As a proud Mom of five, I couldn't wait to own one of these Pea Pod necklaces. They're the perfect mixture of elegant and cute. I'm going to treasure mine forever.
I received two versions of the Pea Pod necklace, one in alternating pink and green (for my order of girls and boys) and a second in their birth stone colors. Both came on a sturdy sterling silver 18'' chain. Kelli was fabulous to work with when deciding on the designs for both necklaces and super communicative. There were so many samples to browse on the Sweet Peas In A Pod facebook page. When I asked for alternating pink and green pearls and a specific charm to go with my necklace, Kelli accommodated my requests immediately.
Pea Pod necklaces by Sweet Peas In A Pod can hold up to seven peas and if more are needed (after all, there are plenty of us Moms of many out there), then you can do more than one pea pod on one chain.
If you're looking for something other than a necklace, you can also order them as earrings, key chains, pins and bracelets. Colors are pretty limitless for the peas themselves, although I prefer the opalescent look of the pearls, myself. If you're looking for birthstones, Kelli offers genuine birth stone peas as well.
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Don't get me wrong, this little troublemaker is as charming as they come. He knows that he merely has to make a funny face or cross his eyes at me to make me giggle. His snuggles are simply the best. His face beams with delight when I draw him an airplane, a school bus or a vacuum. (Yes, he is obsessed with vacuums. Take him to the vacuum department at Wal-Mart and he is one happy dude). I've taught him right and wrong, just as I have with his older siblings. I've taught him boundaries. The troublesome behaviors continue. At his age, he's just not getting most of it - or doesn't want to just yet. Several times over the past few months, I've asked myself in tears, "What the heck am I doing wrong? He just won't behave!"
I knew it wouldn't be long before the notes started coming home from school. Sure enough, I got the first one yesterday. Apparently, he's stealing toy cars from school and attempting to take them home. This actually made me laugh out loud because he literally hides a car or an airplane toy of his own in his backpack every morning before hopping on the bus. Sometimes I catch him and sometimes I'm too busy with shoes, jackets and lunch boxes and four kids scrambling for their buses to remember to check. Knowing that AJ tries to take his own toys to school every day, I realized that he wasn't stealing toys from school out of malice. He literally just thinks everything is his. It's all the same to him. If it's a car, he likes it - a lot. Therefore, he wants it. Obviously, this way of thinking isn't going to do him any favors as he grows up. So the teaching and learning continues...While I have not figured out how to get him to stop smashing bars of soap into hair brushes or how to stop climbing the shelves in his bedroom, I know that teaching him not to steal will be easier.
Why do preschoolers steal and what can a parent do about it?
Preschoolers may steal out of impulse, peer pressure or to seek attention. In fact, the word "stealing" likely doesn't mean anything to most preschoolers. Children under the age of four do not yet grasp the concepts of "mine" and "yours". I know my son is incredibly impulsive and his stealing of toys cars at school likely stems from this. I like that. I'll have that.
To help teach the wrongs of stealing, parents should take some immediate steps to guide the child in he right direction. Stealing should be addressed immediately, and rather than overreacting, parents should explain values such as honesty and sensitivity and have the child return the belonging. Returning the object right away, with an apology included, will help convey ownership as well as honesty and sensitivity to the child.
A great way to turn stealing into a teachable moment is to first, correct the child's wishful ownership. Say, you wish the toy car was yours - but who does it really belong to? Lead the child to developing the answer him or herself. Then have them return the belonging.
Don't expect immediate results. If I've learned anything as a Mom of many kiddos, it takes time to develop certain values in children. Stealing in preschool is just another bump in the road that will need some consistent smoothing out. In the meantime, I'll be scrubbing crayon-drawn monsters off the walls, rehanging curtains and emptying out dresser drawers full of water - again... and again... and again... and again.
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We arrived early and spent some time wandering the halls of the Wells Fargo Center, taking pictures with Flyers Hockey gear and trophies, which is my littlest man's favorite sport. They really have a great selection of historical sports pieces on display throughout the main hall.
Once the show started, my boys got pretty excited. They quickly found themselves surrounded by food and snacks of all kinds: snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, pretzels, pizza, fries, chicken fingers, frozen yogurt, buffalo wings and more. Though expensive, the Wells Fargo Center has an enormous selection of food and snacks to suit any kids' desire.
