CDA, CNS, CLD, CNM?!?!

I have no idea what I want to do with my life.

Okay, that’s a lie. I have an idea, but maybe not a practical application yet.

Above all else, I know I want to work with children under the age of 12. This generally translates to a teacher with an EC (Early Childhood)-6th grade Generalist degree with a teaching certification, and a career as an elementary school teacher, all of which I would be absolutely fine with.

But… I love babies. Like love babies.

There’s honestly something magical about seeing them grow in that first year, with so many developmental milestones being reached, and so much learning about our world going on. I would absolutely love to make a career out of working with infants.

My boyfriend calls me ‘a mother without a child,’ because I have such strong maternal instincts. I’ve been lucky to find success with all the infants I’ve worked with, much to the surprise of some seasoned veterans of childcare. Jacob assures me I have a gift- a way with little ones that just can’t be learned, and I’d like to believe him.

Most of my friends are still in college, now finishing their sophomore year. Here I am, with just a freshman’s year of basics under my belt. An important English credit here, a useful math credit there, and even an elective credit in Psychology and Sociology. But, there’s also an entire semester’s worth of art classes that will more than likely never transfer to an education degree. Lesson learned friends, don’t take an entire semester of classes specifically for your major freshman year. Continue reading

Pinterest IRL- DIY Sugar Wax

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Friends, I am a self-confessed Pinterest addict. So, it should come as no surprise that I’m constantly willing to try out the craziest of ideas for the sole purpose of attempting to make my life look like a Pinterest board.

My latest and (maybe not-so) greatest trial was the ever-elusive sugaring/sugar waxing. This idea appealed to me because every summer I go searching for the method that will keep my leg hair at bay the longest. I’ve tried the special exfoliants before shaving, which added maybe a day, and I’ve tried Nair and Veet, both of which I didn’t find to be worth the time and mess. So- waxing it is! Note that I’ve never waxed my legs before, so I’m interested to see how this turns out. Apparently sugar waxing is supposed to be less painful than regular wax, as it does a better job of just pulling hairs and not the top layer of skin.

There are two types of sugar wax; soft wax and hard wax. The soft wax works like any other wax, where it is a thick liquid that is warmed up, applied to the skin, has a fabric strip pressed to it, then ripped off against the direction of hair growth. Basically your standard wax with all-natural ingredients. The one I was interested to try was the hard wax. This method involved a different ratio of ingredients when it came to the recipe. This method also involved putting the wax on your skin and basically having it be solid enough to just grab and pull, no fabric needed. Interesting. So, let’s give it a try! Continue reading

A Little More of Everything- Paintings

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So friends, I told you this blog was about a little bit of everything, right? I’ve decided to sort of pull the curtain back on one of my passions that involves my love for crafts and everything artsy :) So, about 2 years ago I took up painting! Mind you, I did so very casually. It started with an idea for gifts to give all my friends who were also seniors in high school and soon to be graduating. I made everyone a personalized canvas painting, usually related to their school, or some favorite color, etc. So, they came out a lot better than I thought, and I couldn’t been happier! Below are some fun examples of the paintings I made as senior gifts.  Continue reading

#nannylife- First Week in Review + Tummy Time Painting

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I’ve done it! Although it’s officially been two weeks, since I’ve started, I’d still like to take a moment to reflect over how it’s been. First off, I’m so happy with my Nanny Family (NF). My charge is 3 months old, and honestly she as cute as could be. I’m so excited to spend my days reading stories, singing songs, helping with tummy time, and so much more! Originally, I was to be part of a nanny share with 3 families, and would have one main charge (3 mo), and the two others maybe one or two days a week. Now, that has come to a full-time nanny share of the original 3 month-old girl, and an adorable 2 month-old boy. For privacy reasons, from this point forward I will refer to them as G (girl, 3 months), and B (boy, 2 months). I couldn’t be happier about having two little charges! I can’t wait to start fun developmental activities, and help both children learn and grow through play. While right now I still have just G, B will become full-time in about 2 weeks.

In my second week, I had my first craft activity with G! Inspired of course by Pinterest, the activity focused on sensory play through colors and paint, and also worked in tummy time as well!

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My inspiration came from this image on Pinterest, from a great site called CanDoKiddo.com. Check out their post on tummy time painting here.  IMG_9048

First off, gather your supplies! I used Crayola Washable paints for ease, but in the future I would definitely use more paint! You’ll also need some paper, and a clear ziploc bag to put it all in. Continue reading

#nannylife- Mother’s Day Craft

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Hello friends! As you know, I’ve been nannying with G now for almost a month, and am loving it! Though she’s only 3 months, I knew I wanted to make a small craft to give MB (Mom Boss) for Mother’s Day! G’s mom has been so wonderful to me from the very beginning, and I love knowing she has full confidence in me! I decided to do a take on the traditional handprint and turn it into a canvas painting MB would be able to hang in the house should she choose. Continue reading