Recipe: Funny Bones from Frankenweenie

Looking for some fun foods to make for your next Halloween Party? Here are some fun Funny Bones inspired by the new Frankenweenie movie!

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FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!

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Recipe: Batty Cupcakes from Frankenweenie

Looking for some fun foods to make for your next Halloween Party? Here are some fun Batty Cupcakes inspired by the new Frankenweenie movie!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Watch Soda Fly with Mentos?

We stopped by our friend Katie’s house, from Cincinnati Cents, the other day and her kids told our girls that they were going to blow up soda, did they wanna help! The kids had seen that you can take mentos and add them to diet soda and they will make a big explosion! So we tried it!

We began peeling back just the paper on the mentos, leaving the foil on.

imageThen place the foil wrapped mentos in the soda.

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It will begin to make a large explosion.

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Then watch the soda fly!!

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We had so much fun making soda fly and even made a batch of flubber, which I will share later! What fun things are you doing this summer with the kiddos?

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Hit The Bowling Alley During Your Staycation

Our girls love to go bowling and what better way to go than for FREE! Check out how Katie at Cincinnati Cents used FREE bowling to keep their summer staycation on budget!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Make Your Own Lemonade Stand

Let your little ones make their own Lemonade Stand! Here is what you will need:

An old table and tablecloth
Four sheets of construction paper
Markers or crayons
Cups & Ice
Lemonade

Step 1: Cover the table with the tablecloth.

Step 2: Create a large “Lemonade” sign by taping the construction paper together and writing out the letters with your markers or crayons.

Step 3: Mix the lemonade and fill the cups with ice and lemonade.

Step 4: Get out there and sell!

This idea was provided by Disney- The Odd Life of Timothy Green!

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Get Your Kiddos Movin’ With LazyTown & The First Lady

SPROUT® AND LAZYTOWN TEAM UP WITH FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA TO PROMOTE ACTIVE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Stars of Sprout’s The Sunny Side Up Show and LazyTown Join First Lady Michelle Obama in New Let’s Move! Public Service Announcements

Philadelphia, PA, July 23, 2012 – 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout, First Lady Michelle Obama and LazyTown have teamed up to promote active, healthy lifestyles for preschoolers with a series of new Let’s Move! public service announcements, produced by Sprout and designed specifically for children ages 2-5 and their families.  The three PSAs, filmed in the East Room of The White House, feature First Lady Michelle Obama, Chica the Chicken, host of Sprout’s hit The Sunny Side Up Show, and larger-than-life action hero Sportacus from the popular LazyTown series, which can be seen every day on Sprout at 2:00 p.m. ET and every Saturday morning on the new NBC Kids block (check local listings for times).

“Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity each day to grow up healthy and strong,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “That’s why it’s so important that kids get an early start on being active.  Sportacus, Chica, and all their friends at Sprout are helping us inspire our kids to get moving at an early age and have fun doing it, which will help them build good habits to last a lifetime.”

Debuting on Sprout today during “Good Sport Week” and in celebration of the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the Let’s Move! PSAs focus on promoting physical activity, healthy eating, the importance of play, and making simple lifestyle changes that can make a big difference.  The overall goal of the campaign is to create meaningful ways of empowering parents of preschoolers to partner with their kids in joining the Let’s Move! movement, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.  The PSAs will also begin airing on NBC on July 28 during NBC Kids, a new Saturday morning block programmed by Sprout and designed specifically to address the developmental needs of preschool-aged children.

“We are honored to collaborate with the First Lady on this campaign,” said Sandy Wax, president of Sprout.  “Our PSAs focus on the importance of play, which not only supports an active, healthy lifestyle, but also plays a critical role in early childhood development in the areas of social skills, problem solving, language and interpersonal skills. Something as simple as playing together can make a huge difference… and what better way to share this message with parents than through the Let’s Move! initiative and our friends at LazyTown with these spots that will reach millions of families across the country on Sprout and NBC.”

The three Let’s Move! PSAs are:

·         “Remember Play” – 60-second parent-directed spot that opens with a series of images showcasing adults having fun playing games that they loved as children, including riding a tricycle and hopscotch.  The scene cuts to First Lady Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House playing a game of “Duck, Duck, Chicken” with Chica the Chicken, Sportacus, preschoolers and their parents.  The First Lady delivers a message about the fun and importance of families getting active for 60 minutes a day.

·         “Duck, Duck, Chicken” – 30-second kid-directed spot that opens with the game of “Duck, Duck, Chicken” with First Lady Michelle Obama, Chica the Chicken, Sportacus, preschoolers and their parents.  The First Lady reminds kids how important it is to play for at least an hour a day.

