2014: Continuing towards our healthy lifestyle!

We made some big changes here in the Ruffin household throughout 2013. Husband is still in shell shock but the kids were the easiest to win over! Happy CoCo Dance!

It hasn’t been easy and staying on budget is always a concern but we have really managed to head in a very healthy direction!

Proud to say there has been some major lifestyle changes that we have not only incorporated in our family but in the daycare as well.

A bonus of being a part of my daycare is each child reaps the benefits my own kids do. I pride myself in providing them a healthy, fun and safe day!

We choose organic companies and products, organic ingredients and lower processed foods.
Here are some of our great snack combos we offer!



Bug Week: Ladybugs

It was ladybug day and I may have been more excited than the kids! ūüôā
I have always really LOVED ladybugs. 
It’s kinda like God knew he should add a cute girly bug to make bugs a little tolerable. ūüėČ
Ladybugs aside I was more excited for the food project. Ladybug CUPCAKES, SO Yummy!! 

Circle Time: The Very Lazy Ladybug 
By: Isobel Finn & Jack Tickle
Song: See the Ladybug
Jean Warren

(sung to “Frere Jacques”)

See the ladybug, see the ladybug. Watch it crawl, watch it crawl. See it crawling higher, See it crawling higher. Watch it crawl, up the wall.

See the ladybug, see the ladybug. Watch it crawl, watch it crawl. See it crawling lower,See it crawling lower.
Way down low, to my toe.
Art Project: Ladybug Prints
  • Potato
  • Red Paint
  • Black Paint
  • White Paper
I cut a potato in half and had the kids dip and stamp red paint onto white paper.

After the paint dried (& my mom delivered the black paint.) using their thumbs the kids dotted the ladybug’s spots.¬†I added legs and accents once it was dry!

Special Treat: Ladybug Cupcakes

I had the kids help me make red velvet cupcake mix. I separated the eggs and water so each child could add to the bowl. They loved being able to help. We read the recipe on the box and counted the correct amount of eggs! 


You should have heard them when we started stirring and the brown batter turned BRIGHT RED!!

They were amaazzed! I cooked the batter as mini and regular sized cupcakes. I try not to give the kids too many sweets so the minis were for them to try.

I used red food coloring and added it to the frosting. (note we no longer use additive food dyes in our food projects)

ATTENTION: Don’t attempt this to make red frosting. It turns pink. Whoops.
I had to decide how to make these red like ladybugs on the “fly”.
LUCKILY, I had red sprinkles. We were are able to frost in pink icing & then have the kids dip in red sprinkles..Add chocolate chips for spots!

After I added accents to them to really bring to life!
I packed each child a plate to take home. I think they were a big HIT! 

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Dr. Seuss Week

It’s that time again!

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We just LOVE Dr. Seuss here at the playhouse! The books are classic and all kids adore them.

We decided to pick our 3 favorites and did an activity to go along with it.

  • The Cat in the Hat
  • One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish.
  • Green Eggs & Ham

Today was The Cat in the Hat. I just love this story. It brings me back to when I was a child. We started off the day at circle reading the story. ¬†I also have the cartoon and they really enjoyed watching that during the afternoon storm. I¬†couldn’t¬†have planned it better!

For the Cat in the Hat we made the cutest snack. I am really proud of these.

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You¬†don’t¬†need much for this¬†adorable¬†& yummy snack.


  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Skewer or other stick so kids can stack

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Bonus they are SUPER healthy and the kids loved making them!

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This is a great fine motor activity and great way to incorporate early math with patterns.

They kids were proud of their yummy hats!!

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Apple Pie Tasting

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I thought it would be cool to give the kids a chance to try apple pie! I found theses super cute mini apple pies at Walmart for $.63! I got them each their own just for the experience of having their OWN pie! ūüôā

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I’m¬†not sure what they really expected but once they tried it they¬†weren’t¬†really as impressed by it as I was hoping. I am not sure if they expected it more like cake and less like pie. But a few bites later Jax, Ethan and Payton were over the whole Apple Pie tasting. Although Shae LOVED it and ate her whole pie!¬†So 1 out of 4 is a success in my opinion!

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