Archive for December, 2012

Drama at the Canyon

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by by


“Oh, no. Then what happened, Bob?”

“Then after Daisy got out of her collar she went running and running and running and she went over this fence and straight down this cliff and she kept running away.”

“What did you do?”

“Dad and I were yelling at her to come back and Teddy stayed with us and I got scared that (more…)

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New Year’s Family Activity: Simple Time Capsule

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by by

New Years Time Capsule

I was looking for a simple New Year’s family activity since I am burned out after all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays. So I came up with this after some brainstorming. My plan is to print out 5 of these and place them in our time capsules. That way next year I don’t have to go hunting down this document, it’s already in there ready to be filled in.

I love the simple questions, it will be fun for them to review when they are older. For example (more…)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Activity for Kids

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by by

new years eve countdown

I am so excited to share this New Years Eve Countdown Activity for Kids! I have not seen anything like it online and if you are a blogger you know how excited you get when you come up with your own novel ideas! Well, you know I didn’t come up with the vinegar and baking soda trick that has been around for years.

For each hour before midnight you will create some “champagne” fizz fun counting down to New Years. Whether you choose to do your own time zone or from Switzerland or the East Coast make sure to have some fun!  I am kids are always amazed with this baking soda and vinegar trick. Our 2 year old shouts in amazement (more…)

New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by by

Tomorrow starts a new year and with it, many of us will be making new year’s resolutions. Most of those resolutions last a few months if we’re lucky. Then we end up feeling bad about ourselves before forgetting about them all together. Well, why should adults have all the fun? I decided to burden my kids with the pressure of making a new year’s resolution.

They have been excited about the new year, so I explained the concept of a new year’s resolution. I asked them if there was something they wanted to do better and this is what they came up with. Picky eater A said she resolved to try everything at dinner. Sassypants B said she would not have an attitude, and rebellious C said she would listen to Mommy and Daddy. I wanted them to remember these resolutions so I decided to make some simple frames where they could display their resolutions. (more…)

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Thanks for a Great Week

Friday, December 28th, 2012 by by

What day is it today?  Does anybody even know?  I feel like I lived three lifetimes in the past 6 days…that’s how much stuff went on.  I thank the Universe that we didn’t travel over the holiday because that would have been the final nail in my coffin.

So…let’s just do a quick recap using my always-limited, never high-quality, iPhone pictures!

Last week I only had Monday and Tuesday to myself (well, technically not all to myself, but with school still in session), so I tried to enjoy my final moments of relative calm before the storm.

Monday, I purchased the world’s smallest “small” coffee:


Seriously?  It was embarrassing to drink because holding this cup made me look like I had gargantuan man-hands.  This approximated .000000001% of my day’s caffeine intake.

Thank goodness I had the sustenance of that coffee (more…)

Leaving my childhood home behind

Friday, December 28th, 2012 by by

My parents lived in the same house since I was 3.  My brother and sister were born and  grew up in that house.  I lived there until college, then again for a few months when we first moved back from Israel and then from Chicago.  It has really been over 15 years since I lived there though.  I ‘gave up’ my room to my little sister when I moved to Israel (I had the biggest bedroom).  It was an homage to the 90′s complete with laminate kitchen, vintage John Morgan designed built ins and textured walls in the dining room.  BUT, I still felt that it was my comfort place.  They did do some updates recently (I wish I had pictures of the 90′s style to show you!)  to make the house more appealing and bringing the style slightly closer to the new millennium.   All of the meals and holidays that we celebrated as a family felt so comfy and cozy when we were at my parent’s house.

My parents have tried on and off to move since I was in middle school and there was always something that did not work out.  Now that they are truly empty-nesters, they decided that they needed to move and we were all so surprised at how fast the house sold.   (more…)

Birthday Cake Popcorn

Friday, December 28th, 2012 by by

I was looking through my pantry for something we could add to regular popcorn to take it up a notch. You’d be surprised how quick and easy it is to make some “fancy popcorn.” This would be great served at a party or as a hostess gift. I didn’t come up with the name “Birthday Cake Popcorn” until we made it and tasted it. It was just so yummy and colorful that it reminded me of birthday cake. See if you don’t agree.

You will need:

  • Popcorn (I used light microwave popcorn, but you can pop your own)
  • Chocolate and vanilla candy melts
  • Mini marshmallows
  • 2 Squeeze bottles
  • Colorful Sprinkles
  • Large bowl

The one warning I will give you about making this, is to make sure your popcorn is free from loose kernels. (more…)

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Why Does My Child Say “WaWa” & “BaBa”? {And is it Normal?}

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by by

Welcome to the first post in my new long term series “Why Does My Child___? {And is it normal?}” For more information about this series and how you can help contribute, read the intro post HERE.

I remember a couple years ago a friend of mine was talking about how she wondered why her son said “wa wa” for the word water when she herself only referred to water as, well, water. I didn’t go into the why then, but I’ve been noticing that my own son Ev, 23 months, has been doing a lot of this speech pattern lately and I thought it would make a great first post in my new series. So…..

What is a Phonological Process?

If you’ve been following along for a while (more…)

Small Talk

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by by


“Hey, Felix? What was your best memory of your life so far?”

“Probably going to my grandma’s for Christmas and getting the Vampyre Lego set. What was yours, Bob?”

“Disneyland. Best day ever.”

“That’s nice.”

“Yeah.”

Keeping Kids Active in the Winter {Part I}

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by by

Keeping Kids Active in the Winter {Part I}



I am trying to find some fun active things for Baby Bear to do while I am nursing or doing something else for Mini Bear.  My sister had an idea to do yoga with her.  We looked on YouTube for kids yoga videos.  We watched a couple until we found Cosmic Kids Yoga. We set up the iPad and Baby Bear’s aunt did it with her the first few times so that she got the idea.

toddler doing yoga

Cosmic Yoga Kids is not just (more…)

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