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One of our unofficial Baby-sitters Club rules is to play as hard as we work! Some of us love fixing snacks to relax, while others like playing sports or doing girly stuff, but we all love to chill and have fun together (especially after a bratty sitting-charge!). You’re guaranteed to never be bored again ‘cause all the stuff we do, you can, too!
Recipes
KRISTY'S RED IGLOOS
Perfect activity for a hot day. You will need the following items:
  • An Ice Cube Tray
  • Red Fruit Juice (Cherry, Cranberry, or Pomegranate will work well)
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Popsicle Stick
  • A Kitchen Freezer
Step 1: Pour your red fruit juice into the ice cube tray until every compartment is filled to the top.
Step 2: Once filled, stretch a sheet of plastic wrap tightly over the top of the tray.
Step 3: With the plastic wrap in place, take your popsicle sticks and carefully push one into the center of each cube, going directly through the plastic wrap.
Step 4: Once all spaces have a stick, carefully slide the tray into the freezer and wait exactly one hour.
Step 5: Remove the tray from the freezer and remove the plastic film.
Step 6: Consume! You now have your very own Red Igloos! Tasty and cool.
CLAUDIA'S FLUFFER NUTTERELLA SANDWICH
Nothing tastier has ever been placed between two slices of bread. You will need the following items:
  • Bread (2 slices per person)
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nutella® Hazelnut Spread
  • Two Butter Knives
  • One Spoon
Step 1: Take two slices of bread and place them on a plate.
Step 2: Using your first butter knife, spread peanut butter evenly on one slice of bread.
Step 3: Using your second butter knife, spread Nutella® evenly on the other slice of bread.
Step 4: Using your spoon, scoop two generous dollops of marshmallow fluff onto each slice of bread.
Step 5: With the back of your spoon, spread the fluff until it covers the peanut butter or Nutella® evenly.
Step 6: Combine bread slices to make a sandwich and enjoy!
Optional: Use cookie cutters to divide your sandwiches into fun shapes.
MARY ANNE'S POPCORN CREATION
When the snack attack hits, you’ve got to be prepared with this crunch cravings killer! You will need the following items:
  • 8 large or 80 small marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chocolate chips or nuts (optional)
  • 1 Bag of popcorn, popped
Step 1: Put butter, brown sugar and pinch of salt in a microwave-safe bowl and melt on HIGH. Watch carefully!
Step 2: Add the marshmallows and cook on HIGH until melted together. Stir after each minute.
Step 3: Immediately pour on popcorn if you want it to be sticky, but if you like crunch, let it cool for about 3 minutes before tossing on your popcorn.
Step 4: If you're feeling creative, add in some chocolate chips for a sweet treat or some nuts for added crunch power! (You would add them in as you mix the caramel with the popcorn).
Step 5: Pour over popcorn, mix well and enjoy!
STACEY'S MUD CLUMPS
Tastier than they sound. You will need the following items:
  • 3 Whole Apples
  • Peanut Butter (Chunky or Smooth)
  • Raisins
  • Cutting Knife
  • Butter Knife
  • Core Remover
Step 1: Using your core remover, apply pressure to the center of each apple and pull out the seeded core.
Step 2: Using your cutting knife, carefully slice the cored apples into quarters, and then, cut each quarter once more in half.
Step 3: With your butter knife, apply the peanut butter to the entire surface of each apple slice.
Step 4: Now that your slices are covered in peanut butter, sprinkle the raisins on top.
Step 5: Place the apple slices in the fridge for one hour.
Step 6: Present your super tasty mud clumps!
DAWN’S HUNGER HIKE (TRAIL MIX)
Great for goody bags or as a snack. You will need the following items:
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup dried pineapple
  • 1 cup dried apple pieces
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1.5 cup chocolate chips
  • A large bowl
  • A measuring cup
  • Plastic snack bags
Step 1: Position your large bowl on a stable counter surface.
Step 2: Using your measuring cup, add each of the specified
ingredients into the large bowl.
Step 3: Once all the ingredients have been entered into the bowl,
mix them thoroughly.
Step 4: You’re done. Just scoop your trail mix into your snack bags.
Optional: Tie a decorative ribbon around the top of your plastic bag
to give it a splash of color.
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Activities
KRISTY'S FLASHLIGHT TAG
What better way to play on a warm summer's night? This is the ultimate summer game!

