Kids

8 Budget-Friendly Ideas for a Summer Birthday Party

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Summer birthday parties are usually accompanied by great weather and holiday vibes. There are lots of great ways you can create exciting and fun parties on a budget for kids and adults alike, so here are a few ideas to take inspiration from:

Kids Parties:

1)    Choosing a Theme

Having a theme makes it easier to take inspiration, so consider what your kid enjoys. Nintendo’s game Animal Crossing is currently a great fun choice for themed parties, as it is a game that’s loved by both kids and adults. Many people enjoy throwing virtual parties in the game itself, but the cute art style and elements within the game give plenty of inspiration for a real-life party.

2)    Entertainment

When it comes to entertaining kids, there needs to be lots of things to do. Take into consideration their hobbies and interests to generate a theme but keep the activities all-inclusive. Scavenger hunts and treasure hunts are great fun, and you can incorporate their interests to create a themed hunt. You can DIY some clue cards and hide ‘gift bags’ for kids to find.

3)    Fun Place Settings and Decor

Characters from their favorite games or tv shows can be used as markers, or even as table place settings. You could use some of their toys, or even models or figures of their favorite characters. Nendoroids are very popular collectible figures, and you can even buy them online, but they also make ideal place markers, scavenger hunt markers, or even gifts. In fact, you could even use one as a fun cake-topper!

Food and Drinks:

4)    Barbeque

BBQs always make for great parties, but if you needed a good excuse to get the BBQ out, a Birthday celebration is definitely the perfect one. Owning a decently sized barbeque and purchasing some ingredients is the only big expense. You can also make this a daytime or evening event, whichever you prefer.

5)    Tropical Party

Fitting perfectly in the theme of Summer, hosting a Hawaiian or tropical themed party can be great fun. Make sure you have plenty of fruit like pineapples, mangoes, and coconuts and set up a cocktail bar too. Just make sure everyone wears their best Hawaiian shirt!

Evening Parties:

6)    Movie Night

The perfect way to celebrate when the sun starts to set is by setting up a screen and projector outside. Having an outdoor, backyard movie night can be great fun. Simply set up your projector and screen, some string lights or candle lanterns, and bring out the comfy blankets and cushions. You should also make sure to get lots of popcorn!

7)    Camping and S’mores

If your backyard is big enough, a great party idea is for everyone to bring along their tents. For an outdoor version of a pajama party, set up a small campfire and roast some s’mores. This is a great way to enjoy a group camping trip in your own backyard. Lots of stores sell campfire kits, but you can also DIY one too!

Summertime Fun:

8)    Pool Party

If you have your own pool, a pool-party is a no-brainer. The perfect thing to go with hot weather is a dip in the pool, so start blowing up your favorite pool inflatables and picking out your swimwear. Some iced drinks and sun chairs and a fun music playlist make a pool party fun and relaxing. If you’re throwing a pool party for kids, make sure everyone can swim and that someone can supervise at all times!

The summer weather means there are plenty of great options available to throw a fun birthday party, even on a small budget. Just don’t forget to wear sun lotion!

The Home Depot is Offering Free Kids Workshop Kits!

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You may have heard that The Home Depot has cancelled their Kid’s Workshops due to the current pandemic. They recently announced that in place of these workshops, many stores will be handing out Workshop Kits for FREE! You can GO HERE to find a Home Depot location near you, or I would suggest that you give them a call to see if they are participating. 

Fluxx Kid’s Scooter Review + Giveaway!

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Update: The winner is Crystal! Thanks to all who entered!

If you are anything like our family, we have been spending a lot of time outdoors these past few months. It has been so nice to walk while the boys ride their bikes and scooters. I am always looking for ways to get the boys out of the house and to be more active, so when the folks at Fluxx Scooters asked me if I would be interested in reviewing a couple of their scooters for Brady I was so excited to jump at the opportunity! We were sent the Fluxx SSX Pro Stunt Scooter in Green, and the Fluxx DuoMini 2-in-1 Kick Scooter with Foldable and Removable Seat in Blue. We also received an awesome helmet, theGotrax Kids Bike Helmet, 2 in 1 Full Face Multi-Sport Helmet. Brady absolutely loves this helmet! 

