Thursday, August 21, 2014

Camping

 We're just getting settled back in from a long weekend of camping. We've got one more week to enjoy summer vacation before we start school again. L will be learning and I will be back in the
 cafeteria working. So I figured I'd share just a few pics from our fun weekend...





Monday, August 18, 2014

Sjoggie Summer Accessory

I recently found this hat, on clearance, and have fallen in love with it! Perfect Sjoggie summer accessory, don't you think??



Friday, August 15, 2014

Hydro Flask

I am in LOVE with my new water bottle! I plugged in a search for "insulated water bottles" into Google and http://www.hydroflask.com/ showed up.  I read about a zillion reviews online for the hydro flasks and decided I had to have one for myself.

I chose the 18oz bottle and I've been using it for a little while. I recently took it to the beach and it worked wonderfully! I love that it didn't leak even when it accidentally got turned upside down in our beach bag. Yesterday, I carried it around outside in eighty-nine degree weather. The ice never melted and I had freezing cold water all day. Lov-ing it!

The only negative I could come up with is that I wish that I had gotten a bigger size. Since I drink so much water I find myself filling it up quite a lot. However, I feel like that is worth it to have ice "stick around" in my water bottle for two days straight!
 I'm fairly certain that I will be carrying this water bottle with me when I go to Disney World later this year.

You can buy your own hydro flask, on their website, with various sizes and lids to choose from.

**DISCLAIMER** I was not compensated, in any way, for writing this blog post. I'm just in love with this product and thought all my Sjoggie friends would like the recommendation.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cause and Effect; Busy Baby Resting Mommy

Summer time gives me lots of time/opportunities to try out new things with my girly. If I find a good one I've been sharing. Over on Time for Play I found this neat activity... Smashing Balls (aka baked cotton balls).

While I try these new activities I've been attempting to add some educational value to it as well. So this is what I did...

Admittedly this activity comes in several different steps, with the first step being done on a "good energy" day for me.

We gathered cotton balls, flour, water, tinfoil, food coloring, and some cookie trays. We added one cup water, one cup flour, and a few drops of food coloring together, with a spoon, until it was thoroughly mixed together.
Next we dipped the cotton balls into the flour/water mixture until they were fairly saturated. My daughter LOVED this part! (I loved that the mess washed right off her hands with no help from me.)

Next we lined some cookie sheets with tinfoil, sprayed it with pam, and plopped the flour covered cotton balls onto the pan. We cooked them at 300 degrees for about 35 minutes. The cotton balls were still a little soft so I popped them back in for another ten minutes. (The cotton balls no longer gave way under my finger, so I knew they were done.) I left them to cool and harden a little more and threw them in a bag.
A few days later when I had very little energy to use and a super energetic daughter I decided to pull the cotton balls out again. I took L out front, handed her a hammer and told her to smash away.
She spent a looooong time smashing the cotton balls. (I have to add that I had a little fun smashing them as well. It would be very cathartic to do if a person were mad. Ha ha ha)

After L started to get a little bored we started talking about cause and effect. Here's a cute little picture I found to perfectly described what we talked about.
Incredibly cute photo credit!
So we figured out the cause and effect of this activity and decided that there were actually two.

We dipped the cotton balls in a flour mixture and baked them, = cause
so the cottons balls turned to stone. = effect

Also

We hit the cotton balls with a hammer, = cause
so the cottons balls were smashed on the sidewalk. = effect

After all the fun was done I let L clean up all the shattered pieces of flour and cotton with a dust pan. She busily hummed to herself while she spent ten minutes cleaning it all up.

I'd call this activity a success!



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Puppy Love

Happy Saturday all!!! We're off to see a bunch of wild animals today. Until I can share some of my pictures, here's a few of my own wild animals!



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Locks of Love

Super proud Mama right now!!



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fill In the Blanks; Busy Baby Resting Mommy

I've got a great activity for you. And it takes next to no effort for those days when you simply can't play with the kiddos!

What you need...
Paper (any kind will do)
Pen, pencil, marker, or crayon
Paste
Magazine
Scissors

What you do...
Pick a fun picture out of the magazine and cut it out. But don't cut out all of the picture. Leave something interesting out of it. Cut out the picture and paste it onto the paper. Have your kiddo finish the picture. L had tons of fun doing this with me. She spent more than half an hour keeping busy with this activity!