Did You Ever Think That You Could Make Music With Water Glasses?

Here is something fun for your kids on those rainy or cold days when they are stuck inside and going stir crazy.  Make music with water and water glasses.  Kids can experiment with the sounds that can be made varying the amount of water in each glass.  What sound can be made with a spoon?  Can they make up a song and sing along?  No musical talent required – just a desire to have fun!

 

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • 8 clear drinking glasses – they should all be the same
  • measuring spoons
  • food coloring
  • teaspoon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. gather the glasses and arrange in a row on a tabletop or counter top
  2. begin by filling the first glass with 2 tablespoons of water
  3. add 4 more tablespoons of water to the next glass and so forth until all the glasses have water in them
  4. test the musical scale by tapping the side of each glass gently
  5. you can adjust the sounds by either adding or decreasing the amount of water in each glass
  6. add drops of food coloring to each glass

 

Now the fun begins!  See what sounds you can make.  Can you play a tune you already know and sing along?  Can you make up your own tune?  Put on a musical performance for your friends and family.

Have fun and let the music begin!

Baked Apple Dessert – A Warm & Delicious Treat

A quick and easy treat to make your kids when they are whining “I’m hungry!”  Made with apples which are a good source of vitamins A and C.

BAKED APPLE DESSERT

Ingredients:

  • 1 large apple
  • 1 T. raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 t. butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granola

Directions:

  1. cut apple in half lengthwise
  2. with spoon, remove apple core
  3. place each half in a small microwaveable bowl
  4. fill the indent of each apple with raisins and brown sugar, then dot with the butter
  5. cover each with microwaveable plastic wrap, leaving a small opening for venting
  6. microwave each apple half on high for 2 to 3 minutes
  7. top with granola
  8. OPTIONAL:  serve with a little milk, cream or yogurt

Perfect for the cold winter months.

Enjoy!

Design – Memory – Craft

Creative Journaling

Creative Journaling

The Creative Journaling kit from Faber-Castell is a complete 35 piece set to create a keepsake journal with art & soul.  Included in the kit are:

  • 3 PITT Artist Pens
  • 3 Art GRIP Aquarelle Pencils
  • 15 Clipart and Collage Papers
  • 12 Page Blank Journal
  • Gesso
  • Glue
  • Graphite Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Pack of Big Illustrated Instruction Cards

Creative Journaling combines keeping a journal with scrapbooking and mixed media techniques.  It’s a great way to add visual elements to your written thoughts and feelings – a dynamic new venue for self-expression

PITT Artist Pens are made with premium India ink that is light fast and waterproof, acid-free, odorless and will not bleed through your pages – perfect for Creative Journaling.

Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils have water-soluble pigments that become watercolor paint at the touch of a wet brush.  Discover the magic of watercolor pencils!

The Idea Deck includes 12 big double-sided cards chock full with dozens of ideas and illustrated how-to techniques for creative journaling.  Learn how to use these classic tools in new and exciting ways and how to keep a journal like never before.

 

 

Mexican Pasta – A Recipe the Whole Family Will Love

Does your family like Mexican food?  Would you like to try something other than tacos or nachos that is quick and easy to prepare on those busy weekday school nights?  Try this Mexican Pasta which is made in a skillet and is as easy as Hamburger Helper, but much better!  You can’t beat that homemade taste.

MEXICAN PASTA

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (you can substitute ground turkey if you prefer)
  • 1 jar chunky salsa (mild, medium or hot – whatever your family likes)
  • 1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

Brown meat in a skillet over a medium high heat, stirring occasionally until thoroughly cooked.  Drain excess fat.

Stir in salsa, tomato sauce and water.  Heat to boiling.  Stir in macaroni and corn.  Reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer 12 to 15 minute, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender.

Sprinkle with cheese.  Cover and let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Adios amigos!

E-Vehicles by Hape are Naturally Fun!