The Fluxx SSX Pro Stunt Scooter lets you ride like a pro! Recommended for kids ages 8 years and up, this scooter is lightweight and easy to handle and maneuver. This is very helpful for kids to develop riding skills and makes it easier to get progression. In addition, this is a smooth running scooter that is not only safe but also continue their enthusiasm for this trick’s sport. The two big wheels on the front help to keep the kids safe, and it has a lean-to-steer mechanism which helps to build balance skills at an early age. The ABEC-9 bearings are much smoother and quieter than most of sticky bearings, so kids can easily control the scooter. Assembly is super easy. Tighten 3 bolts only, then you’re ready to go! This scooter is available in several color options. We were sent the green one and I just love how vibrant it is! 

The Fluxx DuoMini 2-in-1 Kick Scooter with Foldable and Removable Seat is a great scooter for kids ages 2-8 years old. We particularly love the 2-in-1 feature of this scooter and that young kids can sit down as they glide, and then move up to scoot mode as they grow up and gain more balance. Such a great learning tool! The scooter also has a foldable/removable seat! Kids can sit down and parent can push them forward. What’s more, you can easily fold the handlebar within 3 seconds. Talk about perfect portability! I personally feel that this is the perfect scooter for kids just starting out. The rustproof aluminum alloy T-bar tube has 3 adjustable height options (24.4/28.3/31.5 inch), and the rubber handle grips are comfortable and wick sweat. The wide brake is durable and made of stainless-steel and ABS. Brady has so much fun cruising along on the Fluxx DuoMini 2-in-1! Choose from Pink, Purple or Teal. 

No scooter ride is complete without the perfect helmet! Brady loves his new Gotrax Kids Bike Helmet! This helmet is actually a CPSC Certified full face helmet for kids that provides maximum protection, especially to protect the cervical spine. And you can easily detach the face guard to change the look and improve ventilation. The Kids Helmet adjusts from 20 – 22 inches (52-56 cm) which fits for kids age of 3-12 years old. It features a dual adjustable system, quick release buckle straps, and adjustment rotation wheel for comfortable wearing. Available in 4 color combinations, this versatile kids helmet is perfect for Bicycle, Scooters, Skateboards, Hover boards, Roller Skating, or any Activity that requires head protection. I highly recommend this helmet for your kiddos! Brady loves his! 

A huge thanks to Fluxx and GoTrax for sending us these items!

Fluxx Scooter GIVEAWAY!!! 

I have some exciting news for you! The wonderful folks at Fluxx Scooters are going to give away one of these amazing scooters to you! The winner will get to choose between the Fluxx SSX Pro Stunt Scooter or the Fluxx DuoMini 2-in-1 Kick Scooter with Foldable and Removable Seat. Choose whichever scooter works best for you and your family. I know that you will enjoy your GoTrax scooter as much as we do! 

How to enter:

This giveaway is open to all U.S. residents 18 years of age and older.

Leave a reply on this post (at the top of the page) and tell me which scooter that you are most excited to try. That’s it! Entry is easy peasy!

This giveaway will end on Sunday, May 31 and a winner will be chosen. Winner will be notified via email.

In the meantime, be sure to check out GoTrax on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all of the latest and new products!

Homeschool Essentials

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I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of items that you may need for homeschooling. During this time of uncertainty and with many stores out of items, Amazon is a great resource for supplies. Some items may take longer to ship than normal, but it is worth not having to go to the store. I actually just purchased many of these items for my boys. If you can think of anything else that I should add to the list, please let me know! (The items that I ordered are supposed to arrive on Sunday)

30-Count Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks $5.82

Westcott 5” Hard Handle Kids Blunt Scissors 2Pk $1.82

Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened with Eraser, Yellow, 12-Pack $2.79

Electric Pencil Sharpener with Rust-proof Spiral Blade $6.99

Five Star Loose Leaf Paper, 3 Hole Punched, Reinforced Filler Paper, College Ruled $3.59

AmazonBasics Fine Point Tip Permanent Markers – Assorted Colors, 24-Pack $6.57

BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Black, 60-Count $4.89

BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Blue, 60-Count$4.89

Scotch Super-Hold Tape, 3/4 in x 800 in, 3 Rolls, 1 in Core $5.97

Scotch Desktop Tape Dispenser Silvertech, Two-Tone (C60-St), Black/Silver, 1 Pack $3.98

 

Amazon is Offering Free Audio Books for Children!

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Audible, an Amazon company is offering Free Audio Books for Kids right now. This is regularly priced at $14.95 per month so what a nice savings!

All you have to do is download the free app. From there, you will find a variety of children’s stories for all ages including teens! 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.

DIY: Kid’s Homemade Slime Recipe

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Are the kiddos driving you crazy? One thing that you can do to occupy their time is to make homemade slime! I recently did this with Brady and we had a blast! This recipe is super easy and literally takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Slime Ingredients:

8oz. of Glue. (I used 8oz. of  Elmer’s Glue-All – I would suggest buying a big container like this one to have it on hand)

1 TBSP of Baking soda

Your choice of food coloring

2 TBSP of Contact solution

Optional: You can add beads, glitter and any other fun items that you wish! Look HERE for some fun ideas.

 

Slime Directions: 

Place the 8oz. of glue into a bowl.

Add the baking soda and mix together.

Add food coloring until it is the desired color you prefer.

Add in the contact solution.

Mix together until a ball forms and the mixture becomes harder. The trick here is to keep adding contact solution if the slime is still too sticky to the touch. This cannot be any easier to prepare and it is very budget-friendly too!

Enjoy! Brady and I had so much fun making this!

 

Register Now for Challenger International Soccer Camps!

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While many of us are enjoying cooler temps and summer seems far away, it will be here before you know it! In fact, I am already looking at summer camps that my boys are interested in as they tend to fill up quickly. My son Brady who is 8, really wants to attend a soccer camp this summer, so I was thrilled to see that Challenger International Soccer Camps is coming to our area!

Challenger Sports, the largest soccer camp company in North America, is coming to a community near you, and bringing over 30 years of coaching experience. I love that their international staff will work with your children to teach fun, technical and tactical curriculum that’s filled with training sessions from five of the world’s leading soccer nations! Challenger’s International Soccer Camp offers instructional camp programs for all age and ability levels! They offer both half and all day camps for kids of all ages!


Right now, when you register for Challenger’s International Soccer camp, you will get a free international soccer ball, t-shirt, poster, player evaluation and access to TopYa!’s Juggling Club sampler! AND, if you register 30 days before camp and qualify for a free International Game Jersey!

You can GO HERE to see all of the details and information.

Target: Save 25% of One Toy Item Mobile Coupon (Can Be Used Online AND In-Store)

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Only three days left to take advantage of this offer! 

Just a heads up! The Target Mobile coupon to save 25% off one toy item (text TOY to 827438) can be used both in-store AND online! To use the coupon in-store, present the barcode on your mobile device to the cashier. If using online, enter the unique promo code at checkout. Pair this coupon with Target Circle offers to score some really sweet deals on toys! 

Please note that this coupon does have some restrictions so be sure to check them out before using.

Rare 25% off One American Girl Item Coupon! Save on Dolls, Clothes, Furniture + More!

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If your little one has been wanting an American Girl doll, or accessories, today only, (11/21) you can save 25% off One American Girl Item. This includes dolls, furniture, accessories and more. If your budget allows this is a great time to think about the holidays!

GO HERE to shop this sale.

Enter the 2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway!

