Magic Reindeer Food Recipe and Free Printable

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A fun activity to do with the kids this year is to make magic reindeer food that can be sprinkled on the yard on Christmas Eve. The sparkle will draw the reindeer to your house on Christmas Eve.

Reindeer Food

Making it is super easy! Lucas and I made a large batch using Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes so that we could pass them out to all of the cousins before Christmas.

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Magic Reindeer Food Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Kellogg’s All-Bran Flakes, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals
  • 1/4 cup Christmas sprinkles

Directions: Place all ingredients in a large zip-top bag and gently shake. Pour into small mason jars and add label with poem.

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Magic Reindeer Poem

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
Santa’s reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home

 

FREE PRINTABLE

Just right click on the image below, save to your computer and print to whatever size you need.

 

 

Reindeer Food Printable Tag

 

 

 

 

 

Blaze Play Date Ideas & FREE Play Date Pack

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As you know, we (as all parents) are big proponents of utilizing toys to teach kids important concepts such as language, math, science, etc. The best way to learn is through FUN. That is true for all of us – adults include. That’s why we love Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines and the NEW toys available at Target and other major toy retailers. Through the show and toys, Blaze and his buds teach kids about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts. I’m very excited that Target is also offering a FREE Play Date Pack for download at Target.com/Blaze that is the perfect reason to get young Blaze fans together for some learning fun! We had our own little play date recently and it was a hit!

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The Play Date Pack has recipes like this delicious smoothie, which the kids LOVED.

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even cute cut-out invitations…

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activity sheets for the kiddos…

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and various STEM concepts that we introduced about during the play date!

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It was so much fun for the kids!

Download Your Blaze Play Date Pack and More!

To download your FREE Blaze Play Date Pack available exclusively via Target, head on over to Target.com/Blaze. Make sure to also visit  www.blazePlay Date.com where you can upload a photo of your kiddos Blaze play date and enter for a chance to win a $100.00 Target GiftCard! They are giving out one (1) GiftCard per month from now until December. Plus, everyone who uploads a photo will receive a 10% coupon offer for Blaze at Target via email!

Baseball Snack and Goody Bag Ideas & Free Printable

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Spring baseball is in full swing and we are soaking up every glorious moment at the ball field with Lucas and his PeeWee baseball team. There’s nothing like spending a breezy, sunny afternoon on the ball field. Win or lose…I just love watching my kid play. His intensity and passion for the game is truly inspiring.

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While we always do some sort of end-of-year party with goody bags for the team, I also like to bring a special snack for the kids at some point during the season. It’s a fun way of recognizing the kids efforts and hard work throughout the season!

Baseball Goody Bag Ideas

The snacks don’t have to be difficult, but they do have to be yummy! We like to include Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® – these are a classic treat beloved by kids and adults. The packaged ones make it easy to include in snack/goody bags for the team without spending time in the kitchen. They are the perfect “on-the-go” treat!

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Along with the Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®, I like to add a couple fun things like baseball bounce balls and temporary tattoos, sunflower seeds, and a sports drink.

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Today, I want to share with you a cute printable that you can use for your own child’s baseball or softball snack bags. The tags say “Great Game!” Just download, print, cut out, and attach to the snack or goody bag.

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To download your FREE printable, click HERE.

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Enter to win! Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® presents MLB Play Catch with Cal Online Instant Win Game. To enter, click HERE.

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Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®, Major League Baseball® and legendary shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., are teaming up to help families unlock the fun this baseball season with their favorite snack! Prizes include playing catch with Cal Ripken, Jr. during the MLB 2015 All Star Week, signed baseballs and more! Plus make sure to find year-round inspiration for family fun with Rice Krispies Treats® at www.KelloggsFamilyRewards.com. You can also vote for your favorite creations for the chance to win more exciting prizes.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

Free Printable: Kid’s Friendship Bracelet Valentine’s Day Card

Ever since Christmas, Lucas has been obsessed with making rainbow loom bracelets. It’s the cool thing to do among kids these days! So when I was trying to think of a Valentine’s Day card to pass out at his school – I knew exactly what we would do. Friendship bracelet Valentine’s Day cards!

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I made two kinds – one for the girls and one for the boys.

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These turned out even better than I expected – they are really, really cute and the best part? It’s not candy and the bracelet can be used by the kids for a long time! Today, I’m sharing instructions along with the free printable that I designed. Enjoy!

