Auto organization: fold up organizers

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When you spend as much time in a vehicle as we do, AND you have kids, you’re bound to have a messy car. If you spend as much time in a vehicle as we do, you’re bound to get annoyed by the constant mess. There  were things we tried to do, but not all of them have been working. We used these bags and fold up fabric drawers for a while, but after so long, they began to lose their effectiveness. The bins didn’t keep their shape and things began sliding out of them every time we’d go around a curb.

A plastic bin makes a fantastic trash can. I empty it when I stop to get gas.

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A second plastic bin holds baby wipes, tissues, a phone charger, and sanitizer.

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And the center console holds our sunglasses. (not pictured).

My daughter had a handy dandy bag, but she seemed to have little time for what was in the bag and always carried a bunch more stuff every time we’d leave the house. Which then ended up not getting carried in and adding to the mess.

To combat this, I asked her what toys she wanted to keep in the van. I put them in an organizer, and put an empty bag in there for carrying toys back into the house that she brings along.

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Our “trunk area” is routinely full of this and that- the stroller, items to be donated (which then ride with us for weeks at a time) and stuff that needs to go in the house but never seems to make it there. I also used a fold up organizer in the “trunk”  to contain a small first aid kit, emergency baby items, changes of clothes, and our emergency car kit. Now the only thing back here are the stroller, the Boppy pillow and the bin.

 

 

The bin holds our small first aid kit and our car kit. Read about the car kit here.

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I’m liking the new car organization. What do you think?

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Week in review Wednesday

We had a very busy weekend this past weekend. First and most importantly, my sweet Emorie graduated from preschool.

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This is significant because, thirteen years ago, I graduated high school and my first cousin graduated preschool. Now, thirteen years later, my cousin graduates high school this year and my daughter graduated preschool. We took this photo to commemorate the occasions.

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We also went shopping for school clothes and swimsuits. Check out this cutie modeling her purchases.

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Miss Aubrey was quite the cutie this weekend as well. Here are my favorite shots of her.

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I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Happy Wednesday.

Small changes for spring

First of all, I apologize for not posting yesterday. It’s been an extremely busy weekend, and this is also a REALLLYYY busy time of year at school, so things might be a bit quiet the next two weeks. I am posting today instead.

I love our bedding in our room.  We use a duvet with a mustard yellow medallion-patterned cover on it and a white pick-stitched quilt. We love it, but this time of year, it tends to get a bit too heavy.

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I usually change things up by adding a white duvet cover and a lighter weight duvet. I still use the pick stitched quilt. This year,m I wanted to do something different.

I love quilts. I found this one at my mom’s house. She got it from my uncle. It’s old and worn, and soft, just like a quilt should be.Plus, it adds a little color and farmhouse to my room and I love that.

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Sometimes, all it takes is a small update to refresh your space.

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Laundry room: a real work in progress!

Remember this post last week about the worst laundry room ever? Well, progress is being made, and even though I really can’t show it to you just yet, I can show you this awesome mood board I put together for the project.

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I cannot wait for you to see the finished project. I am so excited about how it’s turning out. Stay tuned!

 

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Four early literacy activities

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DISCLAIMER: I am an English teacher, but I teach middle school children. I’m not an expert, but I am a parent of an almost-kindergartener. These activities below are some tried and true methods that are working in our household. Feel free to contribute anything you have tried and enjoyed in your own homes- we are always looking for new ideas to keep things new and exciting.

  1. Upper and lowercase letter Memory:

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My daughter hates flash cards! Sitting down and going through flash cards is a great way to make her lose interest and not want to play any more. However, if you have separate flash card stacks for lowercase and capital letters, you can use them to play Memory or matching games. Emorie loves this and I don’t even have to fight her to get her to stay “practiced up” on her letter recognition. If you don’t have flash cards, there are tons of printable plash cards available on the Internet. The ones above are from mrprintables.com. m

2. Word sound sorts:

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Those of you who have school age children might be familiar with Words Their Way. This is roughly the same idea. I used an old phonics book to cop some pictures of animals on cardstock. I then handed my child the cards with some magnetic letters and asked her to sort the cards. She loves it!

3. Building words:

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Cookie sheets are awesome for activities like this, and Miss Priss seems to love it. We created a grid like the one above, and we use a dry erase marker, magnetic letters and a sentence strip to practice her sight words. She seems to enjoy this game a lot! I found this idea on Pinterest but couldn’t find an original source.

