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UltimateMama and her kids are passionate about food insecurity issues in the community.  A productive way to get kids involved in helping those in need is to contact your local food pantry, soup kitchen, community center, or religious organization and ask them how they can use your assistance.  This morning, UltimateMama and her crew of two made 22 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat bread (wearing gloves during assembly) and put them into individual bags which were dropped off by 9 AM at the New York Common Pantry.  Help reduce hunger in your neighborhood today!

UltimateMama discovered a new kitchen must-have that makes creating mini pancakes or pancake “cereal” incredibly easy.  The pancaker is sold by the Container Store and offers an all in one measure, mixing, and shaking product complete with a spout for an easy to pour experience. Just use your favorite mix and you can whip up creative mini pancakes in minutes! Add chocolate chips if you feel decadent.

UltimateMama did early online Valentine’s Day shopping this year and her girls are in for a real treat! Some fantastic treats:

Ghiradelli Sweet Hearts – Premium Chocolate Assortment

Roller Rabbit Hathi pajamas in heather grey

Tennis Warehouse pink love t-shirts

Zara pink ribbed t-shirts

UltimateMama and her family are spending this New Year’s Eve at home.  In order to make it a little extra special she brought out some Welch’s Sparkling Rose (Grape Juice Cocktail) in fancy flutes!  Cheers to all!

UltimateMama loves to use Wilton 3 tier treat stands as table centerpieces during the holiday season.  These sturdy dessert stands make beautiful presentations of your favorite creations from cupcakes to cookies to brownies.  UltimateMama’s kids enjoy dressing up the stands with mini pumpkins in the fall for a sweet, seasonal surprise.

UltimateMama started her Valentine’s Day shopping early this year to ensure everything would arrive on time.  With items from Williams Sonoma, Amazon.com, and Lindt, UltimateMama’s kids will be in for a great holiday treat!

American Girl by Williams Sonoma Cookbooks $11.99 each (from $19.95)

Gray Malin 500 piece puzzle $20.29

Ravensburger 300 piece puzzle $18.49

Lindt assorted chocolates $5.99 (from $11.99)

Disney Frozen II Holiday Mug with Double Chocolate Cocoa Mix & Marshmallow Pop $5.99 each

UltimateMama loves to serve watermelon to her kids after-school or for parties.  The trick is to make the fruit both appetizing and mess-free.  UltimateMama slices it rather thinly then cuts the rind so that only a little “top hat” is left and kids can’t get enough of it!

UltimateMama often forgoes serving soda at her children’s birthday parties or family holiday parties due to the high sugar content.  Seltzer water is a decent alternative but UltimateMama has heard a few complaints about the carbonation on more than one occasion.  Over the years, UltimateMama has created infused water recipes for special gatherings.  It is a quick, healthy, and cost-effective way to appease both children and adults (not to mention no-mess, no-stress).  And, if your guests close their eyes they will feel like they are at a top spa!

A few infused water ideas include:

– Cucumber slices

-Strawberry, mint, lime

– Raspberry, pineapple

– Apple, cinnamon stick

– Strawberry, cucumber

– Rosemary, grapefruit

– Honeydew, watermelon, mint

– Thyme, lemon

– Orange, blueberry

– Blackberry, mint

– Orange, kiwi

– Cucumber, lemon

– Lemon, lime, mint, ginger

– Cucumber, celery, lemon

– Blueberry, lemon

– Blueberry, orange, basil

– Jalapeno, cucumber, mint

– Orange, lemon, basil


Whether your child is celebrating a birthday party, first communion, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, holiday event, or end of season team championship, UltimateMama believes a Donut Wall would make everyone excited. A Donut Wall is perfect for any occasion and is great for kids of all ages (not to mention adults).

To add a bit of pizzazz, one could offer assorted toppings for the donuts, including frostings, icings, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, caramel sauce, nuts, shredded coconut, sprinkles, red hots, nonpareils, dried fruit, candy (M&Ms), cookie crumbles, (Oreo, Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, etc.), or candied citrus peel.

Donuts are the perfect dessert for any kids party or even an ideal party favor to take home in a box (hello tomorrow’s breakfast)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UltimateMama realizes the holidays are sneaking up on everyone so she wanted to give her recommendation on a quick and easy centerpiece idea for entertaining.  Pre-made, fresh, floral bouquets are an affordable and convenient way of sprucing up any table place setting.

UltimateMama loves to use fragrant flowers such as roses.  She always lets her children select the colors.  It is so easy to create a festive centerpiece as one just places the bouquet (or bouquets) in a vase and the table is ready for any party or event. For longer tables, UltimateMama is a fan of alternating the bouquet colors in beautiful crystal vases.

Since the fresh flowers in the bouquet arrangement usually last for a few days the bouquet vases are great addition to the table for all meals when one has overnight or weekend guests!