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Friday, March 16, 2012

Free St Patrick's Day Fun - all week at McAlister's Deli!

YUM! McAlister’s Deli celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Free Cookies
Looking for a little luck of the Irish?

McAlister’s Deli is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

all week

by giving away free cookies to patrons wearing green.

McAlister’s Deli “Lucky Days” run through the week of March 12-17.

Show off your best green attire for a fabulous sweet treat!
The following locations are participating in "Lucky Days":

7720 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236

4560 Cornell Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45241

7622 Cox Ln. West Chester, OH 45069

5040 Deerfield Blvd. Mason, OH 45040

2865 Dixie Hwy. Crestview Hills, KY 41017

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Entertaining Kids at the Grocery - scavenger cards

If you're like me, the thought of inviting kids along on a shopping trip can set your nerves on edge! If someone had told my 16 year old self that sneaking out of the house for a solo grocery trip would be a rare chance for some alone time, I would have thought they were crazy. With EmDee's work schedule, the girls and I do most everything together and that solo trip really IS a rare one. I've found that involving the girls in our errands always makes things go more smoothly. So does avoiding meal and nap time, but that's a post for another day! ;)

Tis the season for seed catalogs, and we always seem to receive more of them each year. I've started crafting with them, and this is one of my favorites yet. I had the girls search for their favorite fruits and vegetables, along with some that I picked for them. Once the produce had been located, Sweetpea and I cut them out and Sweetpea and Sugar Plum glued them onto squares of cardboard from a cereal box we'd finished.

Once the cards were dry, the girls hole punched a corner, and we added the cards to one of our Dandelion teething key rings! Aren't these adorable? We can add or subtract to include produce that is actually on the grocery list, and the girls each get a ring. They are responsible for locating their produce, and if the trip is going well they get to help load their items into the cart as well.

I'm thinking of upcycling a grocery ad or two to include some more items from our shopping list.

What tricks do you use to make shopping with kids go more smoothly?

*disclaimer* Dandelion sent me several of their corn based teething rings to compost, and a few extras for the girls to play with. (isn't it cool that their corn based bioplastics will compost?!) I'll keep you posted as to how the composting is going, and in the meantime, the girls love their keys and grocery cards!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sweet, soft and sustainable: Dandelion handcrafted hats!

In the pursuit of eco friendly and sustainable products, I'm so glad I was introduced to Dandelion Earth Friendly Goods. Dandelion makes several products, from feeding accessories to toys to layette items.

As I have been relentlessly attacking the "stuff" in our house in an effort to simplify and declutter, I was looking for useful and fun Christmas presents for the girls this past December. These hats (with matching rattle balls) fit the bill - who could resist the cute? Made from bamboo fibers, they are cuddly soft.

My girls love to try on hats, but rarely leave them on. Finally we have hats that the girls want to wear everywhere! Here they are, modeling their favorite outerwear in the one snowfall we've had this year...

Mmmm, this white stuff is good!

What, you don't kiss your snowmen? :)

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