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

Adventures in Babysitting

 

 

Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures In Babysitting || Feature Running Time: Approx. 94 minutes || Starring: Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson || Disney DVD

Adventures in Babysitting a great movie to sit down with the kids for a movie night.  Pop some popcorn, get some drinks and enjoy this great movie.

Sofia Carson (Descendants) and Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) star in a hilarious, action-packed tale of two sitters, inspired by the ’80s classic!

Sparks fly when free-spirited Lola and prim, proper Jenny learn they’re up for the same internship. But that night, after newbie babysitter Lola breaks “Rule #1; NEVER take your eyes off the kids,” she’s forced to call Jenny – currently on her own gig – to help track down Trey, who has snuck out. Now with all their young charges in tow, these rivals must team up and brave the big city on the wildest, wackiest adventure of their lives!

The DVD includes Never Before Seen Bloopers and a Free Magnetic Photo Frame.

Available to own.

Modern Day Treasure Hunting with Geocaching

 

Mike, the kids and I love to geocache. It allows us a time to get out and do some “hunting” to find a small box to locate treasure.

Hayley and Spencer going geocaching for the first time 2 years ago.

Geocaching is easy to do and is a great low cost way of spending some time with the family.

I signed up on Geocaching.com and set up an account for us to keep track of our geocaches.

Next, I purchased some few small trinkets from the dollar store. I usually grab some small army men. You need small items because when you find a geocache location, sometimes you take an item out and put one in. So I try to have small army men on hand.  When you locate the geocache you also put your name of your group in there. Then on the geocache app mark it as found. Not all geocache locations require a prize drop off.

We also use a GPS from the car or our phone. On the geocache comments, sometimes there is little hints to tell you where it may be too. We found one from reading it and figuring out the clues. The GPS doesn’t give you the exact location just the area that you may find it. We have some that were hard and took us a bit to find them. But that’s what makes it fun, it is like searching for treasure. Once we find it we are excited to go onto the next one.

I recommend starting with the easy ones first so you can get to know how the app works and how you can locate the geocache. We made the mistake of after a few easy we went hard and we couldn’t find it. So we went back to the easy to get use to the “clues” and using the GPS.

Make sure you also bring bug spray, sun screen, a hat, pencil and a camera. If you are going to be out for awhile, pack a picnic lunch or make sure you have some treats. If you want to bring your dog with you while you are going, be sure to have a bowl and a water bottle for them.

Hayley and Spencer after they found their first geocache site. (Spence loves giving a thumbs up in pictures.)

There are geocaches all over the world. More than 2.5 million geocaches are waiting to be found in over 180 countries. It is a great way to discover the area around you. When we head out east this summer for our family vacation, we plan on doing some geocaching out there. What a great way to discover Canada through different means than the traditional way of hitting tourist spots.

Comment below and tell me if you have ever gone geocaching or are you planning to in the future?

5 Desert Recipes for the Holiday Season

5 Desert Recipes for the Holiday Season

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Mini Rolo Cookies – These are a favourite in my house. When you bite into the cookie, it has a caramel centre that is great. I like to heat them up for a few seconds in the microwave if they aren’t fresh.

 

Rolo Cookies Recipe #Recipe #family #Christmas

 

 

Caramel Magic Cookie Bars – These look like heaven in a pan. Recipe from Love from the Oven.

 

Caramel Magic Cookie Recipe

Andres Mint Grinch Cookies – These would be perfect to make to have to eat while you are watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas with the kids! Recipe from Six Sister’s Stuff

 

Andes Mint Grinch Cookies

Homemade Popcorn Balls – A simple desert that goes well with hot chocolate. Also make these and put them in a cute dish and give it to a neighbour for gift. Recipe from MyRecipes.com

 

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Peanut Butter Balls – These peanut butter balls are vegan and gluten-free. If you have a special gluten-free diet. This is for you. Recipe from Oh She Glows!

Vegan Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Balls #Recipe #Food #Christmas2015

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CB Holiday Gift Review ~ Air Warriors Ultra-Tek

 

CB Holiday Gift Review ~ Air Warriors Ultra-Tek

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My son loves dart blasting toys. Over the years we have purchased many of them. He is the expert when it comes to dart blasting toys.

 

Spencer playing with Air Warrior Ultra-Tek Gem Dart Set #Review

Spencer playing with the Air Warriors Ultra-Tek Gem (2 pack). He loved the smaller dart blasters and you can give one to a friend to play with. (even was his cast he was able to use the dart blasters to play which made him happy because there wasn’t a lot of his toys he could play with when his “good hand” was in a cast.)

Both Hayley and Spencer went out and played with the Air Warriors Ultra-Tek dart blaster toys. They made their own score board on put it on the kitchen screen door where the glass was. You could make one easily using Microsoft Paint and print it and you are good to go. Make a fun game and add some small prizes even. A great time for even Mom and Dad to get involved with. Hayley made the video while Spencer aiming for the score board.

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Ultra-Tek Gem 2 Pack is great for when you want to play with a friend or using both for yourself. It is a smaller dart blaster that is a 3 shooter. You work it by pulling the back pull and then pulling the trigger to have the darts go one at a time.

