Jamie here, if you have ever tried to make Gingerbread Houses with your kids – I hope you had fun… because when I did it – I turned into a terrible person. Several years ago, with 4 boys aged 2-8, things were wildly unlike what I had imagined in my Martha-Stewart-Picture-Perfect plan. The Gingerbread House kit I’d bought on clearance the year before would NOT stay together, and the boys were poking the walls down and caving the roof in trying to fit as much candy as possible onto it. I went into control-freak mode, and I’m pretty sure I ended up finishing it by myself while they pouted off to another room. FAIL! [Read more...]
This Saturday, 9/28, is Smithsonian Museum Day! Make sure to grab your FREE Museum Tickets!
Talk Like a Pirate Day Freebies | FREE Krispy Kreme, FREE Fish, Kids Apps, Eyepatch Tutorial & More!
Just a reminder that today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! We’ve added a couple fun Pirate Freebies to our Pirate Day Freebie Roundup List – so make sure you take advantage of all the fun! (Please leave a comment if you hear about any other freebies or deals happening today)
Krispy Kreme: FREE Glazed Donut when you talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch. Get ONE DOZEN Free Donuts when you come dressed in full Pirate Regalia! *9/19 Only, No Weapons Allowed
Long John Silvers: FREE Piece of Fish when you talk like a pirate *9/19 only
Family Fun for Pirate Day:
- Pirate Eye Patch Tutorial
- Printable Pirate Scavenger Hunt
- Pirate Ship Cake
- Pirate Tricorne Hat Cookies
- Get a FREE or Cheap eBook about Pirates on Amazon HERE
Text Like a Pirate:
Get this Say What? Pirate Pack translator app for just $.99 – plus you’ll get a FREE $1 MP3 Credit when you order it!
Ahoy! – “Hello!”
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!”
Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this Diet Coke.”
Pirate Jokes (Harrdy-haarr-haarr):
Q: What is a pirate’s favorite kind of cookie A: Ships Ahoy!
Q: Whay are pirates so mean? A: I don’t know they just aaarrgghhh!
Q: What to pirate’s like to eat? A: Barrrrbeque!
Since International Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Thursday (Sept. 19) – I thought this might come in handy!
Scarecrow Crunch Recipe
Fall is in the air – and you may want to keep this yummy snack in mind for upcoming parties!
So I have all this Brach’s Autumn Mellowcreme mix that none of the kids at Youth Group wanted for a prize on Wednesday night. (Go figure, right? They’d pick Reeses cups, Twixes and Snickers over this stuff? Weirdos…) So I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try to make Scare Crow Crunch! [Read more...]
Snuggle up with the family for a movie marathon on the cheap! Blockbuster has a really nice Labor Day promotion – get this Triple Feature Deal for just $9.99, which includes:
I love the beginning of school year – the teacher’s have all put so much creativity into decorating their classrooms! Walking through the hallways during orientation night gets me inspired to organize and cutesy up my own house – and this year I totally STOLE this crayon clip idea from Mrs. Smith’s classroom at Arnold Memorial Elementary
This is a super-easy craft you can make and uses very cheap supplies – most of which you probably have lying around!
While Mrs. Smith had hers hanging on a clothesline in the hallway - I decided to make them into refrigerator magnets for all the masterpieces my kids will be bringing home from school.
- Crayola Crayons
- Hot Glue
- Strong Magnets
1) Let your kids each pick their favorite color, so they will have a special clip just for displaying their favorite masterpiece each week. Addie picked Blue!
2) Hot glue a line along the clothes pin and stick the crayon to it, Crayola side up (I think it just looks cuter that way).
3) Now hot glue a nice strong magnet to the back so it can stick to the fridge. I tried to cut some of those thin magnets into strips (you know the ones you get free from Little Ceasar’s and whatnot) but they could barely hold up the clothespin and crayon, much less a painting as well.
My kids came home and went “cooool” – they loved ‘em! Let us know if you get a chance to try this out – or if you have more ideas for getting your home ready for back to school!
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