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Turning our Sofa into a Pirate Ship with Wayfair!

It’s getting colder outside and that means us mommies need to come up with some fun ways to keep the kids busy and happy inside.  For us, one of the funnest ways to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon is by grabbing a bunch of blankets and pillows and building a fun Sofa Fort in the livingroom. 
The kids will spend hours imagining their fort is a house, ship, or tent.  Then once they are done playing, we usually end up reading stories, making flashlight puppets, and having snacks inside the fort.

When Wayfair contacted us about creating a sofa fort with one of their lush throw blankets, I jumped at the opportunity to have an excuse to pull the cushions off the sofa again and have some fun and I also was excited to see the cool sofa fort ideas Wayfair had.
The kids were excited to make “The Dreadship Blanket” fort probably because it gave them a reason to scream Argggg all day without me telling them to be quiet.
This was a pretty easy sofa fort to create.  All you need is 2 chairs in front of the sofa to use as cannons and a broom to hang a throw blanket from as a sail.
We added our coffee table cubes in between the couch and chairs because the kids loved standing on them, pretending they were at sea and they were up on the crows nest keeping look out.
The things that the kids imaginations come up with while pulling off some sofa cushions is a great thing to watch as a mommy.
What are you doing this weekend before the hustle and bustle of the holidays start?  Why not pull apart your sofa and get creative!
Check out these cool Sofa Fort ideas:
Thanks to Wayfair for sponsoring this post, All opinions expressed are 100% my own

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

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

Socksy loves her Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food and the new DIY Cat Toy we Made!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyCatMyMuse #CollectiveBias
Our cat is spoiled, very spoiled!  My brother brought her home years ago and thinks its his cat, the kids are sure she is their cat, and in all actuality the cat is my fathers who happens to love this cat more than anything.  My brother and I often make fun of him because it is very possible that he loves this cat more than either of us.  

We named her Socksy because of her white feet.  She is a black cat that looks like she has socks on, so Socksy popped into the conversation when she came home and it stuck.
During my last shopping trip to Pet Smart I grabbed something different, Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food.  I was impressed by the wide selection of Muse® Flavors and the benefits this food provided.
Socksy can be picky when it comes to food choices however we also worry about her getting the nutrition she needs.  So when I read that “with Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.”  I was intrigued, and I am so glad I made the selection.
Socksy loved Muse and cleaned her plate in no time!  We now have a new cat food that gives us piece of mind that Socksy is getting a complete and balanced diet.  Are you looking for a great quality cat food?  Try Muse’s Clean Plate Gaurantee!
  “Natural has never been so delicious. Put Muse to the test with our clean plate guarantee.”
Make sure to take advantage of this coupon savings when you try Muse!
Before she got her yummy new food, we had her work up an appetite playing with a new cat toy.  This has quickly become her favorite toy and it was easy and quick to put together!
What you need:
A Dowel
High Quality Yarn or Rope
Decorative Tape
Feather Pads
Bells
Glue Gun
Let the rope run the length of the dowel, while wrapping the dowel with decorative tape.  This keeps the rope from sliding off or become detached from the stick.
Once your dowel is completely wrapped with tape, cut the rope to the length you desire + 6 inches.  I wanted the kids to be able to stand while playing with Socksy, so I cut the rope at 30″.  24″ finished plus 6″ to create the end.
Next tie your bells to the bottom of the rope with a double knot.  when you knot them they should bunch up.
Lastly take the two pieces of rope and glue the felt pads together with the rope running through the middle.

That’s it!  Now it’s time to play.
Be sure to check out all the great Muse flavors. I’d love to hear about how your cat cleaned his plate!

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!

12 Beautiful Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Mother’s day is fast approaching!  Are you still looking for a thoughtful and beautiful gift?  I’ve found 12 gorgeous homemade gift options every mother will love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 


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