• Bugs in the Grass Sensory Play Bin
  • 4th of July Sparkler Wands
  • 2015 Handprint Calendar Printable
  • Lemonade Activities
  • 4th of July Handprint Flag
  • Sponges in the water table
    Sponges in the Water Table
  • Lemon Cream Cake
  • 4th of July Sparkle Bottles
  • 10 Things I've Learned
  • Our Water Wall
  • Strawberry Salad
  • Rainbow Ice Cube Painting

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I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As a child care provider and a mother in the US, I realize I have different experiences than other parents.  Our world is diverse and so are the ways of raising children in other cultures.  Mom Voyáge was created by Urbini to allow moms around the globe to learn how different, and similar, parenting can be in different cultures.

What a great community that enlightens and gives me a new perspective on parenting! It’s interesting to see how maternity leave varies in different areas of the world.. it never seems long enough for us in the US.

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Stacy

DIY Army Guy Book Ends

DIY Army Guy Book Ends

I’m crazy about these book ends Brett made for a Visual Arts 4-H project. They turned out so cool and are a great fit in his room. I like simple crafts that come together easily and this is one of them. Brett is 11, almost 12, and he created these himself with little help. Dad gave him some spray paint pointers.

DIY Army Guy Book Ends

Needed:

  • Wood base: Choose an unfinished wood piece with weight. We layered two pieces for extra weight and interest. Unfinished wood pieces are from Michael’s.
  • Hot glue
  • Army guy figurines (currently at Target in the dollar section – 9 figurines for $3!) or other figure, like an animal. Find something that fits on your base and is proportionate.
  • Gloss spray paint

Glued together, before spray painting. Brett wanted his to match but any combination of figurines would work.

DIY Army Guy Book Ends

Spray painting – several applications required.

DIY Army Guy Book Ends

On his bookshelf:

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Brett’s army guy book ends received a blue ribbon at the fair!

Our bookends were inspired by this post on Love Grows Wild. Love that blog name and wonderful ideas there!

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Stacy

Frozen Foods: How Fresh Food Stays Fresh! #ad

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the most helpful tools in my kitchen in the freezer! I love to freeze ingredients and extras so it doesn’t get wasted, stock pile single servings for my husband’s lunches, or just cook ahead and freeze it for a quick, convenient meal at a later date. There’s so many benefits of frozen foods such as having them readily available, portion control, ease of preparation, and lots of variety that makes it easy to try different types of foods.

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I have a small freezer in the basement and the one over the refrigerator. Both are full at the moment but we do use what’s in there. All too often I end up throwing away food that’s spoiled so I often buy frozen foods, especially vegetables.  I don’t have to feel like I’m sacrificing nutrition when I use frozen foods. Frozen food is made from real recipes and real ingredients. Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh

Freezing naturally pauses the fresh, quality foods and suspends them there until you’re ready to enjoy them.  Freshness, flavor, and nutrients are locked in and it’s just how fresh food stays fresh!

Read more about fresh vs frozen here.  There’s a huge selection foods in your frozen food aisle including these:

Frozen foods are ready when you are. They allow today’s busy families to spend less time apart and more time enjoying wholesome, tasty meals around the dinner table.

Frozen waffles makes breakfast quick and easy. This is a breakfast I served recently along with fresh blueberries:

Afternoon snack for my child care group comes together easy with Bagel Bites. Something different and the kids really enjoyed them.

Dinner can come together very quick too with a few frozen foods. I made Asian Ginger pork chops with hash browns and cheesy broccoli. My guys loved it.

Do you use frozen foods? What is your favorite frozen food to have on hand?

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Fresh, New Chevron Listerine Designer Bottles at Target

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Listerine. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I have no problem admitting that I’m addicted…to Listerine. Seriously, I use it everyday. At least twice/day. I love Fresh Mint! My mouth just doesn’t feel clean enough without it. It must be working too because my hygienist always says my teeth look great. I think some of it is just my luck but definitely the rest is due to Listerine! After all, Listerine is the #1 dentist recommended brand and it gives you a cleaner, healthier mouth.

Chevron Listerine Designer Bottles

Chevron Listerine Designer Bottles

What’s more to love is the bright colors and fun patterned bottle that fits right in with your bathroom decor. These fun new bottles are perfect for keeping out on your bathroom counter – where it’s handy. It’s a fresh idea to add simplicity your morning and night-time routine! I do leave mine out on the bathroom counter or on the étagère in the bathroom (because I can lock that door during child care hours) so I like this new look!

Chevron Listerine Designer Bottles

Choose your newly designed bottle that comes in four different flavors:

  • Cool Mint
  • Fresh Mint (my favorite)
  • Arctic Mint
  • Fresh Citrus

Chevron pattern is hot right now and there’s one for your bathroom! These bottles are available for a limited-time only and exclusive at Target.   Save Now with Target Cartwheel

What’s your favorite Listerine flavor? Tell me I’m not the only Listerine addict…

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Try Summertime Creations™ at Cold Stone Creamery

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cold Stone Creamery for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ahh! Summer! It’s been a long time coming in Wisconsin, but we’ve had some beautiful days. July 20th is next week and it’s National Ice Cream Day. Now that is a day to celebrate! What better way than at Cold Stone Creamery with one of their Summertime Creations™!

For more than 25 years Cold Stone has served the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes. Made with the finest ingredients and their signature process of preparing your custom ice cream Creation™ on a frozen granite stone, you’re sure to love your treat!

Just in time for National Ice Cream Day, Cold Stone has some delicious Summertime Creations™ for you to try including:

  • Surrender to Strawberry: Strawberry Ice Cream mixed with Yellow Cake, Strawberries and Whipped Topping.
  • Cake Batter Batter Batter™: Cake Batter Ice Cream mixed with Brownie and Cookie Dough.
  • Banana Caramel Crunch®: French Vanilla Ice Cream mixed with caramel, Roasted Almonds and fresh banana.
  • OREO® Double Chocolate: Chocolate Ice Cream mixed with OREO®, Fudge and Whipped Topping.
  • Butterfinger Caramel Crunch®: Sweet Cream Ice Cream mixed with Caramel, Butterfinger® and Whipped Topping.

We were lucky to get some coupons to go to our local Cold Stone Creamery (which is dangerously close to home!) and try one of the Summertime Creations™. It was a real treat too – our son was gone visiting family for the week, so it was like a date. A real sweet one!  We’re not so great at this selfie thing but here we are, at Cold Stone.

My husband tried the Cake Batter Batter Batter™ (pictured at the top) and I tried the the Butterfinger Carmel Crunch®. Yum! We both liked ours and both said we probably couldn’t finish them, but guess what? Yep, we did!

Here is my Summertime Creation™ being made. All the ingredients are mixed together on the frozen granite stone. All the ice cream is made fresh daily in each location too.

You can receive offers and deals when you sign up for My Cold Stone Club.  Simply join the My Cold Stone Club today and get a BOGO copuon right away!  Follow Cold Stone on Twitter too.

Which of the Summertime Creations™ are you excited to try on National Ice Cream Day?

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