Alpha Mom » Brenda Ponnay http://alphamom.com parenting and pregnancy opinions and information Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:22:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Happy Nowruz! Haft-Seen Printable for Kids http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/haft-seen-printable-nowruz/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/haft-seen-printable-nowruz/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:06:35 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36351

As you know we’ve been learning a lot about Nowruz (or Norooz), the Persian New Year celebration of Spring. It falls on the 21st of March this year so we put together our first Haft-Seen table. It was a fun learning experience for all of us, especially since I’ve been trying to learn Farsi. Nowruz /Norooz  is a fascinating holiday.  It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years! It’s not necessarily a religious holiday but more of a festival to celebrate spring and hopes for the new year.

Haft-Seen Printable to Celebrate Nowruz (aka Norooz) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

I created a Haft-Seen table printable to help out the process and that can keep little hands busy as a coloring sheet.

Click to print out your own Haft-Seen table printable here.

Haft-Seen actually means “The Seven S’s” in Farsi.  That doesn’t that mean there are only seven items on the table but there needs to be at minimum seven. Observers also add other items to the table that do not start with the letter S to symbolize spring and hope for the new year. Here is a handy key if you would like to play along: (I’ve copied this directly from Wikipedia and other sources. Please correct me in the comments if I’ve gotten anything wrong.)

  1. Sabzeh = wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish – symbolizing rebirth
  2. Samanusweet pudding made from wheat germ – symbolizing affluence
  3. Senjed = dried Silverbery oleaster  or wild olive fruit – symbolizing love
  4. Sirgarlic – symbolizing medicine
  5. Sib = apples – symbolizing beauty and health
  6. Somāqsumac fruit – symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
  7. Serkeh =  vinegar – symbolizing old-age and patience
  8. Sonbol = Hyacinth flower – symbolizing blossoming spring
  9. Sekkeh = Coins -symbolizing prosperity

Some other additional non-“s” items on the table can be:

  1. a candle to light the table – symbolizing sunrise and enlightenment
  2. decorated eggs – symbolizing life or fertility
  3. a koran or holy book
  4. a bowl of goldfish – symbolizing good luck
  5. a mirror – symbolizing cleanliness and self reflection
  6. a crystal bowl of water with an orange floating in it – symbolizing the earth floating in space
  7. rosewater – symbolizing purity and cleanliness

There are more items too but they are more specific to region or religious background. Nowruz is celebrated all over the world so there are many different variations.

Haft-Seen Printable to Celebrate Nowruz (aka Norooz) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Maybe you will add your own twist!  Please share if you do.  Happy Nowruz (aka Norooz) !

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Happy Norooz “Fish” Bowls! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/norooz-fish-bowls-craft/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/norooz-fish-bowls-craft/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:09:08 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36250

I’ve been learning a lot about Norooz (or Nowruz) lately, the Persian New Year that celebrates the Spring Equinox. This year it falls on March 21st, but sometimes it’s on the 19th or the 20th of March, depending on the lunar calendar. It’s a very festive holiday full of fun traditions like decorating eggs and going on picnics.

A very important part of Norooz is the Haft-Seen. This is a small table, usually decorated in a Spring theme. It is set with several items that are carefully chosen to symbolize spring and hopes for the new year. One of these items is a bowl of goldfish, symbolizing life. I was immediately drawn to this item because who doesn’t love a bowl of goldfish! So I decided to make my own version as a craft!

Norooz (aka Nowruz) Persian New Year (Spring Celebration) Goldfish Craft  by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com
Here above, they are without water. Below, you’ll see them filled with water and glitter, which doubles as a really cool calming jar for kids.

Supplies for  Norooz Fish Bowls craft:

1. small jars (from used pickles, pimento, babyfood, olives…check your pantry!)

2. polymer clay in orange

3. beads for bottom of the fishbowl (optional)

4. a needle and thread

5. silk flowers (optional)

6. toothpick

7. hot glue*

8. glitter glue (if you opt to make the glittery water version)

9. blue food coloring (optional)

10. paint for the jar lids (optional)

Norooz (aka Nowruz) Persian New Year (Spring Celebration) Goldfish Craft  by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

 

Step 1: First we emptied and washed our jars. I removed all labels (degreaser does the trick) and made sure they were clean and dry. I also spray-painted my jar lids pink but you don’t have to do that. You can cover them with silk flowers or even leave them plain.

