All posts in January 2015

  • Cupid’s Snot

    One of the perks of living with a unicorn is getting to go on some sweet adventures to magical lands. I am never not up for a trip to The Cotton Candy Kingdom (that’s where my pet unicorn was born and raised). It is known for many things… but one of my favorites is that it is where all of your favorite holiday legends go vacationing. Since Valentines Day is just around the corner, Cupid decided to go on a mini-vaca. Valentines Day is no small event when you are Cupid. It’s a huge responsibility to be in charge of people’s love lives. If you strike the wrong person and a couple pairs off wrong, you could potentially ruin their lives. Talk about pressure.

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  • Snow Paint

    Well, I am sure you have all heard about (or were stuck in) Winter Storm Juno– aka The Snowpocalypse… aka Snowmageddon 2015. I for one was slightly disappointed by this blizzard. I grew up in Alaska and love a good snow storm. New York City had ample hype about the intensity of this storm– but our supposed 3 feet overnight turned into basically a half a foot in my neighborhood. I guess I will be eating nonperishables and drinking this 4 gallons of water for the next few days (and I will be thankful that I didn’t really have to use them.) So Juno many not have hit New York City like I imagined… but it did manage to make her white and ever so beautiful.

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  • Melted Rainbow Sun Catchers

    Well, there is a blizzard brewing here in New York City today. Literally. My pet unicorn has come down with a bit of a cold. I personally love blizzards. I love getting all snuggly in my Pj’s and drinking hot tea, watching movies, and painting all day long. But, it’s a little more complicated for unicorns. You see, blizzards cover all the colors outside in a giant layer of white, and although it maybe a beautiful winter wonderland to you and me… to a unicorn it creates an environment to get sick, as unicorns need colors to stay healthy. So, today we decided to make “Melted Rainbow Sun Catchers” to help her get the colors and sunlight that she needs to stay healthy during this snow storm. It’s fun and simple. If you would also like to make your own sun catchers I have left you instructions below.  (If you are making them with your kiddos, make sure you are assisting…there is ironing involved!)

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  • Melt My Heart(s)

    Growing up my mother made my brother and me an art cupboard. I loved that art cupboard. It was always full of fun treasure– markers, crayons, construction paper, stickers, paints, and various other knick-knacks. Every so often while cleaning the house, my mother would tidy the art cupboard. I hated those days… they were the worst. She would get out a blank sheet of paper and test the markers. If they had dried out they would go into the trash can. I guess that was understandable since they no longer worked. It was the crayons that were the hardest to part with. She would throw out the little nubs of crayon that where floating around our giant box. Maybe it was because I was over dramatic… or maybe it was because I was an artistic child– with every coloring device thrown in the the garbage bin was also an opportunity to create some great. Maybe it was a control issue…. or that I was just a little kid. Whatever the reason… I was not a fan of “clean the art cupboard day” and was known to shed a tear or two on the days it commenced. Until one fine day my mother suggested that we make giant tie dye crayons out of all my broken pieces instead of throwing them away. Brilliant. I was totally onboard.

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  • The Family Time Bucket-List

    Family Time. It is incredibly important. Sometimes in our hectic daily lives we have to schedule it in. Which is totally fine… as long as it is in there!  :)  Over the years I have had parents on several occasions, open up to me about how hard it is for them to come up with an idea for their family time. The truth is, your kids want to spend time time with you… even if sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. (Preteens. Enough said.) — so what you do doesn’t have to be complicated.

    Well, we are a week into the new year and I am sure that like me, many of you have made resolutions and are looking forward to a fresh start in 2015. Why not add “spending more time together as a family” to your resolutions? If you do, here is my gift to you: The Family Time Bucket-List. I have compiled a list of 100 things I do with the children I nanny, as well as some of the ways my family spent time together growing up. Enjoy!

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