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Portable Bunk Beds, Camping hacks that will change your life, Bunkable cot perfect for living or camping in small spacesBunkable Cot or a Portable Bunk bed

I saw these this weekend and thought WOW, now that is camping in style. Perfect for large groups with small spaces. With 5 kids we are always looking for space saving ideas. Cots are so much more comfortable to sleep on, instead of the hard ground. But they take up a lot of floor space so this is a brilliant solution.  I also love that these Portable Bunk beds also double as a couch.

  • Bunkable cot system fits 2 people, compatible to a broad range of tents and dome structures used in recreational camping
  • Bunkable to maximize floor space, with a height off the ground of 11 in. and distance between cots 21 in
  • Frame is manufactured using rust resistant and powder coated steel that is robust, ultra strong with a weight tolerance of 500 lbs. per single cot
  • 28″ wide sleeping deck materials dry quickly with proper ventilation and are removable for cleaning
  • Includes two side organizers that attach onto the sleeping deck for the storage of personal items

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Personalized Child Beach or Camping Chair with Umbrella Kids Folding Camp Chairs

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Rocket balloons with pump, easy summer games to keep the kids busy, fun games for kids

My kids love to play with Rocket Balloons, It has been HOT here this week and playing outside has not been an option. SO these rocket balloons have kept them entertained for hours. My kids don’t tie them… Instead blow them up, let them go then run around after them screaming at the top of their lungs and laughing as it bounces around the house.pump with balloons, easy summer games to keep the kids busyRocket Balloons with Pump (colors may vary)

  • Material: Latex Balloons are made from 100% latex so they’re biodegradable and sensitive to light and heat.
  • Size:about 10″ in length and expand to about 40″ in length
  • Includes 100 ballons and Pair of deluxe two-way pumps for faster inflation Reusable latex balloons(colour may vary)
  • Ages 8 and up?Great way to have a blast with your friends and family
  • This is a great toy for Parties, Carnivals, Parades, Concerts, Sports Events.Blow it up and let it go.It fly’s and whistles thru the air like a rocket. Great fun!!!

Rocket balloons with pump, easy summer games to keep the kids busy

Toysmith Giant Rocket Balloon Set 

  • Includes 85 balloons that expand to 40″ in length
  • This set features a deluxe two-way pump for faster inflation
  • Reusable latex balloons
  • Great way to have a blast with your friends and family
  • For ages 8 and over

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fireworks safter tips, 11 things you need to know before you use fireworks, safter hacks for kids on the 4th of july
Fireworks are a lot of fun but they can also be very dangerous. As a little girl I was terrified of them, because I had one spin across the ground and burn my foot. It was not bad, but enough to scare me and I get a lump in my stomach when I see fireworks going off.

Here are some easy tips to help your 4th of July be a little safer as your family celebrates and lights of fireworks.

1- When you light sparklers for your kids, stick the sparkler into the end of a large solo cup. This will help your child’s arm from getting burnt with the sparks from the sparkler. You can watch a video on how to do this here. 

2- Talk to your child BEFORE you light the sparkler about what is going to happen so they do not freak out once it starts to spark, and drop the sparkler.

3- Have an “after plan” on what to do with the HOT metal sparkler stick.  We always have a metal bucket for the kids to put their hot wire in. If they just drop it on the ground there is a good chance someone will step on it and burn their foot. Or it can land in dry grass and become a fire hazard.  Talking about what and where to put the hot stick at the end helps prevent this. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C), yikes that is hot enough to melt gold.

4- Before you let your child use a sparkler, pull their hair back and away from their face. Also talk to your child about holding their arm out AWAY from their face and hair.

5- Avoid areas with dry grass, dry leaves or lots of litter that might catch on fire.

6- Staying away from cars, lawn movers or other items with gas tanks is always a good idea too.

7- Do NOT put used fireworks into a garbage can. They might spark and set the other items in the can on fire. We always  put them a metal bucket, and soak them with water, then the NEXT day put them in the large trash can away from the house.

8- Have a hose or water bucket READY just in case. We are playing with fire, so having a fast water source is always a good idea.

9- Always use fireworks OUTSIDE, I know this sounds like common sense but you would be surprised how many people light them inside a garage or other indoor spaces.

