Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines_Day

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Winnie the Pooh

These two and their daddy….they have my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! I hope you are surrounded my those you love today. Speaking of LOVE, we began the day at Chick-fil-a eating heart shape biscuits and BIG Valentine plans tonight. Heart shape pizza, with heart pepperonis! 

You may have seen on Instagram, but I think Chickadee’s Dinosaur Valentines turned out really great. I will do a crayon melting/molding post soon. It was a hit and the kids were able to be pretty hands on for the entire process. Chickadee came home with the cutest valentines from her friends, the preschoolers are really stepping up their game.

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I wanted to share one more thing before I sign off. For the past few years we’ve been giving Chickadee and Sprout a book for Valentines Day. Inside of the cover of each one, we write a list of all the things we love about them at this age. It currently means a little more to us than them right now, but I hope one day it’s a great keepsake. Last year we gave Marianne Richmond’s You are my Heart and Nancy Tillman’s I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love. This year we gave The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin and I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 

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I hope you have/had a love filled Valentine’s Day!! <3

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Two posts in one week. I’m killing it now folks! Let’s see if I can keep up this pace for awhile. We are in full on Valentine mode over here. Chickadee is in preschool, so for the first time ever I get to be on the mom and get to create Valentines with my little one to send into school. I gave Chickadee several options (shovels, mini cereal boxes, play-doh, and homemade heart crayons). She chose the homemade heart crayons for her classmates, but asked that we make dinosaurs instead of hearts (she has been talking about the for the letter D at school)…so that is what our plan is for tomorrow! I’ll make sure and drop by Instagram and Facebook to let you know how they turn out.

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Sticking with the preschool theme, a few weeks ago they were talking about the letter P and doing a lot of penguin activities. Yall should see her waddle! Well she came home sharing all about penguins and her art projects and asked if Sprout could do a penguin art project too. She wanted him to be part of the fun. I of course said yes! We grabbed some construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, and crayons and got to work. Here is what we came up with (I obviously did most of the cutting but Chickadee glued things in place)…then they both wanted to color their penguins and although it doesn’t make our penguins “Pinterest Perfect” I wouldn’t have them any other way!

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Making this penguin is quite simple really. Here is a little guide to get you started! 

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I hope everyone has a great weekend! 

A Year of Dates | Valentines Day Idea

 

***This is a recycled post from when only my mom and sister were reading my blog and III and I were still giving Valentine’s gifts :/ Now six years and two kids later, I’m realizing we need more date nights in our lives. Anyone want to come babysit our crazy crew for us?

These are good ideas though, so I wanted to share it with all of you who have joined in the journey lately Hope you don’t mind the recycle!

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III told me that I couldn’t spend a lot on our first married Valentine’s because he was planning on using ALL of the February gift budget….what fabulous anticipation this brought to my life! He has always been great at date creating, my favorite is when he gives clues that lead to the fun. I can’t wait!

Spending little money on 02.14 proposed a conundrum….so, I put on my creative hat and came up with this…

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I present… a bag full of dates!

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There are 12 of them. One for each month between now & next Valentine’s day. I put a personal spin on the dates, to make them special for us. None of them are very expensive, most involve food, and all include spending time doing things we love.

Here are a few of my ideas:

Creating a tent in the living room & roasting s’mores over a warm fire; movie night, Redbox anyone?; recreating our “first date” for our one seven year anniversary; going to the park to fly kites & wrapping up the day with a picnic; hiking a nearby mountain; March Maddness night…including all his favorite appetizers…

There are obviously a few more; I think I’ll have him open each month’s envelope on the first day of the month. It might look like this…

We’ll pick a date, & I’ll do all the work. It will be a nice change of pace since he is usually the planner in the date department. Hopefully, it will be a hit! Shhhh, don’t tell III!

Happy Valentine’s Day (a little early)!

 

Best Homemade Bubble Recipe

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Yall, we were running out of bubbles faster than Walmart runs out of bread and milk when it gets below 32 degrees down here in Georgia. Something had to be done. So I grabbed an empty juice bottle, a friend’s bubble recipe, and my favorite 2 (almost 3) year old. 

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I had no idea. Bubble making is so easy….everyone should do it. Let’s put the bubble makers out of business friends. 

So here are the instructions:

Mix 6 cups of water & 1/2 cup of light corn syrup until completely combined.

Then add 1 cup of liquid dish soap a little at a time and mix until blended.

Will last for a long time in an air tight container!

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Seriously, that’s it! We love these big bubble wands. Are actually giving away wands & this bubble recipe as a favor at Chickadee’s birthday party next week. How can she be three???????

Tips for Making Play-Doh FUN! (not stressful)

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In 1956 the wonderful world of Play-Doh began. Can you believe it’s been 60 years of squishing and squashing? So much creative fun has been had thanks to Play-Doh! Well, to celebrate Play-Doh is throwing a party and Chickadee & Sprout are loving partaking in the fun of World Play-Doh Day!! 

I first have to thank Play-Doh for sending over the PLAY-DOH TOWN 3 in 1 TOWN CENTER Playset and the PLAY-DOH ICE CREAM CASTLE Playset. They have been at our house a little over a week and Chickadee has played with them almost EVERY DAY!

We have so much fun playing with PLAY-DOH at our house, but I realized when a few friends came over last Friday that Play-doh causes a lot of stress for some moms :) Well, I am here to tell you that just shouldn’t be the case. And I have a few tips make sure creating with Play-Doh is a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone!

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1. My favorite tip when playing with Play-Doh is using a vinyl tablecloth on the floor as their play space. The rule is that all Play-Doh has to stay on the tablecloth. This way the kids aren’t walking all over the house with Play-Doh and potentially dropping/smashing it into the carpet. It also makes for easy cleanup. After putting all the Play-Doh and playsets away I simply dump the “crumbs” into the trash or outside for easy clean up!

2. Chickadee and Sprout are only allowed to use 2-3 colors at a time. This prevents a couple of stressful scenarios. First, it makes sure all the Play-Doh is being used and none is sitting around “drying out” because it was opened but not being played with. Also, it prevents mixing. After talking with my mom friends I found that when kids mix Play-Doh colors together it stresses them out and makes them want to put the Play-Doh away. Less colors…less mixing.

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3. They will still probably mix colors & IT IS OKAY. Sit back and let them create!

4. A toothpick is great for getting little bits of Play-Doh out of small holes and tubes in the playsets. 

5. When cleaning up, ball up the color you are cleaning up and use it as a “stamp” to pick up the other small pieces of that color.

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There are so many great creative and educational uses for Play-Doh. Sprout isn’t quite old enough to play independently with Play-Doh (he still finds it tasty). One thing he loves to do and pull off pieces and let me roll them into balls. We then count the balls as we put them back into the cup! Chickadee loves using cookie cutters when she plays with Play-Doh. Every now and then we’ll use the letter cutters and spell words.

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 So, why do you love Play-Doh? If it used to bring you stress do you promise to give it another go using a few of my stress-free tips? I promise it will be fun for everyone!

Happy 60th Birthday Play-Doh!!