Face painting 

 For a spontaneous summer activity, I thought it would be fun to face paint. I pulled out my craft paint and brushes and sat in  the shade. It was the perfect set up. And we painted away. My daughter wanted snowflakes on her face and my son wanted fireworks. The baby was wearing her butterfly wings so I painted a butterfly on her. 

Then of course the kids wanted to paint mommy’s face. At first I was like ” No.” Then I thought,  this is too much fun, let kids be kids and let them be creative. And let’s build good memories together. 

Sometimes as a parent I have to put my pride aside and focus on having fun with the kids without worrying about what others think. Yes, some of my neighbors saw my face like this and I just smiled and waved. If anyone judges me, that’s their problem and I will keep playing with the kids. 

Super Easy and Healthy Valentine’s Day meals

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  And when I think of Valentine’s Day I think of red and pink,  hearts, lace,  love,  and TONS of candy and treats.  

Don’t get me wrong:  I love candy and cupcakes and other treats.  I also like to have a balance of healthy options as well.  So I have put together three meals for Valentine’s Day that are healthy and super easy to make.  

First,  I have eggs with heart shaped toast and a berry smoothie.  I used a cookie cutter for the toast.  Then I blend frozen berries with milk for the smoothie. I made hard boiled eggs because that’s my kids favorite way to have an egg. 

Next is heart-shaped sandwiches with heart-shaped strawberries.  Again I used my handy-dandy  cookie cutter  for the bread.  You can make whatever sandwich you like.  (My kids like PB & J!) For the strawberry, I cut off the leaves in a V-shape, so the berry resembles a heart.   

Next,  we have XO soup.   I heated up a can of tomato soup,  because it’s red.  Then I put some sour cream in a ziploc bag and cut the corner and piped the XO onto the soup.  This was easy and my kids loved it.  

And I had to add a dessert.  This might not be very  healthy, but it is easy. Scoop strawberry ice cream into a bowl.  To make it look more festive, I added heart-shaped  strawberries and a chocolate heart.  And enjoy!  Easy peasy.