“Green Eggs and Ham” Dinner

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To celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite childhood authors, why not sit down  for an iconic meal!  Dr. Seuss has moved into all our hearts, young and old and to celebrate his birthday on March 2nd I’ve come up with a night the whole family will enjoy! “Would you eat them with a fox? Could you eat them in a box?”

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Our Green Eggs and Ham dinner is taken right out of the pages of a classic childhood favorite! The table is set with fun festive colors and of course…Green Eggs!

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Make “The Cat in the Hat’s” red and white hat the center of attention and create a table setting that is filled with color and fun! Use Dr. Seuss classroom decorations as place cards. And just as Dr. Seuss himself would say, let your imagine run wild!

Hard boil your eggs and color them green. Do this by creating a green bath – combining 4 cups of water, 1 cup of vinegar and several drops of green food coloring. Remove the eggs when they reach your desired hue of green.

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And what’s on the menu for a “Green Eggs and Ham” dinner you might ask!?!

Menu:
Oven Roasted Honey Ham
Ranch Scalloped Potatoes
Green Beans
Dinner Rolls
Green Hard Boiled Eggs

Recipe: Cheesy Ranch Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients
1 tub  (8 oz.) of cream cheese spread
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
10 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled and divided
4 1/2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes (about 12), cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 onion, diced
1 cup Shredded Colby or Monterey Jack Cheeses

Directions
Heat oven to 400ºF.
Cook cream cheese, chicken broth and milk in saucepan on medium heat until cream cheese spread is melted and mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk.
Set aside 2 Tbsp. of bacon. Layer in half of each of the potatoes, onions and remaining bacon in a 13×9-inch baking dish; repeat layers. Add cream cheese sauce and cover with foil.
Bake 1-1/2 hours or until potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown. Add shredded cheese and the reserved bacon, then cook uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.

 

With full bellies it’s now time to sit and enjoy your favorite Dr. Seuss books as a family! I’ve created a fun quiz that also doubles as a bookmark to round out the night! Enjoy your free printable!

Dr seuss printable

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Heading to a blog conference? Let’s talk business cards and media kits!

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Tis the season for blog conferences and there are a few fun tips I’d love to share with you as you are planning ahead for the fun event! If you are a first time attendee I bet you’re already overwhelmed with excitement and anxiety! Trust me…blog conferences are the best places to meet new friend, network and meet with companies! You want to be prepared to make an impression with all of them and business cards and media kits can help you do just that!

Business cards at a blog conference are like baseball cards for girls! Ladies will be passing them out and trading them at every turn! Cute ones catch your eye, unique ones stand out! Some of the cutest and most creative cards I’ve ever seen were collected at a great conference and if the conference you are attending is catering to a creative crowd get ready to be blown away!

Now don’t freak out! It’s not a requirement to have an over the top business card! In fact for the past three years I’ve handed out my simple two sided card with no bells and whistles attached and felt pretty darn good about them. As long as you have the basics covered on a business card you are set!

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 As long as you have the basics on your business card you are ready! Making sure you have all the important contact info clearly listed is key! Optional things you can also add to a business card are more  for personal preference. If your inbox is your arch enemy and you prefer to communicate over the phone then by all means add your phone number! If you are super smart phone savvy and want to add a QR code then go for it!

If the design of a business card is freaking you out don’t be afraid to hire a pro. Simple Business card design can be more affordable then you think. $20 or more will get you a great design that you can then upload to a site for printing. Ask around and see who does great design work. This is also a great service to trade for. If you sell ad space on your blog approach a designer and ask if they would be willing to trade design work for a month of ad space!

Check out the following designers who offer business card design work at a great price…

Creative Kristi Designs $15 or $20 for two sided cards

Sparkle and Crafts $15 or $20 for two sided cards till April 30th, mention this post for discount.

Bella Creative $25 card design

(If you design business cards and can offer your skills for a good rate, add your link to the comments section and list your price!)

