Case of the Mondays?

Monday_motivation

Trying to get Motivated on a Monday Morning? Try these simple tricks…

1) Write down something you love to do! – Use this “reward” as motivation to get through the more difficult tasks. For example, my latest obsession is downloading stock photos from Unsplash and editing them on photomonkey, not sure why, just love to do it. So when I write my to-do list for the day, I’ll throw this “reward” into the mix and look forward to the timing of when I have reached my “reward” task. Everyone likes a bribe.

2) Ask others for feedback– Recently, a friend, Joni & I have been exchanging emails about our newest product ideas. I have been working on Buttercup Montessori and she has been developing ‘Gray’ an organic baby blanket line. It has been helpful to ask her for feedback and bounce ideas off each other. Power in numbers, right?

3) Prioritize your tasks– In other words, get moving on the items that are most important. Work can be motivating when it’s clear, therefore try to clearly identify items that need immediate attention and go from there. There is power in priorities!

Weighting in @ 22 LBS!

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Sam was less than excited to see Dr. Campbell at her 18 month check-up. She cried during her weigh-in, she cried during the doctor’s exam, and of course she cried when she received her shots. My sweet baby does not like shots (what kid does?) and I think this has triggered “Doctor Fear”….crying aside Sammy is very healthy & even a little advanced in language acquisition!

Montessori Momma

My niece has been attending Le Port Montessori for almost 3 months now. At 2 years & 10 months she loves the small community and montessori materials. Recently, Sam & I joined the Le Port Mommy & Me class (age range 18 months-3 years). During our first Mommy & Me session I was amazed by Sam’s interest and ability to use the montessori materials, which they call “work”. I loved watching her move from activity to activity, while tuning her fine motor skills. She “worked” for almost 90 minutes. This got me thinking, I can recreate some of these types of activities at home. Here are 4 easy steps to follow to create your very own Montessori materials.

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#1 Locate your nearest Thrift Store or Salvation Army (who knew the Salvation Army gave you such nice shopping bags)

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#2 Look for a “home goods” or “kitchen” aisle and get shopping. On your list; trays, bowls, tongs, muffin tin, placemat, piggy bank and/or anything with holes. Be creative.

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#3 Now that you have the essentials, take a trip to Michaels. On your list; pom-poms, small bells, wooden dowels, blocks, and more trays.

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#4 Set-up your Montessori materials. The idea is that all “work” is stored on a shelf or table, accessible to your little one. They should play with one activity at a time and use their working mat. Once they are done with their work, they can return the tray back to the appropriate shelf and enjoy the next activity.

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The Buckley household still has its fair share of Disney princesses and Dora figurines, but my hope is that through the use of these new “toys’ Sammy will “…develop a mastery-focus and a growth mindset.”

Kids Aren’t Expensive, But That Other Thing Sure Is

This House Is Our Home

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My husband and I have always wanted a lot of kids. (Of course, “a lot” is a relative term, depending what your social circles look like, but for the purpose of this post, we’re going to call “a lot” more than 3. Ha.) Over the last 6 years, when we’ve made our feelings known, we’ve often been met with one particular phrase: Kids are so expensive!!

Well, on the one hand, I suppose they are. Depending on your particular situation – medical bills, dental care, school tuition, etc. all definitely add up. So I’m not trying to be flippant with what I’m about to say, but I do think it’s an important distinction to be made when one is saying how “expensive” children are.

Kids aren’t expensive. Greed is.

Kids don’t “need” designer clothes, Etsy outfits, brand new everything, more shoes than they can wear before they grow out of…

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