Green With Envy…

Mostly because I wish these came in my size! For those who don’t know, green is my signature color. I love it. I even incorporated it into my wedding. No wonder that I’m loving these rocking green girls dresses. My daughter now is the proud owner of something from each previous post, and the tough choice of which one of these will end up in her closet has begun. 

What looks are you most excited about for spring and summer? Or are you just looking forward to ditching the long sleeves, puffy coat and boots? I love being able to walk out the front door without taking 10 minutes to prep myself and mini me first. It’s been cold, and windy as all get out, here in New Jersey, but I’m sure the nice weather will be here soon. And in another few months, when it’s 60 degrees hotter outside we’ll be complaining about that!

Enjoy my green with envy choices!Image

1 Bow Flower Embroidered Dress 2 Neon Striped Lace Dress 3 Pleated Ruffle Jersey Dress 4 Lily Floral Sash Dress 5 Striped Seersucker Pleat Dress 6 Pleated Dot Dress

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Feeding My Addiction For The Next Generation

Shoes. Love them. Love them for me. Love them for mini me. Girls shoes are so sparkly (I know they make them the exact same way for adults, but I’m not sure I can pull off hot pink sequin flats as well as a 5-year-old. Darn.) playful and fun. I love shoes that are fun.

I’m not sure if it’s on purpose or just happened, that my picks are mostly in my 2 favorite colors: green and pink.

Here are some options that would make Cinderella jealous.All available at your local mall.

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1 Striped Ballet Flat 2 Flower Sandal 3 Glitter Toe Ballet Flat 4 Flower Flip Flop 5 Glitter Sandals 6 Neon Gladiator

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Easter’s “Hop”pening Soon!

Are you ready for Easter? It’s less than two weeks away! Anytime a holiday is early like this, it throws me all off. I spent today ripping down the St. Patty’s decorations in order to throw some Easter ones up (and at least locate my daughter’s basket, hair bows and some plastic eggs for the bunny to hide). Do you have an Easter basket you love for your litle girl? A great Easter basket is like an heirloom, it stays with them and can be handed down to their child.

Here are some pretty finds:

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1.Tulip Easter Basket 2 Tutu Easter Basket.3. Owl Easter Basket 4. Green Fairy Easter Basket 5. Fabric Easter Basket

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Summer Will Be Here Soon

Despite the recent snow fall here in New Jersey, and projected snow fall Tuesday, summer will be here eventually. Knowing that (and getting sick and tired of looking at my daughter’s winter clothes) has me daydreaming about cute and light summer shorts. Here are a some fun finds I’ve discovered at stores that should be in most malls. Can’t you feel the sun now?

Image1. Dip dye shorts 2. Floral cuff shorts 3. Pop color shorts 4.Eyelet shorts 5. Feather print shorts 6. Sublimated floral shorts

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The Dollar Store: Best Arts & Crafts Store on a Budget

 

dollarThe Dollar Store. A hidden gem of, well, crap. But good crap. Sometimes I just can’t see paying regular store prices for things that aren’t meant to have longevity. Like birthday cards. Who is paying $3-$5 for a card for a 3-year-old? And if you get into grade school, and invited to each child’s party, that’s a lot of cards! They have very cute cards, 2 for $1. More my speed. And if you want to get all fancy, they have an “upscale” section where cards are $1 each. Still a bargain.

 

We also hit the dollar store for holiday decorations, holiday classroom donations (we always volunteer to bring in the table cloths, napkins and plates), and holiday gifts for classmates. And their glow in the dark wands, masks, bracelets, necklaces, etc. are perfect for Fourth of July, Halloween, New Year’s Eve.

 

Art supplies are another great item to stock up on. When they are little, they go through crayons (breakage) and colored paper (1 mark per sheet) like crazy. We also get our safety scissors, tape, glue, glitter glue, paper, stickers, and much more there. It’s also a great source for playing school. There is a section of bulletin board items, pens, pencils, post its, certificates, stars and a variety of other things that would make any budding teacher happy.

 

 

According to Growing a Jeweled Rose, the dollar store is more of a treasure than even I knew. She can find hundreds of uses (literally) for dollar stores and breaks it down for you section by section. Such creativity! Such great ideas. I will never underestimate my Dollar Tree again.

What things do you rely on your local dollar store for? What have been your best finds?

 

 

Looking for some other dollar store ideas:

 

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Art and Literature

Once again I hosted an art class of sorts at my house. Invited some friends, and 3 little girls came to read and paint. I’m really enjoying hosting these events. I just wish I had a larger space! Anyone want to lend me a basement??

This time, our inspiration was Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton.

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Splat apparently has done well and has a series. Splish, Splash, Splat looked like a fun read too.

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While Splat wasn’t overly colorful, he was a good subject. He wasn’t round like a typical cat, so we talked about his shape. Then we talked about color…his gray tummy for example and how mixing 2 colors together gives you a unique 3rd color. I did have the girls close their eyes and imagine where their Splat was. Two Splats were frolicking in the grass, one was sitting in the sun and one was digging in the dirt. We also talked about his fur, and  I showed them with a dry brush how they can pull the paint on their Splat out and make “fur”. I’m happy that a few art pointers got in there.

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When their Splats were almost finished, they could accessorize their Splats. One has a pencil and cute slippers. Another has a cupcake. Two are wearing red hats and scarves (I think one really looks like a beret!). They did a great job and each Splat was as unique as the person painting it. The girls had a great time and then headed off to play.

The idea for this Splat art project came directly from a fantastic blog Deep Space Sparkle. She shows you how the project went in her class room and also has instructions in a PDF to download for a low, low price if you want to try this at home.

Here are all our finished Splats. I hope you’ll try your own Splats at home!

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The Run Away Mommy (In my head at least…)

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In the end, today was definitely ONE OF THOSE DAYS. Exhausting, I want to run away from being a mom days.

Oddly, it started well enough considering my mild hang over from too much wine and carbohydrates at Ladies Comedy Night. We went to church as a family and my daughter did a great job singing to the congregation in the Cherub Choir. After, my daughter and I headed to my parents where we picked up my mom, went out to lunch (SmashBurger Jersey Burger is a burger you dream about) and enjoyed a performance of Fancy Nancy where my mom purchased her a Fancy Nancy wand.

Happy faces headed back to my parents, and that folks, is where the bottom dropped out. Fancy Nance wand revoked. Silent car ride home (not the worst). More yelling (by her, I am on a no yelling kick). And more tears. Lots and lots of tears. And a chorus of “you’re the worst mommy ever!”. (Seriously kid? You ain’t seen nothing yet. I am going to get so much worse in about 10 more years!)  It is exhausting. It made me want to go into my room, lock my door, and not be a mommy for some period of time.

Things calmed down and then reared their ugly head again during the bedtime routine. More yelling. More tears. More threats I cannot even understand through the tears. Sigh.

Today felt like a day where I should have earned combat pay. I want to crawl into bed and sleep and sleep. I don’t even care that it is Monday tomorrow. Monday means I get to go to work. A place where, in general,  nobody yells, cries, stomps their feet or issues silly ultimatums directly to me. A place where  I don’t have to ask anyone the last time they went potty or turn down the 1,000 request for a snack.

As Scarlet O’Hara said… “tomorrow is another day.” I pray that it is a day like we had last week where I truly felt the joy in being a mom. Good night everyone!

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