Raindrops on Roses

Last week I was chatting with a friend and I  started going on and on about some products that I love.  I thought about how many things I’ve tried after hearing about it from a friend and realized that most of the things I use on daily basis started because of recommendations from others.  I thought I’d put together a few favorites to share with you.  These items are not linked to any affiliation program,  I just want to spread the love about some great products that me and my family use all the time.

Arnica.  My mom smeared this stuff on every scrape and bruise when I was a kid.  She bought a tube for my medicine cabinet and subtly reminded me of it’s healing properties for my little ones.  Last week, my son took a nasty fall into the corner or a doorframe and ended up with a goose egg on his forehead.  After applying ice, I put some arnica on his head and am happy to report that my mom was right.  It’s fragrance free, dries quickly, helps with cuts, bruises and swelling.  (These pictures were taken 5 hours apart).

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Starbucks Iced Coffee.  Keep the coffee shop in your refrigerator!  I love the convenience of iced coffee readily available whenever I need a little pick-me-up.  This giant jug costs about as much as one drink at Starbucks and comes sweetened or unsweetened.   I just add some ice, a little milk and I’m my very own barista.  All I’m missing is a green apron.IMG_5452

Glop and Glam.  The secret to my daughters curly hair is Glop and Glam Glitter Gum (say that five times fast).  This company’s products are all paraben, sulfate, phthalate free, made with natural and organic ingredients.  A little goes a long way!  I use a dime-sized amount on her damp hair,  scrunch the hair starting at the ends and work my way up to the roots.  When it dries, it leaves her curls looking great without any obvious residue or crunch.IMG_5449 (1)

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee. Burt’s multipurpose ointment beat out so many of my other diaper rash creams and smells great.  I love that I can use it on dry skin, diaper rash or even my own cuticles.  Anything with multiple uses is a winner in my book!

Seventh Generation Wipes.  When you’re changing a diaper and pull out the wipes do you ever feel like a clown performing the never ending scarf trick?!  Not only are these wipes durable, but  I love that when I pull them out of the container, I get one at a time.  They’re made in the US and keep my son clean with plant-derived ingredients. They’re free of synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, dyes and alcohol.  The best part is, they work at tackling even the toughest diaper challenge!

Target Diapers.  I heard so many friends rave about Target brand diapers and decided to check out the hype for myself.  So far, they’ve performed just as well as my big name brand and we’ve also started using their nighttime diapers with zero problems or leaks.  Bought  in bulk, they’re roughly $0.15/diaper versus my previous brand at $0.35/diaper.  When talking nickels and dimes, it doesn’t seem like much but over the course of a year, switching to a less expensive brand could save almost $500!  Plus, they have the occasional promotion for a $10 gift card with the purchase of two diaper packs.  We’re Target diaper believers.

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Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara.  Even if my hair is up in a messy bun,  I’m wearing leggings with an oversized t-shirt and woke up 3 times last night–as long as I have on mascara, I’m doing ok.  Call me crazy.   I’ve never been a fan of makeup remover, don’t like waterproof mascara, and struggle with raccoon eyes (due to sweat, tears or water).  What’s a girl to do?!  I use Clinique’s warm water wash off mascara and love it!  It stays put all day, hold up in the south Texas humidity and looks great even after a swim.  When I’m ready to take it off,  I use warm water, gently rub my eyes in small circles and the mascara is gone.  Goodbye raccoon eyes, hello beautiful lashes!

Montessori Material Websites.  Montessori Services is a wonderful company that sells beautiful, well-made materials found in Montessori classrooms at an affordable price.  I have always been more than satisfied with the things I’ve ordered from them and their  sister company, For Small Hands.  For Small Hands sells Montessori materials for families to use at home.  Another amazing resource is Montessori Print Shop.  This site is packed with printable materials for sale and also plenty of free things too.  I highlighted some of their items in a blog post you can find  here.

In the adventure of parenting, sometimes even the smallest thing can make a difference during a tough day.  I’d love to hear about some of your favorite products that make life a little easier in the comment section!

 

The Perfect Egg

A few weeks ago I stumbled on an article claiming to have cracked the code for the perfect hard-boiled egg.  It promised a well cooked, fluffy yolk, a non-rubbery egg white, and easy peeling!  I’ve heard similar claims before and so I was skeptical of this one, but decided to give it a try.  I’ve made them multiple times with the same results so I’m confident when I tell you, these eggs are perfect!  Here is the step-by-step:

  • bring water to a boil
  • lower cold eggs from the refrigerator into boiling water using a ladle or spoon (so they don’t crack)
  • boil for 30 seconds
  • pour a large cup (or 2)  of ice into the pot of boiling water
  • once the water reaches a boil again, cook for 11 minutes
  • remove from heat and drain water
  • run eggs under cold water until they’re cool to the touch
  • place in refrigerator

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FREE Printable Material

Spring has definitely sprung here in south Texas!  The weather has been beautiful and we’re spending as much time outside as we can before the summer heat rolls into town.  We’ve seen a lot of wildlife lately which has sparked  curiosity about all things animals and insects.  Where do they live?  What kinds of things do they eat?  Is their fur soft?  Will that bug sting me? The mind of a three year old is such a wonderful thing!

I’m part of a few Facebook groups dedicated to Montessori education.  Lately, there have been numerous posts with links to free printable material and  I wanted to share them with ya’ll!  I’ve included links to the blogs  where I found them within this post and hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. Continue reading

$10 well spent.

A common complaint from people interested in Montessori is the cost associated with the materials. Maria Montessori wrote about having beautiful and appealing things available for children, but at what cost?  I constantly walk the fine line between providing quality materials and breaking the bank. I asked myself, “how can I provide her with a meaningful experience, keep the heart of the Montessori philosophy while also being frugal?” The movable alphabet is a lesson I wanted to present, but it can take up a lot of space and is potentially expensive. I decided to make my own set and want to share it with you. If you’re interested in reading more about this lesson click here for an in depth explanation. Continue reading

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Eight Lessons in One!

I put something together that will get plenty of use!  This piece of work grows with your child’s language development in a fun, sensorial-rich presentation.  Read on to find out how I turned a tub full of rice and tiny objects into eight stand alone lessons.

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After loving the language objects from Montessori Services in my classroom, I decided to buy them to use at home and am so glad we did!   If you don’t want to buy the entire set at once, you could get a few from a craft store in the doll house section or find small items around your house.  Disclaimer:  the rice will probably come out of the tub.  The great thing about rice on the floor is that it leads perfectly into a practical life lesson on sweeping. Continue reading