Monthly Archives: April 2012

Flower Crafts

“April Showers Bring May Flowers,” is a rhyme from my youth that I cannot ever forget.  This year though, we haven’t gotten much rain in April, more of it coming in May so the flowers may take a little longer to get here.  I think in our house, we’re going to have to add some flowers ourselves.

A fantastic blog that I follow with oodles of craft ideas is No Time for Flash Cards.  Her latest post has 21 ideas for flower crafts, and with many of the craft ideas she adds books for you and your child to read that would go along with the craft.  It’s really fantastic.

I am particularly interested in the  “Pop Out Flowers” that are in the above picture and use toilet paper rolls, which I currently have a ton of in my house.  I think that we’re going to add that craft with the family picture idea to create some Mother’s Day crafts for the Grandmothers and one for LittleM. 

I’ll let you know how it goes but I wanted to share this great resource with you because I find some interesting ideas on it.

Happy Crafting.

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Big Events This Weekend

If you’re looking for some good things to do this weekend, here are some big Events.

Saturday, April 28th is University of Delaware’s Ag Day in Newark, Delaware.  It is 10am-4pm and has a lot of family fun activities to participate in.  The food is good and you’ll be supporting different groups at UD, there are animals for the kids to see, good music to hear, lots of activities.  Parking is free and the kids activities (like face painting and pony rides) are not that expensive.  There are also a lot of plants to purchase to beautify your garden and support the University of Delaware Agricultural Program.

If you’re not interested in Ag Day, head over to Hagley Museum for NatureFest from 10am-3pm.  Cost is $3 per nonmember, children under 5 are free.  They will have hands on craft activities, nature walks, tree climbing, etc.  I know I’ve said this before but I always have a great time at Hagley.

Sunday, April 29th is the 8th Annual Wildflower Celebration at Mt. Cuba Horticultural Institution in Hockessin, Delaware from 10am -4pm. Parking and admission is free on this day, the only day of the year that they have free admission.  The first 100 families will also get a free potted wildflower to take home.  They also have what they’re calling “a family friendly adventure” about the journey from caterpillar to butterfly through different learning stations.  I have never been to Mt. Cuba but I love visiting Longwood Gardens so I’m interested in checking this out, and saving $15 dollars since we won’t have to pay the $5 per ticket.

If you’re interested in Baseball, make sure to check out the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Fridays (Including this Friday, April 27) for baseball and Fireworks. They put on a great family game and fantastic Fireworks display every time.

Saturday, May 5th the Home Depot has their Kids Workshop from 9am- 12 pm where the kids will be building their own planter boxes.  I definitely want to make it to that one because LittleM is all about building and growing plants right now.  Check your local Home Depot for availability of this project.

Happy Hunting for Adventure!

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I Dream of Quiche!

I really enjoy reading The Pioneer Woman blog.  Ree Drummond is not like anyone that I know and her life is not like anything I have ever experienced.  She is a mother, a home schooler, a rancher, a blogger, a photographer, a Food Network TV personality, and funny.  I enjoy the way she writes and her recipes are very comfort foody and delicious.  Not something you can eat everyday since I’m not working all day on the ranch, but a nice treat to indulge.

I had to share one particular Quiche recipe with you from her site that I am currently dreaming about.  I have already made it and it is worth the time (which isn’t that much) and effort (again, not too much) to make it.  It is so wonderfully delicious that I really need to make it this weekend, otherwise I might cry. It is so good that even LittleM, whose favorite word is No right now and sustains off of Mac and Cheese and Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, will eat this!

 

 

 

This picture is Property of The Pioneer Woman Blog, Ree Drummond.

 

Now, don’t let the amount of ingredients scare you (You need 7 eggs, 1 1/2 cup heavy cream, 10 oz mushrooms, 3/4 pounds bacon, just to name a few). This recipe makes a lot of Quiche!  Ree made it in one deep dish tart pan.  I did not have that type of pan at so I made 2 regular pie pan Quiches.  And this freezes wonderfully so not only did I have enough for brunch with my parents, but THREE more breakfast/brunch meals for my husband, LittleM and I AND my parents took some home for the next day too!  I’d say I got my money’s worth from the ingredients.

I implore you, go to Ree’s site for the recipe and make this Quiche for the weekend or the next time that you have people coming over for brunch.  You will not be disappointed and will get many compliments on how delicious it is.  I really need to go to the store now! LittleM is my expert egg cracker already so she’ll be busy this weekend!

You can click here, on the picture of the Quiche, or on the word recipe above to go to Ree’s site for the recipe. Enjoy!

