Candy Race Car – Great for Kids Parties

It is hard coming up with something for a classroom treat for holidays or for a child’s party. My son, Spencer loves taking something for his friends at school.

This treat isn’t healthy but it is easy to make and your kids will love it!

Candy Race Car- Great for Kids Parties

First you will need a glue gun, glue sticks (both I purchased at the dollar store.), mini Hershey chocolate bars, Tootsie rolls, chocolate coins and juice boxes.

You can also change it up. If you want instead of Tootsie Rolls, try a chocolate that is small like one to use for the front fender. You can choose a different small chocolate bar too. The sky is the limit on how you design yours.  Choose a juice box that is your child’s favourite.

I found mints in a wrapper didn’t give the same effect as a chocolate coin did for the wheel look. And the Hershey chocolate bar did look like it was a wing with the side flaps of the package.

Candy Race Car- Great for Kids Parties

Figure out how many cars that you wish to make and decide on the amount of items you need.  For one car you need one Hershey chocolate bar, one Tootsie roll , four chocolate coins and one juice box.

Just put a dab of glue on each coin and apply it to the juice box sides. Then put glue on the Tootsie roll and place it where the front of the car is located. Lastly put glue on the bottom of the Hershey chocolate bar and place it on the top back area of the race car.

It is that simple. And your kids will love the race cars for themselves and their friends!

Let me know if you make this for your child’s class or birthday parties in the comments below. I love hearing about how the kids enjoyed them.

Candy Race Car- Great for Kids Parties

Spring Cleaning with the Oreck Venture Pro Bagged Canister Vacuum

Oreck Venture Pro

The Oreck® Venture™ Pro Bagged Canister Vacuum is perfect for cleaning up the floors, furniture and curtains.

In my home, my son and I have a lot of allergies year rounds that can be a problem and cause us to be uncomfortable.

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How To Clean Your Washing Machine

How To Clean Your Washing Machine


Most of us don’t think about cleaning our washing machine because we assume that when we put laundry detergent in, that it would clean our washing machine. I mean after all if it cleans our clothes it should clean our machine.

Sadly, that isn’t the case. By cleaning your washing machine, you prevent weird stains on your clothes.

I usually remember to do this when I am doing my spring or fall cleaning.

It is very easy to do with a top loader and front loader.

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A List of Halloween Movies For Kids

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Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. (tied with Christmas.) And I enjoy sitting down with a big bowl of popcorn with the kids to watch some fun Halloween movies.

You don’t have to watch scary movies to get into the Halloween spirit.

I have picked out a list of movies that my kids have enjoyed over the years.


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Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – Now Accepting Submissions

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The Holiday season is coming up in the next few months.

And I have decided to put out a post to let everyone know that Basically Speaking is accepting submissions for the 2016 gift guide. The gift guide will help our readers to find information about products while they are deciding what to purchase for their loved ones this holiday season. (This mom also loves learning about new products for gift giving. And for products that I want to own in my home. )

Your Reviewers: 

I review the products along with my husband and two children.  My daughter is 15 years old and my son is 11 years old. I also have younger relatives who can contribute to reviews items.  We also have a Schnoodle dog and a Siamese cat who also review products for those with fur babies.

When does the Gift Guide Start:

From November 1st until December 21st, I will be featuring gift ideas on Basically Speaking. This will be a great way to let the readers learn more about your products while they are making a decision on what to buy for their loved ones. (I know Gift Guides help this mom out when deciding what to buy for her family. )

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5 Inspiring Parenting Quotes


Parenting isn’t an easy task. Sometimes it is good to hear words of wisdom to know we are all dealing with the same questions or concerns.

I love to print off quotes to put up near my desk to remind me that everything isn’t easy and that many have the same struggles. It gives me that added push through my day.

Here are 5 inspiring parenting quotes that you could use in your daily life.


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How to Make $10 a Week On Your Phone



Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online.

Whenever you shop, watch videos or search the web, Swagbucks gives you points called SB. You can use your SB to redeem gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores.


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With the Swagbucks Mobile and SBTV apps I can use my spare minutes to earn free gift cards on my phone! Like the Swagbucks website, I can rack up SB by shopping, answering surveys and watching videos.

I love playing the games when I am passing the time relaxing to earn Swagbucks.

While you wait for the coffee to brew, download free games and other apps through the Discover tab: 20 SB  During commercial breaks, take a featured survey or fill out your survey profile: 60 SB  While standing in line at the grocery store, answer the daily poll: 1 SB  When you’ve finally made it to the gym, watch style, tech and celeb news through the SBTV app: 2 SB for every 10 videos.

Just as you’ve put dinner in the oven, your Swagbucks app tells you there’s a new Swag Code!: 3 SB  Before you go to sleep, use the Swagbucks app to shop from your favorite stores. You deserve it!: 100 SB   By downloading the Swagbucks mobile app, I can earn a free $10 gift card by the end of my week. Who knew playing on my phone could be so productive!  Invite your friends to download the Swagbucks Mobile app so they can start earning their way to free gift cards.

It’s 100% free to download and 100% easy to use. Its available for both iPhone and Android devices.

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Great Deals for Babies ‘R US

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Babies 'R US Car Seat Sale

Some great deals available right now at Babies ‘R Us. If you are looking to purchase some items for a shower, for a new arrival of your own, or for holidays, now is the time!

All car seats on sale and up to 40% off All $29.99 and under Laugh & Learn toys.

Also all free shipping on orders $49 or more. PLUS Earn AirMiles when you shop.

Graco High Back TurboBooster Car Seat – Love Hearts $72.12 (Reg. $84.99)

Graco High Back TurboBooster Car Seat Sale

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn ABC Train – English Edition $16.77 (Reg. $27.99) 

Fisher Price Learn and Laugh Train





Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat – Tron $144.47 (Reg. $169.99)

Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Storybook Rhymes Book – English Edition $18.97 (Reg. $24.99)

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 Maxi Cosi Mico NXT Infant Car Seat – Intense Red $186.97 (Reg. $239.99)

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 Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Zoo Animal – English Edition $17.97 (Reg. $23.99)

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Evenflo Symphony ELITE All-in-One Car Seat – Porter $246.47 (Reg. $289.99)

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#DIY Bug Spray


It seems this year bugs are out in full force this year!

Here are some easy DIY Bug Sprays that will help keep those bugs away from you and your family while you enjoy the outdoors.


Homemade Bug Spray

1/2 cup vodka
2 tablespoons orange flower water
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
15 drops citronella oil

Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle.



Homemade Bug Spray Oil

1 oz jojoba oil or soybean oil
10 drops eucalyptus smithii essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops geranium, citronella, or lemongrass essential oil

** Be sure to apply every 30 minutes if in a heavily insect area**

Use half the amount of essential oils if applying any of these to a child under 5.


Why is everyone talking about Teal Pumpkins?




Halloween is coming and so are the little ghosts and goblins. Trick or Treating was my favourite thing to do as a child. I loved seeing what treats I received and loved dressing up.

That might not be best for someone that has allergies. This Halloween, Food Allergy Research & Education is encouraging people to paint a pumpkin teal (The colour of food allergy awareness) to indicate that your home is safe for those with food allergies offering non-food treats for the children.

Visit the Food Allergy Research & Education to get ideas on non-food treats and download a sign. CLICK HERE