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

Nickelodeon Sanjay and Craig: Fight the Future with Flavor Novel Review & Giveaway

 

 

Nickelodeon Sanjay and Craig: Fight the Future with Flavor 

 

Enter to win a Sanjay and Craig Novel from Nickelodeon ~ CAN/US ~ ends Dec. 4/15 #win #contest #Giveaway #Tween

Both my children love watching Nickelodeon Sanjay and Craig television show and enjoyed the characters. As a mom, I am happy that my children choose to watch shows on Nickelodeon because I don’t have to worry about what they are watching.

Like some other parents, sometimes it is hard to get your child to read more than play video games or watch television but when they find something they love to read, it’s no longer a fight.

I am happy that Sanjay and Craig: Fight the Future with Flavor has been released. As soon as my 10 year old son, Spencer saw the book he said “It is Nickelodeon and that’s pretty popular.” He also responded after “I have watched this cartoon before! “

He sat down and read it without me having to ask him to check it out or beg him to try reading at least for 5 minutes. I am sure we have all been through that as children when we were forced to read certain books for assignments in school. I know I was like that but if I found something I enjoyed, I would read until the book was done.

He enjoyed the book and actually asked if we could pick up some new ones.

I plan on to continue to purchase various Nickelodeon books that are out for him to read. It works because for his homework he is suppose to read for 30 minutes a night.

Nickelodeon Sanjay and Craig has colourful pictures and a fun story line that your children will enjoy. This is a must-have on your child’s book shelf.

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Current issues of Nickelodeon Magazine featuring Sanjay and Craig and Breadwinners are available in print at newsstands, bookstores and comic book stores everywhere, by subscription on the Papercutz website (www.Papercutz.com/nickmag) and digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Comixology and Zinio.

Enter to win the Sanjay and Craig: Fight the Future with Flavor novel. 

Open to Canadian & US residents

Ends December 4/15 11:59:59pm 

Sanjay and Craig: Fight the Future with Flavor Giveaway

 

I received the product listed above to review, but the opinions are my own.

Giveaway Disclosure: CLICK HERE to read

FREE PDF Patterns for Star Wars Snowflakes

 

Free PDF Patterns for Star Wars Snowflakes

 

My son, Spencer, is a BIG Star Wars fan. When I say big, I mean he loves it and you can’t go wrong with Star Wars for him. He has watched all the movies over and over since he was 2.

I want to help him get into the Holiday spirit by doing some crafts with him and Hayley.

This Friday night we are going to put on some Holiday music and try making some Star Wars Snowflakes.

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I want to make a few of the Tie Fighter Attack 

 

 

Anthony Herra Designs has a Free PDF file available for everyone to use.

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Update 2015 ~ He has added The Force Awakens CLICK HERE to get them

Halloween Recipes

 

 

 

 Hayley is inviting her friends to sleepover the night before Halloween.

I thought it would be fun to make them some Halloween treats for them to enjoy while watching movies.

I also love trying new recipes so this gives me an excuse to go looking for Halloween recipes.

Here are five of my favourites that I found on the internet.

Boo Bars from Babble ~ A easy recipe that even the adults will enjoy!

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Mummy Dogs from Southern Living

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Homemade Sunbutterfingers (Nut-Free) from Comfortably Domestic

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Candy Corn Fruit Parfait from Suburbia Unwrapped

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Veggie Skeleton from Feeding Frenzy

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls Review

 

 

 

If you have a My Little Pony fan in your home then My Little Pony Equestria Girls Box Set from Hasbro Studios and Shout! Kids Factory is a must have for them this Holiday season.

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Join Twilight Sparkle and her Canterlot High friends in three animated adventures.

The box set comes with 3 movies:

  • Equestria Girls
  • Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks
  • Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

 

Equestria Girls

When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet…high school. With help from her new friends who remind her of Ponyville’s Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.

Rainbow Rocks

Canterlot High is hosting a musical showcase and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. A new girl group, The Dazzlings, arrive at CHS and convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands. Tensions mount and a reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that the Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister. The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to return to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school.

Friendship Games

Canterlot High meets its rival school, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that’s a long-standing tradition — the Friendship Games. Sunset Shimmer is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to avoid the appearance of impropriety while she and her friends compete against Crystal Prep’s top students led by someone with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic — this world’s Twilight Sparkle.

Bonus Features:

  • Through the Looking Glass of Equestria Girls
  • Deleted Scenes from My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
  • Audio Comentaries
  • Animated Shorts
  • Sing-Alongs

 

 

My Little Pony Equestria Girls box set has all the favourite My Little Ponies that all the girls young and old will enjoy. Brings back your childhood when you watch it. At least it did for me!

My daughter Hayley and I watched it together.

The Sing-Alongs Bonus Feature is great, if your child has a favourite song from one of the 3 movies. You can turn on the sing-alongs and sing until your heart is content.

The story is well written and even parents will not become bored watching it with their children. I love how colourful the movie characters are and the singing really gets the children excited about the movie.

This is a perfect gift for the holidays or purchase it now and watch it with the family when it is too cold to go out on a winter evening.

To purchase My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (Three Movie Gift Set) CLICK HERE

I received the product listed above to review but the views are my own.
About Hasbro Studios
Hasbro Studios is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for Hasbro across television, film, commercial productions and short-form content.  It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT.  Many of these shows air on Discovery Family Channel and on networks in more than 180 territories globally.  Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received nine Daytime Emmy wins.
On the film side, the studio has developed and produced a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands.  In addition to partnering with leading studios, the Company intends to make movies based on new and existing Hasbro brands for audiences globally through the Allspark Pictures film label.  Films in development or planned for release, include G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount), JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS (Universal & Allspark Pictures), MAGIC: THE GATHERING (21st Century Fox) and an animated feature based on MY LITTLE PONY (Allspark Pictures).
 
