Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Artsy Play Wednesday

Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 
     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 where each week, creative blogs add links to their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can be inspired to try new things with the children in our lives.  Starting next week, three more blogs will join forces in a collaborative Artsy Play Wednesday.  The linky will be the same.  The main difference is that one of the four blogs will do the featured art or play activity each week.  Next week, Capri + 3's project will be featured.  I will introduce the three blogs that are part of the new Artsy Play Wednesday next week.  For those who receive reminders, nothing will change (unless I receive a request for a change).  I will share an activity  I did this week with the Sugar Snaps, and then please jump in and add your links.  Last year, I made a recycled soda can foam sticker stamp that they enjoyed using.  I decided to try a similar project using a four heart design to make a four leaf clover stamp.


Shamrock made from Recycled Egg Carton Sticker Stamp


Recycled Egg Carton Sticker Four Leaf Clover Stamp:

You will  need:
  • Recycled egg carton
  • Foam heart stickers (I used 16, but you could use less)
  • Green tempera paint
  • paper plate or washable plastic plate for paint
  • Construction paper in color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Paper towel to blot paint if desired

     Cut the egg carton so that you  have four parts (where four eggs used to be).  Attach the foam stickers to the back side of the carton in a four leaf clover pattern.

Attach the stickers to that flat side of each section.

     Layer the stickers to the desired thickness for your stamp.  I used four hearts per clover leaf. 

Your finished stamp will look like this, leaving a handle to hold in the center of the other side.

Ryder was excited that he made his very own Four Leaf Clover shape.

        Pour a small amount of green paint onto a plate and have your child dip the stamp into the paint holding on to the center of the egg carton as a handle.  If you would like a finished four leaf clover, take the paper after one stamping and provide another paper so that your child can stamp multiple times.  Have your older child draw a stem or you can do that for younger children.  If desired, use a paper towel to blot the excess paint for a more polished finish.  
     Now it is your turn.  Please add as many direct links as you like to your arts, crafts and play posts (so that everyone can find them later).  I look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas.  Feel free to pin any post you enjoy, or simply pin Artsy Play Wednesday so  that you can have access to all the great ideas at once when you have more time.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Multiples Monday

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     Happy Monday!  Thanks for stopping by Multiples Monday on Capri + 3 where each week, blogs about multiples come together and add links to their posts so that we can ride along on their adventures and enjoy adorable family photos. I will get things started with a photo of the Sugar Snaps from this past weekend, and then please join in.  We took the Sugar Snaps to the local gardens where we have a membership and, for the first time, they walked more than they rode.  We pushed the strollers and they held on to the sides.  It is wonderful to see them being able to become active participants in our family adventures.  They no longer want to sit on the sidelines or in the strollers.  They want to get up and be part of the action.







     Please add as many direct links to your posts about multiples as you would like (so that we can all find them months from now).  I look forward to reading each one.  Enjoy your week. 

BIG Potty



     We have been working on potty training with all four of the Sugar Snaps, but so far, Capri is the one  who has really taken off.  She is at 95% success during the day not including naps.  We have even started taking her on outings with her underwear and so far, so good.  She had been using a small potty seat which is great for home, but she was scared of the 'big potty' whenever I encouraged her to try it.  So we purchased a child size potty seat which fits onto the adult toilet.  I made several attempts to have her sit on the big potty and was met with bursts of tears and terrified cries of "down!"




     One day last week, she said she needed to go potty.  I asked her if she wanted to use the big potty or the little potty, fully expecting her to say "little potty."  Much to my surprise, she said, "Big potty." She proudly sat on the big potty and giggled at her own success.  I was ecstatic too at her accomplishment and called Greg who was on his way home from work while she was still on the potty.  As soon as he said "hello" I told him enthusiastically that his daughter was sitting on the big potty for the very first time.  I then put the phone up to Capri's ear and she announced, "big potty" into the phone.  I was expecting to hear Greg's enthusiasm as she told him the news, but he only said "hello" several times.  I took the phone and asked him why he did not congratulate his daughter on using the big potty.  A male voice said, "Hello?  Who is this?."  I said, "I'm very sorry, wrong number" and hung up the phone, a little mortified that I had shared Capri's big potty success with an unsuspecting stranger. 

     Do you  have any potty training stories or embarrassing moments to share?  I'd love to hear from you.  As always, comments are welcome.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artsy Play Wednesday

Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
 


     Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.  This is the place to come and find new ideas to try with the children in your life.  Starting in March, we will have a new format where more blogs will be involved and there will be a featured art project each week in addition to the linky.  The linky will remain the same, so  please keep coming back and adding all of your great ideas.  This week, we added some fun play to the Sugar Snaps bath by making it a St. Patrick's Day bath experience.  I will share this play activity, and then please join in.



St. Patrick's Day Bath Fun

You will need:
  • Green food coloring
  • Foam pieces in green--if desired
  • St Patrick's Day stickers-if desired
  • Construction Paper (if laminating stickers)
  • Laminating sheet and Laminating Machine-if desired
  • Empty containers such as cups and Tupperware to fill with green water and gather Shamrocks

             If you wish to add the stickers, you can use the stickers alone if you do not have a laminating machine.  Or, if you have a laminating machine, stick the stickers on a sheet of construction paper.  Place it inside a laminating sheet and laminate.  Cut out the stickers with construction paper.  They are now more water resistant and can be used for multiple baths.  Add a few drops of green food coloring to the running bath water until it achieves the desired color.  Sprinkle the green foam shapes into the bath which will stick to the sides of the bath when wet.  Add the stickers or laminated stickers and empty containers to the bath.  Your children can now play in the fun green water and stick the foam shapes and stickers to the sides of the tub or collect them in the containers.  They can learn about Shamrocks and St. Patrick's Day while enjoying the fun sensory experience.
         Now it is your turn.  Please add direct links to as many arts, crafts and play posts as you would like (so that everyone can find your great ideas later).  I look forward to reading your posts.  Feel free to pin any of the posts you enjoy or you can always pin Artsy Play Wednesday to access all of the ideas at once when you  have more time.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.


    Sunday, February 17, 2013

    Multiples Monday

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         Happy Multiples Monday!  Each week blogs about multiples come together and share their posts so that we can join them on their family adventures and see their cute photos.  I will get things started with photos from the Sugar Snaps' three Valentine's Days.  Last year, I bought the shirts too big because that is all they had at the store.  It paid off when they could wear them this year too (and throughout the year).

    2011

    2012

    2013

         In the first two pictures, Xayden does not have his curly hair yet.  It is funny to think that we had no idea he had curly hair for quite some time.  This year, Capri is wearing the same shirt, but has a foam heart sticker in the center.  If you have a blog about multiples, please add as many direct links to your posts as you like (so everyone can find them  later).  I look forward to reading each one. Have a wonderful week.

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Grown-up Getaway

       

         When we were engaged to be married, my soon-to-be sister-in-law gave us the generous gift of a one night getaway which included a massage for each of us at the hotel's spa. Somehow this certificate was misplaced at Greg's house where he lived before we got married. We never found it until recently at our own house when we were organizing things. What a welcome surprise! Grandpa and Grandma came for a visit and offered to watch the Sugar Snaps for a night so that we could get away. We gratefully accepted their offer and booked the hotel. I was preoccupied with making sure that the Sugar Snaps and their grandparents had everything they needed as I got ready for our night away. Greg had already thrown his small suitcase in the car when I asked him if we should share a suitcase as it was only for one night. My other suitcase is large and seemed too big so I grabbed a colorful Trader Joe's reusable tote bag along with another shopping tote and put my things in there.

         We arrived at the hotel which was fancier than we expected. It was valet service only with young men dressed in vintage hats gathering luggage and opening the doors. We felt a little embarrassed by the bright grocery store tote bags as they were lifted onto the shiny gold luggage carts, but it was too late. We arrived early so our room was not yet ready and we cringed a little as our baggage sat visible on the fancy gold cart. Once our room was ready, one of the vintage hat guys pushed the cart to our room. Once we could stow our bags, we were able to blend in. We had booked the couple's room at the spa where we each had a heavenly massage. My knots of tension melted away and we felt like we were on vacation.


    This was the view of the ocean from our balcony.

      
    We were enchanted to see the ocean from the chipmunk's perspective.

      
    The Harbor Seals gathered in a party on the rocks

      
    while the Pelicans convened for a bath on the shore.


     We marveled as a man and a Harbor Seal body surfed the same wave


         We had a wonderful time on our ocean getaway.  When it was time to go home, we gathered our bags and stood in line to check out.  The man in front of us was dressed impeccably and carried expensive designer bags.  He wore a beautiful belt with a Fleur-de-lis pattern carved all the way around into the first layer of dark brown leather revealing a lighter brown suede underneath.   Once again, we were bemused by our bright tote bags.  His belt alone cost more than our outfits and baggage combined.  The old children's song, "one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong" played in our minds.  We checked out feeling rested and rejuvenated as we waited for the guy in the vintage hat to bring our car.  We were excited to see Grandpa, Grandma and the Sugar Snaps.  After our grown-up getaway, we returned with renewed energy for our children.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Artsy Play Wednesday

    Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3
      

         Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at play!  Each week, creative blogs come together and share their arts, crafts and play posts so that we can be inspired to try fun new ideas with the children in our lives.  I will get things started with an activity I did with the Sugar Snaps this week and then, please join in and add your posts.


