Halloween Popcorn Pumpkins – (Fall Recipe)

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

It’s always fun to make things with your children, here’s a fun recipe you can both enjoy.


  • 5 cups popped popcornpop
  • 1 cup candy corn 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring
  • 4 sticks red or black licorice, cut into thirds


Prep - 5 m    Cook - 5 m     Ready In - 20 m

  1. Grease a muffin pan and set aside. Place popcorn, candy corn and peanuts into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows, red food coloring and yellow food coloring, adjusting color if needed to get a nice shade of orange. When the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the popcorn and stir to evenly distribute the candy, nuts and marshmallow.
  3. Use a greased spoon to fill the muffin cups. Insert a piece of licorice to act as the stem, and mold the popcorn around it. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes, and then pull the pumpkins out by their stems and admire your pumpkin patch!


Carolina Cook

“This recipe is great! It’s very fun for kids and adults. If you buy bagged popcorn do not buy really buttery popcorn. This recipe adds butter to the mixture – you don’t want to over do it. The salty and sweet mix together very well. If you don’t follow the recipe you won’t get a 5 star result. Hope this helps! Thanks for the recipe. The kids at Day Care Loved them!”

Recipe and image are courtesy of allrecipes.com

Recipe by: ALETA1314 – “Popcorn balls are colored orange and made to look like pumpkins. These are a fun Halloween treat for kid and adult parties. Very versatile!”


Tips on How To Improve Toddler Behavior

Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

We all know that toddlers are infamous for tantrums and other behavior issues. To encourage listening and cooperation, follow these parenting tips.

Show your love

Make sure your displays of affection for your child outnumber any consequences or punishments. Hugs, kisses and good-natured roughhousing reassure your child of your love. Praise and attention also can motivate your toddler to follow the rules.

Prioritize rules

Rather than overloading your child with rules from the outset — which might frustrate him or her — prioritize those geared toward safety first and gradually add rules over time. Help your toddler follow the rules by childproofing your home and eliminating some temptations.

Prevent tantrums

It’s normal for a toddler to have temper tantrums. To reduce the frequency, duration or intensity of your child’s tantrums: boy-1637872_640

  • Know your child’s limits. Your child might misbehave because he or she doesn’t understand or can’t do what you’re asking.
  • Explain how to follow the rules. Instead of saying, “Stop hitting,” offer suggestions for how to make play go more smoothly, such as “Why don’t you two take turns?”
  • Take ‘no’ in stride. Don’t overreact when your toddler says no. Instead, calmly repeat your request. You might also try to distract your child or make a game out of good behavior. Your child will be more likely to do what you want if you make an activity fun.
  • Pick your battles. If you say no to everything, your child is likely to get frustrated. Look for times when it’s OK to say yes.
  • Offer choices, when possible. Encourage your child’s independence by letting him or her pick out a pair of pajamas or a bedtime story.
  • Avoid situations that might trigger frustration or tantrums. For example, don’t give your child toys that are too advanced for him or her. Avoid long outings in which your child has to sit still or can’t play — or bring along an activity. Also know that children are more likely to act out when they’re tired, hungry, sick or in an unfamiliar setting.
  • Stick to the schedule. Keep a daily routine so that your child will know what to expect.
  • Encourage communication. Remind your child to use words to express his or her feelings. If your child isn’t speaking yet, consider teaching him or her baby sign language to avoid frustration.

For more of these great tips visit MayoClinic.com

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com / ullftuser

Tips and info. in this blog are courtesy of MayoClinic.com



Iced Pumpkin Cookies – (Fall Recipe)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

These are the cookies your entire family will “Fall” in love with.


  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon cookies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prep - 20 m  Cook –  20 m  Ready In - 1 h 20 m

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
  4. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

“I make these every year around the holidays – people love them. Do not store them in an airtight container though – they have a lot of moisture from the pumpkin and get moist and mushy. They stay great out on the counter for days. Delicious w/ coffee!”

Recipe and image are courtesy of allrecipes.com
Recipe by: Gina “Wonderful spicy iced pumpkin cookies that both kids and adults love!”



10 Tips for a Healthy Fall

Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

“December 31 over a drink is too late to set goals and make promises,” says Justin Price, owner of The Biomechanics, a personal training and wellness coaching facility in San Diego, Calif. Fall is a great time to start a fitness program because “‘you’re going to create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months,” says Price.

Chris Freytag, a fitness instructor and fitness expert with Prevention magazine, agrees.

“With the change of seasons comes a renewed time to rethink and restart,” she says. “‘What’s so special about January?”

