Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Super Hero Party



  Something I love doing is planning birthday parties. It can get expensive,that's probably the scariest part. We all want our kids to have memorable birthday parties, but we dont expect to have to mortgage our homes to do so. I'm about to give you some great DIY ideas using items you have at home or can get very cheap.
  My son wanted a BatMan and Super Man theme for his 7th birthday party. Hes a Heart Warrior, so I only found it fitting to have a "Super Hero" theme including all super heroes. It ended up being the coolest party we have had to date. (hopefully to be out done by the Carnival theme party this week)


The Birthday Banner was handmade by my sons grandmother, and looked better than any birthday banner I've ever saw being sold at stores. She used free batman templates from online and some cardstock paper she already had. The letters were traced from a pack of letters bought at the Dollar Store for $1. She glued the letters on the card stock paper, hole puncher to punch holes for the yarn to go through and that was that.

This table hold s the photo props and treat bags for the kids. The bags were purchased at Wal-Mart for 10 cents a bag. I got all of the party favors from the Dollar Tree,packs of plastic rings,whistles, yo`yos etc. I used a hole puncher to punch holes at the top then tied with ribbon i found laying around the house.The photo props were all handmade by me. I bought a pack of the long, colored craft sticks from Wal-Mart for less than $3. And a pack of cardstock which cost about the same. I looked online for some ides and pulled up pictured of mustaches, lips, hats, bow ties, and drew them out myself then traced and cut from the cardstock paper. Then glued them on the sticks with regular elmers school glue. The photo prop sign was a free templete online, we just printed it and used a frame we already had. The barbell weight prop was made with 2 pieces of  stirofoam on the ends of a broom stick cut in half. They wee then painted black and we wrote on each end 200lbs in white paint. My mother in law,who is great at crafty things, handmade some BatMan and Wonder Woman masks from felt fabric. She found the step by step how to guide online for free. I did purchase a pack of Super Hero masks from Birthday Express for around $4.

I also purchased a New York City backdrop. I thought it fit well with the Super Hero Theme. It was $5 from Birthday Express. The building were used in front of the back drop to give it more of a big City feeling. The buildings were a favorite of mine. Once again I have to thank my mother in law for that. They looked awesome and where pretty easy to make. She got all of the boxes for free from friends and family or family or just asking for them at local stores. She covered them with card stock paper. Cut out the squares for windows,glued them on. And all of the pictures on them were printed online for free. We just googled "free super hero templates". The kids loved using these a prop,pretending to fly over the city.
Once again thanks to free templates online for the cupcakes. All of the designs on the cupcake wrappers and toppers were printed online for free, They were then all cut out and glued onto cardstock paper. The toppers were glued onto small sucker sticks that you can usually find in the baking section of many stores. The others are petty self explanatory, marshmallows dipped in blue sprinkles and stuck on a sucker stick. Then suckers with super hero capes. These are pretty common and alot of parents fix these for there kids to take to school for parties or whatever. The things the suckers and marshmallow suckers are sitting on were made out of boxes. You can use wrapping paper,construction paper or cardstock paper. Just tape or glue the paper and add you own stickers,draw on them etc. Then punch some holes in them to stick you items through. Its a little easier if you have the extra money to purchase some stirofoam to add inside the box, this will help everything to stand up straight.


One of the games we played was a version of musical chairs. Instead of using chairs we cut out big squares from construction paper. On all of them but one piece we put a BatMan symbol. we played music and when the music stopped the person who wasn't standing on a BatMan symbol was out. 
The signs were all handmade from poster board from the Dollar Tree and hand drawn. The picture for the gift table was also hand drawn. The biggest expense ended up being the cake and the venue. But with the money we saved on decor we were able to splurge a little with those things. There are so many DIY ideas all over the web for throwing a Memorable but cheap birthday party.

Valentine Pancakes


Ingredients

Ingredients : - 1 cup all purpose flour - 2 tbsp granulated sugar - 1 ½ tsp baking powder - ¼ tsp kosher salt - 1 cup of whole milk - 1 egg - ½ tsp vanilla extract - 2 tbsp butter, melted - 5-6 medium-sized strawberries, sliced - sprinkles of your choice


Found on Counter Recipes 

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies



Brownie Batter Ingredients:

For the Cream Cheese:

  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9×9 pan.
  2. In a bowl combine the cake mix, melted butter, oil, and eggs. The batter should be very think, but bakes up incredibly moist. Reserve 1/3 cup of batter mixed with 2 tbsp of water for the topping, and spread the rest in to prepared baking dish.
  3. For the cheesecake topping, beat cream cheese until like then add sugar until combined. Beat in egg until well blended, then add vanilla. Pour on top of brownie mixture and spread into an even layer.
  4. Top cheesecake layers with dollops of the thinned out brownie batter and use a tooth pick or butter knife to make pretty swirls. Bake 20 – 25 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely, then serve!
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Recipe found on Crafty Morning. Make sure to follow Crafty Morning on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram 

Valentines Tree



This Valentines Day Tree is original and super cute. You can make it in less than an hour. Visit TaterTotsandJello to get step by step instructions.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Polette Eye Wear





Polette.com was born from a man's vision, a man who decided to put an end to the monopole of optics. No more expensive eye glasses.
 His idea? Break up the chain of intermediates and offer, through the internet, a massive selection of frames and lenses provided by his own factories.
The revolution is launched and upsets the field of french optic as we know it.
Polette.com offers Frames and Lenses from $9.99, along with anti-scratching and anti-reflective coating options. From wood frames to metal, classic or trendy, your sure to find the perfect pair.



When I was given the opportunity to work with Polette on a review I was thrilled. I had just been to the eye doctor a few days earlier and found out I needed glasses. I was worried about how I would look or how glasses would change my appearance so I jumped at the chance to try a pair from Polette. There glasses seemed to be more stylish and with this being my first time wearing glasses I definitely wanted a pair that looked good and suited me. Glasses at most optometrists offices are going to cost you a couple hundred dollars for the more stylish ones, but Polette offers frames for as little as $9.99.

  Me in my Polette frames

The ordering process was super simple. I picked out the frames I wanted, whether I wanted single vision lenses, progressive lenses, photochromic single vision, photochromic progressive lenses or even just plain fashion lenses. Then there was an area for me to type in my prescription or an option to take a picture of your prescription. So i snapped a picture and that was that. My order arrived 10 days later. I ended up loving my new frames. They actually fit great and I've gotten so many compliments. Take a few moments to check out the wide variety of frames and sunglasses Polette offers. Theres even an option to try on the frames virtually. 



Check back for the chance to win any pair of frames of your choosing from Polette Eye Wear

Visit Polette to check out their wide variety of frames
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and on Instagram Here





Gobble It Up Reviews received a sample for review purposes only. No financial compensation was exchanged. All opinions stated are my own.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Photothrow Review

Gobble It Up Reviews received a sample to facilitate this review, all opinions are 100 percent my own!


PhotoThrow's motto is knitting your heartfelt memories stitch by stitch; that couldn't be more true! Anyone on your holiday gift list would be moved by a heartfelt gift from PhotoThrow! PhotoThrow also has three new throws just in time for the holidays check out the choices below and to order your today go toPhotoThrow.com now!
"Snowflake" Holiday ThrowFamily Holiday ThrowOrnament Holiday Throw
PhotoThrow makes gift giving almost to easy; with all of their great choices. Choose from gifts personalized with text, images, or actual photographs. PhotoThrow brings the holidays to life by showcasing your best memories on the perfect gift! Whether its a throw or an ornament you are looking for PhotoThrow has it all! Some of my favorite PhotoThrow gifts aside from throws are the Photo Canvases,Aprons and Wooden Keepsake Box.

