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A Monster of a Father’s Day Gift: Monster Cookie Bars & Monster Printable Cards For Dad

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.Father’s Day is just around the corner & today we wanted to share a monster of a Father’s Day gift with a cute spin on the monster theme with easy monster cookie bars and printable monster cards for a special Dad in your life.

Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.

This week’s challenge from Walmart was to create an inexpensive Father’s Day gift that would wow your Dad. Well, if your dad is anything like our Dad, he is certainly wowed with homemade treats and funny cards with a great sense of humor. Our idea was to mix up a batch of thick and delicious Monster Cookie Bars made with rolled oats, peanut butter, mini M&M’s (found over in their candy aisle), and chocolate chips.

Monster Cookies can be a bit of a monster to create as a drop cookie because of their monster size. I choose to echo the words of an amazing woman I once heard speak these wise words…

“Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Wise, right?

Bar cookies get a big fist pump from this busy mom and if a celebration requires a cookie, I often rely on these chocolate chip cookie bars to get us through whatever baking requirements are made for those occasions. These Monster Cookie Bars are equally delicious and offer that crusty exterior with that soft interior that makes, in my humble opinion, the perfect cookie.

Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.

Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.

What Father’s Day would be complete without a card to accompany your sweet gift? We are so excited to debut these adorable Monster cards that you can print out to attach with your Monster Cookie Bars for your favorite Dad. We have included three fun printable cards for Father’s Day and then 1 that could be used for any occasion to accompany your sweet treat. Print these printables out on white card stock  and you will be all set for this Father’s Day!

Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.



Printable Monster Cards from MomAdvice.com.

Download Your FREE Monster Card Printables HERE:

Happy Father’s Day From Your Monster FREE printable card

Your Gift is a Monster! FREE printable card

Eat All the Cookies FREE printable card

We Are Your Spawn FREE printable card

Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.

I can admit that this family has had Monsters on our brain after getting a sneak peek at the Monsters University movie that is set to hit theaters on June 21st. While our family was at the Disney Social Media Moms conference, we got an exclusive sneak peek at the film. It is FANTASTIC, and dare I say it, even funnier than the first one. I have no doubt that your family will love it!

Our Monster Cookie Bars would really pull together a fun family night out to see this fantastic film and you can find loads of fun Monsters supplies in the party favors aisle of your Walmart store including fun cups, plates, and other party favors for an inexpensive night to enjoy while tackling your summer bucket list or our 100 Days of Summer Pinterest Board.

Now that you have the printables, here is the deliciously easy and tasty recipe for these Monster Cookie Bars. We recommend preparing these in a metal 9×13 pan for best results!

Monster Cookie Bars & Printables from MomAdvice.com.

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Monster Cookie Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 15
 
Monster cookies made easy in a bar cookie. Be sure to pair these easy cookies with our free Monster printables.
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut buter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini M&M's (approximately half a bag)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until blended. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Mix in oats until well combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips and mini M&M's
  7. Press dough evenly into prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown and set in the middle. Let cool completely in baking dish then cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.

 Happy Father’s Day to all of our Dad readers (I know you’re out there!) and here’s hoping you get spoiled by a few of your favorite monsters!

Be sure to check back this week for more great Father’s Day gifts on a budget!

 

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100 Days of Summer Pinterest Board- 2013 Edition!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

100 Days of Summer 2013

Summer is just around the corner and I am so excited to share with you that I have gathered another 100 Days of Summer activities for you to do with your kids in the summer months. These are 100 activities that are all low to no cost, screen-free, and a fun way to build truly memorable moments with your kids in the summer months.

I had the best time creating our very first 100 days of summer activities board for our family to do and share with you and then last year’s 100 Days of Summer was another huge hit. It was so huge that I just knew I had to repeat it all again this year for you.

100 Days of Summer 2013

I am looking forward to tackling our own summer list and will be documenting our projects through mobile pictures.You can catch me on Instagram, where I am documenting our summer. Just search for the username momadvice and you will find me there. Just as a side note, I try to always answer all the comments on my pictures if I can. If you have questions about projects we are doing or just want to say hello, I will do my best to respond!

If you are on Instagram, you can join in on the fun by taking pictures and sharing all of your summer adventures through there. Let’s use the hashtag #100summerdays again like we did last year.

By tagging your photos, it will make it easy to find each other in the group and share the projects we are tackling together. You can add the tags to your caption or you can add them as a comment later. In either scenario, the tag will pull it into our summer group.

I still will be sharing our apron full of giveaways and our notebook of inspiration each week. I will also have fresh content through my freelance writing jobs this summer with Kenmore, Goodwill, Jack’s Pizza, & Walmart that will keep our site fully loaded with great ideas for your summer.

For the rest of my entries, I will be sharing what we are working on from our summer list through mobile pictures and quick notes on what fun activities we are doing at our house. I am hoping it will be an inspiration to you to get out and enjoy the summer with your children. I can’t say we will tackle a hundred activities, but I will be awfully proud if we do one cool activity a week.

100 Days of Summer 2013

This year’s list is AMAZING and my favorite so far from making chevron friendship bracelets, to building race tracks, to painting techniques on rain days, to creating popsicle light sabers. There really is something for EVERY age group this year.

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for inspiration for your meal planning, home, reading, wardrobe and more! I am one happy little pinner!

Happy summer to each of you!

xo,
Amy

 

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Quick & Easy Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Quick and Easy Mothers Day Ideas Here it is the week before Mother’s Day already! Are you all set or are you still looking for some special, and more importantly – meaningful, gifts for your moms and grandmas? You probably know that around here we think that gifts we make ourselves are the most meaningful, as they truly have a little bit of us in every gift we give.

Along these lines, I’ve searched the archives of Mom Adivce to bring you some of our quickest and easiest DIY projects that would be perfect for the women in your life! I’ve grouped them into four categories that moms are guaranteed to love:

DIY Flowers - who says you need to buy traditional flowers that last only a little while? Try crafting a bouquet or floral jewelry that will last much longer…maybe forever!

Fun Breakfasts – whether for a special breakfast-in-bed or a family brunch, any of these favorite recipes will help celebrate mom.

Pampering Gifts – these easy to make projects will make mom feel special – just make sure she gets the time to use them!

Special Confections – not your everyday sweets, these are certain to show mom your the extra care you took to shower her with love…and sugar!

Finally, these tips on how to use Goodwill items for your gift wrapping may spark some ideas to make even the presentation special:
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I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day – either giving or receiving!

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19 Awesome Ways to Show Teacher Appreciation

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

19 Teacher Appreciation Ideas
As you may have guessed by now, we love our teachers and we love letting them know how thankful we are for all the time, energy, and love they put into educating our children! I look forward to Teacher Appreciation Week each year (May 6-10 this year) as a time I can really let them know how we feel (though of course telling them all through the school year is allowed, too!).

Today I’m excited to share with you 19 of our best teacher appreciation ideas – all pulled from the archives of MomAdvice! Some years I have more time and some years less, so there are ideas for gifts that can be created in minutes like Oreo Cookie Biscotti:

oreo biscotti

Or if you have more time there are some super special ideas that are guaranteed to knock their socks off like a Rosette Bib Necklace:

Rosette_Bib_Necklace

Need a few more ideas…how about 17 more? These are some of the best projects I’ve come up with over the years – and I found them to be a great way to show love to the awesome teachers in our lives!

1. DIY Book Page Flower Bouquet (this year’s teacher appreciation idea!)

2.  Teacher School Supplies Cake

3.  Raise Your Hand If You Mustache a Question Printable & Mustache Mug

4.  Rolled Rosette Pins

5. Light & Fluffy Baked Cake Donuts

6.  No-Slip Bookmarks (3rd project in the post)

7.  Oatmeal Cookies & Milk Bath Soak

8.  Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Brownies

9.  Easy Felt Fabric Brooches

10. Light Snickerdoodle Biscotti

11. Rolled Rosette Ribbon Rings

12. Fabric Flower Pins

13. Honey Nut Granola

14. Knitted Coffee Cozies

15 DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses

16. Six Stitch Knitted Ruffled Scarf

17. Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle

What are some ways you’ve found to say thanks to teachers?

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10 Minute Fish Tacos

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner which means it is time to break out those favorite Mexican dishes to celebrate the holiday. This recipe for 10 minute fish tacos is a new favorite in our house and fits right into my time and budget constraints. Walmart asked me to share one way we celebrate the season and these easy 10 minute fish tacos are the perfect way for a busy family to celebrate this fun holiday with minimal effort.

These tacos can be created from any white fish, depending on your family’s preference. We are a big fan of tilapia that can be found over in the frozen foods aisle because of the mild fish flavor and the inexpensive price tag. You can select any variety of fish though that is in your family’s list of favorites or budget.

