All posts in May 2016

  • The Summer Savvy Nanny

    Oh, summer vacation how I love/loath thee. On one hand you are full of fun summer excursions– the zoo… the beach… Disneyland. On the other hand there are often a lot of “I’m boooooored” (s) that seem to transpire into the atomsphere. Regardless… I do love summer. Over the years I found that summers as a nanny require a little bit of savviness. So here are some things that I love to do when the kiddos are home for the summer (and a few things I discovered while writing this post that I most definitely will be implementing in the future)!

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  • Unicorn Spit Coasters

    I know this may sound like a gross question… but have any of you ever seen unicorn spit? It’s  so pretty! So is their snot…. check out this post if you don’t believe me. Basically everything that my pet unicorn Sprinkles, does is beautiful. One evening after whipping up some homemade spaghetti I noticed from my kitchen view that Sprinkles was licking her plate clean. I took it as a compliment and let her go. Who needs manners on a Saturday night when you’re home in your sweats? Not us. When she brought the plate to the sink I stopped her from tossing it to soak in the sink. I had never noticed how pretty her spit was before! Swirling rainbow colors almost creating a tie dye effect were all over her white plate. Well of course colors are always getting my Colors Are Magic wheels turning so here is a way that you can make magical coasters that look like unicorn spit…. even if you don’t have a unicorn. 😉

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  • Running Rainbows

    Rainbows make my heart happy. That is probably not a surprise to any of you… the blog is called Colors Are Magic. Sprinkles (my pet unicorn) requires lots of different rainbow treats to keep her healthy. Just looking at lots of colors has a healthy effect on her. It’s kind of like taking vitamins. We are always looking for colorful ways to use our creativity (and in the process, keep my unicorn healthy). :) I am sure your kiddos will love doing this “science experiment” and watching rainbows begin to form and run. If you are having a rainy day and need to cure some cabin fever, this project is a perfect way to bring a little color to your little’s gray day.

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  • The Nanny Interview Chronicles

    Interviews. They are never really a fun process. I am sure that most of you been to some sort of interview at one time or another in your life. Usually you will “dress up” and leave the yoga pants at home, write a resume, and make a list of excellent references. Nannies do that too. However, if you are not a nanny, I am willing to wager that these have most likely never been an issue at your interviews. ** Now would be a great time for you to go and pop some popcorn or our a glass of wine. I’ll wait. Take your time. ** Ok here we go. I was infuriated in the moment that these events took place… but now let’s all have a good laugh at the absurdity of what has taken place at some of my nanny interviews. Brace yourself.

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  • Enchanted Bath Fizzies

     Over the past 12+ years as a nanny, bath time has either been loved or loathed by the children that I care for. I am always up for some fun ways to make bath time more fun (especially for the littles who don’t care for it.) This project is just the ticket! Plus it’s all natural and full of soothing essential oils. Perfect!


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  • Fossilized Dino Eggs

    Hi! It’s me, Sprinkles. For those of you who are new to the blog, I am Nickey’s pet unicorn and the intern here at Colors Are Magic. I am so happy that I get to share this post with you!

    Summer vacation is upon us! If you are living in another hemisphere, ignore that statement.  😉 I know it is currently not summer or winter where I from. The Cotton Candy Kingdom is a magical land and it is currently fall there. All of the Gum-ball Trees are currently dropping their delicious bubble gum. Anyhow- If you are living in the Northern Hemisphere on planet read more

  • 10 Things to Never Say to A Nanny

    Oh, the nanny world. It can be such a weird place. But, when it is done right- with lots of communication, trust and respect- it can be beautiful.  I have been a professional career nanny for 12+ years now and in those years I feel like I’ve heard it all. I have sat with other nannies on play grounds, beaches, children’s museums and baby classes around the world… and these are definitely the top 10 things I hear of making nannies feel disrespected and annoyed. The last thing we need are burnt out nannies! We need passionate and thriving caregivers…. because our kiddos deserve the best! So let us begin…

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  • Pixie Dough

    It’s been rainy here in Colorado the past few days… and as a result, Pixie Dough was born. #MyLittleSweetPotatoPie loved it! I consider it a win whenever something entertains her for more than 10 minutes– and we played with our Pixie Dough for almost a whole hour. Win.

    It is really easy to make. In fact you may already have the ingredients laying around the house. I am not sure why, but the cheaper the conditioner the better the result. That is why I have listed Suave. I like using it for this project the best.

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  • Cotton Candy Sensory Play

    When you think of Cotton Candy, I am sure you have fond memories of going to the fair, carnival or perhaps the beach boardwalk. I have fond memories of those things too. However, when you have a pet unicorn who grew up in a magical land called, The Cotton Candy Kingdom, you get all sorts of extra sweet memories. Pun intended.

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  • Vivian

    I have been a full time career nanny for the past 12 years. Geez, that makes me feel old. There have been many children that have come into my life, and all of them have taught me something and touched my heart in a unique way. But there is one little girl who left a very big impression on my heart. Her name is Vivian; a little girl with a big personality who changed my life. And while it should be said that Vivian’s whole family became a second family to me, this is her story.

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