Photo Canvas
Photo Canvas size view
Your favorite image transforms any room into an incredible and stunning personalized setting. Real stretched canvas in 4 sizes. Canvas wraps around edges of wooden frame which is 1½ inches deep. Gallery-wrapped edges allow you to hang with or without a frame. Show off your child's artwork or turn a favorite photo into a special gift.

Aprons

Apron

Do you have an aspiring little chef in the family? What a great gift for the beginner chef in the household or for someone who loves to cook. My niece I always baking up something special for me every chance she gets; what a great way to show her how grateful I am! Any cook or chef would be proud to wear their own personalized apron. For only $5 more add that custom personalization. Colorful prints can be transferred beautifully to these white aprons. Lightweight, yet durable.

Wooden Keepsake Boxes
Wooden Keepsake Box
These beautiful wooden keepsake boxes have a 4¼" ceramic tile in the cover for sublimation transfers. Golden oak finish with soft fabric lining.  Add a little something special to your Wooden Keepsake Box gift; try writing a special note and including inside your loved one's box or an inspirational message. The more heartfelt the better!

Travel MugTote BagPillowcasePhoto Ornament

PhotoThrow is your one stop shopping destination this holiday season; go to PhotoThrow.com now to start shopping! Be sure to follow PhotoThrow on social media below to stay up to date on contests, new products and specials:


Kidz Bop 30



Get up and dance with the latest hits- sung by kids, for kids!

14 Awesome New Tracks:

- Bad Blood 
- Hey Mama
- Cheerleader
- Worth It
- Fight Song
- Where are you now
- Somebody
- Lean On
- Uma Thurman
- You Know You Like It
- Photograph
- I Don't Like It,I Love It
- Elastic Heart
- Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)

Also Includes Kidz Bop Original Bonus Track "Make Some Noise"



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Friday, December 18, 2015

Newman's Own Organics #HolidayGiftGuide Giveaway 2 Winner's!

Free For All and Gobble It Up Reviews received a sample to facilitate this review and giveaway all opinions are 100 percent my own no financial                                                                                                          compensation was received.



Newman's Own Organics #HolidayGiftGuide 

Giveaway 2 Winner's Will Receive A Newman's Own Organic Product Assortment!


SPONSOR: NEWMAN'S OWN

Newman's Own Organic is the Organic Division of Newman's Own Products. Product assortment will consist of Newman's Own Organics Products.
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Newman's Own Organics

               Gobble It Up Reviews received samples for review purposes only. No financial compensation was exchanged. All opinions stated are my own.




In 1982, Newman's Own started as a tiny boutique operation-parchment labels on elegant wine bottle that Paul Newman filled with his homemade salad dressing and gave to his neighbors as holiday gifts. He expected train wrecks along the way and, instead, got one astonishment followed by another.
But in these thirty years, Paul Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have given over $450 million to thousands of charities. How to account for this massive success? They haven't the slightest idea, but on thing they do know is they are not stopping.
Today, Newman's Own produces over 200 individual products across 20 categories. Always great tasting, always top quality, just the way the founder, Paul Newman, insisted. They'll always follow his vision for putting quality first.


I recently had the opportunity to try out a box full of Newman's Own Organics products which is the Organic division of Newman's Own. I got an entire box of incredible sweets like cookies, chocolate bars, peanut butter cups and more. It was the first time I had tried any of their products but I instantly fell in love.


My favorite product out of the entire box was the Organic Super Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cups. The dark chocolate outer layer with the sweet, gooey, raspberry center was delicious. As a matter of fact every piece of Organic Chocolate I tasted, whether it was the Chocolate Bars or Peanut Butter Cups, they were all simply amazing.
The kids loved the Licorice Twists in Strawberry and Sour Apple, and since it's made with Organic sugar I didn't have to worry as much about them eating it.
Another product we thoroughly enjoyed was the bag of Family Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Organic flour


Newman's Own has more than just sweets though. They offer a wide, amazing variety of dressings, sauce, salsa, pizzas, cereal, skillet meals, oils and vinegars and more.



We have teamed up with Newman's Own and Free For All Fans to offer 2 lucky readers the opportunity to win a variety pack of products.