Globetrotter with the microphone for most of the show, was saying throughout the event. His interactions with the referee and the audience were pretty fun but without being able to hear everything, it became hard for the boys to stay interested in the show.
The best and most inspirational part of the show was Kevin Grow, aka KG3, a recent high school graduate with Downs Syndrome, who signed with both the 76ers and the Globetrotters with "ceremonial contracts". Grow, the former team manager for his school's basketball team for four years, knocked down four three-pointers, hit a buzzer-beater and tallied 14 points during the last two games of the season. Globetrotter Handles reached out to the audience at the close of the show, reminding children that their dreams could come true, no matter what. I just loved that message.
Disclaimer: Four Little Monsters received admission to The Original Harlem Globetrotters event at Wells Fargo Center for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and belong to the blogger.
My monsters just love this museum. It's completely hands-on, interactive and incredibly exciting from room to room. Plus, they offer special programs in their classrooms like their Try Science series.
Spring Brings NEW Events to the Delaware Children's Museum in Wilmington, DE
This month, the DCM will host Prince & Princess Weekend, March 15th and 16th with special performances of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty by First State Ballet Theatre and the Delaware Children's Theatre. Festivities will include Royal Reading Time and discounts for those who come dressed in their best royal attire.
Now, through April 27th, kids can participate in the DCM Block Party by constructing their own cities and structures out of huge foam blocks and shapes.
To celebrate in royal fashion, we're giving away THREE SETS of four-pack tickets to The Delaware Children's Museum to three readers of Four Little Monsters Blog. That's right, THREE SETS! Each winner will receive four tickets each, good through October of 2014.
Disclosure: Four Little Monsters Blog has partnered with the Delaware Children's Museum to host this giveaway.
Plays & Players, Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth, recently launched a new annual performance series in order to introduce young people to the magic of theater. This series premiers with Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum, a story that involves mythic and local animals of the Delaware River and Philadelphia including the blue heron, the red fox, the box turtle and more. The stories are inspired by the once indigenous people of that area, the Lenni-Lenape, who were well known for their wampum beads.
Performances of Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum run through March 13th through the 29th on Wednesday through Fridays at 10 am and Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Tickets are $10-$20.
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This March, families can see The Harlem Globetrotters on March 7th through March 9th at three separate venues:
Liacouras Center in Philadelphia (Friday, March 7th at 7 p.m.)
Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey (Saturday, March 8th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.)
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (Sunday, March 9th at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
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This season, P.L.A.Y. will present local playwright, Greg Romero’s, Delaware MudTub and the Mighty Wampum. The production will explore mythic animals local to the area (The Great Blue Heron, The Red Fox, The Box Turtle), people once indigenous to the Delaware River (The Lenni-Lenape), and the rituals and journeys that speak across time and species, reflected through the lens of our season theme, brothers and sisters.
Delaware MudTub and the Mighty Wampum runs from March 13-29, 2014 in the intimate Skinner Studio. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10am and Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2:30pm.
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This interactive exhibition draws from a huge range of contemporary Native American voices such as artists, activities, journalists, scholars and community leaders. Through video and audio, these personalities share stories and poetry to discuss issues that matter to the identity of Native American's today. The exhibition includes over 250 Native American objects such as 11,000 year old Clovis projectile points and crosses time through contemporary art of this generation.
More than five years in the making, the Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now exhibition was the inspiration of Dr. Lucy Fowler William's, the exhibition curator and Senior Keeper of the Penn Museum's American Section, with Keeper William Wierzbowski and then-Curator Dr. Robert Preucel. Williams invited over seventy established and emerging Native American artists, leaders and scholars from around the country to talk about the significance of objects in Penn Museum's North American collections. The result was Objects of Everlasting Esteem: Native American Voices on Identity, Art and Culture (2005).
The Four Little Monsters crew encourages your family to check out this amazing new exhibition at Penn Museum. Help us spread the word and TWEET the following like so they know we sent you!
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February events include patterned themed activities and events. The Barnes foundation also offers pajama tours of their world-famous galleries as well as drop-off workshops for ages nine through twelve.
