New Little Girls Shoes by Baby Deer

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We love these brand new for spring/summer 2014 shoes for little girls by Baby Deer.  3 different colors to choose from in these tulle flower glitter jelly sandals that any budding fashionista is sure to love.  Best part is that they are only $16! At that price grab all 3 colors and she will be set in style for summer.  Check them out at Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Clothing Boutique in Boca Raton, FL or at our website here http://www.sugarplumfairyboca.com/brands/Baby-Deer-Shoes.html

Little Mass Girls Designer Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

Little Mass Girls Designer Clothing Spring/Summer 2014

Just arrived! Little Mass girls clothing spring summer collection. We are in love with their tutu dresses, embellished trendy tops, and stylish girls shorts that are just perfect for summer. Adorable clothing brand for girls toddler to tween in sizes 2t-10. Preview it in our boca raton children’s clothing boutique or on our website.

Start a Sugar Plum Christmas Tradition

Start a Sugar Plum Christmas Tradition

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Are you often searching for ways to teach your children old customs and traditional values?  Do you enjoy finding new and unusual ways to celebrate the holidays together?  Here is a wonderful idea to share with your little treasures. Remember when you were a child hearing “T’was the Night Before Christmas” for the first time?  You had no clue what a Sugar Plum was but knew that it had to be simply delectable if every child in the house were dreaming of them.

Sugar plums have a long history, dating back to the 16th century. At that time, sugar was used to create treats which contained seeds, nuts, and fruits.  Nowadays, sugar plums also refer to delicious recipes which use honey, nuts and dried fruits rolled in sugar and then refrigerated. The final product is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time but will definitely make a stunning addition to your Christmas table. In fact, they make a nice centerpiece any time.

Here is a recipe for Sugar Plums as they were made in older times for you and your children to make together. When your children are grown, they will always remember making Sugar Plums with you.

•Gather some fresh fruit with firm flesh and a generous amount of white, granulated sugar.  I recommend plums but apricots, peaches, cherries, figs or other citrus will also work well.

•Wash the fruits, halve them, and remove the pits. Do not skin the fruits or they might fall apart during the preparation process.

•Take a large pan and create a half inch layer of sugar. Be sure to choose a pan that all of the fruits will go into.

•Layer the fruits into the pan. After you add an even layer of fruits, cover it completely with sugar and repeat this process until you have placed all of the fruit in the pan.

•Heat the pan so that you slowly dissolve the sugar and bring it to a simmer.  After this, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool. For the next three days, let the fruits steep in this sugary syrup. You should leave the fruits covered during this period. In order that the fruit remains submerged in the syrup, you will have to add a small dish or a wire basket to the surface of the syrup.

•After the three days have passed, drain the syrup and set it aside.  Reheat the pan to a simmer and then reintroduce the fruits to the syrup and poach for one minute.  Remove the pan from heat and cool. Steep for another three days, covered.  After these three days, you will again repeat this last step.

•Now it is the time for the last treatment, in which you will also add a cup of sugar to the syrup mixture and you will cook the fruits for five minutes. You will remove the fruits and drain. With a light stream of cool water, you will rinse off any residue of syrup.

•You will then dry the fruit on a wire rack, in a dehydrator or in a warm oven.

•Dredge the dried fruits in granulated sugar for a nice sparkly coating and your Sugar Plums are ready to become a festive centerpiece or a delectable treat.

These wonderful little treats would also make a wonderful gift for someone elderly who might remember making these in older days. Consider gifting these wonderful treats with a copy of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ for an amazing gift any little one will remember forever.

Here at Sugar Plum Fairy Boca, we want to extend our wishes for a safe and wonderful Holiday season. May you make wonderful Holiday memories in 2013 that will last a lifetime, as you are surrounded by all those you hold dear to your heart.

We Wish You a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Sugar Plum Kids Tips for Visiting Santa

Sugar Plum’s Tips for Visiting Santa

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The wonders of Christmas are upon us and soon it will be time to dress the children in their most festive attire and take them to visit Santa Claus.  For many, this yearly tradition is a very important part of the holiday celebration.  Visiting Santa Claus usually involves standing in long lines amid crowds of strangers while moms wield their cameras.  If the Santa event is outdoors, it may be freezing cold which may make children even more uncomfortable.   The display may seem foreboding too, with fake reindeer and people dressed as giant elves.  We teach our children to avoid strangers all year and then expect them to hop on Santa’s lap without a hitch.

