Google+ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Very Best Kids Activities of 2012 - My Favorite Post


Over the past few days I have been sharing my Top Posts of 2012. Today, I want to share my Favorite Post of 2012. This was not my top post, it didn't bring me the most traffic or get the most likes, shares or repins but it is my favorite and one of my personal best for 2012.

My Favorite Post of 2012 -


Why is this particular post my favorite? As an educator and a mom to two girls in elementary school (kindergarten and first grade) learning to read is near and dear to my heart and a huge part of our daily lives. I know first hand how frustrating the journey can be. I also know how thrilling it is when it all clicks and your child takes off and begins to read. 

Encouraging beginning readers is so crucial to creating lifelong readers. I wrote the post hoping to help other parents on this reading journey. I now have 2 "readers" in my home and nothing gives me more pleasure than listening to them read to me nightly. Books and reading are a huge part of our daily lives and I am excited to be encouraging and developing lifelong readers. My hope for the coming year is to continue to share ideas that will help you on your journey as well. 

Bern

This blog hop is being co-hosted by lots & lots of fabulous bloggers -
(including yours truly, of course)


52 Brand New ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ angeliquefelix.com - The Magic Of Play ~ At home with Ali B-Inspired Mama ~ Blog Me Mom ~Boy Mama Teacher Mama ~ Busy Kids = Happy Mom Carrots Are Orange ~ Caution! Twins at Play ~ Coffee Cups and Crayons ~ Confessions of a Montessori Mom Craft To Art ~ Creative Family Fun ~ Creative Kid Snacks ~ Creative Learning Fun ~ Creative Playhouse Creative with Kids ~ Cute and Peculiar ~ De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire ~ Dirt And Boogers Edventures with Kids ~ Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ The Good Long Road ~ Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails Glittering Muffins ~ Go Kid Yourself ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose ~ hands on : as we grow ~ Here Come the Girls Home Learning Journey ~ Housing A Forest ~ Mama Smiles ~ In Lieu of Preschool ~ Inspiration Laboratories Inspired by Family ~ It's A Long Story ~ JDaniel4's Mom ~ Kids Creative Chaos ~ Kid World Citizen Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers ~ Kitchen Counter Chronicles ~ Laughing Kids Learn ~ Learn with Play at home Lessons Learnt Journal ~ Life At The Zoo ~ Little Artists ~ Living Life Intentionally ~ Living Montessori Now ~ Love, Play, Learn Loving My Nest ~ Mama Pea Pod ~ mama miss ~ Mamas Like Me ~ Mess For Less ~ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas ~ Momma's Fun World Montessori Tidbits ~ My Buddies and I ~ My Little Bookcase ~ My Nearest and Dearest ~ No Twiddle Twaddle ~ Nurturestore Octavia and Vicky ~ One Perfect Day ~ ourfeminist{play}school ~ Picklebums ~ Play Activities ~ Playdough to Plato PlayDrMom ~ playful learners ~ playing with words 365 ~ PragmaticMom ~ Putti'sWorld ~ RainbowsWithinReach Rainy Day Mum ~ Raising Playful Tots ~ Reading Confetti ~ Red Ted Art ~ Royal Baloo ~ Science Sparks ~ Scribble Doodle and Draw Small Potatoes ~ Smiling like Sunshine ~ Sun Hats & Wellie Boots ~ Sun Scholars ~ Teach Preschool ~ The Educators' Spin On It The Fairy and The Frog ~ The Freckled Homeschooler ~ The Golden Gleam ~ The Imagination Tree ~ The Iowa Farmer's Wife The Outlaw Mom Blog ~ The Pleasantest Thing ~ This Reading Mama ~ Toddler Approved ~ Train Up a Child ~ True Aim Two Big Two Little ~ What Do We Do All Day? ~ Connecting Family and Seoul

Now it's your turn to share!
Link up with us below & share your Favorite Post of 2012 -

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top 12 Science Experiments and Explorations of 2012 on Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Some of our most popular posts for 2012 were definitely our science experiments and explorations for kids. The Lil Divas love hands-on science explorations and these posts hold so many wonderful memories and learning moments for us. I hope you find a few that you haven't tried before and are inspired to give them a go with your children.

Top 12 Science Explorations of 2012


1.  The Snowman Experiment

2.  Microwaved Peep Experiment

3.  Dissolving Peeps Experiment

4.  Incredible Unbreakable Egg Experiment

5.  The Dissolving Egg Shell & Bouncing Egg Experiment

6.  Easy Homemade Faux Lava Lamp for Kids

7.  What Melts Ice the Fastest?

8.  Homemade Bouncing Balls

9.  Blow it Up! Exploring Gas with Balloons, Baking Soda & Vinegar

10.  The Penny Experiment

11.  Ivory Soap Explosion & Exploration

12.  Fizz, Bubble & Pop: Exploring with Vinegar & Baking Soda


2013 will be bringing you lots more science fun from us -
stay tuned.....
Bern

Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 10 Sight Word Games of 2012 on Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

I am looking back on all we shared in 2012. Yesterday, I shared our Top 12 Most Popular Posts of 2012. Today, I want to share our Top Sight Word Games of 2012. These tend to be some of my favorite posts shared on the blog because I love coming up with new ways to make learning fun for the Lil Divas and with a kindergartener and a first grader learning to read has been a huge focus for us the past few years.

Our Top 10 Sight Word Games of 2012












Have fun playing to learn!
Bern

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top 12 Most Popular Posts of 2012 on Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

The end of one year and the start of another always makes us a bit reflective doesn't it. It has been wonderful to sit and look back through our year here on the blog and see all that we have done and shared with you.

In looking back I wanted to share the best from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas blog with you for 2012. Today, I am going to share the 12 posts that generated the most traffic for us - in other words the posts that had you clicking and visiting us the most over the past year. Have fun clicking through and exploring the posts. 

Top 12 Most Popular Posts of 2012














Did your favorite post make the Top 12 Most Popular Posts? 
Next, I'll be sharing My Favorite Posts of 2012.
Bern

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to You & Yours

We wish you a Merry Christmas,


We wish you a Merry Christmas,


We wish you a Merry Christmas


and a Happy New Year!


Happy Holidays to you & yours!
Bern

Friday, December 21, 2012

DIY Holiday Photo Crafts & Decor - #PintheHalls

If you are a regular here, you know we love to get crafty. The Lil Divas regularly get crafty all on their own as there is always a ready supply of paper, tape, scissors, glue etc within their reach. They love to draw, create books, make paper dolls, build doll houses and write stories with elaborate illustrations.

We really enjoy making our own holiday ornaments and decorations during the Christmas season. With each passing year our tree is slowly being overtaken by homemade ornaments versus those have been store bought. It is wonderful. Our Christmas tree is filled with not only ornaments but many wonderful memories of moments spent creating them together.


I mentioned in a previous post that this year we are participating in the Pin the Halls program sponsored by HP and Snapfish. I am beyond excited to be participating in this program as it has gifted us with some amazing products like the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook x4 that has allowed us to easily keep in touch with friends and family and create some fabulous holiday decorations using HP's Creative Studio.


The Lil Divas love using Fresh Paint. They have created countless holiday themed drawings that we turned into cards and gift tags for relatives and friends. The touch screen makes it so easy to paint and draw right on the screen.


I was able to make some fun photo creations using HP's Creative Studio . It is so easy to use and there are many fun and creative projects to choose from. My favorite was the snowflake photo ornament. I printed a bunch of different photo snowflakes and tied them together to create a garland which I used to decorate our long banister leading to the second floor. 


I even used a few of them as gift tags on presents for family. They turned out so cute. I can't wait for everyone to see them. 


The HP Creative Studio has tons of great printables including postcards, ornaments, photo cubes, mini books, photo collage frame templates and more. This is something I will be making lots of use of in the future.

