3 Ways That Your Kids Can Easily Clean Up Dog Hair Around the House

Thursday, May 24, 2018

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Swiffer. All opinions are my own.
3 Ways That Your Kids Can Easily Clean Up Dog Hair Around the House

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see the photo above? I can tell you for me it's the loving way that my son looks at our dog. After all, we've had Shasta longer than my son has been alive. In fact, we adopted our dog so long ago that even my oldest child wasn't around yet. We figured our new puppy would be fun, loving, and good with kids. What we never thought about was how much he would shed. Call us naive, but it never really crossed our minds. Looking back, when you have a dog that has pretty much half his body weight in fur, then you should probably know that some of that will end up on the floor...and the carpet...and the furniture...and your clothes.

The thing about that is having everything covered in fur doesn't have to become the way that you live. We have tried many things over the years, but these are our best tips for picking up that dog fur. Because this is a blog based around parenting, and #ShedHappens on a daily basis, we also wanted to make sure to give you tips that your kids can also do to help around the house.

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3 Ways That Your Kids Can Easily Clean Up Dog Hair Around the House

Guardians Of the Galaxy Star-Lord Happy Birthday Lunch

Monday, May 21, 2018

Marvel

It's my son's eighth birthday this week, and if there's one thing he can't get enough of, it's super heroes. He is dying to see the rest of the Marvel movies, but we are moving a little slower than some. We just watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and he thought it was hilarious. So I thought a Star-Lord (also known as Peter) lunch was in order. We've already done a Groot lunch so this was next in line. I've never done a birthday/character crossover lunch, so this is a first!

I went with Star-Lord's mask, cassette tape with a birthday mix instead of awesome mix, and a cupcake with a candle. It was all made in an Easy Lunch Boxes container. It has a few more treats than normal, but since it's his birthday I think it's okay this time. I hope it makes his birthday a little happier and I hope you enjoy it as well.
Marvel

Disney Pluto the Dog Lunch

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mickey Mouse

Is there any cuter Disney character than Pluto? I mean, he's always ready to play, is continually happy, and seems to constantly be up for an adventure. Sure he gets himself in the occasional jam but Mickey Mouse can't stay mad at him. It's just impossible not to love this dog. It's for these reasons that I thought my kids would love to get a Pluto lunch for school.

This Pluto sandwich lunch is basically just a few cuts of cheese, similar to my Donald Duck lunch. I also like that I was able to include a good amount of fruit and vegetables. I created it in an Easy Lunch Boxes container. See below for all the ingredients and directions!

How to Make a Disney Donald Duck Lunch

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mickey Mouse

Icon. Legend. Hero. Cranky duck. If you don't love Donald Duck how can you even call yourself a human being? I think he sometimes gets forgotten in, or at least ranked lower in, Disney lore. Don't make that mistake. If you have ever been to Toontown in Disneyland you know he has the coolest house by far. How can you beat living on a ship? Sure he has a temper (what duck doesn't), but I thought it was about time that I recognize the genius that is Donald Duck.

From his dapper way of dressing, to his intellectual vocabulary, I had so many options to highlight. I ended up landing on a simple footprint and his uniform, and put it all in an Easy Lunch Boxes container. I hope my kids enjoy it and I hope you will as well. It is pretty easy to make once you see what I used in each container. To see the ingredients, scroll down to read the recipe below!

Star Wars Chewbacca Lunch With Video Tutorial

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Chewbacca has always been one of my family's favorite Star Wars characters. This was also the first Star Wars school lunch that I ever made my daughter, and it happens to be one of the most popular on my blog. After making it the first time, and making it again for Steve Harvey when I appeared on his show, I finally decided to recreate it for you with a video tutorial. Hopefully this can show you that it is actually really easy to make and perfect for a school lunch, or even for May the 4th Star Wars Day! I hope you watch the video below and have fun with it. Be sure to share with your Star Wars loving friends!


Star Wars Han Solo Lunch

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Solo a Star Wars Story

"I know."
"Sometimes I amaze even myself."
"I don't know, fly casual!"
"Don't everyone thank me at once."

These are only a few of the great lines uttered by the famous Han Solo while traveling the galaxy saving the Rebellion, and sometimes being a scoundrel. No matter what, it's always entertaining. Since my kids and I always crack up at Han, and the new Solo movie is coming out soon, I figure it was about time to figure out how to make a Han Solo lunch.

There are a few key pieces to this meal so I made a video to show the Chewbacca part. You can view it below. You can find out how I made the rest by reading my instructions below. I made this lunch in an Easy Lunch Boxes container.



