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Monday, August 3, 2015

Easy Ham, Cheese & Pickle Kabobs

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I took my little man school supply shopping yesterday for his first year in "real" school. I failed to realize two things. First, it was lunch time and second, we had to be at a birthday party later so I needed something quick and easy to calm the tiny folks and fuel their energy for the awesome party. Enter these adorable Ham, Cheese & Pickle Kabobs.


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I am a busy mom, like most out there.  It is tough to keep my schedule and the kids schedules together while making sure that naps are had, meals are healthy and sanity is saved.  Today was a prime example of the chaos.  I knew we had a birthday party, I knew that this last week of summer (enter sad face here) is full to the brim with other fun and adventures, and I knew that my kids would be hungry at some point.  

We woke up, had some quick breakfast and got ready for the day.  This is probably where life went wrong as my daughter would not let me brush her hair, my son would not get dressed and the hubby was still snoring away the day.  So 2 hours after I began my attempt to go school supply shopping, we finally left. 

This late start put us into lunch time and 15 minutes late for our birthday party.  I rushed home to drop off the crayons and grab the presents and my kids were whiny and unruly.  So I grabbed the Hillshire Farm Naturals Honey Roasted Ham, some cheese and pickles and made a quick and delicious snack for my kiddos. 

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Instructions:
  • Roll up 2 slices of Hillshire Farm Naturals Honey Roasted Ham
  • Using small cookie cutters, cut some shapes out of the Colby jack cheese.  Pro tip: If your block of cheese is really thick, slick it in half before cutting out the shapes. 
  • Slice up some small pickle snackers into bite sized pieces.
  • Slide ham, cheese and pickles onto a kabob skewer and enjoy!
Basically my children devoured these and I didn't even get a photo because by the time I gave them their kabobs and went to put away the rest of the ingredients and wipe down the counter, they were gone. 

I feel good feeding my kids the Hillshire Farm Naturals line.  The Honey Roasted Ham is scrumptious with just the perfect amount of sweet and salty.  The packaging is nice and easy to store and there is SO much meat in one little container.  I made 4 kabobs with 8 pieces of meat total and still had 6 pieces of meat left in the container!  For $4.50 a container and a 0.75 coupon from the Just4U Safeway online portal I definitely think this product is worth purchasing again.   Grab your coupon while supplies last, you have until 8/9/15!  

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In addition, The Hillshire Farm Naturals lunch meats are 100% natural, delicious and guaranteed.  No joke it is actually guaranteed!  Hillshire Farm® is offering an Love it or We'll Eat It guarantee.  If you love it, they will donate a sandwich to someone in need if you don't they will get your cash back to you.  Just check out their website and leave your feedback!

I know that I will be including Hillshire Farm Naturals for my kids lunches (and mine too) from here on out and I will most definitely be clicking that "love it" button to give back to someone in need.

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What do you think?  Would you try the Hillshire Farm Naturals line?



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Random Happenings

Today as I sat on the phone with the transportation department for my sons school I realized two things.  First, my baby starts school in 12 days which means I start school in 14.  Second, we are entirely unprepared.  Mostly due to the fact that we have been so busy this summer.  So for the rest of the summer I vow to do this:

Extra Snuggles!
This one, well she is starting to become quite the princess Diva.  I think it might be an actual issue and therapy will probably be needed.  Parents you know what this is in reference to...FROZEN. During potty training week we had a huge meltdown like I have never witnessed over an Elsa shirt. Basically the child will only wear Frozen clothes and well, I am in huge huge huge trouble over here. 

Already in the checkbook
To prep for the wedding took a bit of pampering.  No problem, I am a girly girl at heart and really enjoy a nice day at the nail salon, however most of the ones local to me are not super great.  I heard recommendations about this amazing salon about 30 minutes from me and seriously it was worth the 30 minute drive.  I mean just look at how pretty it is.  It pretty much made my entire week.

Plus it smelled good and had a coffee and candy bar!  I am never leaving.
The last few weeks we have been enjoying nature in more ways than one.  We had a mama bird decide that my husbands plant hangers were a great nesting spot and have enjoyed watching our baby birds grow!  They are just so cute, although they will not let us get very close to them, that is fine.

