Crayon Removal
This thankfully doesn’t happen often with my kids, but I have cleaned a handful of art projects off unwanted canvases.  The first was white carpet.  Leave my kids alone with a random blue crayon and they manage to do some damage.  In the past week I’ve cleaned crayon off this table and a wall.  I am not one to use elbow grease and always look for an easy solution that’s chemical free.  

A couple of years ago when the carpet art appeared no amount of Resolve, vinegar or scrubbing helped.  In a last stitch effort I turned to my steam floor cleaner.  It took the crayon right out with just a couple of passes.  We have a Hoover (affiliate link) with a carpet attachment that helps it glide.  The same trick was used to clean our art table.  

Steam Remove Crayon
Simply heat up your steam cleaner.  A handheld one would work also.  Glide the steamer over the area with crayon slowly.  Do this until the crayon is removed.  

No chemicals, no elbow grease 

Where’s the most creative place your kids have left their artistic mark?

We’re a couple weeks into the season and my husband is having fun sharing his new found love of Football with our boys.  We love a party so we decided to put together a game time snack station with the help of Family Dollar, Pepsi, and P&G brands to keep everyone fueled.   

Game Time Football Party Snack Station
Family Dollar made it simple to pickup a few football favorites and get out in time for kickoff. Once I got home the snack station came together very quickly with a few key snacks and easy DIY decor items.  P&G brands helped with the messes: Bounty for game time and Dawn for post-game cleanup, while Pepsi provided the munchies (Quaker & Tostitos) and the thirst quenchers (Diet Pepsi).    [Continue Reading...]

Disclosure:  This conversation brought to you by Modern Mom and its advertiser, Starbucks.  All fall and pumpkin induced thoughts and opinions are my own.

#FallBlend and Pumpkin Pancakes
Now that everyone is back in school we can look forward to Fall and the start of the holiday season.  Cooler weather means hearty soups, pumpkin, and the flavors of Fall.  The whole family can’t wait to enjoy our weekly pancake Sunday’s.  This pumpkin syrup is perfect drizzled over a delicious stack of flap jacks or stirred in a warm cup of Fall Blend.

Pumpkin-Syrup
Starbucks Fall Blend is the perfect coffee at home experience.  Get ready for fall with warm spice notes from Sumatran beans, citrusy brightness from Kenya coffees, and nuttiness from beans from Peru.  Pumpkin and Fall Blend make the perfect pairing for a hearty breakfast or fall dessert.

This recipe for pumpkin spice syrup has become a fall staple in our house.  It’s a can’t miss taste of fall, brought to you by my mother-in-law.  You won’t do #coffeeathome or breakfast without it again.  Once the calendar flips to September it’s full on autumn in our home, it’s the one way we can bring the feel of crisp weather and leaves falling to the desert.  

Ingredients:
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. water
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Combine in Saucepan over medium heat allowing it to boil.  Whisk occasionally to help incorporate all the ingredients and the sugar dissolve.  Reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.  Allow it cool and serve with your favorite cup of Fall Blend or pancakes and waffles.  Will keep up to 2 months in the refrigerator.  

#FallBlend and Pumpkin Pancakes
You can find Fall Blend now through the fall season at major grocery stores to pair with your favorite autumn treat..  Pickup one of the three limited-time only Starbuck coffees for $8.99 (10 oz. package).

#FallBlend and Pumpkin Pancakes

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