Monthly Archives: February 2017

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

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Little man turned 5 this month and after seeing a cake at Publix that he HAD to have, we decided to have a totally rad turtle pizza party. We kept it simple and decorated with the food, because 5 year olds don’t care about decor…they just want to play.jan_5763matte

We bought green and white table clothes and  green foil from the dollar store, colored some pictures we printed for free from the computer, and taped those bad boys on straws. Centerpieces done!

We ordered Little Ceasar’s for the guests ($5 pizzas, whats up!!) and bought some Against the Grain pizza for us gluten free folk.

The menu included:

LOTS of pizza

Fruit trayjan_5766matte

Veggie trayjan_5769matte

BLT Salad (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, olives, shredded cheddar, and chopped up bacon)

Greek Bean Salad

Publix cake (not gluten free)

Gluten free vanilla cupcakes with a simple buttercream (betty crocker brand) & vanilla ice creamjan_5747matteWe bought a dozen of these cute TMNT rings from amazon for about $4.jan_5754matteGF sugar cookies- The sugar cookies have a green frosting, fondant masks, and sugar candy eyes.jan_5751matte

Publix Cake (not gluten free) BUT you can get these cake toppers and make your own. My little man is not gf and he was dying for this cake.jan_5790

Easy dinner

Eating healthy doesn’t  have to be complicated. Here are some simple ideas for your weekend to get you started on a healthy week, because I love keeping it simple, full of color, and inexpensive. I love serving up big plates with a variety so everyone finds something they love and there’s no hate towards healthy eating. Beautiful, flavorful, and meats your 21 day fix meal plan.

Grilled chicken
Broccoli (1/2 grilled with salt & pepper, 1/2 steamed for the kids)
Steamed corn (freezer section at Aldi, no sugar or salt added and so yummy, just pop in the microwave-easy peasy)JAN_5872.JPGTomato, cucumber Salad (tomato, cucumber, feta, fresh basil,  kalamata olives. & balsamic oil)

jan_5879-3Fresh fruit

All About Money

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Literature about money

Once Upon A Dime

The Penny Pot

The Coin Counting Book

A Dollar, A Penny, How Much and how many?

Berenstain Bears The Trouble with Money

Berenstain Bears Dollars and Sense

Alexander who used to be rich last Sunday

A Chair for My Mother has a great (and free) mini book about money that is a perfect addition to our lapbook.


My kids will do any work if it feels like a game. Here’s a great way to practice recognizing coins and adding money with a game of memory.

Are your kids competitive? Have them play “WAR” with money. This was always a HUGE hit in my classroom. We turned every skill into WAR.

Imaginative Play: My kids love setting up shops and restarants. They adore playing every role from hostess to cashier to diner and everything in between. M loves to design her own menus and T loves ringing up the customers with this play register. Such a cheap purchase that provides endless amounts of fun and learning.