Hot Wheels Child Party Ideas

I am always looking for good themes for a child’s party that are easy to put together and would be fun for all the attending. Hot Wheels is a great party theme and easy to pull together even at the last minute.

Color Theme

Red, Green and Yellow is a great combination of colors and, of course, are the colors in a traffic stoplight. Add Hot Wheels Orange and you got a perfect color scheme.

Decorations

Gather up any Hot Wheels cars that you have. Purchase helium balloons in red, green and yellow and tie the balloons to the Hot Wheels cars. These make great car anchors!

Use your own Hot Wheel Set to make a dessert table!

Purchase some black and white checked duck tape. Use this to cover water bottle labels, make checkered flags and make other signs for your party.

Goodie Bags

Buy orange paper bags with handles at the dollar store. You can usually get three for $1 dollar. Fill the bags with a Hot Wheels Car and Hot Wheels PlayTape. This PlayTape is inexpensive and very easy to use. It comes in Orange and Blue and is 15 feet long by 2″ wide, plus they also have Curves! Simply “Unroll, Stick, and Race!™” Hot Wheels PlayTape features:

  • Ideal for creating roads for playing with Hot Wheels®
  • Sticks to any flat surface
  • Easy-tear, made of paper, no scissors required
  • Easy removal, leaves no residue
  • Ideal for children of all ages 3+, including adult hobbyists
  • Imagination-centric, with no batteries, no electronics, and no screens
  • Easily stored and transported. Take fun everywhere!
  • Toxin-free, disposable, and recyclable
  • 100% made in the USA
  • U.S. Patent Pending

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Hot Wheels PlayTape is available at:

Toys “R” Us
Meijer
Hobby Lobby
Fred Meyer
Bartell Drug

Food

Use dollar store bins to create food buckets! I love how they printed signs for each bucket with car themed names.

One of my favorite easy meals for parties is walking tacos. They are so easy to create and kids love them. Purchase small chip bags (Doritos, Fritos) and cut the top off so it is open at the top. Prepare taco meat and have taco toppings available such as shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, olives, etc. Let each child spoon what they want into the chip bag. Mix well. Easy clean up!

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Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments

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My kids and I love to craft! I am always on the look out for crafting ideas that all of us can do. This is such a fun craft and it is easy for kids of all ages (with a little adult supervision). We have silver and blue decorations on our Christmas tree, but I wanted to add a little bit more. There were some areas of the tree that were a little sparse so I decided that adding some silver glass ornaments would be perfect.

Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments

Supplies Needed:

Glass Ornaments
Paint – I love using the metallic paint. It really makes a nice finish.
Marking Pen – You can find these at the craft store. Again I love the metallic ones
Paper Cups – I had these little ones, but you can use small paper cups too. Just make sure that the glass ball can sit on the rim without falling in.

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The concept was easy – simply add paint to the glass balls! You can use one color, or multiple colors. My daughter and I actually three different colors of metallic paint in each ball to give it a swirly look. We add the paint and then swirled it around to cover the entire inside of the ball. We did have to shake the balls a little to get the paint to cover, but simply putting your finger over the opening of the ball prevents paint from flying everywhere!

Putting paint inside the glass ornament

After we had applied the paint, we simply but each glass ornament in one of the paper cups upside down. This allows the extra paint to drain from the ornament.

Glass Ornaments Remove Excess Paint

After the excess paint has drained we replaced the metals tops and then used a silver pen to decorate our ornaments. Then we placed them on our tree!

Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments

This project was a lot of fun!

Christmas in Color – Drive Through Holiday Light Show in Utah!

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If you haven’t attending a drive-through holiday light show and you live in Utah, now is your chance! I have attended a few in the past and they are always lots of fun. This year you can attend in two great locations.

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Utah’s biggest and best drive-through holiday light show is back, and tickets are now on sale! Immerse yourself in a drive-through experience with 1 million beautifully synchronized Christmas lights set to music that is sure to get you in the Holiday spirit! Two great locations Provo and Kearns! Find more details for your visit here: http://www.christmasincolor.net/

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Use the code ColorFamily to get 15% off a weekday ticket for Christmas In Color. http://www.christmasincolor.net/ Offer expires on 12/15/16.

This will be fun for the whole family. Pack up your car and have fun!

