Steel Construction Sets for Tweens

My boys love building things with LEGO bricks so I knew they would love to build something a little more challenging like a steel construction set.  With our long summer I thought also this would make a great opportunity to do something constructive together and learn some engineering skills with a  Eitech construction set designed especially for youngsters. Science toys are a perfect way to introduce concepts like engineering. The focus on studying S.T.E.M. subjects has gained momentum in just the last 5 years, especially for girls.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway as good as Calling tollfree.


It’s Back To School and I know we can all use some extra money to buy back to school supplies.  If you are like me that money has already been spent so I think I would use the $50 to go out to lunch with some friends while the kids are in school and get a massage too!  Did I mention I have had a great summer but it is time for the kids to get back into their classrooms. Close to Home is so excited to share this Giveaway to our readers as I am sure anyone would be thrilled to find a $50 Amazon Gift Card in their  Inbox. 

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Labor Day Recipes and Craft Party #FridayFrenzy

This weekend marks the official last days of summer, and for me this is a mixed blessing because all three kids will finally be back to school on Tuesday. My daughter started this week and the boys have been doing their best to get on my last nerve this week. How will you be spending Labor Day Weekend, will you be grilling, chilling out or traveling? I can wait to see what you are crafting and cooking up for Labor Day. Welcome to the party I can use some new Labor Day recipes.

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Win LEGO KidsFest Tickets #Giveaway

Even though my boys are 2 years older, my boys are pumped they get another chance to visit LEGO KidsFest again this year in Richmond VA. You can find the posts about their 2012 LEGO KidsFest experience and tips here.  Richmond Convention Center will be filled with all the LEGO Bricks you can imagine Oct 3rd thru 5th, but it is important to get your tickets soon, especially with all the hype over the LEGO movie more kids have become LEGO fans.


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Mornings just got better with Streusel Filled Coffee Cake Recipe

Having a warm coffee cake on a Saturday morning is such a treat at our house.  The kids often ask for some during the week and I personally I  just don’t have the time to whip one up, let alone allow it to cook in time for the bus.  I recently tried a streusel filled coffee cake recipe that I split among two pans and froze the second one for those busy school mornings I want to surprise the kids with a special treat.


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All natural Meals for your pet and family

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

You spend a lot of time thinking about the ingredients that go into your family’s meals so why not spend time looking into the ingredients in your animals food? We headed to the farmers market and picked up some great ingredients for this people meal of Egg Battered Rosemary Chicken Breast with mix veggies couscous to show just how important it is to feed your family as well as your pets a nutritionally packed meal, like @PurinaBeyond.  We will be sharing all natural meals for your pet and family.

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Newman’s Own Organic Pet Foods

Today is Chloe’s 3rd birthday so we are sharing a few pet posts in her honor.  You probably have heard of Newman’s Own Organic food products, ( stay tuned for a giveaway and review) but did you know they also have an organic pet food line?  Newman’s Own Organics recognize that like the “food we choose for ourselves, the food we chose for our pets will have a strong impact on their health. They use  same quality of ingredients and careful manufacturing process that is used in our human food line.”
Our pets at Close to Home were thrilled to give them a try.  Best of all you can get many of these products at your grocery store or major pet food chain.  Let’s start with the organic pet food for Cats.


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Celebrate Football Season with Mars Candy Bar Popcorn Bar

This shop #Chocolate4TheWin has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  I am not a big football fan but the boys in my family are.  I am resolved to the fact that my TV will be tuned to a Football game Monday, Thursday Saturday and Sunday Nights.  Instead of fighting it this year, I decided to come up with some fun chocolate recipes using Mars Candy Bars.  Who would not love to watch football where it featured Candy Bar Popcorn Bar?


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Summer Wind Down #FridayFrenzy 08/22

It Is summer Wind down for our family. For so many of you school buses are already part of your daily grind. At our house we just ended a 2 week beach vacation. While it was nice to be away and not rush out of the rental house after 1 week, I still had a lot of the same duties of cooking and washing clothes. However, I love the lighting at the house and wish I was more creative in my cooking so I could use it for my blog. Oh well vacation is about relaxation and easy dinners was a priority. I hope you are enjoying the final week before summer is officially over.

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Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Angel’s Homestead, and Another Cent Saved welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes as well as Craft projects. Each week we pick three recipes and crafts to feature, so you’ll have the chance to have your project or recipe showcased on all four blogs, for quadruple the exposure! We’re all looking for a little inspiration in the kitchen and craft room, and this is the party to get it!

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The party guidelines are easy. Outside of visiting the four posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and following us in some manner, (Facebook, Twitter, Rss Feed, etc.) link up your amazing recipes or craft projects that you want to show off, then visit at least two of the other links in the party. We all appreciate visits from fellow bloggers and readers, so let them know you’re visiting from Friday Frenzy. That’s it! Each week we will feature up to three of the most viewed links, so be sure to stick around and click on your favorites to check them out. The featured recipes and crafts will also be pinned on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board. Be sure to tell your friends about the party as well, so they can join in the fun too! You can find social media buttons to easily share the party at the end of this post.

*Featured Links from last week*

Our first featured link from last weeks party is this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie from Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom.  What a great Labor Day Party Dessert Recipe.  no-bake-dessert-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-crea-pie


Second up, is the most clicked post from last weeks’ party, from Before the Clock Strikes Midnight. She was feeling crafty with this DIY Headband made from scraps of fabric.  Super cute and great for Labor day as well.



And last but not least, a grain that has me baffled a great tutorial on  how to Cook Quinoa.  Natural Chow shares great tips on the best way to prepare this healthy grain.


Everything looked amazing, thanks again for linking up your Recipe and Craft posts!

Party Time!

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Healthy Back to School Snacks

Back to School means a lot of snacks for lunches, for school snack time and after school. My kids are always hungry it seems.  However its so important to provide the kids snacks that not only they will enjoy but are healthy for them.  I feel this is so important especially during the school year.  The last thing I want is for the kids to have a sugar drop in the middle of a math lesson.  But finding these healthy school snacks is a challenge, at least until we found Nature Box.


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