See Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico before it leaves LA (40% discount inside)

See Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico before it leaves LA (40% discount inside)

LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico is a more than a show, it's an experience for the entire family. Los Angeles, we are so lucky to have such a wonderful show right here in our backyard and lucky for you, I am sharing with you a 40% off discount. Keep reading for some of my favorite highlights of the night and for the link to the discount. 

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide- What's Under our Christmas Tree!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide- What's Under our Christmas Tree!

Throughout the year I have worked with so many amazing brands, companies and studios that have been generous enough to send gifts my way. Now, whether or not it's the best idea to stock pile them in my closet or not, that's what I do. I save them for Christmas. Well, guess what time of year it is. It's Christmas!! Not everything you see here was gifted to me, some of these are what I have chosen to give my girls and other family members. So in case you need some last minute gift ideas, here are some of the gifts that will be under our Christmas tree this year. 

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We Love Num Noms

We Love Num Noms

There are very few things that are better than a Mommy/Daughter date. When we were invited to Au Fudge a few weeks back to check out the new Num Noms, I knew that both me and my girls would have a blast. I knew they would love to check out the latest Num Noms and I know that I love the food and atmosphere at Au Fudge. 

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A Netflix Show for Your Daughters #SpiritRidingFree

A Netflix Show for Your Daughters #SpiritRidingFree

This Summer we were invited by DreamWorks and #AlliedContigo for a fun afternoon at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. We were there to celebrate the new show DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free by not only hanging out with some horses, but riding horses and even painting horses. It was definitely a very memorable afternoon.  #SpiritRidingFree

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® to Debut Out Of This World ™ Circus Experience

This July, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® , the circus that started it all, invites fans to blast off on an intergalactic adventure with the launch of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World ™ . Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of live family entertainment, today announced that this new, immersive experience will debut on the West Coast for the first time in the 145 year history of Ringling Bros., marking the Tour World Premiere at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Tickets for all California engagements are on sale to the general public now. 

In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed story line filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.

For the first time, the show features thrill skaters, in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations will run wild throughout the non-stop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros. history.

“By adding the element of ice, we’re bringing speed and motion to an already thrilling, multi-sensory performance,” said Feld. “Throughout the show, families won’t know where the floor ends and the ice begins.

TICKETS: At all locations, Tickets start at $20 for Adults - and $10 for Kids (age 2-12) (with discount coupon from participating Chick-fil- A locations) or ENTER OFFER CODE: MOM16 for a discount of $16 per ticket! 

*Opening Night Special Discount tickets are only $15 each (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating - Click the city to find tickets near you.

L O S A N G E L E S -  Staples Center

  • Thursday, July 14 7:30 PM 

  • Friday, July 15 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, July 16 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, July 17 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Monday, July 18 7:30 PM

  • Tuesday, July 19 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM 

 O N T A R I O - Citizens Business Bank Arena

  • Friday, July 22 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, July 23 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, July 24 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

  • Monday, July 25 7:30 PM

  • Tuesday, July 26 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM

A N A H E I M - Honda Center

  • Friday, July 29 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, July 30 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, July 31 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM

  • Wednesday, August 3 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Thursday, August 4 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM

  • Friday, August 5 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, August 6 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, August 7 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

For a complete list of tour dates and locations through December 2016 and to purchase tickets, please visit the Ringling Bros. website (www.Ringling.com). Future tour dates will be announced at a later date.

Fun Valentine's Cards from Peaceable Kingdom

Disclaimer: We were provided samples to for review purposes. No other compensation was provided. 

Dear Moms, Valentine's Day is coming up. If you're thinking, "YAY Date night!" Good for you! But if you're anything like me, then you're thinking, "Ugh, classroom Valentines!!" Haha!

I have two daughters with 24 students in each class. So I can't just buy a box of cards and a bag of candy, first of all it's never enough. Secondly, I always want to be a little different. I am always throwing something together super last minute because by the time I remember, it's the night before and the store has sold out of the one's my daughters not want, but need! This year I took a different route and got some cards from Peaceable Kingdom. If you haven't checked them out yet then you are in for a treat.

Peaceable Kingdom has super cool Valentine's cards that you can check out below, including Scratch & Sniff, Bookmarks, and Cootie Catchers. My girls were so excited to see that not only did Mom get these in the mail, but No other kids will have these!

So, I must be failing as a parent because my girls did not realize how cool Scratch & Sniff stuff was. I think Scratch & Sniff was more popular in the 90's because when I was a kid, you could scratch and sniff everything, but now, not so much. Either way, my girls thought these were So Cool! and we tested them out, a week later, they still smell pleasantly of strawberries. 

I've showed these to my girls once before and they loved it! These you can personalize with a Valentine's note on the inside, but the pictures, sayings and designs are just really cute. Kids will love these!

P.s. I had no idea it was called a Cootie Catcher. I now feel like a grown up that I know the name of this fun past time. 

http://peaceablekingdom.com/

You can't forget bookmarks. These are so cute and simple and my early readers love them. My daughter's fellow 1st graders will be able to put them to use right away since they have to read every night for homework anyway. 

So go check out Peaceable Kingdom for tons of Fun Stuff including, Valentine's Cards, Birthday Cards, Games and Stickers. Oh man, I loved stickers when I was a kid, their sticker collection is like a dream come true. 

OranguFrame: Giving Art a Home

I will never forget the first time I brought out finger paints for my 2 year old to paint with. Although it was just a mess of all colors mixed as one, as a mom, all I saw was a masterpiece. That piece of art made it's home on the refrigerator for a few weeks, until of course, the next piece of art was ready to hang. 

Once my daughters started school, I could not wait for them to bring home their seasonal art projects, in fact, I turned our hallway into their gallery. Each piece went up on that wall as soon as it came home. My only problem with our gallery was that I had ugly tape holding everything up, it just looked kinda messy. Recently I discovered a fun solution to that very problem. 

Last week, we were invited to an art party with OranguFrame. You probably haven't heard of them yet, as they are still in the kickstarter stage. But I'm here to tell you a little about this project, a project I can get behind. These inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to assemble frames are a cool new way to display art and pictures. They are printed with high-quality inks, made from sturdy chipboard, and are available in a variety of fun designs, or blank for customizing. They assemble in minutes with no need for tools and can be hung in any direction with just a thumbtack. The patent-pending OranguFrame allows it to be shipped flattened which greatly reduces shipping costs.

Each OranguFrame comes with five 8” x 10” blank canvases made of heavyweight paper ideal for crayons, pens, paints, and home printers. The canvases fit perfectly into the OranguFrame and most home printers can do “borderless” printing which means prints can be full size and colorful mattes can be added. Canvases can easily be swapped out, or stacked in the frame which is a great way to save all those seasonal art pieces.

OranguFrame sells additional blank canvas packs, but any paper can be trimmed to fit.

It's time to set your refrigerator free, honor those cherished creations, print something out, or pop in a photo OranguFrame makes it fun, personalized, and inexpensive to display art of all kinds. The estimated retail price is under $10, and thanks to the folding design, they are inexpensive to ship. 

OranguFrame is the brainchild of David VonDerLinn, artist and owner of Vonderland Studios. Here you can see David showing us how to assemble our OranguFrame. He also showed my girls some fun new techniques to create their own pieces of art. 

They were so proud of their art projects, they could not wait to get home and hang them in our gallery. 

Our OranguFrames proudly hang in our home gallery, which includes everything from a calendar, a poster, some Halloween decorations, awards and of course their art projects. 

Next month we will fill their OranguFrame with new art and our gallery will look completely different. The OranguFrame in the center is mine, I spray painted it gold and decided to use it as a place to display the honors they receive at school. Now, they have a special area to highlight their spelling test that they are proud of or a citizenship award that they received at school. My OranguFrame will probably change over time too. I'm already planning what color to paint it next. 

Oranguframes are a lot of fun and add so much color and creativity to your home, so if you are interested I urge you to check out their page. For those kids that love art (and don't need anymore toys) this is the art project that doubles as a room decor and is never done. You can always add more to the frame and switch out the art. I love it! 

Sweeten Up Your Day with Toaster Strudel™

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by General Mills through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Toaster Strudel™, all opinions are my own.

Last year was a struggle every morning to get the girls out the door in time for school. This year I vowed to try to make things different, easier on me and in turn easier on them. The thing they look forward to most when they wake up is their morning treat. They eat breakfast at school, so I like to give them just a little something sweet to get them started on their day. So this year, they have a list!

My oldest daughter responds well to lists now that she can read. She sees it as a sort of challenge; this is our Good Morning list. Once they do everything on their list, they get to chill out, have a snack and watch cartoons before they head off to school. When they saw me pick out

Toaster Strudel™

Strawberry Pastries at the market, they could not wait to try them, so of course, that means they had to get up and ready for school as quickly as they can.

I can't believe I didn't try this trick last year, but the promise of a strawberry-filled Toaster Strudel™ really lit a fire under them. They get up and dressed and ready for school so fast now and without any discussion. Decorating their pastry is like the highlight of their morning. 

Did you know

Toaster Strudel™

  has been around for 30 years? They are celebrating their 30th birthday by putting 30% more icing in all Toaster Strudel™ packages! I don't know about you, but I've always felt like I could use just a little bit more icing. 

I've been meaning to teach my daughter how to do origami and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity; why not make a napkin cozy pocket for the

Toaster Strudel™

. If you would like to make one of these with your kids, just follow the simple step-by-step photos above. It's really simple and easy enough for my 6-year-old. As a mom, I feel like I'm always looking for something new to teach them, something new to keep them busy, and something new to excite them. I love that Toaster Strudel™ definitely makes our days a little bit sweeter.

DIY Mother's Day Project (plus Giveaway)

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mother's Day is here and although jewelry and an expensive purse or spa day may be what you really really want, we all know that as Mom's we can't deny that homemade gifts mean so much more. I love making things with my girls and one project I have been meaning to create is a mosaic tile. It's a really easy project you can do with the kids and it lasts for a really long time. We made this one for my Mom, their Nana. 

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The mosaic project is really very easy. You can buy a kit that comes with everything you see here, including the cement, container, and pieces of glass at your local Michael's or other craft store. All I needed to do was add some water to create a pancake batter consistency and pour into the container. 

Next, is the fun part, creating your desired design. The kit that I bought came with a stencil to help create this shape, and I thought it was too cute to not do. 

I decided to add a few more small pieces around the edge to give it some more color and that's it. A perfect gift for Mom to use in her garden. This kit dried in about 2 hours! It probably wasn't fully set, but I was able to flip it out of the container and handle it. The instructions say to allow it to dry for 24 hours, so although it seemed dry, I left it alone for a day before wrapping it up. 

This Mother’s Day,

Pampers

is celebrating moms and the precious moments of love with their little ones by giving the Pampers Gift of Love to help families capture and cherish those loving moments with baby. Babies experience mom’s love in many different ways, and those precious moments mom shares with her little one make every day special and worth remembering. Even though my littles are not babies anymore, the handmade gifts are the most memorable, especially since we are making them together.

It’s a privilege for Pampers to be part of those precious moments that moms, abuelas, tias and the whole family share with babies. And to celebrate it, Pampers is giving them its Pampers Gift of Love to capture those loving moments this Mother’s Day!

Pampers has created a #RegaloDeAmorPampers gift basket to help celebrate and capture those special moments of love with their baby.

GIVEAWAY:  

- $25 Michael’s gift card

- $100 SpaFinder Gift Card 

- Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Wipes

To enter: 

1. Leave me a comment below telling me how you plan on celebrating motherhood this Mother's Day.

2. Tweet/Share: "Thank you! @Pampers @Kindasillymommy for the fun Mother's Day #Giveaway! http://goo.gl/DBrTJG #RegaloDeAmorPampers"

Giveaway Guidelines: Entrants must be 18+up and live in the contiguous U.S.

For This Family, Spending Time Outside is #WhereFunBegins!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhereFunBegins #CollectiveBias 

We are pretty fortunate to be living in Southern California, where the sun is pretty much always shining. When it comes to having fun in the sun, it comes very naturally for us because we love to be outside. Whether we are at the park, going on a hike, playing tag, collecting sticks, or just watching clouds, we seem to have the most fun when we are outside. With Earth Day still fresh in my mind, I have been wanting to do a project with recyclable items, that the girls can use. I decided on a

DIY Kids Drink Holder

 that they can use while we are outside having fun.

Since we are always outside and in need of hydration, this mama's bag can get pretty heavy carrying everyone's drinks and snacks. I don't know how many times I have ended up carrying two extra little backpacks, this way, their cup holder is a easy enough for them to carry. Also, when their drink is gone, they can use the holder to carry the flowers, sticks, leaves and rocks that Mama usually ends up carrying. 

This is what you'll need:

Empty tin can (I used an empty vegetable can)

1 sq ft of Material or felt

Scissors

Hot Glue

Drill

Instructions:

Step 1. Clean out, empty and wash the tin can. 

Step 2. Drill two holes, one on each side of the can.

Step 3. Cut a strip of material, long enough to wrap around the can and wide enough to fold over the can. 

Step 4. Hot glue the material to the can, then fold the material to the inside and glue along the inside, you may cover the hole. 

Step 5. Poke a hole through the material that is covering the hole. 

Step 6. Cut a long strip of material, long enough to use as a strap to go over your kid's shoulder. 

Step 7. Stick the material through the hole and tie a knot on the inside. 

That's it! I glued another strip of material along the bottom of the can just to give it more color, but you could also allow the kids to decorate their holder with stickers or paint.

My little was pretty excited to take it out for a try. We went to the park after school and packed a fun lunch for a picnic. We always work up such an appetite when we are out for fun. 

Do you ever make fun lunches for the kiddos? I love to keep them as a surprise and then watch their faces as they open it up. This time I used their play-doh cutters to make small shapes out of their PB&J, and used them to top crackers. We also had yogurt, grapes, and a SunnyD to round out all of the food groups.

I remember the SunnyD commercials from when I was just a kid, and then as an adult, I loved the convenience of SunnyD, especially when alcohol was involved. Now, I have to say I was probably too happy to find the 24 pack at Sam's Club for $5.38 on the top of the aisle. 

The deal caught my eye for sure, and for that amount I thought it was perfect for team snacks,or class treats.  I have to say I was even happier when I realized these 6.75 oz bottles fit perfectly in their lunch box! Yay! If you are looking for more fun in the sun with SunnyD, you can check out more fun ideas at 

WhereFunBegins.net

. I'd love to hear your favorite!

Getting Ready for The Avengers: Age of Ultron with Snacks and a HULK Dance Party!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias
Being a Dad to two little girls is no easy task. My husband has joined more tea parties than he would like to admit, but he has always made one thing clear to his daughters, not only is the HULK his favorite, he is the HULK. We have had the girls convinced of this since they were babies, they may not really believe it anymore, but I think they still kinda do. With all of the excitement of the release of MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, I just knew I had to pick up some fun HULK accessories.
My girls are tough little ones and we've always referred to them as HULK babies. I am proud to say that I have finally made that into a reality. We are lucky enough to have a big front and back yard for the girls to grow up in and explore. So, we are kinda always outside and on this day we were having a picnic outside when I brought out the HULK masks and hands that I picked up at Walmart. Let the fun begin! Our neighbors must have thought we were crazy! 
In the middle of our busy life, there are certain things that will always make me stop, smile and laugh. These photos, this day, will always be memorable for me. How often does your family play dress up? While my girls and I may act crazy all of the time, the only way I could get my husband to play with us was by helping him achieve his dream of turning into the HULK. It didn't hurt that I had Doritos and Dr. Pepper on hand for him to snack on. 
Does your husband turn into the HULK when he's hungry too? No? Just me huh? I must be lucky. Haha! 
My husband also tends to turn into the HULK when he's driving. Hey, can you blame him? We live in Los Angeles. And in case you're wondering, yes my little HULK babies have their Dad's appetite and temper. 
Even though he may turn into the angry HULK sometimes, leave it to my girls to have fun and make us smile. How often do you guys have HULK dance parties? This is what we will be wearing while we go see MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
If you are like us and always looking for fun new apps, you have to try the new Super Heroes Assemble app (available in the iTunes and Google Play store). Just in time for the new movie, it's time to Assemble Avengers fans again. With Super Heroes Assemble, you can turn your phone into a portal to exclusive Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron content. Keep up to date with the latest movie and behind-the-scenes action. Plus, when you scan Avengers displays at Walmart and Walmart.com  you can become your favorite Avenger.
Oh and don't forget to scan any 12 packs of Dr. Peppers Avengers or scan the in-store signage to unlock a digital comic book. This exciting comic book is brought to you by Dr. Pepper! It's some pretty fun stuff. 

Tell me: Who is your favorite Avenger? 

5 things to know about #LéaLA2015

FYI: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with LéaLA and Latina Bloggers Connect, however, as always, all opinions are mine. 
1. The 4th annual LéaLA, Feria del Libro en Español de Los Ángeles will be taking place May 15-17, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  This, free to the public event hosts more than 200 publishing houses from all over Latin America. 

