Superbowl Fun - kidsWATER Style

If I'm being honest, I actually really like the Superbowl. Family, friends, lots of good food, funny commercials, and sometimes a good game. It's a fab way to spend a Sunday evening!

Now my kids, on the other hand, are a different story. I'm pretty sure they would rather clean their room than sit and watch a football game. E.V.E.R. So imagine the happy dance we did when we discovered a way to keep the whole bunch of them interested (at least partially) in the entire game! Really, it was a pretty great dance if I do say so myself.

One word. Vegas baby! Or....two words?

Obviously, we're talking the Disney version of Vegas here, but they have the right idea:) Get the kids interested in the game by creating a list of kid-friendly prop bets and watch them WATCH THE GAME! I didn't believe it either, until I saw it with my very own eyes. This is a game changer (and yes, I like puns so I won't apologize for that:) Now when I say kid-friendly, I'm talking about very simple bets. No odds. No stats. Just yes or no. Heads or tails. Team 1 or team 2.  Each round has different points, and there is a last "big point question" which keeps everyone in it until the end. This rule got added after some learning during the first year:)

And to make it even more interesting, give a little something special to the winner (or loser for that matter!) One dollar, five dollars, extra screen time, a movie with dad, game night, mom has to clean their room......be creative! 

It's lots of fun to come of with these bets on your own, but let's be real. It's way easier to download mine. Print. Fill out. Score. Done.

I'd love to hear how your Superbowl Sunday went, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

:)

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Please enjoy this download of our kid-friendly bets for Superbowl LI - 2017. 

Watermelon Slushies

What do you think of when you hear the word "Minnesota?" Nice people? Probably. Great baseball team? Probably not (although we did have that run in the late 80s and early 90s!) But the thing you probably think of most often is snow and cold weather. So. Much. Snow. 

It's the end of January, and it is insanely depressing to think that we are only about half way through this thing we call winter. Sure, mother nature throws in a random 50 degree day here and there to mess with us, and even though we know better we fall for it every time. It's 50 degree in January!?! Spring is close, I can smell it! Where did I put those flip flops? But just like always, we are brought back to reality with more snow, more ice, and temperatures that have you sometimes questioning your sanity for living here. Sigh......

There are times when it's overwhelming, and your every waking dream consists of warmer weather. Today was one of those days at our house. We had a warm week and I swear I saw a blade of grass......and then bam! Got me again! Shoveling the driveway every 2 hours is now today's workout. 

Warming up by the fire after my second shoveling workout this morning, I decided we were going to have a "vacation" day! Done. And what goes hand in hand with vacation? A tropical drink. Now, please understand that having fresh fruit in MN during the winter is our definition of "tropical."  I know you might be thinking ooooooh...pineapple, mango, papaya. But you would be wrong. Because what I have is watermelon. So that's now our tropical fruit. Work with me here. I was actually pretty impressed with myself that I had watermelon.

I started digging around and also found some oranges and a lime. Watermelon and citrus are friends, right? Well they are today. Get along guys.

I cut up half of a small personal watermelon which I eyeballed to be around 3 cups. Threw it in my Vitamix (thanks mom, best Christmas gift EVER!), added an equal amount of ice, squeezed the juice from half an orange and the juice from an entire lime over the top and gave it a whirl! 

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And how do you like that fancy little watermelon and orange ode to Valentine's Day? Thanks Pinterest for making sure I know that my skills max out at projects that use cookie cutters. I'm aware...:) Well I did make it, so you're at least getting a picture!

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These really did turn out great! My 3 year old agrees, and got her watermelon quota today. Even though we can only dream of warmer weather right now, you can bet we'll be breaking these out again when summer actually arrives. Only one million days to go......:)

kidsWATER Kids - Fall Leaf Creatures

If my three year old sees a beautiful fall leaf, she must have it.  

But it must stay outside.

Okay, you can bring it in the car but it's not coming into the house.

Fine, you can bring it into the house but it has to stay at the table.

You can't bring it into the playroom. No. Okay, you can bring it into the playroom, but don't make a mess.

Can you guess the ending to this story? And can you guess how many beautiful fall leaves we have found this year?  That's a lot of vacuuming ( but I sure appreciate the motivation to clean the house, so thanks for that:)

Needless to say, this fall craft was right up our ally. Fast, easy, and blowing through a whole 1% of our plethora of leaf bouquets. 

We opted for the chicks (because chicks rule), but take a look at some of these amazing creations kokokoKIDS (some other people who are much more creative than me) have put together. If you have the right shape of leaves, you can really make some amazing creatures. 

http://www.kokokokids.ru/2011/09/fall-leaves-craft-ideas.html

kidsWATER thinks that crafts and other creative activities are essential to a kid's overall well-being, and that exercising our brains is just as important as exercising our bodies.

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Hello!

Even though we are "officially" a company, we are a small company made up of two real people. And we would like to say hi! We are Lisa and Laurie. Just two moms who live in MN, just two moms who are sometimes overwhelmed with life and are trying to raise our kids right, just two moms who have little kids turning into not-so-little kids, just two moms whose lives are getting busier and busier as our kids grow, and just two moms who are taking a huge leap of faith as we put our hearts into a brand new product that we think is desperately needed. 

Our company is named Make It Simple for a reason. These three little words are our guiding principle, our mission, and the statement that we refer to every time we make a decision.

Our kids deserve the best. Our mission is to Make It Simple.

This statement encompasses so many ideas, and we can't wait to share them all with you. Believe me, our brains are rapid firing with ideas faster than my kid can say she doesn't like what I'm making for dinner. There are so many ways to help our kids lead healthier, more active, and happier lives. But, because we are a teeny tiny itty bitty two-mom company, we have to resort to starting out with one amazing product as our introduction to the world! And that product is kidsWATER.

Creative name, eh? 

kidsWATER is exactly what you think it is, hence the genius of the name! We took pure filtered water, added all-natural fruit essence, stuck it in a drink box (not a pouch - you're welcome!), and it all adds up to a healthy and convenient drink option for your littles. But, the best part is........it tastes so good. Really. No, I'm serious. For real, it's amazing.  No sugars, no sweeteners, no preservatives, no dyes, nothing! Just water and all-natural fruit flavoring. Genius, right? AND your kids will be drinking water? Yes!

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Although we will be talking about our products and outreach into the community, this blog is also a way for us to share ideas that we think contribute positively to our kids' lives and help them become the best they can be.  That could be a recipe that reduces sugar in their favorite dessert, a fun activity that gets their little hearts pumping but doesn't feel like exercise, a crazy craft that stimulates their creativity, and lots of other things we haven't thought of yet! 

If there is a subject you would like to see us cover, please give us a shout! Really, you'll have to shout if you want me to hear you over this heated game of "I can scream louder and higher pitched than you can."  I have lots of ideas floating around in my mind....somewhere.....but would love to know what you want to hear about! And while you're at it, we'd love for you to follow us on Instagram and Facebook too!

Please join us on this journey to give our kids their best life! We are all in this together. 

Just Two Moms (aka Lisa and Laurie)