Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TEN THINGS TUESDAY: Super Bowl Food Edition

Just a few more days until the big game so today I'm sharing a round up of Super Snacks and Sweets for your Super Bowl party!

Kid-Friendly Food I'm Loving, Part 1:  I'm sure my girls would go crazy for these Cheesy Bacon Tater Tots from 3 Kids and Us and with a side of Ranch dressing, I will too!

Kid-Friendly Food I'm Loving, Part 2:  Little ones will want to dive right into these DIY football pizza pockets from Picture the Recipe.

Literal Super Bowl Food I'm Loving:  Framed Cooks shows you how to make an actual snack bowl out of Chex Mix.  If that doesn't wow your guests, I don't know what will!

Upscale Tailgate Food I'm Loving:  Hungry Happenings puts a gourmet spin on football food with these proscuitto and asiago rice cakes.  My mouth started watering just typing that.

Beer Idea I'm Loving:  I'm not a big beer fan but this beer dip from Balancing Beauty & Bedlam may make me a convert.

Bite Sized Snack I'm Loving:  It doesn't get much simpler than these sausage, cheese and ranch football bites from Gimme Some Oven (love that title!).

Twist on a Favorite Food I'm Loving:  Give some football flair to a store-bought pizza with this easy idea from Kraft.

Cute Cupcake Idea I'm Loving, Part 1:  Camille Styles shares a fun template for football pinwheel toppers. 

Cute Cupcake Idea I'm Loving, Part 2:  And Miss Make shows you how to decorate your cupcakes end-zone style!

Score-Worthy Sweet Treat I'm Loving:  These field goal cake pops from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons are a total touchdown!

I Can't Believe It's Food Idea I'm Loving:  Can you believe this chalkboard from Hungry Happenings is actually chocolate?

I would love to hear about the things you're loving right now!  Share the app, movie, book, craft idea, TV show, whatever that's got you giddy in the comments and your picks might be included in next week's TEN ON TUESDAY feature.  And for more of my favorite things, check out my Pinterest boards!

Please note that this list is made up of things I actually use, read, watch, try, etc. and truly enjoy.  These opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way to share them here.


Congratulations TRACEY!  You've won a $25 credit toward Valentines shirts from klzart!  Your cutie pies are going to look adorable in conversation heart tees like these.

Please e-mail me at afomft@gmail.com by end of day Thursday, February 2nd to claim your prize. If I do not hear from you by then, a new winner will be chosen.

And that's not all!  Readers of AFOMFT can save 10% at klzart by entering code AFOMFT (does not apply to shipping).  Happy shopping!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Happy Sunday!  Here are a few things I enjoyed around the Internet this week.
If you have a Link You Loved This Week - from your own blog or another - post it here.  I love seeing what's catching people's attention!

Saturday, January 28, 2012


It's PINSPIRATION SATURDAY once again and with the Super Bowl just eight days away, here are my favorite football-oriented pins of the week.

Make your party stand out with these free printables from Little Sprout Creations 
I love the football field snack basket!  

These Super Bowl Sundaes will score a touchdown with the whole family!

Looking for a fun way to kick off game day?  
These football field pancakes should do the trick.
My pin from Jim's Pancakes

Seven Layer Dip gets a Super Bowl makeover.
My pin from Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons

The Snackadium!  
Now that's what I call a Super Bowl Spread.

Such a fun way to give plain old nice boxes some pigskin panache.

So there you have it - my favorite Super Bowl pins this week.  Did you find some good stuff there yourself?  I'd love to see them!  You can follow my boards on Pinterest HERE, and if you're on too, post a link to your profile or your user name so I can follow you!

Friday, January 27, 2012

FREEBIE FRIDAY: Super Bowl Party Printables

Keeping with the Super Bowl theme I started on Party Peeks Wednesday, here's a fun freebie for your tailgate party next Sunday from one of my favorite people, Kim from The Celebration Shoppe.  

Head on over to The Celebration Shoppe Blog to get pennants and wrappers in Patriots and Giants colors plus full-page field sheets you can use to line trays or tables.  And while you're there, be sure to check out Kim's terrific tips for displaying your Super Bowl snacks.  Go Giants!

Hope you enjoyed today's pick and for more fab freebies, check out my Freebies and Printables Board on Pinterest!


NOTE: I realize it's not Thursday but for some reason Blogger decided not to publish this scheduled post yesterday so now it's ANYTHING GOES THURSDAY on Friday.

One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is the friends you meet through it, and one of my favorite "bloggy" buds is Kate from The Shopping Mama.

I love her blog, which is a great mix of product reviews, giveaways and discounts, shopping tips and guides, craft ideas, and more personal entries about pregnancy and life as a mom, so I was totally flattered when she asked me to be a part of her New Year, New Mama Style Q&A series.  After all, if there's one thing I really like talking about, it's fashion!

Want to find out who my celebrity mom style icon is and what item in your wardrobe I think is most worth splurging on?  Check out my Q&A at The Shopping Mama to get that scoop as well as the details on how I plan to style my favorite new purchase (which was only $20!) right now, for spring and into summer.

And while we're on the topic, I'm curious - would you like to see more style tips and ideas here on AFOMFT?  Let me know!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PARTY PEEKS WEDNESDAY: Are You Ready For Some Football?

My two worlds will be colliding next weekend when the New York Giants (for whom this Jersey girl has been rooting since I can remember) face-off against the New England Patriots (the team this Rhode Island transplant cheers for when they play anyone other than the Giants) in Super Bowl XLVI.  Which means only one thing, of course - an excuse to throw a party!

