Summer outfit! This is my ideal summer outfit because I can go from the playground to the grocery store to just about anywhere!

Summer outfit! This is my ideal summer outfit because I can go from the playground to the grocery store to just about anywhere!

Red tank top
shoptaintedkiss.com

Acne short shorts
$230 – brownsfashion.com

Sam Edelman leather sandals
$265 – seasonsclothing.co.uk

White watch
evosy.com

Anchor jewelry
gojane.com

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Hotel Transylvania Crowdtap Party

This weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a Hotel Transylvania Party for Crowdtap. Let me tell you…we had a BLAST!!!

I had my nephews and niece come over for an evening filled with good food and fun times. We started the night off with food. I had my table decked out in a black table cloth. Spiders and insects covered the table and some of the food along with one of the party favors, Hotel Transylvania bookmarks.

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THE FOOD

I received two recipes from Crowdtap in the digital party kit. The first was the beverage of the night: Green Sludge Punch. The guest really liked it.

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The second recipe in the kit was Scream Cheese Dip. WOW! What a hit! Long after the party was over we were still snacking on it! I served it with tortilla chips.

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To go along with the Hotel Transylvania theme I served Frankin’ Fingers. I heated little cocktail sausages in a crockpot with barbecue sauce and honey. Slime From the Swimming Pool in the movie, Frosted Brownies, and lots of candy completed the spread.

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After everybody ate, I had the kiddos color pictures that were included in the digital party kit from Crowdtap. Perfect time to digest before the games and movie!

The Games

The first game we played I called Insect Hunt. I told the kiddos that bugs got into the castle and we have to find them all before we can watch the movie. I hid bugs I bought at the dollar store all over the living room. Since there were no “winners” for this game the older kids really helped out the little ones! I was so impressed!

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The next game we played was a team event. I called it Wrap the Murray! One child is the “Murray” (mummy) the other child is the “wrapper.” The team that wrapped the best/most at the end of 2 minutes won. The kiddos really enjoyed this game! The giggles were great!

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The winners!!

The last game we played I called Balloon Blast. I told the kids the wolf pups were up to no good and stole money from the hotel! They hid them in balloons and it is our job to get the money back! I bought coins at the dollar store. The gold coins = $3, sliver = $2, and copper = $1. The adults helped the little ones count their money. The two children with the most money at the end won. I had yo-yos and silly putty for the prizes.

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Movie Time!!!

As the guests started watching Hotel Transylvania I made popcorn on the stove. I also had cute little popcorn bags! Everyone really liked the movie! Even the adults! I highly recommend it to families of all ages!

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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Homemade laundry detergent is so super simple to make you will be asking yourself why you haven’t tried this before! Here’s how…

What you need

~ 1 bar Fels Naptha Soap
~ 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
~ 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
~ Water
~ A large pot
~ 2 large containers…about a gallon each
~ A box grater or large knife

How to make it

1. Finely grate the Fels Naptha Soap. Put it in your pot.

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2. Add water until your pot is about half full.

3. “Cook” the soap on medium heat until all of the bits of soap are completely dissolved.

4. Add the washing soda and borax. “Cook” again until completely dissolved. (Do not let this come to a boil! It will overflow your pot!!)

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At this point I let the soap cool so I don’t burn myself when pouring into my containers.

5. Now it’s time to pour your soap into your containers. I use an old laundry detergent bottle and a ziplock storage container. Pour about half of your soap into each container.

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6. Add water to container until it is about half full. (I don’t add it to my ziplock container until I’m ready to use that batch of soap.)

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7. SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!!! Then leave the soap alone overnight.

8. In the morning the soap will be very thick. This is how it is supposed to be! Shake the blob of soap to break it up a bit. Then add water until the container is almost full. Shake it again to ensure the soap is mixed well.

I use about 1/2 – 1 cup per load. It might seem like a lot but it’s so darn cheap I don’t care if I use a lot!

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Edamame and Chickpea Snack

So today I wanted a yummy snack. I looked In the cupboards…just junk! Chips and cookies and pop tarts…blah! I opened the freezer and Ahhh (just imagine a choir singing that)….frozen edamame and frozen chickpeas! So I decided to experiment. I am so excited to share what I came up with!

6 oz frozen edamame (shelled)
1/4 cup frozen garbanzo beans
A spritz of nonstick spray
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
Salt
Pepper
A light sprinkle of onion powder and garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes and enjoy:)

I think this would serve about 4 people…although I might eat it all by myself!!

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Outside of the Lunchbox school lunch ideas

Are you kids tired of the same old ham and cheese sandwich day after day at lunch? It is time to think outside of the lunchbox! Here are some healthy ideas for school lunch…

*Try different themes*

    BREAKFAST

~Mini Waffles with a small amount of syrup or jam, a sliced hard boiled egg, and your child’s favorite fruit.

~Your child’s favorite cereal. Put some in a sandwich bag. Send in a mini bowl (like the small plastic kind in the baby aisle) Pack a single serve carton of milk or have you child buy a milk at school. Be sure to pack fruit to help fill them up!

~Bacon and eggs?!?! Sure! Pack a few slices of turkey bacon and hard boiled eggs. My children love Melba Toast so I will use that instead of regular toast (it might get stale or soggy.) Add yogurt as a side.

~Waffle with peanut butter and honey sandwich.

~English muffin with peanut butter.

    Fish

~If your child likes tuna….make tuna salad. Cut the bread in the shape of a fish! Serve with goldfish cracker. Also if you have a fish cookie cutter cut out cantaloupe or honeydew!

    Chicken

~Chicken salad wrap. Add baked potato chips and some fruit.

~BBQ chicken pasta. Sounds weird, right? But it is fabulous and my children love it!

    Peanut Butter

~Crackers with peanut butter

~Celery sticks (well, any veggie) with peanut butter

I will add more ASAP!

The Very Best Chocolate Syrup!

My boys love chocolate milk…well so do I! Today I realized we were almost completely out! That is just unacceptable! So I decided to try to make my own for the very first time:) Here’s how I did it…

Chocolate Syrup

1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. In a medium sauce pan, add sugar, salt, and cocoa. Mix with a wire whisk.
2. Add water. Mix well
3. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
4. Add vanilla. Mix well.
5. Let cool. Put in your container of choice.

That is it!

This makes about 16 oz of syrup. I use about 1/2 oz. per 8 oz of milk. (1/2 oz = 2 weight watchers points plus)

~Em

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Make Your Own Fabric Softener

I ran out of fabric softener today. So instead of running to the store I decided to take a leap of faith and make my own! I found many different recipes for fabric softener online and I decided to tweak a few and make my own.

FABRIC SOFTENER

6 cups boiling water
2 cups hair conditioner
3 cups distilled white vinegar

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1. Boil 6 cups of water. Turn off heat. (you can use cold water but I think it helps break down the hair conditioner)

2. Add 2 cups of hair conditioner.

3. Add 3 cup of vinegar.

4. STIR!!!

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5. Pour into container of choice. (I used an old laundry detergent bottle with the pour spout.)

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It smells awesome! I was afraid it would smell like vinegar but if you pick a good strong smelling conditioner the smell is great:) I also learned that vinegar is great for your clothing!
www.vinegartips.com
I use almost an ounce per large load.

~Em