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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

March 12th

Turning back the clock

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A couple weeks ago we received our younger son, Luke’s school photos. My husband was quick to ask me if I have been saving the school photos for each of our boys for every year of school that they have had so far. Um……no. I haven’t. Great idea!  Why are we just thinking of this now? I have been scrambling to find the last couple years worth of shots (My kids are only 5 and 2…so don’t worry we’re not that behind here) so I can start a collection of their school photos. There is no turning back the clock with your kids. Time is flying over here.
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It dawned on me as I was pulling these photos out that kids today sure do seem a lot cooler then when I was a kid. My mom thought the good ol’ fashioned bowl cut was a good look and Michelle was pinned with sky high pigtails.
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Fast forward to present day. I mean look at this guy. Does it get cooler then this? Will he look back at this photo in 20 years and say what was my mom thinking?
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Well we owe these fantastic shots of our kids to Stomping Ground Photo.
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Stomping Ground Photo opened in 2009 and has been growing steadily ever since. They work with over 130 schools in the NYC area and also have divisions in Los Angeles and Boston. A small sampling of some Manhattan schools work with include…Little Red School House, Avenues, Manhattan Day School, Bank Street, Blue School, Friends, The Caedmon School, PS 3, PS 150, Beginnings, Buckle My Shoe and Barrow Street Nursery.
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They are a pleasure to work with and their staff are the sweetest. They are amazing with kids! Mine won’t smile for me when I ask them to but it certainly looks like they are enjoying themselves in their sibling shots.

categories: For Mom..., Little Miss Mommy, Photography, Toddler activities

March 11th

Sparkly Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day

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I come from the boonies of Upstate New York, which means that every few weeks I NEED an escape from the insane pace of the city.  Thankfully, I have family that is just a short train ride away.  A few weeks ago I asked my Aunt Vicky if I could come and hang out with her and my two adorable cousins at their home in Ridgefield, Connecticut, for a few days of relaxation, free laundry and home cooked food.  And most importantly, quality time with my cousins.  They are 8 and 10 year-old girls, both gorgeous, and so smart that it scares me. Olivia, the ten-year-old, gave me several “challenges” throughout the weekend, which made me question whether I truly deserve my college degree.  And Madeline, the eight-year-old, is a budding existentialist, and asks “But why?” anytime you tell her ANYTHING.  I am fascinated by the both of them.
I decided that it would be a good idea for me to bring an activity for us to do together that I could actually keep up with. After racking my brain for a bit, I settled on an arts & crafts project.  Seri’s Auntie Marissa sent over a cute shamrock-decorating craft idea which involves glitter…. Little girls and glitter? Sold!Shamrocks 1

What you will need:
-Green construction paper (I got several different colors, all different shades of green)
-Glitter Glue (I chose gold and green, but you can get whatever you like!)
-Shamrock-shaped cookie cutters
-Shamrock stickers
-Pencils
-Scissors
-Craft paper (to put down on your work surface)

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What to do:
-Lay down the craft paper to completely cover your work surface — we skipped that step and, needless to say, glitter glue is tough to get off of a wood table.
-Grab your construction paper, cookie cutters and pencils. Use the cookie cutters to trace shamrock shapes on the paper.  This will give you lines to follow when you are cutting out your shamrocks!Shamrock 2
-Cut out the shamrocks that you have traced.  If you are doing this craft with younger kids, or kids that are particularly rambunctious, I would recommend cutting out the shamrocks for them. Since the girls are a bit older and well-behaved, I figured I could trust them not to accidentally cut themselves or stab each other with the scissors.Shamrock 10
- Grab your glitter glue, stickers, and any other fun supplies you may want to decorate your shamrock with and go to town!Shamrock 9Shamrock 4
My cousins loved making different patterns and using LOTS of glitter glue. How each of the girls decided to decorate their own shamrocks also spoke to their personalities – Olivia liked to make neat, clean patterns, whereas Madi particularly enjoyed globbing on the glitter glue and smushing it around, and seeing how that would turn out. I also enjoyed myself as a I sat back and watched, helped when necessary, and sipped on a glass of wine.Shamrock 6Shamrock 7Shamrock 8
All in all, an easy and creative craft for all ages to enjoy.  I would definitely recommend.  Thanks, Auntie Marissa!!
PS, silly St. Patrick’s Day headbands are optional, but strongly encouraged.
xx, Abby

categories: Decorating, DIY, Holiday, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Toddler activities

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