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We are so excited to announce our Valentine Party Pack! This pack is full of fun and games that will help you become the star of Valentine’s Day just by hitting PRINT!

We know how much you love our Valentine Printables so we wanted to put together something super special for all of you.

Valentine-Printable-pack from the Crafting Chicks

This pack includes 6 games that are sure to provide fun for hours. You could use this pack for a Valentine’s Class Party, a Valentine Party at your home, or just for fun around the house. Our kids have loved to play each of the games and we know yours will too.

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Each Valentine Party Pack contains:

  • A special Valentine’s edition of the Memory Game–Kids will want to play this game over and over even after Valentine’s Day is over.
  • Roll A Heart Man: This game is a hoot to watch and see who can build a Heart Man the quickest.
  • Valentine’s Headbands game: See who can guess the quickest, who/what they are. This game is a hoot.
  • Musical Hearts: Get out some fun music about love and watch the kids jump from heart to heart to land on the number that is called out.
  • Valentine “I Spy”: This game is a fun for everyone. Race to see who can count the correct number of images in the quickest amount of time.
  • Don’t Eat My Valentine: This is our spin on “Don’t Eat Pete,” with fun Valentine images.
  • And the BONUS: Heart Attack: Have fun showing someone how much you love them by decorating their space with hearts that tell how much you love them.

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You can purchase this pack for only $2.99.

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February Challenge Creative

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I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I try to find storage for my kids things anywhere they might use it. So the coloring books and supplies end up in my china hutch.

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It’s a pretty storage space when you’re looking at it like this. But open up the cabinet that the coloring supplies are housed in and….

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YIKES! It’s like my tupperware cabinet. Shove something in and hope it stays long enough to close the door.

So when I was walking around Michaels the other day and saw these darling chalk storage containers, I knew they were my solution. They match perfectly and were the perfect sizes. There are tons of fun things down the Maker Market isle in Michaels right now.

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First off, I cleaned out that cabinet and threw away a ton of old papers and broken crayons. By this time I had attracted the attention of my 2nd oldest. She was cooking with dad, but thought my project looked a bit more fun.

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We used the smaller crates to store the markers and crayons. I wrote on each of the chalk board sides with the chalk markers I purchased at Michaels as well. She loved helping add those into the crates.

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Next we made a bin for the coloring books, which I swear multiply. Then I needed an answer for all those homework woes, so I added in a homework bin. Each day after school, my girls are to unload their papers into this bin. I can then go through and trash what we don’t need and keep what we need to work on or what I want to save for later. This might be my favorite part!

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Then we came up with a configuration of the bins that would be most useful. Coloring book bin is in the back on the bottom, with the markers and crayons in front. My logic here is that they can grab those things if they need them for homework or anything, whereas the coloring books can be pulled out afterwards if that’s what they really want. The homework bin is on top for easy access. Did I mention that I’m excited for that one?

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I love how the storage bins fit perfectly and slide out like little drawers. The answer to my prayers!

And there you have it! It looks a lot better then it did.

If are looking for more ideas, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!

 



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 Each year I like to sit down and evaluate what I’ve accomplished and what I need to do better. Some people do this as a resolution, some use a Word of the Year. It hit me this past year that my girls could really benefit from setting goals and feeling a sense of accomplishment once they reached a goal. So I came up with this little printable. Helping Kids Set Goals Worksheet that is a free download for you to use with your own children.
I’m excited because this year we were able to team up with Horizon Organic, to show how easy it is to teach children to plan out goals, and especially find a way to eat healthy while doing it.
Here’s how we started!
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For the first section on the printable I asked my girls, “What is 1 thing new you’d like to try this year?” We are working on eating healthier as a family, but sometimes they don’t want to try the new veggies or fruits I bring home. They decided that they wanted to try new foods. (It kinda counts as more than one new thing, but if it’s helping them eat healthier, hey I’ll go for it.)
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 The second question I asked is, “What are 2 ways you can serve others?” I love incorporating service into their thoughts. So much of a child’s mind revolves around themselves. I’ve learned that as a parent, if I ask them to serve they are more than happy to and end up LOVING the resulting feelings. It’s never too young to teach them how to serve.
The third question on the sheet is, “What are 3 things I want to learn?”  We got a variety of answers from each girl. From learning to sew, to learning how to play the flute. We will see how much I can help out with those
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The 4th question is, “What are 4 things I want to get better at?” I think it’s important for children to work on being better at something. Weather it’s sports, reading, writing or coloring, there is always room for improvement.
The final question to ask, “Where are 2 places you want to go?” You can keep this in reason or have them reach for the stars. Our girls settled on Disneyland and a hike we’ve wanted to try as a family.
My girls had such a fun time working on this. They even invited friends to do a sheet too. I’m having them post the goal sheets next to their beds so they can be reminded and work on their goals through out the year.

