No Child Left Behind

Frisco Fast Pac

Last week my beautiful Friend Karen asked if we would be interested in helping our local shelter provide food for children who experience hunger on a regular basis in our community. Especially during the summer when school is not in session and these children aren’t getting regular meals provided. Frisco FastPacs is the name and I’m sure your local family shelter has something similar.  It was a great activity for our kiddos to participate in, and an awesome way to give back to our community.  If your looking for something to do with your kiddos this summer take some of your shopping savings and pay it forward!

Birthday Freebies

20140507-115737.jpg Retailers

ACE Hardware: Sign up for ACE Rewards and get a $5 off coupon on your birthday.

American Eagle Outfitters: Sign up for AERewards and get 15% off during your birthday month.

Aveda: Become a member of Aveda.com and get a free gift every year on your birthday.

Bare Minerals: Become a Friends and Benefits member and get a gift customized to your personal profile on your birthday.

CVS: Register for a CVS ExtraCare Card and get $3 in ExtraCare Bucks every year on your birthday.

Disney: Register for Disney Movie Rewards and you’ll receive a credit for a free Blu-ray movie on your birthday.

DSW: Join DSW’s rewards program and receive a $5 gift certificate on your birthday.

Old Navy: Sign up for Old Navy’s email newsletters and you’ll receive a free surprise on your birthday.

Sephora: Sign up for Beauty Insiders and receive a complimentary gift during your birthday month.

Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for their mailing list and receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $10 or more on your birthday.

Restaurants, Fast Food, Ice Cream and Coffee

Baskin Robbins will send you a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday when you join the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club.

Marble Slab Sign up for Marble Mail and receive exclusive offers, birthday surprises and more. Kids under age 13 can join the Marble Slab Kids Club and get a free ice cream cone on their birthday.

When you register a Starbucks card, they will send you a free drink or food reward on your birthday!

If you have a child ages 2-10, sign them up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club at Toys R Us. They will receive a birthday card and surprise gift from Geoffrey.

Enjoy a free sub on your birthday when you join the Firehouse Subs Birthday Club here. Or, just show an I.D. with your birth date on your birthday and you’ll get a FREE medium celebratory sub.

Join the Fudds Club to get the latest news and perks from Fuddruckers – Like a special gift for joining, plus a birthday treat and a surprise on your anniversary date!

Join the So Connected club at Ruby Tuesday’s and you’ll get an email for a free burger on your birthday.

Join Jason’s Deli’s email list and you’ll receive a $5 gift card on your birthday.

Subscribe to IHOP’s email list to receive a free meal on your birthday. You will also receive a free meal just for signing up.

Keep your Chick-fil-A Email Insiders information up to date for exclusive promotions to your inbox.

Abuelo’s: Join their eClub and receive a free gift for signing up, plus gifts on your birthday and anniversary.

Applebee’s: Sign up to receive their email updates and you’ll get a dessert shooter on your birthday.

Atlanta Bread Company: Join the Atlanta Bread Company VIP eCLub and you’ll get a free cookie on your birthday.

Baker’s Square Restaurant & Pies: Sign up for their email newsletters and you’ll receive a coupon for a free entrée right away, plus a free slice of pie on your birthday.

Ben & Jerry’s: Become a Chunk Spelunker and you’ll get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

Bennigan’s: Become a Bennigan’s eClub member and receive a free dessert and buy one, get one entrée on your birthday.

Black Angus Steakhouse: Join their Prime Club and receive a free steak dinner (with purchase of a second entrée) on your first birthday as a member.

Brio Tuscan Grille: Sign up for Posta Toscana at Brio Tuscan Grille and you’ll receive a coupon for free food on your birthday.

Buca di Beppo: Register for their eClub updates and receive a free brownie on your birthday and a free dessert on your anniversary.

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen: Become a Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant Insider and receive a free fish or chicken dinner for joining, plus more freebies on your birthday.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse: Join their Handshake Club and receive a free gift on your birthday.

Chili’s: Sign up for their email list and get a free order of chips and salsa or guacamole or queso just for joining, plus a brownie sundae on your birthday.

Cold Stone Creamery: Join their club to receive a coupon for free ice cream on your birthday.

Dairy Queen: Join their fan club and receive a free Blizzard on your birthday.

Del Taco: Join their Raving Fan eClub and receive a free premium shake on your birthday, plus two free Grilled Chicken Tacos just for signing up.

Denny’s: Join their rewards club to receive a free Grand Slam on your birthday (includes two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links and two pancakes).

Don Pablo’s: Join their Hab Club and receive a free $10 gift card on your birthday.

Famous Dave’s: Join the Be a P.I.G. (Pretty Important Guest) Club and receive something free on your birthday.

Flat Top Stir-Fry Grill: Join their eClub and get a free stir-fry dish on your birthday.

