Obersee Kids Butterfly Luggage With Integrated Cooler Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Obersee Kids Butterfly Luggage With Integrated Cooler to review. Obersee has several different designs on their luggage that the kids are sure to love. There is Angel wings, Camo, star, and many more designs. They come in a variety of colors as well that the kids will just love.

The Obersee Kids Luggage With Integrated Cooler would be great to pack up to take to their grandparents, road trips, flights or any other place that they need to pack for. You will love how much room is available and that you can pack a snack for them in the cooler to keep the kiddos happy and content while your traveling. The luggage would also be the perfect size for the to pack items that will keep the kids busy while traveling a shorter distance and snacks. There are so many ways that you could use their luggage that will make your life easier.

My son’s now want their own Obersee Kids Luggage With Integrated Cooler, they want to pack their things in them for when they go to dad’s house to visit. I have to say that I love that idea as well. It would make packing things for them for the visit so much easier and they can easily pack it up by themselves and keep everything in place. They bring video games, comic books, clothes, personal care items, the book they are currently reading, their medications, and their special snacks with them (Not that dad doesn’t have them there but it’s a just in case they ate them all on their last visit lol) Kids, you have to make sure all their bases are covered and the luggage would help make sure that happens.

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We also take a lot of day trips with my kids so it’s perfect to hold all their summer gear for the beach, extra winter clothes when we go sledding in the winter, and any other events that we attend. We also homeschool so we can take it on field trips to carry everything we need in one place to make our trips easy as well. The kids can use the handle to pull the luggage to where we are going the wheels make it so easy to go anywhere you would like. It will be the perfect addition for your trips no matter where the open road takes you. Let Obersee Kids Luggage With Integrated Cooler become your child’s travel buddy.

The Obersee Kids Luggage With Integrated Cooler would make a great gift for any child. They will love the designs and imagine all the wonderful places they will go see with it in hand.

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DIY Stained Glass Looking Ornament #DIY #Christmas

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I have always loved the look of a stained glass window and I like to find different ways to make a stained glass look to my craft projects. This is no exception, I tried to find a easy way for children to make stained glass looking ornaments for the Christmas tree. We make a lot of our ornaments for our tree together as a family.

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This is a perfect ornament for the family to make together and you can make the designs any way that you would like. Your not limited to the designs that can be made with this ornament. I made this one a little simple so that it would be easier for the real little ones to take part in. They come out so adorable and so pretty when the Christmas lights twinkle on them. It just creates a beautiful stained glass look when the lights are on.

Materials:

* Ceramic Tile (Lowe’s Item #
* Alcohol Ink (I used Red, Blue, and Green) you can use whatever colors you like
* Alcohol Ink Applicator pads
* Twist tie from garbage bag
* Chalk board vinyl (Get in School Supplies aisle) or black Vinyl at craft store for wall decals
* Modge Podge
* Plastic gloves (Dollar Tree)
* felt (I get the felt 4/$1) at Craft store
* Metal D Ring hangers for hanging pictures
* Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
* Ribbon

Step 1: Cut very thin strips of Black Vinyl you will need 3-5 strips per ornament

Step 2: Measure how much vinyl your design will need as you design it. You will push down with your thumb where you want to cut the vinyl against your ornament. Then cut so that you have enough vinyl to make your design.

Step 3: remove the backing off the vinyl and place them where they will go on your ornament. If your making the same design as I did it will be an X with a strip through the middle.

Step 4: You now have your outline of where your going to go with the Alcohol ink. Alcohol ink dries quickly! So you will want to have your twist tie pushed in half and then bend the bottom of the twist tie so that it’s a little flat to help you use it with the application pad to get it in the areas that you would like them.

Step 5: Put your gloves on and you are going to want to dab the alcohol ink in the areas you want them. You do not want to keep the ink placed on the ornament or it will run into the other areas. So you want to be sure to dab and continue to the areas colored.

Step 6: Continue to ink the areas as well as the sides of the ornament. Once they are done you will let it dry for 10-20 minutes.

Step 7: Now you can open your modge podge and use a foam brush to dab on your modge podge. You do not want to brush it over or it will take the ink off again. The modge podge will seal the ink and keep it on your ornament. Now you will allow it to dry for about 20 minutes moving the ornament every 5 minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to your work surface.

