Apple Tree Craft

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We found this super easy apple craft at Reading Confetti!

We used green tissue paper that I found at the dollar store, red markers, and cardboard rolls. I cut the rolls to make branches, but if your kids are a little older and more proficient with scissors they could easily do it on their own! I cut the tissue paper in half and let them draw their apples however they wished.

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When they were finished, I put a ring of school glue inside the tube and we stuffed it with the tissue paper. They turned out really cute and the twins enjoyed it! I’m looking forward to using them in our Johnny Appleseed small world later this month. If you don’t have tissue paper, you could easily use construction paper.

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Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

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Sensory Play Day- Apple Sensory Bin

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I’m so excited for Fall! We have a lot of great Autumn themed activities planned for the next few weeks. One of my favorite things about this time of year is apples!! We are planning to go apple picking at the end of the month, and I can’t wait. I’ve already made apple chips and apple sauce and I think we are going to try caramel apples this weekend.

Continuing with our apple theme, I put together an apple sensory bin this morning. I used oats and scented it with powdered cider mix. I added a plastic apple and some red plastic leaves (I couldn’t find any small apples). The twins had a great time scooping the oats into our apple shaped colander!

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We talked about how the oats smelled sweet and felt rough in their hands, and that apple started with A. We also sang the A song, they are starting to understand letters and the sounds that they make! I love watching their little minds work! They took turns counting the leaves, so we were able to incorporate a lot of learning into this sensory bin!

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In other news, I got my results for the first part of the CPA exam… I passed! I couldn’t believe it! One part down, three more to go!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Fun Fall Felt Board

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Did you know that felt sticks to felt?? Me neither, until I read this post about a felt weather board by my friend and blogger extraordinaire, Stephanie at Two-Daloo. Hop over to her site and check it out, she has a ton of amazing activities for the littles!

It got me thinking about all of the different things I could use a felt board for, so yesterday I threw one together and the kids LOVE it! We are going to be focusing on fall lessons for the next couple of weeks, so that’s what I started out with. It took me about an hour to make and it only cost me about $6.00!

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I bought a piece of foam board at Dollar Tree, one large piece of felt, and several smaller ones. I used spray adhesive to attach the large felt to the board, then wrapped the edges around and secured it with hot glue. I used the smaller pieces of felt to make fall themed objects along with weather objects.

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For the tree, I drew a tree with no leaves on the felt and cut it out along with leaves of different colors.

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Then I cut out a big green piece to go on top of the tree and made some apples!

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That’s what we have so far, and the twins have had a great time creating their own fall scenes!

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Birthday Party Etiquette

Luke’s 7th birthday is coming up on October 30, and its his year to have a party. He had a party during his last year in Montessori, which was a small class. We had a bounce house at our home, and I was able to invite everyone in his class. Now that he is in school, I’m not sure what the etiquette is. I would love to be able to let him choose what he wants to do (either laser tag or the pumpkin patch with hay rides and pony rides), but there’s no way I can invite his whole class plus his other friends at $25 per child.

I don’t really know what to do. I would hate for someone to mention the party to someone who I don’t invite and hurt their feelings. At the same time, I don’t want Luke to have a boring party at our house.

What do other parents do? Am I the only one who thinks that spending $500 on a 7 year-old’s birthday is ridiculous? I would love to hear your inputs!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Real Food Recipe 2- Whole Chicken and Homemade Chicken Stock

Until about six months ago, I always bought my chicken stock from the store. I knew it was high in sodium, but making my own seemed like such a daunting task. After learning and researching GMOs, conventionally raised meats, etc. I decided that I needed to start buying organic. Lets face it, it’s expensive. It certainly didn’t fit in my grocery budget to buy chicken breast at $7 per pound! So I had to experiment a little, and so far I’m able to buy about 75% organic without raising my grocery bill at all. But that’s for another post. I started buying organic whole chickens, because you can get so much out of them at so little cost. They generally feed us two dinners, one with the chicken as the main course and another like tacos or a roasted chicken salad. It’s super easy, and with very little effort you can make your own stock as well!

 

    Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Chicken

One Whole Chicken
2 Lemons
3 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
1 Large onion
2 Cloves of Garlic
1tsp Dried Rosemary
Salt and Pepper

Start by washing and cleaning the chicken. Sometimes the liver and neck are shoved inside the cavity, just remove and discard them. Cut one of the lemons and the onion in half and put them in the cavity along with the sprigs of rosemary and garlic. Place the chicken in the slow cooker breast side down (I’ve found that the breast meat is more tender that way). Squeeze the other lemon on top and sprinkle with dried rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high 4-6 hours. Remove the meat, lemon, and rosemary. Reserve the skin, bones, and juices for stock!

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    Homemade Chicken Stock

Reserved juices, skin, onion, and bones from Lemon Rosemary Chicken
1/2 bag of baby carrots
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs of celery
Water

Add bay leaves, carrots, and celery to slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with water. Cook on low overnight, 8-12 hours. In the morning, remove the bones and strain through a fine mesh strainer into mason jars. Freeze for up to 6 months. The yield will vary based on the size of your slow cooker, mine gives me approximately 6 pints. You can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, or take the lid off and microwave it if you forget!

Also, if you do not have celery on hand, it’s just as good without! I made it that way yesterday!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Busy Summer!

I feel like the summer is flying by! It’s one of those times in my life that I feel like I’m treading water and barely staying afloat. Between studying for the first part of the CPA exam, keeping Luke motivated to learn over the summer, potty training the twins, and trying to get ready to start home preschool again, I’m really overwhelmed. We travel a lot during the summer, and I’m so thankful to be able to do that. Right now it’s just a blessing and a curse. I don’t have time to get the things done that I need to, and traveling makes me feel guilty that I’m taking a break. I have less than two months to prepare for one of the hardest professional exams out there and I’m not ready. Not even close. Trying to study for 6 hours a day makes me feel guilty that the kids aren’t getting enough of my time.

This is my reality, I wouldn’t change it, it just is. I have to take these exams, I went to college and received two degrees just so I could take this test. So I could contribute to our family and give us more financial security. I don’t mind the studying, I love what I will do. I hate the guilt.

I will keep chugging along, and somehow I will get it all done. Because I have to!

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Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Moving Resources Part 3- The Worst Part of Moving to Another State

The DMV, or MVC, or BMV. Whatever the state calls it, it is a total nightmare. And there is no way to avoid going there if you want to continue to drive. Living in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, and New Jersey in the past six years, I’ve had my fair share of fun encounters with the DMV.

On my most recent trip, which was last week, I left in tears. They wouldn’t accept my marriage license (I used it in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, and the Social Security office). After driving 30 minutes and waiting in line for an hour, I was not pleased to say the least. My husband also was not pleased because I completely overreacted! I ended up having my cousin get another certified copy and overnighting it to me from Ohio. Nightmare, but at least I’m legal now!

One of the worst parts is that every state has different requirements. Most states require a birth certificate, your drivers license from another state, and proof of residency. Some require a Social Security card. Some require random stuff that you wouldn’t think of! It’s never easy.

My best advice is to do your legwork online. Print and fill out anything you can at home, make sure you have certified copies of all your documents, and go during the middle of the week in the middle of the month if you can. Don’t wait until your plates are almost expired (like I did), just in case it takes more than one trip!

My husband didn’t have much better luck than I did. His car is financed, so they made him fax a form to the leinholder, and he has to wait until the state receives his title from them to get plates. Awesome, right?

I’m not by any means blaming the people that work there. It’s not their fault the laws are completely different in every state!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy