Leprechaun Trap Ideas – and an $800 Lucky Cash Giveaway too!

Leprechaun trap ideas and lucky cash giveawayBack in an era I like to call BP, or Before Pinterest, my oldest daughters built leprechaun traps in school for St. Patrick’s Day. We lived in a primarily Irish community, so our school really went over the top with it.

Similar to Elf on the Shelf, the leprechaun visited the classrooms every night while the children were gone and caused mischief. The next morning, the kids would find his trail of green footprints and glitter around the room.

Each student built leprechaun traps to catch him, but no one ever did. It was a really fun lesson for the kids. For the parents that had to come up with leprechaun trap ideas at home, not so much. 

This year, I’m actually hoping the littlest one comes home and asks me to help build a trap. I’m already searching for ideas, so I figured I’d gather them here and share with you in case you find yourself leprechaun hunting this year too! Take a look.

Fancy Shanty put together this DIY Leprechaun Trap from a chocolate bunny cage! 

Inspired Mama made a Leprechaun Trap out of an unfinished treasure box. So smart.

I found a Feathery Leprechaun Trap over at This Mama Loves. Who knew they liked feathers?

How about this wipes container turned into a Leprechaun Trap I saw on Premeditated Leftovers? Best use of a wipes container EVER!

Here are two more to inspire you: Check out the Leprechaun Traps Crafting Chicks made from a shoe box and Pirouette can! Never mind the leprechaun, give me the Pirouettes!
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I hope when you catch him, your leprechaun has pockets full o’ gold! Just in case he doesn’t though, be sure to enter the Lucky Cash $800 giveaway!

This giveaway ends on 3/20/17 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize before prize is forfeit and a new winner is chosen. Winner must claim prize before they are announced. Giveaway is open worldwide, void where prohibited. All entries are voluntary but must be completed as stated with verification in order to win. All entries will be verified and if it wasn’t completed a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter no later than 3/30/17. Winner must be 18 years or older to win. Void where prohibited.

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$100 Giveaway!

Would an extra $100 cure your winter blues? It sure would make my day a little brighter! So I’m teaming up with some blogger friends to bring you this giveaway.  Pay a bill or buy yourself something you’ve been eyeing up on Amazon – the choice is yours!

Entry is really simple – just follow the directions below.

How to enter: There are 20 Twitter accounts. Each account is worth one entry. Follow all 20 accounts for 20 entries into this giveaway. If you’re already a follower of an account, claim that entry! This giveaway starts February 5 at midnight EST and ends February 19 at 11:59 PM EST. Entrants must be USA residents and at least 18 years old. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from joannegreco at gmail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The prize is $100 in Paypal or Amazon online gift card, winner’s choice.

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What would you do with an extra $100?


Cheeseburger Potato Skins – Easy Game Day Recipe

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I’m so excited for Super Bowl Sunday! There’s going to be cheeseburger potato skins and buffalo chicken and meatballs and dip…and I hear some teams will be playing football too!

I’m all about the food. Actually, I do know who’s playing this year, which is really kind of a big deal for me. I’ve only known once before. Honestly, the only reason I know now is because I needed the team colors for some VA work I was doing.

Anyway, back to the food. After a bit of a hiatus, I’ve been doing some work with BzzAgent, and I forgot how much fun they were to work with! They partnered with Farm Rich to send me some goodies, which included my new favorite spatula and coupons for a couple of boxes of Farm Rich products. The coupons they sent were for any Farm Rich snacks, but I decided on Loaded Potato Skins and Mozzarella Sticks. We have a fairly small store, and I still had quite a few options. Snacks I found hard to pass up were onion rings, breaded mushrooms, and meatballs. Looking at the website, though, there are many more Farm Rich products to choose from, including cheese curds, chicken bites, and even breakfast options like French Toast sticks.

Side Note: there are 180 calories in only 2 mozzarella sticks, but you’ll read about that in a later post entitled “101 Reasons why my butt is huge.”

Anyway…my friends at Farm Rich and BzzAgent also sent me a bunch of Farm Rich recipes, which can be found on the website. They all looked really good, but the Cheeseburger Potato Skins caught my eye. With Super Bowl Sunday coming up in a few short days, they make the perfect Game Day fare.

This is the official recipe:

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I did modify the original Cheeseburger Potato Skins recipe a little bit –  I used a shredded cheddar blend and chopped tomatoes. It still came out absolutely delicious! Who ever thought potato skins could be that tasty? I think next time I’ll add a little more bacon too.  In my eyes, there’s no such thing as too much bacon!

