Oct 212014
 

Spooky Owl Wreath Dollar Store DIY

If you love the haunting look of owls, you will love this easy DIY owl wreath! This spooky owl wreath can be crafted using just a few dollar store materials, and the end result is the perfect Halloween décor piece to spruce up your space. Take a peek below at how you can craft up your own spooky owl wreath in just minutes and for just a couple of dollars.

Here is what you will need:
Halloween themed ribbon
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Owl cut outs
Black twigs
Scissors
Craft or hot glue, glue gun Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 

How to Have a Gluten Free Halloween

Halloween is one of the most scrumptious times of the year. You have access to handfuls of candy and deliciousness. One of the only problems is having to deal with a gluten free diet while enjoying this awesome holiday. If you’re nervous about trying to eat gluten free during this holiday, have no worries because with these tips you can have a gluten free Halloween.

Homemade Treats

If you’re unsure of what’s gluten free and what’s not gluten free, then consider homemade gluten free treats. There are tons of yummy gluten free recipes online that you can bake for your own Halloween fun. Here are ten treat recipes to get you started.

Read the Package

You might be surprised at how many candies are actually gluten free. If you’re not sure if the package has gluten in it, email the company yourself. Sometimes it’s nice to just have that reassurance that you can’t get anywhere else. If you’re looking for a gluten free candy list, then this list might help you out a little bit. Continue reading »

Oct 092014
 

**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

A couple of weeks ago, I told you all about how we survive going back to school and in case you missed it, you can read all about it here.  As I mentioned, we are always on the go after the kids get home from school and sometimes I just don’t have time to cook the boys dinner.  That’s where McDonald’s comes into play.  I love that I can swing by McDonald’s on the way home from the soccer field, grab the boys each a Happy Meal and be able to feel good about what I’m serving to my kids.

Each Happy Meal provides wholesome options such as Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt. Additionally, 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice are the perfect beverage pairing for your kids Happy Meal.  In case you haven’t heard,  later this fall Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific are going to be included as a Happy Meal side as well.

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Since this time of year is so hectic for many of us, I wanted to share a few more of my best back to school survival tips. Continue reading »

Oct 072014
 

How To Make This The Best Halloween for the Kids

Halloween is just a few short weeks away and the kids are pumped about the event. It’s time to make this the best Halloween ever and here is how you can do it.

#1. Dress Up Yourself

If you’re going to dress the kids up for Halloween this year, make sure you dress yourself up as well. The kids will love it if they see you get excited about this fun event that only rolls around once a year.

#2. Go Candy-licious

Halloween is all about the candy! Don’t forget that candy makes the holiday so try and let the kids have a little fun with it. Some parents want to limit the candy their children eat to only once piece. At least let your kids have two! Continue reading »

Oct 012014
 

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**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

School is back in full swing and you know what that means…. It means days filled with packing lunches and driving kids to sporting events, all while trying to take care of your daily duties. All of those school year extracurricular activities can fill up your day, making it seem like you don’t even see your kids despite being in the car with them for what seems like hours. As our family is out running around from activity to activity, sometimes it’s been a challenge to grab the kiddos a quick bite of food to feel good about.

And that is exactly why I love McDonald’s.

Each Happy Meal provides wholesome options such as Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt. Additionally, 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice are the perfect beverage pairing for your kids Happy Meal. And guess what? Later this fall, be on the lookout for Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific included as a Happy Meal side as well. My ten year old is already super excited about that – Cuties are his favorite snack.

I am so happy that McDonald’s gives me nutritious alternatives and it’s food that I can grab quickly if we’re in a hurry to get to karate class or the soccer field. Continue reading »

Sep 262014
 

Dollar Store DIY Halloween Ghost Treat Bucket

If you are hosting a Halloween party or just looking for a fun and frugal Halloween craft, look no further than this ghost treat bucket. Made from dollar store supplies, this ghost treat bucket is perfect for holding sweets and other Halloween favors. Take a peek below at how to make your own in just minutes. Perfect for kiddos or adults, this is a Halloween craft you won’t want to miss out on.

