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Fall Apple Cider Bar & a Giveaway!

My boys LOVE fall. It's definitely their favorite time of year. The changing of seasons (well the weather cools down a bit for us in the desert anyway) and the excitement of the holidays. I take advantage of that excitement and try to plan fun activities with friends and family - even just a small little get together can be made fun with a "reason" to get together like this easy Fall Apple Cider Bar.

I love little things like this that looks so fun and special for the kids, but that is quick and easy to put together.

To keep the "quick and easy" theme going I clean up with Clorox disinfecting wipes. I love that we can clean most surface areas with them and it's easy to use. They are also great for disinfecting those germy spots like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, faucets and plastic toys. When my niece and nephew come over (or other family and friends during the holidays) I try to remember to clean all the toys they play with so the boys don't spread their school germs with their cousins! If someone does happen to get sick we go crazy disinfecting the house to keep it from spreading!

For our cider bar we had

  • cider (hot and cold)
  • chocolate candy
  • marshmallows
  • freeze dried cinnamon apples
  • caramels
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cinnamon
  • ice cream (for floats)
  • whipped cream

If your kids aren't old enough to pour you can put the cider in a beverage container with a spout. Have the kids add all the toppings they want to their cider. It's funny to see how different the kids are. There are always some who are super conservative with what they put in their cider and others who load it all in!

The ice cream was definitely a hit with both the hot and cold cider.

The chocolates and caramels are great for the hot cider because they melt in your drink (use a cinnamon stick for a stir stick but remind kids not to use them as a straw).

Once everyone has made their masterpieces - real life starts to show, you know, the mess!



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Reader Comments (95)

I try to work out at lunch and run so that way if we have something after work or if I splurge a little I've already exercised.

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhanna

I'm with Hanna^ on "sweating it out" to keep the germs away but we are also fans of the Clorox wipes. We buy in bulk at Costco and they are indispensable for a household with a potty training 2 year old!

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLivLaugheat

I stay healthy by watching portion sizes and drinking a ton of water!!

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

I stay healthy by taking my vitamins and washing my hands a lot.

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly D


October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly D

Exercise, and trying to keep germs to a minimum!

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGail P

I stay healthy by eating healthy and taking vitamins daily

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElena


October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElena

Love the Apple Cider Bar, we keep up our good sleep habits so we don't get run down and catch a cold or the flu. We tend to over eat a bit during the holidays so we stay healthy during the busy holiday season by getting outdoors when the weather is nice to burn off those extra calories and stress.

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Medlin

We try to stay healthy by taking vitamins and frequent handwashing.

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October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMami2jcn

I try to keep eating healthy and wash my hands frequently.
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October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica To

I love my Clorox wipes! We also stay healthy with frequent handwashing. I'm constantly tellling one of the four children to go wash their hands!

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Lots of hand washing and making sure to get some rest. Nothing gets me sick quick like a tired body!

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersusan

I definitely count on Clorox wipes to keep the germs down!

October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Songs Kate Sang

I stay healthy during the holidays by washing my hands as much as I can, and taking zinc.
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October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa brown

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October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa brown

i always wash my hands

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlesile

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October 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlesile

LOVE the thought of a Cider bar! I wonder if I might incorporate it into our Thanksgiving party... awesome!

For my entry on staying healthy during the holidays, I like to drink a Green Monster once a day. Rich with antioxidants and vitamins, it really jumps starts my morning, along with a healthy diet and exercise (chocolate IS a food group, don't judge me lol). I try my best to get to the gym so that helps to fight off any icky feels. Other than that I just take extra care with disinfecting my home with the same wipes you use and educating the family on things to help keep us healthy.... sharing is caring except for germs so not sharing drinks or food, cough/sneeze into your arm (not hands!), wash your hands WITH soap... I make sure I get really scent filled (but hypoallergenic) anti-bacterial soap so there's no fooling me ;) .

Love your blog! So glad I found it recently!

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha M.

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