Fun Friday – Back To School Tips

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Things can get hectic when the school season starts, using these simple tips can help you plan ahead. With a little organization, your kids will develop good habits that will help the whole family transition into the school year with ease. 🙂

 

Plan Ahead 

1) The beginning of the school year is an exciting & nerve-wrecking time for not only for the kids, but for the parents too, so try to start your routine early, like a few days before school starts to prepare the kids to get into school mode. 

2) Have everything the kids will need such as book bags & supplies, at the door the NIGHT BEFORE, to cut down the stirring chaos of looking for items at the last-minute. Also, have most of their hot breakfast meals(if applicable) pre-cooked if possible the night before, as well as their lunches, to cut down on prep time the morning of.

3) Have school clothes laid out the night before as well.  Have fun with it. Let the kids help pick out their own outfits.  Especially, if they went shopping for new school clothes prior, they will be super excited to step out in their new, stylish threads. 🙂

4) Keep Calm!  Try to keep your cool & focus. (Easier said than done I know 😉 ) The first couple of weeks will be challenging for all of you, but if you can plan the essentials ahead of time, hopefully, your transition will be a smoother one.

Well, that about wraps up my tips for now.  Have a great school year…& happy learning! “Toodles!”😊

 

Fun Friday – Tasty Fourth Of July Party Food Ideas

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Wow, summer is here!  The Fourth of July is vastly approaching, but no worries, help is here 🙂  I’ve come across some mouth-watering grilling ideas to help kick off  your awesome summer celebration 🙂

 

1)  Asian Turkey Burgers

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Now, what kind of party would it be without a delicious burger to throw on the grill? Ok, I know some of us our trying to be more health conscious, no problem. This recipe is sure to satisfy!

 

2)  Asian Chicken Burgers

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Here is another great healthy alternative.  Prep time is under 30 min! Sambal-oelek, a spicy sauce made from tomatoes, onions, green peppers, vinegar & spices, replaces the traditional ketchup condiment for this burger.  Add the extra fixings you desire to this savory meal 🙂

 

3) BBQ Chicken Burgers

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You can easily ease up on the beef with this juicy chicken burger recipe.  Each grilled patty is souped-up with a homemade, concentrated barbecue sauce & piled high with slaw once finished.  I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to salivate 🙂

 

4)  Grilled Ratatouille Salad

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Take your salad to a new level by taking a classic French stewed side dish to the grill! And you don’t have to worry, unlike the movie, “Ratatouille”, no rats are involved 😉  This smoky salad packed with yummy favorites, is bound to be a hit at your party bash.

 

 

5) Mango-Strawberry Snow Cones

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Bring out the treats! A favorite childhood treat gets grown-up flavors (and an extra bonus, no added sugar!)

Well, I hope you enjoyed all of the recipe tips…now get your party on! Have a spectacular Independence Day! Until next time, “Toodles!”

Fun Friday – How Rad Is Your Dad? Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is over…now it’s Dad’s turn!  Woo-Hoo!  Ok, now we know that no two Dads are the same, but I’ve come across a few ideas & gadgets that I think most Dads will give the ‘Thumbs Up’ 🙂

 

 

1)  Helping Dad Organize

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Do you remember that pile of tools & stuff that’s all over the garage or shed out back?   You know what I’m talking about… 😉  You can purchase some great shelving & storage containers at your local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Sears store…etc.  Get the kids involved. Everyone can pitch in to help dad’s work space look like a true, Handy-Man Professional! Get a new tool set to go in the organized space, if he doesn’t have one or if the old ones are shot.  Even if he did attach the handlebars on your bike backwards…it’s worth the effort 🙂

 

2)  I Feel The Need, For Speed!

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Whoa!  Look at this baby right here…Need I say more?   Please, guys…do NOT break the computer screen in attempt to grab this mower 🙂  I am sure you will have NO problem getting dad to mow the lawn with this cool ride! Again, you can shop around for one similar at your local Home Depot, Lowes, etc.  Okay, Ok…to be fair, SOME guys are not really into the mower thing…& maybe this would be a bit much for some dads…no worries.  You can hire a lawn service company for the month (or for just a few weeks), to give dad a break…or, you can just get the kid next door 😉

 

3)  Stylin’ Dad

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How about taking dad to the mall?  Or, to his favorite sports store to get his favorite jersey? I know we’re all familiar with the typical “tie” as a traditional Father’s Day gift, but it’s time to help dad spruce up!  Don’t just get the tie; get him a nice shirt or a sports jacket to go with it. And, if you really want to go all out, an entire outfit!  If you chose casual wear, how about throwing in a nice new set of golf clubs too!  Now, if things are tight, you can always improvise & just get one simple item that you think dad would appreciate, like a new sports watch, pair of shoes…etc. Or, you can just get him the tie 😉

 

4)  Fit For A King

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There are always other, more practical ways you can express to dad, just how loved he is. For instance, you can prepare his favorite dishes & sweets. For meat eaters…let the pigs fly!  Fire up the grill, better yet, let HIM fire up the grill, (most dads prefer that 🙂 )   If you don’t have one, buy him a new grill!  Take him out to his favorite restaurant or sports event, (if you planned ahead of time) to a show or movie of his choice.  Or, simply just let him watch the game on TV, spend the day fishing, or, just NAP ALL DAY long. NO, To-Do-List, NO, mediating between the kids, just a day of peace & rest, allowing him to just…BE.   Now, that’s relaxing 😊

 

5)  Keep It Simple

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For some families, most of the suggestions above may not be feasible. Ok, I got it covered. Give him you!  Yes, ALL of you make possible the awesome day we celebrate Dads to begin with!  So make the cards/gifts out of paper if you prefer…& the tie. 🙂 All of the fancy grills, tools & gadgets in the world, CANNOT compare to the Hugs, Kisses, Respect & LOVE that only a Family can give.