When you look at this event with the eyes of a child, it can all be very scary but it does not have to be.  With a little preparation and understanding, your child’s visit with Santa will be a holiday success.  Sugar Plum has compiled the best tips to ensure that you and your children will have a wonderful time meeting Santa Claus and walk away with some great memories.

 

Talk to Children Beforehand

Talking to your child about visiting Santa and letting them know what will be expected of them will help to alleviate a good amount of nervousness and help things go a little more smoothly.  You might explain that there will be lots of other excited and nervous children there too.  Tell your little one that you hope to get pictures for the photo album and relatives. Even if your child is very out-going and friendly, it is important to discuss the event and why it is important to avoid last minute stage fright.

Don’t Force a Visit with Santa

Children have very important boundaries and it is important to respect their wishes when it comes to visiting Santa.  You’ve seen those pictures with a crying, unhappy, and even scared child sitting on Santa’s lap.  While it may seem like a cute photo opportunity, don’t be tempted to force the issue.  After teaching your little one to avoid strangers and to stay close to mommy since practically birth, it seems unfair to force this tradition.  This up close and personal confrontation can be terribly upsetting to your child even if it is the guy who delivers gifts every year.

It doesn’t matter if you stood in line for what seems like hours. Reassure your child that it is okay and go do something else.  Once away from the situation, you might find a way to approach the visit differently.  Some moms have had great luck when giving the child a task to focus on such as offering Santa a small gift (candy bar, candy cane, etc) during the visit.  Have another talk about Santa and the tradition of the visit or maybe bring dad along, and next time your little rascal might feel better about the whole experience.

Best Time to Visit Santa

With children, timing is essential with every successful activity.  Avoid visiting Santa when your child is hungry or tired.  Avoid the crowds and catch employees when they are refreshed and have the most patience.  This is generally as soon as the doors are opened to the public.  Arriving early could be the best plan of action for your little one’s schedule, allowing him or her to be ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed’ for their visit with Santa. Keep a granola bar and a juice box in your handbag just in case the line has already formed when you arrive.  Make sure to have a cartoon or other app on your tablet or phone to help pass the time.  Dress your little one in attire that is both festive and comfortable.  Uncomfortable and itchy clothing can ruin a child’s stellar mood.  If the child is well rested and content, your chances of a truly amazing experience are much higher.

Enjoy the Moment

While the crowd isn’t getting any smaller, you have paid for your child’s moment with Santa by standing in line so don’t rush through.  Allow your child time to work up the courage to visit Santa.  It doesn’t matter that you have been in line for an hour because now it is time to perform.  Speak softly and patiently to your little one so they do not feel rushed or pressured. Take a moment to introduce your little boy or girl to Santa to help break the ice.  If things are still tense, find something to talk about and your child might forget about their nervousness.

Allow Your Child to Set the Boundaries

It doesn’t matter if your child sits on Santa’s knee or converses with him while standing.  Allow your child to set boundaries that he or she is comfortable with and capture some great pictures. Even just shaking Santa’s hand can be a great photo opportunity.  As long as your little one had fun and goes away smiling, your traditional visit with Santa has been a success.

Finally, if you followed these steps and didn’t get that great picture with Santa, it will be okay.  You will have another opportunity so do not let your little one know you are disappointed.  Thank the child and ask if they would try it again another day. When you look at the world from a child’s eyes, a visit with Santa can be pretty scary.  Your patience and understanding will help put an end to your child’s fears.

Kids Fashion “Must Haves” for the Season

8 Fashion Musts for Your Child This Season

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As the temperature drops and the weather takes a turn for the worst, you will inevitably have to switch your child’s clothing out from the lighter summer and fall knits to the thicker, sturdier winter versions. Since children tend to grow quickly, chances are their clothing from last winter is a little too small or tight for them to wear this year. Instead of spending tons of money on lots of clothing your children will only wear for a few seasons at most, here are a few key pieces you should invest in to create a complete cold weather wardrobe. These pieces are durable, timeless, and can be easily resold or given to other children when your child grows again.

Jeans

Jeans are a winter staple for everyone and your children are no exception. I’d argue that they can be used all year round.  A good pair of denim will last through numerous falls, spills, and washings. For boys, from toddler to tween, invest in a pair of jeans that have a relaxed fit with plenty of leg room, preferably in a dark wash to match the rest of his clothing. For girls, from toddler to tween, choose a pair of boot cut, or skinny leg jeans. These cuts are versatile enough so she can wear boots without her pants bunching, and they are stylish with flats as well. Avoid distressing or bedazzling on jeans, especially if you want your children to get multiple seasons of use out of their clothing. Sugar Plum offers a wide range of 7 For All MankindTrue Religion, and Joes denim in timeless washes and styles which will fit your child’s unique style.

