Planning the Perfect Disney-Themed Party – Review of The Ultimate Disney Party Book

Everyone loves a pTHM-Ultimate-Disney-Party-Book-Birthday-Party-Timearty and there’s nothing more exciting for a kid than the one celebrating their own birthday!

For them, it’s all about the cake, the friends, the games and, of course, the presents!
For the parents though, planning a successful party can be a challenge. Keeping things fun, delicious, active and easy without breaking the bank – can be tricky, and even more so if you want to throw a themed birthday party.

It’s not hard to go both overboard and over-budget on your quest to buy the right decorations, eat the best food, have entertainment and fun favors.

However, with a little creativity and do-it-yourself spirit, it is possible to plan a spectacular kids’ themed birthday celebration without spending big bucks.

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Why Weight?

When I look in the mirror, I truly love the person who is looking back at me, but I don’t necessarily love what I see.

scaleweightlossI’m talking about my weight.

Weight hasn’t always been an issue for me.   As a child and well into my 20s, I could eat or drink practically anything and not worry about gaining a pound because I was pretty active – always on the go and doing something, playing sports and even working out (yes, it’s true!).

It wasn’t until I hit my 30s that I started packing on the pounds. That’s when I started leading a more sedentary life. I got married, bought a home and started a family. I spent my days in an office, sitting at a desk, and my evenings and weekends are spent tending to my husband and kids.   I was either too tired or too busy with household chores to be “active.”

Now some of my weight gain is tied to genetics, but I realize that it’s mostly because I, like many other people, tend to overeat.   I have a bad habit of using food as a response to life’s daily events. I eat when I’m stressed, tired, sad, bored, but also when I’m happy and being social.

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How Do You Handle Stress? #IHeartTiramisu

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THM-Dannon-Light-Fit-Greek-Tiramisu-Yogut-StressedHow do you handle stress?

Some people are good at coping with it. I’ve asked friends how they deal with stress and I’ve gotten a range of answers. Some go the workout route – going for runs, playing tennis or even hitting a bucket of golf balls at a the driving range.  Others are more introspective and write in journals, garden or knit.

Me?

I respond to stress by reaching for sweets or comfort foods – and lots of them. I love eating things like chocolate, cookies, candy, ice cream and worst of all, carbs.

Now, while these “indulgences” might be delicious, it always leads me to consuming empty calories that I regret later, especially when I look at my waistline!

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5 Things You Need To Know About….Ticks

THM-5-Things-Know-About-Ticks-Tick-SmartThis week’s 5 Things You Need to Know About column is talking all about ticks. Where ticks live, how to avoid bites and what to do if you happen to get bitten….

Summertime means outdoor play, hiking and gardening. But it can also mean tick bites. Ticks are common throughout the United States. They live outdoors in grass, trees, shrubs, leaf piles and wild animals.

Ticks are small, blood-sucking bugs. They can range in size from as small as a pin’s head to as large as a pencil eraser. They have eight legs and can range in color from shades of brown to reddish-brown and black.

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Learning From The Hand That Feeds You – A Cooking Lesson For My Son Courtesy of “Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes”

THM-Dads-Book-of-Awesome-Recipes-CookbookToday’s post comes courtesy of The Hubs aka Tyler.  It has been a while since he’s done a review, so when a copy of Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes by Mike Adamick arrived on our doorstep, I knew this would be perfect for him – I mean, he is a dad and likes to cook….

So take it away Tyler….

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As a dad with nearly 8 years under my belt, I’ve found that kids are really good doing at least one thing….eating!

Not everything put on their plate, mind you, but their favorites — usually anything involving cheese, peanut butter, or some type of breaded chicken object shaped like a dinosaur, Minion or something similar. My kids love breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, although my son is not to partial to any kind of vegetables. His sister, on the other hand, is game to try anything, at least once.  She even tried daddy’s special hot sauce-infused potato chips. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, kiddo!

