Cherry ice pops, healthy summer treat.July 31 2014, 0 Comments

 

         

 

My son is obsess with ice pops we run into here in our neighborhood. They are delish but at $4 a pop they run pricey since he can devour about 3-4 in one weekend. We started making our own last summer and although we'll still treat him to a popsicle here and there it is really easy to make our own. You can add whatever you want and pinterest is full of inspiration. I like to also add basil and mint but my son isn't a fan of herbs and can suss out a pop with mint in seconds so I tend to skip this ingredient these days. Once we blend everything together - in the molds they go, you can use traditional molds or go high tech like we have with a Zoku ice maker. This maker can make pops in less then 10 minutes. I was given mine as a gift a few months back and once I got the hang of it we have been churning out pops every weekend this summer. However you make these yummy treat matters to you only as all my kid cares about is having it and enjoying his favorite summer treat!

 


Game night, board games for kids 3 and up!July 29 2014, 0 Comments

I love games.  I really look forward to the day when I can sit with my family for hours and play rummy or monopoly.  For now, we are enjoying some kid friendly games. Games are a great way to keep those young minds working without feeling like they are doing work.  With my son starting school, and my daughter entering kindergarten, I am trying to keep those brains in motion.  Here are my favorites:


Super Why ABC Letter Game

2-4 players

Ages 3+

My kids love to watch Super Why and this game is a great extension of the show.  You move around the board and select cards from one of the four character piles - Alpha Pig, Wonder Red, Princess Pesto, and Super Why.  Players will have to match upper and lower case letters, come up with words that rhyme with other words, identify initial letter sounds (including blends), match words to pictures and replace words so sentences make sense.  What is great about this game is that children can grow with it.  My 3 year old can work on recognizing letters while my 5 year old can find the words to match a picture.  This is a great  pre-reading skill building game.    


Headbandz

2-6 players

Ages 7+

This is a fun, ‘who am I’ game where you wear a ‘crown’ (as my daughter calls it, and come on, what kid doesn’t want to wear a crown?!) with a picture it in and you have to guess what your picture is.  This is a great game to work on categories and asking appropriate questions.  So, even though my kids are young, we are practicing.  First I encourage them to think of a broad category - is it an animal, is it something you eat, can it go?  Once we determine the category - say, an animal, then we go further and try to think - does it live on a farm, does it live in the ocean, can it fly?  We have been having a lot of fun with this game.


Matching Game

1 or more players

Ages 3+

This game is great because they have so many editions - various Disney characters - Princesses, Minnie Mouse, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, they have superhero, Curious George, and Dr Seuss, and, there are a variety of companies that make them - so you can find beautifully illustrated ones (eeboo makes beautiful games), or ones that match a specific interest of your child.  In our house we have a few versions, and lately, since my son loves Mickey Mouse, our most played with set is a Disney character one.  Now, we play this game a few different ways.  We will do the traditional memory version, trying to match pairs, but, we are right now working with my son to describe items, so, we will lay several cards face up and describe one for someone to guess.  For example, I will say, ‘I see one wearing red shorts, yellow shoes, and white gloves’ - Mickey Mouse!  It is good because again, you can work on eliminating and categorizing - for example, there are several water based characters, so I can say ‘I see one that lives in the ocean (Flounder, Sebastian, Nemo) 'that has claws', so, now you know it is Sebastian.  This is great for both of my kids to work on describing and using details to differentiate between similar pictures.  

Make your own board games via DIY Board Games For Kids

 

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Make up for Moms: I ♥ chubby sticks!July 28 2014, 0 Comments

Whether I chose to blame it on the weather or just the natural progression of aging, my lips have just recovered from a few months of server chapping. As we age we need to add more moisture onto our faces, this is why face creams are so popular. I had been adding lipstick all winter long, it had probably been a good decade since I last wore lipstick, as I have always strictly been a lip-gloss girl. But if you read my posts on beauty you know I like one-shot makeup, that one makeup piece that is going to make my face feel less tired. So I am now on the Chubby wagon. Chubby’s for the most part are tinted balms. The Chubby’s I like are made with colors that are more to my stylish liking which is why I tend to use the Clinique ones. I find these tints last for a few hours, they keep my lips nice and moist so a win-win in my book, best part? They can last at least 6 months or longer.

 A few picks (left to right):

 


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