Friendly’s: Join their BFF Club and get a free three-scoop sundae just for enrolling, as well as free birthday offers for your entire family.

Fuddruckers: Join the Fudd Club and get a free treat on your birthday.

Genghis Grill: Become a member of the Khan’s Club and get a free birthday stir-fry bowl.

Gold Star Chili: Join their eClub for free surprises on your birthday.

Great American Cookies: Join their Cookie-Mail Club for free birthday surprises.

Houlihan’s: Join their email club and get a free appetizer for joining, plus a free entrée on your birthday.

IHOP: Join their Pancake Revolution and receive a free meal for signing up, on your birthday and on the one-year anniversary of joining.

Johnny Rocket’s: Join the Johnny Rocket eClub and receive a free hamburger on your birthday.

Krispy Kreme: Join the Friends of Krispy Kreme eClub and get a free doughnut and coffee on your birthday.

Menchie’s: Join the mySmileage rewards program and recieve a $5 credit towards frozen yogurt on your birthday.

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Join their eClub and receive a free gift on your birthday.

Outback Steakhouse: Join their rewards program and receive a free dessert on your birthday.

P.F. Chang’s: Sign up for their email updates and get a free dessert on your birthday.

Qdoba Mexican Grill: Sign up for their rewards program and receive a free chips & salsa or a free regular drink for registering, plus a free gift on your birthday.

Red Lobster: Join their rewards club and get a free gift on your birthday.

Red Robin: Join their eClub and get a free burger with bottomless fries on your birthday.

Rita’s Ice: Join their birthday club for a free treat on your birthday.

Schlotzsky’s: Join their eClub to get a free small sandwich on your birthday.

Sonic Drive-In: Sign up to become a Sonic Cruisers member and you’ll receive a free surprise on your birthday.

Spaghetti Warehouse: Join the Warehouse Club and get a free appetizer for signing up, plus a complimentary meal on your birthday.

Starbucks: Join their rewards club for a free drink on your birthday.

Taco Cabana: Become a TC Fanatic and get a free fajita taco for joining, plus a free TC Fanatics flauta plate on your birthday.

TCBY: Sign up for the myTCBY eclub and recieve a free small yogurt on your birthday.

UNO Chicago Grill: Join their rewards program and get a free meal on your birthday.

Freebies for kids

Barnes & Noble: Sign up for their Kids’ Club and your child can receive a cupcake on their birthday.

Bashas’: Register your child in their Birthday Club and they’ll receive a free cake every year through age 10.

Bob Evans: Sign your children (12 and under) up for the Bob Evans Birthday Club and the’ll receive free kids’ meals on their birthday.

California Pizza Kitchen: Sign your children (10 and under) up for the CPKids Birthday Club and they’ll receive a free meal during their birthday month.

Chuck E. Cheese’s: Join their email club and receive special offers and freebies for your child’s birthday.

Kmart: Join their Birthday Club and get a $5 gift card for your child’s birthday, plus a birthday gift pack.

Local freebies

Make an account at BirthdayFreebies.com. You can search for freebies at retailers and restaurants in your area by typing in your zip code.

 

 

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Resurrection Rolls

I wanted to write a quick post for you who are looking for a great Easter recipe to do with the kiddos.  I found this recipe last year and plan on making these a part of our Easter tradition.  As we make them, we talk about the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!DSC02742

Ingredients needed:
Crescent rolls
Melted butter
Large Marshmallows
Cinnamon
Sugar

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Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  Give each child one triangle of crescent rolls.  Explain that the crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
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Give each child a marshmallow.  This represents Jesus.  Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter.  This represents the oils of embalming.  Then dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar.  This represents the spices used to anoint the body.  Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.)  This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.

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Place all in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove rolls from oven and let them cool slightly.

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Now the kiddos can then open their rolls (cloths) and discover that Jesus is no longer there! HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)  ~ Now read Matthew 28:1-10DSC02741
Enjoy your warm rolls as you rejoice at the good news of Easter!

Pirate Birthday Party

It’s March madness in our house, all three of our kiddos have birthdays this month.  We kicked off the month with a pirate birthday party theme for my son Colson and it was a huge hit with the kiddos. Overall, it was fairly easy, frugal and lots of fun!

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Here’s the menu:

Golden Nuggets (I purchased chicken nuggets from chick-fil A)
Scurvy Rolls (Turkey Wrap w/Cranberry Cream Cheese) I bought these at Costco but you can easily make them!
Octopus dip (beer dip) Everyone raved about this! So creamy and delicious, and really does go best with pretzels.
Cannon balls (black olives)
Fish & Chips (Goldfish crackers & plain potato chips)
Watermelon pirate ship with fresh fruit
Watermelon Shark with fresh fruit
Seaweed Salad (pasta salad) This is a great recipe!
Ahoy Ma-Tea (Sweet Tea)
Pirate Punch (Hawaiian Punch)

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The fresh fruit & Watermelon Boat and Shark was a huge hit! My hubby did a fantastic job planning and did a lot of research to put this masterpiece together.  Here are a few sites he used!  How to make a watermelon shark carving and How to make a watermelon ship carving

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 A little Shark humor before the party with these two!

