Nickel-and-Diming w/ Nikki

Friday, August 1

16 Lunch Box Meals Sure to Impress! @foodie @foodiebyglam

Check out 16 Lunch Box Meals Sure to Impress!

by Nikki Fox Muroski at

Back to School time is just about here! I usually rush to get all of the supplies put together and forget about the fact that my kids have to eat too! I have a hard time coming up with great ideas for lunches that are healthy as well, so when I came across these 16 fabulous lunch box meals I was so excited!!

My oldest is entering the 3rd grade and loves food, all kinds, but mostly fruit! I never though to get little shape cutters and cut shapes out of the fruit to make it more appealing. This may help my autistic three year old, who is attending preschool in the Fall...he is set on only a few foods, and they are not healthy at all.

So, I have a few great ideas that I am going to prepare for when it comes to this school year and making my kiddies some fantastic lunches! A few ideas consist of the Fox shaped sandwich, my oldest loves PBJ or PBF (peanut butter and fluff), so this would be a cute idea to carve out of the sandwich! I also love the idea of using cupcake wrappers to hold the fruit, as well as cutting the fruit and veggies into shapes to make it more appealing.

My son also loves Jell-O so I had an idea of making blue Jell-o in a cup and sticking some Teddy Grahams on top, like they are swimming! I think I have seen this somewhere, but can't remember where. I know, for sure, he would love it and it would be a tasty snack to go along with his sandwich.

What do you do for your children's back to school lunches? I would love to hear!!

Check out for more amazing recipes and ideas!

Note: This is a sponsored opportunity with All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, July 29

Milo's Kitchen Treats Review & Giveaway + Make sure you check out the treat truck!!

Meet Marley! We rescued Marley back in June of this year from a local rescue and we absolutely LOVE him!! Our dog, Max, passed away suddenly back in March, it was awful, so when I saw Marley on a Facebook post by the rescue, that he needed a home, I knew it was meant to be! 

Marley is allllll about treats! He gets super excited, so, obviously, I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to review some yummy treats for my boy! He has also learned some commands when I would hold onto the burger treats - I take it those are his favorite! ;) 

He sits patiently when I tell him too...when he sees the burger! 

He was licking his chops waiting for me to take the pictures of him, so he could then eat his treat!

As you can see, he really enjoys the treats!

We received the following treats for Marley to try out:

Steak Grillers Recipe

Chicken Grillers Recipe

Grilled Burger Bites 

  Our dogs deserve only the best. That means treats made in the U.S.A. with real chicken or beef as the #1 ingredient, and no artificial flavors and colors. Milo’s Kitchen® Home-style Dog Treats believes dogs deserve treats made with the same quality of ingredients and care that you want for your food. That’s why we made a treat truck just for dogs!

Each recipe is carefully prepared to bring out all the flavors your dog loves. Milo’s Kitchen makes a unique line of mouthwatering varieties for your dog including: Chicken Meatballs, Beef Sausage Slices with Rice, Steak Grillers Recipe, Chicken Grillers Recipe, Grilled Burger Bites, and Chicken Jerky Recipe. 

Milo's Kitchen Treats are also Made in the USA!

Make your pup happy with treats from Milo's Kitchen ~ I know Marley enjoys them!

Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck:

The Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck will be coming to your area so plan a special date with your dog on these dates:

o   September 5th - New York, NY, Williamsbridge Dog Park
o   September 7th – New York, NY, Adoptapalooza, Union Square Park

*Dog parks are subject to change due to weather and foot traffic

It wouldn’t be a food truck without home-style dog treats! Your dog is invited to try free samples of Milo’s Kitchen® treats so you can figure out which varieties will have your four-legged friend begging for more.

There’s no such thing as too many pictures of dogs. Receive family portrait photos straight from the Milo’s Kitchen photo booth or take your own selfies. Don’t forget to show off your dog’s look on Facebook, or via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MKTreatTruck.

I'd love to see pictures of your visit to the Milo’s Kitchen® Treat Truck and let me know which treat your dog enjoys most!! 


The gift pack will include three varieties of Milo’s Kitchen® dog treats, and a $25 VISA gift card so that you can stay stocked up on some tasty favorites! 
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Note: I was not compensated for this review, I did, however, receive a gift pack in exchange for my honest opinion. Milo’s Kitchen® dog treats, gift cards, and information have been provided by Milo’s Kitchen®

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Practice your putting skills on our Miniature Golf Courses, take a swing in our Batting Cages, dare to climb 18 feet off the ground on our Ropes Course, enjoy our 3-story tall interactive WOW! Factory, build a stuffed animal at The Teddy Bear Factory or perfect your gaming skills in our Arcade. Adventure Landing is affordable family close to home!

