Stuff We Love… INSTAGRAM!

Amy Michelle Go Totes is officially on Instagram! We couldn’t be more excited.

Check out our page at https://instagram.com/amymichellegototes/.

Now that we’re officially on Instagram, there are a few mommas that we love following!

See our top 5 instagramers below:

Giuliana Rancic

With adorable photos of her precious husband and tot Duke, we want to check out her profile on the daily!

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C/O Instagram

 

Gisele Bundchen

Forever classy and sassy, Gisele posted this glamorous photo with her daughter in support of breast feeding.

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C/O Instagram

 

Shay Shull (Mix and Match Mama)

One of our favorite mom bloggers, and also sister to past Bachelor Sean Lowe, has the cutest family. Not to mention she links to fun recipes and her favorite sales!

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C/O Mix and Match Mama

 

Kourtney Kardashian

This loving momma posts many pictures of her adorable kids, but also of her fabulous house! Check out the picture below of her daughter Penelope’s nursery.

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C/O Instagram

 

Taylor Swift

Young, fun and ever a class act. Swift’s Instagram will make you wish you were best friends!

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C/O Instagram

 

Okay, those are our top 5 picks… who are yours?

Remember to follow us on Instagram! We not only post lots of fun pictures, but special giveaway deals as well!

https://instagram.com/amymichellegototes/

Things We Love- Cheap & Fun Summer Activities!

Looking for some great ideas for summer activities to entertain your kids without spending a fortune? Well we have found some great ideas for you to try this summer!

Bike Parade

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C/O Parents

Post flyers or signs around your neighborhood for the little ones to decorate their bikes! Decorate them with flyers, stickers, streamers, balloons, and anything you would like! Set a time for them to all cruise around and show off their rides while the parents applaud and take pictures!

Create an Obstacle Course

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C/O Parents

Create an obstacle course in your backyard with hula hoops, jump ropes, a hose, a sprinkler, or anything you can think of! Let your kids and neighborhood kids go through the obstacle course while you time them! A little friendly competition is always fun!

Neighborhood Game Night

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C/O Parents

Everyone remembers childhood memories playing games in their neighborhood like kick the can and ghost in the graveyard! They are a blast! Designate one day each week where you and your neighbors come together to play a game like kickball, softball, capture the flag, kick the can, and ghost in the graveyard! The parents can switch off as referees each time! For rules to tons of different games click here.

Hopefully you will get a chance this summer to try some of these great ideas! While making lasting memories, you and your kids will definitely be having a blast!

Things We Love… Family Friendly Movies

Now that we have hit another cold spell with rainy showers (and even snow in some places!) we thought it was high time to blog about one of our favorite indoor activities… cuddling up and watching a movie. With kids we’re sure that you’re quite familiar with the new family friendly releases. But what about the classics? Introduce your family to these cinematic gems this rainy, cold spring and get everyone in the mood to sing in the rain.

Singing in the Rain

Found on Amazon for $7.50. Your kids love for this musical? Priceless.

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C/O TCM

 

The Sound of Music

We love Julie Andrews. Need we say more?!

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C/O albanykid.com

 

Mary Poppins

No seriously, we really love Julie Andrews!

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C/O aufeminin.com

 

Swiss Family Robinson

We apologize in advance for your kids wanting an incredible tree house for the rest of their childhood, but this movie is just too good to not include!

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Which movie did we forget to add to our list?! Comment your favorite movie and we’ll include it for the summer edition!

Things We Love- Smoothies!

With the temperatures increasing outside and some of us wanting to “shed” a few pounds to get ready for swimsuit season it can be hard not to run for the ice cream in the freezer! Luckily, a great alternative is a smoothie! Not only is this delicious smoothie simple to make but it is vegetarian, gluten free, and low fat! Better yet, it tastes like dessert!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries

3/4 cup milk (any type of milk will work)

1 tsp. butter extract (found in the baking aisle typically or can be substituted for vanilla extract but won’t have the exact same shortcake taste)

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C/O Amy’s Healthy Baking

How to make:

Add all of the ingredients to the blender and pulse the mixture until smooth. Pour into your glass and enjoy! We hope you find this smoothie to be as delicious as we do! It is definitely a great substitute during the summer compared to your typical ice cream shake! What are your favorite smoothies to make?!

Things We Love…. Spring Activities!

Now that spring has officially sprung, we are all in need of some fun, seasonal activities!

Try a few of these spring family ideas to keep your kids having a blast through rain and shine.

Fly a Kite

This website will show you how to make your own if you want to get super creative. And get your kids jazzed for the big day by playing this catchy tune.

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C/O My Best Kite

 

Picnic in the Park

Perhaps after your kite, you’ll be hungry and need to have a  scrumptious lunch! Need some recipe ideas? Check out these tasty options!

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C/O Serious Eats

 

Flower Pressing

Remember spring forever by preserving your favorite blossoms. Learn how to here!

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C/O The Dainty Squid

 

Strawberry Shortcake

Rainy day? Stay warm and dry inside and taste the promise of incoming sunny weather. Try this recipe!

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C/O Food Network

 

Bike Ride

Strap the fam into helmets and hit the trails! Everyone will love the fresh air.. and a stop for ice cream won’t hurt either!

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C/O Grayline

 

What did we miss? Any fun activities that are a must-do this spring? Comment below!

