Archive for August, 2013

Verde Chicken Enchilada Cups

Friday, August 30th, 2013 by by

Verde Chicken Enchilada Cups - Easy to make individual enchiladas. Perfectly portioned and delicious! #RecipeMakers
One of my least favorite times of the day is about an hour before dinner when I racking my brain trying to come up with what to make that night. I’m sure you can relate. I am just beat at the end of the day and the thought of staring endlessly into my freezer is not appealing. So you can imagine my delight at discovering Kraft Recipe Makers at Safeway. It truly took the stress out of mealtime and helped me create this delicious Verde Chicken Enchilada recipe. (more…)


Smither’s Birth Plan-ish

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by by

Because. You know. All the cool blogging moms have birth plans.

Here was my official Birth Plan as of 35 weeks, and by “official” I mean that I made my doctor type it into my chart this way.

1. Healthy Baby
2. No Magnesium Sulfate
3. Get Baby Out

Not what you expected? Let me explain. (more…)

Mommy Meme Monday: Funniest Toddler Memes

Monday, August 26th, 2013 by by

Toddlers are funny little people, so we decided to make this week’s memes all about them.

Do you want to know if it belongs to you or your toddler? See rules of possession below.




Monday, August 26th, 2013 by by

“Sergeant Desmond, Captain Felix, report to the command center. Repeat. Report to the commander center.”

“Bob, where is the command center, again?”

“It’s by the police station.”

“Over there?”

“The tree. The tree is the command center. Please report to the tree.”


Mud Play

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by by

Mud Play - A great sensory and imaginative experience

We have been spending more time outdoors as the weather has been getting warmer. Recently, we played with our Garden Sensory Bin. One of the things I have enjoyed about it is that it is very easy to change up the bin and create a new sensory experience for kids. Here, we added water to our soil for some fun mud play. Kids love exploring with soil and water, and mud play is a perfect way to stimulate their natural curiosity.

You will need:

  • Bin filled with soil
  • Buckets
  • Shovels
  • Water
  • Sand toys
  • Small toys (we used frogs)


What You Talking About?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by by

Thought I would do an update on Eliada’s Speech Therapy! She started going to Speech therapy, two years ago, but it wasn’t going very well. She was a little over three years old and Daddy could not understand her. I could of course and so did Yvette, her older sister. Anywho, my husband would take her and he would never bring back homework or tips for us or really know what they were saying. They didn’t allow him to go into the room with them. I had to stay home and pick up Yvette from school and help her with her homework and start dinner. I so wanted to go. So, we stopped taking her.  She went for six months and we did not see any improvement!

She has now been going to a new location (more…)


Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by by

“Hey, Bob. I was mining under that big rock in my backyard and I was like ‘brrrrrrreat brrrrrreat.”

“You mean like ‘goooooj gooooj?’ Like that, Felix?’

“It was more of a ‘rerererererer.”

“Did you find anything?”

“I hit something hard. I think it was a rock or maybe… an underground hidden city.”

“Yeah. That’s cool. I like rocks.”


Shaving Cream and Water Bead Cupcakes

Monday, August 19th, 2013 by by

Shaving cream and water bead cupcakes - wonderful sensory play activity for kids.

We love water beads in our house. These squishy beads are the perfect sensory material. In the past we have played with frozen water beads and engaged in creative play with water beads. Today, we combined them with shaving cream and yummy scents to make pretend cupcakes. (more…)

Take indoor activities OUTSIDE!

Monday, August 19th, 2013 by by

Baby Bear LOVES to color, so since it was so nice outside, we just decided to take it outdoors!

girl drawing outdoors on a fisher price easel

This is outside my parents new house (lake views from both sides of the house! Incredible!)

girl drawing outdoors on a fisher price easel

An easel is such an easy way to color outside and still be active. Since we were helping my parents to unpack, we reused some cardboard for Baby Bear to draw on.  It makes a cool sound too when you draw since it has the ridges on it.

girl drawing outdoors on a fisher price easel

{This easel was actually mine when I was little!}

Meet Spark

Friday, August 16th, 2013 by by

It’s a terrible picture taken through the smudged side of the hospital bassinet — but here is our newest addition. We are home and doing well — definitely adjusting to our new family of four.

In See Teacher Run Land, she will forever be known as Spark Taco(I don’t need any students finding this blog!), but I thought I would take this one time to answer some FAQ’s about her name.

How the Heck Do You Say It?
It is pronounced (more…)