Healthy After Schools Snack Ideas + Win $25 Whole Foods Gift Card!

after school snacks

 

School has been is session in my area for over a month and let me tell you, my son comes home STARVING!  I try my best to have snacks waiting for him that are healthy but did you know that research shows that kids are more likely to eat healthy snacks when they help to create them themselves?  I teamed up with Whole Foods to test this theory and found that as usual, research is correct!

The Whole Foods site has a ton of super easy and healthy meal ideas and I adjusted some of their snack ideas using my boys’ favorite items and they were a big hit!

Fancy Ants On A Log:

ants on a log

Ingredients:
Celery
Peanuts
Cranberries
Grapes
Honey

We simply covered the celery with peanut butter and Will dropped his favorite toppings on top-healthy and delicious!

“Strawberry Grahams”

Ingredients:
Graham Crackers
Peanut Butter
Strawberries
Honey

This snack was also simple!  We covered the graham crackers with peanut butter, put sliced strawberries on top, and Will drizzled the honey as a fun topping.

whole foods snack will

How would you like to head to Whole Foods and pick up your own ingredients to create healthy snacks for your family?  Well, luckily for you, Whole Foods has given me 2 (TWO) $25 gift cards to give away so two of my lucky readers will win!  Here’s how to enter!

Mandatory Entry:
1.  Leave a comment telling me your family’s favorite healthy after school snack.

Optional Entries:  You can choose none or ALL of these choices.  You will get an entry for each method so the more you do, the better your chances!

1.  Like Whole Foods Virginia Beach on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment that Momondealz sent you. Return to this post and leave a comment letting me know you have done this.

2.  Visit my Kids Frugal Fun Page. Leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite craft is from the ones listed.

3.  Visit my Pinterest page.  Repin at least one of my pins and then leave a comment here with the link to the repin.

4.  Leave a comment on Momondealz’s Facebook page saying “I am entering to win one of the $25 Whole Foods gift cards from @momondealz”. Leave a comment on this post letting me know you have done this.

5.  Share this giveaway on Facebook.  This can be done every day!  Be sure to leave a comment here with the link to your share.

The winners will be able to pick up their gift cards at customer service at Whole Foods Virginia Beach.  This contest will be open until 10/20.  The winners will be emailed 10/21 and have 24 hours to respond to avoid another winner being selected.  Good luck!

 

Kids Frugal Fun-DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Halloween is quickly approaching so I will be sticking to this theme for a couple of weeks! Don’t miss the rest of the Halloween themed crafts!

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 games such as this-it really helps preserve the pieces!

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

DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Materials:

Paper Grocery Bag
Construction Paper
Glue

Directions:

1.  Cover the grocery bag with the desired background color of your choice.  Depending on the grocery bag you choose, you may need to cut the construction paper a bit.

2.  Cut and glue any designs you have chosen/made for the front.

3.  Cut and glue your child’s name and any other personalization designs.

Since there are 2 boys trick-or-treating in our house, we were able to create two bags-double the fun!

Educational Activities:

  • Math:  Have your child measure the bag and all materials such as background, design etc.  Use standard measurement tools like rulers, tape measures, or use non-standard ones like crayons, legos, fingers, etc.
  • Language Arts:  Have your child create a prediction list of the items they hope or think they will get Halloween night to fill up their bag.

 

Halloween Crafts For Everyone!

halloween crafts

I’ve teamed up with a group of lovely ladies called The Mavens of Money and we have brought you a round-up of our best Halloween Crafts.  These are all awesome and a great way to have fun with kids or by yourself!

  1. How to Make a Rag Wreath by A Frugal Chick
  2. Frankenstein Monster Box by Coupons are Great
  3. DIY Halloween Marquee Letters by Madame Deals
  4. Toilet Paper Pumpkin Decor by Mom on Dealz
  5. Handprint Pumpkin Craft by Saving Toward a Better Life
  6. Spooky Sparkle Spiders by The Coupon Challenge
  7. DIY Glow in the Dark Skeleton Halloween Shirt by This Mama Loves

If you missed it, take a look at our Apple Round-up for more Fall ideas!

The Mavens of Money group is comprised of 11 bloggers: MadameDeals | The Coupon Challenge | Mom On Dealz | Coupons are Great | This Mama Loves | A Frugal Chick | The Centsible Family | Stretching Your Budget | Penny Filled Pantry | Freebie Spot | Saving Toward Better Life

Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids-My Thoughts

lil kickers program

When the boys were both younger (around 18 months) they both took Sports Skills classes at the Virginia Beach Field House.  They both really enjoyed it and I loved how they were introduced to important sports skills.  Last week I was able to check out their new program for kids- Lil Kickers Soccer For Kids-and I was very impressed!

When Zack and I first walked up I noticed a big change-the jerseys!  Each child who registers for classes get jerseys to wear to class-real jerseys that look great!  You can see how nice they are in the handsome model below.

zack field house

Zack was not ready to participate in the beginning of class but the instructor really tried to engage him, eventually pulling him into the fun with my help.  His age group (the Cottontails) allows for parents to be in the class to help with the child’s confidence.  The Lil’ Kickers program not only focuses on activities that build athletic ability, they also focus on important social skills like listening and following directions.  I really loved how organized each developmental “game” was and the kids didn’t even realize what important skills they were learning because they were having so much fun!  The last game was everyone’s favorite-the whole class sat in a soccer net that was their “space ship”.  The instructor threw out a bunch of cones (space rocks) and the kids had to run around and tip the cones so they were sitting upright-with one foot.  Then they were able to knock over the cones-both of the games were perfect foundations for passing and shooting a soccer ball!  And really every game and activity during the class easily led to soccer skills that can be used in higher age and ability levels!

We attended a Wednesday morning class but there are a wide variety of days and times that you can choose from if you want to check out Lil’ Kickers.  In fact, your first class is always free!  I think that is an awesome feature to this program since you never really know if your child will enjoy a new extracurricular activity.  Each class is 50 minutes long and include water breaks.   Depending on your child’s age, the coach/child ratio is around 12;1 but the class I attended was only 5:1.  Obviously the weekend classes would be a bit more full.

Curious George Books Only 99 Cents Each-Today Only!

curious george book

My boys really enjoy Curious George both in books and on TV.  I of course prefer the book version so I’m pretty happy about today’s Kindle Daily deal.

Today only you can get Curious George Books Only 99 Cents each!  These are Kindle versions, however, if you don’t have a Kindle, simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad.

Here are some of the Curious George Books that are only Only 99 Cents each!

Curious George and the Birthday Surprise

Curious George

Curious George Librarian for a Day (CGTV Early Reader) (Green Light Readers Level 1)

Easy After School Snack: Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese!

cheese ranch

Most parents I have talked to say their child is STARVING when they get home from school and mine are no different.  By the way they act, you would think they haven’t been fed in weeks!

There’s always the tricky decision about what to give for an after school snack that won’t ruin dinner (or in my case lunch) but that will also satisfy them.. Enter Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese products.  They make the perfect snack for little ones because they aren’t messy, they are high in calcium and a good source of protein.  I love that they are already individually wrapped and ready to go at anytime!

Something you may not know (and certainly not anything I had ever thought of, was that you can use Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese products in meal recipes!  Frigo’s website has a huge variety of meal ideas such as stuffed crust pizza, nachos in no time, and my favorite Rockin’ Ranch Skewers.  The boys love anything on a skewer so this was a big hit at my house!  I am throwing a big 40th birthday party next month and one thing on the menu I am planning on using the string cheese products for is fruity cheese kabobs.  Who doesn’t love some fruit and cheese?!  My husband is actually a giant fan of string cheese and eats at least 2 a day!

We had pasta for dinner this week and this is another way I was able to use Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese products:

pasta cheese

 

This is as soon as we added the cheese but it melted beautifully and was delicious!

Disclosure:  I was sent samples of Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese products in order to complete this review and my recipe above.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Everything Apples: Get Recipes and Crafts All About Apples!

TOP APPLE POSTS ROUND-UP

apple roundup

 

Get ready for a new Fall Series!

Together with my friends from Mavens of Money we bring you our hottest posts this fall. This week we’re sharing all about APPLES.

The Mavens of Money group is comprised of 11 bloggers: MadameDeals | The Coupon Challenge | Mom On Dealz | Coupons are Great | This Mama Loves | A Frugal Chick | The Centsible Family | Stretching Your Budget | Penny Filled Pantry | Freebie Spot | Saving Toward Better Life | [Read more...]

Lil’ Kickers Soccer Program-Virginia Beach Field House

lil kickers

When my boys were younger they attended the Virginia Beach Field House for soccer classes-and LOVED it!  They have since switched their program and it’s getting rave reviews.  Be on the lookout in the near future for some special Momondealz savings for this program.  For now, check out their Fall schedule and go check out a class!

Class Schedule from September 10-November 30
(open enrollment, join anytime)
Call 757-427-3955 for more details!

“Bunnies” Ages 18-24 months (with parent) Saturdays at 9 and 10

“Thumpers”  Ages 2-3 (with parent) Thursdays 9:30 and Saturday 9 and 10

“Cottontails” Ages 2.5-3.5 (with parent) Tuesdays 9:30, Wednesdays 10:30, Saturdays at 9

“Hoppers” Ages 3-4 Tuesday 10:30, 11:30; Wednesdays at 11:30; Thursdays at 9:30; Fridays at 3:30 and 5:30; Saturdays 9,10, 11

“Jack Rabbits”  Ages 3-4 Tuesdays 10:30 and Saturdays 10

“Big Feet:  Ages 5-6 Wednesdays at 5:30, Thursdays 4:30, Saturday 9 and 10

“Micro”  Ages 4-5 Thursdays 11:30 and Saturday at 11

“Micro Advanced”  Wednesdays 5:30, Saturday at 11

 

DIY Children’s Wall Art

space collage with text

What’s a frugal mom to do when she buys a quilt on clearance for her child and the wall art that goes with the quilt is all sold out?  Create DIY Children’s Wall art herself-with coupons of course!

