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So my baby officially started her first day of preschool.
And of course, I took that as an invitation for a photo op.
I found this free printable chalkboard sign from Classyclutter.com. Just downloaded, printed and stuck it in an old frame I had lying around.
Ta-da! First day memories in the making.
Of course she was fine because I stayed with her the whole time. We shall see how it goes when it’s finally time for me to leave. Somehow, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. She was checking on me every 2 minutes to see if I was still there. It was hilarious, but not all at the same time. Sigh. Like I said, we shall see… One step at a time.
Is it wrong that I want to get rid of everything in my home and completely REDECORATE? From scratch. It isn’t, right? I mean, really, what’s life without a little change…? A new ‘perspective’ even.
Since we are now actively in the process of finding a new place, my head is completely spinning. (Or obsessing, whatever you want to call it). My current and greatest obsession?
Yes, I’m talking about you.
Just think, that could be me. Sitting cool and nonchalant. Writing. Being. Wishbone Chair-ing.
Even if it means, buying them one-by-one.
Wait a minute, who are these random people in my home? Lying next to my chesterfield, in front of my wall of windows, underneath my giant crystal chandelier? Oh, hi wishbones.
Mixing Mid Century Modern with Rustic. Mixing Mid Century Modern with everything.
Fitting in anywhere.
And if I could, I would. Do this I mean. Completely empty space. And one lone wishbone sitting next to a tiny tree.
I can’t wait to move!!! But not until we find the perfect place, to plant these perfect little specimens of a chair.
Anyone else in love with these as much as me?
Guess who’s starting preschool next week? Weeeeeee!
Nickname: Huns Buns. Buns. Hunny Bunny. Bunny. Pumpkin. Pumpky. Loves. Els. Bells. (Ok, so it seems … the shorter and rhyme-ier the better).
Favorite Color: Pink. Pink + Purple. Then just pink.
Favorite Sport: “Swimming.”
Favorite Food: Rice. Pizza. More rice.
Favorite Pastime: Arts n’ Crafts!
Favorite Game: Big Sister, Little sister. (She made it up). I’m always the little sister.
Favorite Dessert: i-c-e-c-r-e-a-m.
Favorite Memory: Canada.
Favorite Place: Nordstrom’s kids shoe section (*Free balloons).
Second favorite place: Kidspace.
Favorite Word: Seriously. Like - “I’m hungry. Seriously.”
Favorite Reply: Of course. “Can you pass me that garbage?” “Of course.” “Now remember, no grabbing.” “Of course.” “Can I have a bite of your popsicle?” “Of course.” “Did you remember to pack your doll?” “Of course, mom” =)
Favorite Book: Any of those really LONG Thomas the Train books that I constantly have to filter from the scariness of it all.
Favorite Character: Henry. (Thomas the Train) Although sometimes it’s Gordon. But never ever is it, Diesel 10.
Favorite day: Sunday Funday with dad. Also mom’s favorite day. Mom’s rest day. Ha.
Favorite fruit: Cantaloupe.
Favorite veggie: Carrots.
Favorite toy: Magformers + Puppy.
And, my favorite quote from this year:
ME: Now that you’re three, you get to start preschool.
ELS: … I think I’ll just stay 2 and a half.
Happy Back to School everybody! Let’s see how much changes next year.
Ah, who am I kidding. By tomorrow half of these answers will probably be changed. But that’s Preschoolers for you… Fickle. Ironic. Ever-changing. Yet, so demanding. Ever-so Almighty… And they always know what they want all at the same time.
To preschoolers! Cheers.
Do you offer your child 5 fruits and vegetables daily? UM… Check. [?]
Key word: Offer.
Since my 3-year-old’s toddler days, she’s come a long way with veggies. She went from a very strong and adamant: not going to have anything to do with greens. To: ok, I think I like these greens after all. Which is nice. But not without effort. And today, I am going to share some of my little tidbits on how I got my 3 year old to meet her 5 a day and eat some freaking veggies already. *Disclaimer: You’re not about to read some ingenious rocket science stuff – which at one point I thought it just might be. But it’s quite the opposite actually. It’s always the simple things…
PS. This also isn’t a sneaky smoothie post if that’s what you’re thinking. This is an actual, getting them to hold, look at and eat some real freaking veggies post. Fruits too. But fruits are easy.
1. Have your child watch other kids eating veggies. Els has a friend a few years older than herself, who she completely loves and admires. This friend just so happens to LOVE broccoli. So I’m sure you can guess who now also loves broccoli.
2. When packing snacks for short outings, only pack fruits or vegetables. No alternatives. I used to pack all kinds of things – crackers, cheese, popcorn… Guess what never got eaten? The veggies. Sometimes limiting the choices makes it easier for them to eat what’s there.
3. Add spinach or kale into all your soups. I add spinach or kale into almost all my daughter’s soups. I just cut it up with my fingers into small pieces. For example, with a classic miso soup, I always add some spinach or kale. It kind of just mixes in with the seaweed, and you can’t even taste it. But you’re still not hiding it.
4. Just put it on display. Meaning, cut up some fruits or veggies and put it out on the table or wherever they are playing. Eventually, they dabble with a bite or two. Like I said, fruits are easy. But once they eat that cauliflower, you’re laughing.
5. Add some peanut or almond butter and raisins. Nothing beats good ol’ fashioned ants on a log. But don’t limit it with just celery. It works with apples, carrots, almost anything if you want them to.
6. Alternatively, add hummus. Hummus works wonders.
7. Make veggies into baked chips. Kale chips are amazing. But so are parsnip chips, carrot chips and beet chips. All it takes is a little olive oil and pinch of salt.
8. Change things up. For example, when steaming veggies, try adding a little bit of salt, sesame oil and sesame seeds. It gives a great nutty flavor. Sometimes all it takes is a change from the everyday.
9. Experiment with unusual concoctions that work. Putting edamame beans inside raspberries. Scooping cantaloupe with a teaspoon and placing it on top of sliced cucumbers. Wrapping carrot sticks with seaweed. Sounds kind of weird, but it’s not. As a kid, I loved eating apples with salt and vinegar chips. People thought it was so weird, but I loved it. Still do! I’m actually still a huge fan of unusual conglomerating. Like kimchi and pasta. Grapes and almonds. Mac and cheese with fish and radish. Brown rice with cheese and pickles. I could go on and on…
10. And last but not least, just cut it up differently. Dice, chop, long strips, thin strips, shapes (if you can), it makes a difference. Kids get excited with the simplest things… Seriously, I once gave Els a whole carrot and she went nuts. It was like the greatest thing ever for her.
*Carrots are choking hazards. Always supervise small children and chop into smaller pieces. As are grapes.*
Also don’t forget to check out your local farmer’s market. Buying seasonal and local fruits are so tasty. And there’s so much to sample… I love samples. As does Els.
We’ve been talking about it all summer and we finally did it! We had our first lemonade stand. Yes I said we. I wanted to have one equally as much as my daughter did. We were pouring, serving cookies, luring in customers… “Lemonade!!!!”
I was looking for a way to build a stand myself without spending too much money, and/or being stuck with a bulky lemonade stand with nowhere to store it. With a simple google search, (love google) I ran into a blog where they used simple wooden crates. They went above and beyond and painted the crates a pretty yellow and added hinges to secure them together. But I thought I’d keep ours much more simple.
I used two wooden crates from Michael’s. (Don’t forget to use the 40% off coupon online).
And 2 long sticks that I also bought from Michael’s for 59 cents each.
I didn’t bother securing the crates together. I just placed them side by side, so that Els can reuse the crates after. (At the moment she loves using them as her baby doll’s bed.) The sticks, my husband glued on to each side.
I then went to work on the pom pom garland. Because yes, I still can’t get enough of pom poms.
I used LionBrand Bon Bon Yarn. They were the perfect mix of lemonade-y colors.
To find out how I made these pom poms, click here.
I then just strung them one by one with a plastic needle on a piece of yarn that measured from one side of the crate to the other.
I also made Els a pom pom necklace while I was at it.
I then cut out some circles on scrap paper. (Els helped me stencil all the circles.) Then pasted some letters on each I quickly made from construction paper. (Els helped me glue them as well).
I originally was going to use clothespins to secure them on the string. But I didn’t have enough. Ugh. So we used yarn and beads instead. That didn’t really work out too well in the wind…
Put out some cookies. Some lemons. Straws. Lemonade in a pitcher and cups. Ready to go. Here’s Els eating up all the profits.
So much fun all around. We had people doing U-turns and stopping traffic. How can you not buy a lemonade looking at this. Right?
Afterwards we told her she can use the money for anything she wants. So she bought a balloon.