The Spring Festival Dates have been announced! This is a great thing for us parents who don’t want to spend $49.99 taking the family to a movie.
The Dove Family Film Festival shows films you could actually take a kid to see, and children 12 and under are free. The only cost is for the adult, and that is only $2.50. The lineup isn’t out yet, but the dates are March 21 through May 15. The movies will change every week and are shown at Loeks theaters. I will post the movies right here as soon as they are announced!
I just heard on the radio that Clorox bought Burt’s Bees. Personally, this bugs me but it shouldn’t. I use so much bleach when I clean that it probably reverses any effect of recycling, composting, compact fluorescent bulbs, cloth diapering, or any other environmental effort I have made. My commitment to bleach bothers several of my friends to no end. More bad news: I will probably also not buy a hybrid car, unless they start making a model that actually comes with Leonardo DiCaprio installed.
I also just learned that Aldi and Trader Joes are owned by the same family. Again, no conflict for me because I love them both. Then it starts to get a little troubling though. Colgate Palmolive owns Tom’s of Maine. Unilever owns Ben & Jerry’s, and Estee Lauder owns Aveda.
What’s next, I ask you? Organic food at WalMart? It used to be fun to try and figure out what brands you wanted to be, well, branded with. No longer. Stupid big corporations responding to the socially responsible market. They are totally taking the fun out of this.
My friend French Mama is one of those people who volunteers for 100 different organizations, is on this board and that committee, has a preschooler, and works part time. And teaches French (what else?) classes for children. I would be tearing my hair out if I had all of this on my plate, but she’s cool as a cucumber. Oh, and she’s 7 months pregnant. She finally started showing about 2 weeks ago.
She let me know that the ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson is doing a special series called, “Living In The Shadows: Illiteracy in America” that examines the hidden phenomenon of illiteracy in this country. An estimated 30 million people in the U.S. cannot read a simple sentence. Undiagnosed learning disorders, poverty, and unstable homes are among the factors contributing to this nation-wide crisis. The problem persists, in large part, because many actively try to conceal it or avoid seeking help.
In the second part of the series, Thomas travelled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where one out of every five residents there has difficulty reading or cannot read at all. The city has pledged to cut the illiteracy rate in half in the next ten years – launching a city-wide campaign to increase awareness of the issue and enlisting hundreds of tutors and volunteers. You can read the report here on ABC’s Website.
French Mama sent me this note:
If you or anyone you know in Grand Rapids area can commit at least 30 minutes a week to a helping a young child become a stronger reader it is SOOOOO worth it. You would be surprised how only 30 minutes a week can help a young non-reader develop reading skills and reading confidence. 🙂
If she can do it, we can too. Check out the organization called Schools of Hope. You can also contact Meg Bennett at 616.459.6281 ext. 102 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Last week in the grocery store A.P. saw a magazine cover with one of those super cute baking ideas that seem innocent enough…
It was simply a batch of cupcakes (OK, I can do that) with white frosting (hey! I think I have white frosting in the pantry!) and ‘spring things’ on them like bees, and butterflies made of candy. I told him yes, we could make some as a suprise for Daddy when he gets home from St. Louis.
Upon closer inspection, though, it turns out that I needed some bizarre candy item that is apparently sold nowhere in the Midwest to make the cute little bees. I also needed to learn how to filet a gumdrop in order to achieve the desired ‘butterfly wing’ effect.
My kids were absolutely not accepting a perfectly reasonable alternative: a butterfly shaped cake like the one we had eaten at a birthday party the day before. The reasoning? “That’s for a girl”. Of course. Only butterfly cupcakes are masculine enough for Daddy.
I managed to find enough candy at Horrocks that I thought might work. I simply cut gummy worms in half for the body, and used fruit candy slices for wings, then stuck a couple of licorice pieces in for antannae. Here is the result:
A.P. did great with these, and Maybelle tried to make ‘smiley face butterflies’ which I thought was really sweet.
And of course, the man for whom the cupcakes were made was a very gracious recipient. A.P. was so excited he made him walk into the house with his eyes shut for the suprise. We all sat down for our first meal (er, snack) together in a week. He promptly went to ‘rest’ after his long week, but at least the cupcakes were good.
*Tasty Tuesday is coming to you a day late due to some technical difficulties…
Today’s lunch plans were cancelled due to a long appointment this morning and Maybelle falling asleep on the way to the restaurant. This is not a child you wake up and expect any kind of cooperation from, so we just headed home. A.P. wanted “Chocko Loco Tacos”, which are simply home-made cheese quesadillas. Easy enough.
We did end up with a fairly Tasty Tuesday though. The dinner I had planned as well as our entire evening was switched around by something my husband had going on, so we ended up at a pizza place on 28th St near QDoba and Penzy’s Spices. They had guys standing outside with a sign my husband could not refuse: “XL PIZZA $6.00” It’s called New York Pizza, and it was ok. Definitely does not have anything on JB’s Pizza, but it’s fresh and inexpensive.
I have more Griffins News as well. This is especially good if you need to attend a McCarty Party before he goes back to the Red Wings.
There are a couple of ‘specials’ this weekend. First, there are $5 upper bowl and $10 lower bowl tickets available for the Saturday and Sunday games, but you have to get them online. Here is how:
1. Go to griffinshockey.com/themenights
2. Enter username: mccarty
3. Enter password: griffins
Sunday is also “Reading Day” with the Griffins. Kids 12 and under can dress as their favorite storybook character. Parents must register their children at griffinshockey.com/costumecontest by Thursday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
All current library card holders can get a 2-for-1 deal on tickets at the Van Andel Arena box office on game day (limit two complimentary tickets per card). There will also be face-painting, sign-making, balloons, and a bunch of other stuff. Go to Griffins Hockey for more information.
Short post, for two reasons.
This is exciting news.
My husband will be home soon and I have been instructed to ‘take myself out on a date’ (dinner and a movie) alone as payment for meritous service last week. Did I mention that I get to go alone? I couldn’t think of a better reward, especially since he spent yesterday eating cupcakes (you’ll read more about this later) and relaxing.
I just read on the Couponmom Blog that if you sign up for Party City Birthday Club, you get a $5 off a $25 purchase coupon from Party City, and a free subscription to Family Fun Magazine. I have a love/hate relationship with this magazine. Love the ideas, especially for the super cute snacks; hate that there are SO many I freak out a little bit with a desire, no a need, to try and make as many as I can.
Here is the link; enjoy!