Kids Crafts: DIY Window Clings

WindowClings I am really excited about participating in Craft Lightning this week. It’s a fun round up of crafts, and, this week, it’s all about easy, fast camp crafts that take 15 minutes or less. This craft is fun and fast as well. It’s not too messy and a lot of little munchkins can participate. My son is five and he absolutely loved it. The great thing with these window clings is that you can make them for any time of year. It’s open to their imagination and they love seeing them up in the windows. Plus, they’d make cute little gifts for grandparents too. _DSC0899

Here’s what you need:

Fabric Puff Paint

Elmer’s Glue (just the good old regular stuff)

Page Protectors

Printed sheets with silhouettes of shapes or blank paper for them to trace their own

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To begin, you can have your crafters trace their own shapes or pictures on a piece of paper. You can also print off some from your computer. They need to be silhouettes though. Next, put the papers inside sheet protectors. You can use any size sheet protectors. _DSC0900   _DSC0902 Now, have your campers grab their favorite color of puff paint. It does need to be the puff paint. It makes a difference! They are going to use the puff paint to trace their shapes. They use it to fill in certain areas too, like eyes, polka dots, or stripes. The more puff paint they use and the thicker it is, the longer it will take to dry. _DSC0905

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    The last step is to use the Elmer’s Glue to fill in any extra space. The entire shape needs to be filled with either the glue or puff pain. The glue will dry white and a little transparent so it’s the perfect filler. _DSC0565 Once the projects are complete, they need to be put up where they can dry for 24 hours. Some of them dried faster, it just depends on how thick the paint and glue is. When they are all dry, carefully peel them off of the sheet protectors. You can put them up on windows or picture frames (like we did here). _DSC0563 This project can be done in 15 minutes or less! It just depends on how many window clings each child makes. If they make one, you will be done in no time! If you need more time to fill, give them more shapes to do. My son loved this and we have done them for many holidays. These would also be fun to do for birthday parties. They can be customized to anything! You would just need to have little boxes to put the clings in so the kids can take them home to dry. I’d love to hear how they work for you!

Back to School Giveaway Tech T10!!

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting excited for school to start! One of the biggest reasons? I LOVE going to stores and seeing all of the back to school supplies. It’s so fun! I’m an addict when it comes to crayons, markers, paper, notebooks, glue… All of it! And my favorite are pens. I can never have enough!

I’m really excited for this giveaway. I think everyone could use a new computer and $500 to buy school supplies to buy clothes isn’t too bad of a deal either, right?

Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes!

At Mom Powered Media, we believe in higher education and want to help our network readers get there. To help you do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. There will also be 20 second place winners to take home Back To School Prize Packages. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get BTS ready, tech-style!

Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, The Jenny Evolution, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman, My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life, My Daylights, Barbara’s Beat, Saving You Dinero, Shaping Up To Be A Mom, Robyn’s View, Coupons and Freebies Mom, A Hen’s Nest, Budget Savvy Diva, Mutterings Of A Mindless Mommy, Your Sassy Self and Nest Full of New.

Open your sleek, next-generation HP Pavilion 14-Q020NR 14″ Chromebook PC to get online, fast. You can access your favorite websites and Google Chrome apps on the 14-inch diagonal HD display in seconds.

HP 14″ Chromebook PC features:

  • Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor 1.40GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
  • 16GB solid state drive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Intel HD GMA Graphics
  • Webcam
  • SD memory card reader
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Acer converter port
  • 3-cell lithium polymer battery for up to 8.5 hours run time
  • 2.76 lbs, 0.8″ x 11.3″ x 8″
  • Genuine Google Chrome OS Software

One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. Twenty additional winners will also receive a Back To School Prize Package.

Giveaway ends August 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

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If you’re a fan of the following pages on Facebook, you’re entitled to the 10 free entries in the BTS Tech Sweepstakes. If not, you can become one here.

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American Girl Doll Memory & Giveaway

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American Girl dolls were a special part of my childhood. I remember receiving my first catalogs in the mail and the elation I felt when I saw them in our stack of bills and letters. I would sit and pour through its pages, making a meticulous list of everything I hoped to get. Did you know they started with just four dolls? Felicity, Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly? Kirsten was my favorite. I later loved Molly too because she reminded me of my grandparents.