We recently moved (see our moving story here) and one of the rooms in the new house was painted a very bright green.  While I planned on painting it a more neutral color, my 4 year old claimed the green room as his bedroom.  The problem with this is that his room had a Boston Red Sox theme prior to moving.  So this mommy had to find another plan.  Off to Target I went! On clearance was a space quilt and pillow that I knew would be perfect.  Then I searched and googled space wall art and found nothing my budget would approve.

Armed with coupons, I went to AC Moore.  I got a 2 pack of canvases and took pictures of space ships on his quilt and got to work!

the quilt

the quilt

 

I drew them in pencil first….Will thought it was  a bit fat.
pencil canvas

The Completed room

wills room

Looking for other Do-It-Yourself ideas?  Check these out!

How To Make A Fireplace Hearth Guard

How To Make A Tricycle Diaper Cake

How To Organize Puzzles

How To Make A Jewelry Holder

How To Make A Candy Bouquet

Homemade Diaper Rash Treatment

Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft

 

This Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft is one of my all time favorite crafts!

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Halloween is quickly approaching so I will be sticking to this theme for a couple of weeks! Don’t miss the rest of the Halloween themed crafts!

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 games such as this-it really helps preserve the pieces!

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

Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft

Materials:
1 roll of toilet paper
1 sheet of orange tissue paper
Black construction paper
Green construction paper
Brown construction paper

Directions:
1. Cover the toilet paper roll with the orange tissue paper by laying the sheet flat, putting the roll in the middle and then just lifting and tucking the tissue paper in the roll’s hole.
2.  Take one piece of brown construction paper and roll it horizontally.  Then take the roll and fold it in half and stick that inside the roll’s hole.
3. Cut thin strips of green paper and tape stick them inside the hole as well to create “vines”.
4.  Cut the black construction paper into shapes for the face.  We chose traditional triangle shapes for the eyes and nose and then one small line for the mouth.

Educational Activities:

This craft was an adaptation from a tutorial seen here

Minion Doll-Great Gift!

minion

You’d have to be on a different planet to have not heard about minions-they are everywhere!

My oldest was able to see the movie Despicable Me 2 and LOVED it!  He also has a best bud who more than slightly adores the movie.  I think the last time I talked to his mom they had seen the movie 3-4 times in the theater.  So when my friend over at Jaimeddesigns posted a Minion doll that she had created, I just knew I had to snag one for a birthday gift for Will’s friend.

Jaime was able to get me the Minion in record time and really, how cute is he?!

Unfortunately this little guy got mixed up in our moving madness so he missed being given as a birthday gift.  Luckily he was found last night and Will’s friend was thrilled when he got him today!

Parent’s Questions Answered For Free At Mommy Polls!

mommy polls

Ever wanted to get a parenting opinion but not let anyone know you’re the one asking?  Maybe you like to give your parenting advice?  Either way, you’ll love this!

Mommy Polls is a free way to help parents to find answers to even the trickiest of questions and find out the opinions of other parents quickly and easily.  You can answer polls or create your own anonymous ones!

I browsed this site and it was very relevant… issues such as picky eaters, time-outs, and even educational mile stones were addressed.

Check it out  for yourself-why not, it’s FREE!

Pampers Gifts to Grow-Free 10 Point Code + 100 Points To Join!

pampers diapers jumbo

If you have a little one in diapers and haven’t joined Pampers Gifts to Grow program-this is the time to do it!

Right now there is a free 10 point code that can be used until September 6th!  Simply enter FBLBR9AWDAYB3E3 and get your 10 points.

If you’re new to the Gifts To Grow program, join now and get 100 additional FREE points!  This program is awesome for parents who are buying diapers-use the codes on the diaper packages and get LOTS of rewards!  I use my points to get free pictures all the time but they have a wide variety of rewards to choose from!

Home Depot & Lowe’s Kids Workshops-Register Now!

lowes build and grow

My kids absolutely LOVE the Home Depot & Lowes Workshops!  They are so much fun and a great bonding experience with their daddy.

Here are the future workshops you’ll want to register for-they fill up fast-and they are FREE!

Home Depot:

September 7th-Football Ring Toss from 9AM-Noon

October 5th-kids can build a Fire Rescue plane made out of Legos

November 2nd- Tabletop Ship

Lowes:

September 14th:  Classic Fire Truck (my kids made this last year and it’s pretty awesome!

Thanks, Hip2Save