***The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s so that I could try the products and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s®.***
Yummy Snacks for the Whole Family
Are you a busy mom that is on the lookout for yummy snacks for the whole family? If so you should make sure you check out Entenmann’s®! They have snacks and treats that range from their fantastic Little Bites® to donuts to cakes. Our favorite snack hands down are the Little Bites® – the kids love them and are always happy to find them in their lunch boxes for snack time at school.
I love being able to pop by the store and pick up a box of Soft’ees Donuts and knowing how happy they will make my family. We don’t have donuts frequently but when we do I love knowing that they will be fresh and taste great! Do you have a favorite Entenmann’s® product? If so make sure you let me know via the comment section as an entry for the awesome giveaway I am hosting!
This year Entenmann’s® is celebrating its 120th Birthday with an awesome National Sweepstakes! Read below for more information directly from Entenmann’s® about their contest:
In celebration of its 120th birthday, Entenmann’s® invites fans to enter the “I Sing on the Cake” national sweepstakes for a chance to win sweet prizes.
An Ultimate Birthday party featuring a performance from the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters for the winner’s friends and family
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Look for information about the “I Sing on the Cake” sweepstakes on specially marked packages of Entenmann’s® fan-favorites including Entenmann’s® Donuts, Entenmann’s® Little Bites® and Entenmann’s® Minis Golden Cakes.
Enter for a chance to win your own prize package courtesty of Entenmann’s® here on my blog.
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Another year has come and gone – this year was my biggest yet and I look forward to continuing to grow and can only do that with the support of my readers! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read what I write – thank you for sharing my posts and taking the time to share feedback with me as well. Without further ado take a look at the top 10 posts from 2017!
***This shop has been compensated by The Genius of Play. All opinions are my own***
Fun Play Ideas to Beat the Winter Boredom
Do you live somewhere that it gets cold in the winter? We live in Maine and it gets cold, REALLY COLD! If you are from a warm climate and think that 40 degrees is cold – come visit us on a brisk January day when it is 0 out with a windchill of -20. Some days its to cold to go outside other than to get straight in the car (that I started with remote start from inside the house). Luckily my kids LOVE playing outside in the snow so on days that it is nice enough for them to be outside they will go out. But on those days that they can’t play outside – boredom sets in fast. I’ve come up with a list of Fun Play Ideas to Beat the Winter Boredom that goes beyond video games to allow your kids an opportunity to be creative!
So by default – if my kids are inside these are there go to activities:
Video Games (we have a Nintendo Switch that they would play all day if we let them)
If you have fallen into a rut and your kids are always doing the same thing or don’t really play at all take a peek at the fun activity we did recently.
Winter Invitation to Create
Gather up a bunch of supplies – this is whatever you have in the house. For our activity I gathered winter the following themed items:
Colored paper (multiple colors)
Kwik Stix (or any paint)
You can get out anything you want – you can have a theme or not – it could be as simple as a cardboard box, scissors, markers and tape. Once you have gathered your supplies put them all together – call the kids and tell them they can make anything they want with the supplies. Sit back and watch your kids minds work!
My daughter immediately set out to create paper snowflakes – she made three before deciding to try something new. My son started painting with the Kwik Stix and made an outdoor scene of our house – he used glue to add some of the other elements to create icicles hanging from the roof just like we have outside our house right now.
Next my son glued three different sized pom poms together to create a snowman. Finally he glued four popsicle sticks to create a picture frame.
My daughter used her scrap paper to create a snowflake ornament and to attach her snowflakes together. She also used the glitter glue to decorate her snowflakes so they would shine.
It was exciting to watch my kids be creative and to watch to see what they would think of next. All told with the simple materials I found around the house they created 5 different art projects. The best thing about it was I didn’t have to tell them what to do – I just sat back and helped if they needed me.
Find some of the other fun ways we have played during the winter below.
***I am a Oriental Trading Brand Ambassador – I received free product in exchange for review. All opinions are my own***
Host a Gingerbread Cookie Themed Playdate
I love Gingerbread men! I’m not sure I’ve told you all of my great love – I have a completely Gingerbread themed tree, my entire kitchen is decorated in Gingerbread men and so is the majority of my living room. It’s such a problem that my tree is almost overflowing because I can’t resist buying new ornaments each year (and people give them to me as well). So I digress…each year I try to instill (my husband would say force) my love of gingerbread men on my children and nieces and nephews by hosting a cookie cake decorating party. This year I decided to take it up a notch and get a bunch of Gingerbread themed items to really make the party more festive.
The weekend before our cookie decorating party we went to New Hampshire with our family. Since all six kids were together we took the opportunity to make their super cute Gingerbread House placemats (they are out of stock currently but these Gingerbread House Sticker Scenes are really cute too!). They also got another chance to drink out of their super cute Gingerbread Boy and Girl mugs (and with 12 a box these are super cost effective for classroom parties too!) I figured since we always eat one of the cookie cakes at the party we needed to have some cute Gingerbread themed dessert plates and these definitely fit the bill!
The Gingerbread House Placemat set has enough materials to make 12 placemats – and boy does it have a ton of stickers! The kids couldn’t have used them all if they tried! They all might have used maybe a third of the stickers they could have and their placemats were still beautiful.
We had a lot of fun getting ready for our party and at the party – check out my daughter’s finished cookie cake below! If you want to have your own cookie decorating party I have instructions on my other post.
If you are looking to find a perfect party theme make sure you check out Oriental Trading – they always have what I’m looking for (and usually more!)
***This shop was compensated by The Pencil Grip, Inc. All opinions are my own***
Free to Create with Open Ended Art
Do your kids love to create? Do you secretly (or maybe not so secretly) stress about the mess they are going to make every time you get the art supplies out? I will admit I definitely have the tendency to skip doing an art project if I think it will get to messy – especially when we don’t have a lot of time. I have found one company that makes art supplies I LOVE! The Pencil Grip, Inc created Kwik Stix (see my review here). Now they have introduced Thin Stix and Magic Stix and I was super excited to test out the new products. Enter a way to allow your kids to be Free to Create with Open Ended Art. Put out the supplies and let them get creative! Read to the end of this post for a chance to enter a Giveaway to win some of these awesome products!
I decided to let Buddy test out the supplies while his sister was gone on a playdate. He had used the Kwik Stix before so he knew what he was doing right away. I gave him paper and let him get to it. He was super impressed with the fact that the Magic Stix won’t dry out for 7 days with the cap off (I also think that is pretty cool!) – it’s fun to hear what your kids think of things once they start reading and forming their own opinions. I like the plastic case the markers come in and that they are washable – 6 year old boys can end up with marker in weird places! The colors were vibrant and the marker was perfectly sized for his little hands. Since there was no white marker (as there typically aren’t) he was off to the Thin Stix to complete his picture.
My kids already know and love Kwik Stix and were excited to use the new Thin Stix version. I love that Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint – this means you have all the flexibility of paint with way less mess. My kids are older now than the first time we tested Kwik Stix and I trust them more with independent projects. With Kwik Stix I love knowing that I can walk out of the room and not wonder what is happening and/or ending up painted by accident (the dog?!?). We keep our Kwik Stix in the kids art storage that has art supplies available that they can use anytime.
Would I recommend Kwik Stix products? DEFINITELY! They are great for art projects, posters, and much more. My kids love them and I love that! Pull out the Kwik Stix today (or order some to put under the tree) and let your kids get creative with open ended art. You never know what they will come up with!