The Couch

Monday, April 18, 2016

The other day I was watching the girls as they wound down for the day - in case you're wondering what that looks like ... just imagine two toddlers in just a diaper basically running around like two tiny tornadoes for about 45 minutes. Which ... yes, please continue to get all of your energy out little ones  so that you sleep well. The girls love to jump on my couch. They climb up, toss off all of the pillows and any blankets and just have at it, usually falling into a pile of a each other amidst a ton of giggles. As I sat across from them I felt a lump crop up in the back of my throat. That couch has been through a lot. It's a roadmap for at least the last 5 years of my life.

I remember being with my ex at the furniture store. We lived in a small two bedroom apartment, at the time. We picked out a gorgeous L shaped couch that you basically melted into when you sat down. Upon delivery, though - we unfortunately realized it was WAY too big for the space. It took up the entire living room and covered part of the door to the apartment so that you couldn't even open it. At the time it was hilarious and we sent the couch back with the delivery driver and headed out to the furniture store again that night. We wandered the store for a while and finally settled on this basic 3 seater couch. It felt okay when you sat down (not the buttery feeling we wanted), it was a bland color, but it was new and we needed a couch. It was delivered a few days later and fit the space perfectly.

Remember Me?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Oh hey there - remember me? I remember you!

April has always been on my calendar as a super crazy month full of activities and new things. I feel like I've shed some of my divorce murk and am getting into a new "season" of me. <finally>

So far I've seen Ani DiFranco live after 12 long years with one of my favorite people on this planet! It was amazing and every bit of breath-taking happiness than I last remembered.

This month isn't even half over - so pardon me if there's a tiny bit of silence in the next few weeks. My life is a bit busy, my heart is a bit full.

DIY Toddler Sensory Activities

Monday, April 4, 2016

Since the girls are getting a bit older and are ready to learn - I wanted to start putting together some DIY learning activities to get their brains working ... and keep them entertained. I'm not a super crafter, to be totally honest, so I wanted to do things that I could actually accomplish and that (under supervision) they wouldn't choke on or eat in general. Good luck with that, right?

I've tackled 3 projects! Two I actually took a picture of :P

DIY Sensory Bucket
A super simple activity is to take an old coffee canister and fully wash it out and let dry. Cut a circular hole in the top of the plastic lid (make sure there are no sharp edges for little fingers to get caught on). I cut the top to be able to accommodate small wooden learning blocks we have been playing with.

Grab your favorite washi tape (I had some laying around) and wrap all the way around until the canister is covered and looking adorable! Snap the lid back on and voila! We use this to learn about volume (how many can we fit in there) and fine motor skills of putting the block in the hole. My Harper loves it - she's a natural stacker, organizer - so this is a perfect activity for her!

DIY Fun Tubes
Another easy craft you can make is grab your extra toilet paper cardboard rolls, or even the paper towel cardboard rolls you have leftover and extra washi tape. Wrap the rolls in fun washi tape, just to give them more personality. You can then tape the rolls in whatever pattern you'd like on a wall or door and have your toddler drop puff balls (from your local Dollar Tree) into the tubes. 

They like sorting them and putting them in the tubes - and you can work on colors, "Can you put a blue ball into the tube?" or just construct a fun tube pattern that the puffs can drop into! We set this up anywhere and the girls love it. 

When I snag a picture of our third project, I'll be back to share that "craft" with you! It's one of our faves which is why I couldn't take a picture - we had too much fun doing it!

What are some of your favorite DIY toddler activities? We'd love some new ones to try!

A Few of My Favorite Things

Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy Friday!!

Sharing some of my favorite things lately - let me know if you've tried any!

Trader Joe's Organic Riced Cauliflower: It's been out of stock at my local TJ but recently made an appearance and I jumped all over it! Sub it for rice in your meals - add any flavors you want, GREAT for mom and kids (they don't even know it's a vegetable!).

DIY Sensory Toys/Activities for Toddlers: I've been looking into some new activities for the twins to since they're getting a bit older and ready to learn! I've found a ton of sensory activities to get their brains working and have crafted some of my own (to be shared soon!). Do a quick search on Pinterest for some ideas that you can make with household items that'll keep your child entertained for hours minutes!

Thrifting: With two growing toddlers that are whipping right past their 18 month clothes and right into 24 month/2T ... and as a single mom, I have to fork over money for a new spring/summer wardrobe. That's not cheap. I've been looking up local thrift/resale events in my area that allow local moms to consign clothes, shoes and toys at a cheap price! Pre-loved but with lots of life left! I've scored some great name brand clothes, cute shoes, and even a slide! 

Aldi: I'm obsessed and have been grocery shopping there for months. I can snag 2 weeks worth of grocery items and couldn't spend $100 if I tried ... and I've tried. They're produce is okay - if you can get there on a truck day, it's better. But you can't beat their prices on everyday snacks (cookies, crackers, etc.), cereal, milk, eggs, bread, cheese, etc. It's an awesome money saver for those single mom dollars that could be spread thin. Just remember to bring your own bags and a quarter for the shopping cart! AND the carts are 2 seaters so you can put two kids in it!! AMAZING!

What are some of your favorite things lately?