Easy & Sentimental Christmas Thank You Cards

This year more than ever I am feeling the need to really bestow upon my boys gratitude and the ways to express it! During the holidays they receive so much and a simple thank you just doesn’t seem adequate for me anymore. The more my kiddos receive, the bigger my worry becomes that they will come to expect these gifts and not appreciate them as they should. With this heavy on my heart, the kids and I did some acts of kindness this month. We made cookies for family, friends, teachers, our mailman and UPS man. We made really nice cards and cookie platters for our local police & fire stations. And we donated toys to Toys for Tots. Although we could be doing so much more, my heart feels so full with what we’ve done so far!

christmas thank you cards

One thing I’ve always overlooked is the impact a ‘Thank You” card can make on the recipient. After all, what better way for my kids to reflect on how thankful they are for something they’ve been given, than by taking the time to put it into words, all on their own. After racking my brain for a cute and equally thoughtful ‘Thank You’ card idea, I remembered a little craft I saw online a while back called ‘thumbprint Christmas lights’. And that’s when I decided it would make the perfect easy & sentimental Christmas thank you card!

Christmas thank you cards

To make your own you’ll need:

White paper (preferrably card stock)
Black Sharpie
Pen or pencil
Paint in assorted colors ( finger paint or acrylic)

Start by folding a piece white paper in half ( I prefer card stock for this project). Now using a black sharpie, draw what will be your string. Notice I made little rectangle grooves for where the lights will “adhere”. In a corner somewhere I wrote the child’s name and age. This will be the front of your child’s card.

Christmas thank you cards

At this point, I had the kids write out their cards. I made a list of who gave them what, and we discussed a few template ideas. Keep it simple and to the point unless your child wants to write extra. I noticed the more words that I tried to encourage, the more mistakes they made, and the more frustrated they became.

Christmas thank you cards

Once they’ve written out all of their cards, place your paint colors of choice on a paper plate.

Christmas thank you cards

Using their index finger, have them dip the tip of it into the paint then press it down against the little rectangles so that it looks like a bulb connecting to the string. Continue this method with each color, creating a pattern.

Christmas thank you cards

Let it dry for several hours then write “Thank You” on the front and mail them to their new homes! And there you have it. An easy & sentimental Christmas Thank You card for your loved ones.

Christmas thank you cards

Grinch Movie Night

How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s a classic! A Christmas movie we’re sure to watch every holiday season. We spend most of our weekend evenings watching Christmas movies during the month of December. So I thought it would be super fun to have a themed movie night featuring none other than, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Not only is a themed movie night fun at the time, it’s special nights like these that create memories to last a lifetime!

Setting up your Table

I started this little movie night with a small table that I purchased at Costco a few years back and a red plastic tablecloth. I actually had some wrapping paper on hand that had the “Grinch colors” so I thought that would make an extra cute runner down the center of my table. If I hadn’t found the wrapping paper, I would have purchased a yard of fabric that goes with our theme. I actually prefer using fabric because if it gets dirty, you can throw it in the wash and re-use it over & over! Plus, the patters are endless. I bought these cute tissue pom poms to hang overhead and my favorite touch.. This super cute and easy to make tissue tinsel garland! Check out my blog post here for easy instructions!

Grinch Juice

The Grinch Juice was my favorite treat! It’s requires 3 ingredients, it’s super simple to make and looks so FUN and vibrant! To make your own Grinch Juice, you’ll need 1 packet of lime kool-aid, 1 small jar of maraschino cherries, and red sanding sugar.

grinch juice

  • Make your lime Kool-aid as directed, set aside
  • With a lemon wedge, coat the rim of your glass then dip the wet rim into your red sugar
  • Place desired amount of cherries at the bottom of each glass, then carefully pour your kool-aid in.

grinch movie

That’s it! I like to throw in a cute red & white straw for special affects!

Grinch Popcorn

You may have seen this stuff floating around the web for some time now. Although I can’t take credit for coming up with this adorable treat, I will share with you the page where I found the full recipe, below.

