Dr Seuss Cat In The Hat Plates Craft


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Dr Seuss Cat In The Hat Plates Craft These Dr Seuss Cat In The Hats plates look so cute when done! These are simple to make and you probably have everything you need already in your home. Grab the kiddos and have fun making this Cat In Hat Paper Plate Craft. Dr Seuss Plate Supplies Glue Scissors Red, and white, and black construction paper Basic white paper plate Dr Seuss Plate Directions: Turn paper plate upside down. Using a pencil, or a black/gray crayon, color … [Read more...]

Child’s Handprint Art


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Child's Handprint Art Looking to create a unique gift for Mom or Grandma this year? As a mom, there is nothing I enjoy more than to receive a handmade gift from my kids. I specially love it when the gift features their little hands or feet! Time goes by so fast and before you know it, they're off to college. Here is an easy DIY Child's Handprint Art idea. The Inspiration I saw a picture of a baby finger painting over a canvas that had the word LOVE on it with painters tape. I thought … [Read more...]

Hot Cocoa Sundaes – Fun with the Kids


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Hot Cocoa Sundaes I decided to surprise the kids with a "hot" new idea. Hot Cocoa Sundaes! The idea is simple: Grab your mugs, your favorite hot cocoa mix, and some yummy treats to jazz up this classic winter favorite. Goodies for Your Hot Cocoa Sundaes Mugs of hot cocoa                                                                                                  Mini marshmallows Mini chocolate chips Mini candy canes Cinnamon candies Whipped cream Various … [Read more...]

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Sighting


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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile I had my first-ever sighting of the famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile last week! I barely caught a glimpse of it as I was getting on the freeway, leaving the state capital. I thought it was so cool, that I decided to return with the kids after they got out of school. It had been a really busy week for us, so I figured it would be a nice treat for the kids to take a road trip and get up close with the Wienermobile! The kids had a blast, they each received an … [Read more...]

Hotel Getaway at Aunt Angie’s


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Aunt Angie's Hotel Getaway A few years ago when my son was eight years old, we were discussing if we were going to do a weekend getaway like an amusement park or maybe the Zoo in Chicago? My son said, “I don’t care where we go, I just want to go and stay at a hotel, we don’t have to drive far!” I thought why would I spend money on a destination if he just wants the hotel part. Enter Aunt Angie's hotel getaway! When I asked my son what he liked so much about a hotel he responded that … [Read more...]

Disneyland on a Budget


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My family loves Disneyland! We have been going to The Happiest Place on Earth every year, for the past 17 years. Our favorite time to go is during the off-season. It's less crowded and there are higher discounts available. This year we booked our package through Costco and got everything the other companies offered, plus dinner for 6 at Goofy's Kitchen ($164 value) and a $20 Disney Gift Card - for the same price! Get your Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD (NLA). Going during the … [Read more...]

Our Visit to the Jelly Belly Factory


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Jelly Belly Factory Did you know that you can visit companies that offer tours for FREE? This week, I took the kids to the Jelly Belly Factory Tour in Fairfield, CA. Aside from being free, we received free samples and learned the process of making delicious Jelly Belly Beans. We went to Jelly Belly on a weekday, when the factory was in full swing and operational. You can still take the free tour on weekends, you just miss out on seeing the candy making process in person. As we walked … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Free Admissions


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Thrifty Thursday Free Entry Today for Thrifty Thursday we'll be talking state freebies. Each state has their own "claims to fame." Here in Connecticut, one of the biggest attraction is the town of Mystic. Whether you're visiting the seaport or the aquarium, you're sure to enjoy yourself. What you may not enjoy so much, are the admission fees. Many states have passes that allow you to enjoy many things your area has to offer for free - or at a deep discount. Just to name a few around … [Read more...]

Golden Gate Park in San Francisco


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San Francisco's Golden Gate Park There is no better way to kick off summer than at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The park is 1,013 (3 miles long by ½ mile wide) acres and the 3rd largest park to be visited. Living in the East Bay of San Francisco is the hub of great family outings, for as little as gas in the car and a picnic lunch, you can take tours of the greatest places on earth. San Francisco is diverse in cultures; arts, music, festivals, museums, street fairs, entertainers, and … [Read more...]

Ivory Soap Activity for Kids


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Ivory Soap Bubble Up Want to WOW your kids with a fun experiment using some of the free Ivory Soap many of us were able to score from this past summer? My kids went nuts watching this expand. Ivory Soap Bubble Up Directions: Cut a bar of Ivory Soap in quarters. Place a quarter piece on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. Microwave on high for 45 seconds - 2 minutes (Be sure the kids can see this) Next, try using a full bar of soap to see what happens. If you want to take … [Read more...]

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