Archive for February, 2012

February 27th, 2012

Children’s Books for Easter Baskets

Molly Kite is America’s Pint-Sized Superstar!

Are you looking for really great gift for your children or grand-children’s Easter Baskets? Molly Kite

Molly Kite, her intuitive rag doll Faith, brother Banjo, Nana Whacky, and pet raven Johnny Poe will teach your youngsters the art of heart centered living. The first story in the Molly Kite series eases kids and their caregivers into understanding the simplicity of the law of attraction (dream, do, have).

The beautifully illustrated children’s book “Molly Kite’s Big Dream” does everything a children’s book should do!

With instantly likeable characters, vivid, and entertaining illustrations this is a story that kids will go to repeatedly and there is good news for parents: Molly Kite stories gently teach important lessons.

Molly Kite’s Big Dream ignites the power of attracting results.

The colorful pictures and simple storyline includes basic Law of Attraction steps for conscious caregivers and their little ones. The message of dream, do, have is woven throughout the plot.

As an added bonus the publisher has included conversation starter questions to keep your child engaged in dreaming and taking action.

Click here to visit Molly Kite Online.

 

Tootsie and Lulu

Lulu Wears a Tutu

Tootsie and Lulu - Lulu Wears a TutuWhat do you do when you are a 4 year old little girl and it’s raining outside? You try and think of something to do. In Tootsie and Lulu, Lulu Wears A Tutu, Tootsie is upset that the weather outside isn’t allowing her to play so she decides she wants to dance.

What fun is dancing when you have to do it by yourself?

Tootsie takes you along on the adventure of asking her brothers, papa and mommy to dance. When no one is able to dance with Tootsie she comes up with a solution to her problem, she can dance with Lulu. Tootsie gets her dog ready to dance and shows her just what to do

Click here to buy online and to visit Tootsie and Lulu’s website.

 

February 12th, 2012

Valentine’s Day Tissue Paper Flowers – Craft

Beautiful Tissue Paper Flower Bouquets for Valentine’s DayBeautiful Tissue Paper Flower Bouquets for Valentine’s Day

This project will help you create a variety of beautiful tissue paper flowers that you can use to decorate or give as gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper in different colors
  • String
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Start by picking three different colors of tissue paper that you would like to use to make your flower. If the tissue paper is not in a small size, cut the sheets until they are in a square shape that measures approximately 8 in by 8 inch.

Lay the sheets down on top of each other on a flat surface. Grab the end of all three sheets of paper and fold it over about an inch. Flip the paper and fold it back so that you are making an accordion fold. Continue this process until the entire length of the paper is folded like an accordion. You should now have a stack of folded paper that measure approximately 1 in wide and 8 in long.

Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the center of your paper, 4 in from either end. Twist the pipe cleaner to secure it on the tissue paper. It is fine if the tissue paper wrinkles during this step.

Next, separate and fan the individual sheets of tissue paper out until they form a puffy flower shape. Be careful not to tear the tissue paper during this step.

Repeat these steps to make a variety of tissue paper flowers for a bouquet. Once you have completed all of your flowers, tie the pipe cleaner stems together using a piece of ribbon. You can also add a card to the ribbon if the flowers will be given as a gift.

You can also make hanging flowers by using a piece of string to tie around the tissue paper instead of a pipe cleaner. Tie the string and then tack one end of the string onto the ceiling to create a beautiful design element in any room.

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February 12th, 2012

Valentine’s Day Grilled Mini Cheese Heart Sandwiches

Valentine’s Day Grilled Mini Cheese Heart Sandwiches

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 24 mini sandwiches

Valentine’s Day Grilled Mini Cheese Heart Sandwiches

What a neat Valentine's Day treat. In our family, grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup are always our cold day "go to" comfort meal. These are just too cute not to share with your special valentines!

Ingredients

  • Use your own ingredients OR
  • 16 slices firm white sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups (about 4 oz.) shredded Cheddar
  • Your favorite tomato or other soup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly mist a griddle or large skillet with cooking spray.
  2. Use a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut three hearts from each slice of bread. Lightly brush both sides of bread with melted butter.
  3. Place about 1 1/2 tsp. cheese in center of half of hearts. Use fingers to spread cheese and lightly pack it down, following shape of hearts.
  4. Place remaining hearts on top of filling, lightly pressing down to form firm, well-shaped sandwiches.
  5. Working in batches, cook sandwiches on griddle or in skillet over medium-high heat until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Use a small spatula to carefully flip sandwiches over. Place finished sandwiches on lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.
  6. Serve with hot soup and enjoy!
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February 10th, 2012

Homemade Love-Potion Necklace

Homemade Love Potion Necklace for Valentine's Day - Operation Letter to SantaThis is a fun Valentine’s project for older girls.

Materials:

  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Glitter
  • Satin cord or any other kind of necklace cord
  • Sealing Wax (or candle wax)
  • Small bottle with cork stopper – available at many craft stores). Look for mini message bottles.
  • Funnel

Instructions

Start by adding a couple of drops of food coloring to some water. Pour the colored water into the bottle, using your funnel, until it fills up to the halfway point.

Next, use the funnel to pour in oil until the bottle is almost full. You can use any type of cooking oil for this part. Sprinkle in a pinch of glitter and then stop up the bottle with the cork.

Tie the cord around the neck of the bottle and leave enough cord on either side to tie loosely around the neck.

Next, melt sealing (or candle) wax around the stopper to make sure that it will not fall out. Once the wax is dry, you can tie the cord together to make a necklace. When the bottle is shaken, it almost looks like a lava lamp as the colored water and oil swirl together with the glitter.

For even more flair, try making shrink-dink charms that say “Love Potion #9” or add pre-made heart charms from your local art store.

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February 9th, 2012

Crayon Resist Valentine Card – Kids Crafts

Crayon Resist Valentine Card - Kids Crafts from Operation Letter To SantaSimple Valentine’s Projects Your Kids Will Love

Materials

  • White Crayon (or pastel)
  • Water-Based Marker
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Paintbrush and water cup
  • Watercolor Paper (or thick construction paper)
  • Newspaper

Instructions

Start by folding your watercolor paper in half to make it into a card shape. Crease the fold and then open the paper back up and lay it down.

Next, take a white crayon and draw images onto the paper. The images can range from hearts and words to abstract swirls. Flip the paper and draw with white crayon on the back as well. If the white is too difficult to see, you can use a pastel crayon instead. Once all of the drawings are done, lay the paper on top of a stack of newspapers, to keep your workspace clean while you are watercolor painting.

Next comes the fun part.

Using your watercolor paint, brush streaks of color across the entire page. If children are too young to use watercolor paint, you can also use water-based. You will see that the parts covered in white crayon will stay white. Kids are amazed by how magical this process seems and it instantly turns the Valentine into a vibrant, one-of-a-kind card.

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