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Service Projects for Teens: TeeChip Care

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TeeChip.Com for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

TeeChip Care is a Great Way for Teen's to do a Service Project


We're always looking for a great service project for teens and families. TeeChip is a great way for anyone to raise money or earn money online. So, if you have a family vacation coming up, you need money for a school band trip, or you want to raise money for a local family in need, TeeChip is a wonderful way to raise the money you need. We like it because of the TeeChip Care program. Through TeeChip Care, excess products or products that don't live up to their high quality of standard are donated to NGO's. If you are looking for a great way to get teen's involved in community service, this makes an ideal service project for teens. Enjoy! Sign up an organization in need for TeeChip Care: Request form. If you know of an NGO that needs hoodies for the cold-weather or just a shirt to cover their backs, get in touch with TeeChip Care.




If your service project includes something like planning a fundraiser for a local family in need, visit the TeeChip platform and learn how to design, create, and sell high-quality, affordable, custom made products that bring your vision and goals to life. How it works. First, you'll need to to become a TeeChip seller. I like that you'll receive profit for every item you sell whether you sell 1 or 1000 items!





TeeChip offers shirts, phone cases, mugs, and posters. With locations in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and California, Inc. called TeeChip, "America's coolest college startups of 2011."

Create Custom T-shirts to Make Money Online



Next, you can earn money online to serve as a fundraiser for your favorite cause or charity. You can also earn money for your own cause- like college tuition! There are no restrictions. So, if you want to raise money for your next Disney Vacation- you can do it! No worries.

Get, set. Go! After you choose what item you want to create to sell, you'll need to design it! Choose a background or t-shirt color.







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TeeChip takes care of everything including printing, shipping, and fulfillment! What that means for you, is that you can sell to anyone, anywhere in the world! When it comes to organizing service projects, if you are a serial helper, TeeChip is perfect for you. Many schools require participation in a yearly service project. On the other hand, if you are a teen looking for a part-time income, TeeChip may just be what you are looking for. Make campaigns online and earn a living through custom made t-shirts. The merchandise is high-quality and priced significantly lower than the competitors.










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Quotes About Maple Syrup: Pancakes Make it Socially Acceptable

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Pancake Syrup Quote and Maple Syrup Recipes


Do you love pancake syrup? Without pancakes we have little excuse to eat it. Some people dip sausages in syrup, while others mix it in with their oatmeal, but let's face it, pancakes were invented to make eating gallons of maple syrup socially acceptable. We've designed this shareable quote for Facebook- just in time for Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday is February 28, 2017 and IHOP Pancake Day is March 7, 2017). Keep scrolling for related maple syrup breakfast recipes and things to do with maple syrup. Enjoy!


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Things to do in Indiana: fuelperks Gas Station

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Market District and GetGo. All opinions are 100% mine.

We recently had the opportunity to visit Carmel's Market District GetGo®. These gas station all-in-one stores are popping up all over the greater Indianapolis area and we've been anxious to try one. With the new fuelperks + program, it seemed like a great time for a visit. When you're off looking for things to do in Indiana, you'll need gas and snack for sure- you'll want to check this out. Here's a little about the experience. Enjoy!



Things to do in Indiana: fuelperks Gas Station


Super Easy Valentine's Recipe: Heart Cookie

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Make a Heart Shaped Cookie for Valentine's Day

Everyone loves cookies, right? To show your love on Valentine's Day, make an edible giant heart-shaped cookie pie with this super easy, delicious Valentine's Recipe. It's a cookie, its a pie, it's a new twist on a festive Valentine's Day dessert with only 3 ingredients. Enjoy!


Super Easy Valentine's Recipe: Heart Cookie


Easy Salmon Recipes: Baked Mediterranean Salmon

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Mediterranean Dish: Easy Baked Salmon

If you are on a mission to eat healthier in the new year or to add more fish to your diet, these easy salmon recipes fit the bill. To start off, our baked Mediterranean Salmon is marinated in an oil and balsamic herb vinaigrette. Kalamata olives, artichokes, tomatoes, and feta cheese top off this Mediterranean-inspired dish. For more easy salmon recipes, scroll down the page. Enjoy!

