Welcome to my new blog series dedicated to all things GIRL. After all, I am a GIRL, and I’m a mama of two GIRLS, so basically that makes me an expert on all things GIRLY, right?!?! 😉
Ok, so maybe I’m not an expert, but I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite things each month to inspire some more GIRLS, big and little, to try a new recipe, read a new book, organize a new space or create a new piece of artwork.
HERE GOES NOTHIN’…… 😀
This One’s for the Big Girls…..
Reading – Usually I read cookbooks from cover to cover the way most people read novels. However, I did read a real page turner this month that appealed to both the baker and the romantic in me, The Little Beach Street Bakery. The European scenery and the delicious food were just a bonus!
Watching – As a lover of historical fiction, I have a serious obsession with period films. My current fave is The White Queen. The story is based on Phillipa Gregory’s novels and told from the perspective of the women during The War of the Roses. The sets and costumes are absolutely breathtaking!
Learning – You may have seen the announcement last week, but we are officially homeschooling this year! Being able to tailor learning experiences to my kids’ individual needs is basically the best thing in the entire world, and we are loving every minute! Then again, it’s only the beginning of week #3, so my opinion is bound to change come December lol. 😉
Loving – For some reason I am obsessed with no bake treats right now. Probably because we just started back to school, I’m completely overwhelmed and have no time to bake. HA!
Get the recipe HERE
Get the recipe HERE
Creating – Call it the 10 year homeowner’s itch, but we (by we, I mean me, my husband just rolled his eyes and moved the furniture) recently swapped our dining room and living room spaces! Making the switch has given us room to expand our dining room table and make our living room furniture feel a bit more cozy. I’ll be posting photos soon in my new Home & Garden section, so stay tuned!!
Needing – We are in desperate need of a new trash can! I have been coveting this one for awhile, I am just waiting for my next 20% off Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon to arrive so I can purchase it. We currently store our trash can under the sink, meanwhile those cabinet doors (1970s era cabinetry, bleh) are basically falling off the hinges. I have plans to replace the doors with a no-sew curtain and line the inside of the cabinet with peel and stick tile to freshen up that area without spending a lot of money. I’ll be posting photos of this transformation as well!
This One’s for the Little Girls…..
Reading – My oldest daughter loves to read books about animals, so we are currently working our way through the Biscuit I Can Read series. He’s basically the cutest little yellow puppy you ever did see, so what’s not to love?!?! I also surprised the girls with a year’s subscription to my favorite childhood magazine, Ranger Rick Jr. Hooray for animals! 🙂
Watching – Netflix recently added Reading Rainbow to their kid’s show line up, and I could not be more thrilled!!! Any child of the 80s remembers that show, but I can’t help but chuckle when I look at the clothes and the hairstyles. Banana clips and neon socks anyone? What were we thinking LOL! Seriously though, I love how this show is being enjoyed by a whole new generation of kids, including mine!
Learning – I absolutely love that my girls are growing up in a city with so many educational opportunities within minutes! Last week the girls got up close and personal with an Alaskan Brown Bear enjoying a rabbit for lunch. I must admit, I was a little grossed out at first (I’m the kind of person who won’t order fish in a restaurant if the head is still attached), but it was pretty amazing to watch his eating technique. Both girls were totally enthralled with the experience, and we stayed until he had finished every last morsel of his ‘entrée’. Of course, this exciting event prompted a slew of questions from the girls. We did a little research and discovered brown bears like a lot of the same food we do! Who knew?!?!
Creating – I’ve been following Jean’s blog, The Artful Parent, for a few months, and my hands are itching to get busy with some paintbrushes, glitter and glue! We are gearing up to create some art with pressed leaves this fall. Jean shared her method of drying them in the microwave that I’m going to try, it’s supposed to be much faster than letting them air dry. My only fear is that they may catch on fire. Yikes! Here’s hoping I can pull it off!
Needing – My oldest daughter recently decided to grow out her bangs. She isn’t very cooperative about having them trimmed, so I think it probably is for the best, HOWEVER, she hates to wear clips and headbands. :/ I have tried countless brands from the big box stores to no avail, so I finally gave in and purchased a bunch of velcro clips from an Etsy shop, Shining Star Boutique. Even though they cost a pretty penny, these clips do not fall out!!! Totally worth the money, especially if you buy neutral colors that will go with many outfits. Oh, and BONUS, she is running a special right now for free shipping in the US on any order over $20! 😀
Loving – I love that even though we live in a city we are only a few miles away from this gem. We took the girls on an impromtu fishing trip last weekend, and the cool breezes + the pink sunset were perfection. Moments like this make me wish summer could last forever.
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