Stars and Toothbrushes

Another fun jar project that is multi-functional. Can’t wait to make with the kids!

My Crazy Blessed Life!

For the last few weeks in science my kids have been learning about our Solar System. We have studied the Sun, Moon, stars, planets, and other bodies in the Solar System. It has been a lot of fun teaching and seeing them get so excited about our Solar System! I was trying to come up with a fun craft project while we were studying stars and I was in the middle of brainstorming how to get my kids to brush their teeth long enough. I put both things together and came up with this…

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Relax Bottle/Time Out Timer

I love this idea…can’t wait to try this for my boys.

My Crazy Blessed Life!

Sooooo… I have a three-year-old little girl who is full of drama.  Probably not the only one in history, but one of my current dilemmas.  When time out time comes for bad behaviour I find myself with a little girl on the bottom step screaming, kicking walls and not able to even calm down enough to learn her lesson.  This was getting worse and worse until I told my husband, “there has to be a better way, I’m going to research this.”  So I went online and read other mom’s advice, dr’s advice, psychologist’s advice, etc.  Nothing was really working.  Finally I saw something called a mind jar.  This was a mason jar filled with water, clear gel glue and ultra fine glitter.  You shake it and the glitter settles slowly as you watch you relax.   The original ones I saw were to teach children to meditate (not my goal).  I loved…

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My Shy Guy?

My youngest son, Russell has always been my shyest. Always clingy, even around family & friends. But when it comes to the camera, he loves to make silly faces. Sometimes when I look at these photos, it’s hard to believe how shy he can be.
Do you have a shy little one? Do they like to be silly for the camera too? Share your stories in a comment below.

Have a great day!
Cheri

Kids Bowl Free – Teacher Grant Program

Kids Bowl Free & Participating Centers Sponsor 

$100,000 Classroom Supply Grant Program

Kids Bowl Free and participating bowling centers are teaming up to help educators offset their growing out of pocket expenses. Kids Bowl Free has been working closely with teachers, school administrators and bowling centers over the past four summers to help provide a safe, fun activity for children while they are on summer break.
Many teachers have expressed their concern of budget cuts and the inability to have all of the teaching aids they need for their students to have the best learning environment possible. The Bowling To Teachers program is a small step to helping 400 teachers improve their learning experience for their students.
For teachers that would like to apply visit www.BowlingToTeachers.com to complete the short grant application. 80 grants per month will be awarded from March through the end of July 2013.

Holiday Letterboxing Trip

On New Years Day – my oldest son, Nathan and I went on a wonderful Letterboxing Trip to do a festive holiday series. It was A Christmas Carol theme which had 20 stamps to find and retold the wonderful holiday story when you did it in order. The stamps were wonderfully carved and each placed in their own box to find. It was a lot of fun, despite the cold day; the snow actually gave it even more of a festive touch. It was our first letterboxing trip in the snow, as we just began letterboxing over the summer. The place was local about 10 minutes from home and was only available for a limited time over the holidays, so we were excited to get the opportunity to look for these. It was a nice tie into the fact that Nate had just gone to see A Christmas Carol at NECC in Haverhill a few weeks before with friends. It was also a fun way to have a little mom and son time together. We have had a great time going with his little brothers trying to find other letterboxes, some non-successful but a lot of great successes over the past months. This was a great one to do just the 2 of us and we were both very happy that we didn’t miss out on getting there. 

If you are looking for a great family activity that will get you outdoors throughout the year, with a little “treasure hunting” style, Letterboxing is definitely something to check out. If you have done Letterboxing, I would love to hear your stories. 

Scentsy Buddy Drive – 2012

Guess what?!? My Scentsy team will be hosting a Christmas Buddy Drive this year, collecting Scentsy Buddies for the kids at Tufts’ Floating Hospital & Boston Children’s Hospital!! I know it will be a great success with the help of all you o

 utstanding people! Contact me if you would like to sponsor a Scentsy Buddy or participate in the Buddy Drive by becoming a member of my Scentsy team! Either way, you’ll be giving comfort and hope to a precious child!
Please pass on this information to friends & family. Anyone is welcome to sponsor a Scentsy Buddy – Individual or Business. Great way for small businesses to get their name out there – I will have cards to sign to go with the Buddies and you can include your business card as well. 
Right now – $25 gets you a donation of 2 Big Scentsy Buddies for the price of 1 (while supplies last).

$20 for Baby Buddies & $25 for Pooki the Polar Bear – these are not 2 for 1. 

Each Buddy comes with its own scent pak, as well. (Tax not included in prices.)

If you would like to see what the Buddies look like in person, let me know, I do have some at home.
Thank you for your time and help with this endeavor!
Have a Scentsational Day!
Cheri

Summer Activities with Kids – New England

Looking for Summer Activities to do with your Kids? Do you live in the Massachusetts / New England Area? If so, here are some great places to check out…

You can sign up for the weekly newsletter by BostonCentral – http://www.bostoncentral.com/

    – The newsletter includes activities for the week throughout the Greater Boston area. They also include some Southern NH and RI activities. Some of the activities are Free…they include links with all the information.

Free, Fun Fridays – made possible by the Highland Street Foundation – http://www.highlandstreet.org/special-programs/free-fun-fridays.html

     – Free Admission on Fridays to Various Places throughout the Summer. Check out the link above to see the locations for each Friday. Lots of great places listed, several options each Friday. Maybe you’ll get the chance to check out something you have been trying to get to or find something new.
    *A personal favorite that my family has taken advantage of over the past few years!!

Kids Bowl Free Program – http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

    – By signing your kids up for this program at a participating bowling alley, kids have the opportunity to play 2 Free games of bowling everyday, if you choose. The only cost if the shoes, if applicable at your bowling alley. Click on the link above to find a bowling alley near you that participates. The coupons for the week are emailed to you, just print out and bring the coupon for the appropriate day.
     *Love this! They also offer a family pass option for up to 4 adults for a small fee to be able to have 2 games a day for the summer as well.

Other great options are to check with your local library to see if they have Museum passes available.

Do you know of other places to find great deals on Summer Activities or Free Family Events? I would love to hear from you. Please share your ideas in the comments section!

Enjoy your summer!

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