Party Planning Basics: Versatile Tableware, Party planning on a budget

I love to plan parties. I equally love throwing those parties on a budget.

One of the best ways to save yourself money whether you’re entertaining a few friends or throwing big birthday parties, is to buy versatile tableware. Sure colorful, whimsical pieces are great talking points but more than likely they end up collecting dust in a cabinet somewhere. I like to buy pieces I know I can use for dinner with friends or for birthday parties. They need to look nice and bonus points if they can be found for a deal.  

Party Planning Basics: Versatile Tableware, Party planning on a budget


For my son’s Mickey Mouse Luau Birthday I knew I needed a few dishes to use on the table. However I had already been told by the keeper of our budget – the husband – not to go crazy. As if he needed to say that. I am the queen of a good deal. After shopping around I wasn’t happy with what I found for the prices they cost. It looked like I was going to have to borrow like I usually do. 

Then I was introduced to Sterling Restaurant Supply (SRS). They are a local company that sells tableware, serving ware, glasses, and more at a discounted price. Don’t be fooled by the name like I was. Yes restaurants and other business owners do shop there but the public is allowed in too! This place is perfect for college students, churches, banquet halls, party planners- anyone needing quality tableware for a great deal. 

I snagged two awesome products to use at his party. It was hard to choose!

SRS tableware, Party Planning Ideas, Perfect tableware

This is one of their Melamine Square Platters. It looks like a fancy tray but it can withstand even a 5 year old’s party. 

SRS tableware, Party Planning Ideas, Perfect tableware

This Bamboo Bowl was the perfect home for our fruit salad, it is pretty, durable, and deep! No need to refill the bowl half way through. 

SRS tableware, Party Planning Ideas, Perfect tableware

I was impressed with the selection and variety of products. Then I was blown away at the prices. Pieces that I thought would cost a lot were inexpensive and completely doable on a budget. You can get everything you need for your home and parties without spending a ton of money. 

SRS outlet store, Discount tableware

SRS beats the local stores like Target and Walmart on price, selection, and the ability to mix and match. I have been looking to buy certain pieces for parties as well as pieces to use when I photograph recipes. If I go to target I have to buy a big set. I don’t need a set, we have dishes, I just need a few odds and ends. SRS allows you to go in and buy as much or as little as you need. 

SRS outlet store, Discount tableware

SRS outlet store, Discount tableware

SRS outlet store, Discount tableware

SRS has recently added cookware and hard plastic poolside “glasses” to their shop. 

I plan on going back to pick up a few more party pieces and also random dishes to spiffy up my blog post pictures that involve food!

One Teachable Mommy fan will win a $25 Giftcard to spend at SRS and a Reusable Tote Bag!  

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good2grow juice blends review, good2grow nongmo juice for kids

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When I give my kids a tasty treat I want to make sure it is also good for them. Recently, the kids spotted these new juice drinks and they HAD to try them. I think the Disney characters on top lured them in! After reading the label, I decided to give these new juices a try.

Good2Grow juice blends are all of the good stuff you want in a juice without any of the bad. You won’t find GMOs, artificial colors/flavors, preservatives, or added sugar in these drinks. I can let my kids enjoy them without cringing or stressing about what is in the bottle!

Good2Grow Juice Blends for kids, nongmo juice

Perfect compliment to any meal

Why I love them:

  • Non-GMO with organic options
  • 1 cup o fruit per container
  • Recyclable, BPA Free 
  • The tops are cute and reusable. Just by the refills, screw them on and go!
  • No Spill- yes truly! I tested this one out and so did my son…
  • Perfect for on the go- picnics, field trips, or running errands

Good2Grow Juice Blends for kids, nongmo juice

The kids love them because they taste yummy, all the different characters to choose from we want them all!, and they taste yummy- so yummy they mentioned that twice. 

good2grow juice blends review, good2grow nongmo juice for kids

Just the facts about Good2Grow

  • Good2GrowTM beverages are made from 100% fruit juice, as well as fruit and veggie blends. Their drinks never contain any added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • Six delicious varieties,including 100% AppleJuice, 40% less sugar Apple Juice and purified water, 100% Fruit Punch, Tropical Fruit Medley V-Blend, Strawberry Kiwi V-Blend, and Organic 100% Apple Juice.
  • All bottles are BPA-free, non-GMO, recyclable, dishwasher safe, and reusable.
  • Refill packs of good2growTM drinks are available in packages of six.
  • TheV-Blend beverages (Strawberry Kiwi and Tropical Fruit Medley) contain at least 22% less sugar than traditional juice blends. They also contain one combined serving of fruits and vegetables, which provides your kids with 100% of their daily vitamin C intake. 

