I’m not sure if it’s because green is my favorite color or memories from my Irish grandma. Every year my kids build a leprechaun trap in hopes of catching the mischievous little guy before he reeks havoc on our house.
What you will need:
A base to decorate (cardboard or a sheet of thick card stock)
A box for the trap (can be built from popsicle sticks, an old tissue box, cereal box ect.)
Shiny gold coins to attract the leprechaun to your trap
Paint or decorate with rainbow somewhere on or near the trap so the leprechaun will follow it to the end
You will need some type of stick to keep the door or roof propped up, but don’t glue it as it will need to fall to shut the lid
For this trap my daughter collected a few pieces of shamrock confetti, the shamrock stick from her cupcake, orange, white and green flowers, and a few shiny gems.
We have yet to catch that sneaky little leprechaun, but he always leaves a fun trail throughout the house as he makes his way to our trap.
Leprechaun mischief :
dye the toilet green (a few drops of green food coloring)
have the faucet run green (hide green color tablet inside the faucet filter)
green paint foot trail – its amazing how his feet are the SAME size as our Dora doll 😉
green streamers hanging from the door way (or crisscrossed across door frame to trap in the older kids)
green and white balloons covering the floor of the childs bedroom
The leprechaun usually leaves a trail of gold coins leading outside where he hides a fun St. Patrick’s day treat or small toy for the kids!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What fun ways do you celebrate with your little ones??
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Grab a book, find a nook and join us Monday March 2nd for Read Across America Day!
Elephants are my daughters favorite animal which might have something to do with “Horton Hears A Who!” being one of our favorite books to read. I love that it teaches the lesson that “A persons a person , no matter how small” and that kids CAN make a difference!
After reading the book with your child discuss ways that they can be helpful whether it be at school, at home or in your community.
To celebrate Read Across America an NEA project we made a fun treat and craft we want to share with you!
Whoville Flower Cupcakes
What you will need:
2 packages mini cupcakes with blue or grey frosting (color used as elephant trunk)
About 5 green straws cut into 4 pieces as the stem (Starbucks straws work great for this)
1 medium size bag of pink cotton candy (form small chunks around the straw before inserting into the cupcake)
If your up for the challenge try and attach a white circle sprinkle with a dab of icing to the cotton candy flower
Horton Hand Craft
What you will need:
1 sheet of white paper
1 sheet of grey paper
a piece of green and pink paper
How to assemble:
have child trace hand on grey paper and cut it out
glue hand shape to white paper then draw on Hortons features
snip a green piece of paper for the stem and glue onto the edge of the thumb
hole punch a piece of pink paper and use the circle for the flower
draw on the phrase “A Persons A Person No Matter How Small” and have child color in the background
I have one of the worlds pickiest blandest eaters in my home, but this soup just happens to be her FAVORITE!
If you like tofu and don’t mind the subtle taste of coconut then give our coconut soup recipe a try, I have learned to keep these ingredients on hand weekly during the winter months.
What you will need:
2 bags of frozen broccoli florets
2 containers of veggie stock
1 can organic coconut milk
1 package extra firm tofu
2 cups rice ( jasmine or brown rice)
5 cloves garlic
seasoning (sea salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, turmeric)
How to make Skys Coconut Soup:
Cook veggie stock on medium heat add in broccoli, seasonings,& garlic then cover (add rice now too if not using instant)
Cut tofu in small cubes and add into pot (I’m lucky if any tofu makes it into the pot! my kids swipe it and LOVE to eat it raw!! I don’t get it, but they love it that way…. maybe since it was one of their first foods as a baby, taste buds are just used to tofu that way…not sure… but either way they’re eating it !!)
Cook on medium high heat for 35 minutes
Add in the rice ( if instant or frozen) and coconut milk then cook for another 15 minutes
* If your littles are not as picky as mine, I like to saute the tofu with onion and pepper before adding in 🙂
(Around Christmas time I like to call this Christmas soup and add in fresh red peppers so it’s green , red and white!)
In America we celebrate New Years Eve transitioning into New Year’s Day on January 1st. In China, New Year’s Day is also the first day of the first month but of the Lunar Calendar!
Chinese New Year dates vary each year and could fall at the end of January or February. This Year Chinese New Year will fall on February 19th and last for 15 days ending on the first full moon of the year.
Each year is assigned an animal according to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the goat!
Here is a list of fun crafts and recipes to try for each day in the Chinese New Year celebration:
Graham crackers (we used the Annie’s organic brand, when breaking the crackers you have two size options perfect for the roof, a long piece for the flat part connecting pretzels and short pieces for the peak)
If you look at the Lincoln Memorial on the back of an old penny, you can see Abraham Lincoln sitting inside!
We would love to hear how you incorporate the presidents on Presidents Day!
Some of you might remember Ed Jarrett, four time Guinness World Record holder for the tallest sand castle!
He is also the man who built the Sandy-castle to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims right here on Point Pleasant Beach. We had the chance to meet him back then and volunteer in his bucket brigade to help in the build of the Sandy-castle.
From sand to snow he has now teamed up with the Ice Sculpture Festival at Laurita Winery and will have sculptures on display for the whole family to enjoy Saturday, February 21 11am-8pm and Sunday, February 22 11am-7pm.
Sculptures on display:
Fire & Ice truck where you can sit in the driver’s seat
Fire-breathing dragon luge
“Warm Hug” field of Snowmen
An ice sculpting demo stage
A frosty photo booth
With temperatures dropping the weather is perfect for the ice sculptures, but be sure to bundle up to stay warm you will be outside!
Laurita Winery will be serving up some food and a list of warm drinks for you to enjoy while you explore the festival.
Award winning wines
Spiked hot chocolate
Hot apple wine ciders
Grab the family for this winter wonderland event, go early to enjoy classic winter activities and entertainment. Then stay late for the lighting ceremony at dusk and fireworks at 7pm (Saturday night only).
*A portion of the proceeds of this event will go directly to benefit Big Brother Big Sister of Ocean County. http://www.bbbsoc.org/
Since February is Heart Health Awareness Month, Jamberry is happy to announce that they’ve partnered with the American Heart Association to create a new charity wrap that will help the fight against heart disease.
On average, 1 in 3 women dies from heart disease, and as an organization founded by women, Jamberry wants to join the fight. The Heart Health Awareness wraps (which is a There’s More wrap) are available for purchase and a $2 donation will be given to the AHA with each wrap sold.
***Contest*** 1 winner will receive a FREE Heart Health Awareness wrap!
Dress warm and in layers Jenkinsons, the sweet shop, arcade and aquarium are all close but you will be in and out of warm buildings going to each location
Bring cash for parking (on event days they usually charge for the parking lot directly by the aquarium) but there is always street parking for free in the off season so if it’s not too cold and you don’t mind a short walk you can save a few dollars
Hang on to your playcards, you can reload the dollar amount when they are done and save them for the summer
Bring a camera, Jenkinsons always does a great job decorating for the holidays so keep an eye out for some festive photo opportunities