How to Throw a Galactic Star Wars Party

We celebrated the posh boy’s 5th Birthday with a Star Wars themed party. It’s no secret that my family LOVES Star Wars, so I went online to search for the perfect party. Thank goodness for Pinterest!聽It is here that I planned and executed his party in less than a week.聽First, I found the perfect way to display the party – Yard Candy.

Then, came the menu. I discovered Hello, My Sweet, where they provide invites, signs and food tags for you.聽You’ll have to figure out where to cut them yourself. I mounted them on black cardstock. The posh boy chose a Star Wars Cake with his Favorite TV Series, Star Wars Clone Wars.
On the menu were Thermal Detonators (Milk Duds), Bantha Milk (Milk with Blue Dye) & Qui-Gon Jinn Ger Snaps (Ginger Snaps).
Other treats were Endor Trail Mix (Pretzel Sticks, Craisins and Goldfish), Lightsabers (Pretzel Rods Coated in Red- & Green-Dyed Candy Melts), Hans Burgers, Palpatine Mini Pizzas and Wookiee Cookies (Click here for recipe.).

Next, I had to figure out what entertainment to provide for 5 year-olds of BOTH genders. This is hard because boys are sooo movement-focused while girls are more social. Let me introduce you to a mom’s best friend – the bounce house. 馃槈 I added a party favor of blow-up lightsabers for the kids to play with inside and outside of the bounce house. Here’s are some of the fun pictures.

As Yoda wisely stated: “Do or do not. There is no try.”

 

Help Homeless One Pound At A Time

It鈥檚 a sad fact of modern life that the number of people without a permanent residence to call their own are growing dramatically. According to the National Coalition For The Homeless, children under the age of 18 made up 39% of the population of homeless shelters, and 42% of those kids were younger than five.

As stressful as my life gets, I have never worried about where my family was going to sleep. I鈥檓 one of the lucky ones. Fortunately, there are organizations like Dallas LIFE. The largest homeless shelter in North Texas, Dallas LIFE ministers to the homeless in need both physical and spiritual healing.聽It provides food, clothing, shelter, education and long-term rehabilitation programs founded on spiritual principals and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Medieval Times in Dallas announced their goal of donating 2,000 pounds of food to Dallas Life. This Thursday, February 9, 2012, bring a non perishable food item and receive 50% off your adult admission! They have already collected 1,306 pounds and 694 more to go.

What a great way to get rid of “your pounds” and give to those who need it!

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
2021 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX

All-time Favorite Kids’ Books

All-time Favorite Kids’ Books
A Starter Library for Kids Big & Small

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
  • Amelia Bedelia, by Peggy Parish
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Where Do you See?, by Eric Carle
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman
  • Curious George, by H.A. Rey & Margret Rey
  • Everybody Poops, by Taro Gomi
  • Fancy Nancy, by Jane O’Connor
  • Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose, by Scott Gustafson
  • The Going to Bed Book, by Sandra Boynton
  • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
  • The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn
  • The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper
  • On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman
  • Peekaboo Kisses, by Barney Saltzberg
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  • Where is Baby’s Belly Button, by Karen Katz
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Video Games ARE NOT just for BOYS

Parents, and even some researchers, have long blamed video games for such problems as obesity, violence, depression and detachment from family and friends.
Let’s start out with the stats:

  • Over 90% of kids play video games in US.
  • 11% of children under 8 use a smartphone,聽iPod,聽iPad, etc. to play games.
  • 42% of children under 8 have a TV in their bedroom.聽
  • 40% of time spent on Facebook is spent playing social games.

  • But, Brigham Young University School of Family Life researchers stand by a positive notion that could surprise some people: Video games may help strengthen the bond between parents and their daughters.聽The study found that girls who played video games with a parent behaved better, felt more connected to their families and had better mental health than those girls who did not play video games with their parents.聽Researchers also found that these game-playing gals had lower levels of internalization of emotions and higher levels of social behavior with their family members than those who did not play video games with parents. But, there was no evidence of such benefits with boys.

