Monday, June 25, 2012

Camp Mom Week 2

Another week has come and gone at our home.  Here is what our week looked like:

Move It Monday - trampoline games.  Ideas from here.

Totally Science Tuesday - baking soda and vinegar exploration


We dropped different colors of vinegar into pie pans filled with baking soda and watched it fizzle.  I got the idea from pinterest, but there was no original source.

What's Cooking Wednesday - my kiddos made grilled cheese sandwiches with a side of applesauce.  Yummy strawberry shortcake for dessert!


They cut the strawberries and made the shortcake.


G. became a little more comfortable with the electric griddle.


Arts and Crafts Thursday - Rubber Cement Art


You spread rubber cement on paper and then let it dry.


Next you paint over it.  We used water colors.  When it is all dry, you rub off the rubber cement.  


Friday Field Trip - Denver Zoo




Two weeks down, six to go.  Having something organized and scheduled every day has been totally working!  Go here for my summer organizing plan.  As you can see, we don't have a weekly theme.  We do what struck me as interesting and something the kids would like.  Most ideas are gathered from Pinterest and are on my kiddos board.

How is your summer?



Link parties I participate in: 30 Handmade,  A bowl full of lemons, Be Different Act Normal,  Craft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime,  Lolly Jane Boutique, Ninth Street Notions,  Oopsey DaisyPositively Splendid,  Serenity Now, Sew ChattySkip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tidy MomToday's Creative Blog

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Grateful Sunday


This has been a long week.  I'm so grateful that it is Sunday and that my husband will finally be around.  I'm grateful for family moving to Colorado!  I'm grateful for family coming to visit next week.  I'm grateful for a baby that sleeps long stretches in the night.  I'm grateful for my daughter's singing voice.  I'm grateful for opportunities to stretch myself - even if I don't really want to be stretched.

What are you grateful for?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Handprints


Holy Cow - I now have four kiddos!  What a crazy awesome blessing in my life.  As I've spent so much time cuddling and holding my newborn, I can remember so clearly doing the same with my other kids.  My oldest is almost 10 now, and it is crazy to me that she isn't just so little.  They grow so fast - cliche, I know, but true.  I decided I had to stop time somehow - just for a moment.  


I went with their precious hands and decided to embroider them.  It  went fast and I only worked on it in about 10 minute sessions.  This was my view much of the time - awwww.  It was fairly straight forward.   I traced each hand with washable ink.  Then, using embroidery floss, I stitched a simple back stitch.  


At first my newborn's hand looked kind of big.  But then, as I added each child, the newborn hand started looking like a little doll's hand!


You just need a damp washcloth and the washable ink comes right off.  


Lastly, I stuck it in a frame and put it in a prominent place that I will see often.  And I will smile often.





Link parties I participate in: 30 Handmade,  A bowl full of lemons, Be Different Act Normal, Cheerios and LattesCraft-O-Maniac, Happy go LuckyI Heart Naptime, Learn as We GoLolly Jane Boutique, Ninth Street Notions, NY Melrose Family, Oopsey DaisyPositively Splendid,  Serenity Now, Sew ChattySkip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tidy MomToday's Creative Blog, Two Sasters, Uncommonly Yours

Monday, June 18, 2012

Camp Mom Week 1

After I posted our Summer Fun Organization,  I got so many emails asking what we are actually doing.  I decided that I would try to recap our activities.  This was week 1.

Monday - Move It Day - we played dodge ball on the trampoline for about an hour.
Tuesday - Totally Science  We made Film Canister Rockets.  I picked up film canisters from Costco (totally doubted they would have some).  We poured some water in them.



Drop an alka seltzer tablet on them and put the lid on quickly. We set them on the ground with the lid on the patio and then began the countdown!


They explode.  We could get them to shoot higher than our house!  We experimented with the amounts of water and used different types of lids.  We found that there were different types of lids that just leaked everything out, which did not work.

I made the kids write in their Science Journals.  


Wednesday - What's Cooking - the kids made Baked Corn Dogs.  They make everything.  They are learning to menu play, measure ingredients, use the oven, work together, etc.  It is a beautiful thing.
Thursday - Arts and Crafts - We painted rocks with glow in the dark paint.


They spent the day sitting in the sun and glowed at night.  We got a little impatient and after they dried brought them into the coat closet and watched them glow.


Friday Field Trip - we took a trip to the Denver Aquarium.  We've invited a huge group of friends to help plan and come with us on field trips.