2. LéaLA and The University of Guadalajara is committed to extending its culture and arts programs for the Latino community in Los Angeles. By organizing one of the most ambitious events ever held to promote and spread the importance of not only reading in English, but in Spanish too. This event seeks to encourage reading, promote Spanish ­language books and foster recognition of the Latino population, their culture and customs.
3. Celebrate Latino authors at book presentations and signings and support independent publishing houses at the Independent Publishers Pavilion. This allows independent publishers to approach the publishing market in the United States of America.
4. Fun for the kids. The children's pavilion is dedicated to teaching about the Latin culture while having fun. The activities and workshops are for children ranging in ages from 3-12. Bring the kids to learn about and recognize the Mayan culture, Chicano mural art as an expression of humor, politics and identity. Kids will also learn about the Totonaco culture and arts and get to know what alebrijes are and where they come from.

5. You can follow #LéaLA2015 on Facebook, their Website, Pinterest, Flickr, and on YouTube.

I can't wait to take my family to LéaLA. We don't have many bilingual books in our library and I really want to change that. I think this will be a great opportunity for them to learn more about their culture and have fun in a space dedicated to promoting learning and reading, how great is that?! I am so excited to go. Will I see you there? 


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This is a sponsored campaign in collaboration with LéaLA 2015 and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.



The Perfect Topping: Delicious Chicken Salad! #PutItOnARitz

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PutItOnARitz #CollectiveBias

In my house, RITZ® are an every day after school snack. My youngest daughter calls them "circle crackers" and would eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I would allow her to. Because we eat them so often, I like to try and come up with different toppings to keep things interesting. I love that I can put almost anything on a RITZ®.

Do you love Giveaways and Contests as much as me? Well here's a fun one for you:

Click HERE to enter for a chance to win one of forty $100 Walmart e-Gift Cards (10 per week) by uploading an Instagram photo of your RITZ®-topped creation with #putitonaritzcontest.

*Purchase of RITZ® is not required.

Ritz Snackify Challenge Instagram Contest

I like to have RITZ® on hand as an appetizer option or snack while making dinner. We have eaten RITZ® with spinach artichoke dip, bruschetta, and ceviche and for the kids, I use ham and cheese, flavored cream cheese or PB&J. The possibilities are endless really.

Today I am sharing with you two recipe ideas, a Chicken salad and a more kid friendly Fruit and Dip to top of your RITZ®.

To make the Chicken Salad, you will need:

1 can of Chicken (or about 1 cup of shredded Chicken)

1/4 cup of Mayonnaise

1 stalk of Celery (diced)

1/4 cup of Raisins or Craisins

1/4 cup of sweet apples (diced)

Mix all ingredients and then #PutItOnARitz!

My more kid friendly recipe, is delicious and sweet and complements the salt of a 

RITZ®

. For this recipe you will need:

1/2 cup of Cream Cheese

1/2 cup of Marshmallow Fluff

Diced fruit

I used strawberries, pineapples, and apples.

This one is easy enough for your kids to make on their own, just mix the softened cream cheese and marshmallow fluff in a bowl until smooth. Then add a small dab to your RITZ® and top with your diced fruit of choice. I used crushed pineapple, diced strawberries and apples. All of the flavors and textures make such a yummy treat. 

While doing my grocery shopping at Walmart, my daughter reminded me that we ran out of "circle crackers" or RITZ® and we needed more for the week. Luckily there is such a wide variety of flavors and sizes and we actually went with the Family Size pack of 

RITZ®

 because we go through them so quickly.  But I think next time I will try the Bacon flavored RITZ® and try to come up with more toppings to go with them. 

Now tell me: What do you use to top your RITZ®

How We Use #MyDataMyWay to Search Pinterest

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias

I am guilty, I must admit that I use my phone for everything. It is just the generation we are in. Our phones are practically glued to our hands. As a blogger, my phone is one of my biggest tools for work. All photos that you see on my blog are from my phone. I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Avant from Walmart for the amazing price of $100 and we are getting so much use out of it, this may be one of our best family purchases so far. 
You know when the kids are "bored" and asking for something new to do. Well, this is when we use the phone to search Pinterest for new fun stuff to do. I knew just what the girls wanted and searched for a homemade play dough recipe. There are a lot of recipes out there, but they are all pretty much the same with a tweak here and there. You can follow my version below. 
Ingredients:
3/4 cup of water 
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of salt
1 package of KoolAid
1 tsp of vegetable oil
1 tsp of cream of tartar
Here you can see my helper telling me what the recipe says. I cut it in half so I didn't make enough play dough for an army, because to keep it real, so much of it ends up on the floor. I love that she can read now, it's so nice to have a helper. 
Directions:
1. Heat the water to boil and then turn off the heat. 
2. Add the oil, cream of tartar, KoolAid, and salt to the hot water, mixing well after each addition. 
3. Add the flour and mix. The mixture will be lumpy and crumbly. 
4. Add flour to the surface and dump the contents of the pan on the flour. 
5. Lastly, kneed away! The dough will be hot at first, but the more you knead, the cooler it gets. 

