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Super Bowl Ideas for Kids: Game Fun for the Whole Family

Who will it be?! The Eagles? Or the Patriots? The Superbowl LII is coming on February 4th at 5:30pm and we want you to get in on the game (no, not literally) with some exciting super bowl ideas for kids. We’ve got ideas for your super bowl parties, game fun, and more today on the blog. Take a look…

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Super Bowl Ideas for Kids: Game Fun for the Whole Family

The Super Bowl is an annual event that many people get in to. They host super bowl parties with friends, spend the day out at local bars or restaurants or attend the game live. The plan changes if you have a family and you don’t want to hire a sitter for the afternoon. I have put together some family fun super bowl ideas for kids that everyone can enjoy.

#1 Host Family Friendly Super Bowl Parties

If you have friends with kids then you can invite them over so all the kids can play together while you watch the game. Bonus points if one of your friends has a teenager that can help supervise!

#2 Turn Game Fun Into Family Fun

A family party is a great way to enjoy the game. Get your kids involved in the planning. They can help prepare snacks, make decorations, and find some party games, trivia or crafts for everyone to do.

  • Play Flag Football before the game! We all know that Superbowl snacking doesn’t always provide the healthiest options for families. Burn some energy before the game with a family fun game of flag football.
  • Host a Super-Side-Dish-In-A-Bowl Cooking Competition! Have your guests bring fun side dishes that the whole party can vote on during the game to add a little fun into the mix.
  • Plan Ahead with Superbowl Print Offs! Plan for Superbowl bingo with a FREE print off to use for guests!

#3 Visit the Bowling Alley

The local bowling alley is a fun way to spend time together, watch the game and have an activity that everyone can do or just to keep the kids busy. Your local bowling alley may even have a watch party already planned!

Pro-Tip: Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit has a coupon for bowling for four, dinner, and drinks for only $35! 

#4 Super Bowl 5k or 10k Virtual Race

Before the game, if you want a way to burn off some of those party calories in advance you can sign up for the Super Bowl 5k or 10k virtual race. As a family you can sign up and run or walk anywhere that you enjoy and earn a great medal for your hard work!

#5 Have a Commercial Watch Party

If you are like me and you don’t really care too much about the game itself, then you can have a commercial and half-time show watch party, enjoy your snacks and play board games as a family for fun during the game.

From iFamily to Yours,

 


Fun and Creative Thank You Notes from Kids

Growing up, my grandmother was always a stickler about expressing gratitude after recieving a gift. In this modern age, which technology at our fingertips, the art of letter writing seems to be lost…but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Liz shares three fun and creative thank you notes from kids with us today on the blog that we hope will inspire your family to send some gratitude out this month. Take a look…

creative thank you notes from kids

Fun and Creative Thank You Notes from Kids

After receiving many thoughtful gifts from family and friends this Christmas I feel it is important to teach my kids the importance of thank you cards and being grateful for what they have been given!  I have always made it a priority to write cards after all holidays, birthdays etc. but this is the first year I had my 3 year old make her own with my help. She was so proud of herself for what she created! Here are the 3 thank you cards that we created this year. Choose whichever one your kids would enjoy doing! My kids are young so I need to wait until they are excited to do artwork and get them done as quickly as we can.

Crayon Resist Thank You Notes from Kids

creative thank you cards from kids

A white crayon, watercolor paints and white paper is all you need! This is a fun project for kids of all ages, even toddlers with the help of an adult.

Supplies:

  • White crayon
  • Water color paints
  • Water color paper, white card stock or blank cards
  • Paintbrushes
  • Small cups or ice cube tray for water

Have your child or yourself write out words on the paper with the white crayon. It’s a little challenging to make out what you are writing but do not worry about it being perfect because the end will result will be awesome!

creative thank you notes from kids

Next, your kiddo will simply swipe watercolor paint over the paper to the reveal the message that was written! It’s such a fun process and a fun result! After letting the watercolor dry we glued our artwork to a different color piece of paper. The paper tended to curl up a bit so this gave more of a flat surface. We turned it over and wrote our thank you message on the back!

