Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This wordless Wednesday, we travel Istanbul, Turkey with the eco-friendly and stylish Istanbul-Vegan by J-41™.
A little about the beautiful city where our J-41™ Fall boot got it's name...
Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait is a channel of water 20 miles long, connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. The Bosphorus Strait divides the city into a European side, comprising the historic and economic centers, and an Asian, Anatolian side which makes Istanbul the only bi-continental city in the world. The confluence of the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus at the heart of present-day Istanbul has deterred attacking forces for thousands of years and still remains a prominent feature of the city's landscape.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
This, , might be the most well-known silhouette in the world. Let's go through this week's wordless Wednesday with Mickey. My kids love it as much as I did when I was a kid!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Maybe you can get them an iPod filled with music your grandparents would enjoy. Pick their wedding song, the favorite album they drove you crazy with growing up, or hey, maybe your grandparents are hip and like Lady Gaga. I am sure either way this would be a fun gift from the grand kids!
Forget buying the card, make one! Grandparents are always proud to hang a handmade card on their fridge no matter what age their grand kids are. Get creative... what its not Van Gogh? or Hallmark? Believe me in your grandparents' eyes this is their grand-kids' "masterpiece"!
Think about useful things your grandparents will need this Fall. Perhaps some Fall accessories like a stylish new scarf, hat and gloves set.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, we shared some fun camping ideas, tips, and tricks. A few days after getting home from my camping trip, I was craving s'mores. Unfortunately, starting a fire in my backyard wasn't an option - so I made these delicious s'mores brownies. Not exactly like s'mores in every way, but they were so delicious, I had to share.
- 1 box of brownies (or an awesome recipe for brownies if you have one. Please share!)
- 7-10 graham crackers, crushed
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1.5 sticks butter
- Melt the butter in a 9x13 baking dish.
- Add the crushed graham crackers to the bottom of the dish, make sure they are evenly spread over the bottom.
- Mix together all the ingredients for your brownie mix, and pour over the graham crackers.
- Bake according to brownie box instructions.
- Take out the brownies and set the oven to broil.
- Sprinkle the 2 cups of mini marshmallows over the brownies, and stick in the oven for 3-5 minutes. (don't over do them!)
- Enjoy this delicious treat!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
No kid wants to open their lunch box and discover a bag of celery, and an apple for dessert. We know how important it is for them to get the vitamins and nutrients that fruits and vegetables provide, but we also know how hard it is to get them to eat fruits and veggies, especially when they're not under your watch!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Your kids are already excited for their first day of school. They know exactly what backpack and new sneakers they want for the new year. But we know that what's on their minds may not be
exactly what's on yours. Transitions are stressful, and this is a big one for your kids. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to stay calm and organized :)
- Make a master calendar - Let your kids decorate it so they feel they are a part of it. Make sure everyone knows to inform you of important dates, and make sure you record them. It's much easier to prepare for the weeks ahead when you know what's going on and where.
- Prepare before you shop! - You'd be amazed at how much you can save during this time of year if you just look around. Now isn't the time for impulse buys. Come with your coupons, and a list of what they need.
- Make Folders - Trying to keep track of all the different school forms coming in will only create an even bigger mess. Instead, keep a folder for each of your children, and sort the forms and memos as they come in. Easy access for later :)
- Make sure they're prepared - The last thing you need is a note from the school telling you your kid needs a short or check-up. Make sure all medical needs are taken care of before school starts. Sure, appointments will come up during the year, but the more you try and get things out of the way, the better!
- Most of all, try and let the kids have fun. School is very exciting, especially when they're young. Let the little things go, and help keep those cute smiles on their face :D
Monday, August 23, 2010
The new School year is right around the corner.. can you believe it?? Now is the time when everyone is scrambling around trying to get everything needed for the new year...supplies, new clothes, a back pack, etc. But maybe while we're all buying school supplies for ourselves, we could think of other, as well.
Friday, August 13, 2010
- Do use a checklist - When you're getting packed up for your trip, you want to make sure you have everything you need and want.
- Do plan all meals and snacks ahead of time - You should never go hungry on a camping trip, after all, you'll need the energy for your long hikes =]
- Do bring bug spray - We all know what it's like to come home from a camping trip covered in itchy bites. Avoid it by using a good bug spray such as OFF or Repel.
- Do hike in groups - Hiking alone isn't a great idea. It's best to have at least one hiking buddy in case of emergency (and of course to keep you company:).
- Do wear appropriate attire - We all love dressing up, but camping is the one time you really have to dress appropriately. It's best to wear long pants to avoid ticks, and don't forget a hat for those sunny hikes.
- Do remember to have fun! There are many things to think about when camping, but the most important thing is to have a great time with your family or friends.
