Author: Michele Aucello

Good Food, Good Times

  Photography by Karen DB Photography   Healthy “Caramel” Dip with Apples Ingredients:1 cup raw cashews1 cup pitted medjool dates1/4 cup maple syrup2 teaspoons vanillaA pinch of sea saltWater used for soaking datesDirections:1. Soak the cashews in water for 2…

Father’s Day Back Rub T-shirt

A Father's Day gift that involves back rubs, toy cars and your kids…what's not to love? Here's a practical, homemade gift for Dad that involves back rubs and toy cars. Have the kids design a roadmap on the back of…

Two Sweet Graduation Treats

The end of the school year is near. Here are sweet ways to celebrate and congratulate your little graduate.   Brownie-Pop Graduation Caps Materials: 1 box of brownie mix 1 can of pumpkin purée Mini M&M'S Ghirardelli Squares Fruit leather…

A Visit to The Littlest Co-op

  This weekend we joined the Littlest Co-op at the Ala Moana Farmer's Market. The Littlest Co-op is a group of children who sell homegrown plants and learn about business.  In order to participate, the work needs to be done…

Make Your Own Water Wall

Whether your kids love or hate bath time, here's a new twist that will make cleaning up just that much more fun. When Luca was in preschool, the parents, teachers and kids spent a weekend making a beautiful outdoor copper…

Earth Day Project in Hawaii

Don't throw away that celery! Save the banana peels! Turn your kitchen scraps into rich fertilizer for your garden. Several years ago, when our garden was under way and we just started raising chickens, our gardener friend Dusty suggested we…

Make It: Baking an Irish Tradition in Hawaiʻi

St. Patrick's Day (March 17) is almost here. To prepare for this festive day, we made our favorite Irish soda bread recipe, tried a new one and had fun with the resulting taste test. The best part? The kids got to mix…

How to Set a Leprechaun Trap

I walked into Luca's room the other day to find a long, winding path of blocks that began at the door, went under his bed, and led to a box of tiny LEGO tools. I knew what it was without…

Gnome Catapult

This Gnome Catapult was one of the first crafts I pinned on Pinterest long ago. The kids and I made it right away and had a lot of fun. They rediscovered it the other day and made up new games.…

3-D Photo Valentine’s Day Card

Materials: A camera Photo editing software (I used Lightroom to edit and the Photogene app to add the text) Lollipops - flat ones will work better Construction paper X-Acto or utility knife Glue Directions: Take a few shots, look at…

Valentine's Day Snacks for Classmates

When Luca was in preschool, we were asked to bring dairy-free and nut-free snacks in order to keep his classmates safe. We found a way to make a cute, colorful, somewhat healthy snack that all of his classmates could enjoy.…

Homemade Candy Valentine

When Isabella was 3 her preschool teachers asked the children to make homemade Valentines for their class members. I knew Isabella would enjoy creating the first few but would not stick around to make 16. I decided to let her…