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7.30.2015

Make Lunch Easy With Foster Farms

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Foster Farms blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Make Lunch  Easy With Foster Farms

I can't even believe that it is time to start thinking about back to school shopping…from clothing to lunches, it is my favorite/least favorite time of year. Yay, they are going back! Boo on all the shopping that needs to be done.

Make Lunch Easy With Foster Farms

This year, my boys are starting middle and high school and the little one will be packing his own lunches this year. I need to have plenty of things on hand to make lunch-packing nutritious and easy to pack. I've shared how Foster Farms makes breakfast easy, now they want to do the same for lunch.

Sandwiches are a household staple, so I'm excited to partner with Foster Farms and share their newest product, Foster Farms® All Natural Lunchmeat. Since 1987, all Foster Farms® fresh chicken sold in my fair Pacific Northwest have been grown and raised right here in Washington and Oregon, so this new product is only available in at Safeway, Raley’s, Von’s and select Albertson’s in California, Oregon and Washington.

Make Lunch Easy With Foster Farms; mini sandwiches

As always, it is all natural, nitrite free, no preservatives, hormones or steroids. With 35% lower sodium, 100% taste, Foster Farms® All Natural Lunchmeat stands out from the lunchmeat crowd because it uses high pressure pasteurization to eliminate bacteria and seal in pure flavor instead of using natural preservatives.

And because it does not contain wheat, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts or soy, moms of gluten and allergy sensitive kids have one less thing to worry about with lunch.

Make Lunch  Easy With Foster Farms; sandwich with an Izze

Since this post is all about making packing a lunch easy, I'm sharing a few great sandwich lunch ideas. I'm always looking for other options besides sandwich bread, we've mixed it up using everything from tortilla wraps and pita bread to mini bagels and English muffins.

7.29.2015

16 Must-Haves For Your Ice Cream Party


I can't even believe how summer is just slipping away...all decorations are out...school supplies are taking over store shelves; in fact, some school districts are already back in.  No fear...I am squeezing every drop of summer out over on Moms & Munchkins; head over for my 16 must-haves for your ice cream party.



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7.28.2015

Tuesday Tip - 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Review

I participated in the Lifestyle/Social Media Program for DriveShop and was provided this vehicle to test drive free of charge as part of the program. Others may have a different opinion or experience with this vehicle. This review is based strictly on my opinion.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

When I attended the SoFabuUOTR conference a few months ago,  I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with DriveShop, the leading automotive press fleet management company in the United States for over twenty years.

They love their automotive media, but realize that not all people care about horsepower and how well a car does in the racing world.  In fact, most people would rather learn how safe and practical a vehicle is, along with how fun it is to drive that aren't necessarily auto experts but share the same lifestyle.

I'm definitely no auto expert.  I can't even change my own flat tire...although I can inflate them, check my fluids and put gas into the car.  I know...stop booing.  That's what our we-pay-a-lot-of-money-for insurance/roadside-service is for.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

So when they reached out to me to take one of their vehicles for a week and see what I thought about it, I was more than game. My only requirement...usable space.  I have teen and tween boys...who have lots of friends, play sports and require copious amounts of food. Which means I am constantly chauffeuring them places and live at Costco.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT interior

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT is a seven passenger crossover SUV that I believed was designed with kids in mind.  The flat-folding 3rd row means more seating when in use, although it's a little cramped.  My 11 year old and his friend fit fine, but I'm not too sure about adults back there.  However, I can tote 6 kids for an afternoon out, sadly, something I can never do in my car.


2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT back view

There isn't a lot of cargo space when the 3rd row is in use, but when it is folded down, it's a party planner's dream...lots of space for all my bins, boxes and various things I tote to events and shoots.

Although it comes with  Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and an iPod/USB interface, we had problems syncing my son's iPod playlist but no problems doing it with my S6.  That child spent every moment in the car trying to get it to work for him.  I started singing 'Let It Go' from Frozen.