  1. Take advantage of the weather. Fall can be a treat for the senses: the crisp air, apple picking, pumpkin  forest-63275_640carving, a gorgeous canopy of fall foliage, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. These months are a great time to exercise outdoors and enjoy cooler temperatures. “Walking, hiking and cycling are all awesome in the fall,” says Todd Durkin, MS, fitness coach and owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, Calif. Discover park trails and take in some new scenery, whether you’re walking, biking, or in-line skating, he suggests. In places where snow falls early, try cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Or, if you live near the beach, get out and play volleyball, throw the Frisbee around, or play a vigorous game of fetch with your dog. “It’s a great time to do beach activities because it’s so much less crowded,” says Price. If you’re near a lake, try kayaking or canoeing, for an excellent whole-body workout and a great change of pace. And remember, it doesn’t have to seem like exercise to be a great workout.
  2. Think outside the box. Always wanted to learn to tap dance? Attempt to box? Master the jump rope? Ask any schoolchild: Fall is a great time to learn something new.Many classes at gyms and elsewhere get started in the fall, so look around and see if something intrigues you. And with the kids in school, parents have more time to check out those classes, Freytag says.
    Fall is the perfect time to gain new physical skills, Price says, because you burn fewer calories when you begin a new activity (thanks to the learning curve). If you learn something new now, by next summer, you’ll have mastered the skill — and you’ll burn more calories doing it, just in time for swimsuit season.
  3. Be an active TV watcher. Many people get geared up for fall premieres of their favorite television shows, says Freytag. “If you’re going to sit down and watch hours of TV, get moving,” she suggests. “Make a date with exercise and TV.”While you watch, you can walk or run in place, do standing lunges, do tricep dips off the couch, or lift weights. During commercials, do push-ups or sit-ups. In a one-hour show, you probably have close to 20 minutes worth of commercial interruption.
  4. Integrate exercise into your life. You already know the obvious suggestions: park farther away from your destination; take stairs instead of elevators; take a walk during your lunch break. Here are a few that are less obvious:If you’re spending the afternoon taking kids to soccer practice, instead of reading a book or visiting with another parent, “why not walk around the outside of the field while they practice?”, suggests Price. “Or (if you feel comfortable) warm up and cool down with the kids.”
    Or try “walking meetings,” like those Price and his colleagues at Biomechanics often hold. ‘”We go for a walk, we brainstorm, and we figure out who’s going to take what responsibilities,” says Price. “‘Things get achieved much more quickly,” he says, and everyone feels better for doing it.
    You can even get moving while you get motivated — for fitness or other life goals. ‘”Get some inspirational music or find a motivational talk and download it to your iPod,” suggests Durkin. Walk while you listen for 30 minutes.
  5. Rejuvenate yourself. Fall is the time to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit, says Durkin. Get a massage after your run. Learn to meditate. Take an art class. Treat yourself not just with exercise but other activities that promote wellness, he says, so you can feel good physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  6. beech-10758_960_7206. Remember the 30-day rule. “‘It takes about four weeks for the body to adapt to lifestyle changes,” says Price. That’s why people who give up on their fitness programs tend to do so within the first 30 days.So, when the alarm goes off in the morning and it’s darker and colder, don’t roll over and hit the snooze button.”Try to stick with a program for a month,” Price says. “After a month, behavior patterns will have adapted and it will be much easier to stick with it after that.”
  7. 7. Strive for the 3 Cs. Freytag calls commitment, convenience, and consistency “the three Cs”, and says having all three will lead to a successful fitness program.First, exercise takes commitment. When a client complains to Freytag about a lack of time, she responds: “Tell me something I haven’t heard before. We’re all busy; that’s just part of our lives.”You have to start planning exercise, just like you do everything else,” like meetings, dinners, and getting kids to lessons and practice, she says. “Put in on the calendar, because later always turns into never.”Convenience means choosing a gym that’s close by, or an activity you can do at home, or a time when you’re not likely to be interrupted.Finally, there’s consistency. “I’d rather see a brand-new client work out for 10 minutes a day rather than one hour every month,” Freytag says.
  8. Deal with darkness. The best way to enjoy fall is to exercise outdoors. But it is getting darker earlier, and staying dark later in the morning, so be smart and safe.”Just because it’s 6 p.m. (or a.m.) and dark doesn’t mean you can’t work out,” says Durkin. If walking or running outdoors, he says, “wear a reflective vest and carry a flashlight.”When cycling, affix a light to your helmet or bike.If possible, use trails or a local school track to avoid vehicle traffic. Try to work out at the same time every day, so drivers get used to seeing you.
  9.  Dress in layers. When exercising outside, layer your clothing. Before your body warms up, you may feel chilled, but once the blood gets pumping, you’ll feel overdressed.These days, there’s no lack of great weather gear. Freytag and Price recommend clothing with wicking, often called “DriFit.”‘ This fabric wicks moisture away from your skin so you’re not exercising with wet  forest-411491_640fabric hanging on you.Freytag suggests three layers: “The inner layer should be a moisture-wicking fabric, so it wicks away sweat and you’re not chilled. The second layer should be a warmth layer, and the third layer should be a protective layer (like a windbreaker or rain slicker, depending on the weather).” “And don’t forget the sunglasses,” she warns. UV protection is important year round. Fall sun can be blinding at certain times of the day.
  10. Find your motivation. “People are motivated by different things,” says Durkin. It’s important to first discover what your individual goals are, whether it’s losing weight, strengthening and toning, or preparing for a race or event, says Durkin.But goals aren’t enough to get you there; you have to be motivated by the day-to-day workouts, he says. So choose something you’ll enjoy doing and will be likely to keep up, whether it’s walking or hiking with a friend, working with a trainer, or taking part in a “boot camp” class.Creating a challenge for yourself will motivate you, as will encouragement and accountability, he adds. “You want to know when you’re doing a good job, and when you’re not,” says Durkin.Remember too, that anything worth having takes work.”Tell me something you can do three times a week for 10 minutes and be great at? It doesn’t exist,” he says. “If it was easy to be great, everybody would be great.”

This article is courtesy of www.webmd.com

The above images are as follows:
Image 1 is courtesy of Pixabay / LoggaWiggler
Image 2 is courtesy of Pixabay / Hans
Image 3 is courtesy of Pixabay / gewa


Pumpkin Soup (Delicious Fall Recipe)

Friday, October 7, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

What better way to enjoy the Fall season and it’s bounties then with this warm, delicious soup…


  • 6 cups chicken stock pumpkin-soup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 whole black peppercorns


  1. Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
  2. Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
  3. Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Recipe and image are courtesy of allrecipes.com


Two New Members of The Dapper Snappers Family!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 @ 08:10 AM
posted by mrscaz

The two Newest members of the Dapper Snappers family have finally been released!


Our new Boy’s “Galaxy” Dapper Snapper Toddler Belt is here and ready for take off, to only a place your imagination can take you (and beyond). Does your youngling battle with drooping drawers, in a galaxy not so far away? Try a “Galaxy” Dapper Snapper! This fun print will have your kiddo dueling amongst the stars in a war against the bad guys instead. Take a look…


Our new Girl’s Dapper Snapper toddler belt is here to keep her pants up and in style so her bottom doesn’t end up Frozen on a cold day. Play in the snow, leaves or even on the swings while showing off this cool belt. Our adorable “Snowflake” Dapper Snapper will keep those pants or skirts up and in place.Take a look…


If you want to grab either one of these, you can do so at any “Once Upon a Child” Store. If you can’t find one near you let us know!  Feel free to share this and don’t forget our hashtag #NoMoreDroopyDrawers

No beltloops? Remember these:


Have a Dapper Day!

If you don’t have a “Once Upon a Child” store near you. Contact Tina at: Tina@toddlertechusa.com to find out how to get your new Dapper Snappers.


Dapper Snapper For President -2016 #NoMoreDroopyDrawers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

Announcing the “other” Presidential candidate, the one that you may not know about, Just yet… the candidate is Mr. Dapper Snapper, he’s running for President. He stands for peace but he has a strong stance on fixing the deficit, the deficit of snug-fitting pants that is…


He’d like to say a few things…

“Like you, I have become disheartened by the daily deluge of sagging shorts, dangling dungarees, and slouching slacks. This must stop! Butt crack is out there people and it’s everywhere. Our children MUST be protected. Say NO to crack. Say YES to Dapper Snappers!”

“If you believe, like I do, that drawers should not droop, that briefs should be kept brief, and that underwear should be kept under your wear, then stand with me! Vote with me!”

“I’m Dapper Snapper, and I’m running for president!
Ohhh…and I should mention, I’m Made in the USA!”

Share the love, use the hashtags and stand with Mr. Dapper Snapper, let’s put an end to the deficit!




To get your Dapper Snapper and help the deficit – CLICK HERE!


What Exactly Does A Dapper Snapper Do?

Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

That’s a good question…What exactly does a Dapper Snapper do? Or should we say, what does it do, that other belts don’t do?

We all know what a belt does, but a Dapper Snapper isn’t your average, old school belt. It’s a belt (half belt) specifically designed for babies and traveling toddlers. The Dapper Snapper fits on the back of your toddlers pants, shorts, swimsuits or skirts, even if they don’t have belt-loops, and it keeps their pants up, so you don’t have to chase after them and keep adjusting, pulling them back up, practically lifting their little feet off the ground. :) (Admit it, you’ve done this, we’ve all done this).

Take a look:

Here’s an “ADORABLE” little boy who could really use a Dapper Snapper…


He’s just doing his job, being cute…totally oblivious to the fact that he could be walking around in a stylish Dapper Snapper with his pants in check.

Here’s another picture of the same adorable boy, he’s about to be walking around in his skivvies…


He’s too cute to lose his drawers. Now let’s take a look at what it looks like when a Dapper Snapper is worn…


Join with us and chant “No More Droopy Drawers”! Unless you’re after the extra calories burned from chasing after the little ones, just to catch them to pull their britches up endlessly. :) I love calorie burning, but seriously, Let them play, let them be free, well….as free as they can be with our eyes on them. Join the Dapper Snapper revolution and say “No More Droopy Drawers”! #NoMoreDroopyDrawers

If you’re joining us and you have yet to get your Dapper Snappers…you can grab one, or ten… ;)  Click here!

*The top two adorable images are courtesy of the talented “Hannah Sons Photography”! You can check out her Facebook page here: facebook.com/HannahSonsPhotography

Thanks for reading and have a Dapper Day!


Everyday Chores for Toddlers & Kids

Monday, September 12, 2016 @ 08:09 AM
posted by mrscaz

If your children aren’t pitching in, they should be! Not only does it help lighten your load, but it gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. Here’s a list of chores for kids, by age.

Everyday Chores for Toddlers and Preschoolers:  


  • Help make the bed, until they are able to do it and then make it on their own.
  • Pick up their room, keeping it tidy.
  • Take laundry to the hamper or laundry room.
  • Help feed pets.
  • Dusting their space and helping with dusting other spaces.

Everyday chores for children ages 5 to 10 years-old:

  • All of the above
  • Clear and set the table.
  • Help out in cooking and preparing food.
  • Helping with shopping and putting away groceries.
  • Gather dirty towels in bathrooms.
  • Dust living room.
  • Dust family room.
  • Dust dining room.
  • Dust bedrooms.
  • Dust family room.

Everyday Chores for Preteens Ages 10 to 12:

  • All of the above.
  • Vacuum living room.
  • Vacuum hallway.
  • Vacuum bedrooms.
  • Vacuum stairs.  cleaning-268126_640
  • Vacuum family room.
  • Vacuum dining room.
  • Put away misplaced items in the family room.
  • Wipe baseboards in the living room (all common rooms).
  • Feed the pet.
  • Walk the pet or clean litter.
  • Clean out the pet cage.
  • Wash the pet or pet’s things.
  • Fold and put away laundry.
  • Load dishwasher.
  • Empty the dishwasher and put away the dishes.
  • Straighten closets.
  • Straighten shoe racks.
  • Help washing the car, inside and out.

For more chore lists including “everyday Chores for Tweens and Teens Ages 12+” – click here

The list and information are courtesy of  successful-parenting.com

Images are courtesy of Pixabay.com (top image – Myriams-Fotos), (Bottom image – jarmoluk)


The IMPORTANCE of Reading To Your Children

Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 08:08 AM
posted by mrscaz

A pediatrician. A researcher. An author. A children’s bookstore owner. A proponent of analog childhood. A father of three.

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES’ “SpokesDoctor” has many passions, but all of them align around reading aloud.

Dr. Hutton is a pediatrician and clinical research fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In collaboration with an expert team at the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center, his research applies cutting edge tools such as MRI to explore how home reading environment and interventions promoting reading aloud during early childhood help build critical brain networks. He is the author of the “Baby Unplugged” and “Love Baby Healthy” children’s book series, distributed to over 1 million families nationwide, and owner of the award-winning blue manatee children’s bookstore. Each of these is inspired by his experience as a father of three, fueling deep passion for reading aloud and “analog” childhood — the kind with limited screen time and lots of human engagement and free play.



Why Read Aloud? Click here!

For downloadable Posters – Click here!

Information, images, video and downloads are all courtesy of readaloud.org and Dr. Hutton.