Friday Favorites

Friday FavoritesJ likes to help me unload the dishwasher. So, if you are ever at our house for dinner, yes J’s face has been in the measuring cup. And yes, he sang “Darth Vader’s Anthem” while carrying it about.

I have been saying I need a way to take off toe nail polish without ruining my nails for like…ever. Genius.

When in doubt, bake cookies is a slogan I can get behind.

Highly creative people take naps (amongst other things). Definitely my mantra in graduate school.

Lemon almond bread sounds like a great switch-up from our usual weekend blueberry muffins.

This is where Walter White should have escaped to, instead of that snowy shack.

A craft book that combines kids crafts and decor projects. I love it!

Combining baseball and handwriting in one great weekend worksheet.

One of A’s favorite things to do during the summer is picnics. I am planning a moon watching picnic for him in June, since after five years the first thing he asks me when I come home from work is still, “Did you see the moon tonight, Mommy?”

B has been having a great time learning to cook Chinese food, so I’m thinking of adding this cookbook to his Father’s Day surprises.

The jelly bean has had a long and complex history…..of deliciousness.

I made pork chops with raspberry sauce this week after getting the recipe from a great friend. They were excellent! I’ll be making them again soon.

Travel to the moon, sir?

And just in case you need a few more last minute Easter craft and decoration ideas.

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An Easter Special!

Friday FavoritesA is VERY into art lately. Drawing and coloring are his main jam, and I have found him up at 6:00 coloring some mornings. While we were waiting on a cousin playdate today I did two really quick crafts with the boys that you could do this weekend, without even leaving the house for supplies!

First up, A’s Easter Egg Art:

Easter Egg ArtI printed out a free Easter Egg template and A colored it, cut it out, and taped it on a piece of purple cardstock. I then put it in the IKEA frame on my hutch.

Second, Easter Bunny Plate:

Bunny PlateJ got bored with the Easter Egg coloring pretty quickly, so I knew I needed another craft, and quick! Hence the bunny plate. I just used the back of a paper plate, cotton balls, googly eyes, two ears cut out of paper, a pom pom, and a pipe cleaner. J loves using glue sticks so he had a great time putting it together. He ran out of the glue stick midway through and so I switched to handing him pieces of rolled tape. This was fun….even if it only lasted for about ten minutes because he ran off with it and tore it apart. That kid.

Bunny Craft

And don’t worry….Friday Favorites are coming up soon! :)

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LoungingJ’s current favorite activity when I am getting ready is to lay on the bathroom rug by our tub and twirl my necklaces. Silly boy!

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Easter Baskets

Easter BasketsMy plan for the boys’ Easter baskets was:

Toy/Stuffed Animal

A is getting a Battleshell Michelangelo that he has asked for FOREVER (in his words).

J is getting a Jellycat Caffuffle Pony. I really can’t stop getting him stuffed animals because he loves them so much.


A is getting Shark in the Park by Phil Roxbee Cox

J is getting Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of Baskervilles by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver (Have you gotten any of these board books series? J and I have checked out every one from the library. His second favorite is Wuthering Heights).


Goldfish carton

Candy Item

Mini M&Ms

Outdoor Item

48 Crayola Chalk box

2 pack water soakers (you can find them at Target).

For their egg hunt I am planning to do a mix of wrapped candy and some little plastic dinosaurs because the boys fight over the ones they have!

And in case you need more ideas:

Here are the boys’ Easter baskets from last year.

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Art with Kids: Raphael

A REALLY wanted to learn about Raphael, but I had a hard time finding paintings that were a different way to do an art study. Then I came upon St. George and the Dragon. After that I knew what we would do.

First, we wrote down our facts:

Facts about RaphaelThen, I talked to A about creating a storyboard for the painting. I drew six squares and had him tell me the story in six parts (what happened first, second, third, etc.):

Storyboard a Painting Art with KidsAfter I wrote down the story I had A go back and draw pictures that coordinated with each part.

Last, we collected their dragons and dragon puppets and the boys acted out the story (which was really just a lot of dragon puppet throwing and yelling):

IMG_5340 IMG_5332However, I think they got the idea. It was a fun way to mix up the lesson a bit. Happy art learning!