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Ultra-Tek Brute blasts darts up to 20 feet through a motorized clip. All Ultra-Tek clips are interchangeable. A great toy for children 6 and up. Spencer loved how he hold more darts at one time with this dart blasting toy. Shooting the darts up to 72 feet was great fun for him. He would stand at the end of our street to see how far they would go each time.

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Ultra-Tek Snipe is also a clip fed dart blasting toy but you pump the side and then shoot, so you aren’t required to have batteries to use it. Which is good because sometimes on Christmas morning, I never purchase enough batteries. The Ultra-Tek Snipe comes with a scope which is detachable and so is the barrel. Includes and 8 dart clip and comes with 10 suction darts. Spencer loved this when using the scoring board because he could look through the scope to find where to shoot at the target.

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Ultra-Tek Sidewinder is a really interesting dart blasting toy because it has rapid automatic barrel. Holds 30 long-distance darts. This dart blaster doesn’t require batteries either. Spencer enjoyed it because it was nothing he has seen before in any of his dart blasting toys. It is a good thing that we have a large yard that he could shoot his darts all over with his friends and recover them. The Ultra-Tek Sidewinder was Spencer’s favourite. (even though he said he loved them all this was the one he kept going back to play with.)

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Air Max Boss comes with 3 large foam darts and a clip. It is great that the Air Max Boss darts still goes up to 80 feet even though it is a smaller body than some of the others we reviewed in this post. It has a futuristic design to it that Spencer liked. He is into Sci-Fi shows so this was a fun dart blaster for him to use. This dart blaster also has a front grip to hold it.

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The best part of the Air Warriors dart blasters for me as a parent? The price. You will not break the bank with these gifts and you will make your children happy seeing them under the tree on Christmas Morning. The other best part about these dart blasters? Gives your children an excuse to go outside and play. It doesn’t matter if it is warm or cold out. It is fun anytime! If they are playing in the snow they won’t lose their darts. But if they do, you can purchase replaceable darts for them.

After the review he took all the dart blasters over to his friend’s house to play with his friends in the area. He had a great time.

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Halloween Baking Fun Recipes

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Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. We decorate up the outside and bake some snacks.

Pick your favourite recipes and have your children make them with you for some quality family time!

These are some Halloween Baking Fun recipes that your family may enjoy!

 

 

1. DIY Candycorn Marshmallows~ Bird’s Party Blog

2. Halloween Bark ~ Sweet Designs

3. Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats ~ Cincy Shopper.com

4. Frankenstein Pancakes ~ The Joys of Boys

5. Vampire Floats ~ Shaken Together

6. Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes ~ Pizzazzerie

Easy Halloween Treats for Kids

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What you will need:

1 box of vanilla cake mix

cupcake papers

vanilla icing

red piping gel

Reese’s pieces

Directions:

Follow directions on the cake mix box to make cupcakes. Let them cool. Ice them with vanilla icing. Put Reese’s pieces in the middle of cupcake. Use piping gel to make lines in the cupcake.

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Spider Crackers

What you will need:

Ritz crackers (or any round crackers)

peanut butter or wow butter

chow mein noodles

raisins

Directions:

Smear a small amount of peanut butter onto the inside of one cracker. Place 4 chow mein noodles on one side of the cracker followed by 4 more on the other side. Place the remaining cracker on top. To make the ‘eyes’: dab two spots of peanut butter near the top of one crackers to ‘glue’ the raisins into place.

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Breadsticks bones

What you will need:

1 Tube of refrigerated pizza dough

10 cheese strings

2 tablespoons of butter

1/2 tablespoon of salt (you can skip this if you want)

1 cup marinara sauce (heated)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open pizza crust and cut in half width-wise, then slice into 10 rectangles.Roll one string cheese stick in the center of each rectangle. Press the dough to secure it closed around the cheese. Create the ends of the “bones” by rolling the extra dough until it reaches the top of the string cheese stick. Press it to form two knobs at the top and bottom. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat until all string cheese is wrapped in dough. Brush butter over the sticks with a basting brush.Sprinkle with salt. (optional) Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving with marinara for dipping!

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The Seventh Dwarf Premieres at Cineplex #Canada

 

 

 

 

Shout! Factory is bringing a highly anticipated animated feature to Cineplex screens near you

The Seventh Dwarf premieres as a special Cineplex Family Favourites Movie Presentation at participating Cineplex theatres on Saturday August 15 (11am) and Wednesday August 19, 2015 (12:30pm) for a special price of $2.99.

 

Join all seven dwarfs for an adventure as big as they are small! It’s the eve of Princess Rose’s 18th birthday. Everyone in the kingdom has come to Fantabularasa Castle to celebrate including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. But just before the stroke of midnight Bobo, the youngest dwarf, accidentally pricks the finger of Princess Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) with a cursed needle and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber! To find Rose’s true love Jack to save her with a kiss, Bobo and the other six dwarfs must go on a treacherous journey, face a fiery dragon and outwit the jealous, scheming and evil witch, Dellamorta!

