Duct Tape Water Bottle Holder

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This DIY patriotic duct tape water bottle holder is perfect for 4th of July parades, hikes or any activity that requires you to stay hydrated. Crafts kids can make are great to keep them busy, especially in the summer.

If you are looking for a last minute 4th of July craft I have one for you today. Easy crafts are always fun for holidays! This duct tape water bottle holder is patriotic and perfect for parades, hikes, parks or water parks. Whatever you love to do on the 4th this craft will be perfect to help keep you hydrated. Around the 4th of July we take a trip to my Aunt and Uncle's Ranch. The kids love being outside riding the horses, investigating and playing with the dogs. We pretty much spend the entire weekend outside. It is hot, which means we are always needing water. It is easier to carry along some water then make the trek to find it. I love freezing my bottles of water at night. During … [Read more...]

This Is The Place Heritage Park Giveaway!!!

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Welcome to the BeUtahful Summer Adventure Series, hosted by A GAL NEEDS...We are featuring some of the best attractions in the state for tourists and locals alike!   Giveaway - Sponsored by This Is The Place Heritage Park Hosted by A GAL NEEDS... Special Thanks to our Co-Host, Garden Inspire And thanks to the great Utah Bloggers helping to promote this event!  We are giving away a 1 year family pass with a retail value of $100!  This Is The Place Heritage Park has been around for a long time! Originally established to pay homage to the founders of the state of Utah, with gorgeous memorial statues lining the drive around the park, it has evolved into much more! Families … [Read more...]

4th of July Crafts – Firecracker Crackers

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Firecracker Crackers make fun 4th of July crafts. This is an easy DIY activity while waiting for the food, or use as table decorations or party favors.

Little Chef A LOVES the 4th of July! She learned so much about US history this year that she LOVES anything patriotic. I love it when table decorations serve two purposes. This 4th of July Crafts - Firecracker table decoration can be looked at as well as eaten! It is an easy craft that is fast! I saw the individual ritz cracker packages a few months ago and thought it would be fun to create a firecracker out of them. After a quick trip to the dollar store to add a spray I was off crafting. Supplies Needed: Individual Ritz cracker package Patriotic scrapbook paper Spray from dollar store 5” circle punch Glue/tape Scissors Hole punch Instructions: Look at … [Read more...]

Lime Grilled Chicken Breast

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I'm always on the lookout for quick dinner recipes. Chicken recipes are even better! This grilled chicken breast recipe marinates while the grill is heating up. Add some avocado butter at the end or use it in fajitas!

I'm always on the lookout for quick dinner recipes. Chicken recipes are even better! Sometimes I need a last minute chicken recipe because it was a busy day and I didn't plan dinner. I love lime and pretty much anything. This recipe is great because I have everything on hand. I open my pantry and measure out the few ingredients and dinner is halfway done! This grilled chicken breast recipe marinates while the grill is heating up. Little Chef A has been helping out a lot with the cooking lately because of our crazy schedule. Over the phone we discuss what needs to be done. She will complete that task and then call me for the next. She has been assisting for a long time so I trust her and … [Read more...]

Seattle City Pass

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Recently we took a trip to Seattle. We only had a couple of days there and we wanted to see as much as possible. So we decided to purchase a Seattle City Pass. We were able to visit 5 attractions at a discounted rate. Seattle City Pass Woodland Park Zoo The map looks daunting. Looking at the map you would think it would take all day. However, the enclosures were surprisingly closer together then I expected. We were only able to see about half of the animals. The first half of our visit was one empty enclosure after another. It is hard wrangling 5 kids on a path to emptiness to just turn right back around and return on the same path. At the end of the visit we saw more animals. At least … [Read more...]

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Avocado Butter

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Avocado butter recipe is easy to whip up. Add to the top of a grilled piece of meat, fish, toast or corn on the cob to jazz it up. Impress your guests with minimal work.

In the summer we grill a lot of chicken, steak and fish. This Avocado Compound Butter is an easy recipe that can be made in advance. When you pull your meat off the grill place a slab of butter on top and watch it melt. We had a bunch of avocados that were all ripe at the same time. I needed to find something to do with them all so they would not be wasted.  We could only have homemade guacamole two days in a row. I created a compound butter that we put on top of Grilled Lime Chicken. It was delicious! Avocado Butter Ingredients: 4 Tbsp butter, softened 2 small avocados 1 Tablespoon cilantro 2 teaspoons cumin juice of 1/2 lime zest of 1/2 lime 1 clove garlic, … [Read more...]

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Minion Thank You

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Thank you notes from kids or adults are always welcome. This DIY craft uses a movie theater box of candy which is disguisted as fun minions using paper.

Sometimes I like to thank someone for a kind deed. A quick note or small gift makes the thank you extra special. This Minion Thank You Note is just that - an easy craft that takes just a few minutes to create. Thank you notes with candy are extra special. I love printables, but sometimes I want a craft that isn't a printable. This fun minion thank you note is easy to create and easy to replicate. Minion Thank You Supplies Needed: Yellow card stock Blue card stock Black card stock Wiggly eyes Black sharpie Scissors Movie theater box candy Directions: Measure your movie theater box candy. Add 1" to the length. I like to add 1/4" to the width just to be sure it … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Card – Super Dad Envelope with Candy

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Celebrate Father's Day with this envelope card. Grab the printable, envelope, and any colored paper & favorite candy bar to create this DIY easy kids craft.

Do you remember our Super Dad Father's Day Card? I decided to make another version of it, this time with a candy bar. Sometime kids (mine) like to give a gift not just a card. To them a candy bar counts as a gift. This Father's Day Card Super Dad version is simpler and quicker which makes it an even easier easy craft! Even though we consist of mostly girls in our family we still love comic book characters. Little Chef Dad has made sure to expose my girls as much as he can to super heroes. Because of that I thought it would be fun to tell Dad why he is a Super Hero to them and to let him know what super power he possesses. Materials: Regular size envelope Super Dad envelope … [Read more...]

Dill Grilled Potatoes in Foil

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Dill Grilled Potatoes in Foil is one of those easy dinner recipes that is simple to prepare and simple to clean up.

We are loving the weather and the opportunity to grill. My Little Chefs enjoy helping with easy recipes like these Dill Grilled Potatoes in Foil. The preparation is easy and the clean up is even easier.   I love cooking with potatoes because they are cheap and versatile. Peeling potatoes is an easy task my Little Chefs are able to do. I have so many helpers I have had to buy more potato peelers! I also love cooking in foil packets. Usually packet meals are easy to prepare because everything is incorporated together and then folded carefully inside foil. If you are careful all the juices will be trapped inside. The only clean up is to throw away the used foil. Because I have … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Programs 2015

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A list of 10 summer reading programs available in 2015. These are great incentives to get your kids reading when they are not in school.

A great way to keep your kids brains working is to have them read when they are out of school for the summer. Here in Utah we have some great summer reading programs. I have compiled 10 programs that include some fun incentives. Visit your local library. This year my library has a Super Hero theme. After completing the program we get to choose a book and get a pass to the Museum of Natural History. Toddlers through adults may participate. Barnes and Noble- 2015 theme is Imagination's Destination. Read any 8 books, record them in their reading journal. When completed choose a book from their list. Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge - Kids can read and log their hours to earn … [Read more...]