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Frozen Fever Birthday Party

June 6, 2016

Frozen Fever Birthday Party

We love Frozen Fever at our house! My daughter turning five wanted a Frozen Fever Party!  It sounded easy enough, and so much fun.

#1 – The Goodie Bags & Activities

Activity #1: One of the activities was making Snowgies from pom-poms.  It was really easy and the girls loved it.  They each got to make 2, and once they were dried, we put them in their goodie bags.

Activity #2: Bingo.  We used candy hearts and I just found a general Frozen Fever Bingo board on Pinterest

Activity #3:  We used blue and yellow beads, and some snowflake beads and created necklaces.  All the girls really loved this activity.  It was a little time consuming (since they all had their own patterns in mind) but it was so fun to see what they created.

Activity #4: Snow ball toss.  I got 5 buckets (like pictured) lined up in a row and yarn snowballs and each bucket was worth various amounts.  The girls took turns throwing from the first bucket to the last bucket.  

Goodie bags: I included a packet of Sunflower Seeds, a Elsa lollipop, some sparkly gum balls I found at the craft store, a sunflower chocolate, and then the necklace they made, and the snowgies they made.

Frozen Fever Party Ideas

Click next to see the Happy Birthday Sign, table ideas, and the CAKE!

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4 Activities to do WITH your Kids

April 27, 2016

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Earlier this week I decided I need to let the laundry be.  I needed to let the dishes be.  I needed to BE with my kids. Four activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I probably have a GIGANTIC pile of laundry in front of the laundry room.  Somedays I feel like laundry, dishes, and general tidying keep me busy all day long.  

Do you know what I’m talking about?  Do you ever feel like there are days were all you do is house work?  Then no one even notices?!?

You guys, this is what the entry to my tiny laundry room looks like right now.all laundry detergent by simplistically sassy

Don’t be fooled.  ALL those clothes are totally clean and in piles for each of the rooms the kids are in (some share).  I’ve just been a little behind, so I haven’t had them take them yet to take care of until all the clothes are out of the washer and dryer.  

I better just let them grab them and put them away huh?  I’m always behind on laundry.

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Since we’re talking about laundry (literally though, we’re not going to get into anyones dirty laundry), I have always LOVED all® fragrance free dry free detergent.  My oldest daughter has eczema pretty badly, and I found when she was tiny that if I got all® fragrance free dry free detergent it made a huge difference. I found this new product called all® fresh clean Essentials™ you can buy on Amazon (anyone else LOVE Amazon?!?) and it’s also Sulfate Free and preserves the colors in your clothes!  They made it even better you guys!  It makes me love it even more.  Make sure to always follow directions exactly when using this product.

Sometimes stepping away from the laundry, the dishes, the tidying can be HARD!  There is always a to-do list.  Spending time with my kids is HARD but I’ve learned I am more productive when I step away and DO something WITH them. 

Here are Four FUN activities to do WITH you kids.

Disclaimer – these are activities that will bring you back to childhood and make you have fun with your kids.  They may be messy and you may have to do more laundry, and more sweeping, but I promise you’ll have a blast and you’ll be okay doing more laundry and more sweeping.  

#1 – Finger Painting

Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically SassyA while ago I wrote about how much I hate glitter.  Finger painting is a close second.  However, when I told my kids what we were doing … the joy that filled their eyes was amazing.  I loved it.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

The next morning they were begging me to hang up their pictures.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy
Helpful hint #1

Grab a garbage bag, and then cut one long side, and the short side of it.  Use tape and tape the bag down onto the table your kids will be painting on.  Super easy clean up, and you don’t have to worry about the mess on the table.  You’re still winning because you’re letting kids be kids, and make a huge mess and they’ll love every moment of it.Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy
Helpful hint #2:
Grab a napkin or paper towel for your kids so they don’t start wiping their finger paint on their clothes between colors instead of something normal, like a napkin or something similar.  Luckily for me, I love my all® Fresh Clean Essentials™.  For the record – the all® Fresh Clean Essentials got this stain out after it sat overnight without any scrubbing or pre-treatment at all.  I love that it’s a powerful clean without harshness. Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

#2 Play Dough

I had a friend that convinced me that play dough wasn’t the worst thing to let kids play with.  I had a hard time with it when I had little little ones that weren’t old enough to play with it, but old enough to know they were missing out.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Play dough really can provide HOURS of fun.  Just know you’ll need to sweep.  It’s so inexpensive, don’t be afraid to just ditch it after your kids are done with it, or when you’re done with it.  My oldest was the one that was excited to do the play dough first.  He loved creating his favorite ships and showing me how great they looked. Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I love seeing the creative spark that arrises in kids as they just see what their minds and hands can create together. 

