Are you a fan of “Modern Family”? Rico Rodigruez, who plays Manny on the show, has partnered with Kmart Toys (as their Fun Ambassador) to introduce the Fab 15 — 15 of this holiday season’s best toys. We’ve collaborated with Kmart Toys to give away five of these toys, to one grand prize winner, next week.
Watch the video below of Rico introducing the Fab 15 – and make sure to come back to Goodyblog on Monday, December 5 as we unveil the five toys!
10–15 dried leaves
4 × 24″ piece of craft wood, 1⁄8″ width
Orange craft paint
White craft glue
1. Paint your piece of wood with orange craft paint. Let this dry.
2. Using the photo as a guide, use your pencil to write “THANKFUL” in all capital letters on your painted board. Make sure the letters are evenly spaced across the board.
3. Trace the pencil letters with your white craft glue. Make sure each part of the letters is covered in a line of glue.
4. In a large bowl, crunch up your dried leaves. Try to get them as small as possible.
5. Sprinkle your crushed leaves onto your glue, shaking it around slightly to get each part of the glue covered in leaves. Shake off any excess leaves back into the bowl. Let your board dry overnight.
Reprinted from “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year,” with permission from Wiley Publishing. Copyright 2011.
I was talking to my grandmother (a great cook) the other day and she asked: What new recipe are you trying for Thanksgiving this year? She knows we always have the feast at my house, and I change up the side dishes every holiday. I was telling her about this recipe for lemony greens that I saw in my review copy of the Macy’s Culinary Council’s Thanksgiving & Holiday Cookbook, a collection of 80 recipes by 13 celebrity chefs. It only seems fitting that we try a Macy’s recipe because my daughter runs into the kitchen every five minutes on Thanksgiving morning to tell me what float she saw watching the parade. So Macy’s gave me permission to share the recipe I had my eyes on: Cat Cora’s Sauteed Greens with Lemon. Cat has four young kids so if she can make this so can I!
Boil a large pot of water on high; add 4 lbs. coarsely chopped Swiss chard or kale and salt to taste. Return to gentle boiling, covering the pot partially, until greens are cooked. It will take about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the greens and let them cool in the colander for 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture. (You can do all these steps ahead of time, if you want.) Then about 15 minutes before you plan to put out your feast, heat about ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil in a large pan on medium high. Add 6 cloves thinly slice garlic and stir until it begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in the greens and cook 2 to 3 minutes; remove from heat. Add about 4 Tbs. lemon juice and season with salt and pepper; toss together. Have a taste and add more seasonings, if needed. Serves 8.
The Great Remember will dispatch photographers to a customer’s home to take high-resolution photos of artwork for mosaics. For textured appliqués, customers will need to send clothes by mail while for lockets, customers will need to send digital photos. Customers can also email their child’s favorite quote or saying to have it stitched into a handcrafted heart grid to be mounted on a mahogany shadowbox.
Prices for these truly unique gifts start at $99. Place orders by Monday, April 25 to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day.
Her book is a comprehensive guide to hair, with explainers on hair types to recommendations for hairstyling tools and products to solutions for hair emergencies (gum, green hair, and lice). There are also chapters devoted to everday and special occasion hairstyles.
The heart braid is perfect for girls with medium to long hair of different hair types–straight, wavy, or curly. For moms who are experienced braiders, this hairstyle should take 15 minutes, and requires only combs, hair clips, and ponytail holders. You can check out step-by-step instructions for creating the heart braid on Cozy’s site. An upcoming slideshow on Parents.com will also feature step-by-step instructions for creating another hairstyle, the Ballerina Chignon.
Vitamin D Helps Kids’ Breathing, Study Says: Are Supplements Smart? Strong bones aren’t the only benefit of vitamin D. A new study suggests that the “sunshine vitamin” helps prevent breathing problems in infants and young children.”Our data suggest that the association between vitamin D and wheezing, which can be a symptom of many respiratory diseases and not just asthma, is largely due to respiratory infections,” study leader Dr. Carlos Camargo, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a written statement. [CBS News]
Madonna Plays Santa for Malawi Children Madonna wasn’t able to visit Malawi this Christmas, but she let the children in the six orphanages she funds there know they were very much on her mind this holiday season. Boxes of toys, chocolate, other sweets and clothes were shipped with a handwritten note from the star, which read, “To my Malawi children on Christmas and Boxing Day. I wish I was with you. See you soon M.” Inside the goodie boxes were miniature Christmas cards signed by Madonna, Lourdes and Rocco. [CNN] Teacher Effort Is Linked To Difficult Students’ Inherited Traits Challenging students take up more of their teachers’ time – and the difference between a tougher student and an easier one appears to be genetic, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The study looked at young twins in the U.K. and asked their teachers how much of a handful they are. [Medical News Today]