I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This Grilled Chicken BBQ Pizza shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiserI can’t believe the Memorial weekend is already nearly over. Anika had such a fun time yesterday at the Seattle Mariners game with our family friends (even though they lost), and the rest of us have enjoyed a much needed low – key couple of days at home.
Last weekend we had Noah’s birthday party at the McMinnville Aquatic Center. Naturally since we were playing in the water – and it’s our schools mascot – we added a little pirate theme to the party and made it extra fun with TWIX® Bites.
It’s always slightly more challenging hosting a birthday party at a venue – set up time is really non existent, and while the kids are playing you find yourself rushing to clean everything back up. There are a few upsides though – it is short and sweet, meaning you don’t have to entertain people for a long period of time at your house, plus you don’t have to clean your entire house either. 😉
Like I mentioned, in addition to a pirate theme, had a chocolate loving theme – with TWIX® Bites, and we went all out! The cake, cookies, ice cream, even goody bags were filled with the TWIX® Bites for everyone to feast on! I think I pretty much bought the whole supply of them off of Walmart’s shelf last week! They are found right in the candy aisle, plus there is also a coupon on Social Twist for a $1.00 off two 2.83 oz or larger bags or $3.00 off of two 6 oz or larger bags.
Cookies are always a favorite treat with the kids (and adults!). In fact, I kept the snacks really simple this time since the party time was 2-4 pm and the kids were swimming for an hour of that time. We had mini peanut butter and jam sandwiches, potato chips, apples with caramel dip, squeezable yogurts and veggies with ranch. Everything was kid-friendly!
The cookies were super delicious, very easy to make, and just one more way to #EatMoreBites.
I’ve also begun pre-scooping ice cream prior to when the party starts. It saves time and you can jazz it up a bit with other treats like the TWIX Bites I used. I chopped them up and mixed them in two scoops of old fashioned vanilla ice cream for our guests.
The biggest feat which I (attempted to) accomplish was a one of a kind cake for Noah. It’s kind of turned into a challenge for me every birthday now. I used to just purchase a cake because it freed up a lot of time, but since when we have a party outside of our house I enjoy the challenge of creating something for the kids, like Anika’s flower cupcakes or Emma’s princess cake. No they don’t look as good, but it’s homemade cake and created with love by my two unprofessional hands, plus, I’ve learned as long as there’s lots of goodies on it (like TWIX® Bites!) the kids don’t care how it looks!
So I attempted to make a pirate ship. It’s not perfect – I got frustrated, but it kind of resembles a pirate…something. I think by the look in this boy’s face it proves it’s worth the effort.
All in all we had a fun little party that Noah won’t be forgetting about anytime soon. After our feast on treats he opened his presents while his friends patiently waited and then they were all off to swim for an hour! We had our party on a Sunday, and the Aquatic center is normally closed with the exception of party rentals, so we had both pools to ourselves – the kids loved it!
Thanks #CollectiveBias for helping make this pirate party even more memorable!
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.
There are some moments that I wish I could just slow down or put on pause. Between all of the bickering and hollering from the kids – it can wear me out. But with summertime approaching generally comes better spirits as the days are longer and there is more leisure time for their freedom.
In the summer there seems to be more moments when they are all getting along and playing nicely together. It’s those moments where I have a huge sigh of relief and know that I must be doing something right. These moments are truly a mother’s bliss.
I think it’s safe to say that most of you know by now that I’m a busy woman. Not only do I have my kid’s school and after school activities to manage – but also my part time blogging schedule and on call nursing career. I do so well making sure the kids have all of their gear ready with water bottles and snacks – but I seem to always manage to forget one big important thing: feeding myself.
There has been so many times over the years that I’ve kicked myself for not remembering to eat before I left the house or at the very least remembering to pack a snack. Perhaps the worst times are when I’m working as a nurse because even though I bring a lunch with me, it doesn’t guarantee that I will be able to have the time to sit down and actually eat it. It can get pretty hectic at times and it’s unpredictable. Sometimes it gets so busy that I’ll literally just have a few minutes for a couple of bites of food, so I want to make sure that it’s nutritious enough to keep me going.
I’ve found that these new P3 Portable Protein Packs (which are available at Walmart) are great to have on hand and have just enough in them to tide me over until I can sit down for lunch or dinner. They are really convenient because I don’t have to chop, slice, or pack anything – the cheese, meat and nuts are all packaged and ready to eat!
The P3 Portable Protein Packs come in four different varieties and each have 13-14 grams of protein. They are great for me to have on hand while I’m in the car, at soccer games, at work, and when I’m out running errands.
But seriously, why is it important to have snacks? I know sometimes the hardest thing to do for us as a parent (and people in general!) is to practice what we preach. Well, here are some reasons why you need to snack:
- It keeps you from overeating later on in the evening.
- Snacking balanced foods helps maintain your body’s blood sugar levels.
- Having a nutritious snack will give you the energy your body needs to get through the day.
- Wholesome snacks help provide you with extra vitamins – something most of us don’t get enough of.
How often do you snack, and what do you look for most when choosing something to eat? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I’ve always had a dream.
Ever since I was little I dreamed of working for myself, having a schedule of my own – being able to express my own creativity and live comfortably doing so. I just wasn’t sure how or what that would be.
I began a career in health care when I was young to help others, and pay my bills. Even while in nursing school I knew that I wanted to keep that career as a backup plan to ensure I could always provide for my family if need be.
It was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made.
In the meantime I have always explored other options for earning a living – I’ve sold products and held in home parties, but nothing seemed to click. It wasn’t my passion.
Then in April 2012 I began this blog. I had realized that a few of the websites I stalked on a regular basis were actually created by people like me – and some of them made a living by doing so.
To make a long story short I’ve been working on this blog consistently for 20 months and am continuously learning so many things along the way. It truly has been like going back to school and starting a new career from scratch.
It will always be a work in progress.
For over a year I had the idea for using my writing as a tool to make money from – so I could create the lifestyle I had always dreamed of for my family.
I realized that blogging was my passion.
In October of last year I had finally learned enough to jump in and slowly began making money from my blog. One of the ways I did this was through sponsored campaigns, also known as “Shopportunities” through Collective Bias. I’ve gotten to share recipes, crafts, tips, and ideas with you in posts that surround a certain product, and I actually get paid to be creative! I’ve been blessed to have worked on 11 campaigns through Collective Bias since I joined 14 weeks ago.
I’m pinching myself every day.
Collective Bias is holding a contest for members to win an all-expense paid trip to their annual #SoFabCon conference for bloggers and brands, and they are asking the question, ‘Why do you want to win?’
Let me tell you one thing I’ve learned from blogging – a picture really is worth 1,000 words, and here’s a few reasons why I need to go:
I would love to attend my first blog conference so I can continue to grow and learn, and so I can create the life for my family that up until a year ago I only imagined of.
When this contest was announced I sat down and talked with my kids about my “at-home job”, and really wanted their opinions of what I’ve been doing. Even though this is my blog, my family is a huge part of it. It’s not just about me, it’s about us. I asked my kids to help me out by each drawing a picture for me of one of their favorite things they like about my new job and they all came up with great things.
Anika started thinking of all the wonderful places and events we’ve gotten to attend – all thanks to this blog. She drew a picture of our trip to see the Zoo Lights.
Emma told me that she likes my job because she likes it when I get to stay home with them and be together as a family.
Noah- well, he said he loved everything. He is the happiest boy I’ve ever met.
I then asked, ‘what are some of the things you would like to be able to do as a family someday?‘ I want them to have an understanding on working hard and having dreams.
Well let me tell ya,
They have big dreams too.
I must be doing something right.
If I win this trip I will utilize everything I learn and continue to grow this blog and my career.
I’ll never stop dreaming, and thanks to companies like Collective Bias, my dreams are becoming a reality!