Tropical Bento Lunch with Tools from Target

Tropical Bento Lunch with tools from Target

Selena from How About Cookie is back with some more fun food this month!    Make sure to check out her How About Cookie blog and follow her on Instagram.    She really has some of the cutest ideas!

After a long, stubborn winter, warm weather never looked so good!   Summery items are popping up in every department at Target, and the dollar section has some adorable stuff right now.   These flamingo swizzle sticks come in a pack of 8 for $1 and are perfect for fruity drinks, but can pull double duty as bento tools.   They’re perfect as picks or skewers, especially if you’re worried about sharp toothpicks in the hands of toddlers.

Target food art supplies

The plate is the newest version of this line of divided plates that have been coming in a rainbow of colors. The lunchroom-tray look is as adorable as it is functional. Whip up this tropical-themed bento in a matter of minutes thanks to the flamingo skewers and the popular palm tree idea that has been making the Pinterest rounds.

Ingredients:

  1. skewers: honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe
  2. sun: carrot
  3. palm tree: kiwi, banana, granola

Selena Kohng is a mom of three by day and freelance writer and blogger by night. She started making fun food for her kids to encourage them to eat healthier, and it’s her most addicting hobby. Clearance shopping at Target is a close second.   She posts her bento lunches and food art on her personal blog, How About Cookie, and on Instagram.

Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping - Super easy to make!

You can make your own version of the popular Magic Shell ice cream topping at home. It’s super easy and only requires 2 ingredients. Your kids will think you are the coolest parent ever!

Homemade Magic Shell Ingredients

To make your own homemade Magic Shell, here is what you need

  • 2/3 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil

Mix Chocolate chips & coconut oil to make homemade Magic Shell

Melt ingredients by heating in microwave for 30 seconds.   Stir and continue cooking at 30 second intervals until melted and smooth.   Once melted, you can transfer to mason jar.    Store in air tight jar for up to 1 month.

You can substitute vegetable oil or butter for the coconut oil if you prefer

Easter Food Art

Easter food art with Yogurt & Fruit

I’m excited to announce that Selena from How About Cookie has joined the All Things Target team!    Each month she will be sharing fun ways to feed your kids with food art and Bento lunches all with items you can find at Target.    Please make sure to check out her How About Cookie blog and follow her on Instagram.   She has so many fun ideas!

Make your kids Easter breakfast fun with these easter egg-shaped yogurt on top of plain yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • plain yogurt
  • green apple slices (grass)
  • chobani champions yogurt tubes for the Easter eggs (frozen blueberries and raspberries added for deeper color)
  • Jell-O Jigglers Easter Mold Kit

Jello Jigglers

Selena Kohng is a mom of three by day and freelance writer and blogger by night. She started making fun food for her kids to encourage them to eat healthier, and it’s her most addicting hobby. Clearance shopping at Target is a close second.   She posts her bento lunches and food art on her personal blog, How About Cookie, and on Instagram.

Homemade Gingerbread & Peppermint Play Dough

Homemade Peppermint and Gingerbread Play Dough.  FREE printable too!

Here is some fun DIY Gingerbread and Peppermint Play Dough you can make with your kids or to even put in their Christmas stockings.   You should be able to find all of the necessary supplies at Target or any other store.   To give them as gifts it you can put them in the small round Glad disposable container and attach a plastic cookie cutter to the outside.

Play Dough ingredients

Here are the ingredients you need for the DIY Play Dough:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Mix PLay Dough

Directions to make Play Dough (to make the Gingerbread or Peppermint scented Play Dough make sure you check the instructions below to see when you need to add the flavoring to this mixture):

  1. In a medium sized pan whisk together the flour, salt and cream of tartar
  2. Add water and oil.
  3. If desired, add the food coloring
  4. Wisk together until you have a smooth consistency with no lumps.
  5. Place the pan over low heat and stir constantly until your mixture thickens.  This step will take 3-5 minutes and you will need a strong arm.  When you have a big ball/lump, your dough is finished.
  6. Knead your dough for a minute or two.
  7. Store in a sealed container

Gingerbread Scented Play Dough

Gingerbread Play Dough

Add these ingredients into the above mentioned dry ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • Add 1/2 tsp Vanilla and blue, yellow and red food coloring into the wet ingredients until you have a brown color before placing on heat.

Peppermint Scented Play Dough

Peppermint Play Dough

Just Add 1/2 tsp peppermint extract and red food coloring into the above wet ingredients before placing on heat.

Free printables for play dough

I even have some FREE printable labels for your homemade Play Dough, just click the image above your follow this link to print the Peppermint and Gingerbread labels.

Homemade Peppermint and Gingerbread play dough - fun for kids!

