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23 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #227


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We Stopped Going To Church - Jennifer Lambert





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Peanut Buster Parfait Pie - Rae's Book and Recipes


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22 May 2017

Make Your Flowers In a Clear Glass Vase Look Fabulous With Stones

Take your indoor floral arrangements to the next level with stones!  
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Start with a colorful bouquet of flowers, clear glass vase and fresh water. Add stones and you have the prettiest display with very little effort. I wish I had thought of it sooner.

You see, I received an absolutely gorgeous floral bouquet from my husband. It was so large that it needed 4 different vases. This vase, being the largest, surprised me. The bouquet lost some of its pizzazz. Something was wrong. I think it was because every stem was clearly visible. 

Then I got an idea! I had just brought home a collection of stones used in my O is for Ocean fizzing preschool activity. I wouldn't be needing them again for a while so I took a handful, rinsed them off and put them in the bottom of the vase. Next, I filled it with water and put the flowers back in. Beautiful! The stones made all the difference in the world. Don't you love it? 



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21 May 2017

Come to the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party

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Upcycled Pin Cushion from Duct Tape and Denim




Raspberry Mint Iced Tea from Delightful E Made
Paracord Water Bottle Holder from Hello Nature




Cuban Black Bean Soup from Olla Podrida
 

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19 May 2017

Letter X Marks The Spot Treasure Hunt Theme For Preschoolers

Check out this adorable Letter X preschool lesson ... X Marks the Spot ... complete with pirates, princesses, an island and a treasure hunt! Free printables for you to use or go ahead and create your own.

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Letter X is one of the more challenging letters of the alphabet for preschool teachers to find themes. X is for Xylophone is the logical choice, or perhaps X is for Xray (especially if you add the superpower "Xray Vision" to it.) But, those possibilities seemed a little lack-luster to me. So, when I came up with  X marks the Spot I was thrilled! It opened the door to an imaginative pirate theme complete with a real treasure hunt. Awesome! 

Children love to play dressup and my young crew is no exception. Thirteen 3, 4 and 5 year olds in pirate - and princess - costumes is their dream come true! One little boy came with a handlebar mustache and black eye painted on his face (probably eye brow pencil) plus a Jack Sparrowesque bandana with hanging beads and dred locks! Talk about imagination! His mom tells me that when he came home from school he said "Mama, my costume was the best!" Yep, it was!

What I really loved was being able to incorporate very simple map reading skills and letter writing practice as they wrote the letter "X" on their maps! Additionally, with the help of the team leader (a teacher) they learned how to follow directions from clue to clue. Here is how we did it...

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X Marks The Spot Preschool Treasure Hunt

Supplies
Crayons - 1 each
Treasure Maps
Color-coded numbered clues
Island decorations
CD player
DIY Treasure Chest (wrapped gift box)
"Treasure"

Directions
Print clues on colored paper -each team has a different color.
Write the number of the clue on the back.
Tape the clues in the correct locations according to the maps along the route you will have them follow.
Prepare a location to be the "island" with the treasure.* How to make it? → below
Set up your CD player at the island loaded with a CD for the hula dance.
Print a treasure map for each child and adult.
Secure the map to a clip board → so that they can mark an X through each clue as it is completed.
Have lots of fun.


Our class meets in a traditional school classroom. The hall has 8 doorways with a big open foyer at the end. The treasure maps are designed for two teams to play - pink team and green team. 

We taped the clues to the wall (high enough for an adult to reach) in several locations as the maps directed. Each clue had the clue number on one side and the clue on the other side. Pink paper clues for Pink Team and green paper clues for Green Team. 

Since most preschoolers do not read yet, the adult team leader did the reading for them.


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In order to keep the teams from crowding in the same area, I made two maps with different directions keeping the teams away from each other. i.e. pink clue number 1 was taped next to green number 5, pink clue 2 was near green number 1, etc.

Starting with number 1, the teams would find the clue number with their team color and the team leader would read it aloud. As they followed the instructions, completing the task, each one would mark an X through that number on their treasure map.





This game has 6 clues. Each clue requires that the team do a simple challenge. For instance, clue #1 says "jump three times and turn around one time" Another clue says "whisper the ABC song." The clues are written in rhyme to make them a little more mysterious. Every time a task is completed, players must put an X through the number of the clue on their map. This is a Letter X theme, afterall!

Clue #6 congratulates the players for making it all the way through...giving them final instructions to meet at the "island" back in the classroom to do the hula and find the treasure! (Prior to treasure hunt time,  I had set up the island motif.)

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How to make an "island" in a classroom:  put 2 grass skirts on the floor near the wall where you will dance, kind of like the floor of a hut or a beach. On the wall, tape a long plastic decorative banner or tablecloth with parrots on it. 

I purchased some very inexpensive plastic Hawaiian leis and had them on the floor. Each child picked one to wear. Our classroom Kids Praise CD has a song on it that sounds a little bit "tropical" so we danced the hula to it. (Cut #5 "Blessed Be Your Name") 




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The treasure chest consisted of a glittery red box filled with bottles of bubbles. I put it inside a larger box and wrapped it in foil wrapping paper, placing a big letter X on the top. When it was time, my little kiddos ripped into it with glee!



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If you love this Letter X preschool theme, take a look at what we did for Letter Y is for Yellow and Letter Z is for Zoo!


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16 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #226

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Everyone have a great Mother's Day?  Well, next stop⇨ Memorial Day! Life is just one great event after another, isn't it!  Well, let's get right down to business and check out the posts you loved the most last week!



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Melt In Your Mouth Dessert Bars - Aging Like A Fine Wine


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Editor's Pick





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15 May 2017

Quick Low Carb Tofu Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe

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It is a mystery to me why I stray from low carb eating. I always lose weight. I always feel better - and I love the food!  Now that I have found THM [Trim Healthy Mama] and CAN have "carbalicious" delicacies, I am back in the groove and returning to my favorites. Stir fry zucchini with tofu is one of them. 

I usually have this dish for lunch, though it can be a side or even breakfast. It is so easy to make and so tasty. Surely you don't have to be on a diet to enjoy it but it is nice to know that it is very friendly to any low-carb plan.


Here is how to make it:

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Quick Low Carb Tofu Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe


Ingredients
2 T. olive oil
1/4 brick extra firm tofu
1/2 cup zucchini squash cut in bite sized pieces
Garlic powder to taste
Himalayan Pink salt - a sprinkle
1/4 – 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Directions
Heat oil in non-stick skillet on medium-high.
Drain the water from the tofu.*
Slice 1/4 off the brick of tofu. 
*Return the larger part to a plastic container filled with fresh water. Seal and refrigerate for future use.
Press with clean paper towel to get the excess water out.
Cut the tofu in bite-size squares.
Add to the skillet.
Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt.
Toss gently using a spatula.
Add zucchini pieces and continue to lightly turn it so that it doesn't stick.
When tofu is slightly golden and zucchini softened a bit, top with mozzarella till it melts.
Slide it out of the skillet onto a plate and dig in!




Enjoy!
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