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It’s Fall!!!

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Image courtesy of Dundee Photographics at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I had mentioned in a previous post that I LOVE Fall (you can find said post right here)!! I love everything about it and seeing as it is Friday I thought I would round-up some of my favorite Fall activities, books and recipes to help you jump-start your weekend.

I love these great Leaf Lacing cards from Gift of Curiosity. Lacing cards are so great for developing fine motor skills and with the help of a laminator, hole punch and some yarn they are a super easy activity to put together for the kids.

I am a HUGE fan of pretty much anything 1+1+1=1 puts out! She is amazing! But for Fall I am loving these Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Printables. Soph is on a major coloring kick right now so to have these for her to color and hang up have been great!

I am so grateful to The Measured Mom for the amazing Emergent Readers that she shares for FREE on her site. They are amazing and I love reading them with the kids. Her newest set is perfect for Fall and I am sure we will be reading these MANY, MANY times!

I loved doing leaf rubbings as a kid. There is just something about that instant picture that you get that I loved. I found a great tutorial over at Edventures with Kids that also has some great book recommendations and examples of using the leaf rubbings as a way to teach your kids about the different parts of a leaf!

Buggy and Buddy has a great Moon Journal printable to help the kiddos chart the many phases of the moon (I can’t help but think that I Took the Moon for a Walk would be a great tie in to this activity). This journal is such a fun way to introduce the kids to phases of the moon.

I also really love the Fall Bucket List of sorts over at Edventures with Kids with 40 great activities to do as a family this Fall! We are planning on checking off as many as we can.

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Image courtesy of num_skyman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Now let’s talk books, here are a few of my favorite Fall books:

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

Leaf Man

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Let It Fall

Lastly, let’s talk about my favorite subject: FOOD!! Here are some of my favorite Fall inspired recipes (you will notice quite a few desserts, what can I say I like my dessert!)

I am pretty sure you can’t go wrong with Rice Krispie Treats and these ones from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke are no exception and perfect for Fall.

The Best Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Averie Cooks are truly amazing and pretty easy to make as far as cinnamon rolls go.

This recipe for Apple Cinnamon Pancakes from Six Sisters Stuff are a great way to use up some of the apples you picked up at the apple orchard and makes for a perfect breakfast on a nice, crisp Fall morning.

Pumpkin + Cheesecake + Snickerdoodle! There is nothing wrong with those three words together, as a matter of fact I can’t think of anything better. You have to try these Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles from The Recipe Critic they are seriously AMAZING!

I love this recipe for Easy 15-Minute Maple Bars over at Butter with a Slice of Bread. These are so good and a great start to a Fall day!

Last but certainly not least you have to try these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Frosting from I Heart Naptime. You want to talk about Fall, I don’t think it gets much more Fall than this!

What fun things are you doing to celebrate the beginning of Fall? Let me know in the comments below or over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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Apples, Apples Everywhere!!

Apple Tree

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I LOVE Fall! It is by far my favorite season. I love the colors, the temperature, the fashion, I love it all! In our family we signal the start of Fall with a trip to the apple orchard. So in honor of our upcoming trip to the apple orchard I thought I would share with you a few of the fun apple activities we have planned to help us get geared up for the trip!

We are huge fans of Do-a-Dot Sheets at our house. They are great for using Dot Markers (which the kids love) or using stickers which are always a big hit. I love the ones I found in the A is for Apple Preschool Worksheets over at Crystal & Co.

I love the pattern template and cards found in A Teaching Mommy’s Apple Preschool Pack.

Since we have been all about the play dough lately we will be trying this homemade apple scented play dough recipe I found when visiting The Preschool Toolbox.

I love some good messy fun so I am super excited to pull out the paints and cinnamon and do some painting. I found this idea over at From ABCs to ACTs.

I am so excited to try the Erupting Apple experiment I found over at Little Bins for Little Hands! Everything you need for this fun example of a chemical reaction can probably be found in your home. It’s super simple, fun and easy to put together!

I love these Apple Number Puzzles from Totschooling. They are a super clever and cute way to work on counting, number recognition, and one-to-one correspondence.

Apple Stamping is a super easy and fun way to really spice up painting time. I found this idea over at Teaching Mama. The kids have such a good time using unconventional tools to paint! They love to paint anyway but when we can use something unique and that we already have around the house it is even better!


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If you are looking for some great books that go with all things apples here are a few of our favorites:

Ten Apples Up On Top!

Apples for Everyone

Apple Farmer Annie

How Do Apples Grow?