    Heart Brownies:

    You will  need:
    • Brownie Mix and added ingredients (or make from scratch)
    • 13" x 9" pan
    • Heart shape cookie cutter (of any size you prefer)
    • Frosting (use store bought or make your own) If you are making your own, add red food coloring to make it pink if desired.
    • Butter knife or spoon to spread frosting
    • Sprinkles and spoon to sprinkle with if desired 
         Make the brownie mix according to your recipe or package directions.  I used the recipe from the back of the Nestle's Chocolate Chips.   Bake in the 13" x 9" pan until done.  Allow to cool.  Cut out hearts with the heart shape cookie cutter.  Place an individual heart onto a plastic or paper plate for your child to decorate.

    The brownie heart ready to be decorated...

           Make the frosting or open the store bought container.  I used this recipe to make the frosting. Have your child spread the frosting on the brownie using a spoon or butter knife.  Then, have your child add the sprinkles using a spoon or fingers. 

    Grayson enjoyed sprinkling his brownie using a spoon.

         Now it is your turn.  Please link as many arts, crafts and play posts as you would like.  Use direct links to your posts rather than your homepage so that everyone can find your great ideas months from now.  I look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas.  Feel free to pin any post you enjoy or simply pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can return at your leisure and access all the fun ideas at once.  It is time to inspire and be inspired. Enjoy.

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

    Multiples Monday

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          Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3.  Each week, blogs about multiples join together as a community and share their posts so that we can share in their adventures and enjoy their family photos.  I will get things started with a photo of the Sugar Snaps and a delightful set of triplet girls.  I grew up living across the street from Tonia who was an amazing friend throughout my childhood.  We lost touch for a while and she faced some challenges starting a family until they were blessed with triplets.  A few years later, we had the Sugar Snaps.  When I was pregnant, Tonia's girls had just turned three and she gave us their cribs as her daughters transitioned to toddler beds.  The Sugar Snaps still enjoy the cribs from Tonia's girls and we are so grateful for her generosity.  She gave us so many things from her girls that helped us through the first year and beyond. It was nice to connect as mamas of multiples and to share memories from childhood.


    Gwyneth, Faith and Willow cuddle with the Sugar Snaps.

        If you  have a blog about multiples, please jump right in and add your posts.  I look forward to reading each one. 

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    Artsy Play Wednesday

    Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3


         Welcome to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 and Caution! Twins at play!. Each week, creative blogs add links to their posts about arts, crafts and play activities so that we can be inspired to try new things with the children in our lives. Beginning in March, Artsy Play Wednesday will be transforming to include a few more blogs and will feature a different craft each week from one of the blogs along with the linky. That should be fun! I will get things started with a craft I did with the Sugar Snaps this week, and then please jump in and add your links.



     Shaving Cream Hearts with Candy Sprinkles:

    You will need:
    • Shaving cream (I used one for sensitive skin with no scent from CVS)
    • Container to mix up shaving cream 'paint'
    • 2 spoons
    • Bowl for sprinkles
    • Red food coloring
    • candy sprinkles (or you could use glitter)
    • White glue
    • Wax paper (or any paper you would like to use to protect your table)
    • Construction paper in pink and one other color of your choice for the background

     Ryder enjoyed spreading the pink shaving cream paint onto hie heart.

         Dispense desired amount of shaving cream into your container and squeeze a generous amount of white glue into the shaving cream to create the consistency you prefer.  Stir the shaving cream and glue with a spoon and then add red food coloring and mix until it achieves the desired color of pink (or red).  Cut a heart out of the pink paper and place it on a sheet of wax paper.  I used wax paper so the heart would not stick during the process but you can use any paper to protect your table.  Have your child spread the pink foam 'paint' onto the heart with the spoon (or fingers can be used).  Then give your child a bowl with a small amount of candy sprinkles and demonstrate how to sprinkle them on the heart (letting your child take over and finish the heart).  Then, add glue about the size of the heart to the background paper and lay the heart on top.  Set the project out to dry.

         Now it is your turn.  Please add as many direct links to arts, crafts and play posts as you would like.  Feel free to pin any post you enjoy or you can simply pin Artsy Play Wednesday so that you can come back and have access to all the fun ideas at once when you have time.  It is time to inspire and be inspired.  Enjoy.

         
     

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

    Multiples Monday

    multiples monday with capri +3
     
         Welcome to Multiples Monday on Capri + 3 where each week blogs about multiples come together as a community and share their posts.  It is fun to read about their family adventures and see all the cute photos.  I will get things started with a photo of our niece Emma with the Sugar Snaps this past weekend.  They were so excited to spend time with her and have been talking about her ever since she left.  Capri was literally shaking with excitement when we told her she could play with Emma.

    A rare group shot where all five are actually smiling...if only this could be a new trend.


          If you have a blog about multiples, please join in the fun and link directly to your posts (rather than  your homepage) so that everyone can find them months from now.  I look forward to reading each one.  Comments are welcome.
     
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