• Craft Time with GoldFish

    I love craft time and luckily for me, my kids are following right in my tracks. They all love to draw, paint and Summer loves to “scissor”. (it’s her favorite thing to cut paper!)

    So when I get to sit down with them to do some arts and crafts I am all over it. We spend a lot of time, especially during the winter months, coloring, making bracelets, or making holiday decorations.

    With craft time comes snack time. Who else has a kid that is always hungry?

    So when we headed to the store over the weekend we made sure to grab our favorite snack, GoldFish crackers.  I love that they are always baked with real cheese and have no artificial flavors or preservatives. It makes me feel comfortable with the choices I am making by giving them to my kids.

    Their colors sourced from plants, such as annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree
    and are baked with whole grain cheddar that has 12 g of WG per serving.

    So while the kids are busy working away on their projects they have a great snack too.

    We thought it would be super fun to make a stop motion video of our own. The kids and I thought about some fun ideas and because we have 3+ feet of snow outside right now, we thought it would be fitting to make a Snow day with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish!

    Interested in making your own stop motion video? Find out how HERE!

    This was the first stop motion video we’ve ever made, and it took a little while but it was fun! And the kids had fun thinking of ideas on what to do next.

    Visit the campaign landing page to get inspired and learn more about the Goldfish Tales Animation Xperience! And don’t forget to head to the GoldfishTales page to submit your own stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

    What are your favorite ways to pass time during the chilly winter months?

  • How to Speed Clean the Bathroom in 15 Minutes

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteCleanHoliday #CollectiveBias  Speed Clean the Bathroom

    It’s that time of year where you may have a bit more traffic in your house due to the holidays, And who wants to spend all their time cleaning the bathroom? I sure don’t!

    One thing I have learned over the past few years is to speed clean my bathroom. And really, the number one reason I have is because the “main bathroom” that company uses, just so happens to be the same bathroom that the majority of the family uses. Which means it is the dirtiest. There always seems to be leftover toothpaste in the sink or water on the counter and who wants their friends and family to experience that mess?? Not me!

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    That is why I wanted to share a few tips on how I speed clean the bathroom in just 15 minutes.

    I headed to my local Fred Meyer to grab a few things like some new micro fiber cloths and a new toilet scrubber. I was super excited to find this Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber because it has a disposable head. Removing it takes just the click of a button. That means that I don’t have to touch anything dirty and it’s great because it scrubs away the messes you’ve been leaving behind.

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    It also is perfect for scrubbing under the rim where you often miss. It has a built in bleach alternative with pumice that scrubs away any rust and hard water stains. That’s great because it means you don’t need a special cleaner for your toilet! You are not putting cleaner in the toilet, waiting for it to soak, etc. You just scrub the toilet and flush! If you have an extra ornery stain you can scrub and wait a few before flushing. You’ll notice below on my cleaning chart that I scrub at the beginning and flush at the end.

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    I start with a quick spray down of the shower and sink then I use the toilet scrubber and give the toilet and good scrub and then I sweep and mop the floor.

    Next, I scrub the shower. Because I do this fairly often I don’t have to scrub too hard to keep it clean! Then I scrub out the sink, wash the mirror and clean up the counter tops.

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    I grab the hamper to empty into the laundry room and I flush the toilet on my way out of the bathroom and I now have a fresh clean bathroom!

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    For the Bathroom Checklist PRINTBLE, click here —-> Printable

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    I have a sparkly clean bathroom now in just 15 minutes and I am not embarrassed when my friends and family come over!

    There will be a Buy One Get One Disposable Toilet Scrubber Starter Kit at Fred Meyer and Kroger when you head to the store! Don’t miss it!

    Want to find more great cleaning inspiration? Check them out here!

  • DIY Dog Food Container

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ToPetsWithLove #CollectiveBias

    For many people, pets are like family. Travis got Jada when she was a puppy and I came into her life about a year and a half later. And while it drives me nuts when she eats toilet paper, or everything else in sight, I still would never want anything to happen to her. She is silly and we always laugh about the positions she sleeps in.

    She is crazy and loves running around the back yard like a wild animal. When the sun is barely shining she will find the only sunny place in our back yard and lay in it.

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    Sweet Jada just turned 11 on Halloween and to be honest, she still isn’t slowing down much.  She is still as hyper as she was when she was 1! She loves to go for walks, chase unsuspecting joggers that are running on the sidewalk (on the other side of the fence) and chew on anything she can get her teeth in. Literally, she has eaten more shoes, toilet paper, and she even ate the siding off our old house! We can’t leave anything on the floor because she will chew on it. And with kids, that’s hard. They leave everything on the floor!

    It took everything to get these pictures of her because she just doesn’t sit still!

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    When it is time to pick up food and treats for this girl, I head to Fred Meyer. I love that they have everything I need to pamper Jada right in one place.

    I picked up Purina Beneful Dog Food because it has meat as it’s #1 ingredient and no added sugar. I also got some Beggin Strips. What dog doesn’t like a treat that smells and tastes like bacon?

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    Jada really needed a new dog food container. Her old one was small and the lid was broken so I decided to make her a new one. While I was out getting my Purina Beneful dog food I grabbed a holiday popcorn tin. My kids LOVE that popcorn and once it’s empty and cleaned out it is a perfect container to keep dog food in.

