The Momma Diaries

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Disney Junior Makes Education Fun!

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My sweet Lincoln is entering his third year of preschool in just one short month.  He has a late November birthday, so we're planning on one more year of pre-k for him...and then it's on to Kindergarten (!!!).  That just seems way too big kid status for me!  I mean, wasn't he just born yesterday?  Okay.  You all know we're huge Disney fans.  Lincoln especially loves all things Disney Junior. Whether it be Jake and the Neverland Pirates, or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, he is truly a Disney kid! 

He just finished up a brief summer program, to give him some extra speech therapy.  Now he has a month off from school, which means I'm the teacher.  I need to make sure that little brain keeps learning new things.  I want him to be prepared for his upcoming year.

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I think the most important part of education for a 4 year old, is keeping it fun.  Learning through play is great for little ones, to keep them interested and thriving for more. 

While shopping at Walmart the other day, I found a hidden gem while browsing the entertainment department.

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There were these great learning activities brought to you by your favorite Disney Junior characters! 

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You know I bought some.  Lincoln was actually with me when I was shopping, so I let him choose.  He decided on "Jake and the Neverland Pirates Numbers and Counting," and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Colors and Shapes."  Big surprise, I know.

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He was ridiculously excited to play the colors and shapes game when we got home.  It was more or less a memory game, which is a great learning tool.  There's nothing I love more, than when Lincoln can have fun playing a game, and learn something in the process.

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There were 36 cards, and honestly I didn't know how well he would do with there being so many! 

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However, Lincoln didn't let all those cards intimidate him!  He dove right into the game, and did amazing!  I was seriously so impressed with how well he did! When he matched the shapes, he was just so proud of himself! 

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Both games also include fun reward stickers.  And if you're a parent, then you know how much those little ones go crazy for stickers!!

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I played two games with Lincoln, and then I needed to make dinner.  But you know what is great about these card games?  They're simple enough where he can actually play independently!  Trust me, I love playing with my kids, but sometimes I need to get stuff done.  Setting Lincoln up with an educational, FUN activity, is perfect!

How are you getting your children ready for the upcoming school year? 


xoxo

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Citrus Lane Box - July 2014

I took a few months off from my Citrus Lane box subscription.  However, I received an email with a deal I couldn't refuse, so I decided to start receiving them again.  Honestly, I really like these boxes.  It's a little something special for Avery.  It seems like with him being the second child, he well...gets a lot of Lincoln's seconds!
 
I cannot tell you how pleased I was with this months box.  I am already looking forward to receiving our next shipment! 
 
New to Citrus Lane?  Here's how it works:
 
-First you sign-up.
-Then you select the birthdate for the child you wish to receive the box. 
-You choose to receive a "boy, girl, or neutral" box.
 
That's it.  Super easy! 
 
Here's what was in Avery's July box.
 
Citrus lane july 2014

Pack N Go Mini Mobile from Tiny Love // I wish I received this sooner, because it is so perfect to attach this darling mobile to the infant car seat.  With it being portable, it is perfect for traveling...which we do a lot of! Retail: $12.99

NuturMeals from NurturMe // I received two sample packs of this organic, freeze dried baby food.  You simply empty the contents into a bowl, and mix it with either water, formula, or breast milk. 

Issie Security Blanket from Aden + Anais //  YOU GUYS...THERE WAS AN ADEN + ANAIS PRODUCT IN MY BOX!!!  Seriously.  When I saw this darling elephant security blanket, I think I squealed out loud!  I LOVE everything Aden + Anais.  I love that their blankets are made of a gentle, breathable muslin material.  Avery is incredibly tactile.  He HAS to be touching/holding something soft when he falls asleep.  This is so so SO perfect!! Retail: $15.95

Pur Protect SPF 30 from Pur~Lisse // This was a little something for me!  We all know how important it is to use sunscreen.  I love the size of this, because it is just perfect to throw into the diaper bag.

Truck Spoon from Oogaa // First of all, how stinkin' cute is this little truck spoon?  This is an ergonomic design, featuring easy grip handles that are perfect for little ones who are learning to feed themselves.  It is also made from European-grade food-safe silicone, BPA free, and is dishwasher, microwave, and sterilizer safe.  And?  It's a TRUCK!  How cool! Retail: $5.99

Hands down, this is the best Citrus Lane box I have ever received!  I just cannot express how happy I am with its contents.

Have I convinced you to sign-up yet?  I certainly hope so! 

Use my referral link by clicking here, and you can get your first box HALF OFF! 

That's huge people!! 

Let me know if you decide to join in the fun.  I would love to know what your little ones get in your box!  And 50% off is a STEAL!!

xoxo

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sweet Potato Fries for Babies - Baby Led Weaning Recipe

I mentioned that we've entered the world of baby led weaning with Avery.  My sweet baby boy is just so independent, and wants to feed himself!  I've always heard great things about baby led weaning, but to be honest, it always made me a bit nervous.  All I could envision was my baby shoving too much food into his mouth, and choking.  I'm sure that is a normal fear that most people have when starting baby led weaning. 
 
Now that we're a bit into the process, it is much easier (on my end).  I think it really helps that Avery is just so into it.  He really loves trying new foods, and get all excited that he can actually feed himself!
 
I want to share one of my favorite foods for baby led weaning.  Sweet potato "fries."  They are incredibly easy to make, and a great wholesome food for your baby.
 
sweet potato fries for babies baby led weaning recipe

For this particular recipe, I used 4 sweet potatoes. 

sweet potato fries for babies baby led weaning

Next, I peeled the skins from the potatoes.

sweet potato fries for babies baby led weaning

Then I had my husband slice them into a "fry" shape form.  They were super hard to slice, and knives make me nervous...so I had my hubby participate :)

sweet potato fries for babies baby led weaning

After they were sliced, I popped them into the oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  I flipped them over, and then baked them for 15 more minutes.

When they came out of the oven, I just let them cool for a bit before giving them to my little taste tester!



sweet potato fries for babies baby led weaning
"hey big bro, don't you be looking at my fry!"
 Avery studied it for a few seconds, and then he dove right in!

sweet potato fries for babies baby led weaning

They were a  huge hit!  He really loved them!

sweet potato fries for babies baby led weaning

These sweet potato fries are great for baby led weaning.  They are cut in large enough pieces, so Avery can easily hold the fry, and place it into his mouth.  They are also soft, so he can easily mash them up with his gums. 

Did you try baby led weaning with your children?  Or are you currently trying it?  What are some of your favorite foods for baby led weaning?

xoxo

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