Beanbags, Balls and Boggle

Beanbags, Balls and Boggle

With multiple snow days, running my Rodan+Fields business and sending out query’s for my book, getting back into the swing of preschool has been a challenge.  A little math lesson here a literacy project there, we haven’t been as consistent.  To kickstart the week, I decided to create a few lessons that would engage, entertain and excite my little 4 year old.

 

Yesterday we took a trip to the dollar store for a pack of sports balls and balloons.  Additionally, I dusted off my game of Boggle Jr. and tracked down my bean bag letters & numbers to add to our projects.  Then, once the girls arrived home I adapted the activities to review their math and literacy skills.

 

Looking for some interactive literacy and math practice, here are the activities we generated.




Literacy and Math Review with Beanbags

Preschool

Play toss with the beanbag.  My three year old and I sat on opposite sides of a yoga mat and tossed the beanbag back and forth.  We reviewed phonemic awareness with letter names & sounds, and matched beginning and ending sounds.

Bean Bag Spell: Pratice making words and phonemes with simple three to four letter word combinations.  I usually try and stay with one word family group a day such as -it or -an.  Then we change out letters to make new words.

Pop the word: Just this morning we used up a cereal box of Pops.  So, my four year old and I raced the timer (in the Boggle game) to name as many letters as we could.  As soon as the timer rang, we popped the letters out of the box.

Number Pull.  In a beach bucket I placed numbers 1-10.  We drew a number and counted out chocolate chips to match. Then we practiced writing the number on our Boogie Board.

1st and 3rd Grade

Word Review and Spelling. My 3rd grader practiced spelling her words with the beanbags while my 1st grader helped build and read new words.

Math: Beanbag Multiplication skills were practiced for my 8 year old while the 6 year old focused on fact families (or adding and subtracting three sets of numbers ie: 2,4,6). For example: 2+4=6, 4+2=6, 6-2=4, 6-4=2

Learning with Sports Balls

The sports pack from the dollar store consisted of a football, soccer ball and basket ball.  On the football I wrote common ending words such as: at, an, all, it.  Upon the mini basket ball I wrote three sets of numbers, evenly spaced, on each section. Each hexagon on the mini soccer ball had a letter. Upon reflection, for less confusion, I should have written the vowels on the black pentagons or used a red pen to isolate.

Preschool

Letter Review (Soccer):  Practicing and identifying letters and their sounds, we tossed the ball at each other reading a new letter each time.  We then moved on to identifying words that started and ended with specified letters. We then kicked the ball around the room also naming letters we saw.

Making Words: Tossing the football, we practiced reading the words/common endings. Using the soccer ball, we then added a letter to the common endings to make words.

Grades 1 & 3

Number Review: We took turns tossing the basket ball identifying numbers.  For my oldest, we tossed back and forth for multiplication review. The first player named a number then passed the ball. The next player then said a basic binary operation then read an additional number.  He/she then tossed back the ball for the player to solve the problem.  For my first grader, using mental math: I tossed the basket ball, read the three numbers across and then had her add them together.

Boggle Jr:

Beat the clock to find the correct letter, spell and read the word.  I challenged my preschooler to quickly find the letters before the clock expires, exaggerating and being goofy as we solve the puzzle. He also enjoys playing by himself to review letters and make words.

Our Weekly Menu

 

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Menu

Monday: Steak Fajitas (S) Grab some green peppers, red onions and a couple avocados for a tasty treat!

Tuesday: Pork Chops  (S) Hearty with an added curry flavor, I’m excited to try this soup!

Wednesday: Loaded Sweet Potatoes (E) Who doesn’t love a loaded potato for dinner.  Now try loaded sweet potato fries!

Thursday: Hot Dogs and Zuk fries (S) Grab the Air Fryer, we are cooking some zucchini fries for dinner!

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday:Chicken Nuggets (S)- One of our favorite family recipes, our chicken is baked not fried but just as popular.

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner! Hummingbird Pancakes

For my Sweet Tooth

French Vanilla Ice Cream (S) Found on page 235 of the book Necessary Food By Briana Thomas

Fudge Brownies (S) page 404 of the book Trim Healthy Table.  These brownies were delicious!  I am making them again and adding some sugar-free chocolate chips to batter.

Hummingbird Pancakes (E)

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup baking blend
  • 4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups egg whites
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup very ripe mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup almond milk

Pour oats into the blender and mix until powered form.  Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend well until a smooth texture.   Lightly coat a non stick griddle with coconut oil spray and set heat to low/low-medium heat.  Pour pancake size amounts onto the griddle and cook until brown. Flip and repeat.

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Menu

Monday: “Brown Sugar” Salmon (FP) Grab some non-starchy veggies and pair it with this delicious salmon for a delicious meal!

Tuesday: Butternut Squash Soup (E) Hearty with an added curry flavor, I’m excited to try this soup!

Wednesday:  Quiche (S) Click on our link to read our personal recipe.

Thursday: Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash (FP) Another zero fat/carb recipe for this week.  This one looks amazing!

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Chicken Curry (E) I’ve been dreaming of a flavorful curry, I can’t wait to try this recipe.

Sunday: Loaded Spaghetti Squash (S) Who doesn’t love a cheesy buttery bacon flavored meal?  Add spaghetti squash to the mix and you have a delicious, healthy meal.

For my Sweet Tooth

Life by Chocolate Cake (S) page 276 of the book Trim Healthy Table.  I didn’t get a chance to make my cake so I’m trying this one again!

Fudge Brownies (S) page 404 of the book Trim Healthy Table.  These brownies were delicious!  I am making them again and adding some sugar-free chocolate chips to batter.

Our Weekly Menu with Pizza Chili Recipe

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. It’s my birthday week and we have some fun events planned!  Thursday we have an online event plus a few friends over for dinner so we needed a food choice that made a larger portion.  Over the weekend we have some fun family activities planned that will keep us on the go.  With that in mind, we needed easy dinner options.

Menu

Monday: Spaghetti (E) Made with Dreamfield Pasta or Spaghetti Squash for noodles and ground turkey with low sugar sauce.

Tuesday: Hillbilly Chicken (S) Similar to bacon wrapped chicken, this is a similar find with a creative yummy twist.

Wednesday:  Quiche (S) Click on our link to read our personal recipe.

Thursday: Turkey Chili with a twist * See recipe below

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Whole Roasted Chicken in the Instapot!

Sunday: AirFryer Eggplant Parmesan (S or E, depending on cheese choice)  with THM Just Like Red Lobster Biscuits 

 

For my Sweet Tooth

For my Birthday Cake: Life by Chocolate Cake (S) page 276 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Fudge Brownies (S) page 404 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Insta-Pot Pizza Chili
  • 2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 cans RoTel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 2 cans of the following beans (Black, any kind of White & Kidney)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons chili powder (depending on how spicy you like your chili)
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin 
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken stock low sodium
  • 3 ounce can of tomato paste.
  • 2 cans of sugar-free pizza sauce

Press Sauté button and add butter and onion and ground turkey. Once the onion and turkey has been cooked, turn off Sauté mood and add the rest of the ingredients. Close lid and pressure cook on chili at High Pressure for 30 minutes, followed by Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.

5 Steps Planning for a Successful Rodan+Fields Party Online

5 Steps for Planning a Successful Rodan+Fields Party Online

Fun at 41!

Only 1 week until my 41st birthday!  With fresh goals and a winning mindset, I’m ready to start this year off with a bang.  Monthly I schedule some sort of event either local or online to invite, engage and entertain prospective costumers, consultants and connectors.  With Rodan+Fields being an online storefront, this January I wanted to feature a Facebook or Snapchat virtual party. Here are my top 5 suggestions on how to plan and host your own virtual event.

Step 1: Scheduling

What is your style are you a planner or are you spontaneous? Me? I’m a planner. Events on my calendar are scheduled a couple weeks out to give me plenty of time to draft my posts, consider my live videos and invite people to the party. The more I plan the better my attendance, fluid party posts and involvement. Once I have scheduled my party, it’s time to create an invitation. One of my favorite apps for creating simple invites is WordSwag.  Here you choose your theme, add the words and play with the style until you get an invitation you like. Finally create the Facebook or Snapchat online party and get prepare or the Step 2.

 

 

Step 2: Invitation and Wording

My first recommendation: Be authentic to yourself. My second: don’t add people without without a personal request.  When I first started out with Rodan+Fields I, like many others, used “word vomit” to invite and engage potential consultants and customers.  Funny enough, I hardly had any responses as most of my queries were ignored.  Now, I try for a personal approach.  Each invite is personally addressed to the recipient (not: hey girl).  I type each invite separate (not copy and paste) and it’s short.  Here is an example of my language:

“Rose, I’m having an online birthday bash for Rodan+Fields with product information and drawings for free samples. Would you like an invite?”

That’s it!  Some ignore, others say no thanks but many say “Yes!”  Even if they are current preferred customers or other consultants, invite and welcome them. Not only does it help to have support but you already know they love the products.

Step 3: Plan Your Posts

Schedule and plan your event carefully.  My event is going to be over a 24 hour period.  During the day I’ll have a few live videos, I’ll highlighting how I blend Rodan+Fields into my daily life and feature some of my favorite products. This event I’m planning four to five videos and I’m keeping them short.  Between the video I’ll post before and afters and informative posts (including mine and my husbands). I’m trying to limit them to only 10 posts.  For my Birthday Bash, I have asked a couple “guest” speakers to pop on and chat about their favorite Rodan+Fields products and their personal journey. Finally, that evening I am planning a local birthday bash to conclude the event and show the joy and fun of being a consultant.

 

Step 4: Keep them Engaged

Who doesn’t love free products and gifts?  In stock I have a couple “Active Hydration” samples our lovely “Give it a Glow” sample packs and some amazing essential products.  Additionally, I picked up small gift cards from Amazon, Panera and Starbucks.  For the grand prize I’m putting together a winter survival goodie basket with a sample of Active Hydration, a few lip serums, a sample of the every popular Microdermabrasion Paste and a Sunless Tanner.  Guest can win one of these goodies just by clicking attending.  While other guests will have a chance to participate within the party by engaging through comments and likes.

Step 5: Follow Up

Did people participate with comments?  Did you have have anyone take the Solution’s Tool? Follow up and set a time to meet for coffee, chat over the phone or personal message.  Ask them how you can help or what piqued their interest. Focus on their needs and wants and see how you can best support them in their goals.

What If?

Do these 5 steps sounds easy and doable?  Is something you would like to try? Are you considering if Rodan+Fields would be a good fit for you?  I’m here to tell you, Rodan+Field has amazing projects, an incredible supportive team and an excellent business plan. On the horizon there is excitement and more to come as this innovative company always exceeds my expectations! Please reach out, I sure love my journey and I’d love to help you achieve your goals!

 

Gratitude

A special shout out and thank you to Deev Murphy a talented writer, fellow WordPress Blogger and life-long friend who recently gave me accolades on her blog!  Thank you for the kind words and loving message. May you continue to recognize the talents you have and the gifts you bring so many others!

Thank you also to all who are supporting my dream and propelling me forward!  I am grateful for my knowledgeable team, all my admiring readers, satisfied preferred customers and my enthusiastic connectors.

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

Our Snowed in Adventure

When snow hits in the south, you can guarantee a few days snow-days. An unheard of 4 inches blanketed our area with gorgeous, soft flakes of snow. It was magical… for the first couple of days. However, when we received the call yesterday that again school was canceled, (it’s been 6 days since the snow fell) my first instinct was “Noooo”!  Being cooped up in the house with three kids well, the magic has worn thin.  They need to get out, have some purpose and be challenged by someone other then me and my husband (and goodness knows, I need time to work, LOL!).  But then, inspiration hit this morning.  With weathers warming up, the snow will be soon gone and we need to take advantage of what remains.Time to get busy, play outdoors and learn in our environment! Here are our Top 5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snowy Projects!

 

  1. Snow Art

Materials:

  • Spray Bottles or recycled bottles
  • watered down paints or food coloring
  • leftover sprinkles from holiday cookies

Grab a large patch of snow and let the kids explore mixing colors and painting the snow.  Challenge them to create patterns or simple patterns.  See where their imagination takes them.

