Preschool Fun: Have a Costume Dance Party with Curious George

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As a diehard bookworm, reading is a part of daily life. My kids share my love for books and we are always trying to find new ways to incorporate our favorite stories in to our play time. We recently found a fun book called “Curious George Goes to a Costume Party” at the library and have read it daily for the past few weeks. We decided to create our own costume party like George, and had a blast doing it. Read on to find out what we did and get lots of fun Halloween Read + Play ideas from other mamas in the Kid Blogger Network.

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Preparing for Home Preschool: 10 Great Resources to Help You Get Started

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We started preschool with the Bear at home this year, and though I was confident I could teach him I didn’t really know where to start. We want to create a family culture of life long learning, and want to save the money traditional preschool would cost. Thankfully I found some amazing resources for home preschool on some of my favorite blogs, and I’m sharing them with you today. You can read more about our plan for home preschool here, and some of our favorite ideas for pumpkin fun with preschool kids here. Read about how we paint with preschoolers and toddlers stress free here. You can teach your preschooler at home, you really can. Read on to find great resources to help you.

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Don’t Miss the Deals – #JBFDallas is Back!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Consignment sale season is here and the BIGGEST sale in town is back this week. Just Between Friends Dallas or JBFDallas for short opens to the public Thursday, September 25th at 10 am. I had the opportunity to preview the sale today with some of my favorite DFW bloggers, and we all found fabulous deals. Read on to find out what bargains I discovered and get the details for the sale. Don’t miss the deals!

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Preschool Pumpkin Fun ~ 20 Easy Ideas for Your Toddlers & Preschool Kids {+ a $2000 CASH Giveaway}

20 Easy Ideas for Toddler and Preschool Pumpkin Fun

Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about fall. I love to have them around the house, eat them in everything, and create pumpkin fun for my kids. Today I’m sharing 20 easy ideas for pumpkin fun for preschool and toddler age kids. Pour yourself a DIY pumpkin spice latte and pin these ideas to do with your favorite little ones. Did I mention I’m partnering with some other fabulous bloggers to give away $2000 at the end of this post? {It’s true!}

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Preschool Fun: 3 Ways to Encourage Pretend Play and Imagination

3 Easy Ways to Encourage Pretend Play and Imagination in Your Child

Pretend play is incredibly important for child development. In preschool children it helps them develop their thinking, emotional, social, and language skills. Today I’m sharing three easy ways to encourage pretend play and imaginative play in your children.

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Simplify Your Cleaning Routine & Save with Finish Dishwasher Detergent & a Free Printable Cleaning Checklist & a $1 Off Coupon #SparklySavings

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Maintaining a clean house is a STRUGGLE for me at times, y’all. As my husband or any of my former roommates can attest, I am not a naturally neat and tidy person. Over the years I’ve tried to mend my ways with various techniques without a ton of success. Recently I created a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning checklist and it is really helping. I’m sharing it with you today as a free printable as well a $1 off coupon for #SparklySavings on Finish – the best dishwasher detergent. Work towards a clean home and a clean dishwasher at the same time.

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The Clean Air GoPro Giveaway Event: Win a GoPro HERO3 White Edition from Air Scrubber Plus

go-pro-button-finalWelcome to the Clean Air GoPro Giveaway Event, sponsored by Air Scrubber Plus and hosted by Happy Mothering. We all want to breathe cleaner air, especially in our own homes. We’re excited to introduce to you Air Scrubber Plus, a revolutionary new technology to help clean the air and surfaces of your home all year round, and offer you the chance to win a GoPro Hero3 ($199 value)!

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Create a DIY Outdoor Play Table for Kids from Reclaimed Wood

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We took back our yard last spring, fighting for control of the space against a formidible foe of Asian jasmine and ivy. Once we had established our dominance and set up an enjoyable outdoor room, it was time to bring in a table for the kids and some play structures. I’ve shared with you our DIY water table already, and today I’m showing our DIY wood table, stools, and play structure. We created them all from wood found in the neighborhood after a storm, for free, and will share how you can make them for your own family.

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Easy DIY Football Themed Halloween Family Halloween Costumes

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Last year was our first Halloween as a family of four, and I was so excited to dress our crew up in family Halloween costumes for the holiday. We go to a neighborhood Halloween parade in a friend’s neighborhood, and trick or treat in our own (mostly to meet and greet neighbors). I wanted our costumes to be simple and frugal, but still cute and made to fit a family theme. You can read about the Bear’s first Halloween costume here. When the Bear got a hand me down football jersey from his big cousins I knew I’d found it. Read on to find out how I pieced our costumes together quickly and easily.

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Visiting the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, Florida #FamilyTravel

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The last week of our Southern Road Trip was spent in one of my favorite places, the Florida Panhandle. I grew up vacationing on the sugar white sands of the Miracle Strip and visiting the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. I had the opportunity to visit the Gulfarium again with my own children this summer and can’t wait to share our adventure with you. Read more about our beach vacation tips for families here, our beach week meal plan here, and activities for the kids at the beach here.

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