Continuing our letters of the week, we started with B. Here my list for B:
Back in August, I joined Facebook group for making our kids lunches the healthy way.
Then Irma came and we all decided to eat Hurricane food (read: unhealthy) so we’re starting to get back into our routine now.
It’s not the first time I’ve tried to get my kids to eat veggies (and I’m sure it won’t be the last).
Here are some of the things I’ve done to help get them to eat the dreaded V-word (that sounded dirty).
Shredding the zucchini and adding chocolate chips pretty much guarantees they’ll get eaten.
2) Aldi spinach bites
This last week (and-a-half), we were working on our Letters of the Week when we were so rudely interrupted by Hurricane Irma.
We (obviously) started with the letter A.
I started making lists of everything I could think of that started with the letter A:
Then I turned to the handy dandy Pinterest for ideas on how to incorporate these into crafts, snacks and more.
I also dug out our Dr. Seuss’ ABCs book.
First, I borrowed our Alligator craft from my fellow homeschool momma, Erika (check out her blog at erikajohnsonblog.com)
I decided to work on uppercase letters with Addie (my 3.5-year-old) and lowercase with my almost 5-year-old, Emma.
So, for Emma, I had her do a lowercase “a” for apple. I laminated both letters and hung them on our wall as part of our alphabet border we will be making.
I’ve always loved butterflies and teaching the girls the life cycle of a butterfly was seriously on like my top 10 reasons for homeschooling.
There are a million books, crafts and snacks having to do with the life cycle.
But actually watching one grow- that’s a little harder. Like A LOT harder than I thought it would be.
I was all, sure, let’s bring in some caterpillar eggs! Until NONE of them turned into a butterfly….cue new talk on death instead of a beautiful butterfly.
I bought milkweed plants from my local Lowe’s/ Home Depot and one more from my produce stand (which already had one caterpillar on it!)
I bought a mesh container for housing from Amazon, but for my first cats (butterfly lady speak for caterpillars), I used clear plastic cups from iced coffees, etc. and poked lots of holes in the top.
I have only collected (so far) much larger cats- they call them instars- 4th or 5th instars. They seem to be hardier.
I bring them in and put 2-3 milkweed leaves in with them to eat. Once they go through those, I clean out the frass (caterpillar poop) and give them new leaves.
Once they go into chrysalis (DON’T call it a cocoon!), ours eclosed right around 14 days.
After they came out, I waited 24 hours to release to make sure their wings were dry.
OH- and then there’s making sure the milkweed doesn’t get TAKEN OVER by aphids, aka disgusting yellow bugs that eat caterpillar eggs!
I’ve squished them (blech), sprayed the with water, insecticidal soap and in extreme cases (but also the most effective and quickest way), Sevin Dust. I’ve made sure there aren’t any cats on the plants when I use the Sevin.
I’ve also joined Facebook groups, where people have MUCH more experience than me and have been extremely helpful!
Birthdays are kind of a big deal for me.
So, this year, even though it’s not a milestone birthday, I threw myself (yep) a Rainbows & Unicorns pool party (my birthday is in the middle of summer).
First, I started a Pinterest board.
Unicorn door hanger, $3 Target Dollar Spot
Crescent Dog Twists
aka Jelly beans
Unicorn Horn Pasta Salad
Unicorn Bathing Suits, Target
1) Finding Unicorn/ Rainbow food that’s not candy/ donuts/ cake/ sweets is REALLY HARD! Here’s what I came up with:
Unicorn Horn Pasta Salad
Unicorn Popcorn (still had some candy drizzled on top)
Crescent Rolls with chicken salad
Unicorn Droppings (aka jelly beans)
Unicorn Farts were a huge hit with everyone at the party (cotton candy)
Unicorn Bacon was Airheads Rainbow Sour Belts
Rice Krispie Treats with Fruity Pebbles (LOVED this!)
My New Year’s resolution this year was to DO LESS.
I pretty much felt overwhelmed every holiday, even small ones to make sure I was doing “enough.”
Enough themed meals.
It was too much and I doubted that it was any fun at all for my girls. It also stressed me out.
So, instead of stressing out making sure I “did it all,” I just stopped doing it all.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still go to Pinterest for ideas. But I don’t overload myself thinking we have to do them ALL.
My husband is Jewish from Brooklyn, so needless to say, his love of Asian food is real.
We eat at hibachi places, sushi places and get Chinese take-out.
And after being pregnant twice in two years and not being able to have sushi, my love for sushi has come back full force.
Sushi is expensive, y’all! So, I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to make it for our family!
We had most of the ingredients already: rice vinegar, sesame oil, avocado, cucumber, carrots, Sriracha, mayo, soy sauce
Like I said, my husband likes Asian
What I didn’t know how to make was sushi rice.
Oh, Publix Ethnic Food Aisle, you never disappoint.
I got two of these. They just need to be microwaved for 1 minute each! ONE minute!
This recipe has proved tried-and-true for our house.
I first made it TWO YEARS AGO in 2015. It was a HelloFresh recipe.
I had ordered a box when I knew my husband was going to be out of town.
This recipe was 30 minutes to make.
As a bonus, it was also meat free for Meatless Monday!
I still keep most of these ingredients in my house today (and when I have extra zucchini, I make either this or zucchini bread):
We had our first “at home” day in a while this morning.
The girls played dress-up, Lincoln Logs, rode bikes and scooters, colored with chalk, played on the playground…
Meanwhile, I did a load of laundry and a load of dishes…
Fed the chickens. Rescued one of the chickens from being eaten by the dogs…
Fed the tortoise…
And when it was time for lunch, I started cutting up an apple and some cucumber slices.
On a cutting board.
Then I got the brilliant idea to put all of our food on the cutting board.
And just let everyone eat what they wanted.
Hence, the Indoor Family Picnic Lunch was born.
I am just now jumping onto the Aldi train, but let me tell you I sure am glad I did!
I had been seeing my friends’ posts about it and I was always a little skeptical. To be honest, it seemed like one of the “cheap” grocery stores and I wasn’t sure it would have good, quality stuff.
Boy, was I wrong.
Since the girls have started school, I make one day a week my grocery shopping day. I plan out all of our meals on Sunday and usually do my grocery shopping on Wednesday.
My Aldi obsession all started with this lady. I found this meal plan and made almost everything on it.
Since then, I have moved the majority of my shopping over there and here’s some of my favorite things I have discovered there: