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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Easy Thanksgiving Trail Mix Bar: A Project for Children to Help in the Kitchen


Easy Thanksgiving Trail Mix Bar: A Project for Children to Help in the Kitchen
If your children are like mine, they want to help in the kitchen. It's a challenge because I don't want them near the mixer, oven, or messy ingredients such as eggs.  They are so cute and enthusiastic that I have to let them help with something though!  In today's post, I'll share a fun and easy project for your children to help in the kitchen on Thanksgiving - Easy Thanksgiving Trail Mix!   

Thanks to Oriental Trading for providing the supplies for this Easy Thanksgiving Trail Mix Project!  This project is great for holiday dinners and parties. It is also fun for classroom parties or Sunday school activities.


Ingredients

  • One Hershey's Snack Mix & Reese's Snack Mix Container (here)
  • One 6 ounce bag of yogurt covered mini pretzels
  • One 6 ounce bag of chocolate covered mini pretzels
  • One small package of Peanut M&M's
  • One small package of Peanut Butter M&M's
  • One small package of Original M&M's
  • One Pack of Mini Square Appetizer Bowls (here)
  • Your favorite ribbon to wrap around the Mini Square Appetizer Bowls
  • 48 glue dots

Directions
1. Pour the ingredients into separate Mini Square Appetizer Bowls and add mini spoons so that you have a trendy Trail Mix Bar for the children to use.

2. Tie ribbon around each Mini Square Appetizer Bowl and use glue dots to secure the ribbon in place.

3. Let your little chefs fill each Mini Square Appetizer Bowl with any combination of ingredients for their "perfect recipes."  (Optionally, have your children take requests from guests for customized trail mixes. My husband makes a special request for them to combine Reese's Snack Mix and Yogurt Covered Mini Pretzels.)

4. Serve and enjoy!

Thanks again to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.  Visit their website to browse other trendy Thanksgiving supplies.



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Monday, October 16, 2017

5 Tips for Trick Or Treating When Your Children Outnumber You


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The dynamics of Trick or Treating have changed for us over the years as we transitioned from an only child to two children. Plus, my closest friend that we Trick or Treat with has transitioned from one child to three children and frequently reminds me that I have it easy since I have two hands and two children. She struggles at times with only two hands and three children! In today's post, I'll share tips for Trick or Treating when your children outnumber you. 

1. Team up with another mom. (Divide and Conquer!) 
Personally, my children have a several year age gap between them.  This means that they have different interests, athletic abilities, and energy levels for Trick Or Treating. My oldest is on a mission for candy. My youngest isn't allowed to have candy and just wants to watch the people in costumes.   We team up with friends to Trick or Treat so that we are able to split child supervision duties.  My friend supervises our older children that run from door-to-door.  I pull the little ones in a wagon as they watch their older siblings  visit the houses. The little ones don't collect candy, but they have an amazing time watching the people in costumes.

2. Select a family costume theme.
We select a costume theme for our family each year. For instance, we have done Super Heroes, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Peter Pan, and Robots. This year, we are doing a different version of Star Wars where my son is Darth Vader, my husband and I are Storm Troopers, and our youngest is an R2D2.  The matching costumes help you to stick together in a crowd. Plus, they create fun memories.

3. Order matching Halloween Totes that are embroidered with their names.
My boys have matching Trick or Treat Totes from Lands' End. These are fantastic because they are practical and adorable. The generous size of the totes and the drawstring closure are nice. You also can't beat the excellent quality.  They are embroidered with their names in glow-in-the-dark thread!  My boys love all of the complements that they receive on their Trick or Treat Totes.



The totes below will last their entire childhood because Lands' End designed these with heavy canvas and excellent stitching. In fact, my older son had a previous version of this tote that lasted for several years and still looks brand new. I simply hand wash it with a gentle detergent at the end of every season.  The only reason that I replaced his previous tote is that I wanted my boys to match now that our youngest son is old enough to dress up.  We also use the Easter version of these totes for Easter Egg Hunts and they are similarly wonderful quality.



I think that every good childhood includes memories from Halloween. I really like that we have the Lands' End Halloween Totes that appear in our annual Halloween photos. The totes are a part of our family!

4. Use an iron-on label or pen to label your child with your cell phone number.
I used to write my phone number on my son's arm with a pen. However, more recently, I bought a label maker that lets me print iron-on labels with my phone number. I now print our phone number on  a label and iron it to the sleeve of their shirt so that they are able to roll up their sleeve to reveal the phone number.

5. Set the rules.
Rules are important for every child, especially on busy evenings such as Halloween.  Specify the rules and quiz the kids before you leave.  For instance, some of our basic rules are that we only allow our children to walk on sidewalks (be respectful of people's lawns), we stay as a group and never run ahead, we say "Thank You", and we never visit a home that has the lights turned off.  If anyone breaks the rules, we have a 10 minute time-out.  Of course, your rules may differ, but the important part is that you communicate them upfront and follow through with consequences since safety is such a big concern on Halloween.

