Dandelion Days

Family. Tradition. Whimsy. Joy.

Fall Breakfast September 18, 2008

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Start the fall off right with autumn oatmeal. Simply mix pumpkin pie filling in with your kids’ oatmeal. Yum!

Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma

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The Great Crayon Caper September 17, 2008

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The girls over at Whats Hot For Tots have an awesome project going on right now that you will all want to be part of. They are collecting old and broken crayons and melting them down into chunky toddler crayons that they will donate to hospitals, schools and care centers. Recycling and supporting a good cause all at once. This is a project the little ones can get in on too. Head on over to their site http://www.whatshotfortots.com/crayoncaper.html and they will send you two free crayons and a coloring book with more information on how to get involved. Check it out!

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

 

Passport – London July 23, 2008

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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
 

Have a Dandelion Day July 14, 2008

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Dandelion Days are those days you never want to forget. The days that seem to radiate with magic and the kids are learning and growing and smiling. Whimsical days that bring you together as a family and remind you how easily happiness  can find us.

Traditions play an important role in every family – they foster pride, unity and a sense of belonging. Here at Dandelion Days, you will learn how to build joyful traditions for your family and how to turn ordinary days into Dandelion Days.

 

Have a Dandelion Day!

Stephanie – Dandelion Momma