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Back to School: What’s In Your Backpack? #Carhartt

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I know, I know. It’s not even September yet. But when I live, school starts in less than one month! I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone. I can tell it is back to school season because all the school supplies are already stocked in the stores.

I am not one who rushes out and buys school supplies before school starts, but I do get a few essential items. These are items that I know my kids will need no matter what the class list of supplies might say. At our house, each child has their own storage container that is big enough to store books and supplies.

Storage Box

I store these boxes on a shoe rack.

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Be Prepared List of School Supplies

  • Good Backpack – It seems that almost every year I have to buy a new backpack for each child. They definitely go through a lot of abuse during the school year! This year, I picked up a Carhartt Rain Defender Durable Water Repellent Traditional Backpack for my son. First, the price is very reasonably. Second, I love that the backpack is made from rugged poly with rain defender durable water repellent. There is a zippered opening into the large main compartment and there is an internal organization panel with zippered pocket and pen slots. Perfect to keep him organized. The backpack is 12 x 16.1 x 7 inches and is available in Black and Pink/Blue Heart.

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    Carhartt also makes a smaller version, the Junior Bib Pocket Backpack that is also water repellent but is slight smaller than the Traditional backpack and measures 13 x 10 x 5.1 inches. Perfect for Elementary/Preschool age children. The Junior Bib is available in Red Tractor, Camo Print and Pink Script.

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  • Spiral Notebooks – You can pick these up for around $0.20! I usually pick up about 10 every year and the kids use them throughout the year. Worth every penny!
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  • Mechanical Pencils – My kids love the mechanical pencils and refuse to use the traditional No. 2 Pencils. I can usually get a pack of 10 for about $????. If I find a really good deal, I will pick up three or four packs.
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  • Lined Paper – Some classes do hate the spiral notebooks, so I make sure I get a couple of packs of lined paper too.
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  • Pens – I always pick up a variety of pens. Mostly black, but also blue and other various colors. My high school kid loves to have a variety of colors when note taking as it makes her notes easier to read.

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Other than that, I wait until I know what each course will require in way of supplies. I don’t purchase binders until I know if a class will require one and if multiple classes can be in one binder.

There are some really good deals out there right now for school supplies, so get shopping before they are off to school!

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Modern Mealtime Accessories for the Hip Baby!

If you love modern lines and design, then you will absolutely love these new mealtime accessories from Marcus & Marcus! The accessories were developed by two parents who share both a love for their children and a love of unique modern designs. These products are not only durable, but also bold, bright and colorful. They were designed around five adorable characters: Marcus the Lion, Pokey the Pig, Lola the Giraffe, Ollie the Elephant and Willo the Whale.

Each product is made of high quality, durable food grade silicone rubber that is BPA, PVC and phthalate FREE! There are many pieces in the collection and they coordinate together. Once you see all the items, you will want them all! They would make great baby shower gifts too.

Placement – Each placemat is made from a soft pliable silicone that makes it great for traveling. The placemat will stay in place on the table and the surface grips so items won’t slip around. There are no sharp edges making it very baby-friendly. They are even top-rack dishwasher safe. Each placement is $19.99 each and is available at Amazon.com.

Marcus & Marcus Giraffe Placemat

Baby Bibs – Yes! It has a crumb catcher! These bibs are easy to clean, made from soft stain resistant silicone and top-rack dishwasher safe. They are also easy to clean with hot soapy water. $19.99 each at Amazon.com.

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Collapsible Bowls – These are food-grade silicone bowls which are lightweight and collapsible for easy traveling and storage. You can even wash them in the top rack of your dishwasher for easy clean up. Perfect for ages 6 months and up. $15.99.

Willo the Whale Collapsible Bowl

Baby Spoons – What goes perfect with the Marcus & Marcus’ Collapsible Bowl? The Baby Spoon of course! This spoon has an easy-grip handle which makes feeding easier for adults. Plus it is easy to grip for tiny hands as well. Ages 6 months and up. Sold is sets of 3 or 5.

Marcus & Marcus Baby Spoons

Chopsticks – Teach your kid how to use chopsticks easily with Marcus & Marcus’ Kid’s Learning Chopsticks. These animal themed chopsticks will help keep your chopsticks in line. The animal hinges are made of soft, food-grade and brightly colored silicone to add an element of fun to the dinner table. Top rack dishwasher safe. For ages 6 months and up. $9.99/ each.

