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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dry Erase Message Board Picture Frame - #DIY Teacher Gift

Have you gotten everything bought off of your Christmas shopping list yet?  Honestly, we have done pretty well this year and have most of our shopping and wrapping done.  I am pretty proud of us!  One area that we hadn't bought for was for the kid's teachers and teacher aides at school.  

Since Jude has been in school I have always tried to create some fun DIY teacher gifts for Christmas.  The teachers seem to enjoy them, especially when they are items that they can put to use or enjoy.  

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This year I decided to get a bit more crafty (but not too much) with the gifts and now I want to create my own.  I am so happy with the way these Dry Erase Message Board Picture Frames turned out. 

Dry Erase Message Board Picture Frame 


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Materials Needed:

8x10 picture frame 
Colorful paper - at least the size of the frame 
Scissors 
Packaging tape 



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Directions:

1.  Plan out what word or words you will be adding to your message board using the Scrabble pieces

2.  Cut paper to fit into your frame.  

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3.  To do this I traced the paper using the back of the frame. 

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4.  Carefully glue your Scrabble pieces to the frame.  Let glue dry completely. 

5.  Tie a piece of twine on each lid of the dry erase markers.  

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6.  Secure twine on the back of the frame using packaging tape.  

7.  The message board can be used for lists and messages.   Have fun!!  

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I absolutely love the way these came out and they can totally be personalized for anyone.  I hope the teachers will use these at home or even in the classroom.  

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What DIY teacher gifts have you created in the past?


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Introducing Happy Salmon + Giveaway

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of North Star Games.  All opinions are my own. 


Are you and your family fans of games? Now that Jude and Teagan are getting older it is a lot easier to have some fun family game nights.  It is a great way to have some screen free time as a family any day of the week.  About a month ago I was introduced to a fun game at a local toy store, a bunch of adults played it and I was hooked!  I could not wait to introduce my family to this silly card game.  

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My friends, I want to introduce you to Happy Salmon!!  My new favorite card game.  Not only is the card game great for all ages but it is active and crazy! 

The first time we played as a family we did have to do a lot of explaining to Teagan.  She is 5, but once she figured it out she was hooked too.  I love a game that all of us can enjoy together and honestly, Happy Salmon is a great option for an adult only party too!  I can already see it making its debut at our next adult only summer BBQ.  

To get a little view into the Happy Salmon fun check out our most recent family game night. 



Now you want to play right?  I know I do!!  HA!  

What is Happy Salmon?


Happy Salmon is simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin', fin-flappin' fun. Actions including the classic "High 5", the unifying "Pound It", the frantic "Switcheroo", and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter.  This card game can be played in under a few minutes!  But I guarantee you will be playing it over and over.  

The instructions are simple.  Everyone holds their color of cards in their hand, once the game starts, everyone must announce their action on the card.  When two players have a matching action card, they must perform that action together, then discard their top card.  Everyone continues to do this until someone has discarded their last card.  This game is loud, crazy and so much fun as you can imagine!  

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Each Green Happy Salmon game includes 72 cards, which equals up to a total of 6 players.  BUT, you can now buy the expanded pack Blue Happy Salmon to have even more players and fun.  The Blue Salmon is the exact same game but with different colored cards to expand the deck!  Oh and the salmon pouch is pretty much the most adorable game "box" ever!  

It doesn't surprise me that Happy Salmon is a Toy of The Year finalist in the game category!  It is number one in our books! Happy Salmon is available at multiple retailers including Walmart and Amazon and for those on a budget, this game retails at $14.99...perfect!  There is still time to bring some extra fun to your holidays by adding this to stockings or even a great hostess gift for the next party you attend. 



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From now on, when I am looking for that special gift for any adult or kiddo I will be adding Happy Salmon to my cart.  I cannot wait to share this the rest of our family and friends this holiday season. 


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Make sure you take a moment to put in a vote towards Happy Salmon for the Toy Of The Year award.  It is much deserved.


And now for the good stuff.  Our friends at North Star Games is giving one Happy Salmon game to one of our lucky readers!  You guys, you need this!  Simply fill out the form below to enter.  Giveaway valid 12/13 - 12/22.  US entries 18+.  GOOD LUCK!!!

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Who are you excited to play Happy Salmon with?


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Perfect Mashed Potatoes & An Easy Holiday Appetizer

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Homemade4TheHolidays #CollectiveBias


It's the most wonderful time of the year!! Holiday events, family gatherings, traditional recipes and so much more. This time of the year I always find myself heading to Sam's Club to pick up some holiday baking and cooking essentials. Anytime I think of preparing for my favorite holiday dishes I think of needing Swanson® Chicken Broth, Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup and Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup. Sam's Club has us covered this holiday season.



