Insourcing household duties to your kids. Here’s a great article on sheknows.com that gives you a 3 step program to get your kids to help with chores.
I made a video on how to help your kids be self sufficient. I suggest giving them a “house tour”. Now there’s no excuse for comments like, “I need a fork mom!” Let me know if miraculously your kids brain starts problem solving for themselves next time they are “dying of thirst!”
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Photo credit: Sheknows.com from article I promoted.
It makes me SMILE, when I arrive at an event and they have ALL NATURAL snow cones for the kids!!
Who doesn’t LOVE a snow cone? With summer just around the corner, parents can keep their kids sugar intake low by making snow cone flavorings themselves. Here’s a link to an All Natural Snow Cone Recipe that I love and your kids will too!
This month our wordless Wednesday posts are all about mom – in honor of Mother’s Day, of course! The topic this week is “only a mother could love.” When your child is born a love for that child is also born; that love is a blind love no doubt. We love our kids when they are crying, when they have a silly toothless grin, when they make mistakes and even when they hit their sibling. In all their awkwardness, stumbling, bumbling stages of life and learning, moms love their kids. And when our kids fail, flounder or fall from grace, our heart breaks with them. No matter how old our babies become moms will always worry and want the best for them with all the love deep in our heart.
Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, who loves me and wants the best for me. Thanks for loving me at my highest AND lowest moments in my life.
I know it is “Wordless” Wednesday, but I am not feeling wordless about this topic. The topic for this week is “home.” For the month of May we are celebrating Mothers, and those who mother us. For me I am faced with being a mom and what home means for me moving forward and not looking back from where I came.
I went through photos of my kids, my house, swimming at the beach, playing with my kids, happy chaos, snuggling in bed, family portraits, palm trees and the sun. How big did I want to go? Earth as my home? Los Angeles as my home? Photos from my real house? Of my family? My mom? My heart? I feel like I am home wherever I am…wherever I hang my hat and really, wherever I feel loved.
Lately I have been faced with my own nationality and birth place as my home. As I stood at my sons student assembly and put my hand over my heart, I couldn’t help but wonder who had decided to bring back the pledge of allegiance? Didn’t it get banned from schools for a while? And now at a time in history when America really needs our nations children to feel a sense patriotism, I think that it is the right decision. America needs us and will always be my home no matter where I live.
If you are up on diets and fads and like to know what everyone is talking about these days….it’s Paleo! The Paleo diet is basically based on what our ancestors ate when they were hunters and gatherers. You can eat Meat, Vegetables, Fruits and Nuts. AND the best part is you can eat as much as you want of those things. You really don’t get hungry on this diet, and who can say no to a diet that allows you to eat bacon! The first few days some people experience carb with drawl. But, if you eat enough vegetables that are high in carbs it really does balances out your cravings.
I have been eating Paleo for over a year and it feel amazing. I lost my extra weight after having a baby. And to be honest, it is not a fad or a diet to me anymore. It is a way of life…eating right to feel my best. There are a lot of great books on the topic. Read Robb Wolfs, The Paleo Solution, and you’ll really understand why this is best for our bodies. He also offers some insight into how this diet can benefit people with certain diseases and conditions like diabetes and high cholesterol.
Great recipes can be found in “Everyday Paleo” and online recipes from the Paleo Gourmet. The yummy breakfast pictured above is my own recipe. Soft boil eggs for 7 minutes, slice heirloom tomatoes and lightly steam asparagus ( you can do this the night before at dinner time and save in the fridge for breakfast). I added 1 slice of uncured apple smoked bacon and a fresh avocado. Super Yummy and Healthy too.
If you are looking for a fun and easy bake sale item that will sell like hot cakes, marshmellow Lolli’s are winners! These very cute treats are super fast and do not take any baking time! Just grab some of that colorful fun chocolate from your local craft store. Wilton makes very tasty chocolate. Here is the easy 1,2,3.
1) Melt it down chocolate on the stove top in a sauce pan.
2) Put lollipop stick into a marshmellow.
3) Dip Marshmellow into the chocolate then into sprinkles and let cool on wax paper (stick up).
Wrap in cute cello bags and tie with ribbons! They look amazing. You can display in a cute cup or stick into a brick of styrofoam covered with fabric.
These also make great party favors and baby shower treats.
Pink or Blue? Boy or Girl? These days there is a growing trend amongst expecting parents to have a party with friends gathered around anticipating the big news. Couples are having their doctors write down the secret sex in a sealed envelop which then is given to a bakery or friend who can prepare the mystery dessert. Friends and family are invited to a party and at some point in the party everyone gets a dessert and finds out if it will be a boy or a girl. The cute pink and blue pretzels pictured above can be hidden in a deep jar to be pulled out to reveal the color of chocolate. Or try cupcakes which contain pink or blue cream in the middle. Guests can be told to “bite” into the treat and viola, everyone knows if its a boy or girl.
These pretzels are easy to make. Most craft stores carry colored chocolate dots, which can be melted down on the stove and pretzels dipped in. Lay on wax paper to cool them and then add sprinkles and decorate with a little squiggle of frosting. Surprise! It’s a baby!
This past weekend, Zookies participated in a charity event called 4GOOD. It was a day of parents and children coming together to make things for other children in need. Zookies hosted a table and taught kids how to sew these super cute stuffed animals which are going to be donated to under privileged children at St. John’s hospital and wellness centers. It was an amazing day…we filled up a whole toy box! Check out the organization behind this exciting program, 4Good.org This is a very fun and easy craft for you to do at home with your child. I would say 5 years old is probably the youngest for this project but of course it depends on each child’s abilities.
We did hearts, teddy bears, kittens and flowers, but you can make anything. I like to make patterns first and then have kids trace it onto their felt with a piece of chalk. Take 2 layers of felt and lay the pattern on top of it. Have your child trace the pattern and then cut it out – make sure both sheets of felt are being cut. I use a clothes pin to hold the fabric together – it is an easy way for little ones to get involved with every step of the process – pins can be sharp you know!
Then if you are making an animal, you need to sew on the eyes to one cut out first before you sew the 2 pieces together. TIP: After you thread the needle, pull the thread through so that you have a yard in length coming out on both ends – fold thread in half with the needle in the middle and knot at the bottom. This will help keep the needle on the tread while sewing. TIP: A yard is roughly from your out-stretched hand across your body to your opposite shoulder.
After you are done, place the piece (with eyes) on the top and then sew around the whole outside. I like to use a running stitch for the younger children and a whip stitch for the older kids. Leave an inch and a half opening for the stuffing to be filled inside. Fill it and then close it up.
Viola! You now have a hand sewn stuffed animal. For added love…I like to write a note to my kids or draw I love you on a heart and put it inside the animal! Now cuddle up and read a story together.
My friend and fellow blogger, KTP has a weekly tradition of posting photos on Wednesdays without any words on her blog House of Prince. This weeks theme is water. They all have lovely pictures of waterfalls and rivers. I looked at my refrigerator and saw my perfect water picture. So, today I am sharing my 5 year old sons love of water with a recent drawing he made in kindergarten.
What silly things have your kids wanted that cracked you up?
Hi, I am Lora Jakobsen, the founder and owner of Zookies. We have been in business since 1999 and currently manufacture all of our Zookies products here in Los Angeles. We added a blog to our new e-commerce site to share ideas on education and creativity. I believe that our children learn best when we play with them. I hope to share fun activities that give parents the tools to create fun, inspiring and educational days with your children.