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15 Moana Inspired Crafts for Kids

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Moana has been on repeat in my house for over a month now.  All my kids are obsessed and the twins are singing “How Far I’ll Go” as I type this.  Do you have a Moana fan in your house?  If you do, you have to check out these fun crafts:

1. Moana Canoe Popsicle Craft Moana from ABC Creative Learning
2. Moana’s Felt Flower Headband from My Mom Made That
3. Moan’s Cupcakes from Merlot Mommy
4. Baking Soda Volcano from The Joys of Boys
5. DIY Grass Skirts from Make and Takes
6. Sea Shell Craft from Mess for Less
7. Disney Moana Crafts from Healthy Happy Family
8. Maona’s Necklace from Simple Practical Beautiful
9. Moana’s Hei Hei Craft from Taylor Jeolle Blog
10. Flower Crown Spring Craft from Cutting Tiny Bites
11. Quick & Easy Paper Hibiscus Flowers from Blue and Clover
12. Pineapple Wine Cork Craft from Raising Whasians
13. Moana Inspired TamaToa Shiny Slime from As the Bunny Hops
14. Disney’s Moana Hei Hei Snack Plate Recipe from Having Fun Saving
15. Gorgeous Graduations Leis from Just Fab

These are some awesome ideas right?  Well I got carried away and found five more…

16. DIY Moana Heart of Te Fiti Glitter Jar Craft from Mama Cheaps
17. DIY Crepe Paper Hibiscus Flowers from Lia Griffith
18. Moana Necklace Craft from Catch My Party
19. How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers from Uncommon Designs Online
20. Moana Inspired Easter Eggs: Fun DIY Project from Stuff Parents Need

15 Wild and Fun Monkey Crafts


Aidan loves monkeys right now. Every time we are at the zoo, they’re the first animals we have to see. He has also had me read every possible book that mentions a monkey. These adorable crafts are easy and fun for ideas if you have a little monkey fan in your life too!

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MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Viewing Party with Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial!

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Are your kids Avengers fans?  Mine sure are!  With my boys everything has to do with Avengers, clothes, toys, room decor, you name it and they are talking about Avengers.  So you can imagine the excitement in my house regarding the newly released MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Blue-ray/DVD that came out October 2nd.
  I am thrilled that it came out on DVD just in time for the Halloween season.  This is a fun time for parties and what better way for my kids to enjoy their favorite super hero bunch than with a MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron viewing party!

During my last Walmart shopping trip I secretly picked up the new DVD, Avengers Costumes, popcorn, and supplies to make coordinating Trick-or-Treating bags.  Then I surprised my little fans with the movie and made it into a fun viewing party!
They got off the bus expecting a normal low-key Friday night, however instead were greeted with cool new Hulk and Captain America costumes.  Their favorite Avengers of course.  

Then I pulled out the new MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD they had been asking for.  The kids were over the moon excited! 

 After we finishing the movie we headed out to a local Trick or Treating event.  With a full afternoon of Avengers we needed to make sure the boys had coordinating Trick-or-Treating bags.  These are incredibly simple to make!

What you need:
Canvas Bags (you can find these for a couple dollars at craft stores or use one you have around the house)
Felt
Heat n’ Bond
Avengers Printables (Hulk, Captain America)
Print the printables to use as stencils.  Then iron the pieces of felt onto the Heat n’ Bond.  Trace the pieces from the printables onto the fusible paper, and cut them out.

Iron the pieces onto the canvas bags following the Heat n’ Bonds timing instructions.

That’s all, you have cheap and easy trick-or-treating bags that match perfectly with your Avengers costumes and make for the perfect addition to a MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron themed night!
My kids haven’t had enough of this movie and have been asking to watch it non stop sense last Friday.  So we are looking forward to having a bigger MARVEL viewing party on Halloween night with all our little Avenger fan friends!

 

Be sure to check out all the fun MARVEL character costumes! I would love to hear about your MARVEL Halloween dress up plans!

Halloween BOO’ing Kit Tutorial & Candy Bar Brownies Recipe! #BOOItForward

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It’s one of my favorite times of year, Halloween!  I love the feeling of this month, the pumpkin picking, the Halloween parties, trick-o-treating, everything!  It is such a fun time of year.
Now I have started another fun tradition for this time of year, BOO’ing.  I recently started hearing about this fun way of sharing the Halloween spirit with friends, family, and neighbors and now I’m hooked.  It is so much fun for everyone involved!
So what exactly is BOO’ing?  You create a fun little package of candy and Halloween themed items and leave it anonymously on someone’s front door.  Now that person has been Boo’d!
This is the BOO kit I created this Halloween:

