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The All-Star Sports Birthday Party

EAT, entertain, FAM, kids By June 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

All-Star Birthday PartyAsked by Walmart to create a birthday party for six children with under $100, UrbanMommies hit the aisles and embarked on the Walmart Frugal Heroes Challenge.  Scouring the store and channeling our creativity, we decided upon the All-Star Sports Birthday Party.  I was shocked when we got to the cash with an entire basket-full of goods.  I will admit (sheepishly) that the total came to $101.50, but we’re still proud.

Items:

1.  Skipping Rope
2.  6 Red soccer jerseys
3.  1 set of 2 lb weights
4.  1 set of 5 lb weights
All Star Birthday Ideas5. 4 orange pylons
6. 1 soccer ball
7.  1 basket ball
8.  Box of microwave popcorn
9.  8 frozen tenderloin beef skewers for the BBQ
10.  2 boxes brownie mix
11.  1 tin chocolate icing
12.  dotted cocktail napkins
13.  striped luncheon napkins
14.  red paper plates
15.  Blue plastic tablecloth
16.  1 Case of Blue Kool-Aid Jammers

Total: $101.50

All-Star BirthdaySurely we can create a party with this!  With stations for the leaders to guide the 6 kids in sporty challenges, we jumped rope, did bicep curls, kicked the ball around pylons, did a pushup race and shot hoops.  The kids gorged on popcorn and ‘Brownie Cake’ for dessert and beef kebabs and salad (from my garden and not included in prices).  The ‘goody bag’ was the red jersey that each child got to take home (and could easily be personalized with masking tape).

Therefore, UrbanMommies, the least ‘frugal’ magazine ever, was able to create a memorable and fun party with minimal cost – oh, and it covers the one-hour of activity quotient that so few of our children are getting.

Must go.  We’ve got some drills to recreate!

Disclosure: UrbanMommies was given a $100 gift card for Walmart for the purposes of creating a birthday party.  We were not compensated for this article and all ideas and opinion are our own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Inspired Summer Picnic Tips

EAT, entertain, lunches By May 16, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

We love lazy summer picnics filled with giggles, soft blankets and sandwiches with crusts cut off.  SO we’ve come up with a few inspired summer picnic tips to enchant your family as you lead them into the lazy days of summer.

1.  Head to a fabric store and use pinking shears to make cloth napkins so the edges won’t fray.  It’s great for the environment and you can design themed, beautiful picnics at a low cost.
2.  Use individual jars for salad and dressings so you can shake and serve.
3.  Don’t forget baby wipes and hand sanitizer.
4.  We have lots of printables on our pinterest pages so you can do nature walks and scavenger hunts.
5.  Bamboo plates always look stunning and are earth friendly.
6.  Ditch the tech and opt for old-fashioned entertainment like cards, etch-a-sketch and throwing a ball.
7.  Make a picnic playlist for every summer and your kids will have years of happy memories associated with the songs.
8.  If you have little ones, include a few favourite dolls or stuffies with tiny dishes.  Enchanted.
9.  To help teach responsibility and respect, throw a garbage bag and some plastic gloves in the basket and do a mini garbage cleanup of the site when you are done.  Picking up litter of others will instill many lessinons in your children.
10.  Opt for tealights in mason jars for twilight picnics.  It will be both safe and beautiful!

Enjoy – and don’t forget the bug spray!  Add your ideas below!

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Apple Cosmopolitan

EAT, entertain By December 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Spiced apple cocktail makes a great cold-weather apple cosmopolitan. Serve ice cold. Thread a dried apple chip onto the cinnamon stick garnish if you’d like.  We also have a ton of mocktail recipes if you’d prefer!

Serves: 1 Prep time: 5 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy

Ingredients:
½ cup President’s Choice Spiced Apple Cocktail
2 tbsp (25 ml) Vodka
2 tbsp (25 ml) Calvados or Applejack or other apple brandy
1 cinamon stick Ice cubes 1.

