Archive for November, 2012

Christmas Tree Math Game

Friday, November 30th, 2012 by by JM Guest Blogger

It’s going to be a little while until we put out our Christmas tree, but there’s no reason the kids can’t start decorating now. I picked up some felt at my local craft store and made a fun Christmas game for them to play that reinforces math and counting skills.

You will need:

  • Green felt and other colors of felt
  • Scissors
  • Index cards or small paper
  • Marker



Friday: DIY Advent Countdown Calendar!

Friday, November 30th, 2012 by by ommilay

My family is still fairly young and we are still establishing our family holiday traditions. This year, I thought it would be fun to have an Advent (countdown-to-Christmas) Calendar, and have a festive activity for each day til Christmas. Construction is simple (also cheap)- and shouldn’t take much to do at all!


*Colored felt (including white, or else have some cotton batting ready)
*Colored cardstock
*Needle and colored thread (including white)
*Tape (any variety, really)
*Black Sharpie/Wite-Out pen
*Rick-rack (or embroidery floss)
*Glue (optional)


Welcome Mini Bear!

Friday, November 30th, 2012 by by BrookeLeiberman

baby announcement
welcome Mini Bear born 11/28/12 9lbs 3oz

Food Fun Friday - Meringue Snowmen

Friday, November 30th, 2012 by by JM Guest Blogger

My girls have developed a love affair with meringues. I started buying containers of them at the store, but they are a little pricey. I decided to try my hand at making my own. I remember seeing some adorable meringue snowmen in a magazine a few years ago, but cannot remember where this idea originated. Now that I know how easy and inexpensive it is to make meringues (not to mention how amazing they taste!), I will never buy the store kind again.

You will need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • Chocolate chips
  • Electric mixer or a Kitchen Aid



Say What What?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by by Smacksy


“Popco-heh. Popco-heh. Popco-heh.”

“Bob, what is that? What are you saying?” -

“That’s how you say popcorn with a Spanish accent.”


“You’re the best mom ever, Mom.”

“Thanks for telling me that today. I
kind of feel like I’ve been dropping the ball lately.”

“That’s okay. I’ve been
dropping the ball too.”

“You have?’

“Yeah, except I don’t really know what
that means.”

Christmas Ornament Craft: Recycled Snowman

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by by JM Guest Blogger

I have been looking for an easy but cute Christmas Ornament to make with my kids for our Christmas Ornament Challenge and Exchange.  I came up with this Recycled Christmas Ornament: Mr. Snowman!

I am always looking for a way to save some money around the Christmas Holidays and looking for a simple and easy Christmas crafts to do as a family. Here is one that I love because not only is it cute but we are also using items from around the house.

This year I decided to do a fun kid Christmas tree for our family instead of my  usual grown up theme tree.  We will be making more snowmen ornaments to add to our fun whimsical Christmas tree.

What you will need: (more…)

DIY Newborn photo ideas

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by by BrookeLeiberman

I wanted to have a few photo ideas up my sleeves for #2’s first days. I heard that the hospital that we are delivering at does not have a good photographer so I want to get some things ready for when baby comes home or things that Mr. BBH can bring to the hospital. I recently purchased an entry level Cannon Rebel SLR camera so that I can start doing incredible photography and stop using my iPhone for all my photos!

The only tip that I can give you is to take TONS of photos.  What I learned in art school is that a good photographer is a good editor.  Just snap away and look at the photos after because sometimes the best photos are when the baby is not doing what you want them to do.  We have an incredible photo of Baby Bear where she is playing with a pearl necklace and looking down.

If you have a manual camera, you can manipulate the settings to get incredible photos.  I found this Miguel Gantioqui Photography Cheat Sheet on Pinterest to use.  If you have lots of time before baby, I recommend what my photography professor had us do, take a picture long and write down your settings taking a picture of one object.  This way you will know how it makes the image look and will help you use your camera more effectively! (more…)


Name Game

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by by Smacksy

“… so then I got the ball from Breast-ton.”

“Breast-ton? I think you mean Preston.”

“No, Mom. His name’s Breast-ton, he told me.”

“I’m pretty sure it’s Preston.”

“Press-ton? What kind of name is that?”

Woven Paper Place Mats

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by by JM Guest Blogger

We are celebrating Thanksgiving with friends this year, but are doing a family Thanksgiving the next day at home. Back in my teaching days, we always had the kids make woven paper place mats for Thanksgiving. I had totally forgotten about that until this week when I saw that my daughter’s preschool class was making place mats. I thought it would be great to make these with the kids at home because it reinforces fine motor skills while creating a beautiful pattern. It’s super easy to make and only requires a few things you probably already have.

You will need:

  • 9 x 12 Construction paper in Fall colors.
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Decide which color you will use for your mat. We picked orange. Fold the paper in half and make (more…)

5 Easy Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by by JM Guest Blogger

Do Christmas Advent Calendars sound overwhelming to you?  Don’t let that keep you from trying this great family activity during the holidays because I have created and found some fun easy ideas for you.

Let me ease your mind concerning Advent Calendars by telling you that you can start (more…)