Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids

I am kind of a crafty person.  I am not good at coming up with my own crafts but I am really great at copying others work and making it my own with my own little touches.  So when my friend recommended I try making toilet paper snowmen I jumped all over that idea.  My kids are on year round school and we are off track right now and I am desperate to entertain them.  I took my question to Pinterest and found this great idea.  I then ventured to Hobby Lobby and our mission was underway.

We also went to Target and got the cheapest TP available because I didn't want to use my expensive super soft kind for a craft (I know call me crazy but I'm weird about my TP).

Supplies:
2 Rolls of TP per snowman
jewels or buttons for eyes and mouth
black pom poms for the front "buttons"
orange pom pom for the nose
ric rac ribbon for the hat
ribbon for the scarf
ribbon to tie around end of hat
snowflake or pom pom for hat
felt sheet for hat (we used black)
white broadcloth to wrap around TP rolls
glue gun

I got a yard of the broadcloth for the body and head of the snowman because I was unsure how much we needed that made 3 and I had some left over.  I cut it into squares and then wrapped it around the TP and glued it in place


I unrolled the second roll until the felt wrapped around it and overlapped a small amount.
Then I glued the two rolls on top of each other.  I then glued the ricrac along the long edge of the felt and glued it to the top of the top TP roll.

I then took the end of the felt and bent it to the side and tied it off with the other ribbon.  Then I let my kids put on the faces and buttons and tie on the scarves.  It was a fun easy family project.  
I love how they turned out.  My youngest daughter recommended we could give them to their teachers at school and I thought we could do blues and purple for a cute winter class decoration instead of so Christmas-y.  Hope you have as much fun as we did!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Putting more meaning into Christmas with Mini™ Missions

This year our family wanted to put more significant meaning into our holidays.  We were looking for new traditions to bring us closer together as a family and to also help others at the same time.  When I heard about how Scholastic and Kellogg’s® teamed up I knew this was a perfect way for our family to be motivated to not only serve others but also help us feel the true meaning of Christmas.
The program we registered for is called Every Day is a Big Day.  As your family completes each Mini Mission™  you can earn free Scholastic books for your and family and a chance to win prizes for your school and community.
You can visit http://minimissions.scholastic.com to register your family for the Every Day is a Big Day program.
As you complete each  Mini™ Mission your family earns 2 free Scholastic Books.
Also as each mission is completed you are entered into a sweepstakes where 131 prizes will be awarded to schools and communities each month.
You can also download free monthly stories chronicling  Mini's™  adventures against the evil Skipper. (these are so cute our family LOVED them)
December's theme is Give and Get Back.The objective is to encourage families to do something good for others.  Work together to think of ways to help others and put your ideas into action.  Complete 3 projects that give back to your community or others in need.  No action can be too small. 

Our family chose to do a few services projects this month.
We are working on some fleece blankets for a few local charities and we also made some "Survival Bags" that we keep in our cars to hand out to people we see on the streets who need help.  These bags contain lots of items like toothpaste and tooth brushes, soap, deodorant, snacks, water, immunity boosts for the cold season and other necessities.  We also donated to a giving tree from our church which gives to families in our own neighborhood in need. 









 It is not too late to get started NOW.  
Register here http://minimissions.scholastic.com and there is also a bonus entry this month.
Bonus Holiday Promotion
After you complete the December Mini™  Mission, enter a Kellogg's(R) Family Rewards Code on your Mission Complete page of Scholastic.com/minimissions and you'll receive an additional FREE BOOK!* Kellogg's(R) Family Rewards Codes can be found inside all boxes of Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats(R). Bonus offer ends on December 31st.
*While supplies last.
 Seriously who doesn't like FREE stuff especially at Christmas time?  I am thinking some new books would make some really great gifts or better yet something to donate to help give back.

Join us as we try to make this Decmeber one to remember.




Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats® and Scholastic have partnered to bring you the Every Day is a Big Day program, created to benefit families, schools and communities across the country.
Your family is invited to complete monthly Mini™ Missions to get free books for your family. Also, each month you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 131 valuable prizes for your school and community. As you earn books and enter the sweepstakes, your family is sure to have a blast and learn something new along the way!
Start here and register for your first monthly mission!
This is a sponsored conversation by me on behalf of Kellogg's(R) Frosted Mini-Wheats(R). The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, November 11, 2013

How to Boost Your self confidence

Have one of your favorite photographers do some quick snapshots of you and your kids and then post them on Facebook.  Does wonders for your self esteem…. Well if you have friends like me!!  See what you think.


