A Mom with a Lesson Plan http://amomwithalessonplan.com Playful learning. Playful parenting. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:07:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 DIY Accessory Organizer for Girls http://amomwithalessonplan.com/diy-accessory-organizer-for-girls/ http://amomwithalessonplan.com/diy-accessory-organizer-for-girls/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:28:26 +0000 http://amomwithalessonplan.com/?p=21388 Written by amomwithalessonplan.com

This back to school season has presented an interesting challenge for us. Little M has started caring about accessories. (Oh my are we that close to the tween years?) Clips, headbands, lip gloss, hair ties… the list goes on and on. I’ve already started finding these adorable little pieces everywhere. Since getting back on my 30 minute a day cleaning routine is part of what I care about right now rounding up accessories became a soar spot real quick. I’ve been working with Bounty over this past year and once again they had the answer I was looking for. It took 2 empty paper towel rolls to solve this organizing problem! DIY Accessory Organizer for Girls What you need: Accessories (hee hee), paper towel rolls, pretty tape, a small box, scissors The box. We had the perfect size gift box lid, but it would be very easy to make your own box. The holders. Cut the paper towel tube. I needed five rings to keep a tight fit. Test as you go. How many bracelets will it hold? How tall does the headband tube need to be to keep the headbands from falling? Make it pretty. I used washi tape and duct tape. Find a home. Where is the best place for the accessories? I made it small enough to fit in the medicine cabinet but Little M loved it so much she put it in her room. Over this past year of working with Bounty we have done some fun things with paper towels. We made a list of kitchen chores for kids and experimented with color. I have come to rely on the NEW Bounty with Dawn as a kitchen necessity. I use this multi-purpose, durable towel for cleaning up after prepping chicken and big jobs like cleaning grease out of the stove. Because Bounty with Dawn is water activated with the long lasting power of Dawn and the new ultra durable Bounty I know one towel can handle the job. I’ve also added a roll to my camping supplies and I can’t wait for a reason to try them out for that. For a chance to receive your own limited edition dual roll holder with a Bounty paper towel roll and NEW Bounty with Dawn roll leave a comment telling us what needed organizing at your house this back to school season. One comment per person. US residents only. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Opportunity ends 10/1/2015. This post is sponsored by Bounty #QuickerPickerUpper.

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This back to school season has presented an interesting challenge for us. Little M has started caring about accessories. (Oh my are we that close to the tween years?)

Clips, headbands, lip gloss, hair ties… the list goes on and on. I’ve already started finding these adorable little pieces everywhere. Since getting back on my 30 minute a day cleaning routine is part of what I care about right now rounding up accessories became a soar spot real quick.

I’ve been working with Bounty over this past year and once again they had the answer I was looking for. It took 2 empty paper towel rolls to solve this organizing problem!

diy accessory organizer for girls

DIY Accessory Organizer for Girls

What you need: Accessories (hee hee), paper towel rolls, pretty tape, a small box, scissors

  • The box. We had the perfect size gift box lid, but it would be very easy to make your own box.
  • The holders. Cut the paper towel tube. I needed five rings to keep a tight fit. Test as you go. How many bracelets will it hold? How tall does the headband tube need to be to keep the headbands from falling?
  • Make it pretty. I used washi tape and duct tape.
  • Find a home. Where is the best place for the accessories? I made it small enough to fit in the medicine cabinet but Little M loved it so much she put it in her room.

so easy!! paper towel rolls and pretty tape to organize my daughters STUFF!

Over this past year of working with Bounty we have done some fun things with paper towels. We made a list of kitchen chores for kids and experimented with color.

I have come to rely on the NEW Bounty with Dawn as a kitchen necessity. I use this multi-purpose, durable towel for cleaning up after prepping chicken and big jobs like cleaning grease out of the stove. Because Bounty with Dawn is water activated with the long lasting power of Dawn and the new ultra durable Bounty I know one towel can handle the job. I’ve also added a roll to my camping supplies and I can’t wait for a reason to try them out for that.

bounty dual paper towel holder

For a chance to receive your own limited edition dual roll holder with a Bounty paper towel roll and NEW Bounty with Dawn roll leave a comment telling us what needed organizing at your house this back to school season.

One comment per person. US residents only. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Opportunity ends 10/1/2015.

This post is sponsored by Bounty #QuickerPickerUpper.

