Chores for Kiddos // It’s the Little Things

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Hello! I’m linking up with Ashley from Words About Waverly and Jess from Sadie Sky Boutique for “It’s the Little Things.”

Will and Harper ALWAYS want to be involved in what I’m doing around the house.  Whether it’s cooking dinner or dusting, they are all about being right in the action.  It’s great and I’m glad they want to help out…it just takes me three times as long to finish a task, ha!

I was tidying up the house in preparation for Will’s fourth birthday party when Will asked for a duster to help clean.  They both went around the house and “dusted” for me.  So sweet!

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Helping daddy mulch the flower beds and shrubs.

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More mulching and playing.

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Weeding with daddy.

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There are a variety of age appropriate charts floating around the Internet, including this free printable. Some of the chores listed for 2-3 year olds include picking up/putting away toys (check), unload the dishwasher (check-Harper enjoys handing the silverware to me), put clothes in the dirty clothes hamper (check), swifter the floor (gotta work on this!), and making the bed.  This one poses a problem since Harper is still in a crib:)

The chores for 4-5 year olds include any of the previous chores listed for 2-3 year olds, set the table (check), weed (we’ve worked on this), and washing dishes (gotta get started on this), among several others.

I always had specific chores as a child, and I think it instills a great sense of responsibility on children to have specific tasks.  I need to print off the chart as a reference as I start introducing new tasks for Will and Harper.

Have a great day!

 

 

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Harper’s Second Birthday Interview

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Sweet Miss Harper!

I came across a fun way to document your children each year: a birthday interview.  There are tons of templates on Pinterest for the birthday interview.  Some are geared more towards older children, but I found one that I could use with Harper (who just turned two) as well as with Will (who will be four on Thursday). Initially, I just planned on interviewing Will.  However, after interviewing him, I decided to see how Harper would do.  She was able to answer most of the questions! Here are her responses:

Nicknames: {she didn’t respond to this question but we call her Missy Moodle}

How old are you? two

What is your favorite color? purple {she absolutely LOVES this color!}

What is your favorite animal? I don’t know {her exact words!}

What is your favorite book? Goodnight, Gorilla {so true-we read this book every night!}

What is your favorite TV show? Barney {we don’t watch much TV at all; she watches a little at the babysitter, which is where she saw Barney.  Barney is banned in our house, ha!}

What is your favorite movie? I don’t know

What is your favorite song? Old McDonald, Farmer in the Dell {daddy sings these songs to her each night while brushing her teeth.  It’s a good distraction!}

What is your favorite food? yogurt {she happened to be eating yogurt when I asked her these questions…I’m pretty sure that influenced her answer! However, she really does like yogurt and eats it every day}

What is your favorite drink? water {true…she hates milk and we don’t give her juice}

What is your favorite breakfast food? cereal bar

What is your favorite snack? {no response}

What is your favorite outfit? {no response}

What is your favorite game? bakery {an iPad game}

What is your favorite toy? I don’t know

Who is your best friend? Ayda {a little girl from Harper’s musikgarten class}

What is your favorite thing to do? play dots, outside

What is your favorite thing to do outside? {no response}

What is your favorite holiday? Halloween, Christmas {she initially didn’t know what to say, so I gave her examples of holidays}

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? puppy {a stuffed puppy she recently picked out at Ikea…it’s almost as big as her!}

Where is your favorite place to go? Panera {mommy loves this response!}

Where do you want to go on vacation? go play

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t know

What did you do on your birthday? party

I thought she did a super job on these questions! I was going to wait until she turned three to ask her these questions but I’m glad I went ahead and asked her them. I plan on asking both kiddos specific questions every year on their birthday and document their responses. It will be fun to see how much they change over the years:)

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 38-Magnetic Alphabet Boards

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Hello! Today’s project is an easy DIY magnetic alphabet board set.  I was in search of ways to use magnetic letters in the house for the kiddos without using our fridge.  We have a stainless steel refrigerator and the sides of the refrigerator are covered up for the most part by cabinets and walls. I wanted a place for Will and Harper to work with alphabet magnets and came across some easy magnetic alphabet boards made from cookie sheets.  So, I headed to the local dollar store in search of some cheap cookie sheets.

For this project, you will need some magnetic letters (I didn’t have any but found a cute wooden set from Melissa and Doug at Target), a cookie sheet or two, washi tape, and some of the 3M command strips.  I attached the 3m strips on the back of the cookie sheets.

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Decorate the rim with washi tape.  Trim any excess.

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And hang!

