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We Changed One Component Of Our Workstation and We are Thrilled

We Changed One Component Of Our Desk Set Up and We are Thrilled!
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As a Mom, there are never enough hours in the day to complete all the tasks on my checklist. As a Mom who writes for a Blog, goes to School, carries a decent Social Media load, AND is a beauty enthusiast the task is even harder when topped with mom duties. I decided to change one major aspect when it comes to my workstation. This one change has truly has made all the difference for me. I hope it will for you as well.

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Autism and Teaching Our Children What That Means

Autism and Teaching Our Children What That Means

April is coming to an end which means Autism Awareness Month is also drawing to a close. Don’t let that stop you from teaching your child what Autism means.
As a parent, I am always looking for great ways to introduce ideas on how to teach acceptance to my children. Acceptance of cultures, adversity, those with disabilities, and even those with Autism.

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Earth Day: A New Way We’ve Found to Recycle

Earth Day: A New WAy We've Found to Recycle
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It’s Earth Day! Earth Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the impact we make on the world around us. The choices we make today not only affect the planet future generations will inherit but also the quality of life we will have years from now. Recycling is one major way to help make a difference in our environment. You may even be telling yourself that recycling bottles and cans are enough, BUT there are other ways to recycle as well. How about recyclable clothing?

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Wall Art to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Wall Art to Spruce Up Your Home Decor
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With winter coming to an end, I find myself craving an uplift for the decor in my home. I also know that my actual motivation to do a whole home makeover doesn’t match my desire to change things around. I found an easy solution though for changing my home decor needs without using a lot of effort. Wall Art. A few simple clicks and I’ve got wall art delivered to my door AND zero needs to change the paint as well as everything else in the room.

Wall Art is all it takes to make a quick room change? Yes! I mean there are other ways you can update the room of your choice as well but for a quick fix, Wall Art is an easy solution. With the world of media constantly changing, finding wall art for any space is easy! Whether you choose a look-alike print out of a famous painting placed now on a canvas or an actual Artist’s work, the possibilities are endless.

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I Spy With My Little Eye Kindergarten Fun

I Spy With My Little Eye Kindergarten Fun

My oldest son just turned 5 this past February and after years of his countless asking, Kindergarten is on the horizon. My son has been anxiously awaiting the day to begin school and we are excited. I also know we need to spend some time fine-tuning some of his skills needed for the impending school year though. We have turned to some of our favorite board games to accomplish this. I can’t wait to share them with you!

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Autism: What I Wish I Knew Then

Autism What I Wish I Knew Then
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Autism. It’s just a word. A diagnosis. But i look back today and remember the fear this embarked in me when I first heard the word Autism in relation to my child. I have no idea why except the fact that the potential diagnosis of Autism wasn’t something I expected to hear. I didn’t expect to hear Autism when I took my son for his 15 month wellness visit and I mentioned a lack of words. He didn’t talk much at all then. A few babbles and that was it. Before that moment, I don’t even recall knowing anything about Autism. Just that in my eyes it meant there was something “wrong” with my child. A term I had heard in passing but dismissed as something that doesn’t happen to people like me. I also didn’t know then, that Autism is a word not the end of the world.

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Kindergarten Preparation with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Kindergarten Preparation with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

Hello there!

With April here and my oldest just turning 5, we have been on the hunt for fun ways to prepare for Kindergarten. We have all of the basics down but you can never spend too much time reminding young children about the things they already know or other ways to use their knowledge. Board games are fun and with the right games, perfect for working on skills for Kindergarten.

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Preparing for Kindergarten through Reading

Preparing for Kindergarten Through Reading jpeg

 

 

March is here which means it’s time to start submitting the enrollment forms for Kindergarten. At least in my area, that’s the case. Over the past year, we have really buckled down and began preparing for kindergarten when it comes to my oldest who just turned 5 last month. Reading has been a huge help for prepping with kindergarten.

Now I know you are probably asking yourself, how? How does reading really help with preparing for Kindergarten? It all comes down to the way you introduce books to your children. There is more to reading than just the words on the page.

When you read a book to your child and you make reading an interactive experience, it feeds young imaginations as well as their problem-solving skills, communication skills, and even their ability to understand what the intent or purpose of something is. My end goal with every book we read is to leave a lasting impression. This may not always work of course but I do put the effort in to make the story worthwhile.

