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Easy Minecraft Birthday Cake & Party Ideas

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My middle child is turning 5.  Because Minecraft is all the rage around my house he wanted a Minecraft party.

Because I have a seven week old I am tired and did not do a lot of planning ahead.

Somewhat last minute I starting searching Pinterest for a cake idea all things Minecraft party. I was  totally impressed and completely overwhelmed by the cakes I found. They had fondant and cake spray paint and so much more.

I would love to one day take cake decorating classes,  but as that has not happened yet I was looking for easy. Like really easy.  It just didn’t seem to exist. So, I chose the easiest Minecraft character I could think of and went with it.

The Cake

Here is my Creeper Cake.

Bake your caked in a 16x9in pan, cut it in half and cover with green icing.

For the face I used a Hershey bar. It only takes one. Four squares for each of the eyes, one for the “nose”, six for the mouth and a half a square for the bottom of the mouth. Done.  My 5 year old will love it.

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For the Minecraft decorations I used free printables from Catch My Party.  The banner was so cute.

Minecraft-party-printableHere is how we used some of them:

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Food:

Carrots-Carrots :)

Diamonds- Blueberries (I didn’t think ahead, blue ring pops would have been great for this)

Gold Bars- Pineapple

TNT- Red twizzlers wrapped with TNT  printable from here

Cookies- Mini chips ahoy cookies

Redstone- Red raspberries

Coal-Dark chocolate covered raisins

I also wrapped  TNT & Creeper printable from here  around some party poppers.

And there you have it – an easy Minecraft birthday party!

 

What are your best homemade cakes/ideas!?  Here are a few more of my humble attempts.  They are not even close to perfect but I love the idea of always making my boys their favorite cakes. :)

In my career as a mom I have tried Elmo cupcakes

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I have tried a LEGO cake

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WBIR Mornings With Fox 43 Deal Round Up 4/28/15

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Good Morning!  Here is a breakdown of all the deals I talked about this morning on Mornings with Fox 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!

Deals for Today!

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Through  today ,The Children’s Place is offering 50% off + free shipping on all orders when you use coupon code PLACE3 at checkout. This is a great chance to stock up on summer clothes and accessories.  You can get flip flops for under $2 shipped!

 

Deals for This Week

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Krispy Kreme

April 28, 2015, Krispy Kreme is celebrating Super Hero Day with a free dozen doughnuts when you purchase another dozen. No coupon needed.

If your super hero is a mom, dad,  teacher, local law enforcement, etc Kripsy Kreme want to help you celebrate them. So grad a dozen and share a dozen.

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Target: Huggies Pull-Ups as Low as $3.69 + More

Buy 1 Huggies Pull-Ups Jumbo Pack priced $7.99-$8.99
$2 off Pull-Ups training pants Target store coupon found here
stack with the 5% off Huggies Pull-Ups Cartwheel Offer (will deduct $0.30 if they are $7.99)
stack with$2.00 off PULL-UPS Training Pant s coupon
Final cost =as low as only $3.69

Plus is you use your Target RedCard debit card you’ll save another 5%!

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$45 for 1-Year Sam’s Plus Club Membership, $20 Gift Card & Food Vouchers

Through May 4th,  Groupon is offering new Sam’s members a One-Year Sam’s Plus Club Membership, a $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card, AND three FREE Fresh-Food Vouchers for ONLY $45 (a $142.94 value!). The free food vouchers alone are valued at $22.94 and include vouchers for a rotisserie chicken, a container of Italian Rose Fresh Salsa and Gourmet cupcakes 8-count.

Because this is a Sam’s Plus Membership you will also get:

$10 cash rewards for every $500 in qualifying purchases, up to $500 annually
$130 in special members-only instant savings
Early shopping hours, 7 a.m. Monday – Saturday (hours may vary by club)

Expires Jul 27th, 2015. Limit 1/person. Not valid for membership renewal. Not valid for current members or those that were members less than 6 months before 4/21/15. Valid for U.S. locations only; not valid in Puerto Rico. Not valid until 4/24/15. No refunds for purchased vouchers. Must activate membership in club by 7/27/15; membership expires 1 year from activation date.

 




This Month

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Looking for a fun and frugal activity this summer?

It is easy, sign up at KidsBowlFree.com to get a voucher for two free games of bowling for each of your children every single day all summer long. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.

Follow these simple instructions to sign up:

Register your children online
Select a participating bowling alley (there are 3 in the Knoxville area!)
At the beginning of each week, you’ll receive tickets that your children can use.
Head to your local bowling alley & enjoy!
*You will  have to pay for shoe rental, but it’s still a great deal!

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CVS

April 26 through May 23rd scan your ExtraCare® Rewards card at the Coupon Center for their 30% off select product lines including CVS Brand, Gold Emblem Abound, Gold Emblem, Total Home, and Caliber coupon. (Limit of one coupon each week per ExtraCare member.)

You will also receive a Free reusable shopping bag with purchase! All of CVS store brand product lines and CVS Brand products come with a 100% money-back

Offer excludes sale items, vitamins, sun-care products, gift with purchase offers, CVS/pharmacy gift cards, clearance and all products containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine and items limited by law.

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Win Free Tickets to Junior League of Knoxville’s 2015 Bag-A-Bargain Rummage Sale!

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One of Knoxville’s biggest and best rummage sales is almost here! The Junior League of Knoxville’s Bag-A-Bargain sale will take place on Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park (near the Knoxville Zoo).

The Junior League of Knoxville’s Bag-A-Bargain is an outstanding one-day rummage sale that raises funds to support over 20 child and family community programs in the Knoxville area. You will find rows and rows of amazing items at less than yard sale prices. This sale has everything from automotive, baby supplies and clothing, to books, collectibles, furniture and more!

You will definitely want to check out the Treasure Chest department which includes wonderful antiques, brand new items from favorite Knoxville retailers, and gently used designer clothing.
Tickets to this sale are just $5, and you can get $1 off each ticket at the door by bringing a canned food item to donate, too. There’s also a coupon in the Knoxville Schools Coupon Book (but you can’t combine discounts). Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. the day of the sale, doors open at 8 a.m., and the line to get in will definitely start forming before that!

 

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Want to win tickets to this great sale and find some amazing deals of your own?! The Junior League of Knoxville has generously given me tickets to give away to some lucky Coupon Katie readers! Two of you will win two tickets each, it is always more fun to find deals with a friend. :) Just use the form below to enter. Good Luck!!

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LEGO Cake ANYONE Can Make

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Here it is. The LEGO cake anyone can make. How do I know anyone can make it? Because I made it. If I can, trust me, you can.

I started with a Pillsbury cake mix from the pantry- I am sure I grabbed it on sale at some point.  This was my sweet “helper”.

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I was planning to make a 9×13 cake, cut out two rectangles, stack them and make a longer cake. However, I could find neither of my 9×13 pans. I know where I left one after Thanksgiving but the other is probably gone for good…. I had already made the batter and promised the cake so it was time to improvise. I used two square 8×8 pans. LEGOS can be square right?
*Note-there are no baking times for square 8×8 so I just use the round cake times and watched them closely. It was about 32 minutes at 350.

Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 9.46.38 AMThen I cut the tops a little to make them flat and easy to stack. (and maybe to have a small snack)

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Enter my next two easy ingredients.
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So most of you probably know this, but for my fellow non bakers, put a thin layer of icing on one cake then stack the other on top. You can also use the the icing to “glue” two Oreos together and then to the top of the cake.

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Then  icing the cake. I tried making it blue. I may have needed a little more blue food color but I was afraid it would taste odd. SO, when you make your cake you can just do a better job. (It looks a little more grey in this pic then it really is.)

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And there it is! The easiest LEGO cake ever. Hopefully, your icing will look smoother. I tried fixing it after I let it sit in the fridge for a bit. Do not do that. It only makes it worse.

Happy birthday to my 9 year old. Your mom is not a great cake baker, but she loves you very much.

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Coupon Katie Giveaway: Win a Family 4-Pack of Passes to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents: Built to Amaze! (4 winners!)

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The circus is coming to town! This year, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present a show called Built to Amaze at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, and tickets are on sale now!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!® is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages™ find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth. The foundation is set with the rising anticipation of high-energy, high jinks and hilarity. The audience will be transported by the appearance of colorful circus machinery unleashed from shipping crates right before their eyes from Thursday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22. The party starts at Ringling Bros.® Presents Built To Amaze!® with the All Access Pre-show an hour before show time, where everyone is invited to join the fun on the arena floor and meet the international cast of performers. Audiences can pick up hip dance moves during the dance party, try on custom costumes, learn circus skills like juggling from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and even have the opportunity to witness and win a one-of-a-kind masterpiece created by one of the world-famous Ringling Bros. painting pachyderms!

