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It’s Friday…

It’s Friday after 5pm.

Need I say more?

Pass the wine please.

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Painting Lulu Review

So my kids have been fascinated for the past 2 days with a new app called Painting Lulu. A friend recommended the app to me for Baby Girl (six years old), who loves to color and draw.

What is Painting Lulu you ask? (And so you should)

Well, it’s a really great way to engage your children in creative activities (and not just because you want time to yourself with a glass of wine). Basically, you download the app of the coloring pages your child wants to use (i.e. My Little Pony, Barbie, Transformers, etc). Then, simply choose the coloring pages option and select a picture to color on screen. In this option, they can also take a picture of an object or person and turn it into a picture that they can then color.

Also available for purchase from Painting Lulu (www.paintinglulu.com) is a coloring book with “paper to digital” pages that can be colored on and then scanned (using the app) to a mobile device. From there, kids can continue to color on screen. A crayon shaped stylus is provided with the coloring book which is small enough for little hands and made of a very flexible material that makes it easy to hold. They come in different colors and won’t damage the screen if your child is overcome with excitement.

Wait…is that just my kids?

In the page scanner option, they can scan a page from their coloring book, which will then appear in the app and allow them to color right on the screen.

The photo booth option takes it one step further by enabling your kids to take a selfie and upload it into the app with one of the characters from the coloring book. Did I mention they can color that on screen too?

The color options are very vast, with varying shades of greens, reds, blues, and so on and there is the option to use a crayon, paintbrush or marker effect. This makes it easy to create several different masterpieces with just one picture. But there are a variety of pictures available, so the outcome is really only limited by your child’s imagination!

By the way…the kids can save their pictures in an online gallery.

Baby Girl loves this app and even my very sophisticated Diva girl who at nine, is now too cool to like the same things as her younger sister; was engaged for an hour just trying the different effects. A certain adult that shall remain nameless had some fun too. (No, I’m not telling you my name)

 

What my kids loved about it:

  1. The crayon shaped stylus – comfortable for small hands and easy to use
  2. Multiple coloring options including crayons, markers or painting in a gazillion colors (yes, I said gazillion!)

 

What my kids would change:

  1. The trash can icon should be moved to another page to avoid accidental deletion. We had a few broken hearted moments when they lost their first masterpieces.

Overall, both my kids and I think this is a really fun app. You should check  out the fun at www.paintinglulu.com!

 

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My Big Girl

Diva girl woke up last Saturday and walked into the kitchen with a very intense vibe. 

“Mommy, can I tell you something? ”

Oh good Lord…what is it? But my panic attack was all silent as I waited with outward calm.

“My tooth came out while I was brushing my teeth and when I was rinsing it off it fell down the drain.”

Ummm…that’s it???

But the look on her face told me I needed to be more sensitive. Putting my arms around her, I gave her a small hug and asked if she was upset by it and did we need to leave a note for the Tooth Fairy. Now this is a child who no longer truly believes in the Tooth Fairy and is pretty confident that mommy and daddy are leaving her the money. Which is fine with me but I did remind her when she confronted me with her conclusions that if she no longer believed, then she had no reason to get money under her pillow anymore. So of course she is willing to look the other way for a little ‘hush’ money.

So that morning she gave me a big squeeze and a sad face and said yes she wanted to leave a note regarding her wandering  tooth.

Sigh…Dear Tooth Fairy…yada yada yada and all that stuff. Please leave the cash and we owe you a tooth.

You know…that Tooth Fairy is such a sucker.

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Over-fruiting…bears fruit

So…remember the word of the day?

Over-fruiting!

Baby girl said: “Mommy, you should make a t-shirt with my word!”

…and so I did!

Well…Teespring.com will make it; I just designed it. But Baby girl likes it and so I present to you…

The ‘Over-fruiting’ tee!

Teespring.com/Over-fruiting 

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Word of the Day

‘Over-fruiting’ : when mommy makes you eat too much fruit

Baby Girl…

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5 am

Baby Girl: “Mommy! ”

Me: “Yes.”

Baby Girl: “Can you come here? ”

Me:”Why?” (Did I mention it was 5am?)

Baby Girl:”I’m cold”

Me:”So pull your blanket up over your legs.”

(She likes to kick it off before she falls asleep…and it is Summer after all)

Baby Girl:”But I don’t wanna get up!”

Me:”Neither do I! ”

Yes…this is my life.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2016

Happy Mother’s Day!
Now that it’s almost over…
Mine was filled with a great breakfast, homemade cards and pictures. The Diva made me a pillow! She must know I need more sleep.
A beautiful bracelet from the hubby and flowers! I’ll keep him for another year!
Plus a nice lunch with nana made for a very pleasant time.
But you always know when your Mother’s day time has ended…
Minor tantrums, fights and husbands falling asleep on the couch.
No days off when you’re a mom…

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Ok…So It’s Just a Birthday Party

Yesterday was the first time I actually left the Diva at a birthday party. Yes she’s nine but I come from a world where we just don’t drop off our kids at people’s houses and I am a mom who is not comfortable doing it.  Am I overprotective?  Hell ya. But both my husband and friend encouraged me to let her do this. So that she doesn’t grow up fearful and that she knows I trust her and blah blah freakin blah blah! I get it and I did it. But I surely did ask to come in for a bit so I could survey the surroundings and get a vibe. I talked with the mom and secretly watched my daughter for any discomfort and I was more than ready to drag her kicking and screaming back to the car if I felt the least bit weird about anything. But I didn’t. So I dragged myself back to the car and forced myself NOT to park in front of their house for the next 3 hours.
I had Baby Girl with me and as we left she looked at me and said “We’re leaving her here?”
Sigh…Let’s go kid before I change my mind.
So we went for ice cream…in the area.
We went window shopping…in the area.
We looked for a mother’s day gift for nana…in the area.
Feeling as if my brain was split in two parts as I explored the shops with Baby girl and at the same time wondered if that was my phone ringing (I gave Diva girl mine and her father’s cell phone numbers on a piece of paper ). Did I need to pick Baby girl up and run back to the car to save my child from some disaster?
It’s official…I am the overprotective mom that my mother was. You know…the one I didn’t think I’d be?
Well, Diva girl had a great time, safe and sound ( yes I was the first mom there…Don’t say a word ).
I’m gonna have to do this again aren’t I?

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When the Music Dies…

Prince
Michael Jackson
Whitney Houston
Luther Vandross

The legends of my childhood are all passing.
Nothing makes you feel old like hearing this tragic news and realizing your kids don’t even know who they are.
My girls only know of MJ because I had to explain to them that it wasn’t Bruno Mars that they were listening to on the radio one day.
When I was a kid it was my mom crying real tears over Marvin Gaye dying and others that I’d only heard of on the radio but never fully understood their impact on the music of that time. Now here I am trying to explain to my little ones that someone other than Justin Bieber  is an important influence in music and actually paved the way for people like him.
But they won’t get it until they’re older and the oldies/old skool to us become the classics to them.

“PYT…Pretty Young Thing”
“Rock with You”
“Greatest Love of All”
“You Give Good Love”
“Purple Rain”
“When Doves Cry”
“A House is Not a Home”

Damn…

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Happy birthday to my Diva!

It was the Diva girl’s birthday this past weekend. Nine years old! Give me strength!
I look at her and I’m in awe at the following realizations:
1. I am the mother of a beautiful, strong and amazing nine year old
2. Time is running out before the teen wars begin
3. We’ve both survived nine years with my limited knowledge of motherhood
4. That damn parenting  manual is never gonna get here

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