Super Eye Sensory Bins

Monday, September 9th, 2013

This weeks theme is Super Eyes at Mikey’s School. When it came time to make the sensory bins I had to make a black EYED peas and googley Eyes sensory bin.

And a Rainbow Pasta sensory bin. I make my rainbow pasta by adding 1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to 1 pound of pasta and enough food coloring or liquid colors to get the color intensity I want.
And here are some bins I have set next to the sensory bins with some nature items, bowls, funnels, measuring cups, and scoops.

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Back to School with Hallmark

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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The beginning of each school year is a reminder of how quickly time flies. It’s an opportunity to make memories that will last far beyond the classroom years. And, whether it’s kindergarten or senior year, sometimes a simple “You can do it!” helps remind kids that you’re rooting for them, no matter what

Because the start of a school year can be a whirlwind for everyone, Hallmark wants to help you pause and capture those special moments and celebrate kids as they head back to class with new gift and greetings designed to create lasting memories and share an extra boost of encouragement throughout the school year.
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o Pics ‘n’ Props School Days Activity Kit:
Capture a child’s first day of school in a creative way with the snap of a camera and Hallmark’s Pics ‘N’ Props School Days Activity Kit. The kit includes chalkboards and a frame to document the first day each year — from Preschool to Senior year! Add your photos to the included “My First Day!” photo album to create a lasting memory that can be admired throughout the years. My very favorite part of this kit is that while you can write out special announcements on the chalkboard you can also use the premade super cute chalkboard look alike inserts that won’t rub off and that make you like a real artist!
o SO SO Happy™ Greetings: Hallmark’s new line of SO SO Happy greetings help moms connect with their kids in a way they understand and appreciate. From Taco to Tribe, a variety of adorable characters inspire and celebrate positivity, acceptance and love — attributes especially important during the school year. Cards even include fun surprises for kids like shoelaces, key chains and more. Check out one example below!

o Kids Encouragement Greetings: Whether it’s a new social situation, a test, first game of the year or any day of the week, sometimes kids need a confidence boost. These cards feature kid-appropriate topics to help encourage the special kiddos in your life.
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o Back-to-School Greetings:
The newest back-to-school greetings feature furry friends to help you say “Go get ‘em!” to the kiddos in your life.
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Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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Shiver me timbers! Pretend City Children’s Museum is calling all little and big explorers this month to sail away and find the treasure in reading. Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day and take a literary peek into a pirate’s life on the rolling seas in September! Because this month is also National Literacy Month, Pretend City celebrates the love of reading and promotes literacy as a fundamental skill for children’s success as they focus on a favorite childhood interest–the life of a pirate. Your little ones can join their pirate crew every day this month and build the literacy and social skills necessary for literacy development. It’s a month-long pirate adventure, so hang up those swords, and get ready to read!
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Fridays, September 6-27: Pirate and Princess Ballet Class
Time: 3:00p.m. – 3:35p.m.
Final Recital and Party – Friday, September 27 from 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Specifically for: Preschoolers (4-5 years old) and Kindergartners (5-6 years old).
Introduce your children to the world of ballet and pirates as they delight in the magic of pirate and princess life through dance! Children have the chance to utilize wings, crowns and chiffon scarves as they transform into ballet princesses and ballet swashbucklers will transform into pirates as they walk the plank and express themselves through dance.
RSVP: max 15; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: $10 for 4-week session. Museum admission is not required nor included.
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Thursday, September 19: National Talk Like A Pirate Day and Pirate Party!
Time: 11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.; Pirate Dance Party is at 11:00a.m. and 2p.m.
Visit Pretend City for a swashbuckling adventure to celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day! You and your little buccaneers can participate in pirate speak all day at Pretend City, dance to the rhythm of the beat at the Pirate Dance Party in the Orange Plaza and stomp your boots in the fun pirate parade and don’t forget to test your little one’s gross motor skills by walking the plank! Special pirate-themed story times will occur every hour along with facilitated activities throughout the day. This is a journey you won’t want to miss!

Lil’ Me Morning: Ye Old Snack Map – Even pirates need to eat healthy! Follow this map for a healthy eating adventure.
Engaging Afternoon: Word Wallet – See what pirate tales children will tell as they create their own word wallet to construct surprise sentences.

Special Promotion: Buy one admission ticket and receive one free admission ticket when child dresses up in their best pirate garb.

Additional September Highlights include:

Sunday, September 8: Celebrate Grandparents Day!
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Specifically for: Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Come celebrate Grandparents Day at Pretend City and take part in some “grandpa and grandma” story time! Children can participate in fun, pirate-themed activities as part of their morning start and finish the afternoon with grandma’s fun activities .

Lil Me Morning: Sensational Story Time – How to Babysit a Grandpa is a hilarious how-to guide. You won’t want to miss this story time filled with tips for your buccaneer family, including how to build a pirate cave! As a bonus, children can create their own “how-to” pages.
Engaging Afternoon: Grandma Games—41 Uses for a Grandma explains all the reasons why grandmas are great! Children can participate in some of grandma’s fun activities in the follow-up literacy games.

Monday, September 9: Baby Steps through Pretend City!
Time: 2:00-3:30p.m.
Specifically for: Infant (0-18 months), Grown-ups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.
Bond with your baby and spark your baby’s development in this monthly Baby Steps event that focuses on infant art activities. Join other parents and share your child’s developmental milestones as you and your baby visit the Art Studio, Beach, and Grocery Store. Take advantage of the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to check that your little one is developing on track. They’re FREE, fast and easy!
RSVP: max 60; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: $10 per adult, FREE for infants and Pretend City Members
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Friday, September 13: Way to Play Day, Package of Learning!
Time: 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.; Way to Play Days occur on the 2nd Friday of every month
Specifically for: Infant (0-12 months), Young Toddlers (12-24 months), Toddlers (2-4 years), Preschoolers (4-5 years)
Join us as we assist you to find the answers to questions about your child’s development at Way to Play Day. Our play partners (Help Me Grow OC and Irvine/Laguna Beach School Readiness Nurses) are here to assist with the following:

Parenting resources: connecting families to developmental, behavioral, learning, parenting, educational and support services
ASQ developmental check-ups from 10a.m. to noon: assess speech, motor, cognitive and social areas (first come, first served; limited spaces available)

RSVP: Not required
Fee: Check-ups and activities are included with museum admission.

Monday, September 30: Family Autism Event
Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Specifically for: Families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum; Pretend City will be closed to the general public
This special event is an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to have some fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Many of our community partners, who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.
RSVP: max 80 families; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: Free

About Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pretend City Children’s Museum features a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving all children, it depends on community-based funding and guest support. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a unique community resource offering developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies working to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed to discover their potential and build toward a productive and fulfilling future. Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information, please visit

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Sprout Organic Foods for Babies and Toddlers

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Did you know that Sprout Organic Foods makes the only organic toddler snacks on the market combining wholesome fruit and veggie combinations with crispy brown rice?

I was actually a bit shocked when I found this out. What a great and healthy combination. Liam loves these! Not only does Liam love them but so do my older two kiddos. We actually took a day trip to the zoo and I threw a few packs of the Red Berry and Beet Crispy chews in my bag. They were the first snack to be consumed…by my husband! Liam had his fair share and so did the kids. I love the individual pouches which made it easy for me to throw these in my bag and pass them out amongst my family.

Sprout Organic Foods knows that healthy living is important to you and your family. That’s why the mission at Sprout is to create organic products for babies and toddlers that taste great – because a love of healthy foods can last a lifetime!
Just Right for Toddlers. Perfect for little fingers learning to pick up and self feed. The soft crispy chewy texture is enjoyable to eat. And five single packet portions make on-the-go snacking easy.
Naturally sweet and wholesome, Sprout recipes are made with certified organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or other additives. Sprout is also pleased to be able to offer a selection of recipes suitable for those with allergies and food sensitivities.

Liam loves these chews because they are an easy size for him to pick up and eat. He does not have all his teeth yet in fact he only has two teeth. But he gums and chews these tasty treats vigorously. He really loves all of the different flavors both the fruit and veggie chews and the yogurt bites. I have noticed he seems to eat the banana pumpkin yogurt bites a bit more voraciously then the others. Although it really is a toss up there is not one of these snacks he has not eagerly consumed.

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Pepto-Bismol Party Tips and Pepto Party Prize Pack

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Disclosure: I received a pepto party prize pack in exchange for this post.

Has your summer BBQ resulted in potato salad overload? Did you consume a couple of hot dogs that you’d prefer not to count?  If summer celebrations leave you feeling less party-animal and more party-pooper, Pepto’s got you covered*!

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1.        Enlist your musically-inclined friends to set up a garage band at your party.
2.        Start a neighborhood cook-off. You don’t have to cook everything!
3.        Set up the badminton net; it entertains the kids by day and adults by night.
4.        Do your guests a favor; surround the buffet area with citronella candles.
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