Easy Farm Rich cheeseburger potato skins game day super bowl recipe 2

I also slathered them with ketchup and mustard before I ate them like I do regular burgers, but the end result didn’t look nearly as appetizing as it this! You know you want to share!

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I really like the Farm Rich brand snacks. They’re so convenient to make and delicious every single time. I’ve been eating the mozzarella sticks for years (see above). However, I never really thought about making different recipes with them until now. Cheeseburger Potato Skins will definitely be in snack rotation, but I see a lot more experimenting in my future!

Have you tried Farm Rich snacks? Which is your favorite?

PS – You can learn more about opportunities to share your opinions with brands through BzzAgent here!


25 Winning Super Bowl Snack Recipes

Winning Game Day RecipesI’m going to be completely honest here. Sports are incredibly boring to me. I especially dislike football, because it reminds me of a fender bender during rush hour in the city. It’s a pileup that only moves 2 feet in an hour and a half. However,  I really get into the Super Bowl commercials. And the game day food. Because who doesn’t love fried everything and loads of dip? So in light of this, every year we have a tiny Super Bowl party. I make a bunch of game day fare just for the fun of gorging on appetizers while we watch the new commercials online. This year, I’m picking a few new snack recipes, so I thought I’d share some of what I found. I can wait to give them a try!

1. Toffee Peanut Snack – Bunny’s Warm Oven
2. Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs – Penny Pincher Jenny
3. Fiesta Sloppy Joe Dip – Lori’s Culinary Creations
4. Healthy Trail Mix with Popcorn – Slap Dash Mom
5. Hot Cheese Dip With Emmental – Frugal Mom Eh
6. Hot Pizza Dip – I Was Born to Cook
7. Feta, Pepper, and Spinach Cups – Happy Deal, Happy Day
8. Rotisserie Chicken Nachos – Amanda’s Cookin
9. Crock Pot Pineapple Sriracha Chicken Wings – Cutefetti
10. Shrimp Dip – Rockabye Parents
11. 3 Ingredient Cheese Ball- Frazzled and Frugal
12. Easy Avocado Bacon Egg Rolls – Home Cooking Memories
13. Pepperoni Pizza Bombs – Flour On My Face
14. Bacon and Cheese Ranch Dip – A Speckled Owl
15. Sweet and Spicy Wings in the Slow Cooker – Atta Girl Says
16. Air Fryer Pizza Hut Bread Sticks – Recipe This
17. Ham and Green Onion Cheeseball – Mandatory Mooch
18. German Beer Cheddar Fondue – Little Family Adventure
19. Game Day Bacon and Cheese Potato Skins – Two Kids and Coupon
20. Quick and Tasty Queso – A Speckled Owl
21. Instant Pot Crack Chicken – Adventures of a Nurse
22. Quick and Easy Nachos – This Mama’s Life
23. Game Day Slow Cooker Pizza Dip – Rural Mom
24. Gluten Free Fried Ravioli – What the Fork
25. Buffalo Chicken Dip – Busy Mommy Media

Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this year?


Adorable Franken-Mallow Halloween treats

halloween-treatsAnyone that knows me knows that Halloween really isn’t my favorite holiday. I’m not thrilled with the idea of children running through the streets on a sugar high asking strangers to “trick” them. I’m not sure about you, but I spend the other 364 days in a year teaching my kid not to talk to strangers – and certainly not to take candy from them! That said, it seems unfair to deny her the chance to dress like a unicorn and parade around town in all her glory, especially as the other kids are walking past the house with buckets full of cavity-starters.

This year, there have also been a lot of “scary” clown sightings nearby, so the city has put a time limit on trick-or-treating. It’s only allowed between 5-7 pm. That’s perfectly fine by us. We plan to trick-or-treat a few stores in the shopping plaza and then come home, make our own treats, and watch Halloween cartoons.

We want to make something tasty, fast. and fun. I think these Franken-mallows fit the bill nicely! Aren’t they abso-freaking-lutely adorable? They’re super easy to make too. Here’s how.

Ingredients:
  • Square Marshmallows
  • Green Food Dye
  • White Melting Chocolate
  • Candy Eyes
  • Black Gel Icing
Directions:
1.       Begin by put your square marshmallows on skewers and trimming the stick if need be.
2.       Next, melt your chocolate however you desire. I used the microwave which only takes seconds. Follow the directions for the chocolate you purchased.
3.       Add 3-5 drops of green food coloring to the chocolate and mix. Do this quickly as the chocolate will begin to harden.
4.       Begin spooning the green chocolate over the top of each marshmallow, one at a time until it’s completely coated.
5.       Lay on a pan covered in wax paper.
6.       Immediately place two eyes on the marshmallows while the chocolate is still wet.
7.       Once cool and the chocolate is dry, use your icing to draw the hair (squiggly lines that are filled in) and the mouth (one straight line with three straight lines through the first line).
Easy as pie, right? They’re pretty tasty, too!
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Do you plan on trick or treating this year? Does your town have a curfew?

