Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jimmy is crawling.

I knew it would be a matter of days, but this afternoon, Baby Jimmy took his first crawl, upstairs in his bedroom. All of the neighbor kids were over to see this momentous occasion, and now he's moving all over the place...

He can go from tummy to a seated position with no issues, and was even trying to crawl in the bathtub tonight. Time to put up the baby gates!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DIY with mama saigh: Fairy gardens, popsicle-stick bracelets, and nature brushes.

I was back on The Jason Show this week for another "DIY with Mama Saigh" segment.

This time, my producer asked me to focus on crafts for kids. So, I showed how to put together a fairy garden, make popsicle-stick bracelets, and paint brushes using things found in nature. Here are a few of the ideas I shared on the show...


Our fairy garden is set inside a bird bath that we filled with dirt.

We used an empty water bottle for the fairy houses, and covered them in stones and moss from Lowes. We
painted rocks for the stepping stones, used skinny popsicle sticks, string, glue and paint to make the door and,
clothes line (I used old tool to make the fairy tutus). Clay, paint, and skewers were used to make the toadstools.

Succulents make nice plants for fairy gardens, but you can also just clip some pine tree branches and
other tree branches, and stand them upright with a clothes pin. The, bury the clothes pin in the dirt to create a tiny tree.


Boil popsicle sticks for 10 minutes (covered), then let them soak in the water for at least an hour. When the wood is wet,
it will let you bend it into the shape of a bracelet (slowly). Boil extra sticks because you will break a few in the process.

Once you've molded the sticks into the shape of a cup, place inside the cup and let it dry for at least 12 hours. I
stuck my glasses in the oven at 200 degrees to allow the sticks to completely dry. Once the popsicle sticks are completely
dry, they will hold the bracelet shape.

Paint or decorate the bracelet however you wish, or just leave the wood unfinished. Once your paint/stain/etc. is dry, drill two small holes (slowly) in the wood to attach string to (to keep the bracelet on your wrist).


This one is pretty self-explanatory. Have the kids go outside and find nature items, such as leaves, feathers, bark, etc.
(the more creative, the better). Attach the items to sticks, using string or rope. Let the kids paint using their new
nature-brushes. This is a fun way to get kids outside, and teaches them about different textures and brush strokes.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

RECIPE: Green baby smoothie.

Baby Jimmy is all about drinking out of a straw these days, and isn't too interested in being spoon-fed. While he does pick up pieces of food off his tray and put it in his mouth, I want to make sure he's getting enough calories and good fats throughout the day.

This morning, I made 8-month-old Jimmy a green smoothie, blending:

- half a banana

- half an avocado

- 1/4 cup full-fat yogurt

- splash of orange juice

I blitzed it into a very smooth texture using my Magic Bullet, so he could drink it out of a straw.

He LOVED it.

Linna used to slurp this smoothie down too when she was a baby and toddler.

8-month-old Jimmy drinking his green smoothie out of a straw.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Linna's 5th birthday party.

4 years and 364 days old on the day of her party.
Last weekend, we hosted almost 90 people (35 kids and 50-some grown-ups) at Burnes Park in Hopkins, for Linna's 5th birthday party.

This is the exact same spot that my mom hosted my 5th birthday party almost 30 years ago.

Man, I feel old.

Linna wanted to do a treasure hunt, so we decided to go with a pirate themed party.

Although the weather was a little warm, it didn't rain, storm, or snow... So I can't complain.

I couldn't have pulled this party off without the help of my parents, husband, and in-laws.

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to celebrate Linna's 5th birthday!

Here are photos and video from Sunday, August 7th...

One of the party games: "Pin the Patch on the Pirate". I was so proud of my DIY pirate head.

We made treasure chests for the treasure hunt out of styrofoam coolers from Fleet Farm and filled them with ice and freezies.

Lots of DIY decor.

Linna and her melting pirate photo-cake from Lunds & Byerlys. So yummy!

"Crabwiches" filled with Linna's Memaw and PeePaw's chicken salad. Delicious!
Fruit Swords made by my Mom ("Nana").

Veggie Swords made by my Mom ("Nana").

Food, drinks, and pirate name-badge table.

My mom made "sea water" punch.

Papa Saigh and I made these chalkboard serving-trays that we also used as party signs.

My Father-In-Law ("PeePaw") made this "What's Your Pirate Name" sign for the party.
We had name-badges for everyone to write their pirate name on. Fun "ice-breaker"!

Goodie-bag loot from my Dad ("Bompa").

I found this gold glitter 5 at JoAnn Fabrics & Craft Stores, and then added
a little DIY pirate cap and patch.

Photos from my 5th birthday party at Burnes Park in Hopkins.

Linna's birthday cake.

Some healthy snacks for the little ones: Pirate Bananas.

The treasure dig was a hit. We filled the sandbox with loot from Party City.

Linna and her friend Maddeline. They have been friends since they were babies, and her mom
and I were both Hopkins Raspberry Festival Queens.

The extremely tired birthday girl opening her birthday gifts.

(I do these videos with Linna every year. These are her final words as a 4-year-old.)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Jimmy is on the move.

