preschooler fun: troll haircut activity

sometimes i truly struggle with keeping B occupied on our free days where we don’t have something planned. one day i realized that i had been hoarding too many toilet and paper towel tubes for some unknown crafting purpose (because i do that). so, i decided to put together the easiest activity ever for B… a troll hair cutting station.

here’s what you need:

  • multiple empty toilet paper/paper towel tubes
  • colored pencils
  • adult scissors
  • child safe scissors

simply draw “troll faces” on each tube with various expressions, use the “grown up scissors” to cut hair on each tube, flatten out the hair so it’s easy to cut….and voila!

B was entertained for a good 30 minutes giving each troll a new do.  it then evolved into her cooking her new troll friends dinner in her play kitchen.  such a simple activity sparked her creativity and my little lefty received some cutting practice as well!

what other fun activities have you come up with using old toilet paper rolls or other random items in your home?  let me know below!

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why i’m convinced my 3 year old doesn’t believe in the easter bunny

okay, she probably does believe in the easter bunny… but i feel like some day when the truth comes out, she will take it in stride.  why?  last winter she invented a game of santa claus before christmas.  i would pretend to sleep and she would put items in my stocking and bring me gifts.  this was all completely of her own creation and unprompted.  it freaked me out because NO.  this game was far too logical!

this morning after her annual easter egg hunt for the eggs left by the bunny man himself, she decided to re-package all of her shiny plastic eggs with their treats inside.  i was then told to “go sleep for 10 hours” (i wish…), and she proceeded to hide all of the eggs for me to wake up and find.

giggling with delight she watched me curiously poke around looking for all of her strategically hidden eggs.  it was the best. and i realized how big she is getting and how quickly time passes although she is only just 3.

and now we move on to summer, just like that!  bring on the hot weather (or not!  i miss winter dearly already)!

Dress: Sadiethenty Shoes, Ears, Necklace: Target Purse: Gift

 

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weekend review: hello spring.

this weekend we welcomed spring! saturday was a catch up day for me to get B’s easter basket together and catch up on laundry.

sunday, however, is always our family day. B takes soccer in the morning, which she loves and WE love it because it exhausts her enough to nap later in the day.

B loves flowers, so taking her to the garden at the local hardware store after soccer is a fun treat for her! we also scooped up some goodies because we are planning to start a little garden in our backyard soon.

one of our favorite things to do is have pool float fights. i somehow always end up on the losing side when N and B gang up on me!

B’s first time at Firehouse Subs was a success. Yum!

we planted some lavender and wildflower seeds. we’ve actually had the wildflower seeds for quite a while and received the packet for free via the Cheerios bring back the bees campaign. you can grab a pack here for yourself too! i don’t have green thumb, but luckily N does!

no photos, but we made turkey meatballs using fresh herbs from B’s aerogarden! 🙂

and that wraps up another weekend. what did you do on your quick two day break? i’m absolutely anticipating my upcoming 3-day weekend and hosting easter at our house.

I ordered my groceries from Instacart…

And it was amazing.  I hate grocery shopping.  Adamantly.  N doesn’t understand why I dislike actually going into a grocery store, so let me set the scene.

Working mom.  Limited free time that would be better spent stabbing myself in the eye with my family. 3 year old who wants all the things (and a nap, or her 23rd snack of the day). Time is money, honey.

For the past year I’ve been using Smith’s Clicklist. Super lifesaver and easy to just swing by and pick up my groceries after work. However, today B was down with a stomach bug and I had originally planned to grab our Clicklist after preschool pickup… so change of plans. I noticed that the website was now offering a “free first delivery” of groceries and figured, why not? All of my items were pre-carted and ready to go with coupons attached. At 8am I was able to select a delivery time slot of 11am to noon.

Around 9am I started receiving a ton of text messages from Benjamin, my Instacart shopper. He had just arrived at Smith’s at some items were out of stock, so I needed to approve the replacements he had selected. He did a pretty solid job of choosing some alternatives, just like the Clicklist team would’ve done.

He arrived to my house at 11:09am and I was seriously impressed!

There is of course a fee that is normally attached to Instacart, but Clicklist does the same. The only item that should be accounted for is that tips are not included in those fees! You MUST go back and tip your shopper! I mean, think about the shop and drive time they just saved you…

At the end of the day, I would definitely use Instacart again. Maybe not every time since Clicklist pickup will save me a few bucks, but for sure when I’m in the trenches of motherhood or just feeling lazy AF.