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    However, actually spray painting the container was a little more of a challenge. It has been pouring rain for the last couple of week and when I finally got a little break in the clouds I took the opportunity to spray paint.

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    When it was all done and dry and smelling a little less like spray paint I used my cricut and added Jada’s name to the top. Along with a “Dog Food” printable that you can find below!

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    Some of the reasons I choose Purina Beneful Dog Food:

    • Real Meat as the #1 ingredient
    • accents of real vegetables (spinach, peas and carrots)
    • 23 essential vitamins and minerals
    • includes antioxidant Vitamin E
    • 22 g of protein to help maintain strong muscles
    • Tender and crunchy bites that dogs love

     

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    Giving Jada Purina Beneful Dog Food makes me feel confident that she is getting the nutrition she needs for her adult life.

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    Here is a fun printable that you can print and cut out to put on your dog food container! Click the picture for the printable version!

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    Spread holiday love to your furry friends with the help of Purina! Now through the end of November, take advantage of great savings on your favorite Purina pet products available at Kroger with this Coupons.com link, while supplies last.

    *This is not to be taken as professional veterinary advice. Please consult your veterinarian for recommendations and practices appropriate for your pet.

  • Tyler’s 6th Batman Birthday Party

    Last week Tyler turned 6. I don’t know where the time goes but he is so big!

    This year Tyler and Summer wanted separate birthday parties and because they have had joint parties for the last couple of years (farm party, carnival) I thought we’d go with it.

    And since practically every little boys is obsessed with Batman, that is what he chose.

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    It all started with an invite I found online and attempted to make my own.

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    I found all sorts of cool ways to arrange balloon on Pinterest…. and then I ran out of time and thankfully my 14 year old son helped me put them up…. at least they’re up!

    Everything had to be Yellow and Black and was EASY to put together.

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    We had lots of fun and this kid was so excited about his cupcake! He picked out the blue frosting because it was “so cool”

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    I wanted to make a light lunch/snacks and it all worked out great. It was the perfect amount and I think the kids enjoyed the treats!

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    Bugles = Cat Woman Claws

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    Sandwiches = Bat Wiches

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    Pigs in a Blankets = Robins Roll Ups

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    Boneless Wings = Bat Wings

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    Hawaiian Punch/7up = Joker Juice

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    I wanted to make masks and capes as well. I attempted to make these masks with my Cricut but I had some trouble with it cutting felt! That is a setting I have never tried before and I should have practiced before hand! I also made THESE CAPES that turned out great and the kids loved them!

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    Cutest little bat girl around!

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    I used poster board and attempted to make a Batman. Don’t judge! haha! I painted it up then I used my cricut to cut out little bats that the kids used to “Pin the bat on Batman”. Sorry for this terrible grainy picture! Tyler’s party day turned out to be a rainy mess of a day and I was glad that I had planned for it to be mostly inside!

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    Love all these little Bat kids! So grateful for friends taking time from their day to celebrate my Tyler turning 6!!

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    And I made this fun picture to put in a frame on the table! And it is a PRINTABLE! Click the picture to get the downloadable link!

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    Tyler had such an awesome 6th birthday!

  • DIY Pallet Coasters

    ®This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review. #StarbucksCaffeLatte #MyStarbucksatHome #CollectiveBias Pallet Coasters

    Happy Friday my friends! We’ve had a busy week in our house and today is no exception! But the weekend is looking relatively calm and I am counting down the hours until it is officially the weekend. These days my life seems to be fueled by coffee and so I decided to make a fun little project to share with everyone. Because everyone needs some Pallet Coasters in their life, yes?

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    I received this awesome box in the mail with the new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods.  I had actually already tried these k-cups® after seeing the Pumpkin Spice flavor at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious! And now I get to try the Caramel, Mocha and Vanilla. There are many reasons I love these k-cups® but mainly because they are made from milk and have no artificial flavors.

    And besides the Pumpkin Spice, there is a Peppermint Mocha that I can’t wait to try. These are both seasonal and available for a limited time so grab them while you can!

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    Lucky for us the process is easy and is done in two quick steps.

    1. Pour the contents of the Step 1 packet into your cup.
    2. Add the K-Cup® to your Keurig and brew your coffee.

    Yep, that is all. Stir it up and you are good to go.

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    But now you all want to know how I made these adorable Pallet Coasters, right? Well, I’ll show you.

    18 Popsicle sticks, hot glue and wood stain. I started with cutting off the rounded ends off of all the sticks. Next, I hot glued two Popsicle sticks together to make three sets. Then I glued the edge pieces on to stabilize it and worked my way in from there, leaving just a little space in between the sticks. I did lay them out across to know where they would go before I actually glued them down. And last, I put three sticks on the bottom for extra support. Plus, I needed to make it look authentic.

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    Then I used some wood stain that I had laying around from when I made the kids growth charts that worked perfectly for this project. Make sure you use a rag you don’t care about because the stain lives up to its name. And one coat of the stain was enough for these pallet coasters.

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    Finished Pallet Coasters made from popsicle sticks… Not too shabby, right?

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    So now I have these amazing pallet coasters and what better use than my delicious Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods? 

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    Have you tried the new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods.Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods? Which flavor was your favorite? 

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