                                    Visit Newman's Own on their website HERE

                                          Or Find Newman's Own on Facebook


Cloud Pets



Cloud Pets, A message you can hug. Cloud Pets can send and receive messages from anywhere in the world. You can record and send messages using the Cloud Pets app.
A parent or loved one at home gets the message on their Cloud Pets app and then approves it and then delivers it wirelessly to the Cloud Pet. When the Cloud Pet has a message, its heart blinks, you just squeeze its paw and the message plays.
Record a message by squeezing the paw. The message goes wirelessly to a nearby device. From there, it can be delivered to a Cloud Pets friend anywhere in the world. Cloud Pets are perfect for kids whose parents travel alot or when grandparents live far away. Its a beautiful way for families to keep in touch. Cloud Pets are a must have this Holiday Season.



With Cloud Pets you can also watch your little one drift to sleep with sweet sounds of lullabies, or listen along to stories. Cloud Pets also offer interactive games everyone can enjoy.




                                             Visit the Cloud Pets Website
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Lugz Boots Giveaway


Lugz Women's Shifter Ripstop boots would make a great gift this year!  Enter to win a pair for a special person in your life. You can take a look at what Ashley at Sweet Cheeks Adventures thought HERE!

The Giveaway:
How to Enter: Please use the Giveaway Tool below!
Prize: 1 pair of Lugz Women's Shifter Ripstop Boots
Dates: Starts December 18, 2015 10:00 am EST.  Winner will be chosen December 31, 2015 11:59 pm EST.


Disclosure: Sweet Cheeks Adventures teamed up with Lugz for this giveaway. Other participating bloggers are not responsible for choosing the winner or shipment of product. They have not receive any compensation for this post. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. The winner will be chose at random by the Giveaway Tool and emailed. The winner must claim the prize within 48 hours or they risk forfeiting the prize.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lalaloopsy #HolidayGiftGuide Giveaway!

                    Free For All received a sample to facilitate this review all opinions are 100 percent my own no financial compensation was received.

    Lalaloopsy #HolidayGiftGuide Giveaway!
One Winner Will Receive 
  • Mini Lalaloopsy Super Silly Party Musical Cake Playset  (Giveaway included, US Only)
  • Lalaloopsy Tinies Jewelry Maker Playset (Giveaway included, US Only)
  • Lalaloopsy Babies Surprise Potty Doll (Giveaway included, US Only)



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SPONSOR: Lalaloopsy


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Merlot Giveaway!

Gobble It Up Reviews received a sample to facilitate this review and giveaway all opinions are 100 percent my own no financial compensation was received.



      Merlot 
One Item of Winners Choice #HolidayGiftGuide Giveaway


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SPONSOR: Merlot






Lalaloopsy Tinies Jewelry Maker Playset!

Free For All received a sample to facilitate this post all opinions are 100 percent my own and no financial compensation was received!






Create Sew much jewelry with the LaLaLoopsy Tinies Jewelry Maker Playset. Use beads and Tinies dolls to make cute necklaces, bracelets, rings, or even hair clips. The jewelry maker magically strings the beads for you. Pick your favorite Tinies to add to your accessories! LaLaLoopsy Tinies are totally wearable fashion.

Not only does it make some pretty cool jewelry but its also a functional ferris wheel style playset for all of the LaLaLoopsy Tinies.



Product Features:
-Automatically strings beads
-Includes 3 LaLaLoopsy Tinies
-Four steps to create adorable accessories
-Step 1 create a lanyard string color
-Step 2 choose a bead color from the ferris wheel and drop into jewelry maker
-Step 3 press the button to turn on the jewelry maker and watch the beads string
-Step 4 add Tinies dolls to your jewelry
-Sew many designs to create
-Ages 4-104
-Collect all Tinies to make more jewelry


  Make sure you are following Lalaloopsy to connect with them on Social Media as the #SuperSillyParty continues and enter daily for a chance to win:

Borax-Free Gak Slime

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