September BSL Bites

SEPTEMBER BSL BITES

Breakfast

Sept Breakfast

  • Greek (or plain) yogurt, fruit, granola
  • Egg casserole
    • Recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen
    • Bake, cut into squares, freeze individual portions in zip top bags
  • Protein oatmeal cups
    • Recipe from The Healthy Maven
    • Bake in muffin tins, freeze individual portions in zip top bags
  • Overnight Oats
  • Avocado Toast
  • Cereal

Snacks

Sept Snacks

  • Apple slices with peanut butter/Greek yogurt dip
  • Carrot chips with hummus
  • Rice cakes with Nutella and sliced strawberries
  • Blueberry muffin energy bites
  • Yogurt/granola frozen bananas
    • Cut bananas in half, roll in plain or vanilla yogurt, roll in granola, freeze on a cookie sheet before packaging in zip top bags. Can buy lollipop sticks to put in the bottom for easier eating.
  • Mini Muffins
    • Recipe for blueberry mini muffins from Organize Yourself Skinny
    • Bake in muffin tins, freeze individual portions in zip top bags

Lunch

Sept Lunch

  • Corn dog muffins
  • BLT Rollups
  • Cucumber Rollups
  • Sweet Sandwich
    • Nutella and strawberries or bananas
    • Peanut butter and jelly or bananas
  • Dinner Leftovers

 

GROWTH CHART

BABY SHOWER GIFT GO-WITH

Baby shower invitations these days often come with where the parents-to-be are registered.  I often like to get a gift card from that store so that they can choose what they really want or really need out of the variety of items (as opposed to buying a package of burp cloths – not fun!).  A great Go-With for a new baby gift card is a handmade growth chart.  I have seen several of these on Pinterest and Etsy, but with a few easy to find supplies, you can make one on your own for much cheaper!

 

Here is what it can look like:

First you assemble the following items:

  • Burlap Ribbon (I used 5 ¾” wide)Growth Materials
  • Decorative 7/8” ribbon
  • Yard stick
  • Glue gun and glue
  • 1 plastic drinking straw
  • Black paint marker
  • Number stencils
  • Craft tags
  • Safety pins
  • Straight pins
  • 1/8” ribbon
  • marker
  • Decorative box for packaging

 

The hardest part happens first.  Once you get through this, it is easy sailing!

  • Measure out a 6 foot 3 inch piece of the burlap ribbon and cut.
  • At one end, fold 1” under creating a straight line and glue. This will create the bottom of your chart.DSC_0379
  • Position the yard stick along the left side of the ribbon with the 0 mark along the bottom seam you just created.
  • At every inch interval, place a straight pin in the burlap to mark where you will eventually draw your paint line.
  • Measure lines up to what will be the 6 foot mark.

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That’s the hard part!  Now on to the decorating!

  • Counting from the bottom, go up to the 12 inch pin. Remove the pin.
  • Draw a thick line with your paint marker in from the side that is 1 ½ “ long.
  • Use the number stencil “1” and trace and color your number with the paint marker at the end of the line you created.DSC_0382
  • Count up to the 24inch pin and repeat same steps with the number 2. Continue with labeling the foot marks up to the 6 foot mark.
  • Now go back and create lines for the other inch marks. Those lines should be thinner than the foot marking lines and only about an inch long.  No stencil is needed for this part.
  • Allow for the paint to dry a few hours.

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You will find a couple of extra inches at the top.  This is where you will put the ribbon to hang the chart on the wall.

  • Turn the chart over onto the non-painted side.
  • Place the straw across the top of the burlap and trim off any excess straw.

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  • Cut a 24 inch long piece of the 7/8” ribbon.
  • Feed the ribbon through the straw from one end to the other.
  • Center the straw on the ribbon
  • Place a line of glue at the top of the burlap chart and glue the straw to the top back of the chart.
  • Once the glue has had a chance to set, begin rolling the straw down the burlap to cover the straw from being seen.
  • Place another line of glue at the place you want to stop and secure the straw to the burlap.
  • You have about 2 inches before you get to the 6 foot mark. Be careful not to roll too far!
  • After the glue has dried, tie the ends of the ribbon together in a bow that will serve as the hanger for the chart.

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The heights on this chart are marked by pinning craft tags to the burlap at different age intervals.  Making the tags is easy.  You can make as many as you want to give!

  • On each tag, write “DATE” and “AGE” for the parent to be able to fill in in the future.
  • Cut 5” lengths of the 1/8” ribbon.
  • Feed on piece of ribbon through the circle of each safety pin and tie a bow.
  • Place a safety pin through the hole of each craft tag.

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Now all that is left is to roll up the chart and place it along with the growth tags in a decorative box.  I found a burlap one at Hobby Lobby that worked really well.  I also found this little, painted wooden frame there that I used to put a title on the top of the box.  I also glued some extra ribbon around the box and tied it just to add a bit more decoration to the otherwise plain box.  I have also seen the charts put in more decorative boxes and even mini paint cans.  You can really do whatever you think will work best.  One important tip…Don’t forget to include the gift card!!  What a fun way to give a little something special to Go-With your awesome gift card!

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Party Central

Who doesn’t love a good party?! There is nothing better than going to a fun party with lots of good food, fun games, and lots of memories made! On the other hand, when you are the one planning the party, there is a ton to do. All of those activities and food decisions need to be made. There is shopping to do and preparations to make. In Party Central, I have done the planning for you! Each party is listed by type, so whether you are a room parent in charge of an hour or two of excitement or a bridesmaid ready to celebrate the bride-to-be, I have a party for you. Within each theme, you will find a plan for your party. Food, games, crafts, read alouds, paper goods, have all been carefully chosen to go with your theme. Links are provided to lead you to directions, examples, and purchase sites. It is all at your fingertips! I plan it…you do it!

