Monday, January 30, 2017

a condensed version of my weekend

These past few weeks have been so beautifully cold it's been amazing. To actually have to wear a jacket when you walk outside is something so weird that it seems so ridiculously fun.  We went to the park on Friday morning, I didn't even check the weather because I thought hey, we live in Arizona, and boy was I wrong. And also one hundred percent happy that I thought, just-in case to bring jackets.  We still played outside, because you can't go to the park and not actually play on it, but it was a very short visit. Poor Hazel, I guess I owe her a park date this week. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

what I'm liking, Friday: teaching your children

from: no time for flash cards

I get in continuous ruts where I feel like I don't really teach Hazel much of anything. We play inside, we play outside, we go to the store, and I feel like by the end of the day I haven't sat down with her to read a book or teach her, her colors. So, I've started searching, searching for learning ideas, something simple that I can teach Hazel, not something that is over the top in the time prep department. And so I thought I would share some of my recent finds that I'm really enjoying, I love teaching Hazel, and love that she knows so much. 

Fun and easy pattern matching game.

Printable letter activities, I usually just cut the letter out and don't print it, but it has great ideas. 

More busy box ideas that will help keep them busy while developing skills. 

Matching colors--I like to do this on a piece of paper... and sometimes I use m&m's. 

I haven't done this yet, but I think it would be a hit. Plus, it keeps the mess in the box. 

and...

If your child is more active, like mine, this is an amazing idea and I can't wait to use it for colors, shapes, and even ABC's! 


What do you do with your kids that helps them learn? 



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

how to achieve your new years resolutions

Here we are again, at the beginning of a new year, anxiously awaiting the success of our new years resolutions. If you're like me then resolutions can be sometimes difficult-- anyone else?! If you're the rest of the population then you don't even need this post because apparently you already know how to keep your new years resolutions.  

Anyways, for those of you that are still reading, here are some ways to help you--and me--keep our new years resolutions and find success in them. 
1. Make it a Habit. Obviously right? Well, they say if you do something for three weeks then it becomes a habit. Try and stick to your resolution, do everything you can to get to the end of each week and soon your resolution will become a habit.

2. Develop a plan. What is your resolution? How are you going to succeed? Break down your resolution, what part will you have completed by the end of the month? What part will you have completed by 6 months? Maybe you need to make the break down shorter? What will you have completed by the end of the week? What will you complete in three days?

3. Take One Resolution at a Time. If you have multiple resolutions it might be difficult to start them all on January first, and really when I say difficult I mean overwhelming. So, take one at a time-or two if you prefer, and once you've made those a habit, or seem to have hold of the resolution, move on to the next one. 

4. Find Friends with Similar Resolutions. Strength in numbers right? You can make it more of a challenge or just a strong support system with the same end goal. Check in with your friends daily to see how their progress is and see if they need help with anything, in turn they will do the same for you. Having the support of friends will give you the obligation-in a way-to keep your resolution as well. 
5. Record Your Progress. Get a journal or a calendar, write down your progress and the positive things that you have done to complete the resolution. This helps you stay accountable of your resolutions, and helps you remember all that you have already accomplished. 

6. Reward Yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting so far, don't be hard on yourself, resolutions take time and can be pretty difficult. Plan a reward for yourself every so often, maybe once a week, or maybe when you have accomplished a specific part of your resolution. You be the judge. 

7. Limit Your Number of Resolutions. Be real with yourself, if you think you can only handle one resolution then just work with one resolution. Don't create a huge list of resolutions because you might be setting yourself up for failure.  If you find your one resolution is easy to accomplish then add another one to the list, no one says you can't add resolutions to your list throughout the year. 

8. Schedule Time For Your Resolution. Set aside time from your day or week-whatever your resolution calls for-and work on your resolution. If you don't find time in your day for your resolution you won't succeed, and again, you are setting yourself up for failure.  

9. Get Rid of Your Temptations. Find what will hinder your progress and get rid of it. If you find yourself wanting and being tempted, create a plan for this exact moment so that you can be ready for the temptation. 

