Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Treats

Really simple Easter treats that anyone can pull off, Easter Cupcakes
Easter Treats
I love creating fun desserts for my kids on holidays.  It is tradition in my house to have something fun to celebrate special days.  Okay, here comes the Mama says dance in the rain part.  Cupcakes are fast and easy and can come out of a box.  My little sister let me in on her secret of substituting buttermilk for water when using cake box recipes.  The results are a rich cupcake that you cannot tell came from a box.  Legoman prefers my cupcakes over Publix. 

Okay, I never use a full quart of buttermilk.  Here is a tip for the buttermilk.  You can freeze the leftover portions into ice cube trays to use later, or you can make your own out of milk and lemon juice.  Here is what you do.  Add 1 tablespoon of lemon to a one cup measuring cup.  Fill it up to the one cup line with milk.  Let it set for 5 minutes.  You now have a good substitute for buttermilk.

Now comes the fun part, decorating your cupcakes.  You don't have to be a gourmet baker, just add some festive candy.  Now, you have got a dessert that your kids will be excited about.  I tinted regular store bought frosting green.  Popppy Cat was excited about that (green is his favorite color).  I added toothpicks to marshmallow bunnies and poked them into the cupcake and added some jelly bellies.  What is it about Jelly Bellies that makes them so addictive?  I love them!  So much flavor in a little jelly bean.

So, there you have it learning to dance in the rain using simple techniques that your kids think are awesome.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

He Died for You & Me


Easter is on it's way!  I love celebrating Easter.  The colors are so bright and beautiful.  There is new life all around us in spring.  My favorite part about Easter is that, Jesus died for you and me.  About a year ago, I found a wonderful pin on Pinterest for Easter.   As soon as Easter was on its way, I could not resist getting started on this beautiful arrangement.




Here are my creations!
Easter, Plant Arrangment

Easter, Plant Arrangment

Easter, Plant Arrangment

I created three arrangements.  One to keep and two to give away to my mom and mother in law.  It was a really easy project and I found most of my stuff at the Dollar Tree.  Here is what I found:  3 clear liners, bag of dirt, three baskets, bag of rocks, and 3 small clay pots.   If you are counting that's $7.00 plus tax.  I did have to buy grass seed, that was around $4.00.  The sticks were from my crape myrtle tree.  I had some left over cord from beading and used my glue gun to secure the cord to the sticks.  I did splurge for the word rocks from Joann Etc. What a great price for such a cute idea. 

The grass grows really quick. I just sprayed mine with water whenever it looked dry a couple of times a day.

Have a great day!
Bridget

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Reuse Easter Eggs for Math

There are lots of uses for leftover plastic Easter Eggs.  I use them for math.  For Poppy Cat, I put numbers on one half with a paint pen, and then put the corresponding number of dots on the other end.  I let them dry and then break them in half.  He counts the dots and matches the numbers.  If you want to make it more challenging, make sure you use two different colors for top and bottom.  That way they are not just matching colors.  They have to actually count. 

Easter Egg Math, Uses for leftover Easter Eggs
Easter Egg Math, Uses for leftover Easter Eggs














For Legoman, I put multiplication problems on one side and the answers on the other side with a paint pen.  Let them dry and break them apart.  I usually use problems that need review.

Easter Egg Math, Uses for leftover Easter Eggs
















Have fun with this inexpensive learning tool.

Blessings,

 Bridget

Easter Sensory Fun

This week I created a Easter sensory box for Poppy Cat.  I used colored rice, pom poms for cotton tails, colorful buttons, and Easter eggs.  Poppy Cat loves sensory boxes.


Easter Sensory Box
Easter Sensory Box
The wonderful thing about sensory boxes is that you can add anything too them based on what you have on hand. 

To make the colored rice you will need Ziploc bags, rice, food coloring, and rubbing alcohol.  Add some rice to the Ziploc bag.  Then place around 7 drops of food coloring in the bag with the rice.  Finally, add about a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to the bag.  Seal the bag.  Shake until well combined and then pour onto a paper plate to dry.  That's it!  It is very simple and the little ones can help make the rice.

Have a great weekend!
Bridget

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Will Your Kids Eat Kale? Mine Did and Loved it!