Don't forget to enter our giveaway for the HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One printer and be sure to check out my DIY Holiday Crafts & Home Decor Pinterest Board and the HP Create Pinterest Board for even more ideas.

Have fun getting creative,
Bern

Disclosure - This post was written in conjunction with the HP & Snapfish Pin the Halls Program. I received products to help facilitate the post but all opinions expressed are 100% my own and based on our own personal experiences with the products mentioned. Your experiences and opinions may differ.

Kid Made Swirl Paint Christmas Ornaments

I hope you have been following along with the Creative Christmas Countdown hosted by Creative with Kids and Red Ted Art - it has been amazing!


Today, it is our turn to share on the countdown. Last year, I shared our Gingerbread Houses on the countdown and the valuable lesson I learned from the whole activity.  Psst, this year I went straight for the pre-made kit and it was fabulous.

This year, I asked the Lil Divas what they wanted to contribute and they knew they wanted to make ornaments. Making homemade holiday ornaments is one of our favorite activities to do together during advent. Having already made salt dough ornaments, cinnamon apple sauce ornaments, bead ornaments and craft stick ornaments we wanted to try something different.

I have a few boxes of old clear ball ornaments that I have been saving for the last few years and I wanted to find a way to reuse them versus giving in to my husband and finally throwing them away for not using them. I wanted to make fun snowmen ornaments out of them using glitter, white sparkles and epsom salt for the inside but the Lil Divas nixed my idea. They wanted to paint the ornaments themselves.

We started trying to paint the outside of the ornament but it was messy, hard for the Lil Divas to handle and would take a long time to dry. So we decided to add paint to the inside of the ornaments.


Supplies:
clear ball ornaments
multi-colored acrylic paints
plastic cups

What To Do:
1. Remove the top from your ornament to reveal its opening.


2. Pick 2-3 colors of acrylic paint to use in the ball.  Pour some of each paint color you chose inside the ornament. The Lil Divas were pretty liberal with their paint pouring and we had quite a bit of excess.


3. Put your thumb over the top and gently swirl the paint around inside the ornament until the ornament is completely coated in paint.

4. Let your ornament dry by putting the newly painted ornament upside down in a plastic cup for approx. 48hrs. The excess paint will drain out of your ornament and into the cup while it hangs upside 
down.



5. Once they are dry go ahead and ooh & ahh over your gorgeous ornaments. 



6. Hang on your tree and enjoy!


These really add a colorful punch to your tree and would make great gifts. Have you tried painting your old ornaments? Have you made a homemade ornament this year? I'd love for you to share with me.

Be sure to follow along on the last few days of the Creative Christmas Countdown. We're almost there!

Bern

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Easy & Convenient Holiday Baking #MaytagMoms

There is just something about the holidays that puts us into a baking frenzy, isn't there? I know it's not just me because I see the recipes and photos of baked goods floating all over the internet and social networks.

Confession - I am not a huge fan of cooking except for breakfast. I love cooking breakfast and making fun pancakes, french toast and omelets but I will be honest with you and admit that I find cooking dinner to be a chore. An unwanted chore that I endure, like doing the laundry and cleaning. I am however a huge fan of making desserts. I am especially fond of baked goods - yum.  I enjoy whipping up cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, muffins, etc. Maybe it's because I enjoy eating them but it doesn't feel like work. It's fun.


My new Maytag 6.2 cu. ft. capacity range has been the perfect kitchen assistant for all our holiday baking, aside from the Lil Divas of course. It has so much space and I absolutely love the even air convection which means that things cook uniformly. I have always had issues with that in the past so I am really loving this feature. It has helped make my holiday baking a breeze. The range is super easy to use and I have room for multiple trays at once so I have been spending less time baking in a hot kitchen and more time enjoying the treats with my family this year.