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Easy Salmon Recipes: Baked Mediterranean Salmon


Jealous Quote: People Aren't Jealous of Hard Work

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Don't Hide Accomplishments: People Aren't Jealous of Hard Work Quote

Here at Kids Creative Chaos, I've had some sort of blog since about 2006. If you count those old 'homepages' on Microsoft, well then, I'm a dinosaur! In 2011, I started thinking of blogging as an opportunity. By 2012, I had enough experience to have two posts go viral. Back then, I said it just happened- I had no idea how. But, that's not true. It was just easier to let people think that. So, I wanted to share this quote about jealousy. "You'll always find people who are jealous of your accomplishments. Know what people aren't jealous of? Hard work!"


Cornbread Mexican Casserole: New Year's Eve Recipe

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7 Easy Recipes for New Year's Eve


Looking for an easy recipe for new year's eve? Whether you are cooking for a crowd or an informal family get together, this Cornbread Mexican Casserole is sure to please! For more easy New Year's Eve recipes, scroll to the bottom of this post. Enjoy!



Cornbread Mexican Casserole: New Year's Eve Recipe
Cornbread Mexican Casserole: New Year's Eve Recipe

How to Have the Best New Year Eve Party with Kids

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Ideas for the Best New Year Eve Party 

What does it take to have the best new year eve party ever with kids? It depends on your expectations, of course. If you want to throw a memorable party with glitz and polish, planning is a necessity. However, a spur of the moment party with family and close friends can become a favorite memory. We're sharing some tips on how to have the best New Year's party with kids. The key is to have fun foods and simple games that everyone can play together. Scroll down for games and activities for your party. Enjoy!

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How to Have the Best New Year Eve Party with Kids


Theme
Decide on a fun theme for your party. Choose a favorite movie, a costume ball, or a favorite sport's team.

Invites
Send invitations early with your Christmas Cards or even send a Thanksgiving Card with a Save the Date. Facebook is a great way to send last minute reminders.

Decorations
Metallic and Lights (Think Disco Ball) always make a festive New Year Party, but be sure to keep with your theme. Decorate with movie memorabilia, ticket stubs, or even design the room to look like a scene from the movie.

Menu Planning
Planning for food for the amount of guests that you have is key. Choose easy appetizers that you find at a big box store and just pop in the oven. Then, spruce them up with festive dips. Fun drinks are essential for any party. Make sure you have festive drinks for kids too.

New Year Activities and Games


New Year's games only require one element to work for both kids and adults. Make it fun! Below, we've compiled a list of fun activities and games for your party.


  • Pass the Present

Wrap a fun gift in recycled paper. Re-wrap it at least 9 times.When you wrap it for the last time, wrap it in festive metallic paper. Everyone sits in a circle (sitting around a table is fine). Play some holiday music and stop it periodically. Every time the music stops, the person holding the package unwraps one layer. The person who unwraps the last layer of wrapping paper gets to keep the gift. Wrap more than one gift to make the game twice as fun!


How to Play Pass the Present New Year Activity Game



  • Fun with Current Events

Print out pictures from the most memorable moments of the year. For example, use election moments, famous celebrity weddings, or personal events that took place in your family. Then, place a number on each image. Use this free printable and have everyone list the events in order from 1-10. The person with the most correct answers wins. 



New Year Activities and Games Free Printable Guess the Order





  • Party Favor Fun
Place new year party favors on the floor about two feet apart in a large circle. Place one less party favor than the number of people playing the game. Play like musical chairs. Play music and stop it. When the music stops, the players stand next to a party favor to claim it. Game is over when all prizes are claimed. You can also play the game Spoons with party favors.



