The cuteness overload of the new lion cubs at the National Zoo is almost too much. We were treated to some amazing interactions and awe moments. Including some that reminded all of us of our favorite Disney Movie, The Lion King.
About a week ago we got up and instead of our usual Sunday routine, headed out to a local golf course. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect, the closest to golf I have gotten was a pretty competitive game of Putt-Putt.
Our destination was the 1757 Golf Club, a beautiful golf course, training facility, and even wedding venue located in Loudoun County. Thanks to another blogger, Andrea of Real Housewives of Northern Virginia, a few of us were invited out to meet PGA golfers, tour the club, and let the kids take a swing -pun intended- at golf.
We started off our visit with a tour of 1757, learning more about the game. Who knew there was a science behind it? Before you scoff remember I’m a putt-putt girl. Just like in running where they measure your stride, in golf they can measure your swing. Then your clubs can be custom fitted as well as advice given on how to improve it.
Did you know most public golf courses/driving ranges have a FREE putting green. Basically you can make your own game of putt-putt. All you have to do is show up with your own clubs, balls, and athletic shoes.
After the tour of the grounds, the kids were invited to hit a few golf balls out onto the field. Naturally, this was their favorite part! Mike Aldrich, the PGA Player Development Manager, quickly won over the kids. They all seemed to gravitate to him and want him to teach them how to properly swing a golf club.
As you can see he had a captive audience as he explained the rules for the practice swing area. They must have listened well, we didn’t have any injuries!
The fun wasn’t just for the kids! The moms got to hit a few balls too. It was nice to be able to participate in the sport my kids were playing. As opposed to my usual role of cheerleader, water girl, and snack stand lady.
The kids had a blast learning a few basics of golf and just getting outside and hitting a ball. Golf is something I would never have thought about it before as a fun activity for the family, but now they are begging to go back and I can’t wait to take them!
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In our house, you might say we are a little obsessed with princesses and princes. So imagine the excitement when we got to watch the royal wedding and recently the royal baby’s debut to the world. When the opportunity came to review Bubblegum Princess I knew it was one I could not pass up. After all, although it is a work of fiction it centers on very real characters; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
This story is a “what might have been” if Prince William and Kate had met as children. Julie Gribble brings to life, Katy, a full of life young lady who loves to chew gum and blow bubbles. Which of course is disgraceful behavior in the eyes of her parents. One day she gets an invitation at the Queen’s palace for a party celebrating Prince Will. Her parents know that everyone needs to be on their best behavior and that means…you guessed it: Lay off the gum. Although sad, she agrees and gives up her bubble blowing fun. The day of the soiree Katy and her parents are pressed and dressed. Everything seems to be going well until POP! Oh no, right in front of the Queen! But Katy promises she didn’t blow the bubble. If she didn’t who did?
Bubblegum Princess is illustrated by Lori Hanson and man oh man are the pictures amazing! I love bubbles, the Queen’s corgis, everything about it. The characters come to life, practically leaping off the brightly colored pages. It’s nice to see a different style of drawings, uniqueness is something I tend to gravitate towards.
Even though this is a children’s book, it will not be one your younger readers will be able to read on their own. My daughter is a second grader and a very good reader. But she did have issues sounding out and understanding some of the big words throughout the book. That might bother some parents, but personally I am a fan of children’s books who throw in not so common words. It helps expand vocabulary and gets kids’ use to using inference skills to figure out just what that word might mean. Sneaking in learning, I Love it!
Bottom Line: I loved it, my daughter loved it, and your Princess will too! Find Bubblegum Princess on Amazon today!
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There are a lot of things to do and see in Washington DC. Any tour of DC or tourist guide will tell you the major things: monuments, Smithsonian Museum, White House, etc. But take it from a local the city has a lot more to offer.
One of my favorite places in Washington DC is Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market. Saturdays the streets come alive with vendors from all over selling everything from food and flowers to handmade jewelry and furniture. I have gotten some of my favorite pieces from that market. The best part? Dirt cheap.
If you are in town during October, a must for the kids is Boo at the Zoo. From 5:30-8:30 explore the zoo, enjoying special animal encounters and of course candy at different stations around the zoo. In the Big Cat area, my personal favorite, they have a train setup. Although admission to the National Zoo during the day is free, Boo at the Zoo requires you to buy tickets.
The Butterfly Habitat is not only beautiful but educational as well. My daughter loves trying to get the butterflies to land on her Bambi. This is one place to definitely bring your camera to. I think it is really cool to be able to observe the complete life cycles of butterflies.
I know I mentioned museums earlier as something any tour guide would tell you but this is one museum I don’t think you should skip over. The Spy Museum is a lot of fun for adults and kids alike. You learn the history of espionage from all over the world, from Biblical times to present day. Go on interactive Spy missions either inside the museum or around DC. The one hour Operation Spy mission is probably my favorite. Really allow yourself to get into character and you will have a blast! Perfect for the James Bond in all of us!