Helpful hint #1

Be prepared for color mixing to happen if you have little kids.  This is the work of my youngest. Some of my older kids were a little upset about it.  Just roll with things.  It’ll be okay.

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Helpful Hint #2

Not only will this activity result in hours of fun, your kids may end up preparing a dinner party for you that you didn’t know would be happening.  My daughter was obviously fine with the color changes she made, and excited to host a dinner party and prepare for it for me tonight.  Anyone want to join us?Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

#3 Tic-Tac-Toe

Not just your normal tic-tac-toe.  Grab some masking tape and make a HUGE tic-tac-toe on your floor.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Next, find two things that you can use for each player.  My son decided to do big cars/trucks, and little cars.  It worked great.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I loved that my littles could play this, and my older kids, and I could play with them.  It’s been so fun to have.  Since it doesn’t leave a big mess, it’s fun to leave for a while and when the kids are board, they’ll find it and play for a while.

#4 Hop Scotch

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Again, I just used some masking tape (I love all the fun colors that it comes in now) and created a hop scotch pattern in our entry way.  I think all of us walk down that hall and just have to do it as we pass by.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I love watching my little kids try to do it.  It’s tricky for the littler ones, but so fun for everyone.  Such concentration to land just right.Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy 

My biggest tip of the day:

Put down your phone.  Put it away where you can’t hear all the buzzes and the dings and the notifications.  Don’t fuss about the mess that has been created by kids, dishes, or laundry.  Let the kids play, really, really play, and play WITH them.  They’ll feel so loved by you in those moments.  They will cherish those undistracted moment with you.  Let them be who they are and love them for that, and for the mess they make, and MAKE THE MESS WITH THEM!

How will you spend less time on your laundry and more time letting your kids be kids?

Witch & Goblin Halloween Treats

September 29, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpookySnacks #CollectiveBias

Witch and Goblin Halloween Treat

Holidays are magical with little kids.  I feel like Halloween is really the start of the holiday season, and getting the kids involved in activities and making goodies has become a MUST at our house.  The kids and I came up with an idea to make a pumpkin patch and I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like to make it even more festive.  These would be perfect as an after school activity with the kids, or even for a party!  

The kids and I headed to Walmart to grab the necessities.  Here is what you’ll need to make Witch and Goblin Halloween treats:

The OREOs and Fanta were pretty easy to find.  Fanta was in the soft drink section.  There were cans I almost bought too, so the kids could make their own drink, but decided against that.  But that might be a perfect solution for a party.
Fanta-display

The OREOs were actually right as I walked into the store.  However, I found some more right with the Halloween candy!  So make sure to check there. 
OREO-Display

Witches Graveyard:

*OREO glow in the dark package (these come as packages of 2 OREOs, which I LOVE because then I just gave each of the kids a package, and they could help make 2 at a time, and it wasn’t overwhelming – plus they glow in the DARK!  They were in love with that.).
*Green Chocolate Melt
*Pumpkin candies
*Witch cupcake toppersOREO Graveyard

  1. First you’ll want to hold the OREO package up to the light, then take it into a dark room, and see how awesome it is when they glow in the dark.  After seeing how great it is, get ready for a graveyard.  😉  Here is the package that has the 2 OREOs in it.  I held it to the light.OReo

Like MAGIC … it was glowing SO well!  These would be so fun to pass out on Halloween.  They’re just fun to stand in your pantry with and admire too.  Lol.Glowing-Oreo

  • You’ll want to cut some pumpkin candies in half and make sure those are ready first.
  • Melt the chocolate 30 seconds at a time, or just by following the package directions.  
  • Once the chocolate is melted you’ll take your OREO and dip the top of the OREO into the melted chocolate.  
  • While the chocolate is still wet, you can place a pumpkin in the middle.Pumpkin-Patch
  • To create a witch crashing a pumpkin, put half a pumpkin on the dipped cookie, then the witch, then the other half of the pumpkin.  The pumpkin will act as book ends to keep the witch in place.Witch-by-kids
  • Let chocolate harden and cool, then enjoy!  Witch-Crash-kids
  • Always make sure to appreciate the imperfections too.  🙂  My kids loved it and were so proud of their creations even though they weren’t perfect.  That’s what makes it awesome!Witch-Kids-Crash

Goblin Freeze and Juice:

*Fanta Orange Soda
*Vanilla ice cream
*Straws/spoons & cupsGoblin-Juice-Recipe

Goblin Freeze:

  1. Pour Fanta Orange soda into an ice cream maker for 20 minutes.  The amount will depend on how big your ice cream maker is.  
  2. Once the Fanta Orange soda is starting to resemble a freeze drink, alternate scooping vanilla ice cream, and the Fanta into the cup.

