It’s April 1! Here are some fun ways to fool your kids {insert evil laugh}

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Happy April Fool’s Day, mamas!

Are you a prankster? We think harmless pranks are fun, so we thought we’d share a few to make your kids laugh. Well, let’s face it: mostly to make you laugh.

Some ideas:

If you have a sprayer on your sink, put a rubber band around the handle and make sure it’s pointed out. That way, it will be on soaker mode for the next person to turn on the kitchen faucet. If you don’t want to miss the fun, call one of the kids into the kitchen to wash his hands.

Superglue a quarter to the sidewalk and watch your kids try to pick it up. And try. And try.

whoopie cushion If you want to go old school, just buy a whoopee cushion and put it in your kids’ favorite chair around the dining room table (or in his “usual” chair). Surprise! Don’t forget to say April Fool’s!

If your kids drink juice, mix up some jello, then pour it into clear cups and go ahead and pop in the straw. Put the cups into the refrigerator so the jello will set. The kids will be confused when nothing comes out when they sip through the straw.

After they try to drink their jello, the kids will need to go brush their teeth. Be a nice mom and load up the toothpaste onto their brush early, to save them some time. Except why don’t you use vanilla frosting instead of white toothpaste? If your kids use the gel kind, use a gel icing for the perfect switcheroo.

Paint a mustache on them with a black eyeliner pencil while they’re sleeping. That first look in the mirror will be a surprise!

Freeze plastic bugs in ice cubes. Serve up some with your kid’s dinner. (First, the whoopie cushion, then a bug in her drink. Ha!)

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We hope you have a fool-ish day! Happy pranking!

Slightly Tilted: Split Personalities

split personalities graphicBy Jen Adair, Blogger at Slightly Tilted, Entreprenuer, Homeschool Mom to two fab kiddos

Lately, my kids have become British in the morning and rednecks hillbillies after four in the afternoon. I don’t really know what’s going on with them, but they definitely have split personalities. I must admit their accents are nearly perfect, and in some small way I take credit for this. I don’t know how I gave them these amazing abilities, but obviously they’re talented simply because I am awesome.

mint teaThe mornings have been starting off with mint tea for Hayes and breakfast tea for Kat. They’ll have buttered toast made in a pan — not in the toaster. They talk with British accents while they do their math and grammar and hold their pinkies up. They think they’re British royalty, I’m quite sure. My name is “mummy”. Everything is ”cheerio” and “jolly good”.

Things start to deteriorate quickly after the tea is gone. Fights erupt over who gets to be closer to the heater, what pencil they’re using, who is breathing too loud…it’s a lot like the British Empire fussing at the colonists, actually. I play the part of Supreme Commander of the World in these fights. I step in, yell, threaten, and everything is peaceful for a full minute.

By the afternoon, Britain is forgotten. “Redneck Land” is open for business. This is infinitely more hilarious than pretending to be royalty. If only I’d let them have mullet hairdos, they’d be the next stars of Dogpatch: The Forgotten Generation.

My dear daughter, who was British just hours before, will acquire a redneck accent that would make the Duck Commander crowd stand up and “slap yo momma, y’all!” It’s pretty spot-on. She also says stuff like, “In the olden days…before Instagram..” and “Before color was invented, I would order strawberry ice cream, but it looked like vanilla.” She has an Instagram account with these ramblings called @paul_the_trucker. Really. Could I make that up? {Insert my blank stare here.}

Yes. I drink a lot of wine lately. I mean….wouldn’t you?

My kids are outgoing and hilarious and a ton of fun to be around.
At home. By ourselves.
Or in front of a camera for their YouTube videos.

Enter in any adult that I’d like to introduce them to or even a friend’s parents that they’ve known forever, and suddenly they become these withdrawn, sullen, mute creatures that embarrass the crap out of me. (Writing that will probably embarrass them, but paybacks for embarrassing a mom with an audience are…you know…brutal. Plus, my mom keeps reassuring me that I was the same way and that their kids will do the same to them. One can only hope.)

