School Update

It’s been 2 weeks since Sarah started Preschool.

It’s been a busy short two weeks! We’ve already had her Share Day (Show and Tell), our turn to bring Group Snack and a homework assignment.

On her Share Day she was asked to bring something special to share with the class. When I told Sarah she could bring an item from home to school she ran to her beloved Minion hat. 

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If you didn’t know, Sarah is obsessed with Minions. There is something about those little yellow guys that make her so happy. After putting her hat in her backpack, I told her she could grab a couple of her Minion figurines to share with the class too. She was so happy she basically ran to school that morning!

The following week was our turn to bring a snack for the class or as her teachers call it Group Snack. Group Snack is when the parent brings snack for the entire class. I normally would bake or make some kind of Pinterest recipe, but I had a two days notice so that wasn’t going to happen. I bought blueberries, string cheese and graham crackers. 

Along with her Group Snack she was asked to do a homework assignment. To help the kids learn their shapes and numbers we were asked to to make three columns, draw a shape that represents each food, and place a serving size for each item.

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Dropping her off in the mornings has become difficult.

The first week went really well. Between the novelty of it all and the new adventures, she couldn’t wait to get to school.

The second week however was different. The mornings started with her gripping my hand and tears streaming down her cheeks. She was upset and confused. She wanted to know why I was not staying like I did last year. She kept asking if I could stay with her. She didn’t want to let go of my hand and she even started to climb my leg so that I could pick her up. The teacher kindly came over and asked me if I wanted her help. Not used to this clingy behavior I didn’t know what to do. I comforted her a for a few more minutes and assured I’d be back soon. A few minutes later I decided to physically hand Sarah over to the teacher. Sarah burst into tears as I started to walk away. I hid in the classroom for a few minutes so that if they needed me I would be close by. A few minutes later the assistant teacher brought another kid to the bathroom so I walked up to her and asked her what she thought I should do. She said that Sarah always calms down after a few minutes and that it was safe for me to leave.

 I drove home that morning feeling awful, but hopeful. I know how much fun she has at school (she has lot’s to say when I pick her up) and know this transition is good for her, but it was hard to have to walk away when she was crying.

Picking her up on the other hand has been so much fun! She still runs up to me (like she did on the first day) with such excitement.

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Her smile is from ear to ear and she has so many stories to share.

Even though it’s hard for us to be without one another, it’s healthy and good for us. I’m learning what I can do in 4 hours and Sarah is learning a ton. She’s already able to spell her name! 

Hoping this new transition remains smooth and without anymore tears!

Has your toddler/child had a hard time letting go in the mornings? Please share your story and any tips below.

Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother

I love getting together with my mama friends for a low key Mom’s Night In.

A few days ago we got together at a friend’s home so that I could introduce the new Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother.

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What is Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother?

Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother is the next generation of anti-aging eye treatments. The miraculous, silky formula glides onto skin for an immediate smoothing effect. Eyes look younger after just one use.Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 4.49.06 PM

What does it do?
  Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother is the our first anti-aging eye treatment with Opti-BlurTM Technology and light-diffusing pigments that instantly reduce signs of aging and fatigue around the eyes and create a younger, radiant finish. Instantly erase the look of crow’s feet, lines and bags.

When should I use it?

Dot on a small amount to eye area with fingertips and gently blend in. Apply daily on bare skin or as the last step in your skincare regimen.

To test out the Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother I took before and after pictures of all of the mamas.

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Mama Chit Chat: House Party

We each took a picture with our new Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour. Mamas, can you guess whose lips are whose?

Mama Chit Chat: House PartyEach mama went home with her very own goody bag filled with samples of Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother, 12 month subscription to REDBOOK magazine, an Advanced Haircare Packette, a Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipcolour and a Miracle Blur coupon.

Mama Chit Chat: House Party

I can always count on my mommy group for a good time! Thanks for being my models :)

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the House Party program. While L’Oreal and REDBOOK provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

10 on 10 September 2014

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month.

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Check out last month’s post here.

Here is a sneak peek of our day!

My morning started very sluggish (more then normal!). Hubby worked late the night before. Unfortunately, I have a hard time falling asleep without him. So every few minutes I flapped my arm around as I felt for his body. I finally felt his arm (around 2 am) and fell into deep sleep.

After getting Sarah at 7:45 am and setting her up with a cup of milk, I began prepping her lunch. I cut the veggies and fruit the night before, but made the PB&J sandwich in the morning. I used a cookie cutter in the shape of Elmo’s face in the hopes she’d eat the sandwich. Sarah doesn’t like bread. She prefers a hot lunch to traditional lunches, making it hard to pack her a lunch.

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We got dressed and headed to school. School starts at 9am, but I don’t leave until 8:55 am as school is less then a mile away.

Ever since she could walk I have always held her hand when crossing the street. We still hold hands when crossing a street, but now she continues to hold my hand as we walk to and from places.