To prepare the fish quickly and easily, dice up the fish and put it in a mixing bowl. Toss the fish with your favorite spice blend with olive oil. Spread the fish on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and then cook it at the suggested temperature for 4-6 minutes. While the filling is cooking, you can prepare a variety of fun toppings.

Fun Taco Toppings To Try

Traditional toppings for tacos are fun, but sometimes the taco night needs a little switch up. Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook offers some fun ideas to try in your house to make taco nights more fun!

Salsa- Add a combination of black beans, tomato, corn, chopped jalapeno chile peppers, and cilantro.

Asian-  Add broccoli slaw, toasted sliced almonds, and bottled Asian vinaigrette.

Fruity- Add fresh fruit salsa made with kiwi, red onion, strawberries, and mango.

BLT- Add shredded lettuce, bacon, tomato, and mayo.

Caprese- Add basil, cubed tomato, cubed mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.

If you are looking for other fun dishes to try, can I recommend my roasted corn salsa, our chicken enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce, or the world’s most perfect margarita? These would all make fun additions to any Cinco de Mayo celebration!

10 Minute Fish Tacos
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Recipe type: Main
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
An oh-so-easy fish taco ready in under ten minutes!
Ingredients
  • 1- 16 ounce bag of frozen tilapia (or your favorite white fish), thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (found over by the seafood counter)
  • 1½ cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • Salsa (optional)
  • Taco shells or tortillas, warmed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Rinse fish, pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Cut fish crosswise into ¾ inch slices and place them in a mixing bowl.
  4. Combine the fish with the olive oil and seasonings, giving it a gentle toss until all of the fish has been thoroughly coated in the spice mixture.
  5. Dump the prepared fish on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, adjusting the pieces of fish so that none are overlapping.
  6. Bake for 4-6 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.
  7. To serve, spoon lettuce and tomato into each taco shell, add fish slices, and top with salsa.

 

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11 Fun New Ways to Decorate Eggs

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Easter is just around the corner and Goodwill has you covered with 11 fun new ways to decorate your eggs this year. Before you tackle these egg dying projects, be sure to check out the store for fun ways to display your beautifully dyed eggs. Goodwill offers a plethora of choices for beautiful glasses, jars, cake stands, baskets, and bowls in the Housewares department to showcase your handmade beauties!

Check out my article for 11 new ways I have discovered to decorate your eggs this year! I have a feeling you are going to LOVE these new spins on egg dying and decorating.

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Spring Hop Party

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

I hope you have been enjoying all of the fun Spring projects that we have been sharing with  you this week. It has been so fun to see everyone’s take on Spring and the fabulous projects that each of these bloggers has been sharing!

Did you miss any of the projects? Here are all of the great hostesses that offered a fun project to try this week!

■       Karly from Buns in my Ovenfollow on Pinterest

■       Tiffany from Eat at Homefollow on Pinterest

■       Liz from Hoosier Homemadefollow on Pinterest

■       Amy from MomAdvicefollow on Pinterest

■       Kellie from Nest of Posiesfollow on Pinterest

■       Amy from Positively Splendidfollow on Pinterest

■       Lisa from The Pennington Pointfollow on Pinterest

■       Heather from WhipperBerry - follow on Pinterest

Now it’s time for you to share! We will be pinning your great projects, so be sure to follow each of the bloggers. You will find their Pinterest accounts listed after their name!

Note- If you are viewing this post in your email or RSS feed, you may need to pop on over to see all the great Spring projects that have been added to the party!

Let’s get this party started!



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21 Fun Easter & Spring Projects

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

spring-easter projects

I’m back with another round-up of great ideas for you – this time it’s lots of fun (and simple!) Easter & Spring projects. Between the Mom Advice archives and all the other inspirational projects I found, I knew I couldn’t limit myself to only one area, so you’ll find projects for the whole family to cook, craft, or decorate – for the holiday and beyond. In other words, something for everyone!

