New Year’s Eve for Kids

December 30, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection, Party Planning

Spending this New Year’s Eve at home with the family? Ringing in the New Year with your precious gems is a great way to spend the holiday. Not sure what to do till the stroke of 12? SharpMoms has you covered!

  • After a family dinner your kids will be eager for some finger foods to munch on while waiting on the ball to drop. Keep it simple with popcorn, fruit cups, and everyone’s favorite flavor of ice cream.
  • Sparkling cider in goblets will also make your little ones feel extra special while Mom and Dad sip on champagne.
  • Next up, party favors. Don’t waste your money on fancy 2010 hats. Buy some plain gold and silver paper party hats and bust out the craft box. Your kids will have way more fun donning their own party creations!
  • Don’t forget dancing! Every New Year’s Eve there are programs on with lots of music and entertainment acts. Watch them with your kids and encourage them to dance the night away!

Ham and Bean Bake

December 30, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

Put your holiday left overs to good use with this delicious ham and bean recipe.

What you need:

2 cups diced cooked ham

1 cup barbeque sauce

1 meduim onion, chopped

1 can, 15 oz, great northern beans, drained and rinsed

1 can, 15 oz, dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can, 15 oz, black beans, drained and rinsed

2 pouches (6.5 oz each) cornbread/muffin mix

2/3 cup milk

1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted

2 eggs

Fix it fast:

1. Heat over to 400 and spray a 13×9 glass cooking dish.

2. In a sauce pan heat ham, barbeque sauce, onion and beans, stirring occassionaly until fully heated. Pour into baking dish.

3. In a large bowl mix cornbread mix, milk, eggs and butter just until moist (mixture will still be lumpy). Pour over ham and bean mixture and spread it to the edges of the dish.
4. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the casserole comes out clean and cornbread is golden brown.

Serves abvout 8, Prep time: 15 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

New Mom Challenges

December 30, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Pregnancy

If you are a new mom, you are probably thinking your newborn is as perfect as they come. All new moms want to do the best for their baby, but you should always go into knowing that their will be struggles and mistakes made along the way. Here are some of the things you may be coping with if you are a new mom. No worries-it will all come together as you get into the swing of things!

  • You Struggle with Breastfeeding: If breastfeeding isn’t going as well as you thought it would, do not suffer alone. Use your resources. Many labor and delivery wards offer lacatation consultants.These are trained professionals who will be happy to evaluate the things you are struggling with. Often times they will even do home visits so they can see firsthand the things you are struggling with. Give yourself a goal of sticking it out for a least a month, but if at the end of four weeks you are still struggling consider switching to formula. Formula fed babies do just as well in the real world!
  • Your Husband Becomes Your Worst Enemy: Okay, so you thought having a baby would bring you closer together, but instead you are ready to hit him with a bat and divorce has crossed your mind more than once. The first thing to do is realize that your spouse is doing the best they can. Most men feel an immediate need to become the absolute best provider financially for their family when baby comes. To relieve some of the stress, get hubby involved with the little one. Let him take a night feeding duty so you can catch up on sleep or ask him to do the laundry once a week. Taking over small tasks around the house can make all the difference.
  • You Feel Fat: You may not be shedding the left over baby weight quickly and that’s okay. Most of the extra padding and fat is needed to give you some energy for breastfeeding, so that is a good thing. Hitting your old workout routine is not recommended until after 6 weeks post partum, 8 weeks if you had a c-section. So until you can return to your old workout schedule, enjoy the first few weeks with your newborn.
  • You Feel the Need to be Perfect: All moms feel pressure to do their very best, but especially new moms, but the idea that your house should be spotless, your kids should always be happy and you should be showered and ready for an outing at any moment is just not realistic. Don’t feel guilty about popping the baby in his bouncy seat for an hour or two so you eat lunch, take a shower, or check your email.

Rainy or Snowy Day Crafting

December 30, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Kid Connection

When rainy or snowy weather has you indoors and the kids start going stir crazy, you may begin to wonder what to do. Filling a box with craft supplies is a great way to liven up these boring days. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this craft starter kit by Land of Nod. It’s great for ages 3 and up and is sure to get your child’s imagination going!

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Photo Wreath Craft

December 16, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Take your pictures out the box and create a fun holiday decoration. The wonderful thing about this craft is that it can be themed to any holiday season. All you have to do is change up the craft decor for an instant personal and seasonal wreath!

What You’ll Need
12- or 14-inch Styrofoam wreath form
Colored card stock
3-inch circle template
Pencil
Scissors
Glue stick
Decorative-edge scissors
4-x-6-inch black-and-white photos
Craft glue
Ribbon
Jingle bells
2 T-pins

Make It
Use circle template to cut circles from card stock; cut faces from black-and-white photos into slightly smaller circles. Use a glue stick to attach the photo cutouts to card stock, then trim the card stock with decorative-edge scissors. Glue the photos to the surface of the Styrofoam wreath form with edges overlapping. Thread ribbon through jingle bells and tie bows. Glue the bells in between the photos as desired. Attach a loop of ribbon to the back of the wreath with T-pins and hang.

Easy Advent Calendar

December 16, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Kid Connection

Make a tree by stacking 25 decorated envelopes to a corkboard — a month full of surprises! Get creative with your kids and decorate each envelope with scraps of colorful paper, ribbon and other easily applied craft decor. To make the tree you will need to line up the envelopes in this order: Top row-2 envelopes, next row-3 envelopes, middle row-5 envelopes, next row-6 envelopes, bottom row of tree-7 envelopes, last row (bark)-2 evelopes.