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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!

 

Our Trip Out West

How cool is it that we have relatives that live in such a cool state that we can go visit?!

We recently took our first trip out west – to Arizona! This is the farthest west I or either of my girls have been.

We flew direct from TPA to PHX which was a 4 hour and 20 minute flight.

Here’s what we did on our whirlwind 4 days in Arizona!

Once we landed, we headed straight to In-N-Out! We don’t have these in Florida so I had to try it!

From Phoenix, we drove 2.5 hours to Flagstaff, which is known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon.

Our plan was to eat dinner and head to the Lowell Observatory, but our kids were so tired, they fell asleep in the car before we could get there (insert sad face). Next time!

We did head Downtown and had dinner at Mother Road Brewing Company, which served pizza from next door at Pizzicletta. We had an amazing fennel and shaved Brussels sprouts pizza while the kids had a normal marinara.

We stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, which had an amazing staff who helped us plan our visit. And included free breakfast, which we loaded up on before our big trip!

From there, we headed out to the Grand Canyon!! We drove up 89 through Navajo country and entered the Grand Canyon National Park. We drove to the East Rim, which is less busy than the South Rim, the rim the most people visit. It is often referred to as the Desert View.

The Desert View has a watch tower, which we climbed also. From there, we drove 22 miles alongside the canyon, stopping at various lookouts and viewpoints. Our favorite stop was probably Grandview Point, where we did a little hiking and got closer to the edge of the canyon.

From here, we drove through the Visitor Center and Village and parked and went to lunch in the Maswik Lodge where we ate lunch in the cafeteria and Eric finally got his Navajo taco!

We were pretty beat at this point (having stayed at the canyon for 5 hours) so we stopped at the gift shop, said hi to the mules at the mule barn and headed back to the car.

On the way, I saw a small pine sapling next to a pinecone and stopped to take a picture. What happened next was probably my favorite part of our trip. My girls decided to “protect” this little tree by surrounding it with pinecones, sticks and rocks. Emma even accidentally touched poop and we all had a good laugh and now we own the book Who Pooped in the Park? Good Times.

Once we left the Grand Canyon, we headed to Williams. This is where we finally got a Route 66 picture!! Even though we had driven on it in Flagstaff, there were no signs.

*Side note, this is how my daughter sings Route 66: “Get your kids on the road 66”

ADORBS!

Here in Williams, we went to Bearizona, which is a drive-thru wildlife park. We saw Rocky Mountain goats, wolves, bears, bison and more! You have to roll up your windows for the wolves and bears! After the drive-thru part, you can go in the walk-thru area as well, which has a barnyard, foxes, bobcats and a jaguar! This was a nice break for us as we then continued on our way to Prescott.

Once again, by the time we got to our hotel, it was time for dinner and bed for our kiddos, so we didn’t get to explore Prescott too much, but I heard Whiskey Road is the place to be in Downtown! Once again, next time!

The next day was wedding day! But not before I ate cactus for breakfast!

The morning after the wedding, we headed back to Phoenix for the long ride home, but stopped on the side of the road so I could take a picture with a saguaro cactus!

While there is certainly a lot more to do, I think we packed quite a lot in 4 days! But we also have a lot of things we want to do next time!

Have you ever been to Arizona?

What would you add to the list?

6 Fall & Halloween Themed Lunch Boxes

1. Fall Leaves themed lunch

PB&J cut into leaf shapes, Maple Leaf cookies from Aldi, apple slices, and yogurt with fall sprinkles.

2. Mummy hot dogs 

Mummy hot dogs, pumpkin spice Cheerios, Halloween Oreos, Halloween pretzels, mandarin oranges and Danimals smoothies (orange creamsicle flavor)

3. English muffin pizzas

And just to show you that not everything goes as planned, here are the lunches my children refused to eat. English muffin pizzas (one with an olive and bacon spider), vampire teeth apple slices, and oranges and tootsie rolls to make pumpkins with an eyeball chocolate.

4. Pumpkin themed lunch boxes 

Ham & Cheese sandwiches cut out with a pumpkin cookies cutter (purchased on Amazon here), Babybel Halloween cheese, pumpkin patch dirt cups, Halloween pretzels and one with raisins and one with pumpkin spice Cheerios.

5. Spookley the Square pumpkin snacks

Graham crackers, green M&Ms, candy eyeballs, and black icing. I made orange icing with vanilla frosting and food coloring.

