Practical Parenting Ideas: January 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentines Snack Mix Recipe


My kids have loved the snack mixes we've made so we decided to make a Valentines variation! You can never go wrong with a combination of M & M's, chocolate, and marshmallows!


Directions:

In a medium bowl or large zip lock bag, combine -

2 cups marshmallows
2 cups pretzels or Honey Grahams cereal
1 cup Quaker Valentine Minis
1 cup Valentines M & M's


Cut Valentines granola bars into bite sizes. Combine ingredients and stir together.


There you go-- a perfect snack for your Valentine's Day party, after school, movie night, or any other time you like!


Enjoy!! Happy Valentine's Day!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Weekend Bites #19 Desserts

Weekend Bites


If you're new to Weekend Bites, here's the run down
Visit my cohost Adelina at Home Maid Simple
1. Link up your any food related post below
2. Browse the linky, visit some new blogs, and share if you feel so inclined. 
3. Please only link up 3 posts. This lets us visit as many of you as possible.
4. By linking up you give me permission to feature your photos on Practical Parenting (always linking back to you of course!)
5. Each month I send out a newsletter with the most popular links from that month - you may be featured!!  This is a once a month newsletter, every first Friday of the month, no spamming involved. Subscribe!


I seem to have a sweet tooth this week so today we're featuring three desserts I think look just delicious! I love the 2 Minute Apple Pie Crunch recipe when I need a quick fix. We almost always have apples on hand and it's an easy way to sweeten them up. Then there's something about the combination of ingredients in the 7-Layer S'mores bars that I think about every chocolate-lover would like. I can't wait to make them! And lastly, the Mini Lemon Meringue Pies would be perfect for a party or elegant get-together, and I'm sure taste amazing, too! Thanks for sharing these amazing recipes and more!


DIY Wooden Name Sign

At Pinners Conference this last year, I visited the Daily Craft Vinyl booth and was impressed with their selection of vinyl. I was inspired to make a craft, and after some thought, decided to make a wood sign for Christmas and a family name sign for my sister-in-law. I chose red, silver, green, and yellow. For this particular one I decided to use red, and love how it turned out!


What you need:

  • Daily Craft Vinyl
  • Daily Craft Vinyl Transfer
  • Wood sign
  • Newspapers or sheet of plastic
  • Spray paint or paint and brush
  • Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, or X-acto knife
  1. Cut your piece of wood to the size you desire. A hardware store or construction company can do this for you. (My brother owns his own business and was happy to help me cut the wood and route the edges)
  2. Give it a light sanding, then spray paint on to the wood (light layers to avoid drips). Let dry completely, then repeat process till they are fully painted (approx 5-6 coats). Note: The edges will take longer to absorb the paint
  3. Figure out what design and lettering you want. Pinterest has tons of ideas to get your creative juices flowing
  4. Use a Cricut, Silhouette Cameo, or X-acto knife to cut through top sheet of vinyl (leaving the backing uncut)
  5. Apply the vinyl to the wood, measuring carefully and following the instructions per this video:

And there you go - a beautiful decorative sign to use in your home or give as a gift!

Disclosure: I received free vinyl from Daily Craft Vinyl in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own - read our full disclosure for more information.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Currently #1 January

Becky from Choose Happy recently started a "Currently" link up that I thought it looked fun. This week I'm joining other bloggers in sharing some of the things in my life at the moment so you can get to know me better. I'd love to hear in the comments what you've been doing, too!


Thinking about...
Lately I've been thinking about my husband's education. He's finally in the last year of his Accounting degree, and I can't wait for him to have a more regular 9 to 5 type schedule! For most of our marriage he's either been working two jobs or working while going to school. I'm so proud that he's stuck with it for the last couple of years and is almost done! In the meantime, I'm thankful to work mainly from home so that he can work part-time while he finishes up.

Craving...
I'm craving Peanut Butter Chocolate Heart Drizzle Cookies we made a couple of weeks ago. With my mom's peanut butter cookie recipe and a little Valentines inspiration, we came up with this recipe. Many of my favorite desserts involve peanut butter and milk chocolate, and these quickly became a family favorite!



