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Friday Faves

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“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

-Winnie the Pooh

I finished When Calls the Heart on netflix this week and now I just need to know, are there more seasons?!?

Airplane mode. This really makes me happy because I go to bed super early friends..Ever since I was pregnant with my second child, I started going to bed early. Mainly because I just need my sleep to function. Putting my phone in airplane mode means no late night texts or messages wake me up and it’s always fun to get all the notifications when I turn it back on the next day.

Forever My Girl Movie. A friend and I were able to get out and go to a movie one late afternoon this week which was super exciting. Movie popcorn? yessssss! So it just sounded like it was going to be a sweet love story movie, which it was. But also, super emotional and so many tears…like sobbing having to use the movie theater napkins to wipe my face. (but I cry at every movie seriously. but this one YES)

I met Mariah in Orlando when she did my hair and makeup for our family photos in Disney World. She is such a make up genius and I was super amazed how she covered up my broken out skin from all the Florida humidity and walking. She has a great tutorial for covering up blemishes but still looking natural here. And she sells her own makeup line here.

Another fave of mine is fast forwarding through suspense and tv/movie scenes I do not like. Michael is always like WHHHHATTT? Why are you fast forwarding? The show is finally getting good…And I’m all like NOOOOO I can’t watch!

On a healthier note, I made these Toasted Quinoa Cashew Butter Cups this week, and they were even Michael approved.

Harrison and I watched Winnie the Pooh together one evening, and oh, do I love Winnie the Pooh. (and I think we have a new Winnie the Pooh fan in our house) We joined the Disney movie club this week (5 movies for 1.00 and then Harrison got a free Lightning McQueen blanket, and you know he is obsessed.) So we have more movies to get us prepared for our next trip, which is right around the corner.

I got some of the Harper + Ari sugar scrub for Christmas and forgot about it. Yes, i know, HOW DO YOU FORGET about sugar scrub?!?! I love the single serve option! So fun!

These boots.  I didn’t buy any tall boots this winter but if I was going to pick a pair, love these + how comfortable they look!

Toasted Quinoa Cashew Butter Cups

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February Goals

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Really looking forward to February. So many sweet things planned this month like our Soda Shoppe Valentine Minis that we are super excited about! It’s also my mom’s birthday which is super fun to celebrate. Hearts everywhere, I love February.

Ok, there are so many books I want to read right now including

Rereading One Thousand Gifts. If you haven’t noticed, I’m reading a lot of Ann Voskamp right now.I’d also love to get a Write the Word Gratitude journal, and some journals for the boys so that we can write out what we are thankful for. I’d really like to take some more time to be outside with the boys (when possible with the weather) just walking and talking about what we are thankful for.

Take a watercolor class. This has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and with my mom’s birthday coming up, it’s perfect timing, and we are so excited.

Give more compliments. How many times do you think something and not say it? I really want to be better about this.

Plan 1-2 little adventures with the boys

Encourage more.

Write a few letters and mail them instead of just emailing all the time.

Go see The Greatest Showman before it’s out of the theaters

Attend as much of IF Gathering that I can

I started a slimmer grocery budget in January and I really want to stick to it in February too. Continue the plan and continue eating out only once a week.

Read aloud to Owen more. Harrison and I read out loud picture books, which is so much easier, right? Owen and I have been reading out loud from In The Belly Of The Earth and what a sweet time it has been. I can’t wait to find out if he’s going to be rescued. If you’re looking for some great read alouds, try this website.

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Favorite Things Preschool

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Navigating the preschool years with my second preschooler, I wanted to share some of the things I have loved educationally for my boys. Owen was such a sponge that soaked up everything and stressed me out to teach him every second of the day, the former teacher in me looked for some resources to keep his little brain happy. (I had to turn on math songs in the car so he wouldn’t make me answer math problems 24 hours a day, no kidding. His brain never stops) Now that my second child is four, we have been working on some things everyday. (which he loves and looks forward to every morning)

Here are a few of my favorite things..

