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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On Generous Fun (or Holiday Gifts Kids Can Make!)

Disclosure: This is a post in a series of sponsored posts as a Brand Ambassador for the ARKANSAS BETTER BEGINNINGS program.  I believe in their mission and everything expressed will be my own honest opinion! #ARBB

How many times have you heard "I'm bored!" during a school vacation or even just a weekend?

Keeping kids entertained doesn't have to be exhausting, and can be beneficial to everyone!

Here are some fun things for the kids that will help them cooperate to make holiday gifts and even learn while doing it!  (Don't tell them!)

I let the kids choose a few homemade recipes for gifts that they wanted to make for teachers and friends.  (They had to cooperate with each other to make these, read and measure, and had fun! A great way to teach generosity as well.)

My children wanted to make Snow-Ball Bath Bombs and Play Dough.  

These activities are a great way to get the kids using their science, math, and reading skills as well as cooperation and sensory fun!     

To make the bath bombs...
(This activity is safe as long as children are supervised.  I recommend it for preschool ages and up.)


This play dough recipe is the best one I've ever found.  It takes time to make and I only let my children measure and put ingredients into the pan as it is very tedious and takes some strength.  It's a great gift or just fun to have on hand and lasts a long time!  Wonderful for sensory play, learning letters by shaping, and much more!  Also, it's non-toxic and safe for toddlers and up to play with. 



Having children help make gifts is a great way to play together as a family! 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

On Panamanian Tamales




I've done this recipe before on my cooking blog... but I tweaked it to include actual measurements!

¡Buen provecho! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

On Fall Break in NOLA

The end of September/beginning of October my kids had a week off for Fall Break and we took off for New Orleans on a spur-of-the-moment, long weekend trip!

The cotton was being harvested on the roads from Arkansas to Louisiana.  I always love seeing the cotton come in.  So beautiful.


We stayed at a Hyatt Place hotel, close to the Convention Center downtown in the warehouse district.  It was close enough to everything that we didn't get our car out of the parking deck until we left.   

New Orleans is so friendly and fun.  So many interesting people and gorgeous weather in the fall.  I absolutely adore it.  

Fun things we did:

  • Ate beignets in Jackson Square at Cafe du Monde 
  • Visited the Audubon Aquarium (Fun if you haven't been, but we visited the aquarium in Atlanta this past year and this one paled in comparison, probably pass next time.)
  • Walked in the French Quarter *
  • Ate at Mother's (This is our favorite restaurant in New Orleans! You have to be prepared to order when you get to the front of the line though!)
  • Listened to live jazz on the street *
  • Ran in Jackson Square *
  • Visited the St. Louis Cathedral *
  • Toured the French Quarter on a Carriage Tour
  • Visited the World War 2 museum (we could have spent two days there- amazing)
  • Walked through the Farmer's Market *
  • Toured the Old U.S. Mint (*Neat museum of money, history, and musical history. We also happened on a swing dance/band festival! All the real NOLA jazz is in that area of the city now, the FQ is mainly a tourist attraction.  Lots of great places to eat or listen if you park close to the Mint at the end of the Market.)
  • Toured the old cemeteries *(we didn't do an official tour, just parked down by Cemetery #2

*All the starred things are FREE!!!
Trip wasn't too expensive, except for food.  If you get out of the tourist areas you'll get better deals.  For attractions look for coupons/deals online before you go.  There were some really cool places to eat and hang out down in the warehouse district that I'd like to try next time.  With a baby that was tired by the time we stopped to eat we didn't try any of the fancier places.


On the way home we drove down to the ocean and stopped at a beach in Pass Christian, Mississippi.  Beautiful little town and they happened to have a church shrimp festival going on that was fun to walk around.  The kids had a great time playing in the sand at the beach before the long trip home.


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