I wanted to share a sweet song with readers tonight. My smallest monster
and I are swaying together to Alex Mitnick's "Feelin' Fine" just now
and we love it so! We're excited to spread the word about a free MP3 download,
available through Father's Day. This track, part of Mitnick's album
devoted to his son called "Love Songs For My Baby" just melts my heart.
You can access this free download when you share the video link via Facebook or Twitter.
Says Alex Mitnick, "Becoming a dad has been the most incredible spiritual experience I've ever had. The new album became a kind of meditation, with each song providing a sound track into the experiences of being a new parent. Love Songs For My Baby is as close to my heart as I can possibly imagine, and I can't wait to share it with families."
I'm a serious fan of spicy food - as in the "Dang, that's way too hot
and I can hardly breath... BUT I love it so" kind. This week, I had a
little fun with some spices that Tonguespank Spice Co. sent over for me to try.
Smoky Bourbon: Our Smoky Bourbon blend adds just the right amount of smoky burn, and the depth of complexity of a good bourbon. Use it like hot sauce! Sprinkle on eggs, pizza, baked potatoes, chili, steaks, burgers, pork chops, barbecue, ribs, etc.
Garlic Grappa: Mm... garlic! Our Garlic Grappa blend is like opening the door of an Italian kitchen. Sprinkle liberally on pizza, pasta and seafood. Add it to olive oil and dip your bread in it. Or skip the extra step and ad it to buttered bread: instant garlic bread!
The first, Smoky Bourbon, threw quite a hit to the nostrils so I knew I would really enjoy it on food. The smokiness was very evident in the aroma. First, I put a little on my tongue and BOOM - yeah, wasn't going to be able to share it with the children. I did, however, make my husband try it straight out of the bottle and he walked away red-faced muttering, "Oh my god, Oh my god!" I love when that happens! The Smoky Bourbon contains: Chipotles, habaneros, Bhut Jolokia chilies, garlic onion, black pepper, sea salt and bourbon.
At first glance, I thought that perhaps I could get away with sprinkling some Garlic Grappa into dinner - which I very excitedly did - and sprinkled pretty heavily over onions on a skillet in oil, which I blended with asparagus. I also seasoned pork chops with it in the same meal, which added some nice color as well as flavor. This one really did have a bite to it, but nothing my kids couldn't handle. In fact, they gobbled it up and had seconds, with the help of some dipping sauce to mute some of the "spank". My husband didn't much care for this one, but what does he know? The Garlic Grappa contains: Rosemary, oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, habaneros, sea salt, balsamic vinegar, grappa. I'm constantly cooking with basil and balsamic vinegar so I just loved this blend. I'm sure I'll have used it all before the week is out.
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Disclosure: Four Little Monsters received samples of Tonguespank Table Blend Spices for the purpose of this review. All opinions belong to the blogger.
|Used with permission. Credit: Tim Schreckengost of www.nemesisbird.com|
|Used with permission. Credit: Tim Schreckengost of www.nemesisbird.com|
|ebird.org Snowy Owl Sightings Nov-Dec 2013|
- The snow-white plumage of the Arctic Snow Owl helps the bird blend in to it's Arctic environment.
- Males are whiter than females. Males get whiter as they age. Females are never completely white and are somewhat brown.
- Snow Owls like to perch on the ground or low to the ground, where they're close to rodents, fish and birds, their main food sources.
- They have superior hearing, and rely on this sense for catching prey.
- Unlike many owls, the Snowy Owl is active during the day, especially in the summer. They are most active and dawn and dusk.
- They are generally nomadic but often mate for life.
- Arctic Snow Owls have a wing span of up to 4.8 feet.
- They primarily feed on lemmings.
|Frogs Exhibit, www.fourlittlemonsters.com|
|African Bull Frog, www.fourlittlemonsters.com|
|Surinam Toad, www.fourlittlemonsters.com|
- Discover all the colors, patterns, sounds and personalities that make the frog and amphibian world so diverse.
- Learn what it takes to own a frog as a pet.
- Find out how frog species are being affected by environmental change such as climate change and pollution.
- Meet frogs up close and personal. Discover their quirks, special talents and sometimes poisonous qualities!