Shout out to all of the awesome Dads out there!

Have an awesome Father’s Day!  Until next time, “Toodles!” 😀

Fun Friday – 5 Thrilling Summer Camp Activities Your Kids Will Love

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It’s June! If not already, school for most will soon be out, & summer will officially begin within a matter of weeks! Unbelievable right? Well, I have some great ideas to help keep the kiddies busy. Enjoy! 😊

 

 

Scavenger Hunt

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“I spy with my little eye”… there’s nothing like a good game of clue, or a scavenger hunt. Kids love the chance to look for various treasures & prizes with a few fun clues to lead them.  It’s an amazing way to create a fun activity for all to participate in, & can be used to create healthy competition between campers.

 

 

Rope Swings

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This is an oldie, but a goodie form of fun. Rope swings have been around forever, but I assure you, the fun remains the same! Usually, you can also increase or decrease, this ultra-thrilling experience to fit your liking, by using different platform heights to swing high over bodies of water ending in a safe yet thrilling splash!

 

 

Mega Slip-N-Slide

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A mega slip n slide isn’t like any other slip n slide you’ve seen before. You can transform any hill or steady slope from ordinary to extraordinary, by adding tarps and other slick materials. (within safety measures) This slip n slide can be as long and as wide as desired which ensures maximum fun for campers.

 

 

Extreme Zipline

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Now, this is for the brave! Extreme caution goes without saying with this sport, but if done safely…is nothing short of a blast!  Thrill seekers travel all over the world to take part in zip lining experiences. Zip lines are a great way to see the campground’s surroundings. This is a surefire way to get campers involved and ready for an exciting ride. 🙂

 

 

Horseback Riding

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I’ve always been a great fan of horses growing up myself, so this would be an amazing adventure for most kids.  Horseback riding is a great way to experience the outdoors & ones own surroundings. Interacting with animals in a hands on way makes horseback riding a unique way to experience nature.

 

Awesome huh? Now go & get the kiddies signed up! Enjoy your weekend, “Toodles!”😀

Fun Friday – Memorial Weekend Easy Craft Ideas

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Hey all, I’m sure many of you will be scurrying about, preparing for your holiday weekend to-do’s. So, why not add to the fun huh? Here are some simple, creative ideas to help liven up your festivities. 🙂

 

 

Festive Candles

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All you need is some rice, beans & food coloring! 🙂

 

 

Festive Water-bottles

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Get refreshed with a patriotic twist! Simple online print-outs to the rescue 🙂

 

 

Festive Floral Salute

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Liven up the garden with some red, white, & blue!

 

See, I told ya they were simple. 😉  Now, these are only a few ideas, per you don’t want to over do it…but, wanna know another perk? You can save them for the upcoming 4th too, so don’t put them away just yet…two for one! Enjoy your weekend! “Toodles!”😊

Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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There’s nothing that says, ‘I love you’ more than a thoughtful gift!  Here are some great gift ideas that I’m sure any mom would appreciate 😊

 

 

1)  Customized Jewelry

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We all know most women LOVE anything that has some bling!  This is a great time to pick out cute little bracelets or necklaces, or whatever little trinket you think she’ll like. And don’t just stop there…personalize it! Go the extra mile & put her name on it, or say something that’s cute & sentimental, it’s sure to make her smile 🙂

 

 

2) Breakfast in Bed

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Now, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in bed, she is allowed to come sit at the table if she prefers!  The point is, it’s her turn to be served. Prepare for her the breakfast, lunch & dinner of champions! Whip up her absolute favorites. You’re allowed to get some help with this, just order in if no one else is that good of a cook. Or, if she prefers, take her out to eat….just make sure she’ll be stuffed with culinary delight! 😍 

 

 

3) Spa Day

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Ahh….just the sound of that sounds relaxing!  What better way to melt away the worries of the world than a spa day!  A day of nothing but soothing baths, massages & pampering!  Even if you can’t afford to send mom to an ‘official spa’ you can give her a day of pampering right at home, with her favorite bath salts, relaxing music, & peace & quiet.

 

 

4) Flowers

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What mom doesn’t love flowers? Beautiful roses of various colors, orchids, lilies, or whatever flowers she likes will always be a winner.  If mom is allergic, no problem, there’s nothing like a home-made craft project of love! Cut out a variety of floral patterns in different sizes & shapes with colored paper.  Add felt, glitter…or the fabric of your choice.  There are various materials you can use to create the perfect floral bouquet, even balloons! This for sure won’t make her sneeze. 🙂 

 

5)  Family! ❤ ❤

It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day for any mom, without the rest of the family.  Hopefully, everyone will be on their best behavior, & will treat mom like the Queen she is! She will appreciate ALL of the love & affection that her family can give, (Everyday, would be even better) 😉  Which is really….the BEST gift. ❤

 

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed the suggestions, & whether you will celebrate with your mom, or if YOU’RE the mom…Have a Happy Mother’s Day! Until next time, “Toodles!” 😀