Friday, October 11, 2019

5 Favorites From Our Week

It's Fri-yay! It's been a week full of meetings, dinners, and very little down time. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend and spending some time outdoors (albeit cold time outdoors!). Of course there's little perks that get me through my week. And of course, I want to share them with you. Just in case you want to know what coffee to drink and sticker sheets.

1.) I fell in love with these cute Charlie Brown sticker sheets and had to order them. While I love The Great Pumpkin, I'm so excited for our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal we do next month. It's my absolute favorite, a favorite of the kid's, and I have a few kiddos who haven't experienced it yet.

2.) I'm all for being basic when it comes to pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice everything this time of year! I even forgo my Starbuck 2x's the caffeine K-cups for pumpkin spice cups instead.

3.) Soothing music is kinda a necessity for my days. Coffee House Radio has been a favorite this week.

4.) I am a HUGE fan of grocery deliveries and pick ups. It's unbelievably easy to make a list, stick to it, have someone else do my shopping, pick a convenient time of day, and have our groceries put into our vehicle. It's wonderful. Since I've need a lot of extras (art supplies, toiletries, small furniture, containers, etc.) on top of our groceries, I've been using Walmart Grocery quite often. It's saved me loads of time, money, and headaches.

5.) Emergen-C is my go-to this time of year. My two oldest had influenza-like virus and it was rough. There's plenty of other coughs and sniffles in my days as well. Whenever I feel myself feeling worn down, I tend to put two or three packets of Emergen-C into my system (in a 24 hour time period) and that seems to kick whatever I may come down with. I'm not saying everyone should do this and I'm probably going to develop some wicked kidney stones at some point from excess Vit C, but it keeps me from getting every cold and sniffle that sits on my lap. Worth it.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Kicking Off Hiking Month

We've spent many October's hitting up various pumpkin patches in our area. This year I'm more fiscally conservative as we have several fun vacations planned. I'd much rather see the money goes towards that than a month of corn pools and jumping pads (not that those aren't fun, but spending $400+ every weekend is killer). This year we decided to do a hiking month to prep us for New Mexico at the end of the month. The weather here in Iowa has been rainy, so we only had one decent day to work with. That worked out well since I had an event to work Saturday. It was pretty perfect because the event was at Barnes and Noble. I love rainy Saturday's in book stores. My minis love it too because they got to pick out books, play with play dough, and sip on coffee from the cafe.

My "help"

Bonus of the event being at that particular Barnes and Noble location: it was right next to Chick Fil A. Elizabeth requested her own tray of nuggets for dinner (face palm, but she ate them!). Since we had nothing else planned for the day other than going to bed early (which was accomplished), we decided to carve a pumpkin. You know, just in case we run out of time later in the month.

We cleaned the seeds and have been noshing on roasted pumpkin seeds all week! Yum!

We have the "cleaner outers" and the "cutter" in our family.

Sunday morning jam session while eating pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Then we got ready for our first hike. It was finally nice and cool out. Of course, I was ready to go while the rest of my family were walking around like they've never gotten ready for a hike before. I had to sit on the couch so I didn't lose my shit with one of them. FINALLY (two hours later) we left for one of our favorite local hiking spots, Brown's Woods.

The last time we walked this trail we ended up covered in mosquito bites (even in our boots!) despite being covered in bug spray. This time we lucked out with very few bugs and only three bites (between two of us).

"Turn around and let me take your picture." All three had different interpretations of my instructions.

The minis requested McDonald's because "burgers just sound so good...but like, fake burgers." I couldn't say no since it was on our way home, I had errands to run, and they deserved it. Of course, they walked in looking special after our hike.

The rest of the day consisted of chili, watching football, getting the daycare room ready for the week, and reading their favorite Halloween children's books. They prefer to read them to themselves now....which makes me sad because I do an awesome Room On The Broom reading!

