Muffin Tin Monday

Welcome to the Official Muffin Tin Monday Blog Link-Up! It's the weekly blog link up that will spice up you daily lunch routine with the kiddos and put a smile on both you and your child's face! Not sure what all the fuss is about? Check out the MTM FAQ page

Now, on to the fun! There is NO THEME this week! Next week's theme? still not sure. I gladly welcome ideas. email me at vistamommy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Here's our offering:

Our "Lunchables at Home" Tin: Ritz crackers, sliced cheese, applesauce, organic fruit snacks, shredded turkey, watermelon, sliced mangos, chocolate chip cookie, more watermelon, birdie and bunny shaped bread (more fun courtesy of my trip to Daiso).

This is one of the many reasons, I make Muffin Tin Meals...

What did you make? There's no theme today! Remember we are using a new thumbnail photo linky! should be pretty easy...see last weeks MTM post for more.

A message from Michelle...

Muffin Tin Boy is out of surgery and doing well! He will be really sore. I'll do a post sometime tomorrow about our "adventure". Pray for us, he won't be able to play outside for 6 whole weeks. I have no idea how how that will go down!

MTM will be a separate post, coming shortly.

A HUGE thank you to Kayce of On A Whim who posted the original message for me. She just happened to be on twitter last night after midnight when I was tweeting in the darkness of the hospital room. Check out her blog too, she is an talented crafter and one of the original moms that did muffin tin mondays with me from the very beginning.

Original Message:

Muffin Tin Monday will be postponed until Tuesday. Michelle's son fell off the monkey bars Sunday afternoon and broke his elbow. It requires surgery, which has been scheduled for Monday at 6:30 PST. Michelle plans on being back online by Tuesday.

Well wishes to her son!

On A Whimm

No Need For The Sunday Paper

Photo courtesy of No Time For Flashcards

This little weekly link list has brought me a quiet joy over the last year and a half. I always get a little giddy when I find something I think my readers will enjoy as much as I do.

So, with out further ado...This week's links:

PBS Parents: In honor of their "Great Day of Gratitude" on May 5, The Super Sisters of PBS Parents put together a great post for covert and humble ways your child can surprise his or her child with tokens of thankfulness during teacher appreciation week.

This weekend, I had the chance to babysit my sweet niece, and here darling smile reminded me of this youtube video of twin 4 month old boys laughing. You can't help but laugh along with them. It's so sweet!

Every day can be Earth Day when it comes to crafting and much more! Be sure to stop by The Crafty Crow and check out her multiple offferings of recycled crafts from around the web. Cassi always brings together the most colorful, smart, and beautiful kid craft links.

I am in love with No Time For Flashcards "Band-Aid Butterflies" craft! (Pictured above) So easy, so cute, and so clever! And if you like that, you'll love the post on Recycled Book Order Beads!

Friday Find: Paper Muffin Cups at Daiso

I found these food cups at a Japanese store here in San Diego called Daiso. The link is to their online store. It's like the American dollar store, only everything cost about $1.89. These items are traditionally used for bento box meals and lunches, but I think they work perfect for muffin tin meals too!

Look what we had for a snack!

The little trays are for tea service, but they fit the cups perfectly!

**disclaimer: These muffin cups were coated with a thin layer of plastic called polypropelene which is akin to the exposure of drinking a bottle of water or a soda. Please be very careful about what kinds of plastics you serve food in, always check and see what the product is made out of.

The Tote Buddy

I think I may have found a great way to get myself going on the desire to use %100 cloth resuable bags. And I have the lovely ladies at Moms Going Green to thank for sharing it with me!

Introducing, The Tote Buddy.

It's the world's first reusable grocery bag organizer.

