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August 8th

Ready, Set, Weekend with the Garden of Eatin’

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Want a fun way to spend a day with your kids outside during the Summer? Why not try Cool Whip painting? I mean really, is this not genius? You get your cool whip and tint it with *organic food coloring (I found some at Wholefoods), set up a table, hand them their paint brushes or let them use their tiny hands and off they go!  Remember the smell of finger paints? How about the mess?  I’m not gonna lie, this is pretty sloppy too but at least you will be able to hose them down if they end up wearing whipped cream. Weeeeeeee! This little DIY project is awesome because not only is it non-toxic, if your little ones happen to put anything and everything into their mouth well….hello….at least you can rest at ease that this won’t make them puke.
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Here’s how you set this project up.
Stuff:
Cool Whip
Food Coloring
Wax or Finger Painting Paper
Muffin Tin
Dollar Store Paint brushes – or just fingers
(cheap and cheerful entertainment – right?)
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Take the container of Cool Whip and divide it up in muffin tins. Drop in 2 drops of food coloring to each muffin well and mix. Now set up a box or table with the wax or finger painting paper.
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Hopefully the kids will paint on the paper and not each other…..but the latter sounds COOLER doesn’t it?
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How easy is this? I actually feel like doing this myself this weekend but I’m fearful of licking the paper off after the painting is done.
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Stay tuned to see what I am whipping up next week.
xoxo Debi @thegardenofeatin

xx, Seri

categories: DIY, Guest Post, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Sweets, The Garden of Eatin', Toddler activities

July 31st

Crafting with Trix

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It’s summer, arguably our favorite season here at LMP.  The long days are filled with gorgeous weather, splashing in the pool and trips to the beach or park.  But what’s a mom to do when a day of rain sneaks in…OR you get the dreaded “Mommy, I’m bored!”  Instead of turning to the TV, we love to break out the crafts! We love to keep it simple using everyday items such as yarn, buttons, pipe cleaners and even a box of your favorite cereal.   We had a blast using the always colorful, and now fruitier tasting Trix!! Tap into your kids creative side with these easy projects that we assembled with items we found around our house!
How cute are these butterflies?  And they are easier than you think. Start by gathering these items: DIY9
Next, fill the plastic bag with Trix and twist the pipe cleaner in the middle, creating to “sides” of Trix in the bag.
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Help your little one curl the pipe cleaner to create the antennae and clip on the clothespin to create it’s body.
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Add some googly eyes and you’re all done!! How easy was that??DIY13
We love to hang bunting or banners at all of our events.  And our Trix Brunch was no exception!  Check out how the kiddies got involved in helping us to create this gorgeous decor.
Seri’s son, Gavin just loves to count. So his job was to separate out a whole box of Trix by color, into separate bowls.  It was the perfect task for him and he had a ball doing it!
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Next, we helped him to stick red glitter letters onto the front of large plastic bags.DIY4
Each bag was then filled with a color cereal and pinned to a piece of twine.  Can you guess what we are spelling?DIY5

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Easy, colorful and gorgeous !! Thanks Gavin, now our Trix party is complete!DIY7
We had an absolute ball using Trix for our DIY crafts. And the fun doesn’t stop here. Now you can participate at home with your kids! Click here to download a free PDF of Butterfly Craft or here to download the Cereal Bunting.  We would love to see your finished products!! Tag @littlemissparty on Instagram or Facebook.

HAPPY CRAFTING EVERYONE!

All photos by Dave Robbins Photography

xx, Michelle

categories: Breakfast, Dave Robbins Photography, Decorating, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, Sweets, Toddler activities

June 25th

No Brainer Dreamsicles by The Garden of Eatin’

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I think by now you know that here @thegardenofeatin I’m obsessed with easy recipes which require a minimal amount of ingredients. Well folks, this frozen treat CANNOT be more simple to make. Haul yourself into the kitchen right now because you need to create these magical treats on a stick. Here’s what you need to do…..
Open your fridge. Look inside – most likely to the left in the back on the second shelf you should have a container of yogurt…preferably Greek. How did I live without Greek yogurt for my entire life? And what took the Greeks so long to mass produce this dairy product? These are questions I need answered but not right now. Now open your fruit drawer and see if you have any peaches (4 to be exact) ….if you only have 3 peaches and 1 nectarine you can improvise and substitute one for another or if you don’t have peaches you can use ANY form of berry that you have hanging around…no one will judge you.
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Let’s grab that yogurt container and those fruities and get going because the only difficult part of making this recipe is waiting for these suckers to freeze.
HOW TO:
12 oz of any flavour non-fat Greek yogurt (I used ZERO fat….which is even better for bikini season)
4 peaches or nectarines, peeled – remember, you can sub berries if you don’t have peaches/nectarines
(I hear you thinking out loud….why are there only two ingredients listed here…she must have forgotten to write something above OR while cutting and pasting she neglected to PASTE)
NO.
There are really and truly only 2 …YES 2 ingredients needed for this deliciousness. Wouldn’t life be grand if every recipe was 2 ingredients? Perhaps.
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Fill the popsicle mold up halfway with the greek yogurt.
Freeze for at least 3 hours.
Purée the peaches or berries in blender and pour into the *ice pop mold.
Add the popsicle sticks.
*Here’s a little trick for you. I recently purchased a really cool ice pop maker by FOX RUN which comes with an aluminum top that has little slits for the sticks. I made a batch of blueberry ice pops last weekend and had a huge fight trying to release that top from the mold. So as to avoid throwing the whole thing against the wall this time around I simply stuck the sticks in and covered the mold with tin foil! Easy and no need to wrestle with the stupid thing.
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Freeze for another 3 hours and…..
THAT
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IT
These are totally worth the 6 hour wait…. similar to flying from here to London to see the Crown Jewels.
xoxo Debi
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xx, Seri

categories: Dessert, Dinner Party, Guest Post, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Summer, Summer Menu, Sweets, Toddler activities, Toronto

June 3rd

Family Time, with a Perfect Picnic in New York City

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People often ask what my favorite thing to do with my family in New York City is. I think the answer is getting boring already because it’s always: a picnic in the park.
New York is filled with the most beautiful parks all with history, scenery and grassy patches open for picnicking.
So now let me tell you about the most genius idea ever. Perfect Picnic NYC.
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Since Father’s day is so soon I thought it would be fun to get some new photos with my family. When I called Raquel to schedule a mini father’s day shoot I told her I don’t want to meet in the usual spot – my apartment. As much as I love the photos that I have with us in my home, I wanted something different. Something fun and seasonal.
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I gave the ladies at Perfect Picnic NYC a shout. They got back to me immediately and together we worked out the most fabulous picnic.
Really nice to have someone else do the thinking for once, just grab your basket and go!
Perfect Picnic NYC put together one of the most beautiful spreads I’ve ever seen on a blanket. There was no detail missed.
Imagine if you could show up in the park to this. C’mon seriously? It’s genius.
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xx, Seri

categories: Breakfast, Brunch, Gifts, Holidays, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, New York City to do, Photography, Summer, Toddler activities

April 30th

The Biggest Baby Shower EVER by Big City Moms

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Last night we had the opportunity to get involved with the Biggest Baby Shower EVER. What is that you are asking? Good question. The Biggest Baby Shower is the premier destination for all expectant and new parents!  The Biggest Baby Shower Ever is like no other baby shower you’ve ever seen. With over 100 of the best companies in the baby industry, it’s a one stop shop to test out, touch, feel and get educated on everything you can possibly need for your growing family.
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Michelle and I were hired to add some of our specialized LMP details to the event. We worked with a color palette of white, gold, yellow and blue playing off the Biggest Baby Shower marketing. We put together gorgeous flower arrangements that screamed babies and spring time!
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We also spray painted animals from Michaels and placed them on the bistro tables and bars.
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One of the highlights of our set up was the balloons. We worked with the fabulous Tara from One Stylish Party on a couple of very special balloons that we designed together with her for this event. First was in the entrance when the guests arrived. They were greeted by a large stuffed giraffe who was holding a confetti filled balloon with neon yellow, gold and white tissue tassel hanging down.
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Then there was the balloon made specially for LMP that we displayed on our table along with signage for all guests to enter a contest to win one of Tara’s balloons for themselves. How fab are these?!
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As you know from our post yesterday we partnered with Sur La Table to run an incredible giveaway for this mother’s day. We are giving away a breakfast in bed LMP in a Box valued at $500 including a drip glass coffee pot, waffle pan, $50 gift card and so much more. Have you entered for this insanely amazing prize yet? What are you waiting for?! The contest ends Friday. See all the details to enter here.
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We set up our table with the breakfast in bed products from Sur La Table and handed out postcards to create a buzz. And boy did we ever! New Yorkers LOVE Sur La Table! Everyone was so excited to enter our contest and to hear more about our launch of Little Miss Party in a Box!
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These events are about collecting information, ideas and most importantly….SWAG! So we teamed up with our girl Clarelicious to serve personalized cookies at our table. She made over 200 cookies for us. Some with our logo and some with photos. She prints the images on edible paper and uses organic ingredients in her baked goods.
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And what’s an LMP table without custom water bottles? We knew these would fly off the table since there were about 1000 pregnant gals walking around so our bottles were a pretty big hit.
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Big hugs and thanks to all of our supporters and Big City Moms for bringing us on board!
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xx, Seri

categories: Baby gear, Baby shower, Confetti, Contest, Decorating, Fashion + Style, Flowers, For Mom..., Gifts, Giveaway, Little Miss Mommy, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, Party, Party Stylists, Promotional party, Toddler activities

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