Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Pinterest Party

First some decorations!

Candy Corn lights I found at Savers 

Here's the setup. The banner is perfect and I use it every time 

Blue medical type gloves (Target) with popcorn in them. Just plain popcorn because buttered would have been messy. I saw some ideas that had candy corn in the tips of each finger like a fingernail but I wasnt able to get any in time.I think these turned out okay anyways.

Mummy pizzas! So easy, french bread sliced down the middle, white mozzarella cheese slices and pizza sauce. Bake in the oven until the cheese is melty. I added pepperoni for the eyes because I dont like olives. One of the pizzas had pepperoni layered underneath the cheese.

Delicious mix of marshmallows, chex cereal, candy corn and pretzels, drizzled with melted white chocolate. Thank you Laura for brining this!

Oreo cookie men

Graveyard bean dip brought by Laura

As usual, there were at least 8 people that were going to come but started canceling on me the week and the day of the event.  I guess I should have planned 2 crafts. Some people just brought food which is fine but then we ended up with just 1 craft.

We made Halloween banners with the Cricut Explore.

If you were going to go to a Pinterest party would you:
- rather just show up and have all the food and crafts there while paying $5-10 to go?
- bring a food and a craft
- get assigned or choose just to bring a food or a craft, not both.
- another idea?

Also, I have started a Facebook group for the Pinterest parties so if you would like an invite (if you havent seen it already) , please let me know. This way you can stay up to date on the next party and post ideas on crafts you would like to make.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Go Pro - The Way To Document Adventures!

I love to create, whether it be crafts, digital collages or video clips. I have some friends that have GoPro cameras and I have been looking more seriously at getting one as well. It would be handy to use in our camping and hiking adventures, road trips and the Festival of Colors! Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.
The thrill of a carnival ride

The speed of a waterslide

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sugar Bowl Bakery Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sugar Bowl Bakery Giveaway!

Do you love treats? I know I love treats! I try to snack healthy but once in awhile nothing beats a craving for something sweet like your favorite bowl of ice cream or cupcake. You've come to the right place for tasty treats!! One (1) lucky winner will receive: 2 boxes of Petite Brownie Bites, 1 sugar bowl bakery mug, and 2 boxes of Madeleines!

Practical Parenting recently had the opportunity to try the Petite Brownie Bites from Sugar Bowl Bakery and absolutely loved them! Read the review here. All of their amazing treats can be bought at several retailers nationwide. Sugar Bowl Bakery desserts are perfect for any occasion, including holiday parties and gifts!

Satisfy your taste buds by entering our giveaway. Good luck!!

Disclosure: This blog was not compensated for this post nor is responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Prizes will be shipped by the individual sponsor listed (Sugar Bowl Bakery). This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, please contact Debi with Practical Parenting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Emergency Preparedness: Have You Thought About Your Pet? & Giveaway!

We talk a lot about being prepared as people, families, individuals but what about our pets? I have five birds and I know that if I had to pick up and leave in an emergency , there are some things to have on hand that would be good to have. 

For animals across the board, a travel carrier is a good idea, especially if your pet is small. Practice putting them in the carrier and going for short trips in the car so they can get used to it. I have a couple small cages that are easy to carry for my birds. Dogs might be okay to just jump in the car on the back seat but cats, hampters, and fish for example, have you thought about how you might get them in the car so you can head out in a hurry?

Other things handy to have on hand are a familiar toy or object. If your dog or cat have some favorite toys, buy 2 that are the same and keep 1 in an emergency type of backpack for when you need to head out.

Some other items to include in the bag for your pet as you rush out the door are some food and treats. I know food especially can get heavy fast. You dont have to put a lot in but just enough for a few meals/ 72 hours if possible. Make sure you include some bottles of water in case you are not able to get any clean water where you are headed to escape the disaster.

Include some plastic bags so you can clean up any 'presents' that might happen along the way. 

For dogs and cats especially, make sure they have a collar on in case they happen to wander away from you. For birds and smaller animals, make sure the cages are labeled well with your contact information.

A leash is handy because even if your pet is well trained to stay by you, in an emergency with a lot of people rushing around you just dont know what might happen. There are even stores and websites that sell leashes for pets other than dogs and cats. This is another thing I would suggest using at home so your pet is familiar. I have a leash for my birds and they do not like it much or get distracted by the shiny clip. But it's nice to know they are familiar with it and I feel comfortable using it on them if I needed to. 

Since I have birds, here are some other tips. Be conscious of the weather. If its cold , have a blanket you can cover the cage with. If its not, a small spray bottle you can fill with water to cool the birds down can be a lifesaver.  Have a catch net in case there is a chance the birds might get let out by accident. Keep the cage in as quiet of an area as you can. Have some extra papers or paper towels to line the bottom of the carrier with.

Being prepared for your pets can ease a lot of stress that would happen in an emergency for both you and your family pet. 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Crafty Plate with Cricut Explore

When I was in Idaho in August my mother in law had some projects she wanted to make with my Cricut Explore. This is one of the ones I made for her to give one of her daughters-in-law who has two little boys. I think it turned out pretty well despite the fact of not having any transfer paper with me.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sticker Giveaway!

It's been awhile since I've posted a contest or giveaway here so I thought it was about time to post another one. I got an opportunity from a friend to bring you this fun giveaway to win stickers you can personalize, fun! Go ahead and enter below. I hope you win!

- This giveaway is open to the US and Canada and ends on 7/26.
- Must be 18+ to enter.
- One entry per household.
- Giveaway is sponsored by StickerYou and hosted by Momsicals
- This giveaway is subject to the rules that govern all Momsicals hosted giveaways.