The Lil Divas love helping  me in the kitchen. Baking is one of the things we really enjoy doing together. They take part in each step from the measuring, pouring and mixing to the decorating. One of their new favorite spots in the kitchen during our baking sessions is right in front of the oven. They love the see through door so they can watch our recipes bake. It's so cute to peek at them watching the oven. They pull up their small chairs and literally watch our cookies, cupcakes and muffins bake. Apparently, it's the best seat in the house. Maybe it has something to do with having first dibs on what comes out of the oven.


Cooking and baking with kids is fun but let's be honest, it can also get pretty messy. All those little hands "helping" always lead to spills of some sort. Spills or leaks in the oven are a nightmare. Especially when you live in South Florida and it's warm most of the year. I am not a fan of having to clean the oven. Luckily, the Maytag range has an innovative coating with AquaLift Self-Clean technology that activates with water and heat to release tough baked on soils. Wiping away food and debris is a cinch.

Thanks to our new spacey Maytag range we have been enjoying lots of yummy baked goods. Now if only I could find some easy dinner recipes to try as well. If you have any, please share. Now that I have this fancy range I feel like I should get adventurous and cook dinner more often (or at least attempt it a bit more frequently).


So what category do you fall into? Do you love to cook or find cooking to be a chore? Do you whip up fancy meals, like to bake or are you a take-out kind of person?

For more information be sure to check out Maytag on Facebook and Twitter.

Bern


Disclosure: I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my posts.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Themed Fine Motor, Learning & Crafty Preschool Fun

Before the holidays have come and gone I wanted to share a few of the fun activities I have been enjoying with my preschool class.



Fine Motor Candy Canes 

I added some large paper candy cane shapes to my writing table one morning with the following supplies: scissors, white tape ( my kiddos LOVE using our ready supply of colored tape to cut, tear & create) and crayons. The children were free to decorate their candy canes however they liked. 


Some decided to use crayons to add colorful stripes and lines. While others took to measuring, cutting, tearing and sticking the tape on as stripes. All were happily engaged in some easy fine motor and pre-writing practice (cutting, tearing, grasping and making lines) and went home with lovely decorations to hang up for the holidays.


Christmas Tree 
Number Recognition & Counting Practice


I found the cutest glitter tree cut-outs at our local dollar store (it's my favorite go to shop for my preschool class) to use for our math area. How? I wrote the numbers 1 thru 10 on the tree bases and added the correct number of corresponding dots on each tree. Add in some fun colored and textured pom pom balls, some buttons and maybe even some sequins or beads and let the children decorate the trees as they work on their number recognition and counting skills. 


Christmas Themed Sensory Table


Our Christmas themed sensory table was a huge hit this month. I cut up tinsel and garland and used that as my base. Then, I added lots and lots of Christmas themed treasures for the children to find - small plastic ball ornaments, jingle bells, christmas bells, plastic candy canes, bows, jewels, large glittery star stickers, plastic poinsettias, cut-up bead garland, bells and small wooden figurine ornaments. I also added plastic cups, scoops, shovels and spoons but they preferred to use their hands mostly to sift through the tinsel.  The fun part was that the more they sifted through the more things got buried so it was a true treasure hunt each and every time.


Cinnamon Scented Gingerbread Men

We have been reading all the different versions on the Gingerbread Man story - The Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Girl, Gingerbread Cowboy, Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends. My class really enjoyed making our simple Cinnamon Scented Gingerbread Men


I used brown tempra paint and mixed in glue and cinnamon powder right into the paint. When the children finished painting their Gingerbread Man they sprinkled some extra cinnamon on top and then decorated them with pom pons, buttons and sequins. The best part was that no extra glue was necessary for our decorating - it was already in the paint. The children were so excited to take these home and share them with their families.



Gift Wrapping Station

I turned our dramatic play area into an "Elves Workshop" and added a gift wrapping station. It was such a popular area. The children really enjoyed wrapping gift boxes, cardboard blocks and even some toys from around the room. They got really good at it, too.