The original recipe calls for red M&M’s. I was having a hard time finding only red M&M’s so I went with a different red & green candy instead. I put the popcorn in these cute little plastic tumblers that I ALWAYS have on hand for these kinds of things!

grinch popcorn

//Please ignore my “Mary Lou” sign.. it was a long day! hahaha!//

The best part is, you can package up the leftovers in a cellophane baggy & ribbon, and hand them out as thoughtful treats for friends!

Here is the original link where I found the Grinch popcorn recipe.

Whoville Puddin’

Now I know what you’re thinking.. This isn’t pudding. I went back & forth on whether or not to make jello or pudding and obviously jello won! This jello treat was so cute and super easy to make. Literally all you’ll need to do is prepare you green lime jello, pour it into your little plastic tumblers, & let them set. Right before serving, top with a little whipped cream and sprinkles!

grinch movie

I found these adorable plastic spoons that I wanted to use so right after I poured the jello into the tumblers, I set the spoons in. This way the jello sets around the spoons!

 

If you’re not a Jello fan. Go with green pudding instead!

Grinch movie night

 

grinch movie night

 

The boys had the BEST time!! My oldest said he felt like he was at a restaurant/ movie theatre with the table & treats infront of the TV screen!

grinch movie night

& there ya go! All the tips & tricks you’ll need to throw your own Grinch Movie night. I’ve also put together below, my amazon picks that helped me with my movie night!


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How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Our very favorite Christmas tradition, our North Pole Breakfast!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Elf on The Shelf

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several years, you’ve probably heard of The Elf on The Shelf! Our Elf’s name is Elfie. Original, right? ha! He arrives each year sometime between the day after Thanksgiving and December 2nd. In other words, he arrives when mom gets around to finding him, and mentally preparing myself for hiding him in fun and creative places night after night. I know some of you mamas relate with me on that one?! haha!

The thing we look forward to most with our Elfie, is the North Pole breakfast that he arrives with! Now each year is different. If you are very organized with your Elf’s arrival, then you can have your Elf arrive with it each year. As I mentioned before, I’m not very organized with our Elf, so some years he arrives with it, and others he brings the special North Pole Breakfast a week later. My kids don’t seem to mind.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What exactly is a North Pole Breakfast?

 A North Pole Breakfast is a a breakfast that our Elf on the Shelf brings with him, sets up himself and brings/ makes, a decadent breakfast primarily consisting of sugary treats and lots of Christmas decorations. Now, I know what you’re thinking, why should the Elf get all the credit? If this is your mindset, by all means, start this tradition as something that YOU create! You will receive  all the praise and your kiddos will not enjoy it any less! OR this can be a tradition sent from the big guy himself, Santa! Whatever you decide on, start this tradition this year! Your kiddos will LOVE it and have these memories forever!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

What to Serve

Last year I bought Kellogg French toast sticks and this year I went with their mini pancakes. They’re super convenient for this kind of thing because all you need to do is warm them up in the microwave. I found the little Santa picks at Target & made cute little pancake stacks!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

One thing we always make sure to have is these powdered sugar donuts.

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

Another favorite was this strawberry jello with whipped cream & sprinkles!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

MY personal favorite is the hot cocoa bar that Elfie sets up!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

I picked up the cute little Christmas mugs at Target last year. Made some hot cocoa spoons simply by melted semi sweet chocolate chips, dipping a white plastic spoon in it, topping each with broken candy cane or sprinkles, and letting them lay flat to dry. Then you can use them to stir your cocoa! Also included in the hot cocoa bar, marshmallows, pretzel sticks, and candy cane sticks! The kiddos grabbed their mugs, I poured warm water in each, the emptied their cocoa packets and added their desired toppings. Now is that fun or what?!

I also like to serve some sort of fruit variation. Last year I made a fruit “Christmas tree” with apples & raspberries, using raisins for the trunk, then a cheese, star, tree topper!

