Special Saturday Post ~ Camping Birthday

Special Saturday Post ~ Camping Birthday

Walker’s No Gift Camping Birthday Party For a break from our regularly scheduled topics…I bring you “surviving a 5 year old birthday with 15 kids” Okay, to be clear, I had a TON of help getting ready for this party (THANKS MOM!).  And really, what is survival without some serious help? Since we do a TON of camping, a camping birthday party seemed like the perfect theme.  We decided to invite Walker’s entire class so no one got left out.  I was counting on some having a conflict so we didn’t end up with 37 5 year olds, and about 15 showed, which was perfect. Since I’d just spent a ton of time cleaning out his toy room, he didn’t need any more toys, and honestly, I wanted the party to be about his friends, not what his friends were bringing — that’s how WE hang out with our friends, so why not set a precedent?  I did put a suggestion on the bottom that kids were welome to bring a well-loved but overgrown book for Walker to donate. The invite: Then I went nuts on pinterest and came up with some phenomenal ideas for food and games.  I (of course) forgot to take pictures of most of the food, but it was super simple: Pigs in blanket (mini cocktail weinies) S’more snack mix (mini marshmallows, golden grahams, and chocolate chips) S’more pops – Recipe Fruit kabob bar – the kids assembled their own Apple juice and water (each cup had a different sticker on it, so the kids could remember which cup was theirs by remembering which sticker they...
Win Circus Tickets! Fully Charged.

Win Circus Tickets! Fully Charged.

Fireworks! Motorcycles! Horses! Elephants! The circus is back in town, and this time, they’ve done their homework. …at least where my little boys are concerned. This production of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is Fully Charged, with an amazing array of performers and animals – – and I swear it’s tailored to all the things my little boys CRAVE! The Human Fuse launched from a super-sized human crossbow! The courageous 5-member Danguir high-wire troupe perform without safety cables! Strongmen! Aerialists! …and of course, CLOWNS! The only thing better than the circus coming to town is getting to see them for FREE!!! Tickets go on sale TODAY, August 15 for the upcoming performances at the Energy Solutions Arena on: Thursday, September 22 @ 7:00 PM Friday, September 23 @ 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM Saturday, September 24 @ 11 AM & 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM Sunday, September 25 @ 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM HOW DO YOU WIN TICKETS?? 1. Follow me on this blog via Google Friend Connect –> 2. Follow me on Twitter @jengreyson 3. Like The Survival Mama’s Page on Facebook 4. Tweet this contest (leave the link to your tweet in the comment) 5. Post this contest on Facebook. (leave me the time and date of your post in the comment) BONUS: 4. Heart MY Mama’s Etsy shop <3 (4 BONUS ENTRIES) Leave a comment in this post for each method of entry. If you do all 4, you’ll be entered SEVEN times. I have FOUR 4-packs of tickets to give away and I’m going to do one drawing each week – – and...
Water Safety

Water Safety

Four kids have drowned in Utah waters in the last 2 weeks. That’s four kids too many. With so much snow in the mountains, we’re still experiencing Spring run-off, causing swift-moving waters, and dangerous situations. I read this great article about staying safe, and it had several great tips on how to prevent drowing. 1. Assume toddlers are ALWAYS headed toward the water. Period. 2. Once a body slips even a few inches below the surface it’s nearly impossible to see. Fully clothed little kids with shoes on will be well below the surface – you WON’T be able to spot them floating on the surface! 3. Prevention is the ONLY way to guarantee drowning safety. 4. Set barriers with consequences: “If you go past these chairs….” 5. Being outside with them isn’t enough. It only takes a second…. Wishing you and your family a SAFE summer! Jen Image: Evgeni Dinev / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Share...
7 Must Have Kid Survival Items

7 Must Have Kid Survival Items

Prepping with Kids. Packing for any outing changed drastically the day we brought a little bundle home from the hospital. I went from throwing two pairs of panties and a tshirt into a duffle to packing endless suitcases or totes of stuff for the kids. Survival prep doesn’t seem to be any different. Kids need a lot of stuff. Beyond the necessities of food/water/shelter, making sure I have creature comforts for the boys saves MY sanity. I thought about all the things I have to have with me on a normal outing and expanded that into food storage/72-hour kits/long-term survival kits. 1. Specialty food – Babies need formula or milk. Toddlers need extra milk. Toddlers are picky eaters. I had to think beyond MREs and jerky. By keeping items in the food storage that we normally eat, I feel a little better knowing every meal in a disaster won’t be a disaster. 2. Specialty cups – The boys are old enough to drink out of any cup, but they prefer a tupperware cup with a colored straw and lid. By planning ahead I can have a few in the storage to prevent a possible meltdown. If you have babies, think through how many nipples/bottle liners you’ll need to have on hand for an extended period of time. 3. Diapers/Pullups – Not only are the actual diapers/pullups a factor, but disposal. Even wet diapers will get extremely pungent after a while. In the house I’m relying on the diaper genie less, and using the outside trash can, so I moved the genie to the food storage and put clean/extra diapers...

Surviving Cabin Fever

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