Earth day activities for kids

Today I want to share with you 15 fun creative and educational earth day activities you can do with your kids.

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Plant a seed
Fairy House
Clean the beach
Earth day sensory play
Outdoor camping
Dirt cups recipe
Nature walk
Scavenger hunt
plant a tree
Plant a tree/seed
Disconnect from electronics( let the earth breath)
Bird feeder
Recycled tin can planters
Egg carton  flower
Bottle watering can
Making recycled paper
Earth craft

 

 

 

7 ways to get your kids to eat vegetables

Imagine this in a perfect world:
You just finish cooking a delicious meal.From the dining table you yell dinner is ready. Your hungry little ones running to you to see what you have prepared for them today.But as soon as they see the gross stuff  AKA Veggies. They stick up their nose and say no mommy I’m not hungry anymore.Your perfect world is shatter into thousand pieces.

Kids are like that,they can be picky eaters.They will refuse to eat what’s best for them.But would binge in those fatty,sugary,unhealthy stuff.If your perfect world is shattered and you’re struggling at dinner time. I got your back girl.
Today I present to you:

 7 ways to get your kids to eat their veggies.
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Make food fun:
People in general tend to eat with their eyes first. What i mean is if the food presentation is not appealing, you most probably wouldn’t eat it either.What you can do is make food fun.Create smiley faces or animal shapes and don’t forget to decorate the plate with different kinds of colorful vegetables.

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Vegetable fries:
Kids love fried foods.( in the recipe they are baked but they wound notice.)So create your own healthy version of KFC, veggie fries and chicken. Below my favorite carrot fries.
(This recipe and picture is not mine all credits to A Few Short Cuts)
carrot fries
Vegetable dips:
Vegetable dips are easy to make. You can buy ready to go dips or you can make it yourself.
I prefer homemade food just because it’s less processed and I know exactly what I’m eating.Guacamole is a fun way to get them to eat avocados .If your ultimate goal is to let them eat more vegetable as possible you can give them vegetable sticks to dip in the guacamole. But if the guac is sufficient for you let them enjoy this treat with some nachos or crackers. They will be more open to eat it instead of  vegetable sticks.
(picture and recipe are not mine all credits to Ma Nouvelle Mode)
5 ingredient guacamole

Hidden Veggies:
I bet your child loves to eat pizza.Buy his favorite pizza and add as many vegetable toppings as possible on the pizza.Another child approved  way to hide veggies are in veggie burgers.Who doesn’t love some burgers?? Thinking about it instead of those carrot fries and chicken I mentioned before. Try carrot fries with veggie burger. Sounds delicious isn’t it? (picture and recipe are not mine all credits to The Pioneer Woman )

Black Bean Burger Recipe | Grilling & BBQ | Summer Cookour:

Grilled vegetables:
Grilled vegetable is another way you can sneak some veggies on your kids plate.Make it a family quality time.Setup the table and different kinds of meats and veggies.Let them choose what they want to eat.It would be more fun if they are involved in the cooking process.shish-kebab-417994_1920

Green juice/smoothies:
Making green juice for kids I always recommend to add some fruits.
When we are talking about kids don’t make it a green juice with banana. But make it a banana smoothie with greens. Let the fruit be the main ingredient and just add something green to it.(picture and recipe are not mine all credits to Much.Most.Darling)
Much.Most.Darling.: Toddler Approved Green Smoothies. Great for sneaking in veggies for picky eaters and toddlers!:

Grow your food:
This is the most creative fun and time consuming.But it is worth it.
Growing your own food you can be sure that it is organic.without chemicals.
Seeing the fruits of my hard work on the table brings me satisfaction.Again I recommend you to get your kids involved in the process of growing their own food. Earth day is around the corner a great idea o spend  quality time in family and celebrate earth day.
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Bon appetit.

With Love,
Stephelis

Comment below and let us know,how you get your kids to eat more veggies

Farmers Market Curacao Edition

Last Saturday we went to the farmers market at the mambo boulevard.If i’m not mistaken this was the 2nd edition of the farmers market. We usually don’t have weekly or monthly markets on the island.Honestly I don’t know why they named it Farmers market because there wasn’t many farmer. Te place was flooded with arts and crafts and home made beauty products.

We got there around 9:30 AM to enjoy this wonderful sunny day.Farmers Market

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There was something for the dogs and cats.

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More arts and crafts. Those black dolls are called Chichi and are some great souvenirs.

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This beautiful lady was selling handmade hair accessories.

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I bought one of those balloons hair accessories for Chantea but she can’t wear it yet.

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I’m really disappointed in myself that i didn’t buy from them. It’s Naturals i have heard of them  but i didn’t bought anything. I hope i see them on Kings day I will for sure get me some goodies.

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Also something for the kiddos.

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This beautiful lady was selling natural juice and beauty shots.

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When you drink this beauty shot you will look younger instantly …. I wish…..
Honestly I don’t remember what its for.

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Below we have some handmade beauty products

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Candles made in our traditional folklore dresses

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The fit Queens sells some slimming products. I only bought her coffee scrub soap. I wish i had bought the other products.

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Hubby and Chantea the loves of my life.

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I remember this lady’s selling pickled okra and if I’m not mistaken organic bread spread products.

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I bought myself some coconut oil.I always need coconut oil.

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After 3 hours of shopping we went to the beach.20160402_132505

I hope you enjoyed our trip to the farmers market.
With Love
Stephelis

10 signs of a strong marriage

Every marriage has it’s ups and downs. Everyone want’s to have a strong marriage of course. But it is only up to you two to create a successful strong loving marriage.If you have this following characteristics in your relationship I can guarantee you that you have a strong marriage or relationship.Take a look and see if you have a strong marriage.

10 signs of a strong marriage

  1. God
    The most important aspect in any type of relationship is God. Have God present in your marriage.Do not neglect God make him a part of your family a part of your marriage.There is a saying that says: Those who pray together stay together. 
  2. Trust
    Trust is the key to any strong relationship.
    Without trust your marriage will definitely fail. Speaking from experience it’s really hard to maintain a relation ship without trust.It takes time to built trust but a second for it all to go away.When trust is broken it will be much harder to rebuild it than the first time. So secure your marriage with trust.
  3. No privacy.
    I’m sure some people will disagree with me on this one.But really when you decide to get married all of your privacy is gone.There shouldn’t be no type of private aspects in your life.Because you are no longer two but one. One of the biggest issue people have nowadays is the phone. Let me tell you something if your partner make a big fuss about you going trough his phone is because he has something to hide.People that don’t have things to hide wouldn’t mind if from time to time you take a peek trough their phones. But just don’t make it a habit because if you go trough his phone like a millions times a day.He might feel like you don’t trust him.
  4. Respect
    You treat each other with respect.Respect their choice in life.Respect his decisions. Don’t put each other down,especially in front of others. Give them their value in life.If there is mutual respect in your marriage it will be a successful one.
  5. Forgive and forget
    Be quick to forgive.Don’t hold on to old grudges.Forgive and forget.Move on.
    It’s hard I know.It will take some time to really forgive an forget.Even though you didn’t really forget.Just avoid mentioning past events in the future.I have been there i know what i’m talking about.You decided to forgive him right?So bringing it up again will just make it worse.
  6. Intimacy
    Being intimate with your spouse is one of the most natural things in a marriage.
    Being intimate doesn’t only apply to a great sex life… well its a plus for sure.But things like cuddling while you sleep,back hugs,surprise kisses  also counts.
  7. Communication
    Lack of communication is a BIG no no.Communicate with each other.
    I understand some people might be introverts.But if you are having a hard time communicating with your partner you need to fix it. Ask questions like how was your day? What are you reading? Baby do you mind explaining to me about (things that he is interested in but you don’t have a clue what the heck it is,for example, hobbies,  sports, TV programs,video games etc).Whit out noticing you are having a conversation.
  8. Put each other first
    Put each others needs first.Before anything or anyone else.Except if you have children because children always comes first.a great example of what i mean is,in my case I needed to choose between going to a soccer game with him,or a movie with my girls.If you know me you know that i wouldn’t say no to no movie.But he wanted me to go watch a soccer game with him.Something he normally does with his friends Me thinking that his friends couldn’t go,said yess called my friends ad move the movie night for the next week .On the way to the game he called one of his friends and asked them to buy one more ticket.Surprised i asked him:why did you invite me if your friends are going.His answer:because i love you and wanna be with you. From that day on I always put him first.But still don’t neglect your friends you need to find a balance and make time for them too.
  9. Best friend
    Be your spouse’s best friend.Sure both of you can have other best friends but make sure that you are each others best friends first.
  10. Unconditional love
    Last but not least.If there is unconditional love between you two .Everything I mentioned before will automatically be in your marriage.

