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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
If your kids are anything like mine, once they see the decorations coming out they are right there wanting to help. While we always want to encourage children’s independence and a sense of accomplishment, you cannot always just hand them the fragile snow globes to place on the edge of the end tables. I have a better idea for how to get the kids to help with the holiday decorating. How about getting your children to create their own holiday trinkets! Here are a few simple craft ideas that your kids will love to create, then decorate the house with.
A simple craft is to pull out the crayons and card stock paper, then make the suggestion for your kids to make their own Christmas cards for their friends at school. Add in the glue and some green, white & red pompoms to see where they take their holiday cheer. You might find Frosty the snow man waving hello or Santa brushing the soot from his jolly red suit. They will love any excuse to pull out their doodlebugz crayon apron (pink stripe) anyway. Get drawing! You just might find that you get one too to add to your Christmas cards!
If you think that you can handle a little bit of confetti at the craft table, then grab some scissors for another classic winter craft that all kids love – paper snowflakes! Give your children a stack of paper and watch the snowflakes appear. I bet you won’t see two the same! They can even decorate the edges with a little silver or gold glitter glue once they are done creating their delicate flakes. Stick them to your windows. Hang them on the tree. You could even use a few for personalized Christmas cards for Grandma and Grandpa. You certainly won’t fret over these ornaments, as there will be plenty more where they came from over the weeks to come! Heck, you could even try your hand at making a chain of them to dangle from the mantel, instead of the simple paper chains that are always so popular with young artists!
This cute craft is a great one for the kids to make for Holiday gifts for their teachers -Rudolph paper cups. Grab some left over paper cups from your Thanksgiving gathering and put paint smocks on the kids to get dirty! You will need brown and pink paint, pipe cleaners for antlers and of course a red pompom for his nose. Little thumbs are perfect to make Rudolph’s cheeks rosy. Now you just need to add googly eyes, some felt ears and some tasty nibblies to fill your cup with!
One of my favorite holiday nibblies has got to be shortbread cookies. Why not try Lemon Lavender Shortbread this year! The kids will love to put their aprons back on and help with this too. And Babybox.com has star is born cookie cutters to help your little ones shape the stars too!
Lemon Lavender Shortbread
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted Butter, softened
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup icing sugar, sifted
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted (approx.)
- 1/2 cup cornstarch, sifted
- 1 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest (about ½ lemon)
- 1/4 cup coarse sugar
- 2 tbsp finely chopped dried lavender
- 1 egg white, beaten
In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar using an electric mixer, for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch and lemon zest. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture; stir until just combined. Form dough into a 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) thick disc; wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm.
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Roll dough out, on a lightly floured surface, to be 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick. Cut dough with a 2-inch (5 cm) cookie cutter of any shape. Re-roll scraps and cut additional cookies until all the dough is used. Place cutouts on parchment-lined baking sheets; refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine coarse sugar with lavender. Lightly brush cookies with egg white and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Lightly press the tops to ensure the lavender sticks to the dough.
Bake cookies, in batches, for 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
NOW you just have to make sure that enough of them last to share with the children’s teachers! Have fun decorating!
Monday, November 28th, 2011
Ok people, have you been able to do your pants back up yet from your Thanksgiving feast last week? Whew, it was delicious, but I always seem to eat too much! So after all the dinner dishes were cleaned and put away, I felt like I needed to do something to work off all that turkey. You know what I did – holiday decorating! Yippee, I just love the holidays. And I can’t get enough of the tinsel and mistletoe! Have you started transforming your home for the holidays yet? If you are still trying to work your way out of that Thanksgiving mindset, I just have to share some of our fabulous holiday decor to kick start your decorating mojo. Check out these fabulous items!
So let’s start with Santa. If you’ve been nice and think he is going to be swinging by your house this year, then you better have a few stocking hanging by the fireplace this Christmas. Why not pick up some new stockings this year to replace the old ones that you have been using for the last gazillion years! This very special handmade Christmas stocking in candy cane stripe features hand crocheted green balls that hang from the ribbed cuff. It is 100% cotton and sure to be able to handle all of the goodies that Santa wants to stuff in it.
If you have the stockings out, then maybe its time to put up the Christmas tree too! Babybox.com has a wide variety of Christmas ornaments to choose from. Are you interested in personalizing? We do that. Would you like to give a photo ornament to the Grandparents? You know they would love it! Babybox.com has plenty available. We even have ornaments for fido! These adorable personalized ceramic dog bone ornaments are a great addition to the family tree. Hand-made, your little furry family member will appreciate not being forgotten. Makes for a wonderful gift too!