6. Spider lunch boxes

PB&J with pretzel stick legs, candy eyeballs, Veggie Chips, cheese stick/ Halloween Babybel cheese + grapes and spider rings (purchased at the Dollar Tree)

 

FYI* These lunch boxes are Bentgo lunch boxes and I got them on Groupon!

Letter of the Week: C

Here we go again: Letters of the Week! We’re just now on letter C.

Can I call it Letters of the Week if it’s really more like Letters of the Month?! Anywho…..

I have started asking the girls what they want to make for the wall and this time Emma chose Cat and Addie chose Caterpillar. I’m still trying to figure out how to laminate the caterpillar.

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Incorporating Veggies: Healthy Eating for Kids

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).

1) Zucchini muffins (and bread)

Shredding the zucchini and adding chocolate chips pretty much guarantees they’ll get eaten.

2) Aldi spinach bites

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Indoor Family Picnic Lunch

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.

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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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Holy Moly!

It’s been almost two months since my last blog!

In case you can’t tell, we’ve been super busy!

Miss Addison turned 3 in January and we celebrated with a Fox birthday party in the park. And at Disney (of course!).

And we just finished all of our Valentine’s Day fun!

We are also participating in a hiking spree at the local parks. We have to finish 8 hikes by the end of march, so we’re doing about one a weekend!!

Eric and I also just registered for our first half marathon! We’ll be running the Disney half next January!

So I’ve been busy training for that as well. Here’s what my weeks have been looking like lately:

Monday– Hikes with homeschool group/ Busch Gardens/ Karate
Tuesday– homeschool testing/ Dance class/ Chick-fil-a/ tea party
Wednesday– school from 8:40-Noon/ all my grocery shopping done/ Karate
Thursday– school from 8:40-Noon/ run while the girls are in school
Friday– Friend’s houses/ play dates at parks
Saturday– Farmer’s market/ Home improvement store/ gardening/ family time/ date night
Sunday– hiking/ gardening/ Disney

What Mom’s week doesn’t look like that?!

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I wish my life was as perfect as my Christmas card

But it’s not.

Sometimes I yell. Sometimes I curse.

Sometimes I’m mad at my husband. Sometimes he’s mad at me.

Sometimes he has a bad day at work. Sometimes I have bad days.

Those cruise pictures we took? We spent most of that cruise telling at our kids because they wouldn’t go to camp.

Those camping pictures? Emma refused to nap and I drove her around in the truck, then slammed on the brakes and yelled at her.

Our kids don’t always hold hands and hug.

They fight. They pull hair.

They scratch. They bite.

They’re not perfect. And neither am I.

So, don’t be fooled by our Christmas card.

I wish my life was as perfect as my Christmas card.

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‘Tis the Season for Family Pictures

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‘Tis the season!

For holiday cards with family pictures!

This is the one time of year (I think) that most people get their family pictures taken.

We get ours taken usually a few times per year: birthdays, etc.

We usually take some for Emma’s birthday (at the end of October) and those usually end up being our pictures for our cards.

Here are some of my tips:

Set Expectations: Don’t tell your kids about the pictures RIGHT before you are about to leave for them. Give them some heads up. “We are going to take some pictures tomorrow.” Also, I always go in with the expectation of getting ONE good picture. ONE. If I get more, great. Don’t go in expecting the world and be disappointed.

Pick Outfits: Make sure you pick something your kid is going to actually wear. Comfortable. Nothing itchy. For example, my youngest refuses to wear anything but a dress at the moment. So, when I was picking out outfits, I knew not to dare try to put her in anything else.

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Bribery! We used to have our pictures taken in the mall. And we would tell the kids, “when we’re all done we can go ride the carousel!” Or have Chick-fil-A or go out to dinner after. Whatever works. I even brought lipstick to our last photo session to keep them happy! Whatever you have to do!

Outdoor vs. Indoor. This is all about personal preference. We usually take our photos inside at a studio (keep them contained!)

Take yourself vs. Professional This one would be tough to do by yourself with the exception of a timer on your camera, but if you have a friend or a family member it could work.

Here’s my last and probably most important tip: Take lots of pictures of your kids!

People always tell me, your kids are so photogenic! It’s because I take their pictures 20 times per day! LOL They know if they just look at me and smile once, I’ll leave them alone!

Seriously, we all have cameras on our phones now. It’s so easy to snap a picture of them! Plus, it gets them used to the idea of looking at the camera and saying CHEESE, which is all we really want!

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