Thursday, March 29, 2012

Too Good Not to Share: Free Download Prints From Q.A. Design

Free Downloadable Prints by Q.A. Design
Love these prints? So do we!  Would you love it even more if you could download it for free with permission from the artist? Yeah, us too! 

These would be great colorful decorations for your kid's room, we suggest framing a print of each of the parent's home state or county.

Through the generosity of Q.A. Design you too can download a print for yourself - many states and countries available.  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

To Do List: World Water Day (March 22nd)

Did you know that March 22nd is World Water Day?  World Water Day was created by the United Nations to bring attention to the issues relating to clean water supply throughout the world.  World Water Day is a great opportunity to educate your children on the environment and the importance of clean water.

Breakfast: Starting out the day with a Sailboat Ham & Egg Sandwich is sure to put your child in the spirit.  Turning a sandwich into a sailboat is about as easy as it can get, and sure to entertain the little ones.

Storytime:  Clean Water for Elirose, by Ariah Fine is a great way to communicate to children issues related to water availability and what some people have to do to get clean drinkable water.  The author has generously set it up so that you can read the whole book for free online.  While you're there, you can order your own copy at whatever price you can afford.

Playdate:  Its important for children to understand the role they can play in ensuring our water supply is clean.  Grab your rain boots, rubber gloves, and trash bags and head down to a local river, pond or beach to collect litter.  As always, adults should be involved in the playdate, you will not only set a great example for your children but you can also ensure that they aren't picking up and hazardous materials. If you're in the Boston area, Beacon Street Baby suggests the following locations: the Esplanade, Jamaica Plain Pond, and Spy Pond.

Dinner:  What more perfect way to end a day celebrating water then Fish Sticks and Seaweed Salad.  Seaweed Salad can be bought in most supermarkets, check the fish section or the sushi station area.

Late-Nightcap:  After a long day sloshing around in rain boots and scrubbing pond dirt off the little ones, mama needs a beverage.  Shake up a Fox River Cocktail for a perfect after dinner drink.

Friday, March 16, 2012

To Do List: St. Patrick's Day (March 17th)

There is much more to St. Patrick's Day than just green beer and shamrocks.  Here's the Beacon Street Baby way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style.

Wish your little ones top of the morning with Green Eggs & Ham.  Whisk together eggs, add one cup chopped fresh spinach and a 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil.  Pour into buttered frying pan, scramble as usual.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread is a great accompaniment to the breakfast, especially when lathered with butter and jam!  No time to bake bread?  Check out the bakery section of your local supermarket, many actually carry Soda Bread for the time frame prior to St. Patrick's Day.

An essential pat of Irish culture is music and dance, for inspiration look no further than Riverdance.  A fun way to translate the rhymic step dance for children is through jump roping.  Lace up the tap shoes, pump up The Chieftains and let the kids loose!

Did you know that St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland? Well he did!  Hide and Go Snake is a great game for kids and adults alike.  Plant hidden snakes throughout your yard / nearby park / or inside your house if its raining.  Whoever collects the most snakes - wins!

Shepard's Pie is a delicious traditional meal in Ireland.  While a true Shepard's Pie is made with lamb (hence the whole "Shepard" part), you can substitute ground turkey or beef stew meat if preferred.

The kiddies are asleep, what a better way to finish your day then with a delicious adult beverage.  The Nutty Irishman is a delicious combination of Bailey's, Frangelico, Kahlua, coffee and whip cream.  But if you're gonna call it a night after a long day of jigging and jiving, you may want to do decaf!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bargain/Brahmin Baby: Tooth Fairy

The return of the gummy smile!  All those long months of teething are over, and now your little one’s teeth are dropping like flies.  Of course that means a visit from the Tooth Fairy is not far behind.  And the Tooth Fairy needs some parental help here folks.  Dont just stash the tooth under the pillow, place it in a little box so that our Fairy friend doesnt wake your little dreamer.

For the Bargain Baby, how can you say no to this adorable sweet tooth tin by ROMP, priced at just $3.50.
For the Brahmin Baby, where else but Tiffany’s for your very own hand painted porcelain tooth box.  A gorgeous keepsake at $215.00.

Either way you do it, enjoy the look of awe on your little one’s face when they wake and find the molar replaced with moola.

Dreaming of Dresses (for my wall)

While searching around for a unique baby shower gift, I came across this charming print available at Huset Home - this sweet, original illustration by Helen Dardik is a limited edition and if I were you, I'd treat yourself AND someone you love to this Scandanavian-inspired print!