Coloring Box

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Super easy and couldn’t be more convenient! We are loving our new coloring box that we saw somewhere in the Pinterest World! A new staple in our diaper bag and always a hit when I pull it out in sticky situations…waiting too long at a restaurant, a car ride that has exhausted every other option and even while riding in the stroller at the market.

Materials

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Johnson & Johnson First Aid Box
Various Color Crayons
Sticky Note Paper

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From Polo Shirts and Baseball Hats to Tank Tops and Tattoos

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Two firsts this weekend: Professional Golf and Professional Motocross.

GOLF
The PGA took place in my home town this week and I attended the tournament on Friday morning, with my dad, in the rain. I’m not a huge golf fan, but jumped at the opportunity to attend the event and spend the day with my dad.

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My thoughts on the PGA and golf in general…. First of all its super quiet, no one talks and if you do and at the wrong time, a volunteer of the PGA throws you a dirty look, while pointing directly at you. Second of all, the questions that I asked my dad throughout our rainy stay were those of a novice golf watcher and those of one that was obviously more concerned about the attire of the golf participants than the game itself. My questions included such things as- do caddies have to wear shorts? Do golfers have to wear pants? Why are the golfers pants so tight? After about three hours in the rain and breaking the rules by taking a few pictures, of god only knows who, we headed to a local hole in the wall for a yummy breakfast. The rest of the week was fabulous and my family had a wonderful time basking in the sun and watching the amazing golfers that came to town. I was the lucky winner of the only crappy 2013 PGA Championship day…shocker! Congratulations to Jason Dufner (#JasonDufner) for dominating Oak Hill!

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MOTOCROSS
Unadilla Pro National MX in New Berlin, New York was a fun filled family day!

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My husband rode dirt bikes as a kid and jumped at the chance to take us to see the Pros race. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect! The sun was shining and a slight breeze blew just the right amount of cool air to keep you comfortable! The crowd was large and the bikes were loud…Reagan LOVED it! We found the most perfect shaded spot, laid out our blanket and settled in for what was an exciting afternoon! Of course I had the mundane novice questions for my husband…how much do the bikes weigh? Do they wear cups? How much do they get paid? Etc. We had a blast and can’t wait for next year!
Congrats to Ryan Villopoto (#RyanVillopoto) for being untouchable in the 450 Class and Eli Tomac (#EliTomac) for leading the 250 Class!!!

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Life is good!

Color Identification/Matching

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When you ask Reagan the color that a specific object is, more times than not, she will answer ‘blue’. Is blue her favorite color or have I been slacking in the color identification aspect of life? I put together a small activity for Reagan and I to play this afternoon and she absolutely loved…eating the pieces to the game. Seriously though, this was a great activity and will be super beneficial in strengthening her color identification and color matching skills.

Materials

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Tape
5 pieces of white paper
One crayon of each color- red, green, yellow, purple and orange
Fruity Cheerios

Directions
On each piece of paper write the name of the color crayon that you are using at the top of the paper, draw a large circle, using the same color, and fill in the circle.
Tape down the pieces of paper to a flat surface, in a arched shape, so that each color can be easily seen and reached by your child.

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At this point, Reagan and I did various things.
1- I pointed to each color, one by one, and told her the name of the color.
2- I then pointed to the colors again, one by one, and repeated their names. This time I asked Reagan to repeat the colors name aloud.
3- I laid each color Cheerio in front of Reagan and one by one, I told her the color name of each Cheerio.
4- I then pointed to each Cheerio, one by one, and repeated their color names. This time I asked Reagan to repeat the color names aloud.
5- I then showed Reagan how to match the Cheerio color to the circle and name color on the papers in front of her. ‘ this Cheerio is red. Can you find the red circle that matches/is the same as this red Cheerio?’ We continued this activity for several minutes.
6- I then gave Reagan multiple Cheerios of the same color and had her group them together onto the matching circles. ‘ can you place all of the yellow Cheerios onto the matching yellow circle?’ Etc.

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Reagan definitely ate more Cheerios than she matched, but she was learning, having fun and eating all at the same time! Which, in my opinion, is a successful activity!
I folded back the pieces of tape and stuck them to the backs of the paper. I stacked up the papers and put them away for future use.
A super easy activity that your child will enjoy, if not the activity portion, at the very least, the Fruity Cheerios!

Have Fun!

Summertime blueberry crisp

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As Meg mentioned earlier in the week, we took the kids out to G&S Orchards to go blueberry picking. I will admit that I am not the biggest blueberry fan but even I couldn’t resist eating the big and juicy berries right off the bushes. They were just begging for me to make them even sweeter so I whipped up a blueberry crisp for dinner!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups blueberries
2 Tblsp. white sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup butter

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, gently toss
together blueberries and white
sugar; set aside.

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3. In a separate bowl, combine flour,
oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and
nutmeg.

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4. Cut in butter until crumbly. I find it
easiest to use my hands.

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5. Press half of mixture into a 8×8 inch
pan.

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6. Cover with blueberries.

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7. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture
over the berries.

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8. Bake in the preheated oven for
30-40 minutes or until fruit is
bubbly and topping is golden
brown.

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You can easily double the recipe and use a 9×13 inch pan and using blackberries or raspberries would be delish too! It was the perfect summertime treat and a big hit with the hubby :)