Monday, July 21, 2014

Make It Monday - Hair Clip Organizer

The saga of organizing hair accessories continues.  Last Monday we created a Headband Organizer from an Oatmeal Container.  This week's task is an on the wall, organized display for my daughter's beloved hair barrettes and clip.

Yep, on the wall. No more drawers full of hair clips for this family!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Make it Monday: Headband Organizer

As back to school draws near, I am focusing on organizing the "small stuff" that has the ability to create morning stress and tardiness for school.  Over the next few weeks I will be looking at the tasks that can make or break our morning madness.  As silly as it sounds, hair accessories are definitely a routine wrecker for my "princess."

My daughter LOVES her hair accessories.  Coordinating her favorite headband with her outfit may be easy, but waiting for her to finding the beloved hair accessory often makes me pull my hair out.

To solve her headband dilemma I created this headband holder.  It's super easy to make and lets my daughter know exactly where her headbands belong.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Learning with LEGO - Mathematics Addition sums of 10

My teaching career has resulted in boxes of manipulatives, visual models that promote hands on learning, to teach a variety of subjects. When I became a SAHM I kept all of my teaching tools with a dream of my children excitedly employing them to learn concepts at home.  My daughter fulfilled that dream, excitedly my exploring the properties of numbers and mathematical operations with my elementary manipulatives.

My son is a different story.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Make it Monday: Dry Erase Board (AKA re-purposing a picture frame)

In our attempt to be "green" we love to recycle items around the house.  My daughter is constantly finding creative, new uses for items.  She is really into re-purposing "junk," but wishes being environmentally conscious was called being "pink." 

Another benefit of reusing items is that it clears out some of the stuff jammed under our beds (AKA my storage unit). Come on, I'm sure you all have a place where you stash items that you aren't using.  My beds are hiding tons of old picture frames.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Make it Monday: Independence Day 4th of July Sparklers

4th of July is Friday!

My family has begun our preparations to celebrate the Declaration of Independence.  My children and I created these 4th of July Sparklers to double as decorations and "toys" for our festivities.

This super easy craft can add color to your celebration in a variety of ways.  You could place some in a jar full of red white and blue rice.  Stick them in potted flowers/plants.  They could even be used to decorate your lawn.  No matter how I end up using mine, I know that by the end of the day each one will be held in sticky hands as we celebrate our Independence.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sun Protection: You Gotta Wear Shades

It was an overcast, winter day in Arizona.  I had driven to South Mountain for a refreshing hike when I realized I'd forgotten my sunglasses at home.

There was no sun in sight.  I remember thinking, "I'm not going to be out that long. It's cloudy.  I don't need my sunglasses."

During my one hour journey through the mountain trails my eyes felt fine. However, later that day the skin surrounding my eyes was red and tender.  The pain continued to increase, eventually it hurt to blink.  The next day, my mirror revealed what I feared - my eyelids were burnt!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lego Robotics at All Around Learning Center Review

Every year I search for a summer camp that will engage my children in appropriate social and educational activities.  Before mommyhood I was a hard core teacher.  I've always held high standards for myself in all that I do and my teaching career was no different.   I was obsessed, working sunrise to sunset (literally), to create the ultimate learning environment for my students.

Now an at home mom, I provide daily opportunities for fun and learning.  In addition to these "impromptu" learning moments, I believe that children benefit from exposure to a educational activities in a nurturing social environment during the summer.

Therefore, I enroll them in short camps/classes to provide enrichment during the summer.  Finding one that meets my high expectations is easier said than done.

My daughter just completed her first week long Adv Jr Robotics camp at All Around Learning center.  I am happy to report that my search for an educationally exciting class, that my children jump out of bed for, is over.