I love Christmas and all that comes with it. Making cookies with Miss Sarah is a fun event and great memory for her to look back on. These DIY Bonbon cookies are easier than they look and make for an impressive host plate!
- 5 C flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cream of sugar
- 2C C soft unsalted butter
- 3C granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 egg whites
- 1 C powder sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- red, yellow, green gel food coloring
– Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
-Add all 2 eggs at one time…Continue to mix.
-Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
-Sift the four, baking soda and cream of tarter together.
-Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
-Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
-Put in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Check to see if the dough is firm.
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
– Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into
the batter. (if needed)
-Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using the candy cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
-Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
-Take the candy cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.
(About 10 minutes).
-Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
-If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
– Divide the icing between 4 bowls. In the first bowl put 1/3 of icing leaving it white.
-Add several drops of red gel food coloring in the second bowl of icing (about 1/3). Stir well to mix the color.
-Add several drops of green gel food coloring in the third bowl of icing. Stir well to mix the color.
–Add several drops of yellow gel food coloring in the fourth bowl of icing. Stir well to mix the color.-Spoon each color of icing into individual frosting bags with a #2 tips. Twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
-Outline each of the round cookies in white then fill in the top and bottom of the cookies in with the white thinner icing.
-using the other colors, pipe the colors onto the wet icing in a circular motion, like int the picture.
-Allow the cookies to dry from 5-10 hours.
Making Sure Your Kids are Safe this Halloween
Halloween is such a fun holiday, the kids love dressing up and trick-or-treating, but it can also be scary and I’m not talking scary as in BOO! I’m talking about the fact that your children could be in potential danger. There are a lot of dangers on Halloween night you’ve got to be aware of, that is why I am going to give you some tips and tricks on making sure your kids are safe this Halloween the best way possible.
It is always a good idea to plan a route to go trick-or-treating on, ahead of time. Especially if you live in a big area, this way you can stay on track and not get lost. If your kids are old enough to go on their own make sure you plan a route with them anyway and make them stick to it so you know where they will be in the case of emergency or if you just feel the need to go check up on them.
Try and stay in areas that you and your kids are familiar with this way you know kind of what to expect and you know the people around these areas. It’s a lot safer than just going somewhere completely random and again if your kids are old enough to go on their own and you’ve told them to stay in familiar neighborhoods, if you know anyone you could ask to have them call and check in once your kids have passed by just to take extra caution.
Where Not to Go
Stay away from alleys and back yards, of course, you never know what could happen, even if it looks like a “short cut” don’t go, you are better off staying on a well lit up path. Also, don’t go to houses that aren’t well lit up. If they are kind of dim this could indicate that they just don’t want trick-or-treaters or they could be very unfriendly and just all around people you should stay away from.
Thoroughly inspect your children’s candy, especially before they have any. There are a lot of sick people out there that like to put things such as razors, needles, and poisonous substances into candy they hand out and even sometimes drugs that look like candy. I know it is difficult not to just let them eat it, but you should think about safety first.
Make sure ahead of time that your kid’s costumes are safe. Look out for anything hanging off or big wigs that could go up in flames if they get close to a candle. Try and find flame retardant materials for their costumes. Just in case of a situation like that, review the stop, drop, and roll procedure so they will be ready if anything happens.
Halloween safety for your children is the utmost important thing. Halloween may be a fun time but it can be dangerous for your kids and making sure your kids are safe this Halloween is pretty easy if you just plan ahead of time and pay attention to any potential dangers out there. With that said I hope you and your kids have a great one! Are there any tips you would add to this list? Have you used any of these methods to keep your little ones safe on Halloween? Share in the comments!
One of my favorite things to do in the Summertime is go to a good water park and enjoy the rides, slides, and the rush of the cool water with my family. There are hundreds upon hundreds of amazing water parks across the U.S. but today I am going to be talking about just five of my personal favorites. If you’re looking for a great family trip this Summer be sure to check out some of these awesome parks.
I’ve talked over and over about the stickiness that comes with having babies. However, what doesn’t get mentioned as often is how bad they can make your house smell! Normally, when you think of babies you think of that soft, powder smell. Yeah, that’s there for all of 10 seconds directly after they bathe.
We were offered a chance to try Fresh Wave, a line of all natural odor removal products in our home. Fresh Wave brags that they can tackle things like pet smells and diaper pails.
Yeah, I’ve got those. Both of those. Lots and lots of those.
The products arrived in their beautiful packaging with natural ingredients “such as water and plant extracts from lime, pine needle, aniseed, clove and cedarwood” listed on the label and I smirked. Yeah, ok, this will battle the stink that comes with twins and a giant yellow lab, sure. But I had to have faith, this is what makes Fresh Wave different. It’s not just about getting rid of the smells; it’s about doing it only using those natural ingredients.
After getting my pretty photos, I examined the packages and decided the best way to try different forms of Fresh Wave was to follow the suggestions for each product.
First, the Odor Removing Packets.
These little mesh packs are filled with tiny beads made of magic, or something like it. I tossed one in the bottom of the diaper pail and another into the canister of our bag less vacuum. Later that evening when changing the diaper pail my husband asked what the heck I had put in there. It wasn’t that it didn’t still have that special diaper pail smell, BUT it was much milder and there was a very fresh smell mixed in with it.
The packets have turned out to be my favorite product; the number one reason is their sorcery in my vacuum. We vacuum everyday, sometimes more than once. Between the dog and two babies learning to feed themselves, there is never a time when I feel like I can put it away. Tossing the packet into the top of the canister with the filter was a GAME CHANGER. It isn’t that it makes my floor cleaner, but rather the smell that fills the room when we vacuum is fantastic! It’s fresh and light, and natural; I can’t think of a better way to describe it. Kind of like opening all your windows on that first day of spring.
Second, The Spray.
The Spray has also come in very handy with our rugs. Each night once the babies are down, I’ve been spraying all of the rugs. I get that wonderful smell and during the day, while playing with the babies, I’ve noticed the rug doesn’t smell like stale dog as much, which is always a win!
It’s super easy to use. Just shake and spray. You know you have used enough when the room starts smelling fresh.
I also LOVE the lock feature on the pump bottle. I’m terrified of the babies getting a hold of a cleaning product and somehow getting hurt. The simple lock on the sprayer made me feel better that even if they did get their hands on the bottle they wouldn’t have easy access to the liquid.
We were also sent the Fresh Wave gel.
The gel is recommended for when “the whole room stinks”. Yep, I have one of those rooms. It’s where the dog sleeps. Sadly, it’s also where I sleep.
After putting the gel in my room one morning, by the time I went to bed it was filled with a light, fresh scent. The smell of dog was significantly decreased. It wasn’t gone, but it wasn’t overwhelming in comparison to the rest of the house.
Fresh Wave products are newly available at Target and through other quality retailers. You can use their handy store finder to find the location nearest you!
–> Here is the cool part, we get to give one lucky reader a Fresh Wave Set of their own! Just follow the instructions and good luck.
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Disclaimer: We were sent Fresh Wave in exchange for our review. All stink combated was ours. All thoughts are entirely our own.
Are your kids dreading going back to school? They won’t be if you try some of these tips! Back to school time can be fun, but it can also be stressful. If your kiddos are fretting, be sure to talk to them about their concerns rather than simply dismissing them. Tell them about the first day jitters you had on your first day of school, or even about a new job you were nervous to start.
Talk about what to expect.
Look up what they’ll most likely be learning in the next grade. If you have time, order a few workbooks off of Amazon (AFFILIATE LINK) and get them started on a little extra practice for their grade level. If they’re transitioning from half-day to full-day school, talk about what they might spend the extra time doing. For older kids that may be transitioning to middle or high school, talk about the fun elective choices they’ll get, as well as the added responsibility and expected behaviors that come with going into higher grades.
Bring them back to school shopping.
This is the best way to get them excited about heading back to school! Who doesn’t lovvvvve shopping? I know I do. Whether you’re shopping for school supplies or clothes, kiddos really enjoy having some creative freedom. Allow them to help pick their outfits out. To save money, buy mix and match pieces so they can wear two different shirts with one pair of jeans and so on.
Get fresh. Nothing says “back to school” like a fresh haircut and new shoes.
Many salons offer back to school sales for haircuts, so call around to get the best prices. Hit the back to school sales at the shoe stores when they have the BOGO ½ off, or check your mail for coupons. They usually come a few weeks before school starts.
Connect with their friends.
Before school begins, have them connect with their friends. Setting up a few play dates for younger ones, or movie dates for older ones, will get them excited about hanging out again. They will realize school time means friend time, too, especially if they didn’t get to spend all summer with those same friends.
Connect with other moms.
It’s also good to connect with other moms before school starts. This can ease your mind about kids going into a higher grade, especially when middle and high school come around.
Plan fun lunches.
Sit down together and plan some awesome lunches to start the school year off right! We all know the mid-year slump comes when we are just sending PB&J every day, so take the time to start the school year with some colorful lunches filled with fruits, veggies, granola, and more.
Read some books.
There are several books about back to school, starting school, etc. Try First Grade Jitters by Robert Quackenbush, or Back-to-School Rules by Laurie B Friedman. Take a trip to the library, or find them on Amazon (some are free to download with Kindle Unlimited.
Have a party!
Throw a little back to school party for your kids and their friends to get everyone excited about the first day of school. Scour Pinterest for ideas. I think it would be cool to make it a little craft party, where everyone makes gifts for their new teachers.
Sign them up for extracurricular activities.
If your kids played sports last year, they probably continued throughout the summer, but if they didn’t now is the time to sign them up for next year’s sports. Get them in the habit of practicing their free throw shot, or perhaps they need to brush up on their clarinet skills. Either way, getting back into the routine of things now is going to make it easier when school does roll around.
Set up a study nook.
Do your kids have a set spot in the house where they can study? If not, let them help you design a little study nook. Whether it’s a corner of their room or the kitchen, or maybe the loft, squeezing in a small desk and chair to set up a study command center is the perfect way to get into back to school mode. Letting them help choose the decor for their “office” can help them get excited about school.
What’s your best tip for getting kids excited about going back to school? Leave them in the comments!