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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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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Our Favorite Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Experiences

It’s that time of year here in Dayton: the circus is coming to town! In honor of this, here are some of our most memorable moments with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.

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We took Kelsey to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for the first time a few years back and she loved seeing all the performers and animal acts. Although, I think the highlight for her was getting to each as much popcorn as she wanted.

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Thanks to the Blue Star Museum program, we checked out the Ringling Museum in Sarasota while we were living in Tampa. It was neat to learn more about what the performers do and the history of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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Finally, the pre-show is always the best part of the show, when you can interact with the performers and get to see some of the acts up close. We took our oldest out for a bit shortly after our second was born for some one-on-one time while my Mom watched the baby (a perk of living close to the venue).

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Last year, we decided to do a circus theme for Halloween this year. I found matching tiger costumes for the girls, we have the items to dress my husband like an animal trainer, and I just need to decorate a red jacket, thrift store find to wear with a top hat for my ringmaster costume.

Want to experience Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus with your family?

Check out Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for more information about which show is coming to your town and click here to purchase tickets for a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance in your area!

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