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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias Disney's Big Hero 6 is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Host a movie viewing party at home with these simple ideas. It rained last weekend so it was the perfect time to invite the neighborhood kids over for a little indoor fun. This movie viewing party requires very little effort to put together. All of the food was purchased from Walmart and I pre-ordered small plush toys on Walmart.com for each of the kids along with the giant removable Baymax... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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How many of us have watched the Febreeze advertisements on television about going noseblind? The one that I always think about is the one with the cats - you know, you think your home smells like 'this', but your guests think it smells like 'this'. We have four dogs. We also have 2 kids here full time, and another 4 here on occasion, plus the neighborhood kids who pop in from time to time. I'm not oblivious to how my house can smell. There have been days when I've walked inside and wanted to walk right back out again. Candles,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm so thrilled to let you know that I will be sharing my love of crafts and DIY over at my friend Stacie's blog Divine Lifestyle each month. My first post is now live, so head on over there to grab the tutorial to make this fun leprechaun beard for St. Patrick's Day. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We are currently trying a gluten free diet with the little man who has been going through a few issues for about 4 years. I had no idea before starting this just how many products contain gluten. We don't know if this will work yet, but with a few more weeks to go, we are gradually becoming more familiar with foods he likes. So, if you are looking for a healthy, gluten free, and very fun lunch that kids can take to school, on a picnic, or just enjoy at home this St. Patrick's Day try this one. This lunch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Valentine's Day is over, which means it's time to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day. I'm over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog today with a really simple St. Patrick's Day treat that's perfect for school or home parties, and there's a free printable too. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't surprise your loved ones year-round with heart-shaped food. My kids love it when I surprise them every now and then with food in fun shapes. So today I'm going to show you how to make quick and easy heart-shaped pizza breads that can be as individual as the person you are serving them to. Ingredients: Bread: I used La Torta Bread (available at Smart & Final) La Romanella Pizza Sauce... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The kids have four days off school this coming weekend, so both classes are hosting special Valentine's Day parties today. Of course I left preparing for the parties until the last-minute. Because I procrastinate. A lot. But, after a little late night crafting, these are the Valentine's Day gifts I sent in their backpacks this morning to hand out to their classmates. They are really quick and easy to make, you only need three things. My free printable, which you can download and print here Kool-Aid packets Removable sticky dots Step 1. Download, print and cut out the cards. Step... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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There's a four day weekend coming up this week. I have lots of fun things planned to do with the kids. There will be some downtime too because I think it's important to keep it in balance. If you are looking for something crafty to do with the kids, make these fun little leprechaun pillow boxes with them and have them fill them with little treats or coins. The full tutorial to make these leprechaun pillow boxes is over at The Centsible Life. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Marisol loves to learn how to cook, clean and take care of the house. She did not get this from me. The cleaning part I mean. I hate it. Like really ... avoid it like the plague ... do it because it's necessary ... bribe myself with treats ... watch episodes of Hoarders to get me inspired kind of hate to clean. A few weeks ago while I was busy with a project she wanted a snack, not a help yourself kind of snack, but a mummy you need to get up and use an appliance kind of snack. She... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Grilled cheese, mac & cheese and bacon are staple items, and go to quick and easy meals in our house. So I decided to combine them all into a yummy on the go meal, because often as parents we are busy shuttling kids from one thing to another, and I don't know about you, but we are sometimes out over times we would normally be eating a meal. So I give you the Grilled Mac & Cheese with Bacon Sandwich. One of the great things about this sandwich, is you can whip it up in under 20 minutes, wrap it,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm so excited to finally be able to share something with you. HP (Hewlett-Packard) launched a brand new website this week called MyPrintly. There will be 15 bloggers (including myself) who will be sharing projects on there each month. We will be focusing on YOU printing at home, whether it be for parties, home decor, or simply getting photographs off your cameras and computers and onto the walls. And of course there will be lots of DIY projects that will take anywhere between 3 minutes to 3 hours depending on how much time you have. We already have quite a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Whether there's a natural disaster, severe weather, snowstorm or simply a power outage, it's so important to be able to stay connected to loved ones. These days few people still have landlines at home, and most of us stay connected through cell phones, email, and social media. We have children living away from home going to college, family on the other side of the country (or in another country) and if we hear about a severe storm or power outage on the news, the first people we want to reach out to are those who live in that area to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you'll be spending Valentine's Day with your family, or you want to share a special meal with them the night before, this one is perfect. The best part is that you can customize the meal to everyone's likes and dislikes. Ingredients: Flour tortillas