The organizer wraps around the bags and the handles stick out the top. Now, maybe they won't get lost in the car (or, erm, the house) and I can actually remember to use them. My concience is already getting the better of me. Twice this week I just carried my items out of the store because I didn't want to use a plastic bag! :)

The Tote Buddy also on Twitter at

Moms Going Green is a fantastic blog that promotes all things why, green and eco-friendly of course. Check out their recent post about eco-friendly iphone apps! You can also follow them on twitter at

And remember, going green yourself is a process. You can make small choices everyday that add up to big change for you, your family and the environment

Eco-Friendly Crafts For Kids and Parents

Earth Day 2010 is April 22!

Here are some of Muffin Tin Mom's favorite green, eco-friendly and recycled projects for both kids and grown-ups

Muffin Tin Monday - Theme: Leftovers Rock!

Welcome to another fine edition of the weekly blog carnival that excites the tummies of children all over the world -Yes, friends, It's Muffin Tin Monday!

This week's theme: Leftover's Rock!

Wondering what this theme is about? It could also be called the "For-the-love-of-Pete-I-have-nothing-in-cupboards/fride-how-am-I-supposed-to-put-together-a-meal" theme. So...use leftovers, or whatever you can scrounge up that needs "getting rid of".

That extra piece of apple that your son didn't eat?" Perfect.
That half a chicken breast left over from last nights dinner? Perfect.
Those FIVE Cheezits someone was kind enough to NOT eat and put back in the box? Perfect.

You get the idea. Here's ours:

Last of the string cheese, 1/4 of an apple from lunch, the last english muffin in our house, leftover meatballs from a few dinners ago (cut up), graham crackers, tangerine cutie pieces

-All in leftover muffin cups from the week we did the color blue and rainbow.

So, there you have it.

A little MTM news for you. There is a new linky this week. You'll be happy to know it will include thumbnail photos!It's not that i don't love Mr. Linky...I just thought I would try something new. I used to manually upload photos and links before the linkies were invented. (That feels like ages ago, but it's only been a year!). Same drill as before, however, I think you'll get to choose your photo. If there are issues, I will revert back to Mr. Linky...


Happy Muffin Tin Monday. What did you make?!

No Need For The Sunday Paper

Photo Property of Paper and Cake.

The link list that has you ditching the doom and gloom of the weekly paper for inspiring, practical, crafty, or even fun and frivolous posts, blogs and sites from around the web.

Here they are:

On Etsy:

Paper and Cake is one of my favorite Etsy shops. Their stuff is always full of whimsy and charm. For example I am in LOVE with this (pictured above) "A Very UnBirthday" Printable. Her take on Alice is just delightful!

Sew Fierce: Stephanie has started selling adorable and very afforable little girls skirts in her shop. She made a lace up dress (like this one - but in a different fabric) for Muffin Tin Girl that is beyond gorgeous!

Other Awesomeness:

The Coolist: Haunting photos of the world's most fascinating abandoned places.

The Young and the Relentless: Super duper cute Chore Chart. I love that her tasks are simple and specific.

Tatertots and Jello: she is so talented, I couldn't pick just one post! And if you love links, her weekend wrap up party is FULL of awesome links! I recently found out she's a friend of a friend! I love blogging!

Project Nursery: You don't have to be pregnant or have a baby to fall in love with this site. Such inspiration!

Going Greener

I am bound and determined to go greener with my family. We already recycle aluminum, plastic, and glass and much more. We are transitioning into PVC, pthalate, BPA, sulfate free personal care products, I reuse the plastic bags we get when shopping, but I'd like to just not use them at all. My goal right now- to use reusable shopping bags 100% of the time when shopping.

In honor of this transition into greener shopping, I designed my own reusable bag thru Ralph's "design-a-reusable-bag" contest! The winning design gets $1000 in a Ralphs Gift Card! Woo-hoo!

I would LOVE your vote of support for my design (pictured above!)- Click here! Don't see the bag right away? Click on the Ralphs icon (that should take you to my bag design). You can vote MORE THAN ONCE (but only once per day)

I love the quote by Anne Frank had it right. It's never too late to start making different choices!

And the best part? you can enter too for your chance at a $1000 Gift Card!