Thumbprint Thank You Card

creative thank you notes from kids

These cards are so easy and cute! They are also so easy to do that you can make a good amount in one sitting, pending your children are cooperating. I used a stamp pad with my kids but you can also use a washable marker to make the print. Decorate your card with extra embellishments, such as colored taped, stamps and stickers!

Colored Card

My daughter is in a stage of coloring in the lines, so this card was so much fun for her! You can printable cards on line or make your own! I drew out THANK YOU in block letters with a sharpie and let my daughter color away with markers and crayons. We flipped the card over to write out our thank you note.

My daughter is too young to write so I “write” the note for her but have the card be from her. Her little brother is just a baby so she will mention him in her note with how much he loves his toys. I have gotten compliments over the years on the personal touches I try to add to my thank you notes. They go such a long way in making someone’s day! Hope these thank you card ideas work for you and your littles! Happy New Year!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Year’s FUN: Enter2Win a Wonder Movie Prize Pack!

Special New Year’s Giveaway! Enter2Win a WONDERful Prize!

2018 is here and we are so excited for the exciting things in store for you this upcoming year! To kick it off, we thought it would be fun to do a GIVEAWAY! One of my personal goals for the upcoming year is to find ways to spread kindness in our community, and that happens to be one of the beautiful takeaways from the movie “Wonder”. The movie, based on the best selling novel, follows the true story of a little boy born with a facial deformity as he acclimates into a community for the first time. It’s as much the tale of a group of children learning to embrace and love others as it is the story of self-acceptance in a world that can be harsh to grow up in.

Entering into our giveaway is simple, all you have to do is click on the blue “Enter2Win a Wonder Prize Pack” button below this text. That’s it! We’ll randomly draw and notify a winner next week by email. Help us spread the word by sharing this blog post with your friends and look below for details about the story below. Good luck!

Enter2Win Your Wonder Prize Pack Below:

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About “Wonder”

“August “Auggie” Pullman is a fifth-grade boy living in North River Heights in upper Manhattan. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as “mandibulofacial dysostosis.” Due to numerous (27) surgeries, Auggie had been homeschooled by his mother Isabel, but as Auggie is approaching middle school age, Isabel and Nate decide to enroll him in Beecher Prep, a private school, for the start of middle school. At first, Auggie is ostracized by nearly all the student body, but he is soon befriended by a boy named Jack Will.’

 

“During a school trip to a nature reserve, when Auggie and Jack are accosted and threatened by a group of seventh graders from another school, several of their classmates come to their defense. At the year’s end during the graduation ceremony, Tushman announces that Auggie has been selected for the Henry Ward Beecher Medal for standing out; Auggie receives a standing ovation, and the movie ends with everyone applauding Auggie, and Isabel commenting on him being a wonder.” {Text Source: Wikipedia.org}


Websites for Kids: Ten FREE Learning Games They’ll Love

Do your children love to go online?! Ruth, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad, has compiled a guide of incredible websites for kids that the whole family can enjoy! From great online learning games to educational videos, recipes for kids, and everything in between…if you’re on the hunt for a great learning website, we’ve got the scoop. Take a look…

Websites for Kids: Ten FREE Learning Games They’ll Love

Technology is a bit part of our lives and kids are no longer immune to screen time. Computers are no longer just used professionally but they are useful tools for kids in school and it prepares them for the world in a lot of ways. Technology also has a lot of disadvantages. There is a lot of junk out there to be found on the net and, if your kids are like mine, they enjoy YouTube videos about other kids opening toys, toy reviews and other mindless garbage that I would have never taken an interest in as a child. Kids love the opportunity to get on the tablet or other devices. If you are looking for some ways to make screen time more educational, then this guide is for you. We’ve got ten websites for kids that offer free learning games all year long.

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#1 Make Me a Genius

Make Me a Genius is a website that features many educational videos about science for grades 1-7. They can learn about anything from the seasons to erosion, electricity to the elements, and plants and planets. These kid friendly videos are animated and easy for follow with separations for intended grade level.

#2 Kids National Geographic

National Geographic for kids is an incredible resource for schoolgoers. They have links to videos, information and facts for both older and younger kids.

#3 Discovery Kids

Discovery Kids is a learning website created by The Discovery Channel. It is a website just for kids so they can learn and explore. The have activities, games puzzles and more.

