- A plastic container with a
lid (think peanut butter jar, or in my case I used and old candy jar)
- A box-cutter or x-acto knife
- A sheet of sticker paper, pens,
etc. – whatever you’d like to use to decorate your container.
- Box Tops!
Do you have a specific area to keep your Box Tops collection in? I’d love to hear where you keep yours!
The kids have only been out of school for two days now and they are already begging for play dates – and sleepovers.
Most of the time I’m the mom who has the kids over, unless it’s a family who we know pretty well, then every once in a while the kids get invited over to someone else’s house. After the kids begged me though, I started thinking, and I realized that I haven’t let the kids have their friends over for a slumber party in months! Having a small (ish) house, it’s definitely something we need to plan out in advance most of the year – especially if we’re having more than one kid over for the night.
Summers are the perfect time to host a sleepover because the kids aren’t confined indoors. They can play outside, and if you’re lucky enough even sleep outdoors! One of my favorite childhood memories is when my sister and would sleep in tents in our best friend’s back yard. I believe it’s healthier for kids to play outdoors when possible – it not only gives them fresh air and exercise, but promotes creativity.
If you think you may have kids coming and going this summer it may be beneficial to keep a “sleepover kit” on hand. Get a basket, tote, or even a reusable bag, and fill it with designated sleepover items – almost like an emergency preparedness kit for slumber parties! Think of things that kids often forget to bring over, or things that you would need if anything happened. I always want the kids to go home happy and healthy!
What sort of things do kids forget to bring? Stuff like toothbrushes, mouthwash, sunscreen and flashlights. Hand sanitizer and wipes are always great to have extra of, and you could also add in special activity books, bubbles, colors, and whatever else to use for their special sleepover.
A good place to stock up on everything is Walgreens. They have pretty much all you’d need to fill up your sleepover kit – including Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essential Products like:
5 Things to Keep on hand for summer sleepovers:
- Band-Aids – Just in case – a covered wound heals faster than an uncovered wound.
- Neosporin – again, just in case – because you should always have an antibiotic ointment on hand.
- Listerine – It’s a sleepover – those kids and tweens will be eating lots of sugar and snacks. They’ll need to kill as many germs as possible!
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist – Don’t forget to protect the kids outdoors! No one wants to come home with a sunburn! Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Body Mist is great because it’s non-greasy and water resistant up to 80 minutes.
- Zyrtec 24 Hour Tablets – I always check with parents first, but Zyrtec is what we keep at the house for allergy relief as well as for other issues that arise when you’d need an antihistamine – like hives. Zyrtec is safe to use for kids 6 and older.
I like shopping for this kind of stuff at Walgreens because I can use the Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices app. The App helps encourage users to make more healthy choices and set goals. You can earn Balance Rewards Points for doing activities like walking and cycling.
Let’s face it. These kids keep me moving, so why not get some extra rewards out of it?
Have your kids been begging for sleepovers? If you need additional ideas/tips here’s a link to one of my favorite posts: How to Plan a Girl’s Sleepover Slumber Party in 10 Easy Steps.
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Hello everyone! Can you believe that Father’s Day is now less than a month away? I know I’ve said this many times, but I still cannot believe just how fast this year is flying by!
I always make sure that we do something special for Wayne on Father’s Day. I think it’s very important to teach the kids to give back, be kind, and downright spoil their Dad at least one day out of the year. Some of you may not know, but Wayne isn’t Anika’s biological father – though he has raised her since she was 18 months old, and to him, she is his. Family doesn’t always equal blood – it’s who is there for you no matter what.
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You guys – tomorrow it officially starts – all three of the kids are now in sports and at the same time! This should be an interesting journey that we are beginning! While Emma and Noah are doing a new sport, Anika is still happily busy with soccer.
I was a little leery putting her on a club because I knew there would be more driving involved and the seasons were a little different (her games continue through Memorial weekend so there’s a month of overlapping sports), but so far it hasn’t been too bad and she loves her coach. Our babysitter’s husband is actually the girls high school soccer coach, and Anika really wants to play with him in a few years, so we knew she needed to continue playing in middle school if she wanted a shot, so she’s chosen soccer as ‘her sport’.
Since I’ve been doing this ‘soccer mom’ thing for quite a few years now (and I have a few more to go!), I’ve learned a trick or two, especially with having younger kids who tag along and are sideline heroes for every game.
We’ve all spent hours cheering Anika on from the sideline over the years, handing out POWERADE® and snacks when needed. I prefer to give the kids good snacks that will keep them happy and full until the next meal time, so I keep a lunch cooler that the kids bought for me stocked with things to keep everyone happy.
These are 5 must have snacks that you need to pack before soccer games:
1. Drinks – we always have cold water on hand, but we also like to have POWERADE® for everyone too – POWERADE® is formulated with Vitamins B3, B6, & B12 to support energy metabolism, and a 6% carbohydrate solution to help provide energy to working muscles.
2. Fresh Produce – there’s nothing better than munching on some fresh fruit and veggies – and next time you are shopping look for a coupon on the 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE® packages and you can get $1 off Walmart fresh produce when you buy two 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE®. (Hurry this deal is only available while supplies last!)
3. Cheese – cheese sticks or slices are always a favorite with the kids.
4. Nuts and crackers – mixed nuts and crackers are good because they don’t need refrigerated and can be kept in the car for emergencies (like if the game goes over or you run out of other snacks)
5. Yogurt – kids love a sweet treat, and yogurt satisfies their cravings. There is a lot of options for yogurt nowadays, from yogurt in squeeze tubes to drinkable yogurt, you don’t always have to pack a spoon if you don’t want to.
You can find the 12 pack (12 ounces each) POWERADE® in the beverage aisle at Walmart – they are the perfect size for thirsty players!
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My husband and I were raised very differently. He grew up in a health conscious family that really took into consideration what products and foods they used, and, well – I didn’t.
When we met I had no idea what I was putting into my body or how things I did (or didn’t do) had an effect on the world around me – like recycling, but over the past 10 years we’ve meshed and evolved together, and we both try to make good choices and really find the balance in life.
Things like buying natural eggs, Tom’s of Maine products, antibiotic-free meat, recycling, and repurposing things are all ways that our family does our part to take care of the Earth.
With April being Earth Month, I thought it would be fun to write down some ideas of things that you can do with your kids to help bring awareness about our Earth and teach them to love and appreciate it even more!
8 Activities to do With Your Kids During Earth Month
1. Take the family on a hike and really enjoy the nature that surrounds you.
2. Visit a Farmer’s Market or a Fruit Stand – buying local and from the original source is great for the local community and helps teaches kids just where their food comes from.
3. Try some new Earth-friendly products like Tom’s of Maine. Wayne introduced me to the brand years ago, and I like buying their products because they are made without any artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives. I like Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste for the kids, Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste for Wayne and I, as well as Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant for Anika.
4. Go on a bike ride – enjoy your surroundings and fresh air with your family.
5. Have a power free day – can you make it? Have an entire day at home without the use of electricity – it will definitely be one Earth Month celebration that will create a big memory for the kids!
6. Plant something – teach your kids how to plant something and take care of it.
7. Make some art together to celebrate out earth – coloring pictures or making earth necklaces out of dirt are both fun ways to bring awareness to kids.
8. Give back and clean up – volunteer during a city wide clean up, or just create one yourself! Help keep your neighborhood clean and clutter free?
Do you celebrate Earth Month with your kids? What activities does your family do together?
You can find Tom’s of Maine products in the toothpaste and deodorant aisles at your local Walmart, and CLICK HERE to get a $1.00 off coupon to use at on Tom’s of Maine products during your next shopping trip at Walmart!
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I still can’t believe that we are already well into spring – it seems like just yesterday it was Valentine’s Day! There are quite a few events happening for us over the next month like Noah’s birthday, his preschool graduation, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and of course Memorial Day – lots of excuses to celebrate!
Noah and Emma will be starting T-ball soon, Anika’s soccer is well underway and the two sports will overlap until the end of May, so I’m hunkering down for 6 weeks of crazy fun. I’ve been collecting some quick and easy recipes and stocking up on snacks and beverages to have on hand for when parties happen or last minute friends arrive.
Planning ahead and picking up a few extra things while shopping really helps me eliminate any last minute anxiety that I may have for parties or entertaining. I always like to have extra food and drinks around, in case the party is bigger than anticipated, or just to have available if a friend randomly stops by for a visit.
One of the recipes I’ve found and filed away for future reference is RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac – it’s really easy to make homemade guacamole that tastes good and seriously only takes a couple of minutes to create. You use one can of RO*TEL’s Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies in the recipe which gives the guacamole a little zesty flavor.
All you need:
3 pitted and peeled avocados
1 can of zesty RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green
½ cup chopped onion
A squeeze of lime juice
All you do:
Mash the avocados in a bowl, stir in remaining ingredients, then season with salt and pepper.
The recipe can also be found on the RO*TEL website, which has a how-to video and other great tips. I also like to buy a variety of chips, crackers, and other things like carrots and celery to have on hand because they can quickly create a tasty appetizer/snack tray.
I have plenty of juice boxes and water at my house, but I like to buy a few special adult beverages drinks to have available for guests (or myself!) and I’ve recently discovered Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas – if you like margaritas these are a great option to serve quickly with the same great margarita flavor – and it happens to pair well with the RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac!
So I have chips and crackers, adult beverages, and lastly, I know that this sounds ridiculous – but always make sure you have ice! I know many of you have an automatic ice dispenser in your freezer, but for those of us who are behind on the times – always make sure you have plenty of ice on hand to quickly cool down a drink or to keep food at appropriate temperatures. We make our own ice cubes the old fashioned way, but I like to keep a bag of ice in our second freezer because it’s come in handy more times than I ever would have thought.
Do you have any special recipes that you use for spring entertaining? What is the one thing you always have on hand for guests?
Zest up your fiesta with RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac and Bud Light’s
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My kids – oh how I love them – those crazy little beings. We fight, we argue, but I’ll never forget these silly little moments when they are in their element – playing outside in all of the glorious dirt and mud and having fun.
You guys know that I’m a nurse, so I know all about germs – but thankfully I don’t let them get the best of me. If I worried about germs all of the time I would go crazy! Thankfully, I too was raised playing in the outdoors and my imagination ran wild in the grassy fields and beneath old plum trees – and you know what? For the most part the saying is true, ‘dirt don’t hurt.’