Kay loves to play "cowgirl". She has told me more than once, "I'm half cowgirl and half real people." She is known for swinging things around her head like a lasso. ("We don't swing bags like a lasso in the house." "No, you can't try to lasso the dog.") So this month's Poppins Book Nook theme, the Wild West, was right up her alley (cow path?).
I had a proud mommy moment last week when Kay brought home her first school fundraiser. The teacher had explained that they would be selling things from the catalog to raise funds, but had apparently left out that the money would go to the school. "But I want it to go to the animals!" she cried, when she learned the truth.
The fact is, even preschoolers can help animals, whether their own pets or animals in a shelter. With their big hearts and their love of helping (at least sometimes) this is the perfect age to get them started on giving...just because. And in celebration of World Animal Day (October 4), here are some ideas:
One of my favorite blogs is Rediscovered Families. Sharon's posts always seem to make me feel better about this difficult journey of parenting when I'm doubting the job I'm doing. So it's an honor to be able to guest post there. I'm sharing 25 simple ways to show your child you love them (you probably already do some of them!).
I've been intrigued with paper crafts lately (I blame our reusing magazines and newspapers month for Project: Recycle & Create). I've been admiring different things on Pinterest, trying them out, and...well, you know how that goes. (Do they ever come out the way they're supposed to?!)
But weaving is one of those paper crafts that is fun for kids too - not to mention great for fine motor skills!
Looking through the posts linked up last week, I started to get...hungry. Yes, there were a handful of recipes that were just begging to be shared again! (Be warned...you're going to want to make them all. Just saying.) The fact that they're perfect for fall is just a happy bonus.
I love a good book, children's books included. The creative minds behind these blogs have come up with some great extension activities to go along with some of my (and probably yours!) favorite stories - check them out!
Disclosure: I received a sample item in exchange for this post. However, all ideas and opinions are my own; I only recommend products I support and think my readers will enjoy. This post may also contain affiliate links.
A place for everything and everything in it's place. Or that's the goal anyway.
Now I should warn you, organizing is not my strong point. So when I do it, I want it to be as quick and painless as possible. Fortunately for me, I found some ways that were both.
Fall means chilly days, wearing sweatshirts again, lovely trees, raking (ugh!), and...fun fall crafts! (Of course!) What do you most look forward to about fall?
Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, the colorful leaves, Kay playing in those colorful leaves. So my highlights for this week should come as no surprise - fun fall crafts!
Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.
How do you "get going" (or "keep going" - which is more my issue!)? In our hectic life, how do you manage to make it to school, extracurricular activities, weekend trips, even the grocery store?
Jif To Go wants to know how YOU get going and is asking fans to share a picture of it for a chance to win $1,000 to use for your next big adventure. (There's a new winner each week through October 1, 2014, so get sharing!)
Haven't heard of Jif To Go? If you have a child in tow, they can be very helpful indeed. (Hungry child = cranky child. This also goes for husbands!) It's Jif's delicious peanut butter, conveniently packaged in single-servings that are perfect for on-to-go. There are also new Jif To Go Dippers, which come with pretzels for dipping. I'm thinking these are perfect for
Okay, so back to the contest (you wouldn't say no to an extra $1000 in your pocket, would you?! Didn't think so...).
There are 4 ways you can enter your picture for consideration: