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    The cutest little acorns

    The cutest little acorns

    My kids and I learned this sweet little acorn song years ago in our early childhood class, and every fall we sing it over, and over, and over! You can learn it to by clicking here! 

    The lyrics are:

    I’m an acorn small and round,

    Lying on the cold, cold ground.

    People always step on me,

    That is what I’m cracked you see.

    I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut!

     

    It’s very catchy, so be warned!

    With acorns on the brain, my oldest wanted to make a little acorn treat to go along with the song. She sent me to the store with a list of ingredients and then made these with her siblings! They are so adorable and super easy to make! 

    You will need plain chocolate Hershey kisses, mini chocolate chips, nutter butter snack size crackers (mini vanilla wafers are another option!), and a small tube of white frosting. Assemble as shown in the photos, using the frosting as your “glue”. 

    You can take this one step further and snuggle up with one of these stories while you eat!

    xo,
    Amy



     

    Fall Book Picks

    Fall Book Picks

    My kids are getting older, but if there's one thing I can't quit, it's buying picture books! Gorgeous illustrations draw me in, and I just love changing them out seasonally. Some of my best memories with my little ones are wrapped up in reading, and I love pulling out books and the memories associated with them. I don't have a fancy shelf to display them all, but rather I just strew them around the house (in their bedrooms, in our play tent, on the ottoman...) and wait for my kids to find them. It makes me so happy to find one of them snuggled up with a book.  Here's a selection of our fall books...
    Autumn- this is a wordless boardbook, and the illustrations are perfect for talking about all the beautiful fall things with your littles.
    Adventures With Barefoot Critters- I love these little woodland creatures paired with an ABC story. 
    Apple Cake- the sweetest story of gratitude for the simple things in life. I can't wait to use included recipe for apple cake!
    Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn- We love summer and hate to say goodbye to it, but this book helps us remember all the great things Fall has to offer.
    Hello, Harvest Moon- We love watching the sun rise and set out in the country, and my kids always have a million questions about it! THis sweet story shares things happening in the world while the moon is out.
    Johnny Appleseed- Fall and apples go hand in hand, am I right?
    Let's Go Home- This is my most favorite children's book of all time. I usually rotate it through a couple times a year because it brings the best feelings of home and coziness!
    The Little Yellow Leaf- Follow the journey of a little yellow leaf as its the last to fall from its tree. 
    One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me- A fun counting book that you can then go do in your own yard!
    Rosie and the Hobby Farm- I just picked this one up from Bumbelou and am excited to add it to our collection. We have big dreams of getting our land back to a hobby farm one day.
    Sweep- This  sweet story is about a boy who is in a bad mood, and how it swirls and sweeps into a big heap, before one small thing changes his demeanor and turns his day around. This story feels very relatable for kiddos with big emotions ...not that I have any of those....kidding ;)
    Curl up and get cozy! Let me know your favorite books for fall!
    xo,
    Amy

    Easy Like a Sunday Morning

    Easy Like a Sunday Morning

    Well, maybe not quite as easy as a Sunday morning, but here's one way i'm making our weekday mornings a little less hectic...

    There is so much to remember for school this year. In addition to our regular lunches, snacks, and water bottles, we now have to remember chromebooks and masks. It's a lot for me to remember, and i'm sure even harder for my kids to keep track of it all! I actually made a checklist and taped it to the door out to the garage to help make sure we don't forget anything! But all that aside, one of my best tricks to help a morning get off to a good start is laying out our clothes beforehand. Now, my kids are all pretty independent and could easily get themselves dressed each morning, but this helps insure that everything they want to wear is clean, they are dressed appropriately for the weather (especially on these chilly mornings!), and that their outfits are matching and presentable. 

    I already had these peg hooks hanging in my kids' rooms. They hold books bags, hats, and purses in the summer months, but we cleared those out for now. Next, I cut pieces of cardstock to a 3"x 3" square, and used letter stickers I had on hand to label the days of the week. You could also print something similar off your computer or just write them by hand! Next, I laminated them for durability. Packaging tape would work too! For my preschooler, I put little stars on the days she has preschool, just as a visual for her to help her know the plan for her day.

    I hang pants on the hanger like this above, and then hang the shirt right on top. Occasionally, my little one will choose to wear a skirt, then I use big binder clips to hang it like this.

     Here's another cute idea I saw over at The Mama Notes. I like how this one can hang in the closet!

    Whatever your mornings look like these days, I hope they're easy like a Sunday morning!

    xo,

    Amy

    Happy September!

    Happy September!

    Happy September friends! Are you so excited for fall? I can never pick a favorite season, but rather I live for the CHANGE of seasons! It feels so refreshing and there are parts I love and look forward to with every one!  

    September is here, and let’s just say...Let the adventure begin! My kids start hybrid homeschool this week, and today is packed full of meet the teachers, open houses, and we’re even squeezing in a few well child doctor visits. This is pretty much going to be my go to outfit this fall, I already know it. It’s a hard switch from that comfy, at home, pajama wearing life, but this outfit makes me feel put together while still maximizing the cozy factor! 

    How many of you snagged this Midwest Mama sweatshirt? Hop over to the Friends of Bumbelou Facegroup page and show me how you’re styling it this fall!

    xo,

    Amy 

    Easy Back To School Teacher Gift Idea

    Easy Back To School Teacher Gift Idea

    Gift giving is 100% my love language, so I especially love any opportunity to use it!  I have always loved to give our teachers a little Back To School gift, even though it is completely not necessary! Maybe it stems from my own teaching days and my love for some crisp new school supplies...

    I have four kids in three different schools this year. My oldest is going into middle school, and I just assumed she was too cool now to give her teachers gifts (especially since she she'll have several of them now!) but once she saw the ones I had put together for our elementary and preschool teachers, she asked "Where are the ones for mine?" I l love that she shares my love language, so back to the store I went......

    I saw these mugs at Target, and I immediatley thought they were the most approprite thing I had ever seen! We're going into this year knowing its going to be an adventure, right? I added in a face mask (you can never have too many! Or maybe an extra to stash in thier desk), hand sanitizer, a "wellness" essentail oil roller that I made, and a pack of Flair pens, which are long known to be a favorite of teachers!

    Here are links in case you want to put together one (or eight like me!):

    Mug 

    Flair Pens

    Hand Sanitizer

    Face Mask (They come 5 per pack, and I just used one per mug)

    Wellness Roller -add in 5 drops each of Frankincense, Thieves and Lemon essntail oils into a roller bottle, top off with a carrier oil. I use jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil. Label is from Etsy.

    Happy Back To School Friends!

    xo,

    Amy