Easter with Alea Moore

 

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Alea Moore of Alea Moore Photography is responsible for this serious Easter cuteness! Aren’t these Cardboard Easter masks just darling? Alea and her daughters made these for our Momazine Magazine Spring Issue.

 

All you need is:

Fabric Glue

Paint

Fabric

Paint Brushes

Popsicle Stick

Cut your cardboard masks out. Let your littles paint them whichever color to coordinate with their animal. Paint on some eyes and a nose. Add any fabric embellishments with some fabric glue. Add your popsicle stick with a  little hot glue by adult hands and Voila!

Target Dollar Bin

When Lauryn and I hit up the Target Dollar Bins we pretty much go nuts! This craft was super easy to make and was less than $7 for the entire thing! I personally love to give this to the teacher when we meet her. Fabric Washi Tape wrapped at the ends ensures that HER or HIS pencils get back to where they belong.

 

Items included from Target:

No. 2 Mason Jar $3

Two Dozen Pencils Target Brand $1.29 x 2

Fabric Washi Tape $1

 

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Raspberry Holiday Sparkler by Simply Happenstance for Momazine Magazine

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The holiday’s are upon us! Take a moment to enjoy this magical time of the year with a Raspberry Holiday Spritzer and life will be sure to be a little merrier!  As mothers we often put our social needs on the back burner during the holiday run around. A small festive get together with friends can be simple and fun with a good cocktail recipe.  Add in an appetizer or two, a little conversation,and let the fun begin!

What makes this sparkling drink so lovely, are its ingredients. This Raspberry Holiday Sparkler is made with a few bubbles, a dash of flower liquor, and pretty pink simple syrup. Doesn’t it sound like the perfect holiday drink?  Your holiday get together can feature this bubbly drink as well as using its simple ingredients to create your own cocktail bar.

 

Here is what you need:

1 bottle of Laetitita Brut Rose

1 part St. Germain Elderberry Liqueur

4 oz. Raspberry Vodka

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 tsp. cornstarch

½ cup of sugar plus 1 tablespoon

½ cup of water

 

Here is how to make the Raspberry Holiday Sparkler:

 

In a small bowl add the frozen raspberries, one tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

Mix the ingredients together and place in the fridge for 2 hours.

While the raspberries are in the fridge, make the simple syrup with ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water.

Pour these ingredients into a pot and bring the water to a boil.

Mix until the sugar has evaporated.

Pour in a small container and place in the fridge to cool.

Once cooled, add in the vodka to the simple syrup as well as the raspberries.

Mix until smooth.

Spoon in the raspberry simple syrup to the bottom of a champagne glass (about ¼ full), add the sparkling wine, and top

with St. Germain.

 

Cheers!

This recipe and photography belongs to the creative ladies over at  Simply Happenstance and was created for Momazine’s New Holiday Issue. You can find our newest issue in iTunes and Google Play depending on your mobile or tablet devices.

 

The Cutest Boo for Halloween

Have you seen our brand-new Fall Issue yet? It is now available for Apple users and goes to your Newstand when downloaded or in Google Play for Android users. Yay!!!

We would just like to share a few photographs from our very cute Halloween school party spread. Megan Nardino of Gold House Paper + Press designed all the fabulous printables! She

was so kind as to gift Momazine readers her Ghostie accessories to dress up your own paper ghost drawings or balloons! To complete the set, visit her shop. Megan also happens to be the

super talented photographer behind these adorable images.

What is so wonderful about this Halloween collection is how very cute it is!!!! It is so cute I simply could squuuuuueeeeezzzzeeee it!!!! EEEk! Plus, isn’t it refreshing to see Halloween as fun

and whimsical instead of icky scary? I think my favorite part are the drink wraps with a little Jack-O-Lantern kid. I used to have an imaginary friend that looked like that. Should I admit

that openly? Well, I did.

 

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Getting Mom’s (or Dad’s) Attention

 

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You’re standing at church visiting with Mrs. Prim. Five year old Justin decides he NEEDS your attention. Whatever it is, he thinks it can’t wait. He is patting again and again on your arm or hip to get your attention, all the while saying, ‘Mom. Mom. Mom.” Each ‘Mom’ gets a little louder and more impatient. Mrs. Prim is looking –well, prim, as if her child NEVER did that! She finally gives you a look down her nose and you want to crawl under a pew. You’re embarrassed and that makes you angry at Justin for his behavior. You snap at him, but then feel guilty about the whole thing. What can you do!?! I have an idea that might help.

About 17 years ago I listened to a tape series called, Growing Kids God’s Way by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. The tapes can still be found if you search the internet, but I’m guessing you don’t even own a cassette player any more. Over the last decade much of the material has been revamped into a whole series, beginning with On Becoming Baby Wise. It was in the original tape series that I heard a suggestion we put to use and found very valuable to our family for many years.

Take time as a family to talk about and learn the following steps when one of your children needs you or your husband’s attention. This can be any time you are already engaged in conversation to someone else, adult or child, or on the phone. I like things in nice easy 1, 2, 3 steps, so here they are:

 

  1. When Justin needs your attention, he will put his hand on your arm.
  2. He will stand quietly waiting to be acknowledged. He will not pat, beat, or say anything. Wait.
  3. You will touch Justin’s hand to let him know you are aware he is waiting for you.
  4. As soon as you can politely pause the conversation, you will give your attention to Justin and politely find out what he needs. (Yes, politeness is appropriate even to your children. Also, keep in mind the age of your child. One minute can feel like forever to a small child.)
  5. Later, you will praise Justin for his excellent and polite behavior.
  6. Be sure to discuss the difference between types of things to ‘wait’ for and a true emergency, i.e. his baby sister is toddling into traffic.

 

As you can see, both the parents and children have to be trained. My husband and I actually acted this out with our children one evening after supper, giving all of them a chance to try it. With a little practice you will begin to see a great deal of peace and order in this area.

Now just to find a solution to give you peace and privacy in the bathroom!

 

Love you much and praying for you,

Tresa

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