Yesterday, my daughter and I decided to take a #naturewalk with some friends. The two girls were going crazy stopping and picking every wildflower and #flower from every bush, plant and tree they could find. It was a beautiful fall day and I was #thankful for the moment spent with my child and friend. My friend and I delighted in watching our daughters enjoy the #naturewalk as much as we did.
I didn't realize that my daughter had picked so many #flowers until we arrived home and I asked her to take them out of her back pack before they all died and wilted. She asked me for a bowl to put them in water. She took her time arranging each and every #flower as if she was working on a masterpiece. I guess in away she was, her masterpiece, she took each #flower one by one and delicately arranged them in each bowl. At one point, she told me she even wanted to be a florist as well as a vet when she grows up!
As you can see, she arranged them beautifully!! We have set them out on our kitchen table to enjoy! I don't think my friend did, but that is ok....this is our "thing" making something out of something to enjoy without spending any money. Stopping and smelling the roses of life. Taking the time and making the time together to create memories that last a lifetime. Making us both better, #momskidsandfriends.
We are fortunate enough to live, where there are still wildflowers and #flowers on bushes and trees. If you live somewhere where there are no #flowers still blooming, still take the #naturewalk and see what amazing things you can find..... leaves, pine cones, rocks or unique branches. Take a #naturewalk, enjoy the day with your child and friend, take a moment to enjoy life, enjoy #mothernature, enjoy each other, enjoy this wonderful place we call plant #earth.
It's #thankfulthursday What are you #thankful for?
All of my best, Dyan
What we learned: About different kinds of #flowers, bushes and plants, not to pick #flowers from someone's yard - unless you ask of course! Spending time with friends outdoors is refreshing and fun, more about our friends and what we have in common with others, arranging #flowers is fun, relaxing and makes a beautiful centerpiece for our kitchen table, having fun and learning does not need to cost money, putting down our cell phones is not only good for us but great for our kids!! #nocellphoneforaday
What we shared: A wonderful day together making memories, pictures of our #flower arrangements - we sent as a thank you note (w the picture) for the day spent w/ our friends.
#Halloween family fun
at the library
Are you looking for something to do for #Halloween besides
trick or treat? Check out your local
libraries. Our local library always has
something going on for the kids whether young or old. This year they have the usual trick-or
treating at the library for the younger kids.
They are also offering some other special activities on making Boo
bubbles and paranormal activities for the older kids. I was interested to see what other libraries
offer in other areas and there are some pretty cool activities and #Halloween
Family fun! Some libraries offer a whole
night of #Halloween activities with bouncy houses, face painting, games and
other neat things to do with your family.
Others offer #Halloween crafts, story readings
and teaching how to apply costume make-up. The events are not typically on #Halloween but
a few days before or different activities offered throughout the month.
What a great and typically “Free” way to have
some extra holiday family fun!
I came across some pretty neat websites for #Halloween
activities that I thought I would share filled with activities that are fun and
(Adult supervision required-remember safety first)
Go online and google your public library to see what
activities they are offering for #Halloween Family Fun! And enjoy the time with your family learning,
playing and spending time together! Your
kid will also get another wear out of that Halloween costume. Make it a Boo….tiful day! All of my best, Dyan
with your kid - Baking a good learning tool
We all need a little #patience, right? I think there was a song about that…. If you
are lucky enough to be a #patient person, I wish I was more like you! One way that I practice #patience is when I am #baking with my daughter. I love to #bake! And this time of year is the best time to #bake. It is like a switch goes off and
my oven is in use all the time.
Something to do with the fresh cool air and the holidays right around
the corner and my need to reconnect with myself and my family through good old
My daughter and I have
enjoyed this shared experience since she could stand up next to me in the
kitchen (she even was my audience while still in her high chair). Every time we #bake, I come to the same conclusion…
I love creating things with her in the kitchen, I am a bit of a control freak (a this is how we do it kind of person - so is my daughter) and I have to be #PATIENT!
This past week we did all things #pumpkin. #Pumpkin pancakes – yum! #Pumpkin cheesecake, #pumpkin chia seed pudding – yum yum!! (See Holiday
page for recipe).
One way to practice #patience with your kid is to #bake. I find that when I #bake with my daughter I
have to practice patience, real patience.
She is eager to learn and create.
She loves to measure, mix and pour. She has always loved to create
things in a bowl making some concoction or another. I am a good baker, I always have been. But I know that it takes patience, correct
measurements, time and having the mix of the right ingredients.
Since she was
little I had to always take a deep breath to let her do the work, pouring,
sifting, folding, stirring, measuring whatever the next step was, I had to take
a step back and let her do it. This simple small step has given me the ability to teach her and grow with her in the kitchen. Even if
it means, cracked eggshells in your dish, liquids spilled on the counter, flour
everywhere, licked fingers in the bowl for the second, third or fourth
I tell myself she is learning, growing and one day will be a good baker and it is OK to make the mess as long as you clean
it up, right?
