Muffin Tin Lunch For Kids

In this kids lunch served in a muffin tin: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, green apples, persimmon slices, vanilla yogurt with pearl sprinkles, banana slices.

Banana and peanut butter is my daughter's new favorite sandwich. She's not a PB & J kind of kid - so I am pleasantly surprised that she like's this combo.  And persimmons were a first - for both her and me. I loved them! Her, not so much. She said they tasted to much like squash. ;-)

What new foods have your kids tried lately?


Cute Paper Turkey Craft For Kids

It's almost Thanksgiving. There's still time to create a few turkey themed craft projects like this paper turkey craft for kids. It's simple to constuct, you just need the right supplies and you'll be on your way!


12 strips of 6in. by 1in. brown card stock paper
6 strips of 2in. by 12in. colorful cardstock paper
Small pieces of white, black and orange cards rock for the eyes and beak
1 hole punch (preferable heavy duty)
2 brads
Glue stick
Small circle punch (optional)

To begin making the cute paper turkey craft:

  • Line up the pieces of brown card stock and punch a holes at each end. Secure the brown strips together at one end with one brad as shown.
  • Line up the colorful card stock strips and punch holes at each end. Line up the holes to match the other end of the brown strips. Secure all together with the second brad.

It should now look like this...

Begin separating the brown strips out, one by one until it forms a ball or circle shape. The brown circle will be the turkey body/head.

Your paper turkey craft should now start to look like this...

Fan out the folded multi-colored strips of card stock paper to make the turkey feathers.

  • Using a small circle punch, punch circles out of white card stock.
  • Using the hole punch, punch out 2 tiny black circles.
  • Glue the black circles to the white ones to make the turkey eyes. Glue the eyes onto to the brown turkey face, above the brad.
  • Cut a small rounded triangle out of orange car stock and glue it just above the brad.

Your cute turkey craft will be a little back heavy and will have trouble standing up on it's own. You can prop it up like I did or hang it with a piece of string or ribbon.


What's it like at Knott's Berry Farm At Christmas #MerryFarm @Knotts

We are so excited to visit Knott's Berry Farm at Christmastime this year! Knott's is so fun at Christmas! Our kids are at the perfect age to enjoy almost everything the park has to offer - Thrilling rides, good food, and seasonal fun. Every year, Knott's transforms into "Merry Farm" and gets decked with Christmas garland, ornaments, lights and more! There are also a bunch of Christmas-y things to do and see. You won't want to miss it. 

Here are are a few of the things you won't want to miss:

  • There is an all new 2014 Snoopy ice show titled Merry Christmas, Snoopy! at the Charles M. Schulz Theater. The ice show is so magical! Last year, aside from the rides, this was my little guy's favorite part of Knott's Merry Farm. The ice dancers were so talented.

  • Pictures with Santa and Cookies and Milk at Santa's Christmas Cabin (The Wildreness Dance Hall). This was another fun part of our trip last year. We brought along mini-snoopy to join in all the fun. He loved the cookies and milk. ;-) Some of the activities in Santa's Christmas Cabin are available as an extra purchase.

More fun at the Christmas Cabin:
Santa's Homemade Cookies
Hot Fudge Sundae Bar
Decadent Hot Chocolate with chocolate shavings
Winter wine and craft beer tastings with fresh fruit, cheese and more.

  • In 2013, Knott's decked out the vintage railcar, Engine 41 that leaves the station in ghost town and travels around the park. It's back this year and we can't wait to ride the train again!

More fun you won't want to miss at Knott's Merry Farm:
  • Snoopy's Merriest Tree Lighting - a fun production with songs and dancing. 
  • The Christmas show at Campy Snoopy Theatre featuring Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy. This show is great for toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Christmas Crafts Village - Dozens of artisans display and sell their handmade one-of-a-kind items. -Last year my kids really enjoyed the glass blower. It was really neat to hear him talk about the process and see the finished product.
You will want to visit Knotts.com before your trip to get the low down on holiday hours, where to park and more.  