Here is what you will need:
White favor buckets (sold 2/$1 at Dollar Tree)
Googly eyes
Halloween ribbon
Black craft paper or craft foam (you can also use a black marker if you wish)
Craft glue
Scissors Continue reading »

Sep 222014
 

Tailgating With Kids

If you have children, you might wonder how you can make tailgating possible. However, there are some things you can do to make tailgating a lot of fun for the whole family.

#1. Kiddy Foods

Bringing the kids tailgating means you need to have kid friendly foods! You can bring along kid friendly tailgating foods like dip & chips, pigs in a blanket, veggies, or fruits. Anything that’s simple to put together and easy to eat will do. Just think like a kid when it comes to these types of foods and you should be good to go.

#2. Simplicity

If there’s one tip I can give you on tailgating with kids it’s to keep things simple. It’s hard for children to focus when there is a lot going on around them. Tailgating requires a lot of activity, so if you plan on bringing kids, then it’s important to keep things simple. Continue reading »

Sep 172014
 

Fantasy Football Isn't Just For Guys

Okay, so I am the queen of a house full of boys and I don’t think normal women love football as much as I do. I’m not going to lie—I’m in love with it! I’m especially in love with fantasy football. Since the whole family is going to get involved I decided that I might as well too. Here are some of my best tips as a woman to survive like a man in the fantasy football world.

Take Chances!

If you’re going to do the whole “fantasy football” thing the make sure you take chances. You can’t sit back and play it safe, you have to give it everything you got. If you’re holding back, it’s time to give a little more. In my opinion, you have to play as well as the real football players out there on the field.

The Right Team

You can’t play fantasy football without putting together the right team. You’ve really got to sit down and think about this for a moment. Think about putting a team together that will give you the best advantage. Don’t pick a football player just because you feel bad for him, pick him for your team because you know he’ll do a great job. Continue reading »

Sep 152014
 

5 Fall Activities Your Little Boys Will Love

Fall is almost here and summer is getting left in the dust. If you’re a mom to all boys then you know how crazy life can be when cold weather starts to hit. You are going to need a list of activities to do to keep those little minds and fingers busy. I have to warn you that these ideas start out small but only get bigger. It’s going to be an awesome fall season with our boys!

#1. Playing in the leaves

Okay, this is pretty much one of the best activities that you can do this fall with your little boys. If you can handle the thought of a few chilly fall moments, then it’s time to just jump in some leaves. Playing in leaves is pretty simple and doesn’t require much thought either.

#2. Paint with leaves

Oh, painting with leaves is so much fun. You’ll basically want to gather a bunch of leaves. You want the big bulky leaves. Put some paint down on paper, dab the leaf on the paint, and then put the painted leaf on a blank piece of paper. You can make some really fun creations with this type of fall activity. Plus, boys love painting and getting messy! Continue reading »

Sep 132014
 

Things You Should Never Forget To Pack For Vacation and How You Can Remember To Pack Them

Packing for a vacation or even a quick trip can be exciting- and stressful! You always forget something, and then you remember it right as you need and can’t get to it. If you want to eliminate the stress of packing for a trip and remember all of the items you need, check out these tips:

What you do NOT need to bring:

Too many shoes. This will take up space. Do you really need a new shoe for every outfit? Just find a pair or two (no more than four) that will work across outfits.

Outfits that consist of different items. You can wear the same pair of jeans twice in a week. There’s no need to pack a different pair for every day. Make outfits out of items that can be matched differently to save space.

Liquid items. Travel sized toiletries can be bought at your destination when you arrive. Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 

Bonding Over the Dinner Table

Life can get busy. You and your spouse have to worry about work and house duties, while your kids’ days are filled with school, homework, and extracurricular activities. These busy schedules can make it so you only see your family at dinnertime, making dinnertime the most important meal of the day. If this sounds like you, here are some great tips for helping your family bond over the dinner table.

