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Fall Traditions: Pumpkin Patch!

22 Oct

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I was disappointed that it wasn’t an actual pumpkin patch, but Owen didn’t know any different!  We had a great day with great friends and will definitely continue to visit pumpkin patches every year!

One, two, tree…

21 Oct


Pour, Pive, Six, Seben, Eight, Nine, Ten, weben!

My baby boy can count to 10!  Well – 11!  :Mommy’s proud!

Thanks, Sesame Street!  😉

Fall traditions: Caramel Apples!

15 Oct



Quick, easy, and not too messy! – Until we ate it that is! 

Owen had so much fun helping make these! 

Decorating for fall on a budget

12 Oct





This is a problem area for me.  I don’t do, and will never do. SPONGE PAINTING!  Yuck!  So try and focus on what is sitting on the shelves rather than the hideous green behind it – this is a rental house!


My main project here was the vase:  I filled it with water and orange food coloring, then added some sticks.  Again – it looks much better in person!  It actually turned out cute even if you can’t tell it!


I used my trivets and some wall art I already had and just kept it very minimal to reduce the risk of my 2-year-old getting into trouble over it!


Total Spent this week: $0

Total Spent Decorating for Fall:  $6

Did I Just say that???

8 Oct





-I just love being a mom!!!





Happy Friday, everyone!!!

Decorating for fall on a budget

6 Oct






Now imagine this with candy corn and peanuts!  Sorry we ate them all before I could snap the pictures!  TWICE!  Luckily my dishes are pretty on their own because I really don’t need to refill it!


I had everything pictured here.  Only bought the candy corn/peanuts with my grocery budget. I plan to fill the pie pan with pears after the next grocery trip.  Still looking for a table runner!




Total Spent on Decorations this Week: $0!

Total Spent Decorating for Fall:  $6

Teaching your baby to read without spending a fortune

4 Oct


Our Progress so far:

After 2 weeks of working on these sites, my son can tell you A-‘”a”, apple, B-Ball, and sing the first few letters of the alphabet song.  BUT when we do puzzles or read books, he can’t recall the letters.  So that’s what I will focus on with him this week. 


My Plan

In addition to the sites I posted about here, this week I’m going to focus on getting him to recognize A and B in different places and at different times. 

  1. Play time: Puzzles. Books, Fridge Phonics (magnets), – I am pulling out anything that has letters on it that he likes to play with and will make time to play with him each day. As we play, I am going to repeatedly ask “Where’s the A?” and “Where’s the B?” I will start out with just 2 letters to choose from and gradually add more letters as he catches on.
  2. Food Phonics:  I am going to try and fix one food that either starts with the letters A or B or that is in the shape of an A or B and talk about them at each meal.
  3. Bath Time:  I am going to gather bath appropriate toys that either starts with the letters A or B or that is in the shape of an A or B and talk about them at bath time. 
  4. Lesson Time:  After our computer time, we are going to play with our A and B flash cards (below) and color A and B coloring sheets each day.



MES (still working on animals)



I am printing only the A’s and B’s from these free sites below and will review the flashcards with him as long as he will let me.


Coloring Sheets


How I am trying to teach:  Multi-Sensory Learning. 

My husband and I are complete opposites in how we process.  We cannot, I repeat, CANNOT give each other driving directions to save our lives!  We both end up mad and frustrated and one of us – still lost!  Knowing that, we can do something about it and prevent a fight.  I am likely to call someone not my husband that can get me from a to b.  He is likely to look at a map.  But since the wonderful invention of the GPS systems, we both can agree it is the best way to get directions.  WHY??? Because it uses multiple senses:  You can read the words, see the map, and hear the directions all at once!  I guarantee that if I couldn’t read the words, I would still end up lost, because that’s how I process.


What’s my point???


Every child learns differently.  And know matter how your child learns, the more senses you can engage while teaching him,  the more he will remember (and the more fun he will have, too!)  I’m talking seeing it, hearing it, touching it, and even smelling and tasting it!!!!  So when I am teaching my child the letters and whole words alike, I am going to try to make him see it, say it, and touch it in as many ways as I can and make it as fun as I can.

Worth the splurge!

1 Oct



Bare Minerals Make-Up


I finally found a make-up that STAYS ON!  AND doesn’t break me out!!! And the best part – didn’t even wash it off at night! (I know shame, shame on me – I hate having to wash it off before bed!  I’m always so sleepy!) However, I paid twice this price!  I took my two babies out to the mall on a Saturday and tortured the color technician by making her color match me and entertain my son!  :)  Luckily, she was a mom and didn’t seem to mind too much.  I saw this price online and just had to post it!  I definitely think it’s worth the splurge!  One of my favorite things about this company is the time they take to instruct us on how to properly apply it. Oh, and they do offer a money back guarantee.


Find out all the details here.


And just for the record, I am not an affiliate and am not compensated in any way for posting this – just really like it!!!

These are a few of my favorite things…

30 Sep



Goody’s Ouchless Brush

I am not affiliate of this company and am not in anyway compensated for saying that I LOVE this brush!!!  I heard about it on the Style network as the #1 best brush and I whole-heartedly agree!  It does not get tangled in my hair at all.  I have had it for at least 3 years, if not longer and it is still in perfect condition.  It doesn’t collect hair and have to be cleaned out…if you or your daughter have a tender head, this is definitely a must-have! 

Decorating for fall on a budget

28 Sep





I like to decorate with seasonal foods in the kitchen: apples, pears, pumpkins – anything that we will actually eat that will be pretty on display. Then, the decorations come out of our grocery budget rather than our spending money.


I had everything you see in the picture with the exception of the apples (groceries) and the candles ($3ea).  While I’m out and about, I hope to find either a table runner or some leafy garland to complete the look.

It looks better in person than it does in the picture. Wish I could tell you why!


Total spent decorating for fall:  $6