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Monday, December 11, 2017

Make Your Own Snowman - Treat Bag

Hard to believe that the kids will be on winter break soon, which means there will be holiday parties at school in just a few days!  At our school, the kids love bringing little treats or gifts for their friends in their classrooms.  Maybe this is a blessing for our kids because they go to a very small school.  I decided that this year, since Jude only has a class of 5, we would be making something a little more complex for those friends. 

I decided it would be a fun little craft and project to have the kiddos make their own play dough snowmen.  So, I created a little treat bag full of items to have the kids make their own snowmen.  I love the way this turned out and I cannot wait to see how they enjoy it.  

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Make Your Own Snowman - Treat Bag


I started thinking about how this project could come all together and I found some great items from Amazon that were easily delivered right to my door.  

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This is what our test snowman turned out like.  The buttons might be a bit big but I think it was a fun project to do with my kids.  

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Materials Needed:

Free printable - Make Your Own Snowman 
Orange play dough 
Small buttons 
Felt - cut in strips 
Treat bags 

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Directions:

1.  Create pea sized orange play dough balls and set aside. 

2.  Create golf ball sized white play dough balls and set aside. 

3.  Place one dough ball of each color in a treat bag.  

4.  Add 2 small craft sticks to the treat bag. 

5.  Add 1 mini hat to the treat bag. 


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6.  Add 4 small black buttons to the bag. 

7.  Add one piece of cut felt to the treat bag. 

8.  Carefully seal the treat bag making sure the dough will not dry out.  

9.  Staple or tape the free printable onto the treat bag.  

10.  Hand out to each student.  

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Download your free printable here. 




These are pretty easy to put together and if you can find a good deal on the products you can easily stay on budget for a creative little holiday gift for a classroom.  

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What kind of holiday themed treats will your kids be taking to school this year?


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Ferdinand The Movie

Disclosure:  Our family was invited to a pre-screening of FERDINAND in exchange for this review.  No other compensation was provided.  All opinions are my own. 


Over the weekend we had the opportunity to go and see the upcoming release of "Ferdinand".  It was a perfect way to spend our Saturday morning.  Jude and Teagan were so excited to see this movie and had been asking about it since we first saw the trailer a few months ago.  Honestly, I was just as excited.  The cast list looked great to me so I was hoping for something great and Ferdinand delivered!  


About Ferdinand The Movie:

Release: December 15, 2017

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Cast: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Peyton Manning

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, FERDINAND is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.


Our Thoughts:

Like I said, I was hoping for great and it happened.  Ferdinand was funny, cute, and heartwarming but what I liked most about this move was the message.  Be true to YOU!  Ferdinand was not a fighter and even though everyone told him should be, he went with his heart.  What a great message to make clear to our young people.  

Jude is our laugh out loud kiddo so when those funny parts came on the screen he was hysterical, especially the bull in the china shop scene!  I love hearing him laugh so I thought it was adorable.  Maybe it is because he is my kid.  ha!  Sorry, neighbors.  Anyway, the characters were so perfect in this movie.  We especially loved Lupe, she is Ferdinand's coach through out the movie but she really added so much to the story. 

I would recommend seeing this movie in the theater with you kids.  It is a great family movie that everyone will love.  The music was also great in this movie...pretty sure we will end up buying soundtrack.  

Ferdinand is such a big bull and character but he is filled with so much love.  I couldn't help but want to give him a hug! 


Stay Social with Ferdinand:



FERDINAND is in theaters on Friday December 15th!!


Will you be taking your family to see Ferdinand this holiday season?


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Owning A Home

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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Owning A Home

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Whether you’re planning to experience luxury living in San Pedro or intend to own studio apartments NYC | The Cole Apartments specifically, it’s time to seriously consider becoming a land contract buyer or real estate owner. Owning property is part of the American dream and there are many advantages you may not even thought about.

On the flipside, there are also potential disadvantages to owning a home as well. We’ll share what are the advantages and disadvantages of owning a home in the following paragraphs.

Advantage: Create A Future Nest Egg

One of the greatest advantages of homeownership is that you’re investing in your future. How so? When you purchase a home, it contains monetary value that can later be turned into cash if you sell your property. You’ll never have this opportunity when renting an apartment because you do not own a tangible asset. On the contrary, you pay rent to your landlord and help him or her pay off his or her mortgage.

