Here in Minnesota we are hoping that there will be some “Spring ahead” for us and the sooner the better. With eight foot snow drifts and ice covered roads there is not yet a visible sign in site.
Setting our clocks ahead early tomorrow morning will at least feel like the first step in looking forward to welcoming warmer weather and longer days. After an unbelievable fifty days of subzero weather so far this year, Spring can not arrive fast enough.
It’s about time, literally and figuratively, to remember daylight saving (not savings) time officially begins tomorrow: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2 a.m. The concept of something much like DST was referenced by Benjamin Franklin in a satirical 1784 essay titled An Economical Project.
So let’s spring ahead.
From all of us at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys,
we wish all of our friends near and far away a healthy and happy new year!
Thank you notes are now on the endangered habits list.
Etiquette experts are pleading for you to do your part in helping bring them back from extinction. Are you helping revive this lost art with your children?
It’s always best to write a thank you note within a day or two of receiving a gift. Sooner is always better than later. Sit down with your children and help them learn how to write thank you notes for their gifts. This habit is best started when your children are young. Try to avoid pre-written cards that seem to be popular these days. These are the ones which say something along the lines of “Thank you for the ________.” They don’t really convey much effort and appreciation.
The note should be short and sweet, but more than the 1 sentence. Thank the giver for the gift, list one thing the recipients likes about the gift or how she plans to use it. This time of year it is easy to conclude with wishing the giver a very happy new year. Ooph offers a thank you note cheat sheet that follows the 3 sentence rule.
Personalized cards are available from itsybitsypaper.
Check out The Speckled Duck for a selection of cute kids cards. Warning: don’t be tempted by their fill in the blank cards.
Who wouldn’t appreciate a warm thanks?
We think this one’s a hoot from smallfrynotables.
Visit Emily Post online for more tips.
If we all put in a little effort, teach our children to show their gratitude with a hand written thank you note, this endangered list may disappear.
No, Boxing Day is not a day for returning unwanted Christmas gifts. Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated in Great Britain on December 26th, a day when civil servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors.
This custom is linked to an older English tradition since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. (Downton Abbey-esque)
The employer would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food. In general term, it’s a gift sharing day.
Gotta love these vintage ads!
A Hoover or a Cadillac, which would have made you happier? As they say, “getting a Hoover for Christmas would really suck.”
You can sit at this Hit Parade retro diner set and ponder the question.
How about reviving this 1980′s Jello Jigglers Gingerbread Man retro recipe? “There’s always room for Jello “on any Christmas Wish List.
4 packages (4-serving size) Jell-O Brand Gelatin or Sugar Free Gelatin, any flavor
2 1/2 cups boiling water or fruit juice
Dissolve gelatin completely in boiling water in a bowl. Pour into 8- or 9-inch square pan.Chill until firm, about 4 hours. Cut with any cookie cutter. Garnish as desired. Cube remaining gelatin.
Child Size Grand Piano for your budding musician.
Happy Birthday Ludwig!
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany December 16, 1770. His father, a singer, was his first teacher. As a very young boy, Ludwig became a traveling performer, and soon found himself supporting his family.
In his early twenties, Ludwig moved to Vienna, where he spent the rest of his life. He was one of the first composers to make a living without being employed by the church or a member of nobility. At first, he was known as a brilliant pianist, but when he was around 30 years old, he started going deaf. When he could no longer hear well enough to play the piano, Beethoven composed some of his best music even after he was deaf.
Beethoven is considered one of the greatest musical geniuses who ever lived. His nine symphonies are what is is most famous for, but also wrote chamber music, choral music, piano music, string quartets, as well as an opera.
Start your little ones out on this colorful Learn to Play Piano featuring 25 keys and 2 full octaves to give kids a wide range of notes to play. Included is an illustrated songbook and color-coded key chart.
What’s a birthday without a birthday cake? Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has this delicious Pretend Birthday Cake that will let you have your cake and (pretend) eat it too.
We always like to end on a sweet note. Cookie Tray Cookies has these no bake delectable musical cookies available ready to ship.
It’s snowing here in Minneapolis, again! This collage caught my eye and the title “Catching Snowflakes” was so fitting for today. Just had to share. Isn’t this original art the cutest? The creative came from Aly Marcotte’s 3rd graders and posted on Artisan des Arts blog. All that talent in one classroom!
These Tortilla Snowflakes are today’s Recipe for Fun. If your house is anything like ours, you’ll find this is a great cook together for the whole family.
Snowflake Tortillas for a snowy day.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Warm the tortillas (about 15 seconds) in the microwave.
- Individually fold the tortillas in half once and then in half again, so that you end up with a shape that resembles a wedge of pie (it will be thick). Using clean scissors, cut triangle, circles, or squares out of the edges, as if you were making paper snowflakes. Unfold the tortillas.
- Lightly brush the tops of the snowflakes with canola or vegetable oil and place them on a cookie sheet slightly apart.
- Bake them until lightly browned and crisp (about 4 minutes). Sift confectioners’ sugar on the snowflakes while warm. For an extra sparkly effect, you can sprinkle on a bit of edible glitter. Makes 6.
Now, go ahead and catch some snowflakes at your house.