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Monday, August 28, 2017

Breakfast Bark

On days when we're trying to get out the door as quickly as possible, fast (but healthy) breakfasts are such a game changer! I love this simple recipe, and it's easy enough for the kids to help make, as well! All you need is greek yogurt, maple syrup, granola, and some fresh fruit:

I mixed about four tablespoons of maple syrup into two cups of greek yogurt...maybe a bit more, since greek yogurt is so tart. Then I spread it on my favorite silicone baking sheet (you can just use parchment paper on a baking sheet, too).

Top it with the granola and fruit - I used blueberries and strawberries, and added the leftover berry juice just to see how the color looked with the yogurt :).

Place it in the freezer for at least two hours, then break into whatever size pieces you want! 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Friendship Day

I know that every time we turn around it's a new "national ______ day!" holiday...but there's one that I think is worth a little extra effort! August 6th is apparently Friendship Day, and I love the idea of surprising friends with a little something to show how much they mean to you. Here are a couple of ideas:

 

Friendship bracelets will always be cool, but I especially like this simple take on it! 

For friends who've maybe moved away, these matching, pocket-sized buddies can keep the adventures going:

And for the mom-friends, without whom we might forget to change out of yoga pants every now and then, drink coffee while it's still hot, and remember how to talk to adults, geraniums are the flowers that mean "friendship" :).

 

 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Home School

Whether you're completely dreading it or can't wait, the new school year is just around the corner! I have several friends who are teachers, and I was noticing that they all use decorating their classrooms as a way to get excited for the year ahead. So I thought that might work for moms, too...the homework-checkers, lunch-packers, and sometimes the teachers ourselves! No matter if you homeschool, or just want a dedicated spot for "preschool," or for big kids to do their homework, these amazing spaces might just have you counting down to the first day of school :).

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Reading

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While we all know that summer means countless hours spent outside, we sometimes need to come inside to cool off, too! I recently found myself a little too quick to let my kiddos watch a show, simply because it felt like we had so many hours to fill in the day, and they were tired from running around in the sun. But after a trip to our local library ended in the librarian signing them up for their summer reading program, I remembered that my favorite indoor summer memories all had to do with books - not TV. Of course! So here are a few things that we're implementing around our house, in case you want to up your summer reading game as well :). 

Start the day off with a book. My kids take a little while to get going in the morning...and I'll be honest - so do I! Since we don't run out the door first thing, reading one or two short books on the couch has been a cozy way to start the day.

Find your local library. We're spoiled with a great library and fantastic story times - even a pre-bed, pajama story time once a week! But all you really need is a place to expose your kids to new books: let them wander and pick out books at random. You might strike out now and then, but you'll be more likely to learn about some hidden interests (my three-year-old apparently loves coral reefs!). 

Make a list. This is mostly helpful for parents who feel stuck in the "we've read "Little Blue Truck" for the past two years straight" rut :). If you feel like you need ideas or outside structure, there are countless lists online based on subject or age. And again, librarians are always happy to help with suggestions!

Work with what they like. My two-year-old loves the old Curious George TV show. So the easiest way to get her to settle in to read is to start with a Curious George book, and then branch out from there! Little ones revel in familiarity, and countless studies have shown how it's an important tool in their learning. So embrace it!

Make it personal. I especially love to get books that are related to trips we're taking - these obviously top my list! ;) 

Have both parents read. While I do the bulk of reading aloud, Dad always comes through with new hilarious voices, which makes taking turns with bedtime reading fun for everyone.

Read for yourself! I've made a new reading goal for myself, which means that I'm reaching for books more than my phone (why is it so hard to leave the phone alone?). I love reading, but I'm starting to realize that my kids see that and that I don't just leave it for when they're asleep! When they see me settled in with a book, they're a little more likely to do the same...and I can't hope for more than a lifetime love of reading. 

 

 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sun Screens

By this point in the summer, I'm getting tired of applying sun screen for every pool, splash pad, and sprinkler adventure! Fortunately, these super cute rash guards protect the little ones and let me back off a bit with the lotion:

From left to right, two cute animal ones from Boden, ombre zip-ups from Target, and some USA/superhero ones from Old Navy!

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