Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Playskool playdate

A few weeks ago we were invited to Miranda from Lemons and Laughs house for a Playskool Playdate. She is amazing and made a delicious spread with tons of vegan options for us. The kids had such a great time playing with the star of the show Elmo. Let's imagine Elmo comes with 3 different hats. He plays the role of whatever hat he is wearing, encouraging the kids to play along with him. Each kid seemed to love it. Eventually it turned into one of the kids chasing the others around the house with a "Elmo's gonna get you!". Too cute!

Vegan Elmo cupcakes! Elinor is used to me saying no sorry it isn't vegan. She was so stoked to eat what all the other kids were. Thanks again Miranda!

We all get to go home with a couple of Hasbro toys too! Elinor loved the Mr Potato Head/Optimus Prime mashable

We got home and she couldn't wait to get them out again to play with. She said "hey Mr Potato Head. How do you like my tree?" Meaning the fire coming out of Grimlocks mouth. She doesn't know much about fire breathing, poor kid.





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Atlantic City

After our trip to Sahl Farm last week, we were just a little bit away from Atlantic City. We have barely been to the beach this summer which has bummed all of us out. It wasn't the warmest day but it was perfect and no crowds! I've only been there once years ago when Dave and I were first dating. It was dead winter and super late. Besides the beach I didn't know if anything would interest Elinor. I forgot how themed some places are on the boardwalk. She loved the lobby of some western themed casino and when we walked through Caesars she was obsessed with the statues.

We made it all the way down to steel pier. Elinor saw the Ferris wheel from so far away and was focused on getting there. Every few minutes "I wanna go there daddy!". She is so small and only had the option of 2 rides. She picked the motorcycles. We thought they just went in a circle but nope they also jerked up and down. She was the only kid riding and her poor little face was terrified. When she got off she told us she loved it and wanted to try another ride. It was already pretty late at that point and we headed back to the car.

I forget how close Jersey beaches are to us. I feel like they are so far since I don't see the ocean everyday like I did in Boston. Hopefully next year we can make more trips there.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Creative Galaxy

We love tv around here. I know a lot of people limit tv and we do but not as much as some. I do try to make sure Elinor is watching educational shows. She has recently been leaning towards shows with bad havior in them and copying. It's been frustrating. There is a show where the little brother whines and baby talks. Of course that's who Elinor is copying.

I was so excited when I heard about Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime Instant Video. A little alien named Arty and his sidekick Epiphany solve everyday problems with art. As soon as the show came on, Elinor was glued to the iPad. Creative Galaxy is perfect for preschoolers to inspire creative thinking. After the show there is a live action clip of kids making the craft that Arty did. Elinor was already asking to do the activity Arty did during the whole episode. When it came to the live action part, she was going to her craft bin to collect supplies.

In one of the episodes, Arty and his friend make a table cloth with paper. They make roads and bridges so they can still play with their cars at the table. We recreated this craft by using brown butcher paper, construction paper, tissue paper and more. I cut strips of black paper and let her glue them down to make the road. She had remembered Arty made a bumpy bridge over his lake. So we made a bumpy bridge too. She played all day with her ponies at the table. The next day we moved it to the floor and added some drawing with chalk. The next day she wanted to add playdough to her scenery. Her imagination has been exploding lately and this was a perfect activity to encourage that.

Creative Galaxy is such a great show. I'm really happy that there are so many educational shows that encourage children to learn and create. Elinor is asking to make paper mâché bowls. Arty made some in another episode. We need to go stock up on more crafts!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Juju salon

*we were provided with free services from juju salon but all opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago we were invited to a mommy and kid night at Juju Salon on 4th st in Philly. We were able to choose a few different services. I went with a blow out an Elinor got a mani. The salon is beautiful and everyone there is so friendly. Elinor was nervous when we first walked in so they gave her a spray bottle to water their plants.

Our little friend S from We're Parents
Adelaide from Next Life Chapter checking out Elinor's nails.

I went first and Ryan gave me an amazing blow out. I wish I could get him to do my hair anytime I went anywhere! I've never seen my hair so full and wavy. I try to curl it myself but it is limp within 30 min. After my hair was all pretty and perfect, Elinor got her mani. I've only painted her nails and she sits really well but with someone she didn't know, I wasn't sure. She of course did great. I swear I could have someone do full glitz pageant makeup on her and she would sit for it. Colleen was so sweet and engaging with Elinor. I always imagined going to do these things with Elinor when she is older but she is totally ready now.

Thank you Paige from Spit That Out and Juju Salon for a great night!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

And my computer is done

I brought my computer in this weekend and it isn't fixable. Such a bummer but not the end of the world. I plan on trying to figure the best way to keep up with blogging from our iPad which has a cracked screen (thanks elinor). The blogger app isn't the best but I think I found another app (blogsy) that will allow me to add in links and such. It worked ok for my last post but the pictures from Sahl Farm ended up coming out fuzzy. I will have to mess with settings and figure out how to fix it.

Any recommendations on blogging from an iPad or even finding a good keyboard for one would be greatly appreciated!

Elinor eating crackers is way cuter than a picture of my broken computer.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Sahl father son farm

This weekend we were invited to Sahl Father Son Farm for pumpkin picking, corn mazing and more.

Sahl Farm is in Egg Harbor, NJ. I've never been there but it is only a hour away and a pretty drive especially with all the changing trees right now. It's a family run farm with the nicest family. Even their kids were running around helping out here and there.
There was a little hay maze for little kids to run through. I can't even tell you how many times Elinor did this maze. I figured the first time through she would end up just climbing over the hay but she didn't! She worked around the maze until finding the exit. She saw the 3 corn mazes after. She ran straight into the middle level. We let her go and just followed closely behind. We ended up having to turn around and come out the entrance. We didn't have a map and following a 2 yr old wasn't a good idea. The beginner level worked out a lot better.
There was so many activities around and everything is right in the same area. Your kids can run around and play in all directions and you can still see them. I saw it happen! As I talked with jersey family fun bloggers I watched Elinor play on a dirt hill and in the corn barn. There is also a frisbee game, racing pigs, racing plastic ducks down a water pump and more! I felt sad about the racing pigs when we first got there. But then we saw a race happen. The owner gave the pigs a treat and then put the rest of the treat on the other end of a small circle. He would let them go and they just ran to get the rest of their snack. Plus those little guys were so so cute.
The last thing to do was pick pumpkins. We got on the tractor hay ride and went out into the field. Elinor only wanted tiny so cute pumpkins. She's into everything being tiny and so cute right now. We convinced her to find a bigger pumpkin for now.
We spent a good few hours there. It was a perfect day and such a pretty place. If you are near Egg Harbor, NJ, check out Sahl Father Son Farm.