All About Spiders | Spooky Walk

How Do Spiders Spin Webs for Kids

Last week we were leaving the neighborhood when we saw the most amazing spider web. To be honest I rarely would use the word amazing to describe anything spider related, but this web went from a fire hydrant all the way over to a street sign probably 6 feet away. It was incredible and as kids always do, they started asking questions…so I thought what a perfect Teach It Tuesday topic this would be!

First the kids predicted how they thought spiders made webs. We predicted where the silk came from, how they connect it to the poles/leaves/trees, etc. and talked about how we felt about spiders. Then we watched a video I found (an of course had previewed) on YouTube. Check it out here

The kids loved the up close clips of the spiders making their webs and catching the bugs. We actually watched it a few times!

Kid Spider Web Craft

Next we spun our own webs! The kids punched holes around the edge of a paper plate (great fine motor skill practice!). Then we threaded yarn back and forth until they had created their own spider web. And of course every web needs a spider, so we added one of those made out of paper. 

Spider Web Scavenger Hunt

Finally, we went on a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood. The kids love scavenger hunts and so this was the perfect opportunity to find real webs just like we had just learned about! I was worried we might not see one, but we actually found lots! You just have to look closely!

This was a great Teach It Tuesday! The kids learned a lot and so did I!

And I can’t pass up the opportunity to share one of our Halloween favorites….the Spooky Walk! It’s a cute song where the kids repeat and we like to do the hand motions!! Check it out!

Whitewashing Your Fireplace

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We have bought two houses in our married life and a requirement each time was always a fireplace. It seems silly I am sure, but hanging stockings from a mantle at Christmas time is just a must for me. Plus, it makes such a great focal point for a room. Unless….you don’t like the brick. Then it doesn’t give you that cozy up by the fire feeling. And that was the case with our fireplace. 

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This pinky brick, just wasn’t my cup of tea. Our house has both warm and neutral colors. The (new!) floors are a chocolate brown, the walls Smokestack by Behr, and the colors a mix of blue/teals, golds, browns, and neutrals (well, and orange right now because of fall and AUBURN football!). To be honest I was a little gun shy on painting the brick because I knew once I did , there was no going back. But after 3 years, I finally decided to do something about my fireplace that just didn’t fit. 

And yall, I don’t know why I waited so long. I feel like this is always the case with house projects. This DIY was easy peasy and my fireplace finally feels like home! I didn’t take any “in process” pictures because I was trying to knock it all out in one nap time, but I’m going to give you a pretty easy to follow step by step if your fireplace also needs a face lift. 

I started by wiping off the brick and taping the floors around the base of the fireplace (that rhymes!). Then I used a small sample I had of my wall color, Behr’s Smokestack, to “mute” some of the bricks that were the pinkest….simply getting a small amount of paint on my brush and dabbing the brick. 

Then came the whitewashing. I used a red Solo cup, because I knew I wasn’t doing a huge space and mixed equal parts white paint and water. Then I used a paint stick to stir together. Starting at the top and working my way down (and in direction of the brick) I brushed the paint on to both the bricks and grout. I worked in one area at a time whitewashing on…and then used a old cloth to dab/wipe off any excess. Wipe on. Wipe off. Repeating until I reached the bottom and the whole thing was washed.

See. Easy Peasy. I know tackling a permanent fixture in your house can be daunting, but if you are looking to transform your fireplace this truly is a simple DIY. I encourage you to take the plunge. And if you have any question, please ask!

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Here is a little before and after.

Painted Fireplace Before and After

And here is a look at our whole living room! (Don’t you love that kid ride on toy accent!) 

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Daily Afternoon Activities Guide | Week 2

Daily Survival Guide Week Two 

So who THRIVED instead of survived during their afternoons last week? I would love to hear from you! Let me know if any of our activities were a hit with your kiddos or how you put your own spin on them! If you are still looking for the printable for the daily afternoon survival activities you can check it out here

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Welcome to WEEK TWO!! I hope some of these activities are a hit with you and your little ones. If they are, please share with your other mama friends and on social media. I would love to grow this community of mamas helping mamas so that we can all THRIVE! If you missed week one, click here!

Make It Monday

Smoothie PopsiclesSmoothie popsicles are EVERYONE’s favorite! The kids think they are getting a special treat, mama knows they are really having a healthy smoothie that has been frozen. Win. Win. We bought these silicone tubes at IKEA, of course, because they have everything, right? However, here are some similar ones on Amazon. We use this small blender to make our smoothies and always use a combination of fruits, veggies, flax seed & plain greek yogurt. A few of our favorite combinations are below.

Blueberries | Cherries | Banana | Kale | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Strawberries | Peaches | Banana | Spinach | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Banana | Almond Butter | Mango | Kale | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Blueberries | Strawberries | Banana | Spinach | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

PSA: My next Make It Monday includes painting Halloween themed wooden cut-outs from the $1 section at Target, so grab some for your kiddos if you see them!

Teach It Tuesday

Number Practice

We worked on numbers this week. For Sprout, one to one counting using this awesome train pack I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. This website is a REALLY awesome resource for helping to teach your kids at home if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own stuff! Why recreate the wheel, right?

Preschool Number Practice

Chickadee practiced writing her numbers using this simple number book, also from a teacher on Teachers Pay Teachers. It had a place to trace the number, color the matching number of items, write numbers on their own, and then draw the number of items.  

Feel free to use these same learning activities or simply search for what you now your child needs to practice and roll with it!

