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My First Garden & Some Important Things I Learned

My First Garden & Some Important Things I Learned

Those of you that follow us on social media know we moved back to Maine from GA in 2019. That spring we moved into our home, however the yard wasn’t completed until mid July. Basically the builder came back and finished the back patio and 

5 Indoor Rainy Day Activities that are Developmentally Beneficial

5 Indoor Rainy Day Activities that are Developmentally Beneficial

Painting with a Purpose Teach your children about different types of art. Look on the internet or in books & discover different styles of art together. Discuss the artists that created the art. Now ask your child which style of art they want to try. 

Tips for Surviving Daily Life with ADHD

Tips for Surviving Daily Life with ADHD

As most of you know I was diagnosed with adhd later in life. I was 29 & I explain that in detail here. How old were you when you were diagnosed?

Life is tough and everyone has their struggles. It sure is tough to add adhd to the mix. Since I have gotten so many questions from you all, I thought it may be beneficial to share my strategies for surviving daily life with adhd on the blog.

Medication

Although I know this may not be the route for everyone, right now it’s working great for me. I take a daily stimulant which has significantly reduced my anxiety & helps me feel less foggy during the day.

This brings me to my medication case. When you struggle to remember things, you typically struggle to remember to take your medication or if you took it. This is why Joe (my husband) bought me a set of these timer tops. When you open the top, it resets and tells you how long it has been since the top was last opened. So now I know if I took my medication or not. This may seem silly to some, but I think it’s truly genius and life changing to those with adhd.

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Alarms & Calendars

I have a phone calendar & it allows me to share some items with my husband by clicking add to family calendar. This will share some items with him, so he can help me with appointments etc. The rest of my calendar is just for me. Unfortunately adding to my calendar isn’t enough. I also add alerts to my calendar items. I usually add 2 alerts to remind me. One is usually the day before and the other is usually 30 minutes to an 1 hour before the appointment, call or whatever is marked. Depending on what the reminder is for, when it goes off, I’ll set another. To go off when I immediately need to get on a call, get the car etc. You would be shocked how in just a minute I can completely forget about an appointment. One that I needed to leave for soon and was talking about all morning.

Beyond the phone calendar, I also have a planner. This is a little old school and hand written. I just writing out in my planner! Oh and for my planner, I check it that morning and set any reminders to go off on my phone for the day. Which brings me to the smart watch.

Smart Watch

I can’t say enough good things about my smart watch. It helps me to find my phone (which is always on silent) 10 billion times a day! Not to mention I get alerts and notified about texts, emails and calls. Most importantly, I don’t miss any of the reminders & alerts I set on my phone.

Sound Machine

A sound machine is a must for me at night. I truly sleep better through the night with it. I also have our fan going too. Are fans at night a must for you? Here is the sound machine I have. I love it because if you lose power, it still keeps going.

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CBD for Sleep & Anxiety

Betoken has another product I love for sleep support. These CBD nighty night capsules are amazing. I also have their anxiety capsules as well. I have been loving this brand & these capsules for almost 2 years now. Best of all, this company is owned and founded by a Maine mom. I love supporting small businesses in my home state.

Physical Activity

If you love yoga or at home workouts, try the Nike app. It has a ton of free workouts that I have found to be great. If that’s not your thing, try to get a walk in everyday. Honestly nothing feels better than fresh air. Even if it’s freezing out, I bundle up and get out for a walk with Izzy & our dog Luna. Physical activity helps with my brain fog and improves my mood.

I hope this has been helpful to some of you. If you have any strategies that help you with daily adhd life, share in the comments.

XO Eryka

Easy & Delicious Homemade Bread

Easy & Delicious Homemade Bread

I love bread and have been experimenting making homemade bread for the past year. But I was discouraged multiple times, when it just seemed inconsistent and some just too dense. So I’m happy to say, I have mastered an easy recipe that has been consistently 

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! Encourage your kids to share what they saw, heard, smelled &/or tasted. They can write, draw or both on the PDF below.

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You guys should also check out @1000hoursoutside and track your time outside for the year! She has free tracker sheets and activities. Plus I love all the facts she shares about getting outside and how important it is for your health and the development of our children.

XO Eryka

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 

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.

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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 the correct letter, let them stamp it into the dough. If they say the incorrect letter then say, “It’s a __!” Stay excited while you correctly state the letter and ask them to now stamp it into the play dough. Have them repeat the letter name with you. 2: Another activity would be asking your child to find a specific letter. Say the letter name and letter sound and then say some words that start with that letter as they search. Depending on age, you may want to only have a few letters for them to choose from. As they master their letter recognition & gain confidence, you can have more and more out for the child to look through.

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Letter Sounds

Here are a couple of ways to work on letter sounds with play dough and stamps. Have your child pick a stamp and ask them the letter they picked. Now ask them the letter sound. If they say the correct letter sound, let them stamp into the dough. If they say the incorrect letter sound, then say, “Letter ___ makes this sound ___!” (Stay away from, “No that’s wrong”) Stay excited and positive while you correctly state the letter sound and ask them to now stamp it into the play dough. Have them repeat the letter sound with you as they stamp. “Letter ___ says ____.” 2: Another activity would be asking your child to find a specific letter based on the letter sound you make. Say the letter sound. If they need more hints say some words that start with that letter and specifically make that letter sound. We all know the English language is weird and some letters are tricky. For example “CH” words shouldn’t be used for examples for letter C. Depending on age, you may want to only have a few letters for them to choose from. As they master their letter sounds & gain confidence, you can have more and more out for the child to look through.

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Spelling

1. If you are working on specific words for a spelling test, this is a fun way to practice. Read of each word and allow your child to stamp it. One at a time check the spelling and correct if needed, then move on to the next word. 2. If you are working on sounding out and spelling you can coach your child as they sound out a word. Read off a word to the child. As they start stamping you can encourage and support them. Slow the word down and annunciate the letter sounds heard in the word. 3. Write out the word for your child. Give them the proper stamps or allow them to search for the letters needed to create the word. Now read the word with them and have them sound out the word and say it as they stamp it.

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Reading

1. Write out the word you are practicing with your child. Give them the letter stamps needed or allow them to search for the letters needed to create the word. Now read the word with them (if this is a newly introduced word) and have them sound out it out with you. Keep in mind, some site words can’t be sounded out. Have them stamp out the word as they read it. This is a great way to practice reading and spelling.

I hope you guys find these to be fun and useful activities when working on literacy skills with your children.

XO Eryka

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