Johnny Appleseed


I would love to know if you give any of these ideas a try! Let me know below or comment over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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Learning the Alphabet – Letter O

Both Letter O Coloring

Next up on our journey through the alphabet is the letter O. We are starting with the letters used in each of the kids names since they are already sort of familiar with them and will hopefully make this more organized approach to learning their letters a little less overwhelming. Truth be told this week, Soph wasn’t really feeling it so this should be a short post!! We never push the organized learning on the kids and when they say they are done we are done. I feel like this is important so we don’t burn them out and they see learning as something fun not a chore.

We started with the “Cover the Number” dot sticker sheet from This Reading Mama’s Learning the Alphabet – Letter O pack. I loved this sheet because each spot on the sheet for a dot sticker is numbered 1-10 so I had Soph start by identifying the number “1” and place a sticker on it then moved on to the number 2 and so on until we had them all covered. This allowed us to work on her being able to recognize a number when she sees it. Soph loved this activity and was super excited when she got one right on the first try. Once she was finished putting the stickers on she of course wanted to cut around the edges of the paper so we got some good scissor practice in as well. Two birds, one stone! I love it!

Soph Letter O Dot Sticker

Next up was good ol’ fashioned coloring! I grabbed a coloring page from the Learning the Alphabet Letter O pack and set both kids down with some crayons. This kept them busy for a few minutes before Jack wandered off to do something else.

Soph Letter O Coloring

For Soph it was back to more cutting as we did the cut and paste on the letter O activity. She had a great time cutting out each picture and pasting it to the letter O. As she was cutting and pasting we went over the name for each picture and talked about how they all have the same beginning sound which is the sound the letter O makes.

Soph Letter O

Lastly, we pulled out Soph’s Preschool readiness workbook (this one is similar to the one we have:Big Preschool Workbook). I picked out a couple different sheets focusing on the letter O but we only got through the “What Starts with the Letter O” coloring page before she was done for the day. She did have a great time coloring and going over the beginning sounds for each picture again reinforcing that they all have the same beginning sound.

Sophie Coloring O

Overall, I think we had a successful time with the Letter O and can’t wait to share some more of our letter work with you.

How are you teaching your kids the alphabet? I am always looking for new ideas. Please share below or find me over on Facebook or Twitter.

Until next time!

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More Fun With The Letter S

Welcome back!!

It has been a while since we have shared some of our letter learning with you and so today I thought I would share with you the way we rounded out our work on the letter S.

I found two small square shipping boxes for around $.49 a piece at the store (you could use these Photo Stacking Blocks) and used one of them to make a  “die” for the Roll and Race game we found in the Learning the Alphabet – Letter S pack from This Reading Mama . We started by printing out the upper and lower case S pieces needed for the game and Soph cut those out for us (again, Soph loves her scissors) and I cut out the upper and lower case S cards that made up each side of the die and taped each on to the sides of the cube. Lastly, we printed out the game board and we were ready to go. The idea of the game is to roll the die and see if the lower case or the upper case S’s make it to the top of the ladder first! We spread the game pieces out on the table and the kids took turns rolling the die. I had Soph tell me if the S that was rolled was upper case or lower case and then had her find the matching S in the pile of game pieces and add it to the appropriate ladder and we kept going. The upper case S won this time around and both of the kids really had a fun time with this game.

Soph Roll and GraphJack Roll and Graph

Next up it was time to head outside and take a hint from Creative Family Fun and have some Silly Races! It wasn’t so much a race as Jack decided he would rather explore on his own rather than race his sister so it was Soph pretty much running at me as fast as she could and I would shout out different things for her to do. We ran with our hands on our head, arms out like and airplane, we hopped on one foot and lot of other silly fun things! She had a blast and it helped to get some of the excess energy out right before nap time.

Silly Races

After nap time we had a couple more activities we wanted to do. We played another game using our homemade dice also from the Learning the Alphabet – Letter S. We played the Roll a Letter Sound game. We printed off two copies of each picture and used the two mailing boxes to make a matching set of dice. I gave one to each of the kids and let them roll their die. We started each time with Jack telling me whether the two pictures matched or not. Soph could then say each word and start to recognize that they all had the same beginning sound. We only played this game for a few minutes before the boxes became building blocks and the kids had fun stacking them and knocking them down.

Both Stacking Cubes

We finished off our work on the letter S with a Soft Animal Toss that I saw over at Learn with Play at Home. Soph has a giant bin of stuffed animals so we set the empty bin at one end of the room and placed the animals at the other. I then had them each grab an animal and stand close to the bin and throw it in. Each time they threw an animal and made it in the bin they took a step back and had to throw it a little farther. This was great for their gross motor developement and they really had a blast! It was a great way to finish up our work on the letter S.