Top 10 lifestyle bloggers

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Today I want to share with you 10 lifestyle blogs that I personally love to read.They are very diverse with interesting information.In no particular order take a look at 10 lifestyle blogs that I love and recommend for you to read.

Hello Glow
Are you looking for that one diy beauty recipe? Or some natural wellness tips?This is the place to be for eco friendly tips and tricks.

Love Taza
Love Taza is a family blog by Naomi where she shares about her life,husband and kids.

Life With Me
Marianna is a lifestyle blogger that shares her personal style,travel adventures and beauty tips.She also blogs about food,health and fashion.Interested?You can also check her youtube channel for more interesting videos.

A Girl, Obsessed
Mandy is the brain behind A Girl Obsessed.She blogs about blogging,lifestyle and fashion just to name a few.She has lots of reviews,tutorials and tips just for you.

LOLA BLUE STYLE
Lola Blue Style is a lifestyle blog by Erika Batista where she shares about her life,love for beauty and fashion.

A Beautiful Mess
Do you love food? Crafts? and  Style? If your answer is YESSS then you definitely must take a look at Ellsie and Emma’s blog. It’s  indeed a beautiful Mess.With many recipe’s and DIY’s for you to try.

A Cup Of Jo
A cup of Jo is a blog about style,food,design,travel,relationships and motherhood.
I love reading the series about motherhood around the world.
They have allot of interviews,tips and advice for you to read.

The Skinny Confidential
The skinny confidential is a lifestyle blog that focus on beauty,fashion,fitness,home travel and more.You can also take a look on her youtube page.

Thechalkboardmag
The chalkboard mag is a blog focusing on food,nutrition,fitness,well being,style and living.They also have a section for juicing with awesome detox and cleansing tips.

Peanut Butter Fingers
Julie shares about her interests in family, food, travel an fitness.

With Love,

Stephelis

 

 

Bible verse of the day

Last time I got into an argument with someone  I got a bit angry and i use some harsh words against her.The other person became angrier and defended herself again with harsh words and so the cycle goes on.When it get to the point that i had  enough i just started speaking more calmly.The other person mimic my behavior and she also calmed down. That’s when I remembered this verse. Proverbs 15:1

soft answer turns away wrath

Sometimes we tend to be impulsive while arguing.But be aware that words hurts more than sticks and stones.Without knowing you are hurting a loved one with your harsh words.Many times when people are arguing, it can end really bad.Relationships are over and friendships are broken.That’s why I want to share some advice with you on:
How to avoid arguing.

How to avoid arguing:

  • First thing you need to do is calm yourself,take a deep breath and count till 10.
  • Apologize
  • Listen
  • Ask your self this questions:Why are they so upset?Is it my fault? What can I do to resolve this problem?
  • Apologize

Apologize:
Even if it’s not your fault start with apologigizing.This will calm the other person down and they will also mimic your behaivoir.

Listen:
I’m mean actively listen with not only your ears but also with your body language.
Put the phone down pay attention and show interest in what the other person has to say.

Ask questions:
Try to find out why they are upset.This will be easy by asking relevant questions.

Resolve the issue:
If you can’t find a way to stop arguing.If it’s not a private matter ask the other person if it’s ok for you to ask a neutral person to step in and help you both resolve the issue.

Apologize:
Apologize and apologize again.Apologizing never hurts right?

The next time you get into an argument,remember this verse and turn away wrath.

