SOCIAL MEDIA

Mar 14, 2020

Boredom Busters for Social Distancing

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With school officially cancelled for at least two weeks in Florida here are some ideas for quarantine / social distancing with kids.


With school officially cancelled for at least two weeks in Florida I am in full-time mom mode. I'm going to work out a schedule to do some school work in the morning and then activities for the afternoons. I'm by NO MEANS taking away all screen time (I'm not a masochist) but I DO want to limit it and not fall into the trap of letting them watch hours upon hours of it. I'm providing both indoor and outdoor activities. Since it's warm here there are water play ones included but I know that's not an option everywhere. I'm linking to items in case anyone wants to grab a few things but hopefully you can utilize a lot of what you already have at home. Hang in there- we can do this!

Inside Activities

  • Make paper airplanes
  • Playdough
  • Kinetic sand
  • Water beads and fine motor tools
  • Make Oobleck (mix cornstarch and water and add food coloring (optional)
  • Sensory bins - rice, shredded paper, nature items from outside etc
  • Coloring Books
  • Kwick Sticks - we LOVE these paint sticks!
  • Watercolors
  • Finger Paint
  • LEGOs
  • Play trains
  • Board games
  • Build a fort
  • Academic workbooks
  • Read stories
  • Make up and illustrate our own stories
  • Puzzles
  • Make slime
  • Build with blocks
  • Magnetic Tiles/ Magformers
  • Craft- use stuff you already have or order a few kits
  • Make an obstacle or ninja course
  • Bake cookies
  • Play house/ kitchen/ doctor
  • Play dress up/superheroes 
  • Make cards to mail to relatives
  • Science experiments
  • Make sock puppets or paper bag puppets
  • Flash card games- I do stuff like lay out letter flashcards or sight word flashcards and they have to run and find the letter or word I say. Sort of like the shuttle run but with academics. Sometimes I bribe them with an M&M if they get them all right on the first try.
  • Decorate and play in cardboard boxes- we use Kwik Stix for this and they make space ships, houses, cars, etc. Keeps them busy or hours!
  • Tablets/video games/ screen time


Outside Activities 

  • Ride bikes
  • Skateboard/ rollerskate/ scooters
  • Water table
  • Wading pools/sprinklers
  • Go on a walk
  • Play soccer
  • Go fishing
  • Fly kites
  • Sidewalk chalk 
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt - I have a printable one here
Mar 4, 2020

March Target Try-On Top Picks

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I've put together of some of my favorite pieces from Target for the month and fair warning there's a lot of green lol. I mean, can we really talk about March and NOT have green options? The nice thing is that these will all transition to summer. I tried to include some pieces that can be dressed up or down for people who need work options etc.

I cannot BELIEVE that it's already March! Where is the year going?!?! I've put together some of my favorite pieces from Target for the month and fair warning there's a lot of green lol. I mean, can we really talk about March and NOT have green options? The nice thing is that these will all transition to summer. I tried to include some pieces that can be dressed up or down for people who need work options etc.

T-Shirt Dresses

I love these because they are so easy to dress up or down. I've worn it running errands and also to church. Switch up the accessories for a totally different look. Definitely a "blank canvas" piece. Add a blazer and you can wear it to work if you don't have a super strict dress code.


Feb 25, 2020

Trend Alert: Rope Baskets

***Post contains affiliate links. This means I earn a small commission off of purchases made through the links***I've been using smaller rope baskets for the kids' toys for years but never thought much of it. Recently, I posted an XL rope basket I bought in the Take It From Nicole Facebook Group and people went BANANAS over it. I had no idea people would love it so much.


Sometimes I stumble onto something without realizing it. I've been using smaller rope baskets for the kids' toys for years but never thought much of it. Recently, I posted an XL rope basket I bought in the Take It From Nicole Facebook Group and people went BANANAS over it. I had no idea people would love it so much.