Ringmaster Andre McClain leads Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze! as the funny and mischievous circus supervisor, constructing The Greatest Show On Earth alongside award-winning comedic clown Davis Vassallo. Ringling Bros. combines the high-energy and fiery competition of basketball with the next generation of whirling unicyclists, the legendary King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City! Building it big, an amazing aerial casting act performed by the Dobrovitskiy Troupe will stun audiences as they toss and flip through the air only by the catch and release of each other’s hands while standing on a stilt-like platform. The show is Engineered for Excitement and Custom Built for Family Fun and also features a single trapeze, a crossbow act and lots more!

You can currently purchase tickets at KnoxvilleTickets.com or by phone at 865-656-4444 or 877-995-9961. Enter code MOM for $5 off! (Not valid on day of show or for VIP, VIP Floor or front row seating.) You can also buy tickets in person at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box Office.

Ticket prices: $15, $20, $25 with limited number of $35 VIP, $55 VIP Floor & $65 front row seating available. Ticket prices differ by day, with Thursday’s performance offering some discounts.

Show times are as follows:

Thursday, February 19 at 7 pm
Friday, February 20 at 10:30 am & 7 pm
Saturday, February 21 at 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, February 23 at 3 pm

I’m excited to say the generous folks at Feld Entertainment have given me passes to give away to you all!

I am giving away four family 4-packs of passes; these passes can be exchanged for tickets at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum box office, and are good for all reserved seating tickets except for front row and VIP tickets. You’ll want to redeem passes as early as possible to get the best seats!

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Knoxville Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway

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Feld Motor Sports® announced that tickets for Monster Jam®, the world’s premier Monster Jam truck series, are now on sale for Knoxville. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $20 with $25 Gold Circle, $30 VIP and $45 Front Row seating available. All Kids tickets are just $10*.
Tickets are available at   www.KnoxvilleTickets.com, 865-656-4444, or the Thompson-Boling Arena Box Office. Coupon Katie readers can save $5 per ticket (not valid on premium or kid tickets)!  Just purchase your tickets here and enter the coupon code MOM.

Monster Jam will be performing at the Thompson-Boling Arena:

Friday, January 16 7:30pm
Saturday, January 17 7:30pm

The event will feature for the FIRST TIME EVER in Knoxville, Young Guns Champion OVERKILL EVOLUTION, and HIGHER EDUCATION! Also coming to Knoxville are BLACK STALLION, MONSTER MUTT ROTTWEILER, FULL BOAR, and BARBRIAN.

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 10n0 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

The Party in the Pits Saturday 5pm to 6:30pm gives fans the opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet the drivers of the massive Monster Jam trucks. Tickets for Party in the Pits just $10.

You can find more information on the Monster Jam here   or follow Monstter Jam on Facebook  or Twitter.

Two lucky Coupon Katie readers will win a family four (4) pack of tickets to the Friday January 16th Monster Jam in Knoxville! 

Use the form below to enter! Good Luck!

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Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum Attraction Groupon Deal- Great Holiday Trip or Gift Idea!

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Right now Groupon is offering a deal on the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge! If you are heading to the Smokie Mountains this holiday season or if you’re looking for a unique gift this is a great way to save!

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You can chose from two deals:

$33.50 for admission for two adults ($54 value)
$55 for admission for two adults and two children ($79 value)

Admission includes use of audio guides. (My kiddos and I LOVED the audio guides!)

Here is a little info about the Titanic Museum Attraction: In 1987—75 years after the RMS Titanic sank—John Joslyn helped lead an expedition to the bottom of the sea to photograph the wreck and bring up artifacts. Today, the gigantic museum he founded holds authentic items from the Titanic numbering in the thousands and valued at $4.5 million. Accoutrements of Edwardian life that range from cutlery to deck chairs fill meticulously accurate reproductions of the million-dollar grand staircase, the third-class sleeping rooms, and the cozy second-class space between the floorboards. Families make their way through interactive attractions at their own pace as they sit in a full-size lifeboat, walk up the grand staircase, feel exactly how cold 28-degree water is, touch an iceberg, steer the ship, and learn to send an SOS signal. The walk-through experience lasts approximately two hours.

You can read about our last trip here– it is about time we go again!

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