I Turn my Target Gift Cards into Disney Gift Cards for our Vacation

disney gift cards

I love to get creative about how I save money for our Disney vacations and I found a super easy way to get Disney gift cards for our vacation. This method doesn’t take any money out of our monthly budget. Here is what I do!

Store Target gift cards

I save all of the Target gift cards I earn when I take advantage of their gift card offers. An example would be when they offer a $5 Target gift card for buying 3 hair care items. Instead of spending the Target gift cards I store them all in a bowl at home.

When I have a nice stockpile of gift cards I enter them into the Target app on my phone.    The Target app will allow you to combine all your Target gift cards into one gift card which makes it so much easier at checkout.    Using one gift card on your phone is so much easier than using 20 $5 Target gift cards.

Add Target Gift cards

Here is what you need to do:

  • Download the Target app if you don’t already have it.
  • Click on “My Accounts”
  • Click on “My Gift Cards
  • Click “Save a Gift Card” to enter your first gift card
  • Once you have a gift card saved, just choose that gift card and click “combine” to add more money to that gift card

Once our vacation draws near, I  head to Target to buy Disney gift cards with all of the Target gift cards that I earned and stored onto my Target app.    I easily end up with $50-$100 worth of spending money.

I’d love to hear if you do anything special with the gift cards you earn at Target when they have a gift card promo.   Do you spend them on your next trip?   Do you save them for something special, like Christmas gifts?   Please share!

Toxic Treats: Halloween Treat Holder from Target Dollar Spot

Toxic Treats - Made with containers from the Target Dollar Spot

Have you checked out the Target Dollar Spot recently, there are so many cute things for fall and Halloween. I will be making a few fall gifts and treats out of these items to share with you over the next couple of months.

Target Dollar Spot treat holders

I made some fun treat holders out of the Test Tube Shot Glasses that I found in the Target Dollar spot.   These come in a 3-pack for $1.00.   These didn’t require much effort at all.   I simply filled the test tubes with fall colored M&Ms, added a cork to the top (I picked these up at JoAnn Fabric & Crafts.)   I made a tag using my Silhouette machine, if you don’t have a Silhouette you can easily make tags with your computer or a rubber stamp.   I finished it off by tying the tag on with black and white Baker’s Twine.

Super simple!    You can get a great deal on the M&M’s for this project using the following coupons:

M&M Chocolate Candies $2.66 ~ Buy 2
$1/2 Target printable coupon
Save 10% with Cartwheel by Target (-$.22)
$1.50/2 coupon from 8/18 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $1.30 each

You can also save 10% off (4) items from the Target Dollar Spot with Cartwheel by Target.

Make Inexpensive Party Treat Bags using Target Holiday Clearance

I love shopping the Target holiday clearance, and some of the items I like to look for are items that would make some inexpensive party treat bags. I have put together a couple examples for you.

Here are all the items I picked up at 70% off. I do my best to find candy that doesn’t have a holiday theme to it, and these Tootsie Rolls were perfect, the only Valentine theme is on the outside bag, they are plain colored Tootsie rolls on the inside.

Here are the boys items:

  • Treat bags with Stickers (12) $1.20 ($ .10 each)
  • Sports Erasers (24) $ .90 ($ .04 each)
  • Sports Notepads (20) $ .90 ($ .05 each)
  • Rulers (4) $.45 ($ .11 each)
  • Tootsie Rolls $1.34 ($ .03 each)

I used the following items to put together the boys bags for only $ .53 each!

Here are the items for the girls party treat bags:

  • Nail Files (12) $ .90 ($ .08 each)
  • Fingernail Polish (4) $ .90 ($ .23 each
  • Flip Flop Key Chains (4) $ .45 ($ .11 each)
  • Tootsie Rolls $1.34 ($ .03 each)

These are the items that went into the girl’s treat bags for a total cost of $ .57.

Here are the final party items all packaged up!

DIY Disney Autograph Books using Clearance Pocket Photo Album

A couple of my kids love to get the characters autographs when we head to Disneyland, so we make our own autograph books.   It’s much cheaper to make our own, and we can personalize them any way we want.

I started with a pocket photo album that I bought on clearance for $1.00 (50% off).

I made a cover for the front with scrapbook paper I had on hand, and took out the “baby” themed cover and added my new “Disney” themed cover.

I downloaded the FREE Waltograph font for the “Disney Autographs” font.   You can decorate your cover more elaborate if you want, however I made my autograph books around midnight the day before we were leaving, so I chose to go the simple route.

I bring along the books, several white pieces of cardstock, some binder clips and Sharpie pens.

To make it easy for the characters to sign we clip one of the pieces of paper to the front with the binder clip.

The paper with the autograph gets slid into one of the photo holders and then we put the photo of them with the character on the opposite side.   It works really well for us!

There you have it, a super simple and fun way to make a Disney Autograph book!    Anybody heading on a Disney vacation anytime soon?

Disney