How do you avoid arguing?

How to deal with teething

Teething is a painful process that every child goes trough.My child started teething when she was 2 1/2 months old. She was so little and the regular teething toys were just to big for her mouth.Most part of the day she was crying and grumpy.It was painful for her and myself.But I found some ways that helped sooth her pain and I want to share them with you.

Dealing with teething

  1. Cold washcloth
    I put a clean  washcloth in ice cold water.When she starts chewing on it its an instant pain reliever.
  2. The most soothing thing for her was chewing on my fingers.
    I was in pain but she is my daughter that’s why i put on my brave face and let her chew my fingers every time she needed it.This is also a way to show her that she can count on me when she needs me.
  3. When she was around 5 to 6 months I gave her the teething toys.I put the teething toys in the fridge and let them cool a bit.
  4. Crushed Ice
    Sometimes I would put some crushed ice into a clean washcloth so she can chew on the crushed ice.
  5. Baby food
    I freeze some baby food in a popsicle mold.
    The Popsicle has a two in one effect.It will relieve the pain and at the same time it is a well deserved treat for her.
  6. One of the most important thing to do for your teething baby is brush their teethes.
    Many parents skip this one step in the beginning but it’s really important and hygienic to start brushing their teethes as soon as they start emerging from the gums.Just get a baby brush and hot water.Once or twice a day brush the teethes and gums.The brush against the gums also give her some type of relieve.
     

How do you deal with teething?

Please comment below how you relieve the pain from your teething baby.

liebster award

The Liebster Award

I have been nominated by Tasha from tryallmama for the Liebster Award.Many people see this as just a blog post.But for me it means more.It means that someone noticed my blog.And that’s a big satisfaction for me.A Big THANK YOU to Tasha.

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The Official Rules of the Liebster Award

(copy paste from tryallmama)

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions from the Blogger that nominated you.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  5. Ask your nominees to answer 11 questions.
  6. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1,000 followers.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so they can learn about it and know what to do! (they might not have ever heard of it!)
  9. Post your Liebster Award blog post link in the comments of your nominator’s Liebster Award Post
  10. This is no official rule but it would be nice if you followed the person who nominated you.

Questions

  1. What is your number one fear?
    To fail God.
  2. What is one thing on your bucket list.
    Sky diving and travel the world
  3. What does your dream vacation consist of?
    Adventure,culture, sea sun and sand.
  4. Where is the coolest place you have been?
    Biobay in Puerto Rico.
  5. What is your go to sweet treat?
    Ice cream
  6. What can you not live without?
    My family
  7. Your top goal for 2016?
    I would like to have some blogger friends,and be a great blogger and write a post that goes viral.
  8. How did you get into blogging?
    I have always read other blogs and wanted to start my own blog.
  9. Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?
    I see myself with my own small business and traveling the world.
  10. Who inspires you the most?
    My mom inspire me the most.I wan’t to be like her when it comes to parenting.
  11. What is your splurge you are saving up for?
    A vacation to Dominican Republic.

10 Random Facts About Me

  1. I can watch hours after hours of Korean drama.
  2. I’m afraid of cockroach dead or alive i don’t want them near me.
  3. I would love to live in the big city but I still prefer my tiny island Curacao
  4. I LOVE GOD
  5. I’m Hungry right now
  6. I wash every plate/utensils/cup etc before I use them. Even tough I just washed them 5 minutes ago.
  7. I’m Married
  8. I met my husband at church when I was 12
  9. Later we found out that we actually met at the same church when I was around 8 or 9.
  10. At the age of 22 we got married at the same church.

Questions For You

  1. Favorite blogs?
  2. Which book did you read last.
  3. Any blogging tips?
  4. Best vacation destination?
  5. If you are a parent give us your best parenting advice.
  6. What does a perfect day look like
  7. Describe your self in 3 words.
  8. How would you spend a million dollars?
  9. What/who is the most important thing in your life.
  10. If you can have a super power what would it be.