Harry Potter Dumbledore Lunch

Monday, April 23, 2018


The Harry Potter series has so many fantastic characters that it's hard to pick one to feature. The good news is that both of my older kids love it so it gives an endless supply of ideas for lunches and special treats. For today's lunch I wanted to highlight Dumbledore because he is such an interesting part of the series. I wanted to show his fierceness and wild side that he exhibits when the situation calls for it. While he has a soft side for Harry, Hermione, and Ron, he is always quick to step up and lead. I hope my kids remember how important that is when they are faced with tough decisions at school. Maybe this lunch will help!

I created it in an Easy Lunch Boxes container and also made a video showing how I put Dumbledore together. Watch the video first, and then check out the recipe to see the ingredients and how I made the rest of the lunch!



Incredibles 2 Lunch Tutorials

Monday, April 16, 2018

How to make Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 fun lunches for your kids!

I feel like if there was any movie that my kids have been addicted to on-and-off for their entire lives, it's The Incredibles. My older kids know it backwards and forwards, all of them have watched it as we have driven across country, and we even wore out one DVD copy of it. Our family even dressed up as The Incredibles one year for Halloween. Don't believe me? See the photo below. So it goes without saying that we are super excited for Incredibles 2 to come out!

If you are as big of fans of the movie as we are, you are going to want to check out the photos and ingredients for these fun lunches below. Each of my kids got a different character. Mr. Incredible goes to my oldest son, Elastigirl is my daughter's, and my youngest son will get Jack-Jack. I think that my kids are going to be so pumped to open them up at school tomorrow! What do you think?

How to make Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 fun lunches for your kids!

How to make Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 fun lunches for your kids!

Does This Fall Under Your Definition of Family?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#KiaFamily #TheNewKia

When I say the word "family," what comes to mind? Maybe it's when you got your first glimpse of your wife as she walked down the aisle. Maybe it's the moment your child burst onto the scene and your life changed forever. Maybe it's when you and your siblings secretly spied on your parents while they hurriedly wrapped your presents on Christmas Eve. Or maybe it's one those rare times where you met a new friend for the first time and you instantly started finishing each other's sentences. Which is it for you?

I had an experience recently that reminded me about how that family feel can come in numerous shapes, sizes, forms, and functions. Basically, if you're looking to keep your definition of the term "family" locked in a small box, then you're likely to miss out on some of extremely meaningful relationships. I don't normally write about anything outside of food and family, and while this might seem like it's about travel and cars, I would say this post most assuredly falls smack dab into the family side of things, just not in the traditional sense.

#KiaFamily #TheNewKia

Whole30 Applegate Bacon Wrapped Onion Ring Avocados

Monday, April 9, 2018

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Applegate. All opinions are my own. 
How to make Whole30 Bacon Wrapped Onion Ring Avocados

Bacon. Yes, I said it. I mean most times that is all I need to know when I see the ingredients to a meal. Ever been to an all-bacon restaurant? Yep, I have. If you're like me, you are always looking for an excuse to add bacon to your plate. It's pretty much the same with my kids as well. For awhile we thought that my youngest was a vegetarian. Then we found the one meat he would devour. It was bacon. Can you relate to my family?

This is why I was so excited to actually find a Whole30 approved no sugar bacon made by Applegate. So if you are trying to stick to a Whole30 plan, this is the bacon that you want to look for the next time you're at the store. In fact, this entire recipe is Whole30 approved so you know this masterpiece will not only curb your bacon fix, it will also fit into your meal plan. Applegate actually has a new partnership with Whole30 and a huge selection of natural and organic products to help make clean eating easier. I know I would make this a regular part of my family's weekly menu! So how do you make this tasty treat? Just watch the video below to find out how to create the bacon wrapped onion rings and read the recipe to learn how to make the rest.



Sherlock Gnomes Lunch For Your Kids!

Monday, March 12, 2018

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Paramount Pictures. All opinions are my own. 
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My entire family gets so excited when we find a fun movie that we can all go see on a Saturday morning. Usually, we all get up and my wife and I surprise our kids by telling them that we are going to get ready and go see a film at our local theatre. Because this is one of our favorite things to do as a family, we can't wait for March 23rd when Sherlock Gnomes hits the big screen! My kids have been watching the trailer for weeks now and they can barely contain themselves. Have you seen the trailer yet? Watch it below!


A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Which Lunch

Monday, March 5, 2018

Oprah Winfrey

One of my favorite things to do is to read with my kids before bed. It was what my dad did with me when I was young. I still remember him reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle to me. This year, I jumped at the chance to read it with my daughter. She loved it so much that we also read A Wind at the Door, and will eventually read the entire series. When she saw that A Wrinkle in Time was about to come out in the movie theatre, she was beside herself with excitement. She cannot wait to see it! I also can't wait to see it with her.

