We all know microwaveable popcorn is terrible for us...but it's so convenient. Did you know you can make your own homemade popcorn in the microwave without the store bought package and all the bad-for-you ingredients? It's super easy, just as fast and will save you tons of dough too. You only need two simple things to make this deliciously convenient snack! Turn an every day brown paper bag into a healthy snack by following these easy steps.
Not too sure what Purim is? Imagine something between Hebrew Halloween and Middle Eastern Mardi Gras, and you'll more or less have it. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous rabbinical revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all. But Purim is worth knowing. Its story has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers - at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story. (And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!)
Our picks for March are in! It's a busy month, with St. Patrick's Day, Purim, the arrival of spring, and migrating whales and swallows; no wonder there's an hour to switch off at the end of the month. Now is your chance to plan ahead with our dozen favorites picked from the many activities on the Mommy Poppins March daily events calendar, and snag tickets for some of these in advance (or leave your day open) for your favorite March events. If you don't receive our weekday and weekend events newsletters, now would be a great time to subscribe.
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Winter is prime whale watching season in Southern California, and there are several ways to spy on the giant mammals as they pass through on their 6,000-mile quest for Mexican romance. Each year, between December and April, roughly 20,000 Pacific gray whales migrate past our beaches, and March brings particularly high traffic because that's when the underwater procession starts to turn around. Pregnant, south-bound she-whales still trying to make it to Baja before the contractions start are blasted past by upwardly mobile young he-whales, finished with romance and headed for an appointment in the Arctic Circle. All that toing and froing is the inspiration for many a whale cruise and festival. With a little luck and clear skies, even a hike or sand sledding can turn into a whale watching activity.
Where do all those missing socks go? Instead of getting frustrated, turn those unpaired socks into snowmen in just three easy steps. This no-sew craft recycles unmatched socks into adorable snowmen. Add a couple buttons, a pipe-cleaner nose, and those mismatched socks will be transformed into this friendly little Frosty. Next time you are asked, "do you want to build a snowman?" you can smile, sort through the laundry, and say, "yes!"
When it comes to birthday parties, I am all for the spirit of inviting the whole class. There is no worse feeling than being excluded or not making the A list, and encouraging our kids to be inclusive is surely the right thing to do. However, public school class sizes being what they are, this can sometimes be an unmanageable proposition. And most of our kids have lots of other friends from other places, too, like pre-school or extracurricular activities. If you approach your child’s party with the good intention of inviting everybody, the guest list is likely to have at least 20-30 kids on it. So, if you don't have an acre of rolling lawn behind your family estate, how is this remotely feasible on a budget? We've got 10 great ideas that don't cost a bundle.
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