🤩 With stars in her eyes she said to me, “You know what mom, I had plans to be the first woman on the moon but daddy told me that mission is already scheduled. So I decided I’ll just be the first person that walks on Mars instead.”

And you know what? With the amount of conviction in her little voice, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if this is the photo they’re flashing on tv years from now as her rocket takes off to Mars 🚀✨

🤩 With stars in her...

9 Months ❤️of our rosy cheek Josie😊

She has so many fun little quirks right now that I am just so in love with. The full-arm-extension clap. Her deep throaty giggle. The adorably coy way she hides her face against me and peeks out. How she still sings herself to sleep. 

She’s not quite officially crawling but definitely gets where she wants to go by any means necessary. 

She’s such a cuddle bug and I melt every time she puts her head on my shoulder or runs her little hand through my hair.

Her favorite toys right now are books, bath boats, drum, and anything she can bang together.

She loves “I’m going to get you” and tickle games, peek-a-boo, knocking down blocks, and putting herself right in the middle of whatever the big kids are doing.

This month has been tough. A big one for food allergies. A completely backwards month for sleep. And an exasperating month as we try to calm her eczema flares.

Always happiest in my arms and I’m enjoying every squeeze because i have a feeling it’s not long before she’s zooming off on her own.

9 Months ❤️of our rosy...

🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a cute craft you can do with kitchen scraps; it turns out the bottom of a celery stalk makes a perfect rose 🤯😍!! So let your kids stamp you a pretty bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, you deserve it, mama! 💐❤️

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#thisismamahood #valentinescrafts #craftsforkids

🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a...

I love you, my little Josie Lu! 💗 It feels like we’ve been going in circles for the last month with allergists, scratch tests, blood labs, food challenges, and more food challenges. And finally here we are: content. 

We have some answers and a plan that will keep us on a safe and steady path for now and I’m grateful to feel a sense of relief and optimism that I don’t often feel as a long time allergy mom.

Josie passed both her baked milk and baked egg challenges, making it possible to keep baked products in her diet which will hopefully lead to tolerance of other forms in the long run 🤞🏻

Thank you, as always, for following along, sending love and kind words, and praying for my sanity when I’m stuck in a small food challenge room for hours upon hours with a mobile baby 🤪😘

I love you, my little...

Math, but make it sweet 💗💜

At the rate things are going, I expect Harper to be learning calculus by next month so I figured we’d have a little counting fun while we can still snack on the equations 😋

Here’s a quick peek at some of the preschool & kinder math activities I’m going to do with the kids this week - Grab the free printable on my blog if you want to join in!❣️

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Math, but make it sweet...

And since we’ve no place to go...❄️

The snow this week has done wonders to reset our mid-winter fatigue. It was a much needed break from our gloomy day monotony to have a reason to get out in the fresh, crisp, air and play 🤗! Pulling the three of them piled in the sled today was just about the cutest and just what I needed 🥰

And since we’ve no place...

I made the kids some ✨fancy✨ XOXO Dough valentines this year and if you watch my stories you’ll see that um, oops, I already gave it to them 🙈🥰 In my defense, it was a much more fun and festive way to practice spelling words this morning 🙃 {recipe on my blog & Reels!}

I made the kids some...

🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made this simple & sweet garland to decorate our Valentine book nook using pre-cut paper hearts (I see you @Target craft section🙌🏻) and my sewing machine! It’s a cute, easy, and budget friendly way to spread some love around the house! 💜
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🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made...

Celebrating the end of the longest month in history 🎉 Just kidding, kind of. But I do need a place to put the rest of our New Year’s pictures before January is officially over 😆 so, Cheers 🥂✨

⬅️Swipe to see all 3 getting in on the confetti fun: Which pic’s your favorite? It’s the baby confetti toes and tutu rolls for me 🥰

Celebrating the end of the...

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

Melted Crayon Valentine Hearts

Happy February! Let’s start LOVE month with a simply bright and colorful Valentine’s Day DIY ! One of my goals this January was to clean out the depths of our cabinets throughout the house. The craft closet was an absolute disaster gold mine of broken and lost crayons in just about every container I came across. Instead of tossing them, I put them aside to make these melted crayon valentine hearts for Harper to pass out to her pre-k class! It’s a great way to reuse perfectly good crayons that just didn’t have a place in our nice and tidy art area anymore.

Make homemade melted crayon valentine hearts; a perfect non-food valentine treat! Instructions + two free valentine printables!

How to make Melted Crayon Hearts

STEP 1: Remove the paper wrapper from your crayons.

We started with the kids peeling the wrappers but that was going nowhere fast; I found it much easier to use my x-acto knife to make a clean cut and just let them unwrap the paper.

STEP 2: Break the crayons into 1/2″-ish pieces

STEP 3: Fill a silicone mold with a layer of broken crayons

Using this silicone mold , we arranged different colors of crayons in a single layer (it’s okay if it’s more, you’ll just end up with a thicker crayon!). You can also separate by color family if you want to make a full rainbow set of heart crayons, which would make a great little valentine gift for your kids!

STEP 4: Bake your crayons for 20-25 minutes at 250 degrees or until melted.

Be careful removing the liquified crayons, the heart mold is a little flimsy and that wax is hot!

STEP 5: Let cool 20-30 minutes and pop out your new crayons!

This was the kids’ favorite part; they loved being surprised by a unique pattern every time we popped out a new heart. No mixing is necessary, the colors just marbleize themselves!

I love when I can get the kids involved in a quick and easy multi-part project; we had a blast following these super easy directions to make a whole classroom worth of melted crayon valentine hearts.

Homemade melted crayon valentine hearts; a perfect non-food valentine treat! + Plus two free valentine printables!

In addition to making a perfect non-food treat for classroom valentines, you can also wrap up a set as an adorable Valentine’s Day gift for your kids or use them in a Valentine themed art station!

And because we LOVE you : make sure you download these free class valentine printables that I made to go along with this craft! Feel free to print your favorite or both.

Click here for the “valentine, you BRIGHTEN my day!” printable

Click here for the “valentine, you COLOR my world!” printable

To create your valentines, print the desired number of copies on cardstock (you can use plain paper, but cardstock will hold the weight of the crayon better) , cut each page into 4 cards, and use colorful washi tape to attach a melted crayon heart!

I’d love to see your creations! Tag me on instagram @jessicagrant14

Make melted crayon valentine hearts! The perfect non-food class valentines! (+free printable!)
Directions for homemade melted crayon valentine hearts; a perfect non-food valentine treat!

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  • Ashley
    February 9, 2021

    Yay! We are totally making these right now!

    • jess
      February 9, 2021

      My kids LOVED them! Have fun !!

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