The first Valentine's Day Scott and I shared as a married couple, I decided to make an elaborate cookie recipe that I remember took me almost 1/2 day to complete. Looking back, I'm sure the recipe wasn't all that complicated, but I hadn't baked much if at all back then, and so it probably took me double the time, and more angst and stumbling around in the kitchen than it ought to have taken.
This is a fun craft for kids with great scissor skills, I used to do this with a group of after school kids when I worked in a childcare center.
All you need is some paper and scissors.
Fold and cut out half hearts on most of the seams.
Open and voila!
Told you it was easy!
These pencil toppers turn run of the mill ( or in our case sparkly) pencils into Valentines with nothing but a pipe cleaner.
Start by securely wrapping the pipe cleaner around the end of the pencil. Leave lots of room on the end.
Shape the rest into a heart making sure there is a some extra to wrap around and secure on the bottom so that the heart keeps it's shape.
Trust me teachers will much prefer this to the sugary treats that are often given out !
My daughter loves stars, which makes me happy because I do too.
I found this pasta at the store and knew I had to grab it for some crafts. They are tiny and perfect for kids that re putting things in their mouths. She popped a few in and spat them out and kept doing the activity.
You will need some paper, pasta, glitter and glue. That's it.
Let them play with the pasta before you start the craft, feel it, play with it and explore.
An unlikely voice spoke up for Ellen DeGeneres this week: Bill O'Reilly. J.C. Penney recently chose Ellen, who is openly gay, as their new spokesperson, sparking outrage among conservative Christian group, One Million Moms, who are boycotting the store because they want Ellen replaced.
Back when I was a graduate student the first time around (working on my first graduate degree in creative writing), I lived in a very snowy, very cold part of upstate New York. I had arrived in Binghamton, NY at the beginning of January, deep in the heart of winter, and not long after a big snowstorm had blown through.
I realize that title makes it sound like the study let babies forage for food and fend for themselves.
Don't worry-- it wasn't that extreme.
It looked at babies that were spoon-fed versus babies that had finger foods placed in front of them and were allowed to feed themselves at their own pace.
There are a lot of veritable cookie artists out there; I am not one of them. I was on pinterest.com the other day exploring food ideas, and there were a ton of beautiful, gorgeous Valentine’s Day desserts and cookies. Trouble is, I just don’t have the time or the talent to recreate them! But I love Valentine’s Day, so I just had to come up with a fun cookie idea to share with you!
I happened to have some fresh baked sugar cookies:
So I simply iced them:
Each Monday I take both kids to T.’s gymnastics class. We get there about 25 minutes early and T. uses the time before her class to work on her homework. L. spends most of his time on his beloved iPod, despite my best efforts. There is no WiFi at gymnastics (why?), but we can usually poach off free WiFi from a nearby business. Usually. This Monday, though, for reasons we couldn't understand, L.’s iPod would not pick up the WiFi, while mine did.
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