Reading Log Printable

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If your kids are like my kids, they love tracking things. Kids, like adults, need encouragement when reaching for goals. Whether you have a child who loves reading/being read to or are in the midst of encouraging your child to read more-- setting goals is motivating for everyone. A reading log is a great way to help children develop a life-long habit and is one of the best summer activities to sharpen developing brains. If you are setting goals, the recommended minimum for reading is 20 minutes a day.   We also have a fun writing journal printable to keep kids writing throughout ...

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Birthday Breakfast

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It is hard to believe my little girl is 4! It is absolutely unreal how quickly it has all passed. So unreal, that it wasn't until my sister-in-law sent out invites for their son's birthday, which is a week after Eleanor's, that I realized I better pull something together. We literally texted my family to come over for pancakes the next morning, because I knew they would all be around and they are all local. That, and our family keeps getting bigger and our house is the same size, so fitting both sides is crazy. I then ran to Target that night where I pick up a Happy Birthday banner, ...

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Kid Journal Pages Printable

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It is hard to believe that just a year ago I was fretting over sending my baby off to Kindergarten. Okay, the transition was rough! Sure, we stumbled a bit before finding the right fit, but it all turned out to be more then okay in the end. In January Quinn started at his new school and Eleanor started school for the first time. One of my favorite things Quinn brought home from school was his writing journal. I loved seeing the things he had to say and the way he illustrated them. I certainly have no intention of being a drill sergeant over the summer, but I would like to keep things fresh ...

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Bucket List Items

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Did any of you fall in love with the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team during their March Madness run? My husband and I are both UW-Madison alumni. We met there and are raising some pretty big Badger fans ourselves. The Badgers had an incredible run, beating undefeated Kentucky to make it to the National Championship game. A lot of people did not expect it to go down quite like that, which meant that a lot of tickets were suddenly for sale. My husband became addicted to looking at tickets. On the day of the game he came home on his lunch, and was still checking tickets. His leftover ...

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Kid Craft – Folded Paper Caterpillar

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Quinn came home from school super excited to share something he had made. He made these fun folded paper caterpillars and a little paper habitat for the caterpillars to live in at school. Not only did he want to share with me how he made these cute little critters, but he really wanted to teach all of my readers how to. Paper strips, scissors, glue and a pen or crayons is all you need. You start with two strips and place them perpendicular to each other and glue the ends together. Next, you just fold the paper strips over each other, alternating back ...

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Affordable Vacation Souvenir

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This January we took our family to San Diego. I've shared how the trip was a Christmas present and a few of our experiences: Sea World, the beach and taking 3 kids 6 and under on an airplane! When we were at Sea World, Eleanor wanted to get a snow globe. I quickly noticed a sign that said they were not allowed as carry-ons. It was at this point that we realized we needed a plan. We decided that the kids would each get to pick a pin. Relatively inexpensive and super easy to fit in our suitcase. When we got home. I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up these felt banners. They come in 2-packs ...

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Establishing Good Habits

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Thanks to hello® a naturally friendly™ toothpaste for sponsoring this conversation. Sometimes establishing good habits for my children feels really hard. I feel like I'm barely keeping everything afloat and fitting in a shower for myself feels like an accomplishment. I'm not entirely sure why, but my children act like they are being punished when we say it is time to brush your teeth. Then there is the-- I cannot reach my toothbrush. I cannot reach the toothpaste. I don't like this flavor. They get the lecture, but man, I could use a night without the struggle. Did ...

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Boy Room Updates & Locker

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gladiator® GarageWorks for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It is no secret that we are big Badger fans around here. Both my husband and I met at Wisconsin (check out our first "date" here) and graduated from there. My sports-obsessed Badger fan HAD to have this locker from, Gladiator® GarageWorks in his room. It is pretty sweet. It has a shelf, and hook inside. Quinn's room was ground-zero of my "get rid of all the things" rampage, which you can check out here. It got a fresh coat of white and a few other updates along ...

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Dr. Seuss Bingo Printable

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It is no secret that we love Dr. Seuss. We helped throw a Dr. Seuss themed baby shower for my brother and SIL. We offer these printables: here here here Talk about a flashback! Way back in 2012 we talked about celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. I know how much they like to celebrate Dr. Suess's birthday in the schools and while this is an awesome classroom activity, it can also be fun for a family. My kids started begging to play the second we printed off the cards. The husband laid out 24 different cards so that not everyone is yelling bingo at the same ...

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Art Party Ideas on a Budget

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We had so much fun partying with Disney Imagicademy! Mickey's Magical Arts World app will be available in the Apple App Store on February 12, 2015. In Mickey’s Magical Arts World, children are invited to join Mickey and his friends in the most imaginative place around, as they explore a fully immersive world of creative arts. We set out to host a kick-butt art party and then mother nature dumped 18 inches of snow on us with 45 mile hour winds and we had legit blizzard. It turned out to be the perfect way to be snowed in. Quinn was addicted to, Mickey’s Magical Math World. In ...

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