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Check Out This Easy Way to Wind Down from the Holidays

January 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM • Posted in Creative FunNo comments yet

Hello, Kansas City! We’re on our way through January, and some of us are still recovering the craziness of the holiday season. January offers a lot of motivation to start the year off on a good foot, but also gives us all an opportunity to wind down from the previous season. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, shares her low-key, free, and easy remedy to renew yourself and spend some time with the family. Check it out!

Check Out This Easy (and FREE) Way to Wind Down from the Holidays

Check Out This Easy Way to Wind Down from the Holidays

 

After a month of marathon shopping, cleaning, cooking and hosting duties, I said farewell to my final group of holiday visitors Sunday morning and spent the rest of the day sick in bed. At first, I was so frustrated. Feeling ill was not how wanted to finish off my weekend. Around noon, my eldest daughter came in to check on me and asked if I’d like to watch a movie. I agreed and we spent the rest of the day in bed burning through Netflix and munching on crackers. She told me it was the best day and I had to agree.

The funny thing about the holidays, is that I ran myself ragged for my family and spent a lot of time with extended family, but my kids and I did not get much one-on-one time. It’s ironic really, that we spend so much time making the holidays magical for our kids, but we may just be missing the mark.

After weeks of parties and gifts and playdates, my daughter’s favorite thing was hanging out and watching movies with me. Now I’m sure a part of that was in its uniqueness. A nagging part of my mom brain worried about screen time several times, but I let it go and I’m glad I did. It was a really fun day and one that didn’t cost a thing.

It reminded me of another thought I had the other day. My mom was commenting on how quickly time goes by, and it does- for adults anyway. Commenting on the speed of time is one of my mother’s favorite things to note and in agreeing with her now, I remembered that I didn’t always. I remember when I was a kid and the days seemed long and a school year felt like forever. In the hustle and bustle of getting through our weeks and months- we may be once again missing something.

Perhaps kid years are a bit like dog years in that there’s less to mark time and so they’re just on a different scale. Maybe when I think to myself ‘twice a month I have this moment with my child and that is a lot,’ really isn’t true. It’s certainly something to consider. And I hope to find more time in my schedule for lazy hang outs and focusing completely on my time with my kids. Apparently, those are our best days.

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25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this Winter Break

December 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, HolidayComments Off on 25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this Winter Break

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25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this
Winter Break

 

Winter break to parents mean one thing NO SCHOOL! And if you don’t have a plans, cabin fever can kick in pretty early. So, this winter break, keep the kiddos entertained, save some money and have a great break.

 

Here are a few things you can do anywhere!

 

#1 Build a snowman

Most of the time there is snow on the ground so why not play in it!? Get all bundled up and head out side to build your own Olaf or snowman. No snow? No problem! Make your own indoor snow with baking soda and white hair conditioner!

 

#2 Have a family talent show

If it’s TOO cold to go outside, have a family talent show. My kids love, love, love America’s Got Talent so they are always up to show what they can do! Let the kids practice during the day and after dinner let the show begin!

 

#3 Have a movie marathon

If I could, I would watch Netflix all day! There are so many different movies and shows available it would probably take years to watch everything! So make a list of the ones you want to see, grab some snacks and enjoy!

 

#4 Have a scavenger hunt inside

What kid doesn’t like a game where you seek hidden treasures?! Make a list of little toys, random items or shapes and let the kids explore around the house!

 

#5 Go ice skating

NEED I SAY MORE?

 

#6 Game night

Pull out the classics, make your own or play some of your kids! There are so many games out now, you can have game night often!

 

#7 DIY night

Hooray for Pinterest lol! You could lose yourself in so many different crafts it’s unreal! Pick a theme and once everyone is done, you can even put on an art show!

 

#8 Have a slumber party

Turn your front room into a fort and let your kiddos imaginations run wild! Or if you don’t want to risk losing a night of sleep, wear your pajamas during the day and make little beds in the front room.

 

#9 Redecorate rooms/home

When the kids are older, this one is definitely a go to! They can help with heavy lifting, deep cleaning and even give you a break by decorating their own space.

 

#10 Make a special brunch

Brunch is my favorite so why not make a special one during their winter break! They can invite their friends and you can invite yours! Really feeling hum drum during the break? Make it special with unique invites and dress up!

 

#11 Snowball fight

This one in my opinion is more for the kids themselves lol. Let them burn off some energy with a friendly snowball fight in the yard.

 

#12 Visit a museum

This is probably one of my favorite things to do! Most museums are free and have tons of cool stuff that will keep everyone happy. Check your closest museum for special kid activities, they are sure to have plenty during the winter time!

 

#13 Go sledding

Like having a snow ball fight, this is one activity that is sure to use up that extra energy! I mean they are basically running up hills! HAHAHA

 

#14 Bake cookies

Baking can make your day go by so fast! Plan to make a few different items, play some music and fill your home with sweet smells! Plus the littles love using cookie cutters!

 

#15 Visit distant family members

One sure way to avoid cabin fever is taking trips! Long or short, a change of scenery will keep the entire family pleased!

 

#16 Karaoke party

We love music in my family so we are always singing! So why not take it up a notch and invite some family or close friends over!

 

#17 Read your favorite childhood books

This one is more for me than the kids lol. I love reading classic books I grew up with to my kids. Plus the looks on their face when they hear a new book is always a great feeling.

 

#18 Go to a sport event

Just about every major city has some form of sports team. NFL, NBA, MLB, Arena or Semi- Pro. If you aren’t sure, just look your city up, google knows everything!

 

#19 See a musical or play

There are always special plays or musicals that come to town around this time of year so the pickins aren’t slim!

TIP: want to cut costs on those expensive play tickets, call your local box office and ask for group rates! Get the whole family or group of friends involved so you won’t have to pay as much.

 

#20 Have a dance party

Sometimes you just gotta dance! Forget the dishes, stop folding laundry or whatever chore you have and spend 10 minutes just dancing! You will feel more relaxed and the kiddos while get a break from “boredom.”

 

#21 Invite family friends over that have kids

Play dates are a win win. You can still do an activity with your kids but also have adult to talk to! Everyone is happy!

 

#22 Visit the library

Another favorite thing to do is visit the library! They always have family activities that are educational as well! Plus it’s FREE!

 

#23 Update family photos

Winter break is the perfect time to update those family photos. There are no after school activities, no homework to do and you have more time throughout the day to get the whole family picture ready. Plus, they are usually ready in time for when they go back to school!

 

#24 Go shopping

Taking the kiddos shopping is always eye opening even if it’s only window shopping. You find out what they like, dislike and can even get some ideas for birthday presents!

 

#25 Learn about other countries and what they do in winter

The world is a big place, and whatever you are doing, someone may be doing the complete opposite. Research and discover what other countries are like during winter!

 

As your kids get ready for winter break, I hope these tips give you some ideas on what you and your kiddos can do for a fantastic break!

 

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How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

November 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids!

 

 

The big presidential election is coming up in less than a week on November 8th, 2016. I wanted to find a way to get my daughter involved in the election and voting process so I decided to hold a mock election! She was very interested in learning about voting and about our country’s democracy! Check out what we did on our Mock Election Night!

 

First, we checked out some books at the library about voting and presidents. We picked a few pages out of each book to read. The books we chose were Political Elections, The People Pick A President, and Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote. Other recommended pictures books for kids include: Grace for President, Monster Needs Your Vote, and If I Ran for President.

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Next, we created a simple ballot box out of a tissue box, construction paper, glitter, and stencils! My daughter was very excited about this part!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Then, we set up a makeshift voting booth and station. Our puppet show worked perfectly for a voting booth!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

We found these super cute ballots, registration cards, and “I Voted” stickers to add to our fun! You can download and print these for FREE.

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Lastly, we cast our vote for President of the United States!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

She was so proud to have voted and was excited to find out the results! By a landslide victory, we declared our winner and had a little celebratory dance around the living room!

