The Many Benefits of Ballet
Every mom of a little girl (or boy) has witnessed the unbelievable adorableness of toddlers adorning tutus and satin slippers, prancing awkwardly around the house in their best efforts to plie`, releve` and jete` like a real ballerina. For us, it started pretty young, our first trip to see The Nutcracker ballet was when our little girl was about 2. And she loved it, who wouldn't? Beautiful costumes, elegant scenery and feats of physical amazement, it's a wonderful story come to life!
Rediscover Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, NY
The Best Recipe for Summer Panzanella
So it's summertime, and you've been invited to a get-together, a party, a shin dig, bbq, hoopla, however you roll, and you've been asked to bring a dish. "Hmmmmm" you think to yourself. "What can I bring that's impressive, delicious, and super easy to prepare?" Summer Panzanella! It's the answer to all of your hopes and dreams. It's fresh, it's full of vegetables, and it will be a hit I promise. Best part of this recipe, it's like a starting point for your culinary imagination. As you wander the produce section or local farmer's market, grab whatever looks good, whatever looks fresh. Anything flavorful and colorful can go in. I chose my summertime faves to change it up. Let's start at the beginning......
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S'mores Donuts! Mmmm
Let's talk about s'mores....grahams, chocolate and mallows. How can you go wrong, am I right? These gooey treats transcend the typical dessert for me, they are simple and straight to the point. The point being, if it's not messy, you're not doing it the right way. We love making the camp-out favorites over the summer, but sometimes when you are feeding a crowd, they're not ideal. So how do we provide s'mores to the masses? DONUTS!
In Need of an Activity for the Kids?
Share a smile, one stone at a time...
This one's a great rainy day activity (well, at least the first part) and it can teach little ones about ideas like sharing, comforting others, optimism and bringing cheer to our communities. Not to mention, a lil' fine motor and creative expression to start it all off. We had so much fun painting the stones and decorating them. I love projects that include a couple steps, to highlight the importance of follow through and commitment. The idea is to make something that can be left for others, or given to others, to cheer them up. Something they may want to pass along to others, to keep the good vibes going.
So I've recently read an awesome post by an awesome lady “MY CHILD IS NOT REQUIRED TO SHARE WITH YOURS,” Alanya Kolberg, and wow did it have me thinking. About all sorts of stuff. Let me start by saying way to go Alanya! I hear ya sister, please allow me to validate and congratulate your parenting style and subsequent slaying of the naysayers out there. Parenting is personal, and shame on those people who stand in judgment, wagging their fingers and shaking their heads. Let's all try to build each other up- it's takes a village, no?
Did You Say Flower Pot Cupcakes?
Hello Spring! With the buzzing and blooming of spring comes sweet treats too! Here's a sure giggle maker, flower pot cupcakes, including the dirt and worms that make gardening so much fun! These were super easy to make, I used my Wilton silicone flower pots, but you can swap those out for cupcake liners. Here's what you will need:
- 1 box of chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients listed on box
- 1 can chocolate frosting
- 2 cups chocolate teddy grahams, crushed
- gummy worms
- small silk flowers
With warmer weather approaching, we love spending time outside soaking up the sunshine. And story time is an important and treasured part of our day, inside snuggled in bed before sleep time; or outside under a homemade tent-fort-reading cave. We love to read about what's going on in the world around us, so here are a few of our favorite books about spring. Keep in mind, my audience is a 4 year old princess.....
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
By one of our favorite authors, this is a quick and easy read about what happens when spring comes! Illustrated by Laura Dronzek, the pictures are delightfully cheery too!
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
More beautiful pictures of flowers and spring, you can't go wrong with Kevin Henkes. This one is about a girl who helps her mother in the garden, and she describes what her garden would be like. Don't be surprised if you are planting jelly beans this season.
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson/Jane Chapman
I just love the sing-songy vibe of these books, it makes it so much fun to read to kids! A charming edition of the Bear collection by Karma Wilson, this tale follows Bear's exhausting search for springtime goodies ending with a springtime party! If you like this one, be sure to grab Bear Snores On.
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
What a great book about seeds, this one teaches us about how seeds travel, and springtime, and resilience against all odds....well maybe I'm digging too deep there. But it is a wonderful story, and a perfect chance to plant some seeds of your own and watch them grow this spring!
So there you have it, a nice little collection of stories to get you into the spring time mood....check your local library or arrange a book swap with friends! And after you learn all about the buzzing and blooming of spring, scatter some seeds of your own! Kids love to water plants and watch them grow. What are some of your favorite books about spring?
Diapers and Dogfood Blog
I'm Jen, mama to the most incredibly adorable pumpkin in the world. Please allow me to share my experiences about life, and running to the store for diapers & dog food. All. The. Time.