Oh, and don’t forget your Elf on the Shelf! If you don’t have one, it is a must for the kids. Because how does Santa really know who’s been naughty or nice?
The elf answers the age old question in “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition”. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition* Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children’s book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. Included is a 10-inch stuffed “elf” who, during the holiday season, silently perches somewhere in the house from dawn to dusk only to disappear (with some parental assistance!) for his nightly magical trip back to the North Pole. The next morning, he reappears in a different place to resume his task. A clever way to encourage kids to behave!
And the pièce de résistance is displaying your new family portraits in a beautiful family photo frame.
Celebrate Christmas and the holidays with the fabulous personalized picture frame. The frame comes in a variety of colors and includes your family name and the year. Frame holds 5 x 7 photos and personalization is in fancy font. Frame is sold only in size and style shown. A great way to celebrate and decorate during the holiday season and all year long. Makes a great gift for special friends and family as well.
Here’s hoping that I have given you some ideas to run with. Happy decorating!
Monday, September 27th, 2010
There is a definite chill in the air now. September is winding down and Fall has officially begun. While the kids will still be able to get outside and play, you will find them at play inside a little more frequently now. Perhaps a few new toys are in order to keep you little ones entertained?
Why not get crafty and pull out the crayons to surprise your little girl with this cute doodlebugz pink stripe crayon apron? The Crayon Apron comes complete with a pad of paper, perfectly sized for small hands, and 10 washable crayons. With an adjustable hook and loop closure in the back, not only is it easy to put on and take off, it can be worn even as the child grows! With personalization available, this gift is as irresistible as the little girl who will be wearing it.
If imaginative play is more your little one’s style, they will love to receive a new play mail set that will be sure to provide hours of pretend fun! They can send pretend mail, postcards or parcels to Mom, dad, cat, doggie, brother, sister, boyfriend or girlfriend. Velcro system will let your child use the stamps or other mail pieces over and over again. The set includes 27 pieces, from a mailbox and flag, to a drawstring mail bag, shipping box, 3 postcards, 2 envelopes, 6 stamps, 6 address labels and even 6 messages. This set is sure to provide hours of fun and entertainment.
If it is physical activity you are looking for, why not check out the blue pool bear activity mat for you baby? This versatile playmat will be a welcome addition. It’s an Activity Center with a 50cm inner pool diameter, three toys tucked into the inner ring. and the bottom pad provides comfort and peace of mind while providing a secure environment for your new arrival. As a bonus for Mom, the front side detaches easily with its large safety buttons and magnets to become a comfortable Nursing Pillow. As always, most everything Kaloo is front load machine washable and dryable, so you don’t have to worry about any spills or messes. With the front end off the Pool, it then converts into a playful Changing Station. That’s not all! In a final bit of cleverness, the pad can be completely detached (again via the Safety buttons and magnets) to become a Back Rest, for years of regular use. All of that in one attractive toy!
Maybe the adventure can just live on in your child’s mind though. If you have an avid reader on your hands, they will love this personalized book. In My Very Own® Pirate Tale, entertaining sea creatures bring letters to spell out the name of the child whom they’ve chosen as the perfect first mate for the pirate ship. At the end of this swashbucklin’ adventure, your child’s name is revealed as the secret to opening the treasure. This keepsake book includes the child’s birth date and a dedication from you! This swashbuckling adventure is for boys and girls ages 0-10 with the pronouns changed appropriately from he/him to she/her. It even comes with a colorful gift box that serves as a book jacket to preserve the book for years to come. The book slides into the jacket to be stored safely on the shelf for years of adventure to come.
Monday, July 5th, 2010
Experts suggest that a child should read every day. It improves language skills, social skills, hand-eye coordination, increases knowledge of the world around them and is just plain fun! The AAP states that “Every year, 35% of American children start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read. Children who are not able to read at grade level are at risk for school failure when schoolwork becomes increasing dependent on reading ability.” Curling up with a book with your child is an enjoyable pastime for both of you. The question is, knowing how enjoyable it is to read with your children, how could you not read to them several times a day?
