STASH Folding Kids Chair Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the STASH folding Chair to review. I have to say that I was excited to receive it because I wanted to see if it could really do the folding well. You know how some products make claims but then you purchase them and they do not work as well as stated. So I was wondering was this chair really 21 lbs, did it fold well? Was it the perfect chair for my little prince and princesses when they visited?

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When it arrived I unboxed it and it was just as adorable as shown, it is made very well also. I was really impressed with the quality of the chair, the construction, it was just so adorable! Then I tested how well it folded. I was not difficult to do, it went down without having to push really hard on it so a child could fold it with no problems and I have a shelf system that it actually fits on when it’s not use if I need the floor room as well or I can put it in the closet as well if we need more room. It is really just so adorable and it gives the kids not only a great seat for them to sit in, it folds to be stored away if l need to AND l ast but not least it has a storage area under the seat as well.

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I have set up the STASH chair as a reading area for my grandkids. I have it in a corner of the room, it has been filled with books for them to enjoy reading. I also have the books that read it to them in the chair as well for the little ones that can’t read yet. The kids all know that they books are in there and that it’s their special reading spot. So when they come over they will take turns sitting in the chair and reading books to each other or letting the little ones have the books read it to them. It has turned into the grandkids favorite place in our house. Which I have to say that I just love! It’s getting them reading more and they have a great place to sit and do it and it makes clean up very easy all the books just go back under the seat when they are done reading.

We also have special nights when the kids stay over we like to do a movie night with popcorn, hot chocolate, and a few other goodies. One of the kids will sit in the STASH chair and then the others will have cuddle time with me, Great Grandma or one of their uncles. Then they trade places so that everyone gets some cuddle time and then they don’t fight over where they are sitting. So everyone gets a turn with where they want to sit or who they want to cuddle with. It has really worked out well having the STASH chair for the grand kids while they are visiting! They all love it and want a STASH folding chair at their house! It has made a great reading adventure chair and helped to get the kids reading more.

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My Towel Buddy Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I have to say that I was curious about the My Buddy Towel frog. I was looking at them thinking that they are just so adorable but would they really work when you come out of the bath or shower? Are they soft or are they a little course to the touch? Are they really that cute in person? I had so many questions whirling around in my head at one time. So I could not wait for it to arrive to answer all the questions that I had.

When it arrived I took it out of the package and I felt the “My Buddy Towel Frog.” The material for it was so soft and just perfect for a little one to get wrapped up in to dry off and be warm and cozy. You can just unzip it when your little one is done with their bath or shower and have it all ready for them. When I used it with my grandson, he looked at me like “What are you doing Nana?” he didn’t ask but you could tell by his expression that’s what he was thinking. He looked at me and said “Nana, I’m went, no jammies yet!” I laughed and said “They aren’t Jammies buddy, it’s your towel that gets you all dry and warm at the same time. So I put the hood up and picked him up to show him in the mirror. He gasped and said “I’m a frog!” I have to say I laughed and told him it is very fitting for him since he is always jumping around!” He asked me to put him down and went running and hopping to see his mom to show her that he was a frog. LOL!

I let him wear the towel for a while because he was not going to get out of it. I tried to tell him it was time for me to wash it for his next bath and put his Jammies on but he was not having it! He would run and then hop around. I finally got him and he cried when I told him that he could use it for his next bath and that I would wash it so it was all ready. I told him he could still be a frog without his My Buddy Towel and that did the trick. However, the next day he came to me and asked where his frog was. I asked him “why?” He looked at me and said “Nana, I’m stinky, I need a bath and to be a frog!” so I laughed at him and told him that I had to make dinner and he had to eat before he could take his bath and be a frog. He ate his whole plate and looks at me and said “Nana! It’s bathtime!” I said “Can Nana finish eating first?” He looks right at me and said “No, it’s bath time NOW!” I laughed at him and said “Okay, your going to wait till Nana is done eating then bath time.” He looked at me like I just took his favorite toy away from him. lol So he sat down and waited for me to finish eating and then it was bath time. I can say that I will not have to fight with him for bath time! Which is a great win!

I love that they have other “My Buddy Towels” as well for you to choose from! The Shark and flamingo are adorable as well. These adorable My Buddy Towels would make a great Christmas gift. However, once they have them be ready for them to want to take a bath all the time so they can wear their frog, shark, or Flamingo My Buddy Towel. Makes bath time so much easier and no fighting with them to get them in!

