Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy Ballet Day ~ February 7

Today is Ballet Day. It was virtually impossible to find any information as to why today is Ballet Day, but ballet is a beautiful form of art expression and certainly deserves to have a special day of recognition.

Many little girls dream of being a ballerina, and many little girls love dressing up in frilly ballerina tutus. Here are some examples of the adorable, no sew tutus out there that you could whip up for your daughter or granddaughter.

Tutorials from:
Jane-The Domestic Goddess - Very pretty
Simply Designing - This one uses ribbon. So cute!
The Ribbon Retreat - This one uses a different method of knot tying than most. It makes them a little fluffier.
My Creative Way - How to make hearts out of ribbon for your tutu.
Pink Polka Dot Creations - This tutu is made using a child's elastic headband. Nifty!

It looks like these kids are having lots of fun at their ballet class.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hoo-eee, it's Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil did indeed see his shadow this morning forecasting another six weeks of winter, whereas, Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow this morning, meaning a mild winter and early spring are on their way. I guess only time will tell! Happy Groundhog Day! Oh, and Happy Hedgehog Day as well!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Frankenstein Friday

Frankenstein Friday is celebrated every year on the last Friday in October. It was created by actor/comedian Ron MacCloskey in 1997 to honor and celebrate the birth of Dr. Frankenstein and his infamous monster from Mary Shelley's 1818 classic novel, Frankenstein.

Here are some fun ideas for you and your children for Frankenstein Friday.

Coloring Pages 
#1  #2   #3  #4  #5



Sunday, October 9, 2011

Printable Halloween Fun

Almost at the very moment that September passes the baton to October my heart leaps in anticipation of all that the fall season will bring; cool, crisp air, the orange and gold hues of changing leaves, the spicy, musky smell in the air, and of course, the commencement of the holiday season beginning with Halloween which beckons forth it's joyful brothers - Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The next three months are filled with lots of holidays and events to celebrate. I hope that each of you will be able to wring out every drop of enjoyment to be had and that the holidays will be peaceful, joyful, and loads of fun for you and your families!

Today, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite Halloween printable "finds" from around the web that you might like to utilize as you decorate your homes for Halloween. Much to my brood of sons dismay, I was more of a Halloween "cutsie" lover than a Halloween scary lover and I think that will show in my choices here.

From Family Fun:
Dracula Decoration
There's also:
& Frankenstein's Monster

Halloween Countdown Calendar
from Family Fun  (countdown starts on Oct. 19)                                    

Halloween Countdown Calendar
from Disney Family  (countdown starts on Oct. 19)

Mickey Vampire Candy Box
from Disney Family

Bat Boxes
from Mr. Printables

Halloween Paper Dolls
from Babalisme via ohdeedoh

Halloween Banner ~ Bag Topper ~ Party Invitation ~
Cupcake Toppers from partyplanningcenter.blogspot


Monday, August 29, 2011

National Marshmallow Toasting Day

National Marshmallow Toasting Day is celebrated every year on August 30th. The creator and origin of this observance are unknown.

By now, most kids are back in school or soon will be. Summer is winding down and so are the summertime activities, so if you haven't toasted marshmallows yet this season, now is the day to squeeze it in before summer dwindles away.

To read the history of marshmallows and to see how marshmallows are made visit Lisa loves Holidays.

Image: Roasted Marshmallows by StephanieSzebenyi

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Million Minute Family Challenge

Do you love to play board and card games? Our family sure does! We love to get together, play games, nibble on treats, and laugh our heads off!

Each year, Patch Products Co. sponsors an event which runs from September 1st to December 31st. Over that four month period, families are encouraged to build a bond of friendship and friends are encouraged to make their friendships stronger by making time to play games together. The Million Minute Family Challenge is an endeavor to get groups of families and friends to engage in a million minutes of game playing time by December 31st.

If you're interested in joining the challenge, it costs no money, and all you need to do is go to the Million Minute Family Challenge website, sign up, play your little hearts out, and then return to their site to record your minutes. Oh, and every time you log your minutes you're entered into a monthly drawing to win a prize pack. Woo hoo!

Are you up to the challenge? I know I am! I just signed up today, and can't wait to get started!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

National Cherry Popsicle Day

National Cherry Popsicle Day is celebrated every year on August 26th.

I can't tell you who invented National Cherry Popsicle Day, but I can tell you who invented the Popsicle. His name was Frank Epperson and he was just a lad of 11 years old when he stumbled upon this sweet frozen treat.

Francis William Epperson was born in 1894 and was raised in San Francisco, California. One evening, in 1905, young Frank was mixing up a concoction of soda drink powder and water, a popular drink of the time, and whether it was on purpose or by accident, Frank left the glass of sweetened liquid on the porch over night (one source suggested that Frank liked to experiment and wondered what the drink would taste like frozen). That night was unusually cold for San Francisco and when he awoke the next morning, Frank discovered his drink concoction frozen solid in the glass, with the stirring stick embedded within. He wriggled the frozen drink out, gave it a lick, and decided it was pretty good! Frank ran and showed the frozen treat to his family and friends, but soon after, it became just a memory.

Frank grew up, became a husband, a father, and a Real Estate agent, and then one day, he decided to re-invent his childhood discovery. He made up some "ice on a stick" and served them at a fireman's ball in 1922, at which they met with great approval. In 1923, eighteen years after that frigid San Francisco night, Frank applied for and was soon after granted a patent on the "Epsicle Ice Pop", a name which he eventually changed when his children began to call them "Pop's sicle's".

Sadly, Frank's invention did not meet with instant success. Production and marketing of the "Popsicle" proved to be costly and not as profitable as anticipated. Frank was forced to sell all of his assets in order for he and his family to survive. He sold the patent for the "Popsicle" to the Joe Lowe Corporation in 1925, a decision he regretted for the rest of his life.

Today, "Popsicles" are owned by Good Humor. The favorite flavor is said to be orange. I myself prefer root beer or banana, but we're not here today to talk about any other flavor but cherry, which is pretty darn yummy itself!  

For the occasion, you may enjoy whipping up some nutritional, homemade cherry popsicles for your family.

Here are two recipes that sound extra yummy to me:

(with a recipe for making chocolate shell)
from Zoku Blog