Shredded cheese: I used Mexican cheese for some and goat cheese for one of the kids Other quesadilla fillings: Carne Asada, red onions Fresh lime Sour Cream Corn chips Salsa Veetee DINE IN Spicy Mexican Style Rice Pick up your families favorites ingredients for the quesadillas such as shredded chicken, bell peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, spinach,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for something that's quick and easy for dinner tonight? How about these grilled pork chops with Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes? Two hands are better than one when it comes to whipping up this quick and delicious dinner. While the man of the house took care of the grilling, I was able to take that time to make the sides, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Ingredients: Pork chops - 1 per person Kraft Sweet Honey Barbecue Sauce 2 cups Brussels sprouts 1 slice bacon - cooked 4 tablespoons butter 2 tsp crushed garlic 3 green onions 3 baking potatoes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It's almost Game Day and I've got a few tips for setting up a quick and easy food table that is sure to please everyone. You don't need to prepare elaborate dishes to put together a fun last-minute food table for the Big Game. This one is sure to be a hit with kids and adults. Food: Tyson® Fully Cooked Sriracha Lime Wings Sabra Hummus Vegetables - carrot, cucumber, celery - you could also use green and orange peppers Pretzels Kettlecorn Tortilla Chips Fruit - I put out oranges, but you could add grapes too. Begin by heating up the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It's not often that we enjoy a date night, one that is out of the house that is. I don't have babysitters lined up, or family within driving distance. In fact, aside from when we've been in Australia, the little ones have never stayed with anyone other than their big brother, their dad, or us. They are also with us 95% of the time, so it makes date nights near impossible, which means that we often have date nights (or date days) at home. These normally happen when the kids are upstairs in the loft playing video games, watching a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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What girl doesn't love a little bling? Whether you are buying a gift for your lady, or for your little girl - because surprisingly there are a lot of people who buy gifts for their children on Valentine's Day, then take a look at these lovely pieces. 1. 14K Diamond Ring $2399.99 | 2. 14K Heart Pendant $399.99 | 3. Love Necklace $399.99 | 4. 14K Gold Hoop and Stud Set (studs shown) $259.99 | 5. 14K Tennis Bracelet $1499.99 Any of these are sure to make her smile, and if you are looking for even more choices, take a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite http://mydisclosur.es/OBsstV ” We love family movie time. It's a great excuse for us to snuggle on the couch, eat lots of popcorn and do something together. I had been wanting to see The Boxtrolls, but unfortunately missed it in the movie theater, so I was so excited to see that it had come out on DVD and Blu Ray. Movie time in this house doesn't happen without some kind of fun activity, snack... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you are like me and don't really decorate for Valentine's Day, but like to make something fun and that's full of love (but can be left up year-round), then I've got a fun little DIY project over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog today that you will love. You'll find the full tutorial to make this DIY String Art Heart over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog. This is a great project for kids too. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Only a few more weeks until Valentine's Day. If you have little LEGO lovers like I do, then they are going to love these mini marble mazes for Valentine's Day. I have the instructions to make these mini LEGO marble mazes, along with a free printable gift tag over at The Centsible Life. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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PADDINGTON, the movie, is being released into theaters tomorrow, January 16. Will you be taking the kids to see it this weekend? Before you go, start their PADDINGTON adventure by downloading these free printable activity sheets. Click the links below to download and print the activity pages. Connect The Dots Find Darkest Peru Paddington Memory Game A Paddington Story Learn to Draw Paddington's Hat Write Your Own Story You Are Sweeter Than Marmalade Card Looking for more? Head on over to the PADDINGTON website where you'll find great coloring pages, a lunch bag (and more) to download and print. Disclosure:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for a quick and easy game day craft that the kids can make? I'm over at The Centsible Life with a free printable to make this Game Day Paper Chain. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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In 2011 there was (what is now referred to as) the Great Blackout in San Diego. It began after school was let out, and the power was restored early the next morning, but in the meantime we had an emergency of our own. I had no time to plan for or control the subsequent sequence of events. I sent the kids outside to play while there was still daylight, knowing that by the time it got dark I would be entertaining them by candles and flashlights. I stood by the kitchen window washing dishes where I could keep my eyes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It's almost Super Bowl time and if you are wanting to cheer on your favorite team without hearing 'I'm bored' from the kids, get them in on the fun with these easy-to-make mini piñatas filled with fun football themed activities. The full tutorial and ideas for what to put in these piñatas is over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and this light and refreshing Raspberry Moscato Cocktail is the perfect way to start your celebrations. Serving size: 2 glasses Ingredients: 3/4 cup dry ginger ale 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1/2 pkt Sweet'N Low 1 cup pink Moscato - I love the Gallo Family Pink Moscato heart-shaped ice cubes Before you do anything else, make sure you have heart-shaped ice cubes in the freezer (if you have a heart-shaped ice tray, and if not, any ice cubes will do). In a blender combine the ginger ale, raspberries and Sweet'N Low. This will make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Create-Celebrate-Explore