Let It Snow… Pinterest Fun

The weather is starting to change in New York. YAY! Today it started to snow and then it switched over to rain. Even though it rained and melted some of the snow, we still have about 2 feet of snow in the yard. The weather is going to be really warm this weekend, so it will be perfect to do some fun things outside in the snow without having to worry about freezing to death.

I found a few activities to do outside in the snow.  I haven’t ever tried it but painting the snow sounds like a lot of fun. Visit my Pinterest board for ideas on what to do to have fun in the snow.

MakeYourOwnMagicSnowballs

Make Your Own Magic Snowballs @ Momma’s Fun World

Painting on Ice

Painting On Ice @ Toddler Approved

SnowIceCream

Snow Ice Cream – YUMMY @ Housing a Forest

SnowVolcano

Make a Snow Volcano @ Growing a Jeweled Rose

I hope you enjoy have some fun family time in the snow this weekend!

Follow the Rainbow

St Patricks Day Rainbow

The little girls and I did our first St. Patrick’s Day craft of the year the other day. Together we made rainbows with tissue paper. It was an easy project for both my little girls. The preschooler was able to understand that she was suppose to match the tissue paper to the colors of the rainbow. My 2 year old had a great time gluing any color of tissue paper to the rainbow.

St. Patricks Day Rainbow Paper

What you will need:

  • Crayons, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
  • Colored tissue paper, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
  • Glue
  • Paper

What you need to do to get crafty:

  • Before the kids started, I cut the tissue paper out into small squares and drew a rainbow on a piece of paper for each of the munchkins.
  • I put the glue on the rows of the rainbow on at at time.  I knew, if I put glue on every strip of the rainbow that would have gotten messy, really quick. Then the girls laid the tissue paper on top of the glue.

Preschool Rainbow

My four year old had a great time matching the tissue paper colors to the the rainbow stripes.

Toddler Rainbow

My 2 year old enjoyed gluing the paper to any strip on the rainbow.

Minnie's Rainbow

When were were done making our rainbows, we read one of our favorite books, Minnie’s Rainbow. I love this book. It reenforces colors of the rainbow and at the end it breaks down how a rainbow is actually created.

Dinner Time DISASTER!

Kids Refusing to EatEach week I carefully plan out wonderful dinners for my family.  Every night, I rush home from work so that I can get dinner on the table before 6:30 pm.  I usually can accomplish this successfully and that is a pretty awesome thing.  But then IT happens.

The dinner time DISASTER!

I truly believe that our kids just don’t like the word dinner.  Each night, the kids come to the table screaming and kicking.  We have even tried saying it was snack time but they just don’t seem to believe us.

After I finally get them to the table and they will carry on for about 10 minutes saying they don’t like dinner or they aren’t hungry.  When they are all done screaming,  sometimes I can get them to eat some of their dinner on their plates.  There are also times when they will eat nothing at all.  I know that the kids aren’t going to like everything I make, so I always put at least 1 thing on their plate that I think they will eat.  Some nights my littlest munchkin will push her plate away without even trying anything.  These are usually the nights when I am like, ‘Oh come on,’ just try it.

I don’t like to offer them something different because they just don’t like what I have served.  This seems like it is setting the stage for a time when I am making 5 different meals for everyone.  I just don’t have enough time to do this and I really don’t want to either.  My kitchen is not a restaurant.

I am always trying to figure out different tricks to get them to eat.  Sometimes I wonder if they have had too much food during the day.  So some day I won’t give them a snack during the mid-afternoon.  Do they eat dinner because they are soooo hungry?  Nope.  Leaving out their snack doesn’t make them famished for dinner.  We have also tried leaving their drinks off the table and then they only get their drinks if they eat some of their dinner.  Does this make them eat dinner?  Nope.  Still doesn’t work.  Bribing with dessert works sometimes for the 3 year old but the 2 year old really doesn’t understand bribing yet and this is probably a good thing.

What is it about dinner that is so different from breakfast and lunch that they just won’t eat it?  I wonder if I ever will understand why a dinner is such a rough meal for toddlers.

Question:  How do you get your little ones to eat dinner?

Is it Cheating?

Kid Friendly Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Can you get your kids eat their vegetables?

I can’t!  My kids used to be such good eaters, they would often eat their veggies before touching anything else.  The first food that my two youngest munchkins had was mashed up avocado.  THEY LOVED IT!  They would eat it up and ask for more.  As they got older they would wake up and have eggs and sauteed spinach for breakfast.

 They were eating great, I thought that I was doing a great job getting them to eat a wide variety of things.  Then one day they just refused to eat their vegetables.  This changed started to happen for both of them when they turned 2 years old.

At this point, I am lucky if I can get them to eat sweet potatoes and corn.  Yup, that’s it.  I still offer them vegetables every chance I get because I know they are missing out on all of the vitamins that fresh vegetables offer.  So, I have started to make them smoothies with some fruit and spinach mixed in.  When I do this it seems like I am cheating.  I feel like this is teaching them to only like sweet things and pushes them ever further away from eating really vegetables.

Question: Do you have any tricks to get your kids to eat their veggies?

Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Kid Friendly Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ c frozen strawberries
  • ¼ c frozen spinach
  • 1 c almond milk

Directions:

1. Add everything to the blender, and blend until smooth.  Sometimes I have to add more milk to make it a little bit thinner so the kids can drink it easily through a straw.

Tip:  Freeze extra ripe bananas and strawberries that are about to go bad to use in your smoothies.  Remove the bananas from their peel and cut the tops off the strawberries before freezing.

Shoes Shoes Shoes

princess-pink-shoes

My 15 year old daughter was invited to a sweet 16 party.  She was so excited to go to it and I thought it was nice her friend to invite her.

But then it begins…  We have to shop for the outfit.  Ugggggg  There was a time when I LOVED to shop.  I would look at all of the clothes in every store but this is no longer the case.  Shopping with a young teenage and 2 toddlers takes all the fun out of it.  Most of the time when I go shopping it is a marathon sprint to make sure I am done as soon as possible.  The shopping trip for the party dress only took 5 hours, 2 smoothies for the toddler, and Wendy happy meals to find a dress that I approved of.

Then what happened?  She borrowed a dress from her friend.  Really???  I will never get those 5 hours of screaming kids, stares from other shoppers while my double wide stroller gets stuck in between every rack possible, the pouts that I got from the 15 year old (why can’t you be like everyone else’s mom) and I lost a bit more of my sanity that I will never get back.

Ok, we have the dress but now we have to get the shoes.  Ugggggg Ugggggg  I refused to let her wear 5 inch heels.  I LOVE 5 in heels but I am not buying 4 inch heels for my 15 year old.

On the day of the party (I rarely seem to get anything before the last minute), we run to the store to find shoes.  God must have felt bad from me because after going to 1 store, the store was the store closest to our house, and do you know what we found?  WE FOUND SHOES!

Shoes

We found shoes that she smiled about and shoes that I was happy with her wearing.

Mission Accomplished!

Question:  How to you handle shopping trips with your kids?