#4 Kids Almanac

Kids Almanac is a learning website created by The Farmer’s Almanac. It is designed to give kids a chance to track the weather at home, do quizzes and fun activities by offering fun free games for people of all ages.

#5 Go Noodle

Go Noodle is a learning website that was designed to get kids up and moving. They have videos and activities that kids can do and follow along and get some exercise. You can create an at home account that the whole family can enjoy together!

#6 Spatulatta

Spatulatta is a great learning website that offers FUN cooking tipps for kids! They can explore kid friendly recipes that are fun and healthy!

#7 DOGO News for Kids

DOGO News brings real world news to your child without all the drama that goes with the media. Here they can read real articles written in a format suitable for kids all compiled in one learning website.

#8 NASA Kids Club

NASA Kids Club is created by NASA, It informs kids about space while giving them fun ways to explore with games, videos, photographs and downloads they can enjoy! It will be one of favorite websites for kids this coming year!

#9 Prodigy

Prodigy is a math gaming website known as Prodigy. You can create an account for all your children and they can play an interactive fantasy game that prompts them with math questions to solve in order to move through the battles in the game. When you sign up, you create a separate screen name for each child and include their grade level. Prodigy challenges them as they move through the game and you can even check up on their progress!

#10 CODE

CODE is a website that your whole family can enjoy. If your child has an interest in learning CODE in a fun way this website will not only keep it fun but challenge their mind at the same time! If you think it sounds fun, give it a try yourself! It will give your brain a workout! This one might be on the list of websites for kids – but adults will enjoy it, too!

These websites will stimulate the brain and keep your child engaged with fun learning opportunities.

From iFamily to Yours,


Aerial Yoga for KIDS: iFamilyKC Kids Club Recap from Learning2Fly

Our team here at iFamilyKC is so excited to bring you exciting opportunities, share fun events with you, and introduce you to incredible resources all across the metro area every single month. One of my favorite things that we do is spend time with you out in the community. Did you know that we host exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club events several times throughout the year (we average at least once a month!) at more than 50% off regular pricing for these activities?!

If you’re not already signed up for our inner circle, be sure to do that (it’s how we send you invitations to come hang out with us) so you don’t miss out on any of the fun happenings around town. We shared a fun morning with you at Learning 2 Fly in Mission earlier this month that I’m recapping today on the blog. Take a look…

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Aerial Yoga for KIDS: iFamilyKC Kids Club Recap from Learning2Fly

About Learning2Fly

Learning2Fly is located off of i-35 in Mission and the building is as unique as the classes they offer for kids and adults. The studio has a really calming energy to it is so warm and inviting you can’t help but feel at home as soon as you step in. The instructors at Learning2Fly focus on seven habits of good health in everything that they do. The main floor of their building focuses on physical health with silk rope suspended from the ceiling where participants can practice aerial yoga and other classes at the studio. The upstairs area has other silk ropes and a large space for learning and craft time, which the kids got to experience during the event.

aerial yoga for kids

Aerial Yoga 

Having good pyhsical health is such an important thing in life, and teaching our kids ways to keep our bodies healthy is an important life skill that will set them up for success later in life. The aerial yoga classes for kids that are offered at Learning2Fly aim to help kids maintain healthy, strong bodies by engaging them in fun workouts that the kids really enjoy. My own six year old made a comment as she was climbing the silk yoga ropes at the studio, “this is hard,” she said. The instructors response was amazing and was a valuable life lesson in and of itself. She said, “It IS hard but YOU can do it!”.

7 Habits: A Chakra Circus of Health

Learning2Fly focuses on 7 habits of healthy bodies – from the inside out. The kids truly learn that they are creative beings, and what that means for their lives and our community, during art sessions at the studio. During the event, the kids spent time creating motivational artwork that they took home with them as a reminder that they are strong.

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Learning 2 Fly offers classes, camps, and parties for children and adults of all ages and skill levels and I’m excited to go back and experience more of what they have to offer. Grab more details about classes, camps, and MORE at iAmLearning2Fly.net.

From iFamily to Yours,


Winter Activities for Kids: 10 Fun Things to do at Home

It’s hard to believe that Christmas break is already upon us here in the metro area. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been wondering what kinds of winter activities to do with the kids while they’re out of school this season. You’re in LUCK. Ruth, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, has put together ten great ideas for fun things to do at home over break. Take a look…

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Winter Activities for Kids: 10 Fun Things to do at Home

Winter break activities make for fun times to enjoy family over the holidays between parties and get-togethers. After a few days your child may start to get stir crazy or maybe you don’t want them spending all their time playing video games or decorating your floor with playdoh crumbs. I’ve put together your winter bucket list of fun things that you can do over break.

Winter Activities for Kids

#1 Make Paper Snowflakes

Since winter is here but the snow has yet to make an appearance, you can decorate your place with paper snowflakes. Your kids will love creating crafts that range from simple homemade snowflakes to more labor intensive crafty snowflakes.

Winter Activities for Kids

#2 Blow Frozen Bubbles

If you want to add a little science into your break, try out this fun activity and make frozen bubbles on a really cold day. Try other fun science activities at home, too!

Winter Activities for Kids

#3 Have an In-Home Drive-In Movie

If you save some of those larger boxes from holiday gifts, then your kids can make their own cardboard box cars. After they are done, then you can park them in front of a movie and sell concessions with monopoly money. Use a tutorial for making a car to take the guess work out.

Winter Activities for Kids

#4 Make Some Healthy Winter Snack Crafts

If you want to make some edible crafts, try some healthy and fun options that can be done at home.

Winter Activities for Kids

#5 Indoor Obstacle Course

If your kids are getting stir crazy here is a fun way to burn off some energy. You can create an indoor obstacle course with everyday items.

Winter Activities for Kids

#6 Winter Sensory Play Activities

You can try your hand at making some winter sensory play activities. Kids of all ages love to play and get a little messy. Sensory play is a great learning opportunity.

Winter Activities for Kids

#7 Play Outside

Outdoor play in winter is important for your child and there are so many activities that they can try. So bundle up and have a little adventure!

Winter Activities for Kids

#8 Be Your Own Weather Reporter

The weather changes so much this time of year. It is a great time for kids to learn about the weather. They can make their own back yard weather station and report on the weather each day!

Winter Activities for Kids

#9 Do Some Exploring & Make Winter Murals

This is a great time to head outside and explore. You can look for any objects that they can collect and turn them into a craft project. This activity is for winter murals using real outdoor items. It’s so fun, that they can do it more than once and each time the outcome will be different!

Winter Activities for Kids

#10 Do a Snow Dance

If you are reaching the end of break and your kids are looking for an extra day or two off or maybe a bit of snow is on its way, then you can do a snow dance. There are a few fun rituals that you can do in hopes to bring on a snow day!

Winter break has so many opportunities for fun. I hope that you find some enjoyment in these family fun activities!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


Keeping Kids Active: Fun Workouts for the Family!

With the cold weather season, turning on Netflix and snuggling up on the couch can seem very appealing!  However, keeping kids active anytime of the year is important!  Brigette has put together a list of fun workouts and exercise-routines for the whole family to help keep everyone active all year around!

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Keeping Kids Active: Fun Workouts for the Family! 

One thing we want as parents is to raise healthy, active kids! A way to ensure that our kids stay healthy is to find different ways to incorporate a kids exercises into our children’s’ lives! Now, let’s be honest here… What kid really wants to work out because they have to? Most of the time, our kids are “working out” because they want to, it’s a natural part of a kid’s life! So, if you are wanting your family to become more active, especially together, try these fun “workouts”!

#1 Nike App 

I love using this app for my workouts. Yes, it is a real workout, but it is so much fun. Plus, you are able to pick your level of intensity and style. You can focus on agility, speed and strength. This app is a great way to incorporate workouts at home.

 #2 Obstacle Course 

This is probably one of my kids’ favorite things to do. At our place, we have several sets of steps and a ramp. I start the kids off by racing up a ramp, then they head and down the stairs and end with different hops, jumps or skips. Really anything you come up I’m sure they will love!

 #3 Wild Card 

This workout requires not only physical power but brain power as well! Take a deck of cards and 4 exercises. We pick jumping jacks, squats, pushups and high knees. Each suit equals one exercise and the number on the card represents the number of reps. For example, if hearts equaled squats and you drew an 8, then everyone would do 8 squats. This game requires a lot of energy and focus so get ready to flex those brain muscles as well!

#4 Hiking 

When going for a walk or hike, most of the time you don’t realize how much work you are putting in. Different terrains require different levels of effort. Plus, being outside and enjoying nature is a great for everyone.

#5 Bike Riding 

Much like hiking, riding bikes don’t seem like much of a workout. But it is actually one of the best you can get! Using your legs to power a bike holding your own bodyweight uphill or downhill is a sure way to get your hearts pumping!

#6 Simon Says 

You can turn this classic game into a fun workout by incorporating high energy movements. Add mountain climbers, jumping jacks or high knees to add more intensity for your older kiddos.

#7 The Gym 

Nothing beats the good old gym! My kiddos love going because there is a T.V lol. But gyms have many different elements when it comes to working out. There are treadmills for running or walking, bikes for riding, medicine balls for tossing and weights for lifting. The gym is a great way to ensure that everyone finds something they enjoy doing!

When it comes to physical activities for kids, there is one important rule. That is HAVE FUN! No matter what game or where you are, having fun will ensure you and your kids a great time!

From iFamily to Yours,


Family Fun: Ninja Warrior Course Comes to KC!

Have you heard?! The BRAND NEW Ninja Warrior Course is NOW open at Sky Zone in Lee’s Summit! We sent Connie, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to check it out and she’s sharing her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…

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Family Fun: Ninja Warrior Course Comes to KC!


Am I the only one who watches American Ninja Warrior and thinks “I could so totally do that?”  Or at least “I would so love to try to do that?”  Well, good news—your ninja dreams are about to come true. Sky Zone Lee’s Summit has just remodeled and added an all new Ninja Warrior section to their already amazing facility.  I was psyched to try it out, and so were my kids.

Family Fun in KC

My family and I attended Warrior Weekend earlier this month.  My kids were literally jumping up and down as soon as they saw all the cool new attractions.  Not to mention, they got to meet an American Ninja Warrior contestant “in real life MOM!!!”   The Classy Ninja was hanging out and helping participants through the course and completing it himself to the delight and awe of the crowd.

The Obstacle Course

The first obstacle we attempted was the Ninja Warrior course, which included some hanging barrels, ropes, swings and all sorts of assorted upper body challenges.  It was a little tough for my 5 & 7 year old, but they enjoyed attempting it.  The staff was fantastic about helping them though and encouraging them to keep going.  For older kids and adults, it was challenging and fun.  The Classy Ninja basically made the course look like a cake walk, but that’s why he’s awesome, right?  The course allows you to jump through/past some of the more difficult obstacles if you have the legs for it, giving adults and older children an advantage.  Upper body is not my strength, so I pretty much gave myself an A for effort on this one.

The Warped Wall

Next, my son wanted to attempt the Warped Wall.  There are three different heights at Sky Zone’s new warped wall, and if you can make it to the top, you get to push a fun button like the one on the show and some fog comes out, making you feel like the Ultimate Champion.  Or at least that’s what people told me who made it to the top.  I’m going to blame my bum knee for this one, because I can, but in reality, I clearly haven’t done enough ninja training to master this one yet.  But it was really fun to attempt it and watching my son do a little happy dance when he made it up made it all worthwhile.  The fireman’s pole you get to slide down once you make it is definitely an added bonus.

The Rock Wall

I knew better than to even attempt Free Climb, the rock climbing wall, but it looked like a fun challenge.  There was plenty of staff there to help get people safely on and off the wall and my 7-year-old made it about half way up before he decided he wanted to move on.

The Jousting Pit

Our final stop was the foam pit that houses both the Sky Joust and the Sky Ladder.  This was by far my kids’ favorite spot.  My 5 year old was determined to master the Sky Ladder by crawling, and she never made it past the second rung.  It’s a rope ladder suspended at varying heights across a foam pit.  This was another one I did not attempt, but looked like what I imagine it must be like to try to wrestle a pig.

There was lots of trying to balance and hold yourself upright, while the ladder constantly shifts underneath you.  My kid couldn’t get enough.  My 7 year old’s eyes lit up when he saw the jousting.  Probably because I rarely let him play with swords at home.  You balance on a Bosu Ball on top of a pillar and try to knock your opponents off into the foam.  Let me just say, this was my favorite.  Something about being up so tall and getting to knock people around with a jousting stick made my day.  And my son giggled so hard he snorted, so that was a win for me.

You have to go check out the new attractions.  They add some much needed variety to an already highly entertaining venue.  My kids did get worn out after about 40 minutes in the “Ninja Zone” as they called it and spent the last bit of our hour jumping on the trampolines and playing dodgeball, but again, isn’t that the point?  They were sweaty and tired by the time we left.  They slept well that night and thanked me profusely for taking them.

For more information on Sky Zone’s brand new attractions, visit them online at SkyZone.com/LeesSummit

From iFamily to Yours,


DIY Christmas Gifts for Your Friends and Family!

Finding the perfect gift can be daunting!  Creating something with your own two hands can be much more meaningful.  Take a look at these DIY Christmas Gifts that Liz has compiled for you!

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DIY Christmas Gifts for Your Friends and Family!

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift idea to knock off that Christmas wish for a loved one?  I have some fun ideas for DIY Christmas gifts and present ideas to make your holiday season easier!  DIY or Do It Yourself gifts are fun to do alone, with your kids or as an entire family. These gifts are inexpensive and because they are homemade are filled with heart and thoughtfulness.

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DIY Kids Ideas: Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments 

Are you overwhelmed with the thought of homemade Christmas gifts from your kids to grandparents and family? If your parents are like mine they are excited about any Christmas gift that is homemade. Each year I feel a little pressure to find new and creative ideas in DIY gift-giving.  Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments are beautifully rustic and simple. They look especially cute dangling from the Christmas tree or from a peppermint cookie in a jar, which you will learn in a bit when you keep scrolling.

Supplies:

  • Straight sticks (6” in length) found outside or use cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbons (cut into 5-6 inch strips) in a variety of Christmas tree greens
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. After gathering supplies, show your child how to tie the scraps of ribbon down the twig or cinnamon stick. Wide ribbons, tied into single loose knots, give the best coverage down the stick
  2. For best results, bunch the ribbons close together. The ribbons will bend and slightly overlap. Gently tug them into place until you are satisfied with their placement. You will probably use between 13-16 strips of ribbon for each ornament.
  3. Use sharp scissors to trim the ribbon scraps into the shape of a Christmas tree. The little fray of the ribbon gives the ornament a rustic look. Get creative and go beyond ribbon and try using cotton and wool fabric scraps, cinnamon sticks and flannel to create your Christmas tree.
  4. Hot glue or tie a loop of twine to the top of the tree. If desired, top the tree with a wooden star, yellow button, or any embellishment your child chooses.

DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Gifts for Family: 

Tied up with red and green plaid ribbon, this DIY Christmas breakfast gift basket is very festive. This is a super simple little hostess, neighbor or family gift. You simply take a few breakfast items and place them all in an inexpensive cute box or breakfast. Ideas are pancake mix, a sweet syrup, jelly, tea bags, coffee, red frying pan, whisk, spatula and festive holiday napkins.

I would use a little brown paper bag tied with some pretty red yarn and a simple tag to put in some pre-made pancake mix. You can add a little instruction or recipe card if you wish.

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DIY Small Gift Idea:  Christmas Cookie in a Jar 

These Christmas cookies in a jar gifts are so cute! Such an easy gift to put together and will be so appreciated and loved by friends and neighbor!

Grab a quart size mason jar and begin layering the following ingredients. Kind of tap the bottom of the jar on the counter as you go to get everything to lay down into the jar nice and flat.

Layer the following in this order:

  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 C flour
  • 2/3 C chocolate chips
  • 2/3 C peppermint or mint chocolate chips

This gift is so cute you don’t even need to wrap it! Just tie a big red ribbon around the lid. Finish off by sticking on a cookie label and also baking instructions. You can write out the directions yourself or use the computer and print off on to stickable paper.  Make a front label that says “CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIES”. 

On your back label: List off the ingredients that are already in the jar.

And then write:

  • Now Add: ½ C (one stick) butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • Mix & Roll into 1 Inch Balls & Bake
  • Cook at 375 for 8-10 minutes

Share with those loved ones who love to bake especially during the Christmas season!

Fun Gift Ideas for Friends and Teachers: Fleece Blanket 

I am so excited to give this cool Christmas gift to my close mom friends this season!  You can find festive and inexpensive fleece throws in every store around the holiday season. Simply find your fleece blanket, wrap in large ribbon and finish it off with a tag that says “ Fleece Navidad.  We want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts.” How fun is this gift-idea?!  I know this would also be a great gift for your children’s teachers, neighbors or girlfriends!

Consider jazzing up your gift a bit!  Pair this fleece idea with popcorn, a box of hot chocolate, marshmallows and perhaps a DVD or movie gift card! No matter what DIY gift you choose to give this year, it is sure to be loved by all!  Happy giving and happy holiday season!

From iFamily to Yours,


Winter Break With Kids, What To Do!

Winter Break is nearly here and our iFamily Squad has got some fun things planned!  Take a look at this great holiday fun guide from Erin!…

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Winter Break With Kids, What To Do!

Before we know it, the kids will be home from school for 10+ days!  If you’re like me, you are already trying to figure out what to do during winter break and planning fun stuff to do when bored at home!  Here’s a list of 10 fun things to do at home to beat the winter blues!  What’s on your winter bucket list?  Be sure to let us know in the comments what winter break activities your family has planned!

#1 Pajama & Movie Party

Put on your coziest pair of pjs, pop some popcorn, and watch family Christmas movies! We’ve got your holiday movie guide, broken down by age group, ready to go for you so be sure to check that out as you plan to watch your favorite family Christmas movies this season.

#2 Bake cookies!

Before Christmas, I love to get my kids together and bake cut out sugar cookies and decorate them!  They never turn out “magazine perfect” but my kids LOVE doing it and they are perfect in my eyes!  Here’s the recipe I use to our Christmas cut out cookies:

  • 1cup butter softened
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1large egg
  • 1/2cups all-purpose flour
  • 2tablespoons orange juice
  • 1tablespoon vanilla
  • 1teaspoon baking powder

Combine 1 cup butter, sugar, and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed. Divide dough into thirds; wrap in each plastic food wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.

Heat oven to 400°. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

#3 Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

I hear we are supposed to get around 2 feet of total snow in KC this year! If the forecast rings true, it sounds like we’ll have plenty of opportunity to get out and play in the snow! Sledding, snowboarding, snowball fights, and snowman building are all things I’m going to add to our winter to do list!  Snow ice cream, anyone?  Check out this simple recipe for snow ice cream:

10-12 cups of snow

1 tsp of vanilla extract

10 oz of condensed milk

Mix together and enjoy!

#4 Host a Classic Board Game Night

Invite some friends over and bring out the classic family board games and compete against each other! Our Squad loves to host game nights at home and we’ve got your guide for fun games the whole family can enjoy. Let us know what your favorites are!

#5 Start a Book Series

Start a new book series to read aloud with your kids! Choose a series above their reading level to challenge them a bit!

#6 Make Your Own Fun

Make slime/goop/floam! There are so many recipes out there so the possibilities are endless!  Here’s a recipe we made recently called “Frozen Silly Putty”

1 bottle of Clear School Glue (147ml)

The same amount of water (147 ml)

1/2 teaspoon of Borax

1/2 cup hot water

A few sprinkles of silver & blue glitter

A few drops of blue food coloring

#7 Make Ornaments 

Homemade ornaments are such a wonderful gift idea for parents and grandparents. We made some super cute trees out of salt dough with food coloring and dipped their fingers in shiny paint to resemble lights on the tree!  You could also do handprint salt dough ornaments.

#8 Make a Winter “I Spy”

Create your own winter themed “I Spy” sheet with clip art images that the kids can find inside or outside the house!  See who can complete their list the fastest!

#9 Declutter the House

Make room for new toys and clothes and clean out closets/rooms.  Donate unused toys and clothes to charity.

#10 Get a Head Start on 2018

Work on your “Summer Family Bucket list” and come up with a list of ideas to do when school is out for the summer!

 

From iFamily to Yours,