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Unplugged August!

Several years ago, my husband and I got sick of how our children would constantly want to watch movies, tv, videos, and play on the computer during the summer. So, we decided to unplug for a whole month just to see if we could do it. And I mean we because I'm probably the worst offender. I don't watch much tv but I'm an incessant blogger/social networker. (I also LOVE video games--I got a PS3 for my birthday. I wonder how many 40 something women ask for that from their loving hubbies?) Well, once we did it, we found we actually played games with each other at night, read more books than ever, and had real conversations with our teens. (I also got a lot of writing done, too!)

It was awesome!

Since we did it in August, that's been our tradition. The kids hate August--it means unplugged and school starting. LOL!

But I'm looking forward to it. I won't be back until September. Maybe I'll finally get that novel done. I have five chapters to go but that's be…


Summer is winding down and as I'll be out of town (SCBWI LA!) and then it's family vacation, I decided to do something fun with my little girl while the big kids and dad were gone (camp and work). :-)

I bought a fun magazine with some amazing recipes entitled, Taste of Home FUN FOOD. You can access some similar recipes here: Kid Friendly recipes.

We decided to do the cute cupcakes on the cover. :-)

So here was our process!

First, we took a box cake mix and whipped up the ingredients. My daughter carefully poured the mixture into baking cups.

Next, we put them in the oven according to pkg directions!
Don't forget hot pads!
Now we waited until they were done!

Once they cooled, the fun began! We frosted!

(The lighting was very strange...sorry about that!)
Then we used Nutter Butter cookies for the monkey ears by cutting them in half. (I think a few didn't make it onto the cupcakes. Mmmmm...)
Next, we cut Nilla Wafers for the mouth!

Using M n' M eyes and gel sparkle frostin…