Favorites of the Week 1st Edition

Happy Sunday! I’ve been wanting to write something like this for quite some time ever since I found this idea from fellow blogger Hillary from hillarymichelleblog.com. If you get a chance check her page out, shes amazing with fashion and definitely one of my favorite bloggers to follow! With that being said do you ever just want to write down some of the things you want to just share and get out? Just random finds that you think people should see or check out for themselves. That’s what this series is going to be about! With Christmas right around the corner, I will be posting some awesome gift ideas here and there for the whole family, along with just some things I think are worth talking about.

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Miss Fong Leather Diaper bag

For the past year I was using just a regular backpack as our diaper bag, and with being pregnant with Madeline I know I needed something bigger with a lot more pockets. I also wanted something a tad more stylish that I know would last. I found this bag on Amazon for only $50 it’s 4 1/2 stars and has a lot of great reviews! There 5 Outer pockets & 8 Inner pockets and its water resistant. My favorite thing so far minus the amount of pockets, is the fact on the side two pockets they are insulated perfect for those baby bottles. This bag also fits my homeschool books perfectly for when we are on the go and I want to bring some lessons with us!

 

 

Bow subscription

I kept getting one of those ads on Instagram about some really cute little girl bows from Little Poppy Co, and after a few times of seeing this ad I decided to check it out. It ended up being a bow subscription ( Didn’t even know that was a thing ) where each month Little Poppy sends you 3 bows for your baby girl that goes with the holiday or season of the month, it’s only $13.99 a month and the bows are absolutely adorable! They have 3 sizes from infants to little girls. Even though Madeline is not suppose to be here until January the Christmas bows were just too cute not to get.

Less Screen Time

I noticed with Bentley recently that he has became quite argumentative, which would turn me in to the big bad mom. He was constantly saying he was only happy when watching YouTube videos.. He wasn’t wanting to go any where or do anything and it was driving me insane. SO I started taking back his screen time during the week to only an hour in the afternoon after dinner. I’ve been seeing small changes in his behavior and school has became easier because he knows if he doesn’t finish his school that there will be no screen time at all.

Michaels Christmas Tree 

We have already started putting up Christmas, and I’m not sorry about it. We’ve had numerous Christmas tree’s in the past, fake and real but nothing compares to the one we got last year on sale at Michaels. It’s the 7.5 Pre-Lit Jasper Christmas Tree and easily goes together, with a few clicks. If I didn’t buy it I honestly wouldn’t know by looking at it that its not real. Micheals is with Black Friday at the end of this coming week Michaels is having a huge sale on tree’s up to 60% off. Trow on a few of the tree pine scent sticks from Walmart and you couldn’t even tell the difference.

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Disney+ 

I just wanted to talk for a second about how I love that Disney paired up with National Geographic. I have been using it with our Good and the Beautiful Marine Biology Science unit. If you homeschool this is a great tool to use with some lessons!

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That wraps up this weeks favorites, there wasn’t a ton of great stuff to talk about this week but tell us in the comments something you loved this week! I would love to find something new!

 

 

 

DIY Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Hey Witches, Wizards, and Muggles! The world of Harry Potter is so magical, and what better time to make some magic then Christmas time? We had an extra old White Christmas tree from when we lived in our apartment a few years ago. Our main tree is Disney themed and I thought why not have a Harry Potter themed Christmas tree as well? I wanted to share with you how I made our “Pottertree!” It’s extremely easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  White Christmas Tree
  • Rust-oleum “Navy Blue” Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Marigold” (Yellow) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Claret Wine ” (Red) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum ” Hunter-Green” Spray paint
  • Protective gloves

*Tip: Whatever houses are going to be at the bottom make sure to get at least one more can of each.

Also, Don’t forget some awesome Harry Potter Christmas Tree ornaments and tree toppers to go with it!

Here’s What to Do:

Make sure to get the House colors, we used Ros-oleum, it was about $4 a can and you can get it at Walmart.  We matched as close as we could. Don’t forget depending on how large your tree is you may need more spray paint to cover the sections.

If your tree is pre-lit like ours, wrap each light with blue painters tape. Yes, it’s time-consuming.

Figure out the way to you want your House colors on the tree. Being a Hufflepuff I put Yellow on top, then green for my Husbands house (Slytherin) then Gryffindor, and last is Ravenclaw which is Blue.

Then separate the tree into four sections for each house.

My tip is, start spraying from the top then move down till you get to the bottom, section by section so that if the paint were to drip it could be covered up by the next color.

Let each section dry for at least 20 minutes in between.

After applying each color let it dry overnight just to make sure. Then pull off the painter’s tape if you had a pre-lit tree the next day and decorate! We found the cute doe at Walmart as well for $15!

That is basically it!  Decorate it however you like, we are going to be adding some handmade Potter ornaments and some House scarfs as well! We hope you enjoyed and make your own Harry Potter tree!

Directed Drawing Turkey Activity

I have been searching on the great Pinterest (where I am 80% of the time) trying to find a good Thanksgiving project for Bentley for his homeschool “art class”. But I didn’t want just anything, I wanted something that could serve a purpose in any way, not just some coloring page.

While looking I found Proud to Be Primary by Elyse Rycroft and she had this amazing idea of Directed drawing a turkey. Where the kids have to watch you step by step draw something and they try the best they can to draw what you drew. Bentley loved this idea and had a blast making the turkey in his way.

Here’s what you need:

  • Construction or Cardstock Paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored Pencils or crayons
  • Sharpie

You can find the full instructions on Elyse’s website Proudtobeprimary.com, She has a bunch of great Directed drawing ideas for kids.

Honestly, this was such a fun activity for the kids and while the kids are coloring their turkeys, read than a story about Thanksgiving and go around and have the kids show off what they drew.

Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida, so it gave me some inspiration to make some new fall projects for the kids! One Major sensory project I love to make is Playdoh! Bentley loves to sit and squish it between his fingers and make snowmen out of them, and it even lasts for a few months so it’s a perfect seasonal project!

Today  I want to share with you my recipe for so easy fall cinnamon playdoh that Bentley had a blast with and smells so good.

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Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

 

What you will need:

  • 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 2-3 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil (or Vegetable oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 1/3 Hot Boiling Water

Directions:

  1. Mix all Dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Slowly and carefully Stir in Water
  3. When a good base has formed move to counter and knead until fully mixed.
  4. Let sit and cool down
  5. Pull out some cookie cutters and rolling pins and let the fun begin!

This is such a simple and easy recipe and great for sensory activities. Just store in an airtight container and store at room temperature and it should last 3-4 months! Here are some of the Rolling pins and Cookie cutters we used, The kids love the different designs on them!

DIY “If you give a mouse a cookie” costume

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Halloween is in a few days! In the beginning of the month Bentley’s school had said the children can wear their costumes on Halloween day( he is going to be the Red Power Ranger), but now they changed their minds and can only dress up as “Story Book Character’s”. So having only a few days we needed a simple, and quick story book costume! In a matter of two days i was able to make this cheap costume for my little one and you can too!

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Thing’s you’ll need:

  • Overalls
  • White T-shirt
  • headband
  • Poster board or cardboard
  • Brown paint
  • Black paint
  • Grey paint
  • pink paint
  • black face paint (or eyeliner)

I mostly had all of the paint already but Walmart has paint for around a dollar each, I also got the poster board and white T-shirt while at Walmart as well. The only thing I had to go find was the overalls, but fear not I found them at a child’s consignment store for around five bucks! (SCORE!). Tip: if you cant find overalls in boy’s, look in the girls section!14900349_1280043948704656_3383505926471693536_n

For the ears, I simply cut out two circles, painted then grey, let it dry and then painted a smaller circle within the ears. When they are completely I hot glued the circles to the headband.

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The cookie was also simple to make, I just cut out a big circle and painted it light brown, let it dry completely, then with a darker brown I painted the chocolate chunks.

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Now draw on a cute little nose, and roll up the bottom of the pants and you have a cute little story book mouse! Comment below on what kind of simple story book characters have you made!

Raising Lost Boys

Jessica