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Thursday, March 19, 2015

How to Make Girl Scout Cookie Box Flowers


Even though cookie season is over, there's lots of potential crafting to be done with Girl Scout cookie boxes!  It's the perfect time to cut apart and save boxes for next years booth sales and these Girl Scout Cookie Box Flowers are extra easy to make!  You can assemble them now or just cut the pieces and file them away for next season.


What You Need:
  • Empty Girl Scout Cookie boxes
  • Scrapbook paper (I used three coordinating sheets to match each flavor of cookies)
  • Plain cardstock, cut into circles
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook tape or glue
How to Make Girl Scout Cookie Box Flowers
  • Disassemble the cookie boxes along the seams and flatten
  • Using scissors cut out the clover-shaped cookie name on the front of each box.  If you cut carefully, you can salvage the rest of the box for other crafts.
  • Draw a petal template on card stock and cut two from each pattern of scrapbook paper.  (Mine are about 6 inches long and 2 inches at the widest part, I freehanded the pattern.)
  • Cut a circle from card stock to act as a backing.
  • Glue one pattern of petals opposite each other on the circle to start the flower.
  • Add another pattern of two at 45 degree angles and glue them in place.
  • Add the third pattern at the opposite 45 degree angle and glue those down too.
  • Use the cookie name clover to create the center of your flower; glue on top of the petals to hide the area they join.
  • And you've got a cookie box flower!

We made a few and I can't decide if I want to glue them to the booth somehow, make a banner out of them or even tape them to a wall or window behind us during booth sales.  Mostly, I think they are cute, so they're in my kitchen for the time being.


Want more great Girl Scout Cookie Booth ideas?  Check out our other easy Girl Scout Cookie crafts!
Girl Scout Cookie Crowns
Girl Scout Cookie Box Stop Sign & Bookmarks
Girl Scout Cookie Booth Banner
Girl Scout Cookie Goal Flower Poster
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer {Book Review}


We all love new books around here and I'm so happy that both Faith and Ben love to read.  When we were offered the chance to receive a copy of Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer by Ali Maier, I knew it looked like a book that both kids would enjoy.  Written in the alternating perspectives of 10 year old twins Max and Maggie, F&B found it hysterical to read the entries and then the comments of each of the characters.

From the online summaries:
A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal?  This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. 
When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share! Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, Mom Made Us Write This.
But, according to F&B, the book is even better!

Ben loved all the illustrations, the doodles the twins would write in their journal entries, and how funny their opinions were.  He really liked the Max character, possibly because he relates well to the slightly pesky brother.  He's actually read it a couple of times and reviewed it on his own book blog.

One of the in-the-book doodles, can you see why Ben loves it?

Faith agreed with Ben's assessment and also added how much she liked that the stories/chapters/topics would be the same for each twin but told from opposite points of view.  She also mentioned that it seemed like each segment revealed more and more about the twins, and how their attitudes changed from dreading the journal to actually enjoying it.

Another cute doodle, but this one is more Faith's style!

I asked them who they'd recommend the book too and they both agreed that fans of the diary-style novels would really like this series as well.  Both kids have also asked if there will be more to the series and we are certainly hoping so!  They'd love to read another installment and highly recommend the first one!

Disclosure: We received our copy of Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer for the purposes of this review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are our own.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Penguins of Madagascar {Giveaway}

We've loved the Penguins of Madagascar ever since the original Madagascar movies came out.  F&B loved the franchise from the time they were toddlers (yes, it's really been out that long) and we all loved the television episodes.  Now, the Penguins are back in an full-length movie and we can't wait to see it!

What's it about?
They’re cute...they’re cuddly...they’re back! From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love!

Introduce the Penguin family to your family on March 17 when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR on Blu-ray™ and DVD. And for a limited time, get 2 hopping Penguin toys only with the DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Easter DVD and Blu-ray™ pack on March 17 making it the perfect gift for Easter baskets.
I'm so excited about this one too.  We're getting set for a 10 hour road-trip to Jackson Hole, then a family vacation in the Tetons, so I'm envisioning some nice movie nights in the lodge after a day of outdoor activities.

We have some fun activities to share with you too!  Just click on any of the images below to pop-up a larger file to print.  There's coloring pages, a maze, and a special agent spy kit!



We're also giving away a copy of Penguins of Madagascar on DVD to one lucky reader.  Use the Rafflecopter below to leave me a comment telling me "Who is your favorite Madagascar character?"  For additional entries, you can tweet about the giveaway!

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Disclosure: This information, along with a copy of Penguins of Madagascar and other goodies, was provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own. 
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb {Giveaway}

It's always great to find a movie series that the whole family likes and the Night at the Museum series definitely fits the bill for our family.  We've enjoyed the previous two Ben Stiller adventures where the museums come to life at night, wouldn't that be a cool adventure?  F&B definitely think so.

