We are pirate obsessed in this house! I have been a Pirate lover since the first time I ever rode Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World. When my first mate pirate son wanted a Jake and the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party I knew it was going to be a blast mateys.
As you enter the Pirate’s lair, you find Captain Hook’s desk. Watch out for that sneaky snook!
A trip to the beach and awesome finds at The Irish Pirate Trading Company and Pub, landed me the huge Jolly Roger flag seen above and this anchor.
This Map of Neverland was a first for me. I typically draw something for the kids’ parties but this involved a more extensive process to bring the map to life. After sketching the initial borders, I began to outline, blend, shade, and color. Then I used tea bags to age the paper. Final step was to very carefully burn the edges. The kids loved the end result and it now finds a home in our Pirate and Mermaid bathroom.
Game Time: Walk The Plank, Dig For Buried Treasure, and a Pirate Tattoo Parlor!
Into the Galley, its time to eat! I tried to theme each food with something from the show.
Cake pops upside down with sails and you have Bucky Cake Pops for yerr crew!
The Loot Bags were one of my favorite parts of the party. I used my antique wooden chest and filled it with jewels and pirate treasures. Follow the map where X marks the spot for all the little pirates to find their bag with their names on it!
Your little mates can learn their pirates’ name at Disney Junior!
Baby ECOS products are safe, effective, and green for a healthy family and environment! Not to mention the Disney Baby designs are right up my alley. The adorable Winnie the Pooh characters bring cheer even to this mama when she has to clean. Non-toxic, effective, and powerfully green, your home will smell like a walk in the Hundred Acre Woods!
When I say they work, they work. My son does not go light on his messes! I’m fairly certain his preschool teachers think he only has 5 shirts to his name since I refuse to put him in anything nice to get stained up!
The Baby ECOS Laundry Detergent and Stain and Odor Remover have become my newest favorites in my laundry room arsenal. Like I said my boy is a stain magnet. The ECOS stain remover worked like a charm. I also used it for a pesky spot on the floor again thanks to my boy that nothing seemed to work on. The odor just lingers. Not anymore, after allowing it to soak the Stain and Odor Remover took that spot away!
My boys sheets still look great and smell nice despite the occasional accident…
To my husbands chagrin, I insist that all our kiddos cups, plates, anything plastic must be washed by hand. I love that the Bottle and Dish Wash is safe for us to use on anything the kids use to eat on or with.
Any mom will tell you, we should add housekeeper to our resume. To keep the kids healthy and everything less sticky I try to wipe down their toys and tables daily. The Toy and Table Cleaner helps me get the job done without the worry of harmful toxins.
Which Baby ECOS product are you excited to try?
I received free products for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own!
I LOVED this book as a kid. Whenever I was having my own terrible, horrible day I would grab this one from the library to get a good laugh and sigh some relief. When I heard Disney was turning it into a movie, starring another favorite Steve Carell I could not wait!
Have you ever had a terrible day? I mean absolutely awful, where you sit wondering why everything is going wrong. I think there is some law of the universe where a day like that has to happen at least once a month.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a story chronicling a day like that. If you have no read the book or you may have forgotten exactly what happens, here is a refresher. Alexander is an 11 year old who experiences the most terrible, horrible day ever in his life. But he isn’t alone . His entire family, mom, dad, brother, and sister are also living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.
Chaos, laughter, wild animals, a baby covered in a hopefully non-toxic green highlighter, and some family love. Alexander has what it takes to be this season’s must see family movie. Grab yours and make a family night out of it this October!
Download these free Alexander activity sheets for more Bad Day fun!
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is in theaters October 10th!
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To enter all you need to do is share your Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad throwback family photo using #VeryBadDaySweeps on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win an Adventures by Disney trip for four to Disney Aulani, resort & spa!! See official rules: http://on.fb.me/1tatOdF
If you win can you take me?
One of the many reasons I love LeapFrog is their commitment to learning and fun. No matter the product, the kids have a blast, learn something new, and are engaged enough to keep going back for more. The all new LeapBands are no exception. They take the learning and play to new levels!
My kids could not wait for me to get the new LeapFrog LeapBands out of the boxes so they could start playing. The bands were easy enough to set up, and I could upload the kiddos’ existing LeapFrog profiles onto them. The hardest part for the kids was picking which pet, what color the pet will be, and the all important name!
The LeapBands are available in three colors- green, blue, and pink, contain rechargeable batteries, and hi-resolution screens. Kids are challenged to get moving with 50 different activities and Parents can add more through the computer. Your digital pets need to be taken care of, fed, bathed, and exercised. Extend the fun with your pet on your LeapPad Ultra, smartphone, or tablet with a free companion app!
Mommy wanted to play too! All the big kids at the party, laughed and reminisced about Tamagotchi. Do you remember those? We shared our stories about the struggle to keep your pet alive while you were forced to go to school! I am happy to say your LeapBand pets are not as difficult to take care of, so there will not be any traumatizing of the children.
The Princess, showing off her Unicorn and explaining how the LeapBands work to the eager participants!
Kids these days pick up electronic anything in a snap. It wasn’t long before they were off and running, hopping, swimming, dancing, and tagging!
The LeapBands not only get your child active but they give the user their very own pet. Your child can care for their fitness pet, similarly to the pet play on the LeapPad. This guy wanted to make sure the Dragon was well fed before he ran around!
Clif Kid ZBars joined in the fun to help the kids refuel and have the energy to keep up with their pets! These bars are organic baked goodness made with special blend of carbs, fiber, protein, and fat designed to maintain your child’s energy level.
You can make your own Clif Kid ZBar Parfaits at home. Pick your favorite flavor, and whatever other toppings you like in your yogurt. I used organic kid yogurt for these. The bars were a hit with the kids and adults alike. I may or may not have had a piece of each one…especially the chocolate mint…
Bottom Line: All the kids LOVED the new LeapBands! They even politely suggested to their moms and dads that these would make great Christmas gifts.
Snacking. It is something we all do. In fact 25% of our daily calories come from snacking. That might seem like a lot but I know I snack all day, what about you?
I snack mostly because I am too busy to sit down and have a real meal. Taking care of the husband, kids, house, on top of working leaves me little time to remember my own needs. It never fails though, I will be in the middle of something and the hunger hits, or worse the hangry comes!
The worse is when I crave a certain food. Sometimes I want sweet, other times I want salty. Interestingly enough, I never really craved anything when I was preggos but I more than make up for it now! At least I know that if I ate all the chocolate and salt-n-vinegar chips I wanted the results would not be cute or good for me. What’s a girl to do when she wants what she wants? My best advice is finding healthier alternatives. When it is chocolate I want I turn to nutritional bars that taste too good to be true but they are still good for me. Pretzels with hummus are perfect for the salty cravings. For my sweet tooth, I try to keep fruit in the house, apples, bananas, grapes, etc.
My favorites, my go-to snacks are the bars and fruit. IF I remember them, they are easy enough to grab from the kitchen, shove in a bag, plus they last all day without being refrigerated.
There is no getting around our desires to snack. So if we are going to snack, we better start making better choices. I for one, am always looking for new ideas.
Skinnygirl is unveiling their newest products- nutritional bars and they are delicious! I love Skinnygirl products because I feel like I can treat myself without wrecking my entire diet. These bars are a great addition to the family. They are less than 200 calories, an excellent source of protein, good source of fiber, gluten free, Kosher, and are made without artificial sweeteners or flavors. These bars make a perfect anytime, anywhere healthy snack!
The Skinnygirl Nutritional Bars are available for purchase at Target and online in the Skinnygirl Store. Click here for $1 off anything in the store listed under products and use the code SNACKSWAP4. Coupon code is good through December 31, 2014.
But that is not all. Skinnygirl is also trying to help us all snack better. With the launch of the new Skinnygirl Snack Swap, we can all find healthier but still tasty alternatives to our favorite snacks. Start by choosing your favorite snack, then your favorite indulgence. A window pops up asking you to Swap that snack. Then your given 3 different options that are similar to your not-so-healthy snack but with less calories, and more fiber and protein.
My Snack Swap: Banana Pudding for Gooey Peach Crumble
Go ahead and drool it’s okay.
- 1 Medium Ripe Peach Sliced
- 1.5 Tbsp Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 Tbsp Rolled Oats
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- Dash of Salt & Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
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