Cool, Cute, And Entertaining Gifts For Kids

Last year, I went to my son’s family picnic event that was hosted by the special education classes, held at the end of the year. It was so nice to talk to his teachers and assistants that help out in his classroom. After that, I told myself I would make more of an effort to get involved with his class. I am going to chaperone as many of his field trips as I can. I haven’t decided if I’m going to volunteer in his classroom, I’m not sure what how he’d feel about seeing me at school! I also want to help in any of their community activities that his class participates in. This year, we gathered a few cool, cute, and entertaining gifts for kids! 

Cool, Cute, And Entertaining Gifts For Kids
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I don’t keep toys in the house just because my son will destroy them or they will be lost, discarded, or worse. Instead, any toys, books, and such that I receive, I’ve been saving to donate to his classroom. For instance,I was sent two different children’s books which I plan on donating to his classroom!  I also have a handful of beauty products that are brand new that I’m going to give to his teachers. I prefer to share anything extra that I receive!  

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I make the BEST COOKIES in my Emeril Power Airfryer 360

Best Cookies EVER!

My cookies are usually a big fail, but not this time. Now I’ve heard the buzz about airfryers for a while, but in my head, I think I don’t have room for another kitchen appliance, so I wasn’t interested.

I make the BEST COOKIES in my Emeril Power Airfryer 360
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Oh my goodness what a fool I was- an airfryer was exactly what I needed.

Let me tell you, I’m not a baker.

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Fall In Love With These Back To School Beauty Products

My youngest is a SOPHOMORE now!  She is all about the beauty products, matching accessories, and looking cute. I remember those days! She doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, but she takes care of her skin and hair daily.

Fall In Love With These Back To School Beauty Products!
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Way too much time if you ask this mom but she is a teen now I understand there is a process. In the morning she takes about an hour in the bathroom getting ready, and at night she has a routine too.  She is picky about her beauty products also. 

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Stuffed Burgers- Back To School Recipe

It’s Back To School time and as a parent, we are all scrambling to gather school supplies, plan a new morning schedule, go through our children’s closet to make sure their clothes still fit, and so much more. But what about family meals? Get ready for the Stuffed Burgers recipe!

Stuffed Burgers- Back To School Recipe
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Who Is Excited About BACK TO SCHOOL  

Me!  That’s right; this mom is way too excited for back to school.  Then it hits me how busy I am going to be. Driving here and there then come home and make dinner-UGH! But this year I have HELP with my back to school recipes- keep reading and you will see who is helping me cook!

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Keep Your Skin Glowing Even On-The-Go

Back to school time is here! My son heads back to school in just a few weeks. Yes, I am already counting down. Kids are headed back to school. Kids are headed off to college. We found a handy little skincare set that will help you keep your skin glowing even on-the-go! 

Keep Your Skin Glowing Even On-The-Go

After hearing about bioClarity on some of my favorite podcasts, I knew I had to try the brand. I was lucky enough to try the brand earlier this year, and I am still using the products! When you use their products, you can nourish your skin with plant-based goodness! I am impressed that they are vegan and cruelty free skincare products. As a consumer, I am more picky about the products I buy. I try to choose natural beauty and healthier foods.

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New Children Superpower Series Sheds Light on Learning Disabilities

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The new school year is right around the corner. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the United States has learning disabilities and attention issues like Dyslexia and ADHD? Did you know that 31% of those with learning issues, such as dyslexia and ADHD, are more likely to be bullied than their peers?

In the year 2019, we are raising more awareness than ever when it comes to causes we believe in. Whether it be equal rights, a cleaner environment, or even education. I believe young minds are most open during their youth. Why not use this as an opportunity to raise awareness about Learning Disabilities too?

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Back to School with this Reusable Juice Box

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School, soccer, band practice, dance recital, football practice, and so much more. The back to school grind will be here before we know it. It’s never too early to start prepping ahead for the busy school year though. Especially when it comes to food and beverage storage. I’ve been looking for containers with a convenient size but versatile function. Precidio has really upped the competition this season with their “Drink in the Box” and Snack in the Box.

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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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Kindergarten Preparation with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Kindergarten Preparation with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

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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

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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.