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I just can’t do it!

Have you ever felt like you just can’t do it? That is exactly how my daughter felt trying to hula hoop for the first time. This video has been played so many times over the last few years and I still laugh every time I watch it. Sure to put a smile on your face.
P.S. You can do it! Just keep trying 😉

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Make Life Joyful!

Make Life Joyful!

Life is not always fair, sometimes we need to go and create more joy for our family. Keep Smiling!

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Enjoy The Little Things

Enjoy The Little Things

Savannah loved catching this toad in our yard. Reminder to me, enjoy and appreciate the little things. Helps to keep balance and perspective for what matters most.

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Words to live by!

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Are Baby Teeth Important?

Are Baby Teeth Important?

Are baby (primary) teeth important?

 Have you ever wondered whether or not baby teeth are important? They’re just so small and are just going to fall out anyway. They can’t be that important. Right?

Wrong. Baby teeth are very important and according to the American Dental Association this is why:

” A child’s primary teeth, sometimes called “baby teeth,” are as important as the permanent adult teeth. Primary teeth typically begin to appear when a baby is between age 6 months and 1 year. Primary teeth help children chew and speak. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums.”

That’s why caring for baby teeth and keeping them cavity-free is so important.

Even if there doesn’t seem to be any problems with your baby’s teeth, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that “children should see a dentist when they get their first tooth and not later than 1 year of age. “ At this age, they are too young to be nervous. This is meant to be a fun, educational, introductory visit to the dentist. Starting early, often leads to a lifetime of good dental care habits.

The dentist can give you advice about:

baby tooth care

teething

fluoride

thumb sucking

and answer any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s teeth/mouth.

To learn more about how to care for your baby’s precious little teeth & smile – visit this earlier post: Caring For Your Baby’s Smile.

Happy & Healthy Smiles to you and your family!

~Betty

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Kindergarten Graduation Candy Themed Party

A Kindergarten Graduation Party?  I know a little over the top but that’s what we did for our son when he  graduated from kindergarten two years ago.  So of course, to be fair we needed to do the same for my daughter and three of her friends that also graduated from Kindergarten.  The guest list included 16 kids 8 yrs old and under. Yikes!

I told myself I would do a great job taking lots of pictures throughout the evening but having a house full of 40+ guests, I missed a lot of photo opportunities including some of the decorations and candy themed details inside and outside of the house.  (I’m sure you’ll note  the quality of my pictures needs serious improvement 😉

Thanks to Pinterest with lots of delicious candy theme party ideas, that’s the theme I chose to go with.

CANDY PARTY! 🙂

It was a lot of work making all the decorations which required several trips to the dollar store (gotta love the dollar store for parties!)

My husband was a big help in setting up for the party. A friend of mine also helped with making the decorations and set up.  So grateful for the help I received!

(To see my post  “The Making Of The Party Decorations” visit here: https://baconandkids.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/candy-party-making-the-decorations/  )

Decorations outside included giant tissue paper pom pom’s, the fence had lots of faux wrapped candy using colored plastic plates and even the flower pots had lollipops in them.

Lollipops in the flower pots

Beach balls wrapped with table covering to look like candy 🙂

Outdoor Chalkboard Congratulating our Grads 🙂

And a fun wreath for the door.

Isn’t this a happy wreath?

I found some cute candy themed party supplies from Hobby Lobby. (Invitations, Napkins, Treat Bags, Labels, Water Bottle Labels, etc.)

The Menu:

Appetizers/Snacks:    Pretzels, Chex Mix & Rainbow Fish Crackers  (I used clear plastic cups w/rainbow cupcake liners.)

Food table with the snack cups in place

Rainbow Vegetable Tray & Dip (I found Purple Cauliflower but couldn’t find any blue veggies, I actually thought about trying to dye the cucumbers blue but that would have been gross 🙂

Rainbow Veggies & Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

Fruit Kabobs w/fruit dip (Of course, I had to add rainbow-colored sugar to the top of the dip 😉

Fruit dip

Dinner:

Steak, Chicken, Italian Sausage & Veggie Kabobs

Loaded Potato Salad

Baked Beans

I attached the wrapped plastic ware to the plates to make for easier handling. 

Games/Activities

  • 3 legged race
  • Balance a golf ball on a teaspoon….  (My daughter always sticks her tongue out when she’s concentrating on something. I Love it!)

My daughter fully concentrating on balancing the golf ball on the teaspoon 😉

Those activities we did at the park near my house.

And we had a Bubble Station…

Bubble Juice in the Iced Tea Pitcher

It was a beautifully hot day so the kids also went swimming (twice).