- Don't leave a campfire while it's still hot - It is very important to completely extinguish your campfire before leaving your campsite so that it doesn't spread.
- Don't leave trash behind - Here at Jambu™, we all know how important it is to keep our earth green. Throw away what you need to, and recylce what you can.
- Don't drink from lakes - The lakes sure are beautiful, and they can look crystal clear, but they also contain bacteria that our bodies don't know how to handle.
- Don't leave food out - The last thing you need while camping is unwanted animal visitors. Make sure everything is packed up so the bears don't come looking for some dinner.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
- 1 lb Bacon - (Fry and crumble the bacon before your trip)
- 1 Pack of Frozen Potatoes
- 12 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Onions (Onions can also be chopped beforehand)
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- Salt & Pepper
Fish for Lunch:
- Fresh fish
- 1 lemon
- 1 small onion
- Pam cooking spray
- Aluminum foil
Hot Dogs Over the Fire for Dinner:
Don't forget about Dessert!
Of course, everyone's favorite is the classic s'more. But we thought we would share another great recipe for dessert - The Banana Boat
- 2 bananas
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup miniature marshmallows
Sunday, August 8, 2010
One of my favorite things about summer is camping trips. Nothing beats the adventures nature has to offer. My family always takes a three day camping trip during the summer, and one thing we love most is sitting by the campfire and spending quality time together (eating s'mores of course!). One task we always left to the men in the family was starting the campfire. So this year I looked up how to do it myself - here is what I learned.
First, you need to collect wood. It is important to have different sizes of wood - you need everything from dry leaves and twigs to pieces of wood 2-6 inches in diameter.
Set the twigs and dry leaves in the middle of a fire pit. Then create a tepee with medium sized sticks around. Create a wall of larger sticks around the tepee until they reach the tepee's height. Place more sticks across the walls to cover the tepee. Light a few matches and carefully drop them into the pile of dry leaves and twigs. Allow the fire to grow, and once it does, add larger pieces of wood to keep it going. Sit back, and enjoy the fire you built all on your own!
Don't forget to bring some good stories to tell and ingredients for s'mores - happy camping!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
- A clean empty bottle (2 Liters or more)
- Permanent markers or paint
- One or two skewers or unsharpened pencils
- String or wire
- Scissors or craft knife
- Bird food :)
- Cut holes around the bottle - make sure they are large enough for birds to come in and out. You can leave flaps of plastic towards the bottom for the birds to rest on.
- Decorate your bottle with the markers or paint - make it colorful so it looks great in your backyard :)
- Stick one or two skewers at the bottom as another place for the birds to rest.
- Punch a hole in the cap of the bottle and add a loop of wire or string so it can be hung from a tree.
- Add the bird food and enjoy the chirping birds eating in your own backyard :)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Kids are always asking for fun things to do in the summer. Instead of having to take them somewhere to be entertained, let them have fun right at home!
This is a super easy, no bake, dessert that your kids can do all on their own - all you have to do is get them the bowl from up top :)
What they will need:
- 12 Oreo cookies
- 1/4 cup milk
- 8 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter
- A spoonful of honey
Have them crush the Oreos in a bowl. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it is all combined. Let them roll the mixture into balls and/or any fun shape they desire. Add sprinkles as a decoration. Refrigerate on a plate for a least 30 minutes.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Can you believe we finally made it to the summer season? If you are lucky enough to live in a warm state like California or Florida, you’re no rookie, but for the rest of us, we have finally approached the sweet summer air.
Now that summer has arrived, your children need to turn the television, video game, and computer off and celebrate the season. Encourage your children to decorate a pair of flip-flops. This exciting, crafty activity will have your children up and running for days.
So… ready to paint those nails and put on some sandals?
What You Need:
- new or old pair of plain flip-flops
- hot glue gun (care not to burn yourself!)
- Various decorations for example, ribbon, fabric, rhinestones, beads, or any recycled item around the house.
What To Do:
- Lay down an area of newspaper where you will be decorating your flip-flops.
- Make sure your flips-flips are clean and ready to be bejeweled.
- Now that the flip-flops are clean and ready to go, have you child get a sense of what she/he wants the decorated flip-flops to look like.
- If the glue gun is hot enough- start gluing! Let your child’s imagination prosper.
- Once you are done gluing, have your brand new decked out flip flops lay out for an hour.
Its time to slip on your J-41™ outdoor comfort shoe’s and allow the memory foam footbed to engulf your feet! We hope you enjoy you’re J-41™’s and your children’s jazzed up shoes!
Friday, July 23, 2010
- A rinsed out milk carton (any size)
- Wrapping paper of your choice
- Double stick tape