Sunshine Cookie and Milk Drop with Free Printable

This post is brought to you by The California Milk Processor Board, Real California Milk and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Have you volunteered or done an act of kindness lately?  Well there is no better time than now! 

I’m excited to share that the California Milk Processor Board (creators of got milk?) and the California Milk Advisory Board, representing California dairy farm families, are partnering with Feeding America to help provide 1 million meals and 1 million servings of milk to feeding programs throughout California. More than 4.2 million people in California face hunger and that number is rising. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased need for food assistance in communities across the country.

The campaign is called “#FoodForThought” and it’s dedicated to highlighting acts of kindness while inspiring and encouraging others to give back to their community. From now until September 30th, when you share or engage with a message of positivity or act of kindness post on Instagram, tagging @gotmilk and using the hashtag #FoodForThought, it will generate a donation towards the goal of 1 million meals. 

(Make sure to read to the bottom for a chance to win a $100 gift card)

I recently took this challenged to do a small act of kindness for someone in my community. I decided to send a little sunshine to some parents and teachers dealing with distance learning by doing a MILK & COOKIE DROP. During these times, this new way of life can be hard. So, I thought it would be fun to leave a little bit of sunshine on their porches.

I had a friend create these adorable sun cookies. She placed them into cellophane bags…all ready to send out to my friends. You can probably find someone in your city to create some sun cookies, or you could just use cookies you make or buy at the store. If you want to stick to the sunshine theme, make sure you use yellow cookies.

Then I created a fun printable tag with a yellow sunshine theme to top the cookie bags. You can download it for free here.

Then I cut out the tags, folded them in half and tapped them to my cookie bags.

I found these great glass drink jars online perfect for my milk & cookies drop. I filled each of the glass drink jars with ice cold Real California Milk and then tied a cute satin ribbon around it just for a pop of color and to compliment my cookie topper. 

Whala! Aren’t they adorable?

Then the kids and I hopped in the car and dropped them off at some of our friends and teacher’s homes that are in the middle of distance learning.  

WOW! This was so much fun and made us feel awesome. It may be just a small act of kindness, but I am sure it made someone’s day.

An act of kindness can be as small as a smile or as big as making a meal for a friend. Won’t you join me in this worthy cause? Share your acts of kindness on Instagram, tagging @gotmilk and #FoodForThought and inspire others to give back to their local communities! 

Ready. Set. Go.

Why Milk?

Milk does more than build strong bones. Milk’s many vitamins and minerals benefit your overall health, inside and out. From disease prevention to muscle building, milk is an essential part of helping every body thrive.

Win a $100 Gift Card from Got Milk?

To sweeten the deal…I am giving away  $100  to one of you! Please head over to our Instagram page to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this Instagram post what your own act of kindness would be.

Interactive S’more Menu Free Printable

One of our family’s favorite things to do during the month of August, is going camping at our local State Park. We look forward to this trip every year as the ending of our summer adventures. Of course, campfires and s’mores happen nightly! We make all sorts of s’mores…from original with just chocolate, grahams and marshmallows, to candy bar stuffed s’mores. And have you ever had a peaches n’ Cream s’more?

To celebrate all things s’mores and the end of summer, I am sharing this fun Interactive S’more Menu. I have included a free printable pdf that you can download here, that has all the makings of a s’more and beyond.

The printable has this fun menu below that has 6 columns for kids (and adults) to create their own unique s’mores. You can write in a name for your s’more in the white boxes the bottom of each column.

Then there are three more sheets that have a bunch of different s’more ingredients. Cut out all the ingredients and stack them up in the menu columns to make 6 fun s’more recipes. You can use the first photo in the post as an example.

You could even purchase a bunch of these ingredients and have a s’more party where everyone creates a flight of s’more to enjoy. Or you could create a s’more menu at the beginning of the week and make a new s’more recipe each night. The options are endless!

Click here to download the Free S’more Menu Printables

You don’t even have to make real s’mores to enjoy these printables. Toddlers could have a lot of fun stacking the ingredients on the menu and making pretend s’mores. My daughter always wants to play the “s’more game.”

I hope you have a fun time with this printable as my family has. Now it’s time for your kids to have some s’mores fun!

Click here to download the Free S’more Menu Printables

Motivate Teens to Do Their Chores During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Need something to motivate your teens and tweens to get through the Covid-19 School Break? Because if your kids are anything like my kids, all they are going to want to do is play on their phones or game consoles.

Soooooo, here is what you do. Gather all the toilet paper in the house, and have them earn their daily supply! If they want to go number one or two, what are they going to do? Some chores of course. Make your bed, get a square. Finish your homework, get two squares. Will it work?….hmmmm, it’s really tempting. And I even made a FREE Printable Cover-19 Teen Chore Chart for you to download.

