Totally “Pawesome” Paw Patrol products for the kids!

My kids discovered Nick Jr’s Paw Patrol last year and as a mommy, I approve!  Paw Patrol is an animated show that takes place in Adventure Bay, with several lovable characters.  Each episode features a rescue mission involving teamwork among the pups.  This year at the Illinois State Fair, we had the opportunity to see characters in the Roll Patrol Tour.  Alex and Evan had so much fun!  (check it out our IL State Fair Roll Patrol photos here)

While I prepare for my youngest’s 4th birthday, I’m going to share with you a few of the cute Paw Patrol items I’ve come across…and possibly some of the adorable party ideas!

The Paw Patrol Look-out Playset could be the center of your child’s Paw Patrol universe.  There is a rotating periscope, working elevator, and Chase with his police SUV.  You can add to this set with additional characters available on Amazon, at Walmart, and several other retailers.  This set looks totally pawesome!  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

 

Ok so this is something we already own because I couldn’t wait until Evan’s birthday.  It’s a Paw Patrol character watch!  He’s learning to tell time and he feels like such a big boy with his watch.

 

As a parent, all I have to say is that you can’t have enough sheets for a toddler or young child.  A set with your child’s favorite character is a great way to make bed time fun.  Although they’re not a typical birthday gift, the Paw Patrol Ruff Ruff Rescue Sheets are on my shopping list!

 

Seven wintery rescue missions can be found on the Paw Patrol Winter Rescues DVD. I think I know what we’ll be watching during our snow days!

 

Character Band-aids are my favorite way to help the boys settle down when they get an owie.  And you can be sure they get a kick out of it when I use one of their Band-aids :)

 

I just love this Paw Patrol Marshall Hoodie!  It is so adorable and I can’t wait to see how excited Evan is when he sees his.  Marshall is his favorite character and he is going to love running around in his hoodie.

 

And last, but not least, Puppy Birthday to You is definitely my favorite find!  I can’t wait to pull it out and read it to Evan on his birthday.

 

In the mean time, check out some fun Paw Patrol videos and online games, and even some fun Paw Patrol themed Fall Mazes on Nick Jr!  If you read this before Halloween, you can even enjoy these 5 Halloween Printables.

Back to School!

Back to School!

This post is sponsored by Nature’s Harvest® Bread and Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Alright moms and dads, the kids are starting school again. We all have experienced – or will soon experience for the first time – a day in the life of a busy parent getting the kids back to school. There are so many things to worry about and supplies to hunt down, school fees, new clothes, backpacks, and the ever-rising cost of school lunches.

One way our family keeps the cost down is by sending lunch from home with the kids. This is especially great for us, because in addition to the cost, our kids are picky eaters. The school lunches in our town have changed; don’t get me wrong, they’re great, but my children simply won’t eat lettuce or sliced zucchini, or even pizza for that matter. Why pay so much for a lunch my kids won’t even eat, just to leave them hungry at the end of the day?

Letting the kids help shop is a great way to get them interested in healthier snacks!

To make sure the kids eat their lunches, we let them be a part of the process, even picking out the groceries! We grab our favorite Nature’s Harvest® Bread, some crunchy peanut butter, and let the boys pick out a jelly or fruit to slice and put on top. Once they have the sandwich ready to go, they choose what shape they want to have it cut into. We keep a collection of cookie cutters on hand so they can cut their own sandwiches and get even more excited about their food!

After preparing the sandwiches, we move on to the sides. At the beginning of each month, we take the boys on a shopping trip and pick out a collection of quick and easy, healthy sides to choose from all month. We separate them into categories, like fruit or veggies, filling snacks like Entenmann’s® Little Bites™ Snacks, and desserts like a jello or pudding cups, and let them pick one from each category.

I got these for the kids but I couldn't help but take some to work for myself...yum!

It seems like a small thing, but letting the kids build their own lunch and choose what they want (even if we choose the available options) gives them a sense of independence, and they come home proudly with empty lunch boxes more than ever before! Do you have a back to school routine to make life easier, healthier, or more fun for your family? I’d love to hear all about it!

In the mean time, head over to our Kid-Friendly Recipes Pinterest board for more lunch ideas to keep your kids happy all year long.

And parents, remember to head over and enter to win the $10,000 “Life of the Lunchbox” Savings Bond sweepstakes!

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DIY aromatherapy for kids (and kids at heart!)

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY NATURE’S BOUNTY® EARTHLY ELEMENTS™

This DIY LEGO block necklace is a perfect way to discretely add aromatherapy into your child's day.

Products were provided free to me by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ for review.

If you’ve been following trends lately, you’ve noticed a bit of a craze about essential oils.  And that craze is well founded!  Essential oils have been found to have various soothing and refreshing effects on people, and there are countless ways to add the oils and their effects to your day.  One of my favorite applications of essential oils is a discreet, fun building block necklace that brings aromatherapy to kids (and those who are kids at heart.)

First, head to your local Walmart® store to get your oils and any supplies you don’t have at home.

Supplies:

  • Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements aromatherapy essential oils.  Use your favorite of the aromatherapy scents to get the desired effect.  My favorite is the lavender, which is soothing, comforting, and provides clarity.
  • One bundle or spool of rubber cording from Walmart’s craft section
  • One piece of felt, any color
  • One mixed box of building blocks.  You really only need a 2×6 stud block and a 2×6 stud flat block, so if you have these at home, you’re set!
  • A drill, 5/16”, 3/32”, and 1/16” size drill bits
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • A vice or channel lock pliers

 

DIY aromatherapy necklace for kids made using LEGO blocks and essential oils.

Now let’s get to creating!  And don’t worry ladies, it’s not as hard as it sounds.

1. Place the larger 2×6 block upside down in the vice or channel locks.  Keep it secure, but be careful not to over tighten and bend the block.  Do not hold the block with your hands at this step!

2. Using the 5/16” drill bit, carefully and slowly drill out the bottom cylinders. Leave the center cylinder to add stability and grasping power needed in later steps.

3. Grasp any remaining tabs or debris in the block using the needle nose pliers and twist to disconnect and remove them.

4. Turn the block in the vice or pliers so the side is facing up.  Drill a hole near the left and right edges with the 3/32” drill bit for the cording.  Then drill two holes slightly inward from those using the 1/16” drill bit.  Using the same bit, drill a hole on the side on each end of the block.  After this step, you can remove the block from the vice or pliers.

5. Measure the cord by holding it loosely around the neck of the intended wearer with the cord meeting where you want the block to rest.  Cut the cording an inch longer than this to account for tying the ends.

6. Stick the ends of the cording into the 3/32” holes and tie them into a knot.  We found two figure 8 knots to hold the best, as regular knots stretched and pulled through the block occasionally.

7. Cut a strip of felt to the size of the block, then cut it in half.  Put the strips inside the block on either side of the center cylinder.

8. Put a few drops of your desired Earthly Elements essential oil on the felt, then put the flat 2×6 block on the bottom of the large block to seal in the felt.  Wear the necklace throughout the day, adding drops or changing oils to match or enhance your mood!

This DIY LEGO necklace is simple to make and fun for the kids!

So now that you’ve got access to great essential oils at your local Walmart store, what’s your favorite way to use aromatherapy?  Do you have a favorite blend of oils that just hits the spot?

Products were provided free to me by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ for review. 

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