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Happy New Year from Handstand Kids

With the New Year quickly approaching, it’s time to look back at 2012, pick out and savor precious family memories and promise yourself to be better in the new year.  This is how we grow as people.

Instead of the old stand-by resolutions we often make, such as to lose weight or save money, we look at the travesty that happened earlier this month in Connecticut and challenge all of the parents out there to make this year’s resolutions about the thing that matters most – our families.

Here are some ideas for New Years resolutions that we promise will bring your family closer!

-        Resolve to have “dates” with the kids: Kids and adults crave one-on-one time, but the hustle and bustle of everyday life often gets in the way, plus kids usually have to share the spotlight with siblings. Set aside time for each child to have “dates with mommy” or “dates with daddy.” You can get manicures or even wake up before everyone else in the house for a secret, private breakfast on the porch; just spend time with each child individually and give them your undivided attention.

-        Resolve to have a regular family game night: Whether it’s once a week or once every other month, make the effort to turn off all the electronics and gadgets, and play Monopoly, Scrabble or your family’s favorite old-school board game. The friendly competition is a wonderful opportunity for bonding as a family.

-        Resolve to eat dinner as a family: Instead of grabbing something quick and rushing off to each child’s various activities, put the extra effort into gathering the entire family around the kitchen table for dinner for at least 30 minutes once a week with no TV. It is a great opportunity to hear about everyone’s day and have meaningful conversations with your kids.

-        Resolve to say “yes” more: We certainly don’t mean to imply that you should spoil your kids rotten, but there is something to be said for picking your battles and indulging your kids’ simple wishes occasionally. It’s tempting to say no when we’re busy, have had long days, or are ready to climb into bed. But promise yourself you’ll say yes to the little things more often, and the payoff will be huge. Say “yes” to making cookies on Saturday. Say “yes” to the third bedtime story even though it’s too late. The quality time with your kids and the genuine happiness the “yes” elicits will be well worth it.

Please share your families’ New Years resolutions with us via Facebook or Twitter. Happy New Year from our Handstand Kids family to yours! We hope 2013 fills your home with much love and laughter.

Spice it up with Mexican Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a wintertime favorite among adults and children alike. And why wouldn’t it be? What’s not to love about a warm chocolate treat on a cold winter day? Even the Mayans used crushed cocoa beans to create and enjoy a similar tasty drink over 2,000 years ago!

Gather the kids in the kitchen and try their little chef hands out on this Handstand Kids Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe. With minimal ingredients and easy instructions, it’s the perfect wintertime recipe that your kids will love to make. Use our recipe as a base and then let the kids add their own creative touch. They can dress it up with mini marshmallows, top it with whipped cream, or serve it with a candy cane as a stirrer! The flavor possibilities are endless and the kids will have such fun coming up with their very own special hot chocolate concoction!

Festive Craft Ideas

The holiday season is finally in full swing! This time of year is special for so many reasons, but one of our very favorite things about the holidays is having the kids home from school for a while. To make the most of this quality family time, it’s important to keep the kids entertained and happy, otherwise they may start driving you nuts! Cooler temperatures can mean fewer outdoor adventures, which is why arts and crafts, such as these, are a perfect way to entertain and delight the kids.

COTTON BALL SNOWMAN (perfect for kids ages 2-6)

This cotton ball snowman is a fun-filled craft that children of all ages can enjoy. All you will need is blue construction paper, cotton balls, glue, scissors, pipe cleaner and felt.  Simply draw three circles on the blue construction paper to make the snowman’s body and fill with tons of cotton balls, then use the felt and pipe cleaner to add facial features and accessorize your snowman. Younger children will love gluing all of the cotton balls down, while older kids will delight in adding their own creative and elaborate touches – from scarves to mittens to hats and more, the possibilities are endless!

 

NEW YEARS EVE DISCO BALL (perfect for kids ages 6-12)

Since the kids may already be tucked into bed when the ball is dropped in Times Square, let them create their own sparkly and festive ball drop! Simply use straight pins to pin sparkly sequins to a Styrofoam craft ball, letting the kids pick the color and patterns of their sequins. Glue a ribbon to the ball so that you can hang their piece of art from the ceiling and have your own New Year’s celebration, any time!

