Jan 28 2013

A Family-Friendly Chinese New Year Celebration

2014 Is The Year Of The Horse

by: Sharon DeVellis

Last year, for the first time, our family celebrated Chinese New Year. A certain Miss Party Mummy inspired me to give it a go and I'm so glad I did. The kids had a blast. They loved learning about a new culture and eating food they don't typically eat. Best of all it didn't take a lot of effort on my part. 

Here's how you can throw a simple Chinese New Year's celebration for your family.

THE FACTS:

This year Chinese New Year is on Friday, January 31.

2014 is the Year Of The Horse.

THE FUN:

Buy red and gold decorations at the dollar store.

Find out what animal you are and print out a fact sheet for each family member to read out loud at the table.

Put money into an origami envelope made out of red paper (red symbolizes good luck). I decorated ours with a Chinese symbol that represented each of us (Son No. 1 was Wind because he skates fast like the wind)

Make cheater chopsticks so your kids can use them.

Make simple recipes (seriously you don't want to be slaving over a stove all day). I made these easy Honey Garlic Ribs with Stir Fried Vegetables and rice.

End your meal with fortune cookies.

Pat yourself on the back for putting together a winning celebration.

 

Jan 25 2013

Make A Date With Your Partner

A Simple Way To Reconnect

by: Sharon DeVellis

With Valentine's Day approaching people are starting to think about romantic gestures for their loved ones. While I love to make gifts for my kids like these t-shirts that make them feel special all year round, my husband and I aren't really into the romantic hype.

But that doesn't mean we don't miss going out to restaurants where crayons aren't provided when we're seated and being able to talk one-on-one with no interruptions. So in January I decided that once a month we were going to have a date night.

We picked a night that would work for both of us and wouldn't interfere with the things we love—him hockey, me speed skating. Then I texted my babysitter and made arrangements for her to come on that night every third week of the month. The planning is done, the arrangements are made, and we're able to reconnect and have some time just for us. The fact that it's the same night each month means we know well in advance we're going out. Simply put, we've taken the guesswork out of making a date.

If you don't have a babysitter, make arrangements with a friend to trade off babysitting services. You take her kids for a night, she takes yours. 

Valentine's Day only comes once a year. Doesn't your relationship deserve a bit more than that? 

Jan 22 2013

Pump Dispensers And Unusable Product

Pet Peeve Alert

by: Sharon DeVellis

Do you know what that picture is?

No?

Well, I'll tell you what it is.

It's about an inch of body cream at the bottom of the container that I can't use because the pump doesn't reach down to the very bottom. All those swirly markings in the cream are because I'm trying to scrape up the cream with the bottom of the pump. Do I even have to explain to you how annoying this is?

Because I will.

If you are someone who manufacturers a product that comes with a pump dispenser MAKE THE PUMP REACH THE VERY BOTTOM SO I CAN USE ALL OF THE PRODUCT I PAID FOR.

And if you are someone who manufactures a product that comes with a pump dispenser that DOES reach the bottom, tell me who you are because I will become a loyal customer.

Thank you.

p.s. Don't even get me started on how I can't find mittens for my son in January but I would have no problem buying him an entire summer wardrobe and 30 SPF sunscreen.

 

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