#Mad Scientist Day

One of the perks of private school is the class parties & hands on learning. This year (actually the end of last year but I’m a bit behind) my daughter’s 4th grade teacher combined a science project & party into a super cool mad scientist day. The children were each required make up a fake scientist name, come up with 5 to 10 minute science experiment they could easily preform, and write a quick summary introducing themselves & explaining their experiment. This was Destiny’s…

My name is Dr. Spikenstein. Monsters don’t often go to college, but I loved science so I worked really hard and was accepted into Hogwart’s University. I aced my classes and graduated with a master’s degree in Monsterology. I also got my bachelor’s degree in Scientific Potions. I liked using science to make magical things happen so much that after graduation I started teaching Potions 101 at the university. One of my favorite experiments we did in my potions class was the self-inflating balloon. Mixing vinegar & baking soda creates a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide. Once the carbon dioxide fills up the bottle, it needs more room so it expands the balloon. It looks like the balloon is magically blowing itself up. Unlike helium that is often used to fill balloons, carbon dioxide is a heavier gas than the air so instead of floating around, the balloon will fall straight to the ground. Want to try this experiment out for yourself? Here is how…
 
Supplies:
·       Vinegar
·       Baking soda
·       Plastic funnel
·       balloon
·       Tablespoon
·       glass measuring cup with a spout
·       bottle with a narrow top (example: a plastic water bottle)
Instructions:
1.   Use your funnel to put 3 Tablespoons of baking soda into your balloon.
2.   Using your measuring cup, pour ½ cup of vinegar into your bottle.
3.   Stretch the open end of the balloon over the neck of the bottle making sure the balloon is on securely.
4.   Pick up the balloon so that all the baking soda falls into the vinegar at the bottom of the bottle.
5.   Sit back and watch the balloon magically expand!
It is a great experiment to try with the kiddos, & I thought the scientist she created was very imaginative too! Anyways, after the kids demonstrated their experiments in front of the class, the teacher & room-mom gave them this wonderfully themed party. I was impressed. Destiny was too so we might even steal the idea for a birthday party theme some time. I’ll let the pictures tell the story…
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The classroom was decorated with all sorts of “sciency” things…
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The kids each got safety glasses, science lab badges, & Biohazard goodie bags.

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No mad scientist party is complete without a nice cauliflower “brain” in a jar!

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And then they had snacks…

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Petrie Dish Jello… Click here for Pinterest links for this idea… These used gummy worms, but other good options were Nerds & sprinkles for fake bacteria & cells. PS The kiddos weren’t a huge fan of the lime jello so you might want to skip that flavor.

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Frankenstein Treat Cups – Click here for these.

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Green Punch – Just mix some green Hawaiian Punch, lime sherbet, & Sprite for a quick & easy drink.

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Eye Ball Cake Balls – Click here for this creepy recipe.

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Monster Cookies – These were my contribution for the party. I found the recipe on Pinterest here. I was a little nervous when making them since the dough was a bit hard to work with, but they were a huge hit. I found the candy eye balls at Target though you can find them online as well.

Anyways, while looking on Pinterest I found so many other cool ideas you could add to these. It was definitely a theme you could just run with, a wonderful way to mix learning & fun. You could even use it for Halloween. Hope you enjoyed this party idea! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

#I’m Back

Hello, ya’ll! So I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but I’ve been MIA for a while, three months to be exact. Unfortunately, life these days seems to be super crazy ALL THE TIME! It’s been exhausting lately… I mean we’ve been having lots of fun events, family time, & adventures, but at the same time, I feel worn out mentally, physically, emotionally, & any other way possible. Having said all that, when I started blogging, I found it a relaxing, creative outlet, & since, long story short, I am in serious need of some mental health rejuvenation… I’m back!! During my absence, I’ve been making mental notes of ideas that I’ve wanted to share with you guys & even “planned” a few posts by taking lots of pictures so I’m planning on playing a little catch-up then trying to get into a more realistic blog post schedule. I have several party theme ideas, some reviews of products I’ve tried recently for free, a couple recipes, & some cute & easy DIY 4th of July decorating projects (better late then never) I’d like to share. So bear with me as I get back in the swing of things & get ready for a flood of posts! 🙂

#Smiley360 #Emergen-C Mission

Hi guys!! While we wait for all the Valentine fun to commence, I thought I’d give you a little information about a great brand I’m trying thanks to Smiley360, Emergen-C Vitamin Drink Mixes.

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My free Emergen-C from Smiley360: 5 flavors of Emergen-C drink mixes, 5 $1 off coupons, & a mission guide’

We are right smack in the middle of winter (well some people are, I however live in Florida lol) and our immune systems are taking massive hits! What better way to help support your immune system then a fizzy drink packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin C,  B-vitamins, & electrolytes! There are tons of fruity flavors to chose from such as Super Orange, Strawberry-Kiwi, & Coconut-Pineapple. In addition to the original formula, Emergen-C offers products designed especially for kids, specialty formulas with added nutrients geared to specific needs like joint health & heart health, & Immune+! The Emergen-C Warmers line gives you all the original goodness in a soothing, cozy blend of flavors!

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Even kids can use Emergen-C to support their immune system against those plentiful colds making their way around school! Destiny enjoyed the raspberry & strawberry-kiwi flavors!

Interested in trying a free sample of Emergen-C, click here! Looking for a coupon, click here! Need more information? Visit the Emergen-C website here! Wishing you a happy & healthy 2015!

 

#Smiley360 #InkJoy Mission

It’s time for the 1st Smiley360 mission update of 2015! Before I get started, let me just say that if you haven’t taken the time to check out Smiley360, please take the time to add it to your list of new year resolutions! 2014 was packed full of wonderful free products ranging from a Build-a-Bear furry friend to delicious Boursin cheese! What’s better than testing out new products before you buy them & sharing your experiences with your friends & family? Interested in this great opportunity? Just start your new year off right & click here!! Ok, on to the mission of the day… InkJoy Pens!

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Here’s my FREE InkJoy mission kit from Smiley360 which includes a pack of multicolor InkJoy 300 RT series pens, a $5 Walmart giftcard to purchase another InkJoy pen pack of my choice, & a Smiley360 mission guide.

Pens are something that this household is always in need of! I blame the kids for their constant disappearance! After quickly ripping into this new pack, I am in love with the bright colors & smooth writing of these pens! They make everyday things like color coding your daily planner & jotting a quick letter or to-do list fun! Now if only I can keep the kids from stealing them! lol

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Add a little joy & color to your life with InkJoy pens!

Need more info? Click here. Looking to purchase some of your own? Check out Walmart’s selection of pens here. Stay tuned for more Smiley360 updates, recipes, & an upcoming Valentine’s Day give-away! 🙂

 

#Boursin Mission #Smiley360 #Snowman Cheese Platter

Hello ya’ll! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! My posts haven’t been too frequent lately, but we’ve been so very busy celebrating birthdays (I turned 30 this year & was blessed with an awesome surprise party!!) & enjoying all the Christmas festivities! This time of year is often crunch time for gift buying, but while we still are doing some shopping, we have tried to focus on spending time with family & friends & stopping to sip the eggnog! We just got back from my uncle’s annual Christmas party, & as I unwind from a long day, I thought I’d give you an update on my latest Smiley360 mission and a holiday hors d’oeurve (I had to look up how to spell that… I can never remember lol) idea to go along with it.

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My latest Smiley360 mission… Boursin Cheese!

I was super excited about this mission because I am always looking for something to bring to the many holiday parties & family get-togethers we have going on this time of year! Who doesn’t love a good cheese? Boursin makes several yummy variteties such as pepper, garlic & herb, shallot & chive, red chili pepper, & a seasonal cranberry & spice!

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I needed two for my holiday themed cheese platter idea so I decided to give these varieties a whirl.

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Add some raisin eyes, a baby carrot nose, a ribbon scarf, & some cinnamon stick arms… and your Boursin Cheese becomes a tasty cheese snowman, perfect for entertaining during this holiday season!

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I served my Boursin snowman with some assorted cracker & pita chips.

Not only was this some hors d’oeurve eye candy, my family & friends quickly helped this little guy melt away!! Looking for easy, yummy entertaining ideas? Check out the Boursin Facebook & Twitter pages! Busy cooking, baking, & presenting some delicious tid-bits for your friends & family? I’d love to hear your ideas!

I received this mission for free from Smiley360 for testing and reviewing purposes only.
This post is not compensated or sponsored by the brands mentioned.  All words are my own unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

#Happy Thanksgiving 2014 #Turkey Day Fruit Tray

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day of friends, family, food, football, & fun! May your turkey be moist & your pumpkin pie be plentiful & topped with mounds of cool whip! This year our holiday had to be a little flexible due to work schedules so we are having our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. We started off our day instead with a family brunch & watching the Christmas parade & some football @ my parents’ house before my mom had to go to work. I found the cutest Turkey Fruit Tray (aka Vegan Turkey lol) on Pinterest & thought that couldn’t be more perfect for a Thanksgiving Day brunch!

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Turned out so adorable.. moist & tasty too! 😉

While Thanksgiving is the day everyone celebrates what they are thankful for, please remember to take the time to count your many blessings all year long! We tend to focus on the bad or what we don’t have when we have lots to be thankful for! My family & friends are on the top of my list… what are you thankful for?

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My mom & my girls… a few of the people I am most thankful for!

 

#Ebates Update

If your family is anything like mine, money isn’t as plentiful as we would hope! I always try to save money any way I can like stocking up on BOGOs at Publix, waiting for things to go on sale, & using coupons, lots of coupons! What is even better than saving money? Getting money back just for shopping online!! I’ve mentioned Ebates before, but having received my current check in the mail today, I thought I’d reiterate how great being a Ebates member really is!! It’s free to join, completely free, & it WORKS!! With the holidays coming up, there is no better time to give it a whirl!! Not only do thousands of companies offer cash back on purchases, Ebates also has a wonderful collection of available online coupons to help you save money while making it simultaneously!! Go sign up & let the Christmas shopping begin!!

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My Big Fat Check!