7.27.2015

11 Fruit Party Ideas

11 Fruit Party Ideas


Nothing says summer more than fresh fruit, especially when you live in areas with an abundance of farmers' markets...there is nothing better than a afternoon procuring fruits and flowers.  Take one or a few of these amazing DIY fruit party ideas and incorporate them into your next summer soiree...it's like bringing the market home!

one. DIY ice bucket from Sugar and Charm | two. free gift bag template from Make and Tell |  three. DIY fruit macarons from Sugar & Cloth |  four. fruit button embroidery napkins from Martha Stewart |  five. fruity balloon straw toppers from A Joyful Riot |  six. watermelon party from Tell Love and Chocolate |  seven. free watermelon gift box template from Oh Happy Day | eight. my fruit-infused vodka | nine. mini fruit pinatas from Persia Lou | ten. sorbet fruit cups from Say Yes |  eleven. mini fruit pizzas from Pillsbury




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7.22.2015

Hamburger + Hot Dog Ice Cream Doughnuts With Blue Bunny & Free Printables

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SunsOutSpoonsOut #CollectiveBias

Make BBQ Ice Cream Treats With @BlueBunnyIC + Free Printables

It's summer and around our house, that means lots of ice cream eating.  Did you know last Sunday was National Ice Cream Day? And I just found out, July is National Ice Cream Month! A whole month!

Make BBQ Ice Cream Treats With @BlueBunnyIC

Because of my bad sweet tooth, finding new ways to combine my favorite foods is an artform.  I've seen doughnuts sandwiched with ice cream and cookies sandwiched with ice cream to resemble hamburgers.  I decided with a little help from Blue Bunny ice cream to combine those two ideas to celebrate the best things about summer,  hamburgers and hot dogs!

I know...your teeth are hurting from all the sweetness.  Like I said, bad sweet tooth.  I blame my mother.  Also for my mint chocolate chip ice cream obsession.


Head into Walmart for all your summer snacking needs...and plenty of ice cream.  While there, I picked up cinnamon bun doughnuts and doughnut twists, frosting, kiwi fruit and licorice to create my hamburgers and hot dogs.

Make BBQ Ice Cream Treats With @BlueBunnyIC; display on a mini grill

I found my mini grill at my favorite international store; how could I resist not using it to show off our creations?

7.21.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Science Party Treat Bags

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Science party treat bags

Does your child love all things science? If you're throwing a Scientist party for your little Einstein, this month's Whisker Graphics Design Team project is right up your alley!  And by alley, I mean easy.

I used jumbo quins to mimic molecules...

Science party treat bag supplies

You'll need:

jumbo quins (I purchased mine at Target but you can find them in the cake decorating section of your favorite box store)
black marker
hot glue gun
ruler
  1. Place your choice of quins on the bag to where it looks good to you.  
  2. Remove each quin and draw a small dot in its place. 
  3. Draw lines to connect the dots.  Drawing tip: in molecule models, atoms branch off from each other, not completely connected.  For example, on the 'Jaden' bag, I wouldn't draw a line to connect the red quins to each other.
  4. Hot glue the quins to the bag.
  5. Fill with treats of your choice. 
Science party treat bags; closeup


If you are looking for the napkins, they are part of the super cute Fundamental Science Party Collection available online or in store at The Land Of Nod

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7.20.2015

National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day floats

Sorry, National Ice Cream Day was yesterday...but that doesn't mean you can't still celebrate...it is always a good time for ice cream! Did you know I have an entire pinboard dedicated to it?

You should check it out, so many fun ways to play with and serve ice cream, like these fabulous soda floats with unexpected flavors from Better Homes & Gardens.


If you follow me on Instagram, I shared a sneak peek at a project I'm working on for Blue Bunny ice-cream, debuting on Wednesday, so be sure and come back, there will free printables!




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7.16.2015

Make Breakfast Easy With Foster Farms

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WrapNGo #CollectiveBias

Make breakfast easy with Foster Farms Pancake Wraps

With 11 and 14 year old boys, sleepovers are the norm at our house, especially during the summer.  I have to seriously stock up on snacks and think of a tasty and convenient breakfast so I can send them on their way the next day.

If you are like me and want to create an easy breakfast to feed a crowd (or just your growing family), how about serving Foster Farms® Pancake Wraps with fruit smoothies?

Make breakfast easy with Foster Farms Pancake Wraps store shot

With a quick trip to your local Walmart, you can pick up everything you need to put together a fun and healthy start to a busy day.  Before you head out, you can save a little money when you sign up for the Ibotta coupon app.

Ibotta is a smart new way to earn cash when you shop. It's better than coupons - you're getting cash back rebates at your favorite grocery and retail stores via their free mobile app. Click here to sign up and download a $1.00 off coupon for your choice of Foster Farms® Pancake Wraps in Original Sausage and Pancake or Sausage and Pancake Bacon, Egg and Cheese.

Foster Farms Pancake Wraps

I know, they look like corn dogs, don't they? Essentially, they are...100% natural turkey links created with bacon, egg and cheese, and dipped in pancake batter.  Since it's Foster Farms, you know there is no high fructose corn syrup and no added hormones or steroids used in the turkey.

