Christmas Cupcakes

finalraindeerI love to bake!!! It’s a great way to relax and always seems to bring the family together especially during the holidays! It’s also a great way to allow your kiddos to practice their creativity, fine motor skills, and counting! I found this cute reindeer cupcake idea on Pinterest. It’s an easy to make recipe and if you are like me with very little time, improvise! For these cupcakes, to save time I just used boxed cake mix (I used yellow cake mix) and pre-made frosting (I used milk chocolate). For the toppings I used vanilla wafers, pretzels, red M&M’s for the nose, white M&M’s for the eyes (I found coconut M&M’s that came in white and green, so I used the white for my cupcakes and just ate the green ones ;-)) and black icing for the pupils.

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Some of the great tasks to give the kids that come with cupcake making is having them count out the cupcake tin foils and placing them in the tray properly. They can frost the cupcakes (make sure the cupcakes and tray is completely cooled before letting the kids near) and count out the eyes and nose M&M’s (make sure you keep these out of reach of your very little ones though as they can easily choke). Such a fun idea of baking cupcakes can turn into a mini educational project with a great reward; delicious cupcakes!!! I hope you enjoy baking these with your family and happy holidays!!!

Top Baby Names

Choosing your baby’s name is the first official difficult decision you are faced with as a new parent (OK maybe not the first, but its high up there)!!! Understandably so….your kid is stuck with that name forever (no pressure :-))! There is not much advice I can give in regards to this topic because people have so many different traditions behind name picking that it makes it hard to generalize. The only thing that I will say is try not to stress! Play around with the different names you like. The right one will feel right. Be prepared for your friends and family to give “their advice” and make comments. Do not take it personally. In the end this is your child!!!

Well here is a list of 2012 most popular baby names. Looks like Aiden and Sophia are back at the top again! Happy baby name picking!

Top 10 Boy Names

  1. Aiden
  2. Jackson
  3. Ethan
  4. Liam
  5. Mason
  6. Noah
  7. Lucas
  8. Jacob
  9. Jayden
  10. Jack

Top 10 Girl Names

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Lily
  7. Zoe
  8. Chloe
  9. Mia
  10. Madison

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!!! I came across this creative way to get the kiddos to have some fruit in between all the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie ;-)!!!