Accessories and Bows

Invest in some wonderful accessories and bows in as many colors and prints as possible. Unlike clothing which can fall out of style or become too small to wear, accessories and bows in vibrant colors offer a timeless way to alter and even change the look of your children’s outfits without breaking the bank. Hats are a favorite accessory for both boys and girls this season. All of these fashion musts can be a lot of fun and you can easily find many looks from just one piece. With accessories, nearly every outfit you own becomes more versatile and there is no fear of outgrowing these items before fully enjoying them. Sugar Plum carries a wide range of whimsical accessories for boys and girls that are stylish and confident because getting dressed should be lots of fun and invoke creativity.

Holiday Attire

Sugar Plum Fairy Kids also offers a wide variety of formal dresses and suits for little boys and girls. The holiday season is full of social obligations and parties, many of which encourage formal dress. Invest in a nice suit for your little boy or a cute holiday dress for your girl. The formal attire at Sugar Plum features classic styles and sophisticated cuts, so they can wear them over and over again. Choose versatile colors and styles and use savvy accessorizing techniques to change the look of these holiday dresses to create a bevy of new looks.

Long Sleeve Shirts

Your children will not be able to wear their short sleeve shirts very much during the winter months, so invest in a few quality long sleeve shirts. The shirts and sweaters at Sugar Plum are designed to hold up after many washes and feature sophisticated cuts and designs. Many of our shirts are 100 percent cotton, so even children with sensitive skin can wear them with ease. Accessorize with scarves, hats, and even suspenders to create some great new looks with an attractive long sleeve shirt.

Jacket

Even if your child is dressed in a long sleeve shirt each day, invest in a nice jacket to help keep them warm. Choose a jacket or cardigan in a neutral color, such as grey or black, so your children can wear them with anything. Ideally, pick a jacket that has a hood, so your child can avoid getting wet if they are caught in the rain without an umbrella.

Coat

A winter coat is an essential wardrobe staple for children during the colder seasons. Choose a coat that is weatherproof, fleece lined, and has pockets for gloves and scarves. A cute pea coat in a neutral color is a stylish pick for either girls or boys and is less bulky than other styles. If possible, pick a coat that has a hood.  If possible, a versatile coat that works for casual or semi-formal attire is the best bet.

Scarf and Gloves

Along with a good looking coat, children should have a nice pair of well-fitting gloves and a warm scarf to protect against the cold weather. Make sure the gloves you choose are weather and moisture resistant and are durable enough to endure many washings. The scarf you choose should also be a warm knit, preferably wool or another heavy material. Let your children pick out their own gloves and scarves whenever possible so they will be excited to wear them. Remember, scarves are also a fashion accessory so choose a fun yet versatile color which will provide several wardrobe options.

Socks

Make sure to stock up on thick, warm socks for the colder seasons. Even if your geographical area does not get very much snow, a nice pair of long, thick socks is something you should invest in for your child. Make sure your children are wearing them underneath their boots when they go outside, and you will surely avoid many complaints of frozen toes. A nice warm pair of winter socks can be your child’s best friend when stuck indoors too.

These pieces are wardrobe staples your children can wear over and over again. Unlike trendy pieces, these clothing items can be worn throughout many seasons without looking dated, which is ideal if you have several children. Sugar Plum Kids Boca Raton offers these high quality pieces in sophisticated yet age appropriate styles for your little ones because being fashionable is a lot of fun but it also gives a nice dose of confidence. Keep in mind that these pieces are wardrobe essentials for you as well, and that you should invest some money in making sure both you and your children have these winter essentials.

Are Your Kids Overscheduled?

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Is Your Child Over Scheduled?

In between after-school play dates, dance class, taekwondo and soccer, your child barely has enough time to draw a free breath, let alone do her homework. If she’s starting to express a reluctance to participate in any of her activities, or if she’s starting to looked stressed-out and tired, it’s time to pull her out of at least one activity. The question of the moment is–which activity goes?

It’s Time to Talk

When you see that tired look on your child’s face, or if she expresses reluctance to go to one of her activities, recognize it for what it is. It’s a quiet admission from her that’s she’s doing too much. She might not know how to tell you that something’s got to give. In a quiet moment, sit down with your child and ask her how she’s feeling. If she does admit that she’s feeling overwhelmed, go with it.

