Friday, March 25, 2016

Easy Bunny Basket Spring Treats for Kids to Make


Easter is the perfect time for sweet treats and making memories in the kitchen! As a child, I remember making all sorts of desserts with jelly beans, chocolates, and marshmallows this time of year - and now I get to share those recipes with my own children. I love seeing their eyes light up as I pull out bags and bags of Easter candy for our creations!

 Recently, we combined some of our favorite candies to create Bunny Basket treats for our friends. The kids had as much fun making them as they did sharing (and eating) them later.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Recycled Easter Bunny Craft for Kids

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Having an in-home daycare, I am all about recycled crafts and making the most of what we have on hand when it comes to our learning activities. We recently had a Teacher Workday which meant the big kids were home for crafting.  I don't have any pictures of the process from this craft because I honestly didn't expect them to be so adorable.  I just had to share them with you guys, so I snapped a few quick photos and I'll do my best to share what we did.  Really, this craft was all about letting the kids create some decorations for Easter using what we had in our craft supplies.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Debt Jar Update - How We Paid Over $1,000 Off Last Month

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If you haven't been following along with our Debt Jar, my husband and I are down to our last debt (his student loans) and we are working really hard to get them paid off  down this year.  To keep me accountable, I'm sharing our journey with all of you!  February was a month of financial ups and downs for us, but we're still plugging along and we managed to pay off over $1,000 in February.  I know that so many of you are in the same boat and trying to pay down your debts so I hope that this will encourage you that we're all in this together.
The Debt Jar - How We Paid Over $1,000 Off Last Month


Friday, February 26, 2016

Dr. Seuss Wocket in my Pocket Creation Station

This is another fun Dr. Seuss activity that we did last year as part of our Read Across America Week. I wish that I could be one of those bloggers that completes projects WAY ahead of the holidays and then has time to write them up for everyone to see. It's just not happening. I'm lucky to get a shower at the end of the night. So, until I make this my full-time gig or hit the lottery, I'll just keep sharing our fun as I get the chance.  If you're interested in seeing what we're up to each day, you can follow along on Instagram for all our latest crafts!

There's so much debate in the daycare and preschool world about process vs. product.  Parents want to see adorable products and most teachers agree that the end result really is obsolete because the learning is in doing and creating.  I love this activity, because its all about the process.  The kids really had no instructions other than to create a Wocket.  Their Wocket could look however they wished and they loved it!
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Easy Snow Play Idea for Toddlers and Preschool

It seems that Winter is planning to stick around for awhile in our area and we're making the most of it! The kids have spent quite a bit of time out in the snow this winter building snowmen and sledding, but our recent snow/ice storm made our usual snow activities a little more difficult. The kids have had so much fun breaking up the ice on the way to the bus stop lately that I thought we'd spend part of the morning doing just that...and they LOVED it!!
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Monday, January 18, 2016

The Debt Jar Update - Finding Hidden Money in Your Budget

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It's only been two weeks and we're already making progress on our jar! I know it won't continue at this rate, but we're taking advantage of the excitement and momentum of the new year to put a little dent in our pennies.
The Debt Jar - How to Find Hidden Money in your Budget

If you're just joining in you can read about the idea behind The Debt Jar here and how much we're trying to pay off.  The first week, we focused on finding hidden money in our budget.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Laura Numeroff Week at Daycare

Laura Numeroff has to be one of our favorite authors. Over the years, we've collected quite the collection of If You Give a _______ a ________ books and I thought it was time for us to collect them all and do a few weeks focused on these stories.  These activities were actually spread out over about three weeks, but we could have easily gone on for several more weeks!