 Also this little man (ahem NOT so little man) went and had another birthday.  He made me a list of birthday gifts he wanted and clipped coupons for those gifts so he got everything he asked for.  Love that he is 11 and frugal my work is done…..
And yes I am aware that I haven't blogged in forever.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter 2013....#WordlessWednesday






I love Easter.  I love the reason we celebrate, I love the bright colors, and I love taking pictures of my kids in their new clothes.  It makes me smile.  Hope you all had a lovely Easter too.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday....High Style

Don't all 5 year olds play Jewels (Zen version) and wear beatsbydre and accessorize with packing bubbles.  Just mine?  Oh okay.....
I'm thinking she's ready for the runway....That hair is everywhere.  When the seasons change around here our dry hair struggles.  Good thing she is so fashionable!

Joining up with Lolli at Better in Bulk, Angie at Seven Clown Circus, and Alicia at Project Alicia and wordless wednesdays everywhere.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Firmoo Glasses Review

When Firmoo contacted me about trying out a pair of their glasses I was thrilled.  Although I don't wear glasses my husband does and he is always in need of a new pair.  So we went to their site and picked out a great pair for him to try out.
He has been wearing them for about 10 days and he LOVES them.  They fit well, the prescription is correct, and they look great on him.  Well see for yourself.



The glasses shipped quickly and safely.  They came with a hard and soft carrying case, a cleaning rag, and mini tools for fixing loose screws or parts.  I loved that because I just thought the tools were really cute!  
My husband says the only thing he doesn't love is sometimes after wearing the glasses all day they are a little difficult to clean all the oils off.  But with a little elbow grease they do come clean.
I personally think they are very flattering and love how they look.  Of course I am a little biased ;)
Firmoo has a large variety of prescription, non-prescription, and sunglasses to choose from.  They also have an awesome First Pair Free program see the details of that here.  Also be sure to follow them on Facebook for all their specials and updated information.

I was not compensated for this post.  We were provided with one pair of glasses to review.  The opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Title Boxing Club GNO...Photo Story Friday

My fabulous friend Emily hosted an awesome Girls Night Out.  Although she didn't call it that. I am because it involved Girls (aka female bloggers), it was night time, and it was not at my house (YAY for not having to host or clean).  It was so much fun because it involved two of my very favorite things (ya that's a song) working out and FOOD!
We got to check out the newest boxing gym here in the Salt Lake Valley and let me just tell you I am over the top impressed with this place!!  It is called Title Boxing Club you can check them out on Facebook.  They post specials and motivation all the time and the boxing class schedule is on there too.  (You will definitely see me there at several classes) Ok so now for the pictures.
Those are 100 pound bags and they are awesome.  They have 60 of them (that's a lot by the way).  We did a one hour power-hour workout using the bags and body-weight exercises my shins were sweating people that's how intense this workout was!  The rumor is you can burn up to 1000 calories during one of these classes depending on how much you push yourself.  Did I mention if you want to try out a power hour class the first hit (class) is free?  
Check out all these hot momma's!  We all have our "fierce" faces on here.  Jill and I are hiding in the back trying to hide our big noses!
Our amazing instructor, Maryguenn Vellinga!  She was so great and helpful and not mean at all.  Thanks Emily for letting me steal pictures from Flickr.
I put those gloves on and I pretty much felt like I was going to knock something out.  I LOVED it. Did I already say that?  Thanks again to Emily for the photo.

This is in the entrance and I thought it looked pretty cool.
I want those arms so a boxing I will go....
Thanks again to Emily for hosting an awesome event and to Michael Alger (owner of Title Boxing Club in Cottonwood Heights) for welcoming us crazy ladies!!

I am linking up with Lolli for PhotoStory Friday over here.

I was not compensated for this post.  We were able to participate in the class for free and I will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free year membership; however all opinions are my own.

Monday, February 25, 2013

How to get Urine/Sweat stains out of your Mattress

If you have kids you have pee stains I know it.  If you don't lucky you or you are a liar and in denial.  I have pee stains on more than one mattress.  I also have sweat stains on pillows because well I sweat a.lot.  It's a gift I know. I digress.

Anyway I have tried many different ways to get urine/pee out of mattresses and I have been very unsuccessful so I did a google search and what do you know?  Another mom had pee stains too.  So I borrowed her recipe and it totally worked so I am sharing it with you.

All you need are these few house-hold ingredients and a spray bottle.  I bought a really expensive one (NOT) I used one I had for my kids hair.  It worked great.
You will need:
3 Tablespoons Baking Soda
8 ounces Hydrogen peroxide
1 drop dish soap
Mix together well and use right away. My mom discovered that if it is not mixed well the baking soda will clog the sprayer.  You also can't store this apparently it doesn't last in the bottle and it is no longer effective due to the active nature of these ingredients.  I didn't test that out I used all the mixture. (twice)
Here is my mattress before
I know totally nasty.  And this is my guest room bed so I was horrified when my child destroyed it.  I tried my carpet cleaner and it totally made it worse AHHH!  There were also a few stains on my awesome mattress that I paid a small fortune for.  It totally worked on that one too hooray!  It also worked on my pillows.  But I realized I could just throw those in the washer.  I'm lazy.....
Here is the after.  
It's kind of magic and I seriously LOVE that.  I do know the power of hydrogen peroxide I have used it at work as a nurse to get blood stains out of my scrubs, so I wasn't surprised to see it would also remove urine.  Yay for cheap cleaning products!  I am thinking it will work on any bodily fluid stain (I'm not trying to be gross).  Blood, sweat, urine.  I did the treatment twice.  It dried really fast and it also pulled out the odor. Now I am oh so happy.
Hope you are as happy about this as I am!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Five Question Friday....Random

1. What is a hobby you would love to learn and why? 

  I would love to learn to play the cello.  I think it is the coolest instrument ever... well besides the piano and I already do that :)

2. What do you wish you could have delivered to your house but does not deliver?

Frozen yogurt all day every day LOL!
3. What's your favorite snow day activity? Inside and out?

I love when my kids play outside in the snow and I get to stay inside in the quiet.  Oh wait did I say that out loud?
4. Would you meet a stranger from an Internet dating site?

Nope never.  I have heard too many horror stories; although any of my blogging friends I have met in real life have been awesome!
5. If you had to spend 35 hours in a car with 4 other people, who would you choose?

My husband and my kids.  They seriously make me laugh and after 35 hours I think we would all be pretty "punchy" I think we might laugh until we cry.

Don't they look hysterical....
Linking up with Mama M. at My Little Life.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Longing for Warmer Weather... Photo Story Friday

We have some serious spring fever at our house.  Today the sun was out and I sat on my porch in my sweats and felt the warm sun on my face I could still see my warm breath in the cool air but I tried to soak it in before the next storm moves in.  
Of course I forgot to pull out my camera so here are some great patriotic shots from this fall.




I can almost feel the sun on face can't you?
Linking up with Lolli at Better In Bulk for Photo Story Friday/GMYBS

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Valentines Success.... Wordless Wednesday

This year I wanted to make Valentines memorable.  I am not sure why.  It is not in my nature to go ALL out for holidays.  I am not THAT mom.  I am not a super decorator or celebrator I just don't love it.  This year I got a bug though and I decided Valentines Day was going to be LEGENDARY!!  I put it to my Facebook Friends and they did not disappoint with the suggestions.  I also went to Pinterest for ideas and also no disappointment although Pinterest does tend to make me feel inadequate on a good day. Those Pinterest guru's are super over-achieving crazies... ahem.  So I made my cool craft from Monday's post.  Then I decided to create some pretty great Valentine's boxes.

And my cute friend Jane suggested a Valentines Cafe at home with my children as servers.  I LOVED this idea.  I went to the store and bought aprons and craft paint and made custom server outfits for each child to wear.  I made a family favorite for dinner. You can see that recipe here in my blogfrog community and in a previous post here.  

Overall Valentines was so fun and I know my kids will certainly remember this one!
Don't mind my messy house I can only be expected to do so much ;)

My food photography has much to be desired but it still tasted delicious!
And of course we had cute little table decorations thanks to my cricut and Close To My Heart.
Linking up with Lolli at Better In Bulk, Alicia at Project Alicia, and Angie and Amanda for Wordful Wednesday. And Wordless Wednesdays everywhere.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sledding...PhotoStory Friday

We live in a snowy place and we have yet to do any sledding.  I know lame mommy!  Luckily Dad came to the rescue this week and built a tiny sledding hill Hooray for daddies!!




Linking up with Lolli at Better in Bulk for Photo Story Friday.





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