Drive In Movie Night at Home {Review}

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Summer is upon us and it is always hard to find budget friendly activities that are FUN for our family of 8. I believe I have hit the jackpot with this activity!  We are having a pizza party and a stay home drive in movie night .#SummerGoodies Pizza is always a crowd pleaser but can be pricey when ordering take out. This is an easy problem to fix with DIGIORNO oven ready pizza’s! We started our family activity by heading to our neighborhood  Walmart and getting our supplies. We purchased the DIGIORNO Design A Pizza Kit, DIGIORNO Rising Crust Pizza, and pizzeria! from DIGIORNO. #CollectiveBias

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We gathered the rest of our movie night supplies and off we went to go home and get ready!

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We set up our night by getting our camping chairs out and setting up the room. If you live someplace cooler than sunny Arizona I would totally do this in the backyard but when it is still over a 100 degrees at movie time an air conditioned family room is much more comfortable!!

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Next we set up our concession stand. The kids are so excited about this part it just might as well be Christmas. I set it up and they just got to look at it and stratergize how they were gonna get what they wanted. They each got $2.00 in quarters to spend and nothing else so they had to pick and choose what they wanted to get. This was so much harder for them than I thought it would be but a great math activity! I love throwing in learning activities when they aren’t expecting it!

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First off of course was our pizza party! We pulled out our oven ready DIGIORNO pizza’s and got to work. We popped two of our pizzas in the oven and while they cooked we made our DIGIORNO Design A Pizza Kit. I picked the spinach, tomato, red onion and pepperoni kit. There were so many choices it was hard to choose but I am so happy I picked this one it was delicious! The kids had a blast helping put the toppings on. Having the kids interact with food always helps kids be adventuresome and try foods they wouldn’t normally try.

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The other pizza’s that we picked were the pizzeria! from DIGIORNO pepperoni and the DIGIORNO Rising Crust cheese pizza. These were all kid approved and super yummy! Add a side salad and dinner was a complete hit.  A huge plus was the cost savings. DIGIORNO oven ready pizza’s are great to have in the freezer for a fun family night at a fraction of the cost of ordering delivery pizza.

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Now let our at home drive in movie night begin, after a trip to the concession stand of course!

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You have to try this activity out at your house! My kids exclaimed it was the most fun movie night ever!!! It will definitely be added to our summer traditions list.


Homemade Chia Pet Head

Getting creative with a chia pet head

What fun we had watching seeds grow as hair from our chia pet’s head! Creating your own chia pet (or head) is super easy and a great activity for everyone to see nature in action!

How to create a human face chia pet

What You Need:

  • Soil

  • Sawdust (optional. It is just a filler)

  • Nylon – (Can get knee highs for pretty cheap at the store)

  • Chia seed, wheat grass seed, regular grass seed, or any other herb seed

  • String or rubber bands

  • A little bowl for your creation to sit in



Cut nylon to size you would like your chia pet to be (you can always make it smaller later). Get nylon wet. Add seeds to toe area or where you would like “hair” to grow. Add plenty of seed so you have a lot of hair! Keep the directions for the seeds so you can refer to them later. Add 2 handfuls of dirt on top of seeded area. If you don’t have enough dirt, you can add sawdust to fill the rest of the nylon until you get desired size. Allow room for give so you can “design” your pet.

how to make a homemade chia pet

Now you can create your pet into something other than a potato! You can make a head, caterpillar, or anything you want. My son thought it would be fun to do a head! You can use rubber bands or string to tie off different areas. All I had was string from when I used to do cross-stitching and it worked great!

make an easy chia pet at home

Tie off the area you would like and then shaping afterwards is easy (like, if you wanted a more pointy nose instead of a round nose).

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Our “Man” with ears and a nose

Then decorate. My son said he needed eyes and eyebrows.

Home made Chia Pet Head

After “Man” has been shaped a bit more and given some more features.

Place your creation in the little bowl in an area where everyone can watch its hair grow. Our seed directions said to keep the dirt wet until seedlings appeared, which took about 5 days. We made him on a Monday afternoon and by Saturday night you could see a few tiny sprouts that were able to get through the nylon. By Sunday morning he had a full head of hair and by Monday morning ( a week after he was created) he had an inch of hair!


What I Would Have Done Differently

If I could have…I would have bought the Chia seed and invited a ton of mom/kids over and made these. We could not find any wheat grass seeds or chia seeds in small packets (we looked everywhere!). We finally found some chia seeds at the health food store, but they were $14 for a pretty big bottle and I didn’t want to spend that much or have that much seed leftover. So, we ended up using regular grass seed that we used for our backyard. It worked nice, but it would be fun to have something growing we could use.


chia pet hide and go seek

Keep a good eye on him. After a good morning of cleaning and play, I noticed “Man” was missing! The kids claimed they did not know where he was. I finally found him under the trampoline and now my son admits (2 days later) that he moved him because, ” ‘Man’ wanted to hide from the sun!”



This post was originally posted on May 17, 2010 on our original blogspot. This was one of our first of many activities!

Summer Car Boredom Busters Age 7-12 {Review and Giveaway}

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Hope you enjoyed the first round of our summer boredom busters for the car; now to move on to the big kids. I think they can be harder to entertain because they are more vocal about their boredom and they typically don’t take naps anymore. Man, naps sure make car travel fly. If only I could nap while traveling. Fat chance of that happening with 6 kids in the car. HAHA

Anyway on to our 7-12 year olds! There are endless activities for big kids and I would love to hear your ideas, so please leave me a comment and share away!!!


Ages 7-12

Books: Most kids are readers at this age so a new book can be fun or a book on tape to listen to can be fun for the whole family. You can rent books on tape from the library and even download them to your IPODs for free. Kids can listen to and understand books beyond their reading level so its a great way to introduce something new.


Games, Games, Games: My family loves board games but they can be tricky in the car. But Super Duper Publications has some great games that are totally portable and perfect for the car. They are great for restaurants and keeping kids quiet at church too! My favorite part is they are educational and the kids don’t even notice because they think they are fun!!

I recently got three new ones that my kids really like. Their favorite is Understanding Sentences Fun Deck because it has a little remote that you use to light up the answer. Anything with buttons is fun!! The other games they are enjoying right now are Auditory memory for WH questions and Sentence Fill-In the Deck! They are all games that are good for Kindergarten to 6th grade.

Travel Games for 7-11 year olds


Mad Libs: My kids love mad libs and they all can play together.  Hours of laughter and entertainment for a couple of dollars!


Car Games: Remember all the games you used to play as a kid in the car way before T.V.? Guess what kids still love them you just have to introduce them! I found this car review that has 10 fun games to do in the car and they are perfect to introduce to kids of any age! Check out theses 10 road trip games.I promise you wont be disappointed!!


Activity Books: Never underestimate a new coloring book for an older kid either. Even my 11 year old loves a new coloring book! A word search or soduko book is another great alternative for kids who don’t like to color.  All of these things can be picked up at the $1 store.



One lucky reader will get to win their very own Super Duper Publication game! You can choose from Say and GlueSentence Fill-In the Deck, or Understanding Sentences (our personal favorite)! Enter below and good luck!!!

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Summer Car Boredom Busters Age 2-6

Summer is quickly approaching and before you know that means summer vacations and long car trips. My kids have been lucky enough that as long as they can remember we have had a t.v. in the car but we recently got a new van or bus as my kids like to say that holds 12 passengers and it did not come with a t.v.  I have been coming up with fun things for them to do in preparation for our vacation in a couple of weeks and thought it would be fun to share them with all of you. I will be sharing this in a two part series. First, we will have activities for ages 2-6!

Ages 2-6

Band aids: what you might be asking?? Get a box of cool band aids (princess, super hero, Finding Nemo, etc.), give them to your child and let them have a blast. I guarantee this will entertain them for a minimum of a half an hour  and much longer sometimes.  It does make a little mess with the trash but trust me the entertainment factor wins out! For two year olds, I have opened the box and started opening them to make it a little bit easier on them. Sometimes they can be a little hard to get open for teeny tiny fingers.


Camera: This could be a toy camera or an old camera you do not use any more. Put batteries in it and let them have a blast.  This works with older kids too!

Travel Game Tips for 2-6 year olds


File Folder Games: File folder games can be oodles of fun to make and to play. I put mine in a three ring binder and hold the pieces together with magnets, which makes it super car friendly.

Summer Car boredom Busters


Search and Find Bags: I made this one a few years ago and my kids still love it. Come to think of it I should make a tutorial, maybe that will be coming soon!!

Travel Games for 2-6 year olds


Coloring book and colored pencils: Nothing is more fun than a new coloring book and crayons! I have found crayons are not so user friendly in the car because if they drop they can melt and markers are just messy so colored pencils are our car coloring choice. I made my kids lap desks a few Christmas’ ago that are perfect for car trips. I see another tutorial in my future!! They make coloring and playing games so much easier in the car.