10. Give Yourself a Consequence. This is if you are really competitive, and really wanting to get that resolution in the bag. I'm not a fan of this, because I think resolutions should be positive, but I think this might be helpful for some people. If you find yourself failing at your resolution give yourself a consequence, a time-out if you will. Hold yourself responsible for your actions and maybe next time you will be successful with your resolution. 
If you're needing help with your resolution or have any questions feel free to comment or send me an email. I love chatting with friends and helping you with your new years goals. And hey, maybe our goals are the same and we could check in with each other?! Either way, I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy resolution conquering!  


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Friday, January 06, 2017

what I'm liking, Friday with UnommonGoods

Have you ever found a website that you find your self surfing on a day-to-day basis? Looking through all their trendy, unique items thinking: I want that, I want that, I want that? Well, if you don't have a website that you currently stalk I'll share with you my newest glory... UncommonGoods

UncommonGoods specializes in finding small businesses, artists, and manufactures to make products that are one of a kind, recycled, and environmental friendly. And they are committed to finding products that do not harm humans or animals.  
UncommonGoods gift lists for every occasion!
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Here are some of my favorite products I've found searching UncommonGoods: 

I have a friend who is an avid reader, like she has read more books that I have ever looked at-oh how I wish I was a fast reader like she is. So, when I saw this gift called literary candles I couldn't help but think of her. Which one would your bookworm friend want? I'm thinking Jane Eyre for mine. For more gifts for her head here

This Kabob Grilling Basket Set is probably one my favorite items in their shop, and I'm totally getting it for Brand- hopefully he doesn't read this post! Ha! It's perfect for the grill, but you can also use it when you go camping. You can find more gift ideas for him if you head over here

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

money saving tips when you have children

This post is sponsored by Huggies®, but the content and all opinions expressed are my very own. 

Kids are expensive. That's just it, they-are-expensive. With the food, diapers, wipes, toys, medicine, and everything else it can really add up quick. And as you add more kids to your mix it just becomes more expensive-not to deter you from having more kids... 

Now, I am in no-way a professional at being a mom, I mean, my job only started two years ago, and I would like to think that I have developed a few money saving habits over the past few years. But, it's all a learning process, you win some and you lose some, and these are the ones that I won. 
how to save money when you have children
how to save money when you have children
how to save money when you have children
1. Buy Diapers in Bulk. We buy our Huggies Little Movers in bulk--two month supply--which usually lasts us over two months. You'll save time only having to buy diapers every few months--instead of every month. This is a huge plus for me because that means I don't have to lug Hazel to the store just to buy diapers every time we run out. It gives me more time to be at home with her, playing, and learning, and growing.  You'll also save money buying in bulk--over $115 a year which is such an amazing value. 

2. Buy a Sam's Club membership. Not only do they have great prices but, you get the friendliness of their employees. The other day when Hazel and I went to visit it just so happened to be sample time--another perk. The employees went out of their way to make sure Hazel could have her very own sample, and Hazel happily sampled away. We love the employees at Sam's Club! For more information on getting a Sam's Club Membership head here.  Or if you are looking for a Sam's Club Location near you head here.  

3. Buy Used When You Can. Often times you can find thrift stores that sell gently used clothes, or even clothes with tags on them. If you're not about shopping thrift, then only buy clothes if they are on sale. During the holidays, Labor Day and Memorial Day, there tends to be a ton of clothing sales. Look through the adds to find the best deals, also, don't forget to check out the clearance section. 

4. Go to The Library. This is one of Hazel's very favorite things to do. Find a good library in your area and take advantage of all the free things they offer. Our library has a great play area, and awesome events that we go to each week. They offer books and movies to check out, and take home, and you don't have to pay to sign up. It's a great--free--way to entertain your kids. 
how to save money when you have children
how to save money when you have children
how to save money when you have children
How do you save money with your kids in toe? 

Have you tried Huggies Little Movers at Sam's Club yet?! 


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