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

Whether you’re hosting your own Christmas party this year or you’re in charge of bringing a crowd-pleasing snack to a neighbor’s party, it’s usually a good idea to have a few kid-friendly options if you know there will be kids in attendance. Not only will these snacks and treats be devoured by all of the kids as soon as you place them on the table, but your own children will have a blast in the kitchen helping you to make them!

These adorable Santa Clause appetizers are fun to assemble and are a delicious starter for adults and children alike. Use a clean pair of kitchen scissors to cut pepperoni hats, which you can “glue” to Ritz crackers with ricotta cheese. Make a beard out of ricotta and a moustache out of celery slices, use capers for the eyes and nose, and voila – Santa Clause!

But don’t forget desert! These Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cookies will surely satisfy the kids’ sweet tooth and couldn’t be easier to make. Simply use refrigerated sugar cookie dough, cut the dough with a circle cookie cutter and then pinch opposite sides to shape the reindeer’s face. Break curved pieces off of pretzel twists so that you’re left with the center of the pretzels, which is a perfect antler shape. Press the antlers in and then cook according to your cookie’s package directions. When you take them out of the oven, press in chocolate mini morsels for the eyes and a cinnamon candy for the nose!

Have fun in the kitchen and please share your kid-friendly creations with Handstand Kids via Facebook or Twitter!

Get Crafty This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and what better time than now to teach our kids what the holiday is truly about? Even as adults, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason behind the season and to think that it’s all about a perfectly done turkey, scrumptious stuffing and pumpkin pie. There is no denying that it is a favorite holiday for our taste buds, but there is of course much more to it, and why not remember this lesson with our kids in a fun-filled, crafty way that they can enjoy?

Gather your kids, some colorful paper, string, scissors and tape. While cutting out different colors and shapes of leaves, talk to your kids about having an attitude of gratitude! Ask them to think about all of the things that they are so lucky to have. Depending on their ages, it may be helpful to give examples that they can relate to easily. Tell them some things you’re thankful for – daddy, the playground, ice cream – and they will get excited to list all of the things that they love!

Once you’ve cut enough leaves, have children write something they’re thankful for on each leaf. Tape the leaves to your string (fishing line is a good option as well since it is clear and strong) and hang them from the ceiling. Having one long string for each family member is a great way to get the whole family involved. It also makes a powerful visual statement about all your family has to be thankful for!

Your kids will be proud to show their friends and family what they have created. The best part of this simple craft project is that every time your kids walk by their artwork, they’ll get a reminder of what Thanksgiving is truly about and how much they have to be thankful for.

Here at Handstand Kids, our thankful leaves are filled with your names! Thank you for being a fan and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Passover Goodies

It seems like if you celebrate Passover, you’ll almost always struggle with how to bake legitimately delicious desserts that are still edible and Kosher for Passover. We’ve scoured the web to find some of the best Passover ready desserts just for you! We’ve tested a few of them out and have been impressed already!

2 Ingredient Flourless Nutella Cake from Kirbie’s Cravings

Mixed Berry Pavlova from Smitten Kitchen

Roasted Rhubarb with Rose Water and Strawberry Sorbet from Epicurious

Do you have any others you just love? Go ahead and share them on our Facebook wall!

Need A Last Minute Holiday Gift?

We know some of you are scrambling to get your gifts together for the holidays. If you receive our newsletter, then you know we’re offering our readers a special last minute holiday coupon code!

For 25% off all cookbook kits and accessories in our online store, use coupon code: HOLIDAY.

Happy holidays and happy shopping!!

Keeping Your Kiddos Busy

Are your little ones out for the holidays yet?  Need some ideas for how to keep them active and busy this holiday season?  Look no further, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for you right here!

1. Our favorite idea (of course) is to get your kids cooking in the kitchen with you.  Are you preparing a large holiday meal for your friends and family?  Why not get your little ones to help?  They can name the dishes, create place cards, and of course, assist with the cooking!

2. We can’t stop thinking about all of the winter fun we have going ice skating!  Does your city have an outdoor ice skating rink?

3. If you’ll be working over the holidays, set up a play date schedule with other parents.  Each day, one parent can take all of the kids to the park, zoo, museum, etc.  You’ll get the relief you need, but also some quality time with your little one and his or her friends when it’s your turn!

Do you have other ideas for us?  Share them on our facebook page!