And those kind of memories are what make these dolls so special! Every little girl should have one of her own! I’m happy to be joining with some other fabulous bloggers for a very special giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive an American Girl Doll & Book.

Giveaway ends July 24th at 11:59pm central, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this publication and are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Back To School Treasure Map

Back To School Treasure Map Customizable Printable

It’s July already, can you believe it? And I am so excited to be joining some seriously talented other bloggers in a great Back To School Blogging Series, hosted by Emily at The Benson Street. For all information about this great series, check out the introduction to the Back To School series. It’s 45 days of recipes, printables, organization ideas, and more. You’ll for sure feel ready for school to start with all the help from this series! It was crazy for me to realize that I could actually participate in a Back to School series. My oldest will soon be joining the ranks of school-aged children and he is so excited! I, on the other hand, am struggling a little. I keep looking at him wondering what in the world happened to my baby? Five years goes by way too fast. Funny that I’m freaking out when he’s going to be doing online public school, right? Maybe that’s why I’m freaking out-I won’t be getting a break! He’ll be home All.Day.Long. Because he won’t have the “normal” back to school rituals that most other kids I have, I still wanted to do something exciting for him. He’s really into maps right now. He draws them all of the time, and I often hear him pretending to be a secret agent or a pirate following it to really special treasure.  Jewelry, key chains, coins, and anything else remotely shiny ends up missing as it is added to his hoard of buried goodies. I love the imagination of a five year old! I thought it would be fun to create a map for him as we check off things on our list of back to school “to dos”. I’m still planning on buying him school supplies, new clothes, and taking pictures. This map is hanging up in his room and we’ll check things off as we go along. I also printed an extra one for him to play with. He thought it was pretty cool and even crumpled it up to give it an aged look. Just like his momma! BackToSchoolMapPreviewPerso I personalized ours by adding text in Photoshop. You could easily do the same or print it off and write it in for each of your kids. They will have so much fun checking things off to help them get to the buried treasure, aka school! I’m not sure how many kids will end up thinking of that as treasure once school actually starts, but at least it’s exciting in the beginning. The one above is just an example of what you can do. The download is an 8×10 so it will print on a regular sized paper. Have fun!! Back To School Map Preview

And here are all of the other great posts! Check back daily as they will continue to get added. There have been some fun things already.

Back To School Series, Hosted by The Benson Street:

Disney Frozen Sale On Zulily!

A lot of cute little Frozen fans are going to be excited about this sale! They have some really fun things to dress up, read, and play with. Here are some of my favorites (man, I wish I had a girl right now!). They have a ton of fun things, it was hard to choose, and some things are already sold out. These would be perfect to stock up for Christmas or birthdays.

Disney Frozen Sale:

“I’m Worth Melting For” shirt: $12.99

Elsa Tee: $12.99 (I LOVE this one!)

Pink Puff Sleeve Toddler Shirt: $8.99

Frozen LED Night-Light Projector: $9.99

Frozen Princess Crown: $5.99 (this one will go fast!!!)

Girl’s Purse: $9.99

2-1 Bed Topper: $17.99

Frozen Throw: $19.99

Summer Dreams KitchenAid Decision Sweepstakes!

#SummerDreams KitchenAid Decision Sweepstakes

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8 and Iowa Mom

I want to tell you a story. A story about a poor newlywed young lady, living in a small condo with a closet for a kitchen, who desperatley wished for a mixer of her very own. A tool that would make all of her baking dreams come true. But this poor girl was stuck using a stone aged gadget! She was a slave to it and its time consuming ways. Her wrist throbbed with every use. Eventually, a batch of cookies went from a labor of love to one of disgust! Even the ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookies couldn’t help the enslaved women.

And then, one beautifully white Christmas morning a couple of years later, she was surprised with a large gift with a big red bow. What could it be? She tore through the wrappings, ignoring the paper cut on her finger. Her gift would be worth the pain! With the final piece of gold foiled paper removed, she beheld the most glorious sight she had ever seen. She could hear the choirs of angels singing. She could taste the breads, the cookies, the goodness that she would now make with her brand new, sparkling white, more beautiful than any kitchen tool-

KitchenAid Mixer. With attachments.

And so began my love affair with my favorite tool of all time! In all seriousness, I love my mixer. It was a much needed and much appreciated gift from my parents a couple of years after we were married and it’s been a faithful friend ever since.