Step 8: You will trace the ornament design onto the felt that you will use for the back of your ornament to cover it. You will need to do a little trimming to get it down to where you would like it to be and not show around the edges of the ornament when your looking at it.

Step 9: You will now hot glue the D ring hanger to the back of the ornament. Let it sit for a few minutes to ensure it has enough glue.

Step 10: Now you will hot glue your felt in place on the back of the ornament. Again let it sit and cool.

Step 11: You will now take some Ribbon and cut it as long as you would like the ornament to hang on the tree. Now you will tie a bow so you can hang your ornament.

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Freezer Meals to make with leftover Ham #FreezerMeals #HamMeals #HamRecipes #Thanksgiving

There are a lot of great recipes that you can make and freeze with leftover Ham from Easter. So I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Ham & Cheese Homemade Hot Pockets

Pizza Dough
1-2 cups chopped ham
slices of American Cheese
bag of Frozen Broccoli

Take the dough roll it out to a small circle, add some ham pieces, slice of cheese and a couple pieces of Broccoli. Then fold in half and take a fork and close the edges on both sides. Be sure not to over stuff or they will leak. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Let them cool and put them in Sandwich bags to freeze individually. Then just take one out and heat them in the Microwave till hot and serve.

Here are some more recipes that you can use as well:

Ham & Scalloped Potatoes

6 potatoes
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup of Ham
1/2 cup of Milk

Clean and slice the Potatoes, You can leave the skin on or remove it, Then in a freezer bag, just throw the potatoes in and Ham, then mix in the Cream of Mushroom Soup. (Do not add the Milk to it till you cook the dinner.

Ham and Macaroni and Cheese (from the oamc digest)

8 oz. elbow macaroni
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups shredded cheese
2 cups cubed ham
2 cups thin white suace (recipe follows)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook macaroni and drain. Place half of the macaroni in and 2 qt casserole dish. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Add all of ham. Top with remaining macaroni and cheese. Pour white sauce over casserole. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

THIN WHITE SAUCE (for macaroni and cheese)
1 Tbsp. margarine
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup milk

Melt butter. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Use as directed in recipe for macaroni and cheese.

Notes from a tired oamc cook (don’t know who this was!): I was tired and worn out at this point. I decided that the Ham and Macaroni and cheese would have to be a SAR (Some Assembly Required) meal. I placed three cups of cheese in a qt. size freezer — then I placed 2 cup bag another qt size freezer bag. I placed a rubber band around these and froze them. At meal time – I will use this recipe. I will stir in the ham before baking.

The following recipes are from “Dinner’s Ready” by Andrew Schloss and Ken Bookman, a “chain cooking” cookbook, where you make completely different meals out of leftovers from previous meals. These look good. Where there is a leftover used, I posted that recipe too, in case you wanted to do it their way or adapt these recipes.

Here are some more great recipes:

* Delicious Ham & Potato Soup

* Ham & Cheese Ziti

* Cheez Ham & Potato Bake

* Ham & Bean Soup

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Chicago Toy And Game Expo 11/18 – 11/19 #ChiTAG

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I am so excited about the Chicago Toy And Game Expo again this year. It will be my 3rd year attending and it is just amazing to go see what new toys and games are available for the holiday season. I have found so many amazing gifts for all the children and adults on my Christmas Shopping list so I always look forward to it.

There are so many exciting things to see and do at the Chicago Toy and Game Expo. Photo ops with Star Wars Characters, US National Rummikub Championship, You can meet hundreds of toy and game inventors, and so much more. There are so many creative booths to see that you will be completely amazed at each both. They really go all out for this event! I know each year I am more and more amazed at the toys and games as well as all the fun things that they offer. It’s also an awesome family event!

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I have purchased so many family friendly games and toys at the event. They have great deals on the toys and games as well for every budget. It is so great to walk around and see all the booths but it also makes it a great day to see all the smiles on the kids faces as they play with the toys. The way their little faces just light up as they are able to test the toys and know which ones should go on their list to Santa. It’s also an educational event, did you know that they offer a kids invention area for games that they created as well? These brilliant children have come up with fun games that other children can play and learn from. The Children’s invention has been going on for a number of years as well. It’s a great way for the kids to earn scholarship money for school! So if your going to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in Chicago at Navy Pier this is an event you will want to see!