Wishing...
With my husband graduating this year I'm hopeful he can get a good job so we can start saving up for a home to have more space for our family (and hopefully have another baby!) I look forward to being mostly a stay-at-home mom again at that point... but don't worry I'll keep posting on Practical Parenting Ideas. :)

Watching...
I love watching shows on my phone while I'm cleaning or blogging. With the addition of Friends to Netflix I've been re-watching the series for like the 12th time. It's my absolute favorite show, a classic I never seem tire of. In fact, when each of my kids were born I watched the series while I recovered.



Laughing...
My kids do things almost daily that make me laugh, like when they were playing music with their toy instruments the other day and my 5 year old announces, "I like my guitar skills. I'm amazing!" (Photo on Instagram.) I love how honest and confident kids can be.

I've definitely been blessed with three amazing kids that keep me laughing and enjoying life. My 8 year old has always been a creative story teller and a leader among his friends with his fun personality. My 5 year old is free-spirited and friendly. She loves to dance, sing, and play with her stuffed animals. My 2.5 year old always keeps me on my feet with what she gets into with her exploring nature. She loves coloring and wearing dresses with whatever play accessories she can find.



Thankful for...
As challenging and busy as our life can get sometimes I'm thankful for simple things like my kids smiles, cuddles, and I love you's! I often feel that Practical Parenting Ideas is just as much for me as anyone else. It has made a big difference in my life to slow down and focus on what really matters most in life: My family. I wouldn't trade being a mom for anything in the world!

20 Practical Indoor Activities for Kids

Winter with young kids usually means lots of time spent indoors, and a greater need to get their energy out in constructive ways. With my kids I prefer indoor activities that are fun and educational, but require little effort to prepare. Often the simple activities can be the most fun anyway! Following are some that have become our very favorites.

  1. Music Jam/Dance Party: Play toy instruments or turn on music and have a dance party. Try out using scarves, ribbons, etc. to encourage different styles of dance.
  2. Laundry Basket Ball: Grab a laundry basket and fill it with balls (soft Nerf/ plastic type). Flip the basket over so the balls go all around the room and have the kids see how fast they can grab them and put them back in the basket.
  3. Hide and Seek Toys: Play hide and seek with stuffed animals or small toys. Pick a room and have one child help hide the toys around the room. Then have the other kids find them all. My son also likes playing traditional hide and seek.
  4. Toy Bowling: Get blocks, stacking cups, etc. and stack them up. Then bowl them over with a soft ball.
  5. Bake Together: Make a fun snack, meal, or treat together. 
  6. Blanket Rides: Have them pile on a blanket and drag them around the house. They can also put their dolls or stuffed animals on a blanket and pull them around themselves.
  7. Painting: Kids love water color painting or finger painting. If your child is young and tries to eat paint, try painting with pudding instead- it's edible!
  8. Puzzles and Board Games: Have a family game night. You might get tired of playing Cooties too many times, but many kids as young as 4-5 can start to learn the concepts of games such as Sorry or Uno.
  9. Play Dress up: Get out a box of dress-ups or create one with old clothes and shoes. This is one of my girls favorite activities.
  10. Story Time: Read a book together, have a puppet show and tell stories together. My kids love their new finger puppets.
  11. Noodle or O-Shaped Cereal Jewelry: With some string and colored noodles or O shaped cereal kids can learn fine motor skills and creativity.
  12. Sorting Activity: Gather small, different-colored objects and pieces of colored construction paper to sort out items by color. This can also be a snack time activity with a fruit salad, colored Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, M & M's, or Skittles.
  13. Art Table: Tape coloring sheets or butcher paper on a train table or coffee table to make a big coloring space for the kids. A larger coloring space will give them more room to create. My kids at age 3-4 also enjoy cutting scratch paper with safety scissors.
  14. Play Dough or Moon Sand can be fun for older toddlers to use their creativity to mold shapes. We also want to try this 2-Ingredient Cloud Dough sometime on The Realistic Mama.
  15. Sensory Table: Fill a water table, sand box, or bin with rice or other items for a fun fine-motor, explorative activity.
  16. Bath Crayons: For a new art canvas, give the kids bath crayons they can use to draw on the walls of the bathtub.
  17. Car Races: Get out a bunch of medium size cars and race them across the floor or down a hallway.
  18. Old Box + Crayons: Give the kids large boxes they can color. My kids loved coloring in their boxes all last month when my husband brought them home from work. They even gathered their favorite toys inside and another day put them together to make a fort.
  19. Masking Tape Maze: Create a maze on the floor of the kids room with masking tape for a fun car track.
  20. Finger Paint: Grab some finger paint and paper and let the kids create their own artwork. For an added level of fun, give them toy cars to make tracks in the paint or put paper and paint with marbles in a shoe box to shake.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Heart Drizzle Cookies Recipe


Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites, and my mom's recipe is the best! Growing up we would make the dough into balls, roll them in sugar and top them with Hershey's kisses after they came out of the oven. For Valentines the kids and I thought it would be fun to use chocolate hearts. And with leftover chocolate and sprinkles, we came up with these!


Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions:

In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until well blended. Add sugar and brown sugar, beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt until well combined.

Shape dough into balls (we like to use our Kitchenaid Gourmet Cookie Dough Scoop) and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Yield about 3 dozen.


Cookie Toppings

Ingredients:

1 bag Dove milk chocolate hearts
Pink/red/white sprinkles

Directions:

Melt a small amount of chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir then melt for an additional 15 seconds and stir, repeat if necessary until thin consistency. Drizzle onto cookies with a spoon or plastic bag with tiny snip in the corner. Top each with a Dove chocolate heart and sprinkles if desired.


Let cool long enough for the chocolate drizzle to harden. My kids were anxious to try one so we put them in the fridge for a couple minutes. We love how they turned out, and tasted amazing! We'll definitely be making them again soon.




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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Weekend Bites #18

Weekend Bites


If you're new to Weekend Bites, here's the run down
Visit my cohost Adelina at Home Maid Simple
1. Link up your any food related post below
2. Browse the linky, visit some new blogs, and share if you feel so inclined. 
3. Please only link up 3 posts. This lets us visit as many of you as possible.
4. By linking up you give me permission to feature your photos on Practical Parenting (always linking back to you of course!)
5. Each month I send out a newsletter with the most popular links from that month - you may be featured!!  This is a once a month newsletter, every first Friday of the month, no spamming involved. Subscribe!


Welcome to our third week since I've started co-hosting weekend bites! I've had a lot of fun pinning and trying out new recipes. Who else is already getting excited for Valentine's Day? I have a few Valentines recipes of my own in the works for the next few weeks. This last week our family enjoyed making French Bread Pizza topped with heart-shaped meat!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Valentines French Bread Pizza


My family loves pizza, and we thought it would be fun to make as a family activity with Valentine's Day coming up. My girls especially love helping cook me in the kitchen.



To make the pizza you need french bread, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce (jar or your favorite recipe), and desired toppings. Preheat the oven at 400 degrees.


Optional: Line the tray with tin foil so it's easier to clean. Cut the french bread load into quarters. Spread pizza sauce onto bread (this was my 5 year old's favorite part).


Top with mozzarella cheese and other desired toppings. For the pepperonis I put three overlapping and cut with the heart cookie cutter. I also think a smaller cookie cutter would be fun, like the heart in these Mini Cookie Cutters on Amazon.


Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes till cheese is bubbly.


Let cool for a couple of minutes, cut in slices, and Enjoy!!

We included an affiliate link for the mini cookie cutters. For more information see our full disclosure.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Weekend Bites #17 Something Sweet and Somethings Healthy

Weekend Bites


If you're new to Weekend Bites, here's the run down
1. Link up your any food related post below
2. Browse the linky, visit some new blogs, and share if you feel so inclined. 
3. Please only link up 3 posts. This lets us visit as many of you as possible.
4. By linking up you give me permission to feature your photos on Practical Parenting (always linking back to you of course!)
5. Each month I send out a newsletter with the most popular links from that month - you may be featured!!  This is a once a month newsletter, every first Friday of the month, no spamming involved. Subscribe!