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

The year before last I served these little fruit cups in Christmas cupcake liners. Ultimately, think of items you can prepare the night before or quietly the morning of. Go with easy finger type foods that won’t take a lot of work or make a lot of noice to whip up. After all, you don’t want to go to all of this trouble then ruin the surprise!

Extra Special

A few of the details that helped make this North Pole Breakfast so special..

How to create a North Pole Breakfast

We have a small collection of Christmas books so it’s awfully special that our Elf always bring a little present with him and what is it you ask? Well, a Christmas book to add to our collection, of course!

These Christmas plates were found at Target. They match the hot cocoa mugs.

The “tablecloth” is actually just two yards of fabric that I picked up at Joann’s Crafts and folded in half.

The pretty decorative stars that I have hanging from my chandelier were a Target dollar spot find.

Chair covers, food platters & napkins were found at the Dollar Tree.

For quick & easy shopping, I found some very similar options to help you plan your very own North Pole Breakfast!


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How to throw a memorable Halloween Movie Bash

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram, then you know by now that I LOVE to throw a party! Any excuse to craft, create and decorate, I am all for! Im especially fond of throwing kids parties. I love creating these special memories for my kiddos through the friends they have over, the decorations I create and the yummy themed treats they’ll enjoy!

This year for Halloween, I thought it would be a great idea to have an outdoor Halloween movie party! We have an amazon prime account, and purchased a very reasonably priced projector & projection screen earlier this year, so any chance to have an outdoor movie, we jump on! This particular screen that we went with comes with a stand (not all of them do) and is SUPER easy to set up. It also folds together nicely to store when were not using it. It’s quickly become my favorite purchase of the year! By the way if you don’t have an amazon prime account, do yourself a favor and sign up, like yesterday! Almost everything I used for this party, and ALL my parties, I purchased there. Everything is priced right, and delivered within 2 days, as long as it has the blue prime icon next to it.

Choosing your Movie

The first step to planning your outdoor movie is choosing your feature. Our party was geared towards kids between 6-10. We wanted something fun, a bit spooky but NOT scary! Here are the movie choices we narrowed it down to..

Hotel Transylvania

 

Hocus Pocus

 

 

Casper

 

 

Goosebumps

 

Our boys ultimately decided on Goosebumps! Once you’ve decided on your movie, start planning your menu. Sometimes it can be really fun to coordinate your food with your feature. I didn’t this time. Halloween is so easy to decorate for that I just kinda went  with easy spooky goodies. Heres what I mean..

 

Hydration Station

Every Halloween Party needs a ‘Witches Brew’! Ours was super easy and so yummy! In a large bowl I emptied an entire 2 liter bottle of Sierra Mist, 1 can of Minute Maid frozen lime aid (along with the suggested amount of water on the can) and topped it with 8-10 scoops of pineapple ice-cream! The ice cream combined with the effervescence of the soda, creates the fizzy, frothy looking top. It’s a fun extra touch. I found the plastic eyeballs on amazon and threw them in after the ice cream. The kiddos loved them!

The options for this punch are endless. You can go for an orange punch with orange soda and orange ice cream. You could do a true green punch, by using lime ice cream. Whatever flavor combinations & colors you desire. To make your own punch concoction you’ll need the following:

  • 1 2 liter bottle of soda
  • frozen Minute Maid juice of choice
  • sorbet or sherbet ice cream

 

With all the sugary treats, I always be sure to have lots of water bottles accessible. Believe it or not, the kids are so much more likely to grab one when they’re dressed up in a cute label like these!! I always purchase my party labels on Etsy.

 

Cupcakes

I try and cut corners while having these little parties because if I don’t, I will burn out, and when mama burns out, no one is happy! So I picked these up at our local Save Mart bakery. They just so happened to have the exact colors of our party but If they don’t, they’re always wonderful at accommodating exactly what ya need! These had sprinkles on them. To give them a special touch I just added some plastic spider rings on top and placed them on my cupcake stand.