I am like any parent, excited when I can get my kids to eat any kind of vegetable.  Did I think my kids would eat kale?  No way!

Yesterday, we made a trip to Publix to pick up a couple of things.  My kids will try anything the Apron's chef is cooking for some reason.  When she served us, I thought there is no way they will eat that.  Proved me wrong again!  They ate every bit of it.   So guess what, I stocked my cart with the ingredients for the Irish Potato Colcannon and we were on our way.  As, I was stocking my cart I could not help overhearing another mom saying to her two kids, "I can't believe you ate Kale".  I then noticed she too stocked her cart.  We were on the same mission.

I made it tonight.  It was super easy and my kids loved kale.  Publix Apron's has become a major source for what's for dinner in our house.  I love that they are simple and quick and taste great.  I also, love that I can go in and sample it before I make another recipe that is not even worthy of leftovers.

Give it a try.  I hope your kids love it!

Blessings,
Bridget



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I love celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  This past week Poppy Cat has been studying rainbows, and LEGOMAN has been studying about the life of St. Patrick.  Now it is time for a little St. Patrick's Day fun. 

We will start the day off with a treasure hunt.  I leave clues for the boys to find.  Each clue they find directs them to their next clue.  When we get to the final clue they will find their treasure.

This year I used recycled peanut butter jars (Poppy Cat loves his peanut butter).  I filled the bottom with Rolos and the rest of it with Skittles layering colors.  I used labels from I Heart Nap Time.  Then I tied on some ribbon.  The boys will love searching for their treasure in the morning, and I will enjoy watching them.  I love creating special memories that will last them a lifetime.


St. Patrick's Day Treasure, St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt
St. Patrick's Day Treasure
I will be making Irish Beef Stew, mashed potatoes, and Irish brown bread for dinner.  Then we will enjoy some lucky charm treats.  Enjoy your day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Bridget






 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Computer Programming Science Fair Project

LEGOMAN loves video games, just like most kids. This year he decided to do his science fair project using a free downloadable software called Scratch.  Scratch is designed with kids in mind, to make computer programming easier. 

We got our idea from the Science Buddies website and dove into a bunch of tutorials to learn how to use Scratch. I am happy to report that LEGOMAN took home a first place trophy in his homeschool science fair.

Here is a photo of his science board.

Create a Video Game for Science Fair, Computer Programming with Scratch
Scratch Video Game Science Project

If you would like to download Scratch you will find it here.

Listed below are two of our favorite tutorials for Scratch.

http://scratched.media.mit.edu/resources/scratch-lessons-shall-we-learn-scratch-programming-tweens
http://learnscratch.org/video-courses/scratch-1

I hope your kids enjoy learning how to program their own video games.  Let me know how it works out for you.

Blessings!
Bridget

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Preschool Science Fair Project

Poppy Cat just competed in his first homeschool science fair. 

His project was mixing primary colors.  He experimented by finger painting, mixing water and food coloring, playing with model magic, and mixing paint.  This was Poppy Cat's first science fair.  He got 1st place.  He was delighted to take home a trophy.

Here is his Science Board and photos of his experiments.  For the Science Fair we squeezed finger paint into Ziploc bags and taped them shut for a fun visual.  I had to do the typing for the board but, I got Poppy Cat involved by having him color the title, his experiment guesses, results, and decorating his board with hand prints.  He had a great time and now he knows about mixing colors. 

Blessings!
Bridget

Preschool Science Fair, Mixing Primary Colors
Model Magic Mixing Experiment


Preschool Science Fair, Mixing Primary Colors
Water & Food Coloring Mixing Experiment


Preschool Science Fair, Mixing Primary Colors
Finger Paint Mixing Experiment


Preschool Science Fair, Mixing Primary Colors
Completed Science Board & Experiments

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Every year I look forward to celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday.  As a child Green Eggs and Ham was my favorite book.  I enjoy celebrating now, with my kids.  We always have green eggs and ham for breakfast and enjoy re-reading the same book I read as a child.   I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest to make Thing one t-shirts this year.

Here are the pins that inspired me.

















These are the photos of  the t-shirts that we made. 



Have a fun day!