I love www.vistaprint.com for business card printing! Easy to upload to, great quality and fast delivery! I do upgrade to a heavier paper and get a two sided print. And always order more then you think you’ll need!

Now you can totally stop here when it comes to business cards! Like I said, I passed out simple cards for years but if your personality or blog sites would lend it’s creative juices to every other department in your life, why not let it leak into your business cards as well! You will quickly learn that there are so many fun ways to spice up even a basic business card once you have them printed. It’s all how you present them!

If you are a seamstress why not run your card through your sewing machine and add a simple stitch effect! If you blog about kids crafts why not tie on a crayon and really stand out from the crowd. Customizing your cards is a fun way to show off your personality and make an impression. And don’t think you have to jazz up every card you pass out! If you know great companies will be there that you might have an interest in working with, why not create a handful of “special” cards just for them. This takes away the overwhelming task of creating 300 cards that drip with personality!

Check out how I spiced up my simple printed card with minimal effort and supplies…

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Cute mini velum envelopes found at Micheal’s Craft store and washi tape from Target ($4 for a 4 roll pack!) takes a simple card and turns them into a cute package! These are the cards I created to pass out to business and companies. The velum Chevron envelopes mimic my Facebook page header and are in my signature color!

Don’t get stressed out about making super adorable cards. The truth of the matter is only 10% of attendees will be going all out!

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Media kits?!? What the heck! This might be the first time you’ve ever heard of a Media Kit so let me hold your hand and walk you through it. Not everyone will need a media kit but eventually you might so here’s the 411 on what it is, when you’d need one and what to include in a media kit…

A Media Kit is gathered information that talks about your site, yourself, your accomplishments and your stats. It’s a fancy resume of sorts but of course all cute and full of info!

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Here’s what mine looks like. I have 4 main points of interest.

“About BCD”: I talk about what my blog is all about. I touch on the topics I write about, companies I have worked with and what a first time visitor would find on Blue Cricket Design. I also include how long the site has been running.

“About Me”: This is where you gush about yourself! HA! No really. This is where you talk about all your accomplishment that have to do with your blog and your interests. If you are known for a specific skill then mention it here. If you have been involved in a huge campaign mention it.

“Press”: This is where you list all the fun you’ve been involved in. If you have been featured, published in print, appeared on tv, been on the radio or gotten other media attention, list it here.

“Stats”: List your current stats for monthly page views, facebook fans, pinterest and twitter followers etc. This gives a realistic view of what your reach is. This section of your media kit will need to be updated regularly.

And lastly be sure to have contact info listed. Mine is on the very bottom and I included my web address and email address.

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So now that you know what a Media Kit is and what it includes the next question you might be asking is why would I need one? Lots of companies who work with bloggers are looking for this information! If you had all of it in one place then it shows that you are ready and mean business. A printed media kit at a blog conference is the perfect tool to hand a company you want to work with! You can also use this as a digital copy and email it to companies. Some companies will even ask for a media kit. Just be ready!

I attached my business card and was ready to rub elbows!

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The last conference I attended I researched who was going to be there and found out a rep from a book publishing company was going to be in attendance. Because I did my homework I was prepared! I printed off my latest e-book “Kids in Training” and made a package that included my media kit, business card and book. It was presented nicely and ready to be handed off!

Take advantage of a conferences website. Check out the sponsors, which companies will be in attendance and who you might want to make time to visit with. Some per-conference homework will go a long, long way! Take the time and get prepared. You are spending a lot of time and money to attend these gathering so take advantage of all they have to offer and be prepared!

SNAP! is just around the corner! So sad I might not be able to come this year, I’ll either have a brand new baby or be ready to pop any minute! Be sure to get business cards ready and have enough fun for the both of us! What conferences are you attending this year?

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Rapunzel Untangled

This year I’ve had the privilege of working with a very talented author, editor and all around great person! Cindy Bennett, the critically acclaimed writer, has helped me beyond measure when it has come to my e-book “Kids in Training.”  This girl knows her stuff and I admire her talent and expertize!