Spider Nests & Worm Slime

For a few extra fun treats, I used these plastic cups that I always keep on hand, and filled them with our boys’ favorite snacks, cheeto puffs then added a few black spiders in each. The worm slime is simply green jello, that I added sour worms to once the jello was about half way set. The boys LOVED these!!

If you’d like to make the Worm Slime, you’ll need:

  • Plastic cups, linked above
  • green jello
  • sour gummy worms

 

Infested Popcorn

It’s a Halloween movie party so we’ve gotta have popcorn!! I like to make home made popcorn on the stovetop by pouring 3 T. of coconut or veggie oil in a large pot on medium heat. Once the oil is HOT, say a minute or so, pour 1/2 C. of popcorn kernels into the pot and place the lid over the top. Leave it unhinged slightly on one side to allow the steam to escape. Let the popcorn pop for a few minutes until the kernels start to slow to about 10-15 seconds apart. Remove from heat, remove lid and season with melted butter & salt! It’s sooo good! you’ll never go back to the microwavable bag.

For fun festive Halloween popcorn, throw in some more plastic ring spiders and serve it in a witches cauldron! So cute!

 

Venomous Chocolate Apples

These may have been the kiddos favorite treat! They are so vibrant and super tasty! First, place a candy stick into each washed and dried apple. Then melt an entire bag of semi sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, and dip your apples into the chocolate one at a time. Set them in the fridge on a wire rack, over a cookie sheet, until set, say 20-30 minutes. I recommend the wire rack over the cookie sheet because the chocolate will continue to drip from the apples for a few minutes after dipping them. If you don’t have a place for the chocolate to go, it was create a chocolate puddle under your apples and make for a ‘not very cute’ treat. Once they’re chilled and set, melt an entire bag of white chocolate chips, separate in two bowls and color the white chocolate into desired colors, drizzle your colored chocolate over your apples with a fork. And place back on your rack, in the fridge until set!

To make these venomous chocolate apples you’ll need:

  • 6 apples
  • candy sticks
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • food coloring of your choice

 

Take Home Treats

The best parties always have take-home treats!! With every party it’s the very last thing I do, think: the night before the party-ha! But I make sure I do it and I’m always happy that I did! For this party, I made Halloween popcorn balls. To make your own, simply make your popcorn either the good ‘ol microwavable bag, or my mentioned suggestion above. You’ll need 6 cups. Next melt 3 T. of butter in a saucepan, then add an 8 oz. bag of mini marshmallows and stir until melted. Pour over your popcorn and add desired candies! I went with candy corn M&M’scandy eyes, & huge sprinkles. Now let cool. Once cooled, mold your popcorn into balls. I made ours about tennis ball sized and was able to get 8! Place each ball in a Halloween cupcake liner, drop ’em in a cellophane baggy and wrap it up with ribbon and a printable tag if you really wanna get down!  And there ya go! A cute and yummy treat for your little guests to enjoy the next day.

To make Halloween popcorn balls you’ll need:

  • 6 C. popped popcorn
  • 1 8oz.  bag of mini marshmallows
  • 3 T. of butter
  • desired Halloween candies

 

Decorations

The decorations..ah yes, always my favorite part. Once I decided on my color scheme, decorating was a walk in the park. I will link below, a ton of decor & props that I purchased with my amazon prime account so that you too, can throw a fun & spooky, but not scary Halloween bash for your kiddos!

Our boys had the best time decorating their trampoline with orange caution tape! We had all the guests bring their own pillow & blanket and we crammed 11 kiddos in their! They had the best time!

What’s your favorite Halloween tradition?

 

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Creating a Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape

I love love love dressing up my dining room for Halloween! I started doing this about 3 years ago and each year I add a few things here & there. One year I will change it up and do an entirely different theme but for now, I am obsessed with this Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape! Black & white is so chic and timeless, It’s hard to get tired of it!

Start with your canvas

I started by purchasing a few yards of fabric at Joanns Fabric store. I was drawn to the black & white stripe and then I created the rest based on that pattern. My table was too long for the 2 yards to cover it entirely, so I strategically placed the fabric down at an angle. From there it’s all about layers! I decided I’d either go with black chargers or large black, plastic plates, when low and behold I found these ADORABLE spider web placemats at Hobby Lobby.

Place settings

I have white plates so that was a no brainer. If you don’t, the dollar store has solid white plates that will work just fine. My salad plates are Royal Stafford. I found them at Home Goods a few years back and they are by far, my favorite piece of this tabelscape!! They add the perfect touch of elegance. I haven’t been able to find them since, but I will link some others that are very similar below.


 


Layering is key

Remember I mentioned ‘layers’ above? The Black Ramekins were purchased on amazon, where I get everything else in my life, ha! I thought they would be the perfect addition to the place setting. I found these cute little black skeletons at the Dollar Tree but you could also fill the ramekins with candy, black & white confetti, ghost peeps, the options are endless!


 

I found these sparkly crows and owls at the Dollar Tree last year and happened to spot them again this year. I set a few on the table and a couple in my chandelier.


Other than that I just threw some black leaves, confetti and an old black frame lying around, and called it good! I think when it comes to Halloween, more is more! haha. In other words, don’t be afraid to layer, layer, layer! Choose your color scheme and have fun with it!

OH! and aren’t these Mummy Apples so fun??

https://www.keepingupwithkaci.com/recipe/3-ingredient-mummy-apples/They’re easy to make as well. Click here for the recipe!

 


And finally, linked below are all the items that I picked out for you, to create your own Classy & Creepy Halloween Tablescape.

Elegant Halloween Chargers.                      

 

Skull Salad plates

 

Black Ramekins

 

 

 Skeleton Hand Goblets

 

 

Skull Goblets with Pitcher

 

 

Black Metal 5 light candle holder

 

 

Black & White Glitter “Spooky” CandleBlack Cloth Napkins

 

Black & White cotton napkins

 

Gingham Dinner Napkins

 

 

Spider Web Treat Stand

 

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3 Ingredient Mummy Apples


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3 Ingredient Mummy Apples
These super simple, 3 ingredient Mummy Apples are the perfect Halloween treat! To make this recipe you'll need your 3 ingredients, bamboo apple sticks, and candy eyes.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute & 30 seconds
Passive Time 25 minutes refrigeration time
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Ingredients
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute & 30 seconds
Passive Time 25 minutes refrigeration time
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by washing & drying your apples.
  2. Place a bamboo apple stick into each apple.
  3. Heat the entire bag of white chocolate chips and the two tablespoons of shortening for 1 minute, stir and heat an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Stir until smooth, dip your apples in the white chocolate then place on a wire rack over a cookie sheet so that excess chocolate can drip.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  6. For the mummy affect: Place the remaining melted chocolate in a sandwich size ziplock bag. Cutting one corner slightly with scissors. Just one small cut will do.
  7. Lay the apple on its side and drizzle white chocolate to make a mummy pattern.
  8. Finally, place the candy eyes on your apple, and go over again with more chocolate
  9. Let chill in the refrigerator an additional 10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Linked below are the candy eyes and bamboo sticks that I used to make these Mummy Apples! Also linked is a white chocolate chip alternative that will work just fine. Click the pictures to order:)

 

& that's it! I hope you enjoy these 3 ingredient Mummy Apples as much as we did!

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Homework Snacks 9/04-9/08 & 9/11-915

 

Hey hey everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful week & weekend! We’re officially a month into school and we’re finally beginning to get the hang of the school day grind! It always takes a good month or so, doesn’t it?!

 Between soccer starting up and our trip to Nashville, I’m a week behind on my homework snack posts, so I thought I’d combine the last two weeks together for ya.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheesy, Beefy Taco Rolls, recipe via www.iwashyoudry.com

These were delicious!! Even my two year old had one! I actually saved the left over rolls, and packed them in their lunches the next day. (Click the link above for the full recipe.)

Served with mild salsa & guacamole. I like to make our guac fresh with a few avocados, salt, and minced garlic. When I’m in a pinch (or don’t have avocados on hand) I keep wholly Molly packets in my freezer and thaw them out quickly in a bowl of hot water. They always save the day!


These were two different days shown below..

Fresh fruit & hard boiled eggs//

Apple slices w/ peanut butter & Nutella, topped with raisins and granola!


This might just be my personal favorite…

Grilled cheese Sticks with marinara for dipping & pickles on the side!

Prepare a grilled cheese the way you normally would. (I like to spread dijon mustard on the insides of the bread for MINE-it’s sooo good!) Then slice your sandwich into sticks. Warm up a bit of marinara, tomato sauce or soup, for the ‘whole grilled cheese, tomato soup concept.’ So yummy!


Berry & banana smoothies! Super easy just blend together 1 C. frozen mixed berries, 1 banana, 1 C. of ice and desired amount of milk ( we use almond milk) If you need to sweeten it, I recommend adding a bit of honey or agave!


This one was soooo yummy but a little fancier than I like to do for homework snacks.. However I made it one morning and the boys kept picking at it, so homework snack it was!

It is a Focaccia with oranges, grapes & rosemary

Original recipe here, The original recipe calls for fennel & fennel seed. I went with green grapes & rosemary! Finished it off with a drizzle of honey.


A weekly must in our house..Good ol’ Salami, cheese & crackers!


& here it is..My boys’ all time favorite snack…APPLE NACHOS!

Thinly sliced apples, topped with drizzled, melted peanut butter, raisins, and white chocolate chips! These are so fun and super yummy! Get creative with them. I’ve added granola, mini marshmallows, m&ms, use whatever you have on hand!

And there ya go! Also, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the homework tray we keep on our table so keep your eyes peeled for a homework tray post, with all the details on that, coming soon!

What are some favorite creative snacks in your household?? Please share below!

Homework Snacks 8/28-9/1

Hey guys!! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! We had a very fun, albeit busy, holiday weekend. Kicked it off Friday night at our local high school football game with friends. Spent our Saturday at the river, in a whopping 109 degrees!! Sunday we washed our cars, did some chores around the house and had our (adults only) couples fantasy football draft, which is always a GREAT time!! By Monday we needed a day of recovery… We napped, watched golf and by late afternoon decided to have a big Sunday-style BBQ! Now we are back into our routine and ready for the short week ahead!

As promised, here’s last weeks roundup of homework/ after school snacks.


I loveee this one!! Whole wheat tortilla, a little olive oil mayo, cheddar slice, & ham or turkey lunchmeat. Rolled, then sliced. Place a toothpick through the center to hold it together & top w/ a pickle!


A little sampler of fruits, salami, hard boiled eggs & crackers!


Here’s another snack both grown ups & kiddos alike will love! Corn, black bean “salsa” served with Ritz crackers, Fritos and veggie chips!

Corn Salsa:

Throw together a can of drained corn, drained black beans, 1 chopped avocado, 1 roma tomato, lime juice, salt & pepper! For adults I like to add cilantro & red onion as well:)


My boys LIVE for pot stickers. We purchase the huge bag of Ling Ling (potstickers) at Costco and cook them all the time. They make a super yummy snack. I always have frozen edamame on hand as well. Serve it all up in a cute serving dish like this one, with a little soy sauce and you’re good to go!

I hope you enjoyed this round up of snacks and have a wonderful week ahead!

To order supplies for your own rustic homework tray, click the links below!

Homework Tray

This is very similar to the tray we have at our dining room table. Ours has a galvanized caddy for larger items and several small clear, plastic cups for crayons & erasers.

 

Galvanized Caddy Tray

I LOVE this one!

