How To Make a Mickey Mouse Pizza

Do you have a picky eater?  You know those adorable little kids that won’t eat anything that you place in front of them or one will eat a particular food one day but won’t eat it another. We strive to give them healthy foods, but it can turn into a battle. 


Check out my solution to this problem. I create fun foods. Kids get bored easy even with food. My daughter is amazed when she sees them eating various foods that I create. Now stop questioning your ability as an artist. I’m not an artist either, but I can create fun foods. Kids aren’t looking for perfection, they want fun. They want things that make them happy.    

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I made these Mickey Mouse pizzas this week-end for the kids. What child doesn’t want to eat up Mickey Mouse. I had to make two. My grandson is very particular, he just likes cheese pizza. My granddaughter wanted Mickey Mouse to have eyes, a nose and a mouth. These are our creations! They’re cheaper than calling Pizza Hut or one of the other local pizza delivery services, and they were simple and fun to make as a family.    

Here’s how we made the Mickey Mouse pizza: 

  • 1 medium size pizza for the face 
  • 2 mini pizzas for the ears
  • Pepperoni for the facial features, olives, tomatoes, green peppers or whatever you like. 
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Bake on a cookie or pizza sheet according to the directions and enjoy!  These are great for movie night or the week-end when you’re just relaxing. Serve with a juice box, a few apple slices and you’re good to go.  


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5 Fun Summer Activities For Your Kids

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It’s about that time of the year again when the sun will shine brightly, the birds  will sing loudly, the flowers will be in full bloom.  Summer’s around the corner, and my little ones could not be happier. Also, everyone will flock to the beaches.  Along with the freedom to build sandcastles on the beaches and play long hours in the pool, they also have a long break to look forward to.
Next, the  problem’s mine.  I have to think of new ways to keep them occupied throughout the summer.  Otherwise, I’ll hear “we-are-so-bored” rants right on the third day of their vacation. Well, if your problem is similar to mine, I have a solution.  Here is a list of five summer activities that your kids are sure to enjoy:
Foil River Can’t take the little ones out boating? Fortunately you can help them build a river right in your backyard.  All you need is aluminum foil and a garden hose.  So, take a few sheets of aluminum foil and roll up the sides to make a U-shaped stretch of an artificial river.  Turn on the garden hose and let the water flow through the aluminum river. You can also build ice boats by freezing colored water in ice molds and topping it with toothpicks that can hold tiny flags. Sit back and watch the excitement unfold.  Your little ones are sure to have a blast with this activity.  Even after the ice boats have melted, your kids can sail paper boats in the artificial river.

 Stamping Glory – Worried that your kids will create havoc stamping in your living room when bored?  With this fun activity, they can go stamping without you  having to worry about any damage. Spread out a wide sheet of white cloth in your yard.  Also, hand your kids some paints, cut potatoes and apples, along with sheets of bubble wrap, tied to their feet. Let your kids dip the potatoes, apples and their feet in the paint.  They can create  stamping impressions across the sheet. This is a great activity to help your little ones let loose and open a whole new world of fascinating pattern ideas. An interesting variation to this activity is to let your kids stamp within the outline print of their favorite cartoon characters. Doing this will improve their concentration skills and help them develop a neat hand at art.
 
Dress Up Parade – Who wants to watch fashion shows on TV when little fashionistas are sitting right in your house. Involve the entire neighborhood and their kids in a fun evening of dress up parade. Keep 2-3 themes for the evening and have the kids dress up in outfits according to the theme allotted to them. The evening is sure to be fun not just for the kids but for all you adults too. You can follow up the fashion parade by distributing delicious treats and gifts to all the teeny tiny models.
 
Outdoor Movie Screening – Movie nights are loved by all kids and adults alike. Here’s a way you can double the fun. Put up a projector and screen a movie out in your backyard. Take charge of the snack counter and make some delightful munchies for the kids to enjoy. You can involve other families in the movie carousel too!
 
Balloon Ping Pong – We all have those days when we just want to sit back and do nothing, but our kids don’t let us. I sail in the same  boat, and it’s during times like these that the balloon ping pong activity comes to my rescue. All you need is two paper plates, two ice cream sticks, and one balloon to prepare for this amazingly entertaining activity.  Next, stick the ice cream sticks on the paper plates to make the ping pong bats. Let+ your kids have fun bouncing the balloon to and fro. Ensure your kids play in a room free of any breakables so as to prevent damage.
Finally, Let your kids cherish some great moments with these amazing activities.  Also, which one of the 5 activities is your favorite? Let me know in the comments section below.  You may also like 4 Top Family Activities in Bali.
 
Author Bio – Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child  nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular  sites like Huffington Post, Natural news, Elephant journal, Thehealthsite, Naturally  Savvy, curejoy and MomJunction.com. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.

5 Benefits of Playgrounds

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Do you take your child to the park or playground?  I’ve often wondered if they have become obsolete and replaced by video games.  I can count on one hand the number of times that I’ve taken the children to park and there has been other children there.  Do parents know the importance of a playground and its benefit to our children.
Children are encouraged to engage in free play on playgrounds.  Free play is simply children playing, running, climbing and using their imagination.  We may not think of early childhood development while we’re at the playground, but developing our children must be considered in just about everything that we do as parents.   Although we have a swing set in the backyard for Xavier and Zarriah, we do take them to the park for exercise and interaction with other children. 

There are multiple benefits to children playing on slides, monkey bars, climbing and jumping.  Here are a few:

  • Physical benefit – All children need to exercise for good health and to fight obesity.
  • Helps develop children emotionally – Children can learn to understand and control their emotions on the playground.  They may fall and cry, they may find something funny or get angry. This is a perfect opportunity to teach them about being happy, sad or whatever they’re feeling.
  • Helps develop social skills – Children must learn to socialize to be successful as an adult. Playing on a playground allows children to join in with others, share, and learn how to be a good sport.  They may be teased, have another child cut in front of them etc., but it’s a perfect opportunity to teach them how to resolve problems they may encounter.  
  • Helps develop large motor skills – Children develop and strengthen motor skills from birth to 6 years.  This includes rolling over, walking, learning to hold a pencil or crayons, using scissors, these are fine motor skills. Large motor skills are developed by using muscles in the arms, legs etc. Climbing, jumping,  using the monkey bars etc. will help with these skills. It will also assist children with learning to keep their balance and playing in organized sports.
  • Helps develop cognitive skills –  Children need to develop their brain so they will learn how to remember, solve problems, work on perception and it assists them with their attention span. 

Research by The Shasta Children and Families First Commission (SCFFC) has shown that brain development is crucial in a child’s earliest years. It’s imperative that children develop interaction through free play in the first six years of their life, and playgrounds are an appropriate area to develop these skills.  Research also reveals that children who have poorly developed motor-skills by age five will most likely never have efficient motor-skills.  


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The paternal grandparents purchased a play ground set similar to the one at the park for the backyard when time isn’t on our side.  Xavier is getting older now, so he’s more into organized activities like football, basketball and swimming.  We’ll be using the set for Zarriah, she’s 2 now.  I believe my grandson  is advanced in many areas, and I believe a big reason he is advanced is because we focused on all of his developmental skills. We will be using the same plan for Zarriah. Utilizing the playground to develop skills is not a new concept.  I used it for my daughter, who is shown in the pictures.  She was and still is a social butterfly, she excelled in dance and cheerleading (organized activity) and higher academics.

Early childhood development is essential for all children.  If you can’t afford a backyard set, know that it is imperative that you set time aside during the upcoming spring and summer days to work on your child’s developmental needs.  The physical, emotional, cognitive, motor and social skills in your child’s early years will affect everything they do later in their life.  Do you spend time at the park with your children?

Disney Movies: Muppets Most Wanted

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I love Miss Piggy’s gown.  Will she marry Kermit?  Miss
Piggy is back on the big screen, starring in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,”
which follows the Muppets on a grand, star-studded tour throughout Europe. The
European setting screamed romance to Miss Piggy, who’s been trying to convince
her favorite frog to tie the knot for years. But what will the divine diva don
for the all-new film, which hits theaters in the US March 21, 2014? Vivienne
Westwood was commissioned to create couture desingers for the fashion icon,
including a white dress that would be perfect for a wedding if one should
actually take place.


In
the film, Miss Piggy wears a Vivienne Westwood couture Long Ivory Court wedding gown, with corset detailing and paillettes
made from recycled plastic bottles, accessorized with an ivory tulle veil.
Piggy also entrusted the designer with additional looks for the film, including
a Vivienne Westwood couture Harris Tweed houndstooth check coat and matching
beret worn in a scene set at Tower of London. Miss Piggy also chose a long
silver hand-embroidered floral lace gown for a very special number in the film.

“Vivienne Westwood is fabulous—just like moi,” said Miss Piggy.
“When I asked her to design this wedding dress for moi’s new movie “Muppets
Most Wanted,” she was thrilled and I was thrilled. The only one a bit ‘iffy’
about it was the Frog.”  
Will Kermit the Frog Finally Say “I Do”? That’s the question.  Miss Piggy says, “You’ll have to see
the movie to find out.”   Mark March 21, 2014 on your calendar, and go see Muppets Most Wanted.