Storytime- Camping

We are reading:

book jacket Into the Outdoors

book jacket Maisy Goes Camping

book jacket Scare a Bear

book jacket Sheep Take a Hike

We are singing:

“Campfire Hokey Pokey”

You put your marshmallow in, you take your marshmallow out

You put your marshmallow in, and you shake it all about

You do the campfire pokey and you turn yourself about,

That’s what it’s all about!

(Other verses include hotdog, potato, popcorn, etc.)

We are making:


Materials: Two toilet paper rolls, construction paper, glue sticks or school glue, scotch tape, string, hole punch

Directions: Using a toilet paper tube as your guide, cut out two pieces of paper to wrap around the tube for your child.  Give your child two toilet paper tubes and two sheets of pre-cut paper.  Have the child glue the colored paper around the toilet paper tubes.  Then use tape to connect the two toilet paper tubes parallel to each other.  On one side, use a hole punch to punch a hole on the outside edge of each tube.  There will be two holes total.  Cut two pieces of string approximately 15-24 inches long.  Tie the string in the holes.  Your child now has a pair of binoculars to wear around his/her neck!

Some tips for you:

Camping with kids can be fun!

  • Plan the camping trip together–decide what you want to do.
  • Try a backyard campout before you camp for the first time.
  • Experience outdoor activities with your kids.
  • Remember all the necessary gear and supplies.
  • Create memories!

Happy Reading!

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Everyone has a few pet peeves in life.  Little things like bad grammar, having more than 20 items in the express lane, or wearing socks with sandals.  They’re pet peeves, little things that annoy you.

My pet peeve probably is more than a pet.  It’s more like a monster.  I HATE the sound of chewing/eating.  

I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember.  I probably get it from my mother, who didn’t like anyone to chew with their mouths open.  But it’s not only that for me.  It’s the sounds people make when they eat.  The sound of chewing, slurping, swallowing–they make me CRAZY!  And don’t even get me started on gum snappers.

BUT–little did I know, this is actually a psychological condition!  From Wikipedia:

Misophonia, literally “hatred of sound”, is a neurological disorder in which negative experiences (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific sounds.[1] The sounds can be loud or soft.[2] The term was coined by American neuroscientists Pawel Jastreboff and Margaret Jastreboff[3] and is often used interchangeably with the term selective sound sensitivity.

People who have misophonia are most commonly angered, and even enraged, by common ambient sounds, such as other people clearing their throats, clipping their nails, brushing their teeth, chewing crushed ice, eating, slurping, drinking, breathing, sniffing, talking, sneezing, yawning, walking, chewing gum, laughing, snoring, typing on a keyboard, whistling or coughing; saying certain consonants; or repetitive sounds.[9] Some are also affected by visual stimuli, such as repetitive foot or body movements, fidgeting, or movement they observe out of the corners of their eyes; this has been termed misokinesia, meaning hatred of movement.[5] Intense anxiety and avoidant behavior may develop, which can lead to decreased socialization. Some people feel the compulsion to mimic what they hear or see.[10] Mimicry is an automatic, non-conscious, and social phenomenon. It has a palliative aspect, making the sufferer feel better. The act of mimicry can elicit compassion and empathy, which ameliorates and lessens hostility, competition, and opposition. There is also a biological basis for how mimicry reduces the suffering from a trigger.


But the mimicry thing—that’s totally true!  If Dan’s eating something and it’s driving me crazy, I grab something to eat.  Same with gum chewing–if I can snap bubbles too, I feel better.  


The thing is, I have to be VERY conscious of my *ahem* disorder.  I’ve noticed that Ethan is starting to display the same behaviors, especially with his siblings.  As a parent, I need to make sure he doesn’t turn out as crazy as I am, right?

The good thing to remember is that I’m not the only crazy one out there…..

What’s your pet peeve?

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If I could wave a magic wand…

I would put my Pinterest clothes into my real closet.

Mustard and navy for fall. Gorgeous leather bag and perfect riding boots. So fab!


Anybody else ready for fall clothes?  I am!

Navy midi skirt, grey tee, love the scarf especially.


And scarves.  I miss my scarves.

 Spring Casual, feminine dressing, modest, classic, min 'n match, sporty

The maxi skirt is the best invention EVER.  You look like you dressed up, but what you’re really wearing is crotchless yoga pants.

Outfit Posts


I love a good cardigan.  I wear them all fall and winter long.  And I have some short sleeved ones for spring and summer.

Graphic Sweater


Mama needs that sweater.  And those boots.

Love everything about it!


I don’t think it’s fair that the kids get all the new fall clothes.  Who wants to go shopping?

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10 reasons school needs to start

10.  We are running out of snacks, cereal and milk.  And we are tired of buying snacks, cereal, and milk.

9.  The house is a mess.  I’d like to clean it and have it STAY clean for more than 2 hours.

8.  The kids cannot.  stop.  fighting.  We need some “alone” time.

7.  My computer is my computer.  Not your own special “roblox” station.

6.  We need earlier and regular bedtimes.  Mommy is behind on her reality shows.

5.  Mommy is jealous of all the people still sleeping when she leaves for work.  You people need to suffer the early morning too.

4.  You people are eating us out of house and home.  Seriously.  Stop eating.

3.  I’m tired of coming home to a sink full of dishes.  I’d much rather come home to a full backpack.

2.  There’s only so much “Teen Titans, Go!” and “Wally-Kazam!” a person can stand.

1.  It’s three meals a day and an afternoon snack, people.  Not three meals and fourteen hundred small snacks all day long.  No more eating!

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