Hover over the picture above to learn more about the ingredients to create the Perfect Mashed Potatoes and an easy Holiday Appetizer that you can purchase at Sam's Club.

I love that Sam's Club has the 6 pack of resealable Swanson® Chicken Broth. I use a lot of this during this time of the year and having a resealable option really helps. Swanson® Chicken Broth is 100% Natural and also the #1 selling broth. It's true...not all broths are made equal! In addition to chicken broth I find myself going through a lot of condensed soup - both the cream of chicken and cream of mushroom. These soups are the perfect addition to any side dish or meal. As always Campbell's® Cream Soups contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, just delicious flavor! Oh and you have to pick up the super convenient pantry packs of these Campbell's® Cream Soups. No more running to the store just to make your favorite dish, and you'll have some cans leftover to donate!

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Time to share some of my favorite recipes for this season. Like all of my recipes, these have to be super easy because LIFE! Part of enjoying the holiday season is being able to provide a yummy meal for my friends and family but still have time and energy to enjoy my guests. Having easy recipes like this on hand make that possible.

The Perfect Mashed Potato Recipe

Free printable recipe here.

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Ingredients:

1 carton of Swanson® Chicken Broth (4 cups)
6 large potatoes
2 TBSP butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sour cream
2-3 TBSP black pepper

Directions:

1. Prepare potatoes by peeling and dicing them into 1 inch pieces.

2. In a large pot add the Swanson® Chicken Broth and diced potatoes. Bring pot to a boil.

3. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cover with a lid.

4. Let potatoes cook for 10-15 minutes.

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5. Drain potatoes, making sure to keep 1/4 cup of Swanson® Chicken Broth from the pot.

6. In a large bowl combine the cooked potatoes, 1/4 cup cooked broth, butter, cream, sour cream and black pepper.

7. Using a hand mixer, mix potatoes until nice and creamy! Enjoy potatoes as a side dish with your holiday meal. Delicious!

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Over the years, the mashed potatoes at our family gatherings have always been the talk of the table. Now that I am having the opportunity to bring side dishes to the family dinners I am excited to have my family try this recipe. Adding sour cream, heavy cream and Swanson® Chicken Broth is an idea I got from volunteering at my son's school for Thanksgiving feast. I had no idea about this fancy trick that literally takes no more time than my "normal" mashed potato recipe. Honestly, boiling the potatoes in the Swanson® Chicken Broth is brilliant. Talk about adding great flavor to the potato itself.

Now that I have shared The Perfect Mashed Potatoes with you, now it is time to share my very favorite holiday appetizer with you!

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Creamy Chicken Croissants

Free Printable Recipe Here.

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
2 TBSP butter
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup cooked chicken (chopped or shredded)
Canned refrigerated croissants

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Open croissants and press two rolls together on the baking sheet.

3. In a medium mixing bowl combine onion, celery, butter, cream cheese, chicken and Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup.

4. Use a hand mixer to create a creamy chicken mixture.

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5. Place a heaping spoonful of the chicken mixture in the middle of each croissant.


6. Carefully bring the corners of the croissants together to cover the chicken mixture.

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7. Bake croissants for 16-18 minutes.

8. Enjoy warm. Can be served as an appetizer or even a meal. Enjoy!

Now, I am telling you, this recipe is one that your guests will be asking for again. We love having these as a meal on busy work nights as well. Just like the mashed potatoes they are super easy to make.


Holiday Taste of Sam's

Sam's Club will be hosting their annual Holiday Taste of Sam's event, a huge in-club demo sampling occasion. Swanson® Chicken Broth will be sampled with Idahoan Mashed Potatoes on Dec 21 & 22.

Time to do some holiday sampling and also take advantage of the price reduction of $1.50 off Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, and Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup! I know we will be heading to Sam's Club to take part of this delicious deal!


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Before you head out to this event and stock up on these items, think about how you could also benefit local food drives this time of the year. Now, I have said that we use a lot of these products this time of the year but the fact is, we cannot possibly need all of these before the New Year which means, I have decided to have my kids help me take our left over broth and soup to our local food drive. Thankfully our school collaborates with our city to help stock the pantry locally. I love this!

My kids and I will be delivering new toys as well as some great holiday soups and broths to the drive. This time of the year we should all think about little ways we can help our neighbors in need. And parents...use this time of the year as a teachable moment for kids of all ages.

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As you start planning your holiday spread Check out more Campbell's® Cream Soups and Swanson® Broth holiday recipes and inspiration here.




How are you enjoying these products in your holiday recipes this year?



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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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