Talk About How Your Child Feels

Once she knows you’re open to talking about how she really feels, she’ll be more likely to open up and tell you what she really feels. Don’t be too surprised to hear her express some negative feelings about not having any quiet time–or, as you would call it for yourself, “Me-time.” Just as you need it, so does she. Bring up the possibility that she could drop at least one of her extracurricular activities.

Choose Her Least-Favorite Activity

If she’s open to the possibility of withdrawing from at least one activity, ask her to order them from what’s most enjoyable down to what’s least enjoyable. Remind her that you only want her to have fun at what she does after school and over the weekends. If she’s not enjoying her taekwondo class, for instance, she might choose to drop this one in favor of either her soccer or dance classes.

Talk About How She’ll Drop It

Now, the two of you are coming down to the specifics. She’s probably identified which class she wants to keep and which she wants to drop. Here is where it’s important that you know the policies of each group director.

Each director is responsible for keeping an accurate roster of members, as well as records of dues paid and owed. Because of this, they might require that parents write a letter when they are withdrawing their children from their group. It’s for their records.

Those Feelings of Guilt

Be prepared for your child to feel some guilt at having “quit” an activity. On one hand, it’s a good sign that you’re raising someone who knows about commitment. On the other hand, you don’t want her to feel unwarranted guilt when she only admitted that she was too busy.

It’s time for you to explain the difference between recognizing when she’s taken on too much, then taking positive action and just giving up on an activity because she “doesn’t feel like participating.” Let her know that you saw the signs that she was getting tired and stressed and that it’s OK to reduce her involvement.

If both of you are feeling a little bit down about having to give up an activity or two, understand that it’s natural to feel this way. She entered her activities, anticipating enjoyment and some learning. You wanted to expose her to new things. Give yourselves a girls’ day and go shopping for beautiful kids clothing. You deserve it.

Digital Detox Activities For Kids

Digital Detox Activities For Kids

Does your child know how to work the DVR better than you do? Do you ask your kids how to do something on your iPhone? Do you consult with your tween when it’s time to buy a new gadget? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.

There is no denying kids love technology. In fact, kids spend so much time online that nearly 33% of kids struggle to read a book or engage in other offline activities. However, that doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel. Here are some fun activities to take a temporary “digital detox” with your family.

Indoor Camping

In this article, Holly Chessman teaches us how to create a fun camping experience inside your home.  She includes a list of supplies and detailed, step by step instruction.

Fun with the Grandparents

When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better than learning something fun and new from your grandparents.  This article features eight activities that kids love to do with their grandparents.

Backyard Treasure Hunt

Are your kids gamers?  Do they love Minecraft?  In this article, you will learn how to create “adventure maps” in your own backyard?

This article is guaranteed to get them pumped for an outdoor adventure, whether they like Minecraft or not.

Games From Back In the Day

What to kick up the fun a notch and go Old School?  Have you had enough of seeing them veg out in front of the TV?

Well here is a list of 50 fun to do activities that will make you nostalgic for your Pet Rock or Slinky.

Eating Clean With Picky Kids

Eating Clean With Picky Kids

Food is the social glue that binds families together.  You can reap double the benefits by combining delicious, healthy meal choices with quality time at the family dinner table.

What Does It Mean To Eat Clean?

Clean eating is not complicated.  In it’s most basic form it means consuming food in its most natural state, or as close as possible as you can get.

Clean eating is not a diet, it is a lifestyle.

What Are the Benefits?

The chief benefit of eating clean is the way you and your family will feel.

Some of the benefits many attribute to clean eating:

  • Increased concentration
  • Stabilization of behavior
  • Improved sleep patterns

Clean eating, especially if organic, gives your body what it needs to perform at peak condition, without all the fillers and chemicals found in today’s food.

Getting Started

Here are a few helpful tips to help you get started in your clean eating lifestyle:

  • Eat five to six times a day.  Small meals and snacks.
  • Stay hydrated.  Adults should drink at least 2 litres of water a day and limit alcohol consumption to one glass a day of red wine.
  • Choose organic, raw food when possible.  If canned or packaged, limit ingredients to no more than five.
  • Steer clear of processed and refined foods like white flour and sugar.
  • Avoid items that are high in saturated and trans fats, especially fried food.  Anything fried or anything high in sugar.
  • Eat healthy fats like nuts and fish.
  • Pay attention to portion sizes.