The first book I ever read of Cindy’s was “Geek Girl” and I fell in love with her writing. Her characters and story line were so engaging that I finished the book in two helpings! That’s why I was so excited to hear about her current new release “Rapunzel Untangles.” I am so excited for this new modern tale of a classic favorite! I’ll be picking up my copy tonight! I can’t wait!

Take a sneak peek at what “Rapunzel Untangled is all about…

A Girl Trapped in a Mansion . . .

A Mysterious Old Woman . . .

The Boy Who Will Change Everything . . .

 

Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C Bennett

 

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Fane Fannigan:Are you saying you live at GOTHEL MANSION??? The Gothel Mansion?

RG: My mother calls it Gothel Manor, so maybe that’s different?

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Flannigan:No, Rapunzel, there’s only one that I know of. It has to be the same. Are you telling me the truth here?

RG: Yes, of course. Is it weird that I live here?

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Flannigan:No, not weird, just . . . never mind. So you live in the tower?

RG: Uh, the tower? I don’t know. Is it a tower?

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Flannigan:Yes, it is. I know where it is. I’ll be there Friday at 8.

Rapunzel sensed the difference in his tone. Something wasn’t right.

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Flannigan:Rapunzel, promise me one thing.

RG: Okay.

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Fane Flannigan:Don’t Google your house.

 

Rapunzel is not your average teenager. For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is. Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.

Rapunzel Untangled from Sweetwater Books February 12, 2013. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at a bookstore near you!

Join the giveaway below
for your chance to win one of many great prizes, including a Nook and an MP3 Player! (Domestic only. For international giveaway click here.) Nothing required to win other than signing in.

 

About the Author

  

Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband – who happens to be her high-school sweetheart – raised two sons and two daughters. She’s now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.

When she’s not writing, reading, or answering emails (notice there’s no mention of cleaning, cooking, or anything remotely domestic), she can often be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. (Yes, she rides a Harley.)


 

You can find Cindy at:  Blog    Facebook    Twitter    Goodreads

 

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Valentines Mailboxes

This year for Valentines Day my oldest daughter needs to take in a homemade mailbox. So far this is the first year any of my girls have had to create something. For years I have thought that the “Fiesta Pack” carriers from Del Taco would make a darling mailbox for collecting love notes and FINALLY we got to turn them into a charming little “Love Shack!” Our good friends own a local Del Taco so she was nice enough to give us these three carriers.

Even though only one of my littles needed a mailbox I couldn’t leave the others out of all the fun. The girls helped out by cutting fun foam for the roof shingles, glue sticking scrapbook paper onto the box and applying shingles after I applies the hot glue. They picked out the paper and foam colors and designed how their houses would look! 3 hours, and 4 blisters later (I burned myself multiple times and this is why I handle the hot glue still!) we have these adorable little cottages!

And after all the Valentines festivities are over these cute little cottages make perfect doll houses for the collection of clothespins dolls I made for the girls! A sweet little neighborhood just for them!

So the next time you get a fun food carrier be sure to think of it’s next job! Might just become something fun!

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Live without pretending

Last week I had the chance to sit down with a handful of my favorite bloggers and Brooke Walker, the host of Studio 5. We gathered at my house to discus a fun topic “Do we pretend online?” and trust me, we had a lot to say! What do you guys think? Do you think people pretend too much online? Are you real?

I think I’m pretty real on my blog and and on facebook, I share the good and the bad and feel better for keeping it real then trying to portray a “fake” or perfect persona.

To me the benefits of being real online always out weigh the pitfalls. It’s hard to get negative feed back when you put yourself out there and trust me, I’ve had my fair share of negative emails and comments. When I shared a simple post that I was going to a Lady Gaga concert I got dragged over the coals from readers who thought I was supporting a bad influence. When I complained about being pregnant AND having a 4 month long cold, I got comments suggesting I stop complaining because at least I could get pregnant! I could go on and on.

