Archive | June, 2011

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Mama’s Kitchen: Fresh Lemonade

fresh lemonade
Nothing says summer like a glass of fresh lemonade. Maybe it’s because as a kid every summer I would set up a lemonade stand in my front yard.  Making lemonade and setting up a lemonade stand is a good old fashioned fun summertime activity that is fun and keeps the kids busy.  Here’s a lemonade recipe that both kids and adults will enjoy.

Actually, I love lemonade all year long but it tastes more delicious in the summer for some reason. I’m very particular about my lemonade – I only drink the freshly made variety. (Except when I was a kid I drank the powder variety until my sister made me a glass that was literally neon yellow). Like everything, I like my lemonade sweet. Not like candy, but close to candy. I have a quick recipe for fresh lemonade, the most time consuming part of this is squeezing the lemons. Whether or not life gives you lemons, make lemonade ;)

Fresh Lemonade Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (depending on the size and juiciness of the lemons between 3 and 7 lemons)
  • 1 Cup of Ice
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Cups of Water

1.  Put sugar, lemon juice, ice and 1 cup of water in a blender and blend.

2. Pour the mixture in a pitcher, add the remaining 3 cups of water and stir.

That’s it! Enjoy!

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News Flash! Whining Is the Most Annoying Sound

whining most annoying sound

The scientific community has confirmed what parents have known all along – whining is the most annoying sound ever.  Really?  You needed a study to confirm this?  Apparently, as compared to other annoying noises, when study participants tried to do math while listening to whining they got it all wrong. It’s a good thing I’m not sitting here trying to do calculus.  Time states:

The results? Whining tripped up subjects with their subtraction more than any other sound. “You’re basically doing less work and doing it worse when you’re listening to the whines,” said study co-author Rosemarie Sokol Chang, a professor of psychology at SUNY New Paltz. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, everybody’s equally distracted.”

All kidding aside, there’s probably a strong evolutionary reason for this.  If our kids are whining, we need to see if everything is ok.  The problem is that kids whine about EVERYTHING – not just a potential danger.

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Teach the Children Well

having involved parents campaign

Ad agency Cramer-Krasselt has created the With Your Child campaign for COA Youth and Family Centers to promote sharing and learning between parents and children. The campaign includes installations of puzzles and games in the streets of Milwaukee. These installations look like fun ways to teach kids and they serve as a great reminder that learning starts at home with parents. I hope they spread across the nation and are just not limited to Milwaukee.

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Hello Kitty Has A Killer Tan

My good friend just got back from Hawaii and brought back the Tiny Dancer three of the cutest Hello Kitty dolls I’ve ever seen.  Allow me to introduce you to Hawaiian Hello Kitty – and yes, her tan is way better than yours!

Hawaiian Hello Kitty

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Mirror, Mirror: A Trip to Whole Foods

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I never thought I would enjoy grocery shopping as much as I do now.  Between the Farmer’s Market and Whole Foods, grocery shopping is almost as good as shoe shopping – almost.  This past weekend the Tiny Dancer and I made a quick stop at Whole Foods and any reason leaving the house is a good reason to wear something cute.  Here, we present a casual, fun weekend look…

Top:  Minnie Mouse Tee by H&M
Jeans: babygap black skinny jeans

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Up to 60% Off – Shop Our Final Sale of the Season + Exclusive Sneak Peek

Janie and Jake shops is hosting a finale sale of the season in store and online. Merchandise is up to 60% off original price.

You can also grab a sneak peek of the next summer collection on their Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/janieandjack

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Gap Outlet: FREE tote + more great deals inside!

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Private sale: Get ready on Wednesday!

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Super Duper Sparkle & Spin Sale


Super Duper Sparkle & Spin Sale
We all like a bargain and we all like to save a penny or two so here at Sparkle & Spin HQ we have decided to offer a super duper sale for a limited time only!

With up to 50% off lots of your favorite children’s wear brands now is the time to spend (and save) and grab a thing or two before Summer really hits.

So put your feet up and have a rummage through the Sparkle & Spin wardrobe, we know you’ll find plenty to fill up that basket ;)

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Missoni Launches Missoni Baby

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Back in May Missoni teamed up with Bugaboo to create the most fashionable strollers I’ve ever seen.  Perhaps it was their way of getting the market ready for what they were going to launch next – Missoni Baby.  Designer baby clothing has been around for a while but it’s reaching a fever pitch lately with recent children’s wear launches from Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Versace and now, Missoni.  The famous zigzag knits will be shrunken down for little girls featuring bikinis and sundresses.

I have to confess I’ve never really been a fan of Missoni – I just don’t like the mulitcolor zig zag – it’s a bit bohemian for my taste.  The Bugaboo prints they did happen to be my favorite Missoni product I’ve ever seen.  I think it’s because on the Bugaboo strollers, the Missoni prints were more graphic and bold.  Nonetheless, if you shrink anything down to child size it always ends up looking cuter and I imagine the same will be true for Missoni Baby.  The new line launches for Spring 2012.

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