2. Snow Writing

Materials:

  • Sticks
  • Leftover snow art paint

Find a patch of snow and practice writing letters, words or messages in the snow.  Erase with leaves or pine branches and try again.

3.  Snow Prints

Materials:

  • Leaves
  • Pinecones
  • cars, trucks or anything with wheels
  • Other objects that will make imprints or patterns in the snow

Have the kids lightly press outdoor objects such as leaves and pinecones into the snow to see the imprint. Hunt for tracks in the snow made by outdoor critters  such as birds or deer. Use indoor objects like cars and trucks to see the impressions created.

4.  Snow Science- Melting Snow

Materals:

  • Buckets
  • Pots and pans
  • Stove (either hot plate or indoor range)
  • Cheese cloth or towel
  • oven
  • space heaters

Query 1: Can we Drink Snow?  Have the kids learn how melt snow and use as drinking water. Collect water into a couple pots. Fill to the top so they can see how much water comes from snow.  Melt the snow on the stove and observe the change in property from a solid to a liquid.  Boil snow for 10 minutes, cool and strain over a towel to get rid of any twigs, dirt and leaves.

Query 2: How fast does snow melt indoors. Have the kids place snow into buckets and place in different parts of the house such as the garage, in doors and by the heater.  Have them predict how long they think each bucket of snow will take to melt.

Query 3: How fast will snow melt with heat.  Use a heat lamp, hair dryer or space heater. Predict of fast each bucket of snow will melt.

As the water melted, we watched a Water Cycle Video and discussed what temperature needs to be present to make snow fall.

5.  Snow Books and Games

Snow was a way of life where I grew up so I sure enjoyed teaching the kids a few of my snow-fun filled games.

Snow Games

  • Fox and Geese – a Game of Tag in the Snow
  • Capture the Flag- I recall once playing this in thigh deep snow!  It was crazy but always a fun adventure
  • Building a Snowman or Fort
  • Having a snowball Fight
  • Creating Snow Angels

Recommend Reading for Snowy Day Fun

Snow by Cynthia Rylant

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Write

All you Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

 

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. A couple snow days had us cooped up indoors the last few days turning the kids stir-crazy.  Next week warmer weather will be back in forecast and the girls back in school.  With more time available, I’ll be able to plan creative lessons for our preschooler.

 

Menu

Monday: Big n’ Beefy Noodles Bowl (S) page 319 of the book  Trim Healthy Table. 

Tuesday: Beans and Cornbread page 111 (E) page 319 of the book  Trim Healthy Table. 

Wednesday: Chicken Cakes (S) page 237 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Thursday: Quiche (S) Click on our link to read our personal recipe.

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Chili Pie (S) page 142 of the book  Trim Healthy Table. 

Sunday: Sopa de Quinoa Trimmy Bisque (E) page 188 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

 

For my Sweet Tooth

 

Life by Chocolate Cake (S) page 276 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake (S) page 380 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Our Weekly Menu Happy 2018!

Our Weekly Menu

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. Happy New Year!  Our word of the year is Grow!!

  • Grow in Kindness
  • Grow in Faith
  • Grow in Positivity
  • Grow towards Financial Freedom
  • Grow as a family and as a couple
  • Grow in business
  • Grow as a leader!
  • Grow as a writer.

The list could continue to GROW!  But we are using this word to build on our year and our goals. What word speaks to you in 2018?

Menu

Monday: Millionaire Spaghetti Squash (S) Lasagna flavor with a tasty twist!

Tuesday: Sprouted Wheat Rolls  with  White Bean Soup (E)

Wednesday: Snatch ’em up chicken tenders (S) page 238 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Thursday: Creamy mushroom Chicken Casserole (S) page 141 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday:Trim Mac Salad (S) page 181 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Sunday: Creamy lemon chicken and quinoa soup (E) page 147 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

 

For my Sweet Tooth

 

Life by Chocolate Cake (S) page 276 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake (S) page 380 of the book Trim Healthy Table.