If you love sweets you have to check out Georgetown Cupcakes. Yes those Georgetown Cupcakes from TLC. Coming from someone who is not a huge fan of cupcakes, they made me a believer. All I can say about this one is yum. Oh, you will have to stand in line so be prepared.
Washington DC is full of great brick and mortar restaurants but don’t miss out on the food trucks. They might seem a little shady or even nasty if you have never eaten from one, I know that is how I felt the first time a friend suggested we try one. Um seriously, food out of a truck barf. Trust me though, there is some amazing food to be had out of those babies. To name a few: Curbside Cupcakes (cupcakes on the go, yes please), DC Empanadas, Fojol Brothers (one of the originals and still going strong), Basil Thyme (I think is better then the traditional Italian places in DC), Philly Steak Bites, and even Chick Fil-a. And now I am hungry…
I could not possibly list all the great places of DC in this post. But I hope that these give you some ideas for fun activities for you and your family or friends to experience.
What is your favorite location or event in DC?
Spring Break is finally here! I know some moms out there dread the week off but I love it. I feel like my kids are growing up so quickly that I can’t get enough one on one time with them. Getting to stay in my jammies and not having to see the o’ungodly wakeup time of 5:30am are just added bonuses. Nevertheless, having them home all day everyday means that I need to be on my A game. They will want to be entertained, having fun, and engaged in something at all times.
Despite the fact that this is SPRING break it is snowing outside and I know some of my moms in the Midwest are experiencing more snow too. So for Snow Day ideas I suggest my Snow Day Ideas for Kids. But for those of you who are enjoying nice weather I thought you might need/want some boredom busters.
1. Become Scientists (being mad is optional!) and create your own lab!
The internet is full of great ideas and simple science experiments. Here are three of our favorites:
- Create a volcano
All you need is baking soda, vinegar, plastic container, and food coloring (optional but it makes it look cool!) You could measure your ingredients or just wing it like my husband did. Honestly it makes for a bigger explosion and more giggles if you just combine a lot of the baking soda and vinegar!
- Tornado in a bottle
Take 2 empty 2 liter bottles. Fill one two-thirds of the way full with water. Add food coloring if you like for extra wow. Tape the tops of the bottles together using masking tape or duct tape. Turn upside down and make circles with the bottles to create the tornado effect.
- Rainbow Carnations
Turn boring white carnations into the colors of the rainbow! You will need a vase for each flower. Fill with water and add 10 to 20 drops of food coloring (depending on size of vase). Place one flower in each color and let them sit for about a day. Your little ones will be amazed at the magic flowers!
2. Visit a National Park or Museum.
We are very fortunate here in the DC Metro area to be a stone’s throw from several historic sites, battlefields, and museums. The National Park Service offers a list of parks by state.
3. Organize a Spring Cleaning Party.
This doesn’t sound like a lot of fun and I’m sure your children, if old enough, will think you are tricking them. But seriously, you can make it fun, get your house decluttered and teach them about helping others in need. I put on some upbeat Disney movie songs and we dance around while we straighten up and clean out our rooms. We also pick out toys, clothes, etc that can be donated to those less fortunate than us. What kind of a party would it be without dessert? We celebrate having a clean house with the yummy Stonyfield frozen greek yogurt topped with organic sprinkles!
4. Never underestimate the power of the Playdate.
This might be a no brainer but I think sometimes we forget that it is ok to not be our child’s playmates 24/7. Chances are you have a friend who has their children home too and could use a break.
5. Create a Craft Studio in your house.
All those fun pins on Pinterest, DIY gift ideas, home decor projects, now is the time to get started! I love letting the kids dig into our craft drawers and create whatever is in their hearts. This is also perfect for any handmade gifts that need to be finished in time for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.
6. Visit the Library for Storytimes and other programs.
Our library offers a variety of programs for children of all ages. I would encourage you to visit your local library’s website or visit them to learn more about the programs offered. It’s educational, fun, and free!
7. Kid’s Choice. Let them pick what they want to do.
I try to remember that being structured and a planner is a good thing but that I need to also feed my children’s creativity and give them the chance to make choices for themselves. Whether it’s a Mommy Daughter date or vacation time, I always let them choose one activity all on their own. Of course if it is something crazy like going to the moon that’s not going to happen! But hey let’s visit the air and space museum and see the space ships!
I hope these ideas help you keep your troops happy and your sanity in tack this week. And as a former teacher, I am sure your child’s teacher would love to hear that you appreciate all they do and how hard they work!
Do you have anything fun planned for Spring Break?