🤩 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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🌹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🥞

Valentine Math

I am all about incorporating holiday themes to make learning more fun! Manipulatives are a hands-on way to learn common preschool and kindergarten concepts. They are also one of the easiest things to swap out for a holiday theme. I made this sweet little Valentine Math Mat to use with conversation heart manipulatives! If you don’t have candies, don’t worry: you can do the same activities with cut paper hearts, rolled up balls of playdough, or any similar small objects! Download it below and check out a few fun Valentine math activities!

Free Printable and Valentine Math activities! Preschool and Kindergarten counting, adding, grouping math activities using Valentine math manipulatives and a math mat!

A math mat, or 10 frame, is an organized way to introduce and practice counting, grouping, and addition. It is a visual and hands-on way for little ones to explore and learn math concepts! You can get your free Valentine math mat by entering your email; it will automatically be sent to your inbox! The download comes with two versions of the printable; one with numbers and the other is blank.

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If you’ve already entered your email, download your printable here! (password will be sent to the email above!)

Valentine Math Mat Activities:

Counting

The most straightforward way to use the math mat is 1:1 correspondence as your little one counts. As they say a number, they put a heart into the box, moving in order of the numbers to fill the row. They are able to identify the numeral as they count out loud. Moving from left to right also introduces and/or reinforces early literacy skills.

Valentine Math activities for preschool and kindergarten! Free printable for counting, grouping and addition

Grouping

Another way to use the math mat is for grouping numbers. I made a little sensory activity by adding our conversation hearts to rainbow rice. The hearts can be picked up with fingers to work on pincer grip or tongs to work on building fine motor muscles. The idea behind this activity is to fill the Sweets box to match the number in the big heart. 2 hearts go in “2”, 8 hearts go on “8”, etc. This activity also includes lots of counting practice!

Sensory bin for hands on Valentine math activity. Preschool and Kindergarten. Conversation hearts for counting, grouping, and addition. Free printable.

Addition

Watch the video below to see a hands-on approach to learning early addition! Make a set of flash cards with sums 1-10. Simply count out the first addend while filling the boxes with individual hearts. Then start with the next open frame to continue counting the next addend. The sum is the final number that is filled! The same idea can be used to practice subtraction as well!

Writing Numerals

One final activity to do with the Valentine math mat is tracing the numbers in the sweet boxes. For unlimited practice, laminate it or put it into a plastic pocket and write with a dry erase marker!

Laminate a worksheet to practice writing over and over again with a dry erase marker and more math activities for Valentine's Day!

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