Monday, April 25, 2011

Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night ~ April 27

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 is Baskin Robbins fifth annual 31 Cent Scoop Night, from 5 pm to 10 pm. As a thank you to their customers, all participating Baskin Robbins stores will reduce the price of their 2.5 oz. ice cream scoop to 31 cents per scoop (limit 3 ~ 2.5 oz. scoops per person).

Why The Special Night?
Baskin Robbins has once again partnered with The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), a non-profit organization founded in 1992, which honors America's fallen fire heroes and their families by developing and expanding programs to recognize fallen heroes and assist their families and co-workers.

This year, as in years past, Baskin Robbins will donate $100,000 in support of the the NFFF as a thank you to America's fallen firefighters. For information on how you can donate an additional $5.00, via text, go to FireHero.org

A Red-Hot Flavor Debut: Firehouse #31
During the month of April, in honor of 31 Cent Scoop Night, Baskin-Robbins is offering a hot new flavor: Firehouse #31. It is a combination of vanilla ice cream with a ribbon of hot cinnamon ice cream packed with crunchy red hot candies, a perfect duo of hot and cold: cinnamon to set your tastebuds on fire, and vanilla to put the fire out!  

Image: Originally uploaded by islegrl

Sunday, April 17, 2011

National Animal Crackers Day ~ April 18


National Animal Crackers Day is celebrated on April 18th. It's a day to break out your favorite brand of animal crackers and munch 'em and crunch 'em and enjoy being a kid (even if you are an 82 year old kid). Eating animal crackers is one of the few times when it's okay to play with your food.

History of Animal Crackers
Animal crackers come to us from England. For centuries, the British have made various kinds of small, hard, flour based crackers and cookies which they refer to as biscuits. Somewhere along the way they began making lightly sweetened, animal shaped biscuits. In the late 19th century, these animal shaped biscuits called "Animals" were imported from England to the United States. Animal crackers, as we call them, became an instant success and the demand for them grew so much so, that bakeries began making them in the states. The first U.S. bakery to produce animal crackers was Stauffer's Biscuit Company from York, Pennsylvania, in 1871.

Other domestic bakeries began making the crackers too. The Dozier-Weyl Cracker Company of St. Louis and the Holmes and Coutts Company of New York City were two of the premier animal cracker making companies. They later combined to form the National Biscuit Company which we now know as Nabisco Brands. 

In 1902, Nabisco began producing a circus themed brand of animal crackers which they called "Barnum's Animals". At Christmas time of that year, Nabisco created the now-familiar circus car box with a string attached, to be, not only an easy to carry container, but also an ornament to hang on the Christmas tree. In 1948, Nabisco changed the cracker's name to "Barnum's Animal Crackers". In 1958, Nabisco changed production methods to give the animals more detail. Nabisco Brands "Barnum Animal Crackers" became the more popular animal cracker on the market because of the well defined animal shapes and sweeter cookie-like flavor. 

Stauffer's Promo
Although Nabisco Brands animal crackers may be the most recognized, Stauffer's Biscuit Company still produces animal crackers to this day. Their flavors now include: Original, Mini, Chocolate, Iced (yum!), and Cinnamon Graham. For 2011's National Animal Cracker Day, Stauffer's Biscuit Company ran a promotion to build awareness of the Stauffer's brand. They offered cash awards for people to produce 30 - 60 second videos that could be passed on virally. You can go to Poptent.net  to view the submissions. I've looked at some of them and would like to share my favorites with you. They're pretty funny. Enjoy!








Sources: Wikipedia  AnimalCrackers.net
Image: Flickr Originally uploaded by beepily

Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter Coloring Pages

I've searched the web looking for cute Easter coloring pages and these are (in my opinion) the cutest out there. Have fun coloring!

Coloring-Book ~ 58 pages

Coloring-Book ~ 23 pages ~ Marshmallow Peeps

Activity Village ~ 40 pages ~ Super Cute!

Activity Village ~ 25 pages ~ Spring

Coloring-Pages-Kids ~ 72 pages

Coloring Book Fun ~ Christian

Coloring Pages ~ Christian

More Christian Coloring Pages 

Online Easter Coloring Fun

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easter Egg-stravaganza!

Are you looking for some egg-stra fun egg decorating ideas to do with your kids? Here's an eggs-hibit of egg-cellent egg decorating egg-samples from around the web (Sorry, just thought you might like your eggs a little "cheesy"). Anyway, I hope you find just what you're looking for here.

For more "grown-up" ideas, check out Lisa Loves Holidays.

I'd like to start out by showing you this clever idea for allowing your colored eggs to dry. Notice the pin grid in which the egg is resting on.

Easter Egg Tree
from Fresh Home Ideas









Marbled Easter Eggs
from Kaboose
Minnie's Polka-Dot Eggs
Crayon Easter Eggs
Silk Flower Embellished Egg
Sticker Embellished Egg
Cute Animal Eggs


Chalkboard Eggs
from Style at Home

Striped Easter Eggs 
from H.E.B.

Find lots more ideas at: 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Little Bunny Foo Foods

Here are some fun bunny shaped recipes you might like to make with your kids.

While searching for bunny recipes I came across an entire section of bunny shaped treats at TasteofHome.com. I'd like to begin by sharing my favorite ideas from their site.



Aren't these the cutest things!




From Martha Stewart:

From All You:

From Jenni Price Illustration:

From Pillsbury:

Draw a Bird Day

Hello there! Today is Draw a Bird Day, also known as DAB Day. It was first begun in 1943 and is celebrated every year on April 8.

