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Kids In the Kitchen Weekly Series

 Kids in the Kitchen is a new weekly series to showcase all the ways kids can be involved in meal planning, shopping, preparing and even cooking. Each week we ask you to share your stories, pictures and recipes that involve your kids in the kitchen.

Did you know that kids are more likely to eat new foods if they are involved in the preparation. Teaching them how to cook and move their way around the kitchen are skills your children will use for a lifetime. These skills foster independence, self reliance and self-confidence. Kids in the Kitchen is about more than just letting kids mix up cake batter or cookie dough; let them explore by measuring, chopping, tasting new flavors and cooking techniques.

Linky Rules

1.  Link up only your kid friendly recipes, stories, pictures or cooking lessons here.(No Etsy stores or giveaways please).

2.  Only link directly to a specific post not your homepage.

3. Please add a Kids in the Kitchen button or link on your site or blog post or share through social media so readers know you are participating. (buttons coming)

4.  Click through and comment, pin or share with other participants.  We love to share inspiration and ideas with each other, don’t link and run.

5. Follow the hosts of this feature, Paula at Frosted FingersSara at Sensibly Sara and me, Melinda at LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too

All links will be shared on all the host’s weekly posts, Paula at Frosted FingersSara at Sensibly Sara and me, Melinda at LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too!

I look forward to seeing you Friday, February 8, 2013 and every Friday after that.

Christmas Ornament Show and Tell

Each weekend after Thanksgiving I sit on the floor and slowly and methodically unwrap each Christmas tree ornament. I had each one the kids so they can decorate but not before I inspect each ornament and often make a comment about where it came from or who gave it to us.

Many of our ornaments have a story, some stories aren’t that exciting they are our stories and memories. I’m sharing along with some other great bloggers my favorite ornaments. Check out the entire link up with Jo-Lynne, Musings of Housewife.


christmas ornament show and tell


In honor of my amazing Hot Air Balloon Ride earlier this year I picked up this beauty from Pottery Barn on Black Friday. It’s beautifully and rustically painted to resemble vintage mercury glass. It makes me smile.
hot air balloon ornament

This one is was a gift from my best friend many years ago. The scene of ice skaters isn’t necesarily important but the gift felt like a milestone. It was a moment in our lives that was grown up and family oriented. Gone were the days of frivolous clothing gifts or promises of nights out on the town.  This was an important step in sharing our adult lives.
skater ornament

While this one may look homemade, it isn’t. In fact this one that the kids picked out many many years ago at Linvilla Orchards right after the fire. These guys usually hang from a rotating plug at the bottom of the tree but we figured the dogs wouldn’t cooperate with such a tease.
gumdrop ornament
I didn’t share the kids ornaments because Sabreena and Shaun have their own trees decorated with their own ornaments.  Shae has another year before she can get a tree and she then takes all of her ornaments for her own room. When the kids are moved out and ready for them they will receive their ornaments to start their own grown up lives with a memory filled holiday.

Do you have a favorite ornament?

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Friday Fives-New Weekly Meme

I’m strangely obsessed with button crafts lately. It’s weird I know but I think they are adorable and fun and pretty. Shae and I even did a button craft earlier this week (post coming soon).

Here are some of my favorite button “pins” I’ve found lately.
buttons from pinterest

1. Button Lampshade from

2. Button Jewelry for Kids from

3.Swirly Button Tree from

4. Button Headband from

5. Fingerless Gloves with Button from BeatKnits on

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This post was inspired by Friday Fives, a new weekly meme hosted by Table 4 Five. Each week post, FB or pin a list of five “whatevers” that peek your interest.

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