What stinks in here?

Alternative title: why do all of Michael’s favorite things focus on poop?

I’m hoping that it’s normal that a 4+ year old boy is obsessed with farting and poop. They are, right?

Whoopee cushion to computer: everything is flatulent.

Our most recent find comes from Nat Geo Kids: the Dung Beetle Derby game. He’s obsessed. Players have to solve a series of puzzles and games to allow the poop ball to reach the dung beetle who then takes it to the next level. Sounds great, right? We worked together and beat the game in a little more than an hour. The game is fun and tricky.

One of many great NatGeo games

Of course we discovered a great new book: F is for Fart. The alphabet AND animals AND farts? A winner.

It really rounds out our collection of poop books… Everybody Poops, What is Poop, and the classics Toot and Potty.

Our favorite books of late

So what great poop and fart “resources” have you found?

We’re familiar with the What’s inside your butthole? “music video” (thanks, Uncle James), but I’ve opted not to share it here.

Please tell us other books we should be reading and games we should be playing!

Happy Earth Day {2020}

Every day is earth day in our house, but on Wednesday we went a little more intense than normal.

Michael took an Earth Day Pledge and has since failed on his “shorter showers” promise. Otherwise, he’s doing great.

Earth Day pledge

We made some amazing cookies that were SO EASY. We picked a sugar cookie recipe on Pinterest (this one!), separated the dough into two bowls (go a little heavier for one of the bowls), and added food coloring (one bowl green, the bowl with more, blue, since Earth’s surface is 71% water). And mix, mix, mix.

Earth Day Cookies

Once you’ve got your colored dough bowls, pinch pieces of each dough color, combine them, (see below) and roll them lightly. If you roll them too much they’ll get marbled. Just a quick roll to combine should suffice.

Pinching cookies together

Bake per the recipe’s instructions…

Earth Day cookie dough balls

And, voila! Delicious and festive.

Earth Day cookies finished

Some of our other fun resources for learning about Mother Nature: (no affiliate links, since I can’t figure out how to do that…)

What did the tree wear to the pool party? — Swimming trunks. This and may more Earth Day jokes.

Nature Activity Book

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals (My Very Important Encyclopedias) 

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Dinosaurs: Discover more than 80 Prehistoric Creatures

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World

Gross as a Snot Otter (The World of Weird Animals) 

What else should we be reading? How did you celebrate Earth Day/Week? Tell me below! 

Halloween recap {2018}

What a Halloween!

We dressed up, paraded, trick-or-treated, and ate and ate and ate.

Most of my creative juices went to Michael’s Mater costume, which was a work of art.

From the front:

Mater costume

And from the back… a working tow hook!

Mater costume

And let’s not forget the working headlamps once dusk hit! (Don’t you just love the pie tin radiator/candy dish!?)

Mater costume

Mater was WAY too big to wear to school for Michael’s class parade, so we pulled this Captain America costume out of the closet. Look at these little super heroes!

Apparently Michael grew a bit… Look at his shoes and fake shoes.

Little super heroes

Brandon and I phoned in our outfits, thanks to Target. They were fun and easy– fine by me!

Waldo Halloween costume

Of course we had some festive eats too… Our many-layer dip was so easy and paired perfectly with orange and black chips from Wegmans:

Halloween seven layer dip

And some sweet treats, “blood” courtesy of food coloring and corn syrup, applied with an infant medicine dropper, edible axes made by Wilton, bought by me:

Bloody ax cupcakes

We carved pumpkins too. All around, the perfect holiday!

Carving pumpkins

It’s been awhile…

One of my 2020 goals was to write more often on this here blog.

Four months in and I’ve failed miserably.

So, it’s time to remedy that– you know, with all this quality quarantine time on my hands.

(Just kidding. Homeschooling + 4.5 year old + working from home = doesn’t work. My “free time” consists of the hours of 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., when I get to enjoy catching up on work, TV, and “me” time. That’s a whole 21 hours a week assuming I don’t fall asleep on the couch! YES!)

I have several catch-up blog posts that I’m looking forward to finishing and posting in the coming weeks. So look forward to a rapidly-aging Michael and some really great adventures!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaack!

Love your Elf on the Shelf!

It’s already mid-November, which means in a few short weeks our Elf on the Shelf Train will be returning from the North Pole, to make sure our sweet boy actually stays on Santa’s “nice” list.

We met Train last year, shortly after my son’s third birthday. It was the perfect age to begin.

24 days of new Elf activity is a lot of work.

To prepare, I did my homework and created a calendar for our Elf. The hour or so I spent on Pinterest and creating the calendar was totally worth it.

I have a tendency to doze during my son’s bedtime, so the calendar was a guide to help my husband and I both to place Train, even if we didn’t want to.

I bought a couple of items to ensure our Elf’s success: a package of cotton balls, a dry-erase marker, a couple of cheap gifts (stocking stuffer type things) found at the Target One-Spot or Dollar Store.

Read our 2018 calendar here. (This includes a weekend trip to NYC, so some hotel Elf action)

Read our 2019 calendar here.  (This includes another quick trip, this time to Seattle)

Here are some of my favorite Elf poses from last year. This year I’m most excited to use the leftover spider web from Halloween to have Spider-man suspend Train.

Elf on the Shelf with North Pole breakfast

Train with his North Pole breakfast

Elf on the Shelf visits the Sprinkle Spa

Train visited the Sprinkle Spa. So relaxing!

Elf on the Shelf coloring

An easy one: your Elf can be coloring or practicing their letters!

Elf on the Shelf "Chilling" out

Just “chilling” out in the snow (cotton balls)

Elf on the Shelf reading to his dino friends

Reading a new train book to his dinosaur friends

Elf on the Shelf in the tree

Another easy one: suspended in the tree!

Elf on the Shelf racing stuffed animals

Are they racing or is the T. Rex going to eat the deer!? Elf attached with unscented floss.

Elf on the Shelf calling Santa

Uh oh… Santa wants to talk. Another easy one!

Elf on the Shelf just hanging out

Mr. Bedhead found his Elf, just ‘hanging out’

For more ideas, visit my “Elf on our Shelf” Pinterest board.

Happy Elf-ing!

There’s always the Elf Surveillance Camera if you’re not interested in the Elf.

{2019-2020} Fall TV is BACK!

Oh, hi. It’s been a minute.

I couldn’t miss a new season of television, so I’m back!

(How else would I program my DVR next year if I didn’t have this post to look back upon!?)

New shows that have caught our* attention: 

  • Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
  • Bluff City Law (NBC)
  • Almost Family (FOX)
  • The Unicorn (CBS)
  • Stumptown (ABC)
  • Perfect Harmony (NBC)
  • Evil (CBS)
  • Nancy Drew (CW)
  • Lincoln (NBC)

“Our” returning favorites:

  • PLL: The Perfectionistas (Freeform)
  • The Goldbergs (ABC)
  • Schooled (ABC)
  • The Rookie (ABC)
  • FBI (CBS)
  • Single Parents (ABC)
  • New Amsterdam (NBC)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  • Superstore (NBC)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Bull (CBS)
  • Good Girls (NBC))
  • Riverdale (CW)
  • Simpsons (FOX)
  • Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
  • Last Week Tonight (HBO)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Ballers (HBO)
  • The Detour (TBS)
  • Jack Ryan (Amazon)
  • Barry (HBO)

“We” also liked quite a few summer/off-season shows that I hope will come back next year: 

  • BH90210 (FOX)
  • Grand Hotel (ABC)
  • Blood & Treasure (CBS)
  • The InBetween (NBC)
  • The Bold Type (Freeform)

I started this post while watching the Emmy’s and realized that I should add a couple of new shows to my watch list:

  • Fleabag (Amazon)
  • Ozark (Netflix)

What else should “we” be watching??

(*Brandon is only supportive of a handful of these shows.)

Last minute {children’s} Valentine ideas

In case you missed it, Valentine’s day is THIS Thursday. (On Feb. 14)

If you’re a little behind and still figuring out what to do, allow me to give you some great ideas.

Assuming you have an Amazon Prime account, you’ll be able to start and finish these with time to spare!

For space lovers…

You’re out of this world!

Space ducks: unite!

For dinosaur lovers…

You’re dino-mite! Thank you for being my friend-o-saurus!

These valentines are DINO-riffic!

For construction lovers…

We bought these cars (Michael loves them so much he’s keeping some to play with!) and I made these simple tags with four fitting phrases:

Construction valentine tags

You are TONS of fun! You MOVE me! I totally DIG you! LOADS of love!

Here’s the construction tag PDF for you. Print it, cut it, tie it, and you’re set!

I totally dig you!

Finished product: construction valentines

Finished product: construction valentines

Need even more ideas? Head over to Pinterest. Happy Valentine’s day!