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Must Have for Hunting Season, Camping, and enjoying the outdoors. Also makes for great places for visitors who come stay at your home. Easy to store away, and pack up.

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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Groundhog Day Pudding Cup Snacks

Groundhog day is February 2nd, which will be here before you know it!  I don’t know about you, but I am really hoping we don’t end up with that extra six weeks of winter he always predicts this year!   Groundhog day falls on a Sunday this year, so wouldn’t these cute little pudding cups be perfect for a Sunday night dessert?

What you will need:

Instant chocolate pudding

Milk (to mix the pudding)

plastic cups (the ones I used were 20 oz)

Nutter butter cookies

Mini chocolate chips

Chocolate graham crackers

Icing (to stick on the chocolate chips)

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Begin by preparing your pudding so it can set.  I used a large box and got 5 cups 2/3 full out of it.  Let that set in the fridge.

Crush some chocolate graham crackers in a baggie so they are finely crushed.  Set aside.

With your icing (I bought a tiny tube of white for this but somehow it didn’t make it home with me so I had to use what I had on hand which was red.) put 2 small dots on top of the nutter butter for the ears and 2 on the front for the eyes.  Place a mini chocolate chip on each of those spots.

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Now your pudding should be set up.  Scoop it into your clear cups.  Leave room at the top for the “dirt” (or graham cracker crumbs).  If you drip any or get it on the side, just wipe it up with a napkin to make it look nice.  Now sprinkle with a good helping of crackers for your dirt.

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Its time to place your groundhog in the ground.  Push him down so just his head is peeking up above the ground.

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That’s it!  So, did he see his shadow?  I don’t think he had time to at our house before the poor little guy got eaten up!  This was a great dessert for the kids to help make also and was a fun project for all of us!

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Our kids spend hours playing like they are digging up fossils. They go on hunts for them in the backyard too. We start by making putting them in the ground and allowing them to harden up. Not in normal dirt although you could do that. But we place them in a large baking pan. We add in a bowl equal parts sand or loose dirt to plaster of paris and mix in the water to a thick slurry. And push the dinosaurs down into the dirt in various positions. Then set it out to let it harden for a day or two. And then set the pan outside or on the table with a table cloth under it, and let the kids being exploring.  You can even have them try and dig it out so that they can match it to photos of the dinosaurs in their favorite book.

This activity is perfect for all kids, not only the ones who love dinosaurs but all of them because they can explore and search.  It challenges them and is like opening a new gift every time.

Now you could get a premade kit. And that is how we started in the beginning. The tools come with it and the dinosaur is pre-buried. And then you can use the same dirt and wet it with some more plaster of paris if you’d like.

For much younger kids like three and four sometimes just loose dirt is best for their little hands.

Then after they are all done playing with it, you can remake the dirt and re-bury the dinosaurs again for the next time they want to explore.

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  • Dig up a plastic skeleton of a t-ren
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Set of Dinosaur Skeletons includes twelve different 3 dimensional figures that stand up to 4-3/4 Inch tall or 6 Inch long. They’re made from flexible plastic and can stand up on their own. Great fun indoors or out. You can even have a prehistoric dig and bury these “fossil like” figures and dig them back up, wash them off and play some more – great fun.

  • 6″ – 7″ Long
  • Fossil Skeleton
  • Assorted Dinosaurs
  • Fun to the bone!
  • Size: From 4-3/4″ tall up to 6 Inch long
  • Great party favors
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metal fossil dig toolsSE DD312 12-Piece Stainless Steel Carvers Set

These are so much fun for the older kids. They get to pretend like they are actually using real tools on real bones as they pick the dirt out of the skeletons.

  • Durable & long-lasting stainless steel construction
  • Double-sided for a variety of shapes & uses
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Dap Plaster of Paris Box Molding Material, 4.4-Pound, White

  • Great for plaster repairs; hobby molds; and casts
  • Sets in 20-30 minutes
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These games can be played in a small or large group, and they are also great for all ages. AND they can all be taken down and stored in a smaller container.  Lots of fun but low cost!

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It is on the best sellers list with great reviews too.

  • PVC, Plastic, ABS
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  • Team Ladderball set ideal for tailgating, barbecues, vacations, and more
  • Includes 2 goal uprights, 3 red bolas, 3 blue bolas, and instructions
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My kids LOVE this game, we have a local park with a Frisbee golf course, it is rather fun to play.

  • The Mini Frisbee Golf Disc Game set is the coolest indoor/outdoor toy for kids and adults, play at home, work or for an event, contest and more
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I love that these fold up into a bag. Makes it nice to travel with and to store.

  • The perfect game to bring to tailgates, barbecues, or any outdoor event for hours of entertainment!
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