Amber, Personal Assistant, Kid Expert

Hello everyone and welcome to Amber's All Smile Zone! Here you will find all things kid friendly: crafts, games, recipes and more!


As a mom of 2 little ones I love finding cool things for us to do together that are not only fun but educational at the same time!


Please feel free to let me know what you would like to see as well!



Published: October 5, 2016


I don’t know about you but life since school started back up has been a hard one in our household. Everyone is still in summer mode and the warm weather days we were having don’t help! As a new mom to the school life juggling a half day school schedule was much harder than I imagined it would be. The first couple days were hard but then we got on the right track – thanks to this schedule I found on Pinterest!  

Now that we have our school routine down, we do miss one key piece of Summer. That is sitting out by the fire pit at night with our friends and their kids making S’mores, sharing stories and laughing with one another. What my kids miss the most about Summer ( and I have to admit I do too) is making our Summertime S’mores. The cold nights are here and sitting by the fire pit isn’t possible. I got an idea one day while searching pinterest, and thought to myself, wouldn’t it be fun to bring the S’mores inside. I found this recipe and I have to say it was super easy to make and absolutely delicious to eat!

To see the whole recipe: visit




  • Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars
  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallows


Step 1: Spray the bottom of the pan  with butter spray.

Step 2: Layer the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate on the bottom
of a round pan that you can place in the oven. We didn’t have enough Hershey’s chocolate bars so we improvised adding Nestle’ chocolate chips and Hershey’s kisses which the kids thought was so funny.



Step 3: Open the bag of marshmallows and begin covering the chocolate with a full bag of marshmallows. Don’t be afraid to really pack them in there, remember there’s no such thing as too many marshmallows.


Step 4: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5: Place tray in the over and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the marshmallows are toasted to your liking.

Side note: The marshmellows do cook quickly so you will want to make sure you keep an eye on them. We did ours for 6 minutes and this is how it came out (don’t mind the chunk missing it was too good to not immediately dig into).


Step 6: Before the kids dive in, let it cool for about 10 minutes.

Step 7: Enjoy!


I am so excited because Fall is in full swing and I have to admit it is my favorite season!  I love everything about Fall from the vibrant colors of the leaves changing, the crisp fall air and our family outings which consist of apple and pumpkin picking. Now if you follow the All Service Concierge Facebook page you know we love bucket lists. My family and I have so much fun with these. Here is my families Fall bucket list and I hope you all join us in completing this! 


Published: August 16, 2016


Where or where did the Summer go? It feels like yesterday our daughter was graduating from pre-school and we had a whole Summer ahead of us to enjoy before she started Kindergarten! If your Summer was anything like ours it was busy! We spent some extended time in Upstate NY to visit with my parents. The kids spent their days at the town park, splash pad, helping Nana and Papa with their garden, taking tractor rides and the best of all learning to swim! I can’t believe I just said SWIM my 5 year old took off like a pro in the pool and her little brother just shy of 3 years old followed her suit and wanted to be just like his big sister. I have to say the kids are little fishies when it comes to the pool. Who knows maybe in 2024 we will have some Olympic swimmers in our house J We then traveled to Chicago to visit extended family for a fun family wedding. Now that we are back we can’t believe school is starting in just a few short weeks! 


With this Summer came some super HOT weather and even with Summer coming to an end the heat isn’t stopping!  As we all know there is nothing better on a hot summer day then an ice cold Popsicle but buying them in the store can be really expensive! My husband and I tried to find other alternatives that could maybe in the long run save us a few dollars. Our kids love Nutella so when I came across this idea I just had to try it and share it! Who would have thought Nutella Cool Whip Popsicles!!!!  They are so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Let’s all end the summer on a COOL note and enjoy a tasty Summer time treat together!


All you need to make these Ice Cold and delicious pops are:

  • Freezer Pop Trey  
  • Nutella 
  • Cool Whip 
  • Milk
  • Popsicle sticks



  1. Blend 1 cup milk and 1 cup thawed cool whip
  2. Add ¼ cup Nutella to the already mixed milk and cool whip and mix until smooth
  3. Pour the mixture into the freezer pop trey, insert stick and freeze for 6-10 hours
  4. When ready to serve you may need to run the trey under some warm water to loosen the pop

Recipe can be also found here:


Realizing we only have 2 weeks left of Summer vacation my heart begins to skip a couple of beats! With our first one out the door it really opens your eyes to making the most of every single moment because pretty soon she will be in a little fish in a big pond and we won’t be there.


My husband found this game on pinterest and he and my daughter absolutely love playing it with each other! They call this “mini corn hole with a twist”! They love having their Father-Daughter time and I love hearing her giggle as they play.


So get ready to close out the summer with this fun game:
Sponge or Bean Bag Bullseye


What is needed –

  • Chalk (4 different colors)
  • Bean Bags or Sponges 



  1. Draw 4 circles creating the look of a dartboard.  Each circle should be a different color
  2. Scoring will go 10 points – 25 points – 40 points – 50 points scoring from the outer circle in
  3. Play to any score you want and encourage your kids to use the chalk to keep track of their score! 

To learn more about this game click here:





Do you document your kids first day of school? If so send me some of your ideas at I have found some amazing ideas on Pinterest but would love to hear what you do! 



Published: February 1, 2016

2016 is moving just as fast as 2015 did! This busy momma has one thing to say, time please slow down!


I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends, I know it has been awhile since I posted! We were busy traveling making sure we saw everyone. The kids were troopers with all our holiday traveling. We kept them busy with games, snacks and sing-a longs.

Well, here we are in the month of February and we all know what that means. That’s right, Valentine’s Day! Who is excited? 



As I got older and started having my kids Valentine’s Day took on a whole new meaning. Just like Christmas and every other holiday it’s no longer about you and your significant other, its about the kids. I will never forget my daughter’s first Valentine’s Day. My husband bought her roses, kid puffs and a stuffed animal.  Her eyes beamed with excitement when my husband walked in the door giving her those special gifts. Do you do anything special for your kids for Valentine’s Day?


As you all know I like to bring to you a healthy snack and a fun craft so here we go!

I’m in LOVE with this Jell-o idea I found on Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart’s blog! The ingredients and steps are super simple and the kids can even help you make them!

If you want to take a healthier spin on this recipe you can go ahead and use sugar free Jell-o and light whipped topping. Feel free to use whatever you and your family like best.


Here is what you will need:

1 package (3oz) Jello-o brand gelatin, any flavor
1 cup sliced fresh fruit
1 cup thawed Cool Whip whipped topping



Prepare gelatin according to package directions
Chill until slightly thickened
Set aside 1/3 cup
Add fruit to remaining gelatin; spoon into 4 to 5 glasses
Chill glasses at an angle until Jell-o is set

Meanwhile, fold whipped topping into measured (1/3 cup) gelatin
Spoon topping mixture into glasses of set Jell-o
Garnish with whipped cream, fresh cut strawberries, blueberries – whatever you would like! 


As you all know I LOVE handmade decorations made by my kids. They are growing up so fast that it’s my way to freeze that one special moment in time.  With both my kids being young attention spans can either make or break a project. So I look for things that I know will keep their attention and they can take part in the process.


My first Mother’s Day my husband surprised me by taking my daughter and I to our local pottery studio. He had hand picked out a plate where we made our daughters first hand print art since she was born. It is a piece that still hangs up in my home and holds a special place in my heart. It is a craft we continue to make but in our home with salt dough!


Here is an awesome twist to your everyday hand salt dough project I found on Teach Me Mommy’s blog   



Plain or cake flour (1 cup)
Salt (1 cup)
Water (1/2 cup)
Food coloring (if you want it colored, plain is also nice though)

You will use a cup of flour plus a cup of salt together with a half cup of colored water

Simply mix the indregient until it is dough like. If too sticky add more flour and salt (equal amounts), if too grainy, add more flour, but not too much, it should be a little rough looking. 


Roll it out on a baking sheet, covered with wax paper, about 1cm in thickness. Use a biggish heart cookie cutter for the photo part. It should be big enough to fit a reasonable size photo, but not too big so your kids' hands won't go around (or almost). 

Press the heart first and then press your children’s hands into the dough. 


Once the handprints are completed remove the heart cut out carefully. Then precede to cute the dough into a bigger heart shape. The date can now be added as well as the two holes for the purpose to hand it up with a string.


Bake for 3 hours at 100’C (200 F). Turn the piece around and let it lie overnight in the switched off oven (cooling down) and drying the back side properly.


Next pick out the photo you would like to showcase in the craft! 


To add some stability to the picture you can add a piece of cardboard behind the picture. Use glue to adhere the card boarded image to the heart.


Next add a strong string and thread it through the holes and secure tightly at the back. Note: this keepsake is quite heavy and is breakable so make sure you use a thick string and tie the string tightly. 


Now I can’t end the blog without this delicious looking snack idea I found on Like Mother Like Daughter’s blog … Monster Cookie Granola Bar Bites! 


1¼ cups old fashioned oats
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup honey
⅓ cup mini m&ms
⅓ cup mini chocolate chips



   1. Dump all your ingredients into a medium sized bowl.

   2. Stir well for a few minutes until everything is combined and oats and chocolate

       pieces are coated with wet ingredients.

   3. Roll mixture into small balls (about 1 - 1 and ½ inches in size) carefully. (Wash
       your hands occasionally to prevent mixture from sticking to them too much)

   4. Place bites on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

   5. Store in fridge in an airtight container or ziplock bag





Published: December 8, 2015

I always looked forward to the month of December as a kid growing up, Christmas was our main holiday. Time spent with family and all our fun family traditions was something we always looked forward to. A tradition I keep now with my kids on Christmas Eve is our big night of celebrating! Santa comes, everyone opens one gift and there is a ton food, drinks and of course laughs being shared the whole night long.


With a festive holiday like Christmas comes a bunch of great ideas that the kids will LOVE! A big favorite in our house with my 4 year old is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”. When I saw these on pinterest I had to share them with you all! It is such a festive and healthy holiday recipe that combines one of my families favorite movies with a healthy snack!  




  • Green Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks


  • Slice bananas
  • Cut stem end off of strawberries
  • Place kabobs on toothpicks in the following pattern: grape then banana slice, then strawberry, then place a marshmallow on the top


Ok how cute are these hot chocolate reindeers, I can’t wait to make these with my kids! 

Here is a real cute craft idea that can either be used as fun gifts or to decorate with!  Plus, at the end of the holiday season you can enjoy some yummy hot chocolate together as you watch the snow fall outside J



  • Hot cocoa (powdered)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Piping bags (can be purchased at your local craft store)
  • Red Pom Poms (can be purchased at your local craft store)
  • Brown Pipe Cleaners (can be purchased at your local craft store)
  • Googly eyes (can be purchased at your local craft store)
  • Circle Sticky tabs or velcro circles to adhere the red pom poms


  • Fill your Piping bags with 2 cups of hot cocoa mix
  • Add marshmallows on top to fill out the bag
  • Tie them off it a knot
  • Wrap your pipe cleaner around the knot to make them look like antlers
  • Using double-sided tape, or sticky circles tape the googly eyes, and red pom poms to the bag


If you are anything like me you cannot believe that 2015 is almost over and 2016 will be here before we know it!


New Year’s Eve is great for adults but sometimes it is hard to get the kids excited and into it like we are. Here is a great idea I found on pinterest by  that my husband and I will definitely be making with our kids this year! 


The Chain Link Countdown!



  • Get cardstock or construction paper and cut into strips (one for each hour)
  • On each strip write down the activity that you will do as a family.  Have your kids help come up with the activities
  • Glue the strips together by linking them together into a chain starting with the first hour you will begin and ending with 12


I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!



Published: October 18, 2015


October is here and so is pumpkin season!  It’s always fun to go out and pick your own pumpkins for the season as a fun family outing but what if you and your kids could make your own? 




Dryer Duct piecing

Glue Gun

Orange Spray Paint or Orange Paint






Step One:
Cut a piece of dryer duct. - make it a large enough piece so you can bend it into a circle




Step Two:
Use a hot glue gun to glue both ends together to form a circle




Step Three:
Spray paint (if you want to complete fast) or if you want to take more time you can paint by hand 



Step Four:

Insert a stick that you can pick from your yard, add some raffia around the stick to finish off the pumpkin “look”!  


Enjoy your new decoration! 


If you have kids you know when holidays or special occasions come around you turn into a kid yourself! We live to see the smiles on their faces and when we take the time to make memories with them they look up at you and say “Mommy/Daddy, I had so much fun today with you”.

One thing I love to do with my kids is cook with them! They love feeling apart of the meal being made and the satisfaction at the end when they know that they actually helped making something is so rewarding. This year for Halloween I came across this recipe on the Applegate Natural & Organic Meats website.

How cute are these spider hot dogs!

Get ready to make your own with your kids, I guarantee they will love them. 


1 package of your favorite Applegate Hot Dogs

1 tube refrigerated crescent dough, preferably Annie’s brand
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
Ketchup, for serving


Step One:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper


Step Two:
Cut each hot dog in half lengthwise, then cut each piece in half crosswise (each hot dog will make 4 treats) 



Step Three:
Keeping the middle intact, use the tip of a knife to make 3 slices at either end of each hot dog piece (this will make 4 legs on either side)



Step Four:
Once all the hot dogs are cut, cut the dough into strips, about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long (you may not use all of the dough). Wrap a piece of dough around the middle of each hot dog, pinching to seal the dough, and place, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet 






Step Five:
Press 2 sesame seeds into the middle of each “spider” to make eyes

Step Six:
Bake until the dough is golden brown and the hot dog “legs” are sizzling and twisted, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm with ketchup on the side


Published: September 30, 2015


The leaves are starting to change color and the weather is getting colder. It is the perfect time of the year for warm apple cider!


What some people enjoy even more then the taste of cider is the wonderful aroma.  Here is a great recipe that not only tastes delicious and keeps you warm but it will keep your house smelling amazing throughout the day:



Cook Time – 1 hour and 30 min

Serves – 12-15


What you need:

1 Gallon Apple Cider

4 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Sliced Orange

1 Teaspoon Whole Cloves

1 Cup Brown Sugar


  • Combine all ingredients into your slow cooker.  Make sure to fully stir in all of the brown sugar
  • Turn the slow cooker onto low and let the ingredients warm up for about 1.5 to 2 hours
  • After your cider is at a temperature of your desire you may serve and enjoy!  Make sure you remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves prior to serving
  • Enjoy the warmth, the taste, and the smell!


The Fall season is full of iconic items that give you the feeling of the season.  From leaves to corn to that cool breeze.  Here is a fun and easy activity to do with your children using one of those iconic fall items – Corn!  






3 corn cobs
Corn cob holders
Paint – Fall Colors (Red, Yellow, Orange.  One color for each piece of corn)
9×12 white construction paper



Have left over paint? Here is another easy art project to do with your children!





Published: August 22, 2015


It’s crazy to think that the summer is already ending and the new school year is upon us!  I’m always in search of fun back to school projects to get my daughter excited for the new school year.  Here is a really easy and cute idea to personalize and do with pictures at the beginning of the school year.  

Personalized School Bus Picture Frame:



  • 3 large craft sticks
  • 5 small craft sticks
  • Yellow paint
  • Black craft foam
  • 2 metal fasteners
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Magnets (Optional)



  1. Lay out all of the craft sticks and paint yellow
  2. Trim an inch off 4 of the small craft sticks.  This can be done with scissors.
  3. Lay the 5th full size craft stick over the top of the 4 cut craft sticks as shown and glue (see image)


4.  Arrange the 3 larger craft sticks along the bottom and glue.  You can overlap the middle as shown below or you can just lay all 3 side by side (see image)


5.  Cut two circles into the black craft foam and poke a metal fastener into the center of each. Glue them to the bottom of your school bus.

6.   Attach the pictures to the back of the frame using clear tape or glue and personalize with a permanent marker and you are done!



One of the most difficult meals during the school year is breakfast!  You are trying to get your kids ready for school and out the door but want to make sure they have a delicious breakfast to take on the day.  Here is a great recipe I found that is easy and filling.  I plan to make this on a Sunday evening so it’s ready for the next morning! 

Crockpot French Toast Casserole



  • 1 loaf of bread (You can use any kind, French bread is a popular choice for this)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg 


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk and cinnamon and pour over diced bread in a large bowl. Cover and let the bread soak for at least 4 hours.
  2. When ready to bake spray the inside of the crockpot (4-6 quart sized works best) to avoid sticking.
  3. Pour in Bread Mix.
  4. In a small bowl mix together butter, brown sugar cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Pour on top of the bread mix. Cover and Cook on low for 4 hours
  6. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and its read to serve!

