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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spooky Halloween Low Calorie Drinks #PlatinumPoints #CollectiveBias


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Everyone in my family loves a fun drink.  Whether it be juice, chocolate milk or water with flavor in it, my kids get pretty excited about it.  You can say that our family is pretty obsessed with fun drinks.   What I don't love about all of those fruity drinks and other drinks is all the calories in them.  It's amazing how much sugar is in them and I think as parents we don't realize or we forget how much sugar and calories are in those drinks.  

My kids don't love water, they will drink it when they are really thirsty, but they prefer something different.  That's why we use Crystal Light in our house.  We constantly have three or four flavors in our cupboards.  It helps my kids to drink more water and honestly it helps me stay hydrated too.  We just put a little squirt of the flavor in our water and we are good to go.  My kids will drink a full cup.  It's great and we love it.

We love it so much that I thought that it would be fun to turn our regular water flavored with Crystal Light into a spooky Halloween drink.  It was so fun to make and my kids had a blast drinking it!  Who knew that drinking water could be this much fun!
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 Before hand I froze some Halloween rings in ice cubes, to make the drink even more spooky.  I of course washed them before putting them into the water. 
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I used the Tropical Coconut (one of my favorites) for the drink.  The orange color is perfect for
 Halloween.  I then used about 64 oz of water and I crushed some ice with a blender.
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I squirted the liquid into the water and then stirred it up.
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Then I added the crushed ice.
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Now time for all the creepy ice cubes.  
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Isn't it so much fun?!  Seriously they would have be happy with it just like this.  It was so fun.
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But to make it really spooky, I thought that it would awesome to put a little dry ice in it.  And it was!  They kids loved watching it bubble and I did too.  If you want it to be extra bubbly, you can add the Crystal Light to carbonated water too.
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I got all of the Crystal Light in the flavored water section at Walmart.  There are so many flavors to choose from.  We love both the packets and the liquids.  
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Here are three of my favorite flavors.  
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Do you love Crystal Light as much as I do?  Well Crystal Light has teamed up with Miranda Lambert and has come up with a loyalty program called #PlatinumPoints.  Basically all you have to do is buy the Crystal Light that you love from Walmart, take a picture of your receipt and send it in and then you will get rewards to get some awesome Miranda Lambery rewards!  And at the end of the program, they are going to randomly selected one winner, woohoo!  Sounds sweet, huh?!  

Now you tell me, which one is your favorite flavor? 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Pokemon Squirtle Costume


Halloween is just around the corner and I am finally getting costumes made.  I like to do family themes every year.  They are getting harder and harder to do because my kids are getting older and starting to have an opinion about who they want to go as.  Can you believe it?!?!  I knew that this would happen, so I try to come up with ideas that will get everyone excited.  Something that my boys are into.  And then try to persuade my little girl to join in :).  Well this year we are going to be going as Pokemon.  I am going to to share with you the costumes that I have made.  I would not call myself a seamstress and I usually make things up as I go, but I have loved the end products.  And I hope that you will too!

 So here is one of the Pokemon- Squirtle.  

DIY Pokemon Squirtle Costume

Here is what he looks like in the show.
This is how I made it
Using a shirt pattern, I cut out the pieces out of fleece.  
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Before I sewed up the shirt, I put some black ribbon onto the front of the shirt and sewed it on.  Then I put together the shirt like it said to in the pattern. I also sewed a hood onto the shirt.  I made it up as I went and forgot to take pictures. 
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For the shell, I took two pieces of fleece and cut two ovals. One is slightly larger than the other one.
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Then with the ribbon, I made the design on the back and then sewed it onto the larger oval, leaving a little opening to put the batting in.
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I put the batting in and sewing it closed.  Then I folded the edge of the larger oval over and sewed it together.  I did the brown to give it a little more padding for the yellow.  I then took a strip of yellow fleece and glued it onto the shell.  
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I put the shell onto the shirt.  I stitched it by hand and then I also glued it for more stability.  
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For the tail I cut out two pieces of fleece in the shape of the tail and then sewed them together.  I then flipped it inside out and stuff it with batting.  I curled up the end of the tail and hand stitched it together.  Then I sewed it underneath the shirt.
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For the face, I cut out felt and then used a glue gun and glued it onto the hood.
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For the pants, I used a pattern.  For a tutorial, you can go here.

And that's it!!  It actually wasn't very hard, just time consuming.    
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And here it is in the back.
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And here is my little guy in his costume.  
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Now he is ready for Halloween!!  I used fleece so he can be nice and warm on the cool night :)
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The NEW Silhouette CAMEO!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy and Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas


I love holidays and I love doing things for my kids during the holidays, it's just so much fun!  I love coming up with yummy snacks and treats for them, but I don't always want to give them something sugary, like baked goods or candy.  I want them to have some healthy snacks too.  So I thought it would be fun to dress up some of their already favorite snacks and turn them into Halloween characters.  It was sooooo easy and only took a matter of seconds but they are so much fun!  These are perfect for snack or for school lunches!

Easy and healthy Halloween Snack Idea
Frankenstein apples.  I just took a food marker and drew on the apples.  Easy!  Do not use a permanent marker!  
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Pumpkin oranges.  Just took a permanent marker and drew faces.
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Ghost string cheese.  I love how these look!  And of course, so easy!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Easy Halloween Treat Idea- Pumpkin Cups with Chocolate Milkshake #TruMooTreats


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am obsessed with chocolate milk.  I love it.  You know when people ask what your favorite drink is, I always say chocolate milk.  When I was a baby that is all I would take in a bottle and I think that has stuck with me.  Since I love it so much, I of course feed it to my children.  And they love it too!  Our favorite brand is TruMoo.  It's by far the best, it just tastes the best.  It's not too chocolately, it has just the right amount of chocolate.  Along with their chooclate milk, they also have an awesome seasonal flavor called Orange Scream.
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I love making little Halloween themed treats for my kids, but I don't seem to make the treats that take a long time, or I need a ton of ingredients.  I love simple treats.  Something just like these chocolate milkshake in a pumpkin cup.  My kids were so excited when they saw it, it was just so fun to make it for them.
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This is a pretty basic recipe, but when you have quality ingredients, you don't need to add anything else.
I  used TruMoo chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream.  That's it and it was delicious!  I just blended them up in my blender.  The amount all depends on the how thick you want it.  You add more milk if you like to thin and less if you like it thick. 
Then I put it into some orange cups that I turned into pumpkins by drawing on them with a marker.  I let my kids create their own pumpkin too.  I was an easy way to turn a yummy drink into a Halloween drink.
I added whip cream and straws and that's it! 
My kids were in heaven!  Especially this little guy.  He was so excited to get his own treat. 
The Orange Scream flavor would be awesome in this recipe too!  It would be so fun to use it and then put the milkshake in a cleap cup and draw the face on it! 
There are so many great recipes out there that you can make using TruMoo, the chocolate or Orange Scream.  .  You can visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes. You can also follow them on Facebook and Pinterest to get great recipes! 
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