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Preschool + Play: Reinforcing School Themes at Home

This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own. With Eleanor starting preschool this fall, we got to partake in a very important rite of passage: back to school shopping! Eleanor's actual school supply list was fairly short, but we decided to hit up buybuy BABY [...]

Elephant and Piggie The Musical at The Rose Theater Omaha

Yesterday Eleanor and I got a rare afternoon together just the two of us! We used our time wisely and hit up the latest show playing at The Rose Theater. This marks Eleanor's fourth show at The Rose, and now anytime we start approaching downtown Omaha, she asks if we can "pleeeeeeeeeease go to The [...]

I always think it's interesting to see what kiddos are into at different ages and stages, and it's been awhile since I did a post of a few of Eleanor's favorite things. At 20 months she has developed a HUGE imagination and engages in a lot of different pretend play - feeding babies and changing [...]

toddler tasks

toddler tasks

Recently I've been trying to find a better balance between all of my duties as a stay-at-home mom. There's housework, meals, blogging tasks, and of course - quality time with Eleanor. Naps and post-bedtime for Eleanor used to be my sweet spot for tackling my "to do" list, but I was finding that I still [...]

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Growing up my parents always emphasized that learning wasn't just contained to the four walls of our school and that it shouldn't simply stop once we graduated. There are always new concepts to explore, ideas to investigate, and skills to build - and there's a new online tool to make it happen! At 27, I stand as [...]

a christmas story

I mentioned on Monday that I had been on a Christmas performance kick last week. Three nights of fantastic shows all culminated with A Christmas Story at the Rose Theater. The movie is one of my all-time favorites, and the musical was just as fun! From the Red Ryder BB Gun... to Schwartz getting his [...]

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I think everybody has that one year of school they'll always remember. Mine was 2nd grade - Mrs. Engle. I had many amazing teachers, but Mrs. Engle transformed school for me forever. She turned me into a lover of learning, an empowered student, and eventually inspired my decision to become a teacher myself. Mrs. Engle [...]

cat in the hat rose theater omaha

Make sure to read through the end -  there's great free surprise for all Dr. Seuss lovers! :)  As I mentioned yesterday, I attended a fantastic performance of The Cat in the Hat at the Rose Theater on Friday. It was a special preview performance before the BIG opening night, so I was joined by a [...]

5 books for every toddler's bookshelf

Jeff and I started reading to Eleanor the week she came home from the hospital. Obviously our teeny tiny newborn didn't care at all about the bright pictures we were holding in front of her or the silly rhymes we were singing, but we knew we were developing good habits as a family. It wasn't [...]

valas pumpkin patch

Hello! Things have been pretty quiet around here on Makingmine. I took an unplanned hiatus ALL last week to study for my final exam for completing my teaching license. Since I'm being licensed through the state of Wisconsin, I have had a few additional requirements and passing the Foundations of Reading exam was the final step. [...]

build your own ball pit

Another 1st birthday post coming your way today! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we had the BEST time at Eleanor's Berry 1st Birthday! She's one lucky lady to have so many people in her life who love and care for her! She was also pretty darn spoiled with amazing, thoughtful gifts from all [...]

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