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It has been an interesting year to say the least. I am sure that this has rocked most people out of the 'normal' routines. The most recent thing that most parents are faced with is school. I know many parents that have kids that are doing virtual learning or maybe made a decision to homeschool. Whatever pathway you chose, I am sure that it is a lot more than what you've dealt with in the previous years. I am a bit behind many Moms out there that have already started school. I guess I can't be too hard on myself since I decided to create a PRE-K curriculum myself for our daughter. She is turning 4 this November and is already so ahead. She's been begging to go to school and ride the school bus so to kind of start her off on a routine, I decided to do a few things with her starting September 8th. So I picked up a few things from Barnes and Nobles and ordered a few things off of amazon.

Since I have quite a few Moms with young children that follow me, I wanted share what I bought and what my plans are for teaching my daughter and prepping her for Kindergarten.

So obviously, the first thing is the ABCs and the first 20 numbers. Of course she learned the song a long time ago but she hasn't learned to identify each letter. I think flashcards are a great place to start. I think part of learning to identify letters is also learning to write them at the same time, so this will be another task. I found really inexpensive notebooks from Target that she can use to help guide her in her writing.

One of the perks of teaching your own child is that you're able to curate the way you teach them by adding in things that they like. For example, Mila loves puzzles so I found some really fun ones that teach her numbers, letters, and opposites. Not only that but I love that I will have this same material next year to teach Toby with. (puzzles linked below)

Speaking of reusable material, I found these awesome books in which Mila can write in with dry erase markers and then you can wipe them clean. Not only is this good for repetition but also serve another child in the process. You know me, I love multi-purpose products. I found some of these books at TJ Maxx and then I started seeing them at Target in the books section. I picked this one specifically from Barnes and Nobles since they had so many more options for different age groups. (linked below)

Because they say that this is the prime time to teach kids a second language, I decided to start teaching my kids Russian. I know, I haven't been on top of that at all even though I know how to speak it myself. I find it a bit more challenging since my spouse is American. It's hard to be consistent, but I am going to start speaking with them for at least an hour a day and then increase every two weeks until it becomes a habit. I've also picked up some material off of Amazon. I found a book that teaches kids the Russian alphabet, a book with pictures and names of the items in the picture in Russian and in English, as well as a notebook that teaches kids how to write Russian letters. All beginners stuff. I am setting a time frame but I may have to extend or expedite depending on how she responds.

Lastly, we decided to change up their nightly routine by starting to do a devotional. I found this Precious Moments devotional as well as Berenstain Bears (I grew up on these) devotional. I love it because the illustrations are so beautiful and the stories are only 1 to 2 pages long which is perfect for toddlers because their attention span can be quite short lol. We already started those and we love the fact that each story ends with the scripture which we repeat several times. I believe that we should really be mindful as to how our kids end their night. I am a strong believer that all the things that we do, contribute to their overall sleep and developmental health. I think it's important that we watch what they consume not only food related but through media and books. All of those play a huge role in the shaping of our children. (Both books linked below)

I am sure that I will keep adding other activities in conjunction to these items as I go on. I personally want my kids to be book smart but also be knowledgeable in regards to just simple life skills. This year I am working on getting my fall garden up and running so I am excited for them to help me in the taking care process as we wait on the harvest.

Let me know what you did with your toddlers that worked for you and for them?

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As our kid's grow up and out of their clothes, we as parents have the responsibility of letting go a little bit more. There is this tug of war between getting them to do things on their own because you feel exhausted at times and the other feeling that if they learn how to do it on their own, they won't need or want your help. I guess this is a part of parenting. I think I have moved Mila's room around at least 4 times and I am pretty sure that I will probably do that a few more times as she moves from one stage to anther.

I was inspired to do this design by a wall mural that I saw on Instagram and thought it would be a fun project to do in Mila's room. I am all about mid-century but in Mila's room I have a little bit of a boho look going on as well. I think that there is definitely a way for you to mesh two styles together if you do it tastefully. I like a more structured look but boho gives it a more fun look.

One of my first projects was this feather light-shade. Not going to lie it took me a long time to make it because I made each individual feather and then had to brush them out, trim them, glue them on to a light-shade but the end result was pretty impressive. I like one of a kind pieces and this was definitely one of a kind.

The next project was a design on the wall. It started with a circle and then morphed into this design that I came up with. I traced a large mirror on the wall and then used painters tape for straight lines.

Then, finally I sold Mila's dresser that was also refurbished but it just started getting messy because she would dig in it to find her outfits. This was a way for me to give her independence while keeping everything organized, including her toys. I try to be pretty minimal with their toys and would rather them have book and puzzles instead. I created these box shelving which includes her mini closet with a door and a cute flower ceramic door handle. It's all about the details. I loved tying in some more of that pretty orange as well as the maroon color that we have in our hallway.

I had some leftover beige color so I decided to painted the insides that color to make the outside colors pop more. I bought pine pieces from Home Depot, measure them out, put the together. All of the shelving brackets and hinges I bought at Home Depot. The door knob I found at Hobby Lobby which usually has a sale going on all of the time and if not you can go to their site and pull up a 40% off coupon to use on a regular priced item.

Her mini closet is separated into tops, bottoms, and pajamas and then the basket on the right holds her panties and socks. She does have dressier clothes that are in the closet as well as winter items like sweaters and coats, but I usually get it for her when we need something nicer to go out in. Kind of a win win situation here. LOL

And just for the bonus view, I bought her this cute heart hook rack for her princess dresses, because lets be honest, a princess needs to have access to those at all times. LOL

Initially I made this dresser her height but I think she surpassed it while I was working on that. They grow up so fast. (low key crying over here)

We are proud of her. She's been such a great helper not only by taking care of herself, but helping her baby brother when he needs something.

This is the proof that with a little bit of paint, wood, and other craft material, you can make your child's space dreamy. The possibilities are endless... and my projects are too. LOL (I can almost see my husband's face when I say that.)

PS. I know not everyone wants to DIY everything like I do, so I linked a few items that are similar to the look of the room that I created.

Hope you guys liked this project. If so, comment below and let me know what part of the room is your favorite. :)

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I am not a green smoothie person. Maybe because I haven't found one that I personally like, until recently I just threw a few things together and created a refreshing green sour smoothie. For those that really enjoy sour things, you would really find it quite refreshing, especially on a hot day.

Here's what you need:

1 Banana

Handful of Organic Baby Spinach

1/2 Peeled Lemon

1 Cup of Almond or Cashew Milk

A Piece of Fresh Ginger

1 Cup of Ice

If you want it less sour and more sweet, you can add 1/2 or another full banana. I also like to do this if I am pouring this mixture into my kids' popsicle molds. The color is beautiful and on top of that I love that it doesn't contain preservatives, nasty colorants, and artificial flavors that are found in most kid's popsicles that you find in stores.


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