Spring has sprung and it’s time to discover le•top’s adorable spring fashions. I recently showed my daughter Lilah what I brought home from the new le•top ‘Sweetheart Butterfly’ collection. I will never forget how her eyes lit up as she said, “Wow, look at those pretty butterflies!” (She insisted on showing off her new outfit to grandma as soon as she walked in the door to visit.) Lilah had a pretty new tunic and legging set to brag about! The pink and yellow flowers, hearts and butterflies couldn’t be more perfect for the blossoming season ahead – it is one of my favorite groups in the latest le•top spring collection.
Archive for March, 2010
Posted in 0-3 Months, 12-months, 24-months, 2T-6X, 3-6 Months, 6-9 Months, Baby Clothes, Children's Clothes, Daughter, Design, Girls' Dresses, Just for Fun, le•top, le•top Design, Mom, Seasons, Spring, Summer, tagged bragging, butterflies, butterfly print, favorite spring groups, flower print, hearts, le top children's clothing, le top children's wear, le top Spring 2010, letop, pink and yellow, spring fashion collections for children, Sweetheart Butterfly collection, tunic and legging set on March 31, 2010 | 5 Comments »
Posted in Activities for Children, Children, Children's Clothes, Family, Just for Fun, le•top, Spring, Spring Cleaning, tagged a fresh start, chores, clean garage, clean sink, clean up, cleaning with children, cleaning with kids, give to charity, junk, little helpers, make the bed, movie night, purge, quality time with kids, spring rite, storage spaces, to do list, Toys, used books on March 26, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Yes, it’s THAT time of year again…time to clean out the accumulated ‘junk’ that has made its way into our life during the winter and have a fresh start for spring. It can be a daunting task as you survey closets, garages, and storage spaces that cry out to be purged and deep cleaned – especially when all you want to do is play with your kids! Why not include them in this spring rite? Make them part of the process – spend some quality time, AND get things accomplished! No, they can’t do everything – but you can put together a simple list for them to undertake while the adults deal with the big stuff – you can get through the necessary chores a little quicker and even make it fun. For families with more than one child it can become a spirited competition to see who finishes the fastest or gives away the most. In my household it always seems that when the whole family helps clean, the house stays sparkling longer and there is a tendency to know where things are instead of mom having to ‘find’ everything. Here are some ideas for little one to tackle.
Go through toys and books, separating what is no longer used to give to charity.
Strip or make the beds.
Clean the sink (I remember being assigned this task by my grandmother when I was a child) – there is satisfaction when the fixtures shine.
Dump the small trash cans (or at least place them near the larger one.)
Go through the house and find anything that belongs to you and return it in your room.
Dust the floor/furniture/window sills.
Play some fun music and the time will fly. Praise children for doing a great job and stress how helpful they are (even if they can’t do it as well as you.) At the end of the project reward yourselves with a fun experience – a movie night with popcorn and ice cream or some time at a park. Happy clean-up!
Posted in Childhood Milestones, Family, Just for Fun, le•top Takes: mouths of babes, Parenting, Potty Training, Son, tagged funny stories, kids say, kids say the darndest things, kids say the funniest things, le top, le top blog, le•top, letop, Potty Training, silly stories, train ride on March 24, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Overhearing his parents discussing when to start potty training their son, he chimed in yelling,
I wanna ride the potty train!”
– Colin, age 3
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Posted in Community, Eating/Dining, Family, Farmers' Market, Grilling, Husband, le•top, Shopping, Spring, tagged 2009 Fall Collection, A Dog's Life, balloon animals, Children's Clothing, farmer's market, farmers, kettle corn, le top, le top blog, le•top, letop, organically-grown produce, spring, strawberries on March 19, 2010 | 2 Comments »
Farmers’ markets may be year-round, but it’s best to go when the sun is shining. Everything just looks fresher, greener and sweeter, and everyone is shopping away happily with their reusable bags in hand. I love to support my local farmers and buy their organically-grown produce every weekend, but trekking out there in the rain or cold just isn’t my cup of tea – especially with a little guy who has to be pushed around in his stroller. However, last Saturday when we woke up and saw the sun beaming down and temperatures in the low 70s, we decided it was time to visit the farmers’ market.
It’s been so long since we’ve been to a farmers’ market that Miranda forgot what it was. “Do they have rides? Do they have shopping carts? Why are we walking?” But as soon as we got out of the car and followed the crowd, Miranda remembered. “This is where we can try strawberries for FREE! And we can buy kettle corn! And where’s the clown that makes balloon animals?”
Oh, yes! The fun of going to farmers’ markets. Not only do we see fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, olive oils, pastas, etc., smell popcorn popping or meat grilling, hear live music, but we also get to spend quality family time. Yay for spring!
Posted in Children, Dad, Daughter, Family, Husband, le•top, le•top Takes: mouths of babes, School, Sleeping, Technology, tagged alarm clock radio, daddy, daughter, funny stories, getting ready for school, going back to sleep, Just for Fun, kids say the darndest things, kids say the funniest things, le top, le top blog, le top children's clothing, le•top, letop, School, setting an alarm, silly stories, waking up, wrong time on March 11, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
My husband gave our daughter his old alarm clock radio so that she can wake up early and start to get ready for school, while he got ready for work. She was very excited!
The first morning, he had to wake her up. Apparently, he set the wrong clock time. He had the AM and PM switched so the radio came on at 7:30 PM that night.
The next morning, he had to wake her up again. Apparently, he forgot to turn ON the alarm clock.
The following morning he had to wake her up AGAIN (for the third time)!
“Did your alarm clock work today?”
The radio woke me up so I got up and turned it off. Then I went back to sleep.”
– Miranda, age 5
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Time to pull out that crock pot again for a taste that’s South of the border. This recipe was passed down from friend to friend and is always sure to please.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 4-8 hours
- 1 can of each: kidney beans, hominy and pinto beans (undrained)
- 1-2 can stewed or diced tomatoes
- 1 can diced green chilies
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 pack taco seasoning
- 1 pack ranch dressing
- 1 pound ground beef
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- corn chips
- Brown meat and drain.
- DO NOT drain anything from the canned goods.
- Pour all ingredients into crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours.)
- Top with corn chips, shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions.
If you substitute a can of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes & green chilies for one can of the diced tomatoes than you don’t need to add the onion or chilies because they are already included in the can.