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Summer Bucket List June 15, 2012

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I love this idea … Make a list of things you want to make sure you do this summer so that summer doesn’t get away for you and you look back and can’t remember what you did! I will publish my summer bucket list here – but feel free to share your ideas. How about Somerset 4H Fair in NJ? That thing is so much fun for kids…. More to come!

 

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Delish Family Dinner Recipe February 26, 2012

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It has been a while since I have absolutely loved a recipe. We cook a lot in our house and I “like” a lot of the recipes but I always find myself finding a small fault where I wish it was easier, or was healthier. To my surprise, while just making a regular Sunday dinner, I found a recipe I want to share with everyone. Typically I would only make a recipe rated 5 stars on foodnetwork.com since there are thousands of choices and why make one that rates any less than the best. This recipe though was rated only 4 stars and I am shocked. It is a receipe for chicken-zucchini alfredo. My child literally ate 5 dishes of this and my husband and I are fighting over who will bring the leftovers for lunch. Now it is a “lower” fat version of alfredo which I really like and contains NO cream.However, it is not a low-fat recipe with 600 calories per serving. Most of the calories comes from the oil and the cheese so use sparingly to make that number come down. Also, you don’t need as much evaporated milk so you can decrease calories there. All in all – your children will eat vegetables, whole wheat, and protein in a wonderfully delicious, easy to make meal. I’m a fan. I hope you are too.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/chicken-zucchini-alfredo-recipe/index.html

 

Are you giving away the best candy?! October 15, 2011

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I’ve often wondered if kids just KNOW which houses give away the good stuff on Halloween and which ones don’t. I’ve been perusing a few “best of lists” and I thought I would summarize the best Halloween candy you can give as rated by trick-or-treaters and adults alike. Did your candy make the list this year? If not, you may want to reconsider or find yourself blacklisted by trick-or-treaters forever. ha.

25. Chuckles – they are old school and rare but kids love them and so do adults.

24. Sour Patch Kids – you either love them or hate them but you don’t find them a lot in your treat bag and so they are a popular vote getter

23. Blow pops – who doesn’t like a lollipop AND gum in one. seriously.

22. Tootsie pops – nips the Blow pop by one spot because they have been around longer and there is the whole – how quick can you get to the middle thing.

21. Pop rocks – silly, silly little candy that I am convinced has to be extremely bad for you but kids love it nonetheless.

20. Starbusts – an oldie but a goodie

19. Raisinetes – honestly I was surprised this made the list but maybe it is because parents feel better when their kids are eating fruit.

18. Airheads – these things should be gross but they are delicious. Trick-or-treaters love them.

17. Candy Necklaces – I know this one is a bit odd however it made a bunch of lists so I had to include it.

16. Nerds – even I love Nerds – especially the fun flavored ones. You’ll be a hit with these.

15.  Sugar Babies – Not as well-known as some candies but can you get any better than chocolate covered caramel? Well… see number 14.

14. Cow Tails Vanilla – Hard to find but kids go nuts for the caramel candy with Vanilla in the middle.

13. Butterfinger CRISPS – the traditional Butterfinger has been replaced by the new version and I have to say that I agree

now we get into a few traditional candy that everyone loves….

12.  Twix – delish.

11. Almond Joy – most times you feel like a nut. (hahahaha)

10. Skittles – year round fun

okay … we are back into the more unique candy

9. Hot Tamales – never loved them but apparently they are popular and I guess they are one of the few hot candies on the list so they are probably well placed mid-way among the favorites

8. Russel Stover chocolate covered marshmallow pumpkins – I didn’t know these existed but I’ve seen them chatted about all around and so I’m hunting them down this year for the 2 kids that might come to my house

7. Pixie Stix – comes in a variety of flavors, easy to eat right out of the package

6. Candy Corn – it is a seasonal delight for kids and adults of all ages. Who hasn’t eaten the little colored layers one by one?

5. Hersey’s minis – the variety pack is always a hit and who doesn’t love Hersey’s?

4. Fun Dip – my kid is 2.5 and he ALREADY loves it so I can just imagine how much kids love this as they get older. Plus it is a two-part candy which makes it a bit more complex and fun.

3. Pez – Seriously, if you are cool enough to be giving out a variety of different Pez dispensers and Pez then you are probably too cool to be reading this blog however, you are probably seriously popular in the neighborhood and kids will come to your house first to make sure they get their pick of Pez.

2. Reese’s Pieces – they are hard to find and rarely given out but if you can get them and give them, kids will like you.

1. Reese’s Peanut butter cups – I had to end with an old faithful and if you really want to amp this one up, give the double package or the pumpkin shaped one.