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We served up Ahoy Ma-Tea (Sweet Tea) and Pirate Punch (Hawaiian Punch).  My niece helped with labeling everything with her beautiful pirate handwriting.

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Russell made a Hook Toss out of an old pallet and a walk the plank out of some wood.

20140324-105031.jpg  Lastly, I found this super cute pirate ship piñata I showcased at the cupcake table before we took it outside and got everyone involved in the birthday activity.

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Happy Birthday to our precious, sweet hearted, adventurous little pirate.  There hasn’t been a single day in the last three years that you haven’t brought joy to our life.  And so much love.  I feel blessed to live my life with you and thank God he gave me the privilege of being your mommy!

 

Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow

Kinley lost her tooth last week and since she’s only lost a few, we’re still considered “newbies” at the whole Tooth Fairy stuff.  Back when I was younger, we would hide the tooth under our pillow at night and in the morning there would be a quarter. I was always so excited! (Inflation… I think I’m giving away my age here lol).  Things have definitely changed since then!

My parents never told me any specifics about what the tooth fairy looked like, so I always imagined a pretty little ballerina with wings who carried a big wand and sprinkled fairy dust everywhere. I also wondered what the tooth fairy did with all those teeth?  It’s kind of gross if you think about it… Anyway, I digress.

After a long night of searching for Kinley’s tooth under her pillow, I decided we needed to make it easier in the future for the Tooth Fairy to find those teeth.  After all, with three kiddos we’re going to have our share of the Tooth Fairy flying around our house.  Here is a super cute Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial I found to help get us through the tooth fairy years ahead of us:)

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Do you have any cute Tooth Fairy traditions or stories?

Sugar Cookie Dough

We’re recovering from a major winter ice storm here in Dallas and the kids and I are getting cabin fever.  I’m beginning to believe that hell can freeze over :).  It’s gotten so bad even our dog is refusing to go outside. But, it looks like today we’re finally going to see temperatures get above freezing long enough to melt the layers of ice on the roads. Yippee!  It’s been quite the adventure but I will be happy to see the sun!  The kiddos and I made these fun Mickey & Minnie sugar cookies to help pass the time this morning.  You can click here for the Minnie recipe.

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 What you’ll need: 

2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
11 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl, and then set the mixture aside.

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In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and well combined.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat well.

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Stir in the flour a third at a time. After the last addition, knead the dough
briefly if needed to incorporate all of the flour. The finished dough should be
smooth and stiff.

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 Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Set the dough on a flour-dusted sheet of waxed paper and roll it out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out the cookies and bake them on a baking sheet until the edges just start to turn a light golden brown (about 6 to 9 minutes, depending on the size).  Let the cookies cool briefly on the baking sheet and then transfer them to a
wire rack to finish cooling.

Pumpkin Halloween String Garland

This was a super fun Halloween craft project, but I’ll have to say it was a bit messy.  We tried our first batch of pumpkins inside and decided to do the other batch outside.  It’s definitely a project for ages 7 and up!  Kinley enjoyed wrapping and is planning on doing more!  I found the idea on Spoonful.com they made Jack Skellington’s  but we are a bunch of wimps over here and made pumpkins instead.

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Orange cotton string

Black felt

Green Pipe Cleaner

Water Balloons

Liquid Fabric Starch (you can find this on the laundry isle next to the spray starch)

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1.  Blow up your water balloons so they are about 4 inches wide and tie off the ends.

2. Cut the orange cotton string into long lengths, about 5 feet long. You can always cut more.

3.  Cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth template and trace them onto the black felt. Cut out the pieces. You will need a pair of eyes, a nose, and a mouth for each pumpkin string ball you wish to make.

4.  Pour liquid starch into a bowl. Place your balloon into the bowl. Dip the ends of your 5 foot white string into the bowl and wrap the string around your balloon, soaking the string in the starch before you wrap. Add more lengths of orange string. Once the balloon resembles a very messy spider web, hang the balloon up to dry. Place newspaper or craft paper under the balloons as they will drip.  (We did our second batch outside).

5.  Cut a piece of string about a foot long and tie one end to the end of the balloon. (You will use this string to hang your balloon so it can dry).

6.  Once all the string balls are dry, pop the balloons and pull them out through a gap in the string.  (Make sure the string is completely dry or the sting will fall apart we waited to pop balloon until the next day) Glue on a pair of eyes, a mouth, and a nose and pipe cleaner for the stem to each string ball. Tie them to a long ribbon, yarn, or string garland, evenly spacing them. Cut off extra string after you have tied them into place.

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