The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

Monday, September 22, 2014

Make Girl Scout Cookie Crowns

Girl Scout cookie booth sales are a great way to raise money for your Girl Scout troop besides door-to-door sales.  Make your booth stand out in a crowd with some cute crowns for your Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, or even Cadettes to wear!

Our troop is Cadettes and up, so we needed an idea that they would also enjoy.  With a bit of help from my own daughter, I devised a set of Girl Scout Cookie crowns!

What you need:
  • Empty Girl Scout Cookie boxes, different colors
  • Birthday Tiaras (I purchased packs of 4 from the Dollar Tree)
  • Square and circle punches
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
The best way to gather up extra cookie boxes?  We saved some from our cookie rally and asked our neighbors to save us theirs from the earliest door-to-door sales.  I also flattened and saved a few from the previous year, knowing we would likely need them.

How to make your own Girl Scout Cookie Crowns:
  • Pull the boxes apart at seam to have one large area to work with.
  • Cut out the cookie name/logo area that is shaped like a trefoil/clover from each box.
  • Using your circle and square punches, cut out pairs of shapes in each color (ie. 2 green or Thin Mint circles, 2 blue or Trefoil squares, etc).
  • Take your birthday tiaras and cut off part of the cardboard design, leaving about an inch or so left to support your new crown design.
  • Cut your trefoil name piece so the bottom will fit against the crown headband.  Hot glue to the center of the cardboard.
  • Use circles and squares on either side of the name piece to hot glue "jewels" to your crown.
  • Let the glue dry and your Girl Scout Cookie crowns are ready to be worn!

I made 8 so we had enough at each cookie booth, mixing and matching the colors of each one.  Everyone who saw them asked about them and our Cadettes were happy to wear them.

We saved them with our Girl Scout Cookie booth materials so we can use them again next year!  A Girl Scout is nothing if not thrifty!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Wishing Star Farm Fall Festival

When we lived back in Texas, one of our favorite things to do each fall was take F&B to the pumpkin patch.  It's sort of fallen by the wayside since we moved to Colorado and the kids have gotten older, but I've really missed it.

This year, we received an invitation to check out the Fall Festival at Wishing Star Farm out in Calhan and we can't wait to visit.  Pony rides, hay rides, duck races, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn bins, it's pretty much everything I want for fall!

The foundation of their Fall Festival is celebrating the harvest, a medley of bright colors and distinctive flavors that epitomize fall.   One of the most unique experiences offered as an agricultural entertainment facility is the opportunity to see and pick pumpkins right out of the field. Wishing Star Farm believes this is an important educational experience  for children especially.

Everyone is invited to take some of the fall harvest home with them. Pumpkins $3 each, purchase your pumpkin ticket with your admission.  Click here for a coupon for $1 off your admission.

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received tickets to Wishing Star Farm Fall Festival in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends DVD {Giveaway}

Even with my not-so-much fun almost-12 year old, I still love Strawberry Shortcake!  Thankfully, my friend's little girl is more than willing to enjoy it with me, so I can live vicariously through her.  And it's always fun when Strawberry Shortcake has a new DVD out!

It’s friends first for Strawberry Shortcake and her favorite gal pals in Berry Best Friends!

When Orange Blossom’s general store overflows with a new line of fruits and veggies, she tries to handle all of the details without any help from others, and, as a result, she’s exhausted! Strawberry is excited to be building a new marketplace, but has a tough time learning how to graciously say, “no, thank you.” Both soon learn that talking about what you need is the berry best thing to do.

Click the above graphic for a Berry Best Friends Coloring Page!

When the BFFs form a new band called Strawberry and the Sweet Beats, they’re all jazzed to head out on the road...except for Orange, who is afraid to admit that she doesn’t want to leave home. Once she tells her friends how she feels, she’s ready to set out for a rockin’ good time!

Do you love Strawberry Shortcake too?  We have the perfect snack for a Strawberry Shortcake movie--Strawberry Nutella Bites!

Just chop up a strawberry into small pieces and set aside.  Spread the tops of several vanilla wafers with a dab of Nutella and top with a strawberry chunk.  Eat and enjoy!

Want to win a copy of Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends on DVD for yourself or your kids?  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter our giveaway!  Tell me in the comments what your favorite strawberry snack is.

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Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends for myself and a copy to giveaway as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Decorations

What else does a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party need after you have TMNT cupcakes and pizza?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles decorations, of course!

Since Ben's birthday party was being held on location, I wanted easy to use, budget friendly decorations.  Our local craft store had a number of items on sale in June and July in summer colors, including an awesome shade of green.  I picked up striped napkins, striped bags, key lime candy melts, solid plastic green Solo-style cups, and green and white paper fans, all for a fraction of the regular price.

The paper fans were one of my favorite parts.  I saw assorted online options for putting printables in them, making them into turtles, etc.  Since Ben received a bunch of TMNT items from us and my family, I cut scenes and logos from those boxes to affix in the middle of each fan with hot glue.  We ended up hanging these from the tables at different angles.

The key lime candy melts were just an added find at the last minute, so we made key lime popcorn.  Just melt the candy melts in the microwave and toss with popcorn (I bought bags of ready-made popcorn at the grocery).  Sprinkle some green sugar crystals into it, then let it cool, set, and bag it up.  We used the green and white striped bags so it matched.