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Teethers – Soothe your teething baby’s tender gums with Marcus & Marcus’ Teethers. These adorable animal themed teethers are food-grade, brightly colored and designed for baby-safe fun. They are also top-rack dishwasher safe and can be put in the microwave and freezer as well. For ages 6 months and up. MSRP: $8.99/ each.

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Five Summer Security Tips

It is almost time for summer! For my family it means day trips, vacations and having fun in the sun. Unfortunately, there are some who would like to ruin my fun! Here are five smart ways from MasterLock to make your summer secure and give you piece of mind.

  1. Pack Smart and Secure – Avoid over-packing by checking the weather forecast for your destination in advance and packing accordingly. Also, keep your luggage protected with on-the-go security products such as TSA-accepted luggage locks like the Master Lock 4688D or the 4680DBLK. These affordable and reliable solutions keep your valuables protected whether you’re checking bags at the airport while en route to your destination, or upon arrival and storing valuables in your luggage in your hotel room.
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  3. Prepare for the Unexpected – If you are traveling by car, have your vehicle examined beforehand and stock up on emergency supplies such as blankets, bottled water, snacks, flashlights and jumper cables. Ensure your tires have good tread, are properly inflated and make sure you can locate your spare. Be aware of road conditions before leaving the house and plan accordingly.
  4. Tap into Technology – With new apps geared toward travelers, getting to your destination and enjoying your surroundings upon arrival is easier than ever. There are apps that offer real-time travel advice personalized to your exact location, weather conditions and interests along with direction-related apps that offer tips on traffic, road conditions and construction. You can also securely store copies of travel documents, health records and passports through the Master Lock Vault app for convenient 24/7 access.
  5. Enjoy the Elements Worry-Free – For less than $30, portable safes like the SentrySafe Small Portable Combination Safe or Master Lock SafeSpace Portable Personal Safe offer peace of mind and keep your cell phone, money, keys, jewelry, credit cards and other small valuables locked and secure while you take a walk on the beach, dip into the pool or enjoy an adventure of any kind. The compact and versatile safes feature a durable cable, which can be wrapped securely around a fixed object or serve as a carrying handle.
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  7. Limit Social Media – While it’s appealing to share details of your vacation via social networks, this could make you a target for cyber-savvy burglars. Publicly posting the dates of your trip or sharing check-ins and photos tagging your location creates a security risk to your home. Instead of posting in real-time, capture moments and photos and share via one photo album or video once you return from your trip.

What safety tips do you have for summer?

Eco-Friendly Baby Products That Will Make Any Baby Happy!

Earth Day just passed and it is a time that I reflect on how to treat the planet better. Many parents are concerned with the environment and how chemicals and other toxins can affect their children. Fortunately, there are many eco-friendly products that are available today. Brilliant Baby Products recommends the best-of-the-best multi-use, recycled, and natural products that help Moms do their part to protect our planet all while staying stylish, hip and fun!

Ecoya

Lassig proves that being eco-friendly does not mean you have to skimp on style with the NEW Green Label Neckline Bag- Ecoya. By using Ecoya® most of the traditional dyeing process can be skipped which saves resources, reduces CO? emission and reduces the use of chemicals and the amount of wastewater. Overall, up to 63 percent of energy is saved! This stylish bag also offers the convenience of a matching changing mat, an insulated bottle compartment, a waterproof wet compartment and a removable baby jar holder. This is the most stylish diaper bag that I have seen! I love both the color and the style. MSRP: $179.99. Available online at www.buybuybaby.com

The Original Squeez

The Original Squeeze is the original reusable squeeze pouch with patented, spill-proof nipple designed for babies 6 months and older. Made of durable silicone and 100% toxin-free materials, it can be filled with fresh, home-made foods for mess-free snacking anytime, anywhere! Then wash and reuse, saving money and the environment. Available in 2 oz and 4 oz sizes. There are styles for older children as well. The Originial Squeeze is so easy to use and clean. MSRP $13.99-$14.99. Available online at BuyBuyBaby.com

Pudgie Musical Puppy

HABA’s Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy is a waterproof music box that plays a soothing melody of the classic “Rock-a-Bye Baby” when its child-safe string is pulled. This high-quality musical toy is made under controlled organic farming processes to ensure the highest quality cottons for both the threads and the outer materials. The Puppy is super soft and makes the perfect baby shower gift! For ages Birth-1year. MSRP: $24.99. Available online at http://www.habausa.com/

Bamboo Crib Mattress

Made from the fastest-growing plant on Earth, the Candide Seasonal Bamboo Crib Mattress delivers on comfort, as well as, eco-friendliness. This standard size crib mattress features a soft Bamboo cover with viscose fabric that provides a breathable, cool environment for your baby, making it perfect for babies with sensitive skin. Cover is removable and machine washable. One side features wadding for winter, while the other side in polycotton for summer, making it adjustable for optimal sleep according to the season. MSRP: $199.99. Available online at http://www.babiesrus.com/

Bsensible Fitted Sheet

BSensible’s NEW Fitted Sheet Standard is a double-duty, waterproof fitted sheet and mattress protector made of 100% natural TENCEL® fabric. It is not only incredibly soft and luxurious, but also breathable, naturally wrinkle-resistant, and environmentally sustainable. Drying faster than cotton, this sheet actually whisks wet away from baby, conserving wash loads, water, and sleep!! Bamboo sheets are so soft! They are perfect for the new baby. Available in Crib, Twin, Full and Queen sizes. MSRP: $28.00-67.00. Available online at http://www.bsensible.com/

Each of these products are perfect examples of eco-friendly baby products that are not only great for your baby but great for the environment as well.

I Love My Febreze Air Purifier – Get a Better Smelling Home!

Every house has its own smell. Some are pleasant, some not so much. Cooking odors, pets and smelly kids sports gear can leave my home smelling terrible! Fortunately, I now have a Febreze Air Purifier for my family room. This is the room that gets the most smelly odors. The dog’s bed is in there, it leads out to the garage and the kitchen is the room next to it.

Since my family room is quite large, I have the Febreze HEPA-Type Tower Air Purifier. This air purifier has a powerful, replaceable HEPA-type filter that reduces up to 99% of airborne particles such as dust, pollen, and pet dander all while releasing a fresh scent. There are three air cleaning levels with electronic filter and scent replacement reminders. The scent cartridge that some with the unit is Linen & Sky Scent.

Febreze Air Purifier

Since using the unit, I feel the air quality is much improved. Sometimes the dog and dust make me sneeze, but this seems to reduce the pet dander and dust making it much more pleasant for me. The scent is perfect! It is not too overpowering and gives the room a fresh scent. You can buy filters and scent refills separately. This unit is made for rooms up to 170 square feet.

There is also a smaller unit, the Febreze HEPA-Type Tabletop Air Purifier for rooms up to 85 square feet. This unit is similar to the tower unit, just a smaller size.

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Recently, Febreze Air Purifiers teamed up with Colleen Padilla, owner of Classy Mommy, to create a series of videos sharing the best tips and tricks for bringing clean air to every room of the house. These videos are all very cute! Check them out:

Febreze Air Purifier Tips for a Kids Bedroom

Febreze Air Purifier Kitchen Tips

Febreze Air Purifier Laundry Room Tips

Febreze Air Purifier Tips for Pet Owners

Febreze Air Purifier Tips for Dust

Products That Help You Fulfill Your Parenting Resolutions!

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Now that it is March, are you reviewing these resolutions and making adjustments? Each New Year, many parents reflect on the highlights (and blunders) of the previous year and aspire to make positive changes in the year to come. Here are some great products that will fit well into any parenting resolutions that you might have this year.

  1. Help the whole family get a better night’s sleep
  2. Get baby on a regular sleep schedule with a Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Moon. Designed to teach babies how to self-regulate their sleeping patterns, it lets them know when it’s time to get out of bed and when it’s not based on if the sleeping or awake animal is illuminated. It also comes with four different lullabies to give little ones (and parents) sweet dreams all night long. For Birth- 7 years. MSRP: $49.99. Available online at http://www.amazon.com/

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    Candide’s Luxury Swaddling Blanket wraps baby in the ultimate comfort to sleep more soundly and feel secure. With its smart design, baby can be easily swaddled in three simple steps and can be swaddled with an arm or leg left out for changes in weather or to gradually transition to unswaddled sleep. This is perfect for newborns and definitely helped my daughter sleep better! For ages 0-3 months. MSRP: $19.99. Available at http://www.babiesrus.com/

