If You Build it…

When I am not beside myself with nerves for the athletes… and their mothers, I am marveling with pure wonder at how beautiful London looks and what a lovely Olympics this has been so far. Sneaking sand volleyball into one of the most formal locations on earth is a stunning move! Here’s a quote from the … Continue reading

DIY Olympic Rings

Ever notice when you go to buy paper plates for a craft project, they come in a stack of (what seems like) one million? Here’s a way to use up 6 six of them! Fun and simple Olympic rings, just in time for the opening ceremonies. WHAT YOU NEED: Paper plates (6) Paint (or crayons … Continue reading

Easy Olympic Fun for a Super Hot Day!

Want three quick ways to keep the little ones cool, entertained, and in the Olympic spirit? All you need is: Water filled balloons Side walk chalk Challenge 1: Munchkins must try to walk a short distance, holding the water balloons between their knees. This is so fun to watch and a big challenge for them. … Continue reading

Organic Bug Sprayers…as an Olympic Event

When I saw this idea on super clever blog,  Toddler Approved, I knew immediately I had found our first Olympic event. Toddler + spray bottle + sidewalk chalk = Olympic fun! And so I gathered my pint sized Olympian and his friends. We huddled in the dining room around the “Prize Box” (filled with $1 … Continue reading

Our Olympics Love-Fest Begins… with a flame

The Olympics begin on Friday! So, here at Camp Mommy, we must gear up for the opening ceremonies. While my 3-year-old knows nothing about the Olympics right now, once those games begin, he will want to know more! So, this is a preemptive strike. (Did I just say preemptive? Big word! Makes me so happy … Continue reading

The Leg Bone’s Connected to the…

When C was first born, some expert in the one of the 30 baby books I consumed said I should sing to my baby, give him a massage, establish a bedtime routine for baby and on and on and on. The advice is really endless and each missive more important than the next (you feel … Continue reading

A Toddler Anatomy Chart. Seriously.

When I started thinking about C’s interests in the heart and the brain (A.K.A.  bwain), I knew I wanted to put our contractor’s paper back to work. It’s the same resin paper we used for our ocean and beach mural. I had this vision of tracing the munchkin’s outline right onto the paper. I started … Continue reading

The Pay-Off!

When I look around our Adventure Room (formerly the bonus room), I have to admit, I get a little bit teary. Look at where we started…. And here we are today! And I have to say, that having all of you along for the ride, has made this experience even better. So, thank you! Today, … Continue reading

Piratey Sails for our Ship

A great looking pirate ship needs great looking sails. And by great looking sails, I mean worn, torn and a little haggard… proof that they have, indeed, sailed the seven seas! TO THE LINEN CLOSET! I don’t know about you, but while we have a king size bed, we do not have king size pillows … Continue reading

Part 2: Building a Pirate Ship!

Hey all! It’s Mike again (Anna’s husband)… I see the Pirate Ship blog yesterday was popular. Something about Pirates. I’ll explain the masts and rigging in a minute. Much easier than I thought it would be. But first I have to tell you a quick ditty about the time I was on a secret archeological … Continue reading

A Manly Swashbuckler Needs a Feathered Hat

It seemed like such a simple plan. Cut two pirate hat shapes out of craft foam. Glue together. Decorate. Wear. All went beautifully until we got to the ‘wear’ part. It ripped. Immediately. The satisfaction of Crowley stenciling the Jolly Roger on the front of that hat was gone. Ugh. Ugh. And ugh. So it … Continue reading

Are You Hooked?

Your little pirate has an eye patch and a spyglass, now we need a hook for the hand! Here’s an easy way to make one in about 15 minutes! You Need: Red solo cup Red duct tape Aluminum foil Instructions: STEP ONE: – ADULT ONLY – using sharp end of scizzors cut a hole in … Continue reading

A Quick Pirate Eye Patch

We call my dad, Jerrypedia… because his name is Jerry and he’s like Wikipedia but more accurate. He’s a walking, talking encyclopedia. At all times, we are ONE phone call away from anything we need to know. Lost on a highway? No problem. See a bird and want to know which type it is? No … Continue reading