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Friday, October 17, 2014

Living Locally: Sky High Sports Family Fun + Giveaway!

Disclaimer: We received passes to Sky High Sports to review, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you get some time to relax and enjoy this weekend! I have a fun giveaway to share with you today! The kids had been begging me for months to take them to Sky High Sports - an indoor trampoline fun center - but it was just something that I filed away as a "to-do" someday, and then a couple weekends ago while we were out visiting pumpkin patches I decided to surprise the kids and stopped by on our way home. 

They were just a tad excited.


I made sure that I signed the waivers online first so I wouldn't have to worry about that when we got there. We entered in to the large building and my kids let out a little gasp of anticipation. There were multiple areas with different activities for them to play on - sections for all ages to jump, certain areas for just younger children, a basketball bouncing area, a foam pit - and all of the sections had their own attendant supervising everyone.


There were also video game stations, plenty of vending machines to purchase cold water (we definitely needed it!) and then an area called Kids Adventureland, which is a fun area full of activities for children 12 and younger (Anika thought she was pretty cool because she slid by being 11).


If you wanted to make an afternoon of it, there's also a snack bar and seating for lunch. The building has plenty of seating for parents and anyone else who's not jumping (or just needing a break) with many very comfortable leather couches....and massage chairs. There's even an area with a TV and lounge chairs so dads can keep up with whatever game is on TV.


Needless to say the kids (and I) had a great time and they've already begged me on multiple occasions to go back there and had a birthday party (there is one private jumping area that is available for private parties). 

If you're local, Sky High Sports is located in Tigard, but they also have locations in California, Illinois, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington - and I've got some FREE passes to give away! Normally you see a "Family 4 Pack" giveaway, but since I have a family of 5 - I'm giving away 5 1 hour jumping passes away! These passes can be used at any Sky High location and will be mailed directly from me to you! Good luck!

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~Melissa

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Papa Murphy's Tour


Hey everyone! Well, I'm still working on going through all of my photos from last month, and I came across these pictures from a tour I did of at one of our local Papa Murphy's


We have always been fans of the take-and-bake pizza shop since I was a kid - it was actually some what of a tradition on Friday nights when we bought a pizza, some ice cream and soda, and sometimes we made Root Beer floats. We'd usually kick back and watch a movie together. 


One of the things I love about Papa Murphy's now is that it's affordable and you get a good quantity of pizza for the price - they never skimp on toppings.  At our tour we got to see how things were prepped and fresh cut daily. Veggies were chopped, dough was made, and it was nice to see the process behind the pizza making.


We also got to taste some of their new pizzas - their Angus Steak and Roasted Garlic was very tasty and their gluten-free option was really good too! 


 What's your favorite kind of pizza? I love just about anything! When we head to Papa Murphy's though, we normally will order a half cowboy half Hawaiian (with olives) and they work great on nights that we have soccer games. 

Speaking of, I'm off to get the little ones from school soon and gear up for two practices...and by the way the dark clouds look in the sky they may be wet ones! 

~Melissa

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Farewell McMinnville Farmers Market

McMinnville Farmer's Market

Hey everyone! This weekend may be our last sunny weekend around here as we have a bunch of rain headed our way soon. Wayne's birthday was today, so the kids and I made him  a little birthday dinner last night that included a peach walnut salad, rosemary mashed potatoes, and bacon wrapped filet mignons - which the kids got to taste for the very first time... I'm not sure if that was a good idea or not because Emma was begging everyone for seconds and snitching bites off of my plate! What can I say, the girl has good taste! The kids drank sparkling cider and Wayne and I had some Pinot Noir from Dobbes Family Estate Winery. After dinner we had a delicious fruit tart with a glass of Riesling from Brooks Winery and we all huddled in for a movie. 

Wayne's birthday is always sort of the first celebration to ring in the fall - and it also happened to be the last week of our local Farmer's Market. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to make it out for one last weekend, but I did head over there a few times this summer with the kids.

McMinnville Farmer's Market
McMinnville Farmer's Market
McMinnville Farmer's Market
McMinnville Farmer's Market

We like to browse up and down the street and buy fresh squeezed berry lemonades and peaches or bread - just hang out on 3rd street and enjoy the day - then when we get done at the Farmer's Market we walk up and down looking at all of the cute shops.

McMinnville Farmer's Market
McMinnville Farmer's Market
McMinnville Farmer's Market
McMinnville Farmer's MarketMcMinnville Farmer's Market

Farmer's markets are one of our favorite summertime past times, and even though I'm sad that they are all over with for the season, I'm happy for the Pumpkin Patches and hay rides - so farewell farmers' markets - until we meet again next spring. 

~Melissa

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Spooky Cookie Disney Junior Halloween Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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I finally have the pictures up from our little after school party we had on Monday! The kids had a great time and it was a fun way to ring in the festivities for Halloween! Emma had been begging me for a very long time to have a party for her, and I told her we would, but one thing after another always happened and I kept putting it off and putting it off, so we finally held a party and combined the two: a Disney Junior  Doc McStuffins themed party for her as well as a pre-Halloween party.

Picking out decorations was easy – Walmart had a huge supply of Doc McStuffin decorations and party favors, as well as plates, cups, etc. I took the colors theme and meshed it with Halloween – and used purple, orange, and black streamers and tablecloths. I also picked up a Doc McStuffin costume to wear – there was one style in the toy aisle as well as others in the Halloween costume aisle. I purchased several Doc McStuffin toys and goodies to use as prizes for the kids and even grabbed a box of Doc. McStuffin Band-Aids so Doctor Emma could fix up her friend’s stuffed animals. 

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Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias

The weather has been so great I set everything up on our back deck and covered the entire area with spider webs – creating a spider web “roof” above their heads. Since the weather has been so warm we’ve had a bunch of stink bugs hatch and are hanging out everywhere – they kept flying into the spider webbing all over the place, which was a little frustrating but the kids thought it was cool and creepy. I guess it was a Halloween party bonus!

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Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias

 Having an after school party I knew we’d need some snacks, so I kept things really simple and made cheese pizza mummies out of English muffins, pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese and black olives. I also made bloody mummies with hot dogs wrapped in pizza dough and drips of red food coloring baked in. For treats I had a platter of brownies, mini donuts, rice cereal treats and cookies, adorned with sour gummy worms. I also had a platter of grapes with more sour gummy worms peering out of them. 

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Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias

Anika was in charge of the games, so they broke out the radio and played freeze dance – when the music stops you have to freeze and whoever is the last one moving is eliminated. They also played balloon toss and “Hot potato” with frozen ice hands. (I took a latex-free glove and froze water in it). 

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Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias

 After the games and snacks died down the kids all played for a little while – some danced, other’s played with their prizes, Doctor Emma made sure everyone was okay – and then I broke out the cookies.  I had three different kinds of cookies pre-baked and ready for decorating in pumpkin shapes and Band-Aid shapes. Four different colors of frosting were mixed up in spooky colors as well as a huge variety of sprinkles and eyeballs.  The kids all took turns a few at a time decorating cookies to eat and take home to their families. I bought small cupcake boxes to keep their cookies in so the frosting wouldn’t get damaged on their trips home.

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Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias
Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias

Six o’clock was here before we knew it and parents came to take their sugared up kids home. All three of my kids had a fun afternoon with their friends!

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Spooky Cookie Doc McStuffin Kids Themed Disney Junior Halloween Party #JuniorCelebrates #shop #cbias


If you are contemplating having an after-school party for your kids – here are a few tips that I have learned over the years:
  • Pick a theme – it doesn’t have to be a huge theme or anything fancy, but it will help simplify everything when you are shopping. It doesn’t even have to all match up! Emma wanted Doc McStuffins and we were doing a pre-Halloween party. It worked great finding a correlation with the two of them.
  • Figure out your food – I’m all for creating fancy complex appetizers, but I’ve learned that when it comes to kids, just make it simple, fun, and you don’t even have to make all of it. They really don’t care.
  • Think of some activities, but don’t set them in stone. – I knew we were going to have prizes and I knew we were going to decorate cookies, but I just let the rest of it happen naturally. It’s good to have a few ideas to give the kids, but more often than not they’ll find their own activities and will be running around you in circles shouting and singing or playing make believe.
  • Make sure to set a time limit – you don’t want kids to get too tired and have meltdowns after a long day at school. 2-3 hours seems to work great for me.
  •  Don’t stress!! – I always do this and I don’t know why. I find myself rushing around the house all day trying to clean it so that parents don’t see the laundry piled up or dishes in the sink, but you know what? After three hours with 5-10 kids in your house no one will notice the dishes in your sink because they will be trying to dodge the toys and wrappers left on the floor!

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Do you have any other after school party tips? Make sure you check out the Halloween costume section at Walmart and keep your eyes open for the Minnie Mouse and Doc McStuffin in-store display! Thanks #CollectiveBias and #JuniorCelebrates for letting me share our party with you!

~Melissa