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Crafting DIY - Kids

DIY Box Tops Collection Box

January 18, 2018

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Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to keep track of all your earnings for your local school. Get them on participating boxes of General Mills available at Walmart.Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to add to your schools. Make children excited to be collecting Box Tops. #ad #EarnWithBoxTops #pta


  • Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks, 40-ct box
  • Pink, Yellow, Purple and Gray Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Sciccors
  • Glue

Begin by gathering all your supplies and set them aside besides the pink paper. Empty your box of Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks and trace your empty box onto the pink paper. Cut out the pink paper in the sides, front, back, top and bottom. You’ll want to be sure to get a square cut so that you can get exact sides.Cut the long side of the box on three sides so that you’ll have a flap to be able to place the Box Tops inside and remove them. On that tab you’ll glue two ends together on a ribbon and glue that to the inside of the box so you have a tab.Attach the pink cardstock to all sides of your Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks box using adhesive. You can use any Box Tops for Education for this DIY Box Tops collection box. When I was at Walmart, I grabbed a whole bunch –

  • Honey Nut Cheerios™
  • Yoplait® Original Fridge Pack
  • Totino’s™ Combination Pizza Party Pack
  • Old El Paso™ Taco Dinner Kit
  • Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks

Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to add to your schools. Make children excited to be collecting Box Tops. #ad #EarnWithBoxTops #ptaYou’ll then use either scissors or and electronic cutting machine and cut out your image in the yellow and purple cardstock. Cut out your coin piece out of the gray cardstock. Adhere it with some glue and you’re done.At our school, we like to display our Box Tops for Education collection box at the front of the foyer. It gives students the ability to remember that they have these valuable Box Tops in their backpack. When we’re waiting to bring them to school, I like to keep them in a large clear jar so that when it’s ready to be taken to the school – I just place them in a baggie.To make it easier than ever to redeem Box Tops they now have an app, New Box Tops Bonus App. You can download it in the iTunes store or in Google Play. Earn even more cash to help your school get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App. Turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school. It’s free and as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy: Find offers. Buy Products.
  • Scan: Scan your receipt.
  • Earn Watch earnings stack up.

You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in combination with the on-pack Box Tops clips and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.Box Tops for Education has helped our school in so many ways. It may seem small but when everyone gets together and collects them, it adds up in a big way!  Now if you buy 5 participating items + Scan receipt with Box Tops Bonus App = Earn $5 (50 Bonus Box Tops). Offer available through 1/31/18.

What is your favorite way to collect Box Tops for Education?

Kids - Party Time

Make a Memorable Game Night for Kids

December 7, 2017

Thank you Goliath Games for sponsoring this post. Pick up your favorite game today to enjoy the holiday season and beyond!Family Game Night ideas and how to keep children entertained.We love a good game night in our family. I’m here to show you how to memorable game night for kids in any age group.When game night comes in our family, we get really excited. When we get to spend quality time together laughing and making memories it makes us remember the more important things in life, like each other.When I have a stressful day with the kids, I have to find a way for them and myself to unwind. Goliath Games and Pressman Toy are just the items we need. They’re easy to play, easy to clean and a lot of fun for everyone.When having a game night, the most important thing to remember is to have fun! My personality isn’t always suited for fun but these games bring out the best in me.

Here are some of the games we play and why my kids love game night:
  • Shark Bite

Shark Bite is made by Pressman Toy and was so easy to set up and play. The kids had a REEL-ly fun time trying to pick up different fishes with the rod and always wondering when the shark would bite. To set it up, just snap the mouth open and place the colorful sea creatures in each space until it snaps. Roll the dice and use the fishing rods to pull each creature out but watch out – you never know when Shark Bite will snap! No batteries required.

  • Giggle Wiggle

Giggle Wiggle is made by Goliath Games and this one was Malakai’s favorite. Easy assembly and a blast to play. Just have the start at the bottom and race to the top to get him to hold the marbles. He moves like crazy so you’ll definitely have marbles that will fall off. Just pick them up and keep at it. I love this one because it’s a challenge to the kids and they laugh the whole time.

  • Pop the Pig

Pop the Pig is another Goliath Games top pick. You feed him cheeseburgers and press his head until he pops! This one is a suspense the whole game – you never know when he’s going to pop. All the cheeseburgers store in a compartment so you don’t have to worry about losing pieces. This game teaches numbers, colors and counting and is the #2 best selling game among kids the last 6 years.