Welcome back! We had a lot of recipes shared last week that it's hard to choose which to feature! I'm excited to try your recipes with my family, especially since we've been feeling in a little bit of a rut lately. For this week I thought I'd post something sweet and somethings healthy.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beyonce' 7/11 Parody Featuring My Kids!

In one of my Facebook groups recently Brittany from Meet the Bullens was asking for video submissions of kids dancing crazy. This sounded like something my kids would have fun with so we decided to give it a go! The kids had a blast dancing around with their hands in the air, clapping, spinning, etc. (In case you don't recognize them, they're the ones in the green shirt, pink/jean dress, and light blue dress.)

We just watched it for the first time yesterday morning, and I think it turned out awesome! It's so fun to have my kids be a part of it, and see that they fit right in with the other kids. They were thrilled to see themselves being crazy and we've re-watched it several times. So what else can I say? ... Be prepared for a little crazy, a lot of fun, and cute personality!


50 Healthy Snack Ideas for On-the-Go


I've learned one of the best ways to stay energized during a busy day as a parent is by having healthy snacks on hand. Pre-packing snacks so they're ready to throw in your purse or diaper bag can help you avoid going hungry or eating junk food because it's convenient to order from a fast food restaurant or get from a vending machine. After I go to the grocery store I take time to separate the food into individual servings before I put it away.

50 Healthy Snack Ideas
  1. diced fresh fruit
  2. chopped almonds in plain yogurt & honey
  3. all-natural fruit leather
  4. celery and peanut butter
  5. natural fruit snacks
  6. ham and cheese stick roll-ups
  7. whole wheat crackers
  8. hummus and fresh veggies
  9. low sugar cereal
  10. light or plain popcorn
  11. rice cakes
  12. granola bar
  13. fresh veggies with light dressing
  14. mixed nuts
  15. low-fat cottage cheese and fruit
  16. grapes, fresh or frozen
  17. roasted seeds
  18. yogurt tube
  19. apple slices with almond butter and granola
  20. low-fat string cheese
  21. chips and salsa
  22. carrots with Greek yogurt mixed with dry ranch seasoning
  23. raisins
  24. banana
  25. mushrooms
  26. trail mix
  27. granola bar
  28. whole wheat toast
  29. pretzels
  30. string cheese
  31. toasted pumpkin seeds
  32. apple
  33. pickles
  34. mini muffins
  35. frozen yogurt covered blueberries or strawberries
  36. hard boiled egg
  37. lunch meat
  38. natural applesauce
  39. roasted chickpeas
  40. avacado on toast
  41. low-fat cottage cheese
  42. chia seeds with low-fat yogurt and berries
  43. sliced cheese and ham
  44. peanut butter on wheat crackers
  45. granola with greek yogurt and berries
  46. sliced apples and low-fat cheddar
  47. side salad with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, light dressing
  48. dehydrated fruit
  49. fat-free refried beans in wheat tortilla sprinkled with cheese
  50. flatbread crackers and toppings
*Don't forget to pack water, too, to help you stay hydrated.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

14 Valentines Activities for Kids


Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays, even more so since I've been married and have kids of my own. I love looking for fun activity ideas on Pinterest to do with the kids, and thought I'd compile some of our favorites (all totally fun and easy to make of course)!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Gender Reveal Party Drinks

So even though I'm not expecting a baby, I find it fun to think of creative ideas related to pregnancy. Actually, I got the inspiration to write this post from other bloggers sharing their gender reveal ideas so why not join the party, right!?


I was excited when I came up with this idea because it's pretty simple. Just buy some water bottles and drink mixes, then cover them with labels. At Target I found a liquid drink mix for blue and the individual powder mixes in pink. Strawberry Lemonade ended up being a little dark (more like red than pink), but still completely distinguishable from blue when you're talking gender!

