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May 4th

Dip your Chip

I find the playdates at my house run smoothest when I have some type of:
A. activity planned
B. delicious snack prepared
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So when the boys got together with their gal pals I thought it would be fun to craft some tissue flowers. Using TONS OF PINK of course.
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It’s teacher appreciation week at school this week and Gavin thought it would be nice to make his teacher flowers. Well it doesn’t get much cuter than that.
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Of course these flowers are perfectly timed as a crafty DIY decoration to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with some color!
Speaking of, I was inspired to make guacamole with the boys and then create cups of 7 layer dip. Just dip your chip.
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All of this was so simple. Here’s what ya do…
Tissue Paper Flowers
Layer pieces of tissue making sure there are two edges all lined up
Fold the tissue paper back and forth like an accordion.
Cut the edges for a pretty scallop or design.
Unfold each layer and pouf it out.
Cinch it all together in the back and secure with a rubber band.
Voila!
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For the guacamole (a favorite around these parts) we mashed the following together:
2 avocados (hit them with the juice of a lime after you peel)
1 plum tomato
1/2 sweet onion
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste
If the kiddos weren’t around I would have added a minced jalepeno!
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To make the individual servings (so perfect for kids or a party!) I layered these ingredients into plastic tumblers:
* salsa
* sour cream
* shredded cheese
* the guacamole
* scallions
Oh wait. That’s five ingredients. Well who’s counting? Those are the ingredients I like.
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And of course….to top it all off we enjoyed margarita sangria. You heard me right…salt, tequila, fruit and wine? Um….Thank you Pinterest!
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categories: Cocktail party, Decorating, Dip, For Mom..., Holiday, Holidays, Kids eats, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Project Playdate, Toddler activities

April 22nd

A Day in the Life

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Photography is not what it used to be.
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When I was a kid I used to snap the heck out of my little point and shoot camera. I would print photos monthly and document my family, friends and favorite moments. I have book cases full of photo albums with printed photos through the first 20 years of my life.

But then…things changed.
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Photos turned into blog posts, blog posts turned into Facebook photos and now we live life through Instagram. I print photos maybe twice a year now…and they are usually just to send out to my family.
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I’ve noticed that when I try to do an organized photo shoot with my children, they turn into little monsters and won’t sit still or smile no matter what I bribe them with.
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However when my friend Dave comes over…even if he’s planning to shoot them, he distracts the boys enough to snap the most beautiful, natural shots.
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Dave Robbins is a lifestyle photographer who captures people and moments when they are least expecting it.
We most recently worked with Dave on this shoot of Harlow & Luke romping around Eastern Long Island decked in outfits from Janie and Jack. A day in the life…of Harlow & Luke.
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If you’re looking to capture a day in the life of your child, children or anyone really, I highly recommend Dave. You can check out his new lifestyle blog here.

All photos above were taken by Dave Robbins Photography.

To read more on Harlow & Luke click on over to Mommy Shorts.

categories: Little Miss Mommy, Photography, Project Playdate, Summer, Toddler activities

April 3rd

A fun and adorable Easter basket alternative

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On Easter morning, there was nothing better than waking up and finding an entire basket filled with sweets awaiting me in the living room. Cadbury eggs, Reese’s Pieces and Peeps were staples in my basket year after year. From a candy perspective, it was almost as good as Halloween. Now that I am a mom to a toddler, I’m not keen on giving in to the power of candy just yet. She already knows (and loves) cupcakes and cookies, so I would like to keep chocolate bars a secret for a little while longer. On the other hand, I don’t want to be a totally lame mom and give her a basket of fruits and veggies so I came up with these easy Goldfish carrots, which is a slightly healthier yet very adorable alternative.

