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!

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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!

fun popsicle printables

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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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®

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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

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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.

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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.

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15+ Back To School Kid’s Bento Lunchbox Ideas

I’m totally fascinated with Bento lunches for kids! I’ve even tried my hand at making a few myself! They can be fairly complex, but they can also be fairly easy to make and still look super cute. I thought I’d put together a collection of cute back to school kid’s bento lunchbox ideas to share with you. This collection is sponsored by Foodie.

You can look through the entire collection and click through to the original recipes here:

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You can check out a few of my favorite back to school kid’s bento lunchbox ideas below and why they’re my favorites.

Easy Kids Bento School Lunch Ideas

Flower Power Lunchbox Idea~ This is one of my own creations! It’s super easy and includes fruit and a sandwich cut out with a flower cookie cutter.

LaLaLoopsy Bento Box Idea~ How cute is that? Any LaLaLoopsy fan would love this sandwich cut out with a LaLaLoopsy doll face!

Disney Planes Fire and Rescue back to school lunch idea~ Planes is definitely a kid’s favorite right now, all of their friends would be downright jealous when your child opened their lunchbox!

Jack Skellington Bento~ This is perfect for the fall season!

Fox Bento~ What does the fox say? He says he loves this fun bento lunch idea!

There are several more in this fun collection!

Check out the back to school kid’s bento lunchbox ideas Foodie Collection for all of the details on how to make all these fun school lunches for your own kids!

Enter To Win A $25 Family Dollar Gift Card

We have another fun giveaway for our readers here at Kid’s Fun Review! We’re giving away a $25 Family Dollar gift card to one lucky winner! The $25 gift card is sponsored by Family Dollar, all opinions are my own.

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At Family Dollar you can find all sorts of items to cover your end of summer and back to school needs without breaking the bank, and a $25 gift card will help stretch that budget even more! If you’re planning an end of summer party, check out these great ideas at Family Dollar for a patriotic summer party without breaking the bank.

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My McDonald’s Memories

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I have some fun childhood memories of McDonald’s in my life when I was growing up. I remember being invited to go to McDonald’s for a friend’s birthday party, and having the party in a special room where we could run around and play games. That was before they had nice play areas many McDonald’s restaurants have today. They did have a small play area, and I think a small merry go round with McDonald’s characters on it. I also remember going to tour our local McDonald’s with my Girl Scout group, and again a couple years later with my 4-H group. Of course when we were done we all got a Happy Meal! Score!

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McDonald’s is a super easy stop, especially when we’re on the go! It seems like we’re on the go almost every weekend these days, with my son in high school now and playing high school baseball this spring.

My son loves their shakes, and their cinnamon melts are his favorite early morning treat when he goes with his dad to get a haircut. My early morning favorite is a Mocha topped with whipped cream. Yummy! Hot in the winter and iced in the summer of course! I love that their espresso is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified. Saturday is usually our family errands day, so while husband and my son go get their hair cut, and I wait in the car with a good book on my Kindle, and sip my Mocha until they’re done with their haircuts, then we go on about our day.

My husband likes to try their seasonal shakes, one if his favorites is the seasonal Shamrock shake. He just had one about a month ago! He’s a big fan of their 100% beef Quarter Pounder hamburgers. Of course for lunch I really like their salads, they use leaf lettuce, along with other fresh vegetables along with white meat chicken.

mcdonalds salad

The Southwest Chicken salad is my favorite. I always get mine freshly made to order, without the tortilla strips! I also like their regular grilled chicken salad, and McDonald’s fries are my favorite guilty pleasure! Shhh! I usually steal a couple from my husband’s order when he’s not looking!

mcondalds logo

Fun My Little Pony Back To School Gear

I can’t believe back to school is coming up quick! Around here schools starts back in just a couple weeks! I’m already seeing back to school sales everywhere! One of my nieces favorites is My Little Pony, so I thought I’d share some fun My Little Pony back to school items. Some links in this post may be sponsored or affiliate links.

