Valentine’s Day Heart Suncatchers

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I have seen things floating around Pinterest using Borax to make crystals, so I thought I’d try it myself. This activity was super easy and the results were great! The kids really enjoy looking at them hanging in the kitchen window. One word of caution, do the pouring of the Borax yourself, I’m not sure if it’s safe for the kids to touch!!

I started with 4 mason jars filled with very hot water, a box of borax, and some pipe cleaners. I had the twins “help” me form the pipe cleaners into heart shapes, then added a pipe cleaner so they would fit across the glass jars. I added 3 tbsp. of borax per cup of water (for this size jar it was 6 tbsp. total), and added the pipe cleaner heart. Make sure to stir it well so the borax dissolves.

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Be careful not to let any part of the heart touch the side and make sure it is completely submerged in the water. I let mine sit overnight and it was plenty of time to really crystallize. I have read that you can re-dip them by reheating the water, but I found mine plenty crystallized.

This is how they turned out!

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They look even better hanging in the window!

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I found that disposing of the borax was the most difficult part, as I didn’t want to dump it down the sink. I dumped the water in a jug I was throwing away anyway, then pounded on the borax with a fork until the rest came out:)

You could really make any shape out of these, snowflakes, hearts, suns, etc. Have fun and enjoy!

Until our next adventure,

Moving Mommy

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Pine Cone Christmas Trees

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‘Tis the season! We got our first snow last night, although it was just a dusting. We have been watching tons of holiday movies, and it really feels like the Christmas season! Last year at our PTA holiday party we made these Christmas trees, and they were a hit! They are easy enough for young toddlers to make, but fun for the older kids as well. Placing the “bulbs” on the tree are great for their fine motor skills!

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We bought a bag of pinecones at the craft store for a few dollars and I had the small pompoms in our school box, so it was an inexpensive and fun activity for the twins! You just dab a little glue on the pompoms and let the kids put them on the pine cones, super simple! It takes a little while for the glue to dry, so it’s best to let them sit for awhile before the kids play with them. We are thinking of hanging ours from the tree:)

What are your favorite simple holiday crafts or activities? We are always looking for new ideas!

Until our next adventure,

Moving Mommy

Sunshine Award!

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I am truly honored that Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy nominated me for the Sunshine Award! Stop by and check her awesome blog out!

Sunshine Award Rules

1. Thank and recognize your nominating blogger

2. Give 11 random facts about yourself

3. Answer the 11 questions given by your nominating blogger

4. Nominate 11 bloggers (cannot be your nominating blogger)

5. Post 11 questions for your nominees

11 Facts about Me

1. I have lived in 5 states in the past 6 years

2. I secretly wish we could have backyard chickens

3. I love to read more than any other of my hobbies

4. I make tutus

5. I play more video games than my kids

6. I plan to run a half marathon next year

7. I am an only child

8. My husband and kids are the best things that have ever happened to me

9. My favorite season is spring

10. I’m from northeastern Ohio

11. I LOVE all things Ohio State!!!

Questions from Domain of the Mad Mommy

1. If you had to listen to one song, on repeat, for a whole day, what would it be?

#34 by Dave Matthews Band

2. You have to change your first name, today! What do you change it too?
Rosita, after my grandmother. I think it’s a beautiful name!
3. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to share our moving journeys and my crazy life with the kiddos.
4. Are you where you pictured yourself 5 years ago?
Not at all. 5 years ago I lived in South Florida with one child. I have lived in 3 states since then and had twins!
5. Spaghetti’os, Kraft Mac N Cheese or Tombstone Pizza. Pick one.
Kraft Mac N Cheese
6. If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?
A horse
7. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what movie would you pick?
X-Men
8. Do you shower everyday? (Be honest)
Nope, every other day
9. What is your most dreaded chore?
Folding the laundry
10. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
I have 5 tattoos
11. What TV commercial gets stuck in your head the most?
State Farm (Discount Doooouuuuuble Check!)
My Nominees
My 11 Questions to the Nominees
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What is your favorite hobby?
3. What is your favorite thing to write about?
4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
5. What is your ideal vacation spot?
6. What is your greatest accomplishment?
7. What’s worse, laundry or dishes?
8. Do you have a TV show that you watch but don’t like to admit? Which one?
9. Sweet or salty?
10. What state or country if you aren’t in the US do you live in?
11. Snow, do you love it or hate it?
Thanks again to Echo at Domain of the Mad Mommy!!
Moving Mommy

Learning Apps for Littles

Over the last year or so I’ve been back and forth with myself about my kids’ use of technology. How much is too much? Should they be using it at all? I think the answer is different for everyone, but we do allow it in our house. We try to limit their screen time, although some days I could certainly be better about following through with it. I don’t believe that tablets are the best learning tools, but I do think that exposing them will be helpful in the long run. Luke started using iPads in class in kindergarten, and they have technology class once per week on top of that. I’ve compiled a list of apps that are educational and loved by my littles!

ABC Mouse- We bought a subscription to ABC Mouse after seeing the commercials for it 1 million times. It’s $7.95 per month and the app is free. It can also be done on a regular computer. I really like that it has specific learning paths designed by age and ability and the lessons are small and enjoyable. There are songs, chants for letter sounds, games, puzzles, and coloring. You can also add up to three children per account, and they will each be able to do the lessons at their own pace.

Letter School- I believe this one is $2.99, and it is one of my favorites for the twins. You trace letters, then write them on your own. It shows them the proper starting and ending points and is great for working on forming their letters properly.

Spelling City- I use this one a lot for my oldest’s spelling tests. You sign up for a free account at Spelling City, then enter your spelling list. You can then use the app or website to practice the words and play games, such as hangman, with them. It changes it up from just memorization and allows them to learn to use the words in sentences.

Doodle Buddy- There are plenty of drawing apps out there, and we use doodle buddy. It has a lot of features, including shake to erase which the kids enjoy!

Computer Carl- This is a great game for practicing addition and subtraction facts!

StoryKit- Luke loves this app! You can write and illustrate your own stories. They use this app in writer’s workshop at his school.

Zorbit’s Preschool Math- This app reinforces counting and numbers through fun games with Zorbit the alien!

Montessori Number Maze- This app is helpful with fine motor skills and sequencing!

What are your favorite apps for kids? We are always looking for new ways to learn!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Dealing With a Resistant Learner

My oldest has always been very receptive to anything he is taught. He enjoys learning and likes to show others the things he has learned. When he was little, if I would ask him what a letter or number was he would tell me proudly with a huge smile on his face. Ella is the same way, but teaching Will has proved to be a bit more difficult. He IS learning, he just doesn’t like to demonstrate what he has learned.

For example, today we were practicing fine motor skills with lacing beads, and some of the beads have letters on them. As they were creating their necklaces, I would ask them about the letters they were putting on. Ella would yell out the letters and the sounds they make, but Will would simply say “I don’t know”. I don’t push it, and I don’t really know how to make him feel comfortable enough to speak up. I know that he does know his letters, because he names them when we use bath letters or play letter games. However, he only wants to express his knowledge on his own terms. Has anyone else encountered this when dealing with toddlers? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy