My Favorite Summer Time Snack or Side

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Pringles Summer Jam Sweeps

 

Our family seems to travel quite a bit during the summer months.  So far, this summer alone, I’ve been to 3 different theme parks with my kids.  That’s not a normal thing for me, but this summer, that’s just the way it worked out.  On many of our trips, we tend to pack lunches to save money.  We discovered that 2 of the 3 theme parks are so incredibly family friendly that they let you bring food in!  Pretty cool, huh?

 


We typically always bring sandwiches and chips, but we’ve found that if we ever bring bagged chips, they get crushed.  So….instead, we always pack Pringles®.  We love the variety of flavors and just love that we don’t have to eat smashed chips.  But another fun thing, we love how we can make music with the cans.  Have you ever taken a Pringles can and used it as a drum?  Or taken the last little bit of chips in there and used it as a shaker?  Yeah… me, too.  In fact, I used to do it when I was little, too.  As soon as a can of Pringles® was eaten, I’d grab the empty can and stash it in my room for some drums.  I think I borrwowed some of my mom’s pots and pans for this drum set as well.

 

Pringles Drummers

 

 

 

Pringles & Colton

 

Funny enough, I never went on to play the drums.  I did however learn to play the piano and the flute.  My mom was a piano teacher and instilled the love of music in our lives at an early age.  She’s even taught my kids to play the piano and my son is now taking guitar lessons.  Music has long sense a part of our lives!

 

We were having a Pringles® party outside, trying out our can drums and the baby (toddler, really) kept stealing them.  She just happens to love Pringles®, too!

 

Pringles & Quinnly

 

 

Pringles Runaway

 

It turns out that I’m not the only one to ever try out playing the drums on my Pringles® cans.  Apparently, it’s an online sensation.  Pringles® has challenged Percussion Prodigies to try out their Pringles® cans as drums and you should see some of the pieces they put together.  Here’s a video that was shared on the Pringles® website.

 

This one is probably my favorite….

 

 

But there’s several more good ones on their site here.

 

If you’re looking to make the most out of summer, Pringles® is offering you and a friend the chance to win a VIP experience to a Live Nation concert in the U.S.  (There’s lots of different concerts to choose from on the Live Nation site)

 

  • Just pick up a specially marked can of Pringles®, enter your code online and you could find yourself on an adventure of a lifetime.
  • Sweepstakes is open until 7/31/15 at 11:59pm ET.

 

If I were to win this sweepstakes, I’d take my husband to one of his favorite country music bands.   Maybe Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney…..we’ll see.  What would you go to?

 

Would you like some Pringles®?

 

Pringles & Savannah

 

 

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pringles® Summer Jam.


Multi-age Playrooms: How to Set Up a Space Everyone Will Love

 

If you have more than one child, you will know that toys seem to multiply at an alarming rate. The family playroom quickly turns from your kids’ playtime haven into a chaotic hovel, mismatched toys strewn about with no sense of order or organization. Baby toys and chemistry sets sit alongside each other and you know something has to change. If this situation is currently happening in your house, know that there is hope. Here are a few tips to help you create a playroom children of all ages will love.

 

Designate zones

As with any good playroom, it’s a smart move to have designated areas for different kinds of play. For multi-age playrooms, creating a space for each child will help everyone easily find their own toys and feel like they have their own room. If you need to, use room dividers or cleverly placed storage to physically separate the room into different areas. Otherwise, keep arts and crafts materials in one corner, dressing up and other imaginative play toys in another, and puzzles, board games, and building toys stored neatly in boxes and shelves. An organized playroom is much more functional and low maintenance than one with piles and piles of random toys.

 

This clean, organized playroom has dedicated spaces for imaginative play, arts and crafts, and plenty of storage!

 

Playroom 1

via Modernize

Space to relax

Just because your playroom is full of toys and stimulating projects, this doesn’t mean your children won’t need somewhere to relax and sit, too. Find a functional piece of furniture or two that all your kids will enjoy, or have smaller versions for younger members of the family. Bean bags, oversized cushions, and comfortable sofas or armchairs work perfectly for all ages. Combine this relaxation space with your story/quiet corner if you like, but make sure it remains accessible for everyone.

You can just imagine your kids curling up with a good book in the comfortable, inviting window seat and bean bag chair in this playroom.