Things We Love- Easter Themed Food!

With Easter Sunday coming up this weekend we thought it would be a perfect time to share some easter themed foods with you! They are perfect for appetizers around the house or to bring to your Easter party on Sunday! Whether you are taking the little ones Easter egg hunting or just hunting for your baskets around the house, these snacks will be perfect during your busy day!

Easter Deviled Eggs

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C/O Donkey and The Carrot

How to make:

1. Boil your eggs

2. Split the eggs down the center and remove the yolk.

3. Mix the yolk as you usually would with your deviled eggs.

4. Dip the slice of egg into water with food coloring.

4. Add the filling to the colored egg and enjoy!

Peep Fruit Kabobs

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C/O Amee’s Savory Dish

How to make:

1. Using a kabob stick, center the peep on the stick.

2. Add fruit of your choice on both sides of the peep.

3. Enjoy!

What fun Easter themed snacks will you be making for this Sunday? Let us know below!

Things We Love… April Fool’s Day Pranks!

Everybody loves a good prank… especially when they are the one pulling it! Trick your family and coworkers this year with these fun (and harmless!) April Fool’s Day pranks!

Undrinkable Juice

Add gelatin to your kids’ juice after dinner and put it in the refrigerator. The next morning they will be so surprised!

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C/O Parenting.com

Blue Bath

Swab the inside of the bathtub faucet with blue food dye gel. When the water turns on later it will turn the whole bath blue!

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C/O Parenting.com

 

TV Troubles

Put clear tape on the sensors of the TV remote and console to throw your hubby off when he tries to watch TV!

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C/O Parenting.com

 

Dead Mouse 

At work put a sticker over the laser on the back of your coworker’s mouse! They won’t know what hit them.

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C/O Savoring the Sweet Life

 

We hope these harmless pranks add a little fun to this year’s April Fool’s Day! We can’t wait to try them all out on April 1st!

Things We Love…. Cookies!

Cookies are one of our favorite treats to make for a special day, a rainy afternoon or just because! We love that you can mix and match your favorite recipes with new ingredients and have a totally unique dessert. Before we pass recipes on to loved ones, we want to make sure we nail down the very best combinations from sweet to salty! Check out our must-bakes below!

The Very BEST Snickerdoodles

I made these last night. They’re fluffy, sweet and absolutely delicious.

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C/O Inspired Taste

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

Everything I have ever tried from Sally’s Baking Addiction has been incredible. I can’t wait to make these soon!

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C/O Sally’s Baking Addiction

 

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Brownie taste + Cookie form + Peanut Butter = WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT IN LIFE!

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C/O Tastes of Lizzie T

 

S’mores Stuffed Cookie

Can we have s’more of these please?!

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C/O Cookie Named Desire

 

New York Cheesecake Cookies

Need we say more?!

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C/O Kitchme

 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Mint and chocolate has never tasted better than in this classic treat!

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C/O Something Swanky

 

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

A cookie in a cookie folks. Yes, you read that right.

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C/O Very Culinary

 

Pecan Pie Cookies

A pie and a cookie all wrapped in one!

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Twix Cookies

Skip the candy bar for this delectable treat!

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C/O Chef in Training

 

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Just in time for SPRING!

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C/O Amy’s Healthy Baking

 

Try out a few (or all) of these recipes and let us know what you think! We want to hear your favorite cookie recipes too. Post your favorite recipes on social media and tag us so that we can give them a try!

Things We Love- St. Patricks Day!

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner we thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts with you about St. Patty’s Day that you probably didn’t know!

To read more interesting facts about St. Patrick’s Day click here.

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C/O The Independent

1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish!

2. It is very unlikely that St. Patrick rid Ireland of its snakes.

3. St. Patrick didn’t wear green.

4. The 1st St. Patrick Day parade was held in Boston, not Ireland.

5. Ireland is not the biggest consumer of Guinness! Your second guess is probably the U.S. but that is not right either! It’s actually Nigeria!

Things We Love… March!

We are so excited for it to be March (finally)! Nothing says spring is coming like some good ole’ March fun! Ready for a few ideas to incorporate into your family’s life this month? Check out the awesome ideas below:

Crafts

Try making this fun decoration to get your home in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

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C/O Sugar Beer Crafts

 

Find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow by making this fun craft!

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C/O Crafty Morning

 

March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’ birthday, celebrate with these fun crafts that are inspired by his books!

C/O The Country Chic Cottage
C/O The Country Chic Cottage

 

Food

White chocolate Lucky Charms treats will hit the spot this holiday season! They’re a fun twist on your favorite rice krispie treats!

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C/O Sally’s Baking Addiction

 

Irish car bomb brownies? We can dig it!

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C/O Home is Where the Boat Is

 

Want a few incredible March dinner ideas? Check out this list that Buzzfeed made!

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C/O Buzzfeed

Home Decor

These fun candle holders will have you thinking spring!

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C/O Two Twenty One

 

A wreath that costs $15 and can be made in 15 minutes is what we like to hear!

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C/O The How to Mom

 

We have a lot things to say this month, so these free printables will come in handy!

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C/O Craftionary

 

We hope you take advantage of some of these fun craft, home decor and recipe ideas this month! We know we love them! Can you think of anything else that is a must do in March? Comment below!