My Life of Travels and Adventures: February 2014

My Toddler's Favorite Songs - Friday Favorites

28 February 2014

I am rolling out a new series around here called Friday Favorites.  Original right?  I think I am going to alternate Favorite Fridays and my Friday Fitness Recap to every other week.  At least that is the plan for now.  It could change. 

This week's Friday Favorites topic is... My Toddler's Favorite Songs.
My Toddler's Favorite Songs

Chicken Pot Pie Stew

27 February 2014

Chicken Pot Pie Stew
I have had this recipe stocked away in my recipe file for a while now.  I ripped it out of some magazine once upon a time. 

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

24 February 2014

St. Patrick's Day Wreath
Although we have an Irish last name, we are not big into celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  However, I love having decorations up around the house.  It is even more fun now that Reid is showing a real interest in the decorations as well.

Basic Chicken Noodle Soup

20 February 2014

Basic Chicken Noodle Soup
This is a funny recipe for me to write....

I love chicken noodle soup.  I survived on it (and crackers) while pregnant with Reid.  

That being said, I really only like chicken, noodles and soup in my Chicken Noodle Soup.  
So here is my recipe for Basic Chicken Noodle Soup... Spice your up with some veggies!

1 lb Eggs Noodles
1.5 lb Chicken
1 Gallon Water
8 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
Assorted Vegetables

1. Chop chicken (I like cubes) and cook. 
2. Bring water to boil.  Add the chicken bouillon and mix. 
3. Add the chicken, egg noodles and assorted vegetables. 
4. Bring to boil. 
5. Reduce heat and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.

See?  Silly of me to write this recipe but oh well.  Now it is stored somewhere other than my little ole noggin'. 

Square Themed Tot School

19 February 2014

8 Square Themed Tot Trays

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This week's Tot School was all about squares. 
Square Themed Sensory Bin
 Sensory Bin Supplies: Alphabet Blocks, Square Blocks from this Block Set, Foam Counting Blocks
This sensory bin was perfect for building.  Something a two year boy is very into.  Reid and Neil spent a good hour playing with these blocks one evening.  Definitely a hit. 
Supplies: Dot Markers and Printables from 3 Dinosaurs
I love, love, love these dot marker printables from 3 Dinosaurs.  Reid loves using the dot markers and stamping around the shapes.  I now know to print these in at least lots of 5. A big hit around here. 

I mean look at that face.  Fun!
Supplies: Square Mega Blocks

We play with mega blocks often.  Almost daily.  So only having the square ones made for a different kind of play for Reid. 
Supplies: Play DoughClear Sheet Protectors and Printables from Moms Have Questions Too
Playdough has also quickly became a favorite Tot School activity.  Surprisingly, Reid is really good about leaving the play dough at the table only and not making a mess. 
 Supplies: White Paper and Stickers
The sticker Tot Trays are fun for Reid but do not hold his attention long.  A few stickers stuck and he is over it.  
Supplies : Pipe Cleaners and Beads
I was actually surprised that Reid really liked this activity.  He sat about 10 minutes (long for a toddler!) and threaded the beads onto the pipe cleaners.  
Supplies: Printables from 3 Dinosaurs and Crayons
Supplies: Lacing Shapes
For two weeks in a row, the shape threading was not a hit.  Maybe someday around here. 
Supplies: White Paper, Construction Paper Squares and a Glue Stick
My guy loves using a glue stick.  That makes this Tot Tray so simple.  Squares and gluing.  

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Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

13 February 2014

One Pan Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Do you ever get in a rut of making the same food for dinner, week after week?  That happens frequently around here. 
Then I saw this recipe card in my recipe book mess. 