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18 Playful Fall Jokes for Kids http://amomwithalessonplan.com/fall-jokes-for-kids/ http://amomwithalessonplan.com/fall-jokes-for-kids/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:52:51 +0000 http://amomwithalessonplan.com/?p=21380 Written by amomwithalessonplan.com

We’re headed back to school! Which of course means it’s time to get back in the habit of packing lunches. I’ve rounded up a new list of jokes for kids perfect for adding to lunch boxes this time of year. I hope your kids love them as much as mine did. 18 Playful Fall Jokes for Kids Print the Jokes How do you mend a broken pumpkin? — With a pumpkin patch! What’s the best thing to put into a pumpkin pie?  — Your teeth. What do you get when you drop a pumpkin? — Squash. If money really did grow on trees, what would be everyone’s favorite season? — Fall. Why do birds fly south in the Fall? — Because it’s too far to walk. Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall? — To make up for his miserable summer. What has ears but can’t hear a thing? — A cornfield. What reads and lives in an apple? — A bookworm. What did one leaf say to another? — I’m falling for you. What is a tree’s least favorite month? — Sep-Timber! What did the little tree say to the big tree? — Leaf me alone. What kind of coat goes on wet? — A coat of paint. What runs around a farm but doesn’t move? — A fence. Why do trees hate tests? — Because they get stumped by the questions. Why did the scarecrow win a medal? — He was outstanding in his field. Why shouldn’t you tell a secret in a cornfield? — Because the corn has ears. What’s an elephant’s favorite vegetable? — Squash. How do trees get onto the internet? — Easy, they just LOG on. Do you have any funny fall or autumn jokes to add? Share them in comments. Get a FREE printable version of these Fall Jokes when you sign up for A Mom with a Lesson Plan emails. 

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We’re headed back to school! Which of course means it’s time to get back in the habit of packing lunches. I’ve rounded up a new list of jokes for kids perfect for adding to lunch boxes this time of year.

I hope your kids love them as much as mine did.

fall jokes for kids (and they are printable!)

18 Playful Fall Jokes for Kids

Print the Jokes

  • How do you mend a broken pumpkin? — With a pumpkin patch!
  • What’s the best thing to put into a pumpkin pie?  — Your teeth.
  • What do you get when you drop a pumpkin? — Squash.
  • If money really did grow on trees, what would be everyone’s favorite season? — Fall.
  • Why do birds fly south in the Fall? — Because it’s too far to walk.
  • Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall? — To make up for his miserable summer.
  • What has ears but can’t hear a thing? — A cornfield.
  • What reads and lives in an apple? — A bookworm.
  • What did one leaf say to another? — I’m falling for you.
  • What is a tree’s least favorite month? — Sep-Timber!
  • What did the little tree say to the big tree? — Leaf me alone.
  • What kind of coat goes on wet? — A coat of paint.
  • What runs around a farm but doesn’t move? — A fence.
  • Why do trees hate tests? — Because they get stumped by the questions.
  • Why did the scarecrow win a medal? — He was outstanding in his field.
  • Why shouldn’t you tell a secret in a cornfield? — Because the corn has ears.
  • What’s an elephant’s favorite vegetable? — Squash.
  • How do trees get onto the internet? — Easy, they just LOG on.

Do you have any funny fall or autumn jokes to add? Share them in comments.

Get a FREE printable version of these Fall Jokes when you sign up for A Mom with a Lesson Plan emails. 