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5 Fascinating Big Attractions to Explore in Australia with the Whole Family

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Humans have a fascination with big and grand things. It always amazes us how little we are in this huge world and also reminds us how much we can do if we just work hard for it.

This is what tourists that visit Australia think whenever they visit a unique side of the country, not many visitors know. Aside from pristine beaches, extreme activities, and comforting nature parks, Australia also boasts huge sculptures and landmarks that are also visited by tourists. These might not be as popular as other Australian destinations but seeing them up close makes you wonder how much effort and skills were used to put up such huge pieces.

Are you curious too? Then why don’t you see them on your family’s next travel holiday to Australia? You will surely be fascinated by how these landmarks were made.

The Big Lobster
Check out the gigantic lobster sculpture once in Kingston SE, South Australia! The Big Lobster, locally known as Larry the Lobster, was built and designed by Rob Moyse and Paul Kelly. It is a fiberglass and steel structure that stands 17 meters and 4 feet tall. Opened in 1979, this attraction is said to catch more attention to the visitor center as well as the restaurant where it is located.

The Big Scotsman
Head over Adelaide and see The Big Scotsman, or popularly called as Scotty, with your whole family. Built in 1963, this 5-meter high statue stands just right next to Scotty’s Motel and was also designed by Paul Kelly. It is regarded as the oldest “Big Thing” in the country, so never pass up the chance to visit and take a photo of it.

The Big Pineapple
Catch one of the most famous “Big Things” once you are in Woombye, Queensland. The Big Pineapple was created in 1971 with an impressive height of 16 meters. It has been a heritage-listed attraction that gained popularity to many travelers over the years. More so, this structure is a tribute to the booming pineapple farming industry in the region.

The Giant Koala
Completed in 1989 by sculptor Ben Van Zetton, The Giant Koala in Victoria is yet another attraction you should not miss. It stands at 14 meters high and weighs 8 tons as well as made of bronze set above a steel frame. This adorable statue is a memorial to the world-famous Sam the koala, a brave little critter who recovered from lung damage and third-degree burns in a devastating bushfire at Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter.

The Big Banana
Of course, The Big Banana won’t be out of this list. Situated at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, this vivid yellow attraction is a must-see spot with the whole family. It was built in 1964 and since then it continues to attract tons of visitors. Don’t forget to take a photo op with it when here!

Indeed, the “Big Things” are sure to make your family trip enjoyable and worthwhile. These biggest tourist attractions in Australia lead you to a different side of the country, so better plan your journey well. You can simply hire a reliable DriveNow car to get you to these spots and make the most of your time with the entire family.

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5 Ground Beef Freezer Meals You Can Make At Once #FamilyFavorites #HamburgerRecipes #Freezermeals

I Like to Purchase a 10lb Package of Hamburger and split it up to make 5 Freezer Meals All At once so that I can have them for Hectic Nights or when I’m sick. So Here are 5 Ground Beef Freezer Meals that are quick and easy to make that will get you in and out of the kitchen Quickly. They are all Frugal Meals as well that will save you both Time and Money.

Spaghetti Sauce~ 2 lbs of Ground Beef and Your Favorite Spaghetti Sauce add in your mushrooms or anything else you put in normally. Put in Freezer bag, label and freeze.

PoorMan’s Casserole~ 2lbs of Ground Beef and you can use your different frozen Veggies that you have left in the freezer or use 2 bags of Frozen Mixed Veggies of your family Favorites,and 2 Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup (Do Not Add Milk). Put all of the ingredients into a Freezer bag and mix, then Freeze. If it’s for a family of 2-4 you can split it into 2 Freezer bags.

Directions for Serving
When you make it you will defrost in the fridge over night, then Put in a Cake Pan add 1 1/2 Cups of Milk to Meat Mixture, Make enough mashed Potatoes for 6 people and put over the top of the meat mixture. Bake For 30 minutes. Top with American Cheese and put back in oven till cheese is melted.