What To Eat

Clean foods are healthy foods. Even picky eaters can learn to love natural, not overly processed foods like:

  • Lean meat and fish (organic, grass-fed, wild or cage-free)
  • Fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains. If it grows (assuming it is non-toxic), eat it.
  • Lots of water and green tea.
  • Complex carbohydrates, like whole grain brown rice and quinoa

What to Avoid

Clean eating means something different to each person and the degree to which they incorporate food choices differs as well.   Every clean eater decides what is appropriate for their family, but they often eschew:

  • Fried foods, particularly those high in saturated and trans fats
  • Pre-packaged and overly processed foods with chemicals and preservatives
  • Bread, pasta, cookies and items containing white sugar
  • Products with more than five ingredients
  • Alcohol, with the exception of a glass of anti-oxidant rich red wine

Resources For Kids

Here are some fun activities for children that do not require a group.  These printables are activities or arts and crafts that children can do individually as they are learning about:

  • the importance of daily exercise
  • making healthy food choices
  • making a balanced meal with foods from the five food groups
  • general positive healthy messages

Summary

Clean eating is a lifestyle, not a diet.  So, if you make a food choice that is not clean, don’t throw in the towel.  Enjoy it, then get back on track as soon as possible.  There is no finish line.  Clean eating is a meal by meal journey.

Set realistic eating goals.  Start small if need be.  For instance,  pick breakfast and snacks as a starting point and then ease into dinner.

How To Beat the Back To School Blues

How To Beat the Back To School Blues

As fall draw nears, many families face a new stress:  Getting ready to go back to school.

Many parents look forward to summer and the break from the school-year routine.  Summer is often a reprieve from shuttling kids to and from school, the rush of after school activities, checking homework and volunteering in classrooms…and don’t even mention fall fundraising!  Oy!

Back to School Challenges

As the new school year approaches, parents face a seemingly insurmountable to-do list of back to school chores:   Buying school supplies, shopping for school clothes or uniforms, booster shots, registration forms and even arranging for after-school care.

Add to that, concern over kids that are starting a new school or even entering kindergarten and spending all day away from home for the first time.   Some families are dealing with a new school district, more rigorous academic requirements with older children and even difficult social situations.

Another challenge, faced by both parents and their children is the fear of the unknown:  New classrooms, teachers, classmates and schedules.  Separation anxiety is a real concern, be it the children hopping on the school bus or their parents who have to temporarily let go.

Coping Strategies

“Concerns of whether current friends will be in their classes, worries that a known bully will be in the same gym period, anxiety about leaving mom and dad, stress over where to sit at lunch are among the many reasons back to school is not a peaceful time for a child who often thinks of the many ‘what if’s’ that a new school year brings,” says Rhonda Martin, M.A., a board-certified licensed professional clinical counselor and award-winning author of Stuck, a guide for kids and parents dealing with the full spectrum of anxiety disorders.

Thankfully, children are resilient and with a little bit of help from their parents, they can navigate the churning waters of their emotions.  The American Psychological Association offers the following advice for beating the Back to School Blues:

  1. Practice the first day of school routine: Getting into a sleep routine before the first week of school will aid in easing the shock of waking up early. Organizing things at home—backpack, binder, lunchbox or cafeteria money—will help make the first morning go smoothly. Having healthy, yet kid-friendly lunches will help keep them energized throughout the day. Also, walking through the building and visiting your child’s locker and classroom will help ease anxiety of the unknown.
  2. Get to know your neighbors: If your child is starting a new school, walk around your block and get to know the neighborhood children. Try and set up a play date, or, for an older child, find out where neighborhood kids might go to safely hang out, like the community pool, recreation center or park.
  3. Talk to your child: Asking your children about their fears or worries about going back to school will help them share their burden. Inquire as to what they liked about their previous school or grade and see how those positives can be incorporated into their new experience.
  4. Empathize with your children: Change can be difficult, but also exciting. Let your children know that you are aware of what they’re going through and that you will be there to help them in the process. Nerves are normal, but highlight that not everything that is different is necessarily bad. It is important to encourage your children to face their fears instead of falling into the trap of encouraging avoidance.
  5. Get involved and ask for help: Knowledge of the school and the community will better equip you to understand your child’s surroundings and the transition he or she is undergoing. Meeting members of your community and school will foster support for both you and your child. If you feel the stress of the school year is too much for you and your child to handle on your own, seeking expert advice from a mental health professional, such as a psychologist, will help you better manage and cope.