MISSION PLAYROOM

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A few weeks shy of being in the house a year, I am putting the finishing touches on the playroom.  It took the longest because I needed the kids to looove this room.  A place the kids wanted to play in, read in, watch tv in, even disappear to, if you know what I mean….mama needs some alone time…sorry!!  The playroom is honestly one of my favorite rooms in our house because of its shape and A-frame ceilings.  It has little nooks and crannies with built in desks, along with four little closets that house the girls toys in one, the boys toys in another, stuffed animals in another, and Kaitlin’s secret hide away in the last one.  One day I’ll convert the girls toy closet into a playhouse.  The other side of the house, just above the garage, has an exact replica of the playroom.  That side will eventually be a movie theater-office for my husband.  Yep the playroom took precedence…is that bad??

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Dove…Love Your Hair

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Okay ladies…lets talk hair! Clean hair, dirty hair, bedhead whatever you got.   Rencently @Dove found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way. It never even dawned on me that this was actually a thing. I mean I know women feel that pressure with being a certain dress size and even the clothes they wear, but really hair never occurred to me. Realizing now that this is a real thing and that it can begin at an early age, I want all of my daughters to know that their hair is beautiful and unique. When you think about it, everyones hair is completely different from one another. It’s kind of like each head of hair is much like a snowflake…no two are the same. This makes us all unique and special in our own way. It’s was sets us apart and makes us awesomely different. I still remember all of the ways my mom spoke to me each day secretly building my confidence. I remember then she told me I was artitic. I believed it and that confidence stuck with me anytime I had to create something. I created and it always turned out just the way I hoped. I know what it was the constant reminder and reinforcement that enabeled me to do it each and every time. Looking back and knowing how postivity effected me, I want to make a concious effort to remind all my kids of their stengths in all areas of their lives. And since appearance can be such a tough one for girls to really feel confident about…Im going to start there.

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TOYS FOR THE TOTS!!

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This may be a horrible thing to admit or a very wise confession I am not sure…but the girls are approaching two and I don’t think I have ever bought them a toy!!  We’ve gotten them a few baby dolls but never an actual baby or toddler toy…oh my gosh not even a learning one.  I did keep a lot of the boys old toys so they did have those but let’s be honest every year the advances in toys is crazy…they have some really cool and cute toys out there. With all that said, I was really exited to see their reaction to Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol Jungle Rescue line.

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Annie’s Homegrown has gone Halloween!

So we kind of love Annie’s Homegrown over here. And we aren’t just talking about the babies…the big kids snuck off to eat their snacks just so the babies wouldn’t try to take them…and this is why we have the whole box in front of them.

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Annie’s Homegrown has dressed up their delicious fruit snacks & bunny grahams in a Halloween theme, but as always, has left out all the scary stuff like artificial flavors, synthetic colors and preservatives…?? Plus, both varieties are certified organic!  And since the girls are showing signs of the terrible twos approaching, I’m happy to use their snacks as rewards for good behavior!! And they come in fun little snack packs so I can hand them right over.

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The Organic Halloween Bunny Grahams are a huge hit probably because they are honey and chocolate falovor and taste so Amaaazing.  Finn was pretty excited to find the fun DIY super hero costume activity in the box too.  And the Organic Bunnies & Bats Fruit Snacks taste so good they ate the whole box…I am not kidding. I wasn’t about to stop them either since I was also trying to take picture of them and they were cooperating…humm new bribing tactic??

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These boxes didn’t last long…oppps!!!

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Halloween Treats, costumes, and pretty pumpkins!

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Sweet treats and sweet Faces.

Be sure to check out Annie’s website to get all the deets on this mission-driven company working to make organic options of the foods we all love.  They have so many awesome organic, wholesome and yummy products, from mac & cheese, soups, crackers, cookies, baking & beyond, you’ll be just as obsessed.

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Boo Bye!!…Thank you to Annie’s for sponsoring this post!

TEACHING KIDS VALUES THROUGH FUN CREATIVE PLAY

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I am not going to lie… I am busy, like super busy and some things go by the way side.  Like quality time with my kids…well that and probably some good old life long values I should be teaching them more consistantly.  We don’t have family dinners as often as we should or family nights…like ever, but the moments we do have together I try to make them memorable, funny, and real!!!  With that said I was super excited to receive these awesome activity kits by Happy Heart Kids.  They have activity kits that are filled with games and craft projects that focus on social emotional learning for the whole family. 
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the baby hands…ahhhhh

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chubby baby hands…

They are super fun and super easy which is great for busy parents and little kids who’s attention spans are non-existent.  But I think the best part of these activity kits are their message, not only for what they are teach the kids but the parents as well.  More times than I would like to admit,  I have totally lost it when the kids were acting rudely or inappropriate, or just plain bratty.  My first instinct has always been to yell…as if my scary scary voice is going to make them stop hitting each other or make them clean up after themselves.  In reality it just teaches them that yelling is the right way to handle their anger.  The last thing I want to do is raise 5 replicas of myself…Oh my gosh can you image?  Since I do work though I lose a lot of time in the character building area and since my husband is the master in this area I sadly defer to him too often teaching the kids that I am incompetent in this area…I should first at least try to fake it right??  No but really,I need to assure them that I too am someone  they can turn to when they have questions about their feelings or this crazy world we live in.

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Felt flowers to give to his lady friend…just kidding!    Teaching Charles kindness through giving.

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Just Finn sharing his feelings with his family

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How she feels when I ask her to do the dishes

So we totally (yes I say totally a lot) made a crafting day of it and it was more fulfilling than I ever could have imagined.  I learned thinks about every child.  I learned about their fears, their goals (Finn wants to be the President of a Lego Club one day, read all the Diary of  a Wimpy Kid books and be a famous drummer one day.  Charles asked how he could impress a girl in his class and get her attention without getting made fun of…my heart sank.   Kaitlin, being 14 and maybe even more knowledgeable in this area than me worked with the babies on putting a felt necklace together.  Watching her work with them made me feel like I had maybe done something right because really…she is freaking cool!!!!   That was until she walked away to text her friend and left the babies at the table alone!!! Markers, scissors, and glue do not go well with Emma…lets leave it at that.

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 I highly recommend heading over to the Happy Heart Kid website and checking out some of their fun and creative kits.  It’s TOTALLY worth it and TOTALLY rewarding and TOTALLY fun!!!

 

 

 

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