Perfect Granny Shrug

Over the past month or so I’ve been working on the coziest project I have ever done! I just love this shrug!

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It was such an easy project to tackle. Work up a 41″ granny square and then hop over to Maria’s blog to see how to work up the seam, sleeves and Edging!

Another thing that I love about this project is that you can use affordable yarn! I used Caron One Pound (in medium gray mix), available here At Yarnspirations or at Joann’s (it’s on sale this week). It took about 1 1/2 skeins, making this project well under $20, especially because the directions for finishing are free!

I’m counting down the cooler days now!

Please feel free to ignore my lack of make up!

Please feel free to ignore my lack of make up!

Instagram Catch up- August

Snap shots from August! Remember you can follow me over at-  https://instagram.com/sugarcookiecottage/

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I absolutely love my mug swap prize!

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I felt that I urgently needed a curtain, but my sewing machine is busted 😖 I made glue gun curtains! Hey it works!

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Time to start the transition! I loveee Fall!

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Perfect end of Summer days!

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I recenly helped my parents build and paint a barn for the new alpacas. ALPACAS!

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I just recently finished this SUPER cozy Granny cocoon shrug and I LOVE IT!

Happy Wednesday!

S

Tour time!

When my oldest and I worked on preschool in our old home we did it at a tiny table next to a half chalkboard wall. Things have changed!! The once little baby is now a crazy 2 1/2 year old, we live in a house with a different set up and more space, and we’re about to start kindergarten.

Earlier this year we started school at the dining room table, but I wasn’t a fan of that and my husband didn’t care for it either. We’ve made some changed to our once chaotic playroom to try and incorporate a functional learning area.

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This corner of the room has become our classroom! I’ve been incorporating posters from Mother Goose Time and Timber Doodle. It’s nice to have a space with a table that is just for school! It was so hectic when we were at the dining table! Breakfast, then clean up, school, clean up, lunch, clean up, dinner, more clean up. Too much transition!

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Now we have a perfect little space! I can keep arts and crafts supplies available all the time and it’s wonderful.

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I’m ready to start Kindergarten in the Fall! I made M a little area for his Kindergarten books (I’m trying to hold off until the 8th!)

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We also have a wonderful chalkboard wall in our space. We sit over here on the rug for circle and some activities in the morning. I try my best to keep some manipulatives accessible at all times and keeping the tray really helps. I rotate books now, these are seasonal, go along with what we’re talking about, or are just the best 😋

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We keep our calendar and chore chart by our books and Legos. I think Legos are both fun and educational, so they hang out over here.

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Anddddd we have toys! We started toy rotation and its wonderful! The kids play more and make way less of a mess! We also moved two larger toys, trains, and the kitchen set. Since moving those toys out of here I’ve noticed that they are used way more.

That’s all for now! I’ve set up my September Mother Goose Time poster and I really hope to incorporate more of their classroom suggestions in the next few weeks! It’s almost time for school!

S

Take it outside!

We live in Vermont, so it’s safe to say that we like to spend a fair amount of time outdoors! When I was working on the plan for our new school year I worried that we would have limited time outdoors, but our trial month has eased my worries! We have been right on track with preschool for both boys for the month of August and we have plenty of time outside.

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Monday-Friday we get up and get dressed, have breakfast, start laundry, and quickly pick-up, then we start school! Both boys are enjoying learning about Fables and Folktales with Mother Goose Time, it’s fun and educational. After we complete school it’s usually around 10:30-11 and we do morning chores and hang laundry, after that the day is freeeeee! 😍 right now it’s filled with play dates, swimming, and fun. I know that soon most of their playmates will head back to school and we’ll be kicking off our new school year as well.

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With homeschooling we can set-up our days however we want! That means plenty of time outdoors! Yayyyy! Nearly everyday Mother Goose Time provides us with an activity that can be done outside. July’s box was all about Nature, so we were out everyday during our school block. August has provided activities that can be done outside, like a fun game of hide-and-seek featuring mouse ears they completed for a craft that day and a bell carried by mommy cat to warn of her approach. 😉

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With the start of the new year comes new activities! I’m limiting it to two per child + co-op. This year the boys will play soccer on the same team (easy for me)! Mr.M still has to decide on an activity, he wants to sign up for nearly every one presented! Mr.R will be attending a littles art class with my mom! Mr.M enjoyed the class for two years and I believe Mr.R will like it just as much! This will give us plenty of unorganized play time outside and lots of time together! I have struggled with feeling pressure to add more activities, but I know for us it’s not in the plan. I don’t want to have every minute taken up with a scheduled activity. My Well Planned Day Planner had a page reminding me of the downfalls of over scheduling and “car schooling” and that’s something I know I do not want to do. For us school, family, and outdoor time comes first and then extras!

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We’re adding some extra fun responsibilities around here with the addition of our new pets (the two on the right)!

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Now go outside!😆

S

**I am compensated for my honest opinions by Mother Goose Time**

Tour of the awesome August box!

I have recently been asked about what comes in my Mother Goose Time box and I agreed to do a quick post on it! The August box is absolutely fantastic! I was so excited to get the fables and folk tales box and Mother Goose Time  has developed a wonderful program to go with it.

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So when you first open your box you’re going to be shocked, but in a good way! It is loaded with so many tools to help you succeed and so many activities and curriculum plans to help your child learn and have fun. This is just your teacher materials and first week of prepackaged activities! Wow!

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These items are your guides for the month! The Planning Journal gives you a daily breakdown and plan. It gives you an idea of how your school day should run. The Teacher Guide tells you how each activity should be go. The Little Goose guide gives a modified version of the daily plan for the little guys and some additional activities you can incorporate. You can also see that there are some super fun posters and a calendar. This month includes a copy of the Aesop’s Fables that you will need and a cd with readings of the tales and a few songs.

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Each month there’s a pack of manipulatives that you’ll need for activities and sometimes a bonus. August came with a Baseline Assessment Kit to use as the start of the new school year begins.

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This is is our first week of August! It’s been great fun! Each day comes with craft materials, activities, and games. There’s a monthly list provided of additional things you need so you know in advance, so helpful!

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We still have 3 more weeks to open!

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I elect to get super cool add-ons!

I love box delivery day! I also love how early it comes and that I am looking forward to receiving the September box TOMORROW!

S

*I am compensated for my 100% honest posts*

Falling behind

The plan this Summer was to take June off from school and then get back to it in July. Well, it’s been hard! We took a road trip to New Jersey for my husband’s family reunion, followed by a long weekend of camping with friends in New Hampshire, all while trying to keep the house going and laundry done in between stops! As a result, I kind of dropped the ball with school. I had spoken to other moms and heard about how hard it is to keep going in the Summer and I learned that they were speaking the truth!

We worked through week one like champions, but then feel behind. We’re still picking up the pieces, sometimes combining two days into one. Mother Goose Time makes it easy for us to jump back in though. The pre-packaged days help me not freak out and run all over planning and gathering AND I love the planning journal that guides me. I’m really eager to move on to next month! Aesope’s fables! Woot Woot!

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Trees with Mother Goose Time

This week we wrapped up the tree section in our Mother Goose Time curriculum. We are a bit behind because we’ve had a lot of stuff going on! The boys are the best at trying to keep us (me) on track. They just love working on school projects and nature has been a great theme for them! We live in a nature filled spot, so they’ve enjoyed going outside and looking a little deeper than they usually wood (would) 😉.

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We’ve some really great activities this week! Both my guys loved them the youngest seems to enjoy a more pig like koala ;) my oldest really loved the bark rubbing and made us hit every tree he could get to on a veryyyy long walk!

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The stories about being in a tree were my absolute favorite! I remember writing stories in first and second grade and I loved it. My oldest wrote the best story! I love me some rainbows 😍🌈

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I added in some other activities for my youngest, mainly when my oldest was off reading the Thomas the Train magazines his great aunt sent him. We used his farmer’s market set to sort colors, but also to talk about what type of plant each fruit/vegetable grows on. They eventually became a snack to him 😋

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I have noticed that schooling at the table is becoming difficult for us. We are working on getting a table and some additional organizing pieces, but right now I feel like I’m running all over to get things from every where! I can’t wait until our toy room becomes our school room/toy room! I’m making my very first trip to IKEA today and I have very high hopes!

Here are a few snaps of our current toy room situation, clearly taken in real time, not blogger time!

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im excited to move on to air next week!

Hope you have a sun filled weekend!

S

*As a Mother Goose Time Ambassador I receive free curriculum for my honest posts*

Back to PRE-school

After taking the month of June off we’re back at it! My oldest will be starting Kindergarten in the Fall and I have been working on planning which is made quite easy with the Timberdoodle Kit! I also got a great planner that I’ll share soon. We started with pre-school for both kids this month and for August,with the help of Mother Goose Time it is both fun and easy to plan.

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Both little guys will continue with Mother Goose Time in the Fall, but M will not follow it exactly, he’ll be doing Timberdoodle as well. R will strictly be using it. I have high hopes for it! In the past R has been difficult during school time, he enjoys coloring and reading, but then often feels the need to be loud and all over M while the poor guy is trying to work! He has loved all the projects and activities, so I’m hoping that over the next two months I can get him used to activities and give him enough focus to be able to work on things independently when M needs one-on-one time. The kits are both amazing and adorable! Now on to Fall planning!

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Happy 4th of July!

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String art!

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Please excuse the lack of pictures on this post! I was not anticipating putting it on here and then it was too cute not to!

I made this sign for my living room, because I am slowly filling every room in this house with rainbows 🌈 I just love it and I’m thinking I’ll do other one for our school room.

What ya need- a board, stain (if you want to add some color to the board), a printer/paper, wire nails, hammer, embroidery thread in desired colors, if you want to hang it you’ll also need some brackets.

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1. If you want the board anything but natural you need to stain it or even paint it. Do this at least 24 hours before you plan to work on the project.

2. Print your text or image the size you want on the board and tape it exactly where you want it to go.

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3. Start nailing! You are nailing right on the paper, directly around the outline of your image. Figure out how far apart you like the nails and remember you’ll be wrapping thread around them all!

4. Keep nailing 😛

5. Pull out the paper, it comes right out.

6. Then tie on your thread and start wrapping…I think random looks better for letters, but for a picture you may want to wrap in some sort of pattern.

7. Finally, if you want to hang it, attach the brackets to the back!

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That’s all! Have fun!

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New journey!

I’m so excited to enjoy this very busy Summer and ready to gear up for our new journey this Fall! We will officially become homeschoolers! I have to admit that I’m both excited and nervous. I was lucky enough to attend a homeschool conference last weekend and learned so much. Things that made me excited and put my mind at ease. I’m also blessed to have found a neighbor who is homeschooling and several other local families who would like to join a co-op.  (Can I say that the sky just opened up and we made a mad dash to close all the windows!)

I’ve also found a curriculum that I’m excited to start! My kindergartner will be using Timberdoodle and my little guy will be joining us with Mother Goose Time! I’m also signing on as a blog ambassador for Mother Goose Time so expect lots of information and super fun reviews of their products.

So I’m pretty much saying my blog will hopefully be picking up steam and changing gears a bit, but you can’t get the crafty heart out of me :) I’ll share what I’m working on, both on here and Instagram. Also anticipate a schoolroom makeover in the near future.

Want to take a peek at Mother Goose Time now? Head here- http://www.mothergoosetime.com

Have a happy Sunday!

S