Method:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add apple cocktail, vodka and Calvados. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick. Makes 1 serving

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Mint Chocolate Cake Pops

EAT, entertain By December 29, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

Cake pops are all the rage. Bet you didn’t know the secret is frosting! For an added touch, drizzle cake pops with melted white chocolate and coloured sprinkles. Try our Mint Chocolate Cake Pops recipe.

Serves: 20
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute

Chill time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Ingredients:
4 cups (1 L) prepared chocolate cake chunks
1 cup (250 mL) vanilla frosting
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) PC Decadent Mint Chocolate Chips
20 paper lollipop sticks
2 tbsp (25 mL) canola oil

Method:
Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 1. In large bowl, add cake chunks and frosting; mix together using spatula until fully combined. Spoon 2 tbsp (25 mL) mixture at a time and form into rough-shaped balls; arrange on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour. 2. Once chilled, roll each rough-shaped ball into a smooth round ball; refrigerate until ready to use. 3. Place chocolate chips in small glass microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15 to 20 second intervals, stirring in between, for about 1 minute or until chocolate is completely melted. Dip one end of a lollipop stick ¾ -inch (2 cm) into melted chocolate; insert most of the way into a cake ball. Repeat with remaining sticks and cake balls. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until ready to use. 4. Meanwhile, reheat chocolate if necessary to maintain pourable consistency; gently stir in oil. Dip a cake ball into chocolate to coat completely, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl; insert stick into a Styrofoam block or drinking glass stuffed with foil. Repeat with remaining cake balls. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Makes 20 cake pops. TIP: You can use home-made or store-bought chocolate cake and vanilla frosting.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Cocktail recipes to celebrate the Holiday Spirit

EAT, entertain By December 25, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments
Christmas means friends, family, presents, and of course fun cocktail recipes. To get you and your friends into the holiday spirit, Iceberg Vodka has concocted three drink recipes that are sure to please the reveler and the relaxer.
Liven up the party with the Candy Cane Martini – a fun red and green themed cocktail that is easy to make and tasty to sip; or for quieter nights by the fire, try the Iceberg Winter Warmer. For the Christmas party, the Cranberry-Vodka Iceberg Punch is a simple but enjoyable crowd pleaser.
Candy Cane MartiniCandy Cane Martini
1.5 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1/2 oz. Vanilla liqueur
1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
1 oz Club Soda
Crushed candy cane
1-2 drops red or green food coloring
Combine Iceberg Vodka, vanilla liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps, and Club Soda in a shaker with ice and shake. Pour into a martini glass rimmed with crushed candy canes. Add food coloring and a small candy cane as garnish.
Iceberg Winter WarmerIceberg Winter Warmer
1 oz. Iceberg Vodka
4 to 5 oz. apple cider
Ground cinnamon
Sugar
1 apple
Caramel apple dipping sauce
Ice
Fill a shaker with ice. Add Iceberg Vodka and apple cider. Add a few shakes of ground cinnamon. Strain into a microwave-safe container. Microwave until hot, but not boiling (about 30 seconds). Rim a coffee mug or other hot beverage glass with sugar. Transfer warm beverage to rimmed glass. Garnish with a second dash of cinnamon and an apple slice that has been coated with caramel apple dipping sauce. If you prefer it less sweet, skip the caramel dipping sauce. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Cranberry-Vodka Iceberg PunchCranberry-Vodka Iceberg Punch
1 750 ml bottle of chilled Iceberg Vodka
2 quarts of chilled cranberry juice cocktail
2 cups chilled ginger ale
2 cups chilled club soda
Mix together the cranberry juice cocktail and Iceberg Vodka in a large punch bowl, stir well. Add plenty of ice to the mixture. Pour the club soda and ginger ale on top. Garnish with slices of fresh fruit of choice—oranges, lemons, pineapple, kiwi, and strawberry. Let the party begin!
For more information on Iceberg Vodka, visit www.Iceberg.ca.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Baby Shower Menu Ideas

EAT, entertain By August 18, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

When planning a baby shower, the menu is usually one of the top ítems to consider—we all know how bad  or great food can make or break and party! There are many factors that should go into your consideration of baby shower menu ideas, such as the venue, the time of day and year, cost, and, especially, the mom-to-be’s preferences!

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