I ran out of food dye, so I used some random packages of KoolAid that I had on hand. I like using KoolAid, most colors end up pretty vibrant and they smell so much better this way. I think the little kid inside of me really enjoys making play dough. I find myself playing it for longer than is required. 

Now let me tell you how we settled on making home made play dough. My girls have been watching YouTube lately and stumbled upon a channel where they create dresses for their princesses out of play dough and have been dying to do this for weeks now. Our new family phone, the Samsung Galaxy Avant comes in really handy for us. My girls were able to watch the YouTube video while playing with their play dough to get tips on how to make their dresses for their princesses. 
I was so happy (and so was my daughter) to find this phone at Walmart for such a great deal. I was able to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Avant and Starter Kit for under $130! The Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month(for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data. I am a Samsung fan all the way, I love their phones and the Avant has such great features for a $100 phone. We are able to use it to search Pinterest, watch videos on YouTube, take photos of our activities and of course call their Daddy while he's at work. 
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/6zx1 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

What do you use your phone for? Do you have a family phone? 

The Never Ending "Joys" of Motherhood

Motherhood is a tricky tricky thing. It's a never ending job, it's the sort of job that you can never be prepared for. Even when you start to feel like you've got things under control, you will be hit with something completely out of left field. I was just getting over a bout of tonsillitis that managed to ruin my kid-free Spring Break and was finally settling back into the routine. I chaperoned the kindergarten Zoo field trip and the very next day at pick up, I get handed the dreaded letter. You know the one. The "your kid has LICE!!!" letter. 
Oh man, I knew this day would come, but I definitely wasn't prepared for it. I had lice when I was a kid, I got it from my sister, and I know it happens to everyone at one point, in fact, if you escaped childhood without getting lice, you are lucky. We immediately went on a hunt for the medicated shampoos and special combs and went to work on the little buggers. I really wanted to make it clear that I'm not ashamed that my daughters had lice. Getting lice doesn't mean we're dirty people, honestly, I think I am tracing it back to a movie theater. 
So, for #NationalSiblingDay this year I posted a picture of my beautiful daughters, donning their shower caps over olive oil soaked heads with the caption, "Sisters that get Lice together, stick together? #NationalSiblingDay." Although my 6 year old asked me not to put it on Facebook, she doesn't really know what that means yet, so I shared it. Was it weird that I wanted people to know I wasn't ashamed of this? Maybe. I actually received a lot of support from friends and family about their experiences with lice and was let in on the fact that there are services and salons out there that you can take your kids to and pay for lice removal. I went pretty old school on this one. I used the medicated shampoos, washed all of their bedding, then went for the olive oil treatment and hand removal of the little creeps. I tell you, I totally get why people pay for the help because this has been such a long few days. I'm just hoping my daughters will forget the torture that their hair has gone through because, I know I had lice as a kid, but I don't actually remember the awful experience. 

So tell me: Have you or your kiddos ever had lice? How did you deal? 

Yummy AND Delicious! Snikiddy Snack Giveaway!

Disclosure: I was provided with some of these delicious snacks to review. All opinions are my own. 

You know I love making lunches for my little ladies. But I must admit, I am having a hard time trying to keep things interesting. I am always on the hunt for something I can feel good about adding to my daughters lunch. Behold, I have found a good one. Snikiddy Snacks are our newest favorite yummy (and healthy) snack. My girls devoured their Cheese Puffs right away (not pictured for that very same reason) and were really excited for the other flavors too. 

I added the BBQ flavored Baked fries to their lunches the other day and they LOVED them. They've only tried BBQ chips as a treat when their daddy buys them, so they were really excited to have some of their own. And I was excited that they were such a healthier option. Win-win!

To give you a little background, Snikiddy is a line of kid-friendly and nutritious snacks that promote a healthy and active lifestyle for the whole family and include Baked Fries, Cheese Puffs and Eat Your Vegetables. The perfect alternative to traditional, greasy potato chips and other popular snacks among kids. 

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