Archive for October, 2010

Who knew!  Brooklyn has a wonderful farm just for crafting!  In my last post I wrote about our shooting a cool upcycling episode with Brooklyn Craft Farm and here it finally is.

Tyler craftin'

Shooting this episode was particularly enlightening for the boys because they learned that anyone can have a job that’s fun and crafty!

I think the boys think of their mom as a lawyer and their dad running his own business, and they assume life is all about hard work and no fun!  😦  But when they met Julie and Loulou, they realized that anyone can have a job doing what they love!!

As you know, Tristin and Tyler love finding ways to help the earth.  They especially like to find new ways to reuse all sorts of things!  Some of their ideas are, well, not so great…or sanitary.  Honestly, some of their ideas are kind of gross, but at least their thinking about the three R’s — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, so it was great that Julie and Loulou thought of this amazing upcycling craft — turning a trash can into a toy robot — it was right up Tristin and Tyler’s alley!

The best part?  The new “robot” can store toys and other small items, hooray for parents trying to keep the kiddie room organized!

Who’d a thunk that there was such a cool place, with cool people so close by where you can have birthday and craft parties.  They even teach crafts to adults!

Check out these cool pics from our fun day of crafting and then make sure to check out Brooklyn Craft Farm.

Oh, and of course, enjoy the episode! Wouldn’t want you to forget to do that!


Tristin making his Robot

Tristin and Tyler and their Robots!


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Happy October All!

The family and I are soooo excited about Halloween.  It’s actually become one of my favorite holidays since I have had kiddies.  Before kids, um….not so much!

I’m also excited because we’ve  revved up production and have AWESOME craft episodes coming up!


T and T as "Cat in the Hat" and "Bumble Bee" (Transformer) last year


UPCYCLING: This week look out for a really great upcycling episode with Brooklyn Craft Farm!  We’re upcycling a boring garbage can into a fun robot!  Yup, I said robot!  Julie and Loulou of Brooklyn Craft Farm are so creative and thought of this amazing upcycling idea.

So, now you wanna craft with some Brooklyn-based craft experts too, huh?  You’re in luck!! Brooklyn Craft Farm teaches adult and kids classes, and they also do kids birthday parties.  Tristin and Tyler were soooo excited to work with them (I was too), they are such fun gals!  You and the kiddies should NOT miss this episode.

KWIK KRAFTS: Tristin and Tyler will also have two new Halloween-themed Kwik Kraft episodes coming up!  Woo Hoo!

So stayed tuned guys, chomp on some candy corns and put on a scary costume because there is so much Tristin and Tyler, crafty, green Halloween-based fun coming your way!

Happy October!


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Tristin and Tyler at the UBP!

When I first decided to go to the Ultimate Block Party, I assumed it would be fun, but it was soooo much more than that! 

Honestly, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of people running around and the 70 page (yes, 70 page) booklet I was given when I arrived which explained all there was to do. 

My first thought: I have to read??!!  I read contracts all week!  But the “Playbook” was actually great.   It gave step-by-step instructions on each activity and boy was there a lot to do!  There were scavenger hunts, live events, dance parties, play restaurants, sing-a-longs and different “missions” for kids to complete in order to win prizes.  So, as you can imagine,  I wasn’t sure where to begin!  But we made our way through, and as we… 

played Simon Says with Sean from The Sunny Side Up Show… 


and built Lego skyscrapers using tons of green legos…and 


engineered a “water park” out of blue foam forms with Imagination Playground…and 


made Crayola Model Magic Presto Dots pals… 


I realized what a great event this really was. 

The Ultimate Block Party wasn’t great just because there was so much to do.  It was great because the organizers really followed through on making sure that each activity used some sort of skill inherent in all children. 

The Ultimate Block Party was all about using your imagination to spark creativity.  The best part?  It was exciting and there wasn’t a kid in sight that was full of sugar.  Each activity used something more than adreneline to engage the children.  They all seemed to be fueled by pure curiosity, and that’s what made the event a success in my eyes.  

Hope you had a chance to go, if you did, tell me about it!  If you didn’t go, make sure to attend next year!! 

Here’s to sugar-free fun and loads of imagination for all of our kiddies! 


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