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Conversation Heart Activities for Kids

Conversation Heart Activities for Kids

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought it might be fun to share some free downloads and ideas for you all with conversation heart candy. Izzy had a blast working on math skills & problem solving. If you enjoy playful learning these are 

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 this brand when we were in Ga I would have been getting it then as well. Reima has year round outside gear and jackets for all weather conditions.

Below you can see Izzy in her winter gear & I’m sharing Izzy’s sizing to help you guys out!

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The Reima mittens/gloves are hands down our favorite brand for mittens/gloves. We even have their unlined water/rain gloves for the spring and fall. Those are great for play in the rain or water play when it’s still a little too chilly for fingers to get wet.

We have every season here in Maine and have truly put the Reima gear to the test! We have not been disappointed yet!

Sizing Guide

I feel like one of the hardest things for a parent when ordering online is figuring out sizing, so I hope this gives you some insight on the sizes to order.

For sizing Izzy’s wears a US 12.5-13 in shoes. The Reima shoe size she has right now is a 31. For more sizing reference, in Pediped shoes Izzy wears a 30 in sneakers, which per their sizing is a 12.5-13 & a 31 in their boots.

Izzy’s wearing 5/6 in clothing & wears a 120 in her baselayer set. She has room to grow some more in it, but it’s not too big and falling off.

Izzy wears a 52/54 in Reima hats & Euro 5 (6-8 yrs) in mittens/gloves.

Izzy’s jackets, snow pants and snowsuit are size 116.

If you guys give this brand a try, tell me what you think! We have been extremely pleased with the quality of their products & I hope you guys are too! Enjoy time outside year round in their cute and functional boots, jackets, gloves and more.

XO Eryka

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 

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 flavorful! Enjoy!

I use my kitchen aid mixer when making these cookies. I find it much easier to mix/cream the butter and sugar.

  1. Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. Blend the butter (room temp) and sugar together. Use a spatula to push all of the ingredients to the middle for an even mix.

2. Now add the butter, egg & extracts & continue mixing. Slowly pour the sugar in while mixing.

3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder & baking soda.

4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet. Mix until all is combined.

5. Roll cookie balls into a bowl of granulated sugar. Press lightly and place on a cookie tray with parchment paper. Or take a small amount of dough, sprinkle granulated sugar on parchment paper & roll out. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Dip the other side of the cookie in granulated sugar and place it on a baking pan with parchment paper.

6. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown.

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I’ve connected with some amazing Bloggers to share some blogs featuring Christmas desserts! Tis the season for all the donuts, cake, cookies and more! Head to each of their accounts to check out what they are sharing.

Cheyenne | Deck the Halls with this Easy Christmas Dessert

Grace | Holiday Dessert: Arroz Con Leche

Kimmy | Christmas Sugar Cookie Dip

XO Eryka

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 

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 you all, just in time for Thanksgiving.

This is an activity you can do with all ages. This is exposure to the concept of fractions for younger ones and a great visual for older kids that need to work on fractions and allowing them to better grasp the concept.

Step 1: Print the Pumpkin Pie PDF. We printed ours on cardstock paper and laminated it, for long term use.

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Step 2: Allow the child to cover their pie in play dough. Don’t have any? You can make some using our favorite recipe. Another option would be cutting the pie with scissors, instead of covering it with play dough.

Step 3: Play and Learn with the pie! Discuss how you have 1 whole pie. You have 1/1 pieces of pie, which equals 1. Now ask the child to cut the pie in half. While cutting the pie and discussing fractions write out the fractions for kids ages 5+. As you can see I wrote out the fractions on the laminated paper with our chalk pencils. I linked those for you guys below.

Example: Discuss how if the pie is cut into half and you don’t take any slices you have 2/2 slices. Ask and discuss if there is still a whole pie. Have the child to take one slice away & give it to you. Pretend to eat it, make it fun. Now write out 1/2 for the child to see. Discuss how you had 2/2 (2 out of 2) and now 1/2 (1 out of 2 pieces).

Don’t have any play dough at home? You might have the ingredients you need to make some in your kitchen! This is another fun way to learn and expose your child to everyday science (chemistry) & math skills (measuring). Watch the video below for our favorite play dough recipe.

Hope you have a blast with this activity & play dough making!

XO Eryka

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