Photo Friday

I just don't get it. 
How am I supposed to teach my kids not to use the "A" word with this in the lobby of the movie theater? I can't exactly "turn the channel" on this one. I understand the premise of the movie and I also understand the right of the studio to promote their movie. But, Really? Really? I guess they are appealing to their "target market". I just wish I could go to the movies with my family and not hope and pray my 5 year old son doesn't ask me what "A$$" spells.

And as if that wasn't enough, we walked past this beautiful display. Same Day, Same Theater. I was visibly upset-not that they didn't have the right to promote their movie, but did the theater manager and promo company not see how utterly inappropriate this was? A half naked woman next to the Toy Story 3 poster. Great. 

I was so upset by the whole thing I went to talk to the manager and asked her what she thought about all of it. She said that the theater has an obligation to promote the movies it shows and the signs are a part of that promotion. She did however, agree with me that something could be done about the latter display. When we came out of the theater after our movie, the toy story poster was moved to towards the front of the lobby! 
It felt good to take a stand.

Toys We Actually Play With: Legos

What is it about Legos? They are tiny little building blocks that stir the imagination and enable grown-ups children all over the world to create, build, and imagine. I have been looking forward to the day when my son would discover the simple joy of these timeless manipulatives. It was always a battle between oh-my-goodness-my-son-will-choke-on-these-tiny-pieces and  waiting for him to truly discover them. And while my daughter did not initially gravitate to legos, she is discovering them right along with my son. She's beilding building a "house" in the photo below.

My earliest memory of Legos comes from when I was around 7 or 8. I went to visit a friend down the street and I remember walking in to their "bonus room" upstairs to see almost an entire city built up and out. And there were piles left over. I was in awe! I remember getting down on my hands and knees and studying what had been built and loving what I saw. I thought to myself how wonderful it would be to create virtually whatever your mind could think of. 

I recently pulled out a box of 20 year old Legos that my husband had played with then he was my son's age. I sat there, marveling at a moment, twenty years in the making. And now that I have children, I get to experience Legos through their eyes and watch as they build and explore their sense of creativity and accomplishment. I get to build with them. I get to be a part of it.

If you spend any time looking behind the Lego "brand", you will find a company and product that promotes imagination, play, family, self-esteem, team work and so much more. 

Now, that's a product I can get behind.

*Disclosure: I hate that I even have to write this. This is not a paid or sponsored post, I didn't receive any free product, my family and I just love Legos. And I wanted to write about it. Period.

Muffin Tin Monday: Color Series - Rainbow!

Welcome to Muffin Tin Monday! Muffin Tin Mom is the "Official Home/Blog of Muffin Tin Monday" and the Muffin Tin Meal. To read more about this creative idea for mealtime with kids, be sure to check out the always evolving MTM FAQ page. The idea t is pretty simple, serve a meal, snack, or dessert to your kids in a muffin tin. The small individual cups are perfect for kid sized portions! And we call it Muffin Tin Monday, because, well, we serve them on mondays! Still not sure? Try it and see how your kids respond. That's what I did, and we have never looked back.

Looking for more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Muffin Tin Meal Flickr Page, many of our muffin tin mamas post photos there.

This week's theme: Rainbow! We are finishing up our color series with all the colors of the rainbow, as one reader put it "Think Roy G. Biv".

In this week's tin: red fruit loops, orange clementines, yellow mac n' cheese, green apples, a grain (bagel) for good measure and blue and green cups full of apple juice.


What did you make?

Want to join in the fun? Be sure to leave the URL to your blog post or photo on a photo sharing site like Flickr in the form below. Just as an FYI,  I am now closing the link widget the Sunday before the next link up to keep away the spammers. 

No Need For The Sunday Paper

There's really no need for the paper, when you can browse through these wonderful links. C'mon. Be inspired. Add a little creativity and sunshine to your day!

Here you go:

For the creative types and those that secretly long to be one (or the ones that just like to look at really pretty stuff):

Amanda Sarver: Amanda is a family friend and a super talented scrapbooker and card maker. She has a blog where she features the layouts, cards and paper crafting she does. One of my absolute favorite posts, is the Charger's Themed Birthday. Check it out! She made Jersey invitations.

Modern Crush: This charming blog features the talents of an uber-talented paper crown maker. She is much more than that however and you will see (via her stellar photography) once you visit her inpsiring site. Be sure to check out her incredible modern crush etsy shop where she sells her one of a kind handmade crowns that are every bit work of art as they are crown.

Creativity Prompt: All it took for me to discover this wonderful site was a tweet by miss Amy of Mod Podge Rocks. She tweeted yesterday about a free retro romantic printable and I knew I had to check it out. It's designed for scrapbooking, but I definitely can see this for organizing my crafting supplies and much more. Not only did I love that printable, but I also fell in love with her blog. Her mission? A blog designed to boost your creativty. Um, hello! That is so right up my alley.

Giver's Log: It was the week of free printables and new blogs for me this week. What I love about this blog is she combines her creativity with her generosity. Her blog is all about giving: Hence, the title. I could pour over her free printables for gifts all. day. long.

For Kids:

The Idea Room: Her kids rewards system based on points and a "home store" is so clever. I love that she rewards good behavior and choices with items she regularly purchases. You'll have to check it out to see what I mean.

We saw "How To Train Your Dragon" for Muffin Tin Boy's birthday and it is definitely worth seeing in the theater. So cute and funny for both kids and grown-ups alike.

*photo by jfgornet


Scripture For Sunday

I feel like I have been constantly repeating Ephesians 4:32 this week to my children. In a good way, whenever I hear the start of an argument or a tattling moment, I remind them to "be kind to one another". Kindness appears in the bible countless times and it is a character trait I hope to instill in my children to the Nth degree.

Birthday Day O' Fun

Present #1: Donuts For Breakfast. A super fun and totally unhealthy tradition in our family.

Present #2: Something to open. Legos. The super itty-bitty teensy weensy kind, 
of which we have already lost 2 pieces.

Present #3: Go to the Movies. We saw "How to Train Your Dragon". It rocked.

Present #4: Lunch at Mc Donald's...More unhealthiness...

Present #5: A trip to the store to pick out a toy: Muffin TIn Boy loves Bakugan, has no idea how to play, just loves that the balls open with the magnetic cards. (thanks grammy and gramps!)

Happy Birthday Muffin Tin Boy, I can't believe you are 5! 

Friday Find

Tiffin Boxes are typical lunch carriers in India and Thailand. 

When I saw this, I immediately thought "How did they know?"
After all 
Muffin + Tin = Tiffin
I'm in love.
The top compartment even has divided sections.
Want one? They have them at Target (in store) or online.

They also come in stainless steel (not at Target)

I can just see a trip to the park or beach with one of these...

Kids DIY Egg Shakers

Still have a ton of those little plastic Easter eggs lying around?  Why not upcycle them into musical egg shakers using rice, ribbon and a little hot glue. They are perfect for little hands and plastic easter eggs come in a wide variety of bright and cheerful colors.

Here's what you'll need:

Medium sized ribbon, plastic easter egg that opens horizontally, rice, glue gun (I found mine for under $5 @ Walmart several years ago). Not shown: Scissors.

1. Fill one half of your egg up with rice.

2. Using the glue gun, pipe a light layer of hot glue around the inner edge of the bottom half of the plastic egg.

3. Close tightly. Pipe additional layer of glue around outside egg, where the two halves meet. Place ribbon on top of glue to cover (as shown). Using scissors, snip off end of ribbon.

Ta-da! Musical egg shakers every child will enjoy! Now, shake away.

* This is a craft for Grown-ups and older children, due to the presence of the glue gun. Always use extreme caution when operating a glue gun and keep away from little hands.

Crayola Triangular Crayons

We love Crayola Triangular Crayons. Two summers ago, we went on a family vacation. We were going to be Airplane bound for several hours and I knew we needed to have crayons on board. But I knew that one preschooler + a box of crayons + cramped space + tray tables = potential disaster. I knew I needed crayons that wouldn't roll all over the place. When I found the Triangular Crayons made by Crayola, I knew they would work for me! We left with 16 crayons and came home with 16 crayons. They are perfect for traveling, dining out, long (or short) airplane rides, or coloring at home.

