Spring Time Worksheets from Education.com

Sophia loves to practice her Pre- K / Kindergarten skills during nap time with mommy. Today we had so much fun doing this awesome spring worksheet from Education.com. They have so many amazing and fun age appropriate work sheets that are great for learning.

With winter on the way out, it’s time to welcome the sun and flowers in with this fun learning opportunity from Education.com. Check out more bright and engaging educational activities here!

Snack Time

Snack Time !

These pretzels from Stew Leonard’s are a family favorite! Today I decided to whip up a very quick and easy homemade cheese dip for the girls snack to go with their pretzels and they loved it! I thought I would share this simple, kid approved recipe here. I am all about making things fresh at home with no additives or food dye! Check out the recipe below!

Cheese dip

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

1/2 cup milk

Few handfuls of cheese ( I eye balled it )

I used a small pop over med/high heat. I melted the butter and added the flour. I cooked for about 1 minted until it was slightly golden brown. I added the milk stirring till it was smooth about 1-2 minutes. I let this thicken slightly. I added the cheese. I used shredded cheddar and Swiss because that’s what I had in my fridge drawer but you can use anything that melts. In just seconds the girls had a yummy afternoon treat food dye free!

Hope you enjoy this at home! This cheese sauce can be delish on so many things!!!

Setting a Leprechaun Trap!

Do you believe in Magic?!? In our house we do! We love the excitement of holidays and the enchantment of magic! Today we spent the morning making our very own Leprechaun Traps! Legend says you put these out at night before bed and if you catch a leprechaun your 3 wishes will be granted!! It is such a fun activity to do with your children! My girls had a blast designing their own little houses and talking about their wishes! You can download your very own Leprechaun Trap and print it today! Be sure to make your wishes and leave it out tonight! A special thank you to PersonalCreations for this awesome activity!

To My Twenty-Something Self…

I remember it like it was yesterday, that moment when I said, “My children will never do that!” Yes, that was the time when I was a young twenty-something watching a mother with her small children navigate her way through dinner at a restaurant. I was so young and naïve. I thought I had it all figured out. I thought that thing called motherhood would be so simple. You would have children and raise them to be exactly who you would mold them to be. 

Boy, oh boy, was I in for a rude awakening…..

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St Patrick’s Day for the kids!

We love to celebrate Holidays in our house! We sing songs, make yummy treats, read stories, and decorate for the occasion. St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate because there is so much you can do with your imagination! I have partnered with personalcreations.com to bring you some awesome and fun ideas to get your party started. The kids and I love to set aside a day to celebrate and this week were are celebrating today. We are making yummy green food and treats all day long. To go with our lunch we are having the Leprechaun Bait which is really vegetables and dip. I bet if your kids are anything like mine, they are going to be so excited to eat these veggies because they are in party mode. For snack the girls are going to help me make a really fun and easy Leprechaun Treat Mix. I love to have my girls in the kitchen with me. If you follow us on Instagram I am sure you have seen my girls in the kitchen. Be sure to check out the video of us making this yummy snack mix! This afternoon we will also be making Leprechaun traps! These are fun and creative little houses that the girls will have a blast making with the templates you can download below. I love to do crafts with the girls and these are perfect to get their imagination going. These little traps are to help catch a Leprechaun in hopes for 3 wishes. You set them out the night before St. Patrick’s Day. It is a fun interactive craft that will get the whole family excited about the holiday! You can find the recipes and the template to download your very own leprechaun trap below!

Leprechaun Trap

Leprechaun Treat Mix

I cant wait to here how your St. Patrick’s Day party went!!!!

Plugo Count by PlayShifu

Sophia will be in Kindergarten soon! I cannot believe I am even saying this out loud! I am not ready, but this little girl sure is. We went to the parent orientation last week and met with the staff to find out just what we needed to do to ensure our little girl will be ready in the fall. Sophia loves to learn, she always has, so we find that challenging her with new tasks keeps her mind moving. The principle suggested we start to introduce numbers and letters to get our children familiar with what will be expected of them next year. Sophia is great with writing her name, but addition and subtraction has yet to be introduced. We immediately went to Amazon to see what products were on the market. We came across Plugo Count by PlayShifu. We know Sophia is already a wiz kid when it comes to her I-pad and loves to have screen time, so a learning game that incorporates that seems like a match made in heaven. We decided to order this on Amazon prime and it was here the next day! When we opened the package it took just minutes to set up. Sophia and I set the game up while daddy downloaded the app. The entire set up process is so simple and quick, which is great for a four year old. We were counting with rocket ships in just minutes. I say this because out of all of the fun counting games on the app, this is the one Sophia is choosing to play over and over again. She has become slightly obsessed with it. The basic premise of the game is you set the iPad up on the pad to read the cute little figure which holds the number counting pieces.

The game then asks you to follow the instruction and find the numbers. You will either add ( 1+1) or subtract (4-2), you get the idea, it is fun and teaches the children basic math skills.

The game takes you through an exciting story line till you win the game. It is fun and interactive learning which keeps the children engaged and for me really happy to see my daughter having so much fun while learning. She asked to play a little longer this morning and for me that was A-Okay!

Be sure to check them out at their awesome website below and shop their Amazon link to start learning today!

Amazon Plugo Count

PlayShifu

Shamrock Shakes for me and you!