You can also read
my Knott's post from last year 
all about the Knott's Season Pass with Meal Pass Upgrade

We are thinking about making a countdown chain to help pass the time before out trip to Knott's Merry Farm. How do you get your kids excited about an upcoming trip to a theme park?

Disclosure: Gigasavvy has provided me with 4 tickets to Knott's Merry Farm to experience what's new at Knott's during Christmas time. You can follow along with the fun on Twitter, Instagram, and anywhere hashtags are used. Follow the  hashtag #Merry Farm on your favorite social media platform to see what others are saying about Knott's Merry Farm.


Easy DIY Thankful Wreath Activity for Kids and Families

If you are looking for a low stress and frugal way to usher in an attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving holiday season then you are going to love this simple and easy thankful wreath idea. My friend Andi made this thankful wreath with her family and I couldn't wait to share it with you. She was inspired by and put a creative spin on a paper thanksgiving wreath she had seen and I just love what she did. It's eye catching, simple and easy to get the whole family participating.

You'll need just a few items to make this easy thankful wreath:
  • A 10" straw wreath like the one pictured above. Andi purchased hers from Hobby Lobby for $2.99
  • 2-3 packs of fabric leaves. Hers are from the dollar store.
  • A black or brown sharpie
  • A bunch of push or map pins (Alternatively, you could use glue if you have children under 3)
  • Optional: An iron picture stand to display the wreath on a table top
Place the wreath on the iron stand. Have your family write what they are thankful for on the fabric leaves and pin them around the wreath using the map pins. Keep it going all season long. That's it! It would be a wonderful  and easy thanksgiving family tradition to keep for years to come!

If you like this project, you'll might like:

finger print tree for kids
say thank you with alphabet magnets
10 small ways to encourage thankfulness in children


Her First Spelling Bee

This past week, my daughter participated in her very first qualifying spelling bee. She was excited and nervous all at the same time! It was a written test and she was relieved when she didn't have to get up in front of a crowd. We watched Akeelah and The Bee on Netflix streaming over the summer and she instantly captivated by the story.

She has always been a naturally good speller, so I think she could relate to the main character.  And last year we missed the cut off to participate in our school's spelling bee. So this year I convinced her to give it a try. She studied hard. We poured over the spelling words in preparation. She made flashcards. We poured over the words together again.

Having never participated in a spelling bee or even a qualifying round myself, I didn't quite know what to expect for her. I might have been more nervous than she was!

She did so good, only missing two words! However there were other kids who had missed none. So, it was a mini-milestone that came and went rather quickly. She confessed that she was glad she didn't have to stand up in front of an audience. I told her that I was proud of her either way. She is excited to try again next year and cheer on her classmates at the school spelling bee later in the year!

I love that Netflix has T.V. Shows and movies to celebrate all of life's mini-milestones. I'm always finding hidden gems in their archives. Whether it's potty training, learning to ride a bike, a first pair of glasses, or a child's first sleepover...Netflix has dozens of titles to help celebrate.

You might also want to check out my list of Netflix streaming movies for tween girls. It's a great list for sleepovers or a girl's night in.

Disclosure: I excited to be a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and will be sharing a post a month for the next year on how my family is enjoying using our Netflix subscription. While Netflix has provided me with a complimentary year long Netflix Streaming subscription and a mini iPad to view said Netflix, my husband and I have been Netflix subscribers since 2002. That's 12 years! All opinions are my own and come from my authentic enjoyment of Netflix.


Muffin Tin Lunch

In this muffin tin lunch for kids, starting from the top left: red grapes, hawaiian roll, strawberries, carrots, pineapple slices, fish crackers, sausage, candy corn.


New Knott's Berry Farm Annual Passes - Upgrade To A Meal Pass!

Knott's Berry Farm is a such a fun and family friendly Southern California theme park. Our family loves it for the variety of fun rides and activities for kids. From Camp Snoopy to Ghost Town to my kid's favorite ride, Jaguar - There is plenty to for kids to do at Knott's. And I love sharing about what's new at Knott's Berry Farm for families with my readers.

