Saturday, July 23, 2011

Movies for kids!

If you’re like me often you’d like to know something about a movie before you watch it with your kids, especially if you’re going to be spending a million dollars   a lot of money to take them to the theater.  Even here at home if I’m looking for something new to watch with my daughter on Netflix I found this website I just love…   Common Sense Media

They have book reviews, movies, music, apps, and video games along with recommended age appropriateness.

See below I checked out the Winnie the Pooh movie (which I have zero concerns about taking my daughter to but thought it would be a good example). 

From the green slide bar you can see it’s recommended for ages 3+… the yellow around the 2 indicates use caution with children this age.  If it were not recommended for any age range those ages would be in red.


Then it breaks down ratings on violence, positive message, product placement, etc, followed by parent/kid reviews of the movie.

Check it out the next time your kids want to see something. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Great New England Attractions… FREE!

A friend just sent me this link… FREE admission on Fridays in Massachusetts to these great attractions… planning a Boston get-away, or live in New England… a lot of these are worth the drive!

Free Fridays!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Corn Season!!

One thing I love about living in New England is all the local farm stands to get fresh produce, and corn is finally in season… YUM.

We had our first taste of the season today… it did not disappoint.


Let me stop for a moment & comment on the corn holders.  I had a Pampered Chef party a few months ago & ordered these, and then forgot about them… getting ready to make the corn tonight I though oh yeah… I got those corn holders.  So I took them out… GET THIS… you put them on BEFORE you cook the corn!!


Make sure your helper doesn’t eat any before it’s cooked.


They’re a bit of extra work but I think worth it… you have to trim off the ends, and then these little green gems screw into each end… the bottom half looks like a screw, and the top looks like a game piece from the board game “Sorry”.  They go right in the water… or the grill, or the microwave.


The info with these says they are cool within seconds of coming out of the water… I’d say it was about 90 seconds after coming out of the water they weren’t uncomfortable.  By the time we sat down at the table they were completely cool.


They were a hit… as was the corn!!  BTW… dishwasher safe too!


Happy husking!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

National Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

Did you know today is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day?! I had no idea… but how fun!!  My daughters favorite-must-have-at-bedtime-worn-down-fur-because-he’s-loved-so-much toy is her “Winnie-The –Pooh” bear… I love that when she gets sleepy she rubs his paw back & forth under nose…

If I’d known ahead of time I would have planned some of these fun crafts with my daughter…  Now that I’m looking at these ideas & recipes I’m thinking this could be a fun theme for a kids b-day party too… have all the guests bring their bears… run wild w/ the ‘picnic’ theme… too cute!

These adorable little treat bags… so easy to whip up…


These little paw cupcakes…


This website has some great craft ideas to get ready for your own Teddy Bear Picnic!!  How cute are these ‘fancy’ hats?!



It doesn’t have to be today… any nice day will do for a Teddy Bear picnic.  Maybe we’ll do a last minute one today… if we do I’ll post pics!!

P.S.- Don’ t forget the honey!!

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’ “ – Winnie the Pooh


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cool Jewelry…

I found this jewelry business by another adoptive Mom, and I just LOVE her jewelry… it’s so vintage inspired (which as a shabby chic girl is right up my alley)… particularly the “Garden Collection”…


Also, as an adoptive Mom of a Guatemala cutie I LOVE the “Guatemala” collection, and wish I’d found this website in time for my daughter’s b-day… definitely for Christmas!!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

S’mores… sort of!

I wanted to get this post up before the July 4th weekend, but alas the weekend got away from me.  I made these s’more bars for a cookout yesterday, and they were a BIG hit!!  Super easy too.

First grease an 8x8 pan (I used cooking spray, but you could also give it a crisco rubdown).  Preheat oven to 350.


Add 1/2 cup of room temperature butter to mixing bowl… I’m thinking this butter was a little warmer than room temperature… it was hot this weekend… can you tell?


Add 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar.


Beat until fluffy & creamy…Ahhh… at thing of beauty!!


Beat in 1 egg, and 1tsp vanilla…


Or… have your helper do it for you!!


In a separate bowl add 1 1/3 cup flour


3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (I bought the box of pre crummified ones, but if you have graham crackers just stick some in a ziploc bag, and crush w/ a rolling pin).


Add 1tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt.


Whisk until blended.


Add slowly to mixing bowl on low speed.


Once combined you should have a good thick cookie like dough… should be just thick enough to ALMOST roll into a ball but still fall apart slightly.


Divide dough in half, and spread into bottom of 8x8 pan… pressing with your fingers out to the corners so it’s covered.


Now spread 5 Hershey bars (or 2 king size bars)… I just fit in the whole ones as I could, and then broke sections to fill in out to the edge.



Then measure out 1 1/2 cups of fluff (melted marshmallows aren’t recommended… I’m thinking after they cooled the marshmallows would get hard).


Spread across the chocolate (this is where using 2 king size bars would come in handy… as the smaller chunks of chocolate would stick sometimes but it still worked).


Now top with the remaining half of the dough… the easiest way to do this was to piece it… I made square size pieces, and pressed them together.





Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown, and have your helper assist in the clean-up!


Allow to cool completely before cutting.


Post for the s’more cup recipe (pictured above) coming soon!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Great Resource…

Every time I walk into Barnes & Noble with my daughter I get so overwhelmed with all the choices… I have no idea even where to start selecting books for her (aside from the classics… there’s nothing wrong with the classics… I love the classics… I’m a classic kind of girl… it would just be nice to open her up & myself to some new classics… I digress).    So… I couldn’t wait to check out this website featured this morning on “Today w/ Kathie Lee & Hoda” (don’t judge me).

The author James Patterson started this website  On it are book reviews broken down by age…


Then after you click on each age group it’s broken down further… what a great idea!!