Google+ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 5/31 {w/linky}: Get Out & Play - Preschool Sports Day

The Lil Divas had a Sports Day at Preschool & I was a volunteer Mom during my Oldest Diva's day!

Here's a peek at some playtime fun, flops & laughs:

Let's try some hula-hooping!


Huh?!



Ok, wait a minute - let's try that again!


I think I got it Mom!


or maybe not!


Wonder who she takes after? haha!


That's alright, Mom! I'd much rather try my luck at bowling


and the egg & spoon race


 some good old fashioned relay races


and even a little baseball


Yay, I got it!


What a FUN Day! :)

Now it's your turn! What are you sharing for your Wordless Wednesday this week?





Bern

Fancy Girls and Posh Jeweled Butterflies

The Lil Divas really enjoyed our Caterpillar/Butterfly Theme. It was definitely one of their favorites to date. Honestly, what is there not to love about butterflies - especially when you get to witness the magic first-hand like we did!

We read many wonderful butterly books which I shared with you in various posts. We learned lots of wonderful information this way but one book we read simply for fun because we LOVE the series - Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly.

We adore Fancy Nancy and we hadn't read this particular book in awhile so on the final day of our butterfly theme - I pulled it out and we oohed & ahhed over the glittery cover and got to reading!

The Lil Divas never tire of the wonderful illustrations or the big, fancy words in these books! They are perfect for Posh Lil Divas like mine & this one does not disappoint.

Craft: What else can you do after reading a posh book except make a Posh Jeweled Butterfly! (I must admit this craft was inspired by another blogger's craft. Unfortunately, I do not have the link! So sorry!)


What You Need:
3 Pipe Cleaners - 1 for body & 2 for wings
beads

What To Do:
1. Take the pipe cleaner you will use for the body and fold in half. Twist it around leaving some of the ends free to form antenna


2. Attach the other 2 pipe cleaners to the bottom of the body so that you have one on each side of the body.

3. Let your child add beads as desired but leave room to manipulate the pipe cleaner.

The youngest Diva just added whatever beads she wanted


The Oldest Diva decided to make a symmetrical pattern - she learned well!



 Here is her finished pattern:


4. I then made a wing shape and twisted the ends around the top to close the wing shapes and tada - you have a gorgeous jeweled butterfly even Fancy Nancy would approve of!


These butterflies were so easy to make, required only a few materials, and they turned out Oh, so posh &  unbelieveably cute! :)



Do your kids have a favorite book series that they never get tired of reading? I'd love to know about it!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Flag Pancakes!

We started our Memorial Day with some yummy & fairly easy to make festive Flag Pancakes!

I am no expert but the Lil Divas were happy with their cute flags & they were yummy so I would call it a SUCCESS! I might just make them again for the 4th of July! :)




What You Need:
pancake batter
red & blue food coloring
3 squeeze bottles
chocolate chips, sprinkles , etc for star decorations

Prep:
1.Take a small amount of pancake batter and mix in blue food coloring - you only need a small amount for this so it depends on how many pancakes you plan to make but I used only about 2 spoonfuls for this section on each pancake. I did not use a squeeze bottle for this - just a spoon.

2. The rest of the mixture should be divided between the red & white (uncolored) batter. You will need a bit more of the white so I divided in half by eye and then took a bit more to leave uncolored. I put the uncolored batetr into 1 of my squeeze bottles. The added red food coloring to the remainder of the batter, mixed & added it to 1 of my squeeze bottles.

I used a griddle to cook these & kept it on fairly low - it's important to let it cook pretty well before flipping or you will not end up with a good flag!

What To Do:
1. Make the flag outline using uncolored (white) batter. I just made a large rectangle shape and then the smaller inside square as well.

2. Add the blue batetr to the inner square

3. Alternate making stripes between your red and white pancake batter.

4. Be sure to let it cook until it is mostly firm before flipping.

5. Add chocolate chips, sprinkles, or any oter decorations to make some stars

You have some cute Flag Pancakes!


Happy Memorial Day!

Bern

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Kidorable Hooded Towel Review, Giveaway & Coupon Code

The Lil Divas & I LOVE Kidorable products. They have the cutest designs for boys and girls and all the products we have tried have been top quality. So of course we jumped at the opportunity to review one of their adorable Hooded Towels.

Kidorable's Hooded Towels are absorbent, soft cotton towels in fun kid friendly designs that kids will love like cat, mermaid, dinosaur, fairy, frog, ladybug, pirate, fireman and more.

The towels come in two sizes- newborn to two years and ages three to six.

We reviewed the Mermaid Towel. It was a hit right out of the box as it arrived in a cute re-usable bag.



Once we unwrapped the towel (it came tied up in a cute ribbon) - the Lil Divas were even more impressed!

It looked just a Mermaid dress-up costume and had the cutest embellishments with a shell pocket, a flower on the hood, sea life details on the back & even a few scales on the tail!



Isn't it just darling? Beyond the obvious cute factor - there are quite a few practical things that both the Lil Divas and I really liked about the towel.

When the Lil Divas come out of the pool or beach they are always cold and want to be wrapped up in their towel. Unfortunately the towels NEVER stay on and I ALWAYS end up wrapping & re-wrapping it around them numerous times.

The Kidorable towel not only has a hood which means the girls would feel warmer but it has a front snap button close - so no more fighting with a towel that keeps falling off! Yipee! That is seriously one feature that is so simple & yet so necessary and time saving for me! I LOVE it!

The towel is also lightweight and my Lil Diva was able to put it on and take it off on her own. We both like that - she liked being/feeling indepenedent & I like the idea of getting a break from all the towel wrapping & unwrapping I do at the pool and beach. :)


Plus, honestly how can you resist this?


It is just too darling! All the designs have such neat details. You really must check them out at Kidorable.com.

The Kidorable towel was a hit for my Lil Diva so I am so excited that one of YOU gets to win one right here as well! :) Woohoo!
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Buy It: You can check out all the adorable boy & girl designs for the Kidorable Hooded Towels & purchase one at Kidorable.com. Every design is adorable - you really can't make a wrong choice!

**DEAL ALERT**: From May 30 through June 12, you can get 20% off your entire order when you purchase an adorable Kidorable hooded towel. Just use code DRYOFF33 at checkout on http://www.kidorable.com/.

Win It:
**Contest ends on 6/13/11**
 One (1) lucky Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas readers
(US Residents Only!) is going to receive:
(1) Kidorable Hooded Towel 
Mandatory Entry:

Visit Kidorable.com and tell me which towel design you would like to win!

**This must be completed in order for any extra entries to count**

Extra Entries (Optional)
Please leave a seperate comment 
for each entry! 
If you are already a follower - leave a comment! 
That will count as an entry.
  1. Follow Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas Publicly via Google Friend Connect 
  2. "Like" Kidorable on Facebook & be sure to tell them I sent you! :)
  3. Follow Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas on Twitter 
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  5. Subscribe to Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas via email 
  6. Make a comment on any non-giveaway post on Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas Blog and leave a link.  You can do this for up to 3 posts but please note that comment must be dated after the start date of this post - not valid on previous comments.
  7. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link - can be done once a day

    Tweet:  #Win an adorable @Kidorable Hooded Towel  w/@Momto2PoshDivas #Giveaway Ends 6/13/11 http://t.co/fLrzrtM #toddler #children
Giveaway Rules:
Giveaway ends 6/13/2011 at 11:59 (PDT)
Winners will be chosen via random.org and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
Winner will be posted on blog & contacted via email if an email is given


Disclaimer:I received a Kidorable Mermaid Hooded Towel for the purposes of trying it out with my daughter for this review. That being said, this review is our 100% honest opinion of this product - I  am not paid for my reviews or optinions! They are 100% mine! Please remember that your opinions and tastes might differ from mine. 

Good Luck,
Bern

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Sunday Showcase - 5/29/11

Welcome to The Sunday Showcase a fun Linky Party where you can "showcase" your fun kids crafts, play ideas and activities!

If you are here for the first time please take a moment to read our informational post for full details.

We had such amazing activities and crafts posted last week - thank you to everyone who linked up! We are so inspired by your creativity.


This Week's Showcase Features (chosen from last week's entries):

Justine from You'll Thank Me One Day shared this Mail Center she made from recycled Pampers Boxes



Valerie from Frugal Family Fun Blog shared this awesome Flower Shop also using a cardboard box



and Putti Prapancha shared some fun ways to create with Spin Art using household items




If you have been featured be sure to grab a button - you've earned it!

The Sunday Showcase Feature


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Here are this week's "Showcase" crafts by your Hostesses:

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas - Buzzzz Says the Bumble Bee

It is amazing how many crafts you can make using a bit of imagination and some TP Rolls!

This week the Lil Divas and I made these easy & adorable TP Roll Bumble Bees:



Classified Mom: Caterpillar Toe Prints
I love art and craft projects that you can create and turn into a keepsake. This is a very easy way to make a caterpillar using your child’s toes and hands!
Classified: So easy a baby can do it. Well, with a little help of course!

Baby toes!

Now it's your turn - link up directly to any kid friendly crafts and activities you'd like to showcase. They can be for play or learning we only ask that they be child centered. No giveaways, shops or inappropriate links please - they will be deleted.

Aimee (Classified:Mom) & Bernadette (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas) 


Buzzzzzz Says the Bumble Bee

We have left the Butterflies behind & moved along in our Insect theme to Bees!

I still have some Butterfly things left to share/post but I had to jump into our Bee craft because it was too cute & needs to be shared.

Book:


This was a cute book & the girls really enjoyed it. It is about a (girl) bee who reads in a newspaper that bees can not fly due to their large bodies. She believes it to be true - so she stops being able to fly.

Craft: Toilet Paper Roll Bumble Bee


What You Need:
Toilet Paper Roll
Yellow Paint
Paint Brushes
White Construction paper
Wiggly Eyes
Black Tape (you can also use paint)
Black Pipe Cleaner
Glue - we used tacky glue
Black Marker

What To Do:

1. Paint the TP roll in yellow & let dry (we did this on one day and finished the craft the next day)


2. cut the black pipe cleaner in half and make a v shape to form antenna - glue or staple to the inside of top of TP roll


3. Add wiggly eyes (or just draw them on) and paint on face using black marker


4. Using your black tape help child cut strips (make sure they aren't too long) and arrange to make stripes on the bee



5. Using white construction paper (fold in half) cut out wing shape and glue to back side of bee.


 You will have an adorable TP bee that can be proudly displayed!


