Chinese New Year: Traditions, Crafts, Free Printables & More

2013 is the Year of the Snake and I was born during the year of the Dog.  What is your Chinese zodiac sign?! Since Chinese New Year (or as others know it, Asian New Year or Lunar New Year) is on Sunday, February 10th, there are tons of things to do and prepare...and even tons of things on the DO NOT do list!  I pick and choose the things that I like during this time because I don't want Kiggster to lose her culture but I also know I can't keep up with all the traditions (though with some things, I see them more as superstition but depending on who you talk to, you could get a different answer)!  Mostly I do things for fun and I want it to be that way for Kiggster too as she learns about her culture. So, ever wonder why during CNY (Chinese New Year), if you walk through Chinatown, you see a pattern between all the stores, vendors, and homes?!  Below is a cliff notes version of some of the things that could help you get one step closer to understanding … [Read more...]

Revamped Christmas Turned Valentines & Chinese New Year: Gingerbread Cookies

I previously started a Revamped post to turn Christmas items and activities into Valentines theme.  Last time I posted about how to use your Gingerbread Houses to make a Valentines Love Shack but this post actually doubled for not only Valentines but Chinese New Year also!  Over the holidays, I purchased too many gingerbread cookie mixes and so of course, I couldn't make them all in time before the Christmas season was over.  So the first time we made the gingerbread cookies according to the package, we cut out different alphabets, snowmen, stars, Santas, and more. However, I was determined to use it before next Christmas so I decided to use it this last week to make some cookies with Kiggster. She loves rolling out the dough and cutting shapes out of them, which she did really well over the holidays and we even got some nice shapes out of them!  However, because she really loves to roll out the dough, sometimes, she gets over-zealous and rolls the dough … [Read more...]

Escape From Planet Earth $25 Visa Gift Card & Movie Pack Giveaway-Ends 2/13 + Free Printables

If you've been around this blog for awhile, you'll know I love animated movies, probably more than kids do.  I'm all about the animation, tween drama, and innocent humor!  So when I heard about Escape From Planet Earth, I had to check out what it was all about.  When I watched the trailer, it already had me laughing and just itching to see more.  I read the synopsis and found out that Brendan Fraser was part of the cast...I have to say, I really like movies that he's in because most of them are really funny but don't involve adult or dirty humor!  I can't wait to see it when it releases on February 15th and since Honey is such a sci-fi fanatic, I am sure he will love watching it too!  Below you will find the movie synopsis, trailer, free Valentine's Day printables and a GIVEAWAY!!!!  You can enter and find details for the giveaway at the bottom of this posting! Synopsis: The 3D animated family comedy catapults … [Read more...]

Revamp Christmas Turned Valentines: Gingerbread Love Shack Activity

I know Christmas has passed well over a month now but what happens to all the Christmas stuff that you loved so much or bought an over abundance of or items that are now on deep discount?!  Why don't we revamp some of them and use them for Valentine's Day?!  One of the first projects I wanted to share with you is the Gingerbread House Kit that I bought over Christmas and had grand plans to put together.  However, the holiday season was super busy and there definitely wasn't time between parties, dinners, and errands but I definitely didn't want to wait until next Christmas to put it to use!  So I called some of Kiggster and I's besties and I put together a play date to make a Gingerbread Love Shack! Oh yeah baby…love shack, baby, love shack but in the cleanest, most G-rated way known to children!  I also had some Christmas candy that I bought with red, green, and brown chocolate chips and I picked out all the green ones leaving only … [Read more...]

2012 Kangaroo Mama’s Holiday Guide and Link-Up

The Holiday Guide is finally here and live!  I am so excited to present to you Kangaroo Mama's 2012 Holiday Guide Magazine!  It's my very first time putting out a magazine and though it was a stressful process figuring out the best programs to use, it was actually very fun being able to do the layout and find the best content for the magazine.  There is a ton of really great ideas in this magazine, not just gift ideas but DIY crafts, recipes, and more to help you this holiday season!  I hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear what you thought about it!   Open publication - Free publishing - More diy crafts If you are having trouble viewing the magazine above, you can also go here to view it.   If you have a Holiday Guide on your blog, please feel free to link up below.  I'd love to check them out and I'm sure others would be interested in seeing more ideas too!

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