I found these adorable free chevron labels on That's What Che Said. Hers are blue or pink, but for the element of surprise I just printed them in black and white. Figure out spacing and print the words over the sheet of labels or keep it simple by using a Sharpie. Some ideas for phrases are It's a ...?, Girl or Boy?, ??? Baby is a?, We're having a ...?
            
Once your labels are ready, tape the ends securely to the water bottle. Also, be sure to cover the drink mixes to avoid revealing the baby's gender too soon! I thought calling it Baby Dust was kinda fitting and fun. The blue was Baby Powder.

Pink or blue? Display your water bottles and drink mixes, ready for party attendees. When you're ready to announce baby's gender, instruct guests to pour the powder packets into the water. Oh look, it's a boy (or girl)!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekend Bites #16 Hello!

Weekend Bites


If you're new to Weekend Bites, here's the run down
1. Link up your any food related post below
2. Browse the linky, visit some new blogs, and share if you feel so inclined. 
3. Please only link up 3 posts. This lets us visit as many of you as possible.
4. By linking up you give me permission to feature your photos on Practical Parenting (always linking back to you of course!)
5. Each month I send out a newsletter with the most popular links from that month - you may be featured!!  This is a once a month newsletter, every first Friday of the month, no spamming involved. Subscribe!


I'm so excited my friend Adelina from Home Maid Simple has asked me to be her new co-host for Weekend Bites! I have some family-favorite recipes I can't wait to share in coming weeks. I'm always looking for new recipes to cook for my family, and can't wait to see what you share too!

When I met Adelina about a year ago at church and she told me about her blog, it inspired me to start my own. Although I've always thought a parenting blog would be fun, I needed a lot of help to get it going. We got together a couple times to talk all about formatting and the in's and out's of running a blog, and ended up just having a lot of fun! Although her family has moved away since then, we've built a great friendship through blogging and stay in touch through Facebook.

For those that are new to following Practical Parenting, Welcome! In addition to delicious recipes, you'll find fun, practical kids activities and parenting advice. My goal is to provide practical parenting ideas to help simplify family-life so you have more time for those sweet moments that matter most!

Every week, Home Maid Simple, and I will feature recipes from the previous week's link-up. I'm so excited to co-host Weekend Bites with Adelina, and hope you'll head over and check out her website for some great recipes, family activities, and fashion advice!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chore Chart Printables for Kids

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One of our New Year's resolutions for 2015 is to keep our home better organized. As part of this goal we're trying to help the kids do their part with cleaning. Asking for their help with this or that has made them feel like we're nagging, so we've decided it's time to set specific chores they're responsible for, along with some motivation!


I love this free Coloring Chore Chart on And We Play for my toddler since she doesn't know how to read yet. We're planning to laminate it and give her Crayola Dry Erase Crayons so we can reuse it every day. She might also like doing the chore chart below that has pictures along with the words.


For the older two, we're planning to use these free printable charts from Live Well Spending Less. The list of age-appropriate chores has given us a good start. I think we'll mostly use the Daily Chore Chart (laminated) along with the Chore Cash Cards, but would love to use the Popsicle Stick Chores at some point, too. The kids are especially excited to earn dollars- I may need to set some sort of a daily limit!

This post contains an affiliate link for your convenience for the dry erase crayons. See our full disclosure. All photos were used with permission by And We Play and Living Well Spending Less.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Up Wee Go Step Up High Chair and $100 Gift Card Giveaway

I received compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

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High chairs of my past have had food buildup on them and it was gross. The chairs seats would be covered in something I don't even know what you'd call it. Food gets stuck int he cracks on the chair and in the cloth seats. Theres eventually a point of no return ad you just have to toss it out. Up Wee Go Step Up High Chair is the perfect gift for that expecting mom too! Kids use high chairs for over a year. It's worth the investment if it makes the parents life easier.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year New Boob (Breastfeeding Supplies) Giveaway

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Free 2015 Printable Calendar

Photo used with permission by Landeelu

Feeling ready for the new year? I always forget to buy a calendar ahead of time, which is why I love one I can just print! This 2015 calendar on Landeelu has a fun, simple style perfect for use in the kitchen, office, or wherever you need it! Print it free from Landeelu HERE.