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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Simon Says ... Snowman!" - FREE Printable and Reading List

If the tune "do you want to build a snowman" makes your cringe a bit then you are going to LOVE today's solution to having a bit of snow fun minus the snow or the Disney movie "Frozen".

We are located in Ohio which means we get the opportunity to enjoy all four seasons. Add to that that each season has both it's pros and cons, we often find ourselves loving one thing about Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall while dislike a few things along the way as well. For me, I love that Winter brings with it cooler temps, often times downright frigid. I am truly a lover of cooler weather. One thing I don't like about Winter is snow. I am not a fan. I've never been a fan and would perfectly okay with not dealing with it. Ever.

However as a parent we do things we don't like. For me that's having "fun" in the snow with Connor. As my luck would have it snow has been MIA here this Winter so we've been forced to come up with others ways to "enjoy" the festivities that snow brings with it. Like building a snowman.

The idea of Simon Says Snowman came to me when Connor asked time and time again when he was going to get the chance to build Frosty. Because I can't give him snow, I decided to do the next best thing. Set up his easel with a naked snowman and allow him to create to his heart's content. To work on our listening skills along with shapes, colors and numbers, I created a printable Simon Says... game board to give us the steps we needed to create a one of kind snowman from the comfort of our room cozy home.

Simply right click and save to print this form for yourself. Next, I set up an empty snowman, gave C plenty of room to work with his multiple tools and away we went.

Is that not the most top notch snowman you've ever seen? He had an blast playing, which is evident on his sweet face. I think Simon Says... could work for a lot of different places and characters: bunny rabbits, swimming pools, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Do you see where this is leading me? This is a quick game but along the way I asked him questions to throw in a bit of a learning aspect. When the word rosey popped up I asked him what color rosey would be. He picked red and we were on our way. He couldn't out 6 buttons per the cue card and so on.

After our game we cuddled and read a handful of books all about snow. Here are 6 books sharing adventures about snow, snowman and the fun that one could enjoy during the cold Winter months:

Snowman at Night by Carlayn Buehner
Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid
First Snow by Emily Arnold McCully
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
The Snow Beast by Chris Judge

Monday, January 16, 2017

Celebrate Love | $10 at Target Valentine's Day Finds

Remember when I mentioned putting up our Christmas decor on November 12th and y'all thought it was crazy? Well, I have to admit. You may have been right. As soon as the December 26th rolled around, I was deconstructing my tree quicker than quick. While I love my decor, I needed fresh, clean, clutter free space. Tell me I'm not the only one?

I mention that because since picking up today's Target finds, I've been itching to decorate for Valentine's Day. Since this pass Saturday marked one month to V-Day, I figured I could pull out my decor and start now, without too much judgement. It will stay up for a month or so and I'll bring it down to put up Spring decor in March (which is a combination of St. Patrick's Day and Easter; I'm a mess, friends). Thanks to the Target $1 Spot (which isn't really just a dollar any more, is it?!) I picked up a 2 new pieces to decorate with along with cards for Connor's classmate for their Valentine's Day party.

I don't do a lot of decorating for the holidays in January through September. Y'all know my heart is too full of Fall and Christmas for too much more. But last year I did pick up a few new pieces to decorate with when they were marked down. Here is our home ready for February. Forgive me for the quality of some of these photos, they were taken at 6PM last night. Sick life got me like that these days.

Like I said, nothing too fancy but a bit of red, pink and hearts to make bringing in February a bit more fun. February tends to be downright frigid and miserable here in Ohio so cheery decor is always welcomed. 

Be on the lookout for how we styled Connor's Valentine's Day cards to his classmates. I wanted something simple and budget friendly. I'll share the details in an upcoming post; I loved how they turned out. 

Now it's your turn, share with us what you scored this month at Target. We know you've found something completely necessary and totally worth every penny, no matter what your spouse may think. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Little Letters | Volume 1

Happy Friday, friends! Today is the day I write letters to my husband, to Connor and friends, to people in places I've visited, to the thoughts in my head and everything in between. I'll be sharing a letter-filled post with you each month on the second Friday. I'd love for you to join me as I join Kristin from Taz and Belly for this fun new Friday link-up. As Kristin said they can be serious or silly, just cozy up with a cup of joe/tea/wine and share your thoughts in short letter form. Let's begin! 

Dear Sling TV,
You are everything I hoped you would be and so much more. Nothing could have prepared me for the quiet time I had coming my way thanks to Nick Jr. and Connor's love of Paw Patrol and Blaze. I'd pay double each month for the joy your bring during the witching hour. I promise to never take you for granted. 

Dear sugars and carbs,
I'm trying to cut you loose. It's your own fault, seeing how you stick to every inch of me for dear life. I'd love to be able to enjoy your without restrictions but that's not the case. I look forward to the day our relationship is a healthy one. Till then I'll be sipping my water, enjoying a bowl of grapes, giving you side eye that kill. 

Dear hair,
What the Hell is wrong with you? Something is going on and if we can't figure it out soon, we are going to have to part ways. While it's been fun having long hair for the first time in quiet a while, I don't like how you just... lay there. Shape up or I'm going to have you snipped. 

Dear James,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking such good care of me and Connor when I got hit with a virus on Wednesday. I truly thought I was going to com-bust thanks to the fever I had. But between you helping me with my medicine, getting me cold cloths and tackling Connor so I could sleep, I'm looking forward to feeling better soon. Love you Coxy. 

Dear Ohio weather,
You are one crazy SOB. One day it's 12 degrees and the next it's sunny and 53. I think this is what caused me to start feeling so rough; ones body isn't used to all 4 seasons in one week. Quit with the rainstorms and just get cold and stay cold. Thunderstorms in mid-January is just foolishness. 

Dear LipSense,
I love you. LOVE. You have been a game changer for me and for the first time ever I can wear lipstick without it drying out my lips. While you are a bit pricey, you are worth it and I look forward to finding more of you that I have to have/can't wait to wear. 

Dear Toby from This Is Us, 
This is going to sound harsh but I'm going to cut to the chase. I was hoping to not see you again this week. Something about you annoys me. Maybe it's because you take nothing serious (not even a life threatening heart issue). I love Kate and want her to be with someone that compliments her and gives her the moral support she needs for a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully you get your act together. If not, I'll just forever dislike you. 

Dear Nike cross trainers, 
I wasn't sure if you were going to workout for me but thanks to your higher arch and wider design, I've been pleasantly surprised. I've also wanted to be a Nike girl but because of my arch and wide Flintstone feet never could be. You've stepped up your game Nike and I like it. 

Happy Friday, friends!