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Today’s Darling, Sophia (21 months-old), is very lovable and caring. We hear this delightful little doll just lights up the room and puts a smile on everyone’s face! We can see why!

She loves to sing, dance, and read. Her favorite songs are “Happy Birthday” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  Sophia enjoys playing outside with mommy and thinks that grandma’s chicken soup is oh so delicious. She is OBSESSED with Minnie Mouse –thanks to mommy!

Congratulations Sophia on your title of Le Top Darling of the Day!

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My nieces love going into Central Park in New York City or out in the yard in the Hamptons and digging for worms. Not exactly my cup ‘o tea digging for worms, BUT its very entertaining for the kids and can be educational too! With summer here and in need of afternoon activities, why not dig for worms with your kids? Here are some fun facts: 

  • A worm has no eyes, legs or arms.
  • There are 2700 different types of earthworms in the world.
  • There can be up to 1 MILLION earthworms in just 1 acre of land.
  • 22 foot long earthworm was found in South Africa.
  • Worms help plants by mixing the soil. So gardeners love them because they are ‘free’ help!
  • Even without eyes, a worm can still sense light and will move away from it.
  • Earthworms come to the surface when it rains because they need oxygen to breathe, and they would drown if they stayed in the soil.
  • Regular earthworms can live 15 years.
  • Although native to Europe, earthworms are found throughout North America and western Asia. They do not live in deserts or regions where there is permafrost or permanent snow and ice.
  • They are often called night crawlers because they are often seen feeding above ground at night. Said to be shy of the light, they burrow during the day and stay close to the surface, but they can dig down in the soil as deep as 6.5 feet (2 meters).
  • The worm’s first segment contains its mouth. As they burrow, they consume soil, extracting nutrients from decomposing organic matter like leaves and roots. Earthworms are vital to soil health and to plants growing in it because they transport nutrients and minerals from below to the surface via their waste.
  • As they move through the soil, their tunnels aerate the ground. An earthworm can eat up to one third its body weight in a day. That would be equal to a 75-pound (34.1-kilogram) youngster eating 25 pounds (11.4 kilograms) of food in one day!
  • Earthworms are a source of food for numerous animals, like birds, rats, and toads, and are frequently used in composting and as bait in commercial and recreational fishing. Their numbers are strong throughout their range—they’re even considered agricultural pests in some areas—and they have no special status.
  • Earthworms are invertebrates—they don’t have an internal skeleton made of bone.
  • There isn’t a fossil record of earthworms because they are soft-bodied invertebrates.
  • Most earthworms will live for about six years in the wild.
  • Many people believe that if a worm is cut in half, the two pieces will grow into full-size worms. This is not true.

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No, I did not say that!

My favorite ride at Disneyland was Pirates of the Can of Bean.”
– Carmine, age 6

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I feel like everyone I know, including me, went to summer camp as a kid. One of the best and most unexpected things? Care Packages!!!  Inexpensive and sold in bulk, these drawstring backpacks can be a treat for your little one and his or her whole cabin. Include fabric markers for campers to autograph one another’s bags, and it’s a sweet and memorable item to keep for years to come.

Happy Camping!
 

 

 

Where to find the Items for your Care Package?

  1. Design Your Own Drawstring Backpacks, $20.50 for 12, Oriental Trading
  2. Crayola Fabric Markers, $5.79, Crayola

Other ideas?

Flashlight and Batteries
Perfect for ghost stories, shadow puppets, or finding their way in the dark during late-night pranks.

Favorite Blanket/Pillowcase from Home
If your child is feeling homesick, help her drift off to sleep with the familiar comfort of a blanket or pillow from home.

Bug Spray
You’d be amazed how quickly supplies of bug spray vanish. Send an unscented brand with aloe vera to soothe skin and keep the skeeters away.

Warm Clothes
Summer weather can be unpredictable. If the camp gets chilly in the evenings, send a sweatshirt, light jacket, or even a warm hat.

Mad Libs
These never get old! They’re fun for rainy days or while lounging around on a lazy afternoon. Check out the Mad Libs Website for a special “Letters from Camp” edition.

Sweet Treats
Send homemade treats or favorite candies, but stay away from chocolate — it’ll be a melted mess by the time it gets to camp.

Nondisposable Water Bottle
Keep kids hydrated while helping out the environment by sending a reusable water bottle to quench thirst and cut down on plastic waste.

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Make this hysterical cake for daddy this Father’s Day – a remote control cake! Of course, I am not a proponent of promoting television watching, but in my home growing up, my dad definitely had “control” over the TV’s remote control…or he would fall asleep with it in his hand where you couldn’t move it. Ha!  Bake this cake or even make a big brownie sheet and decorate it with your children for this Sunday’s Father’s Day!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 baked 13- by 9-inch cake or brownie
  • Dad’s favorite frosting
  • Gel icing
  • Various candies

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.     Slightly trim the long sides of a baked 13- by 9-inch cake or brownie to resemble a remote control.

2.     Spread on a layer of Dad’s favorite frosting, then press on various candies (we used Skittles, M&M’s, and Spree candies) for control buttons.

3.     Finally, use gel icing to add numbers, arrows, or other symbols to some of the buttons.

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day present? This six-piece desktop decoration showcases family photos on two sides when it’s assembled and doubles as a brainteaser when Dad needs a distraction.

You will need:

  • 6 (1 1/2-inch) wooden cubes
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
  • Rubber band
  • Thin black marker
  • 2 photos (3×5 or 4×6)
  • Double-sided adhesive sheets
  • Scissor
  • X-Acto knife
  • Letter stickers (optional)

How To:

  1. Paint the sides of each cube, leaving the top and bottom bare.
  2. When they’re dry, arrange them in a rectangle, unpainted sides up, and wrap a rubber band around them to hold them together.

    Step 2

    Using the marker, trace the rectangle onto the picture side of each photo, making sure everyone’s faces fit within the rectangle. Apply a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of each photo and cut along the tracing lines. Peel off the adhesive’s backing and adhere one photo to the top of the cubes and one to the bottom (since it’s a bit tricky, it’s a parent’s job).

  3. Divide the photos by cutting along the edges of the cubes with the X-Acto knife (another job for a parent). Add letter stickers if desired.

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