I love that we live with technology… how did we survive before being enabled to avoid the stuff we hate to do?!

why i will never do a juice cleanse again.

i can’t even remember how i was inspired to do a juice cleanse.  i love food.  i love coffee.  i love donuts.

either way, the idea of getting rid of toxins in my body sounded delightful and intriguing so i thought, why not?  that’s me… all rainbows, sunshine and positivity.  i convinced my father in law and very sweet co-worker to join me on this endeavor.  in the end, it’s just one (very long) day!

i did both blog and vlog review for everyone’s enjoyment of my suffering.

Details:

Classic or Advanced Options (six 16.9 fl oz juices)

Price: $40 (additional 10% off coupon if you sign up for their online newsletter)

Juice 1: apple, parsley, kale, spinach, mint, lime, cucumber, celery.

i drank this juice while i was getting ready for work.  first sip- gross.  then it grew on me.  and then it was just so much liquid that it was tough to finish.  the taste reminded me of mixing roberto’s red salsa with cucumbers, lime, and salt.  great when it’s solid food… not great as a liquid diet!

 

Juice 2: filtered water, lemon, agave nectar, black pepper, turmeric. 

at this stage, i had my co-workers with me so i was a bit more encouraged.  i really wanted coffee, since i usually make a cup with a bowl of oatmeal or granola bar for breakfast.  but, i popped open juice #2 at 10am.  it tasted okay.  better than the first one for sure.  i was looking forward to my small salad for lunch which pushed me forward…

Lunch:

for “lunch”, i had a small lettuce of iceberg lettuce, avocado and red vinaigrette.  not satisfying at all, but it was something.  at this point, i was not “starving”, but i was hungry.  okay- mostly i was craving coffee.  i took a walk with my co-worker because i just felt so restless and almost anxious about the rest of the day.

Juice 3: apple, celery, beet, lemon, parsley, spinach, ginger.

this juice was different in my “advanced” series than the “classic” cleanse.  it was blood red.  i was almost afraid to bring it with me to my afternoon meeting for fear that it would spill and make a giant gory mess everywhere.  i took about 4 drinks exactly before i decided that i just could not stomach it.

Juice 4: filtered water, lemon, agave nectar, coconut charcoal.

my late afternoon juice was definitely the most palatable of the day because it was not heavy on the green veg.  since it was charcoal based, the drink was BLACK.  however, it tasted mostly of lemon.  i did great with it until a headache hit me full on.  i took an advil… then another advil.  i took a walk.  i could not focus and i felt extremely nauseous.  i still had a meeting to get through before end of day and by the time i left work and got home, i felt so sick.  the thought of another juice made me want to puke.

and so i did.

i got home and threw up.  my head hurt, my nausea was still awful. i felt exhausted.  i curled up on the couch until N and B got home and i had to put on my happy face and be mommy.  at this point, i ate a small snack of B’s organic popcorn.  i attempted to eat pasta, but my stomach was just not having it.

Juice 5 and 6: cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon, swiss chard, celery (5).  filtered water, almonds, dates, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, nutmeg (6).

these juices did not happen.  nope.  my body was just not going to even consider it.

i was able to get through B’s dinner, bath, and bed time.  N takes our puppy, Eli, to the park each night and he returned with a milkshake (helps counteract the acids) to settle my stomach.  i definitely got sick over it all not because i was hungry… but because of the high acidic levels and sheer quantity of liquid i was consuming.  i also was not peeing enough to cycle the juices out of my body.

overall, based on my experience, i would never do another juice cleanse.  in asking both of my co-workers who went through the experience with me, my first co-worker had a positive experience.  nothing life changing, but he was able to get through without any side effects.  co-worker number 2 suffered the same symptoms as i did throughout the day, and she stopped half way through juice 5.  many people are curious about if a juice cleanse will give you the runs, but out of the three of us, nobody experienced this symptom.  i believe it’s common if your cleanse extends past one day.

would you ever consider doing a juice cleanse?  what’s the craziest diet/de-toxifying trend you’ve ever tried?

Photo Credit: Nekter Juice Bar, Pixaby.