My 8 year old son LOVES Adventure Landing, it is a fun place for him to go and is perfect for him because there is so much to do! 

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Friday, July 25

Playtime Felts ~ Become a Certified Digi-Download Reseller!

Playtime Felts is a great resource for parents and teachers. As a mother of three little kids, I know how important it is to assist them with what they are learning in school. Cursive is one lesson some schools are removing from their curriculum in my area, and I am truly against that removal. My oldest son, 8, attends Catholic school, and they are keeping cursive writing in their curriculum. He began learning some cursive letters last year in 2nd grade, and I have been working with him on and off all summer. He seems to enjoy it, however, tends to forget a few of the letters, so having these flash cards as a resource is going to greatly help him!

Flash Cards seem to work well for my autistic three year old son; the cursive letter downloadable flash cards are perfect for him to practice his letter sounds, as well as an introduction to see what cursive writing looks like.  Many kids learn by doing, so by printing out the upper and lowercase cursive letter cards, my kids are able to trace the letters with a crayon or pencil to get the feeling of how they should write the letter. For use as flash cards, hold it up, pronounce the sound of the letter, use it with a word, use it in a sentence, and then have them trace it. If it is something they can relate to, they are more apt to remember it. For example, for c, my older son loves cars so I would relate it to that, but my younger son loves cookies so for him I would relate the letter and sound to the work cookies.

It is best to start early with kids, teach them sounds, let them see what the letters look like, play games with the felt sets offered at Playtime Felts. My son who is 3 was recently diagnosed with autism. We knew there was an issue when he was non-verbal at the age of 18 months. So, I called the county and signed up for the early intervention program, he was evaluated and approved for Speech, Special Education and Occupational Therapy. Speech is currently working on sounds with him; he does extremely well with visuals. So, when working with kids, start around 18 months old, they absorb everything and will be able to build from what they are seeing and hearing. My daughter is 22 months old and is spitting out new words each day, it truly is amazing! 

Playtime Felts has printables that you can purchase, they can practice combining letter sounds, but can also color them in too. 

The following printables are available on the Playtime Felts site:

Single Consonant Sounds Printable Worksheets 
Three Letter Words from A to Z - Printable Color sheets 
Alpha Match Card Sets: Great for Classroom Games

Become a Certified Digi-Download Reseller!

Playtime Felts has a unique reseller program that gives you the opportunity to download and resell many of our Playtime Felts Digi-Downloads.  When you buy a download product with certified resale rights, you can freely resell it and keep 100% of the profits. 
The purchase price if $25 for the rights to the document and the suggested re-sell price is $5. So, if you sell 5 digital documents, you have made your money back, the rest is just money in your pocket!

Here is a great set, designed for bulletin boards and wall decor, but can also be used as flash cards or for tracing; the Cursive Alphabet Set with Black Boarder and Polka Dots.

Playtime Felts has a unique Digi-Downloads Reseller program that gives you the opportunity to download and resell some of the Playtime Felts Digi-Downloads.  When you buy a download product with certified resale rights, you can freely resell it and keep 100% of the profits. 

The purchase price if $25 for the rights to the document and the suggested re-sell price is $5. So, if you sell 5 digital documents, you have made your money back, the rest is just money in your pocket!

Here is a set that is available in the reseller program:

 Cursive Alphabet Set with Black Boarder and Polka Dots

It's a digital download and comes as a high quality pdf file at 300 dpi. It includes 26 Uppercase and 26 Lowercase Cursive Letters. Card size is 7x10. There are 54 pages total.

These cards are perfect for kids that are just learning cursive, or need to brush up on their cursive letters.  My older son loves to trace the letters and my younger son likes to go through them as flash cards and imitate the letter sounds! There are so many options to use these for, create a bulletin board for a classroom or playroom. Have the kids spell out their names with the cursive letters (we have a lot of E’s so this requires printing a few extra, but it is a great opportunity for them to learn how to spell and recognize their own name) and you could even make banners out of the cards too. The creativity and learning opportunities are endless!

There are three options to purchase rights to: 
Cursive Alphabet Set with Black Boarder and Polka Dots
D'Nealian Alphabet Set with Black Boarder and Polka Dots
DIY Banner Letters: Red with White Polka Dots

Check out Playtime Felts for more information and to become a certified Digi-Download reseller!

Note: This post is brought to you by Playtime Felts, all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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