Thursday, October 31, 2013

Whooty Halloween Everyone!

Fall is definitely a favorite season of mine. There's just something about watching the leaves turn colors that makes this heart warm and fuzzy! 
As we have been enjoying all of Octobers fall festivities, we almost forgot to read our "spooky" books from the home library! So, last night, Hallows Eve...oooooOOOOOoooo, the family snuggled up together for some Critter BOOS, TRICKS or TREATS and some pale green pants with NOBODY INSIDE THEM glow-in-the-dark Fun!
Whoo Whoo!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Uppity Owls Green Book Exchange

My 4 year old and I visit the library every week to get our weekly fill of books, educational computer games, imaginative play, story time, crafting, musical play and social interaction. Lately, we've been checking out between 15 - 20 children's books, reading them in a week and then going back for more. Our relationship with public libraries has been growing since he was 2 years old and we just can't get enough. 

One of the reasons I'm so in love with the library is because it's free. Awesome right! When I think of how much it would cost me to get those 15 - 20 new books from the bookstore it makes me cringe. A good quality hardback book costs about $16 these days. I'll let you do the math. :) Once your finished with the books, then what? What about all of the books already in your possession that your kids have outgrown or just don't show an interest in? What about all those lonely books who just want to be read again? ... please, read on. ;)
I'm always looking for ways to be more green, and being such an avid lover of childrens books, I've decided to start a green book exchange. (I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it!) There are SO many books that end up in landfills, get stored in forgotten boxes, clutter, and simply just get forgotten. Wouldn't it be great to salvage those lonely books into an exchange where they are constantly being read? (No library card needed.) That's just what I've decided to do. ♥♥
I wanted to design the exchange in such a manner that the books are continually in motion and that the exchange is continually growing. This way (hopefully) the books will never be "forgotten" again. I also wanted to make the exchange super easy to participate in. All anyone will have to commit to is the promise to pass the Uppity Owl Book Box to another young reader who would love to read them...

Break Down
A. Receive Uppity Owl Book Box
B. Read Books
C. Pass Along
(Keep book box  no longer than 30 days.)

Easy, right! If a young reader finds a book they just can't let go of, there will be a sticker with the price in the upper right hand corner of the book. PayPal payments can be sent to:

The price will never be more than 50% of the book or more than $5. This will help me offset some of my expenses. ;) Otherwise, read them all for free and pass them all along for Free!

I haven't begun to mention all of the green aspects of this project.
* Reusing Books
* Saving them from Landfills
* Reducing Spending
* Recycling fond childhood stories and memories.

Gently used books, new childhood memories!
Whoo Whoo!

Bento Is A Go!

I've discovered another arena to be creative in...Bento! If I didn't have a 4 year old I probably wouldn't think twice about getting so creative with food. However, with Bento playing with your food is strongly encouraged! There are so many reasons to get into Bento.  The getting to be creative aspect is a no brainer for me so, what really sold me is the opportunity to spark a deep appreciation of food in my son by making it more fun.
Getting started with Bento can be a little overwhelming at first. There are so many different things you can create with food, themes you can implement and tools/adornments you can use.  If your like me, you'll do a web search on Bento and then become a little intimidated by the extravagance that some super moms accomplished. I'm all for the creative but, I don't want to be up until midnight putting my preschoolers lunch together. 

This is what I did to break into this creative world with ease.
1. I decided to change his lunchbox "styles" with the month. For instance: Jan=Snow/Blue, Sep=Apples/Red, Aug=Sharks/Blue/Brown

2. Spaced out Lunchbox according to food groups & portions. Fruits/Veggies/Protein=Lg. Space, Crackers/Snacks/Goodies=Sm. Space.

3. Made space for napkin & silverware.
Here's an October Bento lunch I made for my preschooler.

* Pumpkin shaped turkey n cheese sandwich
* Gluten free apricot cookie
* Sliced grapes
* Black Olives
* 1 gluten free graham cracker
* 1/4 chunk of Enjoy Life chocolate bar
* Multi-colored marshmallows
* Box of organic raisins
* BBQ POPS chips
* Coconut water

(Um, Yum!)

Did I mention my 4 year old has food allergies? Bento has been a great way to present my son with fun food options without him feeling left out. It's hard for me to see other kids eating foods he can't (like goldfish) or telling him no we can't buy it because it's ouchy (like goldfish). Bento has allowed me to help distract him from what everyone else is eating because he just can't take his eyes off of what's right in front of him. Bento!

Happy Eats Everyone! 

Whoo Whoo!