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Sweet and Salty July 4th Pretzel Sticks: FamilyFun Test Drive

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Ever since I can remember (all 4 years of his life), my son Oliver has loved to cook and bake. When I’m doing anything in the kitchen, he pulls his little red chair over to help, even dropping a piece of bread into the toaster. When I suggested that he help road-test these Sweet & Salty Sparklers from the June/July issue of FamilyFun, I’ve never seen him hop to anything faster. And then when I said they involved chocolate and M&Ms, he nearly fell over. I decided to really let him do each step (brave, I know), so here’s what we got…

As far as ingredients go, it couldn’t be any easier. All you need is red and blue M&Ms, pretzel rods, and white chocolate chips. (You can also add red and blue sprinkles, but I had to draw the line on the sugar.)

1. First, line a tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Then, the fun begins. It’s time to sort M&Ms—red in one bowl, blue in the other. Sommer joined in the fun on this step, mostly enjoying the taste of the yellow, orange, green, and brown ones.

3. Next melt the white chocolate until its runny enough to drizzle. (Hint: follow melting instructions on the package.)

4. Drizzle white chocolate on each pretzel rod, one at a time. I must admit that I took over the step because I saw the impending disaster!

5. And lastly, decorate the sticks with the blue and red candies. Put these in the fridge for about 15 minutes until they set.

As per usual, and this is evident from the photo above, both my kids licked these like lollipops, ate off the M&Ms, then asked for the next one.

If you want to see what they should REALLY look like, check out this great photo. These are quick and easy to make—a festive, sweet, and salty snack to celebrate the Fourth of July!

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July 4th Confetti Popper
July 4th Confetti Popper
July 4th Confetti Popper

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8 Fabulous (and free!) Father’s Day Printables

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Father’s Day rule in my household is simple. Dad gets to choose whatever he wants for that day (and ditto on Mother’s Day). So for example, if Dad wants to lay in the park with a bagel and lox and play catch for 7 minutes then lay in the sun then nap when the kids nap then choose his own restaurant for dinner, then so be it. That’s what he gets. If he decides that he doesn’t want to make any decisions, then Mom and kids take over. It’s our way of relieving the pressure of gift giving—we have birthdays and other holidays for that. But there’s always room for a little bit of surprise, even in a day totally prescribed by Dad. And these adorable printables are sure to bring a smile to his face!

Top: Paper Dad Rocks—Mr. Printables / Sugar cookie fries (we are making these!)—Bakerella (those are sugar cookie fries!) / Gummy bottle labels—Get Creative Juice

Middle: Love you to the moon and back photobooth printables—B Kids / Dad Coupons—The DadaBase

Bottom: Etch-a-Sketch card—Zakka Life (via Cool Mom Picks) / Nuts About Dad—Design Dining Diapers / We Heart Daddy banner—Paging Supermom

Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy
Kids Talk about Loving their Daddy

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Treat Dad’s Sweet Tooth on Father’s Day

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

If you have one of those men in your life that doesn’t golf, wear ties, smoke cigars, or barbeque, then all these Father’s Day gift guides might make present ideas a challenge. 

Here’s my advice…you can’t go wrong with some candy and a cute pun. Every dad loves a good sugary pun! Here are 3 that he is sure to love!

1 Father’s Day Super Dad Pop Set by Lil’ Luna












2 DIY Hero Supplies for Fathers Day from Oh Happy Day









3 Love you to Pieces from Creatively Christy


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Today is Frog Jumping Day!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Yes, in case you didn’t know, today is Frog Jumping Day! Here are a few crafts, games and snacks to celebrate this all-important holiday. Hop to it!

Who says a frog as to be green? Love this paper mache frog by MollyMoo found on Curly Birds.

These frog cupcakes are super simple to make and you very well might even have the ingredients on hand.

And while the cupcakes are in the oven and the kids are in the backyard playing leap frog, whip up a few headbands like this one from The Thread House on Etsy (but maybe skip the sewing and just use tape and construction paper!).

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3 Last-Minute May Day Baskets

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

If ever there’s a year to celebrate May Day, I think it’s 2014. It’s been such a tough year with the harsh, winter weather and more than ever, we need a celebration that is all about fun, joy, and the coming of the warm sun! If you’re not building a May Pole in your back yard, here are a few things you can do to celebrate!

  1. Make one of these 3 easy May Day baskets. If you don’t have a cute vessel, don’t sweat it! Try using cans or bottles (image via Black Eiffel), a paper bag to cover a plastic pot (via Pretty Prudent), or even a paper cup hanging from a pipe cleaner (via the Shop Sweet Lulu blog).
  2. Write letters saying farewell to Old Man Winter. I believe he lives somewhere near Santa Claus, so just text him for the address.
  3. Make a toast to the summer with a traditional Finnish May Day drink called Sima made lemons, sugar, water, and raisins. You can get the recipe here.
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