Since I think a lot about food, and they think a lot about food, I thought it would probably be a good idea that I move them away from this abstract notion that things to eat magically appear.

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Dog Days of Summer – Easy Doggie Treat Jar Craft #ShareFunshine

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THM-Share-Funside-Dentastix-BaileyUs humans aren’t the only ones who love summer. Our little cockapoo Bailey loves summer too!

She loves nothing more than being outside, enjoying the sun and running around the yard with the kidlets, chasing down her squeaky football and even going down an 6 foot slide from the clubhouse with her human siblings (yes, she actually does this – we call her ‘Circus Dog’ when she does it)!

About mid-afternoon, after all that running around, the kidlets are hungry for a snack.  I let the kidlets each pick out an item from our snack bin, fridge or freezer and then sit on the deck or in the yard to eat it. Bailey always looks at me with such sad eyes, like in the photo above… and I imagine she’s saying: “Hey ma, I’m hungry too! Where’s my snack bin to pick a yummy treat out of?”

Why should the kidlets have a snack bin and not Bailey? Bailey is just like one of our kidlets, albeit a furry one. So I decided to #ShareFunshine and make her very own doggie treat jar!

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5 Things You Need To Know About…..Preventing Sunburn {New Weekly Series}

Today’s post kicks off a new weekly series called 5 Things You Need To Know About…. Each week’s post will highlight a different topic that I’ll investigate and, along with the help of experts and professional sources, cull together five tips that will hopefully serve up some fresh ideas, facts and angles on topics you want to know about!

THM-5-Things-Know-About-Preventing-SunburnI thought a great way to kick off this series would be to talk about preventing sunburn, since it is that time of year.

Summer is fun, but sunburn is definitely not! Who wants to look as red as a boiled lobster? It’s not pretty to look at, and for the person who has it, it’s pretty painful.

Sunburn is not always immediately apparent. Symptoms usually start about 4 hours after sun exposure, can worsen within 24–36 hours.  Sometimes it can take up to 3-5 days to resolve itself.  Typical symptoms include red, tender and swollen skin, and more severe cases can have blistering, headache, fever, chills, nausea, fainting and fatigue.

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Lost In Laundry? Tide PODS Is #LaundryRedefined

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THM-Tide-Pods-LaundryRedefined-washerLaundry. It’s a simple fact of life that it is ALWAYS there. In my household there is approximately one nanosecond between the time I finish doing all the laundry for the week and either one of the kidlets or The Hubs throwing a piece of clothing into the hamper to be cleaned. It’s a never-ending cycle of wear, wash, dry, fold and iron (as little as possible!).

But I’m going to share with you my dirty little secret….laundry is my favorite household chore. I know, I can hear the gasps of horror from moms nationwide as they read this!

Aside from loving the scent of freshly cleaned laundry, my best guess is that I enjoy the routine of the laundry process.  The sorting and folding has a calming and focusing effect on me. I find that I come up with some of my best ideas and solutions to problems when I’m doing the laundry. Hey, it’s definitely cheaper than going to therapy!

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Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa: Spring Style Edition

Spring is in the air. Time to shed all our winter layers and be full of the joys of Spring! Which leads us to this new edition of “Show and Tell with Deb & Lisa.” We’re talking Spring 2015 style and fashion, here are our picks….

 

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Kid Lit: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Edition

This month’s Kid Lit column is all about books that teach children the importance of taking care of the environment and learning how their actions directly impact the planet.  These are books that teach kids the basics about the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.

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From Edda USA

Join Mickey and friends in living greener!  This book explains how to create a more sustainable lifestyle in a simple, understandable way by exploring how to reduce, reuse and recycle – and discussing our ecological footprint.  It includes interesting facts and great tips and even features fun activities for families to try at home.

The craft activities show children how to be artistic using items found in nature or by reusing items, to reduce the impact on the planet.  For example, instead of going to the store to buy paint, you can make your own watercolors by boiling plants, vegetable skins and nuts in water to release their natural dyes.Continue reading ⇒