    It is important to note that positive bonding time was only associated with age-appropriate video games. At a recentActivision Games For Girls Summit, they presented 6 games for聽that girls most often play:聽Lalaloopsy, Zoobles, Wappy Dog, ZhuZhu Babies, Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo and Squinkies 2: Adventure Mall Surprize!聽All of these featured games have some level of nurture and care for the creatures and characters.

    • Does your girl like making cute things? She might like Lalaloopsy.
    • Zoobles allows your girl to take care for their zoobles and explore whimsical worlds.
    • Meet Wappy Dog! He’s the best pet to give to your child this holiday 馃檪
    • Zhuzhu Babies brings your pets alive by caring & nurturing them.聽Note:聽Targeted for youngest gamer with voice guidance.
    • Moshi Monsters is the world’s fastest growing online game for kids. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo expands their online gaming experience on the Nintendo DS.

    FINALLY, in Squinkies 2: Adventure Mall Surprize, kids will explore the recently opened聽Adventure聽Mall Surprize. As young gamers control their squishy, squashy character, they learn to navigate the mall in a聽quest聽to invite the other lovable Squinkies to a fantastic Squinkies party.

    I am giving a lucky reader Squinkies 2: Adventure Mall Surprize Nintendo DS video game and Squinkies Tiny Toy Set. Comment below why you like to play video games. You can also enter by following Real Posh Mom and tweet the giveaway. Make sure to include @realposhmom and @ATVIGames4Girls in your tweet. The giveaway will end November 28.

    Disclosure: I was given the above gifts at the Activision Games For Girls Summit. 聽I was not obligated to write this review but wanted to share what I learned at the summit.

    Art from the Heart

    Come enjoy “Art from the Heart” Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit聽on聽Friday, April 29, 7 PM – 10 PM聽at MARC Events in the Dallas Design District. It will feature a competitive auction of the artwork of prominent local and national celebrities, along with hot dishes from Dallas chef Marc DePetris, cool beverages and a hopping dance floor with music spun by DJ Jennifer Miller with Paul Parades.聽

    Celebrity artists include the following:聽聽
    路 聽Drew Waters, Friday Night Lights
    聽聽David Kunkle, mayoral candidate
    聽聽Flozell Adams, former Dallas Cowboy
    聽聽Gloria Campos, WFAA-TV news anchor
    聽聽Gina Miller, CBS11/TXA21 news anchor
    聽聽Jody Dean, radio personality
    聽聽Stephan Pyles, celebrity chef
    聽聽Jason Castro, musician
    聽聽Any many more

    Artist Rolando Diaz will paint live at the event.聽Guests will have the opportunity to watch his masterpiece come to life and then bid on his finished work.聽

    Tickets are currently available for purchase here, beginning at $125 for an individual, or $200 for a couple. 聽All proceeds from this event will go to Dallas Challenge. This聽27-year-old agency deals directly with critical issues like drug and alcohol use and truancy that children and teens face in today鈥檚 society.聽Each year, Dallas Challenge helps over 7,500聽 local children and teens turn their lives around and return to school, discover a sober lifestyle and become more resilient to the destructive behaviors that can negatively affect their futures.

    What a great way to enjoy Dallas talent & help the children of our city!

    Fringe Observes Alternate Universes

    229292_16534198667_9070_nFringefrom creator J.J. Abrams’ has transformed from a freaky, cop procedural into a sprawling saga full of alternate realities and parallel universes, Abrams’ strange creation remains as grisly and creepy as ever.

    The title refers to fringe science: psychokinesis, parapsychology, reanimation, you name it. And the Fringe Division at the center of the investigatory action is a joint federal task force supported primarily by the FBI. I love the truly, mad scientist named Walter Bishop, whose last full-time job was downing the pudding at a local insane asylum. I kinda love how he enjoys Red Vines as much as I do when trying to figure out a problem. 馃槈 While the glad-to-be-free Dr. Bishop is busy dissecting brains and experimenting with psychotropic drugs, FBI agent Olivia Dunham busts the “bad guys” along with Bishop’s jack-of-all-trades son, Peter, who also makes sure his dad doesn’t wander away.

    I’d recommend Fringefor kids older than 12 years-old, as there are some blood, gore and squirm-inducing scenes. If you enjoy solving mysteries or sci-fi drama, Fringeis just the show for you.