Currently, ours is being used to old all the toys that get brought into our living room. I toss them in there until I have a chance to actually put them away where they belong. It's helping to cut down on the clutter. I've also seen them used frequently for pillows and blankets. And also the obvious laundry basket.

Feb 20, 2020

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Spinach Artichoke Dip is quite possibly my all time favorite appetizer. For years it was all I ordered as an app! I wish I had known how easy it is to make.


Spinach Artichoke Dip is quite possibly my all time favorite appetizer. For years it was all I ordered as an app! I wish I had known how easy it is to make. I made it most recently for the Super Bowl and it was a hit.


Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese block
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese (fresh or from a bag- NOT a can)
  • 14 oz can quartered artichoke hearts (I pull them apart before adding)
  • 10 oz box of frozen spinach thawed and drained (squeeze out liquid over sink)
  • 2 cloves of pressed garlic (or 2 tsp from a jar)

Method

  • Add cream cheese, sour cream, butter and parmesan cheese to a medium sized sauce pan and melt together while stirring over medium heat.
  • Once well mixed add artichoke hearts, and drained spinach and stir.
  • Add garlic. Stir until well blended and slightly bubbly.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or French bread for dipping.


Jan 30, 2020

100 Dino-mite Days of School!

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Gender neutral 100th Day of school shirt with dinosaurs - good for both boys and girls.

Tis the season for 100th Day of School festivities! I've seen some really cute ideas floating around on social media the past 2 weeks or so. I'm not sure when this became a thing but it is definitely a big deal now. Different schools do different things- dress like you are 100 years old, put 100 things on a poster, wear a t-shirt with 100 things etc. Thing 1 had to decorate a t-shirt with 100 things for his kindergarten class. Since he was having a celebration in class that parents were invited to with little stations we also were asked to donate some snacks etc.

For his shirt we went through quite a few different ideas. One of them involved 100 transformers but I have no idea how he planned to pull that one off. In the end, we went with dinosaurs. I ordered these dinosaur foam stickers and used fabric paint to write out "100 Dino-Mite Days." I liked that he was able to help put the stickers on his shirt and that it wasn't just homework for me.

I honestly didn't expect the dinosaurs to stay on but I was pleasantly surprised. He only lost one that he zipped up in his jacket. The rest stayed on really well. There were some really cute shirts on the other kids in his class, too. We saw a rainbow made out of 100 pom-poms, a gum ball machine, Baby Yoda, stars, hearts, and lots of other clever ideas.

For more ideas you can check out this post in my private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailydealdetectives/permalink/1050147055350364/


Does your school celebrate the 100th day of school? What do you do?
Nov 26, 2019

Gift Guide for Moms 2019

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During the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s easy to overlook yourself. Or maybe you need ideas for your own mom or girlfriends. Whatever mom you happen to be shopping for a I have a list of chic and cozy picks that are sure to be a hit! I tried to include a variety of price points so there's something for every budget.

During the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s easy to overlook yourself. Or maybe you need ideas for your own mom or girlfriends. Whatever mom you happen to be shopping for a I have a list of chic and cozy picks that are sure to be a hit! I tried to include a variety of price points so there's something for every budget. Also perfect for sending a link to your significant other to make sure you receive something you'll love.


Ugg Slippers

Cozy slippers are still a favorite gift of mine! I wear mine every day in the cooler months so I like that it’s a gift that you know the recipient will love and use. Shearling slippers feel so luxurious and are just so cozy.
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Nov 9, 2019

Gift Guides 2019: VSCO Girls


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In case you have been living under a rock VSCO girls are the new It Girl for teens and tweens. They pledge to "Save the Turtles" and bare an uncanny resemblance to 90s teens which brings me no small amount of laughter. I've rounded up some items that are SURE to put a smile on the Mario Badescu spritzed face of your favorite VSCO girl. So grab a drink in your Hydroflask (don't forget your metal straw!), put up your Birkenstock clad feet, and adjust your scrunchies because we are going to "and I oop" our way to good holiday vibes!




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