🌘SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017🌚 . How are you watching the Great North American Eclipse today??? Unique, once in a lifetime natural events like this are an incredible way to get kids excited about science. . If your kid is caught up in the eclipse excitement, leverage it to share all things 🌌Stars and Space🌎 with them. Check out our full Studying the Stars series at the direct link in my profile for all the activity ideas, including printable constellation projector cards, starry night sensory bags, and more!
🎡FAIR DAYS🎠 . One of my favorite parts of living in Connecticut is fair season... through August and September, you can find one almost every weekend. . The kids love the rides, games and farm animals - and we always manage to discover and support great local artisans too. (Check out @rustiquerenderings - we ordered a custom Growth Chart and American Flag today!) . Last year, we checked out the Bridgewater Fair for the first time and enjoyed it so much, we headed back again this year. This was the girls at the top of the ferris wheel! 🎡🎢🎠 What's your favorite area festival where you live? . Check out my IG stories for more fair days fun!
🌊MAKE WAY! MOANA PARTY🌺 #AD . We celebrated this sweet girl at the pool last week with her birthday theme of choice... MOANA! . From the cake to the DIY kakamoras, Maui tattoos to Heart of Te Fiti cookies... and all the girls' favorite - Heart of Te Fiti necklaces that were so easy my girls assembled them on their own! . Special thanks to @orientaltrading for the fun Hawaiian luau supplies, especially the coconut cups we turned into kakamoras, the table covers and *awesome* tiki bunting! See it all, including the Moana party printables package in the direct link in my bio 👆🏻📲 Package includes invitation, customizeable birthday banner, favor tags, and thank you notes. Catch more party fun today in my IG stories ❤
🍎BACK TO SCHOOL📚 And finally back to work for this mama... three kids home all summer has been no joke. But today my oldest is headed to Meet the Teacher - her kindergarten teacher! . She had been grinning from ear to ear 😬 since getting her teacher assignment Monday, and is so excited to see her kindergarten classroom today - even if it's just for a little visit! . We are taking a little classroom gift for the teacher for back to school - school supplies! And you can choose from one of two F R E E printable cards to match your gift picks... for highlighters: HI, I am deLIGHTed to be in your class or for pencils, dry erase markers or erasers: The impact of a great teacher can never be ERASED. Grab yours from the direct link in my bio 👆🏻📲 I can't believe my baby girl is headed to kindergarten 😭 When do your kiddos head back to school?
🍎PRESCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS #AD 🌯 . I got emails for preschool orientation and my older daughter's kindergarten orientation this week... which means the countdown to back school is undenaibly on.😭 . It also means my kids are about to have to abandon their favorite go-to lunch - peanut butter and jelly - for nut-free, preschool food policy friendly fare. After a few years now of trial and error, I've finally found some options they actually love as much as their PBJ... like these Bean and Cheese Roll Ups with #HeluvaGood Colby Jack cheese.🧀 . Not only will they eat them... they love to dip them, so I can use them to even get them to eat veggies! 🥗Double mom win! 🏆 . What is your preschool's food policy? What are your go to food allergy friendly lunches for preschool? Visit the direct link 👆🏻📲 in my bio to see how I make these protein-packed allergy friendly roll-ups, and get savings on Heluva Good cheese at @BigYFoods #heluvagoodsummer
🤹♀️PLAYDATE GAMES 🤾♀️#ad . How many playdates have your kids had this summer? Today, I'm over on the @learningresources blog sharing some of our favorite games and ideas for playdate fun. . Sure, the point is to let the kids play - but I've found I can control the chaos, mess, sneak in a little learning through play AND the kids still have a blast with a few pre-planned playdate activities. . Some of our favorite go-tos are multi-age appropriate games - like Alphabet Marks the Spot featured here - think old school Twister meets the ABCs. Perfect for preschoolers and toddlers learning their letters. It also comes with inflatable dice with pictures to work on beginning letter sounds for older kids. And what kid doesn't like to toss giant dice! . See more playdate fun and games and inspiration from #learningresources for your next #playandlearnplaydate at the direct link in my bio. . What are your go-tos for playdate fun?
🇺🇸Raising the Future (affiliate) . Let's be honest... none of us are thrilled with the state of government these days. Whether you were a Trump supporter or a Hillary fan, the hard truth we can all agree on is we need better future leaders to choose from. . So let's raise them! Encourage your kids to stand up for what's right, spread kindness, dream big and work harder. Whether your kids dream of being the future leader of the free world, or something else entirely, never stop encouraging and supporting their dreams. . And now they can wear those dreams on their shirt! Check out the full line of When I Grow Up tshirts with my affiliate link in my bio. 👆🏻📲Choose from 15 different dream jobs for kids - from Doctor to Engineer, Rock Star to Paleontologist, Firefighter to Astronaut and more. And of course, Future President. . What do your kids dream of being when they grow up?
👶🏻How does your baby sleep?😴 . Three kids, and three different bedtime rituals... my oldest still sleeps with the same blankie she's had since she was old enough to use one, and she chooses from an assortment of stuffed animals to sleep with every night on a rotating schedule (she might have a *smidge* of my Type A-ness!). . My middle child also sleeps with the same blankie she's had since she was a baby, along with Unicorn... the small stuffed unicorn that used to be attached to her binkie that we finally kicked to the curb shortly after her 3rd birthday. Oh, and her sound machine on white noise is a must. . And now for my baby... he must have Owlie and his two blue binkies to go to sleep. Owlie is a Wubbanub - he chewed through the binkie part, so I cut the tip off. He puts his thumb through the green ring, puts his other thumb into one of the blue binkies and one binkie actually in his mouth. Sometimes he shares one with 'Bee'... the baby doll he also sleeps with. . The countdown to 2 years old is fast approaching, and I know we have to kick this binky habit to the curb soon. But for the moment, I get a kick out of each of their quirky little sleep habits. . How do your babies go to sleep at night? Want my tips for kicking the binkie habit? You can find them in the direct link in my bio ... but since every kid is different, feel free to share yours with me too!
📚MOM'S BOOK NOOK📖 . Are you a book lover like me? Reading great books is one of the few things I still cling to for my mental sanity post kids... If this sounds like you, feel free to hop on over to @momsbooknook and join me and @sunnydayfamily every month for great reads, discussion and ideas to add to your reading list! . This month's pick for Mom's Book Nook is A House for Happy Mother's by Amulya Malladi. It's a story of family, cultural differences and tradition, infertility and Indian surrogacy. There will clearly be LOTS to talk about during our monthly discussion. Join us on the last Monday of every month (7/31) at 9PM ET in our Facebook group (direct link in profile) to talk about this month's book pick and give your input for next month's pick! . When's the last time you read a great book? What was it?