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When preschool wrapped up for us back in May, I had all these “plans” to work with my four year old daughter during the summer to make sure she was ready for Pre-K next year. Well, here we are four weeks out from school starting, and we have somehow filled our days with swimming, lunches at Chick fila, and play dates with friends. So last week, I decided to make a trip to our local Dollar Tree store to look for arts and crafts, and as luck would have it, our timing was perfectly in line with them putting all their back to school supplies out! I loaded up on some great finds and items we can turn into learning activities, and I thought I would share. Enjoy! And if you are looking for more inspiration, check out my post about Sensory Toys & Accessories! Alphabet Beads & Colorful Beads…

No mother to be ever imagines that their newborn will need to stay in the NICU. We all dream of the perfect pregnancy with no issues. We expect to go into labor, be admitted to the hospital, deliver our sweet bundle of joy, and head home within a day or three. But what happens when you are having that not so normal pregnancy? What happens when you have a great chance of delivering early and may need that NICU stay. Here is my story. And if you haven’t read our story of learning we were expecting triplets, click here to read my blog post. Preparing Yourself Mentally When you are expecting multiples- conversations with physicians are probably much different than if pregnant with a singleton. You start seeing a high risk pregnancy physician in addition to your regular OB. You start having discussions about the due date we “hope” to…

Our toddlers love sensory toys!  And we love them too! Anything that is engaging their little minds and hands is always a WIN for us!  Plus, it keeps them occupied for long stretches of time! Check out ones our kids love to play and ones we pull out when it is time to cook dinner or when we just need a break!Tip for sensory toys – some can be messy, so we definitely recommend buying some reusable large rectangular food storage containers similar to these that are great for putting the kinetic sand in, water beads, corn meal, or anything else you might need contained while they play (it makes clean up a lot easier too!)Plus, we have listed some accessories that go well with sensory items.For more ideas of sensory activities, check out our other blog post, Dollar Tree Finds! Our List: Kinetic Sand with these small sand tools…

When we bought our current house back in the Fall of 2014, my husband and I casually discussed putting a pool in the backyard at some point.  I honestly didn’t think we would ever actually follow through with this idea, and that it was just something fun to discuss and dream about. But as I transitioned from working full time to being a stay at home mom, I started to revisit the conversation with my husband about putting in a pool.  To be honest, me lobbying was purely for selfish reasons. Who wouldn’t prefer the convenience of stepping into their own backyard and jumping into a pool versus packing up all the pool stuff you need with young children, loading up the car, and driving to the community pool.Of course, when the time was right for us to move forward with building our pool, I had just had our second…

My husband and I have eaten and tried our fair share of cheese dips in our 16+ years of marriage.  We of course have our favorites, and over time, we have tried our hand at re-creating those favorites in our own kitchen.  Attempting to replicate cheese dips has proven to not be as easy as we thought, but after lots of attempts and patience, we have come up with right combination of ingredients.  After we perfected our own recipe, this cheese dip is not only a favorite that we like to enjoy, but this cheese dip is requested by our friends and family when they come over and Mexican food is on the menu!  Click here for the Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada recipe we love to make when we are having queso!The other thing I have learned along the way, is the key to melting cheese over your stove top,…

My family and I love eating Mexican food and this Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada dish is a favorite!  It is simple to make for your own family or to bring to a friend’s house who might have just had a baby!  I prefer to make this with a rotisserie chicken I have picked up at the grocery store, but feel free to cook your own chicken and use with this as well.Click here for my delicious recipe for homemade queso dip to go with these enchiladas! Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Butter1/4 Cup Flour1 Cup Sour Cream4 Ounce Can of Chopped Green Chilis Cooked Chicken (one rotisserie chicken or 2 lbs of cooked chicken)2 Handfuls of Shredded Cheese1/2 Cup of Chopped onion2 Cups Chicken Broth12 Corn Tortillas Directions: Pre-heat over to 350 degreesSpray an 8 1/2 x 11 glass baking dish with non-stick spray and set asideIn a large saucepan, melt all…

Every summer, the Fourth of July makes me think of fireworks, bar-b-que, and banana pudding! This year we are celebrating with our neighbors, and of course, I volunteered to bring the dessert! I normally use a recipe that was passed down from my great grandmother for how she made her yummy banana pudding. I have fond memories of my mom always making this in the kitchen as we were growing up and eating it during the hot summer months. This year, I decided to try a different recipe I had seen from Paula Deen called Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding. I have to say, it is creamy, rich, and perfectly delicious! Below is the recipe if you want to give it a try too! Happy Fourth everyone! Ingredients: 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipping topping thawed 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies 4…