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I hung the magnetic boards in the bonus room, which serves as our multipurpose family/play room.  I’m glad I made two boards, especially since I have both letter and number magnets.  So fun! The kiddos love playing with the boards and trying to spell words:)

Will’s Fourth Birthday Party!

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We celebrated Will’s fourth birthday on Saturday! He doesn’t turn four until May 1st but this weekend worked out better for his party.  It was a small family and friends party, very similar to Harper’s second birthday party.  Mimi and grandaddy (my husband’s parents) came over Saturday morning and took Will and Harper out for a little. They had to leave soon after the party started, so they wanted to spend more time with the kiddos.  Mimi and grandaddy took them to Target and out to Chick-Fil-A for lunch.  It enabled me to do some last minute party prep without kiddos in the house…it’s amazing how productive I can be when the kiddos aren’t around, ha!

 

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Will’s first birthday party was a red wagon theme (he got a red wagon for his birthday that year) with colors of red and aqua.  For his second birthday, we had a train party with greens and blues.  His third birthday was all about Elmo and was blue, red, and orange. I decided to go with a Lego theme for his fourth birthday and incorporated the primary colors.  The decorations were a combination of DIY and purchased from Etsy.

I hung a birthday banner in the living room that had the number 4 and spelled out his name.

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I created this Lego decoration from an idea on Pinterest…it took about two minutes to create.

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A primary color circle banner above the buffet where the gifts were placed.  I joked that it was a Pufferbellies birthday since most of the gifts were from Pufferbellies, one of our favorite toy stores.

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Cupcake prep.  I’m getting better at frosting cupcakes thanks to this tutorial by Carolina Charm.

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Getting the food ready. I used a variety of Fiestaware plates (on top of white ramekins) to create some cake stands.  I love that I have so many Fiestware colors and can mix and match the plates and bowls for our parties.  For Harper’s party, I used blue, pink, and green plates. For his, I pulled out the primary colors to create a fun display.  I also made a Lego utensil holder (it took me about two minutes to make) for decoration.  I had some leftover blue plates and napkins as well as red forks from Will’s previous birthday parties that I used.

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I stopped by our local grocery store in the morning to pick up a half dozen balloons to create some centerpieces…another Pinterest idea! I had leftover circles from the banner and held onto them, just in case I could use them with something.  I sprinkled them around the Lego centerpiece for more color.

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Birthday party clothes for Will and Harper. The shirt was made by a local Etsy seller.

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Up close shot of the balloon Lego centerpieces (reusing the mason jars from Harper’s birthday!).

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Lego juice boxes that I created from an idea on…you guessed it, Pinterest!

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I bought yellow and green cups for the adults and put pieces of Lego washi tape on them for people to write their names.

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We kept it simple and just had chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream cheese frosting (so delicious) and ice cream. I had some extra candy cups and decided to put goldfish in for the kiddos.

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Lego cupcake toppers from Etsy. I really could have made these but ran out of time.

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Waiting for the guests to arrive.

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It was a beautiful day! We played outside before and after the party!

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Being silly!
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Opening gifts. The wrapping paper from Pufferbellies was so well made it was difficult to get the gifts open! Will asked for my help on several occasions.  Poor Miss Harper, she thought it was her birthday and wanted to open the gifts:(

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Oh mommy, I can’t get this open!

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The food display.

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Drink station. I made sweetened and unsweetened ice tea and bought lemonade at Trader Joe’s. We had Lego juice boxes for the kiddos.

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I love these candy cups and use them for every birthday party.  I pre-scoop ice cream in them and pop them back in the freezer until party time. It makes it so much easier, plus, they are super cute!

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The big four!

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Happy Birthday!

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Playing with his toys!

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Showing me how many four is.

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More playing.  Although it was a Lego themed birthday, Will got lots of Brio train pieces. He’s really into trains now and I would have created a train themed birthday party if I hadn’t already used that theme for his 2nd birthday (he really likes Legos though!).

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After the party, my parents and one of our friends stayed for dinner. I made some yummy oven baked chicken fajitas (so easy to make) and guacamole.

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We had a wonderful afternoon with our family and friends! Will was thrilled to be the center of attention for the day! We had two very exhausted (skipped naps) kiddos but everyone had a blast! I can’t believe that he is almost four…where has the time gone?! I’m trying hard to cherish and remember every single minute with Will and Harper.  They grow up too fast!

