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#RealMomHacks 7 Great Products to Organize Your Family

I am LOSING MY MIND. 

I know that you think I'm kinda cool.  Fun.  AND I MAY **LOOK** put together from the outside?  But my life is the definition of chaos.  For YEARS - chaos fueled me.  I loved running 1,000 miles an hour and digging into unique ways to kick off the new year. 

This year?  I am sooo tired. SOOO tired. Did I mention tired?  Yes.  I am. 

And as I get older worker harder is not something I think my mind and body will be able to officially handle!  So, my job is to help you have a more normal life.  Ready?

#RealMomHacks

7 Great Products to Organize Your Family

BREAD TIES FOR WIRES - YES!  Those bread ties that end up all over your house?  Use them to LABEL your cords! 

WIRE BASKETS FOR STUFF - Of course those wire baskets are great for your bananas, but how about containing things in your life that makes you go bananas when you can't find it!

PAINTED KEYS - The WORST is not knowing which key is which!  Paint them with different finger nail polish colors to keep track of them!

PLASTIC BAG DISPENSER - This is BRILLIANT!  I actually started making one but haven't gotten it finished yet.  But check out where I got the idea here!  Take a disinfectant container, clean it out, roll up your grocery bags, decoracte container and put the tip of the bags out the top!

SHOPPING BAG PRETTY STORAGE - In my effort this past weekend to purge my crazy life - I found Tiffany Bags empty and lonely!  We used the boxes as small containers and the bags I put on the wall to put pencils in! 

PVC PIPES - Those pesky bathroom products need a home!  PVC pipes are great for containing them so they don't end up all over the counters!

MAGNETIC STRIP ORGANIZER - Instead of posting your knives on them - use them for hair pins!  For clippers and other pieces that get easily lost in the bathroom!

#RealMomTravels Spring Break Rainy Day Ideas on Fox 29

Hey all!  

Back from a fast trip to Cape May where I got to spend sometime with my favorite tv mom in my favorite mom getaway place!  We went to Cape May and Congress Hall.  

I went down on Sunday because the thought of driving to Cape May from Philly at 4am wasn't gonna cut it.  Not to mention - I don't need a big excuse to get out of town and head to my happy place!

Congress Hall and Cape Resorts Group has fantastic things to do with families for the holidays of course - but what about you who are stuck at home and we're getting rain? 

Got some GREAT ideas for you to do with the kids!

BRICKLOOT 

We love this brand for many reasons.  I'm obsessed with the subscription services.  Totally. lol But this was one that came across my review desk and I've loved it since meeting it!  My brick loving almost 7 year old loves it too.  Get a monthly subscription delivered to your door from Brickloot!

THE STORYBOOK GAME

The Storybook Game from Ideal® is sure to be a hit at family game night! It’s a card game of tall-tale telling fun! In this memory game, children create a different story each time they play. The story develops one card at a time! This game is excellent for challenging kids’ creativity and improvisation skills! This fun card game comes in a lunch box tin, making it easy to transport to picnics, family game nights, camping trips, and more! Designed for 2 or more players, ages 4 and up!

SCAVENGER HUNT FOR KIDS

Scaventure Kids™ brings the fun of exploring into one great big party game. Find out who can come back to home base with the most activities completed. Find a fossil rock, or a sticker or a banana. Scaventure Kids has it all, whether playing with just 2 kids or in a large group. The fun and excitement never ends and the creativity will always be rolling. This is a great game for kids ages 7 and up and is designed to be played with 2 or more players.

3D SIDEWALK CHALK & YARN STORMING MACHINE

Make your own fun & colorful sidewalk chalk!  Yes, this is for FUN indoors... but you gotta MAKE the chalk inside, right?  The Airbrush T-shirt maker didn't make it into this segment - but it is awesome!  The Yarn Storming Maching is seriously a throwback for me!  I loved making those as a kid and Thames and Kosmos does a great job bringing it back around!

LITTLE LIVE PETS OWL & BABY BIRD

These are the new birds on the block with Little Live Pets!  I love the 'mom and baby bird feeding!  And yes, Alicia Silverstone did that with her kid.  Sorry - I HAD to bring that up! lol But the owl mama & baby are amazingly fun for kids of all ages.

PLAYTAPE

This is the product that I wish I would have thought of myself!  Playtape by InRoad Toys is the perfect on the go/rainy day product out there!  Just rip off some tape, put it whereever and let your kids go to town!  Literally!

SKECHERS GAME KICKS

These are the HOTTEST shoes on the block!  The day that we got these in to test out the neighbor kids were sooo jealous!  The Game Kicks are the new interactive kids shoe by Skechers that doubles as an electronic memory game!  With over 68,000 combinations - your kids are SURE to have their brains full!  They come in both boy and girl

 



Halloween Crafts with HERSHEY

Halloween Crafts

with HERSHEY

Whoa!  Already time to think about Halloween?

YEP!  It sure it.  And one of my fave things to do is crafts.  I hardly have the time to do them like I use to and I can say that I'm 'average' at them.  But I sure love to make them with young kids!

So when Hershey asked me to take part in their awesome HERSHEY'S Boo Blvd. I was totally down with dusting off the desk in my crafting room!

My neighborhood is big in the partytime every year and I always love ot create fun things for the kids to enjoy.

This year, the kids' are old enough to create some fun on their own with a little help from me.

We're going to make Boo Buckets.  

Here is what you need:

-- Buckets (Can be big or small, plastic, metal, etc.  It doesn't matter!)

-- Paper, decorations, anything Halloween-esque!  (Even some toilet paper.  Mummys anyone?)

-- Kids (You gotta have craft makers on hand!)

Mummy Bucket

-- Take a bucket and cut a long piece of toilet paper down the middle with jagged scissors giving it rough edges.  (You can rip it too to give it the frayed look.)

-- Use craft dots and put one dot on the bucket to start the toilet paper wrap.  Then wrap the bucket accordingly.

-- Create a 'girl mummy' by adding jewels, lips & eyelashes to the bucket

-- Create a 'boy mummy' with ribbon.

-- Add eyes to the toilet paper

Bling Boo Bucket

These are my fave and so simple to do!!

-- Gather your favorite jewels & bling in the craft department

-- Use crafts dots to write out the words you want.

-- Use tweezers to place your 'bling' on the craft dots on the buckets.

-- Add ribbon and flair!

Mad Monster Bucket:

-- Cut green scrap paper into random shapes and sizes.

-- Randomly place them with craft dots on the bucket

-- Add big wiggly eyes.

-- Curl black pipecleaner around a pencil to create a curly design.

-- Add the pipecleaner for ears

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This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Mom Bloggers Club and HERSHEY.

Fishbowl Bakerella Cake Pops

What is better than ice cream for a pregnant woman?!?!

CAKEPOPS!!

I love making Boston Cakepops.  He smiles and I'm the coolest mom in the world when I make them too, ya know.  =)

It was a rainy weekend and I decided to get domesticated.

I started making cakepops for Boston to take to school a couple years ago.  They were just FUN and easier for kids to take home than an actual cupcake. 

I often get asked 'How do you do it?'

I've tried a couple ways.  I have the 'fill in the hole' close the lid and wah-la pop maker-but I really didn't like the taste of those.

So here is my personal recipe for tasty cake pops:

Cake Pops For Dummies

(Fishbowl Cake Pops)

 Ingredients: 

-- cake mix (of your chice)

-- icing (of your choice)

-- aqua melting chocolate (found at Michaels)

-- Bakerella Cake Pops Kit is AWESOME to use!!  (I have the worst time getting the cake pops to dry standing up. You'd laugh if you saw what I rigged up. lol. This kit has everything you need and more to make adorable pops.)

-- Tiny confetti ball sprinkles (used to look like the bottom of a fishbowl)

-- colored fondant (used to cut out fish shapes)

-- colored writing icing (used to make face on fish)

My cake pops are TASTY!  I think because I love to make them with an added ingredient before dipping them in the chocolates.

Step 1:

Pick out a cake mix flavor you love.

Follow the directions on the box and bake the cakes.

STEP 2:

When cakes are done, then start breaking them down to teeny tiny crumbs.  (I use funfetti in about all my recipes cause my pops are tasty that way with kids.)  I use a 'masher' tool to really break up the cake into tiny pieces.

STEP 3:

After cake is totally turned to a crumble, add a dollup of your favorite icing to the cake and mix.  (I LOVE cream cheese icing-so thats what I always use.)

Mix the icing into the cake really well.  The cake should then be sticky.  If its still 'flakey' then add a tad more icing.  I personally use 80% of the icing container per one box of cake.  

STEP 4:

Roll the dough into tight balls that are well connected and place them on a tray. (Make sense?  Meaning-don't have 'cracks' in your balls.)

STEP 5:

Put the tray into the freezer for 20 minutes. 

STEP 6:

Take a coffee break and put your feet up!!

STEP 7:

Grab your balls. (Ahem. That sounds weird.)

STEP 8:

Melt aqua dipping chocolate according to directions.  

Take a stick & dip in chocolate then put a ball on a stick.  (This helps in holding the cake ball in place.)

Then dip the cake pop into the chocolate.

Carefully sprinkle bottom of cake pop with the confetti ball sprinkles

Then put cake pops standing up to dry.

STEP 9:

While cake pops are drying, roll out a colored fondant. (I used yellow.)

Create fish shapes with either a cookie cutter, or a knife free hand. (Yes.  I did it freehand.  It took FOREVER and some of my poor fish looked funky.  Oh well. lol)

STEP 10: 

Use writing icing to create an eye and whisp for the smile on the fish.

STEP 11:

Put a dollup of chocolate on back of fish and put fish on the dried cake pops.

STEP 12:

Wha-laa-Fishbowl Cake Pops! Goooo Fishin'!

 

 

There are some AWESOME recipes on the Bakerella website.  I'm totally going to do the Lorax cake pops next! 

 

Easter Rice Krispies Recipe

What goes better with Easter Candy & Rice Krispies?? MONEY!!!!!!!!!!  (Yes-there IS a GREAT giveaway!)

I have been picked for TEAM PHILLY with 3 other mom blog friends.  Our team is competing against 3 other teams in a nationwide Rice Krispies Treat Challenge.  This is the first of four we get to do this year.  HOW FUN, RIGHT?!?!?!

This first challenge them was 'Easter' and we had to create a tasty treat using Rice Krispies.  We went a step ahead and maid an ENTIRE display!  (Yes. We know. Total OVERACHIEVERS.)  And did I mention that we ACTUALLY made a BASKET out of Krispies?!?!  (Everything was donated to a local orphanage for kids to enjoy the holiday too. AND we had a visit from Philly's Fox 29! What a great day!)

What's in it for you? Well-a fab recipe AND A CHANCE TO WIN A $100 VISA GIFT CARD!!!!

(psst.  Rules to win are at the bottom of the post.  Be sure to read it.)