Wander There Wednesday

Rockin' Jump

They opened a new “jumpy place” near our house called Rockin’ Jump. It is awesome. They have lots of in ground trampolines, but also rock climbing walls, aerial yoga bands that hang from the ceiling, and a ninja warrior course. It’s amazing. Most of these jumpy places have toddler times when all the kids are under 5 or 6 and they discount their prices. See if you have a trampoline park near by!

Thoughtful Thursday

FaceTime ATTACK! These days are always fun and the kiddos love catching up with family. We love calling their 88 year old great grandmother who has an iphone & knows how to FaceTime (she is pretty hip!). They also spread the love to aunts, their grandparents, cousins… They love holding the phone themselves and taking their guest on quite a “dizzy” ride as they walk around and chat.

Free For All Friday

Like clockwork we made our favorite two ingredient pizza and the kids chose The Incredibles this week! 

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I hope you are able to implement some of these activities with your little one next week! I’d love to see pictures of your kiddos enjoying and you surviving your afternoons. Tag @astepinthejourney or use the hashtag #kiddosurvivalguide if you share on instagram or Facebook! 

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Whole 30 | Cauliflower Fried Rice

Whole 30 Cauliflower Fried Rice

We have been making Chicken Fried Rice for a long time in our house (as you can probably tell by those old pictures). It is one of III’s favorites and also one of mine because it is super simple! So when we started to plan out Whole 30 and I saw all of the craze for cauliflower rice & coconut aminos , I started thinking about how I could modify my old recipe to make it work for us during our Whole 30 experience. 

As you probably realized when you started researching Whole 30, almost all seasonings and condiments are a no no….and soy sauce is definitely on the no list. But thanks to the magic of coconut aminos, a delicious and clean substitute has been found! Coconut Aminos (I bought the Trader Joe’s brand) is simply coconut tree sap, water & salt. JACKPOT. And I used it a lot during Whole 30 & still do. 

And as far as cauliflower rice goes, you can make it yourself…but this mama of 3 under 4 doesn’t have time for that. So thank you frozen section at every grocery store for joining me on the cauliflower rice train & helping a mama out!

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So, here is the recipe that will make all of your healthy Chinese take out dreams come true!

Whole 30 | Cauliflower Fried Rice
Serves 6
A Whole 30 take on a take out classic!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  2. 1/4 cup chopped onions (I love Publix's frozen chopped onions in recipes!)
  3. 2-3 cloves of garlic (or 2-3 tbsp of minced garlic)
  4. 20 oz. frozen cauliflower rice (about 2 bags)
  5. 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  6. 1 cup of shredded/matchstick carrots
  7. 1 cup of frozen peas
  8. 2 eggs
  9. Salt
  10. 1/2 tsp pepper
  11. 1/4 cup coconut aminos
Instructions
  1. Pop your bags of frozen cauliflower rice in the microwave and cook according to package instructions.
  2. While cauliflower is cooking, in a large skillet or pot (I like to use my ceramic coated cast iron stock pot) over medium/high heat add one tbsp of coconut oil and allow to melt. Then add the chopped onions and cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add cauliflower, frozen green beans, frozen peas, and shredded carrots to the pot and stir. Place on the lid and allow to cook/steam for 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally until all veggies are thawed and tender.
  4. While veggies are cooking whisk together your two eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Once veggie mix is ready, make a hole in the middle by pushing everything to the side. Pour in egg mixture and scramble trying not to mix too much with the cauliflower rice. Once cooked, stir everything together.
  6. Last add in your coconut aminos and mix together until everything is well combined. Add salt and pepper to season to your liking.
  7. ENJOY!
Notes
  1. You can really do any veggie combination you like! I also like to add chicken to beef up the protein. You can cook the chicken separately, shred and then add when you pour in the coconut aminos. Allow everything to warm together for about 5 minutes before serving.
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Daily Afternoon Survival Activities | Week 1

Afternoon Activity Week One

Yay!! It’s is week ONE of sharing our afternoon activities with you! If you missed my post earlier this week about our afternoon survival activities you can check it out here! And below is what is in store each day of the week to help us all get through those LONG hour(s) between nap wake up and dinner/dad coming home!

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I’m thinking I’ll keep these posts pretty short and simple, linking to other posts or blogs if needed for visuals/directions. And of course if activities need explaining I’ll include more information or pictures. I’m excited to create an index of weekly activities that I hope we can all use for weeks to come! So without further ado…

Make It Monday

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This week we made oatmeal bites. We ALL love having these on hand to eat with breakfast, lunch or as a quick snack. Feel free to change up the peanut butter to almond butter, sun butter, cashew butter, etc. to make them work for you and your family!

Teach It Tuesday

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Fall is finally here! We talked about why leaves change color (they lose their chlorophyll) and created a super cute leaf banner

Wander There Wednesday

We had a friend invite us to the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta. We love visiting here and became members last year. They have lots of fun activities for the kids and there is a splash pad which is always a hit!

Thoughtful Thursday

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My sister just bought her first house! So we created these super cute house cards (and worked on our shapes!) to mail to her new address. Sorry, I can’t figure out how to rotate it!

Free For All Friday

It is still pretty (pretty hot) down here in Georgia, so we stuck with playing in the shade of our backyard before making our favorite two ingredient pizza and watching The Lion King.

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I hope you are able to implement some of these activities with your little one next week! I’d love to see pictures of your kiddos enjoying and you surviving your afternoons. Tag @astepinthejourney or use the hashtag #kiddosurvivalguide if you share on instagram or Facebook!