Sunday Spotlight

The Spotlight is on …

Cooking Claire

What I love about this blog is that it’s a realistic cooking blog ,items get used more than once, results aren’t always perfect and as a mom of two young kids Claire keeps the menu tasty without being unfriendly to kids !

Pop over and see why Cooking Claire is my pick for this weeks
Sunday Spotlight !

`Sunday Spotlight

The Spotlight is on

Blog Roll !

Yes the long awaited newly categorized blog roll is up, if you don’t see your blog listed , it’s not because I don’t like it, it’s because you didn’t send it in , or I missed it ! So send it in and I will add it! I have visited every single one and I am always so impressed and amazed , more than a few of you had me laughing and a few posts had me in tears too. My awe got me thinking and NTFFC will devote every Sunday to spotlighting one reader blog . If you are on my blog roll you are in the running! Also remember you can always find the blog roll on the side bar.

Thanks for sharing !

Re-Doing Blog Roll !

Share Your Blog !

I am going to start breaking my blog roll up into categories , there are so many just outstanding blogs and I don’t want other moms and readers to miss out just because they are lost in the long list. Here are the categories:

Family Blogs
Adult Crafts
Kids Crafts and Learning
Product Review Blogs
Recipes and Cooking

All you need to do to be included is email me a link to your blog, with the category of choice. Even if you have been included in previous blog rolls please send me an email with your category choice. Thanks! Our new blog roll will be up next weekend.

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XOXO Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

last minute valentine's day cupcakes

If you are concerned about red food dye ( which I wasn’t when I wrote this obviously but now restrict as much as possible  ) use this  Natural Color red dye instead!

  1. Gather your ingredients. I cheat when it comes to baking so, a cake mix and it’s ingredients, some rope licorice ( I used pull and peel twizzlers) , icing , the above mentioned red and pink food coloring, and a few extra bowls.
  2. Make the cake mix, separate it into two bowls one red and one pink. If I did this again I would make the pink lighter so there was more contrast.
  3. Fill the muffin cups with the red first , then at the pink, I used a toothpick to swirl it a little.
  4. Bake and let cool.
  5. While they cool add a little more pink food coloring to the white icing.
  6. Ice the cupcakes when cool.
  7. Start creating with the licorice, write names, messages or just hearts! The licorice is really easy to work with!
  8. Have a treat!
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Crafting with Toddlers – Be Flexible.

Crafts don’t always go smoothly, paint and glue are eaten daily and yes tantrums happen, usually him but sometimes me too! I try to roll with it, sometimes we take a break half way through crafts we just walk away and go back when the time is right. Here he kept pulling up the newspaper I had taped down with painters tape and putting the tape in his mouth. Not to mention the green paint everywhere, including up his nose!

I can’t remember what craft he was supposed to be making here but as you can see he wasn’t doing it. Instead he was carefully placing the chalk onto his beloved John Deere tractor. A perfect example of why I try not to do crafts when time is limited.

I have framed this picture for family because it is my son in a nutshell, he celebrates his “exploration” with abandon. He knew I was too far away from him to stop him from pouring the lentils everywhere. He was right. I found lentils in my kitchen for months, usually with my feet. They hurt.

This was a post that never made it up. I was going to do a post about an airplane “Busy Bag” and all the fun things in it to keep him busy. It never got posted, he wouldn’t take it off his head and I gave up.

Does this look like a kid who is having fun? It was probably past time for me to give up and grab our coats.

As you can see we are not perfect, far far from it! I try to keep my expectations appropriate but I mess up , miss the mark and have bad days. Sometimes it’s better to abandon the craft , run outside and come in for a nap.  So if a craft tanks, or a pretty art project gets ruined , so what?! Try to follow your child’s interests and know that messes will be made and the goal isn’t a perfect project, it’s an interested and engaged child.