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Our Letter “A” Activities

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:

Alligator
Apple
Acorn
Airplane
Astronaut
Ant

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.

The girls then decided to cut everything up (because kids) so I had to tape Addie’s alligator back together and I ended up using the cut up red pieces for another craft, making an apple out of a paper plate.

For a snack, I made A is for Ants out of raisins. They got gobbled up quickly. 

Next, we made airplanes out of popsicle sticks and clothespins. First, I had them paint the clothespins and large popsicle sticks whatever color they wanted. Then, we glued them along with some already colored popsicle sticks (which are awesome, btw and I got them on Amazon).

Emma and I also played “pretend” airplane and put two chairs on in front of the other and I had her pack a suitcase like we were going on a trip. She decided we were going to Disney (we live about an hour drive away- why would we fly?!)

I had Emma work on differentiating between uppercase and lowercase letters but using Letter A Trees. I decided to put both uppercase and lowercase on red and green instead of all on one color (I feel like she had to work harder that way and actually look at the letters instead of just sorting by color).

Acorn was probably by far the favorite- because it came with donuts! I made these acorn donut holes with some DD munchkins I picked up (plus a coffee for mama because, coffee). I had a hard time finding the same sprinkles, but got some fall-ish ones at Joann’s.

 

I also made this SUPER AWESOME Sensory Bin from iheartcraftythings. I had never really heard of Sensory Bins before, but I have made quite a few and Addie seems to really enjoy them.  I had also made a Sensory Bin for apple pie. While I was trying to make the Acorns Everywhere bin, the hurricane hit so I ordered the split peas and faux acorns on Amazon, as well as the book. For the apple bin, I was apple to hit up the Dollar Tree for the measuring cups (I already had oatmeal, cinnamon sticks and faux apples).

 

(NOTE: I have had oatmeal and black beans ALL OVER my house).

And FINALLY, last but certainly not least, Astronaut! This one was super cute. I saved two paper bags from an Amazon Now order (srsly, I have a problem lol) and I cut out holes in them to make helmets. The girls painted them (picked blue and white) and I had some star stickers and, surprisingly, solar system stickers laying around. Take a look a the finished product:

Adorbs.

I also finally broke down and purchased Kinetic (aka Moon) Sand and made yet another sensory bin for them to play with.

We also did star stamps with yellow, gold and glitter paint and a star cookie cutter.

For Emma, I started an Interactive Notebook and we started by going through some leftover Highlights magazines seeing if we could find pictures of things beginning with the letter A and cutting and pasting them into her notebook. Then, I had her write both an uppercase and lowercase letter.

Happy Learning!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is All Rainbow & Unicorns

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

IKEA

Unicorn Popcorn

Crescent Dog Twists

Unicorn Droppings
aka Jelly beans

Unicorn Horn Pasta Salad

Unicorn Bathing Suits, Target

Unicorn Wands

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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

Crescent Dog Twists 

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!)

 

I made my own shirt using my Cricut!

Unicorn wands made using unicorns from Amazon. I drilled 5/16 holes in them  and used skewers (think shrimp skewers). Then I tied ribbon around their tails.

Earrings: Amazon

Headbands: Forever 21, Target, Amazon

Cake & Cakepops: Petite Madalyns Bakery

Mini donuts: Remi’s Minis 

Balloons: Party Planet

 

Valentine’s Day in the Silverstein House

The day of love has come and gone…

Here’s what ours looked like!

Crafts:

This year, we made Froot Loop hearts for the birds

“I Love You to Pieces” tissue paper hearts

AND I added in some school stuff too:

Homeschool:

Trace and color Hearts, ABCs with conversation hearts, name puzzles, and color matching with conversation hearts.

 

Food (Heart-shaped EVERYTHING!):

DONUTS!

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How We Celebrate Hanukkah AND Christmas

His family is Jewish and mine is not.

We decided to raise the littles Jewish, so now what do we do?

Well, we do a lot of both and none of some…

So, here’s how we celebrate Hanukkah AND Christmas:

We light Menorahs AND put up a Christmas tree (aka Hanukkah bush.)

Our tree has a Star of David topper and we decorate it in blue and silver.

We have blue stockings (which, by the way, are really hard to find!) and our stocking holders say PEACE.

We read Hanukkah AND Christmas books before bed.

We open presents for 8 nights.

And on Christmas morning.

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New Traditions: Friendsgiving

For the last couple of years, my husband and I have talked about having a Friendsgiving, but it wasn’t until this year that I made it happen.

Since it’s Thanksgiving break, lots of our friends are out of school and work, so we settled on a day during the week to have all the mommies and kids over for snacks and crafts.

We made paper plate turkeys by:

1) coloring the paper plates brown
2) cutting out feathers
3) gluing the feathers to the back of the paper plate
4) hot gluing googly eyes
5) hot gluing a stick (if needed/ wanted)

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Then, the kids played outside on the playground/ with Legos, etc.

We had lunch of Chick-fil-a nuggets (because all kids eat those, right?!), broccoli cheese casserole, candied yams, pumpkin pie, veggie straws, Tee Pees, Corn Pops and more. It was potluck and all the moms brought a dish to share.

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From this…To that!

Last year for Halloween, my girls were Snow White and a Bumblebee.

And it was adorable. See for yourself:

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But I wanted them to have matching candy holders for each of their costumes.

I wasn’t finding what I wanted online or anywhere for that matter.

So I made them myself.

When I was younger, we just used good ol’ pillowcases for Trick-or-Treating.

1) There’s no way my kids can carry a big pillowcase

2) They don’t need that much candy

So I went to Wal-Mart and bought two regular orange Jack-O-lantern pumpkins. Then, I got brown packing tape and some red duct tape.

When I got home, I wrapped each pumpkin in it’s respective tape until the orange and the faces were no longer visible.

For Emma’s, I did an apple since she was Snow White and finished it off with some green ribbon wrapped around the handle.

For Addie’s, my bumblebee, I took black permanent marker and wrote “HUNNY” on it (like Pooh).

All in all, the project probably took me a day to complete (during nap time and after bedtime)

And my kids had one-of-a-kind Halloween treat bags.

This year, we are going as the Sanderson sisters (from Hocus Pocus) so they will have little cauldrons as their treat bags.

More on our costumes and those in a later post!

Happy Halloween!

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How to Survive a Hurricane…with Toddlers

I’ve lived in Florida all my life (all 31 years) so I’ve seen my fair share of Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.

I was 7 when Hurricane Andrew hit.

I was in college when we had 4 hurricanes hit in 2005.

I’ve seen streets flood.

I’ve had the power go out.

I’ve got kind of a “been there, done that” attitude about hurricanes, as most Floridians do.

We throw Hurricane parties.

Until we have kids.

Then, we have to figure out how to keep them (and us!) sane cooped up inside for DAYS…

Here’s a list of things we do on Hurricane Days:

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Olympic Crafts

We have had Olympic fever in this house since the Opening Ceremonies!

These are the first Olympics my kids have been old enough to watch and understand!

It’s been so fun sharing it with them!

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Emma says her favorite Olympian is “Katie Tedeky” aka Katie Ledeky.

We have been watching the Olympics almost every day and I have been encorporating crafts, which have been really fun for the girls.

They recognize the Olympic Rings now because they’ve made them and they talk about the gold medals because we’ve made our own.

Here are the slew of crafts we’ve completed over the last 14 days:

Torches

This was our first craft that we made for the Opening Ceremonies.

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They were quite simple:

Two toilet paper rolls

Painted gold or white (I looked up the past torches and they have all been gold or white)

Glue

Red, yellow or orange tissue paper for the flames

And that was it! For my older daughter, we wrote USA on hers since she is working on her letter recognition

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Birthday Party: Flamingo & Pineapple

Hello, August!

Which also means it’s MY BIRTHDAY (month)!

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This year, I decided to do a Flamingo & Pineapple theme, which was SO FUN! And very apropos because it’s the summer!

Plus, the Dollar Store had TONS of party supplies!!

I started by printing out several printables and putting them in picture frames all around the house.

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Then, I created a banner for the fireplace. I hand-cut flamingos and pineapples.

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Then, my husband gave me my birthday present: a FUCKING Cricut!!!!!!!!

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Complete game changer.

Every day for 4 days after, I made something for my party. So far, I’ve made a pineapple and flamingo shirt, plus a flamingo mug and a cake topper.

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For the food, we had TONS of pineapple! I made a strawberry tree with a pineapple top, Hawaiian tortellini salad, sausage and pineapple bites, spinach and strawberry said with poppyseed dressing, plus watermelon and grapes.

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Here are some more details from the party:

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Pineapple sunglasses: Oriental Trading

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Pineapple cups: Party City

Hair Clips: Peace Love and Glitz

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Aloha Cake Topper: Jolee Studio

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Flamingo cookie cutter & pool float: Amazon

All in all, it was a great party!

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If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

 

Contributing Blogger!

Guys! I’m super excited to reveal that I have been asked to be a contributing blogger for a local Tampa Bay mom’s group, Everyday Moms. 

I recently published my first blog over there on some back-to-school DIY “Pinterest Picks.

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Head on over there to check it out! And keep a lookout for more DIY blogs from me!

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