Disney World

We took a quick trip to Disney World last weekend for spring break. My boys are all about cars and trains so the majority of the rides were a hit. My youngest loved riding the Disney Railroad around Magic Kingdom and my oldest surprised me with his love of Star Tours. Both boys loved the Speedway too, which was no surprise to me because when I try to load them in their car seats one or both try to climb in the front seat and “drive.”

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend!5dw (2)6dw (2)8dw9dwDSC_0024 (2)

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Food My Kids Will Eat: Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal

Waiting for food…

Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal

Original recipe from here.

My sister found this recipe and she is a wizard in the kitchen, so I trust her when she says something is good.

I’ve been trying to cook breakfast for my kids more often, and this was delicious and filling! That’s a big deal for these boys who seem to always be “soooo hungry.” Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (you can use milk, but cream makes this richer and creamier)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, except glaze, and stir until well combined.
  3. Spread into a 9×13 pan or into individual ramekins.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes for 9×13 pan and 12-14 minutes if using ramekins.
  5. Combine glaze ingredients and stir until smooth. Drizzle over hot oatmeal.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Anytime there is even a hint of dinner being ready, he makes a beeline for the table.

Favorite Kids Activity Books

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I want to encourage my kids to be curious and explore. Ideally we could just be outside all the time, but since that doesn’t happen I love finding books about activities to encourage creativity in kids. I know some kids can sit and color and draw for hours but mine can’t, so if you’re in the same boat, here’s a roundup of some of my favorite resources:

The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids: 500 Activities to Encourage Creativity in Kids Ages 2 to 12–Play, Pretend, Draw, Dance, Sing, Write, Build, Tinker

I love this book so much! It splits activities up into ages, ranging from babies and toddlers up to 12-year-olds! It is packed with information and fun ideas that are easy (my favorite word) to carry out.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors

This book has fun activities and experiments that just encourage kids to explore and be creative–there’s not really a “right” way to do each activity. It also is filled with sidebars by educators, physicians and other professionals so as the parent I felt like I was learning a lot too.

 

Project Kid: Crafts That Go!: 60 Imaginative Projects That Fly, Sail, Race, and Dive

This is another one that I just absolutely love. My son loved looking through the pictures with me and together we’d decide something fun to make.

 

Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.

This is by the same author of The Giant Book of Creativity (above)The ideas are often using things you just have around your house or that you can easily find outside. Also, it has great ideas for birthday parties at different ages.

 

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com!

This book has a lot of great ideas for really little kids. I found a lot of sensory play ideas and recipes for slimes, doughs, and paints. I love that so many of the suggestions are homemade!

 

 

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Favorite Hashtags for Crafty Inspiration

I recently discovered that you can follow hashtags on Instagram now. I have three accounts: one to overgram my kids, one for my favorite things (@bonniesfavoritethings), and one devoted to all things crafty (@sheridanstitchesco).

I have been working at cultivating Instagram accounts with a feed that inspires me, especially when it comes to my craft account.

Here is a roundup of my favorite crafty hashtags to follow:

#makersgonnamake

#crossstitchersofinstagram

#2018makenine (this has given me so many ideas of things to make!)

#crochetersofinstagram

#knittersofinstagram

#makersmovement

#knitstagram

#sewersofinstagram

#memadeeveryday

This is my #2018makenine, mostly crochet projects:

What are your favorite craft hashtags?

Favorite memories: Bats in the Attic

Growing up we often lived outside of the United States, where our family lived. We’d usually come visit every other summer and some of my fondest memories are at my grandparent’s homes.

One summer we were visiting my grandparents and at dusk we went around the side of the house and watched bats fly out of the attic. I had heard stories of them finding bats around the house on the inside and was a little freaked out, but it was cool to watch them fly out at night.

Apparently bats really stuck with my little sister too because sometime after that she went up to my cousin and bit her on the ear and said, “I’m a bat!”

Favorite Paper Source Finds (on Sale!)

The best time to shop for a holiday is right after it’s over (amiright?). If you have the space and patience to store things for the better part of the year, this is for you.