We hope that you have a wonderful Halloween! Whether you have an only child or multiple children, don't forget to take plenty of photos since you will treasure them for many years.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

(Win it!) Take a Trip to Your Local Studio Movie Grill to Celebrate a BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS!


Are you ready for the Mother of All Play Dates at Studio Movie Grill?  Gather your friends for the ultimate Girls Night Out at Studio Movie Grill to watch the trendy BAD MOMS Christmas movie and to enjoy trendy meals, snacks, and drinks. In today's post, I'll share details about how to reserve an evening out with your trendy friends to enjoy the movie and delicious food at SMG. We will also tell you about some trendy giveaways!


The BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS movie is sure to be one of the trendiest movies this year.  It will definitely make you laugh as you think about all of the work that you do as a mom to make the holidays special for everyone.  It's a fun movie to see with a trendy group of friends. Studio Movie Grill understands the need for a Mom's Night Out and is offering trendy packages for you to enjoy the movie with good friends and good food.  I'll share those details shortly.

Here is the trailer.


As I mentioned earlier, this is a fun movie to see with friends.  Bond over the movie and good food at Studio Movie Grill:
  • What: Your Own Mother of All Play Dates with your trendy friends at Studio Movie Grill
  • When: Starting October 25, 2017 (Schedule your Mother of All Play Dates here.)
  • Who: You and your trendy friends (A group of size 10+) 
  • A Bad Moms Christmas All-inclusive Group Package includes: 
    • Movie Ticket
    • Entree (choose any salad, flatbread or pizza, chicken tenders, pasta or the Classic American Burger)
    • Personal Dessert (choose chocolate chip cookies, brownie sundae, Nutella™ beignets, New York Cheesecake)
    • Plus, an exclusive A Bad Moms Christmas cocktail and take-home glass, and a secret movie-themed gift 
    *A Bad Moms Christmas opens for group events on October 25. Space is limited; minimum of 10 guests, please. Void where prohibited by law. For promotional purposes only. Valid at participating locations only. Must be 21 or older to purchase or consume alcohol. While supplies last. Excludes tax and gratuity. 
In addition to this trendy event with your friends, you should also enter the SMG giveaway for a trip to L.A. to the red-carpet premier of BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS, travel included!  Get the full details and enter here.

Win it!
One lucky winner will receive 10 movie tickets and a $100 Studio Movie Grill gift card for food.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. The winner will have 72 hours to respond to our email with their shipping address. Otherwise, we will select a different winner. Good luck!
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Thanks to Studio Movie Grill for sponsoring this post.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Collection is 40% off at Kohl's Department Stores on Oct. 13th & 14th


We will be featuring Christie Brinkley's Authentic Skincare products in our Holiday Gift Guide this year.  I just started using some of the products this week and LOVE them!   I'll share more details later, but in the meantime, I want to share a special deal that is perfect for those of you that need new skincare products:
On October 13th and 14th, the entire Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare collection will be 40% at all Kohl’s Department Stores, and on Kohls.com (Excluding Kits).
If you have been wanting to try new skincare products, this is a great line of products and you can't beat the price at Kohl's today and tomorrow! 

Have a great weekend!
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Visit the Dallas Zoo! #DallasZooBlogs


This is the perfect time of year to visit the Dallas Zoo because the weather is starting to cool off and there are a lot of exciting things going on at the zoo. My family spent the day at the zoo and had an amazing time.  We call the visit "good childhood" because it is a trip that our son will always remember. In today's post, I'll share some highlights and encourage you to visit because we personally had an amazing time and think that it is a "must do" experience for families in the DFW metro.  

The Dallas Zoo is the oldest zoo in Texas.  The employees at this zoo are perfectionists that seem to pay attention to every detail so that guests have unique and memorable experiences.  As I mentioned before, we think that a trip to the Dallas Zoo adds a unique and amazing aspect to a "good childhood".  As a mom to a six year old, the Dallas Zoo is one of my top picks for attractions in the DFW metro.

Let's start with the schedule of Keeper Chats. These are unique experiences to meet the passionate zoo keepers who show off their favorite animals and fascinating information about them.  Our son loved learning firsthand from them.  Here is the schedule for the day that we visited:


Schedule of keeper chats 
 9:30 a.m.: Macaw keeper talk 
 9:45 a.m.: Cheetah Encounter 
 11:00 a.m: Wonders of the Wild bird and mammal show (in the Wonders of the Wild Amphitheater) 
 11:30 a.m.: Lemur keeper talk 
 12:30 p.m.: Reptile keeper talk 
 1:00 p.m.: Wonders of the Wild bird and mammal show (in the Wonders of the Wild Amphitheater) 
 1:30 p.m.: Wings of Wonder keeper talk 
 1:30 p.m.: Otter keeper talk 
 2:00 p.m.: Cheetah Encounter 
 2:00 p.m.: Primate Place keeper talk 
 2:15 p.m.: Koala Walkabout keeper talk 
 2:30 p.m.: Wings of Wonder keeper talk 
 3:00 p.m.: Wonders of the Wild bird and mammal show (in the Wonders of the Wild Amphitheater) 
 3:00 p.m.: Tiger keeper talk 

Please keep in mind that schedule may vary based on the date that you visit, but this is a great example of the broad variety of animals and chats at the zoo.

