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Want to make a memorable pizza al fresco?

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Then gather the following items below and head outside!

Every summer we love making memories with our children and pizza on the BBQ is a must! A family friend has inspired us to take pizza making to a different level!

As I have said many times, cooking with your children is a great way for them to try new things.

Ingredients:
*4 cups of homemade tomato sauce
*2 large fresh mozzarella sliced paper thin
*1 bunch of Organic basil leaves torn
*1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
*1 cup of Extra Virgin olive oil
*2 large pizza dough rounds (Either purchase from a local pizzaria or make the dough homemade)

Utensils/items needed:
*Large wooden or plastic cutting board
*1 wooden rolling pin
*Spatula
*Pizza cutter
*5 small bowls for ingredients
*5 spoons
*Silicon basting brush
*2 Cookie sheets
*Optional add your favorite toppings

Directions:
1.) Preheat the BBQ to 500* degrees on a medium flame preferably.
2.) Place all ingredients along with a spoon in each bowl.
3.) On a cutting board lightly flour the surface and rolling pin.
4.) Next cut each dough round in half and set aside.
5.) Take 1 out of 4 rounds and roll in a thin rectangular shape, brush with olive oil, then place oil side down on the grill and cook until slightly brown 3-5 min.
6.) Brush the top with Olive oil and flip to cook the opposite side. Quickly add 1 cup of sauce, basil, fresh mozzarella and any other toppings, then cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.
7.) Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese, slice with pizza cutter into slices.
8.) Continue the above directions for the remaining 3 dough rounds and enjoy!

Take it from a Mom who adores creating memories each summer, and finding fun ways to cook with the kiddies!

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Want a fun activity for the kids this summer?

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Then head to the beach!

Every summer our children collect countless buckets of shells which they love to paint, both at the beach and at home.

In our beach bag I always have the following in a large Ziplock bag…

*Melissa & Doug beach bucket
*Crayola paint
*Crayola paintbrushes
*Crayola glitter glue pens
*Newspaper
*Paper cups
*Paper napkins or folded paper towels
*Baby wipes (to clean hands or surfaces)
*Sharpie marker

Whether at the beach or at home I have the kids lay a few newspaper sheets for each child, then fill cups with water. Afterwards I write each child’s name on the backs of all of their shells to prevent any issues.

Crayola makes amazing sets of paint, glitter glue pens, as well as a variety pack of paint brushes which are perfect for a number of children to share.

I usually model for the kids creating my own shell, and dip my paintbrush in a cup of water in between colors, then dabbing it in a paper towel.

Activities that are hands on and promote creativity are the most memorable ones for children I feel.

Enjoy your paint fest, and turn a simple shell into a masterpiece with your kids!

Take it from a Mom Who cant wait to stroll with the kiddies for more shells this week, and have a shell exhibit for our family!

Looking for a healthier alternative to prepackaged cookie mix?

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Then head to www.scratchandgrain.com!

I stumbled upon this amazing company at Sur la Table in NYC, and went right to their website to order more!

Scratch & Grain was founded by two mothers who were searching for healthier versions of traditional cookies. They created mixes that are pre measured in packets of Organic ingredients, and all there is to add are eggs and butter! ~LOVE this!

They have a variety of mixes like Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookie, Oatmeal Raisin, and 3 Gluten-Free mixes of Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter and Snicker Doodle.

Whether you are a working or stay at home parent, Scratch & Grain has made baking cookies easier in a healthier way!

Take it from a Mom who loves the entire collection, and your kids will too!

Want the inside scoop of my favorite lines from Playtime New York?

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Today I had the opportunity to preview amazing lines at Playtime New York’s international children’s trade show!

From A-Z my top clothing line picks for Spring 2015 are Amelia (Italy), Be Lucky (Spain), Beau Loves (U.K.), Caramel Baby & Child (London), Desalitto (USA), Je suis en CP! (France), Kids the Frog (Belgium), Lately Lily (USA), Luisa Et La Luna (USA), My Little Baby Rock (Israel), Nancy Vuu (USA), Suoak (USA), & Urban Kids (USA).

For accessories & toys loving Atsuyo Et Akiko (USA), Coq en Pate (France), Herschel Supply Co. (Canada), Little Lux (Mexico), Little Paisley People, plantoys (Thailand), & Shorteez (USA).

Shoes I adore from the show are AKID (USA), maa’+manuela de juan (Spain), & Neon Rae (USA) for little toes.

The fun trends for Spring will surprise us all, and 2015 will be sweet treat inspired colors, fun prints, and more!

Take it from a Mom Who adores fun, and fabulous fashion!

Do your kids love bubbles?

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Then making bubble wands is a must this summer!

This craft is perfect to make at the beach, and one kids of all ages would love to do!

The materials you will need are as follows:

*1 package of colored pipe cleaners
*plastic plates
*bubbles
*Sharpie marker

Directions:
1.) Write each child’s name on the plastic plates with a marker.

2.) Have each child pick out 2 pipe cleaners.

3.) Next have the children choose which shape they would like (circle, triangle, heart, star, square, oval, etc.), and bend into the desired shape.

4.) Afterwards, take the second pipe cleaner and bend it in half to make a wand. Then twist the wand around the base of the shape.

5.) Pour the bubbles into each plate and let the kids blow away!

Kids can use 4 pipe cleaners to make multi colors as well, and just twist two colors and follow the steps above.

We made these last weekend at the beach with children ages 3-10, and it was a hit!

Take it from a Mom Who loves making summer extra fun in a creative way!

Want a fun show for your kids to perform this summer?

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Then put on a talent show!

As a child my friends and I would put on shows in our backyard which were some of the fondest memories of summertime.

We were the original masterminds of, “America’s Got Talent”, lol! Who knew…

From singing to dancing, magic acts, comedians, hula hoops and more, your children and friends can have a blast!

Promoting creativity is a passion of mine as a parent in the world of electronics. Providing your children with fun activities where they can create is a life long lesson they will treasure!

Some fun ideas are for the kids to make posters, tickets, decorations, and programs for the show.

Items like a note book for planning the theme of the show, Ipad or CD player for music, Kids Bop CD’s, poster boards, tape, scissors, construction paper, markers & crayons for decorations.

Last weekend our children, my niece and nephew brought tears to our eyes with a dance show they performed for us.

It proved that creativity is alive unprovoked, and still apart of our family!

Take it from a Mom Who loves sharing fun things with you! Enjoy your show this summer!

Looking for a few fun games for ages 7+ for, “Game Night”?

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Then check out haywiregroup.com!

I love fun and educational games for our children, and the Haywire Group has so many to choose from! Winner of a variety of game awards, this company has it all!

From Number Ninjas, to Zombie Run, games then incorporate math skills are a plus in our house!

Making math exciting is the best approach for children, and what better way to do it then through games!

Another fun outdoor game is my fave, Body Doodles like charades, but much better!

Players have to choose a card and draw on their opponent… too funny!

Body Doodles is perfect for outdoor use, or a great game to get your child into the shower! The non-toxic markers are made in the US, and can be washed off with soap and water! ~LOVE this!

Take it from a Mom Who loves making things fun!

Want Eco-Savvy teethers minus the chemicals?

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Then check out lexypexy.com!

Omg! From wooden sunglasses, yachts, race cars, croissants, to chic handbags, these teethers are amazing!

Loving that they are Eco-friendly, made in the US, and made with Organic wood!

Today I gave a special little princess two to try and she loved them! They are great to keep in your diaper bag, and love them for a shower or baby gift addition for the savvy Momma to be!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows what babies like!