10 Tips for Keeping Cool in Summer Heat

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It’s funny how we find ourselves pining away for summer all winter long, but then when it finally gets here, many of us start to complain that we’re too hot. Temperatures don’t have to be up into the triple digits for us to be hot, either – all they need to be is warmer than what we’re used to for us to feel uncomfortable.

It’s especially important for children and the elderly as well as people with diabetes or heart conditions to keep cool. Following are some tips to beat the summer heat without turning on the air conditioner.

  1. Don’t pick the hottest day of the year to do all of your outdoor activities. Stay in the shade whenever possible. The yard work can wait for a cooler day.
  2. Stay hydrated. Drink as much water as you think you need, and then drink more. By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Different doctors and health organizations have different ideas about the recommended amount of water you should drink in a day, but in general, it’s more than you think. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends.
  3. Eat spicy foods. Spicy foods will make you perspire, and therefore you’ll be cooler. Feel free to break out the jalapeno peppers, but eat them in small amounts. The more food you eat, the harder your body will have to work to digest it, and that can be counterproductive.
  4. Cold treats are your friend! Stock up on ice pops, ice cream, and make sure you have plenty of ice cubes for water!
  5. Give yourself regular breaks. If you’re feeling overheated, take a quick break from whatever activity you’re doing and resume it when you cool off a little bit. Bonus points if you sit in front of a fan for a few minutes.
  6. Dress in light colored clothing. Dark clothing attracts heat, so that black tank top will feel warmer than a white T-shirt with more coverage.
  7. Have some water fun. If you don’t have a pool in your yard, you can use a community pool, a nearby splash pad, or a local lake or beach. If for some reason none of those are an option, you can also get water relief with a garden hose, a sprinkler, or your shower. Dipping your feet in a bucket full of cool water will even do the trick.
  8. Soak your hat in cool water and put it on your head. Then soak a towel and put it on your shoulders, neck, and arms.
  9. Keep your pulse points cool. Holding an ice pack on your ankles and the back of your knees for a few minutes and running cool water on your wrists will help cool off your entire body.
  10. Avoid alcohol. Sure, sitting poolside with a fruity umbrella drink is the reason summer exists, but alcohol on super hot days will just dehydrate you. Consequently, you’ll feel even hotter (not be confused with the kind of hot that people think they are when they’ve had too much alcohol!)

These are just a few of the many tips to keep cool in hotter weather. Depending on your personal situation, you may have your own. Feel free to share them with us in the comments!

 

 


20 Terrific Teacher Gifts

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Teacher gifts are one of the most difficult gifts to buy, since we don’t usually know much about their likes and dislikes. To top it off, many parents need to buy gifts for more than one teacher, so finding something cute and memorable that won’t break the bank is important. We really liked the following choices, and at the time of this writing, they were all under $15 on Amazon. Hurry, though – Amazon changes their prices frequently!

  1. Teacher Coffee Mug

2. #1 Teacher Appreciation 20 oz. Acrylic Travel Sippy Cup with Straw

3. “I’m A Teacher, What’s Your SuperPower?” 12oz Coffee Mug

4. Teacher Bracelet

5. What If There Were No Teachers?: A Gift Book for Teachers and Those Who Wish to Celebrate Them

6. Teacher Office Desk Name Plate or Door Sign


7. Teacher Bangle Bracelet

8. “Best Teacher” Polymer Travel Mug


9. Gift Boxed Teacher Wisdom Inspire Expressively Yours Bracelet

10. It Takes a Big Heart to Teach Little Minds Keychain

11. Teaching Is A Work Of Heart Teacher’s Coffee Mug With Gift Box


12. Golden Apple Stress Ball

13. Keep Calm and Teach On Journal for Teachers

14. Teacher Basket

15. Teacher Appreciation Gift Frame with Built in Easel

16. From the Heart Pink Crystal Rhinestone Heart Pendant Engraved with TEACHER Gift Boxed

17. Teacher Travel Mug with Card

18. Teacher Stretch Charm Bracelet

19. CafePress Teacher Appreciation Tote Bag

20. Excellent Teacher Tote Bag

How about you? Do you have a tough time coming up with teacher gifts? What are some of your favorite ideas?


35 Upcycling Ideas for Earth Day

25 Upcycling Projects for Earth Day Blank

Happy Earth Day!

