Sunday, April 28, 2013

Homeschooling with busy toddler in the house

In our home there is always some form of learning. We learn from books, we learn from our surrounding, we learn when we think we aren't learning.

With all 3 little goose so close in age, homeschooling can become somewhat of a challenge. Sometime when I teach a specific subject to our oldest, our youngest gets into mischief like this.

"I got into mama's makeup box, see I use mascara and lipstick all by myself.  And she couldn't find me, because I was hidding under my sister's bed to make my face all pretty with no mirror. I am an artist!"

This little goose finds new and creative way to make me rethink how to get things out of her reach, and how to keep her little hands busy in a productive kind of way.

I try many approach with her, toys used only when we do school, craft easy for her to do without my help, snacks and sometime even watching tv. Nothing is 100% "keep me busy and happy" type of deal. So I try to include her and her high level of energy.

So we do school at the kitchen table all together, doing puzzles or playing with a toy computer (she says she is checking her emails)

When the weather is nice, we bring the classroom outside, and there is always something to do there, to keep her busy and happy.

And for our middle child, I give her a book, let her be comfortable in her pajamas and that makes her happy. Yes, she loves Amelia Bedilia, and so do I.

How about you, if your kids are close in age, how do you get your school days running smoothly?

Friday, April 12, 2013

The card

Life sometime gets into a routine, you do what needs to be done, without thinking much about it.

You try to teach your precious little one right from wrong. To be polite and use their manners.

Those little eyes, watching your every move, are learning when you think they are not teaching. They see you interact with the world around them, and look up to you so see how they should react.

Do you know the impact you are having on them?

I often forget.

I do my things, and forget that they are watching, learning. They see the best and worst of me, and sometime the bring the best and worst in me!

Today was one of those days. It started with muffins crumbs in hair, on the floor and couches. Followed by some grumpiness and a long outdoor free play to cheer up moods. When things calmed down, I started spring cleaning, opened windows and got busy getting rid of clutter.

But for a toddler, the idea of giving away her pretty shoes, because they don't fit anymore, wasn't easy one to grasp. I should have used this time to teach her about the importance of sharing with less fortunate, how we are blessed and can be a blessing to others.

But I failed.

I was too busy getting things done and ready to give away. Too tired to deal with the grumpiness, so I send her for a nap.

Then, my oldest, came to me with a card and envelope, asking me how to write "Get well soon".

 See earlier when we were outside our neighbor asked to use our phone because she needed to call her work to let them know that she couldn't make it in today. She was feeling too ill, and needed to rest.

 I smiled, and let her in.

Continued what I was doing, not thinking much of it. But she remembered, her little heart remembered the sickness, and wanted to help.

"Mama, cards always makes people feel better when they are sick"

She was right, again I failed at seeing that someone was sick, and needed a card, to make her feel better.

So here I am, sitting and writing these down, because they are learning but also because they are teaching me.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

No Heat Curls ~ as seen on pinterest

Where does the time go, feels like I haven't been here for ages!

This is going to be a quick post, because sometime mothers have not a whole lot of time to do about anything!

I have long thick wavy hair, meaning that, if I refuse to walk around with a lion mane, I have to put some time and effort into doing some kinds of hair do. But by the time I get up in the morning, I have 3 little goose needing me and often just grab my hair in a bun and that it.  Low maintenance, easy, but not really pretty!

Then I find out that I can have pretty curl without much effort.

All you need is a headband (choose one that fit snug on your head), styling product of your choice and dry hair.

How to achieve this look

  • apply styling product of choice or slightly damp your hair (using a spray bottle). I use Argan oil of the tip of my hair (I tend to have dry tips cause frizzes) and a medium hold mouse. 
  • using the following picture found on pinterest, place the hairband and start rolling your hair in. The smaller the section of hair you use and the tighter you tuck over and under the headband, the tighter the curls are going to be. 
picture and tutorial found here 

  • Sleep with this hairdo all night and in the morning, get up, remove the hairband and voila, pretty  bouncy natural looking curls.

Estimated time, 5-10 minutes, short enough to do this once or twice a week and getting rid on the Mommy Hair Do!

Now if you would like a video tutorial on how to make those pretty curls, let me know in the comments and I'll try to make it for you.

Have you try any form of no heat curls? And if you are a mother, what is your hairstyle of choice at the moment???

Thursday, April 4, 2013

We got hit and hit again

The flue bug as hit our home twice within a week. Bleach, lemon juice and tea tree oil being used to clean and sanitize... will be back to blogging soon