NOTES: GLUTEN FREE- You can use a gluten free bread DAIRY FREE- Use Almond Milk or other milk alternative and a Dairy Free Margarine for the topping. 





Published: July 14, 2015

Shark Week is behind us and if your household was anything like mine you had it playing on the TV all night long! Beware of this tasty treat!  Here is a fun and creative snack for you and the family.  



Blue Jell-O

Whipped Cream

Clear Dessert Cups

Grey Craft Foam

Plastic Spoons



(Make sure you buy spoons that are the same height as the cups that you purchase)



1) Make the Jell-O according to the instructions on the box

2) Poor the Jell-O evenly into each of your dessert cups

3) Place the dessert cups into the refrigerator

4) Create a shark fin stencil on white paper

5) Trace the shark fin on a sheet of grey foam and cut out each fin

6) Take the shark fin and glue it to the top of the spoon

7) When the glue is dry stick the spoon with fin into the center of the Jell-O

8) Add whipped cream around the fin and you are done! 


Now that Summer is in full swing one of the most popular family trips is a trip to the beach, and we all know that trips to the beach means LOTS OF SHELLS! Let’s have some fun with those shells with this easy and fun DIY project turning them into tropical fish. 




Shells of all sizes


Googly Eyes




1)Paint all of your shells using your tropical paint colors

2) Take the larger shell and glue on 1 googly eye to the shell (as pictured)

3) Grab 3 of your small shells and glue to the larger shell to create the fins and tail (as pictured)


Now you have a great keepsake from your beach vacation!



Published: June 29, 2015

Summer is finally here and the 4th of July is right around the corner!  Being a mother of two I love creating keepsakes and doing fun projects with my kids so why not combine the two.  Here is a really cute idea I found for a patriotic 4th of July t-shirt using your children’s handprints. 

Supplies Needed:
Blue Fabric Paint
Red Fabric Paint
Magazine or piece of cardboard
White shirts


  • Pour fabric paint on separate paper plates, enough to cover a child’s palm.
  • Put a magazine or cardboard inside the t-shirt, this is to prevent the paint from bleeding onto the back of the shirt.

Time to start!

  • Before you start placing paint on the shirt, get a feel for where the handprint and where the stripes will go. I used the child’s left hand and placed the handprint on the right chest.
  • Hold the child’s wrist and dip the entire palm and fingers in the blue paint.
  • Touch the hand down and gently press on top of the hand and fingers to make sure it produces a uniform print.
  • Wash your child’s hand immediately afterwards.
  • The shorter stripes next to the handprint measure approximately 4” across, with about an inch in between each stripe (4-5 stripes). Some areas may need more than one coat.
  • Allow the shirt lay flat to dry for 4 hours.
  • Allow the shirt to fully set and cure for 72 hours, after which time it can be washed inside out.


There is nothing better than fresh fruit on a hot summer day so why not display that fruit in a fun and creative way!  This patriotic fruit try will be a great conversation piece at your 4th of July party, that is until your guests devour it! All that is needed is fresh blueberries, bananas, and strawberries.  Use wooden skewers and cut up the fruit and display as pictured!




Published: March 23, 2015


Hello everyone, it’s been a while since my last Kid Zone! With all the cold arctic air we have had I guess you could say I went into hibernation mode but now that the temps are increasing....I'm back! I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the warmer weather, longer days of sun light and the thoughts of Summer. Let’s get down to business…fun kid business!


Now that the weather is getting warmer, we are all celebrating the fact that the kids can FINALLY get outside and have some FUN! Speaking of fun, how about making their very own sidewalk paint and letting the kids’ imaginations run wild? As I was searching through pinterest for outside activities for my daughter I came across this idea for sidewalk paint that I am anxious to try out!



With Spring break coming up it’s hard to find things to keep kids busy. Have no fear the “Mom I’m Bored” jar is here! I saw this on a blog and thought this was such a brilliant idea. The possibilities of this jar are endless! You can fill the jar up with many different activities like: make cookies with mom, go to the park, go on a scavenger hunt or you can even throw in some chores! If you want to know more about making your own “Mom I’m Bored” jar, head on over to:



Looking for a fun Spring time treat to make with the kids? This recipe will be a hit in your house for sure! With Easter coming up the kids are all excited about what the Easter bunny will bring to fill their Easter baskets. Why not start a tradition of leaving Bunny Bait out for the Easter Bunny? This delicious recipe will have your kids smiling, laughing and snacking all through the process while making lasting memories. 



