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Monster Faces Activity

Halloween is around the corner and this year my almost 4 year old is into monsters. I love that the library near us has book bundles, a handful of books banded together on various topics that are on display. It makes it easy to grab a few books without trying to keep track of two girls heading in different directions while reading book spines. The latest batch that Kelsey picked out is a Monster themed set.

One of the favorites has been Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer. It’s about a monster who is like every other monster except she has some hobbies the other monsters just don’t get.

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In my usual fashion, I had some materials laying around, in this case sheets of felt, and had a quick idea. In the end, we have a fun new “busy bag” idea that my preschooler enjoyed and even my 1 year old had fun checking out. To create your own Monster Faces Felt Activity, just get a little creative with some scissors and felt and cut out shapes that could be eyes, mouth, etc. I just used basic shapes like triangles, circles, and squares in various sizes and some zig zag pieces that could maybe be hair, or teeth, or eyebrows.

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That’s pretty much it! It took a few minutes to get started and I just kept making more pieces from the scraps after cutting out bigger shapes. The girls played with these for a while until, well, the 1 year old started acting like a 1 year old and trying to grab all the pieces. You can only do so much.

Don’t mind the bedhead. We were still in pajamas at almost lunch time – who doesn’t love a lazy weekend morning. I hope your little monsters enjoy the activity, too!

 

Disney On Ice Princesses and Heroes Ticket Giveaway! (Dayton, OH)

 

Through artistic skating and graceful acrobatics, Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes beautifully recreates the defining moments when eight Disney Princesses’ wishes are fulfilled with help from their devoted Princes.  Tinker Bell guides guests through the inspiring stories of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White as their wishes are being granted and their dreams coming true.

Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail.  Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love.  See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora.  Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin.  And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true.  High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away!  Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes, where believing is just the beginning!

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes is coming to the WSU Nutter Center October 22-26, 2014. See when it is coming to your town and purchase tickets today!

Dayton area shows:

Oct 22, 2014 (Wed) 7:00 PM

Oct 23, 2014 (Thu) 7:00 PM

Oct 24, 2014 (Fri) 7:00 PM

Oct 25, 2014 (Sat) 1:00 PM

Oct 25, 2014 (Sat) 5:00 PM

Oct 26, 2014 (Sun) 1:00 PM

Oct 26, 2014 (Sun) 5:00 PM

 

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My daughter recently started liking Rapunzel, in addition to Ana and Elsa. She also knows who some of the princesses, like Belle and Cinderella, are from their Sofia the First appearances. I’m hoping I can get her interested in Tiana soon. Either way, I know she is going to love watching this show. The costumes and music are great and the skaters are always so wonderfully talented and graceful. We can’t wait to go!

Would you like to win a pair of tickets? Follow the link below to the entry form! *The prize is 4 tickets to the opening show, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7pm and the WSU Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The giveaway ends at midnight on October 14; a winner will be selected and will have 24 hours to reply to claim their prize.

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Good luck!

 

 

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Last Day as a Stay at Home Mom

The last time I worked was a few days before Kelsey was born almost 4 years ago. I have been a stay at home mom since she was born and part of what lead to this blog. I have been with her almost everyday of her life and Aubrey has never gone more than a few hours without me in her first year of life.

Until last week.

I never intended on staying home forever and figured I would look at going back when Aubrey turned 1. Well, a weeks short of that, I started looking and sent a few resumes out. Then, an opportunity through a friend presented itself. After two interviews, I found myself being offered a full-time position the week of Aubrey’s first birthday. It starts tomorrow.

Thankfully, it worked out that I was able to get both girls into the same daycare nearby on base and that they could start a week before my position started. Kelsey has loved it and adapted very well to going everyday (she was going two full days a week at another daycare before this). Aubrey, on the other hand, has had a rougher time adjusting.

As I suspected, she enjoys playing and, after being a little cautious the first day, she is eating well. However, the most worrisome part for me is that she isn’t really taking to the new sleep schedule of 1 nap after lunch instead of an AM and PM nap. Also, the biggest change is that at home she is nursed to sleep for naps and often just takes her naps on my lap or in a carrier. At least she is quiet when she wakes up after a short catnap and looks at books while the teachers do their tasks. I just wish I could get her to sleep at night.

While they were at daycare this week, I constantly kept checking my phone. Only one call – apparently, Aubrey has some sort of skin allergy to cottage cheese we are now going to be looking into. At least she has been getting more comfortable with the adults that care for her and all the staff seem nice, knowledgeable, and hard working.

The other thing is that this daycare refuses to utilize cloth diapers so we now provide disposable diapers and wipes for while she is there but are still using cloth diapers and wipes at home in the evenings and on the weekends. I find it a little depressing, but I’ll get over it.

We are still nursing at home. So, we’ll see how long she is interested in it. I actually had to go purchase regular bras and part of my work wardrobe since I have been mainly living in nursing camisoles.

I am excited about going back to work and my job is going to be challenging and taking me back into the worlds of both dance and education. It is just tough going back as a Mom. I think I have questioned whether or not I should at least once a day since accepting the offer. I question whether or not I’ll be able to balance work and family. I question if I am doing more harm than good for my girls. I don’t know how this transition is going to go for all the parties involved.

I have adjusted my tasks so that I do a majority of household chores and personal errands during the weekdays so there is lots of family time in the evenings and weekends. That is not going to be an option anymore. Just going to visit family won’t be an option for a while and will take more coordination. On the other hand, I am looking forward to the occasion lunch date. My husband took this past week off and it was wonderful to eat and converse in peace.

