Thursday, September 22, 2016

a fun lunch snack or...

I found this fun lunch or snack idea or Halloween "party" treat!

Monday, September 19, 2016

at home fine motor kit

I saw this idea on Pinterest. The kit was made by a teacher but I think gathering these supplies for your child would be great for a # of reasons: (1) fine motor practice, (2) a quiet independent activity for your child (while you prepare dinner!), or (3) a special one-on-one activity with your munchkin:-)
P.S. You can put objects other than the ones included here.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

for you, Mom....

7 Secrets that Organized Moms Know

The work is worth it.
This is the first one because it is the basis for all else. Everything below is probably going to sound like work to put in place and you are going to be SO tempted to just move on to something else. But the work to get there makes life immeasurably easier.
Put things back where they belong.
The first step is for everything to have a place it belongs.  This can take some time, so once it is established just make sure you don’t have to do it all over again! I read something once that said, if it is going to take you less than 2 minutes, just do it now.
I know how annoying it is to file things or walk into the next room to put something away, but I make myself do it because filing an entire stack of papers is ever so much harder.
Do things right away.
The best example is when you go get the mail. Go through it right away. Re-cycle whatever you don’t need. Invitations or other things with dates, write on your calendar immediately. Have a place for magazines, a place for bills, etc and put the mail there so it doesn’t pile up on the counter.
Use a list with dates and reminders.
A never ending laundry list of things you need to do will not keep you organized. Use a calendar or an app on your phone. I use Wunderlist for lists and the GETTOWORK book to plan out projects, but there are a lot of options out there.
Put the things you need to do in there religiously and always include a date and reminder. For instance, if your kid is invited to a birthday party, write the birthday party and address in your calendar. Then put a reminder on your phone to go buy a card and present about a week before on a day you have some free time.
Have a backup ready.
This is a simple one to implement. Rather than wait for things to run out and then replace them, replace the backup when you open the last one.
One example is cards. Months fly past us and each one has birthdays, births, deaths, weddings, hardships, and gifts. It is helpful to have a stash of cards on hand to address all of these. There will be times when you are able to run out and get the perfect card to match the perfect person or occasion, but more often than not you will forget or run out of time, that is just life. Rather than not send a card or stress yourself out trying to find one, have on hand a nice card for each major event.
AND when you use the card, but a note in your list to buy a replacement the next time you are at Target or wherever you buy your cards.
Keep running shopping lists.
Speaking of Target, there are two things you should always have with you – a list of everyone in your family’s sizes and a running list of anything non-essential that you need. Some things you need right away. There are other things that can wait, but when you are walking the endless aisles of Target or wherever you shop, you will not be able to remember.
Have a list with things you are about to run out of, things you need to replace, etc. When you open that last package of toilet paper – put it on there. When you open the last toothpaste – put it on there. When you know birthday season is approaching – put wrapping paper on your list.
Know when to let go.
There is no such thing as perfection. Not in life or with organization. No one person can truly “do it all.” The secret to this is being able to let go of things. Some things on your list are just going to get erased. Some parties cannot be attended. Some designated snacks are going to be purchased at the grocery store. That is ok. Being organized is NOT being perfect.
Erin Buhr has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and works as a freelance writer and early childhood educator. She currently lives in Mississippi with husband and twin four year olds. You can follow Erin over on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Instagram.

think positive!


Chores....let's do them!

I saw this idea for pre-schoolers. I loved the "pre-reader" chore cards! Start teaching them now to be responsible. Below this picture is a link to an idea for our children who so readily say "I'm bored!" It might work for children who are a bit older but... :-)


Thursday, September 1, 2016

recycling car seats

I received this email regarding recycling car seats. I thought I'd pass this info. on to you...

"Announcing a car seat recycling initiative with Target!"

Go to Target's website and check it out!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Dear Friends,
I have an aquarium and a guinea pig cage free to a good home. Let me know if you are interested.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lunch Making Time Again!!!

Check out these ideas to help you with the task all parents LOVE (not!)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Books on empathy

Don't we all want accepting and empathetic children who will develop into kind, accepting, empathetic adults. It all starts now. No one is born being narrow-minded, prejudiced or unkind...let's keep them as wonderfully accepting  and open-minded as when they were infants.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hold onto this idea for Advent!
why not extend this idea and have monthly collections!

Helping children cope with emotions

I found this poster regarding helping children handle emotions. It is printable. Looks like it would be a nice visual as you help your child learn to cope, tomorrow and always!

Poster for helping children cope with emotions

75 books that help build character

Books that build "character books" below

character books

Friday, August 19, 2016

Read Aloud Handbook

 I read Jim Trelease's book years ago. For years, I read to my daughters and husband at bedtime. Sure, many of you read with your children. I continued read ing to my family until my daughters were teenagers. Today my daughters and husband love reading. I firmly believe reading aloud as a family aids reading enjoyment, various readng skills, and is an excellent family bonding activity...try it!

 Read Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease

Saturday, October 1, 2011


The most amazing job….
Your tiny baby needs lots of hugs.
Rock her …hold her….she won’t be spoiled! And…
Cherish the moments.
Your toddler must be allowed to make decisions.
Only appropriate for the age…limits are important, and…
Cherish the moments.
Pre-school …patience, explain, pause, laugh, listen, answer every question, and…
Cherish the moments.
School days start.
Encourage friendships, tell her to be a good friend, teach her to treat others as she wants to be treated, and…
Cherish the moments.
School days continue. Be there for her. Guide her.  Support her. Listen to her. Love her no matter what, and…
Cherish the moments.
Pre teen years are confusing for everyone. Be strong. Be supportive. Let make decisions within limits, and …
Cherish the moments.
Teen years can be challenging. Listen. Listen. Listen. Love her especially on the rough days! Hold her with an open hand….and…
Cherish the moments.
College ….you gave her roots now give her wings! …and…
Cherish the moments.
Cherish the memories.
Barbara Filar