We all want our children to be creative beings and be able to explore their creativity. But sometimes life calls for following directions. Prepare your student for school with this simple How to Follow Directions activity.
Having a successful start of the school year can likely set the tone for you as the parent, your child, and the teacher. While first impressions aren’t everything, they can affect your child’s comfort level in a new classroom as well as your own. As an elementary teacher on hiatus, I have seen the situation from both sides and believe it takes hard work from the teacher and the family to work together to build a strong relationship. It’s not something that will happen over night, but with these few simple tips, you can get the year started on the right foot (and earn some brownie points!).
If you look in the backseat of my car, you will see markers… everywhere. Green crayola markers on the floor. Brown crayola markers in the cup holder with the cap off. A red Crayola marker under the seat gradually bleeding it’s way into the carpet. My daughter is an artist. She is five and has already determined her direction in life – creating art… lots of it! Anywhere and at any time. She loves making crafts, experimenting and creating. When we got our first Kiwi Crate, she immediately dove in. Building carnival games and testing methods of ball trajectory. Kiwi Crate also had the added bonus of having the materials for every projected contained in one small kit. If you haven’t tried Kiwi Crate before, you definitely need to check it out. As moms. anything we find that is portable, easy and educational, we latch onto to! Yes? But we also need ways to contain the chaos for all the supplies our kids need to follow their dreams. Thus, I made a kid’s travel art kit that fits in my purse and won’t leave markers all over my car. Here’s how I did it.
We want to have fun with our kids! However, when summer hits, so do the expenses. Kids activities are pricy, but entertainment doesn’t need to be expensive. During these Dollar Store Days of Summer, I’m sharing ten activities that use only supplies found at the Dollar Store. They are quick. They are easy. And most require little adult guidance and help. Just sit back and watch your kids play. Or.. jump in and join the fun!
Stitch Fix Time! If you are new to my Stitch Fix posts, Stitch Fix is an online service where you input your sizes and style preferences. A personal stylist then selects five pieces specifically for you and ships them to your door. You have three days to try on them on and send back whatever you don’t like. With two kids, this service suits me perfectly. As you will see, my son requires a lot of my attention. This is my fourth Fix. As the service gets to know you based on feedback you give, your selection of clothes improves. This is wonderful because Stitch Fix gives you a 25% discount if you buy all the pieces. Improve it did. I bought it all this time! Below, I listed all of the original prices next to the pieces as well as the price I paid with the “buy it all” discount. Here is what I got: Piece #1 Dress: Tart Reina Abstract Chevron Racerback Belted Maxi Dress, Stitch Fix ($168, $126) Necklace: Whimsicle Last fix I was given this maxi, which I wasn’t a fan of, so I was initially wary about trying this one on. I loved it! The main difference was the neckline. I am overly conscious about the size of my chest since I’ve been nursing. The scoop neckline in this dress minimizes my bust as well as shows off my collar bone. Super flattering! I loved it. The price was a little bit of a shock, but it feels so good on! Worth the money in my opinion. Piece #2 & #3 Top: Daniel Rainn Rylin Pintuck Detailed Silk Blouse, Stitch Fix ($78, $58.50) Jeans: Kut From the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean, Stitch Fix ($78, $58.50) Near the shoulders, this top has beautiful pleating which descends to that tiny v-cutout you see by my neckline. Those details make it more than the typical black blouse. As for the jeans, they are some of the most comfortable jeans I’ve worn. In my last fix, I received a pair of jeans that were distressed like these but, unfortunately, way too tight. Love the look of this outfit. It has the relaxed, yet put together look that I am after. I admit, I had some help styling this from the note from my stylist. She also told me that this would look great on top of it: Piece #4 Blazer: Market and Spruce Benson Striped 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer, Stitch Fix ($78, $58.50) Necklace: Express I requested a blazer with this fix to wear on business meetings for Whimsicle. Honestly, I’ve never owned a blazer that I liked. They have all fit poorly or looked a little…blah. This one is amazing! I love the horizontal stripes, the cut is super cute and the 3/4 sleeves make it very modern. The only drawback is that the fabric is a little heavy and hot. If I plan to be outside for any length of time, the blazer will have […]
You need a fun activity that is equally impressive and inexpensive! Yes? This make your own lava lamp is sure to make you and your kids happy! Plus, science….
I ate it.
When I was expecting my first child, I had no idea what having a newborn would be like. I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I knew I wanted my baby to sleep. That’s about it. I wish I had known these 3 questions to ask the pediatrician before my baby was born. I expected all doctors and medical professionals to be the same – with the same set of beliefs and core knowledge – but that simply wasn’t the case. My first born ended up being a great sleeper, however breastfeeding was an abysmal failure. I hated it. I wanted to do it in theory, but I didn’t know what else I could do. I quit and switched to the bottle after one month. My happiness returned and life was awesome! With my second child, I did a little more research. I enrolled in a Bradley childbirth class where I also learned a lot about breastfeeding. Through that class, I met a group of amazing women who formed my support system through the first challenging months. I also switched pediatricians. Based on my experience, here are three questions that I wish I would have asked while searching for a pediatrician five years ago. They go beyond the typical interview questions and are more directly aligned to two of my goals: breastfeeding and baby sleep. How soon do you expect a baby to return to its birth weight? What do you do if they are not back to their birth weight by that time? After babies are born, most drop weight. This is completely normal. Many doctors operate under the assumption that babies should gain weight at 1/2 ounce per day and be back to their birth weight by the time they are 2 weeks old. This was one of my biggest stressors as a new parent – especially since I wanted to breastfeed. Since I was my child’s sole source of food, I constantly worried about him getting enough. My son was a big baby and dropped a pound after he was born. When he was three days old, we brought him to our pediatrician, placed him on the scale and found he had only gained 5 oz back. The nurse was very quiet and told us the doctor would come in to speak with us. I was a nervous wreck. Not only did I feel that I was harming my baby with my decision to breastfeed, but I also felt that the doctor didn’t acknowledge the fact that my baby looked healthy in terms of skin tone and appearance, had an acceptable number of wet diapers a day and wasn’t acting hungry in any way. She recommended a weight check in another 2 days and then would decide if we needed to supplement with formula. I did my research about breastfeeding as well as the behavior of c-section babies after birth. Some drop weigh because of the amount of fluid in their body at delivery due to the mother’s IV. Some […]
Llama and I are perusing the available Culture Passes at the library. “Mommy, I want to go to the Rosson House.” Why she chose it, I don’t know. But, I don’t ask questions. I grab the Rosson House card from it’s slot and head to the information desk to obtain our two free admissions. The Rosson House is located in Heritage Park in downtown Phoenix, right near the Arizona Science Center and Pizzaria Bianco. When you arrive, I recommend that you park in the garage off Monroe Street. Your jaw may drop when you see that the price is $13 an hour. Pick your jaw up off the floor because the Rosson House validates and I only paid $1 when I exited the garage an hour and a half later. We checked into our tour at the gift shop located in the old carriage house next door to the 1895 Victorian manor. We didn’t need any reservations. Tours leave every hour, so I recommend arriving about 10 mimutes before the hour to make sure that you don’t miss it. This buggy belonged to the first owner of the house and namesake, Dr. Rosson. When the house was built in 1895, Arizona was not yet a state, only a territory. Dr. Rosson had large political ambitions and needed a house to entertain wealthy donors so he built this Victorian mansion. When the Rossons’ eventually moved away, a bar owner bought it and turned it into a boarding house. He divided some of the rooms into fourths so that he could collect 4 separate boarder’s rents. The city of Phoenix eventually took it over and restored it into the museum it is today – educating everyone who walks through its doors of the lifestyle these wealthy Arizonans led in the Victorian era. Our tour started in the foyer I put my son, Dude, in the Baby Bjorn for this tour because the website advised against strollers. Looking at that staircase, I can see why. The little alcove that the vase sits in has an official name – the coffin notch. In the late-eighteen, early-nineteen hundreds, death was a pretty common thing due to all the horrible diseases that ran rampant. Families used to keep coffins in the attic to be brought down anytime a family member died. That notch was built into the staircase to provide coffin clearance. This organ sits in the parlor of the home. We were told by our guide that the parlor was where families would typically hold viewings of a loved one after they died (lots of talk of death on this tour). After this era, people wanted to disassociate the parlor with death so they changed the name of the parlor to the living room. Interesting bit of trivia that could come in handy later on Jeopardy. Our tour took us through the house, room by room, with our guide explaining what the family used each room for as well as the kind of activities […]