Easy to Make Patriotic Oreo Cookies

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Everyone loves Oreos! This easy and fun recipes give them a little patriotic twist. They are great for anytime – not just for the 4th of July!

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Adorable Father’s Day Cards for Kids to Make

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Fathers are the heroes to many people. Young children, teens and adults often site their father as the person they look up to the most. Father’s Day is a day that happens once every year that is dedicated to reminding our fathers of how special they are and of celebrating their lives. Families gather to share meals and games or children that no longer live at home call their fathers on this day. One of the best ways that all children and adults can celebrate their fathers is by sending great Father’s Day cards to the men they love the most.

Instead of picking up a card at the store, consider having your kids make Father’s Day cards this year. What a great way to bless your dad with a card that you made just for him. You can include his favorite colors or a quote or his saying that he particularly enjoys.

Here are two adorable cards your kids can make!

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Grab This Ultimate Work-at-Home Bundle (before it’s gone!)

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Whether you jump in the car with a travel mug of coffee, battling traffic before you battle office politics…

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom who hasn’t had a real paycheck in years (and yes, those moments with your children are priceless, but you still dream of having way to contribute to the family budget)…

Or whether you’re working from home and you’re wondering how to find focused work time so you’re not pulled in so many directions…

You don’t want to spend the next few years like this.

I get it (boy, do I ever!).

Several of my friends and I work from home.

We all had different reasons for starting down this path. Maybe we were looking to:

  • Escape corporate and find more satisfying work
  • Find jobs that allowed us to work from anywhere so we could travel more
  • Discover flexibility so we could be there for our families when they needed us
  • Identify any skills (other than cleaning and laundry) that could provide some disposable income.

Whatever the reason that brought us here, now we’re looking for work + life balance and how to be more focused on our work so we can spend more time with our family that we dreamed of.

If it sounds tough, I have something to make it easier for you.

What if I told you someone had already put together a carefully vetted package to get you up to speed on finding real work-at-home opportunities (AND making your work + life balance better once you’re working from home)?

Well, you can stop looking! It’s here…

Introducing The Ultimate Work at Home Bundle!

For six days only, everything you need (and then some) is in one fabulous package, for the most affordable price ever. (Seriously, just wait until I tell you how much it costs.)

This brand-new bundle includes 30 eBooks, 14 full eCourses, 4 printables, and 1 audiobook!

These top-quality resources cover everything you need to give you the skills and confidence to do fulfilling work, at your favorite place in the world.

You’ll get a complete library to help you:

  • Identify your marketable skills
  • Juggle your responsibilities and finally find work + life balance
  • Manage your time efficiently (and never let anything fall through the cracks again)
  • Avoid the most common pitfalls of the work-at-home lifestyle
  • Understand the legal and financial implications of your business
  • Discover the secrets to getting into the business that most appeals to you, whether it’s a wholesale product, service-based, handmade, transcription, becoming a VA, or any other number of opportunities
  • and so much more…

Plus, it comes with over $500 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 50 digital products and it’s worth over $2,300!

Besides being so incredibly helpful, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering it for a short time only, the team at Ultimate Bundles is able to give you access to over $2,300 worth of amazing products for a whopping 98% off!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and achieve your work-at-home dreams!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, June 12th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so CLICK HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

You deserve to do the work you love. You shouldn’t have to wait any longer to finally find the work freedom you’ve been looking for, or the work + life balance you’ve been waiting to achieve.


Learn more or get your bundle HERE.

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, June 12th, so don’t wait!)

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Living Simply Series: 5 Places to Donate Your Stuff

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25 Father’s Day Crafts for Kids to Make

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Fathers should be loved and made to feel really special every day of the year, however the Father’s Day is the day we try to do everything we can to make the day truly memorable.  This year do something really special for dad. Instead of picking a card casually, celebrate the day by giving him a gift hand made by the kids. It’s something he will treasure forever. My kids are grown adults and my husband still has everything they ever made him for Father’s Day.

Here are some suggestions that you can use to make Father’s Day truly personal and touching.

 

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The Ultimate Summer Fun List (and Giveaway!)

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If you’re a Modern Homeschool Family newsletter subscriber, you know how excited I am that summer is almost here! I love being outside with the family (and, admittedly, by myself too) and soaking in the sun.

Summer is a time of some of my most favorite things; sunny days, warm breezes, longer daylight hours, more relaxing, more playing and more smiling.

Recently, I’ve found a few more favorite things for summer, thanks to some friendly PR folks who let me know about them.

The Ultimate Summer Fun List

Here are a few things that caught my attention this summer. I think you’ll like them too:

For road trips or sitting at the beach:

 

The Cube – Next Generation of Rubik’s Cube

These aren’t the same cubes you used to buy as gifts 30 years ago. This hot new speed cube incorporates a generation’s worth of ideas to help solve the cubes you may have tried in the past. With this new, magic 3-D puzzle and the included online solution guide you can solve it twice as fast. It is a fun, inexpensive and unique gift for everyone… perfect for kids, teens and adults especially on long car trips or plane rides. $12; https://agreatlifebrand.com and available on amazon.com.

 

 

 

Because summer is a great time for sleepovers!

 

Sleepover Party

SLEEPOVER PARTY where having fun is the name of the game, so be prepared to sing, laugh, perform and make a general fool of yourself! Spin the spinner and attempt to complete one of more than 200 ACT IT, WORK IT or PARTY Challenges. Don’t fall asleep early, or you’ll miss out on earning the most cards and staying up all night! www.endlessgames.com

 

 

 

 

 

For the budding engineers …

 

Skullduggery

Your kids will love Max Traxxx Tracer Racer! Racers utilize Light Trail Technology as they blaze streaks of light on Skullduggery patented Glow-in-the-Dark track. Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto track specially engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed. Choose your track, racers and loops, take into a dimly lit room and your kids will be ready to set the darkness ablaze. These racing sets are perfect for both beginning and advanced race fans as variable speed remote control cars and adjustable track heights allow racers to control course difficulty. Four Tracer Racers RC Cars available. Includes one Tracer Racers, RC Car and one Controller. Now available at Toys R Us and www.toysrus.com. More information: www.skullduggery.com.

 

Because these are just too darn cute …

 

Two Brothers and Olivia Petite Pretend Food

Adorable Petite Pretend Food from Two Brothers and Olivia for your little one’s pretend kitchen! Available in a variety of cheerful, fun designs, including ice cream cones, donuts, cookies and the newest design, pineapples, Two Brothers and Olivia Teethers make a sweet treat for hours of fun! Easily packed into a diaper bag, backpack, or your child’s pack – they are perfect for taking along for fun on-the-go, too! The toys are made from 100% food grade silicone, and can be easily cleaned with soap and water. All products are free of BPA, PVC, or lead. Two Brothers and Olivia products are compliant with safety standards set out by both Canadian and US governments, and have been tested to be compliant with CPSC, CPSIA and ASTM toy standards. They are tested for toxic contents, strength and flammability to ensure that they surpass all the safety standards. NEW Pineapple shapes were just released this month. 

 

Because, seriously, I want to play with this ….

 

Taco Truck Fun Kit from Kidstir

A cure for rainy days in the summer! Your little one can now make chef-inspired recipes at home with ease – all while learning Español, practicing math skills, and more! Available without a subscription from this innovative subscription service for children, the Taco Truck Fun Kit from Kidstir will turn your kitchen into a lunch truck — and your child can invite friends and family to step right up and place their orders! In this kit, children will find out how to make three Mexican recipes, including Guac & Roll, Food Truck Tacos, and Arroz con Leche – which will be served in a Food-Truck-in-a-Box tray! They will also discover fun facts about avocados and peppers, learn some Español, and practice menu math. The subscription service can be joined or given as a gift, or you can send one of the single kits, as well. With a focus on fresh, nutritious food and hands-on fun, Kidstir was created by moms who know that through cooking, children will gain important life skills in the kitchen — and cook up some fun family memories!