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Shout! Factory TV, Scream Factory, Westchester Films, Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com

FREE Learning Apps for Kids and Printable Worksheets – Kids Academy on Google Play & iTunes

This blog has partnered with Mom Buzz Media to announce this exciting information!

Kids Academy Releases Preschool Education Center
for iOS and Android!

With today’s children, everything is about games. So why not encourage your child to get ready for kindergarten with a great app like Kids Academy? 

Kids Academy – the team behind some of the top educational apps for kids with over 10 million downloads worldwide just released the long-awaited version of their flagship app – Preschool Education Center.

As the name suggests, Preschool Education Center is an all-in-one educational app for kids and toddlers. The app covers all aspects of early childhood education from the alphabet and reading to writing, building vocabulary and developing math skills. Based on the proven Montessori method the app offers a number of fun games that help master essential learning skills through play.

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This app makes learning fun for young children! From math games to connect the dots to learning to read. Your child can earn trophies for each level they complete. More and more children love computer games or apps, this allows them to learn without realizing they are doing work!

Until now, Preschool Education Center has only been available on iTunes but today’s release makes it finally available for Android device on Google Play! This fun and free app is currently being featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada.

Get the app free on Google Play!

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iTunes Kids AcademyFor iOS devices:

Kids Academy have also updated the iOS version of the app: Preschool & Kindergarten Early Learning Games adding new games, books and educational cartoons and shows as well as printable worksheets.

– The update boasts a bunch of cute little monsters that will teach your kids about money and how to count it.

– Kids Academy TV now has a 24/7 Live Zoo channel offering web-cam views on real-life animals.

Grab your free copy of the update on the iTunes App Store!

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BONUS!
Free Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets for Kids

Kids Academy is also finding a way to expand beyond the screen and help master pen and pencil with free printable worksheets. You can get free preschool worksheets on a variety of subjects from alphabet to math (the library is being constantly updated).

Download, print out and get start practicing with good old pen and paper in seconds!

Head over to to the Kids Academy to get your FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS and get your kids busy!

Easy Halloween Treats for Kids

Creepy Eyes

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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Minecraft Multiplication Flashcards – Downloadable

 

I was looking online for ways to help my son with school and found these printables!

These printables are great for those that need help with math but love Minecraft

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Click on links below to download them and print them off for FREE

These were made by FrugalHomeschoolFamily.com

Minecraft Multiplication flashcards

Minecraft addition flashcards

The Seventh Dwarf DVD Review & Giveaway

 

 

 

Growing up I loved fairy tales. I loved reading about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella. I enjoyed how they were so magical and how they over came so much to have their dreams come true.

Now that I have kids, I love that they enjoy fairy tales.

That’s why I was excited for us to review The Seventh Dwarf from Shout! Factory.

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THE SEVENTH DWARF, the highly anticipated CG-animated motion picture, is launching digitally, on DVD and via a two-disc Blu-ray 3D combo pack (with a 2D Blu-ray, a DVD and a digital copy), August 18th!

 

Venture into the wondrous world of Fantabularasa Castle and be spellbound by the exciting adventures of your favorite storybook characters in THE SEVENTH DWARF. With an exceptional voice cast of Peyton List, Norm Macdonald, internationally renowned singer and actress Nina Hagen and newcomer Joshua Graham, this new feature film is a hilarious mash-up of the best classic fairytales, packed with beloved storybook characters,  non-stop laughs and toe-tapping songs!  Directed by Harald Siepermann (Tarzan, Enchanted) and Boris Aljinovic, THE SEVENTH DWARF is a wonderfully magical movie adventure for the whole family.

SYNOPSIS:

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!

 

 

Both of my kids, Hayley and Spencer watched this movie with me

The best part was the whole family can enjoy this movie. It is like bringing back my childhood while bringing new life to the characters we all loved in our favourite fairy tales.

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The Seventh Dwarf has lots of laughs and excitement. 

If you enjoy the songs, there is a sing-along feature after the movie. Also Character Profiles and Downloadable Royal Birthday Invitations so you can have your own Royal party for your Prince or Princess.

After the movie Spencer couldn’t stop talking about his favourite parts of The Seventh Dwarf. I think this is going to be a new favourite for him. I love that it isn’t just geared to girls but boys too with a winged dragon and dwarfs. Sometimes the old fairy tales were more for little girls than boys. This allows the whole family to enjoy this movie.

Spencer gives this movie “Two Thumbs up!”

 

The Seventh Dwarf is available on iTunes: CLICK HERE

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Shout! Factory wants to offer a Canadian Basics fan a chance to win their own copy of The Seventh Dwarf on DVD to enjoy!

Enter in the giveaway tool below

Giveaway ends Sept 7/15

Open to Canadian residents 18+

Summer Fun Ideas for Kids & Giveaway

 

 

 

 

School’s almost out.

And if your home is anything like mine, after a week or two the kids are crying that they are bored!

Here are some great activities for kids to keep the summertime blues away.

 

Soap Clouds (Our Best Bites)

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Put bars of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds.

 

Rainbow Bubble Snake (Housing a Forest)

 

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Make rainbow bubble snakes easily from material around your home.

 

Recycled Newspaper Beads (A Storybook Life)

 

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Make newspaper beads into a necklace

 

Milk Carton Bird Feeder (Inhabitots)

 

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Make a feeder to give birds a shelter.

 

To celebrate Summer, Canadian Basics and Coupon Nannie want to give a fan a chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of Sterling Silver Rhinestone Pierce Stud Earrings 3mm

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Enter through the Giveaway tool below

Open to Canada residents 18+

Ends July 3/15