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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Indoor Activities for Kids {MMM #285 Block Party)

It's heating up where we are (in the west!) and we now have had 7 days of straight 100*+ weather.  It's too hot to go outside unless it's to the pool, so my kids need something to entertain them, so here are some fun ideas that you can do with your kids indoors.  I great way to get their creative juices flowing and to keep them from being bored.  





It's me Kaysi, from Keeping it Simple.  I'm so excited to see what you've all been creating!


  


Now it's time to party! 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Easy DIY 4th of July Shirt: Fireworks Shirt using Pipe Cleaners



I'm starting a new tradition with my kids- every 4th of July they get to make their own shirts.  That means I let them completely do it, paint and all.  They love it and they love to wear shirts that they made!  Last's years shirts are still me favorite,  My kids still wear their flags shirts all. the. time.  And they still look great.  

A few years back I made these fireworks shirts for my kids, but I made them for them.  This year I let them do it and they of course had a blast.   
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Here is the one I made for my little 2 year old.  Enjoy the fun video :).  They are super easy to make.  You just need paint and pipe cleaners.  I used the ones from Craft Project Ideas.   
And that's it!!  They are super easy and super fun!!!  
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Here are my 4 older kids working on theirs.  I just buy the white shirts that come in a 3 or 5 packs (in the boy section).  They are super cheap (like $5 for 3 shirts).
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Even though they all got white shirts, all the shirt look different and I love it!!!  It shows their personalities for sure.  Like my 6 year old's shirt has a ton of paint on it (last year's did too).  We are excited to wear these this weekend!! :) 
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Wholesome Snacking Idea: Sweet and Salty Chocolate and Caramel Crunch Greek Yogurt


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yoplait®. The opinions and text are all mine.





For the past few years I have made it a goal to be more healthy, in everything that I do. I try to exercise regularly and eat healthy. Some days are definitely better than others. Some months are better than others. But I have found that whenever I have junk food in the house I eat it. And when it comes to eating healthy, snacking is what makes or breaks me. I can do good with what I eat for the meals, but those in between meals are what get me. When I get bored, I want to eat. So I eat and I usually like to go for something sweet (because I love sweets!). I'm realizing that this is something that I just need and want in my life, so instead of getting rid of sweets, I'm learning to control and have smaller portions of sweets. The best way for me to get something sweet is buy eating yogurt. I love Greek yogurt because it has the protein that I need, so I decided to make a sweet and salty Greek yogurt that will be perfect for when I need something sweet.





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I headed to Walmart to pick up some Yoplait® yogurt. They have a huge selection of flavors and types of yogurt: Original, Light, Greek and Gogurt®. I picked up some Greek yogurt for my snack time.


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Here is what I picked up. I'm so excited to see that they have the Whips! I love the fluffy yogurt.


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For the chocolate and caramel crunch yogurt, you will need:


Pretzels


Yoplait® Vanilla Greek yogurt


Caramel bites


Mini chocolate chips


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I melted the caramel bites. I used about 4 TBSP of caramel with 1 TBSP of water and heated it in the microwave for 45 minutes. Then I dipped the pretzels into the caramel.


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I let them cool on wax paper.


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Then in a little sandwich bags (I made several bags) I put in 1/2 TBSP of the mini chocolate chips and then 5 caramel covered pretzels (cut up into thirds). I did this for portion control. This way they are already done and ready to go and also I know exactly how much I'm putting into the yogurt.


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I taped the bag onto the yogurt and put it into the fridge.


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When I need a snack, I can just grab it and dump the bag in and enjoy.


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It was so yummy! Plus one container of yogurt has 13g of protein, I am always looking for foods that are high in protein, so I'm always glad when I find one I love.


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You can enjoy it at home or on the go. I took the kids to the splash pad and tried to enjoy my sweet snack by myself, but that never happens. My little guy wanted some too :). He approved of it too!


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What is your favorite flavor of yogurt? I'd love to know! I love all kinds of flavors, but my favorite is the Red Velvet Cupcake from Yoplait® Light.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yoplait®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

30+ Red White and Blue DIY Projects for the 4th Of July {MMM #284 Block Party}

4th of July is this week and it's never too late to make a few things for the awesome holiday!!  Check out these awesome ideas perfect to do this week.  

 Super Simple Summer Throw Quilt Patriotic Bunting | Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers | Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch | Patriotic Pudding Pops | Patriotic Fruit Cones Patriotic Fruit Tart | Framed Ribbon Flag | Bohemian Baby Doll Dress and Ribbon Wands | Red, White, and Blue Tie Dye Napkins | Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Pops | Free Flat Front Skirt Pattern Pottery Barn Inspired Stenciled Flag Pillow | Patriotic Denim and Burlap Placemats | 4th of July T-Shirts | Patriotic Tablescape | Patriotic Wall Art | Dollar Store Patriotic Lanterns | Patriotic Summer Mantel |Patriotic Flag Waffles Patriotic Poke Cake | 4th of July Sugar Cookie Bars | Rustic Patriotic Wreath | 4th of July Breakfast Bagels | 4th of July Ribbon Wand | American Flag Kids Craft | Patriotic Rocket Favors |Rustic Berry Tarts | Felt Flower Tutorial | 4th of July Cheesecake Trifles 


It's time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly!
 
Polly, here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  I'm looking forward to seeing lots of family and relaxing for the 4th of July, and these fun projects DIY Red, White, and Blue projects will help you get in the mood.  I've been quilting and sewing like crazy lately and will have some fun things to share in the next few weeks.  This last week I shared:
Red, White, and Blue Dr. Seuss Quilt with Free Pattern
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Funny Men’s Shirt- DIY Nerdy Chemistry Shirt


My husband's birthday was this past weekend and I like to make him funny shirts for his birthday.  Well I saw something like this on Facebook one day and the chemistry major in me knew that I HAD to make it!  I just loved it because it's so funny and clever.  So I made him this shirt for his birthday (and then I loved it so much that I made one for myself too!).  

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The first thing I did was cut out the design onto vinyl with my Silhouette.  I used vinyl because when it comes to weeding the design, vinyl is by far the easiest to weed (remove excess vinyl).  
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I cut it out and then instead of taking off the excess vinyl, I actually took off the words (what you would normally leave to put onto something).  By doing this, it makes a stencil to use to paint with.  
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Using transfer paper, I put the vinyl onto the shirt. 
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Here it is all ready to be painted.  
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*Make sure you put something in between the shirt, like card board, so it doesn't leak through to the back of the shirt.*
Using some blue fabric paint I carefully painted the words.  Make sure to get a decent amount on there so there isn't any white showing through.
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Once the paint was completely dry, I took off the vinyl.
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Then I ironed the paint (to make it last longer). 
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And that's it!!!  It was so easy to make and I LOVE how it turned out!  
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I loved it so much that I made one for myself with glitter heat transfer vinyl.  All you have to do is cut out the design (mirrored horizontally) and then weed the vinyl, this time just leaving the design.
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Iron it on and then peel away the plastic. 
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And that's it!  Super easy, sparkly and fun :).  
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