Apr 16

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Twister is one of those fabulous games that kids of all ages love to play. It is wild, crazy, fun, and gets very interesting and more exciting the longer you play. But have you ever noticed it can be a little bit too wild of a game for the indoors? Have you ever thought of taking it outside? This might just be your chance. Backyard twister could be the next big thing for backyard parties.

Twister has always been a fun and well-loved game around the world. Kids and parents both love the game, so highly not find a way to make it the center of your next party? Sure you could just take your twister game outside, but if you live in a windy area like we do that isn’t quite as feasible. That’s why we love Show and Tell’s new twist on an old favorite, Lawn Twister! Show and Tell is a great blog written by 3 friends, Brooke, Monty, and Stacey. These three women want to share their recipes, crafts, activities, and ideas with the world and they are doing just that while figuring out how to juggle being a wife, motherhood, work, and the rest of all that fun stuff! So make sure you check out their awesome site and peruse their posts. You will definitely find something you can relate to! As for us, we want to Twister!

What You Will Need:

Four spray paint colors red, yellow, green, blue
Circle template (cardboard box with a circle cutout works great!)

Now head on over to Show and Tell for a great tutorial including easy-to-follow step-by-step photos. Then get ready to Twister!

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Apr 13

Sometimes the best toys are the ones made with love. We love to make things here at home for our kids. I am the official mermaid maker for every girl in our family, but it can be hard to find a doll that the boys are eager to carry around and love. So color me surprised when I stumbled upon this amazing Pirate Doll Tutorial on Pinterest. When I clicked the link it took me to this amazing blog called OneMoreMushroom.

I love finding other great bloggers, especially mommy bloggers and sharing their sites with you. This mommy blogger is looking to be one of my favorites. She loves to craft and has some amazing tutorials that will be fun to try out on my own. This Pirate Doll tutorial is definitely one I have to try. Merete is a mommy of two that lives in Utah and writes the blog OneMoreMushroom. Her Pirate tutorial is fabulous! there are lots of pictures! and lots of written instructions and that is the best kind of sewing tutorial. You definitely need to head over to OneMoreMushroom for the incredible tutorial. And don’t forget to check out all of Merete’s other great craft ideas!

What You Will Need:

* polyester batting

* a small square (approximately 18?x18?) of black felt

* a small square (approximately 12?x12?) of brown felt

* 1/4 of a yard of cotton peach, or brown colored flannel for the body and arms

* a small remnant of silver pleather for the hook and buckles

* a fat quarter of stripe fabric for the top

* a fat quarter of fabric or colored felt for the pants

* a small remnant of colored felt for the belt

* a small remnant of a contrasting fabric for the pocket

* small pieces of white, red and pink felt for the Jolly Roger, eye, cheeks, and mouth

* a small piece of red polka dot or red gingham for the nose

* a small piece of wool-like fabric for the hair and mustache

a small brown or colored button

Now head over to OneMoreMushroom for the full tutorial!!

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Apr 10

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Weeknights are hectic, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. So try spicing them up with a fun new weeknight meal. At our house meatloaf can be considered a not-very-exciting meal. So we try to find ways to spice it up and make it fun. We love this fun and delicious BBQ Sauce meatloaf, because who doesn’t love BBQ Sauce!? We love to add roasted potatoes and some veggies as a side to make it a full and yummy meal. Try adding a mix of red potatoes and sweet potatoes around the meatloaf as it is roasting. Cover them in a little salt, pepper, and BBQ sauce as well and you will have a sweet and healthy side to go with that hearty meatloaf.

What You Will Need:

2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon mustard
2 pounds lean ground beef (to make it a little healthier try splitting one lb beef one lb pork or turkey)
2/3 cup oatmeal (regular or instant)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, the 1/3 cup ketchup, and the 1 teaspoon mustard. Stir in ground beef, oatmeal, onion, salt, and pepper; mix well. Gently press mixture in an ungreased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan or shape into a loaf on a rimmed baking sheet.
2. Bake for 30 minutes. Drain off fat.
3. After 30 minutes of baking, spoon the barbecue sauce evenly over the meatloaf. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes more or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees F.
4. Let the meat loaf stand for 15 minutes. Drain off fat. Carefully slice meatloaf and use a spatula to transfer to a serving platter.

Now you have a delicious and simple weeknight meal!

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