Wow! Time is flying by and I’m already to week 5 of my “Photo a Day” series. Enjoy!
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Thai food is one of mine and my boyfriend’s favorites. We order it all the time and each time we do, I think to myself I need to figure out how to incorporate the bold and vibrant Thai flavors into dishes at home. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with this Thai Curry Lime Shrimp.
I cannot even begin to tell you how amazingly delicious it is. The curry offers up some heat and the lime adds a little sweetness. The two flavors are perfect compliments to each other. And it’s just like summer – a little hot and spicy, but sweet all the same!
If you’re wondering about the Thai Green Curry Sauce, it can be purchased at Aldi. At least, that’s where I get it. I don’t know if it’s available in other stores, but if it’s not and you don’t have an Aldi near you, the sauce can easily be substituted with a different curry sauce or maybe even try a sweet chili sauce.
When you try the recipe, come back and let me know what you think! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Schools out, warm weather has arrived, and it’s time to start having tons of summer fun! The first official day of summer is just two days away, June 21st. There’s no delaying the fun at this point, and why would you want to?
If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, indoors and outdoors, this year’s Summer Fun Guide has something (and probably more than one thing) you’ll love. And remember, you don’t always have to leave the house to have fun!
Is traveling part of your summer fun plans? Keeping the kids occupied can be tricky on long road trips or plane rides, but with the help of some Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones from Kidz Gear, the trip will be a little less stressful for everyone. Visit the giveaway and enter to win a pair!
Who doesn’t love bubbles? Summer fun will always be poppin’ with a Paw Patrol Bubble Blower from Little Kids! It’s minimal mess with maximum bubble blowing power. And no skills are required so it even great for the little ones.
H2O Go! is a super fun way to keep the kids active and cool at the same time. Get them outdoors, away from the screen and enjoying summer the way it was meant to be enjoyed!
From Spin Master, The Wobbly Worm Game is great for ages 3+ and can be played on any hard, flat surface. Kids try to toss and hoop the worm as he wiggles and wobbles uncontrollably, creating tons of giggles from them. It’s the perfect game for those rainy summer days!
Each with a different personality and style, Shibajuku Girls are the perfect companion for your little fashionista. Click through to find out more and determine which Shibajuku Girl is a great fit for the fashionista in your life!
If you’re going to have fun this summer, you have to make sure the kids have the right clothes because it’s going to be HOT. Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sandals and swimsuits are all must-have items. Check out Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack for all of your kids’ summer fashion thread needs. I’m talking cute AND affordable!
If you really want to have a banging summer, the new Blast Box game from Zing is what you need. Use simple strategy to hammer nails into a box and avoid popping the unseen balloons underneath. Who will be the last one with a balloon in the Blast Box?
Parents, this one is for you too. What would a Summer Fun Guide be without one of my all-time favorite games – Scoop Ball? I played this all the time in grade school and it’s just an all-around fun game, so go ahead and share some of your childhood fun with your kids!
Not only are toys, games and experiences great for summer, but reading can be just as much fun. This is especially true when you receive new books and stories each month, tailored for the age of your child. That’s exactly what The Story Box offers!
Take the fun outside and go for a spin on the Banzai Spin Out Water Slide. It’s a fun and easy way to catch some rays (and vitamin D), cool off and beat the summer heat.
Mom and dad, I’ve got you covered too. If you’re heading outdoors for summer fun, you’ll want to protect your eyes. The sunglasses selection and service at Ottica is top notch. It’s truly function and fashion all in one.
With all the summer fun you’ll be having, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to want to go grocery shopping, or even have the time to. But don’t worry! Sign up for Sun Basket and you can have healthy, easy to cook meals delivered right to your door.
If there’s one thing you take away from this week’s “Photo a Day” pictures, it should be that we have a lived in home. Cleaning is not a top priority and I know I’m not the only one. I’m just not afraid to show it, haha! A few of this week’s photos show just how messy our home gets sometimes, but the kids are happy and that’s what matters. Enjoy!
The 4th of July is THE summer holiday for families and friends to get together and enjoy each others company. And it’s not just the company we all love, but the food. Oh, the food! While it may not be as easy to create red, white and blue themed main dishes, there are tons of fun ways to incorporate these holiday colors into desserts. Check out these 10 fun 4th of July dessert recipes for inspiration!
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches by Saving Dollars & Sense
Easy Puff Pastry Berry-Cheese Danish by Giggles, Gobbles & Gulps
No Bake Cheesecake by We Know Stuff
5 Minute 4th of July Fudge by Club Chica Circle
Red White and Blue Parfaits by To Simply Inspire
Firework Bundt Cake by Penny Pincher Jenny
4th of July S’mores To-Go by As The Bunny Hops
Red, White & Blue Cookie Waffle Dessert by Club Chica Circle
Patriotic Pinwheel Cookie Pops by Two Kids and a Coupon
Homemade Jell-O Pudding Pops by Saving Dollars & Sense
Last week I took my family strawberry picking for the first time. It was a great way to get everyone out of the house and enjoy a little family time together. It was a simple outing, but the kids had a lot of fun picking their own fresh strawberries. And though my son doesn’t eat them (because of the picky eater he is), even he enjoyed it.
