Snow Day Activity
If you are from this area, or the east coast in general, you've had a few snow days lately. Here on Long Island, we've had four (count 'em, 4!!!) nor'easters in the past few weeks. And just as many snow days, stuck inside watching the flakes fall and the wind blow. At first, it's amazing. You sleep in until like 7am, stay in your pajamas and eat fruit loops while watching cartoons with the kiddos. Around day 3 of this routine, we begin to go a bit stir crazy. We've baked all the cookies, colored all the pictures, played all the games, constructed all the forts. Now what?
This is amazing!
Whether your little monster wants to dress up as a princess or a pirate this Halloween, some Face Paint can complete and customize any costume. What could be better? Enter: Homemade Face Paint, by Sherry at Personal Creations. This stuff is awesome, and super easy. And the best part, you already have everything you need, right in your kitchen cabinets. Yay!
Festive Fall Tree Painting
So this one is super easy. Easy set up, easy clean up, easy fun! We wanted to make some fall decorations, and one of our favorite elements of fall is the foliage. Watching the leaves turn bright reds and yellows and oranges, and anticipating the day that the first leaf drifts to the ground, so exciting! And the best part, leaf piles!!!
A magical, whimsical garden for tiny friends
Who doesn't love tiny things? Like tiny garden gnomes, tiny watering cans, tiny bird baths, too cute! Over the past few months I've been collecting the makings of a magical, whimsical fairy garden for my daughter to build. I wanted to create the garden, and let her fill it with some enchanting delights. Kind of like a city planner, but with fairies!
My goal was to cultivate her planning skills, and to encourage her to put things in places with purpose. I know, I'm optimistic, but I think she understood the process as a whole. I chose to make a garden with mostly synthetic materials, so it will last a long time. I started with a planter (window box size) made from plastic, so it's easy to clean and not too heavy. Then I filled it with pieces of green wet foam, cut to fit in the planter and fill it up making a semi-level surface on top. You can find wet foam in any craft store in the floral department.
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
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
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.