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I love holding her little hand.

I dropped her off and headed back home. After a quick shower I got dressed and headed to my first mommy group event without Sarah. It was weird bot having Sarah at the meetup, but it was a breakfast event so there wasn’t any kid involvement. It was cute when her friend, Ayden asked where she was. These kids are not used to seeing the moms without their friends. And frankly I’m not used it either. However it was nice eating a meal and talking to the mamas without having to watch Sarah’s every move.

After breakfast I headed to JoAnn’s to find some baskets for a project I’m working on. Luckily I found two choices that should work.

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I headed back to school around 12:45 pm and picked up my little lady.

After Sarah gave me her recap of the day we headed home. She normally doesn’t finish her lunch so I give her the leftovers as we wind down and watch a show together.

Around 2pm I put her down for a nap.

While checking email I came across an incredible deal. The ballet studio I had planned to sign Sarah up posted this awesome deal. So happy I waited to sign her up! This deal is incredible! If you live in my area you should join us on Tuesdays for the 3 to 4 year old class.

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I checked on Sarah and saw that she was still in a deep sleep. I decided to turn my computer off and nap as well. I was exhausted from the night before.

Hubby came home early and woke Sarah up at 4:30 pm (the latest we let her nap).

We had her our afternoon snack of pretzels thins and humus. We eat this snack about 3x a week. Love it!

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Sarah watched a show while I prepped dinner. I Meal Plan each week, but I didn’t like the salmon section at the supermarket so I ended up switching Thursday meal with today’s. PS I love Meal Planning and I hate going to the grocery store multiple times a week.

I made Pizza Cups and a Cesar salad for dinner. They were easy to make, but we didn’t love them. They were just eh.

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After dinner we went on a walk. As soon as we started walking, Sarah noticed our shadows.

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Not feeling fulfilled from dinner we walked to Fresh and Easy to pick up some ice cream.

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So  many delicious choices!

We decided to sit on the bench near the supermarket and answer my parents Facetime call.

My phone died as we walked back home. After we dropped off our groceries and left my phone to charge we went outside to play with the neighborhood kids.

 It’s getting darker earlier now, but with out a phone I had no clue what time it was. We started heading back as hubby came out to look for us.

After some fun in the bath, Sarah got a real good scrub.

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Hubby got her dressed and finished the rest of the nighttime routine (teeth, book, prayers and bed).

Hubby and I both checked our emails for a few minutes before we sat and watched our show, The League.

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Hope you had a great 10th!

School Schedule

What a whirlwind this past week has been!

Between Sarah starting school last week, figuring out my new schedule and trying to soak up every last minute of summer with my family, we have been really busy.

Now that I have this really nice 4 hour window to do things, I need to figure out MY schedule. I want to make the most of my time, but so far I’ve just done errands and things around the house.

After a week of this I’ve come up with a game plan.

- My Schedule -

Monday – This day will be specific to things in my home. I’d like to do things like Meal Plan, laundry, dishes and misc weekend clean up.

Wednesday – coffee or lunch with a friend.

Friday – Me time. I’ll blog, do art projects, to-do list projects, etc.

What kind of things do you do when your kids are off to school?

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I’ve already contacted the winners of my Second Blogaversary Giveaway, but have not yet heard from everyone. If your name is listed below please contact me.
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Giveaway #1: The Wright Stitch

A pair of Newborn Boat Shoes goes to Erin Y.

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Giveaway #2: Jamberry Nails

A set of fun Jamberry nails or pedi goes to Clarissa.


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Giveaway #3: Herablife

An Herbalife shake goes to Sarah.

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Giveaway #4: Tupperware

A Tupperware set is going to Julie C.

 
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Thanks again to the awesome women who have donated their items to be a part of this giveaway!
Please check out their shops and/or social media and support them. They are awesome!
 
Happy Autumn!
 
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First Day of School {2014}

Today was Sarah’s first day of Preschool!

To prepare for the big day, we got her a backpack (thanks aunty Oshrat!) and a new lunch box.

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Even when Sarah and I attend Mommy and Me I had her hold a sign that listed her age and the first day of school. I have horrible writing so I’ve always made her sign on the computer. Since this was a big milestone for us, I went on Etsy and bought her a chalkboard sign that I placed in a frame.

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The night before we laid out her new outfit, backpack and sign to make the morning as easy as possible.

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I don’t normally tell Sarah what we are doing or where we are going until that morning due to her anxiety. However this event was discussed for a couple weeks before hand. We checked out books about school from the library, we shopped for it and we even play pretend school. 

The night before her big day Sarah really started to get excited!

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At one point, she laid all her clothes on the floor and made a “Sarah” out them.

Daddy read her a story and off to bed she went.

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In the mean time, I was busy prepping her lunch. Sarah is not a picky eater, but she does have her favorites. So I made sure to give her all of her favorite things.

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I packed a cheese sandwich, strawberries, cantaloupe, ABC Cheez-It crackers, blueberry granola bar and seaweed.  The teacher mentioned that the kids were really excited from the novelty of it all and didn’t eat much lunch. Sarah ate most of her snacks, but didn’t really touch her cheese sandwich.

Sarah has been waking up earlier the past few weeks, so I didn’t need my alarm clock after all. Everything was prepared and it’s place so there wasn’t any running around.

For breakfast I made her one of her favorites, Minnie Mouse pancakes and strawberries.

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We got dressed and started our traditional first day of school pictures. Lucky Sarah was in a really good mood so I only took a few pictures.

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And because I love comparisons pictures, here is Sarah on her first day of school this year and last year.

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Sarah and I were one of the first ones to arrive. Imagine that! We met up with the teacher who showed us to the playground. We played for a few minutes until the assistant teacher came out to release the parents. I walked up to Sarah and let her know it was time for the mommies to leave. She asked me where I was going and I simply told her, “errands.” She said “Ok, bye mommy”. I gave her a tight squeeze and then walked away. I didn’t turn around to see her reaction. I simply kept walking.

From past experiences this technique works for us.

I know she will have a lot of fun so I didn’t want to make my exit a long process.

I got a lot done during school. I went back home and cleaned up a bit , went to a doctor’s appointment, went grocery shopping and was back at her school 15 minutes early ready for dismissal.

All the moms stood outside the door patiently waiting for our preschoolers to come out and tell us about their big day. One mom had the idea to take a picture of her son as he was called to come outside and meet his mom, so I got my camera ready as well for when it was Sarah’s turn to come outside.

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I was so happy to see my little munchkin! I missed her! Not like I wish she was with me instead, but it was nice to see her. She looked so mature as she came out of her classroom.

She ran up to me and said, “Hi mommy!” I hugged her tightly and we walked to the car holding hands. I tried to enjoy this special moment, but I could tell she was bursting to tell me about her big day. I tried to write most of her responses down when we got home. It was just too cute to hear her talk about her day while she was at her big girl school.

I’m so happy she had a good experience. However, I was worried that I would get a call during the day telling me that she was hitting kids (a horrible phase we are going through).

Looking forward to her new journey and completing my long list of things to do.

Labor Day {2014}

Sarah was getting over a cold, so we spent the morning lounging around in our PJ’s.

For lunch Sarah wanted to picnic outside. It was too hot to go to the park so we just laid our blanket in our apartment’s hallway and ate our lunch.

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Just like we did last year on Labor Day we got together with our mommy group for a picnic dinner at the park.

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It was SUPER crowded and SUPER hot that evening.

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Luckily we found a spot up on the hill near the kids playground. The only downside to our space was the kids kept wanting to only play on the playground. Unfortunately, that meant very short adult conversations.

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None of us really cared for the band, so we just hung out and played.

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For dessert I brought a delicious Peanut Butter bundt cake. Sorry I forgot to take a picture, but recipe can be found here.

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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So Delicious

A few weeks ago I had my friends, Stacee and Brayden over for dinner. After dinner I surprised them with a special dessert.

Mama Chit Chat: So Delicious

Not only were these treats SO Delicious they are dairy free and Kosher! Regardless what I served for dinner that evening, I was able to treat my guests to a yummy dessert.

What You Need to Know

  • So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Pints are certified to be free of dairy and are Non-GMO Project verified.
  • They are available in over twenty delicious flavors like Gluten Free Cookie Dough, Mint Chip, Mocha Almond Fudge and Cherry Amaretto.
  • So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Pints are rich in plant-based medium-chain fatty acids, which are naturally energizing and processed differently than the fat in traditional ice creams.
  • So Delicious® Dairy Free is committed to doing the right thing for people and the planet. They have a world-class allergen testing program and are recognized for their innovative recipe formulations that help to create products made with only the highest quality ingredients.
  • Many of their products are made with organic ingredients, and are always 100% plant-based and GMO-free with no artificial sweeteners, trans fats, or hydrogenated oils, and never contain any animal byproducts.
  • A So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert Pint (16 oz) retails for $5.99.

Where to Purchase

  • So Delicious® Dairy Free products are available at natural food stores like Whole Foods and increasingly at other grocery stores like Safeway, Kroger, and Stop & Shop. Use their new store locator to find products in your area. destinylocators.com/sodelicious/site/

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    My toddler and I enjoying a mini snack one hot afternoon. 

    Mama Chit Chat: So Delicious

    The mini size is the perfect size for a snack, without the feeling like you have to finish a huge bar.

    Most nights, after hubby and I put Sarah to bed we sit on the couch to watch our favorite show. This time I brought out my new favorite ice cream, So Delicious Cookies ‘n Cream. Yum, what a treat! I absolutely love this flavor!

    Mama Chit Chat: So Delicious Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While SO Delicious provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.