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Friday, July 21, 2017

Smartick: Mathematics for Children

At the beginning of summer I was offered a complimentary family account for Grant try Smartick: Mathematics for Children. Being a teacher, I know that there is around a 30% retention loss for kids over summer break if they don't continue to practice skills they already know, or work on learning new skills. I had a pretty good plan for reading and writing, but other than leftover math worksheets that Grant hadn't completed in his math booklet from first grade, I wasn't sure what I'd do. There are a number of fun math apps. out there, but Smartick is definitely a step above the other apps we have.

Memberships vary for an individual or family, and you can choose how many months you want to sign up for too. So, whether you want to keep your kid ahead of the curve and get in continual math practice before school starts, or if your child is struggling and can use some more practice, this app will be great for your child!

When signing up we put in Grant's information, grade level, age, etc. Then he did a baseline assessment of his skills. What makes Smartick special is that it self-adjusts to the child's ability and grows with them.

I have Grant complete this fifteen minute (estimated) program Monday-Friday and he usually finishes in less than fifteen minutes. He usually does this independently after breakfast while I'm getting ready, but if he is stuck on something I'll help him clarify.

This program can be used on the computer, or there is an apple for both Google and Apple that can be downloaded for free too. When you sign in it looks like this:



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

San Diego

I know it's been quiet around here, honestly things have been super busy, I've had very little down time, and when I do, I just haven't wanted to spend the time blogging. I did however, want to share Brian and my trip to San Diego a few weeks back. 

Brian and I have literally not taken a trip, just the two of us since getting married nearly a decade ago. It was wonderful and we've decided it needs to be something we do each year for a few days. We are lucky that my mom was willing and able to come stay with the kids, otherwise, this trip couldn't have happened.

One of our first spots was Mission Beach, which is evidently super popular. We literally drove around for an hour and a half trying to find a parking spot, it was pretty crazy! Once we got a spot though we could see what all the fuss was about. The beach was beautiful and we ate a a super yummy sushi joint too.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lemon Print and 50% off at Loft

Hey guys! Excuse my lack of posting for the last few weeks, we have been busy! Between swim lessons, baseball, and being out of town any downtime I've had had been spent either reading for watching Netflix. There have been no creative juices flowing over here. But, we've been having fun and definitely keeping busy!

That being said I had a few minutes before swim lessons this morning to snap a couple outfit pictures. We were ready early-crazy! Perfect timing too because everything at Loft is 50% off online and in stores today! A few weeks back I had the sweetest reader send me an e-giftcard for Loft! What an awesome surprise! I'd had my eye on these lemon print shorts and caught them at 50% off last week so they ended being free! I originally tried them on with this tank (size down, it's flowy) and loved it, but then I saw the tee I'm wearing on clearance (which seems to be sold out now) and decided on it instead. It's a bit more casual, which works for our daily happenings. This tee is super similar and only $13.

I've also been keeping my jewelry super simple. Mostly wearing my leather earrings from The Leather Drop or from Nickel & Suede and a simple necklace. I actually sold a number of my bracelets on ebay recently. I still have a couple I like, but I feel like the blingy-bulky jewelry trend is done and I like to keep it simple.

I have continued to wear my sandals from Vionic like crazy. I even wore them on a pretty long walk over the weekend very comfortably!

Are you shopping the Loft sale today? I'm pretty well set for summer now, so I'll have to shop vicariously through you ; )


Monday, June 19, 2017

Vacation Life

For the last four years my family has gone on a trip together. This year we went to Lake Okoboji for the second time. We also went there last year and for Nebraska, it's not a bad drive; only three and a half hours.

Our first night the veiw from the dock was pretty breathtaking!



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sassy Pants

It's hard to believe that we are three weeks into summer! Being at home with the kids has been great! We have been keeping pretty busy with a combo of the pool, playing outside at home, and going to the park and the library. 

Grant was at vacation bible school during the morning last week and at camp with Dad the weekend before, I had a lot of solo time with Sister. She is so full of personality and way more brave than I would like! She'll easily climb to the top of the play sets at the park and at home too. 

She also has been waking up super early-like 6:00 daily and she only naps for an hour and a half. I pushed back her bedtime to 7:30 from 7:00 but until Grant was almost 5 he wasn't up until about 7, slept for almost three hours during nap time and still went to bed between 7:30-8:00. I think Chick has FOMO.

The other thing that is super weird is that when we are outside Hannah hardly acknowledges me but when we are at home she wants me all. the. time. It's hard for me to do anything without her crying at my ankles to be picked up. This is totally different from Grant as well. He has always played pretty well independently.

Hannah also is seeming to get pretty picky at meal times. If she can eat it with a spoon, she's in, otherwise she is pretty picky. I know she's fine and I shouldn't worry, but if it was up to her she would have a diet fully consisting of go-gurt, apple sauce, bars, and fruit snacks. Grant ate everything.

She is talking a lot, but I mostly have no idea what she is saying. I've gotten her single words down like "ice" for "outside" and "DeDe!!!!" for "I really want to go play with DeDe and Greyson, like now!" She also does a great job with manners words like "please" and "thank you" and our names but she says a lot of things that I know means something to her and I have no idea what she is talking about.

Hannah also can open doors now. Yikes. I need to go get a safely lock for the pantry ASAP because, unlike Grant, Hannah will just go and help herself, where as Grant still asks before eating anything. 

It is just so interesting how much Grant and Hannah are different! Same home, same parents, same genes but two very different kids. It will be very interesting to se how her personality continues to develop as she gets older!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Prints

I may not have a ton of summer clothes but I'm pretty happy with what I have and that many of my work tops have worked with shorts. This top is from Loft early this spring and my favorite. It's sold out now but this blouse is the same style in a pretty print. Perfect for summer style or to dress up for work! 

These shorts are super old-like six years and still going strong. I love these currently on sale at Loft. I have the pant version and adore the color and buttons!

I've also been wearing my sandals from Vionic pretty much daily. I'm also adoring these espadrille flats which come in a number of colors and prints! I also realized my sandals come in a fun cream color too, for those of you not fans of gold I think these would be great for summer too!

A few years back I was a stylist for Stella and Dot for a while, mostly for the deals on jewelry. I bought this rebel pendent and even three years later it remains one of my favorite and most worn pieces, it also still looks new!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Mom Style

I shared this top with you all last week and I'm styling it again this week. It's also on sale currently for about $25! I mentioned on Instagram how few clothes I have for summer, so the few I have will be on constant rotation, and I'm totally ok with that. I wore this last week, it was easy and comfy and perfect for running around with the kids. This top washed up really well and these shorts are also from Loft but three years old. These shorts are super similar and only $17.99! 

Once again, I'm wearing my  sandals from Vionic, which if you haven't gotten yet, I would highly recommend them! I know they are are bit pricey but they are so worth it! As I'm getting older once place I've quit buying cheap are shoes and my feet are definitely thanking me!

As for my earrings, these leather earrings are only $10! I'm wearing them constantly and they are perfect for summer!