Friday, September 5, 2014

Welcome Back!

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So Summer is finally in its last day, and that means the end of my social media/blog vacation. I am glad to be back online and can't wait to get started sharing our preschool ideas together! I'm pairing up with another mommy and we are planning our first year of homeschool preschool this year, it's super exciting, and I can't wait to get some new posts up and get all your ideas as well!

Some other things I thought about while on blog vacation were ways to spend more time on me. I spend so much (see:ALL) of my day caring for everyone else, that I easily ignore my needs. I don't shop for myself anymore, quiet time means a long bubble bath or a trip to the grocery store, and I'm not sure the last time I got dressed up for anything! How do you find ways to spoil yourself? I'd love to hear your tips! Here are some things I am thinking about:

1. Visit the spa/get massage/get pedicure. Any one of the above will do. All three?!? That would be Super- spoiled!

2. See a play. Dress up with the hubby and take a date night to the Fox Theater to see something fun!

3. Start shopping again. I'm using Stitch Fix to have a stylist send me clothes which fit my lifestyle and budget. I try the clothes on at home and send back the ones that don't work for me. Easy-peasy, right?!? I'm super excited to get my first box!

That's all the ideas I have for now. Keeping it short and sweet for my welcome back post :-)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Children's Art Frames

Hi all! Remember last week in my Untoy: Playing and Crafting with straws post, I mentioned that I had a special project I was working on? Well, I'm finally ready to show it off: My children's Art Wall with DIY frames!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Un-Toy Friday: Straws

Welcome back to Un-Toy Friday! If you're following along with us, glad to have you back! If you're new to the un-toy series, make sure to read what un-toying is all about.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Goodnight Moon Sorting Activity

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There are a plethora of good bedtime books out there, but the one that stands out most in my mind is Goodnight Moon by Maragaret Wise Brown. It's the classic bedtime story, not to mention it is well written with preschool vocabulary and early literacy in mind (apparently, adult writers can learn a thing or two from the book as well!) The pictures are brilliant too- they show everyday items found in a typical house. My son can point and name virtually every item in the pictures because we've read (and re-read) the story so many times- I think that means it's time to incorporate the story into a fun pre-school sorting activity :-)

Goodnight moon activity

Monday, August 11, 2014

Potato Stamps

If you all are anything like me, you like to stock up when you find a good deal: Toys (I've got a closet of gifts saved up!), Shampoo (I think I'm good 'till 2017) and potatoes...

Do you ever find yourself at the 99 Cent Only Store (crafty mamas congregate here) and see an entire 1 pound bag of potatoes for $1?! Yeah. I'm a sucker for a deal, so I stock up. And when I am sick of potatoes, I get crafty with them :-)
Potato stamps! What a simple way to paint with preschoolers!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Un-toy Friday: Pasta

Welcome back to Un-Toy Friday! If you missed last week's edition on rocks, catch up with us by checking out that post later :-) And if you're new to the Un-Toy series altogether, you might want to read this post now: What Un-Toy Friday is all About.

I am absolutely in love with this week's feature: pasta. I love to eat it and I love using it in activities for my boys! Also, it's super versatile- It can be a preschool math manipulative, or a toddler sensory bin filler (and lots more in between!).

First, a word on how to make plain pasta more colorful! Dying it is simple and adds a bit more interest to the play.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pre-School "Gone Fishin' Game"

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Today my nephew came over to play with the boys. He's a bit older than them (going into 3rd grade), and I wanted to engage the boys in an activity they could all enjoy. That's when I asked if he'd like to play a game with Cannon to help him learn colors- he LOVED the idea of being a teacher to his little cousin! And honestly, I think he enjoyed the game as much as my toddler did ;-)