First of all, fine motor skills are super important – building their hand strength so they are ready to start writing in kindergarten. A few favorites are

Crayon Rocks. So much easier to grip the right way and encourage coloring success in those with weak hands

Handwriting Without Tears Crayons. Smaller is better with being able to grip and hold the crayons the right way. Harrison has loved these. This comes with a lot of crayons so you could also split with a friend.

-spray bottle. We’ve had Harrison using the spray bottle “to clean the shower” everyday to build up his hand strength

Mr. Pencil. Owen used the older version of Mr Pencil, and he learned to write so easily. Harrison practices with this daily in the car and all the silly noises make him giggle. I love this for learning how to form letters.

I really love the Endless Reader app on my phone. If Harrison is suffering through a doctor’s appointment of mine or sitting for long periods when we are out and about, this is an awesome educational app.

My Book of Number Games, 1-150 (Kumon Workbooks)These are really cute, and Harrison and I count out loud as we trace the shape. He can use his crayon rocks on the back to color the numbers. I love a lot of the Kumon stuff so much!

Harrison already knows his letters and letter sounds so we have worked on some sight wordsbooks and word familybooks. (We do these together and it’s really just for more experience with words)

My favorite educational show is Super Why, but I do feel like my kids learned so much from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Common Sense Media has a lot of great reviews and suggestions for educational shows.

If you live in Raleigh, the Teach Me Store is a great resource for so many educational things for kids!

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Friday Faves

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I’m still watching When Calls The Heart on netflix and I’m almost through with season four. I’m going to be super sad when it’s over. There are more seasons coming, right? I was a super big Janette Oke  reader growing up.

I love some Carrot Cake and these look perfect.

We finally went to see The Last Jedi this week, and oooh, I loved it. Before the movie, Owen asked for a 5.00 toy at Target and we talked about choosing experiences over things and how we were going to a movie. After the movie, he said it was way better than getting a small toy. Just warmed my heart.

It was time to get new glasses because yay, January, insurance starts over. Yes, I did get aviator prescription glasses, and I loooove them. They are so much fun. You can see a pic on my instagram stories.

If you like to look at different brands and fonts, this is a super inspiring instagram account.

You probably know that I’m reading and loving Be the Gift  by Ann Voskamp. Just loved page 11 so much..”What if the truth really is that every tremor of kindness here erupts in a miracle elsewhere in the world?”

My little ones have loved cooking with me in the kitchen and I’ve been looking at aprons. These chambray aprons are just so adorable, (they come with pink or navy ribbon)  and of course, I love the star wars!

These have been my favorite pens  lately + they are perfect for writing in my GraceLacedbook.

Oh so adorable personalized football Valentine jammies 

If you follow me on instagram, you will notice that I just got into instagram stories this week. It’s a great source of entertainment for me during carpool. Love it.

We made Pan Banging chocolate chip cookies this week, and this is my favorite recipe ever! So yummy! (Find the recipe here) Banging the pan was kind of fun, too.

Their Mommy + me selection is super cute. I want the I’m not working today set – ha!

This winter harvest hummus bowl looks so super yummy. And I’m seriously hungry now.

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Pan Banging Cookies

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So I really love baking. Like love it, love it. I may not be the most amazing cook, but baking is something that is therapeutic to me. It’s also super fun because my kids love getting involved with baking. (Who doesn’t right?) I had to share this recipe that we tried yesterday because it was AMAZING. The salt, the kind of chocolate, just all kinds of amazingness. What is so intense about these chocolate chip cookies is that they are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. There is a little bit more work to make this happen and you can find all of the details and the recipe here. Make sure you read the entire instructions because 1. The freezer is an important step not to skip.  2.What kind of chocolate you use is very important. 3. Which side of the foil you use is another thing. (Basically all this to say read allll of the instructions ahead of time so you are prepared)

I do not have a big freezer so luckily I have a few small cookie pans. These are very big cookies (but oh so yummy!) so I could only put 2-4 on a pan. (I had to use super small pans because I have a side by side freezer) I just read my book while I waited for them to cook or waiting every two minutes to bang the pan. Banging the pan is the fun part. You pick up one side in the oven and then let it crash down so that the center of the cookie deflates.  (After cooking ten minutes, then you start the pan banging every two minutes) If you make these, let me know what you think of the deliciousness!

Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Blog 

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