Paper Source is one of my favorite stores to get lost in. There are fun DIY kits, pretty journals, and quirky gifts. They’re having a good post-holiday sale so here’s a roundup of some of my favorite goodies (To see the entire holiday shop, go here.):

Melting Snowman Putty
Melting Snowman putty

 

Winter Wreath Kit
Winter Wreath Kit (I love their paper kits and made this one for last Christmas)
Snowy City Card Set - Set of 10
Snowy City Card Set

 

Train Advent Calendar
Train Advent Calendar (huge hit at our house!)

Reindeer Gift Tags - Set of 3
Reindeer gift tags
Fake Snowballs - Set of 6
Fake Snowballs

Teeny Tiny Nativity Kit
Teeny Tiny Nativity Kit

 

Mini Santa Party Hats - Set of 8
Mini Santa Party Hats

Remember how I love Rifle Paper Co.? You can grab a 2018 Calendar on sale at Paper Source:

Bon Voyage Desk Calendar - 12 months
Bon Voyage Desk Calendar

2018 Inspirational Quote Calendar - 12 Month
Inspirational Quote Wall Calendar

And a shoutout to some other holidays:

Lamb Felt Bag
Felt sheep bag (Easter!)
Spooktacular Garland Kit
Spooktacular Garland Kit

 

Favorite Books Published in 2003

When I was about 8 years old I told my dad that I wanted to read all the books in our house. My dad is quite a collector of books, so even if I read a book a day I won’t accomplish that goal (I’ve come to terms with that and have decided a much more attainable goal is to read every book in my home). But it shows how I feel about books. When I’m in a library or any room filled with books I get so excited with the anticipation of all the things I could learn by reading their pages.

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I’m the toddler reading the upside-down newspaper.

So I was pretty thrilled to discover that on Goodreads you can see the most popular books published in a certain year (going back to 1918). I decided to compile a list of my favorites from 2003 (because I have read more than three books from that year). I have a goal to read more classics this year so I hope to see my list grow on some of those older published dates!

If you want to browse the lists by date, go here.

And now, the books I’ve read and liked from 2003:

  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  4. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  5. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  6. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  7. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (and my boys love telling the Pigeon “no” too).

 

As always, please share your favorites in the comments! I’m all about finding more books to add to my to-read list.

*In case you are wondering, I tend to gravitate to non-fiction and historical fiction, but I also love me some Agatha Christie. So sometimes my lists may lean that way.*

National Puzzle Month ft. Melissa and Doug

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It is National Puzzle Month! I love puzzles, and one of these days I’ll post about my favorites, but today it’s all about kids puzzles. Melissa and Doug is an all-time favorite in our house and they are having a sale now through January 17th. Click the link below to shop at their site:

Celebrate National Puzzle Month with 15% Off Puzzles at Melissa & Doug. Use Code Puzzle15

I recently learned that Melissa and Doug began as a puzzle company, with the goal of bringing a new creative twist to puzzles, and they’ve certainly succeeded. Here are some of my boys’ favorites (they are all about cars and trucks so that will be heavily represented):

We like the chunky puzzles for our little ones.

These are nice transition puzzles for something a little more difficult.

My two-year-old learned his numbers from this puzzle. We love the hide-and-seek style!


They have multiple storage rack options and in my opinion, they are a must.

There are several cute alphabet puzzles; we like the one’s that have a surprise behind the letter.
These are my three-year-old’s favorite. They have shapes on the back of the pieces so you can keep track of which puzzle pieces go together.



A lot of the puzzles we own are pretty traditional, but there are latch puzzles, sound puzzles, even touch-and-feel puzzles!




There are so many great options, from puzzles for really young kids to older kids. See them all here! Let me know your favorites in the comments below.

Favorite Memories: Snow White

I was a really shy kid. I think I actually liked attention just as much as the next kid, but under very specific circumstances like don’t laugh at me unless I’m trying to be funny. One time my siblings and I put on the play “Snow White” with our friends. I always thought Dopey was the best dwarf because he was the funny one, and since I was the shy, quiet kid, I got to be Dopey. I didn’t have lines, I just got to be all cute and silly–it was perfect.

And that was the beginning of my acting career.

 

Not really.

 

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I’m the one holding my hat on my head in every picture.

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