 

Because you can never be too organized ….

 

Beachmate

Headed to the beach with kids in tow? The Beachmate is an all-in-one stackable storage system that consolidates multiple beach products in one easy-to-pack bag. The Beachmate solves the age old problem of needing to pack multiple bags and gear to the beach….because we know that with little ones, there are a lot of must-haves besides just a towel & sunscreen! This ultimate carry-all companion has a storage compartment for all the items needed for a day at the beach. The Beachmate is complete with durable buckets, shovels and a soft cooler all packaged in a single tote bag with plenty of storage pockets.

The Beachmate also includes one large, two medium and two small buckets plus two shovels! It holds up to tough play meaning the buckets and shovels will not break with just one use. Truly a parent’s dream come true, the stylish, over-the-shoulder strap design allows for hands-free convenience! Consumers can easily personalize this new beach companion with monogramming options available. 

 

These have all become my new favorite things and I love them so much that I’m giving one of you lucky duck readers a chance to win EVERYTHING on my list!

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Don’t forget! The Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle is only available until May 22!

 

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Copy Cat Olive Garden Fondunta Recipe

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Don’t you just love anything warm and gooey with cheese? Olive Garden Fondunta easily fits the bill. But, why haul the family out when you can make it at home?

Copy Cat Olive Garden Fondunta Recipe

Copy Cat Olive Garden Fondunta Recipe Ingredients

1 C fat free sour cream
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 oz provolone cheese, shredded
1/2 C parmesan cheese, finely shredded
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 roma tomatos, diced
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1-2 loaf of Italian bread, cut into slices

Copy Cat Olive Garden Fonduta Recipe Directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream with the mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flake.
  3. Spray a medium size cast iron dish with pam spray
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared cast iron dish.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, until the mixture is melted and bubbly. If you’d like the top extra browned, broil for an additional 2-3 minutes, but make sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
  6. Garnish with diced tomatoes and parsley.
  7. Bake the bread slices for 5 minutes then serve immediately

 

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Easy Kids Crafts: Sew a Gift Bag

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If you are looking for an out of the ordinary way of wrapping your gift this season, then this one is for you! This heart pouch can be used again right after serving its purpose. Sounds economical, right? This can be sewn by non-crafters and you don’t need to be a craft expert to do this. You also have the freedom to personalize this since you are the ones making it compared to the one being sold in the market. So if you are up for an adorable gift for mom, then let us begin sewing this heart pouch now!

Easy Kids Craft: Sew a Gift Bag

Gather all the materials needed:

  • 2 pcs. crafting felt (pink and red)
  • yarn of any color
  • crochet thread
  • a big sewing needle
  • a pair of scissors
  • wooden skewer or any thin stick (optional)

 

 

Instructions

 

 

Step 1: Cut a piece of rectangle from the pink crafting felt. The dimensions should be at least 30-centimeter in length and 10-centimeter in width. The dimensions are flexible since you can cut this based on your needed size. This will be the body of the pouch.

 

 

Step 2: Cut a medium-sized heart from the red crafting felt.

Step 3: Place the heart in the middle part of the pink body. This should be placed on the one-third portion from the top of the body. Sew this heart using a running stitch near the side of it.

Step 4: Fold the top and the bottom ends of the pink body towards the back portion of it. The back portion is the portion where the red heart is not visible. The folds would be at least 1 to 1.5-centimeter in width. Sew this using a running stitch.

Step 5: Fold the pink body into two equal parts and sew the sides of it using running stitch. Leave the topmost part open. Do not stitch the folded parts on top.

Step 6:  Insert the yarn on the pipe opening on the topmost part of the pouch.

Step 8: Cut the end of the yarn once you decided how long you want your yarn is.