Having fun at Camp Spooky last year!

Having been countless times since I was a little girl, I can't tell you how excited I am to share that the new 2015 Knott's Berry Farm Season Pass comes with a new optional upgrade meal pass. This is so fabulous. Now you can pay for 2 meals for every visit with a special "Season Pass Plus All Season Dining" to Knott's Berry Farm.  This is a huge savings for season pass holders and an unbelievable incentive to get 2015 season passes. Feeding kids at theme parks can be so expensive! And with the Knott's Dining Pass -Your food (well, 2 meals per day) is taken care of for the entire season.

Riding Jaguar like a boss in the front row!

Here's what you get with a Knott's Berry Farm Season Pass Plus All-Season Dining:

  • You get all the exclusive season benefits of a Season Passholder
  • Plus one lunch and one dinner at participating locations throughout the park every day you visit Knott's Berry Farm in 2015. Beverages are not included. However, we have purchased the large souvenir bottles that include free refills all day on the day of purchase
  • Plus, purchase before the end of 2014, and you'll get 1 visit per season pass in 2014 for FREE AND additional visits in 2014 are just 9.99 for season pass holders. 
  • Payment plans are available for all of the different Knott's Berry Farm Season Pass plans. 
If you have been thinking about passes to California's First Theme Park, I personally think this is a great time to buy. You can visit the Knott's Berry Farm Season Pass page to learn more about what all is included and how the All-Season Dining Pass works.

Disclosure: This blog post is published in partnership with GigaSavvy. No monetary compensation was provided. My family and I have been invited by GigaSavvy to visit Knott's daytime Halloween Event Camp Spooky. All opinions are 100% my own. I've loved Knott's for-ev-er. 


How To Make A Yarn Doll - Easy Yarn Doll Tutorial

We have been having fun crafting the last couple of days. I brought out a few skeins of yarn and I taught my daughter how to make a yarn doll. Yarn dolls are fun and easy to make. They are a great craft for kids and a great craft for rainy days (or snow days too). And it was a bit of a "light bulb" moment when I realized my corn husk doll tutorial would work great for this simple yarn doll craft.

Here's how to make a yarn doll:

Step 1: To make your yarn doll craft, start by unravelling a generous section of yarn, making sure to keep it separated. You can do this by wrapping it around a partner's open hands as shown below. We wrapped ours around about 75-100 times. If you don't have a partner to help you, you can also wrap it around the back of a chair. Or using your arm, you can wrap it around your arm, from your elbow to between your thumb and your index finger.

Step 2: The next step is to cut the wrapped yarn on one side, revealing a very long length of yarn sections. Find the mid point of the section of yarn and tie a piece of yarn around it in a tight knot (as shown below.)

Step 3: Flip one side over the other to  make what resembles Cousin It's (from the Addams Family) hair.

Step 4: The next step in making your yarn doll is to create the head. Tie off a generous section at top of the closed section that you just split. Tie into a knot, making sure it is nice and tight. You can snip off the excess yarn now or later. (I save it for later in case I make a mistake and have to start over).

Step 5: Pull out 6 strands of yarn from inside the body on each side to make the arms. braid the 6 pieces of yarn to your desired arm length.

Step 5: Tie off the braids with another piece of yarn and cut off the excess to make little hands.

Step 6: The next to last step in making your yarn doll craft is to tie off a waist. Tie off a section below the arms just as you did the neck. Make sure to make it a knot and tie it nice and tight.

Step 7: The final step is to make a skirt for your yarn doll by cutting the bottom. Use your judgement in how long your skirt should be. Ours is about 7.5 inches long from waist to end.

Optional: You can add a little scrap piece of fabric to your Yarn Doll to make an apron or skirt.

As you can see, depending on how long you wind your yarn in the beginning, your yarn doll craft can be different sizes!! Have fun and enjoy playing the yarn doll you handmade yourself!!