Celebrate The 60th Birthday of PLAY-DOH With PLAY-DOH TOWN!

This post was sponsored by the PLAY-DOH brand from HASBRO as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Celebrate PLAY-DOH's 60th birthday with PLAY-DOH Town! From the firehouse to the ice cream truck and more, kids will have fun creating and using their imaginations!

My girls LOVE PLAY-DOH. Mia could play with it all day, and in fact, sometimes they’ll play for hours on end! The girls both love to use their imagination to create and explore all the fun things that they can make with PLAY-DOH. From a pink dog to fun-looking pretend green hamburgers, the creativity is endless. And anytime I hear PLAY-DOH, I automatically think of the smell…I bet you do too!

Did you know that this year marks the 60th birthday of PLAY-DOH! Can you believe it? To celebrate 60 years, the girls got to check out the brand new PLAY-DOH Town collection. The girls get creative with their storytelling through the figures, characters, and town-themed playsets and vehicles. Whether the characters come together for a town meeting at the PLAY-DOH Firehouse, a party at the Pet Store, or hanging out at the Ice Cream Truck, they love to change their hair and hats and the colors of everything.

Celebrate PLAY-DOH's 60th birthday with PLAY-DOH Town! From the firehouse to the ice cream truck and more, kids will have fun creating and using their imaginations!

Lila’s favorite was playing with the firehouse pup and training him to do his business on a pad. Yes, she created poop that she had to clean up!

Celebrate PLAY-DOH's 60th birthday with PLAY-DOH Town! From the firehouse to the ice cream truck and more, kids will have fun creating and using their imaginations!

Mia loved making PLAY-DOH ice cream cones of crazy colors and describing what they would taste like if they were real.

Celebrate PLAY-DOH's 60th birthday with PLAY-DOH Town! From the firehouse to the ice cream truck and more, kids will have fun creating and using their imaginations!

No, Mia is not eating PLAY-DOH….she is pretending, which is what PLAY-DOH is all about!

Celebrate PLAY-DOH's 60th birthday with PLAY-DOH Town! From the firehouse to the ice cream truck and more, kids will have fun creating and using their imaginations!

Ethan even jumped in to make little animals for the Pet Store. His favorite was the little stamps on the bottoms of the characters’ feet that made creative footprints. There’s something for everyone to do (and make!) in the town collection.

PLAY-DOH has been a  childhood staple since 1956, and  continues to captivate the imaginations of children and artists of all ages as it heads into year 60 and beyond. You can celebrate with PLAY-DOH! The 60th birthday celebrations will culminate on World PLAY-DOH Day on September 16 – the perfect day to pick up a playset or can of compound and squish, mold, and explore the fun sculpting possibilities! Don’t forget to visit the PLAY-DOH Facebook page and wish them a happy 60th birthday…here’s to another 60 more!

Celebrate PLAY-DOH's 60th birthday with PLAY-DOH Town! From the firehouse to the ice cream truck and more, kids will have fun creating and using their imaginations!

Get Creative With LEGO Classic!

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

We have a HUGE collection of LEGOs, and it just continues to grow. From Ethan’s many LEGO systems (most of them from his much older cousins) to Mia’s growing collection including her favorite yellow LEGO® Classic box of them to the big “bag” of LEGOs that the kids drag out at least once a week, we are definitely a LEGO lovin’ family!

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

I love that the kids can either follow instructions to build something they love, like a princess castle.

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

And I also appreciate that LEGOs are perfect for boosting creativity and unstructured play – they can build anything they set their minds to! Ethan loves to build and create strictly using his imagination! He has a “war” that sits on his desk in his room and the battle changes daily. He’s created a movie theater for his LEGO friends so they could watch videos with him. He even has a LEGO light cover that he decorates and changes weekly.

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

Getting Creative With LEGO Classic

The reason why LEGOs are so much fun for kids and adults alike is because although the kits come with easy-to-follow instructions, a big pile of LEGOs is a “no instructions necessary” experience. All you need is to use your imagination! The possibilities of open-ended building inspires endless play, especially if the three kids are all building together.