Goblin Juice:

  1. Fill cup about half way with Fanta Orange Soda.
  2. Scoop 2 medium sized scoops of vanilla ice cream into the cup.
  3. Take a large spoon, and smash the ice cream around until it’s almost melted, or just falling apart. 
  4. It should be thicker than the soda with melted ice cream, it should be the consistency of soft serve ice cream.  So add a little ice cream or Fanta, depending on your drink.Witch Graveyard and

The kids and I drank this all up!  It was super yummy!  I didn’t get any pictures of it because we were too busy drinking away … lol.  It’s so fun and easy, and slightly different than a typical float, which makes it fun for a Halloween party and just a fun and different snack!

What are your families favorite #spookysnacks for Halloween?  Need some ideas?!?  Come check out some more here.  

Make sure to check out Evette Rios, host of the CBS show Recipe Rehab, she will be creating a custom Walmart-exclusive recipe that uses both Fanta and OREO.  It will be shown on the #SpookySnacks social hub. It’s always fun to get new holiday treat ideas!

Step by Step Easy Princess Cape

September 11, 2015

Hi!

Does your princess in your house that LOVES to dress up?  This is an easy, and fun princess cape that she will love wearing over her dress ups.  
Easy Princess Cape by Simplistically Sassy

My Jedi Robe is one of my most popular posts.  It is incredibly easy, and so fun for all ages to become a Jedi.
 Jedi Robe

I decided I needed a more girly version (although, my girls do enjoy being Jedi’s as well!).  I used the same process to create a step by step easy princess cape, and my girls are loving how it turned out.  I’ve only made one so far, and really, that’s the bigger issue.  😉
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Ice Cream Cone Parfait

July 22, 2015

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I went to Walmart by myself the other day (I know, I was just as shocked as you are now that I didn’t have any of my 6 kids with me!  My husband is a rock star like that though), and met these adorable ladies!  They were passing out Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream with peaches.  Hello yummy!  I stopped and chatted for a moment (because, again, I was there alone and so I could) and they really were super nice.  Not to mention the ice cream was amazing!  Good company, good food.

Ice Cream Cone Parfait by Simplistically Sassy

I headed over to the ice cream section and found this giant selection of Blue Bunny ice cream.  Ice Cream Cone Parfait

I grabbed some chocolate and vanilla.  If you’ve been around my blog you know my family is totally split about vanilla and chocolate, so I wanted options for everyone.

I headed home with some ice cream, mini ice cream cones (also from Blue Bunny) and some strawberries and peaches.Ice-Cream-Cone-Parfait-Recipe by Simplistically Sassy

During the summer when I have all six kids at home, I love to include the kids whenever I can, especially when it comes to making fun treats!  My oldest was up for holding my phone while we did a time-lapse video of how to make these ice cream cone parfaits.  

These turned our super, super yummy.  I preferred the chocolate and strawberry.  I used the chocolate mini cones, chocolate ice cream and strawberries.  Amazing!  Ice Cream Cone Parfait by Simplistically Sassy

The peaches and cream also turned out great.  I used the vanilla mini cones, vanilla ice cream, and fresh peaches.  I loved the slight added chocolate from the mini cone, but even without that, it would have been wonderful!  

Ice Cream Cone Parfait by Simplistically Sassy

These are going to be a new family favorite. I love how simple they are that even some of my older kids could do these by themselves, or come up with new combos!

What is your favorite fruit/ice cream comb?
What kind of ice cream cone parfait would YOU make?

Ice Cream Cone Parfait
Serves 1
Easy fruit and ice cream parfait.
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Blue Bunny Mini Ice Cream Cone
  2. 1/4 Peach or 3 Strawberries
  3. 1 cup Blue Bunny Ice Cream
Instructions
  1. Chop up the mini ice cream cone.
  2. Chop up the fruit.
  3. Layer the cone, fruit, and ice cream as desired.
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15 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss

February 20, 2015

It’s almost time to Celebrate Dr. Seuss and all the wonderful stories he’s brought into our lives!  I’ve collected a few of my favorite wonderful ways you can celebrate Dr. Seuss and his birthday on March 2nd with your family!  Here you are!  

Fifteen ideas to CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS!!

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If you haven’t been to Ashley Marie‘s page, go!  She’s an amazing cake decorator, and blogger.  She’s got these adorable Cat in the Hat Cake Pops that are totally easy!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

Utah Sweet Savings has your Dr. Seuss Party Ideas!  They’re SO fun! Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

My kids LOVE playing Bingo.  It’s just a fun classic that even little ones can play.  Head over to A Sparkle of Genius to get your Free Dr. Seuss Printable!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

Ashlee Marie has these Cat in the Hat Party Invitations!  So amazing!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

40 Eighteen created Green Eggs and Ham, in real life!!  These totally look amazing!  Head over to get your Dr. Seuss dinner recipe!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

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