For favors, I turned the green Solo-style cups into turtles!  They were quite thick/heavy, definitely not a disposable cup.  I wrapped a segment of washi tape around the middle of each, then hot glued googly eyes to make the turtle bandana.  We put TMNT lollipops, fruit snacks, and other candies into each for party favors.

Looking for more TMNT ideas?  Check out our cupcakes, apples, or my Pinterest TMNT board!
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pirate's Dinner Adventure {Review}

We had an absolute blast on our California trip this year.  Since it was our post-deployment family travels, we made sure to book a lot of fun events to really enjoy ourselves.  One of the items on our list, originally, was the Pirate's Dinner Adventure, and when I got the opportunity to check it out as a blogger?  I knew we had to take it.

We met up with our good friends on their own post-deployment trip for a big family dinner before we headed our separate ways again.  After a brief introduction to the show in the lobby, we were escorted to our table.  Our seats were ideal, even with a group of nine, and our awesome pirate was also named Benjamin.  My Ben was quite thrilled about this fact.

Dinner began, with plenty of food to enjoy.  Between our family of four, we sampled the beef and chicken, all of which met with approval.  The portions were good sized and we actually had some leftovers packed up to take back to our hotel.

The show began and the pirates attacked.  They performed, they had battles, they had sword fights.  There was a dragon.  And the princess was saved.  Everything one could possible want in a pirate battle.  Ben's favorite part, besides our pirate being named Ben was the dragon, whereas Faith got two difference chances to go up on stage and be part of the pirate's crew!  A perfect experience for our diva.
Pirate's Dinner Adventure is conveniently located off the 5 and 91 freeways in the heart of the Buena Park Entertainment Zone, just 10 minutes away from the Disneyland Resort and 15 minutes from John Wayne Airport.

Going to California soon?  My readers can save $25 off Adult and $15 off Child admission $25 off Adult and $15 off Child admission over the phone and mention code "USFAM" at time of purchase or use the online coupon! Reservations required.

Come Live the Pirate's Life at Pirate's Dinner Adventure California!

This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. Our family received tickets to Pirate's Dinner Adventure in appreciation for this post, all opinions are my own.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return {Giveaway}

Faith and I are so excited about this DVD!

We both love the Wizard of Oz and we both love Wicked the musical.  I watched Wizard of Oz every year when it came on tv (back in the Dark Ages before we had things on demand).  The very first musical I took 4 year old Faith to see was Wicked, back when we lived in Dallas and had season tickets to the Dallas Summer Musicals.  So come August 26th?  We are going to have movie night and watch Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.
The cast on this one is amazing--Lea Michele from Glee as Dorothy, plus Dan Akroyd, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Patrick Stewart, and Kelsey Grammar.  It's seriously an amazing group of voices, and the music is from Bryan Adams. I'm not quite convinced I could go wrong here.

In this sequel to my beloved Wizard of Oz,a devious new villain, the Jester, rules over Oz. Dorothy must return from Kansas to rescue her old friends: the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man.  And from the pictures, Toto is there too.  He was always one of my favorite parts of the movie.  I'm partial to dogs.

Getting excited for the movie too?  Click on the below pictures for some fun pre-movie activities for your little ones!

Want to win a copy of Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return for your kids?  (Or for yourself, since ours is kind of for me too.)  Just use the Rafflecopter below to leave a comment telling me your favorite Oz character to enter.  Tweet about the giveaway for a second entry too.

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Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to receive an advance copy of Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return for myself and a copy to giveaway as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cleaning Messes with Viva Vantage & Walmart

If you've got kids or pets, then you've got messes!  That's where Viva Vantage Paper Towels come in.

I've got muddy paws (thanks Dante), messy counters (thank you kids) and numerous other messes to clean up (thank you all furry and non furry family members).  And since I'm always cleaning up those messes, I'm cleaning messes with Viva® Vantage.

Must-have half sheets! Faith offered to help me.

After picking up an 8 pack at Walmart (we were almost out of paper towels), we decided to put our Viva Vantage to the test. Viva® Vantage towels are made with a revolutionary V-Flex Weave, which provides stretch that helps deliver great scrubbing power.  I also love that they come off the roll in half sheet size, I hate wasting paper products.

We started with the coffee pot morning clean up.  Extra easy!  Next up, we managed to find a spill of blackberry pomegranate tea.  Also tackled with just a single Viva Vantage towel. The sponge-like absorbency helps you soak up major spills, definitely a plus for me.

After that, we tried out the stretchiness, tugging them this way and that to see what would they could take.  I was very impressed with how much stretching the towels hold up to, before our real test.


We grabbed a towel and headed out to the garden where I picked a zucchini, a cucumber and two tomatoes.  We rinsed them, set them on the paper towel to dry, then picked up the towel with veggies on top.  Would it break???

The veggie test!

Ta da!  It did not, although we nearly dropped a tomato during the process.  So after a quick pic for proof, I tucked my veggies away safely.

The next test?  Dante's paws during the next rain storm, but I have a feeling Viva Vantage towels will hold up to that one too!  And I'm tired enough of muddy paws to not be hoping to try this soon.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Walmart and Viva Vantage paper towels, all opinions and photos are my own!

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