Children can be read to as soon as they are born. As you cuddle your little one in your arms, it is so easy to pick up a simple book to share. Here is a perfect book to start with on your road to literacy. Star shapes is a soft book featuring a fun, interactive toy. It shows baby familiar objects and teaches the concept of different shapes. Babies will love the look and feel of this special book and the closeness they get by tucking in close to you.
No baby nursery would be complete without the classic books of Margaret Wise Brown. These beloved bedtime classics have lulled generations of children to sleep with their soothing sounds. These three classics are wrapped together in a beautifully designed gift package, and include Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, with pictures by Clement Hurd, and Big Red Barn, illustrated by Felicia Bond. You will be reading these beautiful tales for years to come!
Goodnight Moon – A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his room, in this classic story told with gently lulling words and soothing illustrations.
The Runaway Bunny – Children will love Little Bunny as he plays a game of verbal hide and seek with his mother.
Big Red Barn – The big red barn and its menagerie of animals and their offspring will have instant appeal to young children.
Perhaps the best way to encourage reading for your little one is to put them into their very own story! In this board book with sturdy pages for little hands, entertaining animals bring all the letters from A to Z in rhyme and encourage the child to learn the alphabet. Seeing their eyes light up as they see their very own name in the pages of this delightful book will be a treat you will remember. A cuddly plush Lamb accompanies each book as a gift set. The book is perfect for boys and girls ages 0-5. Don’t be surprised if this continues to be a favorite book for years to come and you find them reading this one on their own one day!
So stock up on all you can and enjoy every minute of this special time with your child. It is a gift that will last a lifetime.
Monday, June 7th, 2010
The weather has blossomed. The sunshine begs for every waking moment to be enjoyed. That means that the outdoors has become a brand new play space. In celebration, perhaps we could take our tea outside today! Gather up the tea pot. Handle the good china with care. See if Mom or Dad has a little tidbit that can be enjoyed for a snack. Now let’s head outside. Where shall we sit though?
Why, at this beautiful little table of course! This fine quality children’s table is a perfect example of classic Scandinavian garden-furniture design. It will hold all your tea party needs, from a plate of cookies to dainty little napkins and of course the pot of tea. A pitcher of lemonade will do in a pinch too, for those so inclined. Now to invite the guests. Call your friends or gather your favorite stuffies. What next?
Don’t forget to invite Julia! The Julia Pal Knit Doll is the perfect way to enjoy a playdate. The adorable playmate is decorated with a hand knit dress accented by with fun bright colors. So soft and cuddly, this Sweeters Pals can be personalized and can be customized with your color choice. A great companion for any girl all year round. She would be crushed if she was not invited, so better find her for a spot of tea as well. She might have a friend or two she wants to bring, so check Babybox for any companions to join.
Now that we are all together is there anything else that we need? A place to sit, of course! This children’s bench with characteristic cross back has become an icon of Scandinavian garden-furniture design. The Bench is a beautiful piece of furniture in its own right. Paired with a set of classic furniture including bench and table, it is the perfect place for tea.
These pieces of furniture are made of solid hardwood, lacquered with a rich, semi-mat lacquer(polyurethane coating). All external fittings are made of brass, while the “feet” are made of rubber to protect the furniture legs from rising moisture that can cause the wood to split.
So paint faces with sunshine and smiles and pour out the tea. It is a great day to play outdoors today.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
The Moonlight Bear from Kaloo is perfect – a portable night light and a stuffed toy that can be close to baby giving the security needed at night time.
This is a a night-light that’s actually embedded inside a cuddly, comforting toy and one that your child can take with them no matter where they go.
Friday, March 13th, 2009
Twilight Turtle by Cloud B
This Twilight Turtle is better than a night light!
The first and only plush planetarium ever created, gently transforms nurseries and bedrooms into a starry sanctuary that comforts and calms children.
Life Size Twilight Turtle is 14 inches head to tail and stands 5 inches high.
Includes a battery saving time out function, push button reactivation, easy color selection, and 3 AAA batteries.
2005 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
Baby Talk Editor’s Choice
Available at BabyBox.com
Friday, February 20th, 2009
Playhouse by Barn Dandys
If the Winter days seem long and yur little ones are going stir crazy in the house, this Playhouse by Barn Dandys is what you need! It sparks imaginative play and kids love to feel like they have their own little place to go to play, read or just relax!
These playhouses by Barn Dandy’s are quite roomy at about 16 sq. ft. Windows come with roll-up shades for letting (or keeping out) the grown-up world. This item is custom made especially for you upon order at BabyBox.com