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

One of the books we read discussed how as a high school student you can run for class president. And I am so proud to say, without missing a beat, my 7 year old daughter replied, “Or I could just run for president!”

 

There are tons of activities and resources online to get your kids involved in the voting and election process. On election night we plan on turning on the tv to see if our winner is declared the President of the United States! As an extra fun thing to do, I plan on making some fun red, white and blue fruit skewers with marshmallows, blueberries, and raspberries!

 

This is one simple way to teach your kids about the process of voting and elections in America. How have you involved your kids in the election? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

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8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

October 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in HolidayComments Off on 8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

Can you believe it, Kansas City? Halloween is only 4 days away! If that puts you in a panic, trying to figure out what costume your kiddos will parade around in on Monday, no worries! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has a great list of easy last minute costume ideas that are guaranteed to steal the show. Check it out!

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute

Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

It is nearly here! That dark and spooky evening where sugar-riddled skeletons and hero-dressed hoodlums parade the streets packing away whatever candy and treats homeowners haven’t already eaten. There are many ways parents find themselves realizing this week that they don’t have the costumes they need. Maybe someone changed their mind last minute, or just decided they DO want to go out that night, or maybe you were so busy running around to practices and games that super popular costume never got picked up and now is sold out. Whatever happened- we’ve got you covered! (Punny- get it?) And if you have this costume thing all figured out, you could still scroll through because some of these are too cute!

 

Sky dancers

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

You have seen these advertising cell phones, tires and cars and kids love them. This is a fun costume and looks pretty easy to make.

                

What I would do: Take an old play tunnel and cut holes for the arms (be sure to measure where they need to be for your child). Cut another hole for the mouth/space for the kids to peek out. Make eyes out of paper and tape on. Lastly, borrow a shirt from dad that matches the tube and shimmy the night away!

 

 Hot Air Balloon/Weather Girl

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

This is a super cute costume, and a bonus as the balloon should make it fairly easy to spot your kid. Add some a thermometer and some charts and turn your tourist into a weather girl or boy.

What I would do: A striped tee and a scarf for a touristy look, or a button down shirt/professional attire for a wearther person. An old laundry basket or one from the dollar store with the bottom cut out tied to an oversized balloon from a party store.

 

Ace Ventura

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

 

Your kids may not know what you’re talking about here- but come on! This is adorable!!!

What I would do: Borrow sister’s tutu and daddy’s mousse. Get ready to play some football!

 

Wind-Up Toy

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

This seems to be popular for girls, but you could do this for boys too.

What I would do: Pick out a pretty outfit and put some lipstick circles on their cheeks. Cut a key shape out of a cardboard box. Spray paint it gold or silver and staple on elastic bands for the child to put their arms through (backpack style).

 

Art

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

If you have an aspiring artist who wants to do something a little different, this may be perfect.

What I would do: Cut out a large palette and paint it white then let it dry. Using poster board or foam board make a circular crown. Cut the bristles off a broom and hot glue gun them on. Paint the colors on the large palette and have your child dress in black.

 

Fantastic Mr. Fox (or Just a Fancy Fox)

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

This cute and very easy. Some fall clothes a mask, you’re out the door!

What I would do: There are a lot of free templates online for making fox masks. I know because my daughter had a woodland birthday party this year. Print out the template, and put the mask together as directed.

 

Care Bears

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

If you live in the Midwest- you are used to having to adapt costumes to cold weather. Ones like this make it easy to layer and add padding if necessary.

What I would do: Using felt cut out ears and design your belly badge. I’d use safety pins to attach everything to the sweats so you can wear them again.

 

Ghost

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

A classic ghost is the epitome of a last minute costume. If your kid isn’t buying it- tell him he’s going as Snapchat. 🙂

 

What are some of your genius last minute costumes? We’d love to hear in the comments!

 

 

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The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

October 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Holiday, MoviesComments Off on The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

One of my favorite parts of the holidays are MOVIES. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — there are so many great movies that really bring the spirit of the holiday alive. Halloween has fantastic films, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin breaks down the best Halloween movies for every age group. Grab some popcorn, kick your feet up, and watch one of these movies!

