2 Step Easy Chinese Braised Pork Belly and 2 Ways to Eat it

Two step way to make pork belly and 2 ways to serve it! You literally just combine all the ingredients and cook on low for 2-3 hours. This version is almost the same as my soy sauce chicken. I opted to use rock sugar and it gives it a stickier and almost honey like flavor- and somehow, I feel it tenderizes the meat as it cooks too. I served it with congee for the kids and my husband and I had it Korean style in a lettuce wrap and Ssamjang , a Korean soybean paste condiment. Sooo tasty!

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From A to Z with Energy by Connie Bernstein Dow

Book Review: From A to Z with Energy by Connie Bernstein Dow uses each letter of the alphabet to suggest different ways to be active. The pacing of the book is constant throughout the story (I counted 13 syllables per page), giving readers the opportunity to clap or tap the beat; and to move along in the story ! Eating a healthy lunch (nutrition), exhaling (breathing/emotional regulation) and playing (playground, hiking, stretching) are just a few of the many ways that Dow chooses to show how energy can be dispersed.

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Salmon Yakizuke (Japanese Grilled Salmon marinated with sake, soy sauce, mirin and lemon) with Buckwheat Soba Cold Dipping Noodles

A delightful Salmon Yakizuke (Salmon that is first grilled, then marinated with sake, soy sauce, mirin and lemon) recipe served with Cold Soba Buckwheat Dipping Noodles— a perfectly refreshing summer meal- and an eating experience in itself.

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Esme’s 3rd Birthday with a Pikachu Themed Party

Esme Turns 3 in this Pikachu Inspired Themed Children’s Birthday Party!

Activities and games include:

Pikachu Bean Bag Toss
–> Because Pikachu love red foods
Pin the Electric Shocks on Pikachu’s Cheeks
–> Because Pikachu gets charged when he sleeps
Pikachu Maze
–> Did you know Pikachu is a mouse?
Pikachu Animal Hopsital
–> Because Pikachu is different from Other Pokémons and doesn’t like to be in the pokeball– he likes to be out with his pal, Ash. He also likes to help others. And so, we made a Animal Hospital where Pikachu gets to show kindness by taking care of pets that have been “hurt”
Pikachu Red light, green light 1,2,3
–> Don’t wake Pikachu! He needs sleep to recharge.

Read on for photos, link to the video clip and full supply list for Pikachu Inspired Birthday Party!

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Ayla’s 5th Sunny Day Salon Themed Birthday Party

Ayla’s Sunny Day Hair Salon Themed 5th Birthday Party: Nail Polish Station, Highlights Station, Styling Station, Decorate a Mirror, decorate a headband, decorate a cap; and a Sunny Day Music Video/ Dance to end the birthday party

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Happy One Year Hopscotch Mom and Giveaways!

Hopscotch Mom Turns One! Come on and join in on the giveaway! We are giving away an end grain walnut Cutting Board from Brooklyn Butcher Blocks, a set of adorable Eco-friendly Friendsheep Wool Balls and one lucky winner from around the world will win a signed art print by Edie Art!

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Friendsheep Wool Eco friendly Dryer Balls

Friendsheep Eco Friendly Wool Dryer Balls and Other Goods. These dryer balls are made with fair wage by Nepali Artisans in underprivileged communities and all their packaging is 100 percent recyclable and/or biodegradable and compostable. These adorable dryer balls work great to soften the load. I am more than happy having them found in random places in my home, as they unexpectedly bring a smile to my face whenever I see them. Add a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls to gently scent the clothing. The fun designs and shapes of the dryer balls and air freshener make them a welcome addition anywhere in our home drawers, washing machine, children’s playhouse and more. Tuck in Spring or Easter Egg hunts, in goody bags, gift to adults and kids alike!

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