Friday, October 4, 2019

5 Favorites From The Week

I got really excited about a few new things I tried this week and HAD to share them on this fantastic Friday. You know, just in case you're going to make homemade play dough or want to shop for Halloween decorations or Christmas toys.

1.) This play dough recipe is amazing. It doesn't call for Cream Of Tartar (which you can go through in nothing flat when making homemade play dough) and instead uses vinegar. A daycare mom and preschool teacher shared the recipe with me. It's by far my favorite. Also, not my handwriting. My handwriting is FAR messier.

2.) Great Value Gel Food Colors: Halloween. Yes, I've used gel food coloring before, but never have the colors turned out so great. They mixed into the play dough really well too.

3.) I made pumpkin slices for the kiddos one day for morning snack. The kids cleaned the pumpkin out (using spoons because they won't touch the guts inside of the pumpkin) and I used this recipe to make it yummy. The kids didn't love them, but I sure did!

4.) Lakeshore Learning catalog came in the mail yesterday afternoon and well, daycare now has a box of new toys on the way for Christmas time!

5.) Dollar Tree Halloween decorations and crafts. I haven't had good luck with DT the last couple of years, which means I've spent an arm and a leg at Michael's for craft supplies for daycare. I happened to stop into the store closest to our house a few weeks ago and scored some amazing stuff! We now have an entire house decorated mostly with things from DT, all sensory bins for the holidays stocked full, Halloween, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas crafts are ready to go, and stocking stuffers for my minis bought.

And because I'm feeling generous today.....

+1 Extra: Soft Soap Halloween edition. The kids got extra giggly during hand washings because of the skeleton on the bottle. Anything that makes them squeal with delight is the best in my book.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

3 Day September Weekend

Riding on the roller coaster The Phoenix on Saturday.

We all had a three day weekend thanks to some fenagling and some rain. The minis had a no school day and I took the day off. The original plan was to go to the pumpkin patch, but as usual, plans changed after the oldest was home sick most of the week and the day was rainy. Hubs had some things shifted around at work and he wound up with the day off as well. We spent a good amount of time indoors all three days and an unusual (for us) amount of time at home. Friday we went to Smokey Row for coffee and lunch and were home for the rest of the day. We did start our scary movie marathon that we continue through all October. This year the minis got in on our scary movie fest and watch their first scary movie ever: the original Halloween. Not surprisingly, the oldest stopped watching and got scared while the younger two loved it! While it wasn't the day I had planned at all, it wasn't too shabby.

The cat made herself comfy in the fresh out of the dryer laundry.

Smokey Row for pumpkin lattes, Shirley Temples, and lunch. This place was BUSY! We made the mistake of going on a no school day for the kids, but an in-service day for the teachers. We ran into a lot of teachers taking their break that day!

We made Friday our Chili Day for the weekend, since we didn't know what the rest of the weekend would bring (yay rainy fall weather here in Iowa). We went with a BBQ chili for our new chili of the week and it opened to okay reviews. Only one of us loved it, two hated it, Hubs and I stomached it.....but then ordered pizza after the kids went to bed as we continued our scary movie marathon.

Saturday morning we made use of the sunny skies and spent our day riding coasters before heading to daycare's baby's first birthday party!

The minis have loved riding Adventureland's newest coaster The Phoenx all summer long. I finally got in my first ride on the last open weekend at the park for the season.

They refer to Andrew as "our baby," meaning their baby.

Sunday was uber productive for me...minus the crazy eye fun early Sunday morning as I relaxed in bed. My Elizabeth is always good for weird fun. In addition to freaky eyes I planned our next vacay for the end of the month and planned our (the Des Moines Children's Museum) next big event. I was making so much progress that I even went shopping for Halloween items for the event. Dollar Tree has some awesome items this holiday season!

Prepping (mentally) for a mom and minis trip to New Mexico at the end of October. Luckily, it won't be me and my three by myself. I talked a friend into coming with us.

Sunday afternoon nail painting.

Cauldrons from Dollar Tree.