Month: May 2018

DIY T-ball/ Baseball Shoes

I’m sad our T-ball Spring Season is coming to an end, but I did get to make these super cute shoes that I will wear for every season from now on!

Bonus! They can be worn to professional games as well (Go Rays!)

So, start with a pair of (relatively) clean white canvas sneakers. They can be Keds, Converse or- if you’re cheap like me- Target brand!

I bought red puffy fabric paint from Hobby Lobby for 97 cents each. I bought one red and one red glitter. I ended up only using the red- no glitter.

Follow the lines/ laces on the shoe to create a baseball-like affect!

  

** Also, some cleaning tips! As you can see I cleaned mine in between making them and wearing them!

Bleach pen.

Toothbrush, toothpaste, water, color safe bleach.

Let air dry. DO NOT put in dryer!

Wear to the ball field!

 

(Almost) Vegan cookies

During Teacher Appreciation Week, I made a Frittata for a breakfast and the Director of her school couldn’t eat it! Or anything else for that matter- he’s vegan! So, I was determined to do something special for him as well.

Let me tell you, Googling and Pinterest-ing for Vegan recipes is NOT FUN. I got a lot of Oatmeal. Bananas. Bleh.

My husband had actually received a recipe from work for these cookies and I decided to make them for Mr. B!

They are Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free and (almost) vegan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil or Kerrygold butter (use coconut oil if vegan), room temp
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 6 table spoons natural almond butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temp (this is not vegan; however, we raise our own chickens so I know that they are free-range, organic eggs from happy chickens)
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (I did not have vegan chocolate chips, I just use Ghiardelli 60% Cacao ones)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: almond & coconut flour baking soda & salt
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat together the coconut oil (or Kerrygold butter) and sugar until well combined.
  4. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla extract. Beat in the egg, then add the flour mixture to the mix. Stir in chocolate chips.

Roll the dough into ball and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly.

Bake for 11-14 minutes for coconut sugar and 14-17 minutes for brown sugar. The cookies will still be very soft when they come out but will continue to cook.

Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.

HIPPY Success Story

I was asked to write a HIPPY success story, so here it goes:

When I first started HIPPY 3 years ago, I’m ashamed to admit my first packet, I got so frustrated I told my husband my daughter “sucked” at school.

What I really meant was it was hard- for both of us. I had never taught anyone anything before.

Since that day 3 years ago, I think I have learned more than my daughter has. I have learned her learning style- what interests her. To calm down. To give ourselves grace. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

She’s learned how to do science experiments. Her alphabet. Her shapes and colors. Sight words. How to cut. Fine and gross motor skills. And- my favorite- how to write her name. That was the day of HIPPY I remember most and the day it finally “clicked” for me. It’s the day I will never forget.

When she wrote E-M-M-A in flour for the first time. I’ll admit I teared up. I was so proud- and not just of her. Of me. I had taught her that.

And so, even though we have made the decision not to homeschool her, I know that my daughter has the skills and tools to succeed in kindergarten because of me- and HIPPY. I am forever grateful for this program.

In This House

In our house 

We believe in make believe 

Pirates & mermaids

Princesses 

Unicorns 

faeries

witches & wizards 

Magic 

Dragons 

Animals that speak 

Trees that have feelings 

Flying 

Dancing 

We are dreamers 

We believe 

Quick & Easy Frittata Recipe

I was asked to make a breakfast for a Teacher Appreciation breakfast and this one that my sister-in-law makes came right to mind!

It was super easy and didn’t take me hours in the kitchen!

Even my little 4-year-old helped me whisk the eggs!

This also makes a great breakfast for dinner!

Ingredients: 

1 pound Jimmy Dean Sausage

1 package Simply Potatoes Diced Onions and Potatoes

1/2 yellow onion

1 Dozen Eggs

1/4 cup shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a skillet, brown sausage and set aside.

Sauté onions in olive oil.

Add potatoes in with onions and cook according to package (cover so the potatoes steam)

While potatoes cook, whisk up the dozen eggs with a little bit of milk, salt & pepper. Add in cheese.

Once potatoes are soft, pour the egg mixture over.

Cook on stove top for 5-6 minutes until the side begin to pull away from the pan (see my picture)

Transfer skillet to oven for 16-18 minutes or until set.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Graduation Applesauce

These were a super easy DIY for a preschool graduation, but could be used for VPK, Kindergarten or any grade, for that matter.

I bought applesauce cups (not pouches), hot glued googly eyes and black construction paper on them. I added string for the tassel.

I believe all of these items can be purchased at the good ol’ Dollar Tree, so in total, they probably came out to $6 for 12 cups, or about 50 cents each.

I already had black paper and used a square hole punch I had, but could easily be cut free-hand.

Dollar Store Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week (May 6-12)!

Here are some ideas for $1 (or less!) and some for a little bit more…

Flippin’ Good Teacher

Flipz from the Dollar Store with these printable gift tags

Utterly Amazing
Udderly Smooth hand cream (free printable here)

You deserve a Break
KitKat Bar with free printable

Pencil Vase
With 2-3 boxes of pencils from the Dollar Store

 

FO FREE!

Thank You For being a Great Teacher free printable. I just printed this and helped my girls fill it in. It cost nothing!

 

For a little bit more…

You are the Balm

EOS= $2.99 @ Target + free printable

Udderly Amazing 

Chick-fil-A gift card (amount of your choosing). Ask for an empty nugget box, fill with brown crinkle paper (also available at the Dollar Store!!). Put gift card on top and tie with this printable.

 

Thanks a Latte

Starbucks gift card (amount of your choosing). Ask for an empty cup, straw and coffee collar. Stuff with crinkled brown paper and gift card. Put this printable on the outside of the cup and Voila!

The book The Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg. I found it on Amazon (Prime, holla! Two-day shipping) for $5.70. I’m having all the students sign the inside cover.

Willow Tree Love of Learning sculpture, also on Amazon.

 

Arizona Activities

Arizona- the Grand Canyon State.

We just came back from a trip and these are some of the crafts/ activities we did and are still playing with!

I always do my research on where we are going and try to theme our activities around that.

For Arizona, I knew my kids would like the Disney Cars, since Radiator Springs is a fictional town in Arizona.

Desert themed Sensory Bin
Kinetic sand (I used it here for our beach bin)
Toob of desert animals
rocks
mulch

 

Cactus watercolor
Found here, I did a set myself before we left and now my kids are asking to do them!  Instead of black glue (which I tried to make and failed miserably), I used black puffy paint.

Felt 

I had some extra green felt from making a felt Christmas tree and felt story board for the girls, so I cut out two cactus shapes, put some velcro on some buttons and BAM!

Playmats 

I found some Radiator Springs maps online and laminated them, then bought Lightning McQueen and the gang from Walmart.

The other playmat was a desert scene, also played with the Toob animals, which I found at Michaels. They are also available on Amazon.

Play-Doh 

I used two different color greens and a pink (for the flowers), plus toothpicks to make cacti with!

Coloring Books

Ordered here and here from good ol’ Amazon!

Shapes

Used to make suns, cacti and flowers