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites“Saw cheesey, MaMa!” He said.

I tried drinking coconut water this week. It was gross. And I’ve had coconut water from a coconut before….but this. I don’t know. However, this article is about the benefits of coconut oil. Which you don’t drink. So I really am making no suitable connection with this discussion. Carrying on….

I really am drawing to houses that are bright and colorful. I need to start actually incorporating it in my own house!

A bunny birthday party. We love bunnies around here.

Some good to note tips on styling your home.

A beauty uniform discussion that is absolutely lovely.

Rose gold make-up + NARS = LOVE.

You know what else doesn’t mean what you think it means? Irregardless.

Once again, science proves what Moms already know. Thanks science :). HA!

COLOR! Pink, red, orange, yellow. This is what I need to incorporate into my all navy wardrobe.

I’m Reading: Agatha Christie’s “They Came to Baghdad”

B’s Reading: George R.R. Martin’s “A Dance with Dragons”

A’s Current Favorite Story: Jane Yolen’s “Waking Dragons”

And lastly, the book J insisted on checking out from the library and pretended to read the whole way home: Stephanie Calmenson’s “Dinner at the Panda Palace”

And that’s it! Have a great weekend!

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Flowers from my boy.

FlowersA proudly brought me these from his trail walk with B on Sunday. That boy can pick a flower. Three days later and they are still beautiful!

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Spring refresh: A new frame and a chore chart revisited

I realized the other day that the glass in the frame for A’s artist list had split. Target is running a 25% off cartwheel deal, so J and I headed over there and came up with:

Learning Frame

This four square floating frame. I backed it with a scarf I had that matched our decor. Then I was going to print out a 5×7 of each artist’s facts, however I wanted something on there that J could learn from as well. So I made the little cards you see above. It’s just a google image of an animal and then it has listed underneath the colors of the animal and the sound it makes. J’s two current favorite animals are tigers and ducks (his all time favorites are dogs and horses). J LOVED this when I put it up. Every time he walks by it he says “oh tiger!” “oh duck!”, so I will definitely be continuing it with more animals.

And then I just refreshed and put A’s chore chart on our burlap pocket frame:

Chore Chart

A is working towards a Microfighter Millennium Falcon Lego set (have you seen these micro sets?? The are awesome.).  We have tried some different tactics, but we find we always go back to the chore chart to keep him on track. He works better through a goal oriented system.

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First time at bat

A had his very first t-ball game this weekend! He swung the bat, stood in the outfield, and kicked up some red dirt. And I got to have the experiencing of yelling “RUN!” when he actually tipped the ball off the T.

He’s a cardinal. “Not like the bird”, he said. Then he decided it was like the bird, but he is not a bird.


This is A showing me his “t-ball stance”:

T BallVery serious posing!

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One tracked navy

After five years of buying new wardrobes every season for one and now two (Although, J thankfully wears quite a few of A’s hand me downs) boys, I came to a realization. Some of my shirts were five-ten years old. And they looked that way. My first instinct was to follow the new celebrity trend of not washing clothes, but I quickly decided that was not the answer (have you heard of this??? It’s a real thing). Mainly because I get food thrown on me, or tiny muddy shoes stepped on me, at least once a day. Instead, I decided I needed to set aside some funds to get some updates to my wardrobe. As much as I love clothes and fashion, many times I find myself wearing the same three v-neck t-shirts week after week. I did a lot of on-line looking and some actual out and about shopping and came home with a stack of finds:

Spring Fashion NavyThat were all a variation of the shade of navy! And I didn’t even realize it until I was compiling pictures for this post. Seriously. I am going to look like the poster child for navy awareness. I really don’t even know how this happened.

SO NOW. I am on the hunt to find items that will go with my navy pieces that are, you know, not blue. So far I have found:

1. These bright pink shorts (I talked about them before):

Spring fashion 32. This red plaid button up:

73. This red scoop neck tee:

Spring fashion 94. This bright green scarf:

Spring fashion 11

5. And this leather trimmed top:

Spring fashion 12I’m still thinking I need some other items, but not sure what else to mix in (besides not navy…and also not red. Perhaps I’m feeling very patriotic this season.). I’m thinking jewelry of different colors would help, what do you think? Happy Tuesday!

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