Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Handprint Canvas Artwork

One of the best things to hand down to your children when they grow up is some of their artwork. I still have some of mine that my parents gave to me. Try a crafty artwork piece on canvas. This will be long lasting and much better to pass down than paper. If you would like to learn how to make this wonderful Halloween Canvas with your kids you can find step by step instructions HERE.

My sister was really excited to get this from my niece when she got home. She called it her Halloween gift and hung it up right away. It really made my niece's day... and my sister's.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Spaghetti Dinner Eaten with Fingers

When I was younger my parents came up with a fun food night. They let us eat spaghetti with our fingers. No joke. I remember it and it was awesome. So tonight I decided we were going to make dinner fun by following my parents lead. LOL. And what fun it was. I have never had so much fun at the dinner table with my kids. They loved every second of it.

When my son was done I told him he had to clean his bowl. That meant licking it clean. My daughter decided to join in even though she wasn't quite done yet. LOL

This was an amazing dinner. I don't think this will be something my kids forget for awhile... if ever. I really hope they don't so they can try it with their children one day. This is one wild dinner that I recommend you all try.

Did you try this? Let me know. I would love to hear what food you ate with your fingers.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Chicken and Fry Night

When I worked at a Montessori school we had couple who would do a "Chicken and Fry Night" once a week with their children. The kids used to get so excited about it. I figured what the heck. Why not try this at home with my kids? Wow... what a great concept. Children love this!

Now, I love to let my children help me in the kitchen (especially when it comes to making dinner) because then they are usually excited about eating a meal they made. However, after awhile they get tired of making the usually hearty/healthy/boring dinners that we all seem to prepare. Giving them a night to pig out on chicken and french fries once a week always has my kids eating the other dinners I prepare. Here's why.
  1. If they don't eat the other dinners then they don't get a chicken and fry night.
  2. Children love the simple, tastes yummy, reminds them of take out style, type of food.
  3. We swap it up. Whether it is chicken and fries we bake at home or McDonald's food the kids get pumped. We even substitute the fries for tator-tots, curly fries, hash browns and more.
  4. We make the night kid friendly. No utensils. Paper plates and napkins. And we let them eat in the living room (which I really hate, but it gets them excited).
Go ahead. Try a chicken and fry night at your home once a week and see how your kids (especially the little ones) respond to it. It is a great time to spend dinner as family, while doing something just for the kids.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Eclectic Tea Party

When I was little I used to visit my aunt and we would have a tea party. Everyone (my cousins, sister and I) would dress up in our mother's clothes, grab our special tea cups and have a blast. This is one of my fondest memories as a child and I wanted to share it with my children, so, today my children and I had a tea party. We made sure it was eclectic (nothing matched except the trays) and although we didn't dress up this time, we still had fun.

My son loves tea, but daughter isn't to fond of it, so today we had milk in our teapot. The kids loved it and it was a great way to spend time with laughing, catching up and just hanging out. Our tea party was done for lunch so we had sandwiches cut into little squares (we even had cucumber sandwiches), blueberry scones and apple turn-overs. What a great way to spend lunch with my kids. They had so much fun and got so into it that once everything was done my 4 yr. old daughter came up to me and said, "Thank you darling. That was lovely." I waited until she walked away to laugh. How cute! I really recommend trying this with your kids for lunch on a day you aren't working.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Silly Stories in the Dark

Last night my daughter asked if she could sleep in my room and since it was a Friday night and Daddy wasn't here I figured why not. I put her in the bed and finish cleaning up the living room and getting ready for bed myself. When I get back to the room I asked her if she was ready and she said she was so I turned off the light. Suddenly there is another light in my room. I turn around to see my daughter holding a small flashlight her Papa gave her. When I start to giggle and ask her what she is doing she tells me,
"We are going to tell spooky stories."
It was too much and she seemed so excited so I let her go ahead and tell the stories. She just turned four a few days ago and for a 4 year old she told some pretty funny stories. Not scary at all, but funny enough that we ended up staying up an hour past bedtime laughing. I definitely recommend some alone time with your kids this weekend... Even if it's silly stories in the dark.