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!

Want to know about Big City Moms, “Biggest Baby Shower Ever”?

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In one word, “Wow”!

On Thursday I had the pleasure of attending Big City Moms, “The Biggest Baby Shower Ever” event in NYC.

From the moment I walked into the building the vibe was amazing!

From the greeters, to fun pampering hair & nail polish application, photo booth fun, informative lecturers, to nibbles & the most amazing section of vendors, this event is a MUST for new & seasoned parents!

Every year new and improved products, come out, & it is important to educate yourself.

This venue is perfect because you are able to ask questions to vendors directly, sample or test products, meet other parents, sit in on lectures, have a memorable evening, & leave with the most AMAZING swag bags & prizes ever!!!

I am a mother of a nine & five year old, & continue to learn about baby & children’s products too!

When I help consult expectant parents register, I have knowledge about each products, as well as can help them make the, “just right” selections for their lifestyle.

Check out photos, sponsors, & information on their website. www.babyshower.bigcitymoms.com, & their site @ www.bigcitymoms.com, enjoy!

Take it from a Mom Who can’t wait until their next event!

Want one, two, or a few more hours to yourself?

A friend of mine, as well as a few nighbors do a child swap for an hour or two durring the summer, & when the children are off from school. This way you can get a manicure in peace, go to gym, store or just read an entire magazine! Lol!

Also I have reccomeded another idea to some families in my community of doing a, “Nanny Share”.Some stay at home/working moms are sometimes in need of a babysitter and are stuck with no one to watch their child/children.  If you make up ascedual with other moms, you can set a weekly time that you will need a sitter. This also helps, because with the economy today, not everyone ccan afford to pay a nanny for the week.  By getting local moms to do a, “Nanny Share” it can make life a bit less hectic!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

What do you serve at a Playdate?

A new mom I met asked that very question the other day.

Prior the your playdate, I would first ask the parent if the child has any food allergies before planing what to serve.

If the playdate is in the morning and before lunchtime, I would serve something light like sliced fruit, fruit kabobs (fruit of your choice on skewers, which the kids love to help make), mini muffins, water for the kids, and coffee or tea for the parents.

I like to either give each child a different color cup (Ikea has a great set along with matching utensils, bowls and plates), or plastic cups where I write with a permanent marker the children’s names. It’s up to the parent, but I usually serve water or have a few juice boxes for those who would want that instead,  Also I serve Ovalteen in place of hot chocolate or serve it cold as well.

If the playdate is in the afternoon then I set up plastic bowls with a few of the following: Kidzels (made by Bachman), Pirate Booty, Fruit kabobs, Veggie Straws, Whole Grain Goldfish, Celery with peanut butter and raises or made with whipped cream cheese, mini rice cakes, cranraisins, Apple Crisps, Cheese cuts outs (Choose American, cheddar or mozzarella cheese in a large block and cut evenly.  Take a cookie cutter and cut out different shapes and serve with apples, pears or grapes (cut in half for small children).

For babies I always keep a few containers of Plum Baby Super Puffs, which my children like as well.

I either serve  the adults coffee, tea, sparkling water, iced tea or lemonade depending on the time of day.  The things I put out for the children, are things we can eat as well.

Remember a playdate is about having your child enjoying time with their friend, and a small snack is a nice gesture for your guests.

Hope that helps!

Danielle

What is going on with children’s television?

Have you noticed how children’s television is drastically changing?  That is always apart of any playdates I have been having lately.

It is not just the material, but the commercials which lead to, “Mommy I want that!” comments from your children.

I have thought of a way that both child and parent benefit that is, either choosing On Demand shows on cable, or renting DVD’s from Netflicks, the Public Library, Blockbuster, or better yet having a Playdate “Trade Date”, where you borrow a few DVD’s from your friends for a few weeks.

I have purchased classic shows like, “Punky Brewster” and “Full House” which the kids love, minus the commercials! More importantly, I can choose which episodes are appropriate, so that everyone happy.

It is only the beginning, but at least with technology today we have many options where everyone wins…

Danielle