2 cups pretzels
1 bag popped white popcorn
1 package Almond Bark white melting chocolate
1 bag of festive M&M’s
2 cups of Chex cereal
1 container of sprinkles

1 - Spread pretzels, popcorn and Chex on an foil covered baking sheet
2 - Drizzle white chocolate over the mixture
3 - Gently stir to coat evenly
4 - Add sprinkles
(but don’t stir it anymore or the sprinkles will be coated with chocolate and turn white)
5 - Let harden on cookie sheets
6 - Break apart and add M&M’s to the finished mixture.




Published: February 3, 2015


I hope everyone is staying warm, this winter sure has been a cold one! Is anyone else shocked at the thought that February is here already? As we all know, February is the month filled with chocolates, hearts, flowers, pinks, reds and of course Valentine’s day cards.

There is nothing I like more when the holidays come around than decorating my house with art pieces made by my daughter. I came across this art project on pinterest by Makobi Scribe 
and thought it would be the perfect craft to share for this month!

Tissue Paper Heart Sun Catcher


Materials Needed

  • Old T-shirt gift boxes or poster board (red or white)
  • Clear contact paper (shelf paper)
  • Leftover tissue paper (pink, white and red)
  • Gift wrapping ribbon, red
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen



1) Open the gift box and fold it at the corners and cut out a shape of a heart.


2) Cut another heart out of the inside of that heart and keep cutting until you can’t cut

anymore hearts out. This way you can have many size hearts! Match each of these hearts to the other side of the gift box so they are identical.


3) Roll out the contact paper and lay 1/2 of the hearts on it good side down.


4) Cut the tissue paper into squares. Since I let the kids do the cutting, I got all kinds of fun shapes. It worked out great! 


5) Place the tissue paper on the contact paper so it is touch or slightly overlapping.


6) Place a second sheet of contact paper over the top of the tissue paper.


7) Fasten the strings with a dab of glue in the middles and seal the contact paper over it


8) Cut around the hearts to trim the extra paper


9) Hang in the window for catching the rays of sun


Now it’s time for some cute Valentine’s Day gift ideas! This is my first Valentine’s Day with my daughter in school and I wanted to find something cute to send in for all the kids in her class. While I was looking for gift ideas on pinterest I came across a few that are super cute and super easy to make!




Published: January 4, 2015


Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you all had an amazing time celebrating Christmas and bringing in the New Year with family and friends. It is hard to believe 2014 is over but 2015 is here so let’s make it a great year.


One of the big resolutions everyone makes when New Years comes around is the goal to eat healthier not only for ourselves but for our families. As I was going through pinterest I came across this recipe by for homemade fruit roll-ups! I’ve never bought the kind they sell in the store for my kids because of all the added sugar they are packed with but this recipe caught my eye!


3 cups of Fruit (in this case Strawberries)
Sugar (optional)







Cooking Directions:
 1 - Preheat oven to 170 degrees


 2 - Line a cookie sheet that has a lip with plastic wrap (be sure to overlap your sides).
      I know it seems strange but yes, plastic wrap. You are dehydrating it and the      
      temperature is so low that you can touch the pan the whole time as it never really  
      gets hot.


 3 - Puree your fruit in food processor until smooth consistency.


 4 - Add sweetener of your choice (I used sugar) and sweeten to taste. *Optional*


 5 - Pour mixture on to prepared cookie sheet about 1/8" thick.


 6 - Bake for 6-8 hours. Wait until your center is no longer tacky.


 7 - Lift plastic wrap out of cookie sheet and place on the countertop to cool.


 8 - Flip over onto parchment paper.


 9 - Remove plastic wrap.


10 - Cut into strips and roll.

When the kids are home during the winter it is always hard to find new indoor activities that will keep them having fun and occupied. Now a days kids are so consumed in video games, tablets, tv shows and everything else electronic. Here are some fun ideas I came across while searching on pinterest for my own daughter. These super easy ideas will keep their little minds learning and working! 




Published: December 11, 2014


Hello everyone and welcome back for our December addition of Amber’s Kid Zone! November was a busy month in my house as I’m sure it was in all of yours. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family making memories and sharing tons of laughs.