Step 2: Then we made our polymer fish. Polymer clay is really fun to work with but this might be the part of the craft where some of you get frustrated and tell Pinterest that I’m drunk. First, knead your clay for a good few minutes to get it soft and pliable. Then take a small bit and work it into a fish shape. It takes some time to get your fish just right but give them some love and you’ll get it. We found that adding detail with a toothpick really made our fish look more fish-like.

Step 3: When you have your fish formed, use your needle to poke a hole through the fish’s belly from the top to the bottom. This part is a bit tricky because when your fish is strung with thread, you want it to hang so it is swimming horizontally and not from it’s head or it’s tail (That would be a sick fish!). So you want to be careful where you put your hole so that it’s weighted and balanced evenly. After you’ve figured out your center (this might not be the visual center) thread it and double check. Then wiggle your needle around so that the hole will be big enough to thread after you’ve baked your polymer fish.

Step 4: Yes, that’s right, you’ll bake your fish! Sort of like fish sticks but not!  It’s easy and it doesn’t even smell. Lay your loveably lumpy fish out on a baking dish and bake them in the oven at 230º F for 30 minutes (Please follow all the directions closely with your polymer clay. Overcooking polymer clays can release toxic chemicals into the air. Also keeping the kitchen well-ventilated is always a good idea). Remove with potholders and then let them cool.

Step 5: When the fish are cool you can thread them. Pull the thread almost all the way through but stop the thread from going through with a dab of hot glue.* Let that cool and then cut your thread to the length you want it to hang from the top of your jar lid to where it would be swimming. On our jars this was about an inch and a half but if you use larger jars you’ll want to test a longer length before cutting.

Step 6: Then attach your thread to the top of the jar lid and let everything cool.

Bonus Steps!
Now for the fun part: adding glitter water! You can certainly stop here. The fish look super cute swimming in air but if you have kids doing this craft with you, I’m pretty sure they will want to step it up a notch with glitter and water.

Norooz (aka Nowruz) Persian New Year (Spring Celebration) Goldfish Craft  by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

First you will need hot water. This will help your glitter glue dissolve and keep anything funky from growing in your jar. I used a kettle and boiled my water and then let it sit for several minutes until it wasn’t too hot to touch. You could probably use very hot tap water and it might work too.

Next you will add your glitter glue to the water. How much you add is up to you. We used an entire glitter glue bottle for all over our jars but then we were going for maximum effect. You may like less. Stir the glitter into the water with a whisk. This may require some whipping to get the glue to dissolve into the water. When it’s dissolved pour into your jar. My girls chose to add a drop of blue food coloring but I personally would have skipped that step. I think it made the water a little murky but they convinced me it was more fun.

We added some plastic beads to the bottom of our jars for effect (and they glow in the dark too!). Then we added the water and capped it off with our goldfish strung lids. We glued a pretty flower to the top and Tahdah! Our glitter goldfish were happy little swimmers!

Some notes:

If your jar leaks, just pipe a thin line of hot glue around the seal.

If you have strung more than one fish, you might not want to use your jar as a shakeable snow globe type fishbowl because your fish will get tangled together and be forever stuck swimming as a group. But if you only have one fish, shake away!

If your fish come unstuck from the lid for some reason (maybe you assembled the jar a little before everything was cooled) have no fear, you can always dump out the water, let everything dry and then start again.

Enjoy!  Happy Norooz! Happy Nowruz!

 * Remember hot glue guns are not for kids. They can burn!

Difficulty level: not for the faint of heart or easily frustrated but oh-so worth it if you have the time. Children will enjoy working with clay, mixing their glitter solution and playing with their fish.