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  3. Serve Healthier Meals and Snacks
  4. Give babies real, healthy food to chew on with BiteSizers by Mixed Pears. These easy-to-use, convenient toddler and baby food scissors help parents and caregivers prep and share food with children anywhere, quickly and easily. Promote healthy eating by exposing kids early to the full range of flavors and texture in real food. This scissors are easy to carry when you go out to eat making it easy to feed your child right from your own plate. For Ages 6 months – 5 Years. MSRP: $19.95. Available online at http://www.mixedpears.com/

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    The Original Squeeze with Eeeze is the original reusable squeeze pouch with a free-flowing spout. Made of durable silicone and 100% toxin-free materials, it is perfect for all homemade baby food and smoothie recipes, healthful purees, and those readymade favorites like yogurt and applesauce. It allows portable eating to be wholesome and nutritious. This is great for young children! You can fill The Original Squeeze with your child’s favorite foods! For ages 2+ years. MSRP: $13.00-15.99. Available online at http://www.originalsqueeze.com

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  5. Eat Together as a Family
  6. Kids will get excited for family meals with their very own Lassig Wildlife Dish Sets! These brightly colored, virtually unbreakable, European designed tableware sets include a tray with four compartments, bowl, mug, fork and spoon to help encourage independent and healthy eating. Available in 8 bright and cheerful designs, they are dishwasher safe and recommended for ages 1 year and up. MSRP: $26.99. Available at www.HABAusa.com/Lassig

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  7. Unplug and Play Together
  8. Both kids and adults with love this fast, furious and super fun Monster Bake game from HABA. Mix all the ingredients (the colored wooden balls) into the bowl and stir them around before each player takes a card with a cake recipe on, and then quick as a flash you have to use the spoons to collect the right ingredients. Loads of monster fun for all the family. So much fun for the whole family. There are many other monster activities and games too! For ages 5+ years. MSRP: $29.99. Available at http://www.HABAusa.com/

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  9. Make Bath Time Less Stressful for Everyone
  10. Quack, quack! Little ones have fun in the tub with the candy-striped Yookidoo® Musical Duck Race that comes with four cute duckies that ring around the fountain. Press the leaf-leaver to activate one of nine random sound and water effects and place a duck on top of the water fountain for even more water effects. This musical tub toy develops hand-eye coordination, cause and effect, and teaches colors and counting. What child won’t love bath time with this cute toy? MSRP: $34.99. Available online at http://www.amazon.com/

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How to Get My Child to Stay in Bed in the Morning

Do you have a toddler or even an older child that gets up at the break of dawn? Do you find that frustrating, especially on the weekends when you are trying to get a little more sleep?

Here are a few tips that may help your child:

  • Make sure your child is getting enough sleep. A toddler usually requires about 11 hours of sleep at night on top of a nap during the day. Some parents think that making the bedtime later will actually make the child get up later, but this doesn’t always work. Determine a wake up time and then count back 11 hours and set a bed time.
  • Plan quiet time. If you are having problems getting your child to sleep at the appropriate time, plan a quiet time before the set bed time. Set aside up to one hour for calm activities including reading books and listening to quiet music. I know my son sleeps much sounder when a play him a quiet tune before bed time.
  • Create a reward system. Reward your child if they stay in bed until you come and get them.
  • Use the Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Moon Nightlight. The Kid’Sleep Moon is a night light, sleep trainer and alarm clock all in one! It helps young children have an understanding of when it is time to get out of bed and when it is not. It is a great tool for nighttime self regulation to help both parents and children get more sleep. If the sleeping animal is lit, kids know to stay in bed. When the awake animal is illuminated, it is okay to get out of bed and start the day. Kids naturally relate to the sleeping or awake animal. Color recognition is not required. The Kid’Sleep Moon also has a sunset function that eases children into sleeping and a sunrise function that warns them that it is almost time to wake up. In addition, there are four different lullabies to help children relax and fall asleep. The Kid’Sleep Moon has three settings for morning, nap and weekend wake-up times, and an optional alarm with four different sound choices. In addition there are four different levels of brightness. This is a great tool for young children and helps them get their bodies in the correct sleep pattern! This clock is so easy to use and setup. All you need to do is explain to your child that they need to stay in bed until the bunny is awake. Then it is time for them to wake as well. Wake up times can be adjusted to fit your child’s sleep pattern.
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Do you have any tips to help children stay in bed in the morning?