White+Kidsroom

via Modernize

 

Rotate toys

Regardless of age, all children go through phases with toys. Most of us have far too many toys for keep track of, and if we parents think there are too many, our kids will also struggle to play with all of the toys lying around. Once you’ve organized the playroom, take out any broken, unused, or unwanted toys and discard or donate appropriately. If you’re still left with too many toys to store, take a few out for a month or two and rotate them back in when you sense your kids are bored with the ones they’ve been using. This will encourage your children to enjoy the toys they have available (and will also help immensely at cleanup time).

 

There are few toys on display in this playroom, so they are more likely to be enjoyed often.

 

Yellow Kids Room

via Modernize

 

 

Keep it safe

If you have toddlers or babies using your playroom, make sure any small or potentially dangerous toys are kept out of their reach. Consider storing older kids’ craft and building materials on higher shelves or closed away in bins, and make sure big brothers and sisters know not to leave their Legos lying on the floor. Speaking of storage, make sure any heavy storage units are secure and bolted to the walls if needed, because we all know that every toddler becomes a climber at some stage. Encourage daily tidying with a schedule or regular routine and you are less likely to have any accidents.

 

This playroom uses clever box shelves and counter space to store delicate and smaller items.

 

Fidi+Kids+Loft+Bedroom

via Modernize

 

Once you’ve reorganized your playroom to suit everyone, your kids will be ready to get playing. Now comes the really hard part: sharing!

 

For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.

 

Kaitlin Krull is a writer and mom of two girls living the expat life in the UK. Her writing is featured on Modernize.com and a number of home decor sites around the web. She can also be found blogging from time to time on her personal blog, A Vicar’s Wife.


Are You Saving T-shirts for a T-shirt Quilt?

(This is a sponsored post, all opinions contained within are 100% my own and not influenced by the sponsor).  

 

I have heard about making T-shirt quilts for a long time.  It sounds like such a neat craft to make in order to preserve memories of your family’s past, but I’m the type of person who will put off a big craft project like making a T-shirt blanket, even if I’m really excited about it.  I will put it off for so long, that I may even wonder why I ever started saving those t-shirts in the first place.  Can you relate?

 

My friend Jessie, has been doing the same thing.  Being a farmer’s wife, she has been saving these cute little John Deere T-shirts that her family has worn through the years, for a long time. She’s even picked up a lot of the shirts at Goodwill and garage sales to get the shirts for the quilt ready quicker.  But…she found that she had so many projects going, she was never able to get her craft project done.  She still wanted to preserve the memories, but how to find the time?

 


 

Well, it just so happens that I was introduced to this new company called Project Repat.  You can send all of your t-shirts that you’d like made into a blanket, into their company and have them make your quilt for you!  How cool is that?  No sewing skills required of you!  They make the process so stinking easy, too, by showing step by step instructions on their site..

 

I was able to gather my friend Jessie’s t-shirts and have them sent in for her, to save her time.  Here’s the stack that I was about to mail in….as you can see, all greens and browns, because they were all John Deere T-shirts.

 

John Deere T-shirts

 

When placing the order, you get to choose which color you’d like on the back.  She chose gray.  Here’s a picture up close so you can see the thickness of the blanket.  It’s not too thick, but it was just right for the most comfortable blanket ever!

 

John Deere Tshirt Quilt

 

You send them all in and they send you an email when they receive your T-shirts.  Then, they turn your shirts into the most beautiful blanket full of memories!  You can choose different sizes, either a lap blanket (like we chose) a twin, full, queen or even a king!  Of course, the larger the blanket, the more t-shirts you’ll need.  We chose a lap blanket, because she just wanted it for her living room, so we only needed 16 panels.

 

 

 

Not long after we sent them in, I got another email saying that they were done with the quilt and that it was on it’s way back to me!  I was so excited to get it in the mail so that I could Jessie’s reaction.  Of course, I had to try it out on my own chair first to see how it looked….I think it turned out pretty sweet, don’t you?

 

John Deere T-shirt Quilt 3

 

It was hard for me to hide half of the quilt though when I folded it…lol, so I had to open it all up and drape it over the chair, too…so I could see what all of the shirts said.

 

John Deere T-shirt Quilt 5

 

Of course, when Jessie came over to pick it up, she was so excited to finally have her project done!  She loved it and so did her oldest daughter Alia!

 

John Deere Blanket

 

Are you interested in utilizing a service like Project Repat to preserve your family’s T-shirt memories?  I did a little searching online and found that Project Repat has the best prices around for a service like this! They make the process so easy and you get your blanket back really fast.  Be sure to check out their website or even follow them on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.