Keeping the kids busy during the summer can be challenging. Before noon, I’ve usually already heard “I’m bored” at least once from each kid! My favorite go-to when the kids say it is to tell them to go play with their LEGOs. Most of the time, that will keep them busy for hours. Literally.

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

If you are just starting out with LEGOs, LEGO® Classic is the perfect place to start because it helps develop your child’s creative skills. Each set includes classic LEGO bricks and a mix of special pieces so kids will have everything needed to build. Imaginative building play is easy with the bright, colorful and versatile LEGO bricks.  Houses, vehicles and animals are all possible with LEGO Classic! And because LEGO Classic spans so many different age groups, there’s fun for all the family and imagination for every generation.

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

While LEGO Classic does come with ideas, to help your little ones get started, you can find even more inspiration here.

Recently, LEGO Systems and world-renowned improv group, The Upright Citizens Brigade, wanted to show everybody that all you need is a few bricks for hours of fun, inspiration and “out of the box thinking.” They encourage kids, parents and families to let your creative juices flow.

Your child can get started just by asking him or her a simple question! Why? Because the bricks tell a story. Ask your child a question and have them build the answer. Ask them to share the story out loud (even if they’re building by themselves) because the act of snapping bricks together helps the builder come to decisions and formulate ideas faster and more clearly. You’ll find if you set out to build an answer to a question that the building flows easily and you’ll be amazed with your child’s skills and insights.

I asked Mia what her best part of summer has been so far. We had recently went whale watching and so she built the sun and the sun’s rays shining down on the ocean!

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

I asked Lila what she’s looking forward to after school starts and she built a quad because she wants to go camping in the desert so that daddy can take her for a ride!

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

A few months ago, I told Ethan I needed a pen holder for my desk, so he created one and surprised me with it!

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

There are ten LEGO sets, ranging from $16.99 to $59.99, that make the perfect solution for gift-givers or for families looking to add to an existing LEGO collection or inspire their child to try building. It’s really a great gift for the entire family!

And visit the Upright Citizen Brigade LEGO video on YouTube. They were asked to improv with LEGOs and it’s a very silly and fun minute to watch!

And if your kids love LEGOs as much as mine do, check out these fun facts about Legos.

Help your child get creative with LEGO Classic! A set of LEGOs provides hours of building and play using your child's imagination! They can build houses, animals, and more!

Ever wonder how LEGOs are made? My kids did, so I wrote about how LEGOs are made…it even includes a video of the process!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

My Life In Pictures: July 1 – 15, 2016

Over the past six months or so, twice a month I share my Instagram pictures since I can’t seem to find time to write! I call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here.

And this summer has been no exception – the kids seem to consider me an event planner and expect to have something going on every.single.day. No time to blog when the kids are so busy! They are going  back to school in three weeks, but until then, here’s what we’ve been up to…

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I started walking about 3-1/2 miles every day, and Lila and Ethan love to go with me! Mia….not so much. But I love the time I share with my little walking buddies. Their favorite part? They love checking how far we’ve gone and how many steps we’ve taken on my Fitbit!

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We celebrated the 4th of July, my niece’s birthday, and my Mom’s birthday with a big bbq, Kona Ice (the adults enjoyed the snow cones, too!), and watching fireworks with friends and family. All those kids in that picture? Not.even.all.the.kids.

This is Otis. Otis has been part of our family since he was a baby. He’s 39 years old now. He’s very cool! He calls all of us kids’ names, rings like the phone, calls our childhood cat (Callie Calico) and lots more. When we were kids, we used to come downstairs in our bathing suits to go out to the pool and he would cat call and whistle at us. And he still remembers it all!

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Ethan read The BFG, and immediately declared that Roald Dahl was his favorite author. Since then, he’s read 5 more of his books! We waited for months for The BFG movie to come out, and when it finally did, we had a mother/son movie date. Side note: the movie was fantastic, as was the book!

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The girls LOVE helping me in the kitchen! Not only are they learning to cook and bake, they are also learning to do kitchen chores like rinsing plates and loading and unloading the dishwasher. I tell them it’s all part of cooking, and they are more than willing to help! Here they are making a birthday cake for Gramma…the #1 searched recipe on my blog and one of Recipe Lion’s Top 100 Recipes of 2015, my Holy Cow Cake.

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Do you have a go-to cookbook? Sandra Lee’s Money Saving Meals is mine. I am very influenced by the semi-homemade approach, and love all of her recipes. Now that the girls are helping in the kitchen, they flip through the gorgeous pictures and choose a recipe to try!

Mia and Lila LOVE PlayDoh, so when we got a big package full it, the girls were SO excited!

This is my niece Presley. We all adore her! She’s 10 months old and doing all the cute things, like blowing kisses. Swoon!

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Our plumeria are blooming like crazy, and I can’t take enough pictures of them! We have these yellow ones, pink ones, and some rare red ones. And you should smell them….wow!

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Because we are crazy, some friends and I took all these kids to see The Secret Lives of Pets. It was a fun movie!

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Weight Watchers Friendly Caprese Bites

Do you have a favorite appetizer recipe that you absolutely love? I have several, but my favorite one in the summer is for these Caprese Bites. It’s like eating a Caprese salad on a stick!

Love a cool and delicious Caprese salad? Then you'll love these Caprese Bites! They're quick and easy to make and can be served as a snack or an appetizer. They're Weight Watchers friendly too; you can have 11 bites for just 3 points!

They are so delicious! It’s such a light and healthy appetizer idea and there’s only 5 ingredients. It’s a perfect appetizer or snack on a hot day. They are super quick and easy to make and inexpensive, too. In fact, these Caprese bites are so easy to make that Lila makes them for me!

Love a cool and delicious Caprese salad? Then you'll love these Caprese Bites! They're quick and easy to make and can be served as a snack or an appetizer. They're Weight Watchers friendly too; you can have 11 bites for just 3 points!

Weight Watchers Friendly Caprese Bites

Not only are they healthy and delicious, they are also Weight Watchers friendly! I started Weight Watchers a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve been playing with several of my favorite recipes to make them Weight Watchers friendly so that I can continue to enjoy them.

Here’s the good news: You can have ELEVEN Caprese Bites and it’s only 3 Weight Watchers points! If you leave off the balsamic vinegar, it’s only 2 points!

Weight Watchers Friendly Caprese Bites
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Ingredients

  • 3.75 inch toothpicks
  • 1 package of cherry or grape tomatoes, washed and dried
  • 8 ounces of fresh Mozzarella pearls
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Cracked pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Skewer 1 tomato, 1 basil leave (fold in half if the leaves are large), and 1 Mozzarella pearl.
  2. Place finished toothpicks on a plate or on a serving dish. Sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  3. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the top of the toothpicks.
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NOTE: I use extra long toothpicks (3.75 inches) so that you have room to hold on to it easily. You can use longer sticks or skewers, but I like just using toothpicks because you can pop the whole bite into your mouth without having to touch the food or stab the back of your throat with the stick!

Love a cool and delicious Caprese salad? Then you'll love these Caprese Bites! They're quick and easy to make and can be served as a snack or an appetizer. They're Weight Watchers friendly too; you can have 11 bites for just 3 points!

Looking for more appetizer ideas? You’ll find them here and on one of my favorite Pinterest boards!

And if you’re looking for healthy food and meal ideas, you can get them here and on Pinterest!

My Life In Pictures: June 16 – 30, 2016

Over the past six months or so, twice a month I share my Instagram pictures since I can’t seem to find time to write! I call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here.

Screenshot 2016-07-05 13.07.43The girls had a friend spend the night and they had snow cones for breakfast. Since it’s summer, that’s a totally appropriate meal!

 

Screenshot 2016-07-05 13.13.47I LOVE my NuWave Oven, and I use it all summer long so I don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up the house. I found a recipe on Pinterest for Crispy Cheddar Chicken that is amazing and I highly recommend both the recipe and the NuWave Oven!

 

Screenshot 2016-07-05 13.17.32Sweet Lila lost her first upper tooth!

 

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I started Weight Watchers! I’m loving the program and don’t feel like I’m on a diet at all! I love being able to eat whatever I want without feeling guilty about it. And I started working out again too, so I’m feeling better overall. This recipe for Tropical Fruity Yogurt is an oldie but goodie, and so easy that the kids can make it.

 

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Wow. These two are 6 going on 16. I can’t believe how big they are getting!

 

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