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November 22, 2015

How to engage your kids with bingo this Thanksgiving

It’s coming! It’s coming!

Thanksgiving is almost here and this free Thanksgiving Bingo printable is a great way to keep the kids entertained whether you’re catching up with family or cooking up a storm!

In the past, we’ve always had my husband’s family over to our house for Thanksgiving. As you all know, that requires a lot of planning and cleaning and cooking and shopping. And all of these activities take a lot of time and are no fun for kids. What kid wants to clean the whole house before family comes over? I’m an adult and sometimes I don’t even want to do it!

This year, we’re spending Thanksgiving with my husband’s soon-to-be-100-year-old grandmother at her senior community. I don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning but on a long day like Thanksgiving, the kids still need activities to entertain them. Sitting and listening to the grownups talk only entertains them for so long.

My kids love scavenger hunts so I thought a Thanksgiving bingo might be fun for them to do. Most of the items on here just require looking around and noticing things – a skill that we’re working on improving – but there are some interactive things too.

Very often, my kids get wrapped up in their own activities and don’t interact with anybody else. You can often find them in their rooms reading when we have company. I’m hoping this bingo will encourage them to notice things and interact with everyone at the same time.

How to engage your kids with bingo this Thanksgiving~Simple Peach Creates

Click here to download the pdf.

If you’ve got some extra stickers laying around, you could give them to your kiddos to mark off their finds. That is, of course, if you trust them not to cover the furniture and windows with them. Ha ha. And as an extra bonus you can use dessert as the bingo prize if you want. Easy peasy!

What do you think? Is this something that your kids would enjoy doing? I’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions. (Cause I have a feeling there will be more holiday themed bingo in the future!)


November 15, 2015

Slackin off like a boss 101: How to waste time like a pro

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In honor of America Recycles day today, this is a recycling of a post that I wrote on my old blog in November of 2014.

So today’s prompt over at nablopomo is to write a “how to” post on something that you’re good at. And I sat and thought… and thought… and thought…

What am I good at that I can share with you? The fact that I failed in my quest for nablopomo on day one lit a light bulb above my head. Procrastination! It’s definitely my strongest and most well honed skill.

So,  I’ve decided to share some tips for effective procrastination.

Slackin off like a boss 101: How to waste time like a pro. Step one: create a long to do list.—–>First, you’ll need to make a to do list. It’s got to be long and complex. And long. (Did I say that already? Long.) Number one should be ‘make to do list’. This is an easy and empowering start. Now, walk through every room of your home cataloging all of the projects – no matter how big or small they are – that you see. Or imagine that you see. Don’t like the curtains in the bedroom? Why not learn to sew your own? Hate your stained carpet? You can definitely rip it up and install hardwood. Need more dragons around? Papier-mâché ’em! Don’t forget to toss in, ‘use the bathroom’, ‘eat Cheetos’, ‘watch Real Housewives‘. Items that are easy to check off will build your sense of accomplishment and keep you going. Or derail you. It’ll be fun a fun surprise to find out which.

—–>Next, find a ‘to do list organizational style’ that works best for you. Some options include:

  • highlighting your existing task list by location
  • highlighting your existing task list by priority
  • rewriting your list on paper by location
  • rewriting your list on paper by priority
  • writing each task on a post it and posting on a cork board; sort by location or priority. Try both ways and see which you like best. Then try the other again. Just to be sure.

If you really want to get fancy, you can spend an hour or two creating a spreadsheet to cross reference each task by location AND priority. Throw in potential return on investment and interest level if you want. Or start researching apps that will do it for you. I mean, why reinvent the wheel, right?

—–>Go use the bathroom.

—–>Check off ‘use the bathroom’ from your list. See? Motivational!

—–>Now check your email to make sure nothing else needs to be added to your adequately organized to do list. Investigate the picture that facebook notifies you you’ve been tagged in. Fall down the facebook wormhole for at least an hour.

—–>Use the bathroom again.

—–>Make a mental note to include ‘use the bathroom’ at least twice on tomorrow’s to do list.

—–>Now that your long list is properly created, grab that bag of Cheetos, flop down on the couch and commence a real housewives marathon until you pass out drooling on your couch. Be sure to bring your favorite delivery menu with you so that you can call for dinner when you wake up in a panic and realize what time it is.

Now that’s what I call a productive day. Without children, of course. With kids around, the procrastination gets so much easier but the screaming and crying can escalate a whole lost faster.

Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite way to procrastinate. I’m always looking to add to my skills!

October 28, 2015

3 last minute Halloween treats that you totally have time for

Halloween is coming!!

If you haven’t had time to do any of the cutesie stuff that you had planned, don’t stress about it.

These three quick Halloween treats are super easy to make!

1. Boo bananas

3 last minute Halloween treats that you totally have time for

These are one of my favorite Halloween treats and are a regular breakfast staple in our house. Simply add baking chips (we used peanut butter here but mini chocolate chips work best) to sliced bananas and you’ve got a cute, spooky treat that your kids will love.

2. Jack o’fruit

3 last minute Halloween treats that you totally have time for

I stocked up on fruit for the girls’ lunches yesterday at BJ’s and as I was putting them in the fruit bin, I thought they’d make cute jack O’lanterns! Just grab a sharpie and go nuts!

3. Candy corn cookies

3 last minute Halloween treats that you totally have time for

These were a box mix and you can’t get any easier than that! If you don’t see candy corn cookie mix in your store, you could just buy premade dough (or get really ambitious and make them from from scratch) and add food coloring.  These took a bit longer than the other treats but they were still super easy.

And now a plus one

that I WANT to make and totally would. Except that I forgot grapes when I was at the grocery store. Grrr. I originally saw this idea on Facebook but here’s the pin to add to your Halloween Pinterest board.

How cute are these guys?!?

Quick and easy Halloween treat that I didn't get to try yet this year.

Are you working on any last minute treats today?

October 21, 2015

Time may not always be on my side. And that’s ok.

Happy Back to the Future day. Time is a funny thing, isn’t it? We think about it logically, we think about it tangibly, we think about jumping around in it especially today on “Back to the Future” day.

But in reality it’s all just a figment of our imagination. A social construct that we’ve all agreed to be bound by. It’s really convenient for meeting and getting things done but does it serve our spirit? Does it allow us to feel freedom or joy? Or does it just add stress to our lives?

I’ve felt trapped by time in the past. There’s just never enough of it! I know it’s a feeling that will repeat but the other day I realized something…

I don't have time to be the person I was. But I have exactly enough time to be the person I am becoming.
Simply by realizing that I have the exact amount of time to become the person I want to be has allowed me to release some of the stress that I felt due to time. I’m able to let go. To slow down. To reflect. (Sometimes. Hey nobody’s perfect!)

I hope you’re able to slow down and feel less stress too. Because you’re becoming an awesome person and you deserve it!

October 13, 2015

Share fall’s awesome beauty with this FREE printable

I adore fall. It is by far my favorite season. Because of that, I try to take advantage of any excuse that I can make to get out in the beautiful crisp sunny weather. And if I can get my kiddos to come with me and enjoy my favorite season too, all the better!

Although it was on our summer bucket list this year, we didn’t get to do any scavenger hunts so I figured what a perfect way to get out and enjoy a beautiful fall day!

I whipped up a quick list of things for my kiddos to look for at the park and thought I’d share it with you as well. So without further ado, I offer you my very first free printable! I’d love to know what you think of it and if you and your kiddos enjoy it at much as we did.

Simple Peach creates... A fall scavenger hunt! Print out this 2 up grid as a great way to share the beauty of fall with your kiddos!

Download the PDF to print your own. (There are 2 grids for the scavenger hunt on each sheet.)

We’re planning to make a God’s eye with the strong sticks that we found. I remember making these as a kid and always thought they looked so cool.

Some of the items were difficult for us to find at the park and we had to extend our search to our car ride home. Finding a gnome wasn’t looking good but we were all tickled to spot one in our neighbor’s yard when we got home. How had we missed him all this time?

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