Back to School, J Style

Back to SchoolI should probably have entitled this post: The Tale of Two Ninja Turtle backpacks…as it certainly was. But first, a little more about this very J approved outfit….

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Art with Kids: String Art

String ArtFor our second art in the afternoon session, we filled A’s art bucket list and actually talked about Pollock (rather than just putting his information on the board in our kitchen and not doing the project). I have a bit more about Kandinsky, Pollock, and String Art if you’d like to read…

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Friday Favorites

 

SwimFeels like summer.

Southwest BLT salad sounds like the perfect lunch.

On the hunt for a look for less of this gold and geometric side table.

Breakfast bagel bar party that you could put together for any occasion.

Simple, yet insightful tips for hiking with kids.

So when the ends of my hair got super dry my hairstylist recommended coconut oil. When J had terrible tangles in his hair my hairstylist recommended coconut oil. I also use coconut oil in my granola bars. So…there’s that.

My love for wisteria is right up there with cherry blossoms.

A DIY to give you a reason to pick up a few extra coasters at IKEA.

Nine reasons I’m like Danny Tanner. HA!

A graphic, patterned, and bright bedroom that uses all of my favorite colors!

I had terrific protein squares with chia seed this week, and if I get the recipe I’ll share it! Until then, try these strawberry chia jam snack squares.

An insightful article about how to get past procrastination….if I ever getting around to reading it. Just kidding…I read it, you should too!

Reminding my kiddos to be awesome on their way out the door to school with some free printables.

On parenting in Germany…by one of my favorite food authors.

Biker, Military, or Tailored? The only question….is buying three jackets at once too much?

And lastly…If you’re a Star Wars fan this is the best photo bomb, ever.

Have a great weekend!

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Dr. Pepper Floats

Dr Pepper FloatsB and I got caught sneaking dessert the other night after the boys went to bed…

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Back to school outfit, A style

Back to School StyleIt’s a tradition in our house to pick out back to school outfits, and with the addition of being in kindergarten A also has some new cool school items. I thought I would share a bit more about them if you would like to read…

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Two weeks from school…

AJ It’s hard to believe that in just two short weeks our summer will be done and A will start kindergarten and J will start preschool. This summer we have traveled a little bit, played a lot, and enjoyed all the good parts of summer (watching cartoons in the morning, having cousin time, and eating lots of popsicles would top the boys’ list). We are about out of writing practice worksheets, and I am close to out of activity ideas, so I think it’s a good time for school to start! I know A is very ready to get back to a classroom setting, and I am so excited for everything he will learn this next year. While I am a bit nervous about how J is going to take to preschool that first week, I know it won’t be long before he is marching in there hat on, hands in his pockets, ready to play!

For the last two weeks of summer A told me his ideas of what we should do, so here is his list:

1. Play with his cousins

2. Check on the garden at Granna and Papa’s

3. Eat pizza

4. Eat ice cream

5. Run in the sprinklers

6. Play Mario

7. Watch a movie

8. Play Legos

9. Color Mario pictures

10. Play Legos while watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Definitely a list we can tackle in the next few weeks and completely A. Happy Tuesday!

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Art with Kids: Primary Colors

Art with Kids: Primary ColorsWe have just a few short weeks before the boys start school, and for a few of those afternoons we are getting together with friends to do art in the afternoon. Our first lesson was about primary colors and sketching if you would like to see..

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Friday Favorites

July 20141. Our produce pick up from this past week was overwhelming! It was really tasty, but I was glad that I decided split it with my sister. We are still making our way through all of the cherries, plums, and tomatoes.

2. The snap cubes have been a big hit with the boys, especially because you can make shapes out of them, which has basically developed them into Lego tower territory.

3. The boys decided to be my mini-stylists for a day and picked out ALL of my jewelry for me to wear. So…apparently more is more.

4 & 5. Oh, J. I do wish that boy had more personality. ;)

A gorgeous flower shop worth the many sneezes I would undoubtedly endure upon entering.

So that’s how you make iPhone photos look gorgeous.

We have a whole host of tomatoes and more on the way, so I was happy to find a bunch of ideas for prepping and cooking them.

Making all those readings of “Polar Bear, Polar Bear” a little sweeter.

Great travel books, whether or not you are traveling this summer.

Have you read the Elephant and Piggie books with your kids? They are A’s new favorite read aloud books. We are looking forward to sharing (and making) some ice cream, but until that book comes in at our library the boys have been reading “I will Surprise my Friend” and then trying to hide behind things and scare each other. An impromptu activity if you will.

Loving the trendsetting style of Diane Kruger.

One day B and I will have nightstands that are twins. Until then we are settling with our first cousins twice removed nightstands. HA!

And speaking of ice cream (we were talking about that, yes?), I found a great way to count down our last days before school starts again.

B and I used to make this tomato-tuna-pasta dish when we were dating. I just found it’s more elegant older sister. When we met she sounded something like Ina Garten.

 

Such a cute and a classy way of taking on the cropped top trend.

I feel like this post is mainly about reading and ice cream. So…a book about ice cream seems fitting.

And that’s it! Have a great weekend!

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All about fireflies

Both boys are fascinated by fireflies, so it seemed like a perfect July activity to discuss a little more about them!

We read The Very Lonely Firefly book (one of the surprises in their July box)…

The Very Lonely Firefly

Then we did a little worksheet that told us more about the anatomy and make-up of a firefly…

FIrefly WorksheetWe also made good use of the hand-me-down science book we received from my nephew, by talking about the different parts of insects, how fireflies are beetles, and how they are different than spiders:

InsectsAnd we talked about how animals use parts of their bodies as tools and what fireflies might use as a tool:

FirefliesWe drew and colored our own fireflies (this craft was our inspiration)….

Fireflies IMG_6128 IMG_6129 IMG_6133And of course we have plans to go out and catch some fireflies at some point, but we haven’t quite gotten to that yet. However when we do we will be using these:

Mason JarsGood old mason jars. I’m not sure what else you catch fireflies with! Happy firefly studying!

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Make-up favorites, part II

Splurge Worthy Make-Up

I have loved make-up pretty much as long as I can remember. When I was growing up my favorite thing about Halloween was getting to wear make-up. I can still remember in 6th grade trying to convince my Mom of make-up items I needed. When I was in college, one of the things I always splurged on was make-up. From Dior shadows to NARS palette’s I had couldn’t resist new trendy sets. Having two boys and, you know, life responsibilities I can’t splurge the way I used to, however, there are some products that I am committed to and keep on hand. These are my top nine!

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