Mommy Mondays: Holiday Craft Ideas for Your Toddlers

How cute are these??  This was a really fun project that c enjoyed and actually kept asking to do again last year.  What I love most is that we get to forever keep a record of how big her hands and feet were at 18 months.  

All you need is paper (I like white craft paper), washable paints, paint brushes, and someone to help you hold a wiggly toddler.  Apply paint to your little one’s feet and hands and then have the helper slowly lower their hands or feet onto the paper.  I always make 5-6 copies of each just in case.  The first few rarely work out since the baby is squiggly and there is a lot of paint in the crevices of their hands/feet.  

After the prints are done, set it aside and let it dry over night.  Then go back with a q-tip and pen to fill in the final touches.  Once it is all dry you can hang it anywhere in the house, put it in a frame, or even send a bunch of these out to family members for Christmas cards!  Xoxo

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Staff Development Day

Once a year, UCLA throws a huge Staff Development Day on the lawn outside my building.  about 100,000 employees gather and have lunch together, picnic on the grass, listen to music and just get… well appreciated. =P

My coworkers and I spent an amazing 2-hour lunch together just catching up & enjoying the summer day.  xoxo  It’s always awesome to see so many familiar faces on campus eating, dancing (with the live music) and unwinding on a picnic blanket. <3

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My Turkey Lunch Box

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Waterlemon.  YUMMM

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Our little picnic <3

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My new Shoes!! xoxo

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

This week I didn’t really take very many pictures because Mama and Papa Blair moved!  Markel and I helped move and we spent a fun weekend in beautiful Beaumont.  The weather was rainy and cold~ but it was nice to spend a weekend together (siblings, nephews, niece, and all).  Here are my sporadic bursts of photos…

Friday was a surprise Birthday Party for Mike’s friend.  We didn’t last past the pre-party (we had to wake-up early to move), but it was FUNNNNNNNNNNNN.

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AWESOME GIFT right???  My fab roommie bought them for me!  They’re silicone gloves to touch hot things in the kitchen <3

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View fromt he Beaumont house.  You can’t tell, but it’s hailing outside!  I haven’t seen Hail since I was 18 in Sacramento.

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From the hiking trail near their house

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 Our new storage unit Markel and I get married <3

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 YUMMMMMMMM Best Turkey Melt I’ve had!  It was a “Southwest Turkey Melt”

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Photodump

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2012

I have to say…Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays I can’t get enough of.  I know for most it’s Christmas~ but I feel like since this is the first fall holiday, it really brings your family together after a summer of vacations and busy-ness.  This year (like last year), I spent it with the Blair family.

My day was pretty cray as I visited  a friend for coffee, spent time with my grandma in her nursing home, and then feasted like a starved child the rest of the day/evening.

Yummy Iced Coffee (dabang style)

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Juicy Turkey, Straight from the Oven

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 Markel’s favorite wine

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My first time eating Corn Souffle (YUMM)

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Broccoli covered in heaven

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Perfectly sliced meat with Dark on one side, White on the other.

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My first serving…SOOOOOOO freaking delicious.

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PIES!! Pumpkin, chocolate Pecan, Banana Cream and Cherry.

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of COURSE, I ate a little bit of each

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Waited in line at Sam’s Club to get the new Samsung Galaxy S3.  TOTALLY worth it.

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 Markel and Me…looking fly at 530am.

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My black friday haul~ free food, a diaper genie, and my new phone <3

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Black Friday Nails

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Thanksgiving Eve…I celebrated all day with wine, tequila, and awesome food.  Two wine nights in 1 day?  I love it.

“1:30pm on a wednesday? yes this is happening”

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“wine night, round 2”

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Weekend Recap and Photodump

Alas…I’m super late on my weekend updates (again).  Here’s a recap from nov 16-18. =)

This weekend was incredibly relaxing.  I spent Friday night and all day Saturday hanging out alone and catching up on R&R.

An interesting tip from Cosmo (oct ’12 issue).  For ever alcoholic drink, drink 2 glasses of water after so you don’t get a wicked hangover.

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uh oh…did not follow that rule this weekend…

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LOVE waking up to a cup of joe with this YUMMY peppermint white chocolate creamer <3

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Ridiculous piles of laundry on Saturday.  Here’s 1 of 3 loads~

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Sunday

Nursery again in the Morning~ How cute are the toys/colors?

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The beautiful view from the top floor of the JACC building in Little Tokyo.

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Sunday night, we had a big small group Thanksgiving Potluck.  SO MUCH good food and friends <3  It was the start to a short week and a fun weekend of family/friend time!

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Monday, a Jamba juice breakfast to perk up my day!

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