  • Quick Questions

Grab an egg timer or set your phone's alarm for every thirty minutes. Then, call out a fun question and let everyone shout their answers. "Who brought the chocolate chip cookies?" or "Who wore a red dress?" or "When does the ball drop?" The first one to answer correctly wins! Have fun door prizes to giveaway.


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Ravioli Recipe with Creative Twists

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Make Mealtime Meaningful this Holiday Season

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton. The opinions and text are all mine.

Refreshing iced tea is the perfect accompaniment to a meaningful mealtime with family and friends. Bring your family together to make a fun meal and take a break from the hustle and bustle the holidays. Slow down, and laugh together over a bottle of Lipton Peach Tea Flavored Iced Tea and these ravioli recipes with a creative twistEnjoy!


Ravioli Dessert Recipe Reinvented
Ravioli Dessert Recipe Reinvented.


Life can get hectic, tempers can flare, families get frustrated all because they want the holidays to go just right. Remember that, every day is family day and take time to enjoy each other and the small moments too.


Layered Ravioli Lasagna Recipe


We wanted to make a fun, family meal with a creative twist that everyone can enjoy as a quick go to meal. Prepping the food as a family is a great time to connect or reconnect. We learn a lot about each other when everyone is happy and has their guard down.

Ravioli is the one food that makes the kids run to the kitchen. They'll drop their video games, pause their videos, and happily join me for dinner. So, when we were brainstorming for a fun new family recipe tradition, ravioli topped the list. We made a yummy ravioli lasagna with an inspired companion dessert cookie 'ravioli.' Recipes and details are below.


Festive Dessert Cookie Mock Ravioli.

If you aren't making ravioli from scratch, (and who has the time) ravioli is easy to make. The kids boil the water and plop in the pasta. We always add 2 Tbs. olive oil and a dash of salt to the water. Cook pasta for about three minutes, until softened.




Brother has boiling duty while Sister preps the lasagna pan. Lightly grease the pan.  Then, scoop in a single layer of ravioli. Next, spread on your favorite pasta sauce. Sprinkle Italian Cheese on top. Repeat. We used small, glass, rectangular, bread dish and had enough room for four layers.




Place the ravioli lasagna into a warm oven (350 degrees) for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Remove, let cool, and cut into squares to serve. We served ours with Lipton Peach Tea Flavored Iced Tea. Brother never tried tea before. He loves this stuff!





Ravioli Lasagna.


Let the fun begin! Nothing is more fun than creating or recreating your own holiday recipe. We love to create edible art, especially for the holiday season so we have lots of fun pans and molds for making and baking. We grabbed a reindeer and gingerbread man cookie/muffin pan and let the creative juices flow!

Since we we're having ravioli as the main course, we wanted to make a ravioli-like dessert. The kids had the idea to fill the cookies with something red and something white to represent cheese and sauce. We settled on strawberry pie filling and white chocolate chips.


holiday cookie ravioli dessert recipe


First, prep the pan with cooking spray and then take a paper towel and wipe most if it away. Then, gently press a thin layer of refrigerated cookie dough into the cookie molds. Fill half with the pie filling and sprinkle in about 5 chips. You'd think the more chips the merrier, but it makes a gooey mess.

Slide into a warm 350 degree oven, and bake for 10 minutes or just until golden. Remove and let cool for 15 minutes.

Turn the pan upside down (see images above) while cooling. Gently tap the bottom of each mold before attempting to remove cookies from pan. You may need to coax them out with a butter knife. The longer they cool, the better so don't rush it. Enjoy your iced tea and conversation while you wait.

Once cookies are removed press one filled and one unfilled cookie together to form a cookie ravioli. These are delicious!


Sugar cookie molds waiting to be pressed together to form ravioli.

Completed ravioli cookies.

You can decorate your ravioli cookie with icing and sprinkles. We like them plain, the filling is rich. Sandwiching the two halves together makes the cookies fun to eat and less messy too!


Dessert Ravioli Cookie Sandwiches
Dessert ravioli cookie sandwiches.


