Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Helicopter Parents: Locker Room Blues

I am not much of a blogger, and when I do blog, I typically post photos of Food Art or Parties....but I've been up since 4AM trying to come up with a plan for my daughter dealing with the locker room at camp (and ultimately school this Fall).

My daughter just turned 7. Up until kindergarten, we were together 24/7. Being my own boss, I was able to take her everywhere, including to all of my design business meetings (I have the best clients in the world!). I know being able to work from home with my child is a luxury, and not everyone is able to; and despite the change in household income (admittedly, I miss a regular paycheck and benefits), my hubby and I agreed this was a sacrifice we are willing to make. During my daughter's extra curricular activities (gym, art, science, dance), I would stay in the room (if permitted) or typically, just outside the door. I even brought my laptop to the country club to work during summer camp there, so I could change her in a stall after swim class (while all the kids were piled into changing rooms with teenage camp counselors). I am always the ONLY parent hanging around. Well, despite the eye rolls, my hubby and I were happy that I could be there for her - ALWAYS (and as challenging as it was, it would be impossible if we had more kids).

Then she entered kindergarten (traumatic for us helicopter parents), but it is an amazing school and she loved it! Luckily, the children wear gym uniforms on gym days - no changing required (phew!) Then summer camp at her school...I made a point to be there to change her in a stall for swim class....this worked for awhile, up until they told me I was no longer permitted. Since I couldn't be there, we would not allow her to swim, and thankfully, my kid was cool with it, and the school accommodating. My daughter loves art, so she was the teacher's assistant in art class for younger kids during her group's swim class. We managed, and it all worked out.

First grade was the same, no changing at school. Phew. But now we are entering summer camp again. She really wants to swim this year, but they moved the "locker room" to a class room, so there are no stalls. We do not want her changing in front of strangers (after years of pounding in her head about keeping her body private). So as I lay in bed, I wondered if there are any kind of pop-up changing tents. I googled it, and yes- there are! And I realize, they are very similar to her pop-up play tent we have at home (I think it was only $10). So I am going to bring it today. It's easy to set up, she can change in it, and other kids can use it, too. I don't know how this will go over, but if she is going to swim, they must allow her to change in private. Otherwise, no swimming. I am hoping I can get away with it for camp, but I am not sure what to do for second grade this Fall when they have to change after swim class (yes, they have a pool at the Main Campus, where she is moving to). I am going to see if we can still bring the tent.

Here is the pop-up tent/"hideaway" I plan to use in the locker room. Easy setup, and my kiddo can change in private.

I will let you know how it goes. Now you know why they call me Crazy Mama!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Crazy Mama's Frozen Birthday Party

My daughter requested the FROZEN theme this year....so we went for it! Such a beautiful day at the park! It was a lot of work and I'm still exhausted (3 days later! LOL!) But after seeing the photos...it was worth it! xo

I found this cake design online and sent it to one of my favorite cake artists, Winter Walker Cakes, and she rocked it! Great deal on candy jars from Oriental Trading


Detail of cake top: Disney Infinity Elsa
(Disney INFINITY Elsa on Amazon)


Detail of cake bottom: Disney Infinity Anna
(Disney INFINITY Anna on Amazon)
These are the most delicious and beautiful cake pops I'd ever seen! They are from Sparkling Sweets Boutique
(Sparkling Sweets Shop). I will post a photo from another blog where I found these.

Here is a photo of Sparkling Sweet Boutique's "Snowflake Cake Pops" found on 'Hostess with the Mostest' blog:
Hostess with the Mostest Blog: FROZEN -when I saw these, I knew we had to have them! They are delicious & beautiful.


We also ordered the stunning matching and tasty "Snowflake Pretzel Sticks" from Sparkling Sweets Boutique
(Sparkling Sweets Boutique- FROZEN). It was like beautiful, edible jewelry
Tea sandwiches (turkey for the kiddos, Salmon, cucumber and cream cheese for the grownups)
on a crystal server stand I found online at Bed, Bath & Beyond
Chicken salad with grapes, apples and celery on rye tea sandwiches,
along with cucumber and mint on white tea sandwiches.
Tiered crystal serving platter also from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Mini-desserts consisting of Jello's No-Bake Cheesecake (sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on bottom, use a sandwich bag to squeeze cheese cake filling into cup, neatly, then add more graham cracker crumbs and top with strawberries, blueberries and mint leaves), Flan, and Chocolate Mousse topped with strawberry and mint leaves.
Shooters, mini tasting spoons and mini tasting forks found online at Amazon. Serving platter from Sur la Table.
More of the easy-to-make desserts on a crystal serving dish

One of my BFF's (Rey Viquez) helped me make this Elsa Castle Photo Booth out of cardboard boxes.
We drew out the castle, including doors that open to a "balcony", we cut it out, painted everything white
then covered everything in blue sparkles, added mirrored paper icicles and "cracked ice" fractals. We had
an upper tower, but it was too top heavy, so we removed it as guests arrived. The balcony follows the
pattern of Elsa's ice formed balcony. The wood letters (from Michaels) are covered in a sparkly silver
adhesive paper (also from Michaels). The blue backdrop was key to the success of the photo booth. My
girls, Ana and Daniela of MommyTrain, leant me the blue velvet drapes with C-stands. With the wind,
we needed sandbags to hold everything in place (we forgot to bring them!)
The BEST EVER Elsa is Joanna Bert (pictured) from 'Smile and a Song Princess Parties' in the LA area.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Crystal Garden Fun!

Although I usually post food art, today is a bit different. Luca and I came across a Crystal Garden on Pinterest last week, and she couldn't wait to try it as a fun art project/ science experiment. Here is the 'Babble Dabble Do' link with detailed instructions: http://babbledabbledo.com/science-for-kids-crystal-garden/

Here are our results after about a week in the fridge (I love how the camera flash makes them "glow"):
The Crystal Garden

Red Crystals

Yellow Crystals

Blue Crystals (sort of)

Green Crystals

Orange Crystals


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Luca Penguin

LUCA PENGUIN
Luca loves penguins…so while making breakfast this morning, her drawing of a penguin caught my eye. So I just couldn't help myself!





INGREDIENTS:
Body (White)- Hardboild Egg
Body (Black)- Nori Seaweed
Beak/Feet- Carrot
Eyes- Blueberry

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Love Bunny

"LOVE" BUNNY from ABCmouse.COM
My daughter has a virtual pet white bunny in ABCmouse.com that she named love, and she asked me to make her for breakfast this morning:

INGREDIENTS:
Bunny: Hardboiled Egg
Eye Brows, Eye Lashes, Mouth and Whiskers: Nori Seaweed
Eye Balls: Red Licorice
Nose and Ear Inside: Yogurt Covered Sunflower Seeds
Carrot: Carrot Tip and Lettuce
Ground: Lettuce
Flowers: Licorice Centers and Yogurt Covered Sunflower Seed Pedals

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014!

CHEESE POPS: JACK SKELLINGTON from NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Inspired by "Cute Food for Kids" (http://www.cutefoodforkids.com/2011/09/cheese-pops-for-halloween.html), I created these adorable cheese pops for my daughter's Halloween Party at school. Apparently, they were a hit with all the kiddos!

INGREDIENTS: 
Head: White Cheddar Babybel Cheese
Eyes and Mouth: Nori Seaweed (cut with scissors)
Nostrils: Black Sesame

Stands: Colorful Popsicles Sticks (from my daughter's art kit)
Base: I found a box for invitations, and covered it in black card stock, added Halloween stickers, and created slits for the stands. I added colorful crinkled paper strips for fun.

Side note:
I didn't have a clue what I would do for the base, so I dug around to see what I could find and put together at 2:00AM (when I was working on these)…and I am super happy how it all turned out!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dora the Explorer!

DORA THE EXPLORER!
This Fall, Dora grows up and moves to the city…before that happens, here is young Dora (for Breakfast)…perhaps with a slightly lazy eye ;)

INGREDIENTS:
Face: Pita Bread
Hair: Bread and Nutella
Nose: Spice Sprig
Lips/Chin: Nutella
Eyes: Hardboiled Egg Whites
Eye Balls: Dates
Shirt Collar: Pink Gummy Vitamins

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nanoo! Nanoo!

ROBIN WILLIAMS' MORK: My little tribute to a very funny man…sad to hear he suffered while making us all laugh! xo

INGREDIENTS:
Body: Strawberries
Head: Cheese
Hair: Cheese with Nutella
Eyes: Nutella
Smile: Strawberry
Triangle, Gloves and Boots: Mushroom
Writing: Blue Icing



Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Little Cheesy "I LOVE U"

CHEESY "I LOVE U" for Luca
I was trying to create cool block letters for Luca's breakfast (she requested "Girl Cheese"- LOL!)
It didn't quite work out after pressing it, so I improvised!

BEFORE:

                                                                                                                                               AFTER:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mr. Hankey!

MR. HANKEY from SOUTH PARK!
For my brother, Bil, and his life long buddy, Munley. MMMMM….


INGREDIENTS:
Body: Nutella and Banana
Santa Hat: Apple, Yogurt covered Raisins, and Powdered Sugar
Eyes: Yogurt covered Raisins with Raisin Eyeballs
Mouth: Black Gel
Tongue: Apple
Arms: Black Gel
Mittens: Yogurt covered Raisins