This post originally appeared on one of my favorite sites, Paging Supermom, last year when school started. My kids were so … [Continue Reading]
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Some of us are enjoying the final days of … [Continue Reading]
It's probably time we introduce you to the newest member of our crazy family! Two weeks ago we welcomed baby Aden to the … [Continue Reading]
We are expecting some excitement this Independence Day as our newest lil' firecracker is getting ready to make his debut, so … [Continue Reading]
Has it happened at your house yet? Have your children started complaining about being bored this summer? If you live in … [Continue Reading]
This post originally appeared on one of my favorite sites, Paging Supermom, last year when school started. My kids were so excited by this surprise! School starts this week for us. Not sure they will get such a cool surprise this year.
My kids have already gone back to school for the year. It came too soon and I wasn’t quite ready for my summer-fun time with them to be over. Although, I will say that during the last week or two before school started as the contention increased, I was reminded of the blessings that come with having fewer bodies in the house for the better part of the day. Still, I want our home to be the place they want to return at the end of each day, so I decided to do something special to welcome them home on that first day of school.What could be more welcoming than freshly-baked cookies and milk for an after-school snack?
How about their own giant personalized freshly-baked cookie (and milk!) with a handwritten card?
The How Does She? girls first got me thinking about the giant cookie idea, but I wanted to tie it in more directly with going back to school, so I made them “Smart Cookies!” I designed this card–”Congratulations! To One Smart Cookie!”–and printed one for each child. Inside, I wrote them each a note encouraging them to try their hardest this year and reminding them of how much we love them.
I designed the card to be a little generic so that it could work for other occasions, as well, such as a graduation party, end of the school year, or celebration of an academic award or milestone. I put one inside of a frame to set by the cookies and help them see what the surprise was all about.
The cookies weren’t at all difficult to make. I modified this yummy recipe to make them:
I bought round baking pans at the Dollar Store so each child could have their own giant cookie. This yummy cookie recipe that only calls for four ingredients!
To make three giant cookies I used:
I made a simple buttercream frosting (powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla, and food coloring–I don’t usually measure anymore.) and piped a border around each cookie as well as the number of the grade they are attending in the middle of the cookie.
Their reaction was priceless! They LOVED their cookies–both the sentiment and the taste! They thought I was the coolest mom ever…At least until I made them go and do their homework.
I have made the printable smart cookie card available on my Printables Page for my Facebook followers. If you are looking for more back to school ideas, you might like our twist on the traditional “Apple for the Teacher” gift.
How are you getting ready for Back to School?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Some of us are enjoying the final days of summer vacation before school starts. Others have another month or more to party and vacation before reality sets in. For either scenario, I've found a great excuse to get away for a vacation--as if you need an excuse! Did you know that July is National Vacation Rental Month? Our main summer activity this year has been having a baby, so we really haven't been able to get away, but looking at some of these pictures from vacations past, has me yearning for a little escape. I'm trying to decided if I would rather escape to the beach or the mountains. Either way, I would love to find a great vacation rental property to escape to! Wyndham Vacation Rentals is celebrating National Vacation Rental Month with savings of up to 35%. Very tempting! Have you stayed in a vacation … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
It's probably time we introduce you to the newest member of our crazy family! Two weeks ago we welcomed baby Aden to the world. At only 9 lbs. 3 oz., he is the smallest of my boys and the median of my 5 children. (We grow them pretty big!) He is pretty sweet and very strong! And getting lots of love from all of these crazies! While I will be posting a few things in the near future, I am still sort of on maternity leave as we adjust and recover, so I may not be answering emails, etc., for a while. I'm pretty busy snuggling this cute guy! Oh, and p.s.: If you want to see lots more pictures of my sweet boy, follow on Instagram. I have less self-control about not over-sharing there. ;-) … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
We are expecting some excitement this Independence Day as our newest lil' firecracker is getting ready to make his debut, so we don't need much more excitement this year. However, you may be looking for a few fun ways to add some "spark" to your 4th of July celebrations. Last year I shared this recipe on Today's Creative Blog. I'm happy to share it with you here! It is a simple, and festive treat for the occasion! Last year I posted about making a fun patriotic picnic. We had fireworks a couple of weeks early in my community and so we took a picnic to the park for the celebration. Even if you don't have time for the full-fledged picnic, you may still want to whip up some of this Firecracker Popcorn to munch on in between Ooohs...Ahhhs....and Ohhhhs! This is really simple, but very fun. We started with basic air-popped popcorn, because I wasn't sure I wanted the butter or salt that … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Has it happened at your house yet? Have your children started complaining about being bored this summer? If you live in Arizona, I may just have the solution for you! Have you heard of Pogo Passes? Some of my friends have had these for a couple of years and love them! For a one-time fee, you get admission to 15 different venues (most venues allow multiple visits), including some of our favorite family fun places! Such as the Phoenix Zoo! SEA LIFE Aquarium Enchanted Island Amusement Park And a couple of D-backs games! Just to mention a few. All you need to do is go to PogoPass.com and put in the code INSANITY to get all of these admissions for a huge discount! Only $39.98 per pass! It would only take a couple of visits to more than re-coop your investment, but since the passes are good for a full year from your date of purchase, you are sure to find lots of occasions … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
I know there are mixed feelings about giving Dad a new tie for Father's Day. You know that I am in favor of it, at least every once in a while. Remember my Tie-riffic Father's Day? If you are going to do the tie-thing, then do the tie-thing! One way to make it really cool, is to get matching ties for the family! The folks at The Matching Tie Guy let me choose some Father's Day ties for my family--the whole family. See, not only do they have all kinds of sizes of ties for the different boys an men in your family, but they also have matching hair ties for the ladies! It's so fun to unify our family with matching/coordinating outfits! (You know we have a history of dressing up together for all kind of holidays (Easter, Christmas, Halloween), now Father's Day! I chose a pattern that would also work well for the 4th of July, so we can be matching and Patriotic then. Check out Matching Tie Guy … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]