Directions:

1. Make friendship bracelets

2. Print out card designs by clicking links below:

Free Printable: Kid’s Friendship Bracelet Valentine’s Day Card (gray)

Free Printable: Kid’s Friendship Bracelet Valentine’s Day Card (pink)

3. Cut out using scissors or a circle cutter (will give you cleaner results)

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Pictured – screw punch and circle cutter

4. Using a hole punch (or screw punch) or Xacto knife, punch or cut holes onto sides of card. Make sure to first measure determine placement of bracelet and holes so that the bracelet can still clasp in the back.

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5. Slip bracelet through holes and clasp together on back.

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Free Printable: Thank You For “BEE-ING” Valentine’s Day Card for Teachers or Kids

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we are busy preparing for the big day! One of our favorite things to do is make our own homemade cards for the teachers and Lucas’ friends. So today I’m sharing a cute Valentine’s Day card that I created for both teachers and kids (especially perfect for tweens). It’s a “Thank you for BEE-ING a great teacher” or “Thank you for BEE-ING a great friend” card (not pictured below) – the perfect card to attach either a Burt’s Bees chap stick or hand salve. Super cute and easy!

 

 

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Directions:

1. Print a card using one of the download links below
2. Cut out
3. Attach Burt’s Bees hand salve, chap stick or any other “bee-themed” gift you like using double-sided tape (use the foam kind)
4. Sign your child’s name
5. Enjoy!

Download FREE Valentine’s Day Cards by clicking one of the links below:

Free Printable Thank You For “BEE-ING” Teacher’s Valentine’s Day Card (5.5 x7.5 Large– this one is good to use if you are attaching the hand salve)

Free Printable Thank You For “BEE-ING” Teacher’s Valentine’s Day Card (3.5 X 5)

Free Printable Thank You For “BEE-ING” Kid’s Valentine’s Day Card  (3.5 X 5)

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More Printable Valentine’s Day Cards!

This is not actually the kids card that Lucas will be passing out to friends this year – I’ll be sharing that with you tomorrow. In the meantime, also make sure to check out last year’s Free Printable Valentine’s Day cards – Free Printable Kid’s Valentine’s Day Cards: I “WHEELIE” Like you (perfect for boys) and the Free Printable: Teacher’s “Thanks a LATTE” Valentine’s Day Card.

Free Printable Kid’s Valentine’s Day Cards: I “WHEELIE” Like you!

I am so excited because now that Lucas is in school we get to do fun things like make our own Valentine’s Day cards! Lucas’ school does not allow candy type treats to be exchanged on Valentine’s Day so we had to get creative and come up with something fun that was NOT candy. Hence, the “I Wheelie Like You” Valentine’s Day card was born…

 

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I designed the card and then attached a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car directly to the card. These cards are perfect for little boys! Of course, I am sharing the card and instructions with you today!

 

What You’ll Need:

I Wheelie Like You Free Printable
Small Toy Car
Printer
Heavy Cardstock
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Needle
Embroidery Thread (or equally heavy duty thread)
Double sided tape
Scotch tape

 

Directions:

1. Print out the “I Wheelie Like You” card on heavy cardstock. I designed these to be 5×7 cards so you can print two to a page.

 

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2. Cut them out using a paper cutter (or scissors if you don’t have one).

3. Thread a needle with embroidery thread or another heavy duty thread. Attach the car to the card using the needle and thread. I specifically bought toy cars that had an opening – through the window – so that I could easily pass the needle and thread through the opening.

 

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4. Flip the card over, tie the thread into a secure knot, and cover with a small piece of Scotch tape to further secure.

 

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5. At this point, I realized that the car needed to be secured a little more so we decided to add a small piece of double-sided tape to the underside of the car.

 

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Hope your kiddos enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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FREE PRINTABLE: Teacher’s Valentine’s Day Card

I know it’s super last minute, but if you’re looking for a cute way to say THANK YOU to your child’s teacher this Valentine’s Day, then you’re in luck! I created these adorable “Thank you a latte” Valentine’s Day cards that are perfect for teachers or anyone you want to say thank you to this Valentine’s Day. And, of course I’m sharing! Just print out the card (choose the 5×7 option to get two to a page) and attach a gift card to your favorite coffee shop and VOILA – simple, quick, and super cute Valentine’s Day card ready for gift-giving!