·         “Chicken Reporter” – 30-second and 60-second versions featuring Chica the Chicken interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama about her favorite way to be active while she hula hoops with preschoolers and Sportacus.

“It was a special honor to be part of the PSAs with the First Lady,” said Magnus Scheving, who founded LazyTown and appears as Sportacus in the spots.  “As someone who has been working for almost twenty years to motivate children to lead healthier lifestyles, I’m of the firm belief that good eating and exercising habits need to start as early as possible.  Mrs. Obama is very sincere in her mission to help kids and families become more active.”

Sprout’s prosocial initiative, ‘Kindness Counts’ – which launched last year in August 2011 – is providing the overall framework for this new initiative in conjunction with Let’s Move! and LazyTown.  In celebration, Sprout will focus the second year of “Kindness Counts” on being kind to your body with a special web destination on SproutOnline.com, including helpful content for parents, as well as inspirational and fun activities for families to do together.  The page will link to the Let’s Move! website.

About Sprout®
Available in over 50 million homes, Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers.  The 24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the website (SproutOnline.com), is the only channel that follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted blocks.  Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views.

Sprout is a partnership among NBCUniversal, PBS, Sesame Workshop and Apax Funds.  Its program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based preschool shows includes:  Sesame Street®, Bob the Builder, Barney & Friends, The Wiggles®, Caillou®, Pajanimals, Thomas & Friends,  LazyTown, and more.

www.SproutOnline.com

www.facebook.com/Sprout

www.twitter.com/SproutTV

About Let’s Move!

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.

 

About LazyTown

LazyTown is a children’s entertainment brand dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing in a fun way. This is its unique selling point, and by remaining committed to this, LazyTown Entertainment has been able to develop the brand with integrity and authenticity.  Today, the high-definition television series consists of 53 LazyTown episodes, and 26 LazyTown Extra episodes produced with the BBC, and is currently broadcast in 128 countries. The TV series remains the company’s core asset, and it continues to be broadcast worldwide to a recurring market of pre-school children.  LazyTown is on a mission to move the world to be a healthier place. When we get kids moving, we get their families moving. And when families move, we are one step closer to moving the world. Move the body, move the mind, every day.  LazyTown Entertainment is a Turner Broadcasting company.

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Kids Frugal Fun: Glossy Paper Flowers

Glossy Paper Flowers

Scissors
Old magazines
Glue stick
Paper fastener

Step 1: To make a bloom, cut two to four flower shapes in various sizes and patterns, as shown. Ours measure 1 1/4 to 5 1/2 inches.
Tip: For a symmetrical flower like the ones pictured, trace a circle onto a magazine page and cut it out (we used an old CD as a
template). Fold the circle in half several times, as you would a paper snowflake, then cut the folded paper into the desired petal shape, making sure you don’t cut through the pointed tip.

Step 2: Roll a single magazine page into a slim tube for a stem and secure it using a glue stick.

Step 3: Stack the floral shapes and secure them to the top of the stem with a paper fastener. Pinch or fold the edges of the petals
to add dimension.

Craft provided by Disney- The Odd Life of Timothy Green & Spoonful.com.

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Frugal Travel Tips: Create a Kids Travel Kit

Kids’ Travel Kit- Guest Post from Emily at Peppy Socks!

It is summer! YAY! Summer means fun road trip adventures for many of us. If your toddler is like mine, the iPad and movies last ten minutes if we are lucky. So it takes a little extra preparation to make sure he is entertained in the car (switching out toys what seems like every two minutes). Before running to the store to buy new toys, I decided to find all the possible “toys” I could around the house to add to the car travel kit. Below is a list of some items….FYI: the straws were a HUGE hit!

WARNING – your backseat might be a bit messy when you arrive and it is possible you may have a child covered in band-aids with straws coming out their ears, BUT I bet they will be well entertained and a happy little traveler!

•Straws

•Band-Aids

•Cookie sheet and magnets

•Plastic cup(s) and small ball(s)

•Post-its

•Stickers with wax paper or empty plastic drink container

•Sock puppets

•Pipe cleaners

•Plastic Easter Eggs

•Sunglasses

•Old set of keys

•Any small toy still in package

•SNACKS, SNACKS, and more SNACKS!

The mission of Peppy Socks is to give back while providing fun, colorful, inspirational socks that make people smile.

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Kids Frugal Fun: Make Your Own Slime

I love find great recipes for fun crafts to do with the kiddos around the house! Check out how Jinxy Kids makes Homemade Slime!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Homemade Playdough Recipe

I love finding frugal recipes for things that we spend a small fortune on! Play-doh is one of those things as a kids, you just have to have. It is so much fun to play with, make fake food with and build anything and everything your imagination can create. But as a stay at home mom of 3 girls who love this stuff, it can get quite expensive. So here is our homemade play dough recipe, not only inexpensive but safe, in our case, puppy safe!

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 cup of flour
  • 2 cup of water
  • 4 tsp of cream of tarter
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • food coloring (or we added kool aid to our last batch- colors weren’t as bright in color, but smelled great)

This batch will make about 5-6 small size softball’s (we used small tupperware bowls and I was able to fill 6 of them). I have seen several other recipes floating around the web and they are all fairly similar and all seem to work fine, so if you have your own recipe, use it!image

  • In a pan add all dry ingredients and mix thoroughly
  • add water and vegetable oil
  • cook on medium to low, continue to mix together until it forms a large ball. There may be a few lumps but that is ok
  • let it cool down on a plate or parchment/wax paper
  • you can now add food coloring for just 1 color or separate into small balls and then add food coloring, mix together
  • kneed the balls together, removing all the lump and mixing all the food coloring together- it will start to feel just like play-doh that you buy at the store
  • Start playing!

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I finally was able to use all of those mini plastic bowls I got at Meijer a while back for FREE on sale!! Great for keeping them separated by colors and keep fresh for months of play!

Now for hours of play!!

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FREEbie: Kiddos Get In FREE at Newport Aquarium through August 31

Looking for a great way to save while taking the kiddos to the Newport Aquarium?  2 kids, ages 2 to 12, get in FREE with each full price adult ticket purchased online. Kids ages 2 and under are FREE, so don’t purchase a ticket for them!

Summer Family Hours Details:
Up to 2 kids get in FREE with each adult ticket purchased online.
Now -August 31, Sunday through Friday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Summer Family Hours tickets are available ONLINE ONLY.

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Summer Fun With The Kiddos on the Cheap/FREE!!

Looking for some FREE or cheap things to do this summer with the kiddos? Check out all these great kids frugal activities that I found to do with our kiddos this summer:

Kids Frugal Fun: FREE Family Film Festival at Rave all Summer!
Kids Frugal Fun: FREE Movies at Fountain Square Cincinnati
FREEbie: FREE Kids Movies This Summer at Cobb Theatres
Kids Eat FREE at Bob Evans This Summer- Check Your Local Store
Kids Frugal Fun: FREE Book with Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge
FREEbie: Roller Skating this Summer for the Kiddos
Kids Frugal Fun: FREE Crafts & Workshops at Bass Pro Shop- Now til July 15
FREEbie: Summer Camp at the Apple Store for the Kiddos
Kids Frugal Fun: $1 Family Friendly Movies at Regal Theaters All Summer
Cheap Kiddos Summer Movies at Cinemark Theaters

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FREEbie: Summer Camp at the Apple Store for the Kiddos

Head to Apple Store to register to have your kiddos attend the FREE Apple Camp. Kids ages 8-12 are welcome attend the Apple Camp to learn how to shoot their own movies or create songs all with Apple products! This is FREE and our local store is already full, so register soon!

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Kids Frugal Fun: FREE Crafts & Workshops at Bass Pro Shop- Now til July 15

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Bass Pro Shop is hosting a plethora of FREE events and activities this summer for the kiddos!

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm-4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-5pm you can let your little ones enjoy a craft and a couple workshops all for FREE! Here is a list of the crafts they will be offering:

  • June 9, 10, 12 or 14 Decorate a Seedling Pot
  • June 16, 17, 19 or 21 Paint a Wiggle Snake
  • June 23, 24, 26, 28 Create Your Own Catch-a-Fish Game
  • June 30, July 2, 3 or 5 Paint a Bear Track
  • July 7, 8, 10 or 12 Stamp A Leather Wristband
  • July 14 or 15 Paint a Birdhouse

We stopped by today and make a seedling pot and all 3 girls tried archery and fishing!

Each workshop takes about 20 minutes and the craft about the same. So plan to stay for at least an hour to enjoy all of their activities!

Workshops are scheduled each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Each location may vary a little as to what time they will offer these activities, so be sure to check with your local Bass Pro Shop to find out! Some of the workshops and other FREE activities they will have are:

  • FREE Shooting Range
  • FREE Shooting Arcade
  • FREE Casting Targets
  • FREE Photos
  • FREE S’mores Cookout
  • FREE Catch & Release Pond
  • FREE Bird Watching

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FREEbie: Roller Skating this Summer for the Kiddos


Kids Skate FREE is offering FREE skating for your kiddos at a skating center near you!! Check their map for locations near you and receive FREE skating passes via email sent every Sunday at 9pm for the upcoming week!

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