I also got a ton of projects and things around the house done including a yard sale. Cleared out some clutter before things get busy and it gets too cold and we made enough to get the next size up of car seats we need for the girls plus a few odds and ends of winter clothing.

It is going to be interesting around here for the next few weeks as everyone adjusts to our new normal, but I am hopeful everyone will come out okay in the end. I am excited about the new clothes I picked up and I actually had a reason to get some new makeup and get my nails done.

I am grateful that I had the chance to be home with these two gorgeous little girls, even if some days I wanted to pull my hair out. I am now happy to take on the challenge of getting out into the world again. Wish me luck!

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Cloth Diaper Giveaway by Mama Mooshka

 
This month Mama Mooshka is hosting a cloth diaper giveaway with co-hosts Willy B Mum and Making It Home! Being cloth diaper advocates ourselves, we wanted to share the wonderful world of cloth diapering with another special momma out there!
 
The lucky winner will receive 1 pocket diaper (for boy or girl), 2 organic inserts, and 2 unbleached prefolds (size 1). 
 
This giveaway starts October 1st, 2014 and will run until midnight on October 31st, so get your entries in!
 
 
More Participant/Promotional Thanks Go To…
 
- Nurture ~ Natural Parenting Magazine- Maman Loup’s Den

- Galactic Inspirations
- Domesticating Michelle
- Babys Nest
- Giveaway Moxie
- A Fulfilled Mommy
 
- Parenting Patch



- Chronically Content- Dark Ridge Farm




How to Win
 
All you need to do is follow the rafflecopter widget below!



There are 6 easy mandatory entries, so make sure you hit all those first!

 
Have fun, good luck, and stay tuned for more upcoming giveaways this holiday season!
 
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Interchangable Headband for Hair Bows

I’m a genius! I found a way to put all the cute hair bows back into rotation. My one year old won’t keep a headband or bow on for 1 second. My three year old only likes regular headbands. If you ask her if she wants a “clippie” bow she’ll she yes but just wants to hold it, not wear it.

I thought about putting some on headbands since she loves the ones she has from Luna Blue’s but then I would end up with 100 headbands. I had a light bulb moment.

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I couldn’t find just a single black fabric covered headband so I took a bow off an inexpensive store bought bow off of this one. Yes, there is still some glue stuck to it, but you don’t see it when there is a bow attached. I just hot glued on a little loop of ribbon. Make it just loose enough that you can get the bottom of an alligator clip in but it will stay in place.

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That’s it! You can interchange any bow onto a headband. My daughter is thrilled because she can pick any bow. My little one is modeling below since the big one was taking a nap.

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Enjoy! If you cloth diaper, be sure to check out the giveaway I am promoting.

”HappyandBlessedHome.com”

Apples, Apples, Apples!

We went apple picking at the start of the month. It is something I wanted to do last year but we finally did it this year. It was great to let the girls walk around and pluck them right off the tree. After picking strawberries and raspberries this summer, Kelsey had the drill down. I just needed to show her once what to do and she was off. Aubrey was happy to take them out, taste test a few, and put them back in the bag. It only took about half an hour to fill a half bushel to overflowing.

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Of course, Kelsey had two and Aubrey had one apple right off the tree. We made caramel apples at Aubrey’s birthday party. Apple pancakes, oatmeal with apples. A few batches of applesauce in the crockpot and lots of sliced apples for snacks and with meals. Today we finished off the last of it by making some apple pie filling to toss in the freezer for a later time, maybe Thanksgiving.

Kelsey has been familiar with the life cycle of butterflies but when we found a tadpole this summer, we really got into life cycles. This was another opportunity to discuss how trees grow from seeds and we plant seeds to grow plants and trees that give us food. Of course, this was a little confusing because she was not happy about me roasting pumpkin seeds instead of planting them.

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Thanks, apples, for seeing us into fall, pumpkins will taking it from here. I have already roasted two, with the puree sitting in the freezer. So far, we’ve made pumpkin spice syrup for coffee, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin French toast. And, there are still two more pumpkins sitting outside waiting to be cooked.

I wish our butternut squash had done better in our garden, but at least we’ve been able to get a great variety of local produce to choose from. After our morning of apple picking, we played at one of the nature play areas with a creek next to it. Playing in creeks and turning over rocks has become of my 3 year olds favorite things now and now, apparently, my almost 1 year old likes it to. Can’t wait to see what else fall brings.

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Frozen Fun and Disney On Ice Coming to Town

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Frozen’s icy grip took ahold in this household a while back, but it is still going strong. Towels turn into Elsa capes, gloves are tossed to the wind, and demands of “Mommy sing the Elsa song” happen regularly. I can’t wait until we can get back down to Disney World to see their Frozen set-ups. In the meanwhile, I am excited to take Kelsey to the next Disney On Ice show coming to our area.

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes is coming to the WSU Nutter Center, October 22-26, 2014 and word has it the sisters from Frozen have been added to the line up. There is also a Disney’s Frozen show touring so definitely check out if it is coming to your town. Click here to purchase tickets to a Disney On Ice show near you!

The last Disney On Ice show we went to was absolutely gorgeous. The lighting, the effects, the costumes. The performers were great. In the meanwhile, check out some Frozen inspired activities and crafts I have rounded up on Pinterest.

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I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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