Mar 312014

I love to watch Bubbles’ creativeness grow as she does.  Her playtime has gotten more complex, as have her building skills.  It’s fun to see the structures she puts together, and then to see the stories she creates around them.

Mega Bloks American Builders Jeep Off-Road Adventures Set #AmericanBuilders

Blocks are some of her favorite, and we spend a lot of time building with them.  So when we recently had the opportunity to review the new Mega Bloks American Builders Jeep Off-Road Adventure set, I was excited to see what she would think about it.  Blocks plus trucks would equal lots of fun for her, I was sure. Continue reading »

Feb 132014

Bubbles has always loved music, as I think most kids do.  As she gets older, though, she seems to enjoy it more and more.  Part of our morning routine is dancing and singing together, whether it’s to the theme songs of her favorite cartoons, country music videos on TV, or music streamed from my phone over our speakers.

When the GiggleBellies offered to send us a collection of their award-winning GiggleBellies Musical Adventures music videos on DVD, I said yes, thinking these would be right up Bubbles’ alley.  I hadn’t heard of them before, but I thought they’d be cute little videos, a fun distraction in the middle of all this cold, snow, and ice.  They ended up being so much more!

GiggleBellies DVD 3-Pack and Peanuts the Elephant

To say that Bubbles loves these videos is an understatement.  I was on my way out the door when the package arrived, but when I returned home, my husband said she’d already watched all three of the included DVDs, one of which was a collection of lullabies.  Each disc has anywhere from 9 to 13 animated videos done in 3D, and each one is about 2-3 minutes or so. Continue reading »

Feb 092014

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I have loved to read for as long as I can remember.  Whether reading with my father at bedtime, or curled up in a nook in our playroom by myself, books were a favorite pastime.  We try to make sure that Bubbles has this same foundation, as well; we read with her multiple times per day, and she reads quietly on her own, too.

Like mother, like daughter, it seems.

Ooka Island Reading Program - Statistics on Reading #SmartStart

Unfortunately, not every child loves reading, and sometimes that has to do with the fact that they’re struggling.  In fact, today 68% of 5-year-olds will be behind in reading by fourth grade and 78% of those children will never catch up (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2011).  This is a problem because literacy is important not only on an academic level, but economic and social levels, too. Continue reading »

Jan 102014

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Bubbles and I had the opportunity back in November to go and watch Disney FROZEN.  It was her second theater movie, and the first one she sat all the way through.  She was mesmerized from the start and over the last few weeks as she breaks into the song with “Let It Go” and asks for “warm hugs like Olaf” she’s proven that the movie made an impact on her.

Anna, Olaf and Kristoff from Disney FROZEN #FrozenFun #shop

When I was planning a special mother-daughter day for us recently, I decided it would be fun to do a FROZEN-themed day.  It certainly was apropos as the country was literally frozen in many places, including us here in Kentucky.  We’d been “enjoying” weather in the teens and it was about to dip below zero on the thermometer.  I wanted us to be able to get out and have some fun before it was too cold to be outside. Continue reading »

Dec 302013

Does your New Year’s Eve party involves kiddos?  We thought about trying a Noon Year’s party – where you count down to noon instead of midnight for Bubbles tomorrow instead of staying up for the ball drop tonight, but then we laughed.  Bubbles is getting better, but she still doesn’t ever go to bed much before midnight.

15 Kid Friendly Recipes for NYE #NYE #Appetizers #Desserts

Here is a list of 15 kid friendly recipes for appetizers and other tasty treats to make your spread a smash hit.  Most of them are bite-sized or have a fun theme – some even work great as party favors.  And they all look delicious!

DIY S’Mores Kits – Views From the ‘Ville (pictured above)
Crunchy Chicken-Stuffed Waffle Pops – Snappy Gourmet
Mini Corn Dog Muffins – Kraft Recipes
Homemade Mozzarella Sticks – Chew Out Loud
Mini Chicken Chimichangas – Views from the ‘Ville (pictured above)
Pizza on a Stick – Artisan Bread in 5
Pigs in a Blanket – Save a Lot
“Sparkly” Celebration Popcorn – Laura Kelly’s Inklings
Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bites – Play. Party. Pin.
Party Popcorn – Bombshell Bling
Banana Nutella Smoothies – Views From the ‘Ville
Individual Dessert Pizzas – Home Cooking Memories (pictured above)
Gumdrop Cupcake-Tinis – Growing Up Gabel (pictured above)
New Year’s Eve Cakeballs – Formula Mom
Confetti Cake – Spoonful

What are your favorite kid friendly recipes for parties?