Letter M

Hey! So, we’ve had a couple weeks off here. I accidentally jumped into a website domain transfer without really thinking it through. I don’t know why I assumed it would be a quick process, because it for sure was not. And, if you’re new here, I apologize in advance. You remember when you were a teenager, and you just threw all your shit in your closet when your parents made you clean your room. Ya, well that’s basically the current state of my blog.

This blogging business is tough! There are so many resources, so many beautiful blogs and a lot of people are so helpful, but I keep falling into the comparison game. Then I feel like I have to change e v e r y t h i n g right now. There is no waiting. I’m glad I moved my blog over, and the amazing peeps over at Site Ground have been amazingly helpful. If you ever need a hosting site, check them out!

Anyways, On to M week!

Word Bank: Music, M&Ms, monkey, mouse, murphy, money, maps, mountain, mask, monster, matching, muffins, marshmallow, magnets, moon, motor, mittens, mud, milk, man, magic, mailbox, momma

M is for Marshmallow structures

This was super fun, definitely a winner. I put a bunch of colored marshmallows in little cupcake liners, cut a bunch of tooth picks in half and we sat at the table giggling and talking about random stuff as we built. We’ve done this with grapes before, and the marshmallows were a tad more challenging, so K definitely needed some help. We enjoyed munching on our building materials. Did you know those little colored marshmallows were different flavors? Also, marshmallows are basically pure sugar. Noted.

(How cute is this little placemat too?! @goodnightfox has some adorable and inexpensive stuff on her Etsy page!)

M is for Money

We dumped a bunch of change out of Ks piggy bank and filled a capital M. We talked about the different colors and names of the coins. We talked about how paper money is different from coins. Super cute and super easy!

M is for Muffins

I made some delicious banana/blueberry nut muffins this week! I don’t usually share recipes on my blog, but I am going to because they are seriously so yummy and super easy! I was at the grocery store, and they usually have discounted fruit, and 9 times out of 10 they have bananas that are PERFECTLY ripe for bread! Fruit never has time to go bad at my house. I’ve also skipped the blueberries and successfully hid in some zucchini!

  • Ingredients
    • 8 tablespoons salted butter softened
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 5 very ripe bananas mashed up
    • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 heaping teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
    • 1/2 cup pecans
    • 2 tablespoons sugar (Final step. Optional – DO IT!)
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Prep muffin tin with muffin liners
  • Combine butter and sugar
  • Add eggs and vanilla
  • In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients. Add mashed bananas, blueberries and nuts.
  • Fill muffin liners 2/3 full with batter, (optional- sprinkle some of the white sugar on top)
  • Bake muffins 15-17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
    • We usually eat these within just a couple days, they also never have time to go bad!

I love baking with K. He’s getting better at staying focused at our tasks, and he loves pouring in ingredients and turning on the mixer. It takes a little longer than if I were doing it solo and we make a bit more of a mess, but we are also making memories and I just love how excited he gets for each of the steps. i l o v e i t.

M is for Matching

One of my amazing pals on IG, @goodnightfox, sent us this adorable matching card game. K loved it, although he definitely told me he wanted the dino set instead. Ha. of course. Anyways, we were up north for part of the week at V’s family cabin, we invited my folks up for a weekend of ice fishing for his birthday. It is an amazing little cabin, no TV, no wifi, it’s great for unplugging, eating good food and diving deep into a new book!

I saved this game for while we were at the cabin, because my 3 year old nephew G came up with my folks! He and K have such a fun time together, so I thought he might like to play this game with us. It was hard to get the boys on the same page, especially because they mostly just want to wrestle and rough house, but we successfully played a couple rounds. It was fun!