My little boy was mesmerized by the different talks. His favorite was the Cheetah Encounter.  This was a lively experience because they tossed a ball and everyone was able to see the amazing speed in which the cheetah chased the ball.  My son has the biggest smile on his face when he tells others about the experience!There are also plenty of opportunities to interact with the animals. For instance, we attended a few hands-on feedings in which we were able to see animals close. Here is a photo from a giraffe feeding.  I have to admit that I am jealous that a giraffe licked my husband's hand. I want giraffe kisses too! My son giggles that Dad was the chosen one.



We also fed nectar to lorikeets. The birds were beautiful and friendly. My son was nervous at first, but seemed comfortable after a few minutes. This is a testament to the Dallas Zoo because they created an inviting and comfortable environment in which my nervous son could relax and feel comfortable to interact with the lorikeets.



Finally, the boys fed some Galapagos tortoises.  This was a lot of fun.  Aren't they cute below?  My son was a bit timid, so we were grateful for this peaceful experience in which he grew as a person and became more confident and intrigued by the tortoises.


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The Dallas Zoo also offers opportunities for you to take a break from walking while still enjoying the amazing animals. For instance, the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari Monorail is one of those opportunities.



This cozy ride is a great opportunity to relax with your family while enjoying an exotic experience with your family that includes waterfalls and lush landscaping with surprises around every corner.


The variety of African animals was impressive!  Check out this cutie.


Here is another adorable photo!


The Dallas Zoo offers something for everyone. Every child in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro should have an experience at the Dallas Zoo because they offer memories that last a lifetime.  As I mentioned earlier, the employees at the Dallas Zoo are perfectionists who pay close attention to detail to make sure that visitors have unique and memorable experiences.  We can't wait to visit again!

Learn More

Visit the Dallas Zoo website to plan your trip and purchase tickets.  You will also want to check out their special events such as Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo, camps, and more!

We give credit and a big "Thank you" to the Dallas Zoo for the photographs above that have the Dallas Zoo logo in the bottom right corner.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Doze with the Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum: The Ultimate Childhood Memory


In today's post, I will tell you about an amazing one-of-a-kind experience that we highly recommend to families in the DFW metro - a sleepover at the Perot Museum! 
Doze with the Dinosaurs.
My family considers this event to be the ultimate childhood memory! Let me share the schedule and a few photos from our recent experience.

General Sleepover Schedule
  • 6:30pm Museum Shop opens 
  • 7-7:30pm Checkin 
  • 7:30pm Welcome to your sleepover adventure! 
  • 8pm Family-friendly film 
  • 8:40pm Snack time 
  • 8:45-11:30pm Explore the five levels of the Museum and special hands-on activities for sleepover guests 
  • Midnight Lights out! 
  • 7:15am Rise and shine! 
  • 7:30am Breakfast 
  • 8:00am Farewell! 
My husband and son arrived around 7:00pm and were easily able to find parking. It was convenient to park right next to the museum, especially since they had to carry their sleeping bags, change of clothing, and toothbrushes. My husband commented that the check-in was very nice and well organized. The staff members at the Perot Museum are always seem so enthusiastic to be there.

The first item on the schedule was the "Welcome to your sleepover adventure" introduction. They shared the rules and expectations for the evening so that all of the families could enjoy the sleepover. It was interesting to learn that one of the employees has participated in 50+ sleepovers!   (Isn't that the most amazing job perk?!)



The next activity was a family-friendly movie. After the movie, they attended a session with exciting science experiments. For instance, we were able to see an exciting Hydrogen explosion and liquid Nitrogen in action.





After the live science experiments, my husband and son explored the museum.  They visited and experienced everything from hands-on exhibits with robots to races with virtual cheetahs and dinosaurs. My husband and son still rave about all of the amazing interactive exhibits. They were busy the entire time with the exception of a snack break that was included with the event.  My son loved that he scored gummy dinosaurs for a snack!

Finally, they staked their claim on where to place their sleeping bags.  They slept under a pterodactyl and across from an Alamosaurus!  Isn't that truly amazing?  We laugh because my husband  woke up in the middle of the night and flinched because he forgot where he was. They loved waking up in such a unique and immersive environment.



If you look past the lights in the photo below, you'll notice that this is an actual pterodactyl skeleton!



Finally, they enjoyed breakfast at the museum and packed up their sleeping bags to head home.  This is an iconic part of my son's childhood and is a memory that our family will always treasure.  This is a must-do activity for all DFW families and visitors!  


Learn More
Visit the Perot Museum "Doze with the Dinosaurs" website to book tickets for your family to experience this trendy sleepover! 




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