So who is ready for Christmas? If you are like me, you have no idea where this year has gone. I really can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner. We have a tradition in our family where the night of Thanksgiving we decorate for Christmas. We had a fun time decorating our tree this year with an extra pair of little hands – one who also wanted her own Christmas tree this year! We gave in and I must say she did an amazing job decorating her own tree.  Do you have any fun traditions? If so hop on over to our Facebook page and let us know on our December Amber’s Kid Zone post!


Now it’s time for some fun….

With my daughter now in school I’m overwhelmed with what to make for her teachers! I wanted something that was cute, that would remind them of her and of course would be super easy for a busy mom like me to make. I found this super cute snowman made out of a planter while I was on pinterest and cannot wait to make it!

Materials Needed
Planter                          Orange Paint
Paint Brushes               Festive Ribbon
White Paint                   Festive Gloves
Black Paint                   Festive Ribbon
Pink Paint                     Hot Glue Gun



Step One:
Paint Planter White – this may need a few coats depending on the darkness of the planter you purchase
*You will want to make sure the paint is completely dry before moving on*
Step Two: Paint the snowman’s face
Step Three: Hot glue the first ribbon on the bottom of the planter
Step Four: Take one glove and place it on top of the planter. Mark with the pencil where you want the base of the glove to fall. Once that mark is made take your hot glue gun and slowly start gluing on the glove.
Step Five: Once the hot glue has dried, take all the fingers of the glove and tie them together with a festive ribbon.
Step Six: (optional) Put a personal touch on the back and write a little note to the recipient.


Who is ready for some fun Christmas snack and breakfast ideas? If your kids are anything like my daughter, fruit is always our go to at every meal. This is another great idea I came across and my daughter absolutely LOVES when I make them.

The first super easy….Grinch Fruit

Materials Needed:
Mini Marshmallows




Step One: Slice up bananas and cut the tops off the strawberries
Step Two
: Place a toothpick into the center of the grape
Step Three: Take your sliced banana and strawberry and slide it down the toothpick in the center.
Step Four: Take a mini marshmallow and place it on the top
Step Five: Enjoy!


Second….Nutella Mini Pancake Kabobs

Materials Needed:
(1) Small bottle Bisquick™ Shake 'n Pour™

     pancake mix

(1) Small jar Nutella®

(1) Pound fresh strawberries, washed, stems

     removed, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices

(2) Large firm bananas, peeled and sliced into
     1/2 inch thick rounds

(4) Wooden skewers broken in half to make 8
     small kabobs


Step One: Prepare the pancake batter according to package directions and pour small dabs of batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle for 1 -1/2 inch diameter pancakes (about 3/4 tablespoon of batter per mini pancake).
Step Two: Cook the mini pancakes for about a minute on each side or until lightly browned.
Step Three: Spread some Nutella on each of the pancake bites and layer the ingredients onto the kabob sticks. (as shown in picture)
Step Four: Serve immediately and enjoy!

Published: October 28th, 2014


Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of “Amber’s Kid Zone”!

It has been a while since my last blog and boy have I been busy with my two little ones. My oldest started pre-school in September and are our lives are in full swing now! She has been learning soo much and everything in our house has now become a learning activity in some way. It really is a fun and interesting stage because you see the world through a whole new set of eyes. This past weekend we went pumpkin picking at our local farm where our kids had a blast! Do you all have a special place you like to take your families? Here are some pictures from our fun trip!


After we got home from the farm my oldest and I started putting our pumpkins on our front porch and I thought our front door needed a little decorating. I had seen a lot of my girlfriends share images all over Facebook and pinterest of fun ways to decorate your front door for the Halloween season (see picture below), this turned out to be such a great experience for her and I to share together. 


We started off looking at the image posted above and went right to work using only construction paper, masking tape, scissors and our imagination! The best part about making this scarecrow was the time her and I got to spend together. We laughed a lot especially when she kept telling my husband we were making a ghost on the front door. Here is our finished project.

My second piece is usually a recipe but since Halloween is right around the corner I wanted to do something different. I want to share with you some safety tips to help keep your kids safe while you’re out trick-or-treating.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Halloween! Until next time, remember to live life to the fullest, soak in the laughter of your children for these are the moments that go by way too quickly!


