💦RAINY DAY AWESOME🌧 . When these rain boots are waiting in your closet after a long, dry Fall, the first rainy day you plan your entire outfit around them! . I swore I’d never buy my girls expensive shoes since they outgrow them in a season... BUT since I have two girls and get double duty out of quality shoes and clothes, I couldn’t help myself. I also got the cable-knit liner socks, so these will do double duty as her snow boots too. And if you sign up for the Hunter email list, you can save on your purchase too. . What’s something you “swore you’d never do” before having kids that you’ve already broken? Shop here or 'like' this pic to shop the product details from the LIKEtoKNOW.it app http://liketk.it/2t1uw #liketkit @liketoknow.it.family @liketoknow.it #ltkfamily
🇩🇪 Oktoberfest Fun for Kids🍗 (AD) . My husband's family is of German-Austrian descent... and every October we have a family Oktoberfest. And the kids LOVE every second of it. . While many only associate this annual Fall festival with beer, there is so much more to it than that... and a lot of traditions that are awesome to share with your kids. . This month I'm over on the @learningresources blog sharing some of our family's favorite kid-friendly Oktoberfest traditions - including a little history on the origins of this annual German festival, a list of German vocabulary you'll need to celebrate in true Bavarian form... and of course, my kids' favorite - how to make your own Bavarian-style pretzels! . See all these and more (*Gingerbread Hearts!!!*) at the direct link in my bio, and get ready to infuse a little German tradition into your family's Fall! . Gemütlichkeit!
🍎Playing School #AD 🎭 . Do your kids love to pretend play? How often do they 'play school'? As it turns out, playing school can be hugely beneficial for your child's development AND insightful for you too! . One of the hardest things for me since my kids started going to school is feeling like I don't always know what goes on during their day. But they love to play school at home, and I've discovered I get tremendous insights into what they are learning at school, as well as what's happening in their classrooms with friends too. . Want to encourage your kids to play school? We love this @learningresources Pretend and Play School set... the girls take turns being the teacher, and love to practice what they are learning at school at the white board. Last week, my preschooler was reading Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom at school - and wanted me to write it on the board so she could read it (and she's a pre-reader!). I love that it all folds up and you can store all the pieces inside of it (check out my IG stories to see how compact it gets). . To learn more about all the reasons playing school is just as important as the REAL thing, check out my post over on the #LearningResources blog this month at the direct link in my bio
🌟How would your kids like to see STARS for a WHOLE month???📆 . Last year, my oldest was OBSESSED with all things space, stars and night sky. And months later... she still is! This was one of the girls favorites from our Constellation Study - and it's actually like three different projects in one. . First, we used our DIY Constellation Projector (get your FREE printable template) to shine constellations on black poster board. Then, the girls put glow in the dark stars on the points of light to make their own glow in the dark constellations. . Finally, we put the black posterboard with the star stickers on it under these fun Starry Night Sensory Bags (Gallon-sized Ziploc, Dollar Store Hair Gel and Star Confetti!) and they had a fun finger workout trying to map stars onto the constellation below! . And today on the blog I've got 30+ more constellation activities for kids - from our our Studying the Stars series, and from lots of our favorite kids activity bloggers around the web. See them all at the direct link 👆🏻📲 in my bio. I promise - you're going to want to pin this one!📌📌📌 . Happy stargazing!
What was the last really good book you read... not to the kids, not a parenting book... something just for pleasure for YOU? (AD) 📚 . If you can’t remember, it’s been too long! Earlier this year, we read A House for Happy Mothers by @amulyamalladi as our monthly pick for @momsbooknook. It was an awesome read, made for great discussion, and she was so nice - she even joined our monthly discussion! . You can catch the synopsis of our chat with author Amulya Malladi at the direct link in my bio along with our book club discussion questions for A House for Happy Mothers... and I can’t wait to read her new book, A Copenhagen Affair that she so generously sent me a review copy for! . PS This isn’t our October pick for #MomsBookNook... but you can catch it tonight over on @momsbooknook 😉 ... look at that - two new books to add to your reading list in one night! . Happy reading!
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY 🏈 . When your team is so bad this year that the local network decides not to even bother airing the game... so Dad loads the whole family in the car at the last minute to go watch at the nearest location with Sunday Ticket! . Come on, Giants! . Where are you watching football with the fam this fine Sunday?
💃🏼Family Dance Party!!!👯 #AD . The bus pulls up, and your child trudges off mentally and physically exhuasted from too many hours at school behind a desk... sound familiar??? . A long time mood buster in our house has been Family Dance parties... and since my oldest daughter started kindergarten this year, I've used them more than ever. . It's the perfect way to turn those frowns upside down, get everybody's blood flowing, and kill the witching hour between after school and dinner time. All you have to do is crank some tunes and shake it! . Grab the ultimate kids dance song playlist from @learningresources and learn all the other awesome benefits of adding family dance parties to your daily rituals at the direct link in my bio 👆🏻📲 . Happy dancing!
🎨MATISSE SENSORY BIN🍚 . Think you can’t explore great artists with the pint-sized set? Think again! Baby J (turning 2 next month!) has been happily engaged with this Matisse-inspired sensory bin for a good half hour now... for a little guy who doesn't sit still for more than 30 seconds at a time, that makes this a HUGE winner in my book. . *** What toddler activities are winners in your house these days? *** . To set up this fun hands on art exploration, I used a clear storage bin, plain white rice and these super fun Matisse-esque cutouts. They are called @shapescapessculptures, and are made of heavy plastic with notches to connect together to form sculptures - and as the munchkin discovered, the rice makes a great foundation to stand them up in! You can totally set this up and DIY shapes too - use colored foam, or for sturdier shapes, make your own with painted cardboard. . For a full sensory experience, I added a few drops of peppermint oil to the rice. He was also thoroughly amused by the sound of the rice tinkling against the plastic pieces too! I laid paper out on the floor next to the bin and showed him how he could lay them out in a collage if he wanted, but that was met with No, no, no, Mommy! and he quickly put them all back in the bin. Sensory bin rules are already entrenched - keep things IN the bin! . This one was a definite toddler winner and will be up on the blog soon... but in the meantime, feel free to checkout the other 15 Matisse Inspired Activities for Kids of all ages at the direct link in my bio 👆🏻📲
💕DAYS WITH GRANDPA👴🏻 . We spent this weekend spending quality time with the family, with the kids enjoying soaking up all they can from Grandpa. As Big M says, Grandpa knows a lot of information about the woods. . I wish I could say we were there to celebrate the last official weekend of the summer. And while we certainly did, we were also there to be with him before he checked into the hospital this week to start chemo again. . It seems like just days ago, I shared our family's miracle thanks to the #BetheMatch registry. But as it turns out, many stem cell transplants fail in the first two years after transplant. The good news? He remains an excellent candidate for treatment and a second transplant... . September also happens to be Blood Cancer Awareness Month. If you haven't already, consider registering to be a donor with the Be the Match registry. The online process takes minutes. You will be mailed a set of cheek swabs you can administer yourself at home and mail back in a paid postage envelope. If chosen as a donor, in most cases, it's as easy as donating blood. . You can learn more about the registry and how you can be a family like mine's miracle at the 👆🏻📲 direct link in my profile. How has cancer touches your family? How do you talk about it with your kids?