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When To Take A Stand

Spring time is Stress time. At school I’m worried about getting through the information that I need to before the end of the year.  At home I’m trying to get Spring Cleaning going in the house.  I just finished Spring Break from school but that week wasn’t very relaxing because of a fight my husband and I had that tainted the whole week.  It happens.  We’ve been married for 10 years this July, we don’t really fight, we always try to talk everything out so we don’t get to the fight stage but it’s totally human for these things to happen.  I also have some family medical issues that are going on adding to the stress.  It’s life, a constant juggling act.

LittleM is adding to it by fighting EVERYTHING that we ask her.  “No” is the predominant word in her vocabulary right now. It’s getting more difficult to decide whether we should just let her have her way or take a stand.  Today is a perfect example.  LittleM has an issue with buttons on her pants, and they’re the snaps not actual buttons yet.  I have no idea why.  She just freaks out when we try to get her to wear them.  I’ve asked her if they hurt her stomach (“No”), if she’s worried about getting the pants off to go potty (“No”), if she’s worried about snapping them when she’s done with the potty (“NO”).  See the trend?  There is no sane reason she should have a problem with the snaps on her pants.  Today was a little chilly and a lot rainy so we needed her to wear pants today. The morning exploded.  It took 40 minutes to calm her down and finally get her into the pants.  The whole time I was talking with her and explaining why she needed to wear pants I kept asking myself whether it was really worth the fight.  Should I just get some tights out of the dirty laundry so she could wear a dress? Do I really want this to be my Sunday morning?  Does she really need to wear pants during her lifetime or can she survive on dresses and skirts with no buttons for all time?

I chose today to take a stand because we really did not have the tights for her to wear to keep her warm and I didn’t want to be “that parent” that we all judge at the store when we see how inappropriately they have dressed their kid.  Taking a stand is super stressful and while I may not always choose to take a stand over pants, I need to make sure that LittleM understands that she needs to listen to Mommy and Daddy and there are things that sometimes you just have to do.  Today it might be over a pair of pants, but starting early will make it easier down the road when we’re talking about driving a car.

Is there anything that you choose to take a stand on, or anything that you let the kids have their way? I would love to hear your thoughts on it.  Happy parenting adventures!

 

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Summer Feeling

This week was my school’s Spring Break and I definitely have had that summer yearning start. Being a teacher has a major perk of still getting the summers off. It’s even better as a mom because I get 2 months to pretend being a stay at home mommy to LittleM.

This week we got our pool renewal information in the mail and I can’t WAIT for that to open back up! A great friend of mine has a phrase I like to use. The pool allows me to feel like “a lady of leisure” during the summer. LittleM is turning into a fish too so it’s fantastic. I love that she is learning the joy of swimming because I have wonderful memories of summers at the pool and ocean that I want her to have too.

Today was also the opening day of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, our minor league baseball team. Now, I am definitely not a great baseball fan but baseball is the national pastime and is synonymous with summer. And my husband used to work for the team so I have sat through my fair share of games. I really didn’t mind too much though because they do a great job making it a family experience at a reasonable price. They also have amazing fireworks shows on Friday games so I would really recommend checking them out.

I also saw that Carousel Park is now offering pony rides on the weekends so that may be something to check out as the weather gets better. I’m going to find more information later because this weekend we’re off to the Garden State. All 4 of us (me, kid, husband, & dog) are taking the 2 hour ride there to visit a friend for the weekend. Good times should be had but as you parents know, traveling anywhere with a child requires you to pack about half of your house to make sure you have everything to keep them entertained and taken care of.

I hope you have a great weekend as I try to squeeze the last bit of fun out of my Spring Break!

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Easter Crafts and Kites

We had a great Easter.  I hope the Easter Bunny was as good to everyone else.  We started the long weekend by going down to Cape Henelopen at the Delaware Beaches for the Kite Festival.  It was awesome.  We had a perfect windy day to fly kites and even got to see our Senior US Senator Tom Carper there.  I was totally geeking out!

That is our ladybug kite that photo bombed my picture of the festival as a whole!  By the way,  we chose the ladybug kite because the ladybug is the State bug of Delaware.  Yeah, I know that.

Senator Tom Carper is in the middle of the three gentlemen.  He helped give the prizes to the kids in the different competitions.

We also completed the toilet paper roll bunny for an Easter decoration and it was a perfect activity for LittleM’s age.  I put the glue on the toilet paper roll and she was able to put the cotton balls on the tube by herself. It turned out so well.

We also finished the craft gift for the grandparents.  LittleM painted yogurt containers, I Mod Podged them, then we picked up some flowers at Lowes and planted them.  It was really cute.  Hopefully the grandparents liked them.

Here’s my doggie hanging out with us as we planted the flowers in the yogurt cups outside.  He’s so cute!

Hope you all made some good memories too.

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Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies

Earlier I had told you about trying to find some decorations to make for Easter with toilet paper rolls.  Tomorrow is my first day off for Spring Break so LittleM and I will be working on creating these fun bunnies for Easter Decorations.  All you need supply-wise is cotton balls, toilet paper roll, googly eyes, pink and white paper, and glue.

I think I may also use brown paint to make some brown bunnies too (a la the Velveteen Rabbit that we just saw at the puppet show) just by painting the cotton balls once they are glued on to the roll.

Check out The Craft Nest for specific directions or The Crafty Crow for 10 Easy Easter Crafts to Make where I originally saw this idea.

Happy Crafting.

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Easter Candy!

I love candy.  One of the best things about holiday’s with LittleM being so small is that she can’t eat all her candy.  That just means that Mommy has to help her. With all the candy coming in with Easter, we really don’t want her to eat that much candy, and I really shouldn’t eat all the leftovers so I was perusing the internet for some other ideas and found a really cool idea.  The blog/website Toddler Approved has a “craft” for Edible Spring Flowers.  They give a template to make flowers using M&Ms.   Basically empty circles for the kids to place the M&Ms over. I think this will be a perfect use for a lot of those Jelly Beans that we will be getting for Easter (if I can get LittleM to stop eating them for just a minute!).

How cute are these?!

I think that this would be a great activity for counting, colors, patterns, and fun with LittleM.  I can’t wait to print it out!  Thanks to Toddler Approved.

I hope you all can have some fun with this and think up some other fun ideas to play with your food!

Happy Easter Adventures.

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Weekend Recap

This weekend was so busy that this is the first chance that I have had to sit down and write!  We were moving constantly and worked hard outside to clear our backyard of some tree limbs.  We have had a real problems with poison ivy the past 2 summers so we were trying to get a jump on things before everything grew back.

Saturday Grammy took LittleM and I to see “The Velveteen Rabbit” Puppet Show Musical through the Bootless Stageworks crew and it was a lot of fun.  A little different take on the Velveteen Rabbit with the songs and dancing but a fun time.  LittleM brought her Velveteen Rabbit board book and stuffed animal but once the show was over and we could take pictures with the cast members, LittleM clammed up completely!  Oh well.  At least I still have the playbill!  I am interested to go back because in June they are tackling Star Wars!  Are you kidding me?  With my obsessed husband and equally obsessed child, how can we stay away?

That started at 11am so we were done by noon.  LittleM was able to convince Grammy to join us at the Christiana Mall for lunch at the food court and Target shopping for supplies.  On Friday, LittleM’s daycare was able to solidify the Easter Party for Monday (today) and wanted the kids to wear decorated Easter hats.  The email specifically asked the parents to work with their children to create “elaborate hats”. The challenge was issued.  LittleM and I chose to accept.  We’ll get to that soon.

Once we got home from that, the three of us went outside to start cutting down branches and clearing things out.  That lasted about 2 hours outside with LittleM sticking with us the whole time. After about 15 minutes though she turned into a runner for anything that we needed and entertained herself with digging in the dirt.  It was great.

Sunday morning it was my turn to wake up with LittleM , since she refuses to sleep longer than 6:45 am on the weekends we take turns to get a chance to sleep in.  We worked on creating her hat for daycare and this is what we came up with.

We took a regular plastic Easter bucket and cut out the bottom.  I had 2 dowels that I inserted about halfway up (that’s what the eggs on the outside are hiding) then hotglued the bottom back on.  We hotglued Easter grass into it, plastic eggs, some foam stickers, ribbon to hold it on her head and we were good to go.  LittleM had a great time decorating it and she looked so cute during the Easter parade!

When we finally woke Daddy up from him sleeping in, we started loading all of the branches into the back of my husband’s car to take to the yard waste recycling center on our way to my parents house for lunch with my brother and his family.  It was a beautiful day and after Gourmet Sloppy Joes (yes, there really is such a thing), we spent at least an hour running outside kicking the soccer ball and just playing.  It was a wonderful day.  Needless to say, when we got home we were all exhausted and my workout did not get done that night.

This week we are getting ready for Easter and will be working on the Grandparents Easter surprises, along with some other crafts.

I hope you were able to enjoy the weekend as much as we were!

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