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Posted by on Sep 29th, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Homeschool, Preschool | 1 comment

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What a busy couple of weeks it has been.  Today we’re starting our third week of homeschool preschool.  Crazy!  I’m slowly getting used to the new hat I’m wearing: preschool teacher.

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Overall it’s going pretty well, but I’m learning very quickly that it’s actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.

I think the problem is that I didn’t have very realistic expectations going into it.  I mistakenly thought it would be about 20 minutes per day of coloring, singing, and reading together.  Turns out it’s a bit more involved than that–but in a good way.

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The curriculum is awesome.  I can easily tweak it to meet our 3 days per week schedule, instead of the 4 days it calls for.  Our 3.5 year old LOVES it.  He is so excited every morning to see what we’ll be doing in preschool that day.  His little brother (2 yrs) isn’t quite ready for the learning part of it, but he sure loves the songs!

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We’re playing with play dough, going on treasure hunts, reading books, learning new games and songs, making crafts, eating snacks in the shape of things we’re learning about, practicing new letters and sounds, practicing using scissors and glue, and so much more.  It’s a lot of fun!

Am I closer to figuring out if homeschool is a good fit for our family?

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8 Ways to Save on Kids Clothes

Posted by on Sep 23rd, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Newborn Stage, Parenting, Saving money, Saving on Kid Stuff | 0 comments

We have three small children, ages 3 1/2 (boy), 2 (boy), and 8 months (girl).  That means life is pretty chaotic much of the time around here, and it also means we go through a lot of clothes.  Laundry for days over here.  I’m sure your house is nothing like that. :)

But here’s the thing about kid’s clothes: they can be expensive!

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During the newborn stage of “blowouts” it can be really challenging keeping the clothes clean.  Thankfully I found a solution that minimizes the damage left from blowouts (read: yellow poop stains).   But even with cleaning solutions, they grow so, so fast and before you know it, they’ve outgrown all their current sizes and are ready for the next size up.

It gets a little easier as they approach the toddler years because while they’re still growing rapidly, they’re in certain sizes for longer stretches.  But after blowouts come grass stains, holes in knees, etc.  No matter how good your mending and stain-removing skills are, you’re going to constantly need new seasons and sizes of clothes.

Being a frugal person, I’ve struggled a little with this!  I just can’t spend $20 on t-shirt for my toddler.  I will very rarely even do that for myself.  So between how fast they grow and how messy they are, keeping them in nice, clean clothes has driven me to find some creative and inexpensive ways to save of kids clothes (more…)

Ultimate Chicken Salad

Posted by on Sep 18th, 2014 in Quick and Easy, Recipes | 6 comments

Lately I have been on the hunt for a an amazing and simple chicken salad recipe.  We usually get the multi-pack of canned chicken breast from Costco, and our go-to is just to mix in a little mayo and relish and call it good.

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Well, over the past couple of months I’ve had some amazing chicken salad sandwiches and it opened my eyes (and taste buds) to all the ways you can do chicken salad.

I read the backs of recipe cans, asked friends for their favorite mix-in ingredients, and basically thought long and hard about what I’d want in my own ultimate chicken salad.  (Yep, I’m taking my chicken salad sandwich very seriously).

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After a little experimenting, I came up with a recipe that I think you’ll really like.  It has a lot going on, and the flavors all go together really nicely.  My big thing was amounts–how much of the different mix-ins should be added to get the flavor just right?  This blend worked really well.

It’s a nice mix of texture and flavor–sweet, salty, and savory.  I’ve also made it with a bit more (more…)

On Which Transition is the Hardest

Posted by on Sep 15th, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Encouragement, Parenting | 2 comments

Being a mom of 3, I’m often asked which transition has been the hardest for me.  Was it when I first became a mom?  Was it when we had one and then 19 months later added another?  Or was when 2 became 3?  I thought I’d share my thoughts on which transition is the hardest.

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For me, the toughest transition was going from 1-2.  My oldest was 19 months when boy #2 came along.  I felt like I had two babies to take care of, my husband was very busy with work, and I was very outnumbered at home.  It was a tough few months.

When I was struggling to figure out how to manage two little ones, I asked a mom friend of mine which transition was hardest for her. (more…)

Ricotta and Pea Pasta

Posted by on Sep 12th, 2014 in Kid-friendly Foods, Quick and Easy, Recipes | 7 comments

Ever since I started this blog, I feel like it’s sort of my mission to find healthy, inexpensive, and easy meals to share with you.  Whether it’s freezer meals or just plain old quick and easy meals, us busy moms can use all the help we can get when it comes to meal time (I know I can!).  If I find a good one, I can’t wait to pass it on.

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Well, I found a good one!  I’m really excited to share this recipe for Ricotta and Pea Pasta with you.  It instantly has become a huge hit among my little ones, and I like that I can throw it together in about 15 minutes and feel good about what I’m feeding my babies.

It is really so easy.  

It’s adapted from one of my favorite kid-friendly food blogs–Feeding Audrey.   I tweaked a couple things (made an easy recipe just a bit easier) because I often have no choice but to take “simple” to a whole new level. (more…)

2 Responses to “Home”

  1. Tynisia Garcia says:

    Love, love, love your blog Kimberly! All of this imformation will be so helpful to me and others. Looking forward to more posts!

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