In final random news, I am already missing the beautiful mountains of Colorado.  Living on the plains is great and all, but being right up in it is just breathtaking.  


The wedding broke our budget so for the last three days we have not left the house, which is probably why I am missing all the fun of last week.  I am really excited for payday tomorrow to you know, pay bills and then be broke again!  Life is crazy, busy, amazing and frustrating all in one.  I submit my last final for this semester tomorrow and have a good month break off from graduate school.  It will be super nice to just kick back a bit!  Otherwise I think that is all the randomness I have for today.  I should probably get dressed, or not.

How are you spending your Thursday?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Potty Training & 10 Potty Prize Ideas

About 3 weeks ago the peanut and I sat off on a journey to potty train.  She had been showing some interest and honestly was probably ready to potty train about 2 months earlier.  I snagged up some potty prizes, prepped for 3 days of nothing but focus and we were off.

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I used the 3 day potty training method with my son and daughter.  The basics of it are:

  • Diaper free from day 1 (this include pull ups)
  • Celebrate successes with huge positive reinforcement (more on that later)
  • Accidents should be met with a mildly disappointed face and calm demeanor with kids helping to clean them up.
  • You don't really leave the house for more than an hour.
The key to this is that you potty train your kids between 20-28 months old as long as they are showing interest.  If they are not showing interest, DO NOT potty train.  You will hate your life.  My son was NOT interested and the year long battle was not worth it.  

Our 3 days with the peanut were pretty good.  Day 1 we got her up, took off her diaper, put on her panties (although they say to let them be 1/2 naked, panties were a motivator for our girl) and she had 1 accident late that night.  We cleaned it up and I was sure that day 2 was going to be just as easy. 

Side note: We do use pull ups at night.  There is a lot of peer reviewed evidence out there to show that night time potty training has a lot to do with brain maturity and that if the child's brain is not mature enough to wake them up they will have accidents, even if you limit liquids.  

Day 2 was full of accidents and frustrations.  My son got to go with my aunt and that really upset the peanut so she was over potty training.  I had been rewarding her successes with jelly beans and now even the jelly beans and pretty panties were not enough to motivate her.  Kid just wanted to go.  So we went to Target and picked up a bunch of prizes.  I did the same thing with my son and it was a game changer.  

Here is a list of 10 potty prizes that will not break the bank.

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Once we picked up our potty prizes, we came back home (we also practiced using the potty about 5 times in the store, without success but we tried).  She had one success, we celebrated big by calling our grandma and our auntie and picking out a prize.  She really wanted her bigger toy but that was reserved for poop.  Day 2 ended with a accidents but a positive happy child who was willing to keep trying. 

Day 3 was much better.  We had one accident and it was my fault because she was in the bathroom, I just wasn't right there to help her get on the potty and turn the lights on.  She started to tell me she needed to go potty and was earning prizes left and right.  She also earned her big prize.

The last 3 weeks have been going pretty well.  She has not been in a diaper since we started and is pretty good about telling us she needs to use the potty.  During the wedding we were all so busy that she was in a pull up for portions of it (like the actual ceremony), but even then she was telling us that she needed to potty.  I do recommend the 3 day potty training method IF your child is showing signs they are ready. 

What would you add to my list of potty prize ideas?

 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

That One Time my Sister got Married & The most EPIC Speech was Given #Giveaway

Last week was a whirlwind of insanity, beauty and love.  My little sister tied the knot to a man that could not be more perfect for her.   It was awesome and perfect and I still cannot believe that she is married.  This beautiful woman never wanted to get married, never envisioned her wedding and never thought she would find a man like her husband.  They are perfect for each other in every single way and I am just over the moon excited for both of them.

Rehearsal Dinner

We spent 6 days in the mountains preparing for this wedding and most of it I spent crafting (more to come on that) and the men spent taking the barn from a storage space to a beautiful wedding venue. My poor husband just about lost his thumb in the construction of this.  I just love him too!


I did not take that many photos (terrible reception and the craziness of the wedding left me without my camera), and the ones that I have are from other folks who attended the wedding but here are a few sneak peaks.

Isn't she Stunning

My Sweet Boy!  I made his vest and bow tie!
That moment she sees her Husband and my Daddy sees his baby girl

The Wedding Party (sans my crazy children)
Oh yeah and I made a toast.  A really amazing, epic, hysterical toast that I am pretty sure should just go viral so I can be on Ellen or something (ha)!  My sister challenged me and I accepted so for your viewing pleasure, check out my advice on marriage and my sweet rap to the tune of the Fresh Prince of BelAir.


I cannot wait to share more photos with you all.  Shoot, I cannot wait to see more photos.  It was a great week and although my entire family is exhausted, it was perfect. So to celebrate this momentous occasion with you my wonderful readers, I am giving away another $10.00 gift card of your choice to either Walmart, Target, Kohls, Kmart or Amazon.

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Tell me, what did you think about my wedding toast to my sister and brother-in-law?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Treats for the Whole Family-Pet Cookie Jar #ShareFunshine [ad]

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Summer is a wonderful time for everyone in our family.  Our kids have their mama back full time and no school.  My husband takes vacation so we get to be together more and our puppies get to be out and about and not in their dog run for the majority of the day.

I really like to give our pets some extra special attention when I am home. We recently just redid our dog feeding station and I wanted to make a special Pet Cookie Jar to accent that and to remind myself to #ShareFunshine with my furbabies too!

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I recycled some materials but basically all you need is a Jar (I used an old kitchen canister) & some pet themed and letter stickers. Then just stick them all over the jar and boom you are done. You can make this for any pet and it is a great way to upcycle. 

I filled our pet cookie jar with our favorite doggie treat Pedigree Dentistix®.  My dogs love both the Pedigree Dentistix® Original and the Pedigree Dentistix® Beef flavors. 

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Pedigree Dentistix® is our treat of choice because it promotes oral health to reduce plaque and tarter build up.  We need something like this because our dogs will not let us brush their teeth and wrestling a 70-80 lb dog is just not happening.

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I also appreciate that my dogs do not scarf them down very fast.  Their texture is great and it takes my dogs a bit of time to really eat them.  They enjoy it too!

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At around $15.00 for 40 treats (large dogs) they are priced great at Walmart as well!  This lasts us about a month and is great on the pocketbook. You can find them in the pet food isle and they are on rollback right now as well.  You should grab some and #ShareFunshine too!

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Now summer is not just about our dogs enjoying their treats, with so many family and friend gatherings this summer I needed to pull out some fantastic recipes to #ShareFunshine with everyone. While I was at Walmart I grabbed a few our our favorite treats with some delicious recipes in mind to share with my family this week as we prep for my little sisters wedding.

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Now onto some of the delicious snacks that I made to share this weekend with our friends and family to celebrate and #ShareFunshine for wedding week 2015!  



Ingredients:
  • Dr Pepper® Cherry
  • Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream of choice
  • Ice cream toppings
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Directions:
  • Pour your ice cold Dr Pepper® Cherry into your cup of choice
  • Take a scoop of vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream and plop it on top
  • Top with whipped topping and chocolate and enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars (4-6)
  • 1 graham cracker pre made pie crust
  • 1 tub of whipped topping
  • 1 package of cream cheese pudding mix
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 cups of softened vanilla ice cream
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Directions:

  • Pour the softened vanilla ice cream into the bottom of the pie crust.  Place in freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer and unwrap 4-6 SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars and press them into the vanilla ice cream.  Place in freezer again for another 10-15 minutes. 
  • While you are waiting on that, grab a mixing bowl and pour the pudding mix, whipped topping, powdered sugar and milk in and use a whisk to whip up the topping.
  • Remove the pie from the freezer and pour the cheesecake topping on.  You can also cut up some SNICKERS® Minis to decorate the top.
  • Place in freezer for an hour.
  • Remove, cut and serve. 

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Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of popped instant popcorn
  • 3 cups of Pretzels
  • 1/2 a bag of Skittles® 14oz bag
  • 1/2 a bag of Starburst® Minis Unwrapped
  • 1 cup Cashews

Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and munch away!

We are up in the mountains right now and have been enjoying these snacks so much.  My sister gets married tomorrow and we have been working tirelessly for the last 4 days to ready the mountain retreat for an obscene amount of amazing guests.  Our pups have been enjoying their treats and we have too.  Summer has been epic so far and with only 3 weeks left I cannot wait to see what else it brings.

So tell me, how do you #ShareFunshine this summer?

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