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Tips for A Simple After School Play Date

A Back to School Brownie baking Party - an after school activity. This post has lots of tips for hosting a successful after school party.
This entry is part 20 of 27 in the series Homeschool

Since we officially have started school, we now get to plan after school activities!  And the possibilities are endless!  We have been considering a number of extra-curricular activities to keep our kindergarten kid busy during the afternoon.  And last week I decided to have a fun after school play date with her friends to celebrate Back to School.  It just seemed natural to bake brownies!  Our play date was actually simple to throw together and the kids had LOTS of fun.   I thought I would share with you our best ideas for planning an after school play date.

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Growing Up

Baby Play: Simple Counting Play and Song

This entry is part 10 of 33 in the series Baby Days

I haven’t been able to write a baby post in a while because I haven’t had a little one in my arms in far too long (hint, hint to my husband!).  But over the holidays I had the privilege of holding and playing with a couple of our youngest family members.  Thus, I got to take out some of my old favorite baby distraction games!  One of my absolute favorites is a simple finger play game that I made up with our oldest and use on every baby I can find.  It works almost every single time to delight and distract them.  And as our youngest has had her sudden (and shocking) vocabulary explosion, she is starting to learn to count.  This old standby game has really helped us to have fun while she learns to count to 5.

So I thought I would share it with you.  It is SO easy to learn and does not take a great singer to make it fun. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Conversation Heart Activities for Tots

15 Valentine ideas activity ideas for tots using Conversation Hearts

I don’t know why Conversation Hearts have captured the interest of generations of Valentine’s, but they have.  I prefer the ones from SweeTarts to the original sugary sweet hearts.  But I have always loved the activities that go with these sweet little things.  I remember using many of them in elementary school crafts and projects.  And admittedly, they are versatile.  I found a great Conversation Heart printable a couple of weeks ago and began to search everywhere for the Alphabet Conversation Hearts (we ended up finding them at Target) because I thought they would be perfect for our alphabet loving preschooler and alphabet interested toddler!

And then we had an entire bag of these hearts!  I knew I needed to get some more ideas of how we could use them with the girls.  I came up with 15 activities and ideas for Conversation Hearts for Tots!  This week we are going to do as many of these as time (and our conversation heart stash) allows. Continue Reading

Nest Building

Pecan Cinnamon-Chip Scones

Easy recipe for pecan cinnamon-chip scones. put together all the ingredients and have them prepped by the time the oven pre-heats.


As I was growing up, I don’t think I ever tried a scone.  My first experience with a scone was at Oxford when a friend of mine and I decided to find out what this “tea” thing was all about.  I discovered that tea was just not for me and I don’t remember being that impressed with the food.  But a good number of years ago I tried out an amazing recipe for scones and I really liked them.  And I think they pair better with a cup of coffee!

Scones are so easy and quick to throw together when you know you have guests coming over.  I like to make them in the morning to get the day going.  I think the procedure is almost fail-proof.  You don’t have to wait for yeast to rise.  It is literally a mix and go kind of recipe that makes baking easy – you can likely get everything prepped and ready for the oven by the time the oven pre-heats.  And my girls love them!

Who am I kidding?

I love them! Continue Reading

Growing Up

Kids in the Kitchen: Basil Pesto

We haven’t been able to get it together enough to work on actual preschool activities, but there are always opportunities to learn around here.  Lately, we have been learning in the kitchen together.  We have tried some new recipes and challenged G’s fine motor skills while working on following instructions.  The kitchen is always a great place for these (and other) skills to be honed.  And the results are almost always yummy!

I got a great deal at the grocery on a package of organic basil and I immediately thought of making pesto with G.  The process is so easy and I just knew she would love using the food processor. Continue Reading

Nest Building

Removing Wax from Mirrors

Do you have household projects you put off because they seem like they will take a LONG time to finish?  So you put it off for that free Saturday that never comes?

I do!

But the 30 Day Clean House Challenge I am participating in along with Money Saving Mom has inspired me to get some of those projects done.

One of these pesky projects was cleaning off candle wax that had splattered onto a mirror over our mantle.  It has been there since sometime this winter. I have looked at it every time I have cleaned; but I just thought it would take so long to do, I was discouraged from doing it. Continue Reading

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