Cooking Projects:

Bread_Machine_Bunny_Bread

Bread Machine Bunny Bread @ Mom Advice

Bunny-Easter-Carrot-Dip

Bunny Carrot Dip @ Pizzazzerie

Peep_Martinis

Peep Martinis @ Mom Advice

Easter-Egg-Bark

Jelly Bean Bark @ The Frugal Girls

birds-nest-macaroons

Bird’s Nest Macaroons @ Faux Martha

bunny krispie pops

Chubby Bunny Krispie Pops @ Shaken Together Life

And when you’re ready for nourishing food,

vegetable soup with pesto

Spring Vegetable Soup with Pesto @ Healthy Delicious

Crafting Projects:

Rolled_Ribbon_Rosette_Hairbow

Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Bow @ Mom Advice

DIY_Peep_Wreath

DIY Peep Wreath with Rolled Ribbon Rosette @ Mom Advice

Paint with cotton tips

Paper Eggs Cotton Tip Painting @ Danya Banya

easy_felt_flower_brooch

Felt Flower Brooch @ Mom Advice

egg-carton-spring-sheep

Egg Carton Painted Sheep @ Blog Me Mom

spring-craft-daffodil-bunting

Daffodil Bunting @ Nurture Store

DIY Easter Stickers

DIY Easter Stickers @ MerMag Blog

Decorating Projects:

Embroidery_Thread_Easter_Eggs

Embroidery Thread Eggs @ Mom Advice

Simple Spring Tablescape

Simple Spring Tablescape @ Love of Family and Home

Bunny-boxwood-wreath

Boxwood Bunny Wreath @ Simplicity in the South

yarn-egg-wreath

Yarn Egg Wreath @ The Sweet Survival

pinata-eggs Pinata Eggs @ A Subtle Revelry

Easy-Easter-Decorating-with rice Colored Rice Easter Decoration @ Today’s Creative Blog

And last, but not least, how about some help cleaning up after all this fun?

Big-Spring-Clean-Part-1

The Big Spring Clean @ Living Well Spending Less

Happy Easter!

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Peep Martinis

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Looking for a fun new way to celebrate Easter? I have the perfect martini for you! Peep Martinis are a fun way to celebrate the season that is sure to be a crowd pleaser! This Peep-tini is an adorable nod to this beloved little candy!

This martini is made with marshmallow fluff vodka, heavy cream, and a vanilla simple syrup. Simple syrup is the easiest way to add flavor to cocktails or coffee drinks and is made from items you already have in your pantry.I love my peppermint syrup for my homemade peppermint mochas and my plain simple syrup for the perfect mojito. It takes only a few minutes to make a simple syrup and is a great little item to have tucked away in your fridge for cocktail or coffee-making!

If you have a dairy sensitivity, the heavy cream can be replaced with your favorite dairy substitute like vanilla almond milk, thick and rich coconut milk, or even rice milk for a more mild flavor. They all will taste absolutely delicious and paired with the vanilla vodka, it feels a little like you are cheating!

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Peep Martinis
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Recipe type: Drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
A fun spin on an Easter martini utilizing the infamous Peep candy for garnish.
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 ounces fluffed marshmallow vodka
  • ½ ounce vanilla syrup, plus extra for rim
  • 1 ounce cream
  • Sugar
  • To make vanilla syrup: 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and stir constantly until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Cool to room temperature and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to three months.
  4. Pour a small amount of vanilla syrup onto one plate and sprinkle sugar onto another plate. Dip rim of glass in syrup and then into sugar to coat.
  5. Put vodka, syrup and cream in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  6. Shake.
  7. Strain into glass.
  8. Adorn with a Peep.

I highly recommend enjoy that cocktail while gazing at your beautiful Peep Wreath that is decorating your door. You can’t beat a Peep show like that!

 The fun started with me today, but you can catch our projects all week long! Have a fun Spring project you have been working on? Be sure to add your Spring projects on Friday, March 22nd at 8 a.m. CST…on any of our blogs.  So…mark your calendars! The fun starts on Monday, March 18th! And add your Spring projects on Friday, March 22nd at 8 a.m. CST…see you there!! This is another great link-up like our Valentine’s Day link-up that was such a success in February so start thinking about your favorite Spring projects you would like to share.

Today you can also check out these Chalkboard Crosses on The Pennington Point!

This week we will each be showcasing a project and here are all of the great hostesses that will be offering fun projects this week!

Meet your hostesses…

 

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How to Make Embroidery Thread Eggs

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Easter is another fun season for family, food, and crafts that you can do together as a family. Embroidery thread eggs are an easy craft that yield impressive results that can be used as an Easter table centerpiece or can be strung with yarn to adorn a mantle or decorate a window. I want to show you how to create your own Embroidery Thread Easter Eggs for a fun decoration in your home.

To grab this EASY Easter Embroidery Thread Egg Tutorial, head on over to the Kenmore Genius Blog to learn how I made these with cute eggs with my kids!

I hope you love this tutorial half as much as I love our new decorations in our house!

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