Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats Recipe

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the crisp feeling in the air and the fall flavors. One of the favorite fall flavors around here is pumpkin! We make pumpkin everything this time of year, so course I’m a fan of this pumpkin Rice Krispy treats recipe!

These pumpkin Rice Krispy treats would be super fun for a fall harvest party, or a school Halloween/ harvest party. They’d also be a fabulous treat for the kids as a part of your Thanksgiving feast!

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats Recipe

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 6 C. Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag (about 40) large marshmallows
  • 3 tbs. butter
  • 2 tbs. canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine the marshmallows and butter and melt on low heat, stirring every few minutes.
  3. Once the marshmallows and butter have melted stir in the 2 tbs. of canned pumpkin, 2 tsp. of cinnamon and the pinch of nutmeg. Stir well.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies making sure to coat them well.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and use the back of a large spoon or a piece of wax paper to flatten in the pan. Cover and let cool. Cut evenly into squares.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats

I’ll warn you now though, you won’t be able to stop at just one! What’s your favorite flavor of fall?

Looking for more fall Rice Krispy treat ideas? Check out our Rice Krispy Turkey Recipe.

Disney’s Into The Woods Movie Poster

Are you a Christmas day movie goer? If you are this year you can go check out Disney’s Into The Woods. We sometimes go on Christmas Eve or even the day after Christmas, but we’ve only been once on Christmas Day. I’m sure we’ll head out to see Into The Woods around the holiday season this year! In the mean time, check out this scary new Into The Woods poster.

Disneys Into The Woods Movie Poster

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Here’s the trailer:

What do you think? Will you be checking out Into The Woods this holiday season?

DIY Apple Stamp Bunting Banner

Bunting banners are such a fun and frugal way to add color to a space or party. Stamping is so much fun, and what’s even funner is using items you already have on hand to create your stamps. This DIY apple stamp bunting banner is no exception, and perfect for a fall harvest party, or just getting into the fall season. Take a look at how we hand stamped our own in just minutes. This is a fun and frugal fall craft that you won’t want to miss out on.

DIY Apple stamped bunting banner

Supplies needed:

  • Apple
  • Craft paint
  • Fabric squares or triangles
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue, glue gun
  • Knife
  • Towel

We found our pre cut bunting at our local craft store. It is sold in a pack of 5 for less than $5, if you can’t find it at your local craft store you can find it on Amazon here: Burlap Pennant Bunting. This is perfect for this craft. If you can’t find precut fabric, simply use a sturdy and light colored fabric such as burlap, canvas, etc.

Apple stamped DIY bunting banner DIY project

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting your apple in half. Use your towel to wipe away any dampness. You also want to remove the seeds. This way, the paint will stick to the apple nicely and you will get that perfect apple shape.
2. Pour some craft paint on a plate. Smooth it out into a thin layer.
3. Press the apple to the paint. Press it firmly so it gets covered nicely.
4. Remove the apple and press it to the fabric. You want to press hard and hold the apple in place for a minute or so. This way, you can be certain you are leaving a bold imprint.

Apple stamps

5. Remove the apple and repeat the process on the other pieces of fabric.
6. Once your stampings are dry, you can attach the pieces of fabric to ribbon. Simply apply ribbon to the back of each piece of fabric and press it to the ribbon. Space them out as you apply.

Apple stamped DIY bunting banner

Your apple stamp bunting banner is now ready to be displayed. Where you put it is up to you, but know that it is sure to bring on some compliments!

Butterscotch Chips Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors of fall, or any time of the year for that matter. I’m also a big fan of cake mix cookies! Cake mix cookies are super easy to make! They’re also soft and chewy, just like homemade cookies, without as much fuss! Today I have a super easy butterscotch chips cake mix cookies recipe to share with you that’s perfect for the fall weather we have coming our way!

Butter Scotch Cake Mix cookie recipe

Butterscotch Chips Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix, any brand
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ C. of vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ C. butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cake mix with the eggs and oil with a mixer until it forms a batter.
  3. With a spoon or spatula gently stir in the butterscotch chips.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto greased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes – cookies will turn golden brown. Do not over bake – These butterscotch cookies are best slightly chewy.

These butterscotch chips cake mix cookies are super delicious warm from the oven! I know with my family they’d never even make it to cool! We love cookies warm from the oven while the butterscotch chips are still warm and melty. Yum!

 Today I have a super easy butterscotch chips cake mix cookies recipe to share with you that's perfect for the fall weather we have coming our way!

Or serve them up with a tall glass of milk for a quick after school treat to celebrate a great day!