One of the things I remember most about this time of the year is the shamrock shakes from MC Donald’s. I didn’t really eat there often, but my mom always took me to get one of these yummy green shakes for St. Patrick’s Day! Gosh I loved these! There was something so exciting about the green shake and whipped cream, it was just so delicious. As a grown up I still crave these yummy treats and want my daughter to experience them too. As you know we have eliminated food dye in our home when the New Year began so I needed to be creative and make these shakes at home. I bought all of the ingredients and decided to make a shake for my girls and an extra special one for Mama! Mom life is hard work, so we deserve a little treat at the end of the day. There is nothing wrong with a little boozy ice cream every now and then. So I made a little mommy and me shamrock shake and they were a hit! I am in love with the all natural food dyes from McCormick. We are able to still make fun treats at home and keep our diets in check. I also was able to give our shakes a minty flavor too! I hope you love these as much as we do !

Recipe

Vanilla Ice Cream

Whole Milk

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

blue & yellow all natural food color ( or you can use green)

whipped cream

sprinkles ( optional)

🙂 Baileys for the Mamas!!!!

Blend Ice cream, milk, coloring in blender. Add extract & food coloring. ( for the mamas this is where you can add the baileys too!!! ) Blend and pour into and adorable cup or mug! Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, cherry, anything you want! Enjoy!!!

Mamas… You will want to make these boozy shakes all of the time… with mint or no mint…. Yummmmmmmmmy!

Corned Beef Nachos

St. Patrick’s Day is all about tradition. That yummy corned beef and cabbage dinner that tastes delicious but takes hours to make. I have decided to make a version of that meal that tastes amazing, is fun to eat, and can be made in 30 minutes, or even faster if you are pressed for time! This fun nacho treat is a great play on an old classic meal. I made homemade chips because I was dying to use my new mandoline slicer my mom bought me for Christmas, but I have a few time saving tricks up my sleeve to save you time too! If you are not the type to slice your own potatoes you can go to your local grocery store and pick up store made potato chips. We love the potato chips from our local Stew Leonard’s! You can also use french fries too! Instead of cabbage I made a quick homemade coleslaw! If you are pressed for time your deli counter will have awesome varieties of coleslaw to choose from. You can pick up a small container while you grab the shaved corned beef at the deli. These short cuts will help you decide if you will have this meal on the table in under 30 minutes ( from scratch ) or 15 minutes ( with short cuts)! Either way I can promise you this will be a favorite, especially with the hubby’s!

Recipe:

1-2 white potatoes washed and sliced thin

fying oil

shredded corned beef

1 onion

shredded swiss cheese

shredded cheddar cheese

coleslaw*

scallions

*** Fry potatoes in a deep frying pan on stove in vegetable oil on med- high heat. Look for them to be golden brow. Let dry on paper towels and add salt when hot. While potatoes are frying slice and cook onions in oil. Slow cook then till golden brown in a 1 teaspoon of oil. Once golden brown add shredded corned beef. Cook till slightly crispy. Assemble potatoes on sheet pan add shredded cheese, meat & onions, more cheese and broil. Take out of oven and add coleslaw and scallions. I added chips on top for more crunch!

*** If you decide to buy chips skip the frying step and start with onions and corned beef. Assemble same way and broil. Top with store bought coleslaw and scallions!

** Coleslaw Recipe

1 bag coleslaw mix

2 tbsp sour cream

2 tbsp sugar

2 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon mustard

1 teaspoon celery salt

Salt & Pepper

1/2 cup mayo

2 tablespoon onion powder

Mix all ingredients except coleslaw mixture together in a bowl till mixed well. Add coleslaw mix.

The FLU decided to stop by!

Just when I thought we were in the clear and spring was right around the corner… the flu decided to stop by our home. It was a normal day in our household. We were shopping, doing our normal routine, but things seemed a little off. Sophia was acting out like crazy. Her tantrums were so frequent, I personally wanted to cry. I could not understand what was wrong with her. She would be angry one minute and cry the next. I kept asking her if she didn’t feel well, but she kept saying she was fine. Later on that day she said she was cold, but to my surprise there was no fever in sight. I never dreamed what was coming within the next several hours. As bedtime came Sophia started to look sick. She just wanted to go to sleep which is not her usual behavior. I felt her head and she was warm. I gave her some medicine and we went to bed. During the night she got very sick. The next several days were awful. As a parent you worry so much about everything. One of the worst things is seeing your children sick. Sophia was sicker than I think we have ever seen her. Just as she started to turn a corner, Priscilla started to get sick and the viscous cycle began again. The high fevers, stomach sickness, and cough are just awful. The flu this year doesn’t seem to care if you have the flu shot or not… it will visit you either way. My husband and I have tried to do our best to stay healthy, but he too fell victim to the flu this past few days. I don’t know when the last time I slept was, or if I have sat down more than 10 minutes at a time. I am beyond thankful that we seem to be on the end of the sickness, and we are all OK. I have joked about being the last man standing because I am the only one not sick. I do not know if its luck, the fact that I am loading up on elderberry syrup, or if it just hasn’t hit me yet, but I am going to pray I stay healthy. I think all moms can agree with me when I say, we just don’t have time to be sick. I have one thing to say to the Flu of 2019, thank you… Next!

DIY dinner menu!

This weekend I decided to do a little DIY decorating project in my kitchen! I love to write out my weekly dinner menu and have it displayed in our kitchen. I have always had it on my dry erase board, but I just needed more room. I had this great idea to repurpose an old picture frame and create a fun space on my kitchen wall. It was either going to turn out amazing or… I was going to be calling our painter for help. My husband helped me to pull the wood frame off an old picture and spray paint it sage green. I then painted the section of the wall in the kitchen with chalk board paint. This was the part I was nervous about. I knew that if it didn’t work, it would be hard to cover up. I had a vision, so I went with it. The paint dried and we hung the frame over the chalk board painted wall section. It looked perfect! Now I just need to plan my menu for the week and get to grocery shopping! This week we are giving up eating out as a family! Eeek that’s a whole lot of meal planning for this mama! Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post on our family lent sacrifice and my 40 days of meal planning!!!