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

 

Halloween is almost here!! I can’t think of a better way to end the Halloween night festivities with a big bucket of popcorn, some of your kid’s trick or treat candy and a good Halloween movie! If you plan on staying in for the night you could choose a few of these and have a Halloween movie marathon! Either way, check out the following list of Halloween flicks that I’m sure your family will love!

 

Please note: These are broken down by age group to help you decide what may be appropriate for your child. However your child may or may not be ready for some of these movies, especially the ones in the last list. Use your own discretion!

 

Ages 2 and up

 

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

 

All of the movies in this list are animated, short and sweet, and quite possibly hold the attention of the youngest movie watchers!

Spookley the Square Pumpkin

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Room on a Broom

 

Ages 5 and up

 

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

 

A few more recent animated films on this list and a few fun light-hearted flicks!

ParaNorman

Hotel Transylvania

Halloweentown

Double Double Toil and Trouble

Monster House

Spooky Buddies

 

Ages 7 and up

 

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

 

 

Quite a few Tim Burton flicks are on this list. Those can be a bit frightening to younger ones. And a few cult classics that I bet you can’t wait to share with your kids!

Hocus Pocus

The Addams Family

Ghostbusters

Goosebumps

Casper

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Corpse Bride

FrankenWeenie

Coraline

The Witches

Escape to Witch Mountain

 

Ages 10 and up

 

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

 

Enjoy these somewhat scary movies for tweens!

Harry Potter

Gremlins

E.T.

The Haunted Mansion

Beetlejuice

Fun Size

 

Ages 14 and up

 

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

 

I wanted to make sure and represent the teen crowd and young adults in this post so these movies are definitely recommended for ages 14 and up. Some of these you might save for the older teens. These are sure to scare! Wait until the little tykes have come off their sugar high and settled down for the night to check these out.

Halloween

Poltergeist

Scream

The Ring

The Blair Witch Project

The Conjuring

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Nightmare on Elm Street

 

What are some of your favorite Halloween movies? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Reach for the Stars and Perform with Stage Right Performing Arts Academy

September 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM • Posted in Educational Fun for KidsComments Off on Reach for the Stars and Perform with Stage Right Performing Arts Academy

Hello, Kansas City! Some of you may be searching for some extra-curricular activities for the kiddos. Well, if you have any budding performers, check out Stage Right Performing Arts Academy. They offer classes in singing, dancing, musical theatre and more. For anyone dying to be on stage, this is the place for you. Check it out!

Reach for the Stars and Perform with Stage Right Performing Arts Academy

 

Reach for the Stars and Perform with
Stage Right Performing Arts Academy

 

Reach for the Stars and Perform with Stage Right Performing Arts Academy
Stage Right Performing Arts Academy
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Fall & Spring Sessions Available
Fall Session Begins October 1st
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How to Handle the “Back to School” Transition

August 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM • Posted in Coping, Mom ResourcesComments Off on How to Handle the “Back to School” Transition

Making the transition to school, whether it’s the first or the last, can be tough on us parents. It can be a time of excitement, anxiety, and even a little bit of sadness. Read our Mom Squad Ambassador, Stephanie’s experience with sending her first grader and kindergartener back to school this fall. Take a look!

How to Handle the "Back to School" Transition

How to Handle the “Back to School” Transition

This year was a little hard for me in terms of going back to school… I have a 1st grader AND a Kindergartner! Last year, I was a mess sending my first baby to school, and this year was hard for me too sending my two oldest to school (now who is going to entertain my two little ones while I do the dishes or laundry?! Haha – just kidding!)
Bella (my Kindergartner) has always been one to excel in anything school related. She loves to learn new things and is always questioning why things happen. Now that she has been in school for a few days now, I know she is going to do great! She is already coming home every day and telling me all sorts of new rules and fun stuff she learned that day.
The first day of school was a little rough at the beginning for both of us. We had asked my son to sit with Bella on the bus so she wouldn’t have to be alone – well, that didn’t happen. When my husband and I met the kids at the school to watch them get off the bus and walk them into their classes, I saw Bella sitting with another kid on the bus and when the bus driver opened the door to let the kids out, Bella’s backpack got stuck and she couldn’t get it loose before all the kids behind her were trying to get past her to get off the bus. When she got her backpack loose and was able to get off the bus, I could instantly see the tears in her eyes which of course broke my heart!
Now, its not all sunshine and rainbows for you new Kindergarten parents. We all miss our kiddos and want to know how they are adjusting and if they are making any friends. I know my daughter will be fine – just like I’m sure your kiddos will be too – but it doesn’t change the fact that we just miss our kids (even though a few weeks ago they were driving us crazy being home all summer!)

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How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

July 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & Activities1 Comment

Hello, Kansas City! Temperatures have been excruciating lately, but summer fun is still around. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Stephanie created a bucket list at the beginning of the summer of things she’d like to experience with her family. Sit back, cool down, and check out Stephanie’s adventure to the splash park with the kiddos.

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

At the beginning of summer, I made a list of about 20 things I wanted to do with the kids. Every couple days, I try to complete one of the items on my list. This summer, we’ve been to the library a few times, bowling, played at the park, and yesterday, we finally ventured to the splash park in Independence!

 

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

 

After visiting the library to drop off some library books, we decided to take the kids to cool down at McCoy Park. While this park has the typical swing sets, jungle gym-type stuff–they also have an area with sprinklers and buckets that fill with water and pour down on you. The kids were having such a good time! I definitely recommend taking your kids. The best thing about this splash park is it has something for the really young kids as well as the older kids.

 

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

 

After playing at the splash park, we really worked up an appetite. As usual, we all were craving something different. Chinese, pizza, fried chicken. So, we had to compromise. We decided on Pizza Ranch which has really yummy pizza and amazing friend chicken! Everything but Chinese, so we had to make a promise to do Chinese the next time. 

 

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

 

After all of our running around, the kids were exhausted. We came home, got the kiddos cleaned up and in bed. After everyone was in bed, my husband and I decided to have a movie night, and talk about plans for the remainder of the week.  

 

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How You Can Cheat Dinner and Win for the Whole Family

July 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Food, Mom ResourcesComments Off on How You Can Cheat Dinner and Win for the Whole Family

Ahh, dinner time. I think we all have images of coming home, preparing a perfect meal, and having our equally perfect children instantly love what we’ve made. Unfortunately, that is rarely, if ever, real life. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky has some great tips for ways to “cheat dinner,” and they are an absolute win! Take a look…

How You Can Cheat Dinner and Win for the Whole Family

How You Can Cheat Dinner and Win for the Whole Family

When you work full time and your spouse works full time and you’ve got multiple childcare pickups, sometimes things just have to give at the end of the day. In our house, sometimes that “thing” is dinner.

I actually really like to cook and do so regularly, so most days I’m covered. BUT, if I don’t have a real plan of what to make for dinner when we all get home, and the crew turns hangry before I figure it out—IT’S ALL OVER. Like code red, nuclear meltdown, Gizmo to Gremlins, call a priest, OVER.

It sounds so easy (and frankly, wonderful) to hit the drive-thru on these types of nights, but I know it’s not a healthy choice nor a good example to set for my own kids. Therefore, out of pure survival, I’ve come up with these last-minute dinner ideas that continue to save my family time and time again. If you’ve got your own, I beg you to share them.


The Rotisserie Chicken Dinner

How to Cheat Dinner and Win

If you’re only buying Rotisserie chicken the night you need it, you’re doing it all wrong. Buy one and store it in the fridge for later in the week to quickly and easily throw together chicken quesadillas, pulled-chicken sandwiches, chicken and pasta, chicken with rice, or just straight up cold drumsticks.

Pro Tip: Try to use your rotisserie chicken the day before your trash day so you can immediately dispose of the carnage the next morning.


