Dandelion Days

Family. Tradition. Whimsy. Joy.

Make a Wish…. August 23, 2008

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Anyone else see the awesome Letters and Numbers Trays featured in this months Parenting Magazine?

Ice Trays - Letters and Numbers

They are great for fun ice (make alphabet soup in the bath by dropping them in the tub) and also for jello (spell your name and have a snack!). Since you can also bake with them, the possibilites are endless…

You want them? (So do I!) Well make a wish, mommy, it might come true! Spoonsisters.com (My all-time favorite store. Think funky/cool online gift boutique) has given us a set that you can win! Keep reading today’s to see how you can score ’em.

The Spoon Sisters show the trays being used to make jello birthday wishes to decorate a cake and now I am inspired. Too many birthday ideas for little Logan’s first are running around in my head so I need your help. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment and you will be entered to win the Letters and Numbers Trays. Sound like a deal?

Logan is #1 A classic game day cheer easily becomes a first birthday twist on a sports theme.

Menu- Homemade peanut butter energy bars. No, I am not Martha Stewart; these are surprisingly easy to make. I’ll post the recipe when I remember where I put it… Orange slices are always a half-time favorite and everyone loves Gatorade.

Cake- A jersery shaped treat with our last name… and the number 01 of course!

Activities- Oriental Trading has an inflatable referee that bounces back when you punch him like the old Bozo Clown toys. This could be fun… 🙂

Music- Jock Jams would get everyone in the party mood. This CD series is also child friendly and reminds me of a very fun halftime show.

Extras- Guests donning their favorite team colors will add to the festivities. Little One can wear the colors of a team favored by someone special who can’t be there – I am thinking Logan’s Uncle Bubba, an Army soldier. This might be a problem though, since he loves Bama and I went to Auburn. Grrr…

 

Animal Crackers Animals and snacks… what more could a toddler want?

Menu- Tortilla roll-ups sread with cream cheese and a variety or fillings- olives run through the food processor, salsa and guacamole, marmalade, etc. I would also set up a snack buffet with animal crackers, sliced apples and peanut butter, bananas rolled in puffed rice cereal, cheese cubes, mandarin oranges and any other family favorites.

Cake- A round 3-tier cake with animal shaped sugar cookies ringing each layer like a carousel. I like the idea of a small tier cake for a first birthday because it really emphasizes the single candle on top. Plus, you can use the small top tier as baby’s messy photo-op treat.

Favors- Luckily, animal crackers are stinking cute by themselves. Instead of sending guests home with the expected, fill an animal cracker box with a variety of treats. Guests will be pleasantly surprised when they look inside!

Extras- The traditional animal crackers box is designed to look like a circus train car, so consider adding a circus element to the party if you try this one yourself.

 

Happy First Birthday! Ok, I know. This is not the most creative of themes. But who says a birthday has to be elaborate? There are plenty of themed parties to come, so maybe we should start with something traditional?

Menu- Toddler Munch: an addictive combo of Goldfish crackers, Cheerios and animal crackers. Mac-n-Cheese would please all age groups. Peanut butter and jelly “sushi” is easy. Layer both spreads on a single slice of bread and roll it up pinwheel style. Slice the roll about every inch and serve on its side with spiral showing.

Cake- Again, I like the idea of a tier cake. For this party, I imagine three star shaped tiers smothered in yellow tinted whipped cream icing and dusted with colored sugar for sparkle.

Activities-Little ones can try fingerpainting with chocolate pudding. Bubbles will be fun and – bonus- will add to the party atmosphere.

Favors- Bakerella.com has a very clever recipe for miniature cupcake treats that strike me as a modern petite four. Cupcakes are a basic requirement of the quintessential American birthday. Four of these cake bites in a box tied with string would be a delight to send home with guests.

 

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite first birthday party for Logan and be entered to win a treat of your own.

Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma

P.S. Don’t forget to check out  Spoonsisters.com for birthday gift ideas!

Contest Details:

  • Leave me a comment with your birthday party vote (or a new idea!) for an entry in the drawing
  • Contest ends at midnight August 31st

 

Silly Song: Nap-aroo August 19, 2008

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Ever since we got married (why not before, I don’t know) my husband has found in funny to change the words to songs and make them about me. He especially loved to do this while I was pregnant with Logan. The Lion Sleeps Tonight changed with lyrics like “In the tummy, the mommy’s tummy, the baby sleeps tonight.” I think you get the drift.

Now that we actually have a cuddle bug to sing silly songs to, I have gotten caught up in the silly song creation past-time. An appreciative audience is inspiring. Here are two of my favorites so far.

Nap-aroo (to the tune of The Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann)

“I went to my crib, looking for a toy,

Saw my teddy bear, now I’m a sleepy boy

Nap-Aroo, Nap-Nap Nap-Nap-Aroo

Nap-Aroo, Nap-Nap Nap-Nap-Aroo

You’ve got me Sleeping and a Dreaming,

Cuddling and a Snoring.

Nap-Aroo, Nap-Nap Nap-Nap-Aroo”

 

 

The Stinky Stinky Baby (to the tune of Itsy-Bitsy Spider)

“The Stinky Stinky Baby layed on the changing pad.

Down came his pants, and it was really bad.

Over came the momma who wiped up all the (fill in the blank)

and the Stinky Stinky Baby went out to play again.”

 

 

I would love to hear some of your own creations!

Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma

 

Olympiad Day August 13, 2008

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As I sit watching the womens’ gymnastics competition of the Olympics with my own dear daddy I imagine having a mock Olympics in the backyard for the kiddos. Let’s make it a Dandelion Day!

Gather:

  • Tons of water bottles and snacks
  • Whatever you need for a date night at home (I am thinking this Dandelion Day will wear the little ones out… take advantage!)

Menu:

Activiies:

Oh, the options here are limitless. Consider this: compete together as a family instead of against each other. You could set goals together (let’s complete this relay in less than five minutes!). For each goal or challenge that you meet as a family, add a dollar to a communal pot. At the end of the day, use the money to take the family for ice cream or some other treat!

  • Hula Hoops- How many times can you hula? Lay them on the ground and have the kids run through them like the tires at football practice. Arrange five together to resemble the Olympic rings. Dive through them into a swimming pool.
  • Set up obstacle courses or relay races.
  • Challenge family members to watermelon or pie eating contests.
  • Make a ribbon stick with a dowel and 5 feet of ribbon. Let little ones create their own dance ala rhythmic gymnastics.
  • Ping Pong is an Olympic sport!

Really, you could adapt this to your kids and your style. You could get silly with made up competitions or you could arrange games more along the lines of the actual Olympic sports. Be inspired… this could be the start of a new traditionl.

Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie- Dandelion Momma

 

A Word to the (Un)Wise July 25, 2008

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I am putting all home sellers on notice:

If you accept an offer on your house – DO NOT KEEP IT LISTED AS ACTIVE! Some poor schmuck – probably me- is going to come see it and fall in love only to find out that it was never available. It is kind of like telling your best friend that the guy in your biology class is “the one” just to find out that he has only been hanging around your locker to copy your notes. You know, the notes that he was too busy passing love letters with his girlfriend to take down for himself. Just a thought.

 

Edible Clay July 23, 2008

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To keep little hands busy, give them something they can squish – and eat! To make an edible clay, just mix peanut butter and powdered sugar. The more sugar you add, the less sticky the clay will be. For easy clean-up, spread wax paper on the table before letting Jr. have at it.

Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma

 

Passport – London

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Your first Passport Dandelion Day is here and we are doing it Brit style. Remember, we are not going for 100% authenticity here; we are just looking to have fun. Prepare for take-off!

Gather:

  • Soccer balls from the garage – Futball is an English classic.
  • Prince and princess dress-up clothes.  There is nothing better than being the Queen or King of England.
  • Camera to snap pictures for your passport journals (or crayons if Jr. wants to do his own illustrating).

Menu:

  • Fish and Chips for lunch! Translation – fish sticks and frozen french fries. Who knew being international was so easy?
  • Trade snack time for tea time! I would recommend a decaf tea if you are going that direction, or you could serve lemonade or juice out of a tea set. It would be so much fun to use this time to try some new foods that are commonly eaten in London like toffee, scones, marmalade, clotted cream, and Nutella. Your kids will have fun trying new foods and may even find a new favorite! Check out my Wishpot pick list to see where to find some truly Brit snacks. You could also try looking at World Market.

Activites:

  • Read Michale Bond’s English class, The Adventures of Paddington Bear. It chronicles a stuffed teddy bear in England with an affection for orange marmalade.
  • Watch My Fair Lady  or Mary Poppins and spend the afternoon practicing your British accent.
  • Rock out to your favorite Beatles album.
  • Act like an aristocrat and play croquet! Check out croquet.com for basic rules.
    Have a Dandelion Day!
    Stephanie – Dandelion Momma
 

Grass July 22, 2008

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Wow, I want a house.

We just got back from a great weekend in Flagstaff. We were up there to cheer on my daddy in the Mountain Man Triathalon (yeah… he rocks) and we stayed in a cute little cottage with my folks. The cottage had a front yard with actual grass!!! If you don’t know, we live in Phoenix… there’s not much grass here. Logan spent a lot of time laying in the grass and looking up at the trees. He spent a lot of time eating the grass too, for that matter. Anyway, it made me even more anxious to get our silly selves out of this apartment and in to a house with a yard. Josh met with a mortgage broker last night and we finally have a real estate agent, so things are in the works. I’ve been using Wishpot to gather ideas for Logan’s new playroom and for decorating the house. I guess I should probably find an actual house first, but it is so much fun to daydream about it. Okay, enough of my daydreams. The plan is to give you a new Dandelion Day this evening so check back soon. (Hint: This Dandelion Day might have you saying “Cheerio!”)

Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma