Le Top Darlings of the Week: Henrique, Isabella and Amanda

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by Iliana

'Anchors Aweigh' Sibling Edition!

‘Anchors Aweigh’ Sibling Edition!

We could not resist featuring these adorable siblings as this week’s darlings! Pictured here wearing our ‘Anchors Aweigh collection is big sister Amanda and big brother Henrique sharing a smooch with their 9-month-old sister Isabella.

Six year old Amanda likes playing with her Elsa and Anna dolls while her unstoppable 2-year-old brother Henrique enjoys playing with his favorite toy, the Mater car. Easy-going Isabella is happy playing with her stationary toys. Mom tells us Amanda is super smart and friendly, Henrique is extremely happy and caring, and Isabella is calm and happy – sounds like a blissful bunch!

Henrique’s favorite food is spaghetti with meat balls and Amanda’s favorite is eggs. Mom’s milk is 9-month-old Isabella’s favorite – just don’t give her bananas (one thing she dislikes!). One fun/strange fact mom shared with us is that they all sneeze under the sun –like daddy.

Thank you for sharing these adorable photos with us Renata! We are happy you love this le top brother/sister collection!

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Henrique (2) -- Isabella (9 months) -- Amanda (6)

Henrique (2) – Isabella (9 months) – Amanda (6)

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes for (Almost) Anyone

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by Diana

It’s hard to believe that fall is right around the corner, but sure enough the other day I saw a bunch of mini pumpkins and autumn decorations at the store. I personally love fall and all the yummy food that goes with it. Pumpkin Pie is my specialty this time of the year, but with all the allergies and diet restrictions people have these days it is really hard to make a dessert that works for everyone and even harder to find something that is kid friendly to bring to a class party. I did come across this recipe last year for Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes, tasted just like the pie I love to make and was a hit with all the little guys in my life minus all the bad stuff.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a food processor or large bowl, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a lined cupcake pan.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Let them cool completely before removing from the muffin liners.
  6. Since they are soft like pumpkin pie, I recommend putting these in the fridge after baking. It should firm them up a bit.
  7. I add some fat-free Cool Whip to mine for a little something extra.
  8. Enjoy!

 

DIY Superhero Cape

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by Diana

What little boy (or girl) doesn’t want to be a superhero?! There are so many to choose from – good, evil, magic powers, invisible, flying, jumping, and the list goes on! A superhero cape is also the perfect accessory for any day of the week and if you have more than one changing characters is easy. Superhero capes are really easy to make and can be perfect for a superhero themed party activity.

Supplies

  • Adult-sized t-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Self-adhesive Velcro
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • Pom-poms
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue (optional)

Directions:

  1. Trace a cape shape on the back of a t-shirt and cut it out. Be sure to leave the neckband intact for use as the neck of the cape.
  2. Cut a slit at the front of the neckband and attach self-adhesive Velcro to either side, creating a fastener for the cape.
  3. Cut out a variety of shapes, in different sizes, from the self-adhesive felt –star, lightning bolts, circles, hearts, and letters for their names. If you’re really crafty cut out real superhero logos.
  4. Pre-glue pom-poms to circles of self-adhesive felt.
  5. Children can add self-adhesive shapes and felt-backed pop-poms to their capes to decorate any way they want or keep it simple with their initial.

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Funfetti Cheese Ball Cake

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by Diana

This past weekend we went to a ninja turtles inspired birthday party that had three birthday cakes – every kid’s dreams! There was an ice cream cake, a soda cake, and a Funfetti cheese ball cake covered in sprinkles. This one was my personal favorite and everyone else’s as well, it was gone within minutes! The best part about the cake is that you eat it with vanilla wafers – yum! To my surprise the recipe was pretty easy and one that little hands can definitely help with.

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Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Funfetti cake mix, dry
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • Box of Vanilla Wafers

 

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until combined.
  2. Add in the Funfetti cake mix, sugar, and powdered sugar and beat until combined.
  3. Place the mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap.
  4. Bring up all the corners of the plastic wrap and wrap into a ball.
  5. Freeze the ball for about 1 1/2 hours or until it is firm enough to keep its shape.
  6. Place the sprinkles on a flat plate and roll the unwrapped cheese ball in them, make sure to press the ball until it is fully covered in sprinkles.
  7. Place the ball on a serving dish, cover with plastic wrap and freeze the cheese ball for another 2 hours or overnight.
  8. If frozen overnight, thaw for 20-30 minutes before serving.
  9. Serve with Vanilla Wafers.
  10. Enjoy!

 

100 Acts of Kindness Activity

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by Diana

I’ve read about the 100 Acts of Kindness Project before and thought it would be a fun activity to do with a toddler that is just starting pre-school, but instead of condensing it to four weeks have it last 100 days. It is a great way to teach kids about showing kindness to other and seeing kindness in others.

Starting on the first day of school ask your child to tell you one kind act they did or one kind act they saw that day at school. Write it down on a sticky note and stick it up on a colorful piece of butcher paper. Keep it up for the next 100 school days. By the end you and your toddler should have a beautiful board with 100 acts of kindness.

This would be a great activity to do with an especially not so talkative child and find out about their day. Don’t forget to read the sticky notes every few days together to not forget all the wonderful acts of kindness your child is seeing and doing.

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