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Friday, January 20, 2012

Get Your Party On!

If you’ve got a little one’s birthday coming up… This post’s for YOU! {kind of sounded like a commercial for a certain frothy beverage, didn’t it?}

Here’s a rundown of some local kids’ party spots/activities (just click on the names to be sent directly to their websites for party details):

Bubble Truck
Crocodile Creek Gem & Fossil Mining
Kart Kountry
Kuzin Kozy
A Mother’s Touch
Mr. Magic
Puzzles Fun Dome

Where did your child’s favorite birthday party take place?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Small Talk Made Simple

Small talk is hard for most people, especially young ones.  So, here are five strategies your kids can use to connect with people in any scenario from Maribeth Kuzmeski, author of The Engaging Child: Raising Children to Speak, Write, and Have Relationship Skills Beyond Technology (Red Zone Publishing, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-9717780-3-0, $18.95).
  • Share something extra about themselves.
  • Be complimentary.
  • Talk about the weather.
  • Find things in common.
  • Wrap it up well.

How do you get your children to be engaging?

{Please share with us. We want to know how you do it.}

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Little Growing Spurts Giveaway

 This giveaway is now closed.

Today’s giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to Little Growing Spurts, an owner-operated children’s boutique that offers gorgeous clothing and toys with top brands such as Mudpie, Rabbit Moon, Za Za Couture, Melissa and Doug, and more, along with gently-used infants' and children’s clothing that are name-brand and marked at a fraction of the original retail prices. It’s located in Clarksville, IN, at: 1370 Veterans Parkway, Suite 1000 (Behind Famous Dave’s), 812.725.1444.
3 Ways YOU can enter (leave a comment here for each):
-be a Today’s Family Every Day follower by clicking on “Join this site” on the right sidebar (one entry) 
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-like Little Growing Spurts on facebook (one entry)
This giveaway ends at midnight on 1/24/12.
See Official Rules for details.

Update: Our winner is Melissa Nasby (comment #18).  Congratulations!  Please email us soon to claim your prize.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What’s Your Style?

Everyone has a style when it comes to throwing a party.  I like to come up with a theme and build around that--- like the above Magic Show party we had for our younger son this past year, complete with capes, hats, magic wands, and a real, live magician… Steve-O!

What’s your style for throwing a killer birthday party?
Do you hire entertainment?
Do you make your own favors or hit up the local party supply store?

Tell us how you throw an unforgettable shindig.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Celebrating Outside the Box

We celebrated Christmas this year outside our usual holiday box, renting a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for the week after Christmas. Our party included my husband and me, our grown son and his two children, and our other grown son and his wife and baby-to-be, due in late February.

None of us were prepared for the party-on-the-streets atmosphere we were met with upon our arrival, but we soon found ourselves jumping into the heart of the streetfest ourselves as we wound down the sidewalks amongst the holiday crowds from all over the world, curious about what treasure the next shop might hold.

Our first stop was Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, containing over 30,000 species of living fish. My 3- and 1-year-old grandchildren were mesmerized by the schooling fish, stingrays, sea dragon, sea horses, jelly fish, piranha, and sharks, all swimming about near us, some within arms’ reach. They could have spent all week there and not have been bored!

On the same ticket we were able to tour the Ripley’s Believe It Or not Museum/Odditorium, three stories of over 500 outstanding and incredible artifacts from around the world. Maybe a little over our toddlers’ heads, but they kept up our pace as we were amazed by shrunken human heads and eight-legged buffaloes.

We kept the Ripley’s nightmares away by sampling the local kid-friendly cuisine, like the Snow Bears lunch my granddaughter devoured at the Pancake Pantry…bear-shaped pancakes dusted with powdered sugar and M&M eyes and nose. Scrumptious!
Contributed by Kathy Bolger, Senior Graphic Designer, Today’s Woman magazine.
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