If your an educator or A Boy Scout that comes in their uniform they will get into the Chicago Toy And Game expo for free, you will want to RSVP under the scouts or educators. Also children and Adults with ADHD, Down Syndrome, Autism, and Sensory issues can also get into the event early so they can be comfortable and view the event, you will need to RSVP here for your free tickets for those with developmental differences. The Chicago Toy and Game Expo always tries so hard to accommodate everyone’s needs so that it can be a fabulous event for everyone! I hope to see you all there!

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Apple Pie ala Zing! (Apple Cranberry Pie) #Recipe #Thanksgiving

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My Mom made this recipe and I have to say it is just amazing! I have to say that I wasn’t sure that I would like it but it was just so good that I could have eaten the whole thing! lol The thing that I love about this recipe is that you can change the ingredients and it would be just as yummy! My mom used dried cranberries when she did her pie. Apple Pie Ala Zing recipe is sure to be a family favorite.

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PeachSkin Sheets Review And Giveaway Exp: 11/27 #BedSheets #Giveaway

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I received a set of PeachSkin Sheets to review. When they arrived I have to say that they came in a cute little bag that you can store them in when they are not in use or you can place them in your linen closet.

When I opened the little bag that the sheets arrived in, they were the perfect color that I had requested. The sheets were so soft, the material felt so rich that I could wait to go to sleep on them later that night. As I made the bed, I finished and I just laid on the sheets thinking that maybe a nap would be wonderful. Of course my son’s came in and climbed on my bed so they could see what the sheets felt like as well. They loved the feel as much as I did. Of course they also decided that I wasn’t going to be getting a nap as well.

I did relax on them for a long while, and then I finished making the bed. The new sheets were going to have to wait a little while longer. They were so soft, so inviting, and I was looking forward to having a great rest that night while curled up in them. When I did finally make it to bed that night I pulled up the sheet along with my blanket and just kept rubbing my hand over the sheets. I slept really well that night, so much so that in the morning, well, I wanted to just sleep a little longer and stay wrapped into the sheets and blankets. However, Mom duties called, and there was breakfast to make, but I could still daydream that I was back in bed all wrapped up in them.

Updated Color Swatches

I love that Peachskin Sheets has a wide variety of colors available to match your color wheel in your bedroom. Did you know they also offer a free sheet swatch for you to see the colors and feel the sheets for yourself. They also offer a $55 Color of the month deal that come in a variety of sizes and colors. The deal changes every month, and is a great deal to keep adding to your linens! So that the whole family can have PeachSkin Sheets on their bed. They offer sheet sizes from Dorm, Twin, Full, Queen, California King, Regular King, and Split King sized sheets as well. So they are sure to have the perfect size for your bed.

We are so excited to also announce that PeachSkinsSheets.com has allowed us to do a giveaway on our blog for a set of sheets that you will be able to choose to fit your bed and the color you would like as well. How amazing is that! The holidays are coming, it’s getting colder outside and how great would it be to curl up in new sheets this holiday season! We would like to thank PeachSkinSheets.com for allowing us to have this great giveaway! Good Luck everyone!

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Make Thanksgiving Easier! Have A Thanksgiving Dish Swap #Thanksgiving #MealsMadeEasy

Wish you could make Thanksgiving a little easier on yourself??? Does all the cooking and cleaning prep have you dreading Thanksgiving??? I think we should make it a little easier on you and your friends! Why not have a Thanksgiving Dish Swap! Does your friend make a dish that you would love to serve for Thanksgiving??? Does another make a dessert that is to die for???? Do you have one that shouldn’t be cooking at all???? You can all contribute to an amazing Thanksgiving Dinner and even the picky eaters will find something they will love!

Get 10 friends together to do a Thanksgiving Dish Swap, then decide which of their famous dishes that each of them will be making so that you have a great variety of everything for your Thanksgiving table, Stuffing, veggie trays (those that can’t cook), Yams, Desserts, Appetizers, Pumpkin logs and other needed items, don’t forget the Punch (Another who can’t cook). Then have them each make it for the 10 households, it can be easy but delicious dishes that you would love to have on your tables. Then get together the day before Thanksgiving and swap dishes so that all your prep is done! Just bake everything and your dinner is done! Everyone is having a delish meal and will be in a Turkey Coma but still ready for left overs! You can even use throw away pans so that you don’t have to worry about who has your favorite dishes!