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10 Fun Ideas for Hiking with Kids http://amomwithalessonplan.com/hiking-with-kids/ http://amomwithalessonplan.com/hiking-with-kids/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2015 12:00:18 +0000 http://amomwithalessonplan.com/?p=21345 Written by amomwithalessonplan.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tec Labs for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the luxuries of living in Southern California is that we can hike pretty much all year long. It’s something we have really loved in the past and have gotten away from this year. I guess because it’s always available it’s easy to take for granted. I want to bring hiking with the kids back into our regular routine this fall. It’s such a great way for us to connect as a family, along with enjoying the outdoors. Partnering with Tecnu Extreme has given me a great reason to start pulling together my hiking plan. Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub is the first all-in-one product that can be used before a poison ivy rash starts, or after the rash has begun. Plus, it also stops the itching. With our first trip on the calendar and Tecnu Extreme in the first aid kit we are all set! Tips for Hiking with Kids Pack easy and healthy snacks that you can eat while walking. Carrot sticks, apples, and granola bars are great. Or get a little creative with these easy (and healthy) “candy” bracelets. Prepare a mini first aid kit that is easy to carry on the hike. If you can, leave it in the backpack you use for hiking so you don’t have to think about it every time you set out on a hike. Include sunblock, band aids, wipes and Tecnu extreme Medicated Poison ivy scrub. Keep in mind how much your little one can actually handle. Even though my kids are 10 and 8, we haven’t been on a hike for a while. Our first time out we’ll keep it short and pick a trail we are familiar with. It’s better to be too short than too long when you have kids with you. Plan around naps and meals. Tired and hungry is no way to feel while hiking. Make sure that you plan to be off the trail before your little on hits a wall of exhaustion. Bring along friends. Hiking can make for the perfect play date and everything is more fun with friends! Hiking Activities for Kids Bringing along a hiking activity can make hiking with kids even more fun. Prepare a sense of touch scavenger hunt for the hike. If your hiking spot is near your house, visit the day before and collect a few leaves. Then have the kids play find that tree while you hike. You can also find leaves on the ground and challenge the kids to find which tree it came from. Some trails will have maps at the entrance. Take one! Younger kids can pretend they are following along while older kids can help navigate your route. Have some fun […]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tec Labs for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the luxuries of living in Southern California is that we can hike pretty much all year long. It’s something we have really loved in the past and have gotten away from this year. I guess because it’s always available it’s easy to take for granted.

I want to bring hiking with the kids back into our regular routine this fall. It’s such a great way for us to connect as a family, along with enjoying the outdoors.

Partnering with Tecnu Extreme has given me a great reason to start pulling together my hiking plan. Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub is the first all-in-one product that can be used before a poison ivy rash starts, or after the rash has begun. Plus, it also stops the itching.

With our first trip on the calendar and Tecnu Extreme in the first aid kit we are all set!

great tips & activities for hiking with kids

Tips for Hiking with Kids

  • Pack easy and healthy snacks that you can eat while walking. Carrot sticks, apples, and granola bars are great. Or get a little creative with these easy (and healthy) “candy” bracelets.
  • Prepare a mini first aid kit that is easy to carry on the hike. If you can, leave it in the backpack you use for hiking so you don’t have to think about it every time you set out on a hike. Include sunblock, band aids, wipes and Tecnu extreme Medicated Poison ivy scrub.
  • Keep in mind how much your little one can actually handle. Even though my kids are 10 and 8, we haven’t been on a hike for a while. Our first time out we’ll keep it short and pick a trail we are familiar with. It’s better to be too short than too long when you have kids with you.
  • Plan around naps and meals. Tired and hungry is no way to feel while hiking. Make sure that you plan to be off the trail before your little on hits a wall of exhaustion.
  • Bring along friends. Hiking can make for the perfect play date and everything is more fun with friends!

Hiking Activities for Kids

Bringing along a hiking activity can make hiking with kids even more fun.

  • Prepare a sense of touch scavenger hunt for the hike.
  • If your hiking spot is near your house, visit the day before and collect a few leaves. Then have the kids play find that tree while you hike. You can also find leaves on the ground and challenge the kids to find which tree it came from.
  • Some trails will have maps at the entrance. Take one! Younger kids can pretend they are following along while older kids can help navigate your route.
  • Have some fun taking pictures. Let your little one take pictures through out the day and use one of these photo activities to expand on the experience.
  • Bring along a drawing notebook and a pencil. Find shadows on the trail and trace their shadows. Expand on it by writing notes about what’s been traced.

Tecnu Extreme for poison ivy

Learn More About Poison Ivy and Tecnu Extreme

  • A rash is created when a resin-like substance from the plants gets on a person’s skin. That substance, if not removed, will create a rash in nearly everyone within about eight hours. Some people take a day or two to break out with the rash.
  • A poison ivy rash can last 2-4 weeks depending on the person.
  • Get more Poison Ivy Information.
  • Tecnu Extreme removes the rash causing substance called urushiol (pronounced: oo-roo-she-all) from the skin.
  • To use Tecnu Extreme a person should wet the skin and apply a generous amount to the entire body—focusing on exposed skin first (hands, arms, face and legs).
  • When using Tecnu Extreme before a rash breaks out it should be applied within eight hours after exposure to the plants, but the sooner the better.
  • Tecnu Extreme is available at all major drug store chains including Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS and Target.

