Friday, May 31, 2013


My Instagram profile is set to Private but I will add anyone as long as you're not trying to sell me anything or want me to friend- train you (Ha! That doesn't sound right?!) TheFamilySmith3 .

Last Friday was my Preschool's last day.  I had a student in my class since she was 2 years old (She's now 4) Crazy how I watched her grow up.  That Family is dear to my heart and lucky for me, I get little Sister next year : )

My daughter is crazy for painting.  Her daddy got her some watercolors; a step up from finger paints, but look where they ended up- all over her hands!  She kills me.

 Daddy was detailing his car and she was trying to drive away.  I swear she's 2 going on 16.

 It was one of those nights I was glued to the couch and we were watching the tube; this face melts my heart.

I got lucky and was able to get today (Friday) off!  We had a Girl's Date and went to our favorite place:  The Aquarium.  We went sans stroller for the second time ever and did great; low traffic, short lines and a new play area was explored.  It was lovely.
And like always, what's a trip to the Aquarium without stopping by Pinkberry for a pick-me-up sugar rush.  It was the cherry on top of the perfect day.

Thanks for joining me!
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My favorite Play dough Recipe

DIY play dough recipe

My co- worker gave me this recipe for Play dough and I absolutely LOVE it!  We actually use this recipe exclusively; it comes together in 5 minuets (a total of 15 minuets from start to finish) it has a soft texture and it's all natural.  It lasts for months with proper storing.  And the children can't get enough of it!

1 cup white flour
1/4 cup salt
2 T cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 T vegetable oil
2 t food coloring (this can vary due to how deep a color you want)
Extra flour for kneading

Prep your work table by spreading flour for kneading.

In a medium pot add your dry ingredients.  {I tripled the recipe to make enough play dough for my class of 10.}

Add the wet ingredients and mix together over a medium high heat. {I had my heart set on red but came to find out we didn't have any red food coloring, so I subbed liquid watercolor and it worked fine; I just added a lot more than 2 t, and the color was less vibrant.}

the mixture before I added coloring

It will start to look like a globby mess, this is the halfway- done mark.  Keep mixing!  I was not able to get a picture of this stage due to fear of burning the dough, but you will know this stage once you start cooking!

the dough forms a ball when done cooking

When the mixture resembles dough and can form a cohesive ball, flip out onto your floured surface.  CAUTION: the dough is EXTREMELY hot!  Let it cool before handling.  I give it five minuets to cool while I soak the pot and put away materials.

Begin to knead the dough, adding flour as needed to reduce tackiness.  Once the dough feels silky not gummy, you're done
Place dough in a ziplock bag, squeeze out the air and refrigerate over night.  {This prevents mold growth and only needs to be done the day it's made. After that first refrigeration it can be stored room temperature in the same ziplock bag.}  

I hope you find this useful and fun to make and play!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What Kinsey Wore Wednesday: Neutrals

Just kicking back, eating a pickle at Grandma's

Am I the only mom who dresses vicariously through their kid?  My daughter has the cutest clothes and can pull off any style so sometimes I will dress her in trends I'm too afraid to try on myself.  Like wearing all neutrals; I can't do it.  I'm too pale so it washes me out even more (yes, that is possible).

The owl top is from her second birthday (owl themed naturally), the khakis are Jumping Bean's from Kohl's and the shoes are Airwalks.  Doesn't she just look adorable?  I love how the glitter from the shoes picks up the glitter on the owl decal. 

Linking up with Kilee at One little Momma!
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Pom poms and tongs

preschool fine motor activity pompoms and tongs

I've noticed a trend with all my Preschool posts- they mostly focus on fine motor development.  And I realized why; my class has 3 children under 3, a first for me considering they all came toward the last half of the year.  (Remember me complaining about that here?)  And to prepare them for success for next year (they will be in my class again) we are starting some skills early.  These are bright children and you can never start fine motor development too early.
This activity involves the ever present ice cube trays (hello, compartmentalized bins!) and pom poms.  Who doesn't love pom poms?  They are bright, colorful, soft and just plain fun!  And to up the ante, tongs.  Tweezers could work for this activity too.  (And in some places are labeled as the same thing.)


Plastic tongs/tweezers
Pom Poms
Ice cube trays
The children naturally started to grab pom poms by the handful, so I redirected and showed them how to manipulate the tongs.  The older students (4 years) began to sort by color and the 2 year olds were just enjoying themselves and heaping pom poms any which way.  The end results look different but the process is the same; and all ages benefit from this activity. 

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