"Wearing a sparkly "S" crown, she is Super!
Silly! and Sweet! Bedtime for Sarah Sullivan is about the magical hour that happens every
night at bedtime, when kids "try" to go to sleep. Readers are invited to
travel with Sarah through the wonders of her imagination as she learns
what it is like to create her own dreams. Ultimately landing on the
moon, Sarah learns that anything is possible, as long as you believe."
for Sarah Sullivan App is now available in the Amazon App Store for
Kindle. I love the way it looks on this device! Get it HERE.
I don't know about you but bedtime at my house is sometimes chaotic. That's the truth. And sometimes nightmares or other drama gets the best of the kids. After reading "Bedtime For Sarah Sullivan" and talking to the author Kelly Paniagua, we came up with a brilliant idea:
THE BEDTIME CHALLENGE!
For the next two weeks take 10 minutes (30 minutes would be even better!) to read the book, use the app (on kindle or ipad) and set a positive intention before the kids go to bed.
"Travel with Sarah through the wonders of her imagination
as she learns what it’s like to create her own dreams. Ultimately
landing on the moon, Sarah learns that anything is possible,
as long as you believe. Through the app, children get to immerse
themselves fully in the adventure through voiceover, narration and
Take this and be creative! Let your kids create their dreams:) Mom's feel free to take the challenge too. Instead of worrying before bed try creating a positive dream! What a concept!
To FURTHER INSPIRE YOU... WE ARE GIVING AWAY AN IPAD MINI! That way you can use your new Bedtime for Sarah Silverman APP! See below to enter. Lots of ways to up your chances by following a few steps!
Extra entries for Tweeting or FB posts and sharing the give away. Use HASHTAGS: #BedtimeChallenge and #BedtimeWithSarahSullivan and #SuperSarahKids
the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a
large sauté pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add the
chicken and brown for 3 minutes on each side.
chicken and set aside on a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon olive
oil to the pan. Add the sliced mushrooms in a single layer and brown,
working in batches, a few minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set
the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, and sundried
tomatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes, spices,
beans, and sugar.
the chicken back to the pan and spoon some of the sauce and vegetables
over top of the chicken. Cook, covered, on the stove top until the
chicken is cooked through and the sauce is bubbling, about ten minutes.
Return the mushrooms to the pan. Taste and add salt and pepper as
needed. Serve hot, garnished with parsley.
I have been waiting for the new 2015 Season Passes, which are now on sale for the best price of the season. One visit during the 2014 season is included in the 2015 Season Pass if you buy now! That also includes discounts for Knott’s Scary Farm. WOO! Look HERE.
Landon, Coco, Daddy and I will be heading to their CAMP SPOOKY Family Friendly event this year and we can't wait. Such a fun way to kick off Halloween month with the kids!
Camp Snoopy Transforms Into Camp Spooky
Every Weekend In October and on Halloween Day
Weekends in October and on
Halloween Day, Knott’s Berry Farm has a Halloween event called Camp Spooky. This daytime event is a
non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and
activities all geared for kids ages 3-11. Admission to Camp Spooky is
included with admission to Knott's Berry Farm.
Landon and Coco love the Peanuts Gang and snoopy! They will be thrilled.
Have you been to Knotts Berry Farm??
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Living in California many of us Mom's have pools. Swimming playdates and parties are frequent. On one such occasion a friend of mine came to a pool party and immediately stripped down and jumped in the pool. The other Moms stared. She looked around.
"Is nobody going in the pool? Do we not do that?"
Sadly, we don't.
Whether it's we haven't shaved, have not worked out enough, don't want to get our hair wet or are just too tired, we Mom's don't get in the pool. It's sad.
I watch the kids playing in the pool with reckless abandon. Jumping off the side of the pool making crazy faces and poses. I see them squirt each other with water guns and use our floating toys as surf boards. Their joy is palpable.
Don't get me wrong, we Moms are having our laughs, sharing, chatting but...
We're not jumping in the pool.
It seems the weight of all our responsibilities is too heavy. We might sink to the bottom of the pool. We're trying to keep our lives afloat through first days of school, homework, job stress, making dinner, making time for our husbands, working out, or not working out, laundry, caring for pets, caring for parents, social obligations, and steeling ourselves from run ins with mean Moms who might say "Oh my GOD did you see her in a bathing suit? I would never show my body if it looked like THAT."
My friends innocent jumping in the pool and looking at us saying "Do we not do that?"
Made me realize. No we don't.
I want you to make a pact with me. The next time you are at a pool party, a swim playdate, a vacation, an indoor pool, or even the YMCA....jump in the pool. Get your hair wet. Let your kids see you have fun and not worry about all there is to do. Let yourself not worry about how you look or what everyone else thinks. Hold my hand. Let's jump together.
Seems like the older I get the more hard times people are facing. I mean really hard times. It's easy to be with someone when things are fabulous....
But can you sit......
In the PIT?
The pit of despair? Divorce? Cancer? Infertility? Aging parents? Sick kids? Alcoholism? Drug abuse? Can you sit with someone while they go through this? Can you sit with yourself while you go through this?
When I was in the PIT. People came to sit with me. Not everyone could do it. One time my PIT was 52 days in the NICU with Landon. People visiting had to endure seeing one pound babies going into constant cardiac arrest. There were tears. There were hands held. There were a thousand prayers said.
Another PIT was at Childrens Hospital for three weeks with Coco. Mystery illness with no end in site. People came. They sat in the pit. They talked me off the ledge. They brought me lunch. They brought me dinner. They cried with me.
The pit is scary because we're sometimes not sure of it's the bottom or we have to GO DEEPER. Going deeper than we're used to is frightening but enlightening. This is when we REALLY FIND OUT WHO WE ARE. It's intense. For us and our friends. That's why not everyone can do it.
Please I beg you. If you have a friend who is in the PIT. Go sit with them. Even being there, bearing witness, means everything. Show them they are NOT ALONE.
The PIT may even be grabbing a drink with a friend even though you're
tired. Or showing up with a meal. Or meeting for coffee. PITS can be
mental and physical after all.
AND if you're in the PIT you will make it out. There will be light coming in. Just wait for it.
I'm going to visit a friend in the PIT Tuesday while she has her second round of chemo. I'm scared. For her, for me, not knowing what to say or do....but I'm going. I have to. Because anyone who's been in the PIT knows. YOU HAVE TO GO. BE BRAVE. Because you are someone's lifeline today.
He makes the argument that he was growing up there were no scheduled playdates. He thinks things are getting too elaborate, too planned, too over scheduled.
I do agree that kids need spontaneity and to be BORED sometimes so they can create and be self sufficient BUT, so no to play dates? NO WAY.
Playdates are not just for the kids, THEY'RE FOR THE MOTHERS. There has been many a playdate, where I or a Mom have divulged our deepest, darkest, secret fears of parenting, relationships, our parents, our nannys, our husbands and kids. We get support, advice, guidance, love and LAUGHS from these playdates. We socialize our kids, help them work things out, build relationships and grow. Mom's need to rid themselves of the feeling of total isolation and the guilt of parenting. They need to feel heard and accepted. That's what playdates are for.
No, you don't have to put out a cheese plate (although guess what I DO!), but being a gracious host also shows your kids something ALL kids are lacking now. MANNERS. To treat someone else graciously in your home. They learn that they can't have it their way all the time, their "guest" gets to choose too. They negotiate and build friendships.
So before we start throwing the playdates out the window, let's consider the other side. What do you think? Are playdates a waste of time? Ruining our kids? Or are they your lifeline? Your key to your kids social development? Weigh in!
If your kids are dying to have a "sleep over" but are too young, try having a pretend one. Invite the friend over and leave the kids with a baby sitter while you and the parents go out for dinner. Let the kids have their sleeping bags and PJ's and go to sleep. When they wake up in the morning asking where their friend is, say they just left!