My son is turning into quite the artist.
He’s always enjoyed coloring, as evidenced by the five million coloring books found scattered around our home, but in the past year he started to branch out and create his own pictures. Like any good artist he says, he first has to sketch out his creation in pencil, in case of any mistakes. Then he colors it in using markers, colored pencils or his preferred tool of choice, crayons.
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This year we made our first of I’m sure many family pilgrimages to Disney World. Quite honestly, I don’t’ know who was more excited about the trip, the kidlets or us adults! While I was looking forward to all the fun we were going to have, I also couldn’t wait to see the priceless reactions of my kids experiencing the Magic of Disney for the first time!
Its been a few months since we’ve made that trip, but all those fun and happy memories came flooding back to us in an instant this past weekend when we listened to the new Disney Classics Box Set From Walt Disney Records.
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The next game in The Harried Mom’s Family Friendly Video Games Review series is Skylanders SWAP Force from Activision. When this game arrived at the house Tyler aka The Hubs (@DadandMarried) got excited and quickly volunteered to try this game out with our son. I’m always happy to have The Hubs help this gal out with a guest post and today I’m sharing his review and thoughts on the game with you, take it away Tyler….
I grew up with the first video games ever. I can remember being in a hotel in California on vacation in the mid 70s playing Pong with my brother. I saved up my paper route money for months to buy the very first Atari — it was $189, and that’s in 1978 money! I also spent hours playing Pac-Man at my local 7-11, and think back fondly on such forgotten games as Moon Cresta, Wizard of Wor and Mr. Do.
Me and my son looking very serious playing Skylanders SWAP Force
You name it, I’ve played games on practically every gaming platform ever created – Atari, ColecoVision, Nintendo, Genesis, Dreamcast, PlayStation, Wii, X-Box. So naturally, I wasn’t surprised when my son wanted to start playing video games. In the two years he’s been gaming, his favorite by far is the Skylanders series. So when my better half, AKA The Harried Mom, scored us the brand new Skylanders SWAP Force to review, I graciously volunteered to take valuable time out of my busy day to try the game out with our son. Ok, I’ll admit it, I love playing Skylanders as well!
Thanksgiving is a special time for families to get together, eat good food and take time to recognize things they are thankful for. For the past two years my extended family has gone out to a restaurant for our turkey day dinner, which I was certainly thankful for since I didn’t have go thru the hassle, fuss or mess of preparing in my kitchen!
However, this year I was craving a home-cooked holiday meal so this Thursday I’m having the family over for a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, butternut squash soup, cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes, mashes potatoes, green beans with shallots, sausage & mushroom stuffings, salad, cornbread, parsnip and turnip puree, gravy and both pumpkin and apple pies.
Did you know that this Saturday, November 23 is Family Volunteer Day? I had never heard of it before today, but it is a wonderful concept for both children and adults.
I received the Wilton Armetale Flutes & Pearls Rectangular Tray for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.
I’ve always loved to cook and entertain. It doesn’t matter if it’s a family dinner, holiday gathering, birthday party or a backyard cook out, I’m truly in my element when I’m feeding others. Maybe it’s because I’m Italian, maybe it’s because I’m a mom or maybe it’s just because I love food, that I love to cook and share it with others!
Now as much as my food has to smell and taste good, it also has to look good when it’s brought to the table and served. We all eat with our eyes first – which is why I have a variety of platters, trays and bowls to help create a great presentation for my meals. The newest addition to my serve wear collection is this gorgeous Wilton Armetale® Flutes & Pearls Rectangular Tray.
My son loves playing games – card ones, board ones and, of course, video ones. After hounding The Hubs and I for more than a year, we him got a Nintendo 3DS XL for his birthday this past summer. Between that hand-held system and our more traditional XBOX360, my boy is becoming quite the gamer. However, since he’s only six, The Hubs and I are pretty picky when it comes to games we buy and let him play, making sure that they are age-appropriate. Over the next few weeks I’ll feature reviews of family friendly games that we like and would also make good gifts for the younger video gamer on your holiday list.
First up is LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™: Laval’s Journey from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on the popular animated series. We got a chance to review the Nintendo 3DS version.
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Jif. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
One of my biggest daily challenges as a mom – and trust me there are many – is figuring out what to make for my son for lunch each day! Two days a week I’m off the hook since he gets the school lunch, but that still leaves me with three days of wracking my brain trying to come up with something healthy and that my son will actually eat. His #1 lunch request is a peanut butter sandwich!
Luckily my son’s school allows peanut butter sandwiches, they just have to sit at a separate “nut” table to eat them. However, sending him with a regular PB&J day after day gets boring pretty quick, so I’m always looking for new peanut butter sandwich ideas to create for him. Do a quick search of the internet or Pinterest and you can find tons of yummy, amazing and even bizarre peanut butter sandwich ideas out there.
This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I love Fridays. Not just because it’s the end of the week and the start of the weekend (Woo Hoo!) – but because in our house it’s PIZZA DAY! Everyone in our household loves pizza and we each have our own favorite type of pizza. My son prefers the thicker slices that Sicilian or Chicago Deep Dish offer while my daughter likes plain pizza with a thin crust. The Hubs likes his spicy, so it’s covered in hot peppers galore and as for me, I’m pretty traditional with mushrooms and sausage.
So it should come as no surprise that National Pizza Month is a huge thing in our house. How do we celebrate? Well, by going out and eating pizza at our local pizzeria! The folks at Restaurant.com are celebrating by compiling this fun infographic based on a survey that asked diners, “How well-rounded is your pizza eating routine?” Their findings were simply delicious!