Find Good2Grow at Babies R Us, Walgreens and more. Use this store locator to find a retailer near you!

And a special treat for my readers: Visit this special link to register to win a good2grow birthday party AND $500! Just for signing up, you will receive a Free Refill 6 Pack with the purchase of a single serve bottle! 

One more awesome thing: StoryStitcher is a social experiment from Good2Grow. Learn more how you can win a $5000 scholarship and free coupons! 
Be sure to connect with Good2Grow on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest info, deals, and more!
 Good2Grow Juice Blends for kids, nongmo juice


Which character would your kids be the most excited about?

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Ritz Bits

Ritz Bits

This post is sponsored by Global Influence. All opinions are my own.

This past year my little man has turned into my little soccer star. I never thought soccer would be something he would take to but I signed him up for a little beginners class at his insistence. Then boom- he was off and loving the game. I have always believed playing on a sports team is important to for children. Not only does it help with motor skills, but also listening skills, and teamwork. Since he enjoys it and is good at it looks like I’m moving from soccer fan to soccer mom- no minivans though. 

Although right now he’s not old enough to compete in a competitive league, I remember from my little league days how the costs of sports can add up. Fees to join the league/team, uniforms, the shoes, it goes on and really can put a damper on your wallet. 


 That is where comes into play!

Pear is a social platform that helps groups earn sponsorship from brands for FREE. Pear does all the work, matching sponsors with groups and organizations, in the goal to make sponsorship easy for both parties. 

What’s the catch? There is no catch! It is free to participate, no cost to you, and no donations are required.

Ritz Bits Snack For Your Champion Program is offering more than $100,000 to sponsor to youth soccer teams across the country by providing team apparel or providing a donation for team/league fees. Ritz Bits simply wants to generate goodwill in the youth soccer community.

How it works:

  • Groups earn sponsorship money by creating a Pear for their group and sharing with others who complete digital incentives to earn more money.
  • Each group can earn up to $1,000 within a 10-day time frame.
  • That $1,000 can be used toward team apparel or can simply be a donation to the soccer team for team/league fees.
  • Each team member completes digital steps on behalf of Ritz Bits to earn dollars – things like liking Ritz Bits on Facebook, following Ritz Bits on Instagram or signing up for an email.
  • For every step team members complete, they’ll get dollars towards their goal.
  • The more tasks you complete, the more dollars you earn for your sponsorship.
  • At the end of the 10-day period, group leaders claim an online certificate for the amount earned redeemable at any Pear printer or a check will be made out to the individual responsible for handing financials for the soccer team or organization.


As I said, my little man is not on a competitive league team yet. But I encourage you to join me in supporting the Pear of team: Kings Park Warriors 



You can create your own Pear for your child’s soccer team! Choose either uniform or team/league fees for your fundraiser. If you create a Pear for your children please share in the comments so we can all help support your superstars!

What do you find is your biggest expense having a child on a team? 
Planes Fire and Rescue Movie Review, Planes Free Printables, Planes Birthday

Planes Fire and Rescue Movie Review, Planes Free Printables, Planes Birthday

The family and I saw Planes Fire and Rescue in 3D a few nights ago. We are big fans of the first Planes, especially my little guy so you can imagine his excitement when I told him we were seeing Fire and Rescue!

The movie starts with Dusty, fresh off his big win at Wings Across the World, taking on race after race. He is a phenomenon in the racing world, remember he was just a crop duster. One day he pushes himself too hard and almost crashes. Dottie tells Dusty his gear box is shot, out of production, and he can not race anymore. As any athlete who gets crushing news in the midst of a promising career, Dusty doesn’t take it very well. While he is working out his feelings he accidentally causes a fire in Propwash Junction. This causes a big fuss and the town realizes that one old fire truck is not enough to keep their town safe. 

Dusty, knowing this is his fault, volunteers to go train with the Ariel Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack. He is out of his element, but quickly learns this isn’t about headlines and glory but real work, sacrifice, and teamwork. Thanks to his new friends, Dusty finds a place for himself and learns more about himself than any race could ever have taught him. 

