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Summer Solstice is here! ☀️🌞🍉😎☀️ and since we are having a heat wave I’d thought I’d share my 3 favorite go to items for surviving some triple digit days - pregnant or not! 

1) Mama Mio cooling leg gel. This is amazing as is or store in the refrigerator for a cooling foot and leg massage
2) hand held mister fan - enough said
3) fruit infusing water bottle with motivating drinking goals/reminders! 

I’m going to try to link them in my stories for you, not sure If that’s possible. All are on Amazon so you can always search yourself and since it’s prime day today you may just score a deal

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Summer Solstice is here! ☀️🌞🍉😎☀️ and since we are having a heat wave I’d thought I’d share my 3 favorite go to items for surviving some triple digit days - pregnant or not! 1) Mama Mio cooling leg gel. This is amazing as is or store in the refrigerator for a cooling foot and leg massage 2) hand held mister fan - enough said 3) fruit infusing water bottle with motivating drinking goals/reminders! I’m going to try to link them in my stories for you, not sure If that’s possible. All are on Amazon so you can always search yourself and since it’s prime day today you may just score a deal

First trip of summer prep! We always travel with craft supplies and the like but I also bring something educational too. Instead of a tradition sticker chart we are going to do something new. Together with me, each boy will pick out their reward which they will get upon completion of the whole workbook. Nothing too crazy- Harvey will 💯 choose a matchbox car and Parker will likely pick an animal figurine. 
This way they can be at their own pace and motivation comes from within and not mom! I’m excited to do the @thegoodandthebeautiful prewriting activities together to start! 

#summerbreak #summerlearning #vacaymode #vacationprep #teachingmylittles #preschoolmom #momschool

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First trip of summer prep! We always travel with craft supplies and the like but I also bring something educational too. Instead of a tradition sticker chart we are going to do something new. Together with me, each boy will pick out their reward which they will get upon completion of the whole workbook. Nothing too crazy- Harvey will 💯 choose a matchbox car and Parker will likely pick an animal figurine. This way they can be at their own pace and motivation comes from within and not mom! I’m excited to do the @thegoodandthebeautiful prewriting activities together to start! #summerbreak #summerlearning #vacaymode #vacationprep #teachingmylittles #preschoolmom #momschool

My kids love a good fruit loop! 🌈
In our house we sometimes have them for snack but instead of just having them in a bowl I like to make them “work” for it. 
I have found that the extra time it takes to sort the colors and pick them up piece by piece slows them down and helps them enjoy this special snack a little longer. Plus it makes for a super easy #momschool leaning activity too! 

#learnathome #learningactivity #preschool #preschoolathome #totschool #toddlerlife #preschoolersofinstagram #toddlersofIG #playandlearn #learnthroughplay #eattherainbow #fruitloops #learningmycolors #snackideas #snacktime #momlife #momming #parentingtip #helpfulideas #momismyname

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My kids love a good fruit loop! 🌈 In our house we sometimes have them for snack but instead of just having them in a bowl I like to make them “work” for it. I have found that the extra time it takes to sort the colors and pick them up piece by piece slows them down and helps them enjoy this special snack a little longer. Plus it makes for a super easy #momschool leaning activity too! #learnathome #learningactivity #preschool #preschoolathome #totschool #toddlerlife #preschoolersofinstagram #toddlersofig #playandlearn #learnthroughplay #eattherainbow #fruitloops #learningmycolors #snackideas #snacktime #momlife #momming #parentingtip #helpfulideas #momismyname

Life is short; make the rice bin and eat all the Girlscout cookies!

Harvey loves the sensory table and even though it’s sometimes more work and mess than I care to deal with I still set it up for him. Why? Because I know soon he will outgrow it just as Parker did and it will become a distant memory. So, in the meantime I watch him play as grains of rice fall to the floor while sipping my coffee and eating my personal box of cookies just waiting for him to finish so I can sweep in with my cordless dyson on cleanup detail.
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#play #preschoolactivities #preschoolathome #homeschool #learnathome #sensorybin #stpatricksdayactivities #stpatricksday #toddlerlife #toddlersofinstagram #theycallmemama #mommyandme #mommingainteasy #seizetheday #seizethemoment #eatthecookies #learnthroughplay #mommylife

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Life is short; make the rice bin and eat all the Girlscout cookies! Harvey loves the sensory table and even though it’s sometimes more work and mess than I care to deal with I still set it up for him. Why? Because I know soon he will outgrow it just as Parker did and it will become a distant memory. So, in the meantime I watch him play as grains of rice fall to the floor while sipping my coffee and eating my personal box of cookies just waiting for him to finish so I can sweep in with my cordless dyson on cleanup detail. . #play #preschoolactivities #preschoolathome #homeschool #learnathome #sensorybin #stpatricksdayactivities #stpatricksday #toddlerlife #toddlersofinstagram #theycallmemama #mommyandme #mommingainteasy #seizetheday #seizethemoment #eatthecookies #learnthroughplay #mommylife

Nothing kills the baking momentum more then having to first sift through a bunch of recipes just to find one that has “normal person” ingredients and a reasonable amount of them as well! Am I right?! Don’t worry I’ve done the researching for you this time and if your festive St. Patrick’s Day plans include some soda bread check out this recipe. ☘️🍞

Easy to bake Irish Soda Bread – with 'Basic’ ingredients

Ingredients
4 c. all-purpose flour 
4 TBL white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 TBL baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ c. butter, softened + 1/4c. melted
1 c. buttermilk + 1/4c. 
1 egg
Optional – ½ cup raisins. 

