I was thrilled to find this ultra-bright tassel necklace at http://www.walmart.com just the other day. I thought it would be perfect to brighten up my http://www.skiesareblue dress I recently found at http://www.thredup.com. I added colorful accessories found in the necklace to make the whole look more cheerful.
I found the bag at http://www.very.co.uk. It was a steal at only $31.00.
Here are some other fun summer bags I’ve been loving this season:
Banana bag – http://www.boutique1.com
Daisy bag- http://www.zaful.com
Center bag with tassels and bag in lower right hand corner – http://www.inthepinkonline.com
My class this year loved everything to do with rainbows , from our circle time poem “7 Rainbow Colors” to the concept of ‘being a rainbow’ when someone in the classroom was sad ( a rainbow in someone’s cloud).
Children at this age naturally want to please people and are very eager to share a toy, pay a compliment or give each other hugs. Sometimes it’s more difficult, as an adult,to reach out to someone you care about when you know they may be hurting.
Have you ever tried to lift the spirits of an unhappy friend with no success, or mistakenly made them feel worse ? Not only is your friend still blue, but you’re feeling like a failure for not being a better friend. First of all, you’re not a failure for trying to help a friend , and second of all, we’ve all been there and perhaps it’s because we think about what would help us to feel better, when that may be quite different than what your friend needs.
Here are a few ideas for “Being A Rainbow” , or cheering up a friend.
Sometimes all people need to feel better is to get their problems off their chest. Allow your friend to talk about what is bothering them without interruption, judgement or offering advice. Unless your friend asks for advice, don’t give it. Also, don’t tell them you know how they feel. People experience things through their own filters. What would be a minor irritation to you could be a major catastrophe for your friend. Just listen and allow whatever histrionics they throw your way.
2. Make them laugh.
3. Take them out.
Sometimes a change in scenery makes all the difference in the world.
4. Give them new pajamas.
Remember how much fun it was to get new pj’s when you were little? We forget the enjoyment new pajamas can bring as we grow older. Get your friend new pj’s that are fun, soft, or sexy, whichever they will appreciate most.
5. Tell them you love them.
6. Ask what they need.
It’s ok to ask your friend what they need. Not being a psychic doesn’t make you a bad friend.
7. Give them a plant.
Instead of flowers that may die in a few days, give your friend a nice houseplant so they can enjoy it much longer.
8. Send a note of encouragement.
An actual card that is sent by old fashioned snail mail is preferable, but even an e-card can bring a smile to someone’s face. Taking the time to let them know you care is the important thing.
9. Watch movies.
10. Feed them.
When people are down they either eat more or don’t eat enough. Either way providing your friend’s favorite meal or comfort food when they are down will be helpful. If you can’t be there in person, have the food delivered to them from a nearby restaurant.
Speaking of food…
My mom has been making these Rainbow Cookies for years. They take a little bit of time and effort but are worth it.
7 ounces almond paste
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
15 drops green food coloring
15 drops red food coloring
2/3 cup apricot preserves
3 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 3 8×8 metal baking pans and line with wax paper.
Beat almond paste, sugar, almond extract and sugar at medium high speed until blended. Reduce speed to medium and add the eggs.Reduce speed to low and then add the flour and salt slowly to the mixture until combined.
Take 2 small bowls and add 1 rounded cup of batter into each bowl. There should be one cup left in the bowl. Add red color to one and green to the other.
Spoon the un-colored batter into one pan, and the red and green into the other 2 pans. Bake 10-12 minutes.
Lay a piece of wax paper on a flat surface that will fit into the refrigerator. Later the 3 colors on the wax paper, spreading the apricot preserves between each layer.
In a 1 quart saucepan, heat chocolate and shortening over low heat.
Spread chocolate mixture over the red layer evenly . Do not put mixture on sides. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
To serve, trim about 1/4 inch from the edges. Cut the stacked layers into 6 strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 6 pieces. You will get 36 square cookies.
These End-of-the-Rainbow Cookie Parfaits , adapted from the Pillsbury version, are very easy and over the top delicious!
1 roll of Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies
Gel food colors
1 pint whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 10 muffin cups with cooking spray. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften.
In a large bowl, break up the cookie dough and add eggs. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Divide dough into small bowls and add food coloring.
Scoop dough into muffin pan, making 2 of each color. Bake 15-17 minutes and allow to cool completely.
In medium bowl, beat whipping cream, sugar and vanilla on medium high until stiff peaks form.
Crumble each of the cupcakes, keeping the colors separate. Sprinkle the red into each of 12 glass parfait cups, glasses, or small jars. Pipe whipped cream on top of each. Repeat process with each color of the rainbow. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Refrigerated cookie dough makes it so easy and fun to bring a smile to someone’s face. Try shaping chocolate chip cookie dough into a rainbow shape, add m&m’s and bake !
2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid
3 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
46 oz can pineapple juice
1 quart lemon-lime soda, chilled
Garnish: strawberries, pineapple chunks,banana slices
Prepare Kool-Aid and orange juice concentrate according to package directions. Combine in a large punch bowl. Add pineapple juice, stir together and chill. Before serving, add lemon- lime soda and mix. Slide fruit onto bottom half of plastic straws and place into individual glasses, add chilled punch.
I really appreciate your time and attention. I hope you found it worthwhile and hope it made you smile.