The bamboo collection by Hape toys includes a line of vehicles that are fun, robust and eco-friendly.  Made of bamboo, water based colors and renewable materials, children can enjoy hours of great play in complete safety while respecting the planet.

e-copter

e-copter

 
Hape is very aware of how making toys for kids affects their world.  So their mantra is:
 
RETHINK
REDUCE
REUSE
RECYCLE
 
Rethink play and create toys with a global sensibility.  Every toy is designed to encourage kids to have fun, no matter who they are are where they live.  Play is not limited nor defined by gender, language or culture.
 
Reduce, reuse and recycle.
  • Bamboo is an environmentally friendly material that offers new possibilities in sustainable toy production as is can regenerate within 3 months if cultivated properly
  • Production processes are carefully designed to minimize the impact on the environment and maximize efficiency
  • Pacakaging is made of recycled cardboard

The vehicles come in a range of designs and are meant for children ages 3 years and up.  Sleek and simple designs with bright colors set the e-line of vehicle apart from other cars & truck toys.  Currently, Hape has the following vehicles in this line:  e-dozer, e-truck, e-offroader, e-drifter, e-moto, e-chopper, e-superbike, e-plane, e-copter, e-racer Monza, e-racer Le Mans and e-racer Suzuka.

There are also 12 mini vehicles that are about 3″ long to add to your collection.  Choose from:  Hot Rod, Twin Turbo, Racer, Monster Truck, Dragster, Baja, Sportster, Bruiser, Trailblazer, Roadster, Beach Buggy and Low Rider.  No gas required – they run on imagination.

Low Rider

Low Rider

 
As the future belongs to our children, consider giving toys from Hape.  They will inspire play, learning and exploration of the world they live in.  And you can feel good about Hape’s responsible business practices that will leave the world in better condition than when they got it. 
 
 

A Day in the Life of Myles – January 27, 2013

Hey guys Myles here sorry for the big break in the blogs but don’t worry I will get back to it soon. Ok anyways what are we waiting for here is what I did today.


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So today I did not much. When I was taking a break for blogs I got a new cpu then we moved up in my room. But turns out I didn’t have that great of Wi-Fi in here so I couldn’t play youtube without it pausing every 5 seconds so we moved the router closer and… “BOOM” I am back baby! Ok anyways sorry for the big break I promise I will have more content Till then PEACE!!

Cordy Roys by Jellycat – Not Your Ordinary Stuffed Animal

Jellycat’s collection of the Cordy Roy stuffed animals is a favorite line of mine.  I not only like the uniqueness of the fabric and the look, but it they sure are cute!  Cordy Roys were first introduced about 3-4 years ago and has grown every year.  It is now old enough that some styles have been retired.

Cordy Roy Bunny

Cordy Roy Bunny

 

The Cordy Roys are available in the Medium size which is 15″ tall and retails for $24.  Some of the styles are also available in the Small size which is 10″ tall and retails for $14.

They are made of a wide wale cotton corduroy fabric which is very soft to the touch.  Corduroy is a fabric that is composed of fibers that are twisted together that lie parallel to one another when woven together.  This forms the fabric’s distinct pattern, a “cord.” The Cordy Roys are made of a fabric composed of tufted cords, showing a channel that is bare to the base fabric between the tufts.

The Cordy Roys are dyed to a beautiful array of colors that are not necessarily the color of the particular animal.  There are pink cats, blue rhinos, red dogs, orange aardvarks and the list goes on.  The colors are neither obnoxiously bright or boring pastels, but nice shades of of color that are unusual and pleasant to look at.  It definitely adds to their cuteness factor and uniqueness.

They are stuffed with polyester stuffing and have pellets placed in the bottoms so that they sit up and in their feet/hands so that they hang down.  The Cordy Roys are irresistible and you will just want to pick them up and squeeze them.  They are stuffed just right so not unpleasantly hard nor are they floppy.  Kids for 0 to 99 will love them the same!