 

Work on the W Questions

 

When we truly began introducing books, and not in the I bought these because they were cute and in all of the nursery decor sections of Pinterest, we started with just looking at the pictures of the book. I worked on W questions which help with one’s receptive language skills as well as critical thinking skills. Who, What, Where, Why? What do you see? Why do you think “insert person, animal, object, etc” is doing that? What colors are on the page? Where do you think they are going? Etc. Take this time to let your child think for themselves but also as an opportunity to explain the W questions back. This allows your child to see that not only is there an agenda with the story but that there is more to the story than words on a page.

 

Leo's Moon and These Are My Faces

 

 

One other extremely important topic we have addressed with reading is our emotions as well as how their actions/choices matter. I wanted my children to understand how they are feeling, why they are feeling that way, how someone else is feeling, how actions or events might make someone feel, etc.

We really enjoyed reading The Boy Without a Friend by Bruce Jassett, These Are My Faces by Bret J. Ludwick and Leo’s Moon by Cinthia del Grosso. Now, these books aren’t crazy popular like other books and that is really what I liked most about them. When preparing for Kindergarten, a variety is best when it comes to reading. Just like you and I, children will have different tastes in books. My 5-year-old is on the more serious side and he enjoys books that are more realistic. My 4 year still enjoys the bright colorful books you find in every book section. That’s okay!

 

Make reading fun!

Get silly with the books you read and plan some fun activities to go along with them. Coloring pages, crafts, recipes (If You Give A Mouse A Cookie), and anything else I can find. Eric Carle has always been a favorite of ours and there is an endless amount of ideas on activities to go with his work. Pinterest is an amazing resource for finding ideas and I know if you are anything like me, most Pinterest ideas are a fail. However, this has not been the case so far when it comes to finding activities to go with the books we read.

 

Preparing for Kindergarten

 

These ideas don’t just apply with preparing for Kindergarten but it is one way we have chosen in our home to help prepare. You also don’t have to use the most popular books on the shelves to make reading interactive for your child. Let’s face it, some children mature far beyond their physical age. Use magazines, read chapter books, whatever you have to do to gain their attention. Reading is such a crucial part of education and you can never go wrong with using it as a step to prepare for kindergarten.

I also wanted to take a moment to point out to those with children under the age of 5 that Dolly Parton runs an Imagination Library. When you sign up for this program, and it is determined on where you live if the program is available, every month from birth until age 5 you receive a free book in the mail. We have quickly been able to build up our mini library simply by participating in Dolly Partons Imagination Library.

Another great option for building your book stash is through The Book Bundler. This company bundles gently used books and sells them at a fraction of the cost. For example, a stack of 100 books for approximately $50 (this does change based on promotions and other variables such as age group, types of books, etc). That is an amazing deal! Their customer service is also on point.

Keep an eye out on the blog for other ways I am preparing for Kindergarten with my little ones.

Would you be interested in a Pinterest board or even a separate blog post sharing books we enjoyed as well as the activities we enjoyed with them? Let me know with a comment on this post or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Iced Coffee Right in the Comfort of Your Home

Saving Time and Money with Homemade Iced Coffee

 

Coffee is by far, one of my favorite treats. It’s delicious and so dependable. Plus Caffeine and I need Caffeine with 4 kids who are constantly on the move. Iced Coffee is my usual preference but it isn’t always convenient to go out and buy it. Let me share with you how to make homemade iced coffee using the supplies you already have at home which will save you both time and money by avoiding the drive-thru.

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Home Security Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

Home Security Doesn't Have To Be Expensive

 

Recently my neighborhood has had an influx of crime and a few break-ins. This is terrifying considering I have lived in the same neighborhood now for close to 10 years and crime has never been an issue. I mean, HELLO?!?! We have 2 police officers in our community, isn’t that enough to deter criminals?

Apparently not because last weeks crime spree was right on the end of the street where the 1 of the officers home is located. This has hit too close to home for me and so I began looking at home security systems. WOW. The prices have definitely skyrocketed over the years and I know I can’t afford over $200 a month just for security, let alone the start up fee. The good news is I did not have to fork out that much money for peace of mind. WYZE provides outstanding security while remaining budget friendly.

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