July 4th Dessert Ideas: Patriotic Bananas

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Are you thinking ahead to 4th of July? My sons are already asking, “When do we get to see fireworks?”.  So the other day I helped them make a July 4th Dessert ideas-some delicious patriotic bananas!

I’ve got a lot more July 4th Dessert ideas coming up in the next month so keep an eye out!

July 4th Dessert Ideas:  Patriotic Bananas

banana ingredients

Ingredients:
Bananas
White Frosting
Red and Green Sprinkles
Popsicle Sticks

Directions:

1.  Cut Bananas in half and insert popsicle sticks.
2.  Cover bananas in frosting.
3.  Sprinkle 1/3 of banana with red sprinkles and another 1/3 with blue sprinkles.

If you like these patriotic bananas, you’ll love these:

4th of July Party Decoration

July 4th Dessert Ideas

4th of July Party Decorations:  Patriotic Utensil Holder

4th of July Craft:  Toilet Paper Fireworks

 

Mother’s Day Personalized Gifts-How To Make A Jewelry Holder

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Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. Mother’s Day is right around the corner so in the next month, I will be creating Mother’s Day personalized gifts for this very important holiday!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Mother’s Day Personalized Gifts-How To Make A Jewelry Holder

Materials:
Photo Frame
Cork
Thumb tacks

Directions:
1. Locate a frame that has a nice big border (will look better) and remove the glass and any picture inside.

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2.  Cut a piece of cork to fit inside the frame and insert it in, securing the back of the frame.

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3. Insert thumb tacks into the cork in various places depending on what you want to be held.  This was perfect for some of my “chunkier” pieces that take up too much space in my jewelry box!

If you’re looking for some jewelry to hang on this holder, check out the Love, Mother, Forever Silver & Crystal Expressively Yours Bracelet for only $7.99!

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Easter Crafts For Preschool

Easter crafts for preschool

Are you looking for some fun and easy Easter Crafts for Preschool?  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite crafts and included them below for you.  The Thomas Easter Basket was one of my son’s favorite!

Easter Door Decorations

Easter Cupcake Decorations

Easter Flower Gifts

Milk Jug Easter Baskets

Uses For Egg Cartons

How To Make A Homemade Easter Basket (Thomas Easter Basket Craft)

Making Bubbles

Edible Bird Nests

This round up of Art and Craft Supplies may help you complete some of these Easter crafts for preschool!

Easter crafts for preschool

Easter Door Decorations

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I love decorating the boys’ bedroom doors for holiday so why wouldn’t I come up with some Easter Door decorations?!  This simple door decor took me minutes and since I had all of the materials around the house, it was FREE!  This Thankful Easter Bunny door decoration can easily be personalized by allowing your child to decorate the eggs, choose various colors of eggs, and even different colored bunnies!

Easter Door Decorations:

Materials:

Construction paper (various colors)
Scissors
Scotch Tape
Marker

Directions:
1.  Cut 2 circles, one small and one larger for the bunny’s body.
2.  Cut out 2 bunny ears.  There are many stencils online you can use for this but I just did it freehand.
3.  Create a sign that says “I Am Most Thankful For…” on your computer or just write it on the belly of the bunny with the marker.
4.  Draw a face on the smaller circle (bunny’s face).  Don’t forget the whiskers!
5.  Tape all the pieces together to form the bunny’s body.
6.  Cut out egg shapes and have your child tell you things they are thankful for in their life.
7.  Put tape on the backs of the eggs and allow your child to put them all around the bunny.  I also added some “grass” for the bunny to sit on.

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I was happily surprised that both boys picked some pretty significant people/things to be thankful for (of course games and toys were also included in the list).

If you like this Easter Door decorations, you may want to check out my sombrero craft or my snowman bedroom door!

Free Book: 25 Days To An Organized Home!

organized home

Who doesn’t want a more organized home?  I know I do!

Right now you can get the book 25 Days to an Organized Home Challenge: Revolutionize Your Life and Gain More Timefor FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

Join our 25 Days to an Organize Home Challenge, where you will learn the process for creating and maintaining your household organizational systems. Learn everyday tips and tricks for keeping your home organized, and create a stress-free, peaceful environment!

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Homemade Valentines Gifts-You Can’t Erase Our Friendship!

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Valentine’s Day is only a week away and many are looking for homemade Valentines gifts.  Here is one easy idea!