I realize we all have split personalities. Some people, some places, and some situations bring out the best in us and some just don’t jive well. I can be funny, animated, and extremely extroverted with one group of people and quiet, reserved, and reflective with another group. Which one is the real me?

I don’t know.

I think both.

Life is weird. One minute you’re singing at the top of your lungs and the next minute you’re reading quietly in the corner. I don’t know who the “real me” is anymore than I can figure out if my kids are British royalty or Redneck rock stars. Seasons change, styles change, and environments change and as these changes happen, I guess we change, too. Thank you, God. I mean, I don’t want to be the girl I was in high school. Do you?

The other day I saw a man in my neighborhood walking around the block. He walks a lot. Something was different that day, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. It dawned on me as I walked out to my car on his second pass of my house: He was making the loop the opposite way from the his usual stroll.

“Nice day!” I shouted. “Trying a new way?”

“Everything looks different from this direction!” He laughed.

Doesn’t it, though? As spring approaches, I hope all my personalities change for the better. I hope yours do, too.

Cheerio, y’all.

jen adair3Hey. I’m Jen Adair. I’m an entrepreneur. Homeschool mom. CEO of organized chaos. Ok – it’s really not all that organized. Some days are great, some are not, some days I feel invincible, some days I can barely get out of bed. BUT…it’s my life and I’m living it. Browse my collection of random thoughts, humor (well, I think I’m funny!), images, links, whatever…at my blog Slightly Tilted. Sharing is caring, people! :)

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: April 2015

easter bunnyClick here to see a list of Easter 2015 events and activities, including times and hours for the Easter Bunny at the NWA Mall!

Pinwheels for Prevention Rally

The Cherishing Children Pinwheel Rally will be from 11:30-1:00 p.m. on April 1 at Dave Peel Park in Bentonville with guest speaker, Susan Hutchinson, Arkansas’ First Lady. There will be a free hot dog lunch, drinks, ice cream, and a proclamation of April as National Child Abuse Prevention month. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue.

Date: April 1

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Dave Peel Park, Bentonville

More info: Click here

pinwheels

Karaoke in the Park

Karaoke in the Park is a family & kid friendly show. No smoking or alcohol drinking. This is a good time for friends and family to come and fellowship while being entertained. (April – October)

Date: April 2 (continuing through October)

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Location: Frisco Park Pavilion, Rogers

More info: Click here

First Thursday Fayetteville (April to October)

The first Thursday of each month from April to October from 5:30 to 9 p.m., First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square into a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities. It’s a safe, family-friendly, community event for people of all ages. Free to the public. First Thursday feels like a giant gallery opening, with all the energy and excitement of a street festival.

Date: April 2

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square

More info: Click here

first thursday

Cinderella & McFarland USA (Both rated PG) at 112 Drive-In

cinderellaAges 13 and older - $8
Ages 6-12 - $3
Ages 5 and under are free

Showtimes: 7:45  p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Date: April 3-5

Time: 7:45 p.m.

Location: 112 Drive-in, Fayetteville

More info: Click here to see upcoming drive-in movies

First Friday Bentonville (First Fridays of the month April to November)

This First Friday is fashioned after European street fairs. It highlights the talents of street performers, like jugglers, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, magicians and more.

Date: April 3

Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Bentonville Square

More info: Click here

First Friday

NWA March for Babies

March for Babies is a family-friendly event benefitting the March of Dimes.  Registration begins at 9:00am, the 5K walk at 10:00am, followed by awards and lunch. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including a visit from Strike, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ Mascot and inflatables games like – the Bounce-Around House, other activities include:  face painting, balloon clowns, team sign/poster creating, stroller decorating and more.  There will also be a garden of hope, where walkers can honor the babies in their life that they are walking in honor or memory of.

When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in Arkansas that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.

Date: April 4

Time: Registration and Activities begin at 9 am  Walk begins at 10.

Location:  Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

More info: Click here

Casino Night

A fundraiser for the Single Scholarship Fund of NWA.

