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Fun Kid’s Food Ideas – Donut Snowman

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I’m always looking for fun kid’s food ideas.  So, I made these adorable donut snowmen for my grandchildren.   I originally found the idea at Dukes and Duchesses and decided to give them a try.  Fun kid’s food ideas are usually a big hit.  These were a huge success with my little ones.

Sugar is everywhere during the holidays.  As parents we worry about the sugar content, but these were just too cute to worry about sugar.  They make a perfect snack on Christmas Eve or on a cold snowy day with a cup of hot chocolate.  Print out a snowman coloring page to add to the fun.

Grandmothers are sugar queens, so we’re allowed to fill our grandchildren with sugar.  At least occasionally. These were so cute, my daughter and son-in-law couldn’t resist me offering these goodies to the kids. They’re easy to make and they were devoured with a huge glass of milk.

Here’s what you need:

*Mini Hostess donuts
*Mike and Ike Candies
*Fruit Roll-Ups
*Black Food Pin

Step 1 – Carefully run the skewer through 3 donuts.

Step 2 – Cut an orange or red Mike and Ike in half. Place each half in the first donut for the nose.  Next, cut another Mike and Ike, your choice, in half for the buttons.  Next, place them in the hole of each of the donuts as shown.

Step  3 – Cut a strip of a Fruit Roll-Up and place it between donuts 1 and 2 to make the scarf as shown.

Step 4 – Use the black food pin to make the mouth and eyes.  Your done!

Note: Cut off the pointed end of the skewer with a pair of kitchen scissors just to be on the safe side with the kids.  Fun kid’s food ideas are great, but safety should be a factor too.  These snowman donuts are a great for a school party, snow day snack or sleep overs.  Give it a try, the kids will love them

You may also like:  Christmas White Trash Recipe.


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$25 Saladworks Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the $25 Saladworks Gift Card Giveaway

Hosted by: SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways 

Sponsored by: Saladworks


Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and the Saladworks giveaway.  Saladworks is the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, with over 100 locations across the country. Saladworks offers a “fanatically fresh” menu of America’s Best Salads with signature dressings, proprietary soups, and Focaccia Fusion sandwiches. All Saladworks salads are made-to-order, chopped on-location, and assembled right in front of your eyes. With the addition of the True Nutrition menu, Saladworks’ varieties of signature salads are all 500 calories or less.

Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a $25 Saladworks Gift Card. This is open to US and ends 12/22/14 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you’re set to have a chance to win! Remember you can’t win if you don’t enter. It only takes one entry to win!
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Blogger Opportunity – Romantic Cash Giveaway

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What? Paypal Cash Cards valued at $500 each (number of cash cards/prizes depends on the amount gathered for the giveaway. If the amount sponsored does not divide into even amounts of $500 there will be multiple $500 cards with the remainder as a “booby prize”. (Ex. $500, $500, $500, $350) I will be building the graphic and promoting the giveaway with a few of the popular items the winner(s) “could” buy for their valentine plus a romantic giveaway: iPad Mini, iPad, KitchenAid Mixer, an XBox 360, a WiiU, a Playstation 4…..etc. The more participants, the larger the giveaway. All monies collected go into the prize pot.

When? Sign-ups to participate end Sunday December 21st at midnight.

Links are $5 each and $25 to be a co-host. As a co-host, you will receive 5 links on the Rafflecopter, your photo on the giveaway collage, PLUS a 300 x 300 ad space on APIMP for the month of December.

Links allowed in this giveaway: Facebook (Pages only for likes and not mandatory per Facebook guidelines), Pinterest, Bloglovin, RSS Feed, Follow by Email, Instagram, Stumbleupon, Twitter and Etsy shop.

I would greatly appreciate it if you would share this blogger opportunity with your blogger friends!

The giveaway itself will run Sunday January 3rd to Sunday January 31st, 2015.

Who? We are accepting any types of blogs/shops to participate in this great giveaway.

Why? It’s a great way to engage your readers & followers, and gain some exposure for your blog/website and social media accounts. Plus it will be tons of fun!

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Printable Santa Claus Letter

Santa Claus Letters


Santa Claus Letter

Is your child on the Naughty or Nice list?  It’s the time of year that children are dreaming.  They are watching commercials and browsing flyers. My grandchildren love to mark the flyers so I can see and remember what they want.  I’m sure other children are also dreaming of a new doll, video game, bike or the latest Jordan shoes too.

Thousands of letters will be written to Santa Claus and mailed to the North Pole.  They will be listing everything that they want under the tree.  Little elves will be checking the list to ensure that the boys and girls on the Nice not Naughty List.  So, making the Nice List is always been an incentive for good behavior this time of year.

