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Monday, October 15, 2018

What's that Quote? #25 (Let go of negative thoughts)

Monday, Monday...
We meet again!

I know I haven't been around much the past few weeks. It has been rough around here.
We have had 5 deaths in the last five weeks. We are coping and trying to get by.
It has really kicked my anxiety into it's own universe! I've been a hot mess for so many reasons that I just needed to have a really good meltdown. Get it out and get over it!
Today, I am starting anew.
I am determined to try my hardest to maintain my sanity and what normalcy I can amidst all this...life!

"Let go of thoughts that don't make you strong."

I am so tired of letting thoughts, things get me down!
Like the saying goes...
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!
Seriously, it is exhausting!

I tend to let every little set back or snag get me so down.
I sit and think,
"Well, you should have known that would happen."
"What did you expect?"
"Why did you think that would work?"

I hate sounding so bitter and self destructive, but that is usually how I am. #truestory

I hate that I do that and I hate how it feels.
Why am I so hard on myself?
It probably has something to do with a regressed childhood trauma... who knows. I don't have the money or insurance to dig into that one at the moment.

For now, I have me and God. We talk, we'll figure this one out.
Today, I am focusing on my positive vibes and what I CAN accomplish! What I know I have strength in. What I know I can succeed at!
Today, I am going to let go of the thoughts that don't make me strong!

I hope you will do the same.
What do you do to let go of the thoughts?
How do you focus on the positive?
Share any thoughts or stories.
Happy Monday!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

4 in 1 Printable Worksheet:Shapes Great for preschool

I love free printable!

Hi y'all. I hope everyone is enjoying this glorious day!

The little and I may take some time to enjoy the outdoors today. We both deserve it.
My little has been working super hard this past week.
Letters, shapes, worksheets, chalkboard work, flash cards.
We've been dabbling in a little of a lot!
You know how it is, they have the attention span of hyena on his third Snickers bar!
Well, my kid does anyway.

I wanted to find something that I could use for a multitude of lessons!
Or at least something that I felt gave her enough work to keep her doing more than five minutes of school time, and also actually engaged her enough that she was learning.

I can't count how many worksheets we have done on the letter A.
Say A. Trace letter A. Find all the As in the hidden puzzle. A flash cards. Write A on the chalkboard.
Over and over... and you know what?
She STILL cannot identify A by it self. UGGH!
We She is struggling with this one!
We'll get back to A next week!

So, I finally found this page that is totally free to print out over @Erin-specialeducation
It is actually part of a shapes series, but I just wanted the one sheet.
You can always look through and choose what you need.

I knew I was going to use this worksheet several ways.
I wanted to create a lesson that gave her a few ways to learn from it.
(I printed several copies)

I am calling this 

4 in 1 worksheet

For us and most, that is the first thing they need to learn.
What is the name of each shape.
This worksheet is made so that the shapes are drawn with dotted lines perfect for tracing each shape!
We used a crayon on one and pencil on another
3. Color
The color key at the top is great to teach them a pattern or to follow instructions.
Only squares are yellow, etc.
4.Cut & Glue
The dotted lines used for tracing also work great to encourage cutting along the line.
This was wonderful practice for scissor control.
We then glued all the shapes onto a piece of construction paper.
Do it random or make a pattern!

I am so happy with all she took away from this one worksheet!
4 lessons, 1 sheet= happy momma!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Recipe: Jello Flavored Candy Popcorn! Yum!

Super Gooey Jello Candy Popcorn 

Hi Y'all! I am super excited to share one of our favorite snack recipes with you!
It is so yummy. Super easy and doesn't take a whole lot of time.

My sister had a birthday party for my niece this past weekend. The theme was all things junk food! Pretzels, pizza, ice cream, cake, and...popcorn! Well, and unicorns of course!
She calls at the last minute and asks us to make a ton of microwave popcorn. 
We popped 6 bags...
We came home with 3... as in 3 huge ice cream tubs full(we recycle) of popped popcorn!
I just couldn't let it sit and go stale and be wasted!
So, we decided to go for our old tried and true recipe. We whipped up our yummy Jello Flavored Candy Popcorn. 
We used Raspberry jello for this one! See in the picture that wonderful shiny pink? It tastes as good as it looks!
Here is my recipe

  • 2 bags of popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups light Karo/corn Syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package of Jello(any flavor)
  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  • Spray the paper with any cooking spray
  • Pour out your popcorn onto sheet and set aside
  • On medium heat mix corn syrup and sugar in a sauce pan
  • bring to a boil, stir until all sugar is melted 
  • add entire pack of jello powder
  • allow to boil and mix well until all jello is dissolved
  • remove from heat
  • carefully drizzle or pour mixture over popcorn slowly and as evenly as possible(Extreme Caution! It is boiling sugar!)
  • using a spoon or spatula toss and coat all popcorn
  • Allow to cool or refrigerate a few minutes(I like it a tad still warm)

That's it! It is so easy and only takes about 10 minutes!
Remember you can try any flavor and the colors are amazing!
(corn syrup makes everything shiny!)
Enjoy your very own fun treat!

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