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Do you have a My Little Pony fan in your household? Here is some of our favorite My Little Pony back to school gear this season, they will probably be a big hit at your house too:

  1. My Little Pony Friendship Pencils (12 Count) – $5.90
  2. 11 Piece My Little Pony School Supply Stationery Kit – $12.90
  3. My Little Pony Friends Let’s Fly A Kite Backpack – $17.05
  4. My Little Pony Pencil Bag Set – $15.99
  5. My Little Pony Pocket Folders – $4.49
  6. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Notebook - $12.99
  7. My Little Pony Rainbow Friends Pencil Case - $11.95
  8. Pink and Purple My Little Pony Rocks Backpack – $19.95
  9. My Little Pony Pink Tin Lunch Box – $11.12
  10. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Backpack – $17.99
  11. Aquarius My Little Pony Lunch Box – $12.99
  12. Set of 4 My Little Pony Pocket Folders – $9.99
  13. My Little Pony Thermos Funtainer Bottle – $15.99
  14. My Little Pony Sequins Rainbow Backpack – $19.96
  15. My Little Pony All-In-One Nap Mat – $23.95
  16. My Little Pony Lunch Box and Water Bottle Combo Set – $13.89
  17. My Little Pony Character Notebook – $12.33
  18. Rainbow Blue My Little Pony Backpack – $15.35
  19. My Little Pony Folder and Notebook Set – $14.95
  20. My Little Pony Magical Friends Lunch Box – $21.00
  21. My Little Pony Character Backpack – $10.20
  22. My Little Pony Dual Compartment Lunch Box – $14.99
  23. My Little Pony Tin Pencil Case with Pencils - $8.99
  24. My Little Pony Back to School Stationery Gift Set – $19.99
  25. My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Drawstring Bag – $17.46

All of these fun My Little Pony back to school items are under $25 so they won’t break the bank either!

How to Make Jungle Themed Invitations

How to Make Jungle Themed Invitations

This tutorial on how to make diy printable jungle themed invitations will work for birthdays, baby showers, or anything, really! You don’t have to use a jungle theme – walk through these steps using any birthday party theme you’d like to make your own diy printable party invitations! Some links in this post may be sponsored or affiliate links.

How to Make Jungle Themed Invitations

How to Make Jungle Themed Invitations

If you don’t have a PicMonkey account yet, you’ll need one. The free version works, but not with all of the features we’ll be using, so you may want to try the Royale version, it’s only $35 a year, but it comes with some additional cool features. First, start by clicking “design”. Choose the 4×6 option, because you’re going to want them to be at this size for printing.

jungle invitations

Click on the butterfly and add an overlay. The image above is one that I purchased from DFC for a dollar.

How to Make Jungle Themed Invitations

You can also add overlays that are already in PicMonkey. There are several to choose from, including jungle animals and other adorable critters that will keep you busy all evening. :)

How to Make Jungle Themed Invitations

Now it’s time to add your text! So your overlays don’t move, click the layer button up top. It’s next to the settings, above the image itself. If you aren’t content with the text choices available, download your own custom fonts to PicMonkey. Be sure to restart your computer after doing so, so they’ll work!

Jungle Themed Invitations

Simple as that… your diy printable jungle party invitations are ready to send to print!

Have you made your own diy printable party invitations? Leave your tips in the comments!

Looking for more jungle party ideas?

Popsicle® Printables Fun!

I’m a Popsicle® ambassador, all opinions are my own.