My grandchildren are rewarded with this Santa Claus Letter before Christmas. The letter lets them know that they’re on the Nice List.  There’s also a Nice List Certificate.  Good behavior should always be rewarded.  It’s also a great way to keep them motivated to stay on the Nice List.

You can download the letter and certificate here.  Oh, be sure to leave Santa a nice plate of cookies and a big glass of milk too. Santa needs his strength to deliver those gifts.  Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas.


Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Review

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Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 63

Welcome to the 63rd week of Turn It Up Tuesdays! We’re so happy to have you here again this week – we had such amazing posts last week! We enjoyed reading them all!
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Mari chose Dresser To Kitchen Island – Cart #DIY With #ChalkyFinish Paint Colors from Dear Creatives. “I chose DC’s redo because I absolutely love taking something old and making it into something new again. I loved how the dresser turned out I think it looks amazing!”
Angie chose Pretzel Snowmen from Save More Spend Less with Heidi. “How cute is this!!? So easy to make & oh so delicious too! Maybe we could even add a gummy worm as a scarf? (that might be taking it too far – they are perfect as is)”
Jillian chose Free Christmas Shopping Printable from The Organized Dream. “I chose this post bc I love lists!! And keeping organized during the holidays is very time consuming. This list will help me keep organized, and I hope it helps others!”
Chelsea chose Pumpkin Pie in a Jar from Little House Living. “I love how these pies were made in a jar. Call me crazy, but the crust is my LEAST favorite part of a pie, so knowing that these confections had less flaky and more filling, I was a happy woman. And plus, it just looks yummy in general! Yay for holiday sweets!”
Damjana chose Mini Apple Cranberry Popovers from Three Kids and a Fish. “These popovers are just perfect for this time of the year. A treat this warm, sweet, tart and fluffy makes a person want more of it – especially when served with that yummy cranberries fill!”
Serena chose Five Things I Did For My Students That Today’s Teacher’s Wouldn’t Do from LadyBlogger. “Our kids will always need teachers like this. Perhaps some teachers have lost their spark because of the way the system has changed or for whatever reason. I’m glad to see there are still teachers out there that are willing to go above and beyond for their students.”
Tenns chose 20-Something Scriptures Every 20-Something Should Know from Mommie and Wee. “I’m always on the search for more spiritual encouragement. This great list of scriptures is just what I need to add to my spiritual appetite. I like that its geared to those in their twenties, because I as I approach my thirties I have these scriptures to look to for strength, encouragement, and motivation.”
Stacey chose New To Homeschooling from The Multi Tasking’ Mom. “I completely understand this post and still feel somewhat unsure, even though we are into our third year of homeschooling. I will likely always feel a bit of unsure, but I will continue to plug along, because I do feel it is the best for my kids. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Tina chose DIY Waterless Snow Globes from Pioneer Mama. “Another wonderful Christmas creation!! Detailed instructions – fantastic result, my type of craft!! I love these waterless snow globes and I’m making some this Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing.”
Amy chose Homemade Monogrammed Gift Tags from The Organized Dream. “I love these Homemade Monogrammed Gift Tags from he Organized Dream! I love adding an extra touch to my gifts to personalize them and make the recipient feel special. These gift tags are easy to make, look great, and can be re-purposed as ornaments to be used again each year.”
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Natasha chose Single Serve Hot Chocolate Mix from With A Blast. “I’ve been looking for a nice simple gift to give to my son’s teachers for the holidays. I think this might be it! Thanks for the idea and the simple instructions!”
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My Favorite Family Holiday Traditions

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Today, I want to share a few of the holiday traditions that I started with my grandchildren.  Each year we visit the Parade of Lights in Virginia Beach. I started this tradition six years ago with my grandson, and it’s something that we look forward to now.  

We drive on the boardwalk, which is only allowed once a year, to see these brilliant displays. We order hot dogs and hot chocolate, while we’re waiting our turn to get on the boardwalk.   We’re able to tune-in to a local radio station that plays Christmas music while you’re making the drive. I love the fact that nobody is in a hurry.  Everybody takes their time making the drive and allows visitors to hop out and take pictures.  There are jumping fishing, soldiers, surfing Santa, dinosaurs, you name it. It is truly a treat for the kids, they are in awe. Those brilliant lights have that kind of effect even if you have seen them year after year.  They do change several of the displays from year to year, so part of the fun is seeing what’s new.    


Another family tradition is visiting Hunt Club Farm to see their animated displays.  Totally cool!  Santa’s elves are at work making dolls and other great toys, bears are fishing, reindeer are checking Santa’s Naughty or Nice List, and Santa waits at the end of the tour for a photo opp.  

It’s important for my grandchildren to look back over the years when they believed and remember holiday traditions.  Hopefully, these traditions will inspire them to create a few of their own when they have a family.  What traditions have you started with your children or grandchildren?  

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