I’ve joined with some amazing bloggers to giveaway one of these little beauties! Here are the details of the giveaway:

High performance meets designer style with the KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection 5qt 325 Watt Stand Mixer. Finished in a smart, jewel-toned color, this tilt-head Artisan Stand Mixer boasts 10 speeds and a 325-watt motor that keeps up with you in the kitchen. Whip up everything from homemade cookies to mashed potatoes in the mixer’s glass bowl, which includes a spout and measurement markings for convenient pouring and prep.

Features:

  • Includes stand mixer, glass bowl, burnished flat beater, burnished dough hook, six-wire whip, and use-and-care guide
  • 325W motor
  • 10-speed slide control
  • 5-qt bowl with comfort handle
  • 59-point planetary mixing action allows for quicker, more thorough mixing
  • Power hub for additional attachments
  • Non-hinged hub cover
  • Yields up to 4-1/2 bread loaves, nine dozen cookies, or seven lbs of mashed potatoes
  • Embossed trim band
  • Two-coat color finish
  • All-metal construction
  • Measures 13-15/16″H x 14-1/8″D x 8-3/4″W; weighs 29 lb; 5-qt capacity

Want a second chance to win KitchenAid Artisan Design Stand Mixer in Electric Blue? Visit iowa-mom.com for more information.

One reader will receive a KitchenAid Artisan Design Collection 5qt 325 Watt Stand Mixer in Raspberry.

Giveaway ends July 17th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Groopdealz Dolman Tops, Bubble Necklaces, and more!

I am a self-admitted stalker of Groopdealz and today they have some great stuff! If I can buy jewelry and clothing on a good deal, I don’t feel so guilty doing it. Plus, they have some cute thing that would make great gifts.

First up, these Dolman tops are so stinkin’ cute! I have a couple and I love them. They are comfortable, breezy, and stylish.
Draped Sleeve Dolman Available in 8 Colors!

 

I have a few bubble necklaces and I LOVE them! They add fun to any outfit and I get compliments all the time. I’m going to snag a couple more!

Charity Fundraiser – Bubble Jewelry – 4 Styles Available!

 

This polka dot blouse is seriously cute!

Polka Dot Perfection Blouse – 4 Colors!

 

Also, they have a great Kids & Baby Event going on right now. Here are some of my favorites! It ends tomorrow night.
Kids & Baby Collection

A Swiss Treat: Basel Cookies Are Christmas In A Dessert

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Hi all!

I’m back again today with another World Cup for Kids post. It’s been so fun to watch the different countries play and feel the energy! Switzerland plays Honduras today and they have a good chance of advancing through to the round of 16. Woot, woot! Be sure to follow our Multicultural Kids Pinterest Board to see all of the great articles, activities, and fun that we all are doing for countries around the world.

I couldn’t learn about a country without studying some aspects of their cooking. I love finding out how other cultures eat, though I may not ever be brave enough to try some things.

However,cookies are a different story! The cookie recipe I am sharing today comes from a beautiful city in Switzerland called Basel:

It’s in the northern part of Switzerland where the German, French, and Swiss borders meet. The city has suberbs in France and Germany as well so you could easily visit three countries in a a couple of hours!

Here are some fun facts about Basel:

*Each year, the city hosts Art Basel, an international art show that attracts artists, museum directors, curators, and lovers of modern and contemporary art

*The city has Switzerland’s oldest university, The University of Basel, which was founded in 1460!!!

*It also has Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, the  Sinfonieorchester Basel

*The city hosts The Bank for International Settlements which is the central banker’s bank and consists of a board of directors from the US, UK, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. They chose this location because of Switzerland’s neutrality. 

*The Basel Bahnhof SBB is the self-proclaimed world’s first international railway station

Now to the goodies! I was able to get a recipe, in English, for the famous Basel cookies. When I made them with my kiddos, they reminded me a lot of Gingerbread cookies and carried us away to Christmas! These cookies were invented in the 14th century so they have a great history. They were much different than any cookie I had made before and only one of my kids liked them. But, maybe the recipe I had wasn’t the best. I liked them so maybe my five year old is just too picky!