Here’s the printable for you to download a Kids Goal sheet for your children. Download Black

Remember all printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. For personal use only. Not for resale.

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Cold and Flu Essentials Every Home Needs

Cold and Flu season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I like to be prepared for it. I honestly hope and pray we all don’t get it, but a cold is hard to miss.

Here are my tops picks for Cold and Flu Essentials Every Homes Needs.

Stuffy Noses

 

Vicks BabyRub

Vicks BabyRub

I loved giving my babies and toddlers massages with a little Vicks BabyRub when they were sick. It seemed to help relax and calm them for naps and bedtime.

A must have for Cold and Flu Season

Simply Saline

I LOVED these when my babies were sick. I know it seems like torture but they can breath so much better with all that gunk out of their noses.

Simply Saline Swabs

Simply Saline Swabs

These swabs do the same thing as the sprays, but don’t irritate the babies and toddlers. Win/win!

NoseFrida The Snot Sucker Nasal Aspirator

NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

Yes I know this looks disgusting but it comes highly recommended Dr’s.

DoTerra Breath

doTerra Breath

Now that my girls are a little older, I will rub a little bit of doTerra Breath on them when they are sick. It really seems to open up their airways.

Sore Throat/Cough

 

Zarbees Cough Medicine

Zarbee’s Natural Cough Syrup

I discovered Zarbees with my first daughter and I’m so glad I did. It uses honey and other natural ingredients to help kids feel better.

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Luden’s Wild Cherry Throat Drops

I find that my kids can’t handle the really strong cough drops, but these are perfect.

Halls Breezers

Halls Breezers Cool Berry

My girls also love these Halls Breezers, Cool Berry.

Cool Mist humidifier

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

I honestly have 3 cool mist humidifiers in my home. I store them where they are easy to access because coughs come at night. My best tip for a humidifier, is to buy one that doesn’t have a filter to replace. Those get costly and honestly I don’t have time to worry about that when I’m taking care of sick kids.

Fever/Aches and Pains

Vicks Behind Ear Gentle Touch thermometer

Vick’s Behind Ear Gentle Touch Thermometer

I actually went to a lecture a few years back by a fantastic Pediatrician, Meg Meeker. She raved about these behind the ear thermometers and I have to agree. My babies would never hold still for forehead scan. And forget any other type of thermometer. This one is done in seconds and shows the past temperatures so you can see if the fever is raging or has come down.

Children's Tylenol

Children’s Tylenol

I always make sure I have this in stock.

Getting Rid of Germs!

Zarbees Elderberry Gummies

Zarbees Naturals Mighty Bee Gummy Immune Support

My girls love to take these tummies. They each have a burst of Elderberry, Vitamin C and Zinc help support the immune system.

Clorox Wipes

Clorox Wipes

Any kind of wipe that will kill germs is good by me. I wipe down all the areas that get touched that I might miss on a regular clean. Make sure door knobs, light switches, phones, and remotes get a good cleaning.

Nature's Miracle Floor Cleaner

Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover

This came highly recommended from a friend. It removes the smell of throw-up, and any stains from it, in minutes. This is a definite “must-have-on-hand” item!

So did I catch it all? What would you add to my list?

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Protect your Family in 2016

 

I want to do anything to protect my family, especially with the internet.  I have loved my Circle with Disney.  It allows me to set appropriate filters on devices, track the internet and see what my kids are seeing…and my favorite, I can pause and stop the devices.  This is such a great thing to be able to do at bedtime, family dinner time and just when we all need a break from our devices.

OUR FAMILY GIFT PICK for 2015:  CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

Check out Circle with Disney!

Every family needs this in their home.

PURCHASE HERE:  CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

Are you tired of letting the Internet dictate what your family is exposed to? Not Anymore! With Circle, you are the boss!

4 Awesome things you can EASILY do with Circle:

1. Set appropriate filters for EACH DEVICE. Use the pre-designed ones or customize your own.

2. Track where your family is spending their time online.

3. Give your devices a BED TIME!

4. PAUSE the internet! Yes. you. can.

Get control of the Internet and give your family this gift.