BSL Bites?

Ok, so I have to admit that I am an obsessive planner. It is crazy difficult to “fly by the seat of my pants”. I am a reservation maker, vacation activity researcher, monthly dinner menu creator. It drives my loved ones and friends insane at times, but keeps me organized. In the end, I am the one who deals with the day to day running of the household, so if it makes my life easier, so be it!

That is why it would test my patience on a daily basis when time for breakfast, snacks, or making school lunches. Dinner is a non-conversation. We are having what I put on the monthly menu. No questions posed to the family. They ask “What’s for Dinner” and I tell them. It’s that simple. The other times during the day are much different! The conversation goes like this:

Me: What do you want for breakfast?

Kids: What do we have?

Me: Well…we have…(go on to list options)

Kids: Um…um….I’m thinking

Me: (Head is exploding!!)

This happens after school when having a snack and when we are making lunches for the next school day. I was going nuts. My husband, who thinks this is all extremely amusing, finally looks at me and makes a suggestion. He points out that they don’t get a choice at dinner, so why do they get a choice at any other time of the day? He has a point and although I don’t think it’s necessary to limit their other food choices to one single item, I was easily able to get on board with a few choices for breakfast, a few for snacks, and a few for lunch mains. When I plan the monthly menu, I also plan the breakfast, snack, and lunch bites of the month. I write them on notecards and post them on the refrigerator. Now, the kids head to the cards, make a choice, and we move on. So much easier! The kids enjoy the variety I try to build in and the seasonal fun items I include. It also makes grocery shopping easier. I just make sure to replenish what is getting eaten each week. It makes my brain happy!

 

So today, I share the first month of Plan-it Mom’s BLS Bites. Some require some prep. Some do not. All are easy and fast. Enjoy!

 

Sailing Into ___th Grade

 

“The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.”

                                                                           -Joshua Slocum

Making it to the end of the school year is a big accomplishment!  Of course it is a reason to celebrate completing one grade, but in the case of this party, we are celebrating the transition into the next grade.  Fill it in with whatever grade your class will be moving into the following school year with a nautical-themed party.  Happy Sailing!

Occasion: End Of Year Party

Theme: Nautical

Age: Grades 1-3

Time: 1 hour

Food:

  • Catch of the Day – Goldfish crackers
  • Catch of the Day – Swedish fish
  • Life Preservers – powdered donuts
  • Blue Lagoon Water – blue Gatorade
  • Watermelon Boats – Martha Stewart

Party Supplies:

Games:

Craft:

Paint pens and puffy painted sailor hats.

Paint pens and puffy painted sailor hats.

Movie:

  • The Little Mermaid – Amazon

 

Read Aloud:

  • Sail Away Little Boat – Amazon

Teacher Gift:

Captain's Hat and Messages in a Bottle for the teacher.

Captain’s Hat and Messages in a Bottle for the teacher.

 

 

 

Frozen Party

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together.”

-Unknown

When the time for the Winter Holiday party rolls around, I often think of the symbols of the season.  In our North Carolina town, snow is not found in abundance, but is certainly dreamed about by all of the kids hoping for a snowday.  This party celebrates snow and all that is frozen using the Disney movie “Frozen” as its inspiration.  I found many great ideas out there and collected the ones that I felt would create a great party for the classroom.  Pick and choose what you want to use based on how much time you have for your party.  The links will take you to directions, printables, and purchasing sources! Have a chilly, good time!

Occasion: Holiday/Winter Party

Theme: Frozen Party

Age: k-3

Time: 1-2 hours depending on number of activities chosen and factoring in lunchtime.

Food:

Party Supplies:

Games:

Using chopsticks to pick up marshmallows!

Using chopsticks to pick up marshmallows!

Craft:

Movie:

  • Frozen (to be played while kids eat lunch)

** If students finish lunch early, they could work on the Frozen song lyric scavenger hunt)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7u0z9INCiFCbGNlRDh2Y0FYTFU/edit

 Read Aloud: Snowmen at NightAmazon

Teacher Gift: Snowman Hat decoration filled with donated gift cards – Scrapashopaholic

Teacher gift Go-With...fill top hat with gift cards!

Teacher gift Go-With…fill top hat with gift cards!

 

 

 

About

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Hi!  I’m Nicole.  I’m a mom.  I’m a wife.  I’m a teacher.  I’m a list-maker.  I’m a planner.  We have a busy life that I love.  Never a dull moment!  My husband and I made the decision years ago for me to stay at home with our kids.  For me, jumping into that role meant adding my name to volunteer lists at schools.  One of my favorite jobs became that of Room Parent.  The former teacher in me loved the party planning and interaction with the kids. The list maker in me took over as I created a plan for each party we had.  Those parties went over pretty well, I guess.  I would have other room parents ask me to send them my party plan so they could do it in their child’s classroom.  At first, although flattered, I thought they were kidding, but when it began happening more frequently, I realized that parents want to do the best they can for their kids.  Sometimes, though, they just don’t have the time or resources to come up with everything they need to create a great experience.  That’s when I decided to share some of my ideas. Having a party?  Find a theme you like and access the plan.  It will include ideas for everything from food to crafts and games and where you can get all the stuff to make it happen.  Need a gift idea?  I have included them too.  Let’s make it a party to remember together.  I’ll plan it…you do it!