Okay, okay, okay. I’m kidding! Or am I not? I mean, is it really cruel to limit toilet paper to your kids? I heard its worth like more than gold these days.

Click here to Download you FREE Printable Covid-19 Teen Chore Chart.

And may all the strength and good parenting vibes be with you. I have a feeling we are all going to need it in the coming weeks.

Back to School Lunch Ideas with Free Printable Lunchbox Notes

I was asked by Caruseleto participatein the #SimplyNice campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

Back to school mean back to packing lunches and snacks. If you are anything like me, you are always trying to find things the kids will eat or ways to make lunchtime fun so that the kids will eat. And not only eat but eat well. This is the hard part, especially because most families are very busy and on the go. But I have found some things to start off this school year’s lunch packing off in a great way! Recently in Walgreens I found Nice!® products.

Nice!® products are conveniently available at Walgreens, making stocking up a snap. Plus, Nice!® foods taste great, feature better-for-you ingredients, and have transparent nutrition labelingon the front of every package, so you can feel good about buying delicious snacks from a brand you can trust! 

I let my kids go through the store and pick the items they wanted in their lunches. They only eat what tastes good to them, so they have to be the ones to choose. Luckily, I know that Nice! foods deliver uncompromised quality and taste and offer a range of healthier products that nourish the body, and delicious treats that elevate the spirits.

Nice! foods are conveniently labeled across the top of every package with nutritional information, so it is easy to see what is included in their products and also how many calories per serving. Nice! offers balanced food and beverages that tastes great and with ingredients you can feel good about. Nice! has no PHO’s, no trans fats and striving to use real ingredients and reducing artificial ingredients, they even offer organic varieties. And did I mention FOR LESS? Nice! foods are easy on your grocery budget…and even discounted with Walgreens store promotions.

We left Walgreens with a cart full of Nice! snacks such as yogurt covered pretzels, nut and trail mix, sea salt popcorn, veggie chips, beef jerky, cheese sticks, apple sauces and waters. There was so much to choose from and the kids were excited to have all this yummy food for their school lunches and snacks.

When it comes to lunch packing, I have a system down to make life easier and SAVE TIME. I make all the kid’s sandwiches at the beginning of the week and put them in individual baggies. That means I only have to make sandwiched once a week. Woo who!!! Then, i take all the snacks and sides and put them in baskets, so that the are easily accessible for the kids. Each day, they make their own lunches by grabbing one of the sandwiches I made and adding all the snacks they like to their lunches. When they are done, I double check what they packed and send them on their way.

Also, to add a little bit of fun to my kids lunchtime, I created these fun little printable lunch notes with cheesy jokes on them. Lunchtime is not their favorite time of the day…they’d rather be playing a recess than eating. So I am hoping these jokes give them something to look forward to, and the new Nice!® snack entice them to get their tummies full to feel them through their busy day.

I have included the link to these free printable lunchbox notes here for your own personal use. Just download and print!

I wish all you parents a happy Back-to-School season and happy lunch packing. I know so many parents who dread this part of back to school. Hopefully with this inspiration and some Nice!@ products, lunch packing will be a bit easier.

Orange County Summer Bucket List and Free Printable

Orange County Summer Bucket ListOrange County is truly unique. our weather is beautiful, we have great beaches, lots of fun family-friendly amenities to enjoy in our communities, and did i mention the beaches…oh yeah, i did! well, i often get asked what are my favorite activities to enjoy with kids in Orange County, so i decided to put together an Orange County Summer Bucket List of things to do with the kids during the summer, so that you can experience OC like i do. the list includes a bunch of freebie activities, some cheap or moderately priced activities, and just a couple more pricey activities. this way you can budget out your summer accordingly and not break the bank. i have even included this FREE PRINTABLE so you can enjoy this bucket list as much as us!

Orange County Summer Bucket List

 Click Here to Download the Orange County Summer Bucketlist Free Printable

feel free to swap out any activities that don’t look like they will work for your family. here are my TOP PICKS!

Orange County Summer Bucket List

1. Go to the Beach – we have tons of beaches that are great for families. my top picks are Corona Del Mar, Newport Pier and Balboa Beaches. these all have restrooms near the sand, and close parking. i also love Victoria Beach because of the unique castle tower and cement pools, Treasure Island Beach, and Crystal Cove (all in Laguna)…although the walks are a bit of a hassle. Or if you want to go to the tide pools, here is a list of family-friendly tide pools in Orange County.

2. Ride the Balboa Ferry and Visit the Balboa Fun Zone – we love the Balboa Fun Zone. i love to take the kids across to the island on the ferry and go to the little park or walk along the beach. the ferry is very cheap, and if you pack a picnic, it can be a very inexpensive day. back on the boardwalk there are fun things to do like the ferris wheel or arcade, and there is a candy store where you give the kids a couple dollars to get a few pieces of candy.