Have you had a chance to check out the Popsicle® Rules For Being a Kid Guidebook yet? We’ve been having a blast with it here this summer! Along with the “rules” there are also some printables your kids will love! I’ve been thinking it would be fun to have a Popsicle® pool party, and these fun printables are just the thing! Popsicle® printables? That’s even better!

popsicle mustache princess

There are several fun activities in the Popsicle® Rules For Being a Kid Guidebook, including a super cute Popsicle® princess crown. My nieces were all super excited to be Popsicle® princesses.

popsicle princess

There are also fun mustaches you can print out and of course add a Popsicle® stick to. Both the crown and the mustaches would be super fun for a Popsicle® party photo booth!

popsicle mustaches

They also enjoyed the printable Popsicle® coloring pages. They’d be fun for a rainy afternoon, or for a party activity when you’re ready for the kids to settle down for a few minutes.

popsicle coloring pages

You can also have fun checking out the rules. Some of my nieces favorites are:

  • Colorful Tongue Rule: See who has the most colorful tongue after eating a Popsicle® pop!
  • More Laughing Rule: Laugh until you can’t stop, and then laugh some more!
  • The Mustache Rule: A mustache is appropriate anytime & with anything!
  • Outside the Lines Rule: Color outside of the lines, because creativity has no boundaries!

One of their personal rules is to eat plenty of Popsicles®!

popsicle rules for being a kid

They also like the Pass it on rule: Popsicle® pops taste best when shared with friends.

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The Rules For Being a Kid Guidebook is easy to download and print for yourself. Just click on the download button on the very first page of the guidebook, once you have it downloaded you can print the whole thing, or the pages you’d like.

 

Nestle Girl Scout Crunch S’mores Recipe~ Let’s Get Her To Camp

I’m a regular contributor at Momtastic.com and I’m excited to be working with them right now on a campaign with Nestle Crunch for the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Bars which are in stores now for a limited time! I used to be a Girl Scout myself, so I know how fun and important the Girl Scout camp is to young girls. Nestle is teaming up with Girl Scouts to help send girls to camp. Read more

We love to camp out in our own back yard, so I thought I’d share a quick s’mores recipe using the Nestle Girl Scout Crunch Bars for the chocolate. They got 2 thumbs up from my son!

Nestle girl scout crunch marshmallow smores recipe

Nestle Girl Scout Crunch S'mores Recipe
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 graham cracker
  • large marshmallow
  • Nestle Girl Scout Crunch Fun Size Bar
Instructions
  1. Roast a marshmallow over the campfire, or cook it for a few seconds in the microwave.
  2. Place the roasted marshmallow on top of one half of the graham cracker.
  3. Top it with the Nestle Crunch bar and top with the other half of the graham cracker.

Nestle gir scout crunch smores ingredients

Learn more about the Get Her to Camp campaign so we can get even more girls to camp, tell your story, and learn what to add to your camp packing list over at Momastic  read more…

Kid’s Camp Out Party Ideas

Do you love to camp in the great outdoors? Then a camp out party may be the perfect party theme for you. Perfect for boys or girls, this is a party theme that is great for all ages and can be done on a minimal budget. Take a look below at how we created our own kid’s camp out party ideas for a kid’s camping party, which was a hit with our birthday boy and our guests!

fun kids camp out party ideas

To make things easier, we will divide the party up into categories: Camping Party Food, Games, Décor, and Fun. The idea is to find a few themed ideas for each category. When you tie them all together, your theme (and fun!) will really pop. Let’s get started!

Food:
Some food ideas for your camping themed party could be a hot dog bar, hamburgers, or other grilled favorites. Don’t forget plenty of simple cook out like sides such as potato chips, fruit salad, and pasta salad. For dessert, you can enjoy these easy to make S’mores Pops.

Now, let’s look at how you can make these adorable Campfire Cupcakes. They are the perfect alternative to a birthday cake.

easy camping cupcakes idea

Campfire Cupcakes Recipe:

Ingredients:
Chocolate cupcake mix
White frosting
Red, yellow food coloring
Pretzel sticks
Mini marshmallows

Directions:
1. Prepare and cook your cupcakes to package directions. Allow them to cool.
2. You now want to make two shades of frosting: red and orange. Mix red and yellow food coloring to make orange, and red coloring to make a solid red.
3. In a piping bag, add BOTH frosting colors. It is ok that they mix and mesh.
4. Add a piping tip to your piping bag OR just spread on the frosting mixture with a knife. Notice how the two colors mix to make “flames.”
5. Top each cupcake with a mini pretzel stick with a mini marshmallow added to the end.

