Bed Hopping

sleep4Today, we visited our local Sleep Number store, and it was magical!  Dim lights, comfy pillow tops, and a bit of massage.  I’m pretty much sold.   One super cool bed, please!

I took my kids with me to experience these marvelous sleep creations.  Now, most people would think that sounds like torture.  Why take your kids into a place where the temptation to touch, jump and roll around [on a bed] is too much to handle?  My answer is this: I take my children EVERYWHERE with me.  The dentist, the grocery store, the mall, the veterinarian (usually with large animals in tow) and even the gynecologist -you name it, they’ve been there.  My babysitters are hours away.  Looking back, this lack of a “village” has been a tremendous gift.  It’s a gift of time with my children.

I wish I could tell you that all these experiences with my children mean that I have the most well behaved kids around, but that would be an outrageous lie.  They are kids; they get a little crazy sometimes.  Still, all these experiences show them life, real life.  I feel that there is a mighty big lesson in that.

sleep2Also, hey, I got to check out some really cool beds with my fabulous, really cool kids.  And, they were mostly good.  Not a child jumped on a bed.  Of course, they did remove their shoes and lay down on beds, there was some bed hopping, and they were shown where the legos are kept by one of the employees.  Now, I ask you who needs legos when you have moving beds that sense your sleep requirements and vibrate?  No one.  No one needs those legos.

We laugh at your legos! Hahahahahaha!


Bounce into Fitness

We have a new exercise/P.E. plan.  It involves bouncy balls, or as old people call them hippity hops.  I have one, and my daughters each have one.  We tried it out this morning for ten minutes, and (holy crap) it does work.  You can basically use them as an exercise ball with benefits.  The benefit being the bouncing.  That’s where the cardio is hiding.  ballsballsWe also have hula hoops.  Mine is weighted; their hula hoops are from Toys R’ Us.  I bought mine on Amazon.  Believe it or not, there is a world of weighted hula hoops to choose from for exercising.  Heck, people even pay for hula exercise classes.  I should know, I went to one once, and it was very real.

Hooping is a sport!  Check this out.  So, basically, our exercise program consists of super kid-friendly activities and some much needed yoga for me! hooping

Flamingos & Friends

This week, I met a flamingo.  She looked right into my eyes and moved closer to me.  We were inches apart.  The meeting was close to magical, and I didn’t want to continue on into the rest of the Caribbean portion of the aquarium, but I have kids.  Kids who run, jump and twirl.  I have to follow them. flamingo

While the aquarium itself is a place of learning, my daughter discovered flamingos on ABC Mouse.  They have a zoo section of the website.  She learned; I learned.  For instance, did you know flamingos mate for life?  They can fly, and they know how to stare directly into your soul…OK, that last fact I made up, but its true, nonetheless.

Long story short, I now love flamingos, and we went to the aquarium with some friends this week.


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Summer Reading Success!!!


Soon, we will be taking a trip on our favorite Rocket Ship.  Just kidding, can’t get that road-signs-936137_640Little Einsteins song out of my head.   But, we will be heading to Dallas for visit soon.  So, this morning, I decided to make it partially about recognizing and understanding road signs.  Never too soon to start!

I’m planning to find pictures of different road signs we may see along the way, print and laminate them at the local teacher store, and then make a game out of finding and naming them as we travel.  Pretty sure I can incorporate some reading in there for my 6-year old, too.  Win-win!  Now, I just have to actually go laminate them at the fun teacher store that sells all the things I want to buy…did I mention that I love shopping?  I do.  I love it.


Summer Reading in July

Here it is July already, and summer reading is in full swing!  My six-year old is reading the Primary Phonics books from EPS.  She started these in Kindergarten and loves them!  Along with the reading books, we purchased the phonics workbook and the comprehension book.  We are on Level 2, which I hope to finish before summer is over.  If you have a beginning reader, I would check this set out.

On to the FREE stuff!

Barnes and Noble has an awesome summer reading program.  Just stop by the badn2kid’s section of your local B&N store and pick up a reading log.  Next, have your child read 8 books, list the authors and relate their favorite parts on their reading log.  Then, go back to B&N, turn in the log and choose one book from a selection of free books. That’s it!  The book selection is pretty good, too.  (We’ve participated in this program for two years now.  For pre-readers, I  read their book choices aloud to them.  This has worked in the past, but since the log states “Grades 1-6,” I can’t promise anything.  I believe, it’s up to your local store and -more importantly- your cashier’s discretion.)

Your local library!  Libraries have great summer reading programs.  Ours is giving points  for prizes.  It works like this:  children can get points for attending library events and/or checking out 5 library books.  I have two kids, that’s ten books to keep track of at a time.  Also, did I mention that I tend to accrue library fines like my ceiling fans attract dust? Still, we are powering on, and cycling through books, because we NEED the points.  And we WANT the prizes for getting said points!  And, apparently, the library just found an ingenious way to pay for their summer reading program, because fines.

This brings us to Half-Price Books.  I just discovered their Summer Reading Program.  It is for preschool to high school kiddos and runs until the end of August.  Kids track their minutes of reading time and turn in their log when they reach 300 minutes.  You can print your log, bookmark, and book recommendations here.   Upon turning it in, they get Bookworm Bucks.

Right now, this is our summer home-school program.  My six-year old figured out that summer is for playing, not for schooling.  However, we are doing child-led school.  I’m just not calling all that learnin’ “school.”  See, moms can figure stuff out, too.


Holidays are Coming!!!


My child’s classroom recently had a lice scare.  I give credit to lilla rose flexi clips and hair buns for saving my daughter, and our family, from the little bugs.  Yick!  We do not want lice!


She had this Jack o lantern flexi in her hair all week, but now that October is coming to a close, we are looking forward to the winter-themed flexis, bobby pins, hairbands, sticks and u-pins!!!


They will be released November 1st!!  Check them out


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