Taco Soup

2 lbs Ground Beef (cooked & Drained)
2 cans of Cream style Corn
2 cans Stewed Tomatoes
1 Can of Golden Corn
1 Package of Ranch Dressing mix
1 Package of Taco Seasoning
1 bag of Tortilla Chips
Sour Cream
1 (8oz bag) Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Crockpot

After your Ground Beef is cooked and Drained add it to the Crockpot. Then Drain the juices from the Golden Corn and add to the meat. Add in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips and Cheese. Stir and put on high for 3 hours or you can put it on in the morning and put it on low till ready to eat. Put the Taco soup over the Tortilla Chips and top with cheese and Sour Cream.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs (2lbs of Ground Beef)

32 Meatballs (Homemade)
1-32oz Jar of Grape Jelly
1-32oz bottle of Ketchup
1 can of drained pineapple chunks
1/4 cup of pepsi or Coke (pop)

Mix the Grape Jelly, Ketchup and the pepsi or coke together in a crockpot. Then add the meatballs to the mixture and the pineapple. Stir and put on low for about 3-4 hours then serve. If when you taste the sauce it’s to sour add a little more grape jelly if it’s to sweet add a little more ketchup.

NOTE: This recipe sounds gross from the ingredients but it’s soooooooo good! You can add a little green pepper if you would like as well.

Meatloaf

2 lbs of Ground Beef
2 shakes Lawry Seasoning Salt
1/2 tspGarlic Powder
1 tsp Italian Seasonings
3 eggs
1 sleeve of crushed crackers

Mix all together then bake at 350 for about an hour. Let it cool and put in freezer bag after draining the grease out from it.

There are your 5 easy dinners that take no time to make.

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DIY Birthday Party Pinata #DIYPinata #BirthdayParty #KidsBirthdayPartyIdeas #BirthdayDecor

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It’s Party time! There are a lot of different piñata’s you can chose from at the stores, but they may not have the theme that your looking for. If you trying to keep a Birthday Party cost down, this is a great way to help keep them down. There are always so many reasons that we want to make our own projects. I wanted to show you how to make your own DIY pinata for any party or event that you have coming up. You could also make one of them for the holidays, and do more of a theme around.

Materials:

* 8 Purple Sheets Of Tissue Paper

* 8 Pink Sheets Of Tissue Paper

* 1 Cardboard Box with the dimensions that you would like, you don’t want the height of the box over 7″ for a birthday party, It’s the perfect height. The width you will want to measure with the object you will be using as the focal point. You do not want a really thick box or a really thin box, other wise the kids won’t be able to break it or it will break right away and crush the candy when hit. A regular cardboard box without double layers will work well. (No shiny sides as the glue doesn’t stick as well)

* Clear Packing Tape

* Elmers Glue

* For the character or theme of the party you can use a Matching Plate that you will use at the party or you can use a helium balloon with the character on it that is not blown up

Steps for making your Pinata:

Step 1: You will want to cut 4 sheets of each colored tissue paper for your pinata. You will unfold the 4 sheets, then take 2 sheets at a time, and cut them 1 1/2 to 2 inch strips. When you have cut all the strips, you will then cut half cuts into the strip to make the strips into the fringe like look for the pinata.

Step 2: You will want to figure out which way you would like your pinata to hang. Then put two holes for your thick twine or yarn to hold the rope that you will use to pull the pinata so that the children can hit it. You will put two holes on each side and string it through and tie it so that it’s strong enough to support the rope. Once you have your twine or yarn in place then use the Packing tape to close the flaps on your box.

Step 3: Cut a slit into the side of the box, you will want to make 2 more slits so that you have a part of the box that will lift up so you can stuff the candy inside. Just like is shown below. You will want to make the slit at the top of your cardboard box.
It will not matter if your going to make a square or triangle pinata. You will still go through the same steps and just put the pinata the way you want it when your finished. You will do the front and back of your pinata first.

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Step 4: You will start with any corner that you want in the front of your Pinata. Take one of your strips, hold it up to the box and cut it where it will only over lap the sides a little bit then cut it there. You will add Elmer’s glue to the strip where the slits are not at. Then apply it to your box at the tip of the corner as shown. Then continue to rotate the colors till your 1/4 of the way down as shown.

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Step 5: Then move to the next corner and repeat till you have all the corners complete. Don’t worry if you go into the sides of the pinata we will fix those later. You can use your Plate or Balloon as a guide to see how far down you would like to go down for your corners. Once your corners are complete you will go to the open areas between your corners and again fill in the area rotating colors so that you cover all the areas. Leave the area where your Balloon or Plate will go blank for now.

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Step 6: When you start on the back of your Pinata, you will start on the top and just keep rotating the colors all the way to the bottom of the pinata. The Longer areas you will need to use a strip and a 1/2 to 2 strips to cover the area using the same colors.