I've been collecting lots of inspiration over on my Super Super Bowl Ideas Pinterest board, but when I saw fun football snack table put together by Debbie of Wants and Wishes Design over on Celebrations at Home, I knew I had to share it.

I love the referee striped backdrop and the astroturf tablecloth, and how she used individual pennant banners for each food station.

And how cute are these "bleachers"?

Did you notice the bottom row of cupcakes has chocolate covered potato chips on top?  I die!

Another great idea - wrapping chips in individual bags with cute toppers so they're easy for guests to grab.

And while we're talking about sprucing up store-bought stuff, Debbie just added some white frosting to pre-made cookies for some easy football flair.

And last, but so not least, is my favorite part of the whole party - chocolate covered Oreos decorated with X's and O's paired with end zone cupcakes to create a football play display.

Total touchdown, right?  

You can get more details and see more pictures over on Celebrations at Home and the printables you see here are available from Wants and Wishes Design.  For more fun celebration inspiration, follow my Party Ideas board on Pinterest.

Images: Wants and Wishes Design

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


It may be close to 50 degrees today but on Saturday, we were braving a mini-blizzard in Rhode Island which got me thinking about fun things to do, eat and play with on snowy days so here's my round up of ten wintery things I'm loving this week.

DIY Toy I'm Loving, Part 1:  This easy to make magic paint board from For Reals Mom is sure to keep kids of all ages busy on cold days!

DIY Toy I'm Loving, Part 2:  If your little ones are anything like mine, they'll flip for this super simple spoon puppet theater from Creative Jewish Mom.

Dress Up Idea I'm Loving:  Have some paper plates?  Then your kids can transform them into animal masks, like these from Preschool Playbook.

Lunch I'm Loving:  If it's too cold to build a snowman outside, take a page from the Iowa Farmer's Wife and let your little ones build an edible one inside!

Dinner I'm Loving, Part 2:   Mama Loves Food's recipe for crock pot baked potato soup will warm you up even on the most blustery day!

Crafty DIY I'm Loving, Part 1:  If their regular toys are losing their appeal, let your kiddos hit your pantry and use this how to from Playdough Recipes to make their own - from Jello!

My New Accessory I'm Loving:  Art never smelled as good as it will when you make your own scratch-and-sniff paint using Kool Aid and this tute from The Picky Apple.

Yummy Treat I'm Loving, Part 1:  Pink and Green Mama shows you how to make your own gummy candy.

Yummy Treat I'm Loving, Part 2:  And Cookies and Cups shares a recipe for two ingredient strawberry fudge.  Delish!

Super Cool Craft I'm Loving:  Bkids shows how you can bring a little taste of the cold indoors by letting the kids make their own igloos using vellum and paper mache.  

Dessert I'm Loving:  A boring old ice cream cone gets a winter twist when it's transformed into a snowman, like this one from This Homemade Life.

I would love to hear about the things you're loving right now!  Share the app, movie, book, craft idea, TV show, whatever that's got you giddy in the comments and your picks might be included in next week's TEN ON TUESDAY feature.  And for more of my favorite things, check out my Pinterest boards!

Please note that this list is made up of things I actually use, read, watch, try, etc. and truly enjoy.  These opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way to share them here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

FUNDAY MONDAY: Cupid-Worthy Clothes for Valentine's Day {GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT}

There are just 22 days left until Valentine's Day (it's my birthday so I have an excuse for keeping count!) and you know what that means, right?  It's time to get your little love bugs some Cupid-worthy clothes for the big day!  And if you want to make sure your kiddos have something that will stand out in the heart-wearing crowd, then look no further than the adorable appliqué Valentine's tees and onsies from klzart.

I mean, really, does it get any cuter than that?

Kelly, who handcrafts each piece, is a fellow mom of twins so she has a whole bunch of designs that work for multiples or siblings.  I personally adore the conversation heart tees, which can be personalized with any sayings or names you want.

And how fun is this sweet set?

Looking for a tee that stands on its own?  Maybe something like this for your mini stud muffin?

Or this for your little love machine?

Or this for your bee-autiful babe?

I don't think I can choose a favorite.  But one lucky reader will have to....

Because Kelly has generously offered to give away a $25 credit to her shop to be used toward the purchase of Valentine's Day tees or onesies!  To enter to win, post a comment here telling me which klzart design (it can be any of the above or from their site) is your favorite (this is mandatory). For additional entries:
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  • Follow AFOMFT on Twitter (@AFOMFT) and tweet this post by clicking the graphic above or this giveaway: Enter to win a $25 credit to klzart at @AFOMFT so you can dress your cuties in Cupid-worthy style on VDay! http://tinyurl.com/AFOMFT
  • Blog or post on Facebook about this giveaway with a link to this post (worth 2 entries so please post two comments) and make sure your comments include a link to your status or blog post.
Please leave a separate comment for each entry (two if you've blogged about the giveaway) and make sure to include a link to your tweet, blog post, etc. All entries must be posted on AFOMFT as a direct comment to this post. Comments on Facebook will not count as entries. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and ends January 29th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected by random.org and announced on AFOMFT on January 30th. If the winner does not contact AFOMFT within 48 hours, a new drawing will be held so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

And that's not all!  Readers of AFOMFT can save 10% at klzart by entering code AFOMFT.  This code does not apply to shipping costs.  Happy shopping!

Images: klzart