These were plain wooden frames that I painted pink and mod podged with some scrapbook paper strips.

The shower was held at Bizarre Cafe in Lake Worth.

My lovely co-host Allison (Schecky's sister) and me.  I loved planning this with Allison.  When I would get obsessive over small details, she'd have a no-brainer easy fix for me that saved me time and headaches.

I hope Schecky had the best day.  I loved planning it for her cause I love her to pieces!!!!  My advice I left for her on the tag which I truly mean was "Be as good of a friend to each other as Schecky has been to me over the years and you will be Golden"



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