Step 7: You will now work on the sides of your pinata. If you have over lapped your strips on the side. They will be dry now. So you can lift them up a little and cut off the excess so that you can fill in the sides of the pinata and they will lay flat.

Step 8: You will want to start on the side where your slit is for the candy to go in the pinata. Start to rotate your strips on the side away from you. When you are to your slit you will use smaller strips in front of the slit then cut strips that will cover the opening and give it room to move up and down. so before you glue your first one on. Hold it tight onto the opening and make sure it won’t break when your opening and closing your opening. If it does break then use a little longer piece. To save you time use that piece as a template for the rest of your strips so you won’t have to measure each strip. Then glue the strips with rotating colors.

Step 9: You will now finish the other sides of your pinata in the same way that you did the side with the slit. Your pinata is now complete with all your strips.

Step 10: If your using a helium balloon you will cut the balloon to use in the middle of your pinata and just use the top character part of the balloon to add to your pinata. If your using a Plate that matches your theme you won’t need to cut it at all. You will now add glue around the outer edge and center of the object you are using. Then put it into place and smooth it out.

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Step 11: This is the last step for completing your pinata. If you have space around your balloon or plate that is showing your cardboard box then rotate strips to fill them in. Once this step is complete, you will want to take strips to cover the edges of your plate or balloon. Take your strip and measure around the outer edge. You can use smaller strips if it’s easier for you, and then go all the way around the outer edge. You will want to use the light color as the first layer around the edge and then cover the light color with a darker color so that the glue won’t show. Your pinata is now complete, it’s ready for your party! Just fill with candy once it is completely dry, use the packing tape to close the slit and your ready for the kids to have a great time with their pinata!

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Little Book Of You Baby Book Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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As many of you know, my daughter just blessed me with a new granddaughter this summer. I was so excited about making her a book all about her, when she was born and a lot of interesting facts about the day she was born. I thought it would make the perfect gift for my little princess as well as something that she could look back on when she is older and know more about the day she was born.

Little Book Of You Baby Book is a beautifully illustrated book. They have the most adorable characters throughout the whole book that your child as well as you will just fall in love with. It has so many great facts included in the book like how much gas, milk, bread and other things cost on the day they were born. Interesting facts about the state they lived when they were born, who was at the hospital when they were born, who their family members are from Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and more. They get so much information about the day they were born that it will answer all their questions about that special day and they will just love learning all about them.

I showed it to my daughter and she just cried she loved it so much. She now wants one for her other daughter as well. I’m actually planning on getting one for each of my kids and grandkids because they are so cute and make a great keepsake for them. I make many keepsakes for them and have them in a box for each of them. They will receive them at a certain point for them to go through. Till then I keep adding to the boxes for them to have more keepsakes. It will be a wonderful surprise for them to read about the day they were born and what was going on in the world, who was there at their births, and so much information about the day they were born. They will have The Little Book to show their children and compare their books to see all the differences from when each of them were born.

I also love that we can keep passing them down in the family and they can be viewed by all the future generations as well. It can help them to know more about their family and who their family members were and who they are related to. This is the perfect book for any baby that is going to be a new little bundle of joy or for your children you have now. Give them the perfect keepsake for them to have and show their children and their children’s children. A Book that you can keep passing down through the family so that they know where they have come from and who they are. The beautiful illustrations, all the information throughout the book can show them how times keep changing but family always has a part in their lives.

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DIY Family Photos And Saying Canvas #DIY #FathersDay #Christmas #HandmadeGift #Canvas #Photos #Gift

I wanted to share this easy to make Family Photos and saying canvas that looks great on your wall or makes a great gift! They are easy to put together and you will just love them when they are done. I chose to make a completely black and white canvas for this project. However, you can print out colored pictures and use any color to paint the canvas.

Materials needed:
11 X 14 Canvas or any size you want
Acrylic paint
Printed photos either Black and white or color from regular or inkjet printer
Modge Podge
Foam brushes (They have a brush handle with foam on the end)
Letter stickers or vinyl cut saying that you want on your canvas

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You will start with your blank canvas and then paint it the color of your choice. Now, if your doing the black and white photos, the black painted canvas comes out very pretty, of course the choice in colors is yours.

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Once you have painted your canvas, you will let it completely dry and touch up any spots that need it.

You will now add any saying that you would like on your canvas, I made this one for my father so the saying is perfect for him. You can use a ruler to make sure your words are lined up and you can place them correctly. You will also want to make sure that their is enough room on the sides of the saying to add your photos as well.

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You will line up the photos where you would like them to go on your canvas. Make sure you check to see that all photos are lined up with the edge of the canvas so you get the correct view and that the sizes of the photos are the way you want them. Once you have them all lined up the way you would like them then you can move onto your next step. You will want then put a thin coat of Modge Podge and then place your photo on the modge podge photo side up.

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Now that you have all of your photos modge podged down on your canvas and let them dry for at least an hour. You will now put a thin layer of Modge Podge over the top of the photos. Then let it dry completely. Your photos are now perfect and your DIY canvas is complete.

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Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt Review #Christmas Gift Guide

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I can not tell you how excited I was to receive the Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt to try with my son. Now, I must explain why I was so excited. My son has EDS which makes his skin split and bleed and it also makes materials on his skin feel like it’s on fire, he has sensory issues as well so he will only wear certain materials which makes shopping for him a whole new experience for us both. We normally, if we are lucky walk out with 1 item for him out of hours of shopping.

So when the Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt arrived I was hopeful that he would be able to wear different clothing with it and protect his skin at the same time. I had high hopes for the shirt improving his daily life and his health needs as well. When I took it out of the box, my son looked at the shirt and looked at me and made a face. Until I told him to feel it, he grabbed it and started to rub it on his face, he loved the feel of it. It was so soft, he was so excited to put it on. When he did he was instantly in love with it. It soothed his skin, it was soft and he was didn’t want to take it off. You have no idea as a mom of a son who normally fights with me about EVERYTHING that touches his body to find something that he would wear and use under other clothes to be able to have more clothing options available for him.

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This is seriously HUGE for my son to say that he will try to wear other clothes over it now. We of course are still watching what we purchase but I had him try a shirt on that normally bugged him over the top of his Skinnies long sleeve shirt protected his skin and he was thrilled because he loved the shirt he wore over the top of it but because of his skin he couldn’t wear it. I have not seen that big of a smile on my son in a while! We will be buying several more of the Skinnies shirts in long and short sleeves, I will also be purchasing the Skinnies pants for him as well because he has a jeans issue as well. This has been a game changer for my son. He will be able to wear the styles he likes and not have to worry about his skin feeling like it’s on fire, that he has to wear just certain clothing and that is it. He said that wearing Skinnies makes him feel like he can be “normal” like other people and wear what he wants, when he wants. He has never had that so he is so excited! They have a great selection of Skinnies clothing that will be great for the whole family!

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Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce Recipe #FallRecipes #Recipe #SpaghettiSquash #Squash

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There are so many possible variations with this dish to make it fit your families needs. You could use vegan crumbles, ground turkey, or ground beef to make this meal for your family depending on your dietary needs. Now I had not made the Spaghetti squash before for my family and now I’m wondering what took me so long! We will be making it a lot more often, as it’s just delicious. If your lacking Potassium this is the perfect way to also keep your potassium levels where they need to be in a delicious way.

I also learned a few tips that I want to share with you when you make the Spaghetti squash. After your done baking it, I found that if you squeeze the water out of the squash it makes a better presentation on the plate. If you do not it comes out a little watery, so this helps with making a great presentation on the plate.

Ingredients:

1 Large Spaghetti Squash
1 lb of ground beef
1 Green Pepper
1- 14.9 oz can Red Gold Diced Tomatoes
1/4 cup onion diced
1- 32 Oz can Tomatoes sauce
1 tsp Parsley flakes
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp ground Sage
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sugar
Parmesan Cheese for the topping

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees

* You will want to brown your ground beef with onion and green pepper, be sure to drain it and run a little hot water over the top to get added grease off so that your sauce doesn’t have the dreaded extra grease in your sauce.

* Cut the Spaghetti Squash in half, place in a baking pan with 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pan.

* Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, just until the fork goes into the squash easily, while the squash is in the oven, you will make your sauce.

* Use a fork to make the strings of squash spaghetti and place it on a platter.

Sauce:

* Once you have drained your ground beef return it to the skillet and add in your other ingredients except for the Sugar and Parmesan Cheese. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes while your squash is cooking so they will be finished at the same time.

Place the squash noodles down on the platter and then top with your sauce. Just before serving sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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