There was lots of fine motor practice going on here as well as fun. All that cutting, tearing, folding, grasping and sticking was working those hand muscles - very important pre-writing practice for those developing hands.


Holiday Card Making Station

Our writing table doubled as our card making station this month. Using some dollar store Christmas cards, envelopes, markers, crayons and stickers the children happily made cards for various family members and friends. The parents were touched by how many people the children thought of and made cards for - both near and far. 



There was lots more but we were so busy making "secret" gifts for the children's parents and preparing for our holiday party and a mini show with a retelling of the nativity and a few Christmas carols that I missed lots of great opportunities for photos. Preschool is a very fast paced place.

Bern

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Day of Silence for the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary

As a mother to a Kindergartener and a 1st Grader, the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, 2012 touched me to my very core. I sat listening to the news in the carpool line, waiting to pick my girls up from school and I wept.  How could I not? There were 20 mommies that would never get to do what I was doing again. Twenty mommies that dropped off their kids with a hug and a kiss and promises of "I'll see you after school" that would never get to see that promise fulfilled. There were children whose mommies would not be returning home from the school day. Teachers who were heroes that day. Teachers, Administrators and School Personnel who died trying to protect the children under their care.

I switched off the news as my girls got into the car, not ready to share the news with them yet. I hugged them both tightly. I hugged them so tightly, they giggled and begged me to let them go - I couldn't. I was so thankful that I had this moment. This moment that 20 other mommies would not have that day. It was heartbreaking.

I can not begin to imagine how the families of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary feel. An entire community is getting ready to bury 26 of its loved ones as we go through our daily lives - working, dropping off and picking up our kids from school, finishing our Christmas shopping, cooking, running errands, tidying up our house and doing laundry - let us take time to hold them in our hearts.

On Tuesday, December 18th many bloggers will be observing a day of silence for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary. We will be posting the button below & that's it.


If you would like to donate to those tragically affected you can make a donation to Newtown Family Youth and Family Services

"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING."



Bern

You Named It! - Cottonelle Name It Contest Results & Final Thoughts

You all did it! You came through with some awesome names for Cottonelle's Name It Contest last month.  Here are My Top 3 Favorite Cottonell Name It reader submissions -

1. Butt Beauty
2. Charmingly Fresh
3. Cotton Kisses

Cottonelle is still searching for an "official" name for their Cottonelle Care Routine. If you haven't entered the contest, pop over and use the "Name It" generator on their Facebook page. You could win a year's supply of Cottonelle products if you come up with the winning name.  The contest ends February 25, 2013 so be sure to stop by and enter before then.


Try the widget below & see what name you get. Some of the outcomes are pretty funny. The Lil Divas love clicking it over and over again and reading all the names. We get lots of giggles with it. What name did you get? Maybe you came up with one of your own. Whatever the method, be sure to share in the comments below - we love reading them. Good luck if you enter the official contest - I'd love for one of my readers to be the winner.

Visit Cottonelle.com for more on Cottonelle toilet paper,
flushable wipes, coupons, and more.


What supplies do you keep in your bathroom to keep fresh & clean?
We are a tried and true Cottonelle family. My family always uses Cottonelle wipes and toilet paper both for our guests and for our own personal use. It is definitely our preferred method to stay clean and fresh. What's yours?

Bern

Disclosure: I participated in this Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cottonelle. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

#PintheHalls with HP and Snapfish - HP Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer G!veaway (ends 1/4/13)

Christmas has always been a huge deal for me. Growing up my family really made the holidays special, festive and family oriented. As an adult, I have such wonderful memories of the holidays and I want the same for the Lil Divas. I am always trying to find ways to make the holiday season fun for them through crafts and activities that we can do together.

You've surely heard the phrase "deck the halls" but have you heard of "Pin the Halls"? I am so excited to be participating in the Pin the Halls program by HP and Snapfish. Thanks to this program our holidays are filled with some awesome new products that are allowing us to do some amazing things. Plus, one lucky reader has the chance to win an amazing Toy Chest of items including the HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One printer (RV $249.99), a $50 Snapfish Gift Code and a HP Holiday Value Pack. Keep reading for all the details. I am pretty psyched!

We received an HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook x4 with Windows 8 PC. I am really impressed with all it's features and capabilities, especially that it's a touchscreen. How awesome is that? The Lil Divas love being able to tap things right on the screen. They have already started trying to take over the ultrabook since it's so user friendly and comes with features they love like Beats Audio to listen to all their favorite tunes and the HP TrueVision HD Cam to chat with our many faraway relatives.  It's so nice to be able to connect with the family and friends we don't get to see often, especially during this time of year. I really wanted to take the girls up north to visit my family this year during the holidays but we simply couldn't make it happen. I am beyond grateful for technology like this that let's us see each other while we chat. It definitely makes the distance between us seem smaller when we can talk face to face, even if only via our computer screens. How do you keep in touch with distant family and friends?

I'm excited about using our new ultra book to explore all the things I can create with the HP Holiday Value Pack we received. I have been exploring the HP Creative Studio and can't wait to start getting crafty. Every year I gift the grandparents some awesome photo gifts because what grandparents doesn't love gifts bearing the likeness of their favorite grandkids, right?! Seriously, it has become a tradition and  they love it. I love making photo calendars for the gift that keeps giving all year long but I spied lots of fun DIY photo gifts that I want to try out. I'll be sharing what we create in an upcoming post so stay tuned. I even created a Pinterest board dedicated to fun Holiday Gift Ideas.

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Does your family love music? We sure do. The Lil Divas love to sing and dance above all things and it's truly the perfect time of year to crank up the volume on our favorite holiday tunes. We love to get our "Christmas Carol" on (yes, I do fully realize that is not an actual thing but you know that you know exactly what I mean, hehe). Nothing beats cranking up the volume on our favorite Holiday Pop songs on our new wireless HP Portable Bluetooth Speaker while we dance and sing along to the top of our lungs. Wouldn't you like to be a fly on our wall during our daily performances? It will be wonderful to be able to stream holiday music or even movies through the slim & sleek speaker during our holiday get togethers without drawing a lot of unnecessary attention to the speaker. The Lil Divas love using the speaker to play the music from their iPod. We have had lots of "extra" performances from them lately.

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I am so excited to be able to share some of this holiday cheer with you with an exciting HP and Snapfish Giveaway. Seriously, it's a good one and I am a tad jealous of the printer we are giving away because I want one too!  Here's what the folks over at HP and Snapfish are letting us give away to one lucky Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas reader - an HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One printer (RV $249.99), a $50 Snapfish Gift Code and a HP Holiday Value Pack.

The HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One printer offers you wireless connectivity and printing on the go. This printer lets you print right from your smartphone or tablet from virtually everywhere. You can even charge your USB compatible devices, access the web and scan straight to your email account. Can you see why I want one? This printer would certainly come in handy around here so we can print freely from our various devices. Santa, if you are reading this - the HP Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer is topping my Christmas list and I've been really good this year. 

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Along with the HP Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer the giveaway winner will be able to use their $50 Snapfish Credit Code to create and personalize home decor or gift items that the whole family will enjoy like posters, canvas wraps, frames, calendars and have fun with the HP Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer using the HP Holiday Value Pack. The HP Holiday Value Pack includes (10) 5x7 sheets of photo paper, (10) envelopes and a swatch book that contains project ideas to make high quality, low cost print creations at home.

Enter to win all 3 of these items using the form below. Sweepstakes ends 1/4/13 at 11:59 EST. Open to US residents only. Please read Official Rules before entering sweepstakes.


Good luck,
Bern

Disclosure - This post was written in conjunction with the HP & Snapfish Pin the Halls Program. I received products to help facilitate the post but all opinions expressed are 100% my own and based on our own personal experiences with the products mentioned. Your experiences and opinions may differ.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Sunday Showcase - Making the Most of Today With Our Children


In light of the tragedy that occurred yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, I am sure all our hearts are feeling heavy today. I know that my thoughts and prayers are with those parents that will no longer get to hold their children tight. I do not pretend to even begin to know how they are feeling. As a mother, I simply know I would be utterly devastated by the loss of one of my girls.

So in the coming days, as we all hold those that suffered this devastating loss in our hearts, let us remember to take the time to embrace our children. To be present with them amidst the daily hustle and bustle of our lives. Let us be thankful for each precious moment we have with them.  This life is so fleeting. We have no guarantees for tomorrow so let's make the most of today. 

In order to stay true to the reason I began this blog - my girls.  The Sunday Showcase will be taking a 2 week hiatus so that all the participating Mommy Bloggers can enjoy Christmas and the holiday break from school with our families. The linky will be back on 1/5/12*

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday & will see you back here in 2 weeks to share more of our child centered ideas with each other.

*I will also be taking a break from the blog from December 22nd thru December 29th to enjoy the holidays with my family.*

The Sunday Showcase

The Sunday Showcase is hosted on FIVE blogs!

Each blog showcases their own features (from the previous week's linky) so be sure to check them all out!

If you are here for the first time please read this informational post for the full details. Anything kid friendly and/or child centered is welcome! You are welcome to share more than one post, but we don't accept links for giveaways,  shops, or downloads for purchase, etc. They will be deleted.

If you're linking up we encourage you to visit some of the other links & our Pinterest board!  

*Important* 
Please note that by linking up you are giving us permission to use a photo (with proper link to you!) in our featured section and on our Pinterest board!  If you prefer not to be featured simply comment below or e-mail me to let us know.


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From your Hostess:

These are so easy to make and are a great way to spend time making something together as a family that will be wonderful to put on your Christmas tree year after year. 


If you're looking for more ornaments to make together check out our homemade craft stick ornaments, salt dough ornaments and easy bead ornaments for kids. 

Thank You for sharing your child centered ideas with us!
Bern

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Easy Cinnamon and Applesauce Dough Ornaments for Kids

There is just something about the scent of cinnamon that just screams Christmastime! I love cinnamon and the other day I was struck by the fact that the Lil Divas and I have never whipped up a batch of cinnamon applesauce dough to make ornaments. Seriously, these are so EASY to make that after making them at home with the Lil Divas, I whipped up a few batches at preschool too. Do you remember making these as a kid? I sure do! I love being able to recreate these fond childhood memories with my own girls now.

It feels almost silly to share these here because they are so incredibly simple. Then I thought about how bogged down and busy we get as Moms, especially during this time of the year, and it seemed like the perfect time to offer up a little reminder and hopefully inspire you to take a few moments to do this simple activity with your children this holiday season.


Ingredients:  
4.12 oz. cinnamon and 3/4 cup applesauce
(I typically use 2 smaller containers (2.37 oz) instead and it works great!)


Recipe:
1. Mix cinnamon with applesauce.
You don't want your dough to be too wet or too dry.
Feel free to add extra cinnamon or applesauce as needed until you get a dough like texture you like.


2.  Knead the dough - kids LOVE helping with this part.


3. Roll out your dough until it's approx. 1/4 in. thick.



4. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes in dough.



5. Use a pencil to make a hole in each ornament (for stringing).
Be sure it goes through both ends.



6. Let your ornaments air dry at room temperature for approx. 48 hours.
I suggest flipping/turning the ornaments within 24 hours for even drying.


You can also cook them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 2 hrs.
Be sure to turn/flip your ornaments over every so often if baking.

7. Optional: Paint your ornaments - we used glitter paints on a few of them. Allow additional drying time if painting ornaments.


8. Add ribbon or string to each ornament, hang on your tree and enjoy.


You will have wonderfully scented ornaments on your tree.
How wonderful is that?

If you like these ornaments be sure to check out our other Homemade Ornaments - crafts sticks, salt dough & more!

Bern