3 Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken Recipes

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3 quick easy buffalo chicken recipes

 

I love quick and easy made from scratch cooking, especially on the weekends when it always seems like we’re rushing around! This Saturday it seemed like we were on the run most of the day. While we were out I stopped by Kroger to pick up a few things to make a quick and easy supper we could munch on while we watched our favorite Ohio college football team. Kroger is my absolute favorite grocery store! I love their natural foods section and their variety and the quality brands they carry.

While I was browsing I found a couple new products from Hormel in the refrigerated entrees section. Great taste, freshness without preservatives and 0g Trans Fats? I was intrigued, so I picked up Hormel Hot Sandwich Grilled Buffalo Style Chicken for our Saturday night football noshing. I also picked up Everyday Scratch Flame Seared Chicken Breast for a quick lunch or two next week.

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I had a few ideas for the Buffalo Chicken, so I also picked up some refrigerated pizza crust, Scoops corn chips, sour cream, salsa, and cheese. While we were running we also stopped by our local farmer’s market and picked up some fresh tomatoes and greens.

We were late for kickoff because we were still running, so when we got home I wanted to make our food as quick as possible so I could watch the game. I couldn’t decide between buffalo chicken pizza muffins (one of my son’s faves), and buffalo chicken nacho bites ( a twist on one of my husband’s faves) so I made both, plus a buffalo chicken and ranch salad for me. Yum!

Buffalo chicken nachos are a fun twist on one of my family’s game day favorites.

bufffalo chicken nacho bites

Buffalo Chicken Nachos Recipe
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Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Scoops Corn Chips
  • 1 container Hormel Buffalo Chicken Hot Sandwich Meats
  • 1 cup Taco Blend Cheese
  • 1 container Sour Cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400`F.
  2. Line up the Frito's Scoops chips on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  3. Add about ½ teaspoon Buffalo Chicken Hot Sandwich Meats to each chip
  4. Top each one with a pinch of shredded cheese.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes at 400`F.
  6. Top each with ½ teaspoon sour cream.
  7. Serve warm.

Another favorite recipe for football season at our house is buffalo chicken pizza muffins. I usually have to cook the chicken and add the buffalo sauce myself. Hormel Buffalo Chicken Hot Sandwich Meats does all of that for me!

quick and easy buffalo chicken pizza muffins

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Muffin Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 package refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 container Hormel Buffalo Chicken Hot Sandwich Meats
  • 2 cups shredded pizza cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400`F.

2. Roll out the pizza dough and cut it into 12 equal pieces.

3. Spray a muffin tin with no stick cooking spray.

4. Press the pizza dough into a muffin pan and shape it into a cup.

5. Bake the dough for 5 minutes.

6. Top each pizza muffin with a tablespoon of Hormel Buffalo Chicken Hot Sandwich Meats.

7. Sprinkle each muffin with about a tablespoon of shredded cheese.

8. Bake for about 10 more minutes.

9. Serve while they’re still warm.

These muffins are always a big hit with my family! I usually have to cook the chicken first, now with Hormel they’re even easier to make!

buffalo chicken pizza muffins

 

I also made a super quick buffalo chicken ranch salad for myself.

buffalo chicken ranch salad recipeI had some yummy fresh salad greens, and don’t even get me started on how delicious the fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market are!

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Salad Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Hormel Buffalo Chicken Hot Sandwich Meats
  • 1 cup salad greens
  • 1 small red tomato
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tablespoon southwest ranch dressing (or regular ranch)
  • tortilla strips

Directions:

1. Arrange the fresh greens on a plate.

2. Heat the Hormel Buffalo Chicken Hot Sandwich Meats according to the package directions.

3. Top the salad greens with the warmed chicken and top with cheese, and tomatoes.

4. Drizzle with salad dressing and sprinkle on the tortilla strips.

buffalo chicken ranch salad

All 3 of these quick and easy buffalo chicken recipes were all ready in less than 30 minutes with the help of Hormel Buffalo Chicken Hot Sandwich Meats. Perfect for any game night, or even a hectic week night. Of course our favorite Ohio college team lost their game Saturday night, boo! It was still a good time watching the game and yelling at the TV while we munched.

There are also several other varieties of Hormel Hot Sandwich Meats:

  • Philly Steak
  • Tequila Lime Steak
  • Tequila Lime Chicken
  • Teriyaki Chicken,

hormel buffalo style chicken

I also picked up Everyday Scratch Flame Seared Chicken Breast for later this week. There are several other Everyday Scratch varieties available if you’re looking for something to help you get a head start with your favorite recipes. The best part is Hormel uses high quality ingredients, so it’s just like made from scratch cooking.

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I think I’m going to make some fajitas one night this week, but the Flame Seared Chicken Breast would also be great for tortilla soup, or a quick chicken sandwich on the go. Of course I’ll probably use it for a quick salad one day for lunch. So many possibilities for these ready to go proteins.