A Swiss Treat: Basel Cookies
 
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These cookies were developed in Basel Switzerland in the 14th Century.
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Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: Swiss
Ingredients
  • 1 c honey
  • 1⁄2 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • ¼ tsp almond extract (calls for 4 tsp Kirsch originally which we don't have)
  • 3 c flour (1/4 cup is for kneading)
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (powder)
  • 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg (ground)
  • 1⁄4 tsp clove (ground)
  • 1⁄4 tsp ginger (powder)
  • 1 c ground almonds
  • 1 Tbsp lemon peel (finely grated)
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1⁄2 c powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ cup milk (more if needed)
Instructions
  1. Place honey and sugar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over a medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, transfer to a large glass bow, and let cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Mix egg and almond extract into honey and sugar. Stirring to blend and a little at a time, add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Finally, mix in almonds and lemon peel and turn into smooth dough.
  3. Place dough onto a floured surface. Knead, adding in enough remaining flour, until the dough is soft and no longer sticky. Shape the cookie dough into a ball, wrap in plastic film. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  5. On a lightly floured sheet of aluminum foil or grease proof paper, roll dough into a rectangle of even thickness. Transfer grease proof paper and dough to a 10x15-inch baking sheet leaving 1-inch around for the dough to expand. Bake on the middle rack for about 15 minutes, or until top is golden brown and center springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven.
  6. While the cookies are baking, mix the powdered sugar and ¼ tsp almond extract, and milk in a small bowl. Add additional milk if needed. Use a pastry brush to spread glaze over the warm cake.
  7. Lift paper with still warm cake to a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares. Remove any remaining paper and leave them to cool.

It’s All About the Yodel-Switzerland’s Music

Hi all!

Are you enjoying watching the World Cup? It’s been fun to feel the excitement, watch the games, and hear about the different customs from countries across the world. I hope you are following our World Cup For Kids Project. You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter via the hashtag:  #mkbworldcup.

Switzerland plays against France today and it’s supposed to be a close match! Switzerland seems to be a favorite team; I saw a poll yesterday that asked who people were rooting for and the Swiss took 20%, second only to those who didn’t have a team they were rooting for. Let’s hope they win and get a winning streak going!

Music is a big part of our life and our family,which is why I thought it would be fun to explore the music of Switzerland.

I have learned from my research that there aren’t really any national traditions there because they have such a diverse culture. There are four languages spoken and many regional traditions, but overall Switzerland prides itself on its diversity.

The Swiss play standard instruments in their music: “Schwyzerörgeli” (accordion), the violin, bass violin, clarinet and, in certain regions, the dulcimer or Trümpi (Jew’s harp). But they have some unique ones that I want to explore!

First up, the Alphorn.

The Alphorn was first used by shepherds to call in the cows from the pastures and to the barn for milking time. Smart cows, huh? I guess that shows how little I know about cows. I didn’t take them to be trainable like that!

It was also used as a call to prayer, but it’s main function was to communicate with other shepherds and with villagers down in the valleys (since the shepherds were up in the hills normally).

Unfortunately for this long horn, its use became nonexistent in the 1800′s and people soon forgot about it. However, it was revived by Niklaus von Mülinen, who began to repair them and train players. Soon, it was known for its beauty as a musical instrument.

I think it looks really cool too! Wouldn’t it be fun to have one of these in your backyard to call your kids to dinner? Or, even better, to have a certain call you use when they are in trouble. Kinda like a duh, duh, duh, dummmmm….. to serenade them as they walk back inside to receive their punishment.

I think it’s cool that they have been able to produce different tones so that it can be played as a group. I love that this instrument has stayed the same, despite modern technology. There are a lot of fun facts about the Alphorn that I haven’t covered.

Second, we can’t talk about Switzerland without mentioning it’s most popular form of music-Yodeling.

Yodeling was first used as a form of singing without words that used differences in pitch to communicate in mostly mountainous regions. It was used by shepherds to communicate from one hill to another to bring in the cows. They didn’t have cell phones back then, so how else could they communicate that far? If you were to ask a cow, missing a milking or being late is not a good thing!

It wasn’t until the 19th century that the Yodel developed into a song. It now has three or four part harmonies and is usually accompanied by an accordion. Each year, yodeling choirs gather and perform at festivals singing about home, nature, the mountains, and freedom.

For fun, have a yodeling contest in your family. My kids thought it was hilarious! All you need to do is find a fun song, country works best, and yodel instead of sing the words. As inspiration, here’s a talented 12 year old from America’s Got Talent who stole the show with her fun yodel! It’s the Americanized version of yodeling, of course.