We arrived at Farms View Roadstand sometime in the afternoon. Luckily, it was a really nice day out with temperatures in the high 60’s, the perfect day for strawberry picking. The staff kindly gave us the rundown and directed us to the strawberry plants out in the field. Then we were off!
I had no intention of picking and buying as many strawberries as we did, but once we saw them and got to work, we had a box full in no time. We bought just over 2.5 lbs. of strawberries!
When we buy strawberries from the store, about half of the package typically goes bad before we get around to eating them, so I had no idea what we were going to do with all of these. But we’ve had no problem this past week going through the 2.5 lbs. we picked from the farm.
When we got home, I decided to bake us up some Strawberry Streusel Squares and boy were they delicious. They were gone by the next day!
This recipe only used up a small portion of the strawberries we had picked, so I had plenty left to make a second batch of Strawberry Streusel Squares. As for the rest of them, we’ve just been snacking on fresh strawberries all week. I can’t wait until we go strawberry picking again!
I love finding games that are great for the whole family to play and sometimes that’s hard because my kids are so young (5 y/o and almost 2 y/o). They don’t always quite understand the concept of certain games, even one’s that are age appropriate, and it can get frustrating for everyone.
Blast Box by Zing happens to be one that all of us enjoy and even the kids understand what it’s all about. Since getting the game, Blast Box has been played over and over and over. My son literally asks to play every day and I can already tell it’s going to be a major part of our summer fun plans.
Setup and play of Blast Box is super simple. For each player (up to four), a balloon needs to be inflated and placed under the box. Don’t worry, the game includes a handheld pump to blow up the balloons.
The object of Blast Box is not to pop a balloon. Each player takes a turn with the spinner, which indicates how many nails they have to hammer into the box (if any). If you pop a balloon, you’re out and the last person standing wins. Easy peasy!
I love that it’s even safe for my youngest one to play. The “nails” are flexible plastic pieces and aren’t sharp at the ends. The tips are a dull rounded shape, but they’re pointy enough to pop balloons when hammered in.
And although a simple concept, Blast Box requires some strategy. In the beginning, we’ve found that starting around the outside of the box is a pretty safe way to go. But when you get to a point where there are multiple nails hammered into the box, it starts narrowing down the possible locations of remaining balloons.
You have to strategize and determine where it would be safe to hammer a nail without popping one of the balloons. It’s also a good idea to pay attention so you can see which nails actually did pop balloons. Maybe your next move should be in that same area, since you know a balloon has already been popped there.
My kids must be lucky, or maybe I’m unlucky, but I actually understand how to strategize in this game, while my kids don’t really get it quite yet. They just love banging the nails in and hoping they don’t hit a balloon. Yet still, they beat me just about every time!
From playing Blast Box so many times, there are a few tips I’d like to share that will help make the game run smoother.
The first tip involves inflating the balloons. As I mentioned before, the game includes a handheld pump for easy inflation. The game also includes small cardboard balloon holders to keep the air in the balloons and also double as weights to keep the balloons in place under the box.
I’ve found that the trick to easily attaching the cardboard weight without popping the balloon is to inflate the balloon, keep it on the pump, twist the end to tighten it and slip the twisted part into one of the cardboard slots. Then slip it through the second slot and remove the balloon from the pump.
Trust me, I’ve popped and fiddled with enough of the balloons to have a good grip on this, haha!
My second tip involves the box itself. If you’re playing on a flat surface, you may need someone to hold it in place. If not, there’s a good chance someone will knock into the box and when it moves, the nails will bend and allow space for the balloons to move underneath. Here’s an example.
We got down to two players, but only one nail slot left. That just doesn’t make sense. If there’s only one nail slot left, then one of the remaining players should have already popped a balloon. When I turned the box over to check it out, this is what I found.
You can see that some of the nails are slanted, making room for the balloons. This likely happened when my kids kept knocking into the box. The nails were already in place and when the box moved, the balloons pushed into the sides of the nails. So when the next nail was hammered in, it missed the balloon.
Playing in the grass (this is an awesome picnic game, by the way) or the carpet is probably ideal because the box won’t move as much.
Blast Box is so fun that it’s actually temporarily out of stock on Zing’s website! You can preorder it now ($19.99) for the next shipment, or you can head over to Amazon and get it sooner ($24.99). But note that even Amazon has a limited number available!
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It’s that time again – my “Photo a Day” series for this week. Enjoy this peek into my family’s lives this past week. And guess what?! I got daddy this time!