under the sea week.

Happy Toddler Tuesday!

This week’s theme entailed lots of sunblock and sand in my car.

Please note:

Every time we pile into my little scion, the kids chant, “adventure time in Emmy’s box car.”

Ninety percent of the time they make a little song out of it.

Never a dull moment, I tell ya!

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This week to avoid last week’s dilemma of doing all the crafts in one day, I spread out the activities and crafts.

You can find such things here.

My mom boss sent me a blog that gave me a plethora of ideas on outings in our area, which helped a sister out! #PraiseHandsEmoji

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Anything that has to do with paint is a huge hit for my younger two. Thankfully, I found a craft that required NO BRUSHES! Washing paint brushes can become a pesky little task, so when I see a craft that entails paper, paint, and celery… It’s a winner in my book.

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Paint projects mean lots of paper towels. Empty paper towel rolls makes for yet another ocean creature craft!

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Soon enough, we had an aquarium full of paper ocean creatures!

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Finally, we ended the week with one of the messiest crafts I’ve done to date.

…It was me that made the mess.

#Embarrassing

Despite my butterfingers, the kids loved getting their fingers full of sticky substances and sculpting abstract versions of sea creatures and sea shells 😉

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Every Friday is our Surprise Day! Though, I’m sure it wasn’t much of a surprise for my nanny kids, given the theme of the week.

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We packed my little box car full of snacks, water, beach towels, and lots of sunscreen and headed to Hanna Beach.

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Can I say Hanna Park is the place to go! I wanted to go to a beach that wasn’t crowded, to help my #NannyBrain and make it a smidgen easier to keep tabs on my nanny kids.

The park also has a pretty epic splash park and play groud that has a kid safe zip line.

Yeah!

A ZIPLINE!

So, there it is!

Under the Sea Week!

Full of messy crafts, multiple part trips, and beach day!

I’d say it was a good week 😉

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Oh yeah, I also got to help Flash make a gift for his dad.

So that was cool.

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sports week.

Toddler Tuesday!

So if you’ve met me, you’ll typically gather that I’m a nanny fairly quickly.

I usually can’t go very long in a conversation with out telling some outrageously funny story about something that one of my kids have said or done. It’s gotten to the point where I try to make a conscious effort to not bombard people with endless pictures or stories of adorable children.

The last year and half I’ve nannied for multiple wonderful families, whom I love to the moon and back. However, this summer I’m with one super rad family of three little rascals. So, this summer I’m trying some new ideas I’ve seen other nannies implement into their summer routines.

Every week is a themed week! With that theme there are crafts and activities that correspond this it.

Can you guess what theme was the first to debut?

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Now, before we dig into everything sports, I wanted to do a little something to start the summer off.

It’s no secret of how quickly kids grow up. You blink your eyes and they go from barely speaking full sentences to having a fully-involved chatter box personality. So I made this sheet to have a nifty “before picture” for our summer adventures. My hope is these tiny humans grow maybe a centimeter or two.

Stay young, you little ones!

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Please note that last answer.

#Soulmates

Confession Time:

I grossly overestimated how long my activities and crafts were going to take.

On Monday, we’d sit down for a craft that would I anticipate would take about thirty minutes.

Y’ALL!

They did that craft in TEN minutes.

So, we may or may not have done all the crafts and activities I had planned for the whole week, in one day.

#NannyFail

But boy did I learn my lesson! This week is much smoother and strategically planned out, after finding how quick these little humans are!

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Thankfully, Pinterest is my forever saving grace! #PraiseHandsEmoji

I found more sports and rainy day (courtesy to hurricane season approaching) activities to fill up our day!

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With little trips to museums and parks, I managed to get their energy out just in time nap time/quiet time!

Click here to find every thing sports-themed activities and crafts!

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Can we applaud these kids on their resourcefulness? We couldn’t find scarfs or bandanas to serve as a blindfold. They improve with long-sleeved shirts! 

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One of the things I implemented through the week are these Kindness Jars as a positive reinforcement system.

How it works:

Through out the week I’ll jot down times when they were being extra helpful, kind, etc. Then, every evening the parents pull the jars down from the mantle and celebrate the kind notes.

My hope is for the kids to be extra motivated to be extra kind/helpful/etc every day.

The more “kind notes” the kids received, the more surprises they would receive on Fridays.

AKA

The Surprise Day!

It helps that the kids are naturally precious spirits, but I’d like to think that those little “kind notes” had a little influence 😉

So Friday was a rather full day!

The day was full of bakery visits, park visits, bowling, and topped off with some tasty pizza.

I’d say any week full of paper baseball crafts and chocolate pudding makes for a good week!

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What theme shall be next?!

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my little venture.

Ah, my first fitness post in a while.

Where to start?

First, some back-story:

Growing up, I was always mindful of my weight. Thankfully, I can say that I never obsessed about the number on the scale, but I was aware of it. I was “gently reminded” by some about the importance exercise and eating clean. The subtleness was a tad lacking.

Starting in high school I went to the local gym a couple times a week and would chose salads about 70% of the time, but that was the extent of healthy choices.

In my early twenties, I was in a “auto pilot” phase of life; aka zombie mode. I was sixty pounds overweight and on a handful of medication courtesy of emotional eating and not taking care of myself.

That’s when my weight loss journey began. I’ve fallen off the wagon at times. Life gets crazy. It happens. Exercising and meal prep have been put on the back burner.

Though, without fail I’ve always found myself back to wanting to focus on my health during each chapter of life.

Over the last year, I’ve finally gotten to a place of consistency. I can accredit that motivation of that consistency to a series of health scares I’ve faced the last couple years.

Turns out have a handful of cancer scares can change a mindset when it comes to your health.

Who would have guessed such a thing? Haha.

All that to say…

Welcome to an inside glimpse of my new little venture!

This week I’ve started a new workout program called 21 Day Fix Extreme.

Why am I sharing this?

I want to keep myself extra accountable.

I also like to put my thoughts into words. I’ve found through writing and blogging, I can reminisce different adventures of life.

With this venture I’m sure that there are…

Others that have faced not so subtle remarks on your health.

Others that have worked themselves into the ground and found your health frail.

Others that battle emotional eating.

Others that have had health scares that have left you bewildered.

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So, here we are!

Sharing my journey one post at a time. I’m currently on day four of this 21DFX venture! I’ll be checking in at once a week on where I am.

In the meantime, you can find me here or on Instagram at @emmalynanne.

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