Both Soft Animal Toss

Next up is the letter O and we can’t wait to share our fun with you next time!

What fun things do you do with your children to help them learn their letters? I am always looking for ideas so please comment below or find me over on Facebook or Twitter!

Until next time!

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We’ve Been Featured!!

Peakle Pie

I am so excited that we have had two posts featured this past week!!

First our Frugal Finds Friday post from last week was featured on Peakle Pie as part of the Frugal Family Linky. Our What We Are Reading This Week post was also mentioned over at Playground Parkbench on her “Book Recommendations For Kids Of All Ages” post!

Both of these sites are among my favorites for finding great ideas for things to do with the kids. To be mentioned by them is amazing! Please check out their sites for some amazing ideas for your weekend!

Until next time!!

Frugal Finds Friday – July 31, 2015

Welcome to another Frugal Finds Friday!! I feel like I hit the motherlode this week! I stopped into Michael’s to pick up some Velcro (only Velcro) and while I did walk out with the Velcro I also walked out with a lot more!!

Michael’s had a bunch of fun summer stuff on clearance for 60% off when I was there so I picked up a few items I thought we would have fun with!

Let’s take a look at what I found this week:

 I found these super cute foam butterflies and flowers that will be perfect for working on patterns with Soph and sorting colors with Jack. I also plan to punch a few holes in some of them so we can use them as lacing cards. These came out to $3.59 a pack after the discount!


While not included in the summer clearance sale I did have a 50% off coupon for these foam stars making them $4.49 so I picked them up as well. We will use these in much the same way as we will the butterflies and flowers. These we might also decorate just for fun!


I was able to pick up these bags of plastic lacing for $2.39 each and they will be great to use with the foam shapes I picked up for some lacing practice.

These paper fan animals were one of those “we really don’t need this” kind of items but for $3.59 I couldn’t resist. I think the kids will have a blast making them and for that price if they don’t last long I’m ok with that!

These little guys also fall in the “too cute to pass up” category! Again, not something we need but just something to make for fun. These were $1.19 each after the discount making them a cheap fun find that I think the kids will really enjoy!

Pool noodles are always a win! They can be used for so many different things and at $.79 a piece I couldn’t pass them up. My plan is to cut them up and again use them for patterns, color sorting and also lacing activities. I am sure we will come up with some other ideas as well.


Of course they had to get me one last time before I got out the door with these hand soaps, while not for the kids they were still a great find I wanted to share. These beauties were $1.50 each and had a BOGO sale! That’s right, 2 soaps for $1.50!!

Another successful trip if I do say so myself. There should be enough here to keep the kids entertained for quite some time and it didn’t cost a lot!
What kind of frugal finds did you pick up this week? Let me know below, comment on Facebook or tweet me!
Until next time!

Peakle Pie

Books We Are Reading This Week – July 29, 2015

Books We Are Reading This Week July 29 2015

Welcome back!! This week I have picked out another five books that my family really enjoyed this past week and thought were worth recommending to your family! Hopefully you will find some new books to add to your list.

Me on the Map  is a great introduction to geography and maps. A young girl in Kansas leads us from a map of her room to a map of her house all the way out to outer space and back home again. The kids had a great time finding our state and country on all the different maps. They also had a great time pointing out everything they could find on the picture of outer space.

The Honeybee Man  allows us to follow Fred in his daily routine and get an inside look at the life of a beekeeper. We really enjoyed this story. It is beautifully told and gave the kids a chance to see just how honey is made.

Aqualicious  is another great addition to the Pinkalicious family of books. Soph is a big fan of these books and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s a fun story that follows Pinkalicious and her brother Peter as they spend the day showing a miniature mermaid they found on the beach all the fun things there is to do on land. It is a really cute story perfect for summer.

Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On  is a great book if you are looking for a good laugh. Slim Jim Watkins is a good old-fashioned cowboy that works hard and sleeps hard. His clothes keep disappearing at night and we get to laugh along as we see what happens to his clothes each night.

The last book I want to share with you this week is Mr. Tiger Goes Wild . When we meet Mr. Tiger he is very prim and proper, follows all the rules. The only problem is that Mr. Tiger is bored and decides to do something about it. We follow him along on his journey. This story has a great message and the illustrations are beautiful. The kids were really into this book. It was well received by all!

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below or as always leave a comment on Facebook or Twitter!

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