Your Fantastic Family Videos on the Big Screen!

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Your Fantastic Family Videos on the Big Screen!

Three... Two... One... Action! If you want an amazing family video keepsake and memory, UrLifeMedia is equipped for any of your star studded events! The guys who cut the biggest blockbuster ads in Hollywood are now cutting movie trailers for you!

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It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 to get your movie trailer produced and premiere ready. UrLifeMedia allows you to keep your video and pictures organized as well as use them in a meaningful way, instead of being lost in the depths of your hard drive. Parents, you know what I'm talking about.

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Leprechaun Trap: DIY Kid Style

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Leprechaun Trap: DIY Kid Style

It’s not very often that one of my sons pitches me a story for SuperMommyNot, but today Asher was ready to show the world how to make the perfect Leprechaun trap. He just turned six and has decided he’s got what it takes to show and tell “DIY Kid Style.” It took him about a day and a half to get it together, but he sums it up in the video below.

By the way, Asher says, if there’s any kid out there who needs a little extra help, he’s ready to talk you through it!

First posted: March, 2015

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Healthy Halloween

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Healthy Halloween

Before you head out on the trick-or-treat trail, you can get some healthy eats into your little goblin’s mouth before the sugar rush begins! Here are some fun, easy and healthy treats you can all conjure up together!

We found some great treats from Parenting Magazine and created some of our own!

You can start off with some frightening fingers and witch’s brooms- For the fingers all you need are small, peeled carrots (with a knife carve out two “knuckles”) Add a dab of whipped cream cheese and press a sliced almond on top for the nail.

For the witch’s broom cut one packaged string cheese in half and pull it apart on one side. Insert a pretzel stick into the other side of the cheese. Take a cucumber peel and tie it around the top of the cheese.

Spooky skulls are quick and easy. Slice a few bananas and cut some blueberries in half. Place the blueberries on top! These are great for really little ghouls.

Jackson loves tomatoes and spelling so he decided he’d create an appetizer out of cherry tomatoes. He spelled the word “Boo” and added whipped cream cheese and crackers. Yum!

Asher created a ghost appetizer. We used a ghost cookie cutter and cut out a piece of multi-grain bread. He then spread whipped cream cheese on top. For the eyes, nose and mouth he used raspberries. But you can add any fruit or veggie you like!

And finally, create the perfect pumpkin! Cut out a pumpkin shape using multi-grain bread, spread some whipped cream cheese on top and drizzle with carrot shavings to cover cheese. Then take sliced olives for the eyes and used sliced cucumber for the stem and mouth. (Asher added bones to the mix as well!)

(This blog was originally posted Halloween 2012, and we’ve been making these treats ever since— it works!)

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Puppy or Not?

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Puppy or Not?

“Mom! Dad! Can we get a puppy?” If you’re a parent, it’s likely you’ve heard this question at least once -- if not hundreds -- of times!

BUT are you really ready for a puppy? Turns out…. training a puppy isn’t as easy as training a dragon!

Check out the video below: this is advice from my family to yours. My kids tell it like it is. The good and the bad.

So… puppy or not? For more helpful tips head on over to Cesar Millan’s website. Cesar’s Way He covers it all; from dog care to dog training to dog rescue!

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Kids’ Art Keepsakes

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Kids’ Art Keepsakes

Hanging Art:
Hang art from a drapery bar for a more formal look. You can display beautiful art pieces in a dining room or living room.

Or create your own “hanging art” bar to be displayed in a kid’s room or play-room. You can use “school” materials.

These “hanging art” bars allow you to switch out artwork as children grow and create more. You can display new art anytime!

Materials for Kids’ room or Play-room “Hanging Art” bar:

Two yard sticks glued together (on top of each other)

Rulers and/or protractors glued onto yard sticks.

Colored rubber bands and paper-clips glued onto rulers/protractors.

Adhesive to put it onto the wall. (See picture above)

 

Place Mats:

Convert art into place mats.

Take art into a Staples or Kinkos. They laminate it for you onto a foam core board.

Art Books:

Art is photographed, scanned into smaller versions and put into books that you can have forever- they are great for coffee table books and gifts for grandparents.

You can do this at scribblepress.com.

Be sure to check out Donna’s parenting website over at SuperMommyNot.com.

Get more great crafts and recipes from “Home & Family” on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/hallmarkchannel.

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Quick, Healthy BIG GAME Appetizers

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Quick, Healthy BIG GAME Appetizers

‘Whole Foods’ might sound counter intuitive to Super Bowl eating and munching BUT… it’s not! Why let it go on Super Bowl Sunday? There’s no reason to! Stay healthy, eat fun and cook FAST… just like the guys on the field!

Because I’m the one in charge of serving up the food this Sunday, and I’m super into the game too, I’m going to prepare my yummy, healthy turkey chili the night before and a few Whole Foods Market recipes on game day. Here’s one I know will score big with my football fans!

APPLE AND CHEDDAR WHOLE WHEAT QUESADILLAS

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 whole wheat tortillas
1 large or 2 small apples, cored and thinly sliced
Natural cooking spray

Method:
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over one half of each tortilla. Arrange apple slices, barely overlapping, on top of each pile of cheese then sprinkle 2 more tablespoons cheese over apples on each tortilla and fold each in half.

Generously spray a large skillet with oil spray and heat over medium high heat. Arrange half of the quesadillas in the skillet without overlapping and cook, gently flipping once, until cheese is melted and tortillas are golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to plates and repeat process with natural oil spray and remaining quesadillas; serve warm.

Nutritional Info:
Per Serving:280 calories (110 from fat), 12g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 11g protein

Head on over to Whole Foods Market for more great recipes and prepared food for the taking!

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A Kid DIY Valentine

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A Kid DIY Valentine

If you’ve got a budding artist, put him (or her) to work. Invite him to create an original piece for his valentine class exchange. Don’t you remember what it was like getting a valentine from your special friends?

Once the artwork is complete, “reproduce” it! A color copy machine is perfect… you’re half way done!

Mount the artwork onto a beautiful valentine themed sheet of paper. (We found a red, velvet type of construction paper at a craft store.) Then roll it up into a scroll, tie some pretty ribbon around it and voilà… you are DONE! Your child can hand out his/her unique, one of a kind Valentine to all those special someones.

Here’s an example of what Jackson created for his kindergarten class. Only a six year old could come up with this. It’s an elephant blowing heart kisses out into the world. A tiny green bird sits atop the elephant tweeting out hearts!

What will your little Valentine come up with?

Happy Valentines Day!

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Funny Valentine: Last Minute DIY

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Funny Valentine: Last Minute DIY

It’s a crazy week leading up to Valentine’s Day: classroom party preps, valentines and celebration! So how about setting up your kids for a fast DIY valentine?

My two boys (6 and 7) love making valentines, but it can get taxing on everyone when the project is too complicated. So here’s our version of a last minute valentine your kids will be happy to share with their friends. This project only took us one hour!

While the kids are at school, cut out red hearts and puckered up lips. Then set up the assembly line!

Now kids are ready to begin. First, kids can write a love note on one side of the heart and then get to decorating their sweet, funny valentine.

What you need:
-Cut outs: Heart shapes and puckered up lips
-googly eyes
-pipe cleaners
-lollipops
-glue, tape

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Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday With a “Sun Celebration!”

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Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday With a “Sun Celebration!”

In our home we are at the tail end of a BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA! Jackson turned five on January 16th and Asher turned four on January 20th. They are blessed to have so many loving family members and friends who have showered them with wonderful gifts (as I’m sure your children also experience). But I want my boys to know that their birthdays are about more than just presents!

I wanted to share with you an amazing tradition that is practiced in my children’s Montessori preschool. It’s called a “Sun Celebration” and it refocuses the kids on what their birthdays are really all about. This Sun Celebration can also be experienced in your home year after year. I plan on doing it in our home for as long as my boys are interested!

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The Sun Celebration: The Birthday Walk Around The Sun

Many Montessori schools use some form of a sun, the months, a candle, and a globe to help show the passage of time and the growth of the child from birth to their current birthday celebration.

In preparation of this celebration, the parents of the birthday child are asked to bring in a picture of their child around each birthday (including a newborn picture), and share a short life story to accompany the pictures.

All of the children make a large circle around the sun that has been placed on the floor. The birthday child stands beside the label that has his birth month on it. The parent or teacher lights the candle to signify the moment the child was born. Then they begin talking about the life story up until the age of one. At that point, the birthday child begins the journey walking (slowly) around the sun one time, with the globe in his hands – stopping when he reaches his birth month again. While the birthday child walks, the children in the outer circle sing (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell):

The earth goes around the sun,
The earth goes around the sun,
The earth goes around the sun,
and then __________ (insert child’s name) was 1!

The sharing of the life story continues until the age of two. The birthday child begins to walk around the sun again, and the children in the circle repeat singing the verse, changing the ending to ‘2’. This continues on until the child’s life story is complete.

To end the celebration you can sing the following song to the birthday child (to the tune of Happy Birthday):
We celebrate your birth,
And your place on the Earth,
May the sun, moon, and stars,
Bring you peace where you are!
Or you can simply sing “Happy Birthday!”

Finally, the birthday child shares a special snack with his class.

Do you have a special way of celebrating your child’s birthday? Please share!

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