The Picnic Dinner

 How to Cheat Dinner and Win

 

I’m just waiting for the day when my kids call me out for phoning in dinner on this one, but in the meantime they think our “picnic dinners” are so fun. It’s basically a collection of snacks like pretzels, cheese cubes, baby carrots, grapes, salami, crackers and baby dill pickles.

Pro Tip: To help disguise this dinner cheat, eat out on your deck or take the meal to a park.

 

The Build-Your-Own-Pizza Dinner

 How to Cheat Dinner and Win

This sounds like a lot of work but, I promise, the key is start with already-baked flat bread. Add spaghetti sauce (pizza sauce if you’re fancy), shredded mozzarella cheese and pepperonis. My kids love getting to build their own pizza and I love it because they are doing the meal prep for me, while I’m digging through the refrigerator to see if we have any ingredients to throw together a salad.

Pro Tip: Naan bread works great for this, too. I always keep a package in our freezer.

 

The Panini Dinner

How to Cheat Dinner and Win

I might get some grumpy faces if I try and pass off a plain ham and cheese sandwich as dinner, but a hot ham and cheese panini is always a hit. Those toasted panini grooves magically step up a last-minute meal instantly. Grab a variety pack of deli meats and a variety pack of cheese slices, and you’ve got all the combos to please everyone.

Pro Tip:  If you don’t have panini grill, use your waffle maker.

 

The Breakfast-for-Dinner Dinner

How to Cheat Dinner and Win
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. GET. ON. BOARD. There are few things easier to whip up than toast, scrambled eggs and some fruit. You’ll see bacon in the photo, I don’t even know what deep corner of our fridge that came from—we never have bacon. But we usually have slices of ham, which I’ll heat up and serve with the eggs. French toast with sliced bananas and/or strawberries is also a popular dinner menu at our house.

Pro Tip: Smoothies not only help convince your family that you had this meal planned for days, but are also a great way to make use of fruit and veggies before they go bad.
And finally ….

The Chipotle Dinner

 How to Cheat Dinner and Win

 

Yep, that’s right.  Who do you think I am? Super mom? If I am, this one is my secret weapon.

 

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Becky is a creative director and mother of 3. She blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.

 

 

 


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Sign up now for a SEA LIFE Kansas City Summer Camp!

June 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Sign up now for a SEA LIFE Kansas City Summer Camp!

Summer is a great time to get your kiddos involved in all the wonderful summer camps offered throughout the Metro. SeaLife Kansas City has several weekly camps for ages 8+ upcoming, all focused on Marine Biomes. Cost is $200 + tax per camper per week. Spots are first come, first served and are filling up fast for the remained of June and July, so get your spot today!

Reserve your spot today for a

SEA LFE Kansas City Summer Camp!

Sign Up Now for a SeaLife Kansas City Summer Camp!
Sessions available throughout June and July. Sessions run Monday through Friday for one week and are led by SEA LIFE Aquarium’s knowledgeable Education Team! This opportunity is perfect for campers ranging in age from 8 – 12 years old!
Summer Camp Sessions 2016:
• June 27th-July 1st
• July 11th-July 15th
• July 18th-July 22nd
This year, SEA LIFE Aquarium’s Summer Camp curriculum will focus on MARINE BIOMES!2016 Camp Outline:
• Monday – Shorelines & Fresh Water
• Tuesday – Coral Reefs
• Wednesday – Open Oceans & Ocean Bottoms
• Thursday – Kelp Forests & Arctic Oceans
• Friday – Aquarium FacilitiesTimes:
Campers may be dropped off each morning by their camp session start time at 8:00am and must be picked up daily no later than 3:15pm.
Cost:
$200 + tax per camper per week
Lunch:

Lunch is not included in the cost of summer camp admission. Campers may bring their own lunch daily, or may purchase a pre-made lunch. Payment for pre-made lunches must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.Explore more by signing up now! Reservations are first-come, first-serve with limited availability so act now & reserve a spot!
Book today by calling (816) 556-3234
From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team