Here are all of the varieties of Hormel Everyday Scratch available:

  • Rotisserie Style Chicken
  • Flame Seared Carnitas
  • Flame Seared Chicken Breast
  • Fusilli Pomodoro with Grilled Chicken
  • 6-Cheese Macaroni with Grilled Chicken
  • Roasted Garlic Cheese Risotto with Grilled Chicken

Right now you can even try Hormel Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meats at a discount with these great coupons on Coupons.com. Please note: The coupons are only available in some areas, if it doesn’t appear when you click it may not be available in your area. Just clip on the coupon images below to get to a printable version.

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You can also follow @HormelFoods on Twitter for their latest product and coupon updates or Hormel Food Recipes on Pinterest for links to delicious recipes.

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12+ Fun After School Snack Ideas for Kids

My son’s been back in school for a couple weeks now! When he was younger I always enjoyed making fun themed after school snacks for him. That’s why I’m creating this list of fun after school snack ideas for kids for my sponsored collection for the Foodie Contributor program this month. You can check out the full collection here: Fun After School Snack Ideas For Kids or flip through and find your favorite below on the image widget.

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I’m sharing a few of my favorite after school snack ideas below.

Fun after school snack ideas for kids

Rainbow Bloom Gelatin Pops~ These Jello pops are so fun and so colorful! Kids will love them!
Butterfly Rice Krispy Treats~ Kids always love Rice Krispy treats! These fun butterflies will have them buzzing!
Fruit Fish Snack~ Just adorable! And healthy too! It doesn’t get any better than that!
Disney Planes Snack~ Disney Planes Fire and Rescue is big this year! Why not surprise your fan with this Disney Planes snack after school!
Pumpkin Poke Cupcakes~ So fun for fall, and so yummy!
Flower Pot Dirt Pudding~ Chocolate pudding with chocolate cookies and a mini cupcake flower! So fun!
Tasty Bugs Snack~ Kids will enjoy eating their carrots and celery when they’re shaped like these fun bugs!
Krispy Apple Treats~ An apple for the teacher, and a Krispy apple treat for the kids!
Edible Pencils~ So fun! Make these fun after school snacks with cheese!
Mine Craft Krispies~ Have a Mine Craft fan? Surprise them with these fun treats!
Mice Cheese Balls~ Cute little mice made from cheese on top of a cracker, so fun!

Does your child have a favorite fun after school snack?

Enter To Win Sol Republic Tracks Air Headphones ~Spa4Ma

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I’m super excited to participat in the 4th annual Spa for Ma Giveaway Hop hosted by Measuring Flower and Homemaking Hacks! I have teamed up with some incredible bloggers to bring you prizes that help mom to get some much awaited R&R after the kids head back to school! I’ve also got a pair of Sol Republic Tracks Air Headphones to giveaway to one lucky Kid’s Fun reader!

If you’re unfamiliar with what a giveaway hop is, here’s how it works. After you enter my giveaway for the Tracks Air Headphones below, you can “hop” on to the next participating blog to enter their giveaway as well. You can find links to all the blogs towards the bottom of this post.

Also, don’t forget to enter to win the grand prize! It is for an incredible $300 gift card to Kohl’s! Enter HERE!

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We recieved a pair of Sol Republic Tracks Air Headphones a couple weeks ago, and of course as soon as they arrive, my son pounced on them and claimed them as his. I wasn’t ready to give them up completely, but he’s been using them every day to listen to music, and videos on both his phone and on our Microsoft Surface. Of course he had to go back to school a couple weeks ago, and I pounced on the chance to use the Sol Republic Tracks Air and test them out for myself! I’m in love with these headphones, now I know why my son prefers them too. They have fabulous sound! I also love that you can use them wirelessly and use their own built in rechargeable battery, or you can use the wire and hook them up directly and not worry if they’re not charged.

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I’ll have a full review of these headphones coming up in the next day or so. Tracks Air are the first wireless headphones from SOL REPUBLIC, in collaboration with Motorola. I travel quite a bit for my business, and I’m definitely packing these for long trips and flights (if I can wrench them away from my son, or sneak them into my suitcase without him noticing). Of course my son will tell you these headphones are perfect for teens, especially those who are college-bound.

Tracks Air Headphones retail for $195.99, and they would make a fabulous Christmas gift for teens or moms! I’m fairly sure dad would like them too! You can find more information at Sol Republic or you can purchase them at Amazon here: SOL REPUBLICTracks Air Wireless Headphones or at most other major retailers and electronics stores.

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5 Back To School Rules For Keeping The Summer Going

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Can you believe the kids are going back to school already? It seems like my son just got out of school, now it’s back to short evenings with plenty of homework while we’re running round every night. But summer is not over yet, and we’re not ready to give in to fall! There are still a couple more weeks we can keep summer going! We just need to set up some keep summer going rules! Popsicle has some great rules in their Rules For Being a Kid guidebook to help you make the most of the last few weeks of summer.

Here are a few of our back to school keep summer going rules:

1.Take one last dip in the pool! Well, maybe 2 if you get the chance! There aren’t many pool days left in most areas (especially here in Ohio) you’ve got to take advantage of them while you can!

last swim

2. Eat plenty of Popsicles! Nothing says summer like a nice cool Popsicle! Especially when you can share them with your friends, and eat them in the pool or the back yard!

Eat plenty of Popsicles

Make sure you stock up, when the weather’s warm and the kids are outside the Popsicles fly out of the freezer!

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3. Don’t forget to laugh! You can’t have summer without plenty of laughter, so get together and giggle. Laughter always makes the day a little brighter!

4. Hang out with your friends! That’s one of the best things about summer! You can just hang out with your friends and have fun. Just because you’re going back to school doesn’t mean you can’t just hangout any more. Take advantage of the weekends to have a playdate, or catch a movie with your besties.

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5. Above all don’t forget to print out the Popsicle Rules For Being a Kid guidebook. It’s full of fun rules for keeping the summer going, and most will even work when you’re back in school and it also has some fun games, and Popsicle printables like printable mustaches, crowns, fans, word searches, coloring pages and more! You could use the printables to plan a back in school party with your friends. There are plenty of fun activities, and you could set up a photo booth with the fun printable props. So much fun!

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What are your favorite rules to keep the summer going even after the kids are back in school?

Guardians of the Galaxy Toys at Walmart

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My son went to check out the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on opening weekend with a couple of his friends and he loved it! My nephews are also big fans of the movie, so they were super excited to help me check out these fun new Guardians of the Galaxy toys available at Walmart right now.

Guardians of the galaxy toy favorites

We got to check out Big Blastin Rocket Raccoon! I think he was a fast favorite! His spinning blaster lights up when you push on the top.

Big blastin rocket raccoon toy Guardians of the galaxy

The boys were tickled when he said he might be furry but I’m tough as nails! He also fires his blaster when you press his leg, and watch out for that tail!

Big blastin rocket raccoon toy Guardians of the galaxy fun

My other nephew’s favorite is the Star Lord Battle Mask and Blaster Set.

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It includes a hero mask, and a mini blaster that can shoot over 40 feet! My nephew was shooting his straight up in the air, and across the yard. It definitely was impressive! There is also a Rocket Raccoon Action Mask, we didn’t get to check it out, but it looks pretty cool!

My nephew did a little battle dance in his mask. Actually, I think he was trying to catch one of the darts he shot up into the air.

doing the guardians of the galaxy tribal dance

We did get to check out the Battle FX Star-Lord Figure. The boys loved his light up eyes! He also plays music, and talks to the kids when you press his pocket. There is also a Milano Starship toy which looks pretty fun!

Guardians of the galaxy Battle FX Star Lord

The Star-Lord Figure and the Big Blastin Rocket Raccoon had a couple Galaxy battles on the front porch!

Big blastin rocket raccoon and battle star lord toys in action Guardians of the galaxy

I’m still not sure who came out on top! In the end they all got snatched and carried off!

Guardians of the Galaxy all the toys

No way he was giving up any of them! I think we definitely have a Guardians of the Galaxy toy fan on our hands! If you have a Guardians of the Galaxy fan you can find all of these toys at Walmart.

Fighting Tough Football Stains With Biz

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It's football season! My son plays high school football, and this time of year that means plenty of sweaty, stinky and dirt stained clothes! The worst part is, sometimes he'll leave his dirty sweaty clothes in his sports locker for a couple days before he brings them home. By then the sweat and mud is dried in and wants to leave a stain even after they're washed. He has to wear a white t-shirt under his football jersey, those are the worst to get clean!  

I recently had the opportunity to try Biz stain fighting liquid, Biz contains more stain fighting ingredients so I was excited to see if it would help with my son's football clothes. I decided to take the Biz challenge, and to us it as a pretreatment for the mud and sweat stains in my son's clothes. I pretreated the stained areas with Biz and worked it in.

Then I sat the clothes aside for about 10 minutes to let Biz do it's thing, and washed them like normal. 

I couldn't believe how white the shirt came out! I have a really difficult time getting my son's white clothes to stay white. Biz is a lifesaver! I used it on his darker football clothes too, and it definitely helped get out the mud and sweat in all of them. It also left the whole load smelling fresh and clean. 

