Thursday, May 21, 2015

UncommonGoods Kids Quotes Contest!

If your kids are anything like mine, surely they say things that make you either crack up or cringe on a regular basis. My children have given me enough material for both stand-up comedy and therapy, and judging by my Facebook newsfeed, I'm certain my friend's kids are equally as hysterical. That's why I'm excited to tell you about how to enter UncommonGood's Kids Quote contest here. From now through May 31st, submit your child's funny or otherwise adorable quote for a chance to win a piece of custom wall art displaying their quote. Though we've all had the experience of our child saying something highly inappropriate at the wrong time (always funnier in retrospect than it was at the time, am I right?), your submission needs to be PG and kid-friendly. Chances are, if you're comfortable with it hanging on your wall for eternity, it qualifies :)

My favorite recent quote from my five-year-old daughter, Ava, was during communion on Easter Sunday. She likes to wait until the absolute quietest part of the service to say or do anything remotely questionable, so naturally as soon as it went silent for communion, Ava said (very loudly, I might add!), "Wine is my FAVORITE part of church!" Oh, super. Thankfully our Rector has a good sense of humor and just barely stifled her laughter. Out of the mouths of babes, right?

I'd love for you to enter to win the custom wall art, and share with me here in the comments your favorite quote from one of your kids! While you're perusing the goodies, check out the other personalized home decor available here. Good luck!

If you're not yet familiar with UncommonGoods, there are many worthwhile things to know about them and their mission as a company. For example, as an independently-owned Brooklyn business, they have the creative license to feature unique and one-of-a-kind products, with a focus on those that positively impact the world. Furthering this mission of conscientiousness, they also partner with several not-for-profit organizations, such as RAINN, Reach Out & Read, Women for Women International, and American Forests, and give $1 from each purchase to your choice. Shopping you can feel good about - what's not to like about that combination?




Saturday, May 2, 2015

Touch-A-Truck Returns May 9!

Returning from its one year hiatus, Touch-a-Truck is a family-friendly event that hosts a wide variety of vehicles for kids of all ages to play on, while learning about the automobiles and how they help to serve their communities. Featured vehicles have included firetrucks, police cars, motorcycles, school buses, recreational vehicles, ambulances, and more!

Other features include live music, a local Austin favorite ‘Food-Truck Food Court’ and a Kid Zone complete with a petting zoo, face painting, barrel-train rides and much more.

Touch-A-Truck is a fun way for families to bond as their children explore vehicles they have seen in movies, books, or just driving down the street. More importantly, however, the event raises funds for essential programs within Austin Children's Services. Please join us as we welcome community leaders, families, children, youth to the Annual Austin Children's Services Touch-A-Truck.

Details:
Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
*VIP Admission from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Includes breakfast!
Located at Camp Mabry, 2210 W. 35th St. Austin
Tickets available here and are $5 for general admission, and $20 for VIP admission, which includes breakfast and early admission.

You can learn more about the event and see photos from previous events by visiting Touch-a-Truck’s .


Pollyanna Theatre Company's The Big Bolt at The Long Center.

Looking for a fun family event this upcoming Mother’s Day weekend? Do you want to encourage a love of the arts in your young child(ren) while spending time together as a family? If so, you’re in luck! Pollyanna Theatre Company presents its next production, The Big Bolt, by Holly Hepp Galvan, May 9th – 17th with multiple performance times at the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, located at 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin, with two of the Saturday performances (2:00 pm on May 10th and 17th) to be followed by ‘Meet the Cast’ parties.
This 60-minute production is written specifically to appeal to the developmental and educational needs of very young children ages 3 – 7, exploring the concept of cause and effect, as well as basic pre-math concepts.
The story centers on a young girl named Jimmi and her dog Pal, who discover what can happen when a seemingly unimportant, but very big, bolt is taken out of its intended place. A hilarious cast of characters experience the varying effects of the missing bolt and with Pal’s help, Jimmi learns how to confess to her mistake and put things right again.




You can learn more about Pollyanna Theatre Company and The Big Bolt, as well as download a free study guide for parents and teachers www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org>here



The founders of Pollyanna Theatre Company believe that theatre is a powerful teaching tool that speaks to people of all ages in a unique and powerful way through a variety of visual, aural, and emotional languages. Therefore, theatre should be a part of all general education from pre-kindergarten through adulthood. Toward that end, The Pollyanna Theatre Company strives to work alongside educators to inspire, motivate, and teach audiences of all ages. Although the company’s primary focus is upon young audience members, the ensemble performs top quality theatrical productions that speak to and illuminate the human spirit and condition for all ages.