Published: September 25th, 2014


Welcome back for another edition of “Amber’s Kids Zone”. This week I want to touch on all things fall! Fall is one of my favorite seasons; the smell of the brisk fall morning air, wood burning fireplaces, pumpkin decorations and the leaves turning colors. It truly is a wonderful season! My daughter LOVES to help decorate our house for all the seasons and holidays. I brought up all my fall decorations this weekend and we got to work decorating. It is a tradition that I like to have with her. I remember growing up and helping my mom while she decorated our house, it was always such a memorable time.  


The first thing I want to show is this super cute and super easy piece of art your children can make! With fall officially here what better way to celebrate than having them make their very own fall decorations for you to hang up around the house!


Step One:
Begin by choosing your design and painting an image on to a blank canvas.

Step Two:
Collect your buttons and put them into a large pile. This step can also serve as a fantastic lesson about sorting by shape, size and color for younger children.

Step Three:
Use a small amount of Tacky Glue to attach the buttons to the canvas.

Step Four:
Continue adding buttons until you are satisfied with the way it looks. You can even choose to layer buttons upon buttons for extra dimension! Allow glue to dry thoroughly before hanging.

Step Five:
Feel free to sign and put a little message on your artwork! Something simple like “Welcome to our Home” will be such an inviting piece for all your friends and family to see when they come over!



In keeping with our fall theme here is a fun recipe I found that you can easily do with your kids and what kid doesn’t love Rice Krispie treats!  Plus they also make great looking decorations that are edible.

Step One:
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-low heat; add mini marshmallows. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes or until melted and smooth.

Step Two:
Remove from heat; stir in yellow and red food color. Stir in rice krispie cereal
until well coated. Let mixture cool 5 minutes.

Step Three:
Shape about 1 cup of cereal mixture into round shape. Side note: To avoid mixture from sticking when making the round shapes, make sure your hands are buttered.

Step Four:
Use a butter knife to press edges into sides to create indentations resemble a pumpkin.
Step Five:
Press tootsie rolls or hershey kisses
into the top of pumpkin for the stem.

Step Six:
Pipe green frosting around stem to create vines.

Step Seven:


Published: September 12th, 2014


Welcome everyone to the first edition of “Amber’s Kids Zone”. Since school just started for all us moms I thought my first post would be a mix of a fun food idea and an educational craft idea.

This fun food idea was inspired by my daughter. If your kids are like mine, she is very picky but LOVES her fruit! Pairing fruit with every meal for her is a must and I’m always trying to think of new ways to present fruit to her so she doesn’t get bored with just fruit on the side of her plate and maybe, just maybe she will then try new things. I recently just came across this ADORABLE and YUMMY looking breakfast idea (another favorite meal of hers).





Waffle (this can be simple ego waffles or if you have a waffle maker and can make it from scratch you go momma!)
1 Banana (or whatever fruit your child is a fan of)
Whipped Crème
1 Cherry
Maple Syrup (optional)

Step One:
Cook waffle and cut it into a triangle shape (like picture shown)

Step Two:
Slice up Bananas (or whatever fruit your child likes) and layers them to add a little 3D effect

Step Three:
Put a small helping of whipped crème on the top and place the cherry on top

Step Four:
Lightly drizzle maple syrup (optional) over waffle

Step Five:


In keeping with the sundae idea, because let’s face it what kid (and adult) doesn’t love a sundae! This next piece is a fun educational game/craft that you and your kids can make together. I came across this as my daughter is starting pre-school and thought this would be a fun way for her to learn not only letter recognition, but phonics and down the road she can use this to build and read words!


Materials Needed:
Construction Paper
Permanent Marker

Step One: If you can go ahead and draw ice cream cones (26) – one for each letter of the alphabet) and then draw ice cream scoops (26) – one for each letter of the alphabet. If you feel you aren’t crafty enough, all you need to do is do a simple google search for “ice cream cone print outs” and you can download a bunch of templates.

Step Two: Label all the ice cream cones in lower case letters all the way from a-z

Step Three: Label all the ice cream scoops in upper case letters all the way from A-Z

Step Four: Now its play time! This type of game is wonderful for letter recognition and can also be used for phonics. Shuffle them out on the floor or kitchen table and work with your little one to help them find the matching upper case letter to their lower case letter. Once a full match has been made teach them (or if they already know) have them say out loud the phonic sound of the letter.

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