If you are still not convinced, read what these Circle

customers are saying about it:

“As the father of four kids from elementary through college age, I am not exaggerating when I

say Circle is EXACTLY the device I have been looking for to control the internet

in my house. Circle truly is peace of mind in a little white box.” – WayneStocks

“Circle has literally changed our lives and how our family spends time on the internet. My

worries of what my children could be exposed to online has changed overnight

by the use of Circle. I can pause the internet anytime making getting chores or

homework done much easier these days.” -Terra Nyce

“Circle makes it easy for me to protect my kids online, monitor usage across all our

home’s devices, and create conversations with the entire family. It’s rare that

something is simple and effective, but Circle is both.” — MichaelLukaszewski

As the father of four kids from elementary through college age, I am not exaggerating

when I say Circle is EXACTLY the device I have been looking for to control the internet

in my house. Circle truly is peace of mind in a little white box. —Wayne Stocks

I have to tell you this has been HUGE for our family. We have teens and being able to

see what they are doing on every device is a game changer. —Rebecca Phillips

Circle has literally changed our lives and how our family spends time on the internet. My

worries of what my children could be exposed to online has changed overnight by the

use of Circle. I can pause the internet anytime making getting chores or homework done

much easier these days. —Terra Nyce

Circle makes it easy for me to protect my kids online, monitor usage across all our

home’s devices, and create conversations with the entire family. It’s rare that something

is simple and effective, but Circle is both. — Michael Lukaszewski

Here are some Press Quotes:

“If the Internet is the wild, wild, West, then Circle is the new sheriff in town. Only you

control the sheriff, and you do it with a dead-simple mobile app.” – Digital Trends

“Circle Is A Disney-Backed Blackhat Box To Control Family Screen Time.” -FastCompany

“Our mission with Circle is to redefine how families connect with the Internet, and

ultimately with each other,” Circle Media founder Jelani Memory said.

“Circle speaks to a trend. More and more, we’re seeing complicated networking

protocols and equipment simplified for domestic use.” – FastCompany

“Disney has something that will keep your child safe on the Internet, and it’s not a

snowman that sings about summer.” – The Deseret News National Edition

“Circle With Disney could not come at a better time for families.” – The Deseret News National Edition

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Family Service Christmas Advent

(Pottery Barn Countdown)

Our family loves to Countdown to Christmas.  I love watching how excited my kids get!  This year we are trying to make our countdown more meaningful for our family.  We will be doing 25 Days of Family service in our home.  Each of us will serve our family members throughout the month!  Can’t wait to get started today.

I wrote a little poem (below) to kick it off.  I have also included free printable service cards below. sm family service poem crafting chicks When I found this sweet Christmas Advent on Pottery Barn Kids, I knew it was the perfect place to add our sweet service cards.  Right now it is $41 on special! & they have an extra coupon today!   Grab one now!  I was thrilled to find something so adorable, with so many details for such a good price.  And it is so big and tall…and a pretty piece to add to our Christmas Decor. pbk advent I love the designs on this sweet Telluride Advent Calendar.  I LOVE felt…and this is the cutest felt advent I’ve seen! sm pb countdown My kids love it!!!  They can’t wait to start pulling the service cards and treats from each pocket. sm family service countdown 3 sm family service countdown 6 After downloading the files below, you will cut the wreath service cards in in strips.  Add a ribbon at the top.  Gather some treats to add with the service cards.  We chose York Peppermints and Candy Canes. sm family service countdown 5 sm family service countdown 4 Each service card has an activity your child can do to serve a family member.  These are great for any ages…even the teenagers and little ones can do them. sm family service countdown 2 sm pb countdown 8 Tuck the countdown service cards in each felt pocket on the Advent.  You are all set and ready for your family to begin the Service Countdown Tradition. sm pb countdown 2 sm pb countdown 5 sm pb countdown 6 sm pb countdown 4 It’s going to be so fun to watch my kids serve our family.  That really is the best gift you can give at Christmas Time!  I’m excited for the peace and happiness this will bring into our home this season.  Service will let the true reason for the season come into our home. sm pb countdown 3 sm pb countdown 7 sm family service countdown 1 sm pb countdown 9 sm family service countdown sample PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  ALL DOWNLOADS AND PRINTABLES ARE PROPERTY OF THE CRAFTING CHICKS, LLP. Download Black

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We are so excited to finally share our favorite family gift pick!  We’ve been hinting on instagram and facebook and are so thrilled to tell you all about it today!