Gather all your brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors because you need at least 4 people to have a good game.

Step 1: To start, each player needs a flashlight.
Step 2: One player is chosen to be it, or the tagger. (Most people don't want to be it so we usually throw all of our flashlights in a pile. Then, someone closes their eyes and grabs one - whoever owns that flashlight is it!)
Step 3: The tagger stands at an agreed-upon starting place and counts out loud to 60 while the other players run and hide. (Just some advice: turn off your flashlights unless absolutely necessary; otherwise, the tagger can easily find your hiding place!)
Step 4: When the tagger finishes counting, s/he finds and tags the other players using the flashlight beam. (If you are up for a challenge, you can make a rule that the tagger has to actually tag the other players, but you should make that clear before you start.)
Step 5: The first player tagged will be it in the next round. But remember, the game is not over until all of the players are tagged.

One last tip: Dress in black!
CLAUDIA'S GHOST STORIES
Whether you're outspoken and sassy or soft-spoken and shy, these tips will help you become the most gifted ghost story teller on the block. Soon, your ghost stories will be known around the neighborhood for being the most terrifyingly awesome!

Atmosphere (for Fear!)
To help make your story more real, add some appropriate
props like suspenseful music (you know, the kind they play
when something bad is going to happen in a scary movie)
or the ghastly glow of a flashlight held under your face in
the dark. Of course you'll want to dim the lights – you can't
see ghosts in broad daylight! Tell the story inside if you
need to, but the best place to tell (and hear) a ghost story
is gathered in the woods around a campfire.

The Art of Delivery
How you tell the story makes a huge difference in how people receive it. Make ghoulish voices for the characters and pause at the most spine tingling parts of the story. Build suspense, intrigue and learn to play off the crowd. Extra points if you get a friend to jump out at an especially frightful moment (planned ahead, of course).

Personalize the Story
Make the location of your ghost story your hometown and personalize it by referring to well known landmarks in your city or neighborhood. You can even put yourself in the story and say that you saw the terror in person! The more personal you make the story, the scarier it will be to your audience.
MARY ANNE'S COOTIE-CATCHERS*
Why spend tons of money on a creepy fortune teller? Cootie-catchers are an inexpensive and fun way to predict the future for you and your friends. Who will get their crush? Who will be the next president? The cootie-catcher knows all.

Step 1: If you start with a standard sheet of paper you will need to make it square by folding one corner over to the edge and cutting off the extra flap.
Step 2: Unfold it and you now have a square.
Step 3: Fold the opposite corners and crease again.
Step 4: Unfold so you are back to the square.
Step 5: Next, fold each corner point into the center of the creases.
Step 6: Next, flip it over and fold all four corner points into the center again.
Step 7: Write the numbers 1-8 on each of the triangles.
Step 8: Lift up the flaps and write the fortunes under here.
Step 9: Flip it over and color or write the name of a different color on each flap.
Step 10: Flip it back over and stick your two thumbs and two forefingers into each of the 4 flap pockets. Ask your friends to pick a number and let the fortune-telling begin!
*(Sourced from http://www.momsminivan.com/article-cootie-catcher.html)
STACEY'S GLAM YOUR GARMENTS
If you ever felt like your outfit needed that extra something, we
think we have it. Grab some of your closest girlfriends and the following items:
  • Fabric Markers (Set of 10)
  • Any of your boring clothes
  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
Step 1: Using your scrap paper and pencil, draw an outline of your clothing item.
Step 2: Within the outline draw any patterns, shapes, or images you think would be cool.
Note 1: Imagination is key. Have fun with it!
Note 2: If you're not confident in your drawing, consider printing some outline images from the Internet.
Step 3: Decide in advance what colors you think would work best for your design.
Step 4: Now that you've settled on a design, the colors used in the design, and know where it will be placed on your clothing item, begin replicating the design on your actual clothing.
Note: Be careful with your markers. Once you draw something, it is permanent.
Step 5: When you are finished with your design, allow a little time for it to dry.
Step 6: Your creation is complete. Show off your new style!
DAWN’S FRIENDSHIP BRACELET
You have your friends, but how do you know your friendship is the real deal? Make it official with friendship bracelets, of course! Try one at your next party or as a gift for an upcoming birthday. You will need the following items:
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Step 1: Pick four colors of the embroidery floss. (Choose your friend’s favorites!)
Step 2: Using your tape, secure the top knot to a desk or hard surface, allowing your strings to extend freely below.
Step 3: Using your tape, secure the top knot to a desk or hard surface, allowing your strings to extend freely below.
Step 4: Pick up your first string, and loop it over then under your second string. Hold your second string straight as you pull the first string to make a knot.
Step 5: Repeat Step 4, creating a double knot.
Step 6: Take your first string and make a double knot (See Steps 4 and 5) around your third string.
Step 7: Take your first string and make a double knot (See Steps 4 and 5) around your fourth string.
Step 8: Repeat Steps 4-7 starting with your left strand, making double knots across each of the other strands.
Step 9: Continue until you’ve formed the entire bracelet.
Step 10: To complete your bracelet, tie one knot with all of the strings. Trim off any extra string.
PERSONALITY PROFILE
CREATE YOUR OWN FLYER
*(for use with Personality Profile, Word Find and Secret Message)
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Ultimate Slumber Party Checklist
STACEY'S CHECKLIST FOR THE ULTIMATE SLUMBER PARTY
Slumber parties are such a fun way to bring your girl friends together and celebrate just because! In order to have the best slumber party ever, consider these tips below.

SLEEPING BAGS
  • Bring a comfy one along, even though you might just stay up all night having fun.
TOOTHBRUSH
  • Don't forget yours. Nobody wants cavities or bad breath in the morning.
FOOD
  • Dinner is important. Making a healthy, homemade pizza together is especially fun!
  • Snacks and drinks are just as important. Alsays have plenty of snack items (pretzels, popcorn, cookies, chips) and drink options (water, soda, diet soda, fruit juice) available throughout the night.
GAMES
  • Board games or quizzes can get the party going.
    Choose games that are more interactive so everyone
    can get involved.
TRUTH OR DARE
  • Truthfully, it's a lot of fun, if you dare to play!
  • Rules are simple. Ask someone truth or dare.
    They get to pick. If they pick truth, you can ask them
    any question and they must tell the truth. If they pick
    dare, they must perform the dare that you give them.
MAKE-OVER
  • Restyle your friend's look.
BREAKFAST
  • Easy option: set out cereal and juice for everyone and let them choose.
  • Fun idea: set a make-your-own-omelet bar, with lots of veggies, cheeses, and toppings to choose from!
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Ultimate Birthday Party Checklist
MARY ANNE'S CHECKLIST FOR THE ULTIMATE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Birthdays are special so the celebrations should be, too! I've done my share of great ideas for birthday parties in the past. You should have seen Kristy's face when I created Kristy Day and had a full parade march past her house. Follow my tips below and you will also be celebrating an unforgettable birthday.

CAKE
  • Ice cream, chocolate, angel food, the options are endless. Choose one that fits the birthday person's taste.
CANDLES
  • Place the number of candles equal to the age the birthday person is turning on top of the cake.
  • For added fun, you can always buy those gag candles that light back up after you blow them out.
PLATES, NAPKINS, UTENSILS
  • Parties have lots of food. Make sure you have these so people can eat with ease.
GARBAGE AREAS
  • Have multiple areas planned out for garbage. This will make clean up much easier for you at the end of the party.
GIFTS
  • Make sure they're all wrapped and labeled!
  • Remember—a thoughtful gift always beats
    out an expensive gift.
  • Include a card, adding a personal message
    to the inside.
PARTY FAVORS
  • Candy, special t-shirts, small toys, and other
    goodies—let your guests go home with something
    they can remember forever.
INVITATIONS
  • Surround yourself or the birthday person with their favorite people in the whole world.
FOOD AND RSVP
  • Make sure people RSVP to the invitations so you know how much food you will need.
  • People with special food needs should be told to call you in advance.
DECORATIONS
  • Go all out with your creativity. Balloons, party hats, personalized banners, matching tablecloths—pick a theme and stick to it.
ACTIVITIES
  • It all depends on the birthday person and the time of year. Is it summertime? Maybe a pool party is best. Is a favorite movie of theirs coming out? Maybe they want the entire party to go together.
  • Set your interests aside and make it all about the birthday person.
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