Kid’s Project: Egg Carton Color Nature Walk

After being stuck inside while it rained, we saw the sun was out today and the rain was coming again this weekend, we thought……..”better get out and get moving, asap!”

I ran across this idea a few months ago and I really wish that I could remember the blogger so I could give her credit, but I cannot. So….needless to say, this was not my idea, but I think it is great and we had a fantastic time creating it.

EGG CARTON COLOR NATURE WALK:

First you will need an egg carton.  I cut the top off so it would be easier to carry, but that’s up to you.

Next, I had my daughter use her crayons and color each of the “egg holes” a different color.

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After that, we headed outside for our nature walk and filled the egg carton with all of the different colors of nature……Blue was the hardest to find by the way!!!

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We were lucky to find some really good finds, but I did have to get on her about  grabbing out of people’s flower pots.

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At the end of the day, it was a fun project and a great way to talk about flowers, nature and colors while getting a little exercise and mommy time.

 

 

Happy Coloring!

 

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The Psychology of Color

Color psychology is the study of color as a determinant of human behavior.        – Wikipedia

Color is such an important part of our lives.  If you believe in the Psychology of Color then you know that  there are colors that affect our well-being and our mood.

Psychology of color
courtesy of weheartit.com

Color fits into every part of our lives from our home decor to our fashion to our moods and attitudes towards others.  Because I am a children’s room designer and boutique owner, I want to focus on nursery decor and color.  

Here are some of the latest trends for 2013 nursery design courtesy of Project Nursery:

#1 Black and White with Color Pop

#2 Invest in the Crib, Not the Décor

#3 Wall Decals

#4 Metallic Accents

#5 Distressed Gray

#6 Traditional Made Modern

#7 Blues for Girls

Love these ideas and here are few more:

Courtesy Project Nursery
Courtesy Project Nursery

 

Courtesy Project Nursery
Courtesy Project Nursery

Seriously, I think this is truly adorable….and so are the kids.

welcome to my room
Courtesy of MineStyleBlog.Blogspot.com

 

A few more….

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Courtesy Project Nursery
http://www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com

…..and the last thing I want to share are my favorite picks for boys and girls nurseries.  My style is very vintage and shabby chic, which you should be able to deduct from these pics.

http://www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com

 

The biggest thing to remember when planning your nursery is to do what makes you happy.  If you like something that may not be on “trend”….do it. You are going to be spending a lot of time in this room once that sweet little bundle arrives and you want to make sure that you like it as well.  My other advice is to make it changeable and adaptable easily so you can make subtle changes as baby gets older without redoing the whole room.

~Happy Decorating~

 

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Recipe of the Week: Chicken with Gnocchi, Spinach and Mushrooms

Seriously people…..I go on these cooking frenzies were everyday I want to try something new and then a few days later I don’t want to see anything but a take-out box.  Well, this week was a try something new kind of week and I found this great recipe for chicken and gnocchi. Sounds scary and kind of like a lot of work, but it was super easy.  I got all of the ingredients ready before I took my daughter to ballet and when we got home, I whipped it up in about 2o minutes.  Super tasty and not too unhealthy.  Try it out and let me know what you think…..

Courtesy of Florida Coastal Cooking:

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Sautéed Gnocchi, Spinach and Mushrooms with Grilled Chicken, Asparagus and Onions

Serves 6 (1 1/2 cup) servings
**6 WW Pts Plus
Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
1 bunch fresh asparagus, washed and ends trimmed
1 onion, sliced into rings
16 oz mini gnocchi
8 oz fresh spinach
8 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1/8 cup white wine
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes with Italian spices such as basil, oregano and garlic
2 Tbsp oil of choice (I used virgin pecan oil), divided
Coarse sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning mix
12 Tbsp shredded part skim mozzarella (I used Organic Valley)
Directions
1. Preheat grill to medium high heat and place a large skillet over medium heat.  Lay out about a 2 foot sheet of foil.
2. Rub 1/2 tbsp oil over chicken breasts and season with salt, pepper and a generous amount of garlic powder. Place asparagus and onion on sheet of foil, pour 1/2 tbsp oil over and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Lower grill heat to medium, place chicken and foil with asparagus and onion on grill.  Cook about 8 minutes, once browned, flip chicken, turn vegetables and cook an additional 8 minutes until chicken is cooked through.  Let chicken rest for five minutes and chop chicken and vegetables into bite size pieces.
(As chicken cooks)
3. Pour 1/2 tbsp oil into preheated skillet; add gnocchi, season with garlic powder and Italian seasoning, to taste; stir frequently for approximately 8 to 9 minutes or until browned.  Set aside in bowl.
4. Lower heat in skillet to medium-low and pour remaining 1/2 tbsp oil in, turn to coat.  Add spinach, mushroom and garlic; season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.  Stir frequently to wilt spinach, about 4 to 5 minutes; add wine to prevent sticking. Add gnocchi, chicken and juices, asparagus, onion and tomatoes to spinach mixture.  Stir gently to combine.  Divide into 6 (1 1/2 cup) servings.  Top each serving with 2 Tbsp of shredded mozzarella.
Nutrition Facts
6 (1 1/2 cup) Servings
***6 WW Pts Plus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264.4
Total Fat 6.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.4 g
Cholesterol 38.0 mg
Sodium 657.9 mg
Potassium 530.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 36.8 g
Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
Sugars 3.8 g
Protein 13.6 g
Vitamin A 80.3 %
Vitamin B-12 1.2 %
Vitamin B-6 15.9 %
Vitamin C 56.6 %
Vitamin D 3.3 %
Vitamin E 13.2 %
Calcium 13.3 %
Copper 12.3 %
Folate 40.8 %
Iron 12.0 %
Magnesium 12.5 %
Manganese 28.8 %
Niacin 18.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.8 %
Phosphorus 11.5 %
Riboflavin 14.6 %
Selenium 9.9 %
Thiamin 10.9 %
Zinc 5.3 %
(If you like the 1 cup serving size this makes 9 servings)
Nutrition Facts
9 (1 cup) Servings
**4 WW Pts Plus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176.2
Total Fat 4.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Cholesterol 25.3 mg
Sodium 438.6 mg
Potassium 353.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 24.5 g
Dietary Fiber 4.0 g
Sugars 2.5 g
Protein 9.1 g

Happy Cooking!!!

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