When did her legs get so long and skinny?


All in all, week one was a hit.  The kids wake up each day excited for what we are going to do that day.  They get their chores first, so we can get to the fun stuff!  One week down - eight to go!


Link parties I participate in: 30 Handmade,  A bowl full of lemons, Be Different Act Normal,  Craft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime,  Lolly Jane Boutique, Ninth Street Notions,  Oopsey DaisyPositively Splendid,  Serenity Now, Sew ChattySkip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tidy MomToday's Creative Blog

Friday, June 15, 2012

Simply Bags


Who doesn't love a good bag?  You know, one that is sturdy, large enough to actually hold stuff, pockets so things don't get lost.  I was provided this Striped Canvas Tote by Simply Bags and we have totally used it this summer.


It held our library books with NO problem.  The next day, we took a trip to the Aquarium and it was a perfect size.  Plus, it is monogrammed too.  You know I love that.


There latest product is the Wedding Logo Bags - what a fun gift to either give to newly married couples!  They have so many styles and ways to get your bag exactly what you are looking for.


I was provided this bag to review, the opinions are all mine.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

$50 Target Giveaway + more

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Target is awesome - does anyone really doubt that?  This summer Target is involved in helping avoid the Summer Slide that Soleil Moon Frye talked about in our interview.  Each summer, kids slide backwards in their skills one whole month!  Crazy!

For this giveaway, Target is offering $50 gift card to Target + 10 age appropriate books to avoid summer slide!!   Oh how I wish I could win! 
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Avoiding the Summer Slide interview with Soleil Moon Frye for Target

  As schools let out for the summer, many kids across the country will forget the lessons they learned throughout the schoolyear.  Research showes that without practice, students will lose their reading skills, a trend known as the "Summer Slide." 


Soliel Moon Frye has teamed up with Target and I got the opportunity to interview her about the "summer slide" and what we can do to help our children this summer!  I loved this interview - this topic is right up my alley.  Enjoy!




Check back tomorrow for a giveaway from Target!


 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Grateful Sunday




This week was our first week of summer break and I find myself repeating in my head "choose the kids."  There were many instances this week when I had to make a difficult decision to put my kids first.  It seems like a no-brainer when you are out of the situation. In the end, we had a great week and my family is super happy.

Photo booth photo from the Downtown Aquarium

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Organizing Summer Fun


It is summer time - and it seems there is a common panic among parents right about now.  With our newborn baby this year, summer will be a little trickier.  We no longer can just pick up and go - we are way more tied down.  Hard to explain that to a 7 year old.


BUT - we can have fun if it is expected and planned for.  Does that take all the fun out of it?  I sure hope not.  I spent the past week creating our Summer Binder.  This binder is going to help me stay on top of things!


First off, I printed off a blank June and July calendar.  Here is the link:  Finding Home.  Our school starts the beginning of August.  Then I started filling it in.  I have decided to the following throughout each week:

MONDAY - Move It day
TUESDAY - Totally Science 
WEDNESDAY - What's Cooking
THURSDAY - Arts and Crafts
FRIDAY - Field Trip
Then, I started filling it in.  I got most of my ideas from my Pinterest Board.  I have been collecting ideas for months!


The binder also has pages printed off for extra ideas.


I have also printed off some reading logs from here and oh yes - we have a Mommy's Ransom Box (which has worked like a charm the past week).

It is pretty common around blog world to make a summer checklist and list all the things you want to do.  That, however, does not work with my kids.  They try to do them all the first week and we all get totally burnt out.  For the past couple of years, we do the opposite.  I tape a huge sheet of paper up and we write down fun things as we do them.


Then, when they complain and say they don't get to do anything fun, I point them to the poster!  To translate my son's writing - eating waffles.  The boy is very passionate about his food!


When my kids said to me that they were bored, I told them to grab our binder.  We looked for about 10 seconds and they were off building:


(Can you see the basketball blur?)  They had fun and I didn't stress out.  Summer fun at home = a win!


PS - Have you entered the sneakpeeq giveaway?  I usually have awesome odds!
Link parties I participate in: 30 Handmade,  A bowl full of lemons, Be Different Act Normal,  Bloom, Cheerios and LattesCraft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime,  Lolly Jane Boutique, Ninth Street Notions,  Oopsey DaisyPositively Splendid,  Serenity Now, Sew ChattySkip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tidy MomToday's Creative Blog

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