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Blackberry Pork Chops Tenderloin

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Blackberry Pork Recipe

Remember when we used to buy paper copies of recipes instead of looking them up online? This blackberry pork chops recipe was originally published in an edition of, "Cooking Light." We made it and it tasted so amazing, but it called for 1 3/4 cup of fresh blackberries, which are often out of season or very costly. Our version of the blackberry pork tenderloin recipe replaces the fresh blackberries with blackberry all-fruit spread and the pork chops with pork tenderloins. Of course, a garnish of fresh blackberries, if you can find them, makes a pretty plate. For a beautiful Christmas brunch, serve it along side blackberry cobblerEnjoy!


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Blackberry Pork Chops Tenderloin


*Note:  This recipe is best if you allow the meat to marinate for 2 hours prior to cooking.


How to Make Blackberry Pork Recipe


Ingredients:  Serves 6-8

1/4 c. Blackberry Mustard, see recipe below
3/4 t. thyme, divided
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. allspice
1/4 t. cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 1/2 - 2 lb. pork tenderloin
1 T. olive oil
1 1/4 c. chicken broth, divided
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. cornstarch
2 T. water
Fresh blackberries (opt.)

How to Make Blackberry Mustard:

1/4 c. blackberry all-fruit spread
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. honey
1 t. balsamic vinegar
1/2 t. dry mustard


How to Make Blackberry Pork Recipe


Directions:  Combine 1/2 t. thyme with the next five ingredients. Mix well. Trim fat from pork. Rub pork with thyme mixture. Place in a shallow dish, cover, and chill 2 hours.

Prepare blackberry mustard. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in the refrigerator until needed.

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add oil. Heat at medium-high until hot. Add pork. Cook, rotating meat, until all sides are browned. Add 1/4 c. broth and balsamic to the skillet.Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until a meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees F, approx. 25-30 minutes. Check skillet after 15-20 minutes and add a little chicken broth or water if the skillet is becoming dry. Remove pork from skillet and keep warm.

Add remaining 1 C. broth and brown sugar to the skillet. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 c., approx. 5 minutes. Strain mixture to remove solids.

Mix cornstarch and water and add to a small saucepan. Whisk in the 1/2 c. strained mixture and 1/4 c. blackberry mustard. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Remove from heat and add remaining 1/4 t. thyme.

Slice pork. Spoon sauce onto pork. Garnish with fresh blackberries, if desired.


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Editable Printable Curriculum

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Free Printables, Free Royalty Free Clipart and Fonts? Yes, you can!


If you are looking for downloadable editable printables for the classroom check out TeacherSherpa. It is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers, but offers so much more. The printable curriculum is editable and fully customizable. Like TPT, there are free printable downloads available every month. Whether you are a teacher, a blogger, or a homeschool parent, you'll find awesome benefits on TeacherSherpa. The most amazing feature is that you can create your own printables to sell on TPT, earn royalties on TeacherSherpa, or even sell or giveaway on your own website. Enjoy!


Editable Printable Curriculum
At TeacherSherpa, you can make your own classroom materials and editable printables for free.

Elf on the Shelf Story: Game Ideas

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What's the Story behind Elf on the Shelf?


By now, you've probably heard of Elf on the Shelf. You've probably watched a YouTube video, searched Pinterest for Elf on the Shelf ideas for moving, or shared funny Elf on the Shelf memes on Facebook. But, what's the real Elf on the Shelf story? How did it came to be so popular? We've got that and more fun games and ideas for Elf on the Shelf. Enjoy!

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Elf on the Shelf Story: Game Ideas


Gift Ideas for Pet Parents

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Looking for Gifts for Pet Owners?


Do you have an adult child who considers their pets their kids? Are you said child? Maybe you or someone you know is retired and your pet is your whole world. What gifts are good for pet lovers? Well... if you are a one-day-to-be-crazy-cat-lady like me, (I'm not there yet because I have young children and a significant other) you've likely been on the receiving end of countless kitty knickknacks. Those kitty sculptures and bobble-heads can pile up pretty quickly. Before you know it, you're not just a crazy cat lady- now your'e a crazy hoarder too. You've got to stop that before it snowballs into cat hoarding. No one wants that. Instead, check out these gift ideas for pet parents. Enjoy!