One day in England, in 1943, a 7 year old girl named Dorie Cooper went to the hospital with her mother to visit her uncle who had been wounded in the war. When Dorie and her mother arrived, she could see that her uncle was very unhappy. You see, he had lost his right leg to a land mine. Dorie thought of what she could do to cheer him up. She said, "Draw a bird for me, please." Although he was feeling blue, he decided to do as Dorie had asked. He looked out the hospital window and drew a picture of a robin.

Upon seeing the picture that her uncle had drawn, Dorie "laughed out loud and proclaimed that he was not a very good artist, but that she would hang the picture in her room nonetheless." Dorie's uncle was tickled by her reply and his spirit's were instantly lifted. This event brightened not only his day but several other wounded soldier's day as well. Every time Dorie came to visit thereafter, drawing contests were held to see who could draw the best bird picture. Within several months, the entire hospital ward's walls were covered with drawings of birds.

Three years later, the unimaginable happened, Dorie was struck by a car and died from her injuries. At her funeral, Dorie's coffin was filled with bird images that had been drawn by soldiers, doctors and nurses from the hospital where her uncle had been. Every year since then, the little girl who had brought hope and joy to those downhearted soldiers is honored on her birthday, April 8, as the men and women who remember her draw pictures of birds.

Although it was never declared an official holiday, the legacy of Dorie's gift continues to grow. Today, Draw a Bird Day is celebrated worldwide "as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things and as a way to help soldiers everywhere forget war and suffering if only for a short time."

How do we celebrate Draw a Bird Day?
It's simple really. We draw a bird. And after we draw a bird we share our picture of a bird with someone we love. To get you started, here's a video from a 13 year old girl named Katie, who teaches very simple, but cute drawings of all kinds of animals, including birds. Have fun, and remember... "The bird, bird, bird, bird is the word!" :0)



Source: DAB Day
Image: Amy Mahon

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rainbow Crafts and Foods

Here are some fun rainbow craft and food ideas:

Rainbow Fridge Magnet

Tissue Paper Rainbow

Fruit Loop Rainbow 

Homemade Play Dough

Rainbow Pudding Pops

Rainbow Pudding

Rainbow Pancakes

Rainbow Cake

Find a Rainbow Day


Find a Rainbow Day occurs each year on April 3. It is a day to hope for a rain shower that will produce a beautiful rainbow - maybe the first of the season! With the arrival of spring and the increasing occurrence of rain we have many more chances to see a rainbow.

Legends and Myths
Rainbows are one of nature's most beautiful spectacles. Throughout time, rainbows have been a symbol of hope, beauty, and luck, as well as fear, for some civilizations. We've all heard the story of the Leprechaun's hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Some say if a rainbow appears on the day a child is born it signifies good luck for the child. Some cultures believe the rainbow to be a bridge between heaven and earth. Iranian Muslims believe that if the prominent color of the rainbow is green it means abundance, red means war, and yellow brings death. The Zulus thought a rainbow was a giant supernatural serpent, while tribes in northeastern Siberia believe it is the tongue of the sun.

What Makes a Rainbow?
Rainbows are awe inspiring. But the science of rainbows is really quite simple. It has to do with optics. The fundamental principle which causes a rainbow is called refraction, or the bending of light. Light travels at different speeds through different mediums, so when light changes from one medium to another it "bends" or changes direction. When a beam of light goes from the air into a glass prism it changes direction. In addition to bending, the prism separates white light into it's component colors.

In order to see a rainbow, you must have three things: sunlight, air, and water. When you see a rainbow, the sun must be behind you while it is raining in front of you. The rays of the sun travel through the air and when the sunlight enters the raindrops they act as little prisms, the light then changes direction and separates into the various colors.

Primary Rainbow- A primary rainbow is the lowest, and normally the brightest rainbow. Sir Isaac Newton determined that the primary rainbow consists of seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet with red at the top and violet at the bottom.

Double Rainbow- A double rainbow is when a second arc appears above and outside the primary arc. The second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside the water droplets. The colors of the secondary arc are a reverse of the primary arc, so violet at the top and red at the bottom. The space between the two arcs is darkened.

For instructions on how to make a rainbow at home, go to OpticalIllusion.blogspot.com.
For a more detailed explanation about how rainbows are formed, go to How Stuff Works.

Rainbow Coloring Pages
On-line coloring page @ Scrap Coloring.com
Abstract Rainbow @ Doodle-Art-Alley.com
Spring Rainbow @ Lee Hansen.com
Basic Rainbow @ familycrafts.about.com
My Little Pony w/rainbow @ supercoloring.com

They Might Be Giants - Roy G. Biv

Image: Free Vector Graphics
Sources: Wikipedia  HowStuffWorks

Friday, April 1, 2011

International Children's Book Day

International Children's Book Day is celebrated every year on or around April 2, the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. It is a day to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books.
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet best known for his children's stories. Included among his 168 stories are: The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor's New Clothes, and The Ugly Duckling. His work was celebrated by people from all walks of life, commoner and royalty alike. His stories and poems have continued to delight and inspire children and adults for nearly two centuries.

International Children's Book Day was founded in 1967 and is sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international non-profit organization. Each year a different theme is chosen, a prominent author from a host country writes a message to the children of the world, and a well-known illustrator from that country designs a poster. This year's theme is "The Book Remembers" and the poster is from Estonia.

The Ugly Duckling - Danny Kaye from "Hans Christian Andersen"