Celebrating Jala’s Birthday

Yesterday we celebrated Jala’s 6th birthday.  Having a little one in the house really keeps the innocence alive around here.  I was so excited while I went to pick up some of the things she.requested for her special day.

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She’s really into My Little Pony and with the release of the new Equestria Girls, she’s been screaming, “MA, I want that!” every time she sees the commercial.  I asked her which of the girls were her favorite and she said….Rarity.

So yesterday after dropping her off at school  I was on a mission.

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Got a little sidetracked with checking out Christmas items.

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I’m Loving the Kenya Collection and first time seeing these at our local Wal-Mart.

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Little girls love the Monster High dolls and Jala likes them too, but I have a huge problem with having caskets in my house. LOL

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Here’s what I bought for her birthday.

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Picked up a 2 pack set – Twilight Sparkle, her rival and the DVD. The DVD had a $5 off coupon if purchased with any of the dolls. She’s watched it 3 times yesterday after completing her homework. This weekend will definitely be a repeat marathon of the DVD.

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Lastly, with the exception of her cake and icecream, I picked up a scrapbook box to store her dolls in from Michaels.  I’m going to pick up another for her Groovy Girl dolls. 

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The box is perfect and will fit the rest of the dolls that are in the collection as we add on.  It’s easy for her to pick up and go, carry from room to room and stay organized. 

Jala’ s a happy camper and says it was the best day ever.  It was great seeing her face smile and knowing today was her special day.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Kindergarten Picture Day Wordless Wednesday

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5 Questions to ask your Kindergartener while at Open House

Yesterday was Open House at my daughter’s Elementary School.  I’ve never seen a child so excited to go to Open House.  Of course she had no idea what to expect or what was going to take place. 

After we met with her teachers and she gave me a tour of her school, she still wasn’t ready to go.

We stopped by the library and she took a picture with Super Reader.  She came home with her first library book from school yesterday.  So, she wanted to make sure I saw the library.

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A moment I thought was priceless was meeting her Mandarin Chinese teacher.  My daughter greeted her with, “Ni-Hao.” I think that’s what she said. LOL

Here’s a few things to ask your Kindergartener while at Open House or visiting the school.  I really think it’ll give you a great sense of how they’re adjusting.

1. Take me to your room.  Of course by now they know exactly where there room is, but this gives them a boost of confidence.

2. Ask them to introduce you to their teacher.  Again, you’ve more than likely met their teacher. However, allowing our children to learn communication skills early gives them a head start in life.

3. Where’s their seat?  When I asked my daughter to show me her desk, the pride in her eyes said it all.

4. What do you like to do in here (their classroom)?  My daughter shared with me that she enjoyed playing with some interlocking blocks. Similar to legos, but different.  Whatever that item or activity is, you may want to get them one for home.  If not, it just gives you a peak into what other things your child may be interested in. 

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5. Show me around your school.  This was really important for me to see how my daughter adapts to a different environment.  How quickly does she catch on and how I may be able to let or help her navigate when we’re together.

She had an absolute blast at Open House and the chile automatically assumed it would be a routine.  Before she went to bed she asked were we going to Open House tomorrow. No, Dear. No, Dear.

What other questions have you or do you think would be good to ask your child when visiting their school?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Back to School: Lunch Station

Lately, I’ve been on Pinterest getting school lunch ideas and came across some lunch prep stations. I wanted to share some of my pins, but it seems like Pinterest has made some changes and it’s not allowing me to do so. :-/

So, while preparing for back to school I decided to update the area where I keep supplies needed for lunch.  My previous location was in a drawer in the kitchen. Up over the drawer in a cabinet I kept lunch bags and plastic containers.  I’m keeping the lunch bags and those containers in the same location, but I moved all items in the drawer.  I relocated them to my buffet cabinet in the dining room.  It’s right next to the kitchen and I’m able to store a few other items in there too.

I designated 3 drawers for this.  In the bottom drawer I have carry out containers for the kids, as well as small containers for my husband’s salad dressings and other condiments.

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The drawer above it, I have cold packs, hand wipes, straws, sandwich cutters and silcone molds.

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And in the very first drawer I put plastic spoons, forks, knives, napkins, sandwich and snack bags. 

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On top of the buffet I placed a picnic basket that I’ll put snacks in for lunches and after school. This basket is also subject to being moved because it is in my dining room and I love to decorate seasonally.

Not only is this convenient for me, but if anyone else has to make their lunch, everything is easily accessible. 

Another reason I like separating the lunch prep area from my other zip lock and freezer bags, we’re not using bags for the wrong reasons. I also know when things are getting low and to restock.

Have you been making any new adjustments for the school year or updates to an existing plan?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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School’s out, registration and Blogher13

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Yesterday morning I picked my daughter up from the airport.  School is officially out.  They have mandatory summer school which means all athletes have to attend the first session of summer school.

I thought she hadn’t been home for 6 months, but she reminded me that she did come home for spring break.  How did I forget that? But as of late, I’m forgetting how old I am -__-.  I think when we you reach a certain age and you’re not asked daily, “How old are you?” We begin to forget.  Well, that’s what’s been going on with me.

The next few weeks I will be on a mission, registering the kids for school and getting ready for Blogher13.  I have my checklists by my side and knocking things off task by task. 

Last week I went to JCPenney to pick up some new outfits for Blogher. Still a few more things to pick up and I’m all good.  I also wrote down 2 goals/objectives that I want to accomplish from attending Blogher13.

1.Training: I’ve mapped and written out my schedule and classes I’m taking. I’d hate to come home after this event is over and have nothing to apply to my blogging endeavors. 

2. Relationships: getting to meet some of the bloggers I’ve followed and read for so long is going to be so exciting.  As well as meeting bloggers that I may not have encountered their blog before will definitely be refreshing. 

Anything else that comes out of it, is a perk. A little something…something extra. 

What are you plans for the next few weeks? Will you be attending Blogher13 and if so, have you written any goals that you want to achieve this year from attending?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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