  • Catch the Fox

Catch the Fox is made by Goliath Games and was France’s #1 toy in 2016. This one I loved cause his pants just disappear and you’re scrambling to pick up all the loose chickens. His pants are baggy enough that he’s trying to steal all the chickens in the coop. But then his pants just disappear and he’s left out in his underwear. The kids loved scrambling around trying to fill their coop with the loose chickens trying to win the game.

  • Doggie Doo

Doggie Doo is another Goliath Games classic but now it’s been redesigned. You feed the pup and spin the wheel to determine how many times you pump his leash. Kids love the inappropriate noises the Doggie Doo makes. This game has 120 million views on YouTube already. Once the doggie goes plop, just scoop it up and start again.

These games are great starters for kids of any age trying to learn strategy and competition.Goliath Games is the fourth-largest children’s game manufacturer in North America. Adi Golad started Goliath in the Netherlands in 1980 fueled by his passion to bring new toys to the market and today Goliath sells products in more than 75 countries with direct distribution in Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Australia, Canada and the USA. On July 4, 2008, Goliath opened its US subsidiary, headed by board game guru David Norman, and has been entertaining children and adults ever since. Examples include Rummikub®, Rubik’s Cube®, Tri-ominos®, Wordsearch, Pop the Pig®, Doggie Doo, Gooey Looey, and Catch the Fox.

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Pressman Toy Corporation, the third largest game manufacturer in the United States, was founded in 1922. The company has released many strong brands that consumers have enjoyed for generations, such as Rummikub, MASTERMIND and Tri-Ominos. One of the first companies in the industry to begin licensing popular characters and content for toys and games, Pressman Toy has created games and puzzles based on, Elf on the Shelf, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter as well as popular games shows Deal or No Deal, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. The company’s iconic red boxes have introduced millions of Americans to the joys of Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Cribbage, Bingo, Dominoes, Mancala, and a host of other classic games. Pressman’s current offerings include these time-tested favorites along with a mix of exciting new games and puzzles designed to spark young imaginations and bring families together.

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Halloween - Kids

Classroom Halloween Craft – Spooky Suckers

October 12, 2017

This is the perfect classroom Halloween craft to create for your childs Halloween party.
Create these different spooky suckers using napkins and Tootsie Roll pops. 
Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

This post may contain affiliate links.

I love helping in my kids’ classrooms but I especially love class parties. Halloween is always one of the best and I’m always looking for an easy craft to make with all the kids. What more do kids need on Halloween than candy? More candy!Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template
Last year we made cotton ball ghosts and ran out of cotton balls. This year I want to be extra prepared so I got 200 suckers and 150 napkins to make sure I don’t run out of supplies. Do you think I’ll have enough? 😉

We’ve all seen those ghost suckers that are super easy but I wanted to add more characters. I decided on a witch and a bat. I’ve cut all the shapes out with my Cricut Maker but I’ve also included a template down below so that you can easily make them without an electronic cutting machine.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template


To begin, tie all the napkins around the suckers first and attach a twine string at the base of the sucker to hold it on.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateNext, draw some faces. I wanted to keep it simple so I just drew an open mouth and two small eyes on the ghost. With the witch I tried to attempt a nose with a wart. Just use a fine black pen for these images. For the bat I drew some fangs using a silver marker so it would show on the black napkin.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateYou’ll now want to assemble your witch hat. If you’re hand cutting these, don’t worry about the middle area of the base of the hat. Just place some glue on the tab and roll your hat into a cone. Now adhere it to the base. If you have the tabs, just place glue on each one and fold it under the cone.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateFor the bat wings, just place some hot glue on the edges of the wings and place them on the sides of the sucker.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateYou can easily have the kids cut out the shapes but for a class of almost 30 students, cutting ahead of time is a lot easier for me. Or you could just trace them beforehand as well.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateThat’s it, the easiest kids classroom Halloween craft using suckers and napkins. Make one or make them all! Happy Halloween!Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

Clothing DIY - Kids

DIY LEGO Batman Shirt with your Cricut Explore and Glow in the Dark Iron-On

September 26, 2017

Create this DIY LEGO Batman shirt using your Cricut and glow in the dark iron-on vinyl. It’s perfect for the little vigilante in your life. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you to LEGO for sending our kids these awesome books.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.This post does contain affiliate links.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.I don’t know about you but LEGO Batman has become an essential in this house, or should I say the car? It’s pretty much the only DVD my kids want to watch in the car and because of that, I’ve become really good at quoting the movie. We took Siaki and his friends to see it when it was in theaters and I’ve never seen kids laugh louder in my life. These shirts have become their go-to wardrobe because the glow in the dark vinyl lights up for a good 5-6 hours after they’ve been playing outside all day.


Go ahead and upload the LEGO Batman shirt cut file into your computer using this method. It has both images on the file so you can upload both or just one. You do that by selecting whatever part of the image you don’t want. So for the words in Batman’s logo, you’re going to select it so that the Cricut will know to cut it out. This Batman cut file can be uploaded on your Silhouette but it’s been so long since I’ve done that. There are plenty of instructions on how to do that online.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.After you’ve uploaded your file, size it to fit the shirt. For a child large and medium, I made the file about 8.5″ wide. Set your file to cut and be sure to mirror the image for iron-on. Once your image has been cut, remove the excess iron-on material. Only leave what you want your image to be on the carrier sheet.

To secure your image with an iron, follow this method. If you’re using a heat press, your temperature needs to be set for 305° and pressed for 20 seconds. Cricut has a new EasyPress and I’m excited to get my own. For now, I just used the iron.Create this DIY Lego Batman Shirt using Glow in the Dark Heat Transfer. Such an awesome shirt for any Lego fan.There you go. You’ve now become the coolest mom on the block cause your child has their own LEGO Batman shirt and they can put together all their LEGO Batman sets while looking good.

Crafting DIY - Kids

Create a First Day of School Customized Binder with Vinyl

September 1, 2017

The kids started school last week so I wanted to make Leila a customized binder with vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and put my new Cricut Maker to work.Create a customized binder using vinylThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I love my new Cricut Maker. Let me say that again, I love my new Cricut Maker. I’ve had it for a week or so now and I’ve only dared cut vinyl but it gives me such clean lines and precision that I can’t wait to cut other material. I just need to add 80 more hours in the day for that to happen. Create a customized binder using vinylSupplies

Click on the file to open the pre-made template using their Alpaca shape. This file is completely free and it’s adorable so it’s a win-win situation. I cut the black Alpaca’s out of the Magenta Glitter FX sheets and the pink Alpaca’s out of the gold lustre vinyl. Create a customized binder using vinylThe Glitter FX is a bit thicker than standard vinyl but it’s also a lot cushier and soft to the touch. Because of this, I did a double cut with my Cricut Maker and it peeled off very clean. It comes in other colors too and it’s a very subtle glitter look that I love. Sometimes the glitter vinyl is just pure glitter and it gets a little too busy for my taste. That’s why I love the Glitter FX and it’s even on sale at Expressions Vinyl.Create a customized binder using vinylOnce you’ve cut your shapes and you’ve peeled off the excess, unroll your transfer tape and lay the image on top of it. Doing it this opposite way will help the transfer tape from creating bubbles. Use your scraper tool and press from both sides to get a good stick. Peel away the backing slowly to insure you get all the shapes transferred.Create a customized binder using vinylNext, lay your vinyl over your binder and use the scraper tool to get a solid stick. You’ll then grab your gold vinyl and repeat the steps so that they’ll line up and you’ll have a staggered effect on your customized binder. Next create your name in Design Space. I used the Sanies Script font to create my daughter’s name. I cut it out of the light pink permanent vinyl.Create a customized binder using vinylVoila, you’re finished and your child is going to love their customized binder that you created using only vinyl. What type of thing will your child want on their customized binder? Or better yet, what do you want on your customized binder?

Crafting DIY - Kids

DIY Popsicle Holder with a FREE Printable

July 14, 2017

Make these easy DIY popsicle holders to save yourself a headache and a huge mess.Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric

This project is so easy and such a breeze. Begin by cutting your coordinating fabrics into 2.5″ x 12″ pieces. You’ll then take your pellon and sandwich it in between the fabrics. Sew both sides and if you’d like, sew the top and bottom.Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricNext you’ll want to create your hole for your tag. I used a Crop-a-Dile but this step is totally optional. I just pierced the hole and then put a brad in the middle and pressed. Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricNext, line up the edges and sew again. I left a 1″ tab on the top just for a contrast in the fabrics. Cut the edges using pinking sheers or you can use standard scissors, just be wary of fraying. If you don’t have pinking sheers, just use some hem glue and it’ll keep your edges nice and solid.Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricAfter you’ve sewn up the sides, add your popsicle and your gift tag. Pass them out, wash them when they’re dirty and reuse them. Such a good alternative to a paper towel and great for our environment.


