Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Catered Curriculum

Last month we finally made the leap to get Grace into a preschool starting this fall.  I did research and asked around and finally settled on a local religion based two-day a week morning preschool program.  We are SO excited!  It's a huge step for our smart little lady.  She still has some language issues and has only spent a handful of times away from mama with anyone other than family, but we saw it as an opportunity we just could not pass up.

That's why I was SO excited when we got our Catered Curriculum subscription box in the mail.


What is Catered Curriculum, you ask?  "Everything you need to provide high quality, educational experiences for your 3-5 year old, with the convenience of home delivery."  This subscription box service provides an art, science, math and reading activity, including all the supplies and an easy to follow lesson plan.

In a nutshell you open the box and immediately feel like you are in an elementary school art class again.


This month was the April Showers box.  We made an umbrella for the art activity, made it rain for the science activity, matched the numbers on the dice to the numbers on our worksheet for the math activity and traced, sang and learned letters for the reading activity.


Grace LOVED this and repeatedly thanked me.  I'm a mom who pins away on Pinterest but rarely gets around to following through, so having it all delivered to my door is definitely the way to go for me.  A few of the activities were a little advanced for Grace's current learning level.  But I plan on keeping the neatly bagged (!!!!) activities for learning at a later date.


Catered Curriculum is a great addition to any household whether you are the mom making crafts and lesson plans for your kids everyday or the mom just trying to keep your kids alive (me).

I know just how much love and dedication is going into each box.  One of Catered Curriculum's owners and co-founders is someone I have known since high school.  Delta and I have experienced a lot of life together and I know first hand just how great she is with children.  This is most definitely the perfect venture for her.

To top it all off, I've got a special code just for you Somewhere Over the Camo readers.  20% off your order when you use the code somewhereoverthecamo at checkout.

So parents of preschoolers... go.. try it, you will not be disappointed!

Disclaimer --- I received the April Showers Catered Curriculum box in exchange for this honest review.


always,
amanda
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter

(just to clarify... my hubs wore dress shoes to church and then changed to finish smoking the ham.  He's a business professional these days after all.)

Easter time last year was a bit chaotic as we were about to welcome Brooke the very next day.  It was on a Sunday and the day before was the day I fell belly first trying to pick Grace up from the road.  Grace and I spent the day cleaning the house and doing as little as possible while Rob spent most of the day driving to and from St. Louis to pick my sister up.  We didn't do an egg hunt at home for Grace.  We briefly saw the Easter bunny but didn't have our cute Easter outfit on.  There was no Easter feast.  For all intents and purposes it was just another day.

This year though?  It was our first holiday in our new home.  My parents and sister joined us for mass, a feast, an egg hunt and a small celebration for my Mom's recent birthday.  We ate, laughed, took pictures, watched a movie and overall just enjoyed the day together.

Every holiday is special when you have kids, but I will say Easter is always one of my favorites.  The holiday in and of itself is a special one.  After all, he is risen!  But all of the fun details that go with it make my mama heart swoon.  Special Easter dresses, sweet little baskets assembled with care.  Watching my husband scatter eggs and my babies marvel at the eggs actually holding something.  And don't even get me started on the food.  Rob smoked a ham this year, and Easter will never be the same.

Our fireplace hearth is still scattered with Easter baskets and little trinkets and goodies.  The day after Easter sales were hit up (only 50% off at Hobby Lobby... what say you HL?!).  The ham is still the meat of choice three meals later.

And my heart is still swooning at all things Easter.

I hope all you wonderful readers had a glorious Easter holiday as well.



always,
amanda
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We bought a house.

Rob and I have been married for 7 years and I never thought that at 27 we would own our own home and be settling in Kansas, for good.  In the Army you never know what the next year may bring you.  The end of last year we didn't know what this next journey was going to be like.  We were cautiously optimistic to say the least.


Y'all, life after the military has been really good to us.

My husband landed a really good job with a really great company that treats their employees really well.  We were able to pay off some debt.  Move back to Kansas.  And now we have finally closed on our dream home.


We are making this little college town in this great state our forever home, and we could not be more excited.

So that's where I've been and why it has been so quiet around these parts.  Please forgive me.  Now that we are finally in the last stretch of unpacking, I am hoping to find a new normal and get settled back into all things blogging.  Which will HOPEFULLY include getting back to reading my favorite blogs.

Any advice for homeownership?  I'm open to ALL your suggestions..


always,
amanda
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