Game On: DIY Football Checkers

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‘Tis the season for tailgating, game day snacks, rivalries, comebacks and all things football. With friendly competition in mind, plus tackle-free zones (home, school and the parking lot), we created a DIY football checkers game. It’s fun for the whole family. Pack it for your next tailgate, or play it at home! Our kids love it.

We shared all the details for how to make this DIY game on Momtastic.

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KIND Snacks For Kids: Less Sugar, More Fun For Moms And Kids

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We are that snack happy family. At any given time, you can find us with fresh-cut fruit, nuts or nutritious packed bars in our purses and cars. For some reason, we are always hungry on-the-go. That snacking mentality was passed along to our kids, and they love snacks just as much as we do. In fact, we often try to avoid those inevitable hangry meltdowns when we’re out and about having fun with healthy snacks. But, it’s hard to find healthy snacks that are easy to pack, low in sugar and something that our kids will actually eat.

With 8 kids between the three of us, we try to avoid sugar high’s as often as possible, otherwise we are like a circus coming to town. And, not a good circus – a loud, meltdown-ridden, whiney one. According to a recent study*, we are not alone. In fact, 64% of parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s snack. When there’s less sugar, it’s more fun (and healthy) for everyone. Well, we’re happy to share that snacking for kids just got a lot more yummy, fun and nutritious with KIND Snacks new granola bar for kids! We packed our KIND Kids Bars for a recent playdate at the park. It was a win/win – our kids loved them (and we have some picky eaters in our crew), and we enjoyed them, too! They are gluten free, so we couldn’t help ourselves. Plus, with 5 grams of sugar or less, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, how could we not eat it? Our kids loved the chewy peanut butter and chocolate flavor best, but ate them all, including the chewy chocolate chip and chewy honey oat!

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids and moms

Whether you’re looking for an easy, low sugar item to pack for lunch or snack at school, or perhaps your kids need that nutritious boost of energy to make it through fun playdates, try KIND Snack bars for kids. They make it in our grocery cart every time we visit the store, and we don’t feel bad about it at all!

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low sugar, yummy granola bar for kids

*This poll was conducted by Morning Consult on July 12, 2018 among a national sample of 1,001 parents with children ages 5-12. Results from the survey have a margin of error +/-3%.

KIND Snacks sent us some delicious bars for this post, free of charge. We’re so happy they did! All opinions are honest, and our own. No other type of compensation was received. Thanks for supporting the companies that support j. sorelle. We ate KIND bars, even before this post.

$250 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway

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Oh my goodness, we have an amazing giveaway with one of our favorite companies, Oriental Trading. When we think about parties, decorations, DIY’s, and crafts, Oriental Trading is top of mind.

Recently, we’ve been playing around with DIY Balloon garlands. It’s been a party of balloons in our house for several weeks now with all the lingering balloons. We get the kids in on the blowing and tying action, so it’s fun for the whole family. Oriental Trading has everything we need for our balloon garlands (tutorial coming soon). It’s a wow-factor for any party, and an affordable one. Get balloon happy like us and check out the awesome selection at Oriental Trading.

If you have a party coming up, want to stock up on school or craft supplies, or you’re hosting an upcoming holiday, enter the giveaway today to win $250.  The giveaway starts July 11 at midnight and ends July 25 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time). Enter below.

$250 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway

After you enter the giveaway, check out some of the other amazing blogs included in the giveaway:
Happy Family Blog
Teacups and Fairytales
Suburban Wife City Life
Little Bits of Everything
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Celebrate Toy Story at Walt Disney World With A Fun DIY T-Shirt

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Jessica’s family went to Walt Disney World this past spring. We went as children with our parents, and when she went back, although there are new, awesome additions, it felt like that world had remain untouched. Yes, there were notable differences – everyone is on smart phones now (their app is amazing), security was more intense than she remembers (a good thing nowadays), FastPass is wonderful (makes lines more bearable), and it was more painful being the one actually paying for it all. But, precious memories came flooding back. The matching neon Mickey shirts our mom made us wear, the famous Mickey flower garden (and photo opp), a pretty Main Street, U.S.A., animated characters brought to life, Splash Mountain, happy vibes, and yes, It’s A Small World looked and sounded exactly the same.

Disney has certainly made it a magical world for generations, and Jessica was happy to share that magic with her kids. Despite having blown out his back earlier in the week, Jessica’s husband was a total trooper, and rode every ride (and stood in every line). The kids loved every minute of it. We felt the pure exhaustion after all the excitement and crowds at the end of the day! So happy we stayed for the fireworks show – worth it (near the back with a quick beeline to the Monorail). She can share tips of the day if y’all are interested – it’s a compilation of tips from great friends, and first-hand experience. Let us know at hello@jsorelle.com.

Jessica and her family missed the opening of Toy Story Land on June 30th, and her kids say it’s another reason to go back! It’s a story all our children adore, and it was even an animated film we grew up with, too. Before she left, Jessica made DIY t-shirts to celebrate the opening of Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World. She went with classic phrases by the lovable characters, Woody and Buzz. The boys took it to the next level by Disneybounding, which is dressing up as the character without wearing a costume (basically wearing everyday clothes inspired by favorite Disney characters). They love their shirts, and it was a great DIY project anyone can do. Tulip ColorShot Instant Fabric Color paint was amazing to work with – we can’t wait to work with it again! See the full tutorial on Momtastic.

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Celebrate Teachers With Fruit And Free Printables

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It’s teacher appreciation week! We know we each had our favorite teachers growing up, and they made a positive impact on our lives. Now, we see our children’s teachers helping them learn and grow. It’s awesome, and honestly, we don’t know how they do it! Since we can’t seem to get enough of all the cute fruit everywhere (recently at Bullseye’s Playground at Target), we’re thanking our teachers with fruit.

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Fruit has irresistible puns, so Jenna (Fleur de lis, a paperie) made fruit-tastic printables for us. Good news because we’re sharing them with you! There’s a tag for cherries, bananas, apples and watermelon; We CHERRY-ISH you as a teacher, You’re awesome to the CORE, You’re one in a MELON teacher and You’re like a PINEAPPLE, you stand tall, wear a crown (of knowledge) and are sweet on the inside! These labels are 4×6, but for our fruit tags we scaled them to 60% when we printed them to attach to the fruit.

Some other fun ideas you can attach the tags to is fruit-flavored gum packets, juice or sparkling water, totes, water bottles or anything else with fruit you can find!

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Take the time to thank the teachers you love this week, or any week. These printables are perfect for Valentine’s Day, back to school time and at the end of school, too.

Print the FREE PRINTABLE here.

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