Well, we have been trying our very best to enjoy every minute of summer. I have been taking a loooong break from the blog, from the business when possible, and for the most part have been loving it. Though, the kids are getting restless (more and more fighting), and I think everyone around here is ready for school to begin. This year, we have one full-time Kindergartner (I’m going back and forth from glee to tears), and a part-time preschooler. I’ve learned from a little bit of experience that mornings before school time can be quite hectic. I have been spending the last couple of weeks planning for ways to make this school year, including and especially before school, as smooth as possible.
I spent some time scouring pinterest and googling for some morning routine printables. There are adorable ones out there, but I ultimately decided to do up my own on my beloved picmonkey, mostly because I had some very specific things I wanted my kindergartner to remember to do in the morning. He gets up before anyone, and I know that giving him a list to get a jump start before I have to remind (nag) will make things easier for everyone in earshot. And I have also learned that checking things off of a list is much more motivating for him than simply being told.
I also made one for my preschooler (who insisted on pink while she watched me making it), though I don’t expect it to work as well. I would have included more picture reminders on a younger child like her, but since she’s only doing 2 days a week, and usually wakes up well after me, I wasn’t quite as motivated with hers. But, it did leave me with two print outs – a red and a pink. I had my children’s names on ours, but removed them for these printables for you. Just click on the image that you want to print.
So, yeah, I decided to put up my own list to add to the treasure trove of morning routine printables out there, and if anyone can get some use out of it, or give them ideas, I hope it helps! I put the lists into a clear plastic sleeves and clipped it to a clip board, then hung it in their room with an attached washable dry erase marker. They are so excited about checking things off right now, I’m hoping that keeps up steam when we really need it! Now we are testing it out, and getting ready as if school is starting, so it doesn’t hit as such a shock next week. One week left! Oh boy! Good luck to all those starting up school. Hope your mornings are smooth!
I was thinking all about how I need to get back into the blog this week- and this is not quite what I intended. But here’s a glimpse at some new listings in our shop we are really excited about! We will be adding more large canvas options over the next few months here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/peachtreepark.
And, I will be back to post a real blog post this next week- Promise! Life is one big curve ball after another with three kids (example- one throwing up all over the sidewalk in the middle of our “family date” last night- Sigh.). It has put this blog at the bottom of a LONG list of priorities, but we have had so many projects going on, I’m excited to get a couple posts going soon. Until then, we will be hoping for a bit less stomach content rejection and a bit more productivity. Hope your weekend goes well, too!
We had a fantastic Thanksgiving, with much, much, much to be grateful for! Truthfully though, after hosting a large dinner, we are also very excited to lay around in our jammies, eat leftovers, and most likely, check out the sales, online. No, we aren’t leaving the house! Here’s our SALE for you! Check us out while you rest your feet up and enjoy that pumpkin pie!
We are back from a very long summer break! With three little ones and a summer full of traveling, playing, working, etc., we took a break from blogging (and quite a few other things). But with fall in the air, preschool starting up again, and even my little three year old starting her first dance class, it’s time to get the blog going again.
So, first up is this super quick and easy Purl Bee tutorial gem – a backpack tutorial I used to make my daughter a ballet backpack. I found this adorable Anna Griffin Arabesque ballet shoe fabric at my favorite online fabric store. The fabric, plus Purl Bee’s easy to follow, easy to make tutorial was a perfect combination. My daughter had been asking for a backpack, and with her ballet class starting up in a week, I figured this was a perfect solution.
The Purl Bee blog does impeccable tutorials, and I was looking to do a very quick and easy project, as I was on a time crunch, so I didn’t change a single thing (except the fabric). However, if I had to do it again, I would have shortened the straps a bit (which I may still do). I wanted the bag to be a surprise for my daughter, so I didn’t fit her while making it. So one suggestion, try on the backpack before sewing the straps in, to make sure you like the length. There are three sizes- toddler, child, and adult. I chose the child size, even though my daughter is still kind of growing out of the toddler phase- this way, she can grow into it a bit and her ballet gear will fit easily. Now we are ready to go, and she couldn’t be more excited! My son is now making sure that I know he wants one with truck fabric for his birthday in a couple months. Fortunately, this backpack can be whipped up in an hour or two and for less than $10, so it should be no problem!
Last Mother’s Day, my life was changed forever. My amazing husband (who was probably tired of hearing me pining for a certain breakfast food) bought me a fantabulous Double Belgian Waffle Maker. Our breakfasts have gone from eh to ahhhh! I am a huge waffle fan, the fatter the better. So, I have an incredible Belgian Waffle recipe that we make when taking the extra time to make extra delicious waffles (normally I use Bob’s Red Mill 10 grain Pancake and Waffle Mix for quick mornings – also pretty great!). You can be sure we will be basking in these waffles on Mother’s Day, to celebrate the one year with our beloved Waffle Maker! These can be made with any waffle maker, by the way. Oh, and quick confession- as much as I love Belgian waffles, I had to go back and correct every single reference from my original “Belgium” waffles. I have learned a lot here! Hope you do, too!
Mother’s Day Worthy Belgian Waffles:
(slightly adapted from the Washington State Bed & Breakfast Cookbook’s Angelica’s recipe)
Makes 12 (4 inch) waffles:
- 4 eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup half & half (or whole milk works fine, too)
- 3/4 cup light sour cream (plain greek yogurt works, also)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks till smooth. Mix in half & half, sour cream, butter, and vanilla. In another bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Gradually add flour mixture to half & half mixture. Combine gently.
In a third bowl (or mixer), beat egg whites until stiff, then gently fold egg whites into the rest of the batter. Cook waffles in a prepared waffle iron until golden brown. Serve immediately with strawberries, blueberries, fresh whipped cream, or whatever toppings you love, and of course, warm, real maple syrup (mom deserves it!). Happy Mother’s Day!
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When April comes around, we are prone to see our home anew. Cleaning, rejuvenating, and rethinking our spaces. In celebration of Spring time and the changes we are making in our home and in our shop, we are having a 25% off SALE on all of our Photography and Wall Art! Check it out if your rethinking your space!