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From Pinterest Mom to a Do Less Mom

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 crafts.

Enough themed meals.

Outfits.

Hair bows.

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.

For Valentine’s Day, I still kind of went all out. We did A LOT.

But for Dr. Seuss Day? We skipped school and went to Sea World.

I still packed some Swedish Fish and Goldish (One Fish Two Fish).

I even made Green Eggs and Ham candies with green M&Ms and pretzels.

The next day, they wore their Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts, which we already had from our cruise. But that was it.

For St. Patrick’s Day? Emma didn’t even have a shirt. She wore a green horse one she already had and Addie wore a hand-me-down. They had headbands from last year.

We went canoeing.

I packed Lucky Charms as a snack.

Made Froot Loop necklaces.

Made a snack mix with some pre-made Muddy Buddies, green M&Ms and pretzel sticks.

And the girls painted rainbows that morning while I was packing.

We went to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s for dinner.

And that was it. And that was one of the best days we’ve had recently.

They didn’t need 20 different crafts. Or a Leprachaun trap. Or little footprints on the toilet.

They just needed us. As a family. Doing something fun.

 

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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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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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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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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Madeline Dresses

 “In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”

For a while, I had been eyeing some cute Madeline dresses I had seen on Pinterest.

I happen to be lucky and have a very crafty grandma who can sew, and I asked her to make them for me.

She offered to help. 

Oh grandma, you cruel, cruel woman.

So I reluctantly bought a pattern from Etsy and cut it out.

And there it sat for about two months.

Right before my grandma left to go back to Michigan (snowbirds. ugh), she had me over to her house and we busted out one of the dresses in a few hours.

Then, she left.

And I had the sew the next one. By. My. Self. *gasp*

With a little help from the hubby, we finished both dresses (we had to sew on buttons and make button holes) in about 2-3 days.

Then, I bought some hats from Amazon and added a little extra long black ribbon.

Let me just tell you: They. Were. Presh.

Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself:

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Side note: these pictures were taken in Downtown Plant City. GREAT place for taking pictures!!!

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s been a while since I did a post and I’m sure we’ve done A LOT since then, but here’s what we did on Father’s Day in case you need any ideas for next year:

My hubby was away on business earlier in the week, but on Thursday, I had set up a photo session for some Father’s Day photos. Here is one of my favorites:

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tea party with daddy

Our girls always have a dance recital on Father’s Day weekend (I think that it’s the perfect way to spend the day as a Dad of daughters lol).

Also, since I have a dad, step-dad and father-in-law, we had a VERY busy weekend.

On Friday, we had our dress rehearsal for the dance recital and then we took the girls (with my step-dad) to go see Finding Dory.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts, Food Ideas & More

I’m a day (or two) late and a dollar short, but we just finished all of our St. Patrick’s Day activities!

We started out with a very green breakfast. These are Mini De Wafelbakkers Frozen Pancakes I got from the frozen food aisle at Publix. I microwaved them for about 30 seconds, topped with whipped cream and Airhead Xtremes Rainbow. I had to cut the Airhead a little to get it to bend correctly.

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Then, we had some Lucky Charms (my husband was more excited than the kids!) and some green milk I dyed with green food coloring.

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Valentine’s Day with kids doesn’t have to suck

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I know Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about your significant other or spouse, but I’ve ALWAYS celebrated it as a day of LOVE. We send Valentine’s to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and even old co-workers! So, the fact that my husband and I don’t have “Big Valentine’s Day plans” isn’t really that big of a deal to me. But if you are stuck with your kiddos this weekend, here are 7 ways we have been celebrating WITH the kids so that Valentine’s Day with kids doesn’t have to suck:

1) DONUTS! Because who doesn’t love donuts?!

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2) Mommy and me Mani/Pedis

I used Jamberry on my nails and paint on my toes and the girls’ toes. You could turn this into a date and actually go to a nail salon, but I just DIYed it at home.

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3) Ice Skating!

If you have a rink nearby, this is a fun option! We are thinking of taking the kids but aren’t sure they even make skates big enough for them! Maybe next year!

4) A boat ride

We did this last year and it was awesome! We took a boat out of Clearwater Marina and did a dolphin cruise.

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5) BAKE!

Cookies and brownies and frosting, oh my!

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6) Craft

Hand and footprint crafts are a favorite around here! Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!

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7) Learning Activities

I got a few printable here to practice our ABCs and color recognition. I also made a name puzzle and a number matching game.

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