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Gift Ideas for Pet Parents


8 Autumn Outdoor Play Ideas

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8 Fall Play Ideas

As the weather cools and we move toward winter, it is tempting to stay inside on the warm, comfy couch. It is important to stay active in the cooler months. Sure, you can go to an indoor facility like a bounce park, bowling alley, or indoor swimming, but fresh air and sunshine are just as important in autumn and winter months. There are plenty of ways to play outdoors. We're sharing a few ways that we get out and play with these 8 Autumn Outdoor Play Ideas for families. Enjoy!

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Best Pet Beds for Medium and Large Dogs

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Comfy Pet Bed for Dogs

If you are looking for a great dog bed, the Runyon Deluxe Pet Bed from Brentwood Home is one of the best pet beds for medium and large dogs. It is roomy enough for two medium sized dogs or lots of little ones. We were given this super durable, comfy pet bed for review. Guess what? We've got one for you too. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details. Enjoy!


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Best Pet Beds for Medium and Large Dogs
Best Pet Beds for Medium and Large Dogs.


5 Thanksgiving Garland Ideas

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Paper Thanksgiving Craft: Decorate with Garland


Decorate your dining room for Thanksgiving with cute fall garland you make together as a family. Use these ideas for paper garland decorations or let each family member design their own. Some fun Thanksgiving garland ideas include fall leaves, owls, turkeys, pumpkins or squash, pilgrim hats, tepees, or cornucopias. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Garland Ideas
Thanksgiving Garland Ideas.

Gift Ideas for Girls: Cute Cat Prints

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Cat Prints are Purrfect for Kitty Loving Girls


Do you have a little girl who loves cats? I know I do. We're always looking for cool cat print pants or dresses. When we saw this adorable cat print coat, we had to have it! Why not go all out and get a wardrobe of cat print clothing? Here's a great gift guide from jxstarkid on Amazon. Enjoy!

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This adorable kitty coat for girls (2=11 yrs), is perfect your cat loving baby girl.



Fun PE Games for Kids: PE Activities Gym Exercise

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 PE Games for Elementary Homeschoolers


Getting PE time in as a homeschooler is difficult. Sometimes, you have to get creative. Kids love to play tag! These physical education games for elementary focus on old favorites, but each one has a new twist. Learn the country of origin of many pe activities for kids. Kids will love to play these fun PE games indoors or outdoors. Enjoy!

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Fun PE Games for Kids: PE Activities Gym Exercise
Fun PE Games for Kids: PE Activities Gym Exercise.

10 Paper Bag Thanksgiving Crafts: Turkey

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Easy Paper Bag Turkey Craft and More


These paper bag Thanksgiving crafts are easy to make. Whether you make a cute turkey with preschoolers or carve up a roast turkey paper bag, you'll find a simple turkey craft to decorate your holiday table or use as an invitation to craft at the kids' table. Enjoy!


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10 Paper Bag Thanksgiving Crafts: Turkey
10 Paper Bag Thanksgiving Crafts: Turkey.

Personalized Gifts for Kids and Pets: Hoodies!

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NYFifth.com for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The holidays are upon us. It is time to purchase holiday gifts for everyone your list- including your pets and grandpets! We found a great website with amazing prices on personalized gifts that include shirts, hoodies, caps, and more. The best part is they also do personalized pet clothes! We're sharing our favorite picks for kids and pets. Enjoy!


At NYFifth Apparel, each item can be customized to include a name, logo, monogram, or a small personal message, so think of something fun that your pet or child would like to shout out to the world.



If you are looking for personalized dog clothes, you'll want to check out this adorable dog frill tee It is perfect for a puppy princess. It comes in fuchsia too!

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