Archives for the month of: June, 2012


This week’s Recipe for Fun is a Flag Fruit Pizza. As always, it’s an easy peasy to prepare and the kiddos will have fun helping arranging the blueberries around the circumference. Shabby in Suburbia has a complete pictorial for this sure to be a hit Fourth of July crowd pleaser.

For even more fun with the family, try tossing this ball around and you end up with ice cream.

Have a Ball!
This great, award-winning ice cream maker provides lots of tasty fun. Here’s how it works: put rock salt and ice in one end, ice cream mix in the other, shake, pass, or roll the ball for about 20 minutes (please don’t throw or kick it!), and run for a spoon. Use the included recipes or create an all-new flavor. The go-anywhere Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker requires no electricity, is durable, lightweight, portable, easy to clean, and makes one pint of delicious, homemade ice cream. It’s ideal for camping, boating, picnics, parties, travel or anywhere! Made of durable polycarbonate, the ball is lightweight, portable and easy to use.

Amber, our customer care manager has a new car! Guess what color it is?

British researchers have determined that the color of your car tells others something about your personality.

What does the color of your car say about your personality? Check below to see if it matches.

Popular car colors and the personalities who drive them, according to

Black: Aggressive personality or someone who is an outsider or rebel. Of all car colors, this is the most likely to be involved in an accident.

Silver: Cool, calm and slightly aloof.

Green: Hysterical tendencies.

Yellow: Idealistic and novelty loving.

Blue: Introspective, reflective and cautious.

Gray: Calm, sober and dedicated to work.

Red: Full of zest, energy and drive; thinks, moves and talks quickly.

Pink: Gentle, loving and affectionate.

White: Status-seeking extroverts.

Cream: Self-contained and controlled. This color car is least likely to be involved in an accident.

We would like to get to get to know you a little better, what color is your car?

Up the Wall…. but where are the ropes and harness?

REI take a look at this Alice In Wonderland-inspired climbing wall located in Toyko’s posh Omotesando Shopping Center.

Notice the  unusual elements such as a baroque picture frames, mirrors, deer heads, birdcages, and flower vases as grappling fixtures which forces fitness to juxtapose with style.

This wall caught our attention while studying plans for a mini climbing walls for young children.

Sail into Summer with this week’s Recipe for Fun: Deviled Egg Sailboats.

Instructions from Family Fun
  1. Peel the eggs, then slice each one in half to make boats. Place the yolks in a medium-sized bowl and mash them with a fork. Add the mustard and the vinegar, then add the mayonnaise, stirring until the consistency is smooth but not soupy.
  2. Next, make the sails. To do this, cut each pepper into 1-inch-wide strips, then cut the strips into 1-inch squares and slice each square in half diagonally.
  3. Fill the egg-white halves with the yolk mixture. Stick the sail upright into the filling and sprinkle with paprika. Makes two dozen.


Paper plate Sundial

Summer officially kicks off tomorrow with the summer solstice marking the longest day of the year, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. Though the actual length of the 24-hour day doesn’t change, daylight will last a fraction of a second longer on June 20 than on June 19 or 21. From here on out, the days will get just a bit shorter each day until the winter solstice in December.

Make a Sun Dial to welcome summer. Many years ago people had to use the sun to tell him. Learn how people told time before the invention of watches and clocks by making a sun clock.

The National Wildlife Federation has the complete instructions for this project.

What you need:

·         paper plate

·         plastic straw

·         sharpened pencil

·         crayons

·         ruler

·         pushpins

Who Has Bed Bugs? We do!

What a rude awakening, when you’ve got Bed Bugs!
Players try to remove little plastic bed bugs of their color from a vibrating bed with oversized tweezers. The first to get all their bed bugs out of the bed wins. Excellent for building hand eye coordination in young and old alike. It’s a wild ride but watch out, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Don’t keep the bed bugs out of your house. Put them on your fun games list for rainy day games.

Lego lovers listen up! Wash out your legos, fill them up with Jello and look what you will have; Jello Jlegos.

What an easy Recipe for Fun!

Flag day

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.

Happy Flag Day!

Flag Day is June 14.  We all know that the Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School,  to observe June 14 as Flag Birthday. This was the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of  The Stars and Stripes.

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach who at the time was historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, on April 25, 1893 a resolution requesting all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as ‘Flag Day’. It would be a day where school children would be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Flag Day Facts

  • The first American flag was made in 1776 by a woman named Betsy Ross. At that time there were only 13 stars on the flag for the 13 states. The stars were meant to stand for, “13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
  • The American flag today has 13 alternate red and white horizontal stripes which signify the first 13 confederate states of the country. There is also a blue square in the top left-hand corner with 50 with stars. These signify the current 50 states.
  • The American flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem “The Star Spangled Banner” on September 14, 1814. It later became the national anthem of the United States.
  • The white on the American flag stands for purity and innocence, the red for hardiness and valor and blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice.
  • Astronaut Neil Armstrong placed the flag on the moon on July 20, 1969. The Moon is the most remote place in which the American flag is displayed, although it can also be found at the North Pole and on top of Mount Everest.

Laws of the Flag

  • No part of the flag is supposed to be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be attached to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen and members of patriotic organizations.
  •  The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is bad, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

Now let’s all wave our flags and bake a easy and delicious patriotic Stars and Stripes Forever Cake to celebrate.


Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 1 hour 58 min
Makes: 12 servings

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy or Whipped vanilla frosting
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Make and cool cake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan.
  2. Frost with frosting. Arrange berries on frosted cake to make flag design. Serve immediately.