Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

Under the Rainbow

Our celebration of St. Patrick’s Day continues with some fun snacks and crafts. Create a rainbow anywhere with just tissue paper and streamers!  Then surprise the kids with cupcake sleeves filled with lucky charms. Let them have fun dyeing the milk green! This was my daughter’s favorite part. Update on the Leprechaun trap: no luck yet!

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Valentine Crafts for Snow-bound Kids

The kids will have a blast in the snow but at one point you gotta come in and warm up and drink some cocoa. Then what? It’s a perfect time for them to make their valentine’s for those they want to share the love with. I’ve included some that are wasy to do. You’ll just need to grab a few things while you’re at the store before the big snow hits! For more ideas on beating cabin fever including how to paint the snow check out my segment on KLG & Hoda.

You’re One in a Minion by Controlling My Chaos

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Iconic LOVE art– just get a canvas, finger paint and your kids’ hand and feet!

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Glitter Rocks! Collect your rocks now, add glue and glitter!

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 You Da Bomb! By Making Memories with your Kids

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 Star Wars: You Light Up My Day! by Keeping it Simple

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Derby themed birthday party

recently my son Bob became obsessed with horses so it was easy coming up with a theme for a second birthday. It just so happens his party fell on the day of the Belmont Stakes and what became a historic day with American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown. We took the family out in horse country and the beautiful Salamander Resort equestrian center was a great place for the pony party! (party notes below at very bottom past photos)

My daughter helped me paint these plastic horses and jockeys!

I mixed everything the mini bottles with ginger ale and lime  and poured it back in!

Found these little grass cubes at Michael’s.

Found drawer and moss at Michael’s. Used foam underneath so they’d stick!

My sister led this fun and easy craft!

American Pharoah who?

The Great Zucchini was beyond GREAT! The kids love him!

 

Horse Selfie- a MUST!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Accomplished!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARTY NOTES:
Location, catering, pony rides: Salamander Resort
Cake, pie pops, hat petite fours, cupcakes: Jason Reaves at Salamander Resort
Inspiration: Hostess with the Mostess Blog
Horse Cookie Pops: Fresh Bakes
Cupcake Photo Topper: Say Cheese Toppers
Invitation: Sweet Wishes Stationary
Flower Arrangement: Karin’s Florist
Table Cloth: Lilly Pulitzer
Entertainment: The Great Zucchini
Name banner, Derby Signs, Thanks Yous: The Unique Day
Stick Ponies: My Lue
Horse Necklaces: Knotty Origami
Bob Attire: Janie & Jack
Adora Dress: FaithWorks4U
Glitter Popcorn: Kernel Encore

Why should anyone like us?

Any opportunity I get to tap into the minds behind the most powerful social network I’m gonna take it. At Gannett HQ I got the chance to attend a Q&A with Facebook Executives Andy Mitchell and Vadim Lavrusik . They gave great examples of how newsrooms and news personalities are using social networking and the “wisdom of the people” to strengthen credibility and conversation. According to Mitchell 50% of Facebook’s 750+ Million users return daily to check in. Their new mobile application already has 250 million tapping away. As a journalist it was helpful to see the different ways to search for sources, news and subjects.

They pointed out that their analytics which are what any brand really cares about, still has some kinks in it (like lack of customization, bad CTR, no way to track time spent on page or top content). Even with that  or lack thereof, it seems everyone is in a rat race to get more people to like them. Even though most newsrooms and managers are still trying to figure out what all this means. You may win the popularity contest online– but how this translates to breaking news consistently through use of fans, improving ratings and above all making some money have not been proven. Sorry.. there’s no answer or app for that.

I will say it was interesting to see how different news stations are vying to increase their Likeness. One promised only exclusive content while another embraced social good donating a bottle of water for every Like they got. Then there was the shop that promised viewers that for 3,000 likes they’d tase their weatherman. Of course it happened… and I agree with the Facebook guys– they could’ve had a higher goal. Talk about adding some real insult to injury.

From my observation– I feel people decide to “Like” a page when they get something free or if their friend asks them to do it. It’s that simple. I’ve had a lot of fun with it getting news tips, story ideas and viewer generated content I can share on-air.

With that, I’m interested in seeing how a page inspires you to pledge your allegiance. What does it take for you to give that virtual and now most highly valued “thumbs up.”

PS: Don’t forget to Like OMG on Facebook 😉

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