Thursday, February 23, 2017

📚 book giveaway 📚

 
 

BOOK 📚 GiVeAWay!! Same Kind of Different As Me is up for grabs for the always gracious @tommynelsonbooks ••• This book is the children's version of the best seller! This is such a wonderful book filled with life lessons. Lessons on helping others...loving others...serving others. 

The messages is a strong one...we all need to reach out and help others...and show them God's love. 



Want a chance to win a copy?? Leave a comment telling me have you read adult version of this book?? Open to US residents only. #bookgiveaway #tommynelson #childrensbooks #christianbookgiveaway

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eat well. Be well. {Influenster box}


This box and its contents were given to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. #AD

   

I've been an influencer for a few years now! It been a while since I've received a box (due to lack of efforts on my side 😊) ...so I was super happy when I finally downloaded the app and started getting asked to participate in the influencer program again . 

The Eat Well. Be Well. Box showed up at my door...talk about some happy mail! It was filled with snacks...and coupons for some freebies! 

glutino's gluten free pretzels were ah-mazing! In fact I wasn't planning on sharing those...and I left the bad unattended for a few minutes and when I came back they were gone. These pretzels were so crispy! 

Next up we tried the evol mac and cheese. The mac and cheese wasn't our first choice for the evol products that was all our local store had in stalk for this brand. Honestly my kids weren't a fan...I think it had to do with the bread crumb like topping more than the taste..or the "truffle" taste....but they are on the picky side...and this is more of a grown dish. I though it tasted good...the portion size was on the smaller size...this would make a great lunch for one...or an easy side dish...which is what I used ours for. Another major con is that I found the product to be a little pricey for the size. 

For the free Udi's product we decided to try out the pizza 🍕 ...we liked it. I honestly could tell that it was gluten free...it tasted like a gluten filled frozen pizza to me. This is perfect for those with a gluten allergy or for those trying a gluten free diet! For someone who is gluten free and missing pizza this would really hit the spot! The only downside to this product is that it cooked really fast...way faster than the box said it woul...but that could be due to the fact that we have a gas oven???...user error on my end???...not sure exactly??...I kept an eye on it...but if I had let it cook according to the box it would have burnt. Added bonus...Four out of four kids in my house gobbled this cheesy creation up.


For the Earth Balance product we originally set out to try the cheese like crackers...we are always on the look out for those. Our local grocery store didn't carry them so we settled for the crunchy peanut butter. Settle we did NOT! This was such a great PB...I'm hooked...I will for sure purchase this brand in the future. Yum, yum! 

Overall I was truly impressed with these brands and products. I am happy to see healthier bad natural food choices becoming more readily available!!! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cutting hair. {a preschool activity}

  
 

This activity couldn't be simpler. You only need a handful of supplies you probably already have laying around your house.

You'll need : 

an empty toilet paper roll 
face stickers (or draw a face if you don't have stickers)
kid scissors

The instructions are pretty simple draw face, slice some hair, and then give safety scissors to child and allow child to give a "hair cut" to the person. 

My four-year-old had a lot of fun with this activity. Originally I had only made one person to see if she'd like it I ended up making quite a few more. I like this activity because it allowed her to cut hair without actually cutting someone's hair...or a dolls hair...or her sister's hair. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Three little pigs {a preschool activity}

  
 


How to have fun and learn in 17 easy steps. 

1.) Live in a state with winter 2.) Add flu season to winter and make a vow to not visit any public places until spring 3.) Feel a bit like "Jack" from The Shinning with all the screaming...sister fighting...and lack of socializing with anyone over the age of four...kidding...kidding. 4.) Read The Three Little Pigs 5.) Discuss The True Story of The Three Little Pigs and then watch a read along on YouTube of the story...because while the children watch you can have coffee. 6.) Marvel at your four year old's genius level when she suggests that we should build the piglets houses. 7.) Build a house of straw using yellow blocks...a house of sticks using brown blocks...and a house of bricks using red blocks. 8.) Build the houses again because your two year old knocked over the houses. 9.) Have a discussion about how name calling our sister is not nice...and further explain that she didn't purposely knock over the houses. 10.) Watch the little sister purposely knocked over the houses...again. 11.) Build the houses one last time. 12.) Send the little sister up stairs to to collect the Peppa Pig family...cause you know...we need some Pigs. 13.) Find a stuffed wolf...'cause a "big bad wolf" was also needed. 14.) Take turns "huffing" and "puffing" and "blowing" the houses down! 15.) Repeat step 14 approximately 18 million times. 16.) Clean up the mess. 17.) Snuggle up with a few sweet girls and watch Disney's The Three Little Pigs. 



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tundra learning for preschoolers.

    
 
 

I am always looking for fun ways to learn with my youngest girls.  I find hands on learning is always more engaging for preschool aged children. We spent a fun winter day learning all about habitats. We focused on the frozen Tundra first...because it felt like a Tundra outside. 

• We watch Magic School Bus goes to the Artic (available on Netflix) and we read a few books about polar bears and penguins. 

• We made an "igloo" (which happened to be a white sheet wrapped around our teepee) Lyla and Brooklyn love the teepee...they even gathered up all the penguins, polar bear and attic wolf stuffed animals they could find...to hang out with them. 

While the girls were enjoying a little learning via Ms. Frizzle...I started to put together the artic habitat. I gathered up two foil cake pans. I filled one with water and dyed it blue. The other tin I filled up with cornstarch and water...this mixture is great for creating a "snow" like form. 

NOTE: the cornstarch mixture is crazy messy...so I had my kiddos play with this in the bath tub. 

Earlier that day...I placed a few ocean friends...into ice cube trays and pop molds. I also added a few drops blue dye to some of the cubes. Once these froze I added them to the water. I gave my little darlings spray bottles filled with warm water to help "free" their animal friends from the ice. 

My girls had a great time learning all about the Artic and they had a ton of fun playing in the snow mixture. In fact that asked to do it al over again the next day.

The best part is I had all the objects I need on hand! You'd be amazed what items you have available if you just look. 

Would you ever try this? 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

clay hearts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Every Christmas we make cornstarch ornaments. They are affordable and easy to make. This year I decided to make heart shapes...I plan on glueing magnets on the back of these...and having my oldest daughters class color them for a Valentine's Day party craft. These are a simple yet adorable personalized keepsake. These 
would also make a great Valentine! 

You'll need: 

2 cups of baking soda
1 cup of cornstarch
1 1/2 cups of water

Mix all ingredients together and heat over medium high heat until he ball of dough forms. Set in a bowl covered with a wet paper towel to cool for about 10 minutes. Then using parchment paper roll out your Dell and use cookie-cutter of choice. Allowed to go to air dry for about for five days.  Be sure to turn your dough over about once a day so both sides can dry. One star was dry you can color with markers...cover with glitter...paint...whatever your heart fancies. 

Cost : $2 made about 50 small hearts. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Letters + salt + glitter.

  
 

I know I have posted this activity in the past...but this is an updated "Lyla" version. For Jude I used to put salt in a left over Chinese take out container and have him practice drawing letters in the salt...also while using flash cards. 

Lyla is at the stage where she is practicing writing letters...so I pulled out this trusty idea to work on letter writing with her. She wasn't too impressed with it at first...it was a little too dull for her...and little too boring...soooooooo I had a light bulb idea...glitter. Everything is more fun with glitter. That's all it took...she was into writing her letters. 


Please note: The glitter does get all over hands...and possibly can leave a trail counter tops...so this project isn't for those who don't like messes...or kiddos who don't like to get dirty. 😊