4.  “Artistic” word building:

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We have used cheerios, pom poms and pretzels. Our favorite way to do this is with glitter pom poms. So much fun!

I hope you all like our favorite activities! Please share some of your favorites!

 

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Easy recipes: Hummus-stuffed red peppers

Get ready for one of the easiest and tastiest recipes ever!

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I wanted something quick, easy, cheap and healthy for my lunch this week. I’m aware of how hard it is to find something that fits all those categories. I was inspired by a good friend of mine to try this after seeing her do this one day at lunch.

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You will need one bell pepper. Color is completely up to you- I used a red bell pepper because I had one. You’ll also need a small tub of hummus (again, flavor is up to you. I used Sabra Roasted Red Pepper) and some rice. I used instant brown rice.

First, cut your bell pepper in half. Pull the stem off the top of the pepper and cut out the seeds.

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Secondly, mix your hummus and cooked, drained rice together.

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Thirdly, pack your hollowed out peppers with the hummus and rice mixture.

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Serve cold and enjoy. This was such a tasty lunch and it kept me really full!

I didn’t do a recipe card for this since there isn’t much to it. I hope you enjoy it!

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Dining room decorating adventures

We are slowly but surely pulling together our dining room. We have a few short term things we plan to do, and a few long term plans as well.
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We bought this gorgeous dining room set from Craigslist. We took the doors off the China cabinet to make it more like a hutch.
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You really can’t see them, but I also found these great plates to hang on either side of the China cabinet. The milk can is from my grandparents.

A few months ago, I made this Fixer Upper-inspired “bakery” sign. I think it fits the space well.

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We are still shopping for rugs for underneath the table, and we’re still looking for curtains.

I did finally find a large frame to frame a recent antique store purchase: this cattle feed bag from a feed mill that used to operate here in our hometown.

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We are excited that our dining room is almost finished. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Week in pictures- Mother’s Day

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day with my sweet family. I also spent it with my mom and my husband’s grandmother and mother, but we didn’t take pics with them.

I snapped this sweet pic of my girls before church on Sunday. It was hard to get a good pic of both girls looking the camera and behaving.

I shared this funny collage of all the attempts to get them both looking at the camera. In the top pic, both are crying. There was some hair pulling and some pinching going on.

I also snapped this gorgeous picture of a beautiful, clear sky after days of rain.

Have a wonderful week! We’ll see you again soon with more pictures.

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Laundry room woes

Get ready to see the worst laundry room ever. It’s been a constant source of frustration in this house, but even more so now that we have two kids.

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There is one very high, impractical shelf and one closet rod.

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Right now, there are clothes everywhere because I need to iron and I haven’t had time.  The tops of the machines are always covered with crap because I can’t reach the shelves.

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The closet is deep but not very wide. There is some space on the sides that I use for storing cleaning supplies and the ironing board.

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This is the only spot in the whole room that looks good.

Something will be changing in our laundry room soon. I’ll have updates next week.

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My top five baby feeding items

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Now that my baby girl is six months, She is eating solid foods. I thought I’d take a moment to talk with you about my favorite baby feeding products. Here are my top five, in no particular order.

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  1. We have a Graco Blossom 4-in-1 high chair system that we’ve used now with both children. What I like about it is that it is adjustable to use with an infant or toddler, but that it also includes a booster seat. You can use it for up to two years and with more than one kid.

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2. We also love these BPA Free Munchkin Squeezy-spoons for baby food on the go. We just fill up the spoon and put it in a plastic baggie in case it leaks (they haven’t yet) and head out the door.

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3. Summer Infant Tiny Diner mats are where it’s at when your little one is a toddler. When Emorie was little, and she started eating table food, we’d take these to the restaurant, suction them to the table, and not have to worry about her eating off a dirty table. Plus, the mats are dishwasher safe and roll up for easy storage.

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4. Sassy Feeding Teethers are awesome for when those pesky teeth come in. We like to put frozen grapes in ours for Aubrey. Another thing you can do is put crackers or other foods in them before they’re able to bite and chew.

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5. These Nuby suction bowls with the lids and spoons are great for traveling. We love that Aubrey can’t knock them off her tray, and we love that the spoons lock into the bowl lid.

 

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