Back to School Lunchtime Ideas For The Kids


Summer is officially over, and it’s back to school for just about everyone now. Why pack boring old lunches for the kiddos? Get creative, have some fun, and keep it healthy with these fun ideas and recipes below…

PLAY WITH COOKIE CUTTERS

Cookie and fondant cutters are like the Swiss Army knife of lunch packing. They’re quick, easy to handle, and endlessly versatile. Use them to instantly upgrade fruits and veggies, or to add panache to an otherwise boring sandwich. With so many cute ones out there, it’s easy to go overboard, but with a little imagination, one cutter can produce multiple shapes without taking up much space in your kitchen. Three great ones to start with are a heart, a flower, and a snail cutter. Look what we could make with just a few of these basics!

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FLOWER-SHAPED CUTTER – Make the classic shape into these cheesy owl eyes, or slice each cutout in half and layer over Nutella to make clouds. Cut the “petals” like a pie to make raindrops.

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SNAIL CUTTER – A snail makes a great cheese sandwich, or flip it the other way for a honeydew whale. Even cooler: Cut out the middle to create a cheese letter A.

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HEART-SHAPED CUTTER – This shape takes flight as wings for a dragonfly or birdie.

CONJURE A CHARACTER
If the idea of re-creating a movie or TV character is daunting, take a minimalist approach and make something symbolic that’s still recognizable. Here we used Mini Babybel cheese and grape fruit leather to make a Pokémon ball; a zigzagged slice of cheese on pumpernickel creates Charlie Brown’s shirt; and zucchini glasses with a red bell pepper lightning bolt reminds kids of Harry Potter.

Harry PotterSausage and sautéed zucchini show their whimsical side thanks to fun food picks. $3 for 8; bentology.net

STICK IT ON A SKEWER
Skewers are all the rage on Pinterest, but they can get cumbersome and pokey for pint-size palates. Use smaller, more kid-friendly alternatives, such as reusable food picks, or ice-pop or lollipop sticks, and pair them with some unexpected lunchtime fare!

SkewerStack tortellini on a bamboo pick, snip the tip, and send a side of marinara.

Skewer2Breakfast for lunch is always a yes! Add waffles and strawberries to a Popsicle stick.

BAKE IN A MOLD
It’s easy to craft butterflies, stars, flowers, and more from food—with the help of silicone bakeware. Buy a few different styles, and then whip up a bunch of freezer-friendly muffins, frittatas, and granola bites to have on hand when inspiration (or time!) is low. Here, three recipes to try.

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1. EASY FRITTATAS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together 6 eggs, ¼ cup milk, ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, ¼ cup chopped veggies, and salt and pepper. Pour into muffin cups, filling about ¾ full. Bake 18 to 20 minutes.

2. PUMPKIN-SPICE MUFFINS
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease baking molds with coconut oil. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 heaping Tbs. pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. baking powder, and ½ tsp. salt. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 can pumpkin puree, ½ cup honey, a 5.3-oz. container plain Greek yogurt, 2 large eggs, and 6 Tbs. melted coconut oil. Pour wet ingredients into the flour mixture; stir to combine. Transfer batter to molds. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size; check using a toothpick.

3. NO-BAKE GRANOLA BITES
Melt ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup raw honey, and ¼ tsp. salt in a saucepan over medium heat. When it bubbles and foams, turn heat to low. Add 1½ cups rolled oats, 1 cup chopped nuts, ¼ cup ground flaxseed, and cook on low for 2 minutes, stirring to coat. Pour granola into the mold; press in firmly. Cool at room temperature for an hour; remove and add toppings if desired. (We dipped them in melted dark chocolate and yogurt chips and then added coconut flakes and freeze-dried fruit pieces.) Store in an airtight container.

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September 5, 2016 – 3:19 PM - | Posted in recipes, recipes for kids | 2 Comments »

Disney On Ice is playing The Palace of Auburn Hills, Sept.29-Oct.2


Disney On Ice Dare To Dream

It’s that time of year again! Disney On Ice is ON TOUR and is coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn HIlls, MI September 29 – October 2, 2016.

Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream brings us all of our favorite Disney Princesses and songs including two of Disney’s newest fairytales! The Audience will be brought along on an adventure with Rapunzel, Cinderella, Tiana and more!

This is a celebration of 75 years of Disney Princesses, Dare to Dream brings the Disney fun and magic to you and your family, no matter what their age, no one is too old for Disney magic!

Tickets are available for Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream at The Palace of Auburn HIlls now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com. Opening night tickets start at just $10 and General tickets start at just $15, don’t miss the magic of Disney On Ice!

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September 5, 2016 – 2:31 PM - | Posted in Disney On Ice, promotions | No Comments »

Tapout and the WWE Total Divas – Health and Fitness #WWEMoms


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So, here it is…I’ve been on this new fitness journey for a while, and workout clothes are normally just some capri’s and an oversized t-shirt, normally you’ll find me in a WWE shirt of some sort. But as the journey goes, I’ve been trying to find some cute pieces to wear to the gym and my workouts.

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WWE recently released that they had teamed up with Tapout for fitness gear, excited as HECK!! The WWE women had been wearing some super cute Tapout outfits in the ads, and in photo shoots, I couldn’t wait to get some. Finally, after weeks and weeks of being upset that there was no women’s gear, WWE announced that JC Penny’s would FINALLY have gear available for women!! Unless you live where I do, and as I ran out that day, my store doesn’t carry it. So, sad. I tried to order online, but my size was sold out with the pieces I wanted. Devastated!!! I’m sure I’ll get some pieces soon, I hope. But my sadness was turned into joy when I was just about to embark to New York City for the weekend, to check something off my bucket list.

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I was invited to go workout at the Tapout Fitness Center in New York with none other than some of the WWE Total Divas! This would be a DREAM come true. So, off I went, on a weekend away and excited as heck for this workout.

We arrived at the Tapout Fitness Center and were greeted by the Tapout center staff, who were very nice and accommodating. The center itself was a few floors high, and the equipment available, I wanted to play on all of it, but it was all pushed to the side to make room for this amazing workout.

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Mats setup, gliders, dumbbells, water bottles, towels and we picked our spot, of course, I had to run right to the front of the gym.

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We would be working out with WWE Superstars Renee Young, Alicia Fox, Natalya, Naomi, Lana, Summer Rae, Alexa Bliss and special guest Maria Menounos who would be talking to us about fitness and her new books about her journey of losing 40 lbs.

Our workouts were mini sessions guided by each WWE Superstar and they gave us a workout, and a sweat, I LOVED IT! I’d have to say, my favorite workouts were probably Nattie’s, Naomi’s and Alexa’s. I took A LOT of video, so if you check out my YouTube page, you’ll see the majority of them there.

After our great workout, we were able to take part in a Q&A session with the ladies where we learned alot about their fitness and nutritional routines.

After our workout and session, I was able to talk to all of the WWE Superstars and get some great advice from Natalya and Alexa Bliss about fitness, I couldn’t be happier about the time I had in NYC with them.

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Maria Menounos talked a lot about her struggle with nutrition and fitness and now has 2 books available for purchase The Everygirl’s Guide to Cooking and The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness. Both books are great, and the recipes are amazing, a must have to add to your collection.

If you noticed, all of the WWE Women were also wearing some super cute Tapout gear! You can purchase outfits online or by visiting your nearest JC Penny’s.

I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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September 4, 2016 – 2:21 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | 1 Comment »

Ohio Renaissance Festival Save On Admission! Sept 3 – Oct 23


Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

Ohio Renaissance Festival Save On Admission! Sept 3 - Oct 23

Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers. The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more demonstrated. The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob and a wide variety of the finest ales and wines. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds!

Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you’re a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.

Get $4 off Adult and $2 off Child tickets by using Promo Code “castle” when purchasing on our secure website at www.renfestival.com. Tickets good any day of the 2016 season (Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Sept 3 – Oct 23). Online discount only. Not good with any other offers.
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August 8, 2016 – 12:01 PM - | Posted in promotions, Reviews | 1 Comment »

Poster Making For School Events SUCK – Make It Easier With Poster My Wall!


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I love volunteering for school events. It keeps me connected with my kids, and I truly enjoy the company of the other parent volunteers. But when we work on posters and flyers, cutting out the letters, gluing, pasting, cleaning up the scraps… I’m not gonna lie, it’s a lot of work, gets pretty messy, and yeah – it’s EXHAUSTING. One afternoon, after my hand cramped for the umpteenth time, I stepped away from the School Fair poster I had been working on.postermywall6

While I was enjoying my “break,” I decided to check my email. The DIY gods were on my side or something, but my my sister-in-law happened to email me some info about a site called PosterMyWall! So I clicked on the link, and… OH EM GEE. I had found my poster-making BFF!

The site offered all these awesome templates, including a category for school templates. Winning! I ditched the paper version I was working on, and using the site’s online tools (we’re talking backgrounds, images, filters, etc.), I made a new poster in minutes!!!

I shared my new masterpiece with the committee I was currently working with, and we decided to order a test poster. Our 24×36″ poster shipped pretty quickly, and we loved it so much, we also ordered the digital download to upload to the school’s website. If you wanna see what other products PosterMyWall offers, check out this page: http://www.postermywall.com/index.php/g/classroom-posters

So if you enjoy DIY projects but want an easier, quicker and less-messy alternative, check out PosterMyWall. User-friendly and budget-friendly, it may just become your new BFF too!

Posters – 1/2 OFF Printable Downloads – Create amazing Posters & Flyers in minutes PosterMyWall!

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August 8, 2016 – 11:45 AM - | Posted in promotions, Reviews | No Comments »
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