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Wordless Wednesday: Rainy Day Apple Stamping

2 Oct

Cut an apple into pieces, put different colored paint on a plate and let the stamping begin. Perfect for keeping little ones busy on a rainy day like today.

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Zucchini Parmesan Quesadilla

2 Oct

A few weeks ago the pediatrician told my four-year-old she needed to try a new vegetable a week. The first vegetable we tried was a zucchini, mostly because we had one that needed to be eaten and also because it looks like a cucumber, which she loves. We had a little tomato sauce and some parmesan cheese left from dinner the night before. We also had a few tortilla’s left from tacos a few nights before. My girls love quesadilla’s so why not make one with the ingredients we had. My girls did not help make it but it is an easy meal for kids to make if you set out all the ingredients for them.
Directions:
1. Slice Zucchini into long slices.
2. Suatee Zucchini in a little oil with salt in pepper until it is a desired texture
3. Place 1 tortilla on a plate
4. Place zucchini on half the tortilla.
5. Spoon a desired amount of tomato sauce on top of the zucchini.
6. Sprinkle fresh parmesan on top of sauce.
7. Fold tortilla over, and ENJOY!
Optional: My girls love their FunBites Luv It bite size cutter, so we used that to make a heart shape with bite sized peices.

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Gratitude Designs by Tara Dixon

2 Oct

A few weeks ago we made a stop into Aminah et Les Amis in TriBeca to check out the latest fall styles. By chance, Brooklyn based painter Tara Dixon was in there with her line of greeting cards. It happened to be my daughter’s birthday that day too. Tara commented on the cupcake t-shirt my daughter was wearing, when my daughter piped up that it was her birthday. Immediately, Tara reached into her collection of cards and handed my daughter a beautiful birthday card. It made my daughter’s day and she still has the card in her drawer. I started talking with Tara because I loved the artwork on the cards. It turns out she has a whole collection of cards and recently started selling pink and blue gingham alphabet cards at Aminah.

In 2011, Tara began Gratitude Designs, a company based on acknowledgement and gratitude. The company began with a series of paintings in which “thank you” was etched in the canvas as a reminder or mantra. The product line consists of canvases, t-shirts, jewelry, journals and greeting cards. Ten percent of the proceeds go to the Gratitude House, a non for profit organization that teaches children the tools of gratitude through. With one look at Tara’s amazing artwork, I started thinking of everything that I am grateful for and what an amazing life I am so lucky to have.
Below are a few of Tara’s Tara’s beautiful designs (click link to see more):

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. All images with the exception of the the photo of my daughter and the letter cards were taken from Gratitude Designs. The information about Tara and Gratitude Designs was also taken from their website.