It was easy to make, contains some of my favorite treats, and the mommy perk is that I was able to pick everything up in one trip to Walmart.  Saving time while building fun traditions makes for a great day. 
Products needed to make this BOO kit:
Plastic Pumpkin
Piece of Styrofoam
Wood Dowels 
Glue Gun
 Sunkist® and A&W Root-beer 8oz cans in the adorable Halloween cans.
Bag of MARS Candy, I chose the Mixed Minis bag because it had my favorite, SNICKERS®!  Plus TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 MUSKETEERS®.
Once you’ve grabbed all your supplies, its time to have fun building your kit.
Start by lining the bottom of the pumpkin with the Halloween soda cans.
Next take your piece of Styrofoam and cut it to fit into your pumpkin, resting on top of the soda cans.
Cover the foam with a bunch of the mini candies.
Next heat up the glue gun, grab your dowels and pick out which candies and how many pieces you want on each stick.
Put a line of glue on the dowel and stick a piece of candy onto it.  Hold it for a few seconds while the glue cools, then keep going down the line.
Once your candy sticks are done, stick them into the foam within the pumpkin, wherever you’d like.
WaLa you have a delicious BOO kit, but it’s not quite finished.
You need to print out this fun “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card along with the “We’ve been BOO’d” sign.
That’s it, simple to make and fun to give.
We decided to BOO my niece who just got here from Brazil.  This is her first time in the United States and has never experienced Halloween before.  I think getting a cute suprise pumpkin filled with a perfect combination of sweets and soda will make any teen excited for the upcoming holiday.  But shhh her BOO’ing is a secret!
Now that you’ve created an awesome BOO kit and BOO’d a unsuspecting friend.  What are you going to do with the left over candy?  While it probably would have been devoured within 24 hours at my house.  I wanted to do something different with it.  So I made up some of my hubby’s favorite Candy Bar Brownies.
Ingredients:
Brownie Box Mix and ingredents listed on the box.
Mini Marshmellows
MARS Candy Mixed Minis
Halloween Themed Sprinkles 
Make Brownies as directed on the box, but subtract 15 minutes from the cooking time.
Once the brownies are firm, take them out of the oven and top them with tons of Mini MARS Candy Bars.
Next sprinkle on the Mini Marshmallows.
Place the pan back in the oven and cook for the remaining 15 minutes.  After everything melted on top pull them out of the oven and top with your favorite Halloween sprinkles.
Then let the brownies sit and cool for at least 30 minutes while the melted chocolate bars harden back up a little.
Top with whip cream and serve with a Halloween can of soda!
The Halloween cans are available in Canada Dry, A&W,  7UP® and Sunkist®.
And ENJOY!
Be sure to check out other great BOO Kit ideas. I’d love to hear about who you are BOO’ing this year to celebrate Halloween!

My Favorite Back to School Quick Breakfast Items + Easy DIY Box Tops Holder! #BTFE

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.
Back to school is here, that can mean chaos filled mornings if we don’t plan ahead and prepare!  I know that if I try to wing a morning it ends up starting with hitting the snooze button one to many times and ends with three kids missing the bus because we couldn’t find a shoe.  So I try to plan out as much as I can for the week on Sunday afternoons and make sure everything is ready to go for the morning on school nights.

One morning chore that could easily take up too much time is our breakfast routine.  However I keep a few tried and true items well stocked in the cupboard so that we can have breakfast go smoothly every morning.
Cereal is an obvious must, I try to keep a good selection of cereals in the cabinets at all times.  They are an easy weekday breakfast go too, plus my kids and I love it for an afternoon or late night snack!
Cinnamon Buns are the perfect mid week treat when we need a break from cereal.  Oh my yummyness, the kids smell these in the oven and I don’t have to worry about getting them moving and down to the table.  Plus they are a cinch to make, open them up and throw them in the oven for 10 minutes, wa la a perfect hot breakfast.
Cereal and Cinnamon Buns are my two typical morning breakfasts, plus I always keep Go-gurt well stocked in the fridge to pair with the staples, or to grab as they are running out the door.  My kids love Go-gurt and could eat an entire box in ten minutes if I let them.  I also add some fresh fruit to keep some balance in there meal.  Bananas and clementines are our go-to’s because there easy but we also love strawberries and watermelon with our cinnamon buns.
Another great perk of these staples is that I’m earning money for my kids school while we eat our normal breakfast!  I always make sure I choose Box Tops branded cereal, cinnamon bun dough, yogurt, and other groceries.
Box Tops are worth $0.10 a piece for your child’s school, that seems pretty awesome to me considering these are all products that are in my grocery cart anyways.  Plus its one of the largest school earnings loyalty programs in America with over 80,000 k-8 schools participating,  So I feel as though I am putting my money into a trusted program.  Best of all the schools get to use Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need, this is imperative considering each school has its own individual needs and budget! 
So how do I organize all these little pieces of cardboard between school collections?  With a cute little carrier made out of an index card holder and washi tape.
Supplies:
2 rolls of washi tape
Index card holder
Remove any separators from inside the holder.  Then begin wrapping the plastic holder with washi tape.
Add as much or as little as you want.  I like to cover the bottom and then leave most of the top empty because I love the bright coral color of this case.
That’s it! So simple and easy to toss in Lilly’s backpack on Box Tops collection day.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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