  • 2 Coordinating Fabrics 2.5″X12″
  • Fleece Pellon 2.5″x12″
  • Sewing Machine
  • Free Printable

Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricI just pretty much did whatever the fabric would let me do with this project, be creative and do whatever you’d like for your own custom DIY popsicle holder. Happy Summer and Happy Sewing!Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricLet’s also settle a debate, what do you call them? I call them otter pops and my husband has always called them ice blocks. The ice block is rubbing off on my kids and I don’t know if I can handle that 😉sensational Summer Snacks in the Summer Fun Series from Life Sew Savory

DIY Popsicle holder with free printable from See Lindsay

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Atta Girl Says

The cutest Hummas Veggie Snails from Chef Sarah Elizabeth

Frozen Pineapple from Life Sew Savory

You can also check out all the other craft, sewing and food posts from the Summer Fun Series HERE on Life Sew Savory.

Birthday Parties - Kids

Have a Splashin’ Summer plus a free printable

July 10, 2017

Create this fun summer gift with some water balloons and a free summer printable.Water balloon gift and free summer printable This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I got to share these over at Design Dazzle a few weeks ago and I wanted to share them here too! My kids love summer and what better way to delight them then to have them throw stuff at each other? These water balloon free printables are the perfect little something kids need to boost them in the summer months. To make these are simple and you only need a few items.
Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1

Click on the free summer printable and print them off. I added two holes to the top of the printable and looped my ribbon inside. I then attached the water balloons and tied a bow. You can choose how you want to tie it but I just did what was easiest for me. Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-2 Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-3 You can use twine or thick ribbon like I did but the fun in free printables is making them your own. This denim ribbon is from The Container Store when they had their Christmas ribbon up. That’s when I love to load up on the different ribbons that I use all year round. Paper Source is also a great place for ribbons.Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-4Water balloon gift and free summer printable There it is. Have so much fun and be sure to have a Splashin’ Summer!


Car 3 “Road to the Races” Tour Sneak Peak

June 13, 2017

Cars 3 is a movie not only my kids are looking forward to, but I am too. We attended the Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour in Utah and it was so fun.Cars 3 Road to the Races tourWe were able to attend this event at Thanksgiving Point in Utah and now they only have a few more location stops before the movie is released on June 16th. We had the opportunity for a sneak peak of the movie and it was more than I anticipated for. Sometimes movie franchises move too quickly for sequels but this is hitting theaters at just the right time.Cars 3 Road to the Races tourMalakai even paid attention for the full preview. He loved it that much. It was the scene where they are at the derby trying not to get smashed to pieces. He seriously stayed glued to the screen the whole time. Cars 3 Road to the Races tour Cars 3 Road to the Races tourAlamo Rent-A-Car was there with this fun, giant coloring sheet. Each of the kids had the opportunity to color for as long as they wanted. I love when events have things that get the whole family involved.Cars 3 Road to the Races tourWe had the opportunity to see the Lightning McQueen in person. He was also there along with his friends Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm. They were so fun to see in person and all the kids were going crazy for it.Cars 3 Road to the Races tour Cars 3 Road to the Races tourThey had a really fun table with all the Mattel cars that the kids could take turns racing and building. We had a spinning wheel by Crest and Oral B that was offering toothpaste, toothbrushes and tattoos. Dole was there with the best smoothies and they handed out all the recipes. Coppertone was there with their tire drill so the kids could tighten lug nuts. They also had their awesome sunscreen samples that were pretty vital for that day out in the sun.Cars 3 Road to the Races tourCars 3 Road to the Races tourI absolutely recommend Race Line passes so you won’t have to wait in line. You can see if they’re available here. If you don’t have them, no big deal. Just plan on being there a little bit longer. We were able to walk right in with our passes so it was a huge convenience.Cars 3 Road to the Races tourDon’t forget to check out Cars 3 in theaters on June 16th. I cannot wait! I hope they do this tour again soon for all those cities that weren’t on the list but all we can do it cross our fingers.

If you’d like to see the Cars Land at Disney California, check out the great deals with Get Away Today.