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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Strawberry Float



Root beer floats are a 4th of July staple in our house.  My hubby can't get enough of them!  I thought it might be fun to shake up the usual routine by making strawberry floats.

I bought some strawberry kiwi Shasta and strawberry revel ice cream.  We loaded it up just like a root beer float - ice cream on the bottom, pour the drink over the top.  Princess loved that the ice cream looked pink.

We all thought it was a tasty little drink (although Hubby, always the purist, said real root beer floats are better).

Think of all of the different flavors you could try - orange, grape, lime, etc.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Paper Swirls




4th of July is right around the corner.  That means it's time to DECORATE!  My kids always enjoy being part of the decorating process.  Last year we made paper chains for the windows.  This year I thought we'd make some paper swirls to spin in our entryway.


All you'll need is some colored cardstock, scissors, a pencil, a bowl/plate, tape, yarn/string, and stickers/glitter glue (optional).


Pick your favorite color of cardstock.  Trace around the bowl/plate to get a nice circle.  *Tip: don't use one that's too big.  I tried a plate that filled the whole 12 x 12 cardstock and my swirl didn't spin as well as the others.


Draw a swirl ending in the middle of the circle.  Cut out the circle and then cut along the line until you get to the middle.  This was wonderful scissor practice for Goofy.


Tape a piece of yarn to the middle of the circle.  After that it's time to decorate the swirl.


The stickers were fun, but my girls especially liked squirting glitter glue all over their swirls.


We love sparkly swirls!


This craft also helps children work on their fine motor skills.  Bud was very meticulous about putting his stickers exactly where he wanted them.


Here are a couple of our completed swirls.


Another look at the swirls.  Can you see all of the pretty glitter?


Bud couldn't wait to hold them up and watch them spin.


Here they are in our doorway.  The kids sat and watched them spin and spin!


What are some of your favorite 4th of July crafts?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

30 Sucks Birthday Bouquet



My hubby turned 30 this year.  SO OLD!  Okay, it's not really, but this is the only chance that I have to tease him about it before it's my turn next year (yikes!).

I wanted to make hubby a fun, little gag gift.  I bought some dum-dum suckers and a foam ball to stick them into.  I already had the vase and ribbon on hand.  Using scissors, I cut the foam ball into a cone shape on the bottom so that it would fit into the vase.  Then I stuck suckers all over.  I finished up by making a tag and tying on the bow.  Voila!  A silly little gag gift that made my hubby smile.  (He thinks I'm a little crazy.  Maybe he's right.)

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Food & Fun




Hola!  Welcome to Pinning with Purpose.  I created this website to share some of the fun things I do with my family in hopes that it can help give you ideas to make memories with your own family.

This Cinco de Mayo I wanted to have a Mexican dinner.  We had burritos and chips & salsa.  I don't make spicy food often (because I'm a wimp), but the kids absolutely loved it.  For dessert I bought acoiris.  They were a marshmallow cookie with jam in the middle and coconut.  The kids LOVED them.

After dinner we watched The Book of Life and played with maracas.  It was a very low-key, low-cost, enjoyable Cinco de Mayo.

What are some of your favorite Hispanic foods?  Leave a comment.  I'd love to try some of them out!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

General Conference Easter Egg Hunt



General Conference is one of my very favorite times of the year.  I always look forward to hearing what the general authorities are going to say.  I remember how hard it was to sit and listen to all of the messages as a kid.  We have lots of activities to keep the kids engaged during conference.

This Easter time I decided to have an egg hunt.  I put a picture of different gospel topics onto Easter eggs and filled them with candy.  Whenever the kids heard one of the words they could go find the egg with that picture on it and eat the treat.


I "hid" the eggs all over the living room.


I made three eggs for each gospel topic so that all of my kids could find one.


My little hunters ready to listen to conference.


Goofy found an egg.


Having so much fun finding eggs!


Tasty treats and uplifting messages.

How do you like to watch conference?  How do you keep your kids engaged?  Leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

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April Fool's Dinner - Eggs and Ice Cream




Tricking people can be so fun.  I have seen so many cute tricky foods on Pinterest, but I had never tried to make one for my family.  This year I decided to give it a go.

We had eggs and ice cream for dinner.  The eggs were made of vanilla pudding and dried apricots.  The ice cream sundae is mashed potatoes, gravy, and a cherry tomato on top.

My kids thought the meal was so funny.  The giggled the whole night.


Princess waited all day to put a spider in her daddy's cup at dinner.  She is so tricky.

What are your favorite April Fool's Day tricks?

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Friday, June 26, 2015

April Fool's Skunks & Brownies




I had to show a picture of the cute April Fool's Day tricks my kids played on me this year.  Goofy made the paper skunk in preschool.  When she came home she said, "Sorry mommy, I accidentally let a skunk in the house" and held up the skunk.  SO CUTE!

Princess came home from school and said she had a brownie for me.  She then proceeded to hand me the "brown-E."  I love it!  It can be so much fun pulling little pranks on each other.

What are some of your favorite April Fool's Day tricks?  Comment below.

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