I LOVE when my son brings home his art work because I can see how much his fine motor skills have advanced in such a short period of time. Trail of Ants is a fun activity for kids to practice cutting, gluing, and writing while learning number recognition and number correspondence. Attention to detail is not a skill that comes easily to my ADHD son, but when I find something he likes to do, he can do it for hours. He loves to cut and glue.
I LOVE cooking in the crock pot, especially this Chicken Noodle Soup. With three little ones, this saves me the chaos of cooking and watching the kids during the witching hour of the evening. This soup is one of my favorite go-to meals and offers plenty of leftovers.
My day started at 5am. My son tossed and turned in our bed. As much as I tried to coax him back to sleep, he instead sat straight up and started climbing over the headboard. While my husband eased himself out of slumber, I stumbled out of bed with Dude and took him into our home office. He was happy on my lap as I checked emails and such. Then, he started playing with the organizer on my desk that houses all of my office supplies – Twenty-two little drawers that he likes to pull in and out. He pulled one drawer a little too hard and the entire organizer came with it, crashing off my desk – all of the accoutrements spilled out onto the floor. Paper clips littered the carpet along with pens, expo markers and push pins. Dude then decided he wanted to play in it.
I’ve always been intrigued by Makutu’s Island. Located in a colorful building on Ray, close to 48th street, Makutu’s grabbed my attention every time I drove by. Yet, I had never been there. When it closed down I thought my chance to visit had passed. I was very excited when I heard it was reopening. So excited, that we quickly contacted the owner and asked to do a Whimsicle review. The owner also graciously gave us two free child admissions to giveaway!
My 1-year old son is my little minion. He laughs hysterically at the tiniest jokes, babbles incoherently and makes spitting noises through his baby lips. For his one-year-old birthday, I planned a Minion themed party. Read on for the Minion Party food ideas that I used! Before Dude’s birthday, I scoured the internet for Minion party food ideas. I couldn’t find a single site with a Minion themed menu that didn’t consist entirely of different forms of sugar. So with a little creativity and the help of my favorite photo editing program, I revised some Pinterest recipes and gave them “Despicable Me” -like names. Our menu consisted of: Minion Meatballs The alliteration here was too good to pass up. I used a Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe from Pinterest. I served these with toothpicks on the side. No utensils required. Vector’s Pizza Ring This is a Pillsbury Pizza Bubble Ring recipe served with pizza sauce (from a jar) on the side. The pizza ring is comprised of pull apart rolls stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella. So delicious! My husband suggested adding it to our weekly dinner rotation. El Macho’s Chips & Salsa Easy one. Buy a bag of Tostitos, a jar of Pace Salsa and BAM! I also served queso with the chips as well. Cuke-y Robots This was my “pat myself on the back” moment because I figured out how to make the idea of “cookie robots” healthy. I used this Cucumber and Tomato bite appetizer recipe and then affixed bell pepper strips to a few. It was easy, yummy and they looked enough like robots for me! Shrunken Moons Powdered donut holes! This idea is all over the internet and was too cute for me to not include. We finished off our Minion meal with a cake made by local bakery, Mind Over Batter. I requested this be a Red Velvet cake with cream cheese butter cream frosting because I love that combination and I know most of my family loves it as well. What I didn’t take into consideration was that the cake is in the shape of a Minion head. When my hubby sliced through the cake, a thin red line appeared down the length of the cranium. We basically served everyone Minion brains. They were delicious Minion brains though. &amp;lt;A HREF=”http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;amp;ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fwhimsicle03-20%2F8010%2F34cae21b-5119-4e9b-b234-1f704585fcad&amp;amp;Operation=NoScript”&amp;gt;Amazon.com Widgets&amp;lt;/A&amp;gt; We also set the Minion’s head on fire and this was the reaction. Other than that, my little minion thoroughly enjoyed his minion party food and there was enough variety to keep all the grown-ups happy. Shared with: Be Different. Act Normal, Reasons to Skip the Housework
Do you hate shopping for clothes as much as I do? It’s so hard finding something you like with all the choices available! We’re digging through racks, hoping that an item will look good on us and then taking pile after pile to the dressing room. Add taking our kids with us and it’s enough to make us want to curl up into a little ball and rock ourselves back to our happy place. Clothes shopping is so hard! Which is why I don’t do it. No, I don’t walk around naked, but I have stopped shopping in the mall or even Target! I use Stitch Fix instead. Getting a Stitch Fix is always like opening a beautiful and exciting present! What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is your own personal stylist! You fill out a quick quiz, stuff a Pinterest board with your favorite styles and YOUR OWN STYLIST (!!!) sends you five items that she thinks you will love. You try everything on in your own bedroom, assessing in your own mirror and mixing and matching with the items you already own. You keep what you like and send back what you don’t. Sending it back is easy!! Included in every Stitch Fix box is a pre-paid return envelope. You check out on the Stitch Fix site, give feedback and request new items. Easy, right? Want to see what I got?
Fourth of July Eve Buddy got pink eye. In all my years teaching and with Biggie in daycare and school, we were spared the trauma – until now. My husband and I got horrible summer colds but toughed through it for the kids so they could see fireworks. Biggie got an ear infection…. My husband got pink eye…. Buddy flushed a Hot Wheel down the toilet and I had to pay a plumber to fish it out…. I got pink eye….My husband got pink eye again. All this illness slapped us in the face within a matter of five days, and suffice to say, I was starting to lose my cool.
When my husband and I moved in together, we got a cat. Our cats were our first practice for children. They were mostly self-cleaning, pooped in a box, independent and relatively low maintenance. They prepared us for the responsibility of a dog who in turn prepared us for kids. Now, with two kids, our dog is still a member of our family. She sleeps on our bed, she comes along on family vacations, we take her on Starbucks dates in our car. Our cats, however, have become the roommates who live downstairs.
I don’t know about you, but I have been spending an ungodly amount of money on iced coffee these days. With Arizona summer temperatures topping at 115 degrees, nothing sounds like more of a turn-off than hot coffee. In my search to find economical and tasty ways to make iced coffee at home, I found an excellent method to get the caffeine kick without breaking the bank.