WeLove Baking

Cooking with your children is so wonderful! Allowing children to get hands on experience with their food is so valuable. With all the colors, quantities as well as textures and terminologies your child can take great lessons away with each recipie! Never underestimate the value of real life experience at any age. Bake it Fun provided me a baking sheet in exchange for my honest review and I was thrilled to try out the product.

 I am so accustomed to traditional metal pans that pile high in my kitchen the intrigue for this baking mat that rolled up easily was high. Our cooking process was much of the same. Normally I just kinda toss the metal pans in the half way open oven , but with the nature of this mat I did have to actually open the oven and place the mat on the shelf. However, the cleaning was sooooo easy! No Brillo and elbow grease needed! And being able to bend and store the mat makes it all so dreamy! As a busy mom I need all my tools to be as simple and stress free as possible. I will continue to reach for my “Bake it Fun” baking mat first before any of my old metal ones in the future.

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WeLove Campfires

Watkins Park Nature Center hosted their first campfire for the season and we were thrilled to attend with friends. Mommy was just as excited as Liv for our first campfire together. Daddy just got her a fun new lantern that she just had to bring along. The campfire gathering lasted 1.5 hours. Our time was filled with a play, a pictionary style learning activity about insects, lots of shared nature learning and of course we ended our time with songs and roasting of marshmallows. Have I already mentioned how much I love a good park! This event was such a wonderful way to utilize time away from the screen.

   
       

WeLove Meaningful Books!

  

Thrifting is life! Many days along side my grandmother and parents as a child I was constantly in a thrift store or at a yard sale looking for unique items. As I got older and initiated these excursions myself I’ve gone through phases of items that I was targeting. Now that my little person is here ,and especially because I homeschool I literally get a high from the amazing learning tools we have acquired as well as the beautiful books that we get to add to Liv’s library. I spend quite a bit of time digging through shelves inspecting books for perfection. Making sure they are odor free and free of any markings or rips…. Most importantly I seek out books with educational value, special interest, meaningful content as well as characters that visually represent our family. 

Each book pictured above was in pristine condition with excellent content and for the entire set I spent about $2 *pops collar and does a little dance* “In God’s Name” highlights the quest for everyone to connect to the most high, while many may call the creator a different name the book concludes with everyone acknowledging that they are all a reflection of God and each name can be applied and at that point of unity they truly had reached a place of communion not just with each other but with the most high as well.

I scored an awesome Spike Lee Joint guys! I’m pretty sure I squealed and clicked my heels right there in the aisle. “Giant Steps to Change the World” highlights the accomplishments of courages thinkers and doers of the past and present while challenging children to develop their own plan to impact the world!

The Kwanzaa book I purchased is full of history, activities and recipes. We are currently learning about animal and insect life cycles so the Caterpillar to Butterfly book was a timely addition and lastly “Just for Today”  is a fun story of parental bears that abandon their stressful adult chores to simply enjoy the day with their cubs… no yelling… No shoes just fun and love.

What are you reading to your little ones?

Farm Month

 

Good weather is upon us so it’s the perfect time to spend a day or if your a fanatic like us multiple days at the zoo! April is highlighted as Farm Month. Children have the opportunity to meet animals, observe feedings and other special calendar events. Be sure to check the DC Zoo Website before your visit so that you can plan your visit according to your interest.  So grab a friend, pack a lunch and enjoy your day!

         

WeLove Nature

 

Nature is Amazing! I am constantly learning and connected when I am at a park! This week we had the opportunity to attend a Educational puppet show and learning through artifacts session at Watkins Regional Park. This was a fun interactive way to educate your littles! If your homeschooling your child this is a golden opportunity to get a minimal cost enrichment. Here Liv is standing out at the pond with her nature center teacher holding a frog egg mass. There are many parks with amazing weekday and weekend programs that the entire family can enjoy be sure to check out your local park service.