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Kids’ Valentine’s Day Outfits We Love! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/valentines-day-kids-clothes/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/valentines-day-kids-clothes/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 02:09:31 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=36025

We know we’re a little later than our usual selves to the Valentine’s Day planning game this year (we’ve been busy with Valentine’s Day crafts). But we can’t let one of our favorite holidays pass us by without posting a round-up of all our favorite Valentine’s Day outfits for kids. Bring on the red and pink.  And hearts! The great thing about these outfits is they’re classic and most of these pieces could be mixed and matched all year long for all those other days that aren’t so over-the-top and lovey-dovey.

Let’s start with our fave kids graphic tees for Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine's Day graphic tees for kids

A. Jumping Beans Heartbreaker Tee from Kohl’s.
B. Girls Snoopy t-shirt from Old Navy.
C. Love Bandit Long Sleeve Tee from Gymboree.
D. Valentine’s Ninja Long Sleeve Tee from Gymboree.
E. Follow Your Heart Graphic Tee at The Children’s Place.
F.  Disney D-signed Hatchi “Love” High-Low Top at Kohl’s.
G. Heartbreaker Long Sleeve Tee at Gymboree.
H. Love Graphic Tee at Gap.
I. Over-dyed Heart Tee in neon flamingo at J. Crew.
J. Under Armour “All Heart” tee at Nordstrom.

Valentine's Day clothes for kids

A. Embroidered Henley at Gap.
B. Pom Pom t-shirt dress in neon geranium at J.Crew.
C. Chevron A-Line Dress at Target.
D. Polka-Dot Slim Twill Pants at Old Navy.
E. Heart Sunglasses at Gap.
F.  Heart Graphic Zip-Up Hoodie at Target.
G. Floral Skater Dress at The Children’s Place.
H. Toddlers A-line Heart Dress at Target.
I. Mesh Sleeveless Dress at The Children’s Place.
J. Canvas Slip-Ons in Lava Guava at Old Navy.
K. Heart Socks in Heather Gray at Gymboree.
L. Kids New Balance For Crewcuts Glow-in-the-dark KE410 Sneakers at J.Crew.

 

Valentine's Day clothes for kids

 

A. Classic Polo at The Children’s Place.
B.  Slim Jean in Well Worn Wash at J.Crew.
C. Kohl’s Tony Hawk Striped Polo at Kohl’s.
D.  Pique Polo in Pink Pirouette at Old Navy.
E. Ray-Ban Jr. Sunglasses at Macy’s.
F. Checked Shirt at Gymboree.
G. Cashmere crewneck sweater at Lands End.
H. Izod red tie at JC Penney.
I. Chuck Taylor High Top Sneaker in red at Nordstrom.
J. Pull-On Roll-Up Pants at The Children’s Place.
K. Classic Flip Flop in Crimson Red at Old Navy.
L. Henley Shirt at H&M.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, kiddos! 

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Friendly & Colorful Classroom Valentines for Kids! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/friendly-classroom-valentine-printables-kids/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/friendly-classroom-valentine-printables-kids/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:03:37 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35951

Are you tired of all the pink and red lovey, dovey Valentine printable cards out there? They just don’t seem age-appropriate for kids. We’ve got just the right valentine for you to print out for you children to give out to their classmates and friends. Not too lovey, but just a good old-fashioned friendly greetings and they come in a bunch of different colors to choose from.

Friendly Valentine Card Printables for Kids in different colors. By Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Let’s leave that mushy stuff for the grown-ups!

Friendly Valentine Card Printables for Kids in different colors. By Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Click HERE to print out the pink and orange version of our friendly kids’ classroom valentines.

Click HERE to print out the green and blue version of our friendly kids’ classroom valentines.

Then just cut them up and your kids are ready to pass out a friendly valentine greeting to their friends and classmates. Or spice it up by attaching the card to a piece of candy or pencil.  Just stick on with a piece of tape.

Friendly Valentine Card Printables for Kids in different colors. By Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Perfect for the kid who hates pink.

Friendly Valentine Card Printables for Kids in different colors. By Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

And for the kid who loves pink!

Happy Valentine’s Day and printing, my friends!  Click here for more free printable classroom valentine’s day cards for kids.

