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Be Prepared for Anything

17 Apr
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Materials for April 16-20: Car Organization

14 Apr

Does your car feel like this?

Do you want it to feel like this?

Get it organized this week with us. Here are the materials you’ll need this week.

Monday

  • Empty bathroom or kitchen wipes container
  • Several plastic grocery sacks

Tuesday

  • Plastic pencil box
  • Small jewelry bags
  • Small stapler/staples
  • Pen and mechanical pencil
  • Paper clips
  • Blank note cards
  • A few stamps
  • Scotch tape
  • Small scissors

Wednesday

(Select age appropriate toys for your kids)

  • Hanging travel cosmetic bag
  • Small toys
  • Crayons
  • Plastic travel soap box
  • Small puzzle
  • Playing cards
  • Small note pad
  • Stickers
  • Small simple games
  • Colored ball point pens or pencils

Thursday

  • Large garbage bag
  • Rain poncho
  • Small umbrella
  • Jumper cables
  • Snack foods
  • Bottles of water

Friday

  • Travel-size deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Lipstick and or lip balm
  • Travel band aids
  • Travel
  • Small cosmetic bag
  • Travel-size headache medicine

Meals Made Easy: Sandwiches

26 Mar

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Fox In Socks

2 Mar

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and is celebrated with Read Across America. Do you have any Read Across America events in your neighborhood?

  • Matching, same and different, size, motor skill, spatial relationships, texture
  • Ages 2-8

Optional Activities

  • Cut out two sock shapes from 5 or more different pieces of patterned scrapbook paper.¬† Glue a strip of matching paper on a ¬†clothes pin. Have your child match the socks and clip them together with the matching clothes pin. Store the activity in a Ziplock bag.
  • Count how many pairs of socks and individual socks in the laundry basket. Why are there more individual socks?
  • Talk about why tongue twisters are hard to read.
  • Draw a picture of crazy socks.
  • If we wear socks on or feet, what do we wear on our head, hands, etc.?
  • Use a ruler or Legos to measure who has the biggest socks in the house.

Download three free Dr. Seuss Activity Packs for children ages 2-7 from Living Life Intentionally.

Stuff!

28 Oct

Today is another bizarre and wacky holiday; Plush Animal Day. Here’s a picture of what my mother said was my favorite stuffed animal. However, I may hear from one of my five siblings that, no, this was actually their favorite stuffed animal and how did I end up with it. Well, whatever the story, all kids have something that’s their favorite, but how do you know what to keep.

I’m a real thower-outer but, I know, that for some moms that is synonymous with walking over fire and they just wouldn’t do it. Whether you like to simplify, or keep everything that your child handled, here are some things to keep in mind.

Your child will be in school for 12+ years and there will be a lot of paper that comes home. Choose stories that are well written, and only the final copy. Keep your child’s report cards and test scores. Worksheets and spelling tests are a dime a dozen and don’t need to be saved.

The plethora of art work you will receive over the years could probably decorate a small gallery. Be selective. Choose pieces that have handprints or footprints, ones that show how their artistic skills are changing, or really nice pieces your child has worked on for a long period of time. Your child’s other art work always makes a nice gift for grandma and grandpa or looks great framed until the next piece comes home.

Baby clothing is absolutely adorable. However, if it’s not stored correctly it can be moth eaten, faded or completely ruined. Most pieces of clothing would be better off given to someone who can use them. If you are compelled to save your child’s clothing, save one or two really special or unique pieces of clothing that could look cute framed in your grandchild’s room.

I’ve never quite understood the fascination with having a bazillion stuffed animals. Maybe someday, someone can explain it to me. If you want to save one of your child’s stuffed animals, think about whether your child really had a connection to it, the value of the animal, or who gave them the animal. Very few stuffed animals retain any value over time, and Beanie Babies have seen their rise and fall already. Although I still have my stuffed animal, it is packed away in a box and will probably never again see the light of day. I guess someday I’ll find out why I’m saving it.

Yes, I’ve saved some of my kids things over the years and they fit nicely into two plastic storage boxes. They know their art and school work from over the years is in one of them but they have never asked to look at it. Instead, they would rather sit down and look at pictures from over the years. And pictures are a lot easier to keep than all that stuff.

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