 

Nominees

lifewithwaldo

the-family-man.com

withmummylove

mommyneedswine

bottlesandbanter

 

How to save money entertainment

How to save money on entertainment

How to save money entertainment

  1. Android box
    We love to watch TV at home.But we didn’t want to pay for cable.Cables are expensive.That’s why we decided to buy an android box.The only thing we needed was WiFi.With this box you can watch unlimited movies,shows,cartoons,YouTube, live TV and more.The best part about the android box is that you decide what you want to watch and no monthly fee.
  2. Play sports
    Invite some friends and family to play sports and enjoy your day doing something good for your health while having fun and socialize with friends and family.
  3. Free audio book
    Lets say you don’t like reading or you don’t have time to read, but you enjoy a good book.You can try audible free trail for 30 days.Yes for 30 days you get two free audio books. If you want to keep using audible after those 30 days you will only pay $14,95 a month for 1 book.How ever if you only want to use the free books you need to cancel your membership before those 30 days are up.
  4. Game night
    Invite some friends over for game night and ask everyone to bring something to eat for example some chips,appetizers, pizza,soda etc.
  5. Join a club
    Search online or in your local newspapers for clubs to join.
    If you cant find what you are looking for you can start your own club.
    For book lovers i recommend goodreads.It’s a free website for book lovers.You can also join or create your own book club.
  6. Learn a new language
    If for you entertainment means get some knowledge and learn something new.I recommend you to learn a new language.One of the best free online learning resources I have used is duolingo.You can use it online in browser or you can download the app.
  7. Service exchange
    With service exchange i mean for you to exchange knowledge or service with someone else. For example if you are a good painter and your friends is a good dancer. You teach her how to paint and she will teach you how to dance.
    The benefits is that you can also socialize with each other.
  8. Free concerts/festivals
    There are tons of free concerts that you can go to.Take a look online and search for free concerts,festivals and events in your area.
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  9. Diy arts and crafts
    There are tons of easy arts and crafts to do that aren’t expensive.
    Check out my pinterest board for some arts and crafts ideas i found online.
  10. Nature
    What isn’t more relaxing than open air.Go out enjoy nature its free.Watch the sunrise/sunset.Go to the beach.Go sightseeing in another city.Camping.Its free.

How do you save money on entertainment?
Comment below and let me know.

Family tradition ideas

Hello Lovelies,

Greetings from sunshine island.Today I want to share with you my future family tradition plans.Since i can remember i always wanted to have family traditions.Growing up I never had that so now that I have my own family I will definitely do it.I think that it is really nice to have family traditions to pass on future generations.
And keep family united.

  • Game night.
    Once a week we will have game night.Each week a family member will choose what type of games the want to play.We can choose from board games to cards,UNO to twister,video games to domino. But of course our favorite “mens erger je niet”picture below.Every game counts as long we are spending quality time together as a family and having fun because that is what really matters.Mens erger je niet
  • 11th day
    Every 11th of the month me and hubby at our turn(one month for him one month for me) must surprise each other with something romantic.Just because it is our anniversary date .We got married on December 11,2013
    There is no need to do something fancy but just to show some love.Maybe a letter,a message o the radio or something small just to celebrate life.
  • Restaurants
    Once a month we will go to a nice restaurant.Me and hubby likes to eat out and try new food.Before we moved to the Netherlands we used to eat out allot.When we moved back to Curacao after getting pregnant not so much.But that is something I would like to do again.Soon….Family traditions
  • Mother daughter day/Father daughter day
    Just a day that we spend together with our daughter on one and one basis.What I mean is for example on this day I will take her to the spa to get a manicure and he can take her horse riding or something like that.Just a day to bond and make fun childhood memories.On this day she can also ask for whatever she want it’s a kind of yes day. Only if we can afford it of course.But she is only 6 months now so we will need to wait a little bit more before i can take her to the spa and he can take her horse riding.
  • Skip a day
    When she goes to school she can choose 1 day in the trimester to skip school so that would be 3 times a school year.But she will need to earn this day with good grades.If she has one bad grade there is no skip a day for that trimester.
  • Family Photo
    Every year we will have a professional photo shoot.Every year we will dress up and have fun while creating memories for a lifetime.

What are your family traditions?