Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are my favorite Disney couple. They are such a cute couple and have the type of love to admire. Are you a Mickey Mouse fan? We are so excited to share our Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies recipe!

Mickey Mouse Stuffed Cookies

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Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

In honor of The Little Mermaid’s 30th Anniversary, we wanted to celebrate with Mermaid Tail Cupcakes! I remember watching The Little Mermaid growing up. When we went swimming, my friends and I would swim like mermaids! We had such an imagination!

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

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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.

Loving Your Body After Having A Baby

Loving Your Body After Having A Baby

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I have always battled with self-image and since having my children it continues to be an issue that I’ve struggled with. I guess I’ve never gotten out of the mindset of from when I was in school, I was always the short overweight oddball. Lately, I’ve decided that it’s time to love the body I have. Now i’m learning how important loving your body after having a baby is. 

Loving your body after having a baby. 

Pregnancy

I have grown and birthed four beautiful children. My skin stretched and warped as they grew, not always returning unhindered. There are stretch marks and not in the same place. I was lucky enough to be able to help create these beautiful lives, how could I not love a body that did that. I’ve also survived a horrific car accident that should have killed me. I broke three out of four limbs, and have had eight surgeries in just over two years. I have massive scaring up my left forearm, where I had a plate and eight screws put in.

While I may not love every inch of my body, My kids don’t see the pain. They don’t see the scars of the past or the scars from the accident. They see mommy, whom they love no matter what I look like. My children don’t care if I’m super skinny, or if my hair is always done. All they want is for me to be present and happy.

So with bathing suit season right around the corner, I’ve been looking for something that is going to flatter what accents I have and hid my issue areas. Look no further then Tempt Me swimsuits. From one piece to bikinis there is something for every body type. I chose two different styles, and the main thing I was looking for was coverage. Other places when you get the coverage you don’t always get style but this is where Tempt Me is different. They strive to do both!

SwimDress

Off The Shoulder

I love the One Piece Polka Falbala Swimdress, it gives me that vintage feel. I love how I can put it on and feel completely comfortable around anyone. The second swimsuit I chose from Tempt Me was the Vintage Off Shoulder Ruffled Swimsuits. I love the bright colors in this swimsuit, and how the black of the base sets off the colors in a pop. To be honest, when ordering online I was a little worried because I don’t usually get the bikini style bottom but I was really impressed by just how much coverage this swimsuit provides.  I usually HATE shopping for swimsuits but Tempt Me made it easy and fast. If you would like more information Be sure to check them out on their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Loving Yourself

Todays Takeaway:

You are beautiful. Learning to love yourself is one of the most empowering things that you can truly do. When those little ones look into your eyes remember that YOU are their entire world. So love your scars, love your stretch marks because you are amazing! Learn to love your body after having a baby.

Mint Chocolate Swirl Brownies

I’ve never been much of a baker. However, now that we have our own home, I am trying new things. I am so excited to share a fun recipe that both and adults and children will enjoy! Have you tried Mint Chocolate Swirl Brownies?

Mint Chocolate Swirl Brownies

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My son and I have been in our new home for about a month and a half! I feel like there are a few little things I still need here and there, but overall, I feel completely at home! That seems to be all that matters to me.

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Fun Stories Personalized For Your Pet

Fun Stories Personalized For Your Pet - Petlandia Book

 

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Here’s a unique gift idea for the animal lover in your life. Who wouldn’t find it fascinating and fun to receive a storybook personalized for their beloved pet?

My daughter is as big an animal lover as I am. And her cats are her life. She’s a young adult, not married or a mother, yet. So, her kitties are her babies. I thought it would be fun to include in her birthday gifts a fun little storybook from Petlandia, personalized for one of her furbabies, Gypsy.

 

Fun Stories Personalized For Your Pet - Petlandia Book

 

This is an item that will be great for anyone, regardless of age, I think. Or even for yourself. The colors and construction of the book are really very nicely done. And it’s not just a short story with no plot, either. It’s more than thirty pages long with a nice amount of text which reads with a good flow. The story is full of fun details alongside beautiful illustrations. [read more]

Making The Most Of Family Time

Making The Most Of Family Time

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These days life is just so busy, from work to school, kids activities and sleep there just doesn’t always seem to be enough hours in the day.  Often though, the things that are most important gets left behind the most. That one important thing is quality family time. I feel like I’ve blinked and my kids have gotten so big.

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Getting A Better Nights Sleep

Getting A Better Nights Sleep

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What is sleep? I’ve heard it’s that thing you do where you close your eyes and don’t open them for at least 8 hours and feel nice and refreshed when you wake up. Needless to say with four kids under the age of 7, sleep just isn’t something I get a lot of. I love my babies don’t get me wrong but my youngest isn’t a fan of sleep. At this point, I’m pretty sure that coffee bleeds in my veins. Recently I’ve been looking into ways on how to improve your sleep and I’d like to share those tips with you.

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Bringing Back Vintage Fashion For Kids

Bringing Back Vintage Fashion For Kids

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As the mom of four little ones, I have the hardest time finding clothes that not only look cute but also fit well. I always thought my mom was overreacting when she’d tell me just wait till you have kids, you will see that laundry is never ending!  It never fails that someone has grown out of something. I’m pretty sure they plan it out for as soon as I buy them new clothes. So when I look for new fashion for kids these are some of the key features I look for.

Finding the perfect fashion for kids.

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Merry Little Christmas with the Digital Release of Goosebumps 2

Goosebumps 2 Digital Release Party

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First and foremost, Merry Christmas from Beauty Brite, to you and yours!

We hope this holiday is finding you all well.

Besides the memories, gift giving, and religious celebrations, you know what else makes THIS Christmas so great? The digital release of Goosebumps 2! That’s right! On December 25, 2018, the digital copy of Goosebumps 2 will be available to buy and watch in the comfort of your own home. A different type of family movie to watch this holiday than the traditional Christmas movie.. Well maybe not for the entire family, because this spooky thriller is going to have viewers on the edge of their seats! Without giving too many details from our movie party, this is not a movie you want to miss. Give Goosebumps 2 as a gift or save it for the Family Movie classic list, either way, it will not disappoint.

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