Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Kids Fishing Tournament on French Lake

We took the kids the kids to a FREE Ice Fishing Tournament on French Lake. It was sponsored by the Elks Club. As you will notice, we have no pictures of fish, because is how many we caught. All kids did get a free fishing prize, regardless if you caught any or not.







Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#ad How to Make Custom Marbled Gift Boxes PLUS GIVEAWAY for 10 Gift Boxes



Directions:

Supplies needed:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Shaving cream
  • Knife or stick
  • White Gift Boxes
  • Squigee
  • Large container or box
To make these custom marble gift boxes, it doesn't take much time and they dry fairly quickly, but I would allow 24 hours before packaging them up to give away just to be sure everything has cured.

  1. Just spray shaving cream in the bottom of a large container or box. 
  2. Drizzle a variety of acrylic paint colors over the shaving cream. 
  3. Cut in the paint to the shaving cream to create swirls (don't overs to this or the colors will become muddled). 
  4. Dip your box or paper on the top layer of painted shaving cream.
  5. Using a squigee, scrape off the shaving cream. Don't worry, the paint will stay on.
  6. Allow to dry for 24 hours before handling
I did mine in the bathroom so that I could easily wash off my squigee from excess shaving cream.


My Thoughts

I was excited to try out this pack of 10 gift boxes from MyPresentforyou because I knew it was going to be fun to decorate up a blank canvas. The boxes are all white and come in a set of 10 of them. The size of mine are 9x4.5x4.5 which is a decent size for a lot of things including some of my handmade pottery items and bakery goods.

The boxes do come with little bows that you can use. There are no instructions on how to use the bows, but you just pull the little bow strands in the center between the bigger ribbon strands and pull until you have made the bow and then tie it so that it stays in place. I used the bow on my first time using one of these gift boxes because I had done the marble technique and didn't want to take away from having the recipient see that. But other times I think I will leave the box a plain white and really do up the bows and ribbons with other ones I use. The possibilities are endless on how to decorate up these boxes whether you are changing up the ribbon or decorating the box. I even thinking that the next present my kids have to give someone I will let them color on the box and put stickers to make it more fun for them.




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The high quality boxes are made of one piece with a deluxe white high gloss finish on the outside and a fine-looking matte white on the within. Boxes have a tuck top and a lock tab bottom and are shipped flat. The boxes are perfect to wrap gifts for your loved ones and friends!

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17 St. Patrick's Day Accelerated Reader Books for 3rd and 4th Graders


This time I thought I would read my daughter's class a book that is between 3.5-4.5, but I did include a couple of bonus ideas of a 4.6 level books. Just a little something for me to remember to request when she is in 4th grade and if I am reading to her class then. I thought this might be a good list to work from next year as well. If you noticed in my Valentine book list, I try to stay away from books that are about the history and customs of a holiday. While these are good learning books, it is usually a lot of information to have to retain and I would rather set the kids up to succeed to be able to take their tests and get good scores.

3.5
Dear Mr. Leprechaun: Letters from my First Friendship by Martin Burton
The Leprechaun in the Basement by Kathy Tucker
The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan
Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun by Sean Callahan
St. Patrick's Day from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

3.7
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story by Linda Shute

3.8
Luckiest Leprechaun by Justine Korman
The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen

3.9
The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Edwards
The Luck of the Irish by Brendan Paulsen

4.0 
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie De Paola

4.1
Mary McLean and the St. Patrick's Day Parade by Steven Kroll
The Leprechaun Under the Bed by Teresa Bateman

4.2
Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna Bailan

4.4
A Fin St. Patrick's Day by Susan Wojciechowski

4.5 
Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman
Leprechaun Gold by Teresa Bateman

BONUS IDEAS!
4.6
Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun by Teresa Bateman
The Ring of Truth by Teresa Bateman

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easy Roasted Garlic Broccoli



You can change up the taste of this broccoli to suit any kind of meal. Use sesame oil and sprinkle red pepper flakes and a little soy sauce on it to give it an Asian flare, or perhaps use olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese to give it an Italian edge.

Easy Roasted Garlic Broccoli
1 Large Head of Broccoli (about 3 Cups)
3 T oil (olive, grape seed, avocado, sesame)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp lemon juice
salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Cut broccoli into florets and place in a large bowl
  • Mix together oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl
  • Sprinkle oil mixture over broccoli and toss together to evenly coat
  • Spread over a single layer on a baking sheet
  • Bake until florets are tender when pierced with a fork, tossing after 10 minutes of baking
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes total
  • Top with red pepper flakes or grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
  • Enjoy! 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

#ad #Disneyside Cars Theme Party





I was chosen to host a #Disneyside party with a Cars theme. Considering I have a preschool son as one of my kids, this is a pretty exciting party. He couldn't wait to dig in the box and see what we all have. You can see the unveiling in the video below. This is a picture of everything and my excited son.


I wanted to give you a close up picture of different items in the box. This is picture of all the Cars themed items.



This is a picture of all the "other" Disney and Mickey items. I had seen an idea where a mom had laminated the chore charts. I didn't have a laminator, but thought that was a great idea,



These are all the other non-Disney items we had to try out or review or share at our party.






Since I am a crafty mom, we had some fun being crafty with our food and well, with crafts. I had a Mickey metal cookie cutter, so I was able to use black and red pony beads to make this Mickey Magnet (just glue a magnet to the back). You melt the pony beads in the oven while inside a metal cookie cutter.



We had some "Cars" snacks of apple slices and grapes. I have also see this done with Orange slices and blueberries.



We decided to make Popcorn Krispies and form them in our Mickey pan, They are basically the same thing as making Rice Krispie bars, but we used air popped popcorn. Preschoolers has a lot of fun pouring popcorn in the air popper and watching them pop. You would have thought I did something magic when you watched them over the popcorn maker.


We also did a fun Cars Paper plate craft project that they thought was a lot of fun.



Don't you just love this idea to use Nacho Cheese Bugles as traffic cones. So much fun! It's a toy and a snack!

Friday, February 27, 2015

#ad Review: SweetSation Sun'n Fun Kids Sunscreen


My Thoughts:


After having reviewed the Tinted Sunscreen by SweetSation and being very pleased with that sunscreen, I was more than happy to accept a review of the SweetSation Kids sunscreen with a SPF30. It is a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers protection from UVA and UVB rays. It is water resistant for 80 minutes, which is about perfect for us because when we go to the community pool there is a break after every 50 minutes, so re-applying around the 2nd break is perfect or if we are going home and indoors we will just reapply when we plan to go back outside again.

There are several things I really like about this sunscreen. First off, it is a mineral sunscreen so the active ingredient is zinc oxide. Second is that is has no white traces which I have found is usually the case in many mineral sunscreens. Third is that is rubs in smoothly and easily and isn't a thick paste. My kids get annoyed if I have to rub too much to get the sunscreen worked in and that is not the case with this sunscreen. And finally, the natural light sweet chocolate is fun for the kids. The kids don't like when a sunscreen smells like medicine and I don't know what the natural item(s) in this product that give it the sweet scent, but I appreciate that there is no artificial fragrances, which I try to avoid for my daughter who gets eczema.

The picture below shows what color the sunscreen is when I put a dab on my arm, but I also put a dab on my arm by my wrist and rubbed it in. You can see it rubbed in without leaving a white film, it rubbed in clear.




Product Description from SweetSation:


  • Light and non-greasy
  • Moisturizing, hydrating, soothing
  • Mineral, natural SPF30, no chemical filters
  • Natural chocolate scent, no artificial fragrances
  • Non-NANO
  • Toxin-free, Gluten-free, Oxybenzone-free, Paraben-free
  • Rich in Antioxidants and Vitamin C
  • EWG safety rating 1


I was sent this product for review but all thoughts, opinions, and photographs are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Hand Built Pottery Spoons


These are some spoons I made for my family. They are hand built with pottery clay. The spoon part was made by starting with a pinch pot. The hand was made by making a coil "snake" and blending it in to my small pinch pot. One of the spoons I then flattened the handle with a rolling pin and them stamped in to it to add some detail.