Traveling The World With Little Passports-World Edition

What child doesn't love traveling or at least pretend that they are traveling the world?!  I know Roo absolutely LOVES maps and is fascinated with looking at maps to find where she needs to go next!  She enjoys going on treasure hunts and letting her self-made maps lead her to her treasures.  Although sometimes she likes to say, "Let me put it in my GPS and see where we go next!"  So she's a little old-school and a little tech-savvy at the same time! Roo gets a lot of exposure from my sister traveling here to the Bay Area from Hong Kong and sees all her suitcases packed along with a passport.  So when Roo got her very first shipment from Little Passports, she was more than ecstatic to find that she got her own passport, suitcase, boarding pass, map and more! We elected to have the World edition of the Little Passports subscription service so that Roo can learn more about other cultures.  The World edition is actually for kids ages 5-10 years old while their USA edition is geared … [Read more...]

Legoland: Every Child’s Dream Come True

I can't believe that summer came and went so quickly!  I am just now getting to post about our 2 week vacation in Southern California and we had such a blast!  I can't wait to share all of it with you! So our first attraction in Southern California was Legoland California and it was our family's very first time there!  I had no idea what to expect and where to go but I was glad that we had friends who were Legoland veterans who could show us around. I'm pretty sure every child, boy or girl, young or the previously young, have owned a Lego set at some point.  We've all played with it, built things, imagined the things we wanted to build with it, stuck a few pieces in places that required tweezers to retrieve (yes my younger sister stuck one up her nose), stepped on some, and more.  But the fun doesn't stop when you grow up, I know quite a few adults who still buy Legos and not just for their kids, but some more advance sets for themselves!  Now who hasn't dreamed of building life-size … [Read more...]

Sorry I’ve been MIA

Wow, it seems like too long since my last post here to everyone.  Life seemed to have passed me by too quickly.  So a quick update, Honey graduated from his Master's program in May this year and it was so exciting for Roo and I.  I am pretty sure I was more excited than he was!  Actually, if I remember correctly, I forced him to go to his graduation.  He protested and said it seemed so silly to go since it didn't seem quite as "special" as a "second time" since he had attended his undergrad ceremony....ages ago!  But I said, "Our family didn't suffer through this Master's program together for 4 long years just so you don't walk in your graduation ceremony.  So you're going, even if it means just to wave to me on stage!"  It was great!  Then we went down to Southern California to visit our besties for 2 weeks, yup, they love us that much to let us stay that long with them! We went so many places for the first time together as a family, Legoland, Disneyland, etc.  I can't wait to … [Read more...]

Cheap & Easy Father’s Day Gift: DIY Toilet Paper Roll Dad Doll

If you are a procrastinator like me, you probably need a quick and easy Father's Day craft for the kids!  This is quick, easy, and cheap and you probably already have it lying around in your bathroom.  I do like to try and be resourceful and think of ways to use things that could be thrown out as garbage.  Which is why I have a million toilet paper rolls laying around the house because I am trying to figure out ways to utilize them.  So we had Father's Day crafting time yesterday and this is the result:   So Roo helped me pick out all the colors and told me what was missing as I implemented the ideas.  She even said he needed hands!  I think I even got his hair down?!  I think my little dude shows some resemblance to Honey...don't you think?!  Well, I just need to give him some glasses and we'll be all set, maybe I will add them with some wire!   I used pipe cleaners for the arms, construction paper for the hair, belt, and pants, patterned paper for the shirt and tie and … [Read more...]

Visitacion Valley Grocery Outlet & 2 $25 Gift Card Giveaway-Ends 5/20

This past Saturday, May 3rd was the grand opening of a much needed grocery store in the Visitacion Valley area.  Grocery Outlet on Bayshore Boulevard opened its doors to the neighborhood with some great festivities.  They gave a pallet of food worth $1000 to the Visitacion Valley Strong Families, offered free coffee, free eco-frugal reusable bags for the first 500 customers, games, prizes, free face painting for the kids, and more! This area has been missing a good grocery store for quite some time.  My grandparents, who have lived in the neighborhood for 4 decades, used to take the bus to Chinatown for all their grocery needs because they couldn't find it close to home.  However, with their age now, they aren't able to take the bus and carry all their groceries back home anymore, therefore Grocery Outlet being blocks away from their house, is something very needed!   When I lived in Visitacion Valley, I would have to drive to all the surrounding neighborhoods to get everything I … [Read more...]

Little Passports 5th Birthday Celebration Event

Little Passports is turning 5 and you're invited to their party!  San Francisco-based kids’ educational subscription company, Little Passports, is holding its 5thBirthday Celebration on April 26th, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum! Bring your entire family to this exciting event, where kids (recommended for ages 5+) can go around the world and participate in hands-on crafts, science experiments and educational activities. There will also be a“globetrotting” photo booth.  This event is free with museum admission. Where:            Bay Area Discovery Museum, Discovery Theater 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA When:              Saturday, April 26, 2014 Time:               10am – 12pm Snacks will be provided Kangaroo Mama was provided free product from the sponsor company for this post.   … [Read more...]

Stuck On You Valentines Printables

So I just shared about the Airplane themed Valentines Printables and now I'd like to share with you the Stuck On You Valentines Printable!  Yup, yup, I am most definitely a procrastinator so I didn't start making these printables until last night!  I found some sticky hand toys in a bin full of old Halloween favors (yup the same bin as the airplanes) and decided to make something to coordinate with them.  I got those favors from Oriental Trading and had an excess of them so now it's come to use!  But what's great about this printable is that you can use it with other types of favors too besides the sticky hand toys, like stickers, bubble gum and if you want to use it for an adult or someone who loves crafts...WASHI TAPE!  I love washi tape, anyone want to give me a valentine with washi tape?! Check out my other free Valentines printables like the Airplane themed ones and the other ones from last year, "Color My World." FREE PRINTABLES: Click on the pictures below to print out the … [Read more...]

Airplane Themed Valentine’s Day Printables

Happy Valentine's Day!  I know these printables are coming a little late and I am most definitely a procrastinator but if you're looking for an easy and quick valentine's idea for your kids, you'll want to check these out!  I found some foam airplanes that I had from some past halloweens, bought from Oriental Trading, and decided to make some printables for them!  I am a fan of non-sweets for valentine's favors so if I didn't have the airplanes , I would have found some of those parachute toys, or sky themed stickers.  But candies would work too with these printables!  Enjoy and if you want a different themed valentine, you can check my "Stuck On You" and "Color My World" free valentine printables! FREE PRINTABLES: Click on the pictures below to download the PDF files which will print either 4 or 6 to a page.         High On You- Hot Air Balloon     You Make My Heart Soar         High On You-Rainbow                  You're Plane-tastic Valentines Printables  … [Read more...]

Princess Sophia Costume & DIY Princess Purse

So previously I shared 2 posts about Kiggster's Halloween outfits. The DIY Ladybug costume when she was one and the DIY Bat Wings that she wore for one of the Halloween parties.  Kiggster's final Halloween costume that year, per her request, was to be Princess Sophia from the Disney Junior show Sophia The First.  I know it is quite a bit after Halloween but I figured it's still a nice dress up costume for anytime of the year!  I had someone make the dress, but I made her a princess treat bag and also a super nice amulet just like the one that Princess Sophia owned.  Well, as you will see in the pictures, she is not wearing an amulet because a couple days before Halloween, she wears the necklace out and loses it!  I am so sad, I had spent some time on it and she looked so cute with it on too but I never even got a picture of her with it!  But on a positive note, the Princess Treat Bag (tutorial at the bottom of post) turned out pretty well and Kiggster really liked it!  Wasn't she the … [Read more...]

Cirque Dreams Holidaze In San Francisco Until 12/15

When I first heard about Cirque Dreams Holidaze, I wasn't sure what to expect but watching their preview video clip (watch it at the bottom of this post) gave me some idea.  The show is intended for audiences of all ages, children included and so once I saw that, I knew I wanted to bring Kiggster with me for her very first theater experience!  She is 3 years old and most shows at the theater don't allow them in until around 5 so I jumped on the opportunity to take her on a date with me.  We headed for the Curran Theater on Wednesday evening for the opening night and started our adventure. The show was non-stop action from the time the curtains opened to the end, except for the short intermission in between.  I loved that the acrobatic performances were all set to a theme with a coordinating holiday song.  Each performance, there were about 20+, was different from the next and even while there were main performers, there was tons of activity going on around the main performers.  Which … [Read more...]

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