Color Me Mine in Bee Caves: A Review.

I posted a while back about a special going on at Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own-pottery studio located at the Hill Country Galleria. Never one to let a new opportunity to slip by me, Ava and I headed out there last weekend to create a few pieces of our own!

I've been to my share of painting studios, despite lacking even an ounce of my own artistic ability, and there were several things about Color Me Mine that immediately stuck out to me. 


First of all, I was mesmerized by the beautiful murals on the walls. The studio was beautiful and inviting, with lots of great light for painting! There was also quite a few designs and pottery pieces that seemed exclusive to their studio, which was one of the highlights for me. A lot of times you get a similar selection of a handful of designs, but they had some wonderful character pieces that really appealed to Ava - they are exclusively licensed for Sony and Warner Brothers designs! 




Ava picked out a couple of pieces to work on, and we sat down to get to work. At other studios I've been to, you get to choose 4-6 colors to use on your piece, but at Color Me Mine, they had a color menu with nearly 100 colors to choose from, and all colors were available to you. They also had plates against the wall with various techniques demonstrated on them, and other tools accessible to customers to help get their creative juices flowing!



Ava chose two pieces - a Snoopy piggybank for herself, and a piece to work on for Mother's Day - one that I'm very anxiously awaiting opening next weekend! Despite the presence of other families in the studio, I never once felt rushed or like we had overstayed our welcome, despite Ava painting for nearly two hours! She also used a significant amount of red, and no one raised an eyebrow - in fact, they kept coming back around with more! 

Here's my little artist at work:



Another fantastic thing was that our pieces were ready in just TWO days! They were promised by Thursday, but we got a call that they were ready on Tuesday afternoon - Ava couldn't have been more excited!

If you're interested in checking out Color Me Mine, you can find a location near you on the mural below! If you're in the Austin area, though, I highly recommend visiting the Bee Caves location in the Hill Country Galleria - you won't be sorry!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A New Road.

For the past several months, I've been a stay-at-home mom, a position I have coveted for years and have adored while I've had the chance. While I'm still going to be a mostly-stay-at-home-mom, I've accepted a part-time position...teaching at the children's school!

Can I just take a moment to say how fortunate I've been since my children were born? Despite a continued need to work, I've had only jobs that have kept me within arms reach of them, easing my nervous mommy mind and aiding in my journey in extended breastfeeding and other attachment parenting processes. In case I haven't said it recently, I am so, so very thankful.

I won't be flying solo teaching until next Tuesday, but I have been shadowing the current teacher for the past two weeks, and I have to admit that I'm really loving it! I'm in the nursery classroom, with the 1- to 2-year-old toddlers, and I adore it! I've always said that I find 18 months - 3 years to be such an amazing age - the emergent language skills, increasing independence (while still being cuddly), and their fascination with the world around them are some of my favorite qualities! I was nervous about the fact that I'll be finishing out this school year with Jackson in my class, but so far, he's adjusted well. The first half hour of the first day was difficult, with him trying to figure out why I didn't leave at drop off, but still wasn't holding him, but he's been great ever since. Our one big challenge is his wanting to nurse when he gets tired after lunch, but thankfully we have a short day (four hours), and I'm able to redirect him until school is out successfully! Next year, he'll be in the 2's class while I'll still be in the nursery, so that should be easier for both of us! I will admit, however, it's fascinating to see him in action at school. For all the tantrums he saves for me at home, he's really well-behaved at school, and his social skills and verbal skills are on par with all of his older classmates :)

Here's to new adventures, and for continuing to be a part of a community I love!  I am so thankful for this opportunity!

Friday, April 17, 2015

ROBOTS-4-U S.T.E.A.M Education Summer Camp - Save 60% With Code!



S.T.E.A.M. education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling - Where Fun, Thinking & Learning comes to Life! 
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Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!
Visit our WEB Sites Robots-4-U.com and Dynamic Art Design to see dates and locations for these day camps.

- Robot / Science / Engineering / Day Camp / Challenges

- Camps Girls and Boys - Aged 7 to 14

- Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps offered during June, July and August

- Hands on Learning, Self-Paced. Beginners to Expert!



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- 1 week (5 days) long

- Days: Monday to Friday Times: 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

- CAMPERS RATIO: 1 Instructor to 16 participants
-Register early as camps do fill up quickly!

- Each Camper Individually uses a ROBOTICS or DYNAMIC ART Kit. Robot kits do not go home with campers but are available for purchase!

Save 60% off of this amazing, enriching and educating summer camp with the code USF1550r, and enjoy!


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