Fill Your Summer with Superhero Adventures and Popsicles + $25 Gift Card Giveaway

SuperHeroes Popsicles

Moms and Popsicles are the heroes of summer!  Popsicles are a tasty treat that keep kids cool on a hot summer day and Moms help to keep the kids busy with lots of fun summer activities.

Target Popsicles

You can stop by Target to stock your freezer with Popsicle treats.  Pick up some fun themed Popsicle products like Marvel Avengers and Frozen.   Target has an in-store offer where you can pick up 2 boxes of Popsicle treats for $6.50.  This offer runs 6/1/15 – 7/4/15.   You can even use the leftover popsicle sticks for lots of fun activities.

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Come up with an idea on how to be the superhero of summer with your kids by bringing home Popsicles and creating an Anti-Boredom Kit. An example of this could be writing down activities on the leftover Popsicle sticks, then choosing an activity for the day. You can cut out pictures of superheroes and tape them onto the sticks. Or you can have a superhero themed party or play-date.

Make a bow and arrow out of a Popsicle stick

One of our favorite things to do with Popsicle sticks is to make a mini bow and arrow.  We did this at a party last year and it was a huge it with all the kids.    Follow the instructions below to see how you can turn the Popsicle sticks into a bow just like Hawkeye would use.

Bow and Arrow supplies

Bow & Arrow Supplies:

  • Popsicle Stick
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Pocket Knife
  • Q-tips
  • Paint or Markers (optional)

Cut notches in Popsicle stick

Use the pocket knife to cut out small notches in the popsicle sticks. Next, soak the Popsicle sticks for about an hour and 1/2 – two hours (warm water should speed up the process).   Dry it off and slowly bend the Popsicle stick so it curves just like a bow would.

We painted our Popsicle sticks in order cover up the joke on the stick.  By the way… Did you hear the joke about the banana peel?  Never mind, it slipped my mind.

Shoot your bow and arrow

To add the embroidery floss start at one end and wrap the string into the cut out notches and tie it in a knot on one side.    Bring the string over to the other side, wrap it around a few times and tie it off.  Make sure you tie the knot on the same side as you did the first one.   You want to make sure that there is not a lot of slack in the string.

To make your arrows, with scissors are nail clippers cut off one end of the Q-tips.  Load your arrow into your bow and shoot away!

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$25 Target Gift Card Giveaway:  You have 2 ways to enter, enter one or both.

Entry #1:   Leave a comment on this post telling me what fun summer activities you have planned.

Entry #2:   Tweet the following:  @AllThingsTarget  Popsicles & Mom are the #SummerSuperheroes. Be a #Popsiclehero! Pick up Popsicles at Target on sale through 7/4.

Giveaway will close on June 11th at 9am PST.   Winner will be contacted via email.

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“Color Your World” Party

color party vertical

I earlier this week I had a party for some of the young girls from my neighborhood. The theme was “Color Your World.”  It was full of bright fun colors, they loved it!  I found some things in Target’s Dollar Spot that were perfect for the party.

Here’s what I found:

  • Easels (big and little)
  • Sprinkles
  • Rainbow boxes
  • Bakers twine
  • Mini gel pens

color party supplies
I used the cute chalkboards as easels to display pictures rather than writing on them with chalk.  I love that they are versatile and can be used over and over for so many different things.  I put those on the table with the food and at the entry table.

color party easels

The food table turned out super fun. I totally forgot to take a picture with the food on it, just imagine all of the yummy fruit and cookies there. We had cookie “canvases” the girls could each color their own canvas with fruit and sprinkles. The rainbow boxes from the Dollar Spot worked great for utensils.

color party

We had a pretty small budget for decor, so I was looking for ideas that would be inexpensive but add a lot of color.  The poms and paper chains were perfect. Both of them were super inexpensive and easy to make.  The chains are just like the ones you made in first grade, cut strips of paper, loop it inside the previous link and lap to the two ends one on top of the other and staple.  I had some of the girls help make these, they had fun helping.

color party poms

I love the poms in the background. I was lucky enough to borrow these ones from a friend but I will explain how to make them so you can add some fun color to your next party. They are super simple. You take several layers of tissue paper, the regular kind for wrapping presents and fan fold all of the pieces at once until you reach the end. The more layers you have the fluffier it will be. These ones had about 8 sheets. Tie the center with string or a twist tie. If you want a scalloped, or jagged edge cut through all the layers at once and shape the ends how you want. Gently pull one layer out at a time until it is nice and fluffy.To make the centerpieces glue a dowel into the pom and place in a jar, vase, a little bucket from the Dollar Spot would also by fun. Fill your container with rocks.

pom finished

To hang them from the ceiling; tie a string or fishing line around the center and use a push pin or tack to attach it. They are super easy to make and they add a big impact with minimal expense.

We had a great turnout, about 35 people. Everyone loved the fun colors and the good food.  When the party was over each girl took home a notepad with a mini gel pen tied with bakers twine.

color party favor

I hope these ideas will inspire you to add some color to your next party!

This post was created by All Things Target DIY/Crafter Kamee.

Simple Easter Gifts (from Target One Spot)

Simple Easter Gifts made with items from the Target Dollar Spot

Another holiday is around the corner, and you probably feel like you got done celebrating one. Don’t know what to get your kids for Easter, or get for their friends? For all those busy parents, mom’s, sisters, grandma’s and friends… here’s a few super simple gift idea.

Here is all you will need

  • Small Clay Pots (found in Dollar Spot)
  • Acrylic Paint (I just used the colors I had laying around, but you can go to Walmart or Michael’s they are .50 each) I just used bright colors green, teal, purple and light pink)
  • Chalkboard name tags found in Dollar Spot (I got flower shape, they have all different shapes)
  • Gel Pens (I used these for second idea and the white pen to write on chalk board tags)
  • Easter Mini Pads of Paper found in Dollar Spot
  • Easter Twine (green and pink) found in Dollar Spot
  • Water colored gift Tags found in Dollar Spot
  • Egg Chalk found in Dollar Spot
  • Easter Carrot bubbles found in Dollar Spot
  • Green moss, I used my shredder to shred green paper or you can just buy green moss paper found at Target

First What’s inside Easter Pots? Can you guess?! Surprise! Its bubbles and chalk!!

Easter pots

These are super quick! The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry! Just paint your cute small clay pots. I painted the inside and use 2 coats of paint. Added my green grass. Wrote some cute little saying on the chalk board name tags. I used the white pen from the gel pen set I found in the dollar spot to write the sayings. Lastly, just add your cute carrot bubbles and egg chalk! What kid won’t enjoy this sweet surprise! You don’t even realize what it is until you take it out of the pot! Hooray!

Cute Easter notepad & pen sets

For those older kids and friends, I just wrap some twine around one little Easter pad and added some colored gel pens. I wrote Happy Easter on the water colored name tags I picked up in the Dollar Spot.

Happy Easter Everyone!!

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!