It's his big sister Linna's 5th birthday today, but it looks like 8-month-old Baby Jimmy wants his share of the spotlight. He started scooting forward on his tummy this morning!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

DIY with mama saigh: Party games and decor.

I returned to The Jason Show over at FOX 9 this week, for another "DIY with Mama Saigh" segment.

This time, I shared ideas on how to create fun party-games and decor for kid's birthday parties. Our little girl will be turning FIVE YEARS OLD on August 8th, so we will be doing a lot of these ideas for her party!

Pirate party decor, using old cardboard boxes, and a skeleton I found at Party City.


Need: Sandbox (Fleet Farm), sand (Fleet Farm has 50 lb. bags for under $3), shovels & pails, treasures (I used Ring Pops, necklaces, chocolate gold coins, and plastic gold coins from Party City).


Need: Clear glass or plastic bottles (we saved beer bottles from the cabin this summer), paper for clues, Styrofoam coolers for treasure chests (Fleet Farm), paint and gems to decorate treasure chests (JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores), treasures for inside treasure chest (we used freezies to look like jewels, and packed the coolers/treasure boxes with ice).

How To: Split your child's party guests into two teams (with a couple adults on each team to help read the clues, and keep the teams working together). Give them their first clue on a piece of paper, that will lead them on their hunt for "buried treasure". You can put the paper clues inside glass bottles (make sure the clues stick out of the top for easy accessibility), and hide them in various spots at your party venue (city parks are an inexpensive option and easy option, but make sure you have an adult monitoring each clue location, so other park-goers don't accidentally take the bottled clues). For our two treasure boxes (one for each team), we painted and decorated styrofoam coolers, filled them with ice and jewel-colored freezies. A fun treat at the end of the treasure hot, on a hot summer day!


Fish-netting, necklaces, gold coins, and Ring Pops from Party City. Pirate Booty, Granola Coins, and
baskets from Target.

Need: Small bags of chips or snacks, clothes pins, ribbon or strong string

* The snack bags are a great alternative to making or buying bunting for decoration. Plus, they're easily accessible to your little party guests!


The first time I'd ever witnessed this game, was when we were living in Singapore. This is a photo of our friends'
kiddos playing the "Donuts on a String" game. I think the game explains itself:)

Need: Medium or large donuts, ribbon or strong string, long stick/pole/board


Need: Old cabinet door or wood board, two cabinet door pulls/handles (found ours at Target), chalkboard paint (JoAnn Fabrics & Craft Stores), regular paint, drill, screws, paint brush, foam brush, sandpaper (optional, for distressed look), and painters tape.

How To: Sand down, then paint or stain your base board. Let dry, then screw in door pulls. Use painters tape to create whatever size chalkboard square you'd like in the middle of your board. Use a foam brush to paint a layer of chalkboard paint inside the painters tape. Let dry, apply a second coat, and once that's dry (about 24 hours), peel painters tape off and enjoy! This is a fun way to make birthday cake and breakfast in bed a little more personal, with a note for the birthday boy or girl written in chalk.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mama saigh's red carpet interviews for us weekly.

Photo in the Pioneer Press of Mama Saigh interviewing Jay leno.
I have to admit, doing celebrity interviews on the red carpet as a one-man-band is not the easiest thing to do. I spent years as a one-man-band, reporting on the news in Austin and Rochester, MN. But never on the red carpet. As a former TV reporter in the Twin Cities, I'm used to having a photographer film my interviews, while I have fun with the people I'm interviewing. While I still had SO much fun on the Starkey Gala's red carpet this past weekend, it was a brand new experience for me. And let's be honest, I'm used to wearing yoga pants and pineapple hair-dos on a daily basis, so getting all fancy and having a kid-free afternoon/evening was a nice change of pace. I was doing some freelance work for US Weekly Magazine on Sunday, and my editor gave me the questions to ask the celebs on the red carpet. Some of the celebs would have chatted with me forever, while others where whisked down the red carpet by their handlers. Jennifer Garner was incredibly sweet, posing for a few press photos, but she didn't stop to talk to any media. Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper shook a few hands, and posed for some photos, but handlers kept them moving down the red carpet, and shut down any press questions. The Starkey Gala is such an incredible event, and a wonderful organization right here in the Twin Cities, doing some amazing work for people all over the world. I feel lucky to have been a part of it. Here are a few of the interviews I did on the red carpet...

(Jay Leno. He was so nice and hilarious. And his eyes are a mesmerizing shade of blue/green!)

(That time I was dissed by British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.)

(Dascha Polanco from Orange is the New Black. Being a huge OITNB fan, meeting her was such an honor. This lovely lady keeps it REAL!)

(Maddie & Tae. Ah, to be young again. They have so much energy.)

(American Idol winner, Trent Harmon, and his girlfriend Kathleen. Super sweet couple, and she is stunning! I wish I would have gotten a better shot of her dress.)

(The Massey brothers. Very entertaining.)

(Steven Bauer from Scarface, and his girlfriend Lyda Loudon. She's gorgeous... And very young.)

(Frankie Muniz and his girlfriend. Wasn't recording when she gave me her name. Oops!)

Mama Saigh on the red carpet. Dress from my neighbor's closet (thanks Keely!), hair and make-up by Mama Saigh,
and tan line provided by the days at the pool with the kids. SO glam;)