OUR FAMILY GIFT PICK for 2015:  CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

Check out Circle with Disney, the only gift I can basically guarantee won’t give you buyer’s remorse. Yes, it’s that cool.

Every family needs this in their home.

Watch this video clip and you’ll be sold too.

Best part…

It’s on sale today!

$85.00! (regularly $99)

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PURCHASE HERE:  CIRCLE WITH DISNEY

Are you tired of letting the Internet dictate what your family is exposed to? Not Anymore! With Circle, you are the boss!

4 Awesome things you can EASILY do with Circle:

1. Set appropriate filters for EACH DEVICE. Use the pre-designed ones or customize your own.

2. Track where your family is spending their time online.

3. Give your devices a BED TIME!

4. PAUSE the internet! Yes. you. can.

Get control of the Internet and give your family this gift.

If you are still not convinced, read what these Circle

customers are saying about it:

“As the father of four kids from elementary through college age, I am not exaggerating when I

say Circle is EXACTLY the device I have been looking for to control the internet

in my house. Circle truly is peace of mind in a little white box.” – WayneStocks

“Circle has literally changed our lives and how our family spends time on the internet. My

worries of what my children could be exposed to online has changed overnight

by the use of Circle. I can pause the internet anytime making getting chores or

homework done much easier these days.” -Terra Nyce

“Circle makes it easy for me to protect my kids online, monitor usage across all our

home’s devices, and create conversations with the entire family. It’s rare that

something is simple and effective, but Circle is both.” — MichaelLukaszewski

As the father of four kids from elementary through college age, I am not exaggerating

when I say Circle is EXACTLY the device I have been looking for to control the internet

in my house. Circle truly is peace of mind in a little white box. —Wayne Stocks

I have to tell you this has been HUGE for our family. We have teens and being able to

see what they are doing on every device is a game changer. —Rebecca Phillips

Circle has literally changed our lives and how our family spends time on the internet. My

worries of what my children could be exposed to online has changed overnight by the

use of Circle. I can pause the internet anytime making getting chores or homework done

much easier these days. —Terra Nyce

Circle makes it easy for me to protect my kids online, monitor usage across all our

home’s devices, and create conversations with the entire family. It’s rare that something

is simple and effective, but Circle is both. — Michael Lukaszewski

Here are some Press Quotes:

“If the Internet is the wild, wild, West, then Circle is the new sheriff in town. Only you

control the sheriff, and you do it with a dead-simple mobile app.” – Digital Trends

“Circle Is A Disney-Backed Blackhat Box To Control Family Screen Time.” -FastCompany

“Our mission with Circle is to redefine how families connect with the Internet, and

ultimately with each other,” Circle Media founder Jelani Memory said.

“Circle speaks to a trend. More and more, we’re seeing complicated networking

protocols and equipment simplified for domestic use.” – FastCompany

“Disney has something that will keep your child safe on the Internet, and it’s not a

snowman that sings about summer.” – The Deseret News National Edition

“Circle With Disney could not come at a better time for families.” – The Deseret News National Edition


Disney vacation ideas and printables! Countdown, luggage tags, games, incentives for kids, t-shirt designs, autograph books, and so much more!

Disney is such a fun family vacation destination!  We absolutely love the memories that we make when we are there.  Sometimes planning a vacation can be overwhelming.  We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Disney vacation must haves.  We’ve got it all, countdowns, autograph books, incentives for kids, stroller printables, games for waiting in long lines, luggage tags, and more!  Enjoy!

Disney Vacation Ideas and Printables

Disneyland Countdown Printable from The Crafting Chicks

disney countdown

Disney Countdown Printable from All for the Memories

disney countdown

Disney Vacation Incentives for Kids from The Crafting Chicks

disney incentives for kids

Disney Autograph Book from The Cards We Drew

disney autograph book

How to make Disney Luggage Tags from Disney Cruise Mom Blog

luggage tags

Disneyland Fun Book Free Printable from The Craft Patch

disney activity book

Disneyland Journal from Eighteen25

disney journal

15 Things to Buy Before Your Trip to Disneyland from Mother’s Niche

things to buy before your trip to disneyland

50 Photos to take on your Disney Vacation from Simple As That

photos to take on your disney vacation

DIY Disney Stroller Tag Template from 2 Paws Designs

stroller tag printable

DIY Disney Shirts from Two Oh Two Seven

disney tshirt design

Disney Travel Game from Get Away Today

disney game

Hidden Mickey Tracker from Yellow Bliss Road

hidden mickey printable

Disney Vacation Packing List from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

disney packing list

Jedi Training Academy Sign from Follow That Mouse

jedi training printable

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Italian Candlelight Dinner Idea with Bertolli

We loved creating an Italian candlelight dinner party!  Sharing all the details today.

Last time I shared the Italian Recipe and the Table Setting for the candlelight dinner.  I’m excited to show pictures of the table all set and ready for our guests.
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The table looked so pretty when the candles were lit and the sun was going down.  Such a relaxing table to sit around. sm candlelight dinner 4 The dinner guests love the Zucchini Tortellini with Tomato & Basil Bertolli Sauce. sm bertolli 2 sm dinner questions 5 Our family members especially loved our Dinner Conversation Tree Centerpiece.  It was filled with fun questions and conversation prompts.
sm bertolli 8 sm bertolli 11 We loved our family dinner…especially by candlelight.  I would love to host more dinners this way. sm candlelight dinner 5 sm candlelight dinner 3

I love the Tomato & Basil Bertolli sauce I used in my recipe.  It is so delicious.  Bertolli is at a reduced price from 10/9 – 11/5 at Stop & Shop, Giant and Martin’s…so grab a few jars and enjoy a fun candlelight dinner with your friends and family.
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Zucchini Tortellini Dish with Tomato & Basil Bertolli sm bertolli 10

I’m excited to be sharing a candlelight dinner and recipe with Bertolli today!

As a family, we are trying to bring back dinnertime.  This a the perfect dinner idea to share with neighbors or family members.  I’m sharing a super easy italian recipe today and a way to make a dinner party even better!

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To make the Zucchini Tortellini with Bertolli Tomato & Basil, you will need:

-1 or 2 garlic cloves

-1/2 onion chopped

-1 large green zucchini

-1 large yellow squash

-1 jar Bertolli Tomato and Basil Sauce

-Cheese Tortellini (frozen or in the refrigerator section)

-1 T. Olive Oil

-Grated Parmesan Cheese

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Cook your tortellini according to package.  Cut up your onion, garlic, zucchini, and squash.  In a pan, add 1 T. Olive Oil.  Add in your garlic and onion.  Next, add in your zucchini and squash.  Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes…or until the zucchini is soft…but not too soft.

Add in your Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce.  Heat another 5-10 minutes.

Add your sauce to the tortellini.  Sprinkle parmesan on top.  Bon Appetite!


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Zucchini Tortellini Dish with Tomato & Basil Bertolli

Prep time: 

Cook time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • -1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • -1/2 onion chopped
  • -1 large green zucchini
  • -1 large yellow squash
  • -1 jar Bertolli Tomato and Basil Sauce
  • -Cheese Tortellini (frozen or in the refrigerator section)
  • -1 T. Olive Oil
  • -Grated Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook your tortellini according to package. Cut up your onion, garlic, zucchini, and squash. In a pan, add 1 T. Olive Oil. Add in your garlic and onion. Next, add in your zucchini and squash. Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes...or until the zucchini is soft...but not too soft.
  2. Add in your Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce. Heat another 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add your sauce to the tortellini. Sprinkle parmesan on top. Bon Appetite!
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Here are a few ideas to help you get ready for a candlelight dinner with your family and friends. sm bertolli 5

Candles…Just grab candles from around your house.  I love cream and white candles.  I have them on display in various rooms.  Just bring your candles to the table for a candlelight dinner.  I have a few battery operated candles that I love too!

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Tie up your silverware.  This adds a nice touch when setting your table.

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Placemats and Charger Plates add a huge statement when setting the table.   sm bertolli 8

For a centerpiece, try layering floral branches across the center.  You can add your candles around the branches. sm bertolli 11

And for the best part…add some fun to the dinner conversation with this Dinner Conversation Tree Centerpiece.  Your guests will love it! sm dinner questions 5

I love the Tomato & Basil Bertolli sauce I used in my recipe.  It is so delicious.  Bertolli is at a reduced price from 10/9 – 11/5 at Stop & Shop, Giant and Martin’s…so grab a few jars and enjoy a fun candlelight dinner with your friends and family.

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