The flip side is all the good that’s come from being real online! It’s created a community of support. I’ve gotten advice from others when I admit I’m clueless and have been reminded that the world is indeed filled with amazing people who are happy to be your cheerleader when you need it.

Some of my most popular posts or facebook interactions have been when I am openly honest and real! I shared this photo on facebook of a behind the scenes look at my house during a photo shoot…

Even though my photo session produced beautiful shots it took a lot of work and mess to get there! When I posted the photo of my disaster of a kitchen I openly admitted that this is what real life over here can look like ! I’m no closer to perfection then the next mom or blogger! I just wanted to share the reality because I’ve heard all to often that we as woman are comparing our worst to each others bests when in reality by “best” only looks great in front of a lens. This photo and confession ignited laughs, high fives for being real and others openly admitting to having similar disaster zones.

So is it wrong to put your best out there? Do we lead on to perfection when our behind the scenes can look not so camera ready? This is an interesting topic isn’t it! My friends and I touch on this very topic. See what we had to say and chime in…Do you think we pretend too much online? Do you think there is room online to be professional and personal even if it means sharing the real sides of life? What do you guys think?

Watch the Studio 5 clip HERE! Sorry, it’s not letting me embed the video.

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Romantic Getaway Giveaway!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…

Are you ready for a night of romantic bliss with your special someone?

I’ve joined forces with some amazing bloggers and we’d like to give you an opportunity to make this Valentine’s Day UNFORGETTABLE!

INTRODUCING…

Are you jumping up and down yet? Because you should be!!

DETAILS:

One lucky winner will get to pick a hotel of their choice for a one-night romantic stay on US! You choose the date AND we’ll book both the hotel AND a couples’ massage for the two of you. On top of that, you’ll have spending money to go out to dinner, hit up a movie, OR stay in your room and order food in! All the things you WANT do during a “get-away”… but usually can’t afford to! On top of ALL of this, the winner will receive a DARLING “certificate” to present to your significant other… letting him/her know you WON!! We want to take care of YOU for a change! A break from the every day NORM! We want this Valentine’s Day to knock your socks off… literally!

FINE PRINT: Winner will be sent an informational PDF with all the details. Overnight stay will need to be between March 2013-November 2013. Once booked, the date cannot be changed. We will work closely with the winner to match them up to one of the best hotel & masseuse in their city!

HOW TO ENTER:

It is time to get your CLICK on & follow all of the blogs who made this giveaway possible. One word: PINTEREST!!! ALL of these talented bloggers have their own Pinterest boards and if you’re not following them, you are missing out!!

There are just TWO {2} steps to enter the giveaway!

#1) Click on each image below to follow each fabulous blogger on Pinterest! {Once you are on their Pinterest Page – make sure to click the red “Follow All” button for each Page.}

Somewhat Simple {Crafts & Recipes }

The Dating Divas {Strengthening Marriages}

Whipperberry {Crafts & More}

Mod Podge Rocks {Creative Ideas}

The Idea Room {Crafts & DIY}

Blue Cricket Design {Crafts & DIY}

Infarrantly Creative {Crafts & DIY}

Remodelaholic {Crafts & DIY}

Skinnytaste {Healthy Recipes}

Tatertots & Jello {Crafts & DIY}

Picky Palate {Family-Friendly Recipes}

U Create Crafts {Crafty Inspiration}

Inspired by Charm {Home Decor}

 

#2) And THEN, fill out the form below. Voila, you’re done!!

When you put in your info make sure you only enter ONCE because this form is shared on all of the participating sites.

Good Luck!!!

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Pinterest. We hereby release Pinterest of any liability. Giveaway starts Friday, February 1st at 5:00 am PST and ends Friday, February 8th at midnight PST. Once the giveaway ends, the lucky winner will be chosen using Random.org and contacted within 24 hours by email. This post will be updated with winner’s name once we’ve heard back. Winner will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Open to U.S. residents only.

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