Homemade Valentines Gifts:  You Can’t Erase Our Friendship

Materials:

Erasers ( I got 24 of them for $3 at Target)
Cardstock
Double Sided Tape

Directions: 

1. Type up your own card with the phrase “You Can’t Erase Our Friendship”.  Add some spaces and then type or write “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

2.  Tape the erase in between the 2 sentences.

3.  Have your child sign their name.

If you’re looking for other ideas, check out Valentines Day Gifts for Kids!

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest.

15 Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks

vday snacksI love Valentine’s day-it is so much fun with the boys! And who doesn’t love Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks?

If you’re looking to win someone’s heart or just make their day with some delicious snacks, this list will surely cure someone’s sweet tooth!

15 Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks

 

White Chocolate Valentine’s Day Spoons

Popcorn Hearts

Cupid’s Arrows

Homemade Gumdrops

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars

Valentine Brownie Pizza

Valentine’s Day Neapolitan Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day Thin Mints

Valentine M&M Samoa Blondies

Soy Milk Truffles

S’Mores Mason Jar Valentines

Puff Pastry Pudding Hearts

Nutella Love Letter Pancakes

Barcelona Hot Chocolate with Strawberry Marshmallows

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Tutorial

Heart Shaped Pizza

 

What are your favorite Valentine’s day snacks?

5 Benefits To Drinking More Water + A Water Intake Calendar

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Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to drink more water?  Whether you did or not, drinking more water during the day has many benefits!

5 Benefits To Drinking More Water

1.  Drinking water can help you cut calories.  Water has no calories-but sodas, juices, etc can really hide calories in your diet.

2.  Water helps you skin look better.  Dehydration can make your skin look dry and wrinkled but by drinking more water, you can decrease these effects.

3.  Water puts you in a better mood.  Research has shown that dehydration makes you cranky. Drink more water=better mood!

4.  Water can prevent Headaches.  I know when I have a headache if I drink some water it sometimes helps.  Research shows dehydration can cause headaches so drink up to prevent headaches.

5.  Water gives you energy. When you are dehydrated you will feel tired.  Most people turn to caffeine but a simple glass of water can really be the cure!

If you’re in need of a good bottle to refill with water during the day, check out these:

Camelbak Eddy Bottle

Thermos Nissan Intak Hydration Water Bottle with Meter, Blue

NALGENE Tritan OTG BPA-Free Water Bottle,Slate Blue

Here is a handy calendar to help you measure how much water you drink each day so that you can avoid dehydration!

Water Intake Calendar:

You can click the image or the link under it to print this calendar.

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Water Intake Calendar momondealz

And if you’re a runner who needs more water, don’t forget to check out my post on the Best Apps For Runners

Home Remedies For Children Coughs

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My oldest son used to start coughing as soon as his head hit the pillow at nap and bedtime.  I did not want to give him cough medicine so between asking the doctor and searching the web, we came up with these home remedies for children coughs.

Here are some of the remedies we found.  The first 2 are ones that we use every single night.

1.  Honey.  We give our son a small squirt of honey right before bed to soothe his throat.

2.  Vicks Vaporub:We apply a small amount of Vicks to the bottom of his feet and cover them with socks (by the way, this has worked wonders during times of cold/sickness with my youngest as well)!

3.  Boiled water:  Boil water in a pan and remove from heat.  Allow to cool just a bit and then inhale the steam still left. This can help loosen any mucus that may be hanging around

4.  Lemon Tea:  Obviously you’ll want to use decaffeinated tea. Simply prepare the tea and add lemon.  You can also add honey!

5.  Eucalyptus Oil:  Rub on their feet and cover with socks.

Do you have a home remedy that works?

Please note, I am by no means a doctor.  These home remedies for children coughs are simply based on things I have tried or been told by others.

You may also be interested in :

Whooping Cough Facts

Cough definition.

Free Book: Getting Rid Of It-Eliminating Clutter From Your Life

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Are you one of the thousands making New Year’s resolutions to be more organized? Then you’ll love this free book!

Right now you can get the book Getting Rid of It: The Step-by-step Guide for Eliminating the Clutter in Your Lifefor FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

Do you have too much stuff! Your closets are filled with clothes you never wear. You have not seen your kitchen counters in months. Your junk drawer has exploded into an entire room of things you don’t use. How can we say that when we don’t even know you? Well, because most people do and we were just like you. 

