A Toddler/Preschool Halloween craft, a box-o-lantern

Are you not quite ready to carve a pumpkin with your little ones?  I know we aren’t!  There’s something about toddlers and sharp objects that should not mix.  In fact, I don’t really like to carve pumpkins at all.  We will get to cutting open a pumpkin later in the season to explore the insides and get all gooey.  But to start off our fall fun this year, we created a fun no-carve alternative to a pumpkin that will last all season.

This project was borne of a painting session we were doing that I wanted to extend until we could get the girls in the bath before nap time.  We were working on painting our salt dough hand prints from our first day of preschool and I had out the yellow and orange paints.  The girls painted their salt dough hand prints WAY faster than I was expecting, so I quickly looked around the house for something to extend our painting fun.

02. 10. 2015

Bella Gravida - maternity style saver

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 

I had dreams about what I was going to look like pregnant.  My dreams involved glowing skin, perfectly toned arms and legs, and only a hint of a baby showing by a bump in my midsection.  I was going to be the most stylish pregnant woman with the best wardrobe I could get my hands on.  I even told my husband to get ready, “I am going to be CUTE!”  The dream and the reality are never quite the same, are they?

I was talking on the phone with a friend about how I feel about my maternity body.  And let’s just say I am way more self-conscious when I am pregnant than I typically am.  My body is just not MY body anymore.  It is me, but with a little extra.

tips for creating and organizing a cleaning routine that works for you

I am kind of a neat freak with lazy tendencies.  I LOVE, love, LOVE the look of a clean space, but I have my places where the cleanliness of a space is just not what I want it to be.  I think this is referred to as “living with kids.”  And I honestly struggled to create a cleaning routine for a long time.  But I found something that really works for me and helps me to stay on track.  This cleaning routine may not work for you, but it definitely is working for me and I thought you might want to hear how I am implementing it. This week, I will be sharing a little bit each day about how my cleaning routine works for me and what I do each day in my house to keep the monsters at bay. 

a staycation in the desert - a field trip

I was recently asked to share our adventures in snacking and our Snackation destination by The J.M. Smucker Company.  This is a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions and experiences are my own.

Yesterday, I shared with you how we NEEDED to get out of the house and go experience something new.  And I shared that I wasn’t quite ready to leave the desert with the girls, so I decided we would have a staycation!  Our new adventures would hopefully get us out of the rut that all the days indoors during a desert summer can bring.  Yesterday, I shared how we got prepared for our staycation by hitting up our Snackation destination, Walmart, and filling up on snacks.

There are LOTS of places we have yet to explore in our desert, but I decided that we would point our car in the direction of our local Children’s Discovery Museum!

Walmart - mama's snackation destination

I was recently asked to share our adventures in snacking and our Snackation destination by The J.M. Smucker Company.  This is a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions and experiences are my own.

Somehow we got to the end of this summer without escaping the desert with the girls.  And I am kind of going stir crazy.  We need something to get us out of our routine.  We needed to try something new.  We needed to get out of the house!…but not necessarily out of the desert.

So I decided we should do a toddler/preschooler version of a staycation.  And the nice thing about a toddler staycation is you don’t really have to do much – just explore something new.  It really is that easy!