Author Archives: The Rose

Gift Giving Sensory Tub

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This week, I decided to make up a festive sensory tub for Rosebud. I’m calling it the gift giving sensory tub. What’s in the tub? Wrapping paper, Small boxes, Ribbon, Bows, Tissue paper, Bells, Snowman rings, Sparkly pompoms, A bulb shaped ornament that opens, A gift bag A small stocking. Today was the first time Rosebud got to play with… Read more »

Do’s and Don’ts of Working with Children Who May be Different from You

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. This topic is close to my heart as I can not only relate to it from my own childhood, but it comes up on some level in my work every day. I know that working with children is stressful. Add to that, behaviors, issues or cultural differences that you may be… Read more »

Five Interactive Winter Books for Toddlers

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As I’ve written about before, Rosebud and I love to read. I often buy her new books based on the season and or if there’s a holiday coming up. For the spring, I get out her books about birds, plants and baby animals. In the fall, we read books about pumpkins, leaves and of course Halloween. The winter is no… Read more »

First Snowfall Sensory Tub

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We had our first real snowfall on Friday. When Rosebud woke up, she was so excited to see snow. Unfortunately, both of us have been fighting off colds for the past few weeks so I’ve only taken her out a couple of times since the weekend. However, I figured why not bring some snow inside to play with? I don’t… Read more »

15Things I’m Thankful For

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I wanted to do a gratitude series of posts in November, but this month seems to be running away from me. It’s already half over. To get into the spirit of Thanksgiving, here’s a list of some of the things I am grateful for. Not just for this season, but all year. 1. This blog I’ve found another creative outlet… Read more »

Salt Dough Keepsakes

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I wanted to come up with an inexpensive and creative gift for my mother’s birthday. I also wanted Rosebud to be involved in making it so I decided to see what we could create with salt dough. Ingredients: 1 cup salt, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 cup warm water, A pinch of cinnamon, (Optional) Food coloring or powder paint…. Read more »

Do the Right Thing, Back to the Basics

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On Halloween night, my brother and I took Rosebud trick-or-treating. My mom and my other brother stayed behind and handed out the candy. We have a ton of trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood, so I usually run out of candy quickly. The first year I lived here, I ran out of candy within minutes of turning on the light. The kids… Read more »

Pumpkin Spice Play-dough

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I love anything pumpkin spice, so I couldn’t let fall fly by without making this play-dough. For some reason, it took me forever to get all the ingredients on hand to make this play-dough, but I’m glad I finally was able to make it. It smells fantastic and goes great with any Halloween or fall themed activities. As soon as… Read more »

What to Do When You Feel Hopeless

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Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve felt hopeless, but you keep going because there’s this one thing that is keeping you afloat? It’s this one thing you look forward to regardless of everything else that is horrible about your particular situation. Everyone goes through these dark periods in their life. Unfortunately, I’m in the tunnel right now…. Read more »

Can We Stop Being so Judgmental Already?

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This post was inspired by an interaction I had with a coworker this week. For those who may be stumbling across my blog for the first time, I work in an early childhood program. As is the case with most programs, we have parents fill out intake paper work before the child joins us. This way, the teachers can get… Read more »