M is for Marble Painting

We did some marble painting one day while J was napping. I used one of our handy dandy tall aluminum turkey roasters, these are amazing for activities. We have 2, and I use 1 of them nearly everyday! They are very well loved. So, I put some paper in the bottom of our container, let K pick out a couple paint colors, then tossed in his marble. I had to show him how to move the container around so we could get the marble to the certain colors to spread it around, but before long, he was all over it. We did 2 rounds of this, and his paintings are still proudly hanging on the fridge! He did get some paint on his hands because he needed to touch the marble for whatever reason, but it was very low mess. (We use crayola washable paints.)

M is for Moon Sand

This stuff is amazing, and it’s so very easy! I used 4 cups of all purpose flour, tossed that in my standup mixer and mixed in 1/2 C of oil. Some recipes call for baby oil, but I used vegetable oil, just in case one of my monkeys decided to taste test. {I’m proud to report that they didn’t!} I was nervous about this, because flour and toddlers, is typically a recipe for a serious mess, but the oil does something magical to it. Fair warning– This is still messy play! Messy play can be so much fun for little growing brains! We took it outside one afternoon when it was semi warm(er) than it had been all winter. At least the sun was out. We made a big mess on our deck, stripped before coming inside and went straight to the bathtub! Anyways, imagine a really great snow fall, when the snow makes perfect snowballs. That’s what this was like! It’s powdery but packs really great, I tossed in some random stuff from my kitchen, and I joined in on the fun this time. I’m trying to be a little more involved with these activities as of late. K has been requesting some extra attention, and I’m more than happy to oblige!

M is for Mailbox

One afternoon while I was cleaning in the basement, I had a fun idea to turn K’s basketball hoop into a mailbox! I found an amazon box that was the perfect size, cut a door in the front, and put on a small “lock” so he could open and close it. I taped the box to the basketball pole with some packing tape, and VOILA. Mailbox. I had planned on making cards with him, and letting him do the stamps and take them to the mail box to send to family and friends for “M is for Mail” but this worked out so much better. This honestly took me 10 minutes to put together, and he plays with it everyday! I usually give him some junk mail to keep in his mail box, then he’ll randomly go check his mail and read his goodies. Adorbs.

M is for Mask

This is another M activity that I saved for when we hung out with cousin G at the cabin. I cut a paper plate in half, cut out some rough eye holes, and gave the boys some crayons to decorate with. Then they helped tape a popsicle stick to the back and they had fun masks to run around with! I’m not sure if G is still playing with his, but K’s is definitely still in rotation, and he likes to tell me the story of how he made his mask with his cousin G. // so fun \\ This would be fun to do with more extensive decorations too for older kids! You could break out some glue and feathers or glitter, pieces of foam, or jewels! So many fun possibilities!

M is for Magic Milk

This was a fun science experiment! We poured some milk in the bottom of a pan, added some drops of food coloring, then we dipped our QTips in dishsoap and dabbed the colors and watched them move and dance around! This was incredibly easy to throw together, K was actually having a rough day, and I said “wanna do something super cool?” boom, 2 minutes later we were sitting at the table doing this, and no more tears. Assuming you know better than to let your 2 year old handle food coloring, unlike me, there is also basically no mess! Just dump it down the drain when you’re done.

M is for Magnets

We did some fun M printables that I found online on our amazing @shorttable but this time we used a small metallic cake pan and magnets for our dot sheets! K LOVED this. After we finished our sheets, we continued to play with the magnets. We talked about how they stuck together sometimes, then other times they repel each other. We pushed and pulled them around the cake pan. I didn’t plan this fun magnet play! Sometimes that happens, I’m definitely learning to follow his lead at times! I got these little colored magnets at the dollar store, and we use them ALL the time! I have to keep them well out of everyone reach because they’re small and definitely not something I want either kiddo to have access to, but they’re great for activities when K has my full attention!

That’s a wrap on M week! Thanks for reading friends! I hope you like the renovations I’ve been working on with my blog, not sure if you noticed, but things are completely different around here! Don’t forget to subscribe for email updates when I release fun new posts!

Have a super day, and do something fun today!

🦖 x, B

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