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Kid's Craft: Treasure Stones ~ A fun activity where kids can hide their treasure into a stone!

Today’s Clever Guy post is all about hiding your treasures. We made these for the Pirate Birthday party we had and of course, a good pirate has got to hide his booty!

These stones are made with a wet sand mixture then the secret treasures are buried within. We hid things like gold coins and jewels but we also got a little clever and hid plastic animals inside!

These stones are easy for kids to create and they harden in about 24 hours.

Kid’s Craft: Treasure Stones

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup of coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup of sand
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • Treasure

To create the stones:

  • Blend all ingredients together. Go ahead and get your hands in it to mix it really good!
  • Take your mixture and form a ball.
  • Place the treasure in the middle of the ball and form the stone around it.
  • Set to dry on a paper plate for ate least 24 hours.
  • You can also write on the stone while wet, just like concrete.

When you want to retrieve your treasure, you can just throw the rock down on cement and you have your treasure!



Hey parents, this would also be good for hiding keys in case of an emergency!

 Thank you to Wendy’s®  for sponsoring today’s delicious post!


Oh lucky you, you get to see baby Sara on the blog today! From everything from my fabulous glamour shots in my Sunday best to my awesome 8th grade side hair pic. Hmm, I kind of still wear my hair that way but we won’t talk about that.

I never thought I would be in denial about my age but my birthday is in 2 weeks and I’m in denial about turning another year older. I don’t think it’s necessarily the number but it’s more the “old age” feeling. I remember when I was young, of course I thought 30′s was old. Then as I got into my 20′s I thought, hmmm, maybe it’s not so bad? Then after 30 forget, I loathe the words “how old are you”.


Hey it’s grown up me with my babies!

So here’s my “10 Ways You Know You’re a Grownup”

  • Everyone calls you “mam” without hesitation.
  • You sound like your mom and say things like “Because I said so” and “You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit”.
  • Your kids raise their eyebrows in annoyance over your favorite games from your childhood. I actually brought out my regular Nintendo system and I think my kids thought I was crazy.
  • Staying up past 10 is considered really late.
  • A night without the kids means heading to Target for some kid-free shopping, renting a movie and not even being able to finish it because you fell asleep.
  • You hear the songs you grew up loving now on the “classic rock” channel.
  • Yoga pants are your go to fashion unless you are headed to church or a wedding.
  • Your favorite childhood movies that remind you of growing up are at least 20 years old.
  • Those sugar candies and cereals you loved so much as a child taste like you are eating flavored styrofoam. Biggest adult letdown?  Fruit Striped gum, I am not even sure it can be considered gum.
  • You get to eat grown up food at Wendy’s® like the Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche. Okay so this is more of a plus than anything.

Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche

So there are good things about being a grown up like getting to order whatever you want off a menu and not having to get approval from anyone. We really don’t eat fast food often but when I do stop, I will enjoy a Wendy’s®  meal. My favorite’s include their chili and their pretzel bacon burger! I did just enjoy one of their Smoked Gouda Chicken Sandwiches on Brioche. Speaking of getting older, I didn’t care for cheese varieties beyond cheddar until my 20′s. I acquired a love for smoked gouda and now it’s one of my favorites. Combined with the juicy chicken, this sandwich was perfect for dinner (and under $5)!  Hurry, this is only available for a few more weeks!

Have you tried the Smoked Gouda Chicken Sandwiches?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wendy’s®. Get a taste of #TheGoudaLife — Be young. Eat grown up. Tracking Pixel

Today I’m partnering with Starbucks to share about their delicious Fall blend!

Goodbye Summer. Goodbye trips to the pool, weekend road trips and lazy Friday afternoons. It’s hard to believe the kids have been in school for over a month now. I think I am finally at a place where I am accepting the fact that I have a child in high school and one in 5th grade. Of course one of the benefits to Summer being over is now we can also rejoice in having a schedule again. During the Summer it’s kind of a “do whatever” time because I work from home. Sometimes I would try to schedule things but usually we were just at home all day long.


The iconic first day back to school pic!

Now that the kids are in school I can go about doing things in quiet again like enjoying coffee. Of course along with back to school time means Fall flavors. Like many others, I think Pumpkin is one of the best flavors out there. I can’t always get to a Starbucks to enjoy my Pumpkin Spice Misto so I usually buy the Starbucks seasonal flavored coffees and make my own Pumpkin Creamer.


I just received a couple bags of the Starbucks Fall blend (available in grocery stores now) and it paired perfectly with my pumpkin spice creamer. I did go to Starbucks and ask if they sold their pumpkin sauce in stores and they said they didn’t. That’s okay, I did find a Torani that pairs perfectly with this coffee. The Fall blend is only available for a limited amount of time so if you love a  full-bodied, a medium roast blend, you’ll want to pick some up!


Of course, a blend this smooth means I could drink it black. Drinking it black is very rare for me but this blend didn’t have any bitter aftertaste at all!


What is your favorite Starbucks coffee?




Cherry Pie Cake Bars Recipe

Cherries are one of my absolute favorite fruits and the end of Summer means the end of my favorite fruits being in season. You may be confused by the title of this recipe but stay with me because I was too. It all started when I bought Morello cherries from Trader Joe’s. I usually make a cherry pie with these but I wanted to make something snack like for the kids lunches. These cherries aren’t too tart and have a darker richer flavor. I started out with making a cookie bar but I ended up making them into a cake!

These cherry pie cake bars have oatmeal and applesauce so not only could they be enjoyed as a snack, they could be considered a breakfast cake!


Cherry Pie Cake Bars Recipe

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 55 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert
These cherry pie cake bars are perfect for breakfast, snacks or dessert!


  • 1.5 cups Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

Cherry Mixture

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 jar Morello Cherries (from Trader Joes)


  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon Butter


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 365 degrees
Step 2
Mix together the butter, brown sugar and the oatmeal until well blended.
Step 3
Slowly add the flour, baking powder and applesauce.
Step 4
In a separate bowl, mix together the cherries (drained), vanilla, granulated sugar and almond extract.
Step 5
Pour the cake mixture into an 8X8 pan until flat. Pour the cherry mixture on top.
Step 6
In another bowl, blend together the topping: Brown sugar, butter and oatmeal. Sprinkle on top of the cake.
Step 7
Bake in oven for approximately 55 minutes. Allow to cool then cut into bars and enjoy!

Cherry Pie Cake Bars Recipe

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