Well, summer is here and (hopefully) that means lots of fun and sun for you and your family. For me, that is my main goal.
My fam spends a lot of time outside so I decided to add My Sticker Face to some of our summer-fun items to make them extra special for Makenzie and RJ. If you haven’t heard of this fun-loving company, My Sticker Face has made personalizing items sooooo easy. My kids spend way too much time arguing with one another about what belongs (or should belong) to one or the other. These cool little additions to almost any item make ownership obvious and keep huge smiles on my kids’ faces.
A few months ago, my sister in law (Hey, Georgetta!) started teaching the kids how to play checkers and they really enjoyed it. So much so that we’ve taken it into the summer with us. I decorated a set of checker pieces with their custom stickers and the kids LOVE them.
The truth is, the checker board and pieces are felt and I found them pre-made in a discounted bin. They were nothing special before but AFTER?! The My Sticker Face pack came with accessories to dress up the faces, instantly making the average board into something the kids get excited about every time they play. RJ still bursts out laughing when he sees his sticker face with a mustache on it.
I got really sticker happy and added the larger faces to a couple of pins that I then added to a pom-pom keychain that I had made a few years ago. I hadn’t used the keychain in awhile but I took it out of retirement since it is such a summer staple and the pins with my kids’ adorable smiles on them really gave it a face-lift.
Now that the temperatures are rising, I have enrolled the kids in swim lessons which means that a special, swim, “mom bag” was necessary. I found a lined, water-proof clutch that holds sun screen and wet swim suits. Easy-peasy. I added my re-vamped pom key-chain to the clutch and it is sooo cute.
So many moms have complimented me on the clutch while we wait around for our kids to climb out of the pool. On top of that, no other parent will ever mistake my bag for there’s!
Sticker Face has been so nice to offer 10% off your entire order with the code: ALICEONSUNDAY.
Until Next Time!
There are so many great resources for homeschooling out there. Specifically, the quality of lessons and workbooks and units for every age group is, in my opinion, amazing. I want to share the Full Nature Guides from Brave Grown Home. Each set includes an art poster, fact cards, and mini illustrations. Ashley, the mother and business owner of Brave Grown Home paints all of the original posters and illustrations herself and she is so talented. I have the solar system set my kids love the illustrations. I have also been a relying (heavily) on The Good & The Beautiful language arts curriculum for the last couple of years and the kids and I both looooove it.
As Milly and RJ get older (Milly turns 5 tomorrow!), I have been really trying to not only hold them more accountable for their belongings and their things. As an only child, I quickly learned that my mistakes were MINE; there was no way around that. With my kids having an easy ‘scape goat in their sibling, responsibility is always being passed around in our house. Here is a good article from Parent’s Magazine that I enjoyed; it gave me a good foundation on this topic and highlighted some areas that I could adjust in.
If you are like me and take a million pictures of your kids on your phone, take the time to store them correctly for longevity. Eventually, look into printing some of those cute candid photos but until then, keep them safe.
‘A Year of Positive Thinking…’ book by Cyndie Spiegel has many gems up for the taking but the April 9th excerpt was meaningful for my journey through motherhood and came right when I needed it so I thought I’d share. It reads:
JUDGEMENT. Condemnation doesn’t teach others a lesson. Instead it hardens the heart and creates separation in the exact place that connection is needed. When your first reaction is to disapprove of someone’s choice, make an effort to be more kind instead. Withhold judgement.
Leighanne Scheuermann is a mom and reading and learning specialist in Texas. She is for hire but also shares loads of wisdom on her website Written & Bound. RJ and Milly are both working on BOB reading books so her recommendations on books to read after completion was really helpful.
I absolutely loooove Chip & Joanna Gaines. I have been following their work since Fixer & Upper and I still watch the reruns of that show. They created a children’s book We Are The Gardeners and the blog post linked gives some insight on how their kids helped in the making! This is the perfect Spring book to gift your children. (Maybe, a Easter basket stuffer?!)