Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blog Challenge: Mummies, fairies and Jedis... oh my!

Today's Summer Blog Challenge prompt is "July 31- Post a black and white photo you've taken.", so here you go:

Day camp had "holidays" as the theme last week.  Friday was Halloween.
My daughter decided to go for the classic costume of the mummy made out of toilet paper!


And now, a few more prompts for catch-up: 


July 14- One piece of advice you want to give to your child -Submitted by Sara @ You and Me are We

 Thank you, Pinterest.  Here's some great advice.


July 15- Got any good makeup tips/routines? -Submitted by Libby @ Libby's Library

I'm no makeup guru.  I recommend this:

I need to follow my own advice more.


July 19- If you were president or prime minister for a day, what's one law you would change? -Submitted by Hannah @ Baby Knows Best

As some other bloggers have mentioned, the president doesn't make laws ... that would make her a dictator.  And I don't think we want one of those.  But anyway...  let's assume I could influence the Congress to pass a law in 24 hours or less (fat chance!).  I would start with reforming the U.S. family leave regulations.  Twelve weeks for maternity leave with no pay... and it doesn't apply to everyone?  That's a joke.  If we are really a country that values families, then let's talk about 6 months... hey 12 months...of leave for a new child.  And let's make sure it's split between mom and dad (or mom and mom... or dad and dad... whatever floats your boat).  These guys have some good ideas for reform.  We should start there.

July 20- What would you do with the $ if you won the lottery? -Submitted by Sara @ Keep up with the Jones family


I should say pay off the mortgage, invest some, donate some, go on a vacation, right?  But hey... that's the answer you would expect.  How about ask for the entire amount in small bills and then hand it out to strangers?  How fun would that be?


July 22- What's your best gardening tip?

I do NOT have a green thumb, but I do have a fairy garden.  So, I recommend adding a fairy door, and inviting fairies to your garden. 

They don't weed, but they do spread pixie dust.  That can't hurt, right?

July 25- Give us 3 easy healthy meals or snacks for young kids & toddlers.

I'm a working mom, so everything we do is fast and easy.  Nothing is prepped to be pretty, just practical.  I have a refrigerator and a pantry that is stocked with snacks that the kids like, and they are allowed to get a snack whenever they want (unless it's right before a meal, or right before bedtime).  Here's the stuff my kids like:
  • Fresh fruits.  Favorites are kiwis, grapes, bananas, oranges (sliced not peeled), nectarines, apples.  I'm sure I'm missing some.  We always have fresh fruit.
  • Other fruit.  Fruit cups such as applesauce, mandarin oranges and mixed fruit (they love the ones with the cherries in them).  We also get banana chips and freeze dried fruit (apples, pears) on occasion.
  • Salty snacks.  Popcorn is a FAVORITE.  I've settled on generic microwave "natural butter" lately.  Crackers such as Ritz and Cheese-its.
  • Dairy snacks.  Yogurt -- they love Simply Gogurt.  I don't know why the tube is better than a cup, but whatever!  String cheese is also a winner.


July 26-If you could have a super power, what would it be? -Submitted by Sara @ Keep up with the Jones family

Maybe I've been playing too much Star Wars Lego, but I'm going with the Force.  Who wouldn't want to be able to move stuff with their mind, and control the weak-willed?  Plus -- do I get a light saber?


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