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T-shirt Scarf Craft for Kids! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/tshirt-scarf-craft-how-to/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/tshirt-scarf-craft-how-to/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:57:23 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35867

I know some of you will look at this T-shirt Scarf and laugh because it’s probably not going to keep anybody’s neck warm on a snowy day but maybe you can keep this idea around for Spring. Here in Southern California, we think of winter as more of a fashion trend than actual weather. That means wearing a scarf and boots with shorts and a tank top is totally acceptable and possibly even cute. You know, to keep the edge off when the sun dips behind a building and the temperature drops below 75º F. We thought making a light scarf out of some old t-shirts would be super fun. Add some fuzzy pom poms and it’s high fashion according to my tweeny-bopper nine-year-old.

T-Shirt Scarf Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies you’ll need to get started:

1. a clean t-shirt. The bigger the t-shirt, the longer and more loopy your scarf will be. We used a child’s small-sized shirt but feel free to go big and triple up!

2. sharp scissors or a rotary cutter*

3. a straight edge ruler (ours is clear but it’s there!)

4. a self-healing matte to cut on

5. fuzzy pom poms or anything else you might like to decorate with

6. hot glue gun** (or fabric glue if you have more patience to wait for it to dry)

 

T-Shirt Scarf Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

How-To Make a T-Shirt Scarf:

Lay your t-shirt out on your cutting surface and smooth out any wrinkles. Then using your rotary cutter and straight edge, cut off the bottom four or five inches from the t-shirt. This will be your scarf. You can save the rest of the t-shirt for another craft. I’m sure I’ll be cooking one up sooner or later.

Then we cut our strips. Feel free to get creative here. We cut small 1-inch strips but you could cut really thin strips or really fat (thicker) strips depending on your cutting skill level. You could even cut three strips and then braid them and sew it back together or do a combination of many different kinds of strips. Google “t-shirt scarf craft” and you’ll get a lot of ideas.

What makes our craft unique is the pom poms. Since we obviously like neon at my house, adding neon pom poms to an already neon orange t-shirt was a huge hit. After we cut all the strips my daughter modeled the scarf to see how she likes to best wear it. Using that as a rough reference point, we spread out the scarf on our flat surface and started gluing the pom poms where we thought they would look cute. As always, be careful with hot glue. If you opt to go the fabric glue route just make sure you allow enough time for everything to dry completely so your pom poms don’t slowly migrate off the scarf.

T-Shirt Scarf Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Then she wrapped it around her neck twice and swears she’s wearing it to school tomorrow to show off her craftiness to all her friends. Pretty spiffy!

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* Rotary cutters are very sharp. Even for adults!  Always use with caution.  My nine-year-old has been crafting since she was two (and we have stock in bandaids) so she might be a little more skilled than the usual kid.

** Hot glue can burn. Practice caution and use common sense.  Adult use only is recommended.

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Snowflake Crowns! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/snowflake-crowns-diy/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/snowflake-crowns-diy/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:27:25 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35687

I don’t know about you but I have a serious snowflake production problem in my house. As in my daughter and her friends think they are snow princesses and no piece of white paper is safe from their snipping scissors. They make snowflakes constantly. Our windows are adorned, the tree is decorated, it’s a virtual snow storm of paper.

It’s actually kind of pretty (and I got a great deal on reams of inexpensive copy paper when our local office store went out of business) so I’ve done very little to hamper their proliferate paper flurries. In fact, you could say I got in on the act and joined them!

Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

They were having so much fun with their paper wonderland, I decided they needed paper snowflake crowns to go with it!

I got out my supplies:

1. cereal boxes (one will do since you can make two crowns with one cereal box)

2. paper doilies leftover from last year’s Valentine craft

3. a glue stick and scissors (exacto knife* optional)

4. white glue and glitter (optional)

Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Tutorial to make Snowflake Crowns:

First I de-assembled the cereal boxes so that I had a nice big piece of flat cardboard. I then cut an oval the size of their heads into the cardboard (An exacto knife is handy for this step*). I measured one of my daughter’s hats for size and made this template but feel free to make your own or just eyeball it.

Next I cut around that oval in a rough two-to-three-inch bigger oval. Some of my sides extended onto the folded side of the cereal box but that didn’t deter me. Floppy snowflake hats are cool with a 70’s snow child vibe I told myself.  With the ring I had now created I notched it with big triangles so it looked like a radiating sun.

