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Have ya’ll seen Norm of the North yet? We finally got around to watching it this last week on our Smart TV for our family movie night and it was adorable! For us, family movie night is a big event every Friday night.
As a blended family, we only have one of the girls on the weekends. With them both being the same age, they are the best of friends. So that first night? It’s like a major sleepover. Snacks, pizza, games, piles of blankets, and movies. For Norm of the North, my girls decided to make Polar Bear Pawprint Cupcakes. They turned out adorable!
Making these were super easy. I just simply set out a variety of different items and let the kids decorate their own.
How to Make Polar Bear Cupcakes
Polar Bear Paws
- Cupcakes - we used a box mix
- Shredded Coconut
- Chocolate Cookies
- Small Round Chocolates
- Swedish Fish
Bake cupcakes as directed. Allow to cool.
Frost and cover with shredded coconut.
Decorate to look like a paw print! You may have to use extra frosting to help your decorations stick to the cupcakes.
Don’t be afraid to get creative, my girls had fun sticking Swedish Fish into their Polar Bear paws because Polar Bears love fish!
Currently we are using our Walmart Family Mobile Plan as the “Family” phone. Earlier this month, both of our girls approached us and asked for a cell phone…a conversation I was not quite ready for. It literally blindsided me, although I should have seen it coming as most of their friends already have cell phones. After a lot of discussions, we decided to get the girls their first phone, as a family phone – and I could not have hoped for a better start in introducing our girls to cell phones that the experience that we have had.
When Should You Introduce Your Child to a Cell Phone?
If you are on the fence about whether or not your child is ready for a cell phone there are a couple different things you should consider.
- How independent are your kids?
- Do your children need to be able to easily reach you?
- How responsible are your children?
- Can they understand and respect limits? Such as limits to data plans or app downloads?
- Can they be trusted to use their phone appropriately? Such as no texting during class or no uploading embarrassing photos of friends?
These were just some of the questions that we asked before deciding if our girls were ready to have a cell phone. Because we were unsure on some of these questions we decided to start with a family phone – one that the girls would share and that would be plugged into the family charging station every night before dinner. Our plan is that once the girls show us that they understand how to be safe and responsible with a cell phone we will then move them over to individual phones. For now though, we are working on teaching some basic cell phone rules.
To help our girls with this we even made a fun printable! I promise to work on making some alternatives of this in the near future so keep your eyes out! We printed ours out and hung it in the girls bedroom. I am in LOVE with how it turned out!
We even resized it and put it as a wall paper on their cell phone – so there is no excuse for them to forget 😉 If you plan on resizing yours for a phone wallpaper you will need to look in your user manual (or do an internet search) to find the display dimensions of your specific phone. There are even a couple apps on Google Play that will allow you to resize images, that make it super easy.
We went with the Samsung Galaxy Prime which we found on rollback for $129, originally $149. We went with this phone because it has a large 5″ Touch Screen and an awesome “Ultra Power Saving Mode” which has made it easy for my kids to use. Plus it is really nice to not have to worry about it running out of battery life when it is out with the kids. The other selling point for us was a great camera for both forward and front facing. As my girls get older they have been a lot more interested in helping out with the blog. There are actually quite a few recipes and activities on here that they have photographed. The 8MP camera allows me to encourage their entrepreneurial spirit without handing over my DSLR 😀
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Do your kids have a cell phone? Let us know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/3edbs or your local Walmart for current pricing.