THE SEVENTH DWARF is rated PG and has a run time of 88 minutes.

For more information on THE SEVENTH DWARF, please visit www.seventhdwarfmovie.com

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THE SEVENTH DWARF arrives on Canadian home entertainment shelves everywhere on August 18, 2015 from Shout! Factory.  Shout! Factory is distributed in Canada by eOne Entertainment.

For information on Shout! Factory: CLICK HERE

Participating Cineplex Theatres:

Alberta

Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing (Calgary, AB)

Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum (Calgary, AB)

Scotiabank Theatre Chinook (Calgary, AB)

Cineplex Odeon North Edmonton (Edmonton, AB)

Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton (Edmonton, AB)

Cineplex Odeon Windermere and VIP Cinemas (Edmonton, AB)

Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge (Lethbridge, AB)

Galaxy Cinemas Medicine Hat (Medicine Hat, AB)

Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer (Red Deer County, AB)

Silver City, Cross Iron Mills (Rocky View, AB)

Galaxy Cinemas Sherwood Park (Sherwood Park, AB)

 

British Columbia

Cineplex Cinemas Abbotsford and VIP (Abbotsford, BC)

SilverCity Metropolis (Burnaby, BC)

Galaxy Cinemas Chilliwack (Chilliwack, BC)

SilverCity Coquitlam (Coquitlam, BC)

Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall (Kamloops, BC)

Famous Players Orchard Plaza (Kelowna, BC)

Cineplex Odeon Westshore Cinemas (Langford, BC)

Colossus Langley (Langley, BC)

Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown (Pitt Meadows, BC)

Famous Players 6 Prince George (Prince George, BC)

SilverCity Riverport (Richmond, BC)

Cineplex Odeon Strawberry Hill (Surrey, BC)

The Part Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas (Vancouver, BC)

Galaxy Vernon (Vernon, BC)

 

Manitoba

SilverCity Polo Park (Winnipeg, MB)

SilverCity St. Vital (Winnipeg, MB)

Famous Players Kildonan Place (Winnipeg, MB)

 

New Brunswick

Cineplex Cinemas Dieppe (Dieppe, NB)

Cineplex Cinemas Regent Mall (Fredericton, NB)

Cineplex Cinemas Saint John (Saint John, NB)

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Cineplex Cinemas Avalon Mall (St. John’s , NL)

 

Nova Scotia

Cineplex Cinemas Dartmouth Crossing (Dartmouth, NS)

Cineplex Cinemas Bayers Lake (Halifax, NS)

Cineplex Cinemas Lower Sackville (Lower Sackville, NS)

Cineplex Cinemas Sydney (Sydney, NS)

 

Ontario

Cineplex Odeon Ajax Cinemas (Ajax, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Aurora Cinemas (Aurora, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Barrhaven Cinemas (Barrhaven, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Barrie (Barrie, ON)

Galaxy Belleville (Belleville, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Clarington Place (Bowmanville, ON)

SilverCity Brampton (Brampton, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Brantford (Brantford, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Brockbille (Brockville, ON)

SilverCity Burlington (Burlington, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Cambridge (Cambridge, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Chatham (Chatham, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall (Cornwall, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Queensway (Etobicoke, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Guelph (Guelph, ON)

SilverCity Hamilton (Hamilton, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Gardiner’s Road (Kingston, ON)

SilverCity London (London, ON)

Cineplex Cinemas Markham & VIP (Markham, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Milton (Milton, ON)

Coliseum Mississauga (Mississauga, ON)

SilverCity Newmarket (Newmarket, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square (Niagara Falls, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas North Bay (North Bay, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville (Orangeville, ON)

Galaxy Orilla (Orilla, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Oshawa (Oshawa, ON)

Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas (Ottawa, ON)

SilverCity Gloucester (Ottawa, ON)

Cineplex Cinemas Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)

SilverCity Richmond Hill (Richmond Hill, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Sarnia (Sarnia, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie (Sault. St. Marie, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre (Scarborough, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Morningside (Scarborough, ON)

Coliseum Scarborough (Scarborough, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas (St. Thomas, ON)

SilverCity Sudbury (Sudbury, ON)

SilverCity Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay, ON)

SilverCity Fairview Mall (Toronto, ON)

SilverCity Yorkdale (Toronto, ON)

SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas (Toronto, ON)

Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo (Waterloo, ON)

Seaway Cinemas (Welland, ON)

Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall (Windsor, ON)

Colossus Toronto (Woodbridge, ON)

 

Quebec

Cineplex Odeon Brossard (Brossard, QC)

Cinema Cineplex Odeon Delson (Delson, QC)

StgarCite Gatineau (Hull, QC)

Coliseum Kirkland (Kirkland, QC)

Coliseum Laval (Laval, QC)

Cineplex Odeon St. Foy (Ste-Foy, QC)

 

Saskatchewan

Galaxy Cinemas Regina (Regina, SK)

Cineplex Odeon Centre Cinemas (Saskatoon, SK)

Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon (Saskatoon, SK)

 

For more information go to the Cineplex Theatres website: Click Here