Honorable Mention:

– Halloween Peeps

I wish all the best of luck this year in being a cool house in your neighborhood!

 

Please Touch… and they mean it! March 22, 2011

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Honestly, the Please Touch museum in Philadelphia was not my own discovery. Parenting magazine found it and rated it one of the best museums/outings for kids and now I know why. I went there this weekend with one 2-year-old, one 3-year-old, and one 4-year-old and it couldn’t have been more fun. The museum is for kids. Period. There are no adult things to do at all. Everything is touchable, unbreakable, movable, and it teaches kids along the way. The highlight of the museum for the kids was the grocery story complete with aisles such as produce, breads, and canned goods. Each child got a shopping cart, they could shop, checkout at the register, work behind the counter, wherever their imagination took them. They could work at or eat at a “McDonald’s” set up just for kids with pretend burgers they could assemble and the trays and cups for the dining experience. Children can change a tire, pump gas, pay with water, play the piano, find their way through Alice in Wonderland’s maze. They can ride a bus, a train, a motorcycle, a car (real car). They can work construction, play doctor, etc. etc. etc. You get the point. I wish we lived closer to the museum. It is a wonderful way for children to experience everything they see adults do every day and it allows them to explore their curiosity. For anyone who lives even remotely close, I highly, highly suggest a trip.

www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

A few tips: earlier morning is better, less kids, less hectic. Parking isn’t all that easy – we parked on the street/grass a short walk away and it worked fine. Make sure if your kids like puppet shows to go in a little early because the theatre filled up quick.

 

Valentine’s Day Idea #5 January 26, 2011

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Product ImageCards are not enough. Even if you read every card and it says the perfect words – the words were written by Hallmark not by you. Treat your loved one to a special treat with your words. Open a card and write down one entire side. Tell her what a great mom she is and what she means to you. Or how great a role model he is as a dad. I think we all take for granted how our words can make someone feel special, feel needed, feel valued and our words (not Hallmark’s) are the ones our loved ones want to hear. Simple but true.

 

Valentine’s Idea #4 January 25, 2011

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This isn’t my most creative idea to say the least but Mom’s everywhere want one of these and if they don’t have one already they would be thrilled to get one. The initial necklaces are being sported by celebrity and non-celebrity mom’s alike. They are a sweet way to have your child or your family close to your heart at all times. 

Think about it like Red Fish Blue Fish – some are silver, some are gold. Some are inexpensive and some cost a load. Some have bling, and some have tiers. Don’t be afraid, erase your fears.

We’ve listed a few options below to give you an idea of the choices out there –

This one is the most expensive at $280 – it is made by Sonya Renee and is the one that most of the celebrities are wearing: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod87060002&ecid=NMCIGoogleBaseFeed&003=5840816&010=Y0A9U&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=Y0A9U

Pink Mascara has a whole section with different types of initials necklaces and charms ranging in price:  http://www.pinkmascara.com/Trends/Personalize-It

BlueNile has a nice basic one for $60 – http://www.bluenile.com/m-initial-silver-pendant_17571

Max and Chloe has a lot of cool options varying from reasonable to extremely expensive: http://www.maxandchloe.com/fulldetails/1249/98,149  http://www.maxandchloe.com/fulldetails/10322/98,150   http://www.maxandchloe.com/fulldetails/8255/98,150

Etsy (where individuals can sell their work) has some great options for very reasonable prices:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/58076485/custom-stone-and-initial-keys-to-my?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_search_query=layered%2Binitial%2Bnecklace&ga_search_type=handmade

http://www.etsy.com/listing/64180673/tiny-tags-handtamped-necklace?ref=sr_gallery_14&ga_search_query=layered%2Binitial%2Bnecklace&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=2

http://www.etsy.com/listing/62715938/custom-initial-sterling-silver-leaf?ref=sr_gallery_39&ga_search_query=layered%2Binitial%2Bnecklace&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=3

 

Valentine’s Idea #3 January 23, 2011

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This idea can be for a mommy OR a daddy. Some people will say they don’t like this idea because they know where everything is even in the chaos. So for those people, skip this one. For everyone else, a clean closet is like the freshest air on the top of the highest mountain. When you look into an organized closet and can actually SEE the clothes it is invigorating. Simply refolding, color coordinating, organizing shoes and getting all the same hangers can make a world of a difference. Of course if you are really fancy you could hire one of those companies that will organize for you but I think a little elbow grease and a lot of love will have the same result. Its free (unless you buy hangers or a closet organizing system and even then it isn’t too bad), and your loved one will be ecstatic. Good luck!