Hit a grand slam with Rice Krispies Treats®

Tomorrow marks the opening day of our town”s baseball, softball and t-ball season.  For the first time, my husband is an official coach.. and my blog is actually an official sponsor of a team!  It’s all very exciting.  While Opening Day for our beloved Red Sox was a few weeks ago, as with the rest of the MLB, we’re up for having fun with anything baseball related regardless of an ‘occasion.’  It’s a fun sport to play and really fun to watch (yes, even Little League games)! Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®, Major League Baseball® and legendary shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., are teaming up to help families unlock the fun this baseball season with their favorite snack. We whipped up some baseball treats to share with the team tomorrow to share and surprise the kids! This post is sponsored by Rice Krispies Treats®- who challenged me to #BeKreative with their fun treats!Tracking Pixel

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What baseball fan wouldn’t want to play catch with Cal Ripken? Until April 30, 2015, Kellogg’s will be looking for another fan to hang out with Cal during All-Star Week. Enter to win by tweeting a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats using hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps and Kellogg’s will select a winner! Even if you aren’t the Grand Prize Winner, you could be one of 50 lucky First Prize winners to get a Rawlings baseball signed by Mr. Ripken, or one of 50 Second Prize winners who will receive a Rawlings baseball and Wilson glove!

 

 

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Don’t forget to enter Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® presents MLB Play Catch with Cal Online Instant Win Game here: http://bit.ly/1EP602i  The specially marked packages are only around until July 1, 2015, so grab them while you can!

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Find year-round inspiration for family fun with Rice Krispies Treats® at www.KelloggsFamilyRewards.com. You can also vote for your favorite creations for the chance to win more exciting prizes.

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Want to make some fun Baseball Rice Krispies Treats®?

Ingredients

Rice Krispies Treats® (grab the specially marked Cal Ripken box so you can get an entry!)

White icing

Red icing (you can use any color- our team is red so I did red for ours)

Directions

Remove Rice Krispies Treats® from packaging

With white icing, outline your baseball themed shapes onto the Rice Krispies Treats®

Add your color to accent the shapes- red for baseball stitching, jersey numbers, etc.

You can let these set for a bit and then package them in clear cellophane bags for the kids to bring home, but chances are, they are just going to want to grab one and devour it before you get far!!

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy Rice Krispies Treats®?  And, what’s your favorite baseball team? Who is your favorite player? 

 

 

Hit a grand slam with Rice Krispies Treats

Hit a grand slam with Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients

  • Rice Krispies Treats® (grab the specially marked Cal Ripken box so you can get an entry!)
  • White icing
  • Red icing (you can use any color- our team is red so I did red for ours)

Instructions

  1. Remove Rice Krispies Treats® from packaging
  2. With white icing, outline your baseball themed shapes onto the Rice Krispies Treats®
  3. Add your color to accent the shapes- red for baseball stitching, jersey numbers, etc.
  4. You can let these set for a bit and then package them in clear cellophane bags for the kids to bring home, but chances are, they are just going to want to grab one and devour it before you get far!!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

Celebrating the American Worker

When school is back in swing and my kids are just getting settled in their routine, Labor Day rolls around. For the kids, this means a day off from school while for adults, it has a different meaning. This is a day we are able to show the workforce how much we appreciate them. By celebrating the American worker, we are able to say “thank you” for all they do. This message holds especially true for those people whose positions are so important but are not always congratulated for their hard work. This resonates with me when I think of people whose jobs may not even be a blip on our radar. You know, those people who have a job that without it, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy many things we take for granted. When I was given the opportunity to partner with Kronos to promote the American worker, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

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For instance, what about the person who makes baseball bats? I know, right?! We sure do love a good baseball game and cheer on the players, but without the man behind the craftsmanship of those baseball bats, the game would ever see their first run. Kronos, the leader in workforce management solutions, is there to help their clients manage time and attendance records, worker’s schedules, absence records, HR and payroll, hiring, and labor analytics solutions and services. They also have a web series entitle, “1 in one hundred million”, which was put in place to share the personal stories of people who do these important jobs which are often left unrecognized. In the past, the series highlighted ordinary people in the workforce like a firefighter, a nurse, a union electrician, and this month, the man behind the making of those baseball bats!

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One of those people is Brett Laxton, a former major league pitcher, who now makes hand crafted wood baseball bats for Marucci Sports. Brett himself pitched for the Oakland Athletics in 1999, and the Kansas City Royals in 2000.

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In 1993, pitching for LSU, Brett set a College World Series final game record throwing 16 strikeouts to win the championship. Some of the top MLB players, including such greats as Albert Pujols, David Ortiz (AKA Big Papi, my favorite player from the Red Sox), Andrew McCutchen, José Bautista, and Chase Utley, are just a few who are using bats made by Brett.

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Be sure to head over to the 1 in one hundred million site and subscribe (it’s free!) so you can see more in the series. Next month, the series continues with a  a sergeant in the National Guard, who offers security for major events.

Baseball Decor – DIY Baseball Wreath

Our family loves everything baseball, especially Boston Red Sox Baseball and Baseball Decor like this DIY Baseball Wreath.  We have tons of baseballs around our house but none that my son was willing to part with and I really wanted the baseballs to look aged and well used so I headed to the thrift stores and found enough to create this great wreath just in time to show my love of baseball for the end of this season.

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Baseball Decor – DIY Baseball Wreath

Supplies:

  • used baseballs (quantity depends on how big you want the wreath)
  • wire wreath form or wire coat hanger
  • small screws
  • copper wire
  • ribbon
  • wooden letter (to represent your team or monogram for last name)
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • paint

Instructions:

I like to make things from stuff around the house as much as I can and keep costs down so instead of purchasing a wire wreath form, I used an old wire coat hanger.  I took bent it into a circle but left the hook part of the hanger in place.  I knew that the wreath would be heavy so I thought this would be the best way to hang the wreath when it was finished.

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To attach the balls to the wreath, I inserted small screws into each one.  I didn’t have to drill wholes as the screws went into the balls very easily.  I used pliers to hold and twist the screws rather than a screw driver because I didn’t want to chance the screw slipping.

Once the screws were in each ball, I cut a length of copper wire and twisted it around each screw.

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This copper wire then gets twisted around the wire wreath form or coat hanger to hold the ball in place.  Add wire to each ball and attach them to the wreath.

Use a small amount of hot glue between each ball to keep them from shifting or slipping.

I also used a bit of hot glue to cover the wire and screw on the back of the ball.  This will keep it from scratching the door or wall where you hang the wreath.

I purchased a small wooden B and painted it red for Boston Red Sox and blue ribbon to keep with the team colors.  I tied a simple bow in the ribbon and attached it to the back of the B with hot glue and attached the bow to the wreath.

It’s a great wreath for the front door of the house or would be perfect for a boy’s bedroom!

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Futures at Fenway with Kidz Bop

A few weeks ago we were invited to visit Fenway Park in Boston for a fun day of watching Baseball and Kidz Bop for the Futures at Fenway program.   We got to see Boston’s Double A affiliate, the Portland Seadogs play against the Harrisburg Senators.  The Seadogs won with a final score of 5-2.

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We had great seats behind home plate and loaded up on hot dogs, peanuts, pretzels and cotton candy.  It was a gorgeous day at a historic and cool ball field.  This was the first time in the history of Fenway Park that they allowed dogs in the park, we even saw one man carrying his cat.

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The game was followed by a Kidz Bop concert and then we spent a couple of hours walking up Newbury Street and at Faneuil Hall.  It was really a great family day.

 

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Keep your eye out for more Futures at Fenway days.  It was a really great experience for us and we would go again.  Futures at Fenway gives families a really affordable way to visit the park– ticket prices are just $5-30 for the event and all concessions are half off.  That’s a huge savings!  It also lets the Double A affiliate teams have a chance to play in the park as well.  This year, dogs were invited (with a signed release/waiver at the entrance) to enjoy the event as well.  We’ll be going next summer as a group with friends- won’t you join us?