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Check back tomorrow for more activities for ages 7-12!

I would love to hear any ideas you have to keep your little ones entertained in the car!



Fun ways to take a walk {Urbini Stroller Review}

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We have been having some great spring weather and in Arizona it doesn’t last long so we need to enjoy it as much as we can! My kids love taking walks and I have put together a list of 5 fun ways to take a walk with a twist!

5 Fun Ways to Take a Walk

1. Go on a dessert walk. After dinner grab your favorite cold treat (popsicle, ice cream cone etc.) and go for a nice walk around the neighborhood. It is a great way to enjoy a walk when the weather starts to get a little warm.

2. Go on a walk in the rain. This is one of my kids favorite walks. Now I’m not suggesting you go out in a torrential storm but a nice sprinkle is lots of fun to go walking in.

Fun on a dime - family time - stroller

3. Grab your flashlights and head outside for a an after dark walk. This is oodles of fun and you see a whole other side of life outside after dark. We live rural so we can see lots of neat things like owls and bats outside after dark. Personally I’m not all that excited about the bats but the kids love them!

4. Alphabet sounds walk. Who says exercise and fun cant be a little educational too. Before you head out write all the letters of the alphabet down on a piece of paper, grab a clip board and a pencil and you are ready to go. This works great if you have lots of ages because the older kids can write. As you are walking around look for things that start with each letter of the alphabet. (ie: A for airplane, B for boat, C for cactus, D for dandelion etc.) By having all the letters written down before you start you don’t have to find the letters in order.

5. Find the alphabet walk. Check out my post on Rusty and Rosy for a fun twist on finding the alphabet in nature. The kids love this one because they get to use the camera!

Alphabet Nature Walk


Everyone knows that in order to take a walk with little kids a good baby stroller is a must!! I recently received an Urbini Touri Travel System and love using it for walks, running errands, and it would be great for traveling.  I ordered the bright red color and love it.

Urbani Stroller Review 5

I am expecting my 7th child and I have used a lot of strollers and infant seats over the years and I love the bright bold colors. I am currently using the Urbini stroller with my one and a half year old son and it is fabulous. It is super easy to push and super easy to open and close. It folds up nice and compact and is perfect for summer travels.

 Urbani Stroller Review full set

It has a great shade covering that is great in the hot summer weather. Can you tell I love the stroller!! My only con is the cup holder doesn’t work because it swivels and the cup just spills.

Urbani Stroller Review
The car seat is very light and compact. It is nice and narrow which is great if you have other car seats and boosters in the same row. I wish I had had it years ago when I had smaller cars!! It snaps in and out easily and sits in the stroller nicely. I have been recommending it to everyone and people are always asking me where I got it because the color stands out so much! It is one of the best travel systems I have ever had! You definitely can’t beat the price!!


Here are the specs from the company about the Urbini Touri Travel System:

  • Includes Petal Infant Car Seat that holds children up to 35 lbs
  • Lightweight frame
  • Multi-position reclining seat
  • Removable child’s arm bar
  • Tuck away sun visor
  • Roomy storage basket
  • Front suspension wheels

What are your favorite things to do on a walk?

10 Easy Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We are rounding up all our creative gifts into one post to help give you some easy inspiration for that special Mom in your life. We have a little bit of something for everyone, with the goal of simple and straight from the heart…what Mom does not love that?!?

10 Mother's Day Homemade Gift Ideas - Perfect for Dad and kid initiated gifts


1. Get creative with some rocks and make a Mom Rocks Picture Frame


2. Check out how to make an Easy Personalized Breakfast.


3. These Home Crafted Serving Trays are perfect for us Moms wanting to give something unique to our own Moms, but also easy enough for Dads to make with the kiddos to impress their own Mama. I have made one or two and loved the way they turned out!


4. Make a Personal Notebook that will be a keepsake for years to come.

Creative Mother's Day Gift

5. Grab your video camera or smart phone and make a  All About Mom VideoThis is one of my favorite gifts. Check it out to see a video and a list of questions that will get you started.

Father's Day Video


6. All kiddos love to help create, so make some Chocolate Madness that Mom is sure to enjoy!


7. Check out these Children Self Portraits and frame. Super easy and definitely have a reward factor to them.


8. What mom does not like Hand and Foot Print Keepsakes made and decorated by their kiddos?


9. Flowers are always a good choice and one that last longer that Mom can actually use is even better with these Duct Tape Rose Pens.


10: Fancy Buns are always appreciated and this is a cheat way of getting a great looking dessert!


What is your favorite Mother’s Day Gift?

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