 

Step 9: Create a loop at the ends of both yarn on the left and right.

Step 10: You can now place your precious gift to this lovely heart pouch.

 

This adorable heart pouch can be made by simple non-crafters since this only involves the simple running stitch. You can also use this pouch for other purposes, such as watch, bracelet or earrings pouch whenever you travel. Practice your creativity and who knows? Maybe you have the eye and the artistic hand for it! Have fun and spread the love!

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Living Simply Series: Why It’s So Hard to Give Up Our Stuff

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This is the 5th installment of our “Living Simply Series.” If you’ve missed out on the other articles, click on the links below to catch up. And, don’t forget to get your FREE living simply bundle at the bottom of this article.

 

 

Why It’s So Hard to Give Up Our Stuff

No one said it would be easy to simplify. Ask anyone who has moved to a more minimalist lifestyle, and they’ll tell you that there can be a lot of resistance come up. But it’s only stuff. Why do we have such a tough time finding a new home (including the trashcan) for items we no longer need or use? It’s all about the emotions surrounding the items that cause us to hold on tightly.

Stuff makes us feel secure—we buy with our emotions, not logic, which means we invest emotionally in our possessions. Having a lot of stuff makes us feel safe and secure. How many things do you keep around “just in case”?  Having a lot of stuff or expensive items gives us status in our society, which also makes us feel important and secure in our place in the world.

We spent our hard-earned cash on it—many people feel wasteful and guilty when they start decluttering their things. They think about how much they senselessly spent on items that are now simply cluttering up their homes, garages, basements, and sometimes even storage space they are paying a monthly fee on.

We know we should use it—guilt also comes in the form of “should’s.” We should use our treadmill. We should wear that expensive suit. A lot of times we buy special or nice things and then only use them for good… which is usually very rare or we forget about them when we are preparing for a special occasion.

It was a gift—even if our least favorite aunt gives us a hideous lamp for the holidays, something we would never put out, we keep it in a closet, basement or storage unit. We feel it’s mean to donate something that someone put thought and money into, even though we hate it. So the guilt keeps us hanging onto it.

It reminds us of better times—we hold onto stuff from our past, most of which has no monetary, but a sentimental value. Keeping a few small items isn’t a big deal, but when we feel we need to keep everything from our carefree college days or all the love letters we’ve ever received, it can take up a lot of space and emotional energy. Being unwilling to part with things that remind us of happier times can be a red flag that we aren’t happy with our current situation.

Everyone feels emotional when going through their stuff to declutter. It’s natural, so when you experience this, don’t beat yourself up. Just be aware that even though they are just things, we are typically connected to them in various ways because of the emotions that we have attached to them.

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Fun Easter Treat: Peeps Parfait

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When thinking of Easter treats, you can’t help it if Peeps come to mind. After all, they are only around for a limited amount of time and they seem to be everywhere.

Peeps have become an Easter basket staple but there’s a lot more you can do with them. Here’s a fun Easter treat you can make with the kids:

Fun Easter Treat: Peeps Parfait Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Jell-O Layer
  • 1 packet, 3 oz, lemon Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Creamy Layer
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp marshmallow extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 gelatin packets

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the Jell-O
  2. Add in 1 cup boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  3. Now add your cold water as directed on the jello box
  4. Divide the among evenly among your cups.
  5. I use a 1/4 cup to make sure my layers are even
  6. Place the cups in the fridge to set.
  7. Begin to prepare the creamy layer.
  8. In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup of boiling water.
  9. Stir to combine.
  10. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the 1/2 cup cold water and 2 gelatin packets, stir to mix.
  11. Allow the gelatin mixture bloom/set for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Pour the gelatin mixture into the sweetened condensed milk mixture, stir to combine.
  13. Once your jello is set, add in the creamy layer, making it as thick or thin as you’d like.
  14. Once the cream layer is set, add the next jello layer.
  15. Top each jello cup with a dollop of cool whip, yellow peep and sprinkles

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