The Golden Ninja - Costume SuperCentre Review

With summer coming to an end and the back-to-school madness just around the corner (or happening right now, depending on where you live), it’s hard to comprehend that Halloween is just over two months away.  That’s right, Halloween!!

Lucky for us, we got a head start thanks to Costume SuperCentre.  I told Jadon that he could choose a costume and he was dead set on getting a ninja costume.  After he narrowed down his top three choices, he ended up choosing the golden ninja costume (if you’re all familiar with my obsession with gold, you can bet that this costume was ‘SwankMama approved’!).

My favourite feature of the costume was the fact that it stretched.  Not only was it comfortable for my newly minted golden ninja to show off his crazy ninja moves, but it also stretched over his shoes which gave Jadon the full effect of the Golden Ninja.  Because that’s exactly the look he was going for, if you know what I mean!


Creating Birthday Invitiations with Shutterfly

Before I decided on a theme for Jadon’s birthday party, I ended up creating birthday invitations via Shutterfly for him to hand out to his classmates.  I had already decided on the colour scheme and knew I wanted to do something with a vintage feel, and Shutterfly’s ‘One Awesome Ticket Birthday Invitation’ happened to be the perfect match!

Using Shutterfly to create the invitation was a breeze.  All I had to do was input the party details (date, time, venue and RSVP information) and Shutterfly automatically populated it into the invite! 
I also like to personalize my invites with a current photo of the birthday boy and a little note to the attendees about what to expect at the party:

The guest loved receiving the invites and their parents were equally impressed with them!  Mission accomplished!


Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites + 'Make It Yours' Photo Contest Winners

The first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Kraft Peanut Butter is probably that peanut butter and jelly sandwich from your childhood, right?  Well, we recently discovered that Kraft Peanut Butter could be used in a variety of fun recipes that are kid-friendly and only require a few ingredients (perfect for the mom on-the-go!).
Last month, I had a blast creating a Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipe with Jadon’s help.  Using Kraft Extra Creamy Peanut Butter and a few core ingredients, we added a couple of our own ingredients that made our ‘Meatball’ Peanut Butter Snack Bites a unique and fun snack.  The kids loved it and Jadon couldn’t wait to make it again a few day later!

Need inspiration for your own Peanut Butter Snack Bite recipe?  Head over to Kraft Canada for a collection of easy recipes that the entire family will enjoy.  Our favourite has to be the Confetti Peanut Butter Snack Bites!  I mean, you can’t go wrong with a recipe that has mini marshmallows in it!

Confetti Peanut Butter Snack Bites
·         ½ cup of Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter
·         ¼ cup honey
·         1 cup large flake rolled oats
·         ¾ cup crushed crisp rice cereal
·         ½ cup Jet Puffed Fruit Flavoured Mini Marshmallows (cut in half)

Make It!

·         Mix peanut butter and honey in medium bowl until blended. Stir in remaining ingredients
·         Refrigerate 30 minutes
·         Roll into 20 (1-inch) balls, using about 2 Tbsp. for each
Follow the hashtag #MyKPBsnackbite to join the conversation on Twitter and to see more Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipes visit www.sticktogether.ca.

Make It Yours Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the four winners of the ‘Make It Yours’ Photo Contest: Maria Medeiros, Debbie Flynn, Rebecca Hart and Shanaz Allia. Be sure to visit sheblogs Canada to see the Make It Yours photo contest entries and see more great recipes.


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Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites Recipe

When we were asked to create our own Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipe using Kraft Extra Creamy Peanut Butter, the opportunities seemed endless!  If your household is anything like ours, it shouldn’t be a surprise that peanut butter has become a staple ingredient in a lot of the foods we eat.

Fresh off Easter weekend with baskets full of goodies, we decided to use that to our full advantage.  I had the kids pick out their extra ingredients and we started creating our very own Peanut Butter Snack Bites.
First, we combined 1 cup of large flaked rolled oats, ½ a cup of Kraft Extra Creamy Peanut Butter and ¼ cup of honey in a bowl and mixed it with a spoon until well blended.  Jadon was overly eager to lend a hand and helped me decide which additional ingredients to add (as well as doing his own taste testing along the way, of course!):