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Winter Nature Walks ~Free Download

Winter Nature Walks ~Free Download

Izzy and I love going on walks. We love exploring our yard, going on trails, walking the beach and even just walking Luna down our street. We always talk about what we find and so I decided to make a FREE download for you guys! 

Our Favorite Winter Kids Gear

Our Favorite Winter Kids Gear

Well it’s no secret we are obsessed with Reima gear! This is our second year even knowing the brand existed. When you live in a place like Maine especially, you truly need Winter gear that is functional. However I would say, if I knew about 

The BEST Cheese Danish ~ Quick & Easy Recipe

The BEST Cheese Danish ~ Quick & Easy Recipe

Ingredients

1-2 puff pastry dough sheets

8 oz cream cheese softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

optional 1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 egg

1-2 teaspoons water

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2-3 tsp milk (or milk substitute)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Line a baking plan with parchment paper.

Divide puff pasty into 3 rectangles and then cut again to make 6 squares.

Place the pastry squares on the parchment paper & set aside.

In a mixer add cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and optional lemon juice. Blend until evenly mixed.

Crack an egg and drop into a bowl with 1-2 teaspoons water. Beat together like you are going to scrambled eggs & set aside.

Drop a dollop of cheese mixture in the middle of each pastry square. About the side of an ice cream scoop (roughly 1/8 cup). Unless you are making more than 6 pasties you will have some left over cheese filling. Bag the rest and place in the fridge (I make anther batch in a couple days).

Fold each corner in towards the middle, just barely touching.

Now give the egg mixture another mix and lightly brush the pastries with it.

Place the pastries in the oven for 17-19 minutes. You should see a little golden brown on the edges.

While the pastries are baking it’s time to work on the frosting drizzle.

In a bowl or mixer, mix powered sugar, vanilla extract and milk (or milk substitute.) I used oat milk for mine.

Once the pastries are done baking, place each on a cooling rack.

Allow the pastries to cool a bit and then drizzle the frosting back and forth over the pastries.

Now enjoy, or wait a few hours to eat. My favorite is the next day! They stay well in a container, baggy or pastry dome display (wooden bottom, with glass cover). I’ve tried each way of storing them.

XO Eryka

My husband and I were talking about how continental breakfast will probably never come back. If you never went to a hotel or resort and enjoyed the never ending buffet of eggs, bacon, muffins, donuts, cereal & assorted danishes… google it! Anyway, our love and sadness for the end of simple things like this is what inspired me to create my favorite item found at a continental breakfast. I played around with the cheese filling to get the best flavor. And as you will see, I added an option to make them lemon, because I do love the lemon ones as well. The next time I make these, I’ll be trying some with part cheese and part jam.

Play Dough Stamping ~Educational & Activities for Letter Recognition, Letter Sounds, Spelling and Reading

Play Dough Stamping ~Educational & Activities for Letter Recognition, Letter Sounds, Spelling and Reading

I linked our stamps and some other options for these activities. commissionable links Letter Recognition Here are a couple ways to work on letter recognition with your child. 1: Have your child pick a stamp and ask them the letter they picked. If they say 

Sugar Cookies You’ll Actually Eat

Sugar Cookies You’ll Actually Eat

Yup, that’s right! I’ve aways loved decorating sugar cookies… but I have not always enjoyed eating them. Well this year we played around with a lot of baking recipes and tweaked them to our liking. Here is our sugar cookie recipe, they are soft and 

How to Keep Your Sanity While Working from Home with Kids

How to Keep Your Sanity While Working from Home with Kids

Get Outside!

Get outside! With or without your kids. It feels good to put your phone away and just go for walk in the fresh air. It’s a great time to talk to your kids and learn about things they are thinking and feeling. This helps me as a parent feel better in so many ways. I’m getting fresh air, exercise and quality time with Izzy. Totally helps reduce my mom guilt.