3. Go to Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach – this is a tradition of ours every year. the Tom Sawyer Rafts are so much fun. i dread the day when my kids are too old to go. Kids are $4 and adults are free. You can get more information about Adventure Playground here.

4. Go to a Concert in the Park – check out this list of over 100 outdoor concerts in the park or beach to find a concert near you.

5. Visit a Splash Pad – there are lots of great splash pads in Orange County. My favorite is the splash pad at Crown Valley Community Park, but you can find some more on my list of 101 Things to Do With Kids in Orange County.

6. Go to Adventure Playground in Irvine – this is an awesome park where kids can play to their hearts content. there are giant legos to build with, play structures, water fun, games, books, dirt, mud, and so much more. if your kids like to get dirty, they can, if they don’t, you can definitely play without getting too messy. you can read more about Adventure Playground here.

7. Experience Ghost Town Alive! – happening Knott’s Berry Farm. at this is the best interactive fun you can get at an amusement park. the Ghost Town characters help you solve mystery, play games, tell stories, and give you tasks all over Calico. you can dress up or just follow along. it’s definitely one of my favorites at Knott’s. you can read about it here.

8. Go to a Movie in the Park or Beach – grab some beach chairs, a blanket, a picnic and some movie snacks and head to one of these OC Movies in the Park for and evening under the stars.

9. Go to Zoomars – this little petting zoo is located in the historic district of San Juan Capistrano. you can feed the guinea pigs and animals fresh veggies, ride a train, play in the corn pit or ride a pony. check it out here.

10. Get a Box of Popsicles at Deelite Distribution – this is the best popsicle wholesaler in Orange County. you can get all the fancy ice cream treat you find at your local ice cream truck, except for better prices so that you can stock your freezer. don’t forget to bring cash.  read about Deelite Distribution here.

11. Go to Irvine Regional Park – Ride the train or go to the OC Zoo. there is a lake where you can rent a paddle boat or trails to rent out bikes and surreys. make sure to check out the Irvine Park Railroad website for some fun deals.

12. Get an Ice Cream Treat from a Local OC Hotspot – there are so many places to get a magical, awesome ice cream treat. here is a list of great OC treat places to help you find one.

13. Go to Discovery Cube OC – we love visiting the Cube all summer long. there are lots of exhibits to explore, and the cooking classes are the best. highly recommend getting an annual pass for the family. and right now there is a dinosaur exhibit. get more information here.

14. Go to Crystal Cove and Get a Shake from the Shake Shack – Crystal Cove is a great beach for the whole family. read about it here, and make sure to top it off with a milkshake from the Ruby’s Shake Shack!

15. Visit the Oso Creek Fairy Trail – this is my new favorite here in the OC. there are over 30 fairy houses to find on the family-friendly trail. read about it here.

16. Go to Knott’s Soak City – Orange County’s biggest water park. located across from Knott’s, there are lots of water slides, a wave pool, kiddie area and lazy river. you can read about it here.

17. Go Swimming – this will be an easy one to cross off the list. summer is all about swimming.

18. Go Bowling for Free – there are two programs that let your kids bowl free or almost free all summer. check them out here and here.

19. Go to Marina Park in Newport – if you have little kids, Marina Park is a great park to let them swim in the ocean or play on the playground. there is a sandy area with a bay to enjoy and the restrooms and parking are close. read about it here.

20. Go Indoor Rock Climbing – Sender One has some great indoor rock climbing courses. try your hand at the big kid/adult course, or take the family and kids to Sender City! read about it here.

21. Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program at the Local Library – did you know that most of the local library have games and prizes included in their summer reading programs? our gave out coupons for free kids meals at one of our favorite restaurants. its a great way to get out of the house and encourage those kids to read!

22. Visit Pacific Marine Mammal Center – you can read about it here.

23. Have a Beach Bonfire – one of my best memories as a child is roasting hotdogs and marshmallows on sticks over a bonfire at Corona Del Mar beach. the ocean breeze blowing cool air as we warmed up against the hot blazing fire. here is a great list of all the places you can have a bonfire in Orange County and some great tips too!

22. Go to the OC Fair – the fair begins in the middle of July and goes through the middle of August. it has all sorts of things to do….everything fair related you can think of. it’s a tradition of so many OC families. you can check it out here. make sure to look for the deals and specials to save some moola.

now that you have checked out my Orange County Summer Bucket List, you can print out your own bucket list. just print the FREE PRINTABLE below. then, put it into an 8 x 10″ frame. have the kids check off the activities as you finish them…see how many you can complete before summer’s end. if you don’t prefer one of the activities, just swap it out. ENJOY!!!!

 Click Here to Download the Orange County Summer Bucketlist Free Printable