Make It a Tradition

Bonding over the dinner table won’t happen unless everyone in the family actually sits down together. To help make this happen, make dinner a family tradition everyone needs to participate in. Set aside a time of day that everyone can be home for so that no one is missing at the dinner table. This should be done each day to help create more bonding time for the entire family.

Put Your Phones Away Continue reading »

Sep 032014
 

5 Ways To Keep Mornings Chaos Free

School is starting and mornings can get so chaotic. It’s important to have a way to reduce the chaos and make everyone’s lives a little easier. Check out these five tips to get your family moving in the right direction on school mornings.

#1. Clothes Laid Out

This seems like something that shouldn’t take more than five minutes in the morning to do, however, when you’re in a hurry it can take forever. If you take five minutes the night before and lay out the clothes, you will be in chaos free heaven the morning of.

#2. Easy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is also one of those trouble makers on school mornings. It’s time to kick the chaos to the curb with the help of easy breakfast ideas. If you have to feed your kids cold cereal every morning for school, do not feel bad, you’re just trying to make the mornings easier on everyone. You can also plan ahead for breakfast by making mini muffins over the weekend and freezing them for the busy week ahead. Continue reading »

Sep 012014
 

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One of the biggest problems people struggle with when it comes to losing weight and eating healthy is portion control. We always wanna go back for that second plate and buffets are the worst thing that ever happened to us! LOL. If you pay attention and try your hardest you can really work on portion control and it will extremely effect your look and health!

1. Use smaller plates. If you use a smaller plate it will appear that you have more food on your plate and your mind will believe that after your one plate, you’re full. You won’t need to eat extra food or go back for seconds. It’s smart to use a salad or side dish plate for your main meal rather than a big huge plate, that is just more room for you to fill up your plate with unhealthy foods!

2. Portion out snacks ahead of time. When it comes to snacks such as chips, pretzels, or cheez its get small snack baggies and portion them ahead of time according the proper serving size on the nutrition facts rather than eating from the bag or box! This will save you so many calories and leave you feeling satisfied without breaking your diet! I’ve found doing this and writing the calories of that portion on the baggy really helps with not eating so many salty, unhealthy snacks! Continue reading »

Aug 292014
 

10 Back to School Tips for Elementary Students

Want to prepare your elementary students for going back to school? Despite what you think, there are some major things you can do to prepare your kids. Ready, set, check out these 10 back to school tips for all of the elementary children in your family.

#1. Establish a routine

I can’t emphasize this one enough. Establishing a routine for the whole family is a way around this matter. Everyone has a bed time and an up time.

#2. Reading together

You can prepare your elementary student for back to school by spending thesummer reading. It’s never too late to start because the more you read the more your child can learn.

#3. Planning for back to school

Nothing helps your child more going back to school, than you helping them plan for it. Pick out clothes together, buy school supplies together, and discuss what next year will bring.

#4. Keep ‘em counting Continue reading »

Aug 272014
 

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It is almost time to send kids back to school! That means there will be lots to do before that first bell rings. Saving money on school lunches is at the top of most parents’ lists for back-to-school and it isn’t that hard to do. You can save money with your kids’ lunches with these very simple steps and tips.

Buy the right equipment

If you want to send your kids to school with a homemade lunch, buy the right equipment to pack it all in. When you don’t have the right lunchbox, thermos, and other containers, you will end up wasting food because it will spoil before your child can actually eat it.