Date: April 4

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: Aloft Hotel

More info: Click here

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Vintage Market Days

NW Arkansas Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.

vintageDate: April 10-12

Time: Varies

Location: Benton County Fairgrounds

More info: Click here

Heart Gallery Premiere, Project Zero

Project Zero’s mission is to raise awareness about adoption through the Arkansas state foster care system with the ultimate goal of finding a forever family for every child that is waiting. One way Project Zero promotes awareness is through a traveling heart gallery that showcases some of our state’s waiting children.

On April 10, Project Zero will be premiering a brand new heart gallery that will travel around Northwest Arkansas. At the premiere, we will be fundraising to ensure waiting children have their picture represented in the gallery and that our organization can continue to support all waiting children in their pursuit to find their forever family. The first lady of Arkansas, Susan Hutchinson, will be the guest speaker and 19 Kids and Counting’s Amy Duggar is the musical guest.

Date: April 10

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Church Gatheria, Rogers

More info: Click here

Out-of-the-box Luncheon (Girls on the Run)

Date: April 10

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Avondale, Bentonville

More info: Click here

girls on the run

For the Birds: Family Workshop (Register by April 4th)

This interactive workshop will introduce families to birdwatching, the calls of songbirds, as well as the nests of those birds. Families will take home a bird nesting material holder and bird identification materials appropriate for young people.

Date: April 11

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

Hogeye Kids Run

Date: April 11

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Koh’s store, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Spot, Walton Arts Center

SPOT_266x375Date: April 12

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon

For the 6th Annual Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon, the speaker will be Suzie Eller, International Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author, former radio co-host, and Bible Gateway blogger. Butterflies & Blooms is the annual fundraising luncheon for Saving Grace NWA.

Date:  April 16

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: John Q. Hammons Convention center

More info: Click here

Glow Run, Fun Walk, The Burpee Mile

This glow-themed run is a family- friendly event that raises awareness to empower children to find their voice and speak up against abuse. Together we are giving children back their childhood! This year’s event features: 5K Glow Run (chip-timed), 1-Mile Fun Walk, 400 Yard Super Hero Dash, Burpee Mile or Glow on Your Own (Opportunity to make a $25 donation to the CAC if not available to run)

Night-time events feature an explosion of glow-in-the-dark elements:

• Everyone is encouraged to Glow from Head to Toe!
• Get your “Glow on” with face and body paint
• Food/snacks on sale from local vendors.
• Live entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. at Frisco Main stage
• Family-friendly environment with  inflatables and activities for all ages
• Prizes: Top 3 overall, Top 3 each age category; Best Glow from Head to Toe participant; Best Team Spirit

Date: April 17

Location: Frisco Stage, downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

Farm Friends

baby chickBring the kids to visit farm animals like baby chicks, goats and calves.

Date: April 23

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Location: Pauline Whitaker Arena, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

RazorFest

Champions for Kids RazorFest is a unique event that’s held in partnership with the Razorback Red-White game. This event attracts tens of thousands of people each year to enjoy a free, fun family day with children and a red-white scrimmage with the Razorback football team. Since the first RazorFest, this event has grown from engaging 22,000 people to now, on a good weather day, drawing over 70,000 people from across the state. 

Date: April 25

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium

More info: Click here

Race for the Cure

Date: April 25

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall, Rogers

More info: Click here

The Dark Knight Marathon

Members earn sponsorships and they compete in a unique round-robin or “ladder” fashion. As many as six bouts happen simultaneously. The event starts 6 p.m. April 25 at . The Marathon ends when the players become too tired to continue (often after midnight). The public is invited to attend for free and enjoy the fencing while learning about the many benefits of the sport. The public will have the opportunity to experience fencing first hand with a preliminary portion to the marathon that starts at 5 p.m. that same day. Participation in the preliminary event has a small fee but watching is free.

Date: April 25

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: The Center (1100 SE 14th St. Suite 16 in Bentonville)

More info: Click here

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