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Over the past year, my son has learned to love reading. His two favorite things to read about are sports and anything by National Geographic Kids. Their books are great because they teach kids about the world, but in a really fun way. Did you know that National Geographic also has a cool new game called Animal Jam?
Animal Jam is an online virtual playground for kids who love animals and the outdoors. This game was designed to provide a fun, exciting, and safe environment for kids to play online, while inspiring them to explore and protect the natural world outside their doors. We haven't tried it yet, but it seems like something my kids could really get into!
Want to check it out with your kids?
Click on the image below to create an account and start playing for FREE!
Every year, when my kids go trick-or-treating, I always have to sneak a Reese peanut butter cup out of their candy stash. I love all Hershey's chocolate, but their chocolate and peanut butter Reese's cups are my real weakness. That's why I decided to mix Reese's with another favorite snack to make a simple halloween treat. It's a Boo-nanna milkshake with mini Reese's pearnut butter cups mixed in!
This milkshake was so easy to make using a frozen banana, milk, honey and one pack of Reese's mini peanut butter cups.
To make your own Reese's Boo-nana milkshake, just cut one frozen banana into pieces, then add about 1 cup of milk, one teaspoon of honey and one pack Reese's mini peanut butter cups. Then, blend it in the blender until smooth. If it's too thick, just add some more milk and continue blending. It's that easy.
When everything is all mixed up, pour it into a glass, top it with whipped cream and a few more mini Reese's peanut butter cups. To make it look festive for Halloween, cut up some black construction paper or cardstock, and make ghost eyes and a mouth. Boo!
To find more creative Halloween snacks and desserts, check out the Hershey website. They have some really cute recipes such as Mummy Cookies, No bake Butterscotch Haystacks and Kisses Acorn Treats (my favorite)!
I am so excited to share this Rainblow Loom birthday cake idea with you! If you have a kid at home who loves creating these bracelets, having a rainbow loom themed birthday party is such a fun and easy idea. This loom themed cupcake-cake is colorful, festive, and something you can make at home. This is an original idea that a friend of mine came up with and I think the results are fabulous!
How to make this Rainbow Loom themed birthday cake:
As you can see from the photo above, this loom birthday cake is actually made up of 18 cupcakes.
First, make any type of cupcakes you want. The cupcakes shown above are made with rainbow chip cake mix which you can find in most grocery stores.
- Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost the cupcakes in white frosting.
- Then, place one marshmallow on top of each cupcake.
- Use brightly colored fondant to make individual looms and wrap them around the cupcakes just like you were making a loom bracelet. I love how Wilton sells a pack of primary colored fondant which is perfect for beginner cake-makers.
Using a rectangle flat sheet cake base will make the presentation look really nice and and help to keep the cupcakes in place.
The cupcakes shown above were all made by my friend and her daughter. They wanted to come up with a unique rainbow loom cake idea, and I think they did an amazing job. The girls at the birthday party loved it!
If you need more than 18 cupcakes, you can decorate the extra cupcakes like this. Just use the extra fondant to make 2 looms for each cupcake.
I love the look of a rainbow themed birthday party. Don't you?
It's been a while since we've attended a Home Depot Kid's workshop, but it's definitely time to get there again soon! On Saturday, November 2nd 2013, from 9am - 12 noon, Home Depot is hosting a FREE workshop for kids ages 5-12 to build a table-top ship that would be perfect as a Thanksgiving centerpiece.
All of these workshops are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis, so it's really important to pre-register on the Home Depot website.
According to their site, this workshop teaches children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. Children will recieve a wooden craft kit, a certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.*
*One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last.
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