Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Traditions

Family Traditions are little things that you do with your family over and over again so they become a ritual.  You create a memory within your family that will remind you of love, happiness and unity. You can do things that your parents did with you or you can start creating your own.  
These rituals can be as simple as opening Christmas stockings before opening presents on Christmas morning, having breakfast in bed on Father's day, roasting pumpkin seeds on the eve of Halloween or jumping on the bed every night before bed.
I am sure you already do this and don't even think of these rituals as family traditions.    Adding some traditions to your family can really help bring everyone closer especially with the hectic lifestyles we all lead.  My children are young so we are still creating traditions but some of my favorites so far include: 
Chair pictures - I took pictures of my children every month when they were babies and now every year on their birthday, in the same chair!  It is so neat to see how they grow and change.
Snuggle Saturday's - we bring the kids in bed with us and cuddle and talk about what we are going to do for the weekend and who is going to make breakfast.
Our group of friends get together every Memorial Day for a picnic in the park.  Everyone chips in by bringing food, and all the kids get to play together while the parents get caught up and kick off summer!
I have friends that have pizza every Friday night or pancakes every Sunday morning.
I would love to hear some of your family traditions?  What should I look forward to as my kids get older?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cute Valentine's (Free) Printables

It is almost Valentines Day - my friend and I are hosting a party for about 16 children and I am getting excited.  I put together a list of some of my favorite FREE printables I found online -hopefully this will help with your decorating and planning of your party!

Enjoy and let me know what you decide to make!

Subway Art from Libby Bonjour

Download this Love One Another' print and frame it next to your beside! 
Via TomKat Studios and Betty Higgins

Cupcake Party from Catch My Party - I can't wait to print the banner for my mantle!

or how about this adorable vintage Cupid party from Catch my Party

This is framed on my mantle from Hands on House Wife

Valentines Day Party Printables from Tip Junkie!

Treat Bags from The Farm Chicks

This could be perfect for  your kids to take to school.  Bag Tag from MyComputerismyCanvas

Skip to my Lou- Flutter Love

Some polka dot cupcake printables!!  From Itzybelle

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Traditions

photo from ChasingSuperMom

Every child loves their birthday so celebrating more then once a year is a hit in most families.  As you know I love adding to family traditions, whether they happen on their own or you encourage them.

So when exactly is your half birthday?  Well just add 6 months to your date and voila: August 1 = Feb 1 = Another fun day to celebrate.  This is especially great if your child has a summer birthday, so you can celebrate during the school year or a December birthday, you can celebrate away from a major holiday or heck if you are a baby, you must celebrate every 6 months for at least 2 years!

You don't have to go crazy, just a little fuss and you will make the half birthday child's day! Take a break from the normal grind and do something special.   Host a small play group: Start the party at half past the hour, serve half sandwiches, half a watermelon full of fruit, cookies dipped half way in white chocolate, decorate half the room and of course serve half of a birthday cake.  Sing "Happy Half Birthday" and have all the guests sign a birthday card -cut in half.

Half birthdays are low key, no stress and FUN!   If a party is too much consider serving a half stack of pancakes in the morning with # of candles and then a tiny 'half' candle.

Do you celebrate your child's half birthday?  I would love to hear stories of what you do!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Picnic Party

Two things happened today. 
1-It is cold outside and
 2-my kids seemed bored when I said Time for Lunch
I said ok Lets have a Picnic Party! 
 I made grilled cheese sandwiches and we all layed down on our bellies and had a picnic party lunch together.  The kids had a giggle and even ate all the food!
I challenge you to try to have a party at least once a week with your kids.

(This is the best picture I could capture and can you tell my son is obsessed with short sleeves, its one battle I don't fight every day)

Have you seen the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish flatbread?    It is so cool - look what else you can put together for your 'picnic party at the beach'!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday Traditions

So last week we talked about a special breakfast for the birthday kid - Another tradition I know some people (including us) try to do is to fill the birthday kids bedroom floor with tons of balloons -secretly!

Last Oct was the first time we got to try this. My son was turning 3 and was potty trained and newly in a big boy toddler bed.  We secretly opened the door and tossed in balloons hoping they would stay sort of near his bed and not scatter to the sides.  I was so worried it would wake him, putting the balloons in didn't but the funny thing was he needed to go potty.  Luckily he called to me and I carried him to the potty- He didn't notice the balloons till the next morning!

I came across this picture on pinterest -imagine all those long streamers!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

I love peanut butter and chocolate and I love rice krispie treats, as do most kids.  I saw chocolate rice krispies at the grocery store and new I had to try this - perfect for birthday party food!  As seen here for the Rock Star Birthday

3 Tablespoons of butter
1 10oz package of regular marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
6 cups Chocolate rice krispies

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until melted. 

2. Add cereal and stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. 
Cut into square, or I rolled them in balls!

What types of Rick Krispie Treats do your kids love?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Traditions

Breakfast!  Maybe you have guessed by now but I love to go crazy on birthdays.  Starting when the kids wake up all the way until bed time or sometimes even they get a whole week to celebrate.  You know family parties, friend parties, school etc.  Sometimes we celebrate for a long time.

Start with breakfast - Make pancakes into shapes.  The # birthday, a flower shape, letters - possibilities are endless.

The best way to make these type of pancakes is to use a baster or get one of those condiment containers from the $ store.  Cut off the end to make it wider.

Oh and candles and sprinkles/jimmies!  Don't forget those!  

While on pinterest I discovered these awesome birthday pancakes from How Sweet It Is - cake batter and jimmies TOGETHER!!!  

what have you done for your kids for their birthday breakfast?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I Scream, I Scream for Icecream or not?

What do you think of when you think party desserts?  cake right?  or maybe cupcakes or maybe cake pops?  They are all very popular right now.  Years ago brides started serving gourmet cupcakes at their weddings.  Mini ones are fun for little kids and adults love them any size.  Most of the time the dessert goes with the theme of the party.  But I think ice cream cone cupcakes are great for any party.  I am already thinking about when I can make these!

Great tutorial found over at Betty Crocker -  cupcake wasn't baked in the cone but 2 cupcakes were placed on top, then iced and toppings added.

I even love the cone holder - don't you?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year Organization

Everyone is talking about New Years resolutions and organization.  I have caught the bug and started to organize and declutter.  Sort of a winter cleaning instead of spring.  Springtime I want to get outside not stay in and clean!!
I am no expert in organizing.  You should see the 'desk' area in my kitchen- I am a piler and have lots of toys that need a home But I do know labels are a good place to start.  I just bought these black chalkboard vinyl labels at Very Jane.  $6 for $10 of them.

I also wanted to share with you a FREE printable available at Better Homes and Gardens.
Perfect for pantry, entryway, toys, etc

I love these and can't wait to start printing- I mean organizing then printing!  You can use these for anything!!  I need to organize the plastic bins I have in my basement- Christmas Decorations, Birthday Decorations, Summer Decorations etc.  How do you organize your party decor?

Another GREAT place to find organizing ideas is IHeart Organizing: IHeart: Our Holiday Storage- Check out her latest post about holiday organization and labeling the boxes.  Love her!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday Traditions

Hello and Happy New Year - I thought I would start out this new year talking about Traditions with your kids.  Birthday, party, holiday, food you name it I want to talk about it every Tuesday.

So starting today I wanted to share a birthday tradition we do at our house (you may have seen this from earlier birthday posts).

I paint the front door with the birthday # and the theme of the party.  I got this idea from my dear friend Tami.  Here is her daughter's 7th birthday door!

and our door for the past 2 years

I do this either during a nap or at night so in the morning its a big Surprise!  I don't think my son gets it yet but hopefully he will be excited to see this every year.  So what do you think?  Do you do any different decorating for your kids birthday?