We LOVED it. This movie has it all- a great storyline, action, and laughs. The overall moral of the story is a lesson for us all. It’s not about boasting how great you are or how many races you can win, it’s about courage, strength, honor, and humility. These are the important things in life.


One of my favorite characters is Windlifter. He is the wise, green helicopter who seems Native American if a helicopter can be classified as anything. He made me smile with his omniscient-like knowledge of fires. And reminded me how my great grandmother, who was 1/2 cherokee, use to tell us about the weather before it happened. The film crew also worked with an associate professor of American Studies to ensure Windlifter was authentic. He also helped develop the folklore Windlifter shares with the others, which are based on real Native American stories.


My daughter loves Dipper. She says she is a lot of fun and a good friend for Dusty. Although I think Dipper would love to marry Dusty so she can watch him sleep forever. If you are a Modern Family fan like me, you will recognize Dipper’s voice as the one and only Julie Bowen.


The Smoke Jumpers provide a lot of comic relief. They fearlessly jump out of Cabbie and tackle anything they find on the ground. Even when situations aren’t the best, this team keeps their head gaskets about them to find a way out. 


Real life heroes inspired this movie. The filmmakers worked closely with fire fighters, the National Park service, helicopter pilots, and attended an arial supervision course. Planes paid homage to the men and women who fight fires and save lives.


Winnie and Harvey are the adorable elderly RV couple Dusty and crew meets at the lodge. They are exactly how I would imagine my grandmother’s RV acting if it could talk. 


 It’s not just all work and no fun. These guys have a favorite show, maybe you’ve heard of it?


In the end Dusty has to realize what is important to him, how to be a real hero, and he learns just how special our fire and rescue teams are.

Planes Fire and Rescue Free Printables, Planes Fire and Rescue Printables, Planes Birthday

Click to download all the printables: Planes Fire and Rescue Printables

For more free printables: Planes Fire and Rescue

Planes Fire and Rescue is in theaters everywhere today!

Workout tips for moms, workouts you can do at home, workouts for moms and kids, fitting in fitness as a mom

Workout tips for moms, workouts you can do at home, workouts for moms and kids, fitting in fitness as a mom

Most weeks I can make the gym regularly. Life likes to happen though so sometimes the gym is out of the question, unless I go at 6am and sorry I like my sleep too much for that. Because of those kinds of days I started to look for ways to get in some sort of exercise no matter what. 

These workouts won’t give you your ultimate mile time, best distance, or even be the most grueling workout ever. What these workouts lack in that they make up for in spending time with your kids, getting the whole family active, and anything is better than sitting on the couch doing nothing. Right?

1. Take the kids for a run

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Sure it is more like a fast walk for you but you will still cover some ground, get in your steps, and burn calories. Side note: this is also a fantastic way to wear them out for nap/bedtime. Not that I would know or anything…

2. Head to the playground and participate

Yes I said participate. No that doesn’t include Instagraming the sunlight shining on your kid’s hair perfectly. We all read that a article about being the mom on their phone at the park. Well stick it to her and everyone else. Get on the swings, slide down the slides if you can fit, they seem to be smaller than I remember or play tag. You will remember how much you loved this as a kid, your kids will love having fun with you, and if you promise not to break something go ahead and show them how to jump off a moving swing.

3. Play video games

Wait isn’t that a couch activity? Not if you’re playing Wii Sports or one of the dance games. You are up, moving, albeit awkwardly, and a little competitive spirit never hurt anyone.

4. Go to a bounce house or a pool

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You can’t tell by the picture but I’m exhausted from climbing up those tiny stairs a million times!

If you haven’t been in a moon bounce or trampoline playhouse yet, you are missing out! Parents get to play with the kids and it’s awesome. You are never too old for bouncing. Pools are great for the same reason, everyone can join. That means no laying on the chair sunbathing. You will still get sun in the pool too. Swimming is also one of the best exercises out there, especially if you have joint issues. 

5. Turn boring chores like laundry and vacuuming into a workout. 

They suck and you have to do them, why not get something out of them? Do squats with the never empty laundry baskets, make it harder by trying to lift them with the kids hiding in them. I like to do lunges when I vacuum, tone my glutes and quads and get all those crumbs at the same time. 

Do you have another way to get in fitness no matter where you are? I would love to hear it!

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