And now, there's Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb. In this installment:
If it’s laughter you’re after, get ready for the most hilarious night ever! Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!
Not only can parents and kid senjoy the best ‘Night’ ever, but it includes a bonus Digital HD movie: a choice of either Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

And much like another favorite recent movie, Crystal the Monkey stars in Night at the Museum 3 too. Check out her set clip, she is quite adorable!

  

We have lots of fun printables to go with the movie.  Click on any of the graphics below to pop them up as a larger printable file.

  

Would you like to win a copy for your family?  Use the Rafflecopter below to leave me a comment telling me "What museum exhibit would you most like to see come to life?"  For additional entries, you can tweet about the giveaway!

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Disclosure: This information, along with a copy of Night at the Museum 3, was provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown DVD {Giveaway}


I'm loving how many shows, toys, and games from my childhood are making resurgences!  It's always fun to watch the old ones with the kids, after they've discovered the new versions.

Ben is really excited about this new mash-up of the Flinstones and WWE--Stone Age Smackdown!  In this movie:
When Fred loses his family's vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It's a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the "clams" are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it's time to get the whole family together for hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory!
Doesn't that sound like so much fun for your kids?  The app below has lots of fun extras too, including:
  • Take the quiz to find out which Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Star YOU are? 
  • Download the fun activities, check out the prizefighting Fred & Barney characters!
  • Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today

Want to win a copy of The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown for your family?  Take the quiz above and leave me a comment via the Rafflecopter telling me "Which Stone Age Smackdown Star You Are".  For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway too.

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Disclosure: This giveaway was provided via my relationship with BlogLuv, all opinions are my own.
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Flintstones and WWE: Stoneage Smackdown Blu-Ray Combo Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Russell Madness {Giveaway}

As you've probably noticed, I'm a little bit obsessed with this movie!  While it started with my trip to Vancouver (which was completely amazing), the fact that it's an adorable Jack Russell Terrier and a monkey is what sold me.  I'm a bit obsessed with my own dog to being with and dog movies always get to me.  The kids and I have loved watching it, after the initial "How come you didn't tell us about this last May?????" questions.  (FYI, the answer is that they both can't keep a secret to save their lives and we were asked to keep the movie under wraps till closer to the release date.)


So, what's it all about?
RUSSELL MADNESS tells the story of Russell, an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his pet store, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather’s pro wrestling arena. That’s when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family.
Yes, definitely an awesome family movie!  You can't help but cheer for Russell and Hunk to help save the day and the underlying message, how family is the strongest tag team of all, is such a great one for kids.  Russell Madness is produced by the Air Bud team, of sports-playing, golden retriever fame, and it's just as endearing as the goldens.

We have some adorable Russell Madness printables for you, including a maze, dot-to-do, word search, and puzzler page.  Just click on the smaller pictures below to pop up a bigger, printable file.



We also have a copy of Russell Madness to give away to one lucky reader.  Just use the Rafflecopter below to leave me a comment, telling me how you make your family movie nights special.  For extra entries, you can Tweet about the giveaway too.

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Disclosure: This information, along with my Vancouver trip, was provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 2015 {Review}

I might have made my son's month this past weekend!  Ben is used to getting to do a lot of fun things as a blogger's kid, but not only was I able to treat him to the Harlem Globetrotters, but with the husband and big sister having other plans, he was able to invite two of his best friends to check out the game with us here in Colorado Springs.


Most of my Harlem Globetrotter knowledge actually comes from Scooby Doo (am I dating myself yet?), but from what I could tell, it was perfect for a 9 year old boy or three.  I picked up Ben's buddies and off we went to see the game.


The overall plot is the Harlem Globetrotters taking on their rival, the Washington Generals.  While the Globetrotters play hard, the Generals are a bit prone to trying to win at any cost, including cheating.  They're coached by a former Washington General who might just have a few extra tricks up his sleeve.

The boys loved the storyline and the basketball plays.  All three of them couldn't stop talking about the 4 point shots, the fancy ball tricks, or how the players made it look so easy!

The Globetrotters really are as much fun as advertised.  The boys had a great time at the game and all three of them said they would love to see it again.  We definitely would recommend it for elementary aged kids!


Save $7 Off Select Tickets to any Harlem Globetrotter Game!

Check their website to find a show near you, it's not just in Colorado!  Then head to US Family Guide for more details or use promo code FAMGUIDE on the Harlem Globetrotters website for tickets.

Disclosure: We received tickets to check out the Harlem Globetrotters as part of my affiliation with USFamilyGuide.com. All opinions expressed are my own.
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