Birthday sources:

Lego cupcake toppers from 2 Cheeky Chicks on Etsy

Block name banner from a Touchof B on Etsy

Lego washi tape from la Zoie on Etsy

Rainbow striped candy cups from Pink Lemonade Party on Etsy

Rainbow cupcake liners from Sweet Estelle on Etsy

Building blocks birthday invitation from The Party Town on Etsy

Four birthday shirt custom made from Crafted in Grace on Etsy

Cups, napkins, plates, and utensils from Target

DIY Lego birthday party decorations

DIY Lego juice boxes

DIY primary color banner

 

 

 

5 on Friday!

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Happy Friday! We’re gearing up for Will’s fourth birthday party tomorrow, which will be tons of fun! I can’t believe that he will be four…the time has flown by! I’m linking up with Carolina Charm  and several other bloggers for 5 on Friday.

{one} Recently, I have been entering more giveaways and contests on blogs and Facebook.  Several weeks ago, I won some model airplane kits.  Last week, I won this cute Organic Bloom frame from a local photographer who was having a giveaway on Facebook. I’ve been eyeing the Organic Bloom frames for a while but they are pricey.  I’m loving this cute mini frame, which will go well in Miss Harper’s purple and blue bedroom.
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{two} I’m enjoying having freshly picked (from our garden) flowers but my allergies are bad:( I’m frequently sneezing and have a scratchy throat.  Not fun, but it’s too nice not to be outside enjoying spring.  I’ve always heard that a good allergy remedy is to take a teaspoon of local honey each day.  Has anyone tried that?  Does it work? Now to seek out some local honey…I need to check out our local farmer’s market.

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{three} I took Will last week to get his hair cut, and of course Miss Harper wanted to come with me.  Will has always done a great job getting his hair cut.  He especially likes going to our hair stylist because she always has a graham cracker snack for the kiddos.  Last time we went, Harper wanted her hair cut as well.  Denise, the hair stylist, let her sit on the chair and gave her a pretend haircut.  Now, Harper insists that she gets her hair cut after Will each time!

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{four} I recently went through Harper’s clothes and finally moved them from a drawer in my dresser to her room.  Her dresser had been mostly empty until now.  It was just much easier for me to grab her clothes from my room since the changing table is in there.  However, I decided it was time for me to reclaim my dresser drawer! It’s amazing how many clothes I have accumulated for her and Will.  I buy clothes from my friend who has a little girl who’s almost four (her birthday is actually the day after Will’s and we were in the hospital at the same time; her room was right down the hall from me!), and my sister-in-law ships me her daughter’s old clothes. While I have tons of fall/winter clothes, my spring/summer clothing stash is looking a little small.  That means more clothes shopping! Fun!

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{five} Young House Love is one of my favorite home DIY blogs! I love reading about Sherry and John’s latest home projects.  Target recently started carrying a collection of products designed by Young House Love.  I’m loving the wall hooks, especially the key hook.

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I hope you all have  a great weekend! I will be back at the beginning of next week with a recap of Will’s 4th lego birthday party!

 

 

Harper’s Hairstyle // It’s the Little Things

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Hello! I’m linking up with Ashley from Words About Waverly and Jess from Sadie Sky Boutique today.

Miss Harper’s hair…it’s getting long and I need to find new styles for her.  Her hair is so thin, which makes it difficult to work with.  She has never liked headbands.  When I try to put them on her, she yanks them off:(  I love headbands and wish she would, too.  

The only way she will let me “style” her hair is swept to the side and clipped with a small barrette.  Now that her hair is getting long, I would love to try out new hairstyles.  I was able to clip her hair to the side and see how her hair would look in a ponytail.  So cute! However, she yanked it out shortly after I snapped this picture.  Since her hair is so thin, it’s difficult to try pigtails.  I need to attempt again, but last time I tried, she didn’t sit still long enough and screamed and yelled since I was trying something new.  She’s not a fan of anything new.

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This is typically how she wears her hair.  She can’t stand it when her hair is in her face, so it always has to be clipped back like this.  Any suggestions on cute, easy ways to style an active toddler’s hair? Thanks!

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Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 37-Lego Juice Boxes

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Continuing with the birthday party planning for Will!  I came across some cute Lego juice boxes on Pinterest and wanted to recreate them for Will’s 4th Lego birthday party.

For this easy project, you need a circle hole punch, adhesive dots, juice boxes, glue gun, and some construction paper.

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I made a template for the juice box cover and cut out one of each color.  I punched three colored circles per juice box and attached them to the front of the box using the adhesive dots to give the boxes a three-dimensional look.  To secure the construction paper, I used a glue gun.  I also took off the straws and attached them to the back of the construction paper with some Lego washi tape.

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So easy and fun!