Meal plan

It’s a well-known fact that meal planning can help you lose weight, but did you know that it can also save you money? If you plan out your meals, including snacks and drinks, you can cut your grocery bill by as much as 20 percent in one month, and that includes your kids’ lunches. Plan it all out before grocery shopping. This will also save you time on making lunches in the morning. Continue reading »

Aug 252014
 

10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Raising All Boys

Raising boys isn’t for the faint of heart and I can tell you this from firsthand experience. There are some things I wish I’d known about raising all boys before I began this journey. Here are ten things I wish I knew:

#1. Boys are so Sweet

You always hear all of the negative things about raising boys, but you hardly ever hear the positive. I wish I knew how sweet boys are because I would have had ten more (just kidding).

#2. Boys Love Dirt

I don’t know how many times I have to tell my sons to stop digging in the dirt. You let them outside for two minutes and they’re covered in dirt. No one told me how dirty boys get.

#3. Boys Make Great Brothers

I can’t imagine not having both of my boys because they make such great brothers. I honestly never knew how awesome having multiple boys could really be and the best part is that they impact my life on a daily basis. Continue reading »

Aug 242014
 

Upcycled Altoid Tin First Aid kit

With two active little boys in my house, there are bound to be some bumps and bruises along the way.  Ok, they happen pretty much every single day and when they happen, I like to be prepared.  I always have Neosporin and Band-Aid’s on me, so I figured why not put all my first aid supplies in a cute little container to carry with me in my purse.

It’s so cute that I bet you want to make one now, too, right?  It’s super easy to make and here’s what You’ll Need:

  • Green Duck Tape
  • Pink Duck Tape
  • Altoid Sized Tin
  • Scissors
  • First Aid supplies

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Aug 222014
 

10 Ways to Save Money During Your Next Trip to the Amusement Park

Family trips to the local (or not so local) amusement park are so much fun, and a great way to make memories that will last for years to come. These days, however, this fun can come at a hefty price. The cost of amusement park tickets alone has increased tremendously, and the additional costs involved, such as food, parking and accommodations if you are traveling can make the whole trip cost way more than you planned.

  1. The key here is planning. Think ahead to get the best prices on your admission. Ticket prices can vary depending on the season, and there are often great deals if you look for them.
  2. Try going online to see if there are any ticket discounts, and also keep your eyes out at grocery stores and restaurants, there are often “2 for 1” deals as well. If nothing else, purchase your ticket online, not at the gate, you will most likely spend less money.
  3.  Be sure to go during the park’s “off season.” It will be cheaper and less crowded. Continue reading »
Aug 202014
 

10 Back to School Tips For Parents

Parents, are you tired of all of these “back to school” tips for kids— what about the PARENTS? The parents need back to school tips too! Well, here are 10 tips to help you stay on track with your kid this summer. (Warning, some of these may be a bit sarcastic).

#1. Stop staying up so late

As you are reading this, it’s probably already past your bedtime. Waking up earlier than usual is going to be harder than you thought, so get to bed when you can.

#2. Take your vitamins

This is no joke. If you want to have energy to help your kids get up for school, then you will need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.

#3. Keep a full gas tank

You don’t want to make anyone late in the morning. When your gas tank is empty, fill it up. Don’t procrastinate on this, you’ll regret it later.

#4. Pack lunches the night before Continue reading »

Aug 172014
 

5 Apps That You Need If You're Traveling

Going on vacation or travelling for business can be very exciting, but it can be a stressful experience, too. Thankfully, apps exist for just about everything and that includes making traveling easier for you. These free mobile apps are ones that just about any tourist needs to make sure their trip is the best it can be.

1. TripIt  (Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows)

If you like to be organized, this is the app for you! This one app keeps all of you confirmation emails at your fingertips, and it creates an itinerary for you based on information you enter into it. You can even use the app to book reservations or reserve tickets for events.

2.  ImedJet (Available for iPhone and Android)

There are many times you may find yourself without Internet reception and you are in need of using an app. ImedJet allows you access without a connection and gives you info to help you stay safe and healthy as you travel with a medical guide, first-aid information, and the ability to store your personal medical information (such as emergency contacts, allergies, medications, and more). Continue reading »