Month: May 2017

Toddler School | Basics we do

 

 

Toddler School

Around 26 months of age we started to give our son little projects to help him learn. He is now 2 1/2 and we don’t expect him to be reading or anything but we enjoy giving him the opportunity to learn new things. He loves singing his ABC’s and sign language to go along with the alphabet. We use youtube as a source to find new ways of teaching him things like the alphabet and counting.

Coloring and drawing are one of the things we enjoy doing together even if the walls end up covered in crayon markings I enjoy seeing him working his creativity. A wall can be cleaned, creativity needs to be fostered to allow him to grow and love learning.

I have been collecting books since I was pregnant with him. He loves to pick up books and point out the letters that he recognizes. He wasn’t always so vocal and wanting to learn. We got him a speech therapist when he was 2 years old because he wasn’t talking at all and the last 6 months he has just grown so much and loves learning.

Some things we do now to foster his love of learning and play.

LEGO time: When he sits down and plays with his LEGO I can see his face expressions and how he figures out how to get the LEGO to attach. Building the towers really high and then letting them fall is one of his favorite things. If he doesn’t want them to fall he gets frustrated and will work with it until he gets it to stand and then claps with excitement and that puts a smile on both of our faces.

Activity sheets:  Since he is still small I don’t expect him to follow the directions and do them perfectly. We mainly use the sheets to allow him to recognize colors, shapes, letters, numbers and animals. He will grow with them. All the stuff I get is from dollar tree, 5 below and free online print outs or ones I make for him.

Busy Bags: Whoever, invented the busy bag was a genius. Putting fun activities into a bag to take out and play on trips or on a quiet day is a great way to have a fun activity that isn’t all that messy or complex.

Reading: We do lots of reading if it is audio books or me reading out loud to him or him pointing at pictures while I read the book to him we both enjoy reading time.

Youtube videos: He loves youtube channels and there are many children educational videos I can recommend.

(I am not affiliated by these channels these channels are just ones my son enjoys)

Blippi

Dave and Ava

Mrs. Patty    My sons favorite of hers is Phonics Song

These are just some of the things we do to help him learn. What do you do to help your toddler learn?

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Do you clean these as often?

Spring Cleaning Tips…Do you clean these as often?

This was a video I made as a collab with the youtube mommy meet up. back in March 2016. I talked about things around the house that we don’t clean as often as we should. Some of these are used over and over and should be cleaned way more often than we clean them.

March YTMM spring cleaning collab. I am talking about things in the house that should be cleaned more often than they are.
We run these things non stop but if we don’t keep them clean they will break down when we need them the most.
Watch all the other wonderful ladies who did March collab and if you enjoyed this video Comment bellow if you clean these more often.

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Homemade dishwasher detergent

Homemade dishwasher detergent

I always enjoy learning new ways to make things around the house easier and to save money. Since we moved our new house dishwasher doesn’t work it was broken when we bought the house. I used this recipe a few times at our old house and never once had an issue with it.

Recipe

Homemade Dishwasher detergent
1/3 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
3-4 drops of dish soap

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Instant pot chicken and rice

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

So my family got me an Instant Pot for a wedding gift and I love it and so does my husband since I cook every day now since getting it. We currently in the middle of rewiring kitchen stove outlet so we can hook up our stove so this has been a dream. The instant pot is safer than the older pressure cookers because they have safety features added.

To make this dish I turned on the saute button and let it start warming up. While warming up started cutting up the celery, carrots and then tossed it in with some garlic. I let that cook a little while I cut the chicken up. I sliced chicken breasts into thin cuts. Since there is only 4 of us I only cut up 2 chicken breasts.

Finally, I tossed it in with a cup of rice and 2 cups of water. I think next time I will double up on rice there was more chicken than rice. I then put it on manual for 31 mins. It cooked the chicken, celery, and carrots with no issues.

 

Once it is done I release the steam and let it sit while finishes. Once out the lid will open. I really enjoy using the instant pot for things I normally use the crock pot for. I can see future holiday meals being pretty fast cooking with the instant pot and crock pot.

The end result tasted great and was fast easy and great budget friendly meal. Even had leftovers! Who doesn’t love leftovers?

 

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First time making homemade flour tortillas

First time making homemade flour tortillas

I love learning new things it is one of the things I enjoy.  When I got the crazy idea to make homemade tortillas for our fajitas I knew was in for an adventure. After all those videos and blog posts you see when they are perfect probably was done several times to make a good looking tortilla. Could just be very horrible at making things because mine never looks perfect. Flaws and all they were the best tortillas I have ever eaten. I found the recipe online. I wish I could remember exactly where I found it. They all seemed to be mostly the same when it came to the ingredients the only difference I noticed was the amount used.

Recipe 

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon of salt
1/3 cup of Vegetable shortening
1 cup hot water

mix ingredients well then knead on a  floured surface until no longer sticky.  Place dough into a bowl or any sealed container and sit in fridge 1 hour to overnight. (I recommend overnight) separate into palm size balls and roll out with a rolling pin until big enough. Roll in every direction to form a flat round tortilla. The thinner the better.

Heat a skillet on medium to medium low and cook on both sides until brown.

 

 

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The Birth Story Tag

Video from Aug/2015

Sorry for my slack of VEDA Videos!!!
The Birth Story Tag: Tagged By Mommy Brain
Mommy Brain Channel: http://bit.ly/1PrnHcq
I Tag Keirsten Moore to do after her delivery and anyone who wants to Id love to see them feel free to comment below if you did this tag.
9 Month Update coming soon!
The Birth Story Tag
1. What was your due date?
2. What date did you actually give birth?
3. In the days leading up to your birth, what did you do to prepare? (i.e. classes, books, etc)
4. Did you experience any “signs” that you would go into labor soon?
5. Rate your pre-birth nervousness level on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not nervous at all and 10 being petrified.)
6. What were you doing when you went into labor/when your water broke/found out you needed a c-section?
7. Describe what a contraction feels like.
8. Did you deliver at a hospital, birth center or at home?
9. Did you have a midwife, a doctor or was your birth unassisted?
10. Who were your other supporters?
11. What were you really glad you had during your birth?
12. What types of pain management did you use? (i.e. epidural, hydrotherapy, nitrous oxide, etc.)
13. What position did you find yourself in the most?
14. Did you experience “the ring of fire”?
15. What was the first thing that popped into your head when you saw your baby?
16. What was your baby’s length and weight?
17. From first “true” labor contraction to delivery, how long were you in labor for?
18. Which was the most challenging for you; labor, pushing or recovery?
19. What one piece of advice would you give about birth to a mom-to-be?
20. Show the first ever picture of you as a new mom!

 

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