Fun Gift Idea that will keep you Kids Entertained!

Fun Gift Idea that will keep you Kids Entertained!

If you have kids you probably know how tiresome it can be trying to keep them entertained.  Especially if it’s cold, rainy, or maybe snowing outdoors so you’re stuck indoors…   On days like that we go tend to go through MANY different activities.  Reading, building legos, playing with race cars, play dough, painting, coloring, crafting, baking, on and on and on.  It can be a very tiresome day for mammas!

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Toddler Tuesday – Busy Kidz in Folsom

Toddler Tuesday – Busy Kidz in Folsom

Good morning!

Thanks for joining me today for another week of Toddler Tuesday!

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If you’re new here, I dedicate Tuesday’s to all things toddler, baby, or kid related.  If you’ve got kids please join me in sharing with others the fun things you do with them or just their random musings!

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Toddler Tuesday – Childhood Play

Toddler Tuesday – Childhood Play

The teacher in me, wants to help The Love Nugget to succeed in school by teaching him.  Often times I focus on him having enough learning toys, on reading books, building with blocks, or practicing flash cards.  He actually loves all these things and enjoys doing them but more often than not I’ll look to learning opportunities over pure and simple play.

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Both are equally important but it seems as our society puts so much emphasis on meeting certain standards, we as parents feel the need to push our children to learn more.

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I could list tons of statistics on how American children are failing in comparison to children from other countries.  But is that all that matters?

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I mean, I know those scores are important.  I know how crucial it is for our children to be able to read, to write, to calculate, to do well in school but I also know that without play children are missing a huge part of their childhood.

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The part that helps them learn how to solve problems on their own. to play/work independently, to use their imagination which is directly related to cognitive development.

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Research shows that children should be allowed to play both indoors and outdoors for large blocks of time.  I’ve taken my fair share of childhood developmental classes and am well aware of this but I also taught Second Grade where standardized testing is pushed so hard on children.

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I’ve seen how stressed these young kids can get about doing good and pleasing their parents and teachers.  As a teacher, this makes me want to teach The Love Nugget so that he will do well without having to stress as much when that time comes.

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However, I’m constantly reminding myself how crucial that play time is.

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Playtime with others, by himself, outside, insides, with blocks, with trucks, in the dirt, in the rain, with measuring cups, or with toys.  Just pure and simple play 🙂

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Fitness Friday – Signs you’re exercising too much

Fitness Friday – Signs you’re exercising too much

Happy Friday!

Is anyone else doing a happy dance for Friday!  I sure am, for some reason this was just one that I wanted gone.  Nothing bad really just that funk I mentioned and nasty winds making things worse.  Luckily the weather for the weekend is supposed to be gorgeous and we have plans with family and friends 🙂

Yesterday was actually a really great day!

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Sweet Surprise

Sweet Surprise

Good morning!

I took most the day off from blogging yesterday so I’ll be playing catch up today.  The Love Nugget was feeling much better yesterday which was a huge relief since it’s so sad to see him not feeling well!  I was planning to go for a run but he insisted on going to the gym.  So we did and I got my spin on!  Instead of also doing a strength workout, we came home and took The White Coyote for a walk.  I’m trying to spend more time just walking and doing less intense workouts all the time.  I’d love to even start adding in a day of yoga or stretching as an active recovery day.  We’ll see how that goes though… During his nap I prepped dinner and made him some won ton wraps that he loves.  Then we headed to the mall to return some stuff and do a little shopping.  I didn’t realize I had 500 points at Sephora and scored this little gift, sweet!

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Toddler Tuesday – Fun Day at Home!

Toddler Tuesday – Fun Day at Home!

Happy Tuesday all!

I’m back with Toddler Tuesday which today has no theme or focus whatsoever but is toddler based 🙂

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WIAW- a few recipes and a HIIT workout

WIAW- a few recipes and a HIIT workout

Ahhh Wednesday…. You have snuck up on me way too quickly this week!  Maybe it’s because last week dragged by with me being sick and all.  Or maybe it’s because I’ve got a million things to do in the next few weeks and time goes by faster when your busy.  Either way it’s Wednesday!  Which means it’s time yet again for What I Ate Wednesday!

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WIAW Paleo Edition #2

WIAW Paleo Edition #2

Monday, I went to the mailbox twice.  No mail… Then when the hubby got home I mentioned to him that the mail hadn’t arrived when I checked.  He ever so kindly reminded me that it was a holiday.  What!?!  Do I live in a box?  It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and I had no idea.  Probably due to a few reasons.  1. Since I don’t go to work (although I work 24-7), I don’t look forward to days off.  2. I watch so little T.V. I don’t know what’s going on in our world.  3.  I’ve got so much on my mind lately that I completely tune things out.  Ahhh!  I think it was a wake up call to slow down and pay a little better attention to the world around me.  After all, it’s an important day and respect should be given 🙂 So, thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for fighting so hard in what you believe!

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday. He should have turned 84 today. http://www.legacy.com/ns/news-story.aspx?t=the-lives-martin-luther-king-touched=1210Source

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A Crafty Day

A Crafty Day

Happy weekend all!

Anything fun planned?  We are home, relaxing this morning which is nice.  Maybe some gym time with the hubby today, park with the family, and a few errands planned.  Tomorrow I’m taking a photography class in the morning which I’m somewhat looking forward to.  It will be nice to learn about the functions on my camera (that I’ve had for a year now), but it’s from 8:00 to 1:00 which takes up my whole morning.  Oh well!

The Love Nugget is still fighting a little cough but seems to be feeling just fine!  Despite the cough, I took him to his first gymnastics class yesterday.  We were supposed to start the week before but we went to the doctor instead.  He had a great time but was not a fan of following the rules.  He didn’t want to sit in the circle, didn’t want to do the parachute, and didn’t want to sing the song.  I think it’s good I enrolled him because he needs to learn how to follow the rules and listen to others.

After gymnastics we made a quick stop at Hobby Lobby for a few crafting supplies.  While there, I decided I was in a crafting mood and grabbed some stuff to make a few Valentines decorations.

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The wreath was super easy to make.  I wrapped burlap (a thick burlap ribbon) around a basic wreath.  They didn’t have foam ones so I had to get a straw one which was a mess!  I purchased the flowers as they were, made a bow out of cute ribbon, then took two wooden hearts and glued some cute scrapbook paper to them.  Voila!  Super simple, cute and cheap!

The banner was even easier with my Circuit.  Cut out burlap triangles then used my circuit to cut out the letters.  Strung it up using black ribbon and called it good!  I’m going to hang it over our mantle with a few other Vday touches that I’m working on.  Photo to come soon!

While I was crafting away, the Love Nugget was refusing to nap. Not sure what his deal was since he was exhausted and usually likes to nap. However, he played happily in his crib for a awhile then in his room while I worked upstairs.

It was such a nice afternoon yesterday.  It’s been freezing in the mornings but warming up to 60’s in the afternoon.  The hubby came home early so we could go check out a park close by our house.  By the time we got there the sun was starting to set so it was getting a little cold but it was gorgeous!

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The Love Nugget was amazed at all the geese and ducks and the White Coyote ran around like he owned the place.

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 We’ll definitely be going back, hopefully today for a picnic 🙂

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We got home around 5:30 and immediately fed the Love Nugget his dinner.  Well, his no napping caught up to him because before we knew it, he had passed out in his chair.  So early to bed for him!

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The hubby and I enjoyed a glass or wine (or two) while making dinner, and chatting.  I didn’t snap a picture but it was really good!  Baked salmon with a dill balsamic dressing I received from my foodie pen pal, along with some sautéed kale and mushrooms.  Yum!  After dinner we watched a movie we had recorded a few weeks ago.  It was called Just Go With It and wasn’t expecting to like it since I’m not a huge fan of Adam Sandler movies but it was really funny!

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We thought the Love Nugget would be waking up super early since he went to bed at 6:00 and usually doesn’t go to sleep until 7:00.  However, he slept until 7:00 which meant we did as well.  Yay!

Off to make some breakfast then head to the gym for a Saturday workout!  Thinking some Cross fit today…

Have a great weekend!

QUESTIONS –

  • What are your plans for the weekend? 
  • Have  you seen Just Go With It?  What did you think? 
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