The original recipe did not include the sausage but I think they add a good taste to the gumbo.  
1 Lb Hot Sausage
2 Lbs Chicken
2 Tbsp Garlic Cloves, minced
1 ½ C Onion, chopped
1 ½ C Peppers, chopped
2 Tbsp Flour
1 (4oz) can of Chilies
1 (29oz) can of italian style diced Tomatoes
2 Tsp Cajun Seasoning - I used Moore’s Maple Cajun Seasoning
1 Tsp Pepper

  1. Cook the sausage and chicken in a large saute pan.  
  2. Once thoroughly cooked, cut into bit size pieces and return to the same saute pan. 
  3. Add the garlic, onions and peppers and saute over high heat for 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Add the flour and cook for 1 additional minute.  
  5. Stir in the chilies, tomatoes, cajun seasoning and pepper.  
  6. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. 

Make about 6 servings. 

Circle Themed Tot School

12 February 2014

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This sensory bin was hard for me to come up with.  I just could not find any round items to put in it. 
Once I moved on to circles & balls, it was much easier. 
The hit of this sensory bin is definitely the three balls.  All I have been hearing all week is "sock-a ball, base-eh-ball and base-ka-ball".  
Supplies: Dot Markers and Printables from 3 Dinosaurs
Reid loves playing with the dot markers.  Loves.  This week's circle printable was a hit as well. 
Flash cards are hit and miss around here.  Maybe 5-10 minutes a day are spent playing with them.  I usually say what is on the flashcard, hand it to Reid and he either stacks or makes a line out of them. 
Supplies: Ice Cube TrayLarge Pompoms and Tongs 
Reid likes using tongs. So moving the pompoms from hole to hole was quite fun for him. 
Supplies: White PaperGoogly Eyes and a Glue Stick
Again with the glue stick.  A hit.  Reid filled a couple sheets of paper with these goggly eyes. 
Supplies: White PaperPaint and  Round Foam Brushes 
When I showed Reid how to dab the foam brushes into the paint and then stamp with them, I said "Dab, dab, dab... Stamp, stamp, stamp."  All week when we came back to this activity, it was "dab, dab, dab, stamp, stamp, stamp" coming out of his mouth.  
Supplies: White Paper and Stickers 
Another simple activity... I set Reid up with this while I was making dinner the one night.  Peel & stick. 
Supplies: Large Buttons and Pipe Cleaners
This was a quick activity for Reid... he lost interest pretty fast.  
Supplies: Shape Puzzle
We are definitely in a puzzle phase around here.  All day.  Every day.  I bought this puzzle in a pack of 3 for his Easter Basket this year.  But when I saw how easy his other puzzles have been for him, I thought maybe.  He took right to it but does need a little help here and there. 
Supplies: Circle Printables from Moms Have Questions Too and Crayons
I used a couple different printables from Moms Have Questions Too this week.  Coloring is always fun. 
Supplies: Play DoughClear Sheet Protectors and Heart Printables from Moms Have Questions Too 
Play dough!  Enough said. 
Supplies: Lacing Shapes
This circle came in a pack of different shapes (like last week's heart).  These are pretty hit and miss around here. 

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Latch Boards

10 February 2014

Latch Boards
These latch boards have been a hit in our house for a while now. With both me and Reid.   I love that all the pieces are connected and none can get separate and lost.  Reid loves playing with the latch boards at the table while I make dinner or in the car.  One pretty much lives in the car all the time. 

These were super simple to make.  I think the hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry. 

Two random scraps of wood. Ours are about 6” x 1’

Masking Tape
Random Pieces of Hardware


1. Sand. I quickly sanded our scrap wood to make it all smooth.  I also rounded out the corners a little as well. 
2. Paint.  I used masking tape to separate the two colors on mine.  I went with a John Deere and Construction color scheme. 
3. Clear Coat. I did two thin coats of clear coat on each piece of wood... to hopefully protect the paint from toddler damage. 
4. Attach Hardware.  We headed to Lowe's and picked out 10 different pieces of hardware.  Each board has 6 latches/hooks on it.  Two on each are a double. 
5. Enjoy. 
Shortly after we finished these, we headed to Philly, a 6 hour car ride, Reid played with the one board for the entire car ride.  With the exception of his naps that is. 
These really do hold his attention well.  So far I would say he likes the chains and door catch the best.
    Note the pirate smile.  It was a phase for a month or two that we have finally moved past. 
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