CAST IRON SKILLET 101

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This past summer, I went out and got myself a cast iron skillet.  A real heavy duty – lets see what all the fuss is about – will last you 100 years – cast iron skillet. And I have to tell you… I love it! I didn’t understand the hype and definitely had to get past the no soap thing, but we are riding the cast iron skillet train and are loving it!
Owning a cast iron is serious work.  It’s like being in a committed relationship and like any good relationship, it has to be nurtured and tended to.  Since I am a cast iron newbie, I thought I’d jot down a few cast-iron 101 tips for myself to have on hand and for those of you who are also jumping on the cast-iron train with me!
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GETTING FESTIVE | DIY PAPER BATS

It’s here! The moment everyone in the midwest has been talking about for the past 11 months!

FALL!!!

This is our first official fall friends.  We are waking up high 50’s degree weather, the leaves are starting to change and there are fall festivals everywhere.  Last week, we welcomed October and in lieu of all the festivities, we spruced up the house a bit. Nothing crazy… just a few DIY paper bats and the cutest little pumpkins all over.

The kids are super excited because this is the second time we’re trick-or-treating and Grace is at the age where she remembers that there’s candy involved with this holiday.

We’re still undecided about costumes this year. Grace is still going back and forth between a princess unicorn and good ol’ Elsa. Haddon has no clue, but he did spot a dragon at Target and can’t stop talking about it.

We’ve spruced up the house with the cutest paper bats. I’ve been wanting to do something whimsical like this for a while, but last year we were in the middle of a move so this my friends, turned out to be our lucky year.

Want to make these cute bats yourself?

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BEDTIME ROUTINES AND A FREE PRINTABLE

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We have been looking forward to the first day of school for some time now. Grace is officially starting kindergarten and Haddon is convinced that he too will be starting school. During our school days, we like to have a routine to keep us focused and on track. This also works well for the kiddos at night. I’ve noticed that when Grace knows what to expect, our day and our evenings, run much smoother.

Our morning routines are a little different for Grace and for Haddon. They both wake up at the same time, but they have different tasks throughout the day that are tailored to their school, their extra curricular activities and Haddon’s nap time. Their evening routines are identical, which makes things a whole lot easier for me.

I thought I’d share with you what our evenings look like and share a FREE printable for you to download and use with your kiddos.  This bedtime routine is super easy to follow and fun for the kids.  I like to print one out and use a sheet protector to slide the printable right in.  In the evenings, I let Grace and Haddon check off what they’ve done.  Giving them an opportunity to use dry erase markers always gets them really excited.

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LOVE NOTES, LUNCHES, AND A FREE PRINTABLE

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Last week, during my fourth target run of the week, I looked up and saw the back to school section and was immediately filled with so much excitement. Back to school season always reminds me of my high school days, the excitement of seeing my friends again, the smell of fresh sharpened pencils and the opportunity that comes with a blank slate.  Oh man.. I could write about this for days. When I was in high school, my friends and I would always meet up at the same spot and walk around campus until the bell rung.  I love back-to-school season!
Grace is starting kindergarten this year and I want to instill the same love for school that I had. I want her to know that every year comes with a fresh opportunity for growth and learning. I want her to know that every grade and every subject will leave an imprint on her life and open doors to experience life in new ways.
One of the best things that I can do for her is encourage her through every step of her schooling journey. Today I’m sharing something fun that I have done in the past and that I will continue to do throughout her school year.
I am packing her lunch and sharing with her little love notes for her to save in a folder or a zippy bag.  When the school year is over, I know we’ll have fun looking back at these.
I am tweaking these based on what we’re learning in school, and today I’m sharing two FREE printables. The first one is my first week of cards for the school year and the second is a blank one, so you can customize them for your little ones!
 

Click here to download your FREE printable

We usually work though our schoolwork in the morning and are done by lunchtime.  Having a lunch bag, keeps us motivated to get our school assignments done and gives us a nice break in the afternoon. Here’s how I pack her school lunch:
  1. Brown paper bag – This is a fun way to get excited about lunch. When I pack it up in a classic brown paper lunch bag, Grace feels like she’s actually in school and it’s more fun than whipping up mac and cheese or leftovers from the night before.
  2. Add a personal touch – You can add your own personal touch to your school lunch by printing these out.  I like to tweak them to reflect a topic or encourage her based on what we’re covering in school that week.  She’s getting really good at reading and is always trying to figure out my puns, so that’s fun too.
  3. Easy lunch – I like packing a sandwich and some sort of boxed juice.  No need for plates, forks, spoons a or mess! She also likes eating with her hands so it’s fun for both of us.
  4. Fun snack – I add fun snacks to Grace’s brown lunch bags. She likes Lance Sandwich Crackers, Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels and the Snack Better Variety Pack of chips. I stock up at my local Walmart and keep them on hand to pack for her throughout the week. Having a variety of snacks keeps lunchtime fun, they are conveniently packaged and we all really like them.
 
So, that’s how I pack my brown bag lunches to make us all feel a little more structured during our homeschooling days.

Click here to download your FREE printable

Here’s a “Packed with Love Sweepstakes” that’s running from 7/15/17 – 8/28/17 where you can win the following:

  • Custom Lunchbox “packed with love”
  • (6) $2,500 scholarships
  • (6) Years Supply of Snyder’s-Lance snacks
  • (6) iPad/Tablets
  • (12) $50 gift cards for school supplies
  • (60) Swag kits – include robot keychain, chip clips, can cooler, thermos

You can purchase these snacks at your local Walmart 

 Don’t forget to download your FREE blank printable for you to customize 

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