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees 
Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and first serving butter. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg + raisins if adding.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Then form dough into a round ball and place on prepared
In a small bowl, combine 2nd butter portion with the 2nd portion buttermilk and brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

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Nothing kills the baking momentum more then having to first sift through a bunch of recipes just to find one that has “normal person” ingredients and a reasonable amount of them as well! Am I right?! Don’t worry I’ve done the researching for you this time and if your festive St. Patrick’s Day plans include some soda bread check out this recipe. ☘️🍞 Easy to bake Irish Soda Bread – with 'Basic’ ingredients Ingredients 4 c. all-purpose flour 4 TBL white sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 TBL baking powder ½ tsp. salt ½ c. butter, softened + 1/4c. melted 1 c. buttermilk + 1/4c. 1 egg Optional – ½ cup raisins. Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Lightly grease a large baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and first serving butter. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg + raisins if adding. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Then form dough into a round ball and place on prepared In a small bowl, combine 2nd butter portion with the 2nd portion buttermilk and brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

We can’t talk about Leprechauns without talking about rainbows! And here is the PNW I celebrate 🌈 because that means the ☀️ is out and we’ve said goodbye to the ☔ (temporarily at least)! 

For a quick colorful activity on this very theme grab your @doadotart stampers and some Avery dot stickers. Or just draw straight lines with a marker. Littles will work on colors, dexterity and get some focused structured play time! 

Curious about what I mean by structured play, head to my the blog where I’ve put together some more information to help break it down. Link is in my bio.
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#kidsactivities #toddleractivitiesathome #toddleractivities #playathomemummy #playschool #learningthroughplay #learnathome #teachingfromhome #preschoolactivities #preschoolathome #playallday #rainbowart #playideasfortoddler #momlife #momblogger #parenttips #parentingideas #gototheblog #bloggermom #parentingblogger

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We can’t talk about Leprechauns without talking about rainbows! And here is the PNW I celebrate 🌈 because that means the ☀️ is out and we’ve said goodbye to the ☔ (temporarily at least)! For a quick colorful activity on this very theme grab your @doadotart stampers and some Avery dot stickers. Or just draw straight lines with a marker. Littles will work on colors, dexterity and get some focused structured play time! Curious about what I mean by structured play, head to my the blog where I’ve put together some more information to help break it down. Link is in my bio. . . . . #kidsactivities #toddleractivitiesathome #toddleractivities #playathomemummy #playschool #learningthroughplay #learnathome #teachingfromhome #preschoolactivities #preschoolathome #playallday #rainbowart #playideasfortoddler #momlife #momblogger #parenttips #parentingideas #gototheblog #bloggermom #parentingblogger

“Mommy I left you a little surprise at the bottom of the stairs” are the words that often elicit fear in parents. But today they brought tears. Anyone that truly know Harvey knows his cars are near and dear and so to find this “surprise” of his favorite things all lined up for me was so touching. I just want to bottle you up my sweet like boy. 🥰
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 #lovemom #momlife #motherlove #babyboy #parenthood #mommylove #motherandson #motherhood #motherson #alwaysbemybaby #tinymoments #momentsofmine  #momentslikethese #dontgrowup

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“Mommy I left you a little surprise at the bottom of the stairs” are the words that often elicit fear in parents. But today they brought tears. Anyone that truly know Harvey knows his cars are near and dear and so to find this “surprise” of his favorite things all lined up for me was so touching. I just want to bottle you up my sweet like boy. 🥰 . . . . #lovemom #momlife #motherlove #babyboy #parenthood #mommylove #motherandson #motherhood #motherson #alwaysbemybaby #tinymoments #momentsofmine #momentslikethese #dontgrowup

With Valentine’s Day over and the snow mostly melted it’s time to think about (or maybe dream about) Spring! With Easter being the first weekend in April this year we are going strong on St Patty’s day early! Time to switch the decor and get ready for pots of gold, rainbows and leprechaun shenanigans!  I love this old picture of Parker so much I couldn’t help but share it! Wonder if he will let me take an updated version .... 🧐🤪☘️

Oh! And to help answer all your kid’s questions about this holiday I’ve written a little article full of FAQs about St Patrick’s Day and Leprechauns! Check it out on the blog. 
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With Valentine’s Day over and the snow mostly melted it’s time to think about (or maybe dream about) Spring! With Easter being the first weekend in April this year we are going strong on St Patty’s day early! Time to switch the decor and get ready for pots of gold, rainbows and leprechaun shenanigans! I love this old picture of Parker so much I couldn’t help but share it! Wonder if he will let me take an updated version .... 🧐🤪☘️ Oh! And to help answer all your kid’s questions about this holiday I’ve written a little article full of FAQs about St Patrick’s Day and Leprechauns! Check it out on the blog. . . . . . #hellospring #stpattysday #stpatricksday #kissmeimirish #celebrate #warmerweather #spring #toddlersofinstagram #toddlersofig #toddlerstyle #toddlerfun #instatoddler #mommyblog #momlife #childrenofinstagram #mummyblogger #kidsofig #igbabies #childrenoftheworld #throwback #cutestbaby #letsplaydressup #kidsofinstagram #springtime #toddlerlife #totsontheblock #parenting #parenttribetuesday #momsofinstagram #momstofollow

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