10- Always point fireworks away from homes,  and people, never hold them above your head as the sparks falling may catch your hair on fire.

11- Never try to light a “dud” you never know when it might finally go off and if you are holding it or if it is near your face it would be very dangerous.

 

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Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsMy kids are out of school, summer is here and they LOVE craft and art projects.  Today we made fireworks with a fork for a quick and easy craft project.  I know it sounds a little strange but they had a BALL doing it, and it kept them busy for well over an hour.  If you are looking for a fun patriotic craft idea for the 4th of July then you might want to give this idea a try.

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsAll you need is:

A fork, plastic or metal, both work

A paper plate for the paint

Craft Paint

Paper

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsStart with one color of paint, dip the back of the fork in and then “wipe” the back of the fork onto the paper.  Do this over and over and make a circle pattern.  Clean your fork off and then go to another color.  Do this over and over until you have used all the colors.  I used red white and blue but you could use any color.  They turn out rather pretty and appeal to a broad age group  my 4 year old and my 12 year old both had fun making these.

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Breakfast Burritos ~ Freezer Friendly Camping Recipe

This recipe is awesome for camping or just for an easy breakfast idea. Did I mention that it is also freezer friendly, you can make up a big batch of them and enjoy them for weeks to come.  You can heat them up over a fire, in the oven or in the microwave (take the foil off), or fry them up in a skillet.

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What you need:

  • 8 eggs scrambled
  • 4 -5 cups potatoes (cooked) butter and seasoning salt
  • 1-2 cups breakfast sausage or italian sausage (more if you like)
  • 2 cups grated cheese ( I use mexican blend)
  • medium sized flour tortillas (10-15)
  • Foil to wrap them in

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You can customize these however you like. But this is how I make them for my family.  I start by cooking up the sausage. I like to mix breakfast sausage and mild italian sausage. If you like a LOT of meat you might add more, but I normally cook about 1 1/2- 2 cups of sausage.  I chop it into small pieces, once it is cooked thru I put it in bowl and set it aside.  In the SAME pan that I just cooked the meat in I add the potatoes (washed and cleaned and chopped into bite sized pieces).  The fat or drippings from the sausage helps flavor the potatoes, and it also helps them NOT stick to the pan. I like to season the potatoes with steak seasoning, seasoning salt and garlic powder.

If they look like they are sticking you can add a little butter to the pan. I also like to add about a 1/2 cup of water to the pan and put the lid on. This helps the potatoes cook faster. Once the water is gone, I take the lid off and let them crisp up and brown  a bit. Once the potatoes are cooked I put them aside with the meat. I then whisk the eggs and cook the scrambled eggs.

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Once you have the eggs, sausage and potatoes cooked it is time to assemble your burritos.  You can use any tortilla, I use the medium sized ones. This recipe will normally make about 15 burritos. If your kids are not picky and will eat everything in the burritos you can now combine the eggs, meat and potatoes. If they are picky keep them separate  so you can custom make their burritos. Add a scoop of filling to the middle of the tortilla top with cheese, fold the sides in roll up to create a burrito, wrap in foil.

You can now store them in a ziploc bag in the freezer till you are ready to eat them. Once ready to eat thaw, then heat them up over a fire, in the oven or in the microwave (take the foil off), or fry them up in a skillet.  If you are heating them over a fire put them in the coals (not an open flame) and turn them every few minutes. They should be ready to eat in about 6-9 minutes depending on the temperature of the coals. camping menu recipe ideas, breakfast burritos made on the campfire, camping hacks, breakfast ideas for outdoor cooking, menu plan

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Paper bag puppets, easy craft ideas to keep you kids busy this summer, DIY crafts for kidsI love all time I get to spend with my kids over summer break. BUT when it is over 100% degrees outside and they need to play inside they start running out of things to do.  That is when it is good to go back to the basics and let them be creative and use their imagination. My kids made paper bag puppets this weekend and had so much fun creating them. All you need is paper lunch bags and some markers. I let the kids each make several puppets.  They they put on a puppet show and laughed and told silly stories with their new creations.  I then had them pick one bag to pack a lunch in and we took it to the park to have a picnic. What a fun day :).

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