Have you made any bee crafts? We have a few more bee related things to do & I am always looking for great ideas so I'd love for you to share!

Bern
Linking to STart, Childhood 101 - We Play!Sharing Time,  Get Crafty,  Read, Explore, Learn , For the Kids Friday,  Preschool CornerFeed Me Books Friday  , Fun for Kids Friday , It's Playtime , Made by Little Hands Monday and Creative Juice Thursday

I'm a Featured Smiley Hopper at Today's Smile With Me Saturday!

I am a featured Smiley Hopper at today's Smile with me Saturday blog hop! Link-up & join the fun!

 




First off, smile with me :) You made it through another week and deserve a big smile. You've got the whole weekend ahead of you so make it a good one!

This week I'm excited to introduce you to TWO featured Smiley Hoppers!!! :)

The first is Bernadette from Mom to 2 Posh Little Divas!!





I asked Bernadette a few questions about herself and her blog so you could get to know a little bit about her.

1) When did you first start blogging? Why?
I first started blogging in November of 2010. I wanted a place where I could freely post about my girls, the things we did together, the ups & downs of motherhood and everything in between. I wanted to share it all with my friends & family and then much to my surprise "other" people started reading it and following along on our adventures!

2) What's your favorite part about blog hopping?
My favorite part of blog hopping is finding great new blogs and the people behind them. With so many blogs out there - it's impossible to find them all and blog hops offer a great way to connect. I have found some great blogs this way that I may not have otherwise uncovered.

3) What's your favorite hobby
I assume you mean besides blogging - this is quickly turning in to my favorite thing to do! :) I LOVE to read. I've been an avid reader since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I definitely don't read as much as I used to or would like to but it is still my go to activity whenever I get the chance.

4) Who's your role model?
My role model is my Mom - she is the most hard-working, giving, and loving person I know. She inspires me everyday to do and be my best.

The second Smiley Hopper is Miranda from Moms Bookshelf & More!!





I asked Miranda the same few questions about herself and her blog so you could get to know a little bit about her as well.

1) When did you first start blogging? Why?
I started blogging this year in February. I had recently left a local Women's group and was in need of a hobby. My husband suggested I start blogging and give it a try. I am a very social person and write my posts as if we are having a conversation. I share my love of books and reading with suggestions and book reviews. I also share some of our favorite HOMEMADE recipes, some even have pictures.

2) What's your favorite part about blog hopping?
Reading blogs, getting advice, coupons and parenting tips. You can never have too much information when it comes to parenting. I also like meeting new Women and swapping stories.

3) What's your favorite hobby
Reading. I LOVE to read, with 2 boys under 4 my available reading time has shrunk but I still make it a point to read everyday!

4) Who's your role model?
Oddly enough I have a few, My Husband for being such a workaholic and having so much drive in life, He often reminds me of our 3 year old and his endless amounts of energy, where do I find some! I also look up to Rev Run and his wife. They have done such an amazing job raising their family and working hard. A great family with great morals and work ethic, but they still know how to laugh and have a good time. Then there is Michelle Duggar! I love her! She is truly amazing! We have a big family as it is, and as much as we say we are done, NO MORE kids, we both secretly would love to have more. I love her organization, her planning, her parenting style, her calmness, HER energy etc. etc. I could go on and on hahaha!

How it Works

* Follow Me and the Smiley Hoppers of the week! (Spots 1, 2 & 3) Leave us a comment with your blog url so that we can follow you back

* Grab the Smile With Me Saturday button then post on your blog to give your new followers a place to comment

* Add your blog to the list- (NOT YOUR BLOG HOP or GIVEAWAYS PLEASE) These entries will be deleted.

* Follow as many blogs as you would like, Make sure you leave them a comment so they know you stopped by. Then Follow Back everyone that follows you & comments.

You can link your blog every Saturday at 12am EST. Have fun!!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Educational Insights Learning Game Winners + More Giveaways!

Winner # 1 of the Numbers Count Game is Comment #118: Heather R said I "Like" Educational Insights on facebook (T.h.Ransom)


Winner #2 is of the E-Z as ABC Game is Comment #137: The Sunshine Crew said  As far as my fav out of the two, would be the E-Z as ABC would be our top choice. Think that Word Wise would be a hit here too. Colleen @F5th on Twitter Sunrise Learning Lab Blog


Congrats to our 2 Winners! An e-mail will be sent out & they have 48hrs. to respond before I pick a new random winner!

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**Giveaway Alert **
Don't forget to enter the 2 current giveaways going on now for my awesome Followers!

Kidorable Toddler Backpack Giveaway ends 5/30/11 - Adorable designs for both boys and girls!


Educational Insights Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game ends 6/9/11 - perfect for preschoolers!


Bern