to school countdown, preparing for home preschool

Our girls are really excited about the concepts they understand of school.  We hear of every school bus (and city bus) we see while out and about.  And when we are home the girls will often take the time to pack their own lunches with pretend food and then announce they are off to school.  We dutifully play along and tell them to have a nice day and “Have Fun!”  They also understand the concept of “school work” being about learning because G has had “school work” from a book we bought at Costco (or Sam’s Club) a while back.  But they have no real experience with what school is.  And we are still in the process of deciding how they will actually be schooled.  But in the mean time, we are embarking on official “School” for them this week!

a real deal list of must have items for surviving the second trimester of pregnancy

This pregnancy is progressing very nicely!  I have been in nesting mode for most of my second trimester this time around.  Which has been interesting because I NEVER nested with the first, and sort of nested toward the end of the 2nd and some of the 3rd trimester with my second one.  It must be related to the understanding of just how different life is with the addition of each child! Nonetheless, the energy I have felt in the second trimester has been so welcome.  In the first trimester I felt like I just couldn’t get enough sleep.  And now I am sleeping less and less and doing more and more.  If I had to pick a favorite trimester, I would definitely say the second is the best.

With all that said, there are still some crazy changes going on in my body which necessitate that I treat my body different.  And again, I have some serious opinions about the products that are my must have, real deal things to get me through this trimester.  And, as promised, I am sharing them with you in the hopes that they will be blessings to you, too!

enter to win cool prizes from Grapes from Mexico

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

I am a grape lover!  And I have a kid who is, too!  It all started back the day I was born.  My mom says I was so purple, I looked like a grape!

Well, now we have even more reason to be grape lovers (and in Spanish) because we are getting grapes at the peak of the season from Mexico.  They make a wonderful snack for W, our household grape gobbler, because she can eat as many as she likes at under 100 calories per serving size – not to mention the great health benefits: Hello, antioxidants!  We love to have them out of the fridge because they are best cold and fresh.  The grapes from Mexico are packaged and shipped within 24 hours of being picked, so we get them at the perfect ripeness!

28. 08. 2015

Toddler Puzzle Play activity

We are kind of puzzle lovers around here.  I have loved them since I was a little girl (although I don’t get to work on them often enough anymore).  And G has been interested and has shown an aptitude for puzzles from a very young age.  W came up right behind her loving to work on puzzles, too!  But have you ever tried to do a puzzle with someone else and found yourself hoarding the last piece – so you can be the one to finish it?  Well, my girls have a tendency to create arguments over doing puzzles together.  So I came up with a fun little team building game using some very basic puzzles for the girls.  And it was a big hit!  This game has made puzzle play a lot more enjoyable and has really helped them to learn to work together.

 

Simple Snack Planning on a Budget - categories sweetfruit

As we get closer to the time to have our next baby, I have been in nesting mode to the MAX.  I have tried to create systems that are easy to understand and follow for when we (inevitably) have help in the home after baby arrives and I recover from the (likely) c-section.   And I know having these systems in place will help our girls to be able to direct whoever is helping with the procedures of our home.  One of the most pressing needs in our home is food.  The girls are ALWAYS hungry – always!   So, I thought it would be wise to create a snack station that is easy to reach for our girls and contains LOTS of options for each week, depending on what they want for snack times.