Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Unicorn Food, Mermaid munchies and all things Princess

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Baby Bear has been really crazy with her eating habits.  One would think that when you get an endless supply of "kid food" at camp that Baby Bear would eat so well.  Not so for this picky eater.  

You might remember this angelic face from last year that would eat about anything! But lately food has been a big issue for us.  I don't want her to grow up with food issues, so I am really sensitive to how I approach this issue.  

Problem 1: If she doesn't eat, she gets really moody and the whole problem gets escarbated. 

Problem 2: She tells us what she wants and then won't eat it

Problem 3: Veggies are mostly always turned down

Solution:  Make believe!
Rules: 1 meal & if you don't like it you can eat fruit, veggies or nuts instead {no exceptions!}

Baby Bear loves Mermaids, Unicorns, Princess and all things girly fantasy.  I got the idea in my head that I would tell her that I got a Mermaid recipe and made it for her dinner.  I called it "Mermaid sweet beans" and it was really just beans and rice. She tried it and was really excited.  She didn't LOVE it, but she actually tried it and took a few bites.  Sometimes she just fights us and won't eat anything, so I'll take it as success.  So far her favorite is the birds nest: soba noodles, with chicken cut up in squares on a broccoli tree.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Many Faces of Mini

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Mini is a fan of the selfie video

Friday, September 5, 2014

Spending some time with Baby Bear

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Mini is changing and growing so much that I felt like I was spending all of my time with her.  I wanted to do something special with just Baby Bear.  She is an incredible kid and I don't want to miss out on making her feel special. 

I gave Baby Bear a list of things that we could do.  I wanted it to be something quiet and not so active so that we could just be together.  She loves arts, so I suggested a paint your own pottery place and mani/pedi among a few other things.  I was pushing hard for the pottery, but she wanted to get her nails done (a first for her!)

This is also the first scheduled Mom & daughter date.  In the car she asked a few times why we were not taking her sister.  I told her it was special time just the two of us. She insisted that she really wanted her sister too!  I love that she wanted her sister to be a part of it, Mini just wants to do everything that Baby Bear does!


Notice how she is wearing a dress and a crown.  She is always a princess and she chose green sparkles on her toes and dark purple on her hands.  She picked some silver sparkles for my toes.  

It was really hard for her to sit still and wait for it to dry at the end, but she loved being pampered and doing something special with me.   

Monday, August 25, 2014

Raising Generous Children~Ice Bucket Edition

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Baby Bear knows about the ice bucket challenge.  She has been talking about it for about a week.  She has seen it everywhere and wanted to be a part of it.  

This is a genius campaign to raise money and awareness (what other way would a healthy 3 year old know about ALS?) and I wish that more people would take donating money to all causes more seriously.  If 20+ million can go into research for ALS practically overnight, then think of the difference that everyone can make by giving money to all causes more often.  

you can see our video here:

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Summer Project

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I had this crazy idea that I was going to do 4 giant mosaics on the front of my art building.  I enlisted one of my staff members that I know would support me on anything, was a great draw-er, and I knew I could count on her.  

I had this rudimentary drawing and she fine tuned it.  Maddie took the idea and ran with it.  We problem solved together but in the end, it was her baby.  I can't believe how gorgeous it is every time I look at it.  Our campers did all of the glass layout and gluing it down. 

Here is the almost finished project (the chalk boards are not in yet).  It took more than a month to plan, but we made the mosaic part in a little more than two weeks.  

The fire on the outdoor scene was one piece the I made and fused in the glass kiln.  

The ceramic pot in the hamsa was made by maddie out of clay.  All of the objects in the hamsa represent the different art disciplines that we have: Ceramics, Jewelry/Metalwork, Painting, Woodworking, Glass, and Sewing. 

I had a hard time even writing about the mosaic because I kept looking at it, I love it so much! 

Want a mosaic for your house or business? Contact me!! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Check List

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Summer

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This summer has flashed by so fast.  The six weeks that I have been up at camp have flown by.  Beautiful artwork is created every day at the serene Ravitz Art Center and I am blown away.  All the while I am completing spring and summer semester courses for school.  My course is on internet technology and there are a few fun resources that I want to share.

This is a video that I made using the site animoto.  You can add still images, text and music to create free 30 second videos (more time can be purchased). 
I also had to create a weebly about myself that I will share soon.
What about yourself would you share when it is business related?

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