My kids have only recently hit that age that they start to care about Santa and what they will be getting for Xmas! I only just started getting interested in getting them what they want. I’m not sure if it was really them or me that wanted the Hatchimals. They were both only 3 and I think I wanted them more for them, lol.
With all $50 Hatchimals sold out ans not much time until Xmas I decided to splurge and found some Hatchimals on Amazon.com for $185/each. Some may think I’m crazy and in retrospect maybe I was. Seems stupid now that they barely play with them but what child’s toy isn’t short lived? My kids get toys all the time that they love for the first 5 minutes and then after that they are moving onto the next thing!
I’ve wasted a lot of money on useless toys but the kicker was the 24 hours it took for the Hatchimals to hatch. One of them seemed to have been knocked off the track and took longer then the other. Before we could get them to hatch we all fell asleep. I mean hatching these eggs was hard work. I’m the morning we continued where we left off and spent the better part of the day finishing our hatching! It was a long arduous process, especially after I found out its only supposed to really take up to an hour 😵
Overall, We liked our Hatchimals but would have been much happier purchasing them at $50 instead. My girls loved them and were so excited for them to hatch! They loved watching and taking care of them. They do amazing things and If they work and do what they say they are worth it and fun to play with! I think they were anxious and tired of waiting toward the end but they waited, lol
Anyone have a Hatchimal that didn’t hatch?
This is my fav time of year! The holiday season always brings me so much joy. Now that Halloween is here pumpkin picking, carving, and roasting seeds is in full swing and I am ready. I am a pumpkin seed addict and I must get several pumpkins a year to roast its seeds, and of course have fun carving them with our kids.
Last year was the first year I decided to try some other pumpkin seed recipes instead of just the the traditional #oldskool recipe I’ve been using and eating since I can remember! I love trying new things and although my husband hates it it’s just too damn bad and he must participate. Luckily this year I decided to go with the original salted pumpkin seeds and ranch flavored which are delicious and flavorful!
Here are the recipes I use for ranch and original. It’s very simple and I usually just do it by eye instead of measuring. It’s kinda hard to mess up! Or at least I think it is 😊 There’s tons of seasonings you can use from garlic to ranch to BBQ to chili powder! Either way they are delicious and good for you!
Original Pumpkin seeds
2 cups of pumpkin seeds
1tbs of olive oil/butter
1/2tsp of kosher salt/salt
Ranch Pumpkin seeds
2 cups of Pumkin seeds
1tbs olive oil
1tsp ranch dried seasoning-sprinkle some more while cooking (optional)
salt to taste
Once they are seasoned just throw them in a pan with some tin foil and pop it in the oven!
I have seen a lot of different recipes, instructions and temp suggestions to use when you look online. I say just go with your gut. I’ve made mine from anywhere to 300-375 degrees. The key is to watch them and take them out when they start to brown!
Good luck pumkin 🎃 seed eating and Happy Halloween 👻
I have tons and tons of cored pencils, gel pens, watercolor pens, and so much more and they can begin to get cluttered and everywhere! I usually try to keep them inside the cases they come in but some don’t come in cases and others come in cases that fall apart before you take them out the box so to alleviate all that I have found a great case that works well. I’m somewhat OCD so I like having a place for everything.
First off it’s pink, I’m a girl and I love pink! It’s also a lot smaller and compact then I anticipated which is great. In the picture it looks much bigger but is around the same size as an iPad mini, maybe smaller. I actually like that it’s smaller so it’s fits inside things easier. I also have 2 kids and this is perfect to take with you traveling and keeps things organized.
This case opens like a book with each compartment having a separate zipper. I like that I can separate the different kinds of art supplies I’m using by page. It works like a book minus the zippers. Each zipper opens up and inside there are little elastic bands on each sides of the pages where you slide the pencils in and out. The elastic holds them tight and keeps them from falling out! The zipper also keeps them all inside!
The case will hold 72 pencils and comes in hot pink, light pink, and blue. It also has spots for things like erasers and pencil sharpeners. It’s great for artists, students and as a gift. The case has a small handle strap to make it easy to carry! I think I may even like it better then those pencil wraps. It’s cool though and it works well and I like better then having different types of pens, pencils, and markers everywhere. I’ll probably need 2 since my girls fight over everything, lol. I would definitely recommend it! Makes life easier.
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This is another
great Haktoys bubble blowing gun. My girls really love using these and it makes my life and clean up much better. I was so tired of be guns you did and then press to blow because the bubbles would get all over so this is a much better alternative and I think more fun for your kids since they don’t have to struggle doing all that. It does leak a little so it’s good to have a wash cloth around.
This one is a whale which I like and all you do is score the bubbles into the bottom and your ready to go. It came with 2 compatible bubbles and even came with batteries which was nice. It takes 3 AA batteries but they endure lasting awhile. I love the see through design and how you can see inside of it and see all the gears and such. They are very light and easy to hold and press.
The bubbles blow out nicel and it has fun lights and sounds for your kids to enjoy. These are great for summer BBQs, birthday-day parties, and any other event where there’s kids. You do have to press the button a few times before bubbles start flowing since it has to suck up into the tubes. It can stand up nicely which is cool so it doesn’t always spill out when not in use. I like to save the bubble jars and refill them since they fit perfectly in the gun. I would recommend these, they make less of a mess and they are easy for kids to figure out. I purchased this product at a discount.
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My house is really starting to look like one giant tent. My 3 year old girls love tents and tunnels and we have so many sets all over. This is one of my favorite ones because of the ball pit and basketball hoop. We have this one out in our living room and my girls like to be in it all day! It fits nicely in corner of our living room and has becomes a living room essential 🙂
These tents are great for so many reasons. Firstly, it comes nicely packaged all wrapped up in a round bag tha zips closed. It has 3 seperate pieces, the triangle tent, the tunnel, and the ball pit. The pieces connect all together with elastic pieces where the tunnel connects. I love the white with the colored poca dots, great for kids!
Each seperate piece pops open and folds right up. It may take a few times to figure out how to fold them up to get them back in the bag but it’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it and it’s small to store and easy to carry with the handle on the bag. They are great for indoors and outdoors and even to take to the park or a BBQ. This one is very well made and has withheld my girls and they can be rough on their stuff!
The tunnel has a mesh lining on top so you can see them go through it. The ball pit has a cute basketball hoop my girls love to stuff things into it. I don’t have enough balls yet to fill it like a traditional ball pit but I do plan on getting some. You have to have the tunnel connected for that or you’ll have balls eveywhere. These are great for so many things and even as gifts or for the grandparents house. I have a few sets now already and love them all!
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