 

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Download your FREE Teacher’s Valentine’s Day Card HERE. ENJOY!

Making Memories Around the Breakfast Table: FREE Family Conversation Starters Printables

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One of the things that I have learned from being a parent over the past few years is that quality time is not synonymous with length of time spent with your kids. Quality time can come in short spurts throughout the day. Those ten minutes spent on the back porch eating an ice cream cone after dinner. Those five minutes spent talking about your day right before bed. Those ten minutes spent reading a book together. Those ten minutes spent talking on your way to and from school. Those twenty minutes spent talking at the dinner table or even the breakfast table. Breakfast time is a perfect time to catch up with your kids, learn more about one another, and prepare for the day. It’s these little moments that turn into memories that will last a lifetime.

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Every day is truly a BIG day.

So today, I wanted to share with you a set of printable conversation starters that I created. Hopefully, you can use them to kick-start some fun conversations in the morning with your family.

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To print your FREE Family Conversation Starters, click HERE.

In addition, I want to tell you about, Mini Mission – a wonderful partnership between Scholastic and Kellogg’s. Every month through December, families can participate in a new Mini Mission to receive free Scholastic books. Each mission that your family completes equals 2 FREE Scholastic books and you also receive an entry into a sweepstakes where 131 prizes will be awarded to schools and communities.

Visit www.Scholastic.com/MiniMissions to participate in Frosted Mini-Wheats “Mini” Missions. Or, collect Kellogg’s Great Starts Great Stories codes from participating Kellogg’s products to receive a free book, or “gift” a book to a school in need, through nonprofit literacy organization Books for Kids. Go to KelloggsFreeBook.com to learn more.

This month’s Mini Mission?

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This month, squeeze in extra family time with a fun conversation around the breakfast table!

The perfect time to print and use the Conversation Starters I provided above!

Bowling Birthday Party FREE Invitation & Party Printables

As promised, today I want to share with you all of the printables I designed for Lucas’ bowling birthday party. Just follow the directions to download!

Bowling Birthday Party Invitation

Bowling Birthday Party Invitation

I wanted you to be able to customize the invitation and I’ve had trouble sharing as a editable doc because not everyone has the same software that I used to create. I decided the easiest way was to provide the file as a jpeg image. All you do to personalize and add your specific child’s party information is:

  1. Upload the image to PicMonkey (it’s FREE – you don’t even need an account).
  2. Click on the Text option on the left.
  3. Click Add Text, choose your font (see font information below), and simply type in the party information.
    — Font #1: (Color) 7f7f7f (Type) Quicksand
    — Font #2: (Color) Black (Type) Budmo Jiggler
  4. Save the image in the highest resolution.
  5. Open from your computer and print either 5×7 or 4×6. Easy peasy!

Download the Invitation by right-clicking on the image below and saving to your computer:

Bowling Birthday Party Invitation

 

Bowling Birthday Party Centerpieces 

To make these centerpieces, print and cut out the templates. Using simple scotch tape, attach a wooden dowel (or skewer) on the back of the cut-out template. I wanted these to have a pretty backside as well so I backed the “Strike” template with red card stock. With the bowling pins (because the shape is symmetrical) I was able to just glue another bowling pin on the back.

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Strike Callout Sign – click HERE to download

Bowling Pin – click HERE to download

Bowling Happy Birthday Party Sign – We enlarged the sign up to 18 x 24 and had it printed on vinyl at Kinko’s for $23, but you can enlarge as needed.

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Click HERE to download

Bowling Birthday Party Thank You Labels 

Goody Bags

Click HERE to download

 

Bowling Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers  (I actually glued these to red paper cups, but they can also be used as cupcake toppers. Use a 2-inch circular punch to cut out.)

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Click HERE to download

 

Cowboy Birthday Party: FREE Printable Birthday Banner

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As you know, Lucas’ 5th birthday party was cowboy-themed and I’ve been sharing all of the printables from his party. The final in the series is the Cowboy Happy Birthday Banner. You can print four letters to an 8.5×11 sheet of paper. I used a natural color paper, cut out the letters and backed onto a piece of red cardstock. I then attached each letter onto a long piece of rope (see picture below).

 

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Turned out really cute! Feel free to use this for your own cowboy birthdays. You could even use it for a little girl’s party – maybe use pink paper as the backing and it would be perfect!

 

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Download the Cowboy Happy Birthday Banner. Enjoy!