Friday, November 21, 2014

Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

My boys are in school all day, and I would think they would be exhausted by the time they got home, but most days, they walk in the door and beg to do a craft. One day, we put together these fun popsicle stick picture frames:Popsicle stick picture frame @ whatilivefor.net
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

SuperPretzel Bavarin Rolls review

Disclosure: I received products for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

 There is nothing like the taste of a pretzel...whether it's simply salted, or sweetened with cinnamon and sugar. They are a great snack, and SuperPretzel has made it easy to enjoy pretzels at home. Their pretzels can be heated in the microwave or oven with minimal mess and effort.

My husband and I were able to enjoy the new Bavarian Rolls and Bavarian Sticks as our late night treat after our kiddos were in bed. They were perfect to heat up quickly before we sat down to enjoy a show together. I really enjoyed how soft and flavorful these pretzels were.

We also tried the rolls as a sandwich with beef and cheese in them. While I thought the pretzel flavor was a little overwhelming in the sandwich, I did enjoy the taste. It was a change from the usual bread sandwiches, and very convenient. These would be perfect to serve as appetizers at a party, or for family movie night.

You can find SuperPretzel's Bavarian Pretzel Rolls and Pretzel Sticks in the freezer section of your local grocery store. (Find SuperPretzel on Facebook too!) Pin It

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Freezer Meal Prep for Busy Families

There's simply no substitute for home cooked food is there? However, as busy families up and down the country will attest, often the easy option is to call the local takeout or grab fast food on the go. In this article, we take a look at five benefits that preparing a range of food for the freezer can bring. Whether making extra portions of a main meal, or spending one afternoon a week cooking to stock up, having a ready supply of delicious, home cooked food in frozen storage will do wonders for your household.

1. It saves time
Most of us spend our lives in a flurry of activity and rarely feel the urge to spend an hour or more preparing a lovely evening meal after work or the school run - or both! Why not delve into the freezer, grab a few portions of food you prepared in advance, and minutes later you and your loved ones can enjoy a healthy, home cooked meal and some precious family time.
2. It saves money
In these austere times, we all like to make a saving, whether it's a shopping discount or a reduction in the food bill. Takeouts can be a quick and easy meal option, but they are also hard on the pocket - especially if you're feeding a large family.
3. You can be confident of the ingredients
This is especially important if you have food allergies or specific dietary requirements - when you buy over the phone, or even in the supermarket, you can often be left wondering about ingredients. Feel secure in the knowledge that the food you've prepared contains only ingredients that you want and is healthy and wholesome!
4. Plan your meals
If you like to plan your meals in advance, why not cook everything in one batch, freeze it up and then bring out the right food according to the calendar? It's simple, flexible, and you know there's an option you'll want readily available.
5. It lowers stress
Many arguments occur round mealtimes, as busy parents try and unwind while attempting to feed themselves and the kids. If your food has already been made, and just needs to be reheated or warmed through, it affords you the luxury of relaxing and eating within minutes of arriving home - and without all the attendant stress of preparing food when you're tired or irritable.
Homemade and fresh food, freezers sure know how to deliver the goods.
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Popsicle Stick Snowflake Shapes

Here is a fun, cheap activity that encourages your kids to work with geometric shapes and symmetry. Plus, when you’re done, nothing is wasted and clean-up is a breeze! All you need are a bunch of Popsicle sticks and some imagination to create a variety of snowflakes…

I told my boys what shape to start with and encouraged them to make their snowflakes as symmetrical as possible and here were some of our results:

Popsicle stick snowflake shapes @ whatilivefor.net The shapes we started with were (top left) square, (top right) triangle, (bottom left) pentagon, and (bottom right) diamond. My boys did this for over half an hour and it was so much fun to see how different their snowflakes were. My favorite part was that, when they were done, all they had to do was gather up the Popsicle sticks!

As an added bonus, my 7 year old even made a Popsicle stick rendition of me…

popsicle stick person I’ll be linking up to Works for Me Wednesday, Mom’s Library, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Share It Saturday, The Mommy Club, We Made That Wednesday,Whatever Goes Wednesday, Fine Craft Guild,

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sharing the Holidays with Febreze

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze. I received products and compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

This will be my baby girl's first Christmas and I am so excited! I can't wait to see all three of my children during the holidays. There are so many wonderful things to look forward to from winter/Christmas crafts to the Christmas parade in our town. This year I just want to soak it all up, because time only seems to be going faster and I don't want to miss the wonder and awe in each of my children's faces.
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