Worried your kids will get too much candy on Halloween and rot your teeth? We’ve had pretty good luck using the Switch Witch to reduce our kid’s sugar load. They get to select as much candy as they want to “trade in” and we give them a gift in exchange (errr…the Switch Witch does). If they just trade in a little candy, then little gift (stickers, tatoos, etc). All their candy=big gift (something they’ve been wanting around $10). Obviously, you can make whatever rules work best for your family but that is what has worked for us!
I’d give credit were credit is due, but I can’t recall where we got this poem.
My baby girl lost her first tooth. And, we snapped this awesome picture when the famous fairy visited her room!
Okay, truth be told, it is low-tech photo finagling using Paint and Picmonkey! Have you ever done the same?
I recently given the opportunity to try out the new Barbie Mega Bloks. They brought so much enjoyment to the 5 & 6 year old girls in my Girl Scout troop, that I am keeping these on my short list for birthday party presents!
After our last Girl Scout meeting, I broke out some pink snacks and brought out all the Mega Bloks goodies: the Barbie Pool Party and Luxury Mansion to share and little Build n’ Style Ice Cream Cart kits for each of the girls. We got busy working on the mansion and dream house right away. The girls were competing with each other to see who could get theirs put together first. There are so many pieces, that all the girls had plenty to do. And, the Mega Bloks come with really nice full color instructions to guide you through the set up process. It was a big job putting the house together, but everyone enjoyed it. Even the moms got in on the action
And, once it was all set up, they had so much fun playing in the house and changing out the tiny little Mega Bloks Barbie’s hair and accessories. The girls were excited to have their own little kits to take home as well. And, I heard from many of the parents that their daughters were busy playing with them all week.
We left the Barbie Mansion and Pool and my house. And, I couldn’t tear my daughter away from them for at least a week. She even woke up early one morning because she was so excited about playing with the Barbie Mansion!
It was a definite hit with the troop and my own daughter. Be prepared for lots of set up time and tiny pieces. However, the set up process is part of the fun, especially if you do it with your kids.
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I was in charge of snack for our Girl Scout troop this week, and went with a fun Valentine’s theme. I made some Valentine Chex Mix as well as cut strawberries up into heart shapes. It was super cute and easy! Happy Valentines! The chex mix recipe is below. Let me tell you, it is killer-good. You’ll want to make lots! And, I can’t wait to experiment with different pudding flavors!
Valentine’s Chex Mix
Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
A fun mix of colors and flavors is sure to delight. Change up the recipe by choosing different food coloring & candy for different holidays. You can change the flavor too with different pudding mixes.
- 1 box Rice Chex (or whatever variety you prefer)
- 1 bag White Chocolate Chips
- Few drop Food Coloring (You'll want red for Valentine's, of course)
- 1 box Instant Pudding (Any variety, I used coconut cream)
- 1 bag M&Ms (or candy of your choosing, conversation hearts would be cute!)
- 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
||Melt white chocolate chips on over low heat on stovetop or in microwave. I prefer the stovetop because I can watch it closer. Stir frequently. |
||While chocolate is melting, measure out 3 cups each of chex mix into 2 separate bowls. |
||When chocolate has melted, mix in the dry instant pudding mix. Then, pour half of the chocolate mixture on to the chex mix in one of the bowls. Stir well to coat. With the other half of melted chocolate mixture, add few drops of red food coloring to make the chocolate pink. Or, use any color you desire. Pour onto the other bowl of chex mix and stir well to coat. |
||Pour out the coated chex mix onto wax paper to cool. Now is the perfect time to sprinkle the mixture with M&Ms or other candy. |
||In another sauce pan, melt 1 cup milk chocolate chips. Stir frequently. |
||Pour remaining chex mix 2-3 cups into a bowl while milk chocolate melts. |
||Once milk chocolate is melted, pour on top of remaining chex mix. Stir to coat. And, lay to cool on wax paper. Sprinkle with candy before it cools. |
||Once all three colors of chex mix have cooled, mix together and enjoy! |
My kids had so much fun with these snake bubbles, I just had to share! Plus, they are super simple to make!!!
- Empty thick plastic drink bottle (those super thin water bottles won’t work, but gatorade bottles and the like work great)
- Dish soap
- rubber band
- Use the scissors or a sharp knife to carefully cut the top 1/3 off of your reuseable bottle. You’ll be saving the top part with the opening and a few inches below. It will be really nice if you can cut just below a ring in the bottle as this will give the rubberband somewhere to sit securely.
- Wrap the washcloth over the opening on the cut end of your bottle and secure with a rubberband. You can cut off the excess wash cloth if you wish.
- Mix 1/2 water and 1/2 dish detergent in a bowl.
- Dip the washcloth end of your bottle into the mixture and blow through the opening.
- Voila! Snake bubbles!
Spring time! And, an extra warm one this year. We’ve been itching to plant our garden with all the 80 degree days; but, living in Colorado, the threat of a frost still hangs over our head until May.
So, my kids and I came up with a great way to use our garden even though it’s not quite as healthy as all the veggies we will plant in a few weeks. Fun, though!
I willing to bet you had no idea that jelly beans, which are so plentiful right now, are actually lollipop seeds. Yup, that’s right. And, I have the pictures to prove it.
Just plant those jelly beans right in the ground, cover with dirt, and water liberally.
And, in a day or two, lollipops will sprout right up. No joke!
How fun is this idea?
Save your large egg shells next time you bake, wash them out (or not!) and plant them with seeds. Once the plants are large enough, just transfer the whole egg into the ground. The shell is actually a great fertilizer and the roots will be able to break right through.
Fun for Easter, fun for kids, and fun for you!