 

Galvanized Organizer

This would be darling at your homework station w/ clear cups in each section, filled with crayons, pencils, scissors, glue, etc.

 

Clear Plastic Cups

These are the cups I use for our crayons and erasers.

Homework Snack Ideas Vol.1

The school year has just begun and we’re already exhausted and counting down the days to Thanksgiving break! I think its the hustle ‘n bustle that we have trouble adjusting to. We’d be perfectly happy sleeping in every morning and lounging around. Wouldn’t we all?

I don’t know what it is about the school day, but my boys are starving when they get home. So last year we started doing homework snacks. Here’s how that goes..Once they’re home from school, hands are washed, things are put away and homework is out, I put together a plate of food that is usually pretty healthy, fun & easy to eat. Sometimes it’s super creative and original and other times, it’s just random things that I need to use up. Whatever I choose to make on any given day, It’s really become a routine that keeps my kids focused and on task while they do their homework. They really enjoy & look forward to homework snacks.

At the beginning of each week, I’ll share with you the snacks I made the previous week, in hopes of giving you some yummy ideas for your kiddos!

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Green & red apples, grapes & bananas with a greek yogurt, honey & PB sauce for dipping.

I find that as long as I put a plate of variety in front of my kiddos, they tend to eat more & complain less! (Think different colors, shapes, textures, etc. )

Peanuts, hardboiled eggs w/ a little salt & pepper, salami & cheese.

Disclaimer: Half the time my kiddos will complain about what I’m putting in front of them, but heres the thing.. If they’re hungry, they will eat it! I’m not trying to be the “cool” mom. I’m trying to give my kids healthy and satisfying fuel to nourish their brains & tummies!

Bananas with honey & peanut butter, wrapped in wheat bread.

Skewered grape tomatoes, turkey & mozzarella// Monterey Jack quesadillas & guacamole.

& that’s last weeks round up of yummy, quick & easy snacks!

Back to School Dinner

This time of year is so hard on my mama heart! I so badly want a little structure, a routine if you will, but I’m just never ready to send my kiddos back to school. I’m all about late summer nights, slow and lazy mornings and days packed full of fun!! But, all good things come to end, including summer vacation! I’ve been trying to come up with fun ideas for our last few days of summer vacay and being that our family loves a good tradition, I thought a ‘back to school dinner’ would be a really special way to share our favorite memories of summer and our goals for the school year!

My boys were too excited when the saw how I’d transformed our dining room!

As you can see this isn’t just any ‘ole dinner, this is a school house themed dinner PARTY!

I am completely obsessed with all of the beautiful colors!

I decorated our dining room mirror with this adorable apple banner that I scored in the dollar section at Target, and the pencil banner i found on Pinterest, for free! The other colorful embellishments I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

I painted these mason jars and filled them with a few classroom staples, another idea I found on Pinterest! We have several clipboards on hand so I used one of them to clip together another free printable I’d found online. I had some lined paper, that I was hoping to use, so I glued the printable onto that, and clipped it onto the board. Quick, easy and so darn cute!

Oh! The green apple pictured above, another Target dollar bin find! It’s actually a candy dish.

I had both the chalk board and the globe so I threw those in the mix as well! You can find this same chalk board at any craft store. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby. The ceramic pencil..You guessed it, Target dollar bin.

I was super excited about the place settings. I found a pack of 4 cork board pads at Hobby Lobby for around 8 dollars. Purchased a few school themed card stock papers to go on top and then layered some plates. The apples you ask, yep.. Target dollar spot!

The tray in the center of the table is our designated ‘homework tray’. It stays on our kitchen table all school year long and contains everything my boys need during home work.

I plan to keep our dining room decorated for the rest of the month and because my kiddos and I love it so much, possibly the month of September! We plan to have our ‘Back to School Dinner’ the night before they have their first days. But you can have your the night of, the following week, anytime you choose! Just have fun, and celebrate the school year that awaits your family!

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