Keeping it Simple

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Game Idea: Disney Planes Don’t Eat Pete Game #PlanestotheRescue

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Playing games is one of my favorite things to do with my family.  I just love it when there is a fun game that we all can play and we all can enjoy.  Every Christmas Eve we play games to get ready for Christmas. It's is a LOT of fun!  We play games and when someone wins they get to pick a prize from our prize table.  We play games like Bingo and Don't Eat Pete.  Since I am always looking for toys that will make great prizes for the games and I get really excited when I find toys that are great prices.  Right now a bunch of the Disney Planes toys are on Rollback at Walmart.  This Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles set was perfect because it was on Rollback for $14.97 from $19.97.  Plus I can use it for 3 prizes so it makes it even better!  Disney #PlanesToTheRescue!
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I headed to Walmart to get the toys.  I found them in a few spots.  I found the die cast vehicles that I bought, the  Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle ( on Rollback at $19.97), and Fire and Rescue Character Assortment die-cast set (on Rollback at $4.97 ) back in the toy section.  I spotted the Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway (on Rollback at $24.97) in the front of the store on a pallet with lots of different toys. 
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I got a couple of the toys.  They are perfect for prizes but also for presents too.  My little boy is going to love this remote control plane!!  And the little die cast vehicles are going to be perfect for prizes. 
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Since my kids love Planes, I made up a Don't Eat Pete printable that was of the Planes characters.
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The game is very simple and very fun to play.  You have someone go out of the room and then everyone else picks one of the characters to be "Pete".
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The goal of the game is to not eat Pete.  The person who was out of the room starts eating the candies off of the board.  If they start to eat the one that is "Pete" everyone else yells, "Don't Eat Pete" and then their turn is up.  
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If you can eat all 8 of the candies without eating Pete, then you win.  And that's when someone would get to win a prize!   It was actually pretty difficult to win.  But since you get to eat candy, everyone wins :).

  What kinds of traditions do you have for Christmas Eve? What are some of your favorite holidays games to play during the holidays? 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

11 Last Minutes Kids Crafts {MMM# 257 Block Party}

The countdown to Christmas is on!  I don't know about you, but it snuck up on me.  My kids are now out of school for Christmas vacation and I know that they are going to be crazy and hyper and wanting to do something.  So I put together a few fun ideas that are perfect for kids to make or do this week!

Anyone else doing this last minute?  Lately I've been focusing on neighbor gifts, so here are a few easy idea if you need something quick and easy.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Easy Treat Idea- Quaker® Life Cereal Bars #QuakerUp #LoveMyCereal

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We are HUGE fans of cereal in our house.  The amount of cereal we go through in a week is crazy.  I #LoveMyCereal so much that I could have it for any meal of the day.  If I don't have cereal in the morning for breakfast, I usually have some kind of cereal for lunch.  One of our favorite brands of cereal is Quaker®, we love it!  I thought that it would be fun to make a fun treat with one of my favorite cereals- Quaker® Life cereal.  I made it for a treat for my kids but I also thought that it would be a fun treat for a neighbor or friend.  Something that you could give any time of the year, not just during the holidays.  I made up a fun printable to go with it.
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I headed to Walmart and got several of the Quaker® cereals.  I found them in the cereal and breakfast aisle.  I also found the rest of the ingredients at Walmart, I found those mostly in the baking aisle.
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Here are the cereals I got, these will #QuakerUp our pantry :). I love them as cereal but I also love to use the Quaker® Simply Granola on my yogurt, for a little crunch and flavor.  I also bought the Quaker® Real Medleys® and Quaker® Oatmeal Squares.  They are going to be perfect for breakfast this week!
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This is what you'll need for the Quaker® Life cereal bars:
1 bag mini marshmallows
4 Tbsp butter
3/4 chocolate chunks
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1) Melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave.  I put them into the microwave in 30 seconds increments until it was all melted and smooth.  I also left a few marshmallows out so I could use it as a topping.
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2) Add the Quaker® Life cereal and stir it until the marshmallows are evenly coating the cereal.  Then add the chocolate chunks and stir.
3) Place into a casserole dish and let cool for 30 minutes.
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While the cereal bars cooled, I made some fun printable to go with them.
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I cut out the tags and then put them onto a plate of the cereal bars.  What a fun way to tell someone that you appreciate them.  These are perfect for friends or even family. 
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You can even do little individual ones.  I think that these would be so fun to give my kids after school as their snack :).
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What is your favorite Quaker® cereal?  What fun things have you made with it?  Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Easy Holiday Food Idea- Snowman Cheese Balls