I love the fact that it is a story with a young female lead, Meg Murry (played by Storm Reid), who is smart and brave. It encourages girls, like my daughter, that they can succeed and be the strong heroes in their own life. Of course, some of the other main characters are the eccentric Mrs. Which (played by Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (played by Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (played by Mindy Kaling).


The Flash School Lunch!

Monday, February 26, 2018

DC Comics

If you haven't been reading my blog for very long, you should know that superheroes are a huge part of my kids' lives. They go through stages of who is their favorite and usually it changes by the day. However, my son has really taken a liking to The Flash lately. It might be because him and I have started watching the show together on Netflix. He was too young to watch it when it first came out on the CW network, so we are catching up on the series together now.

What I love about watching shows together, with any of my kids, is that it opens up doors to conversations that we wouldn't have otherwise. A good rule for yourself is to come up with questions during the show that you can ask your kids after. Don't just mindlessly consume, but mindfully interact with what you and your kids are putting into your heads. With The Flash, there are plenty of topics to discuss along the lines of helping friends, putting family first, making the best decisions, etc. I can't wait to see how my son reacts to what is coming in later seasons! Of course, he also wants to watch Justice League now. Until then, he gets this lunch to take to school. Below is how I made it.

Peter Rabbit Lunch

Monday, February 12, 2018

Peter Rabbit movie

Like many people, my family and I were so excited to see the Peter Rabbit movie this weekend. As a big fan of the books growing up, and after seeing the previews, and we couldn't wait to see it. We didn't read anything about the movie going into it but it we thought it would be a great time out. So in retrospect this lunch is just as much about the books as it is about the movie.

How to Make a PJ Masks Gekko Lunch

Monday, January 22, 2018

Paw Patrol

Out of time and energy but your kids still want a PJ Masks lunch? Maybe your kids are just addicted to PJ Masks like mine are? I'm actually not sure if my youngest enjoys Paw Patrol or PJ Masks more. All I know is that I usually have both theme songs stuck in my head. Is it normal for a grown man to know the names of Cat Boy, Gekko, and Owlette? Oh well, I'm sure if you're a parent you can relate.

This lunch is actually really easy because you are just turning a pear into a PJ Mask. I was stressed for time with this one so I took the easy way out but I like how it turned out. You can find out how to make a Gekko lunch for your own kids by following my directions below. I created this in an Easy Lunch Boxes container.

Star Wars Roasted Porg Lunch

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi

You know that feeling you get when your stomach is growling, there's a chill in the night air, and all you are wishing for is to light up the BBQ and have yourself some nice roasted Porg? What? You mean you can't relate to that? Well, you know who can? That's right, Chewbacca. Chewie knows that sometimes nothing hits the spot like Porg over an open fire. If you have no idea what I'm talking about you need to go watch Star Wars Episode VIII, The Last Jedi immediately.

I know that it hasn't received as much fanfare as Episode VII The Force Awakens but my kids and I loved it. Of course some of the parts they loved the most included the cute furry (feathery?) creatures known as Porgs. As soon as I saw them, I knew I would eventually be making a Porg lunch. However, when I saw the scene where (spoiler alert) Chewie roasted one like a chicken, I also knew that my lunch would take a dark turn. Why did I go this direction with the lunch? Because it was one of the funniest scenes in the movie! The looks that Porgs give Chewie are hilarious! You just have to watch the film. Until then, just make this Porg lunch for your kids. It is simple to throw together and it will feed their inner Resistance! FYI I used an Easy Lunch Boxes container for this one.

Paddington 2 Marmalade Sandwich Lunch

Monday, January 8, 2018

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures. 
Paddington 2 Movie

I think we all have childhood memories of certain iconic characters from books, movies, and tv shows. Paddington Bear is certainly high on the list for many of us! I remember reading the books and being introduced to the joys of marmalade at a young age. My kids recently discovered Paddington the movie and have been streaming it over and over. Because of their new found love for the bear, and also because Paddington 2 comes out in theaters this Friday, January 12th, I thought it was time to create a Paddington school lunch.


I am pretty sure this recipe would be Paddington approved since it features a marmalade sandwich, plus there are easy homemade chips in the shape of the note from his coat! Will you take your kids to go see Paddington 2? The first Paddington was one of the most successful family films of all-time, and this sequel currently has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! So stream the original Paddington to make a perfect family night at home before you hit the theater for a family night out watching Paddington 2. I know that Paddington sure brightens our kids' day and their world! You can get tickets to see Paddington 2 now by just visiting www.paddington2tickets.com. Don't forget to scroll down and download the FREE Paddington activity sheets that I have linked right after my Paddington Bear lunch recipe below!

 
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