Thursday, January 10, 2013

S'mores Hot Chocolate Recipe

Its freezing cold in Cyprus. And what better way to warm up then Hot Chocolate! And not just any hot chocolate... S'mores Hot Choc!! 




If you've been to The States or are from there you will know exactly what I mean, if not, you must try it.  Its a twist on the original S'mores.  Melted marshmallows chocolate Graham crackers.  We don't have graham crackers in Cyprus so regular Morning Coffee biscuits will do.

I came across this recipe on the Minimalist Baker site, go over there for the recipe. Delish!!

Enjoy and keep warm.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Welcome December!

Here we are.....weeks away until Christmas.  Its countdown time!

santa advent calendar

Create this amazing Advent calendar with your kids. Its a great way to help them count down to Christmas.  Take a look at the instructions and printables.

Another thing that marks the beginning of December is creating Advent wreaths.  My friend Veronika got us really into it last year, when Lia and I created a wreath for my mom. This year, I've been crazy busy with the opening of our new shop, but Veronika was so generous to make a perfectly gorgeous Advent wreath matching the colors and the theme of the shop.

santa advent calendar

I can't thank her enough for this gorgeous and beautifully smelling creation.

How are you spending the days before Christmas?

  
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey day to everyone who's celebrating. I really like this holiday because you still get your family to visit but its so much less commercialized. 



 It would be nice if this holiday was celebrated world wide. Cyprus for one doesn't celebrate and I always miss our days in New York when we got to create fun meals for our closest friends and family.

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a lovely day!


  
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving and Fall Activities for Kids

We've got about a month left until December and there's a whole bunch of great fall activities to do with your kids. 


fall colours


The thing I love about fall are the amazing colors all around us.  In Cyprus we don't see that as much and I really miss seeing the change in seasons.

Here are some of the fun activities you can do with your kids in the fall and for Thanksgiving.


Have fun creating! :)



  
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Giveaway - Baby Baby Diaper Creations

I'm very happy to start the newest giveaway.  Baby Baby is giving away one of their unique diaper creations in the value of 40 euro!


tricycle diaper creations

 
Baby Baby creations are not only unique but also inovative.  Their designs are a perfect gift for new mothers, ideal for baby showers, their smaller items can also be used as favours for christenings! These beautiful creations can be themed to match any event or party.

So how does the giveaway work?

You can enter to win by logging in below and clicking the "DO IT" button after you have done some of below actions or all of them.  Each wins you points.
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Some actions can be done daily and some may carry more points than others. The more points you have the more chances to win.  This giveaway ends on November 17th 2012 when we will be announcing the winner selected randomly.
 
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Preparations!

I love Halloween!  Dressing up, organizing parties and crafting! Halloween themed foods, and desserts! 

On Halloween anything goes!

Last year we created these gorgeous Ghost Footprints, it still a keepsake for us, Lia was only three months old and we still have her little ghost as well :)


Enjoy the preparations! They're half of the fun because when the day's over, all you're left with is the candy! Hmmmm now that's not such a bad thing! :)

  
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Summery Greeting Card Craft

Emma and I have been busy creating! 

She loved this activity especially because it gave her some one on one mommy time.  We made a great end of summer greeting card made of hearts for her friends.  We created Fish greeting cards! I do realise its September, but with this heat its still summer in my mind.


Fish heart greeting cards


What you'll need:
At least 3 different colors paper
Glue
Scissors
Googly eyes
Pencil

Fold the paper in half and cut out half a heart, quite large. You'll have a symetrical heart when you open it. This will be the main body.

Do the same with all different color papers and then cut small hearts out of the remaining scraps

Fish heart greeting cards

Using the main big heart for fish body, glue smaller hearts for the tail, fins and mouth.  Glue the googly eye and you're finished!


Fish heart greeting cards

 Once done with all, open the card and write a nice message for a friend or a family member. 


Fish heart greeting cards

Emma loved creating these cards, especially because she got to write inside the card herself, like a big girl!


Fish heart greeting cards

Take a look at some other summer activties we've done:
Summer Crafting with Beach Stones
Sand Crafts
Beach Stone Art




  
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Simple Sensory Activties for Babies

Emma is four and a half and Lia is one.  There are only so many things they can do together; and when they do play together its only a matter of minutes before Emma declares that Lia is "ruining everything" and Lia starts snatching anything Emma looks at!

Needless to say, its difficult finding a balance and having them both happy and occupied.

Sensory Play with pompoms

Today I finally made it work.  For about half an hour. Which in baby time is like three hours so I couldn't be happier! 

Sensory activities for babies

I got my trusty box of pompoms! There were all different types, colors and sizes.  Soft ones, hard ones, spiky ones, bumpy ones.  So what did we do with them??
  • Lia loved moving them from one container to the other
  • I named the colors and the sizes for her (That's a small ball, it is red.)
  • I named the feeling (Is it soft?  Yes it is soft!).  She was really intrigued.  
  • She touched them
  • Tasted them
  • I tickled her with them. 
  • She ended up spreading them all over her worktop and finally they finished on the floor.  
I picked them up for her a few times as well and provided some different containers. I love how with kids even the simplest activity can be so entertaining.

She had a great time and it also gave Emma and I an opportunity to make play-doh cookies and cakes together!  Emma came up with most delicious looking creations!

Play doh cookies

On top of it all, we managed to find a derivative activity for Lia! Once all the pompoms were on the floor she got to place the play-doh containers back in their box!  Another activity she loved and couldn't wait for the next available container so that she could put it in its place.  We ended up taking them all out so that she could put them back again.

Baby Shape Matching with play doh

I'm happy with this development, Lia is growing and it gives me hope that things will change soon, the kids will be able to play together harmoniously...... well at least some of the time.

  
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Friday, August 10, 2012

What's for Bedtime?

We're on holiday, and although all routines have changed this one has remained the same.  We read.  We read books, stories, we even listen to interactive stories on the tablet.  Don't worry I will share the apps we use.  As a matter of fact is a new blog feature What's on your Tablet? so watch this space for some really cool child friendly apps.

So what have we taken with us this holiday?
 
Surprise, surprise its Julia Donaldson! How could it be anyone else!?  We're away from home, familiarity are what kids crave.

The Snail and the Whale is such an amazing book.  With her usual rhyme Donaldson makes this book such a fun read.  The snail with "an itchy foot" wants to leave the rock he's been stuck on his whole life.  He hitches a ride from a friendly hunchback whale and together they explore the world.  Until the whale gets into trouble by swimming too close to shore and its up to the little, tiny snail to help him.  


The story is wonderful because it teaches, at the very least, that even when we are small we can be of great help.  Its also a story about friendship and curiosity.

I know I owe you a Greek & Serbian book review.  But since we're on holiday, we're slacking a little!

If you have any books to suggest please let us know.  We love to read!

Related articles:
Take a look at the What's for Bedtime? section of our blog for more book reviews.

  
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Giveaway - LavenderField Summer Crochet Earrings

I'm really excited to start this new giveaway.  LavenderField is giving away a gorgeous pair of hand made crochet earrings.  


From the very first time I saw this amazing jewelry I was in love! Its hand made, original, incredibly beautiful, prepared with so much care and packed in gorgeous hand made pouches which are a work of art in their own right.  Since then I've bought a few pieces for myself and a few as gifts for others.

You should definitely head over to her lens where you can learn more about how it all started, find many more jewelry ideas and educational links on crochet.

So how does the giveaway work?

You can enter to win by logging in below and clicking the "DO IT" button after you have done some of below actions or all of them.  Each wins you points.
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