Enter to Win

Tecnu Extreme is giving away two $100 Target gift cards and one $300 Target gift card. To enter, leave a comment sharing your best tips for hiking with kids!

Giveaway ends October 1, 2015. One entry per person. Winners will be chosen using random.org.

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NERF Gun Target Practice http://amomwithalessonplan.com/nerf-gun-target-practice/ http://amomwithalessonplan.com/nerf-gun-target-practice/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:28:59 +0000 http://amomwithalessonplan.com/?p=21348 Written by amomwithalessonplan.com

For his birthday Big M got a ton of new NERF guns. The kids are having a blast with them (of course) and I am just about over finding darts hidden all over the house (of course). So today I decided to reign in their play a bit and plan something for them to do with guns. We’ve had fun with targets before. This time we made it an inside event. NERF Gun Target Practice What you need: NERF Guns (scroll to the bottom to see our guns), dry erase markers, a window or mirror, suction darts. Find the perfect spot. The kids will need room to stand back and shoot. Make sure there aren’t any objects or decorations within shooting range. Use dry erase markers to draw targets on the window. One of our windows is separated into several squares, I filled each one with a target. It might be fun to fill a big window with a large target holding more rings. Mark the shooting spot with a jump rope or painters tape. Take it up a notch by add numbers into the rings and provide a score pad. Need a new NERF gun? These are the ones we have. It seems like they all have pros and cons, I’m not doing the shooting but I will give you a quick review based on what I’ve overheard. (All of these links are affiliate links.) Buzz Bee Predator – (Buzz Bee is cheaper than NERF and uses the same darts.) This one shoots really far and holds 4 extra darts in the handle. It also seems to be the easiest to aim at targets. Zombie Strike Doublestrike Blaster – This one is small and easy to carry when running around in a NERF battle. Sidewinder – The Sidewinder got a ton of attention the first couple of days… but is pretty heavy to run around with and takes a long time to reload. We also have 2 or 3 old guns that require pull back action. They are harder for younger kids but seem to get chosen a lot when the kids are running around with them. Which NERF guns are a hit at your house? 

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For his birthday Big M got a ton of new NERF guns. The kids are having a blast with them (of course) and I am just about over finding darts hidden all over the house (of course). So today I decided to reign in their play a bit and plan something for them to do with guns.

We’ve had fun with targets before. This time we made it an inside event.

NERF gun target practice. All you need is dry erase markers! So cool

NERF Gun Target Practice

What you need: NERF Guns (scroll to the bottom to see our guns), dry erase markers, a window or mirror, suction darts.

Find the perfect spot. The kids will need room to stand back and shoot. Make sure there aren’t any objects or decorations within shooting range.

Use dry erase markers to draw targets on the window. One of our windows is separated into several squares, I filled each one with a target. It might be fun to fill a big window with a large target holding more rings.

Mark the shooting spot with a jump rope or painters tape.

Take it up a notch by add numbers into the rings and provide a score pad.

NERF gun target practice. All you need is dry erase markers! So cool

Need a new NERF gun? These are the ones we have. It seems like they all have pros and cons, I’m not doing the shooting but I will give you a quick review based on what I’ve overheard. (All of these links are affiliate links.)

  • Buzz Bee Predator – (Buzz Bee is cheaper than NERF and uses the same darts.) This one shoots really far and holds 4 extra darts in the handle. It also seems to be the easiest to aim at targets.
  • Zombie Strike Doublestrike Blaster – This one is small and easy to carry when running around in a NERF battle.
  • Sidewinder – The Sidewinder got a ton of attention the first couple of days… but is pretty heavy to run around with and takes a long time to reload.
  • We also have 2 or 3 old guns that require pull back action. They are harder for younger kids but seem to get chosen a lot when the kids are running around with them.

Which NERF guns are a hit at your house? 

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Make Saying NO a Habit http://amomwithalessonplan.com/make-saying-no-a-habit/ http://amomwithalessonplan.com/make-saying-no-a-habit/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:13:26 +0000 http://amomwithalessonplan.com/?p=21326 Written by amomwithalessonplan.com

Make saying “no” a habit?!?! What? That doesn’t sound right. It’s true normally I would be encouraging you to get rid of the NO! But stick with me for a minute because this time NO is one of the most important things you can say. I recently sent out an email (are you on the list?) asking how parents are finding time to take care of themselves. Are you surprised that I had a huge response of “I’M NOT”!? I wasn’t. We are busy, we are all busy. And we are allowing everyone and everything else to come first. Over the next couple of months I’m going to be talking a lot about taking care of you and that starts with learning to say “NO”! 5 Reasons to Say “No” A Lot Saying “no” to something always means you are saying “yes” to something else. NO I will not bake cookies for the party (store bought will work) means YES I can read two extra chapters in the book I can’t put down. Saying “no” to things that aren’t that important clears the space for saying “yes” to things that really matter. In Rachel Macy Staffords brand new book Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More she shares how setting boundaries to protect moments meant that saying “NO” to spreading some really great news to everyone meant saying “YES” to allowing her daughter to share that moment privately with her. (affiliate link) Saying “no” allows for unexpected moments. A “NO” just because you don’t really want to say “YES” means there is space for the unexpected. How often have you wished you could make a spontaneous trip to the park but can’t because of an overwhelming to-do list? 5 Ways to Make Saying “No” a Habit Think about why. What is the reason you want to say “yes”? Do you want to say “yes” because you really want to say “yes”… or is it something else? Will you say “yes”  because you feel like you should or you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings? Are those really good enough reasons to fill that space with something you don’t want to do? Don’t say “yes”! If you know you don’t want to do something, just say “no”. If you say “yes” intending to cancel later, you’re setting yourself up to feel guilty. Or worse you might get stuck doing something you don’t want to do because you forgot to cancel! I’ll have to get back to you. Have a standard response no matter who asks or when. “I need to check my calendar, I’ll text you when I’m at home.” OR “I want to run that by hubby, I’ll let you know tomorrow.” If you are in the habit of always checking before saying […]

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Make saying “no” a habit?!?! What? That doesn’t sound right. It’s true normally I would be encouraging you to get rid of the NO! But stick with me for a minute because this time NO is one of the most important things you can say.

I recently sent out an email (are you on the list?) asking how parents are finding time to take care of themselves. Are you surprised that I had a huge response of “I’M NOT”!? I wasn’t. We are busy, we are all busy. And we are allowing everyone and everything else to come first.

Over the next couple of months I’m going to be talking a lot about taking care of you and that starts with learning to say “NO”!

you should say no... A LOT. the reason why makes so much sense

5 Reasons to Say “No” A Lot

  • Saying “no” to something always means you are saying “yes” to something else. NO I will not bake cookies for the party (store bought will work) means YES I can read two extra chapters in the book I can’t put down.
  • Saying “no” to things that aren’t that important clears the space for saying “yes” to things that really matter. In Rachel Macy Staffords brand new book Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More she shares how setting boundaries to protect moments meant that saying “NO” to spreading some really great news to everyone meant saying “YES” to allowing her daughter to share that moment privately with her. (affiliate link)
  • Saying “no” allows for unexpected moments. A “NO” just because you don’t really want to say “YES” means there is space for the unexpected. How often have you wished you could make a spontaneous trip to the park but can’t because of an overwhelming to-do list?

5 Ways to Make Saying “No” a Habit

  • Think about why. What is the reason you want to say “yes”? Do you want to say “yes” because you really want to say “yes”… or is it something else? Will you say “yes”  because you feel like you should or you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings? Are those really good enough reasons to fill that space with something you don’t want to do?
  • Don’t say “yes”! If you know you don’t want to do something, just say “no”. If you say “yes” intending to cancel later, you’re setting yourself up to feel guilty. Or worse you might get stuck doing something you don’t want to do because you forgot to cancel!
  • I’ll have to get back to you. Have a standard response no matter who asks or when. “I need to check my calendar, I’ll text you when I’m at home.” OR “I want to run that by hubby, I’ll let you know tomorrow.” If you are in the habit of always checking before saying “yes”, you’ll have the time to think about whether you really want to say “yes” or not.
  • Think about what the “yes” really means. Remember how I said saying “yes” to something always means you are saying “no” to something else? Sometimes the best way to find the “NO” is to think about what you would be giving up by saying “yes”.
  • Practice, practice, practice. I can almost guarantee that you will end up failing miserably at this when you first set out to intentionally pick what fills your day. That’s okay, just like anything else this takes practice. When you find yourself in the midst of something you wish you would have said no to, try to think of what you would say or do next time to avoid it.

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BONUS!!! When you pre-order a copy you will receive a free e-book download of New York Times bestseller, Hands Free Mama.  **Important pre-order details HERE. The offer is good until September 7. **

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