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1stOur home is trying to cut out sugar and eat more natural foods.
I found these and have done a bit of tweaking to make them our own.

2nd ingred

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup of frozen blue berries (thawed- I run them under warm water, so that they are not super plump)
½ cup of any kind of dried fruit. (I use dried strawberries, raisins, and mixed fruit- I buy in the bulk section at Winco)
½ cup of non-sweetened apple juice
4 tablespoons of finely chopped dates
2 tablespoons of chopped pecans (you can add walnuts-yet pecans are less expensive for us)
2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds
4 tablespoons of chia seeds. (if you do not use chia seeds-cut apple juice to ¼ cup- chia likes liquid- you can use flax seeds too)

Heat oven to 350°F.  Mash peeled bananas in a mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Spray 9 x 12 pan with pam.  Spread mixture in the pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes.  Cool and cut into rectangles.

Hint:  You can use any combination of seeds, nuts, or berries.  Mixture stores well in a sealed container.
3 bananasBlend ripe bananas well.
4 mixtureAdd the rest of the ingredients and blend well.
5 in the panPress mixture into the lightly greased 9 x 13 pan.
They store well in a sealed container.  We like to make a double batch and have them super thick!
Healthy Eating!

 

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What child does not like marshmallows-even more- cupcakes!  
Add a movie and you have a fun night with the whole family,
while eating these adorable popcorn cupcakes!

2ndSupplies:
Cake mix
White Frosting
Cupcake holders
Marshmallows
Paper
Red Marker
Tape
3rdInstructions:
Bake Cup cakes and let cool.
Frost cupcakes once they are cooled.
Apply the marshmallows on the top.
My 7 year old put them on the top-there is no specific way to make them look.
4thNext:
Make the striped muffin cups.
I drew out a pattern like this.
They have them online for free, but I decided to free hand mine.
5thI cut out the pattern and added stripes.  The stripes are 3 lines thick.
Meaning when I ran the marker across to make a stripe, I did so 3 different times to make a wider stripe.
I connected the two sides together with tape, which then formed a cup.
I dropped the cupcake into the cup.
6thALL DONE!

DO NOT PUT IN OVEN TO TOAST THE TOP OF THE MARSHMALLOWS!
Frosting will melt.  I tried this to see what would happen and I had   marshmallows and melted frosting everywhere. ha ha!
You can use a longer lighter and lightly toast the marshmallows, or a blow torch.  I chose to leave them plane.

They made my heart giggle when I saw them the first time.  My daughter and I had so much fun putting them together.
Perfect for a Circus Theme party too!
 

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keeping track of your child's medicine doses, #medicine, #sick, #antibiotic, #child, #parenting, #medicinesafety

Keeping Track of Your Child’s Medicine Doses~ Good Advice During the Winter Season

I love pretty much everything about Fall and Winter.  I think I can count on one hand the things I dislike about the cold months; heating bills, icy roads, and kids getting sick every time you turn around.  Honestly, with multiple kids it sometimes feels like someone in our home is sick constantly the whole season!  Don’t get me wrong, I feel blessed that they are small illnesses.  Colds, ear infections and sinus infections mostly.  But with our hectic life, and sometimes multiple children on medicine at the same time, it is easy to lose track of whether or not someone got their dose that morning/evening.  And then if you add 2 parents in there, what if one of us gives the medicine not realizing that the other one already gave it to them?

Here is the solution: Use a sharpie, or put a small label on the bottle of the medicine.  I tried the Sharpie, but with the red bottle, I didn’t feel like my oldish sharpie was dark enough. My son is taking his medicine for 10 days 2 times a day starting on the 12th.  I made 2 columns, one for am and one for pm and listed the dates down the side.  Now my husband and I can keep track of  when we gave him his medicine to make sure neither of us are double dosing him and that the child is actually getting all of the doses of the medicine so it can be most effective.

keeping track of your child's medicine doses, #medicine, #sick, #antibiotic, #child, #parenting, #medicinesafety, #chart

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Snowflake 1st photo Did any of you have a SNOW DAY this week. I know it is February and most of us are SICK of the snow… but these are still pretty and fun to make.  

plan coffee filter 2nd photo

Super Simple and fun Coffee Filter Snowflakes!

The Filter is already a circle.
All you have to do is first smooth out the filter.

coffee filter in half 3rd photoFold it in half, then fold it again….
2nd fold 4th photoAnd a third time as well…. great project for kids and motor skills!
5th.  Fold of coffee filter

Draw where you want to cut, then cut out the darkened areas with a pair of scissors.
7th. cut outThis idea came from a friend.  Super easy and fun!

Last one.. Snow flake all alone

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1 cute pinterestWhat a fun surprise for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day!
Add a special love note and some other yummy sides,
and bring a smile to your; child, husband, or even yourself in the middle of the day. 
2 ingredientsSupplies needed:
Heart shape cutter
A slice of Wheat and a slice of White Bread
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Knife

Cut the 2 hearts out of each piece of bread.  Remove cut-out part of the white bread and put it in the cut-out of the wheat bread.  Carefully put peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other side.  Put the two pieces of breads together.
You are done!
3 lastMy 91 year old Grandma (GG) loved hers.  She giggled when she ate it.

Suggestions for alternatives:
Any kind of inners for a sandwich work

Such as:

Cheese
Tuna Fish
Waldorf chicken sandwich
We love to grill our peanut butter sandwiches

Cookie Cutters:
Teddy Bear
Flower
Fish

You can find lots of HEART SHAPED COOKIE CUTTERS online, shipped right to your door.

Please note this post contains my affiliate links, amazon prices and stock can change without notice.

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It’s time for Quarter Sale! This Friday 2/7 and Saturday 2/8 from 10am – 5pm
You do the math! The Quarter Sale is the ultimate way to clothe your family and save a ridiculous amount of money! Sale starts at 10am and runs until 5pm or when we run out. And, of course it’s 2 buck at 2 o’clock. Whatever is left on the tables is up for the taking. Just 2 bucks to fill out a HUGE bag!

Don’t forget about the coupon below for other deals you find in the store (coupon can NOT be used on quarter sale items)

other mothers nampa coupon for feb 21014

 15% off your entire purchase.  PLUS they just put our their spring clothing, so new stock and a discount that is a WIN, WIN in my book.

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