Can you see the value in owning your own property? Not only will you own a tangible asset you can sell later on but the odds are good that this asset will appreciate in value over time.

As an example, if you bought a one-family house in the 1980s for $80,000, you could have potentially sold the same house for five times the amount in the early to mid-2000s. Home value appreciated at a rapid pace during this period and many homeowners made a serious score on their property because they bought low and sold high.

Disadvantage: You’re Responsible For Maintaining And Fixing Problems With Your Home

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As a tenant, you’ll never be responsible for fixing things that naturally break in a home due to day-to-day usage. As an example, let’s say your kitchen sink suddenly springs a leak and water is shooting out all over the place. Tenants call their landlord and it becomes their problem. Homeowners have to call the plumber and pay them handsomely in order to fix the broken, burst pipe.

Do you see the difference? Sure, you could let your house fall apart if you want to. But that really isn’t a smart way to approach home ownership. So be prepared to pay good money to properly maintain your home and know that problems arise all the time and you’ll need available capital to fix things when they break.

Advantage: Tax Deductions

As a homeowner paying a mortgage, you have the ability to write off the interest and property tax portion when you file your yearly taxes. This is a big deduction that will lower the amount of money you owe to the IRS.

When you rent, you do not have the ability to write off anything since you aren’t paying interest on a mortgage. All the money you spend on housing is advantageous to your landlord but you will not reap any of the benefits during tax time. So, homeownership is a good thing when it comes to big tax write-offs.

Conclusion

All in all, each individual is different and has to determine if homeownership is the right choice or not. If you feel the time is right, put together enough money to make a down payment on a new home, make sure you have all of your ducks in a row financially, and put in a bid on your future dream property.


What do you think?  Owning a home - a disadvantage or advantage? 
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Elf On The Shelf - Easy Ideas For Busy Parents

They're BACK!!!  Yes, friends.  Those crazy elves have been in our house for the last week having some fun with the kids.  Peppermint and Cupcake have been busy so far this season and we are having some fun with them this year.  But, the fact is....we do not have time to stress about these crazy Elves so we always go easy for the Elf on the Shelf ideas.  

Check out these super easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

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Elf On The Shelf - Easy Ideas For Busy Parents


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Ornament Delivery - 

The elves decided to bring the family ornament for the tree.  This is a great idea because it is super easy to add this little piece to your tradition of your family ornament. 

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Decorated Tree -

Peppermint and Cupcake have been busy this year.  They surprised the kids by putting up the Christmas tree and getting the lights strung.  This meant that when the kids woke up on Saturday morning, they were able to dig right into the ornaments and get decorating!  Now, I wouldn't consider this super easy because we obviously were up late getting the tree up in the living room, but it would have had to be done eventually anyway sooo we adding a little fun to it this year.  

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Hanging in the Tree -

Peppermint and Cupcake approved of the beautiful decorated tree so they decided to hang out in it. 

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Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree -

Such creative elves we have!  They built a candy Christmas Tree on the kitchen table.  Thankfully the cats didn't mess this one up!  HA!!  The kids really liked this one!  Need to figure out what to do for a star next year though.  

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Going for a ride -

So this is a new one for us.  I saw this on a friend's instagram and thought this was a great idea!!  We put Peppermint and Cupcake into the car the evening before and buckled them up.  When the kids got up the next morning they were in a panic!  WHERE ARE THEY???  We settled them down and finally got them ready for school.  When we got in the car, they lost their minds!  I loved this one!  

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Snuggled in the Stockings - 

Another super easy idea for those rushed evenings.  Peppermint and Cupcake settled into Jude and Teagan's stockings on a cold winter evening.  So cozy!  


Breakfast is Served - 

Oh these Elves!  They made breakfast...with a lot of SUGAR!  Snowmen donuts topped with M&Ms and chocolate chips!  What a special treat!!  



Well, they are back and we are going strong!  Ready for a few more weeks with our special little friends from the North Pole.  



Share your favorite EASY Elf on the Shelf idea your kids have loved so far this year.  I am always looking for more ideas!!! 



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