Foster Farms Pancake Wraps closeup

Mmm...bacon, egg and cheese...in a sausage...wrapped in pancake.

Foster Farms Pancake Wraps & syrup

Foster Farms Pancake Wraps & fruit smoothies

Already a pretty awesome breakfast, but balance it out with fruit smoothies and you will be the coolest mom on the block.

Fruit Smoothie Recipe (makes 2 servings):

1 cup of your choice of fresh or frozen fruit (we used frozen pineapples, strawberries, peaches, mango)
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of your choice of yogurt (we used vanilla)

1.  Add all ingredients to your blender, blend well and enjoy!

2.  If it is a little too thick for your liking, blend in more milk.

With more time on your hands, you can enjoy your morning watching teens and tweens inhale  pancake wraps and smoothies.  Trust me, it is not a pretty sight.

Don't forget to check out the Ibotta app and download your $1.00 off Foster Farms® Pancake Wraps coupon.

Do you have any tips and tricks to making breakfast easier, especially during the summer? Leave me a comment, I can use all the help I can get.

Make breakfast easy with Foster Farms Pancake Wraps and fruit smoothies

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WrapNGo #CollectiveBias




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7.15.2015

Makers + Shakers - Meet The Confetti Bar


A couple of years ago, over on Seattle Mamas, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality.

It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'. So, I created the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.

The series was so popular, I decided to continue it with 8 more creatives!

The Confetti Bar; Jessica Serra Huizenga
All photos by Victoria Gloria Photography unless otherwise noted 
Playing with confetti is the best job ever...so you know everyday is a party when you're Jessica Serra Huizenga, Chief Confetti Thrower & Expert Confetti Mixologist of The Confetti Bar.

The Confetti Bar is an online, boutique confetti shop bringing you a selection of colorful products for use in craft projects, home d├ęcor, and of course, any celebration!  I have been a huge fan of Jessica and her confetti from the beginning; she was the reason behind my fabulous DIY confetti bar for my Party With A Purpose fundraiser.

Come learn all about Jessica and what makes her tick...

The Confetti Bar; wedding photo
Photo by Sassy Mouth Photography
Please tell our readers a little bit about who Jessica is.
I’m 25. Married to the bestest guy ever. I have great friends and an extremely supportive family. I like to craft & make things. I’m a sucker for glitter or anything sparkly. I love color. I believe in magic and finding happiness.

The Confetti Bar; confetti candle

I'm a huge fan of your work...I mean it's confetti!! What inspired you to start you business in all things sparkly fabulousness?
Confetti is such a symbol for celebration - as soon as you see or hear it you instantly think “ happy party!” so I really wanted to make that feeling stand out as something special and unique, thus I started crafting my own little bits of happy to share with the world!

The Confetti Bar; confetti hi heels

Besides designing and creating confetti and glitter concoctions, working with amazing creatives on fabulous projects, opening a new space, and working with your husband, Clifford, your Director of Digital Awesomeness, how do you balance everything? Or do you?
While I certainly have my moments and my days where I feel a bit overwhelmed by it all, I honestly just listen to myself and keep it all in perspective. Based on how I’m feeling and what needs to get done, I can prioritize based on my own needs so that I end up being more productive in the end. It’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter.

7.14.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Lemon Stamped Paper Runner

Lemon stamped table rubber

I've made stamps from potatoes and apples but I never thought about using lemons, until visiting with a friend. Her toddler was happily stamping away, the smaller lemon easier for her small hands to hold.

What a genius ideas! Of course, I couldn't wait to run home and try it myself to create a fun lemon stamped paper runner for a fun Fruity Flamingo party shoot that debuts Friday.

Lemon stamped table rubber; lemons

What You'll Need:

citrus fruit like lemon or lime; mix up stamp size with an orange or dare I say, grapefruit
acrylic paint
paint brush - I used a foam brush
heavy kraft paper like butcher paper or mailing paper

Lemon stamped table rubber; stamping

1.  Be sure and blot the fruit on a paper towel a couple of times before brushing on the paint; the fruit is pretty juicy and you don't want the liquid mixing with your paint and seeping through the paper.

2.  You don't need to brush on a lot of paint...and brush towards the center of the wedge.  The pulp starts to separate when you brush over it, so this will minimize little pieces of it ending up where you stamp.  You can always carefully pick the pieces out before the paint dries on your paper.

3.  Use a practice piece of paper to test out your stamping technique before you start working on your runner.

4. Once your technique is how you want, stamp your runner to your heart's content.

Come back for this week's Fiesta Friday and check out the party this runner is for!




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