This post part of Works For Me Wednesdays hosted at We Are THAT Family.

Muffin Tin Monday - No Theme

Happy Muffin Tin Monday! Welcome to the official home of Muffin Tin Monday: The weekly blog gathering that brings smiles to kids faces all over the world ( A big shout out to South Africa!)

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

There is no theme this week. I switched it up a little because of Easter, so feel free to do what ever theme you want or no theme at all. After a full weekend, I was getting ready last night for bed when it dawned on me: "I haven't done Muffin Tin Monday yet!" I almost cried because it had been a veeeery long weekend. And I don't like posting it last becaue I know a lot of you are in a different (and earlier) time zone!

So here is ours: Spring BREAKfast

Waffle (thank goodness for Eggos) Dippers with Syrup, Granola, Aple Jacks, Froot Loops and Peach Yogurt. 

It all worked out in the end and it's always a joy to hear my sweet little muffin tin girl say "Mommy, you  make the best muffin tins!"

Did you make a muffin tin meal this week? Won't you share it with us? Enter the URL in the form below. That means it's : and NOT 

No Need For The Sunday Paper

Happy Easter!!!!

I know I will have like 3 readers today, because everyone will be out and about celebrating Easter, but I thought I would but out a few links for you just in case you happened upon my love little corner of the web today.

This is the Easter edition!

That Artist Woman: This salt dough beaded cross craft is so wonderful. They look just beautiful. I want to make one and I think we will next week during Spring Break. Found via Catholic Icing.

And speaking of Catholic Icing...Have you checked out all the Easter crafts she has gathered from around the web? Sooooo many and soooo creative!

Looking for some meaningful religious traditions for Easter? Impress Your Kids has some gems that are sure to get the conversation flowing. My favorite are the ressurrection rolls.

Last year we used our plastic eggs for a fun painting and stamping project.

And in case you missed my Easter DIY color-by-number coloring page sure to check it out. It's a great last minute dinner table activity for kids!


Scripture For Easter Sunday

Matthew 21:33-45
(click on link)

Easy Easter DIY Color By Numbers Printable

This simple Easter dinner table activity is sure to sitting through the big meal a little more bearable. You can transform a traditional coloring page into a "color-by-number" activity with just a few simple steps and items.

A printable coloring page. HP has a ton of great printables from their Creative Studio, or if you have their Touchsmart Web Printer, the same printables are available thru the Easter Application (But, you can also google Free Easter Coloring Page)

Crayons in 6 colors. You can use any number of crayons, but I found that 6 was about right for my kindergartener. You can adjust higher or lower, if you wish.
  • Using a ball point pen, label your printed coloring page with numbers 1-6 (as shown in the photo).
  • Make a key with colored boxes and the corresponding number next to each box (also shown in photo)
  • Make duplicates by either hand copying, or using the copy function on your all-in-one printer.
Super simple and fun for all ages! This would work for Birthdays, dining out, and much more!

Disclaimer: HP did not ask me to mention Creative Studio or the Web Printer. I just love their products!

April Fool's Day Sugar Cookies

Treat your family to an April Fool's Day sweet surprise with these "sugar" cookies for dessert.

You'll need:
  • Bread (white and potato for "sugar" cookies)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Circle Cookie Cutter (any shape will do)
  • Softened Cream Cheese
  • Assorted SPrinkles
  • Frosting Spreader (optional)
Here's How:
  • Using the rolling pin, flatten out your slices of bread
  • Cut out circles from the bread with the cookie cutter
  • Using the frosting spreader, cover the "cookie" with cream cheese
  • Dash sprinkles on generously. The more sprinkles the better, in my opinion. :)
Serve and watch their expressions as they try and figure it out!

*You might remember that I did these for Muffin Tin Monday several weeks ago...