Everyone will cook their own Turkey, Ham or other dish as their main course but all the side dishes will be made with love from everyone. Imagine the 10 dishes with your delish meals and you only had to create one of them and still have a great variety!

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Zana Very Berry Strawberry Flipzee Doll Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Zana Very Berry Strawberry Flipzee Girl to review and share our opinions on this toy. At first I really wondered what set this doll apart from others that are on the shelves at the stores. Could it really keep a little girls attention and become a favorite? Could it really be a doll that wouldn’t get thrown into the toy box after a little bit of play time? We all know how that works, it’s a toy that the kids HAVE to have but then shortly after they lose interest in it.

The Zana Very Berry Flipzee Girl is so precious, I picked it up and just loved the Strawberry hat and it’s adorable outfit but then when you bring the hat down it becomes a whole new level of stinkin cute! The hair in it’s beautiful colors matches the doll perfectly! I reviewed this Zana Strawberry with my granddaughters who are ages 4, 5 and 6 years old. At first they were not to excited about it when it was wearing the strawberry hat. They thought that was going to be the extent of the doll for the two older girls but my 4 year old granddaughter loved the Strawberry hat. So they were playing and I asked my granddaughter to take her hat off. Their little eyes got huge when they saw she had hair as well.

We were playing with the doll, and I should say that the girls have the strollers, Doll houses and other accessories that girls love. So first they were taking her for a walk in the stroller. Then the two older girls decided it was time to play beauty shop as they just love her hair. So they were pretending to cut and style her hair. It was just so adorable to watch them playing. Of course they then decided that she needed a nap that she had a busy morning with them. So after her nap (15 minute nap lol) they decided it was time to play house. So they brought out their tea sets and had a tea party and she was their child and they were showing her how to use the tea cups. They were taking turns playing that she was their child and that they were going to be having tea and cookies.

They just had a wonderful day with her. They then decided who was going to be sleeping with her for bedtime. They were going to take turns sleeping with her. So since they couldn’t decide I wrote their names on a piece of paper and put it in a hat and drew the names for the order of who was going to get to sleep with her and when. So they were very excited. I checked on them at bedtime and my youngest granddaughter was fast asleep with her all cuddled up and holding her tight. I have to say it was the most precious sight to see! When she woke up in the morning she told me about the adventure that she and her new friend went on in her dreams the night before.

The girls just love Zana Very Berry, they have been having so much fun with her since she arrived. She has not seen any down time and she has not visited the toy box unless the girls were not there and no one decided that they had to take her home for a night. They have been talking about her non stop since she arrived and it’s looking like Santa will be bringing two more of these adorable dolls so that each of the girls can have their own and not have to share! They are just going to be thrilled to open them and have their own doll to play with all the time. They would make a great birthday, Christmas gift or just for your girl to have to play with. I have to say it’s so fun to watch their imaginations going wild with all the things they can do with her.

You can find Zana Very Berry and her friends at Walmart, Toys R Us, and Amazon.

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Thanksgiving 3rd Grade Spelling Word Worksheet Printable #Homeschool

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We always like to have some fun during the Holiday Season. Thanksgiving is coming up so of course we wanted to add some great Thanksgiving fun printable worksheets. We have this fun 3rd grade pilgrim spelling words worksheet. They can learn fun Thanksgiving spelling words and color the sheet when they are finished learning their new spelling words.

I just love the oh so adorable Pilgrim boy. Your child can have fun learning how to spell several of the words that we associate with the Thanksgiving holiday season. My son enjoyed working on the worksheet for his spelling lesson and then being able to color the sheet to see what it would look like when finished. We will also be adding some more printable worksheets so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

If your child/children are like mine, they want some fun worksheets to do that have the holiday theme we are about to celebrate. It really helps to get them in the spirit of the holiday while learning at the same time. Since we have been homeschooling, I try to create or find fun work for them to do and I’m sure that you do as well. My son’s just love to do different types of worksheets and read different books that enrich their Holiday Season which I do encourage. It’s great to see them wanting to read books that have fun tales about the holidays.

We will be adding a lot of other fun Homeschooling printables as well. Be on the look out for our books to read with questions to answer about the book and the answer key for you to use to correct the worksheets. You will be able to find a lot more printables coming very soon! Happy learning to your child/children and you.

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