I'll definitely be adding Biz to my regular stain fighting routine! I've been checking out where to buy Biz at my local grocers, and I also found out there's a coupon to save $1 on Biz, definitely taking advantage of that! We have a long football season yet to come, so I have a feeling I'll be needing more Biz! My son's also active in other sports, including baseball so I'm sure it will come in handy all year round. 

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5 Tips and Tricks For Getting Your Child Back Into a School Bedtime Routine

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I don’t know about your household, but in our house it seems like our bedtime routine goes out the window during the summer! The days are longer, and we’re outside, or at a ball game until later. By the time we get home or inside and my son winds down it can be quite late! He went back to school this week, and it was definitely a challenge to get back into the routine! I have 5 tips and tricks for getting your child back into a school bedtime routine.

Back to school bedtime routine

1. Start ahead of time. Don’t make the first night you require your child to go to bed earlier the night before they go to school. They’ll already be nervous about going to school the next day, and if you’re trying to move their bedtime up at the same time they’re likely not to go to sleep anyway and either lie there tossing and turning, or vocalizing the fact they can’t get to sleep.

2. Turn off the TV and video games an hour or two before bedtime to let the kids unwind and slow their minds to get ready for sleep.

3. Freshen up their sleep space for back to school with a new blanket or a pillow from Nature’s Sleep to get them excited about bed time. My son loves his Nature’s Sleep pillow! He has a ViscoLite Dual Pillow which is perfect for him. He used to use 2 pillows, but the ViscoLite pillow gives him all the support he needs with just one pillow. It has a softer, more moldable pressure relieving memory foam with a ViscoLite formulation, that gives my son the best of both worlds. He can hug the pillow or leave it lay flat depending on how he wants to sleep. I won’t say he goes to bed any easier, but I used to hear complaints about his pillow, and I don’t any more since switching to the ViscoLite pillow.

4. Set a bedtime and stick with it. Don’t let your child drag out their bedtime routine. Make consequences for not getting to bed when they’re supposed to. Let them know lights out is the same time every night so their body can prepare for sleep.

5. Keep the electronics out of the bedroom, or at least away from your child’s bed. Otherwise they may be tempted to turn that TV back on, or play that handheld game a little more as soon as you leave the room. They may also be tempted to text or chat with friends if their phone beeps even after they’re in bed.

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Those are my favorite tips and tricks to get my son back into a school bedtime routine. Do you have any tips of your own to add?

My Dad’s Positive Influence On My Life

My dad was always a positive influence on my life growing up and even once I became an adult. I didn’t know how much I relied on his wisdom until he wasn’t there anymore. His words of wisdom and his quiet confidence will always be a part of my life.

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It hasn’t always been that way though! I remember when I was growing up I thought he was old fashioned (he was) and stubborn. Of course I didn’t always take his words of wisdom to heart when he spoke them. I do still remember many of the lessons he taught or tried to teach me through the years!

He was never the loudest person in the room, but when he had something to say, he said it. I think I’ve grown to be much like him in that way. I’m not always the first to speak up, but I’m also not afraid to make my voice heard whether I agree or disagree with others. He taught me to be logical in my arguments when I disagreed. He also taught me I didn’t have to be the loudest person in the room to have others see and understand my viewpoint. This has been a valuable lesson for me in both my personal and working relationships.

One of the most valuable lessons he taught me was not to react to people who are picking on you or doing things to annoy you. He told me if you don’t react they’ll move on and find someone else to pick on. I think that bit of advice helped me stay out of trouble with others in school. It was one bit of advice I took to heart, even as a teen. That piece of advice still helps me out today, and reminds me to pick my battles. Just because someone is picking at me or taunting me doesn’t mean I have to react to it. The most important part is, my dad was right! Usually if you ignore someone who’s trying to get a reaction out of you or bully you they will move on to someone else to get the negative reaction they are looking for.

His quiet confidence gave me the confidence to be who I am today. I don’t always go with the normal, or follow the crowd. I wasn’t afraid to leave my full time job a few years ago to strike out on my own and make being an entrepreneur work.  I think that confidence comes with the wisdom he gave me through the years. It hasn’t always been easy, and there have definitely been bumps in the road, but I’m a much happier person for following my heart.

I will miss my dad’s words of wisdom going forward, but I’m very thankful to have them and him in my mind helping me get through some of the sticky situations in life.

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Ideas and Supplies for Planning a TMNT Party

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The new TMNT movie just came out and there is tons of buzz about it. If your child is like my sone, they’re probably the one buzzing about the movie than anyone else. Do you have someone begging you for a TMNT birthday party? Well, here are some ideas and supplies to help you in your quest of planning a TMNT party to make the birthday boy or girl’s dreams come true.