I love easy and quick recipes, especially when they are delicious.  I have a thing for cheese.  I like it a lot!  So of course I love cheese balls.  With all the Christmas parties happening right now, I thought it would be fun to make some fun snowman cheese balls.  I love how they turned out and better yet, I loved how they tasted! Plus it was so nice to have an individual cheese ball that I didn't have to worry about if someone else touched it :)

Holiday food- Snowman Cheese Ball
This is what you'll need for this amazing cheese ball:
2 packages of cream cheese, softened. 
1 package ranch dressing seasoning
1 cup cheddar shredded cheese
Sliced almonds

Mix all the ingredient up in a bowl.  The best method for me is with my hands.
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Then make small ball of cheese and roll them in some almonds.  I then stuck a paper straw inside of it and wrapped with Saran wrap.
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Then I taped the wrap onto the straw with some washi tape.  If you wanted to make them even cuter, you could make a little scarf out of the tape.  Then I drew on the face with a marker.
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I put them in the fridge to cool and harden and then put them into an empty box with little holes so they could stand up.
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And then I served them with crackers.  So fun and oh so yummy!
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Men’s Gift Idea- Date Night Basket and Freedom to be Spontaneous

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Is it just me or are men really hard to shop for?  We are at the stage in our lives that if we want something, we buy it.  We don't wait until a holiday or a birthday to get it.  So when it comes time to buy my husband a gift, I struggle with it because he really doesn't want anything and the things he needs (like socks or clothes) just aren't much fun as presents.  

I was recently joking around with a friend and said that when it comes to guys all they need is food and you :).  So I took that idea and ran with it.  I actually thought that it would be a fun idea to give him food and quality time with me.  So I made him a basket full of different date nights.  I think that it's really important to continue to date your spouse.  To continue to have fun and keep that flame burning because sometimes with kids wearing us down, the flame can burn out.  I'm hoping that this basket helps us to have more one on one time and give us the freedom to be spontaneous
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I picked up several things that I thought would make some fun date nights. 
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Then I created a fun coupon book to go with each date.  Some dates will involve going out and some will just be at home when we can't find a sitter and we need some quality time together. I made it a printable so people can print it out too.
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I cut out all of the coupons.
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And then I put it together with some baker's twine.  I left some blank coupons so that he could pick some date nights too.
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One of the date nights was a game night.  So I picked up a game that we used to play together all the time when we were first married.  I also got some of our favorite candy.
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Another date was a movie night.  We could go buy some movie tickets and go to the theater.  Or we could just watch a new movie at home with some popcorn, so I bought him a new movie and some popcorn.
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Another one was a romantic evening.  For that I got some KY Liquibeads (for me), some fun new underwear and gum (because bad breath is not fun :) ). 
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I got the KY Liquibeads for me from Walmart, they were located in the women's section.  There is also a $1 off coupon any KY products, woohoo! 
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The reason why I got them is because they help with dryness.  Oh the joys of getting older and having 5 kids....  They are just nice to have so when #TheMoodStrikes I'll be ready.  They are simple to use and come with a bead and applicator so it's simple to put inside your body and there's no mess.  It comes with 6 beads and 6 applicators. You just put the bead inside the tip of the applicator and then you insert it just like you would a tampon.  You can use it every 3 to 4 days to help with dryness. If you're pregnant or nursing, consult a doctor before use. 
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I put it all into the basket, included the coupon book and a gift card to a steak house and then wrapped some ribbon around it to make it pretty. 
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I think that this is one gift that my husband will be excited about using :).   
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What are you getting your spouse this year?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Neighbor Gift Idea: Christmas Soap with Free Printable

A couple of years ago I made some fun snowman soap for neighbor and teacher gifts for Christmas.  They were such a big hit that I thought that I would make some more this year but this time make more than just snowman.  I made 4 different characters.  Each of them are fun and would make a perfect neighbor gift.  Or they are perfect just to have at your house.   
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I bought a variety of soaps for each character.
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I took off the labels and then used some goo gone to get the sticky part off of it.
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For the reindeer and Santa, I glued some things on it with a glue gun.  Then I cut out some vinyl with my Silhouette for the rest of the soaps.
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I added the vinyl to each soap.
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Then I added the finishing touches.  I love how they turned out! 
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Then I printed out the little tag printable
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And that's it!!  So easy and I love how they turned out.  I love the simplicity of the penguin and the Santa.  But I also love the little touches of the snoman and reindeer.  I'm excited to hand these out to my friends and neighbors.  
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