Other games included: Ladder Ball & Bean Bag Toss

Favors & Gifts: 

We asked the parents to bring a wrapped gift for their child(ren) – So when it was time to open all the gifts we lined the kids up and gave each of them a present. So fun to watch their expressions of excitement!

Just some of the presents for the kids 😀

For the favors I bought glow necklaces and tied little treat bags with water balloons and a ring pop to them.  For the younger children, I did a glow necklace and bottle of bubbles.

Party Favors

For the Kindergarten Grads:

Gifts for the grads 🙂

A puzzle, glow bracelets, chap stick, lollipop hair ties and a graduation bear.

Candy Buffet:  

Candy Table without the Cake (Candy bowls are wrapped to keep little fingers out until party time 😀

Skittles, Rock Candy, Pixie Stix, Rainbow Licorice, Mike & Ike’s, Jelly Beans, Sour Candy, M&M’s, Gumballs & Cake

My sister was a big help with this fun project. I gave her my vision and she executed beautifully.

Rainbow Candy Table (minus the cake )

A friend made a yummy Candy Land Cake! It turned out very well. (I’m hoping one of the other moms sends me a picture with the cake in it, because I forgot to take one!!)

Another  friend made these adorable lollipop centerpieces!

Lollipop Centerpiece 🙂

The kids loved visiting the candy table and filling up treat bags to take home.

(With all the candy they ate and took home, I would definitely recommend including a toothbrush in the favor bags.  I just ran out of time to buy them. I saw the toothbrush idea here:  Check out this Candy Land Themed Party! )

All in all, I would say the party was a huge success.  What a relief to have it over with though!

(Who am I kidding?….I’m a sucker for themed parties and am already thinking about my next excuse for a party.)

Happy Partying to you!!

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P.P.S. Feel free to leave me a comment with your thoughts on this party. Thank you very much!

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Shopping trip to Michaels…

Yesterday the kids and I went to Michaels to buy some crafting supplies for summer time craft projects.

While shopping, I came across these summer decor items all on sale for I think 40% off!

Thought I would share some of the cute things I found.

Look at these sweet colorful birds!

I wish I had purple somewhere in the house! The red one is actually more orange-ish.

And these ones…

love the green one!

and this is how they look on my window sill….adorable right?

I only paid $1.50 for each one!

Love these colors together 🙂

And for the owl lovers out there…

Hoot hoot

I also found some really pretty storage containers…

They are so pretty!!

The store had so many beautiful & cute summer decor items!  They also had a ton of clearance party supplies – one party theme I noticed was a circus theme.

My wheels were a turning while I was in there.  Pretty certain I will be making a trip back to Michaels in the very near future 😉

Happy Shopping to You! 😀

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies are one of my favorite cookies. I recently made them with a little twist, I added coconut & caramel. Mmmmm 🙂

They are so sweet that I usually can only handle eating one.

This a good cookie to make if you are short on time as they are fairly easy to make.

Doesn’t that look yummy?

~No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies~
1/2 C Butter
1 1/2 C Sugar (I think cutting the sugar down to 1 cup would still make the cookies plenty sweet.)
1/2 C Milk
4 Tbsp Cocoa
1/2 C Peanut Butter
3 1/2 C Quick cooking Oats
3/4 C  Sweetened Shredded Coconut
1 to 2 Tbsp  Caramel Topping
2 tsp. Vanilla

Add the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for about 1 minute.  Turn off heat.  Stir in the next 5 ingredients and drop onto wax paper. Let cool until set.

My husband loves these cookies too, and has a difficult time waiting for them to set. A few of them seem to always disappear before they are cooled.

Delicious chocolate, oatmeal, peanut butter, caramel & coconut all mixed together! 😀

This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Happy No-Bake Cookie making to you! 🙂

 

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Backyard Camping

Camping is a wonderful way to bring the family together.

Good news: Saturday, June 23rd is the Great American Backyard Campout!  Families can save money and any packing troubles by creating a memorable camping experience in their backyard.

Why not invite some of your friends to campout in your backyard too!

Supplies you might need for your backyard camping adventure 🙂

What will you do for fun?  How will you keep everyone entertained?

Well, Parenting magazine has some fun before dark and after dark activities: http://www.parenting.com/article/14-ideas-for-camping-out-in-your-backyard?src=soc&lnk=rss

Stargazing is also a nice, relaxing after dark activity.

For a list of Campfire Songs and Stories, visit here:  http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Great-American-Backyard-Campout/Get-Ready/Songs-and-Stories.aspx

What will you eat?

If your city allows an enclosed fire pit, you can roast marshmallows and hot dogs over the fire.  If not, a barbecue grill offers an alternative that still gives a camp-like feel to your food.

Hot Dogs/Hamburgers

Grilled Corn

Chili

Fruit Kabobs

Chips & Salsa

Family Fun Magazine has some fantastic snack ideas, check these out! http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/more-than-smores-for-the-great-outdoors-714773/

How about a Smores Bar? Delicious idea:    http://martieknows.squarespace.com/blog/2010/6/6/summer-fun-how-to-create-a-smores-bar.html

S'mores

Necessary ingredients for your s’mores 😀

For more camping ideas: http://www.livestrong.com/article/197596-backyard-camping-ideas-for-kids/#ixzz1xacSRr9U

Hope this gave you some fun ideas to plan your very own backyard camping adventure.

I must say, my idea of camping is in a nice comfy hotel room. But, my kids think they want to try backyard camping.

So, we will be taking on this camping adventure and will share pictures and stories after it’s come to a “successful” end.

Happy Camping to you!

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A Very Sad Day ~ Born too Soon

Recently, my precious friend, being only 20 weeks pregnant, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who died during a premature delivery. My friends were thrilled that they were going to be parents. And we were so excited for them.

The proud father to be expressed his feelings of intense loss, by writing:

“I had the joy and the misfortune that every parent longs for and dreads all in one day

I got the awesome privilege of saying Hello to my angel, my heart, my pride and Joy

And in the same breath I had to make big decisions

Not the kind every new parent should have to make

For in that one breath, That same Hello, I Love You

was also a Goodbye, I Love You & I Will Miss You my Baby Girl

I had to  make that choice no parent should ever have to make

How do you handle the loss your child?

How does a parent bury their baby?

Feelings and choices NO parent should have to deal with.

All in one fail swoop I became a Father, a Man, and a Weak Human all at once.”

I’m certain these words cannot fully express their heartache of losing a baby and pregnancy unexpectedly. I  know this because  I’ve experienced the loss of a child by early miscarriage. Still, I sat at the hospital with my friends feeling ever so helpless, knowing there wasn’t much I could do to give them comfort.   And yet, all I wanted to do was take all the pain away that they were feeling and will be feeling for a very long time to come.

In this situation, friends and family often don’t know what to say or do but want to be a source of comfort.  People react differently to such a loss, so there is no single formula for offering comfort and help. Consider, however, the following suggestions.

Practical things you can do to help:

  • Send a card, send a text – don’t worry that it will make them feel sad. They need to know you are thinking of them.
  •  Prepare a meal and bring it to the family.  You can also, make a meal that can be frozen and heated for a later date. If you are unsure of what to make, buy a gift card to a restaurant that they can get carry-out from.
  • Offer to help with cleaning and laundry or to run errands for them.
  • Keep in Touch – Call to let them know you are thinking about them.  Be ready to listen.
  •  Be there for the father too. As one father said, “they don’t make many cards for dads in this situation.”
  • Allow them time to grieve and let them dictate how much comfort they need and when.  It may take a very long time.
  •  Offer to look after older children.
  • Keep in mind that other family members may be grieving too and need help and comfort with their loss.
  • Do acknowledge their loss, don’t pretend it never happened. Their grief should not be ignored or minimized.
  • Set a reminder a few weeks later to check in on them. Now, this might sound strange but,  have you ever thought to yourself, “Oh, I wonder how so and so is doing, it’s been 3 weeks and I haven’t talked to them.” I have, it’s all too easy to be busy with “life” and our daily routines that we unintentionally forget that our friend is still  struggling to cope with the awful tragedy.

 What not to say:

“You can always have another baby.”
Remember that the parents did not want just any baby, they wanted that baby.

“There was probably something wrong with it.”
Although this may be so, it’s not very comforting. And is not always the case. Many babies that are born too early are perfectly healthy.

“You’ll get over it.” or “This too shall pass.”

The grief for their baby will be in their hearts forever.  It may not always be as intense, but it will always be there.

There are no perfect words…

Sometimes, out of fear of saying the wrong thing, people make the mistake of saying nothing at all.  It’s alright to say  “I’m sorry” or “I don’t know what to say”,  these words are better than nothing at all. And if you do say something that you think may have been insensitive or hurt their feelings, apologize.

Just be there with them, give a hug, or be the shoulder to cry on.  Your presence is a very powerful and meaningful support.

“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”

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