Cordy Roy Gator

Cordy Roy Gator

 

The styles that are currently available are:  blue Rhino. pink Cat, red Dog, brown Hound, pink Bunny, blue Elephant, red Dino, purple Horse, orange Aardvark, blue Donkey, yellow Lion, pink Pig, purple Mouse, and green Gator.  The Gator, Lion, Aardvark, Elephant, Bunny and Cat are also available in the small size.

Pair a board book with certain Cordy Roys and you will have a book friend to read along with.  The board books are 6″ x 6″, made of sturdy cardboard, beautifully illustrated and is filled with textures to stimulate your child and to make the story interactive and a lot of fun.  The books that are currently available are:  Cat and Butterfly, Elephant and Mouse, Bunny and Bee, Croc and Bird – the Lion and Frog book has been retired, but there should still be copies out there available for purchase.

Cat and Butterfly Board Book

Cat and Butterfly Board Book

Cordy Roys are not your ordinary stuffed animal.  Consider these adorable creatures when buying gifts for kids big and small – you will be giving a gift that will loved for years and years.

 

 

Create Your Own Mini Pizza Kids Recipe

Ever taken your kids to a make your own sundae bar?  Where there are tons of different toppings to choose from.  Their sweet tooth gets the best of them and they end up trying a little of everything so that there are more toppings than ice cream.  Well, ever thought of a make your own pizza bar?  Where there are lots of nutritious toppings to choose from and kids can have fun creating their own little masterpieces and even more fun eating them.  Try it – I’m sure both Mom and kids will love it!

MINI PIZZA RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of refrigerated pizza dough
  • a jar of pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • a variety of meat toppings such as pepperoni, Italian sausage (cooked), ground beef (cooked), Canadian Bacon, cooked chicken chunks, bacon pieces (cooked) – pick what you know your kids will eat
  • a variety of chopped/sliced vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, spinach, red pepper – again pick what you know your kids will  eat

Directions:

  • Heat oven to the temperature indicated on the package of the refrigerated pizza dough
  • grease a cookie sheet if no already a non stick pan
  • keep the pizza dough cold until you are ready to work with it
  • unroll the pizza dough on a work surface
  • press dough into a 12 x 8 rectangle
  • with a round cutter, cut dough into 20 round pieces or as many as you can make
  • place the round pieces of dough on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart
  • spread each with pizza sauce
  • top with topping of choice
  • sprinkle cheese on top
  • bake crust 10 – 12 minutes or until cheese is melted

Happy eating!

Learn the Alphabet with ABC Soup – a Good Eats Kids Recipe

Serve this soup for lunch and it is also a perfect opportunity to practice the alphabet with your kids.  They can find a letter, name it and then eat it.  Or name a letter and see if they can find it.  Make it a game and have fun!

ABC SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked alphabet pasta
  • salt and pepper – to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. in a 4 quart saucepan, mix all the ingredients together except for the pasta
  2. heat to boiling, stirring occasionally
  3. reduce heat to a simmer
  4. add pasta and stir
  5. simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until the vegetables and pasta are tender
  6. remove the bay leaf
  7. season with salt & pepper

Easy to make, delicious to eat, fun to serve and a warm meal for your kids.

Happy eating!

Chicken & Apple Pita – A Good Eats Kids Lunch Recipe

A super fast lunch idea that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.  A nice blend of textures and flavors for both kids and adults to pack in their lunch boxes.

 

CHICKEN & APPLE PITA

I ngredients:

  • 3 T. mayo or salad dressing
  • 3 T. plain yogurt
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 c. cooked chicken breast, chopped into bite size chunks
  • 1 apple
  • 3 T. celery sliced thin
  • pita pockets

Directions:

  1. in a bowl, mix mayo, yogurt and salt
  2. add chicken, celery and apples – stir together
  3. cut slit in side of pita if not already pre-sliced
  4. fill the pocket with chicken mixture

And there you have a nutritious and delicious lunch that is very easy.

Happy Eating!