Help to build your child’s college dreams together! Enter to win one of ten Florida Prepaid/LEGOLAND® Florida scholarship prize packs. Each Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Prize Pack is valued at over $8,000 and entry takes just a few minutes. This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

When you stop to think about preparing for your child’s future college education, how does it make you feel? Are you anxious about the cost? Maybe you are overwhelmed because you haven’t financially prepared for the future the way that you had originally planned. Honestly, I can’t think of anything better than saving for my child’s future education even if it requires sacrifice on my part. I want my boys to fulfill their dreams, reach for the stars, and to have the opportunity for a firm, solid college education. I tell my boys all of the time not to underestimate how their education now is preparing and building them for their future!

2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway

If the cost of college education keeps you tossing and turning in bed at night, I have some exciting news for you! Right now you have the opportunity to help build your child’s college dreams with the help of a scholarship from Florida Prepaid College Plans! There is nothing better than saving for college all while winning a scholarship to help with the costs!

For years, Florida Prepaid and LEGOLAND® Florida have been supporting kids’ big imaginations and helping families achieve their college savings goals. And this year, Florida Prepaid and LEGOLAND® Florida are partnering together to make college dreams a reality! Florida Prepaid and LEGOLAND® Florida are once again coming together to support our kids’ imaginations, dreams and their future education with help through a scholarship program. 

There’s even more Bricktastic news regarding this awesome partnership! On November 14, your toddler’s favorite air-conditioned place to play is getting a new look! The DUPLO farm at LEGOLAND® Florida is becoming the Florida Prepaid Schoolhouse, a space for parents and kids to imagine all about their child’s future while cooling off or escaping the rain. There will also be spaces for the kids to slide, climb, build and crawl as they start dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up.

Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program Information: 

Florida Prepaid is hosting a scholarship program which gives 10 lucky Florida students the chance to win a 2-Year Florida Plan College Scholarship valued at $8000 + 2 tickets to LEGOLAND® Florida valued at $200! That’s right! 10 scholarship prize packs will be awarded, and each prize pack is valued at over $8200! This means that 10 families have the opportunity to help make a bright future for their children!

Since college tuition can be expensive, a scholarship would definitely come in handy! And, I don’t know about you, but some down time with the family at LEGOLAND® Florida sounds like the perfect way to end the year! 

If that wasn’t enough, Florida Prepaid and LEGOLAND® Florida have even more exciting news…….

Registrants will also be automatically entered to win one of four LEGOLAND® Florida weekly prize packs!

  • Nov 1: 4 LEGOLAND® Florida park tickets
  • Nov 8: 4 LEGOLAND® Florida park tickets
  • Nov 15: 4 LEGOLAND® Florida park tickets + 1 night Beach Retreat stay
  • Nov 22: 4 LEGOLAND® Florida park + water park tickets + 2 night Beach Retreat stay

Have you ever been to the LEGOLAND® Florida Beach Retreat? My family and I stayed there several years ago and we had such a great time. You are sure to love staying where everything is awesome!

Enter the 2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway

Now on to the fun part! How can you enter the 2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway?

The Florida Prepaid Scholarship Giveaway runs from now through November 24 at 5pm EST. The best part? Entering literally takes just seconds! Just think, with the click of a button, you have the opportunity to can make a huge difference in your child’s future! 

While saving for your child’s college tuition can be a daunting experience, it is also an important one. Many students graduate from college with such huge debt that it can be overwhelming as they enter a new career. Florida Prepaid College Plans will not only give you and your child ease of mind about their future education, but your wallet will thank you too! While the Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway is an amazing opportunity, you can start saving right now for your child’s college education with Florida Prepaid! They offer both College Prepaid Plans as well as 529 Savings Plans which allow you to save no matter how big or small your budget may be. 

We have a Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan for my son Brady, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to help him as he plans toward his future dreams and goals. For many families, (including myself) college seems like it is an eternity away. We often think that tomorrow will be the day to start saving. With Florida Prepaid College Plans, saving for college today is easier than you think and it will give you such a peace of mind. 

So, what are you waiting for? GO HERE to learn more about Florida Prepaid College Plans and to enter the 2019 Florida Prepaid College Plans Scholarship Giveaway! With Florida Prepaid College Plans, Starting is Believing!

*Winners will be notified by December 6, 2019.

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Do you Still Have Questions About Florida Prepaid College Plans?

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