One of the easiest ways to take care of the Earth and preserve our natural resources is to recycle, or the popular variation, upcycle. I love finding new uses for old things, and so do many other bloggers! Take a look at some of these amazing upcycling ideas!

1. Build a Birdhouse
2. How to make simple Recycled CD Spinning Tops
3. Upcycled Bud Vase
4. DIY Princess Hair Tye Holder
5. Upcycled Suitcase Table
6. DIY Wine Glass Candle Holders
7. How I Made 9 Srafts From one Pair of Old Overalls
8. Upcycled Blue Jeans Bowl
9. UPCYCLED & REPURPOSED CRAFT: Mason Jar Lid Jewelry Dish
10. Cereal Box Up-cycle: DIY Magazine Holder
11. Upcycled Container Gardens
12. Simple Upcycled Centerpieces
13. DIY Easy Kids Craft Bird House from a Milk Carton
14. Upcycled Button Wall Decor
15. Wine Cork Napkin Rings
16. Repurposed Lego Earrings
17. DIY Upcycled Ring Holder (From an Air Freshener Cone)
18. Kids Decoupage Craft Idea: A teacher gift
19. Upcycled T-Shirt Strip Headband {STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL}
20. No Sew Toddler Shirt Upcycle: Hair Wrap & Leg Warmers
21. DIY Pallet Sign
22. Upcycle T Shirts Into Super Cute Scarfs
23. Make a Carryall for Kids With a Recycled Cereal Box
24. Upcycle DIY: No Sew, Turn An Old Tank Top Into A Little Girls Sundress
25. How to Make Your Own Bear Rug
26. DIY One of A Kind Oil & Vinegar Dispensers
27. DIY Quick & Easy Chair Upcycle {Step-by-Step Tutorial}
28. DIY Denim Flowers
29. Upcycled Mouse Pad
30. Spill Proof Dog Bowl Recycled Tire DIY
31. DIY Upcycled Twine Vase
32. Cork Character Magnets
33. Office Organizer
34. Easy Upcycled Picture Frame
35. DIY K-Cup Tissue Paper Flower


Firing up the blog again…Happy New Year!

So, I’m firing up the blog again.

Don’t ask me why. I’m not sure why I’ve been feeling the need to.

I’ve learned a few lessons over the years, though, and this blog is being totally revamped this year.

Because I don’t want to write 400 words for every post. Sometimes I can say whatever it is that I need to say in a few short sentences. (67 words so far).

Because I’m not going to write about stupid stuff I don’t care about.

Because I have a million things in my head that I really want to get out.

Because I am on a mission to be in better shape at the beginning of 2017 than I am now, and maybe blogging will help that in some way. Probably not.

Because I might want to write about Days of Our Lives sometimes. No one sings and there are no princesses involved. (You don’t have to watch DOOL to continue reading this blog for other reasons. Go watch Dr. Who Cares. To each his own.)

Because blogging is like everything else to me. Once there are a bunch of rules, it’s no longer fun. Which is why I stopped in the first place.
“If you EVER want to have a successful blog, you must do XYZ. Daily.”
Well, guess what? When it becomes work, it’s not fun. I have enough work already.

FYI Any promoting will be done by a great VA (Feel free to apply at crmvirtualassistants (at) gmail (dot) com!)

So if you’re one of the 37 readers that are left after my almost two years of non-blogging, stick around, share with your friends, take up watching Days, or whatever. Let’s have some fun!

Happy New Year!


20 Adorable Easter Treats

20 Adorable Easter Treats

Spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner. That means lots of goodies like chocolate, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps are popping up in stores. With a little creativity, you can turn these standard holiday candies into something really special.

Surprise and delight your family and friends with these adorable Easter treats!

Flower Pot Cookies

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Cadbury Skillet Brownie

Chocolate Dipped “Carrot” Strawberries

Peanut Butter Crunch Chicks

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Peep S’mores

Hidden Carrot Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Bait

Hollow Chocolate Easter Eggs

adorable easter treats

Easter Peeps Cupcakes

Jellybean Tailed Peeps Pops

adorable easter treats

Rabbit Holes

adorable easter treats

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls

Easter Bunny, Chick and Nest Carrot Cake Cupcakes

adorable easter treats

Easter Egg Pudding Cups

Mini Easter Cheesecakes

adorable easter treats

Easter Bunny Racers

White Chocolate Bunny Peeps

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Easter Lamb Marshmallow Pops

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Bird’s Nest Pudding Tarts

What are your favorite Easter treats?  Share them with us in the comments!