“School is Cool” Back to School Breakfast

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This post brought to you by American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine. Every year before school starts we have a special “Back to School” breakfast.  My kids love it and look forward to it.  This year we are having a waffle & smoothie “SCHOOL is COOL” party! You can download my free “School is Cool” printable (8×10): Being a busy mom…I love being able to make quick, healthy meals.  Choosing frozen waffles, breakfast foods, and frozen fruit help make preparing healthy breakfast easier. Top reasons I love using frozen foods…frozen foods are made from real ingredients, and really are fresh food…paused….How fresh stays fresh:)  Locking in the flavor, freshness & nutrition.  I think it is great that consumers are being informed about the quality of frozen foods.   This can make life much easier, especially when throwing parties , or cooking for your family.  It’s so important to eat together each day as [Read More...]

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Best Birthday Party For Kids Ages 7-14+ (Girl/Boy) and **12 TIPS**


If you are looking for a party that boys and girls will both LOOOOOOVE, then look no further.  This party was so much fun!!!  I have a sweet 9 year-old boy who wanted a birthday party but didn’t want anything traditional.  Me as his mom wanted to take full advantage of the remaining days of summer and wanted to entertain all these crazy kiddos outdoors.  I knew we had to find a party that didn’t cost a lot, and plan something where they would all be entertained with out too much headache.  We looked on Pinterest, thought long and hard and then it hit us…a night games party, oh and why don’t we throw in a whole bunch of glow in the dark awesomeness to top it off.  It really did turn out perfect.  I was able to order a whole bunch of awesome glow in the dark stuff from Oriental Trading Company because they have not only the regular stuff like [Read More...]

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Spruce up your Master Bedroom

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Why is this always the forgotten room???  At least for us it has been.  I’ve finally taken charge and decided to spruce up our Master Bedroom.  It now is a happy haven.  Here are some of the best things to add to your master to spruce up that space! My husband added board and batten behind our bed.   The bed is so dark and the white trim behind adds light and air.  This was made using 1×4′s and a nail gun.  This has made the most impact. Pillows!  I love Pillows and these bright happy cheerful pillows add so much to the space.  Such a big impact when designing on a dime.  I found all of the throw pillow slipcovers at LACEY PLACEY on Etsy.  Such a fan of the colors, designs, and most importantly the quality.  Each one has a zipper for easy cleaning ..and amazing seamstress work.  Right now Lacey placey is offering Art prints but will [Read More...]

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Dates to Remember Print *Free Template

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I’ve been sprucing up my master bedroom and had a perfect space for this “Date to Remember” print.  I’ve seen these around the web and love that these date signs have special meaning..and a perfect reminder of those happiest of days!   I included the day my husband and I met, our wedding date, and other very important dates.  You can choose which dates to include.  I love it hanging next to our family photos. I’m sharing my free template below…for those who would like to make their own in photoshop.  You can download the template, add your special dates &  tag lines, and use the fonts you love. Pin It

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Back to School Scattergories Free Printable

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My kids love playing Scattergories…but this little twist is a fun version, especially for smaller children and larger groups.  We are playing this version at our Back to School family night.  How to Play! Set the Timer…choose a time (we say 10-15 minutes because our kids are small) But for older children you could set it for less time. For pairs and older children, 3-5 minutes is fun…then they have to think fast!  Or work in pairs!  Pairs are super fun in this game.  So in 10 minutes you have to write down as many school words you can think of A-Z.  Ex. A…apple, B…Bus (but you want to choose unique ones…that other players might not think of)  When the time is up, each player shares what word they chose for each letter.  If no other player used their school themed word, they get a point!  No points for blank lines.  Add up the points and see who wins. I [Read More...]

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Back to School Scrapbook Paper Notebook

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Hey everyone!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  I can’t believe summer is coming to an end and we have to start thinking about back to school stuff.  With that being said, I have a really simple and cute DIY craft to share with you today.  I am loving this Back to School Scrapbook Paper Notebook!  It’s a great way to customize a plain notebook into something that fits your style.  And, we all know expressing yourself makes life more fun.  It’s also a  inexpensive and easy project for the kids to do, to hopefully get them excited about the new school year if there not already.  Just a side note about myself:  I really love paper a lot!  It’s my favorite material to use when it comes to making crafts and cards.  Plus, the pattern paper is so pretty to look at. Let’s get started! MATERIALS: Notebook Scrapbook paper Cutting mat X-Acto  knife Adhesive tape  Step [Read More...]

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Zucchini Brownies and THE BEST Milk Chocolate Frosting


My husband swears these are his favorite brownies…but what he doesn’t realize is that it’s the frosting that he really loves! I seriously make these just for the frosting. I mean the brownies are okay, but it’s the frosting that makes them good. But first, the brownies. Do you have some zucchini laying around? If not I bet your neighbor does. It’s that time of year. We’ll need 2 cups grated, which I can get from a small-medium sized zuke. You can peel the skin off if it bothers you, but we don’t even notice it ones we’ve added it to the chocolate. Add the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa to the bowl and mix together. Then add in the wet ingredients. Oil, zucchini, and vanilla. I’m not going to say these are healthy, BUT I have noticed that they use 1/4 the amount of oil that my zucchini bread recipe does and they have no [Read More...]

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Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles


I shared this recipe over at Today’s Creative Blog a little bit ago, but didn’t want any of you to miss out on these super fun and easy summer treat for kids, Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles.  These are a fun easy treat that the kids can help make.  If only it didn’t take hours to freeze them. Today I wanted to share this super fun and easy summer treat for kids, Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles.  These are a fun easy treat that the kids can help make.  If only it didn’t take hours to freeze them.   Print Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles Ingredients1 package (3.9 oz) chocolate instant pudding 2 cups cold milk 6 Oreo Cookies 1/2 cup thawed whipped toppingInstructionsBeat the pudding mix and milk in a large bowl for 2 mins. Place the cookies in a resealable baggie and close. Use a rolling pin to crush the cookies. (Great job for the kids.) Add the Oreos and whipped [Read More...]

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Inside the Lunchbox


My soon to be 3rd grader refuses to eat school lunch, in fact he doesn’t eat much besides peanut butter and grape jelly–it must be jelly and it must be grape–or if he’s feeling daring he’ll take peanut butter and honey. He’s perfectly content eating this every single day and often asked for the same thing on non-school days (gag). I’ve found that having good reusable containers saves us money in the long run, and I don’t have the early morning panic when we’re out of sandwich bags. Plus it’s a small step in the direction of being earth contentious. Some links below are affiliate links. 1. EasyLunchboxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers (Set of 4) – because touching food is bad, this container is great at keeping everything separated! 2. Rubbermaid Litterless Juice Box – sure there are more expensive water bottles out there, but the square shape fits nicely in lunch boxes and it comes with a small [Read More...]

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Derby Ice Cream Party & $75 Target Giveaway


There’s nothing more fun and yummy than ice cream on a hot summer day!  Even better, ice cream on a hot day!  We had the best time at this derby ice cream party.  It’s easy to throw a party that is focused on one theme, ice cream.  Who doesn’t like ice cream?  I’m not sure if I know anyone that doesn’t like ice cream.  There’s always an excuse to have it, right!  There are a hundred different occasions to celebrate before the end of the summer…birthdays, bbqs, end of summer parties, ect etc.  This post is sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.  The other awesome thing is that Target is having a SALE that started on August 1st and runs through August 30th, on participating Klondike, Magnum and Fruttare boxes.  If you buy 3 boxes of participating items, you get 1 free.  Awesome.  This sale makes it VERY EASY to throw an ice cream party on [Read More...]

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