Ideas and Supplies for Planning a TMNT Party

#1. Grab the Masks

You simply cannot forget the TMNT Masks, when it comes to throwing the ideal Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party. This is an important part of the party, so you will either want to order the masks ahead of time, or you can make your own.

#2. Don’t Forget the Swords

A TMNT party isn’t complete without the swords. You can order TMNT Raphael’s Sais Sword or Leonardo’s Katana online from Amazon.com. They are less than a dollar a piece and they totally “make the party.” Of course, if you don’t want to have the swords at the party, you can think of something else creative like adding felt to the top of cardboard. You can make this part of the party work for any budget with a little creativity.

#3. Fill Them Up

A TMNT party is not complete without the right foods and drinks. You can go as simple and predictable as pizza or go over the top and serve green Kool-Aid for the food/drink portion of the night. There are tons of different ways you can incorporate the color green into this part of the party as well. Green Gatorade is one option, or you can make punch out of green sherbet with a 7-Up mixture.

#4. Costumes May be Necessary

If you really want to make the perfect party happen, then costumes might be necessary. Before you panic, it’s really simple to make TMNT costumes. You can use anything from a piece of cardboard (painted green) to using a green shirt and painting ‘muscles’ in the middle. The options are truly endless.

TMNT Costumes for Kids

#5. Cupcakes or Cake

The right  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cupcakes or cake decorations will really top off the party. You can try your hand at this part or you can hire someone to do it. Either way, the kids will really love digging into this scrumptious part of the party.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cupcake Wrapper Combo Kit

Have fun celebrating your little one’s birthday party with the help of the TMNT gang. Get as creative as you can with this party, because they’re sure to have a turtle time!

Silk’n Flash&Go For Unwanted Hair Removal

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influencer Central for Silk’n Flash&Go. I received a Silk’n Flash&Go to facilitate my review.

I don’t often talk about grown up subjects here at Kid’s Fun Review, but I do have adult issues just like anyone else out there. One of my biggest issues since the birth of my son is extra unwanted hair I grow in places like my chin. I also seem to grow hair super quick on my legs and under my arms. I usually pluck, wax and shave the extra hair from my body, but I’d love to have a more permanent solution, that’s why I was excited to test out the Silk’n Flash&Go.

Silk N'Go Kit

I received the Silk’n Flash&Go kit and I was excited to give it a try. The instructions were fairly simple. I’ve had a chance to use it a couple times on my under arms and on my chin. I’ve had fairly good results on my under arms, but my chin seems to be more sensitive so I have to use the Silk’n Flash&Go on a lower setting. It also works better after you shave, and I really don’t want to shave my chin. I will definitely keep using it on my under arms since I’ve noticed a definite reduction in hair there. I’m also going to keep using it under my chin since that’s where I really want to get rid of the little hairs that pop up.

Silk'n Go

I like that the results of the Silk’n Flash&Go are more permanent than shaving or even waxing. It uses a light pulse based system to remove and reduce the hair and provide professional results without the high cost of professional hair removal. The Silk’n Flash&Go applicator enabled me to target and treat my underarms, to get rid of unwanted body hair in a flash. I’ve always had problems with ingrown hairs when I plucked or razor burn from shaving my under arms, but with Flash&Go I haven’t had either problem.

It’s definitely been a confidence booster this summer for wearing sleeveless shirts and dresses. I don’t have to worry about my underarms  even after I haven’t shaved for a day or two. I would recommend the Silk’n Flash&Go especially for places you usually shave. 

Now thru September 30th 2014, when you use the coupon code EXTRATWENTY you can get an additional 20% your Silk’n Flash&Go purchase. 

Straight Lines On a Brick Wall with FrogTape®

This post brought to you by FrogTape. All opinions are 100% mine.

We live in an old brick house built in the late 1800's, many of the walls are uneven, and some of the walls are even brick on the inside. It's a challenge to paint them one solid color, and almost impossible to add an even pattern, or a straight line. I've been wanting to add some pizzazz to our front porch walls for a while now, but with the nooks and crannies in the bricks I couldn't figure out how to paint straight line.

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That's why I was super excited to check out  Textured Surface by FrogTape. FrogTape® is treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology, a super absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, which helps prevent paint bleed.

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I decided I was going to dress up the walls in the front porch pictured above with some random horizontal straight lines, and put the FrogTape® to the test! 

Materials:

  • FrogTape® Textured Surface
  • FrogTape® Multi- Surface
  • FrogTape® Liquid Paint Block
  • paint brushes
  • paint in the colors of your choice, I used pink, blue, green, and yellow. 

First I wiped down the wall with a damp cloth, since this is our dog's favorite corner of the porch, just to make sure I got any stray dust or dirt. 