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Exercise Daily

If you just have it as you routine, it’s so much easier. Wake up & take the dog(s) for a walk vs letting them out to potty. No pets? Just go for a walk (bundle up if you have to). Wake up & do some yoga or a quick workout in the living room or your bedroom. NIKE has a great and free app. I love it and honestly need to start doing it again. I was doing 1-2 workouts a 3-4 days a week. Often Izzy would come next to me and join in. It was great for me, great for her to see me caring for my physical body and good for her body to join in. Having it in our routine, makes it part of life and then it’s not something I need to find time to pencil in.

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Alternate Me Time With Your Significant Other

Take turns giving the other a break from kids or chores after the work day. If it’s an hour long bath once a week or time to lay in bed and just surf the internet or watch a show. If you are a single parent, see if a girlfriend would be willing to do this with you. Take turns giving each other a few hours of free “babysitting”.

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Give your Child Attention First

I have seen that Izzy does best if we get some time in first before I dive into any work. I also feel better about it as well. Do a quick board game or activity and then tell them it’s time for independent play or learning. I usually set Izzy up with an activity or she picks one. We also have a leapfrog product that allows Izzy to work on math, science, literacy, problem solving and more. She loves to do that independently and it can go up to 2nd grade I believe. I’ll link it for you guys, along with other fun things to have around for your kids to play with independently while you work.

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Have A Visual/Daily Schedule

Let your kids know the schedule, make a visual one if you have to. Predictably reduces everyone’s stress level. This will help everyone in the house. Print this schedule I created and laminate it to reuse daily.

Click here to print this FREE daily schedule

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I hope some of these tips help you guys out!

XO Eryka

Gift Guide For Kids

Gift Guide For Kids

I have seen many parents asking about what to get their kids this year. Izzy and I pulled together some favorites for you guys to check out. Most of these are marked down in price right now! I also categorized the gifts for you guys. 

Pumpkin Pie Fractions

Pumpkin Pie Fractions

Teaching Izzy at home, is fun and also a bit challenging at times. Like most kids, Izzy doesn’t always want to listen to her mom. This is why I’ve to get very creative with our lessons. I wanted to share our pumpkin pie fractions with 

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments

I had made salt dough ornaments in school as a kid, but I had never made them with Izzy. So on one rainy day, we decided to make some. They are so easy to make and we had such a blast! I think we are going to make some more soon.

How can I make this educational?

Measuring (math & cognitive development): While measuring discuss how two of the 1/2 cups will fill 1 cup. Ask your child, “If I have 1 thing and break it in half, how many pieces do I have?” If they need a visual, find something you can demonstrate that 1 thing broken in half equals 2 pieces. And those two pieces go back together to make that 1 piece. Now back to the measuring. Fill the 1/2 cup and have your child pour it into the cup. Now have them pour another 1/2 cup into the cup. This way they are being exposed to measurement & seeing how those two 1/2 cups will fill the 1 cup. Cutting Shapes (math & fine motor): Talk about the shapes of your cookie cutters as you cut out the ornaments. Allow your child to help with the cookies cutters & help pull the extra dough from around the cut out shape.

Ingredients

4 cups of flour

1 cup table salt

1 1/2 cups warm water

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In a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt & stir together. Slowly add the warm water. Start mixing and kneading with hands for roughly 5 minutes. Now take half of the mixture and place on a silicone baking mat. Cover with a piece of parchment paper and roll out. If you don’t have a silicone baking mat, you can use a piece of parchment paper in it’s place.

Now is the fun part. Use cups, cookie cutters, forks and more to cut out and create your ornaments. Be sure to make a whole for the ornament string prior to baking. You can use a straw, we used a chopstick.

Bake on 300°F for 30 mins to an hour or until hard. Let cool, then decorate! We painted with acrylic paint, added glitter and glazed with mod podge.

Lastly, snip pieces of green wire and create a hook for your ornaments.

 

Have a blast with these guys!

XO Eryka

 

 

 

Halloween at Home Ideas

Halloween at Home Ideas

This year, for our sanity and our children’s, we won’t be trick or treating. Instead, we will be having a halloween bash for the cousins. I wanted to share some ideas with you all. Halloween Bag Decorating I went to Walmart and found these fabric