Monday, November 29, 2010

Featured in Blog - Birch + Bird !!!

Featured in a Blog Post on Birch + Bird. Thanks for including my Rainbow Blocks Starter Set in this beautiful Baby's 1st Christmas Collection.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Watermelon Cookies

Buga loves to help out in the when I saw this idea in a parenting magazine I decided we would have to give it a try. It is so simple, but works fine motor skills, patience, and kitchen knowledge.
First I cut a watermelon into disks, maybe about 1/2 inch thick. Then Buga helped cut out shaps from the disk using a cookie cutter. Next she got to decorate!

I put plain yogurt (with a little honey added) into a mustard bottle I got from dollar store. This proved the perfect "squirter" for the yogurt icing because the spout was narrow enough to create a good icing line and the bottle was sturdy enough for a toddler to handle.

She then added colored sprinkles to the cookies. Her favorite part of the project was the icing bottle...sometimes she just squirt and squirt...her plate looked a big mess by the time we were done but she had fun.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Subway Chic

We went to See Curious George Live not too long ago. We took the subway to get there, which was an adventure by itself. Buga Loves to travel by public transportation throughout the city. I took some pictures of her. I love her Subway Chic. She looks so Grown Up.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cart Picnic

Sometimes when we go out shopping I just need a little time to ... you know, shop. It is so much easier to get this task done when I don't have to chase after a 2-year old. She has her own priorities, her own thoughts about where to go, her own shopping list. Sometimes I just need a little time to check things off my list, but no matter what I bribe her with, there is always a fight about sitting in the shopping cart. So I developed a way to make shopping a little more fun and easier on the both of us: Cart Picnics. I pack a, snacks, sippy cup, blanket, friends... I put the blanket in the bottom before we even get inside the store and set it up and get to enjoy a little shopping while she is contained.

Here's Buga enjoying some of her snacks:
Pretzels and Cream Cheese Dip
Grapes and Strawberries with Vanilla Yogurt Dip

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wordless Moments

Walking around the house the other day I spotted a pretend duck...with a drink.
I guess he was thirsty.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Featured in a Couple Treasuries today!

When I am featured in treasuries, I don't usually post them on the blog. I am not sure why that is. But today I decided I may start...getting in the Holiday Spirit I suppose. I love these little collections of goodies so artistically put together. They make me smile.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Zoo with Popcorn

We love going to this little local "Zoo". It really is more....this place is to a zoo the way a carnival is to an amusement park. But this it is well established, has been around since I was a kid, and takes in all kinds of animals that wouldn't survive otherwise. I love how you can interact with the animals in ways traditional zoos would never allow. The biggest, most fun and rewarding example of this is getting to feed the animals. The carnivores eat peanuts and the herbivores eat popcorn. Buga goes around feeding peacocks, sheep, goats, pigs, cows, monkeys, bears, ducks, horses, tigers, Bambi...She still tells me the story about when Bambi ate the popcorn right out of her hands..."like this..." she says opening her hand flat and wide.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Berry Counting

A Simple Counting Activity. I found these "border strips" at the dollar store - meant for a bulletin board. I cut one up so they became matching manipulatives while keeping another whole. She matches the numbers to the number strip and I tried to create a graph visual with berries. It was cute, educational, and delicious.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Pooh Bear

Buga decided, after much thought, that she wanted to be Winnie the Pooh for Halloween. I tried to talk her into Princess Belle (we already own a beautiful costume), a Doctor, a Cow Girl, or Fancy Nancy (and I think I almost had her sold on this one!) But 3 days before the big Trick Or Treat she said she wanted to be Winnie the Pooh, and was stuck. I wanted it to be something more accessorized or fun, but she really wanted Winnie the Pooh. Of course, the Disney Store, this year, decided not to carry a Winnie the Pooh costume, and, left without time to make one, resorted to the typical party and costume store for help. We made a trek out one evening to a store where there was one Pooh costume left, but looked like it had already been worn and returned. It was so cheap looking and the inside so ITCHY. I knew if she wore it even for 1 evening she would break out in a rash...I Ebay-d, but it didn't work out. Amazon to therescue. A "Deluxe" costume looked so much cuter, softer, and warmer and because I am an Amazon Prime member I was able to get next-day shipping for about $6.00. Though it was not MY choice for a Halloween Costume, I have to admit, she really did look cute -- and best of all, she LOVED being Pooh Bear. My husband made a "Halloween Honey Pot" for her loot, and she was excited to collect her goodies. We went house to house and she commented : "There are so many doors..." Ha Ha. But we had fun, and her costume's best feature : thewarmth. It was cold and her costume was like a pair of cozy pajamas.
Checking out her Halloween Honey

Halloween Pooh Bear Painting

I found this kit at the dollar store - it came with two "posters" to paint, and a set of paints (which were all dried out). Maybe this is why she decided she wanted to be Pooh Bear for Halloween, who knows. But she did have a lot of fun painting these pictures. It was peaceful. She was so in concentration. And we hung them up for a while to see them. I will be getting another set for Thanksgiving or Christmas if they have them. It's an easy activity for little money, and she really enjoyed it.