Then I cut my doilies into slices like you would a pie and glued them to the radiating triangles of the oval hat with a glue stick. I wasn’t a perfectionist about my placement of the doilies, I just covered the hat with lacy white on both sides until it was all white and lacy. I removed the excess from within the hat circle by cutting it out with an exacto knife.

For the last step (that is completely optional) I let the girls glitter their snowflake crowns by painting them with white glue and sprinkling them with blue and white glitter. But be warned: if you are going to do this last step, you might want to protect your table and floor from glue and glitter. You don’t want to be like me and spend the next hour and a half peeling glue off your table and glitter off your feet.

Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

And that is how the Snowflake Princesses were born! They decided to make cuffs and shawls out of the remaining doilies and various snowflakes they had made.

Snowflake Crowns by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Future fashion designers or their next album cover? You decide.

*please keep all sharp objects away from children and have a responsible adult on hand for cutting.

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Our Favorite Holiday Party Outfits for Children! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holiday-party-clothes-for-girls-and-boys/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holiday-party-clothes-for-girls-and-boys/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:05:26 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35489

We’ve scoured the internet for our favorite Holiday Party outfits for girls and boys. It was hard to narrow them down but these classics won us over!

Holiday Party Dresses for Girls

We’ll admit it. We’re super partial to dresses when it comes to holiday party outfits for girls: (a.) Festive Sequin Party Dress in navy from Gap $68.00 (b.) Colorblock Fleece Dress from Gymboree $20.00 (c.) Rosette Cloche from Gymboree $11.37 (d.) Girls’ Empire Dress from Target $24.99 (e.) Ralph Lauren Girls’ Taffeta Tartan Dress from Macy’s $55.99 (f.) Girls’ Rosalie Twisted Dress from J.Crew $68.00 (g.) Brocade Party Dress from Boden $47.60 (h.) Girls Pleated Jersey Dress in Robie Red $16.00 from Old Navy (i.) Girls’ Sateen Bow Dress in navy from J.Crew $98.00 (j.) Thalia Sleeveless Jacquard Dress from Nordstrom $78.00 (k.) Holiday Birdie Velvet Dress from Olive Juice for $84.50

Next up: the Small Gentlemen!

Holiday Party Outfits for Boys

(a.) Woven Button-Front Shirt in blue from Carters $14.00 (b.) Corduroy Pants in Olive from Carters $15.00 (c.) Carter’s Dress Shoes in Grey from Carters $17.00 (d.) Plaid Bowtie from The Children’s Place $4.77 (e.) Argyle Crew Socks from The Children’s Place $2.37 (f.) Christmas Cabin Collection Plaid Shirt from Janie and Jack $28.80 (g.) Skinny Jeans with Tags from Zara $35.90 (h.) Combined Leather Mountain Boot from Zara $59.90 (i.) Preppy Penguin Plaid shirt from Janie and Jack $24.39 (j.) Yellow Bowtie from Janie and Jack $13.59 (k) Penguin Sweater Vest in Grey $24.79 (l.) The Standard Shirt from Appaman in red check $30.60 (m.) Collared Sweater Pullover in Holly Berry Red from Gymboree $14.98 (n.) Zip Reindeer Sweater from Gymboree $18.48 (o.) Fleece-Lined Jeans from Gymboree $19.98 (p.) Melange Blazer from H&M $29.95 (q.) Cotton Shirt in Red Check with matching satin tie from H&M $17.95

Let’s Party!

Holiday Party Outfits for Children

We hope you enjoyed this virtual shopping experience. We know we did!

Outfits on our models are (left): Metallic Dot Dress in Ruby from Janie and Jack $34.99 (sold out already!), Sparkle Tights in Metallic Gold from Janie and Jack $12.80 right: Boys’ Cotton Tie in Dark Poppy Tartan from J. Crew $26.50Classic Blazer in Navy from The Children’s Place $26.97   (not shown on mobile view), Oxford Shirt in Blue from The Children’s Place  $11.97Kids’ Adidas Dragon Sneakers in Red and White from Zappos $54.00.

*prices and selection subject to vary as websites may change their inventory.

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40 Favorite Holiday Pajamas for Kids! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/best-christmas-pajamas-kids/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/best-christmas-pajamas-kids/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:47:38 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35361

We don’t know about you but it’s that time of year when we start day dreaming about Christmas morning. The family will gather in their cozy pajamas around the tree, wrapping paper will fly, smiles will be so bright you’ll want to have your camera ready for that magical moment. Which means it’s time to start shopping for Christmas pajamas! Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.  We’ve searched long and hard, from this end of the internet to the other to find all of our favorite pajamas and collected them in one convenient location for your clicking ease. (Update: the prices below reflect pre-Black Friday sales. Please click through as some of these pajamas are up to 50% off now.)

Let’s start with our merry favorites:

40 Adorable Christmas Pajamas from Alphamom.com

 

(a.) little Santa suit! from Carters $10.00 (b.) Personalized Candy Stripes from Chasing Fireflies $49.50 (c.) Holiday Chevrons from CWDkids $22.00 (d.) T-Rex Stripes from Children’s Place $12.71 (e.) I Believe Stripes from CWDkids $36.00 (f.) Kids Holiday Hable Long Johns from Garnet Hill Elf $48.00 (g.) Snowman Pajamas from CWDkids $38.00 (h.) Miss Nick And Elf Nightgown from Hannah Anderson $48.00 (i.) Reindeer Stripe Pajamas from CWDkids $36.00 (j.) Kids Hable Holiday Long Johns Reindeer from Garnet Hill $48.00

Looking for something a little more….sophisticated, as in Urban Babies wear black? We couldn’t help but swoon over these classy black and white numbers, perfect for your little hipster.

40 Adorable Holiday Pajamas

(a.) The Buck Stopes Here 2 piece from Carters $15.00 (b.) Penguins wearing Santa hats! Also from Carters $15.00 (c.) PJ Salvage ‘British Lily’ Two Piece from Nordstrom $46.00 (d.) Christmas 2-Piece Lightweight Fleece PJs from Carters $19.00 (e.) Christmas 3-Piece Cotton, Fleece & French Terry PJs (red boxers not shown) from Carters $22.00 (f.) Black Bears on Natural Kids Pajama Set from Hatley $35.00 (g.) Carters Santa Hat Penguin Pajama Set from Kohls $8.00 (h.) PJ Salvage Love Tattoo Two-Piece Pajamas from Nordstrom $50.00 (i.) Bed Head Kids Snug Fit Classic PJ from Zappos $64.00 (j.) Volcom Kids Striped PJ Set from Zappos $39.00

Haven’t spotted a favorite yet? How about some stripes!

40 Adorable Holiday Pajamas

(a.) Puff Sleeve Gown from CWKids $24.99  (b. and c.) Long John Pajamas in Organic Cotton from Hannah Andersson $38.00 (for the whole family!) (d.) Striped Long Johns from The Children’s Place $16.96 (e.) Red and Navy Stripe Pajama Set $13.99 from zulily (f.) Girls Snug Fit Pajama Set from Lands’ End $29.00 (g.) Christmas Microfleece Shirttail Gown from Carter’s $16.00 (h.) Cat and Cow Pink & White Stripe Pajama Set from zulily $13.99 (i.) Sleep All-In-One from Boden $31.50

And last but not least our favorite button-up styles!

40 Adorable Holiday Pajamas

(a.) Red Flannel Pajama from Pottery Barn Kids (personalized!) $44.50 (b.) Kids’ Flannel Pajama Top in Red Stripe from Garnet Hill $29.50 and Kids’ Flannel Pajama Pants in Red Stripe from Garnet Hill $29.50 (c.) PJ Salvage Pajama Party Two-Piece Pajamas from Nordstrom $46.00 (d.) Girls’ Plaid Nightgown from Target $10.00 (e.) Tucker + Tate Two-Piece Flannel Pajamas in Red Tango Tartan from Nordstrom $44.00 (f.) Arizona 2-pc. Plaid Pajama Set from JCPenney $17.99 (g.) Kids’ Holiday Plaid Pajamas from Garnet Hill $38.00 (h.) Tucker + Tate Two-Piece Flannel Pajamas in Green Verdant from Nordstrom  $44.00 (i.) Matching Santa Pajamas (for the whole family!) from CWKids $23.99

We hope you enjoyed this virtual shopping experience! Stay tuned for Party Wear coming soon!

40 Adorable Holiday Pajamas

(Pajamas on our models: Long John Pajama in Penguin Stripes (left) from Hannah Andersson $42.00 and Long John Pajama in Gnome Stripes (right) from Hannah Andersson $42.00
. We take our research seriously. Update: these pajamas are currently 50% off at $20.40 each.  Buy before they sell out!)

We hope this helps with your Holiday Shopping!

 

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Painted Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/emoji-halloween-pumpkins/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/emoji-halloween-pumpkins/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:31:32 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=35072

It seems like every time we go to the grocery store one of these cute little pumpkins comes home with us. I’m not ready to cut them up and bake them into pumpkin pies (I doubt I’ll ever be that ready, honestly) and I’m not ready to carve them for Halloween yet either but I have a kid that LOVES to craft so you know what we did? We painted them! In the latest trend of course: Emojis, aka my daughter’s favorite form of communication.Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Supplies to make Emoji Pumpkins

1. washable, water-based, non-toxic, acrylic craft paint* (Don’t worry, it’s the most common craft paint out there. You probably already own some.)
2. some little round pumpkins
3. paint brushes
4. your phone or a print out of your favorite Emojis for reference

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Directions to Make Emoji Pumpkins

First, wash and dry your pumpkins. You could add a layer of varnish to your pumpkins if you want the painting to last longer but face it, these are disposable. Halloween is just a few days away.

After your pumpkin is washed and dried you can lay down your first layer of paint. In this case it’s the yellow face, white ghost and red face of the angry pumpkin. I used two layers of yellow because my paint went on a little thin and streaky. Paint as many layers as you need but make sure your paint dries thoroughly in between layers or else the paint will pull up the under-layer just like putting on a coat of nail polish before the one underneath it is dry.

Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

After your first base layers are dry it’s time to add details! Red hearts, eyes, mouths and then finally some outlines.  Real emojis are created on computers so they have lots of gradients and highlights but you can keep your detail simple or go all out. I personally liked to add the black outline to define the edges and cover up some of my smudges.

Emoji Pumpkins for Halloween by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Then set them up along your doorstep (or maybe your Halloween party table) and send a Halloween message!

I think our message is trying to say: Don’t eat all your kid’s Halloween candy or a ghost will haunt and lick you to death or something like that….

Happy Halloween!

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Difficulty Level: moderate (depending on your painting skill level and patience)
Crafting time: 1/2 hour to an hour, depending on how fast your paint dries.
**Always paint outside or in a well-ventilated area.

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DIY Under-The-Sea Kids’ Costumes for Halloween: Round up! http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/under-the-sea-costumes-diy-halloween/ http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/under-the-sea-costumes-diy-halloween/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:07:14 +0000 http://alphamom.com/?p=34880

By now you’ve noticed we’ve had an Under-the-Sea kids’ costume theme going for Halloween. They’re fun and easy to make, and who knows, you might want to break them out again for an Under-the-Sea themed party later in the year. Here is a quick round up of all the costumes for you. Follow the links to full tutorials below the pictures.

Kids’ Fish Costume

Kids' Fish Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Swish your way down the sidewalk for Halloween treats in this swishy fish costume.

Kids’ Jellyfish Costume

Kids' Jellyfish Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Twirl the night away with our swirling Jellyfish costume!

Kids’ Octopus Costume

Kids' Octopus Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Ink up the night with our octopus costume made from pool noodles!

Kids’ Sea Shell Costume

Kids' Sea Shell Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Show your pretty, softer side with this beautiful sea shell costume and giant pearl headband!

Kids’ Starfish Costume

Kids' Starfish Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

Get your cute on with this adorable starfish costume!

Kids’ Submarine Costume

Kids' Submarine Costume (from the DIY Under-the-Sea Costume Series) by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

And last but not least go down to the depths of fun with this deep sea submarine costume!

If you’ve had fun with these costumes, drop us a line and let us know. Or better yet leave us suggestions for next year. We’re always up for a costume challenge.

 

 

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