Hello it’s been a while since I have written a post other than a review or giveaway post and feel a bit behind in Thanksgiving decor, crafts, and foods. Here is what I have been looking at and hope if you are as behind as me this Thanksgiving it will help you out! I am wishing you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with your family.
I am in love with these Indian corn decor ideas! The wreath comes from the Stone Gable Blog.
Honey We’re Home really makes this look so easy and so beautiful!
Moritz Fine Designs has linked to all these easy diy decor ideas you can get done quickly!
This centerpiece idea comes from Country Living and I just love it! I know the kids would love to help collect the stick and we could reuse and old can then add dollar store flower in beautiful fall colors! The Frugal Homemaker has an awesome collection of banner to decor for a fun and festive holiday.
Bombshell Bling has gathered up a great collection of easy printable to pop into a frame for the holiday!
I love this from the Brassy Apple she even has a picture of her own.
These fun ideas for kids treats come from the Girls Life Blog!
I love these they are so cute and easy! From wonderful ivillage.com.
Fun crafts from Classy Clutter to keep the little ones busy while the great meal is cooking.
Our Goodwin Journey has this fun activity we did last year and the kids just loved it.
Hope you found something to add to your Thanksgiving festivities. If you have a great ideas please share in the comments below! I would love to hear your family traditions.
Bath time in our house so far has always been enjoyable, but I do like to change it up and give the girls new things to play with in the bath. Here are some ideas for changing up bath time:
- Glowing Bath with Glow Sticks-Cheap from the Dollar Store
- Painting in the Bath with Kool Aid Paint-Just sprinkle in a little cup add a tiny amount of water and a brush.
- Colored Bubble Bath-Make your own recipe below or buy some.
- Baking in the Bath- Add measuring cups, spoons, and muffin tin from the Dollar Store.
- Mixing colors in the Bath-Make colored water in different cups and buy them some water droppers and let them mix away.
- Add different toys into the bath-take dolls a bath, play with legos in the bath, and toy cars.
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons light karo syrup
- 4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
- Food Coloring
Colored Bubble Bath Recipe:
- 2 cups bubble bath
- 2 tbsps cornstarch
- Add a few drops of color
- I separated into 3 containers then added colors so we could have a few colors.
Bubble Wand DIYS:
- Pipe cleaners
- Cookie cutters
Here are some things I found at my local dollar store.
I don’t know about your little ones but mine love to dump out all the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash so those little bottles will keep them away from mine! 🙂
Hope you enjoy all the fun and laughter!
Being prepared to do well in school is something that I value highly in our house. One because I was raised that way-finishing school, graduating, and then going onto college was the biggest goal for myself when I was younger and it is something I want my children to have to opportunity to do. Two because Rey and I have both seen what a difference an education can mean and we want our children’s lives to be that much easier than ours. Therefore we have tried to make sure they are as best prepared as they can be.
In our house this means:
- Getting enough sleep at night. For our kids that is minimum of 10 hours-crazy right but they really do need it. Sleep Guide
- Making sure they had a good breakfast-trust me they would love to just have colored cereal with marshmallows everyday but that is not a good breakfast. Having a good breakfast will ensure they have enough energy to focus and participate in school. Still not convinced check this out- 5 Important Reason Your Child Should Eat Breakfast
- Giving them the tools they need to succeed. This is a quite place to do homework and supplies. In our house the tv cannot be on if someone is trying to do homework and that goes for Rey and I too. The kids just can’t concentrate and its not fair to make it that much harder on them.
- No more than 30 minutes a day of screen time on school days. This is because research studies show kids who watch less tv do better in school. Why screen time matters.
- I try to read with the kids at least once a day usually at night right before bed. Reading opens the door to so much more. It really makes a difference. 5 reasons why parents should be reading to children.
- See my posts about our routine because it really helps them too.
For the younger kids I try to focus mainly social skills and behavior because they need this as a basis for being able to communicate, pay attention, and learn. We sing songs/fingerplays (Itsy Bitsy Spider), we read, and do art. I also play with them-we play games (matching, memory, candyland, and chutes and ladder) but we also most importantly play pretend. We play dress up, house, and Sadie’s favorite restaurant. Pretend play can cover so much content. Pretend play can go anywhere you take it-there are no limits to what it can cover. Examples are manners, counting, letters, money, and so many skills like language and expressing emotion.
We by no means do all these things every single day. I pick and choose one day I play with them, one day I focus on reading a book or two and then an art activity, the next day maybe I’m just not able to actually facilitate something so they play with gak or do art on their own coloring, drawing, or gluing scrap paper.
I will share some of the activities the younger kids and I do together in later posts.
I hope me sharing what we do helps you and your family! 🙂