Over the past several years I am finding that I am finally
becoming more #patient. I am standing
back and letting her have some control.
After all, there are so many valuable lessons, learning opportunities and
quality time spent with #baking (I always want this to be something fun we do together), not to mention the delicious creations you can
#Patience with #baking is not only practice for you, but for your kid. My daughter is always in the hurry up and pour, create and taste mood. She also likes to have complete control. While #baking I take the time to tell her the importance of correct measuring, mixing and the many safety rules of a kitchen. She has to practice #patience too, which is why this is such a valuable educational task for both of you.
Still don’t think you can be #patient?
If you cannot stand to relinquish the control…you can do
what one of my friends does. She gives
some ingredients to her daughter including her own bowls and measuring cups and
lets her make her own in her own bowl. A
good way to mix fun and learning without having to be so #patient.
All of us could use a bit more #patience. In this time and age we live in, it seems
everywhere I turn people are getting more and more impatient. Standing in line at a store, traffic light,
school pick-up, with your kids, your spouse….the list goes on and on. I am just as guilty as the next and have
really been trying to focus on being #patient in every aspect of my life, with everyone
that I interact with on a daily basis.
Deep breathing, thinking before I act and now #baking. Grab your favorite cookbook, google your
favorite recipe, get your kid in the kitchen and spend some quality time #baking. All of my best, Dyan
What I learned: Be
more flexible, lighten up and that messes and mistakes are okay.
What we learned: #Baking
improves many skills and is a wonderful learning tool. Depending on your childs
age many things can be learned and/or introduced to them. How to organize ingredients, counting, measuring
properly wet and dry ingredients, pouring, cracking eggs, stirring, reading the
recipe and labels on ingredients, teamwork, textures of the ingredients,
patience, creativity, an everyday task has a plethora of educational value, introducing
the concept of fractions, clean-up, kitchen safety the list goes on….what a
great way to be with each other, create something delicious and special for
yourselves and family.
What we shared: A
morning of fun, good old-fashioned quality time, laughs, good food, creating
memories and practicing #patience together!!
Getting ready to create our pumpkins!
#HappyHalloween! Not yet, it is still one week away. My daughter and I created these pumpkins from items around the house. Reusing and recycling. I love it!
All of our supplies.
We used a card board box and old tissue paper. You also need, glue, scissors, paint brushes, paint - orange and green. (Black if you want to paint the eyes, nose and mouth) and pencil. That's it!
Sketch of pumpkin.
1. Sketch pumpkin. 2. Paint in the orange paint for the face. 3. Paint the stem green. 4. Glue the tissue paper in place for the eyes, nose and mouth. (One thing I need to mention, I did not have black tissue paper, so I thought easy...I'll color with black marker, wouldn't suggest this, either use black tissue paper or paint for the eyes, nose and mouth). It did turn out cute, but was more time consuming than I realized!!
After paint is dry and eyes, nose and mouth are finished. Cut out.
We love them! Put them in the windows so you can see from the street. They turned out great! The best part is we used everything from what we had on hand. We reused and #recycled and created our own pumpkin decorations to use for years to come. Happy Pumpkin creating! All of my best, Dyan
#PumpkinGlobe A Fun
and Educational Way to decorate a pumpkin
Not sure how to decorate your pumpkins this year? There are so many different ways to decorate
or carve a pumpkin. We personally have
not carved pumpkins yet at home because of my daughters age and quite frankly,
even though I love pumpkin seeds, I don’t ever feel like dealing with the extra
mess involved and my daughter would rather create with decorating then to
If your are looking for a fun, different and new way to
decorate your pumpkin this year, why not make it educational and decorate a #pumpkinglobe. This is a great way to
mix holiday fun with learning. One of my
favorite things to do! Learn new things while having fun!
What you need:
A pumpkin of any size
A globe to review all the continents, countries, bodies of
Blue Paint (for the color of water) to paint the base of the pumpkin
Other colors of paint to paint the continents
Black marker to label the continents
That is it! How easy
Of course you can make it more involved depending on the age
of your child. If your child is younger,
just the basics will do. The seven
continents labeled by name. If your child
is older, you can get much more detailed.
You can draw the equator, add countries, even states and add the oceans - if you are so inclined.
Depending on your creativity, you can do more than just
paint the shapes of the countries on the pumpkins. You can cut out the shapes of the countries
with construction paper or paper you painted in the shapes of the countries,
use fabric, colored thumbtacks to shape the countries or what ever else. It’s
up to you and your imagination. Make it
your own design. The most important
thing is to have fun while creating it, to learn new things about the world we
live in and to spend quality time doing it!
While your out and about today, pick-up an extra pumpkin at
the grocery store, get the needed supplies and create your pumpkin world with
your child. Take the time and enjoy the
time teaching and/or reinforcing their geography knowledge. I would love to hear from you. If you
decorate a #pumpkinglobe this year. Send
me a picture and I will post it on my Halloween page. Have a fun and educational day! All my best, Dyan