Archive for May 6th, 2008

Countdown to Mother’s Day 2008: Mother’s Day Craft Ideas for Young Children

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

As we countdown to Mother’s Day (T-5 days), join us for a selection of  easy gift and craft ideas, Mother’s Day coloring pictures, tasty recipe ideas for the big day as well as other ideas for a great holiday. Stop buy each day for a new holiday suggestion.

To start us off – there is nothing a mother appreciates more than a gift made from love. Here are some easy craft ideas that even little kids can master (with some help from dad or an older sibling.)

Sunflower Pin Cushion Craft
This cute and useful pincushion is the perfect gift for a mom who loves to sew.

What you need:
A small ceramic flower pot (or recycled yogurt container)
Green acrylic paint
Green, yellow and black felt
Glue gun
Rubber band
Styrofoam ball to just fit top of pot/container

Appropriate age: 6 years+

What you do: (continue)

Check out these other Mother’s Day craft ideas:

Mother’s Day Button Bracelet Craft
If you can’t afford gold or silver, you can still give mom a special piece of jewelry on Mother’s Day, like this bracelet made from buttons.

Magnetic Picture Frame
This magnetic photo frame is the perfect place to display your favorite picture of you and your mom.

Bath Salts
More than anything else on Mother’s Day, your mom probably wants a little R&R. Bath salts are the perfect solution – as long as you make sure to clear an hour for her soak in the tub, too! This recipe is easy to make with ingredients you probably already have at home.

Flower Handprint Card
Whether you make one of these crafts for your mom – or buy her a special gift instead – be sure to include a handmade Mother’s Day card. This handprint card is perfect to make with little kids.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for another Mother’s Day holiday suggestion.

Dispatches from an American in Israel: Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)
At 8 o’clock tonight, a piercing minute-long siren jarred me out of my daydreaming as I washed up the dinner dishes.  That siren, like the one last week on Yom HaShoah, is intended to do just that: Jar us. Startle us.  Drown out every distraction so that we focus our minds and hearts on the personal pain and national tragedy of Israel’s fallen soldiers.

The Yom HaZikaron siren reconnects Israel’s 7 million citizens with the loss of the 22,437 soldiers who have been killed in combat. Since last Yom HaZikaron, 132 more soldiers have been killed.

Regardless of your politics, the reality of loss is at times staggering. I don’t know a single person here who is untouched by it.  Everyone knows someone – a friend, a colleague, a parent, a sibling, a child – who has been killed or wounded in the army.

In Israel, all 18 year-olds, boys and girls alike, are conscripted into the army.  Men serve for three years of active duty – and another 20 years of reserve duty.  Women serve at least two years.  The country has fought seven wars in its 60 years of existence.

This Yom HaZikaron, more than around one and a half million people will visit a military cemetery – that’s one in every seven citizens (an astonishing statistic for me, as an American, who grew up so removed from the fundamental message of Memorial Day.)

Tomorrow at 11 am, the nation will honor another two minutes of silence, after which 40-some memorial ceremonies will take place at each of the nation’s military cemeteries.  Television and radio stations dedicate their programming tonight and tomorrow to remembering the fallen soldiers. Entertainment venues are closed.  There is an air of mournful respect for all – profound personal loss for many.

At 8 pm tomorrow night, Memorial Day will come to a close and Israel will begin celebrating its 60th Independence Day. This transition – from mourning to rejoicing – reminds the nation that from death comes life.  For 25 hours, Israelis mourn their fallen soldiers.  And then they allow themselves to celebrate the gift of national independence.

photo credit: flickr

Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Top 10 Celebrity Moms: #4

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

In honor of Mother’s Day, join us as we continue our countdown of the Top 10 celebrity moms. We’ll be highlighting 1 mom daily leading up to the big day, and to our #1 Celebrity Mom herself!

A Top Celebrity Mom

Sarah Jessica Parker
Star of the HBO hit series Sex in the City, entrepreneur of her own line of affordable fashion, wife to Broadway actor Matthew Broderick, and Democrat party activist, Sarah Jessica Parker seemingly does it all. Of course, ask her and she’ll tell you that the most important title she holds is mom to James Wilke. When she’s not building Lego towers or playing Star Wars with her five-year old son, she’s apparently raising him to follow in her footsteps – not as an actor or entrepreneur (at least not yet), but as a political activist.

Sarah recently said on The Today Show that James is an ardent supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Of course, James Wilke’s views of the salient issues might still be a bit juvenile. Sarah laughingly explained that her son likes Barack, “because he’s a boy. For him, it’s all about gender identification. James Wilke is a boy and so is Barak Obama.”

Check back each day for another celeb mom (or you can cheat and check out our whole top 10 list here).

Photo Credit: Sarah Jessica Parker (flickr: Doug Meszler / WENN)

(May 06) Today we're celebrating . . .  No Diet Day

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

No Diet Day
Stop dieting and following those unsafe and unhealthy attempts to lose weight.

Be part of the “Health at Every Size” approach to life by accepting and respecting yourself and others for the way you are! An idea where healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle are more important than how thin you are.

photo credit: via Flickr

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