Then I set up my lines by outlining them with the FrogTape®. I wanted them to be random thickness and random lengths. I also wanted some to come from each side of the wall. One more thing I wanted…. no paint runs! 

Once I had the tape in place, I went over the edges with FrogTape® Liquid Paint Block to seal up all the little nooks and crannies on the brick and to make sure I wouldn't have any paint runs! 

Then I painted! I followed a pattern for the color order of pink, blue, green, yellow, but I thought about making it totally random! I'm not a neat painter AT ALL as you can see! It's usually all over me and the walls, even where I don't want it to be.

I was a little worried when I pulled off the tape, but then I was super excited! The lines turned out clean, with no paint smudges or runs. 

Pretty awesome for our old brick wall! 

Here are a few tips from FrogTape® I followd for obtaining the sharpest paint lines:

1. Burnish Edges of Tape – best done with fingernail, credit card or a plastic squeegee. This ensures proper adhesion on all edges.
2. PaintBlock® Technology – This technology can be pre-activated with water by wiping the edges of the tape with a damp cloth. *Note – this step is required when using non-water based paint.
3. Make sure surface you are taping is dirt and dust free to ensure proper adhesion.
4. Avoid stretching the tape while applying to the surface to prevent the tape from lifting.
a. This is especially relevant on curved and round surfaces. For best results, make sure there aren’t any gaps between the surface and the tape.
5. Choose the right tape for your project!
a. Any freshly painted surface (1-3 days cure time), wallpaper, finished wood and other delicate surfaces, use FrogTape® Delicate Surface
b. Any textured surface should require FrogTape® Textured Surface Sharp Paint Line Solution Kit
c. For all other surfaces, use FrogTape® Multi-Surface **Note – this includes Shape Tape**
6. Always remove painter’s tape while paint is still wet. 

For more creative projects using  FrogTape® follow the FrogTape Textured Surface board on Pinterest.

 

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Celebrating Audio Fest In August with JBL and Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

We’re celebrating Audio Fest in August with Best Buy! My son loves his music, so of course he was totally stoked when I told him we were going to get to check out JBL Reflect Sport Headphones, and the JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker!

Audio Fest at Best Buy

Best Buy is a great place to enhance your home entertainment experience and to upgrade your sound especially during their August Audio fest between now and August 30th. During Audio Fest Best Buy will feature one month of their best offers, deals, audio specials, events & more!

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You can head over to your local Best Buy store to test out the latest & greatest in audio – from portable Bluetooth speakers and headphones, to home theater solutions and car audio. Best Buy has a great selection of audio products to choose from, and during Audio Fest you can find a great deal on some of your favorites, at least we did!

JBL Clip on Portable Bluetooth Speaker

My son is loving his JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker! He takes it with him to the locker room for football practice, and he’s planning to take it along this fall for games. It’s the perfect size to fit in his gym bag. He can also clip it to his belt to listen to his tunes wherever he goes. The bluetooth technology lets the JBL Clip speaker wirelessly stream music and phone calls when it’s paired with my son’s iPhone, iPod, my Samsung Galaxy, or any other bluetooth compatible device. I think I might have to steal it to sit outside and listen to some audio books before the summer’s over!

JBL sport headphone

I’m a big fan of the JBL Reflect Sport Headphones. I walk and run quite a bit, and most ear phones won’t stay in my ears! They’re always flopping out while I’m running. I love how these stay secure to your ears so they won’t fall out, even during a strenuous workout! They’re the ultimate workout partner, the Reflect combines cutting-edge style with innovative features to help them stay in place even during my most energetic workouts.

Head to your local Best Buy and they’ll show you how to upgrade your sound; LOVE THE WAY YOU LiSTEN.

10 Money Saving Tips For Back To School

I can’t believe my son’s heading back to school in just a little over a week! We haven’t even started back to school shopping yet! There are some things we’re going to do to help save money this year before, and when we hit the stores to shop for back to school. I thought I’d share some of my favorite money saving tips for back to school.

Copy Space Back to School Books and Apple With Chalkboard

1. Check inventory – at home, that is. Before you head out to go shopping, check to see what you have on hand. Chances are, if your house is anything like mine, you already have a few extra boxes of crayons and pencils – and maybe even some empty notebooks!

2. Check the supply list. What do you need to buy? Not “need” like that oh-so-adorable cat folder that Suzie must have, but what’s on the list? Compare the list to the supplies you have on hand, and start a new list so you know what to buy when you start shopping.

3. Set a budget, and stick to it. This goes for clothes shopping as well as supply shopping. What do your kids already have on hand that they can still wear this year? Consider buying a handful of tops, and just one or two pair of jeans/skirts if they already have some bottoms at home. Mixing and matching is a great way to save your budget without sacrificing style.

Read over the list, mentally calculate how much you have on hand to spend, and try to stick with it. If this means buying plain folders instead of decorated ones because they’re only half the price, then that’s okay. I always treat the kids to one character folder, and the rest we buy plain. Sometimes it can be the difference between spending 7 cents and 97 cents.

4. Shop now. Well, maybe shopping right now isn’t the best – but shopping early usually is. Follow your favorite blogs to find match-ups on items that are on sale. The items vary from week to week, so you might need to make several trips. Combine your supply trips with other errands so you aren’t wasting money on gas.

5. Shop various stores. While I’d love to just shop at one store for all of our school supplies, I know I’m going to save 50% (or more!) if I shop around. Check Staples, Wal-Mart, Target, Office Max, Office Depot, and even your local dollar stores. Don’t buy the off-brand crayons, but when it comes to folders and such, dollar store folders are fine if they’re going to cost less!

6. Or maybe you shouldn’t shop various stores. This one depends on your local store’s price matching policies. Staples, Office Depot, and Wal-Mart all have price matching policies. Study the circulars (and blogs!), and save time and money by heading to your favorite store.

Don’t forget to price match while grocery shopping as well! This can help you save money on school lunches, and even after-school snacks.

7. Hit the tax-free weekend. Does your state participate in the tax-free weekend? If so, shop then! It gets a little crazy, but if you’re shopping for clothes, backpacks, supplies, and more… it’s worth it!

8. Reuse when possible. When it comes to packing lunches, brown paper bags might seem cheap – but in reality, the cost adds up. The same goes for zip loc baggies. Buy reusable ones and you will not only be helping the environment, you’ll be helping your budget! Sure, the initial investment is a bit more, but again… worth it!

9. Shop online. Use sites like Ebates to shop for supplies, clothing, etc and get cash back. This also means you’re saving money on gas – and time, because you don’t have to leave the house. That’s a win-win in my book!

10. Buy in bulk. There aren’t many places that offer discounts for bulk-buying of school supplies, but if you see notebooks on sale for a dime, buy enough to last the year! If not, you’ll be stocking up again around the holidays, and they’ll be upwards of $2 a piece if they aren’t on sale. One year, I bought 100 extra notebooks and donated them to the classroom. The teacher was forever grateful!

Guardians of the Galaxy Printables Coloring Pages Activity Sheets

My son went to see Guardians of the Galaxy last weekend and he really enjoyed it! He said it was laugh out loud funny! Today I have some fun Guardians of the Galaxy printable coloring pages, activity sheets and games. These printables would be fun for a rainy afternoon, or for a Guardians of the Galaxy party. Any Guardians of the Galaxy fan would enjoy these fun activities!

Guardians of the galaxy printables

Print out the activity pages here: Guardians of the Galaxy Printables or click on the image above for a printable version.

Since Guardians of the Galaxy is such a fun movie I thought I’d share some fun facts to go with the printables:

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969) and was created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. The modern Guardians team is the second to be featured under the name, and first appeared in “Guardians of the Galaxy, (Vol. 2) Issue #1 (May 2008). Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning created the new team, whose initial Guardians were Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Quasar, Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot.

Have you had a chance to check out Guardians of the Galaxy yet? It’s in theaters right now!

Mega Back To School Giveaway! $50 in School Supplies + $50 Gift Card

Can you believe that summer is already coming to an end? The beginning of a new school year is a very exciting time, but it can also be very costly. I would like to help one lucky winner out with that expense, and have teamed up with a few of my favorite blogging friends The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug, About a Mom, A Helicopter Mom, and Sunshine and Sippy Cups to bring you this AWESOME Back to School Giveaway!

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Included in this {Mega} Back to School Prize Package: $50 Walmart Gift Card, Backpack (black, purple and green), 2 Packs Notebook Paper (wide and college rule), 1 inch 3 Ring Binder, 3 Mead Pocket Folders, 1 Pack Avery Dividers, 1 Spiral Notebook, Disney’s Frozen Themed Spiral Notebook, Crayola Pencil Case, Pencil Sharpener, Pencil Top Erasers, Elmers Glue Stick, Children’s Scissors, Ruled Index Cards, Post-It Notes Cube, #2 Pencils (24 count), Crayola Crayons (24 count box), Crayola Colored Pencils (12 count box), Mechanical Pencils (10 count package), Paper Mate Ball Point Pens (8 count), Sharpie Yellow Highlighers (4 count), Purell Hand Sanitizer

Giveaway ends on August 11, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to U.S. residents, ages 18 and older.

How have you been preparing for back to school? Enter on the Rafflecopter form below and let us know!

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