The finished Campfire Cupcake looks just like a marshmallow being roasted over a fire!

Looking for more food ideas?

15 Great Family Campfire Ideas

Camp Out Party Games:
What is a party without games? Here are a few you can play during your camping themed party. These are games for all ages and sure to add some excitement!

Bear Hunt
Have the children sit in a circle. You are now going to go on a bear hunt! The idea is for the children to repeat after the adults, all while clapping their hands on their knees to make the sound of walking. Here is how the rhyme will go:

Going on a Bear Hunt (children repeat all these lines after you…)
Gonna catch a bear!
Oh no! I see a _________! (Here you will insert the adventure, a lake, a field, a mountain, etc.)
Can’t go under it!
Can’t go over it!
Have to go through it! (Now you make the sounds and motions of swimming, running, climbing, etc.)

On the final verse, you go into a cave and see a bear! Now you “run” back home, going through all of the obstacles you ran into named above. Add as many sounds and motions as you can!

Bug Hunt
For the bug hunt, give each child a net and bug carrier from the dollar store. Each child is free to raom around the yard and see what critters they can find. Whether they find an ant, lady bug, or butterfly or turn up dry, they still enjoy exploring!

Leaf Prints:
Give children some craft paint, paper, and fresh leaves. Allow them to apply paint to the leaves and press them to the paper to create stamps. The images the leaves create are quite unique and fun.

Décor:
Get your party space looking festive with these décor ideas. All of these are simple enough even for the less experienced crafter, and are fun enough even for children to help with. The idea is to create a campsite feel for the space that is natural, laid back, and fun!

Kid’s DIY Camp Out Party Decorating Ideas

Mini Camp Site
Nothing will invite your guests to a camp themed party like a mini campsite. To create ours, we used a small tent we found at a discount store for just $15. We set up some pop up chairs around it, blankets, and some logs of wood for a pretend fire. Kids loved eating round this little set up and adults actually sat down and visited around it as well. You can add any other details you wish such as stuffed animals, camp supplies, etc.

backyard camping

Camp Supplies:
We had a selection of camp supplies greeting guests when they arrived. On a chalkboard we wrote “camp supplies” and pointed children in that direction. In this stash we had bug nets and catchers, lanterns, bubbles, and chalk. You can add any other supplies you wish. We were able to find all of these items at our local dollar store, helping us create a space that was decorative and functional on a budget.

Let's Go Camping Party Pack Add-On for 8

Party Supplies: Let’s Go Camping Party Packs

Fun:
There are plenty of items you can add to your camp themed party to make it even more festive. We had a vintage camper that we hung our bunting from and invited guests to visit around. If you know someone with a camper who may be willing to set up, this can be a fun detail.

Check Etsy or Ebay for camping themed clothing. There are all sorts of children’s shirts and onesies with tents and campers on them for the birthday child to wear.

Enjoy a bon fire or game of flashlight tag if your party goes into the evening.

Send guests home with a party favor such as the trail mix bags we mixed up. Here is how you can make your own.

camp out party favor bags

Trail Mix Party Favors

Supplies needed:
Plastic snack bags
Twine
Scissors
M&M’s candies
Banana chips
Mini marshmallows
Peanuts

Directions:
Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl stirring well. Place half of a cup of mix in each bag and secure with twine. If you wish, you can allow each child to assemble their own, or, create a trail mix bar for guests to create a mixture of their favorite.

We placed our bags on the tables as décor, so they served that function as well as a party favor function.

See how easy it can be to create a fun yet frugal camping themed party? Give these ideas a try and you can create the ultimate camping party too!