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How To Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions!

new years resolution

There are lots of New Year’s resolutions all over today. I have compiled some of my posts and other tools that may help with some of the most popular New Year Resolutions:

Getting in Shape:

 

Getting More Organized:

 

Spending More Quality Time With Your Kids:

 

Become a DIY Person:

 

I Want My Kids To Know They Can Mess Up

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As a mom, I mess up ALL THE TIME!

Before having kids, I knew exactly how parenthood was going to be, exactly how I would handle problems, melt downs, etc.  And honestly, with my first son, things were going pretty smoothly and according to my plan.  Then came my second son-and everything went out the window.  Our oldest began competing for attention, and by this, I mean he started making some pretty bad behavior choices.  And as an exhausted mommy, so did I.

It’s not everyday that I feel proud of my parenting ability.  Sometimes it takes a few days to go by to feel as if I’m doing anything right.  Have I cried myself to sleep after a stressful day full of meltdowns? Absolutely.  Have I gone to sleep with my last thought being how my sons showed amazing manners to a complete stranger?  Yes.  As we all know, there are good moments and there are bad moments.  On days when the bad outnumbers the good, it’s HARD to feel like you’re doing anything right.  But I know I try.  And I try, and try and try…but the patience runs out and other life stresses take their toll.

There is one thing I know I am doing right.  I am letting my kids know it is ok to mess up.  Every single night I talk to my boys about the day and I make sure to apologize if I’ve lost my temper or handled things the wrong way.  We also review our day together and discuss what was the most fun, what we thought was best, and also we talk about situations that went wrong, how they could have handled things differently to make things better, and what choice they can make the next time.  I make sure to also discuss how we all could have handled things differently in certain situations.

We talk EVERYDAY about how it is ok to mess up.  That EVERYBODY does it.  That every single person on the face of the earth makes bad choices and/or has a bad day.  But how you handle the mess up defines who you are.  You can fix the mess up and make things better or you can throw a tantrum (or a toy) and make things worse.  You can try to blame someone else (“but he hit me first”) or you can take responsibility for your own actions and FIX THEM.  You can be the solution to the problem or make the problem even bigger.

So yes, I probably raised my voice today.  Yes, I may or may not have threatened to take away a Christmas toy or a future playdate-BUT-I said I was sorry and I FIXED the problem.  I talked it out, kissed it out, and hugged it out-and we moved on.

My kids know it’s ok to mess up.  But they also know they need to fix their mess ups and try to make things better.

 

Free Book: 7 Day Smoothie Weight Loss Plan

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I’m a huge fan of smoothies!  My family has one every single morning for breakfast and it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients-and they are delicious enough that even the kids like them!

Right now you can get 7 Day Smoothie Weight Loss Diet Plan – How to Construct a Perfect Smoothie & Use it to Lose 2 Pounds Every Week [Includes 29 Smoothie Recipes]for FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

7 Day Smoothie Weight Loss Diet Plan” provides you with the 3 exact steps you need to take to do this diet, as well as a quick start checklist to make sure you are armed with everything you need to be successful, and start losing 2 pounds of unwanted body fat every week as long as you use the plan. 

Also included in this guide as a bonus is a Smoothie Lifestyle Diet Plan for you to use when you transition off of the 7 Day Smoothie Weight Loss Diet Plan, as well as 29 weight loss smoothie recipes to help keep you inspired and motivated.

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Free Book: How To Stick To A Diet!

stick to diet

I hear a lot of complaints about how hard it is for some people to stick to a diet plan, especially during the holidays.  Perhaps this free book will help!

Right now you can get the How To Stick To A Diet: The Ultimate Guide To “Hacking” Your Brain For Unstoppable Motivation And Lifelong Diet Successfor FREE!  Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

In “How To Stick To A Diet”, you’ll discover what the most recent psychological research has uncovered can be done to unlock the motivation you need to reach your health, fitness and weight loss goals – regardless of willpower.

You’re about to discover…

* Why losing weight through dieting can backfire causing a person to end up more overweight down the road, and what is essential if you want to keep fat off FOREVER.

* The truth about why “diets don’t work” is both true AND false! (The truth may surprise you!)

* How 4 core emotional wants (that dictate your behavior) can make it impossible to stick to a diet unless you start to use them the right way.

* How changing one word you say can flip a switch in your brain to generate willpower on demand.

* 3 “mind hacks” that instantly changing your feelings towards any foods! With these tricks in your tool belt, you’ll know exactly how to stop any food addiction.

* Why it’s almost impossible for you to fail when you take the one simple approach most people don’t even try!

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