March 25, 2014

Hello Again

Hello My Friends!  I have missed you.  As you probably see or saw....I took a little hiatus.  I needed it.  I also think I am just going to do the blogging thing on a I want to blog basis, meaning when I have something to share or talk about I will blog instead of giving myself deadlines and schedules.  Too stressful for me!

So much has gone on.  My nephew was born and I got to be at his birth, amazing!  He is perfect and doing fabulous.  I also have a new niece.

My girls had Spring Break and we kind of just hung around town doing things that they like to do, hanging out in our PJ's.  It was relaxing and I am missing the sleeping in, as we are back into the school routine today.

My 4 year old is getting ready to graduate preschool in May, and I just can't believe there is only a little over two months of preschool left for her.  I am not a crier.  I didn't cry at my wedding or at their births, but since I have been a parent I have realized how precious time is and I think I might cry at this little graduation.  I have been, pictures, the whole nine yards.  A real tearjerker I have been informed!

We are also waiting to hear back on our choice school and charter school lotteries to see where she will be for Kindergarten next year.  I am not nervous but I am a planner and it is starting to be tough for me to not have a plan yet for next year.  I mean I have to plan for uniforms, supplies, etc.

My little one still has two more years at preschool.  I am kind of glad I don't have to say goodbye to that place yet.  It is like a happy little bubble...I am not ready.

and of course we all had the viral cough from you know where.  I got pneumonia from it, because I have asthma but basically it has and still is nonstop coughing around here.

So there are the updates!  I am going to have a really cute purse review the end of the week and a giveaway to share with you.  So please stop by.  Missed all of you.

Here is a pic from the weekend when we celebrated a friends Birthday!  They are my beautiful butterflies.


February 20, 2014

Celebrate "Love Your Pet" Day With Your Kids

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You don't have to have a pet today to celebrate Either!

Things you can do with your kids!

  • Throw a Party for your pet.
  • Bring your pet to their favorite place (dog park, beach, etc.) as an extra special treat.
  • Help your children bake a special treat, here are some recipes: 5 Dog Treats That Kids Can Make
  • Help your children make your pet a homemade toy.
  • Let your children draw a special picture of why they love their pet.
If you don't have a pet, you can still celebrate
  • Let them pick their favorite stuffed animal and have a party for it.
  • Let them draw a picture of their favorite animal and talk about where the animal lives and what they eat.
  • Read a book about different pets and how to care for them.
  • Watch a movie about animals.
Happy "Love Your Pet" Day!


February 15, 2014

My Little One is Three -- Minnie Mouse Birthday!

My younger daughter turned three on February 8.  I can not believe it!  I have a 3 and 4 year old.  Time really does go quickly.

She is a real sweetheart that soaks in all the happiness that life has to offer and I hope that she continues to have that for the rest of her life.  Her purple glasses fit her silly personality perfectly.

She hasn't stopped smiling.

Here are some pictures from her Minnie Mouse Birthday.


February 6, 2014

Our New At Home Behavior System for My Preschoolers

Let me say first that I am huge advocate of positive reinforcement and I also don't like behavior systems that are too hard to learn and too over the top.  My big thing is that you have to use a system in your home that you are going to follow through on.  If you don't, there is no reason to even have it in there.  Since I am not the most overly organized person, I needed something simple and something the girls would respond to.

Teachers are the people to go to when you are looking for behavior management.  So many teachers are incredibly creative when it comes to managing an entire class.  I love to look at their ideas on positive reinforcement and classroom management and incorporate them into my home.

I went on the search and found something on Pinterest that was right up our ally and I thought would definitely work for our family.  This basic idea is used in many different ways and so easy to make it work for your family.

All I needed was counting bears and mason jars for each of my daughters.  I also made a little treasure box of toys from the dollar store.

Basically all I do is give the girls bears if I "catch them being good".  I do not bribe them with bears and they never know what it is that might get them bears, or how many bears they will get.  Once their jar is filled up they get to pick a prize.  Now yes if they do something I do not like, such as fighting, not listening, etc., they do get bears taken out.  If you look around Pinterest you can use marbles, buttons, etc.

I printed out a cute image and put their pictures and name's on it so that they know its theirs and I put a line on the back to show them when it was filled up!

I have them take out their bears or put bears in, because I want to reinforce the lesson, and I ask them why they got bears? or why they had some bears taken away?

blacked out their names for privacy reasons :)  

Eventually I might add in chore charts and if they do their age appropriate chores they will get bears.

Other Great Ideas from Around the Net:
Warm Fuzzy Jar
The Privilege Jar

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