Let’s get crafting :
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SUPPLIES:
* Piping bags
* Goldfish crackers or any healthy orange snack
* Roll of green crepe streamers
* Roll of green washi tape
* Scissors

STEP BY STEP
* Fill piping bags about 3/4 way up with Goldfish crackers
* Cut 2-3″ sections of crepe streamers and stack on top of one another. Cut the stack into thirds lengthwise – these will be the carrot tops
* Cut 2-3″ pieces of washi tape
* Twist the top of each bag and add 4-5 pieces of crepe streamer paper, fanned out
* Wrap the washi tape around the twisted bag and crepe paper to seal

HAPPY EASTER !!
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categories: Holiday, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Toddler activities, Uncategorized

April 1st

Gettin’ Crafty for Easter

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Easter is a holiday that I don’t celebrate because I’m a Jew and Passover is the holiday I’ll be celebrating this weekend. BUT boy do I ever love the crafts and food that surround the Easter holiday!
Gavin had two friends coming over for a playdate today so I figured lets get crafty!
For starters, I always serve the kids a snack when they get home from school. To keep with our playdate theme I had some fun with deviled eggs and I dyed em. I took the cooked whites and soaked them in food coloring before adding the filling. I let them sit in the dye for a good 30 minutes for the color to really saturate.
Now don’t get me wrong, my kids eat really healthy foods on a daily basis, so this was a special and festive treat. A one time a year type deal.
Since food coloring is the principal supply for easter egg dying, I strained the leftover dye from the deviled eggs into jars so the kids could dip n dye.
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We took it a step further and also dyed some marshmallows with a brushed/ombre type look.
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Since we craft quite a bit around here, we have a box of supplies lying around the house. Glue, glitter, rhinestones and paint. Of course the kids were all over the glitter…which a total mess. Thank goodness I covered the table with kraft paper! I just rolled it up and tossed it when they were done. It was SO easy!easter18
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These eggs will make the perfect place cards for the table at Passover dinner or Easter brunch. You can take a sharpie and write each kids names. Set in a soft boiled egg holder or just on a napkin on the table.
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For a really cool, fun dessert we made chow mein noodle nests. Omg. Look at these! I found the recipe in the most recent issue of GoodHousekeeping. It was a package of chocolate chips, 3/4 cup of smooth peanut butter and a can of chow mein noodles. I covered a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then combined the chips and peanut butter over low heat stirring constantly till all was melted and smooth. I added the mixture to a bowl with the chow mein noodles and mixed well. I scooped balls onto the parchment paper and then pressed down in the middle to shape into a nest. Let these puppies sit in the fridge to set for at least 3o minutes. Add chocolate eggs and there you have it. Cutest Easter dessert ever!

categories: Appetizers, Decorating, Eggs, Holidays, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Project Playdate, Sweets, Toddler activities

March 30th

Ready – To – Slime.

You can’t do that on Television was a Canadian TV show that aired the year after I was born. This show consisted of teenage comedy sketches that involved slime that would get dumped on their heads. It was pretty hilarious to watch actually.
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So when my friend Ilana told me that the Kids Choice Awards were coming up and Nickelodeon was hosting it…I thought this could be interesting…
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We are always looking for fun ideas for our Project Playdates as Gavin and Mazzy love any reason to hang out. And they seem to really love when we have a fun activity planned!
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So I found a recipe for “the best green slime” on Pinterest and it only required a few supplies. I was down.
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School Glue (8 oz bottle)
Liquid Starch (1 cup)
Green paint (we used glow in the dark) – you only need 1 squish….or the whole bottle…yikes.slime5
Give it a good stir.
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Finish that bottle of paint…ya may as as well….
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AND Get Ready – To – SLIME!
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Now stop it! That’s too much slime! You’re making a MESS! It’s getting ALL OVER OUR CLOTHES!
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Well that made for a super fun clean up.
Moving on to the cupcakes….they also got slimed.
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My sister was visiting for the weekend and we made a lime custard slime to top some baked off cupcakes. Oh hell these were disgusting. But boy did they look pretty. !!
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We also had a little slime lime punch…what’s a slime party without a little punch?!
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The playdate was a successful mess. And as usual, the kids had a blast.
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All photos above were taken by my friend Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts.

categories: Kids eats, Little Miss Mommy, Project Playdate, Toddler activities

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