Today's fun kids snack is easy to prepare. How easy? Prep time is 15 minutes and then cooling time is another 15 minutes. The best part about this Muddy Buddy recipe is that kids can help with many of the steps. So get those kids in the kitchen and lets make some Muddy Buddies!
Last week I was at Toys R Us and noticed they sold dry erase crayons. I didn't even know they made such a thing. I have wanted to do dry erase activities with my kids, but most markers I have found had a strong odor. The best part was there was a sale and they were buy 1 get 2 free which is perfect when you have three kids. The cashier said they have sales like every year before school starts so you might want to check you local Toys R Us to see if the sale is still going on. It was good for all kinds of crayons, markers and other Crayola items.
When I was at the Dollar Store the other day I discovered that they sold dry erase boards. They come with a marker that you can just remove. For $3 I now have dry erase boards for all the kids. How did we use our new items? Read on to find out...
It's back to school time, perhaps the most exciting time of the year for parents. Kids are excited too as they get ready to meet new teachers and friends. But along with excitement, back to school time comes with lots of preparation. By now you've probably been shopping for school supplies. I have always loved the new supplies associated with the start of a school year. Empty notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, and unused crayons all full of possibilities for the year ahead. If you're sending your kid back to school with new clothes and supplies, don't send them back with the same old lunches. Here are some healthy school lunch ideas that will start the year off right.
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 8/25/2012 04:00:00 AM
We just got back from a road trip to San Diego where my kids were flower girls in their uncle's wedding. San Diego is about an 8 1/2 hour drive (without traffic) from where we live. We would have flown, but airfare for the 5 of us was too pricey. So we decided to drive. This was not an easy choice for us. Our kids do not do well on long car trips. If you have ever been passed by a minivan with three screaming kids (and possibly parents) then that was probably us.
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 8/17/2012 04:00:00 AM
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 8/15/2012 04:00:00 AM
I attached streamers of various colors to some packing tape and hung it up using thumbtacks.
These were super easy to make and a big favorite with the kids. Get some lollipop sticks and place a marshmallow on top. Dip the top part of the marshmallow in water and roll in sprinkles. Display in some stryofoam. That's it, you're done!
Rainbow Swirl Lollipops:
I got these at Oriental Trading and tried to dress them up by placing them in styrofoam and covering the stryrofoam with some rainbow party streamers.
For the inside I ordered some rainbow Twizzlers online and got some rainbow pads and crayons from Oriental Trading.
I hope this helps you in your rainbow party planning! Let me know if you use any of these ideas. I am sure your party will turn out great.
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There are some wonderful lessons in The Penniless Princess, as Sara learns that her worth is not dependent on circumstances. She is worthy because she is God's princess and that doesn't change like her social status. I like how the DVD managed to teach about the story of Joseph as our kids were recently learning about his life at church.
In addition to the engaging story, The Penniless Princess is packed with extras such as Singalong Songs, a tour of London and a discussion guide. There is also a new Silly Song, Best Friends Forever which you will be singing along to in no time.
Even my two year old who is too young to get most of the messages, still enjoys watching and hearing the fun songs.
Thanks to our friends at VeggieTales, you can win your very own copy of The Penniless Princess to share with your little ones. Rules and entry are below. Good luck! Open only to US residents.
Disclosure: I was sent this product for review. All opinions expressed are my own. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 8/08/2012 08:02:00 PM
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 8/08/2012 04:00:00 AM
My kids recently had the opportunity to play with the LeapFrog Touch Magic Alphabet Bus from Leap Frog. We all know how popular tablets are smart phone have become. Like those devices, the
LeapFrog Touch Magic Alphabet Bus incorporates touch technology. But that's not the only thing that makes this toy unique.
The first thing you notice when you get it, is how light and streamlined the bus is. This makes it perfect for little hands to carry around the house. The entire interface is flat which helps when it comes to wiping off sticky kid fingerprints.
Another thing parents will love is that the LeapFrog Touch Magic Alphabet Bus will turn off after a period of inactivity. What a relief for me. We have some musical toys that will keep on playing and wasting the battery long after my kids have left the room.
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The LeapFrog Touch Magic Alphabet Bus is recommended for ages 2+ and I used it with my two year old and four year old twins and it was equally fun for both ages.
Leap Frog has packed a lot of learning and fun onto this bus. It reviews letters and letter sounds, teaches vocabulary, and lets kids rock out to some familiar music.There are over 200 musical and learning responses and 40 touch points assuring your child will never get bored.
The whole bus is so intuitive that my two year old was able to pick it up and figure out how to start playing. I tried to explain to her what she needed to do, but she's two and was having none of my explanation. She wants to do everything herself and thanks to the easy-to-use interface, she was able to do that.
The LeapFrog Touch Magic Alphabet Bus comes with three modes of play: Learn Mode, Game Mode and Music Mode. My older kids love the Game Mode. One game asks them to find a letter or an object. They love being challenged in this way and even work together to find the answers.
My youngest finds the Game Mode a little tricky at this point, but she adores the music mode where she can jam along to three songs including her favorite, If You're Happy and You Know It. There is also a Learn Mode that is great for many ages where children touch a letter and learn all about what it's called and what sound it makes.
So far my kids favorite thing to do with the LeapFrog Touch Magic Alphabet Bus is to play the piano keys and dance. They will take turns being the pianist while the others dance either fast or slow depending on the tempo.
Look at that dancing!
Check out my kids in action rocking out to the LeapFrog Touch Magic Alphabet Bus.
I was shopping at Target the other day and noticed they had a variety of Touch Magic toys. You can also find them at Leap Frog, Toys R Us, Walmart, Kmart and Amazon. Try them out for yourself!
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 8/06/2012 04:00:00 AM