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Here's a throwback Thursday, remember about three months ago when I decided that October would be "glow month," and we would do all of these awesome activities like make glowing bubbles and a glowing ocean and swamp sensory bins. About halfway through that glow-rific October, Aurora and I started working on this glowing crystal project and then when we went to get the blacklight flashlight and discovered that a certain naughty toddler had hidden it. Well, after many months of looking for the flashlight, I broke down and bought a new one so we could finish our super awesome project!

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We've been decking our halls the past few weeks, and here are some of the projects we've been working on! I love crafting at this time of year, and there are so many ideas on Pinterest, so I chose a few seasonal crafts that have become traditional favorites that we do every year, and a few others that were new to us but spoke to me because they were easy for kids to make while still looking classy. 

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Yesterday, we spent the morning cooking up some of the scents of the season in our 5 Unique Holiday Play Doughs, and then over nap time I put together our first "tot tray" for them to play with when they woke up. Tot trays are based on schooling the Montessori method, in which students are exposed to early learning skills in ways that help develop independence and foster their own interests. 

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Play dough is one of our favorite go to sensory materials, it's so cheap and easy to make, and its play value is unmatched! I prefer to make my own because Gray still occasionally likes to taste test anything that remotely resembles candy, and these recipes are completely kid safe. Each dough is a variation of a basic recipe with added colors and scents. I was thinking about all of the smells I love at Christmas time, and these are just a few of my favorites we were able to replicate!

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December is a wonderful month full of nostalgia, family and events, but it can also be one of the busiest with so many good things that we're supposed to do. Take a deep breath as we enter December, and make a list of things you want to do with your family. What memories do you want to make with your kids?

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I have been itching to begin setting up our Christmas decorations this week. We still have a week to go before Thanksgiving, but I am just feeling so impatient! We always wait until the day after Thanksgiving, and being the tradition keeper that I am, I decided to distract myself with a rather late in the season fall craft. If stockings can't hang from my mantle yet, these pretty leaves will do instead!

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I've come down with an incurable case of the travel bug. Being in Europe makes traveling so easy, I just want to go EVERYWHERE! But then, reality sets in, and I realize it's probably unwise to plan a six week backpacking trip through the Swiss alps with the kids. Oh bother. Currently, I'm obsessed with wanting to see the Aurora Borealis. This is the best season for it and tourists are heading up in droves to the arctic circle to stay in class ceilinged igloos and watch the heavens open up. Some day, I will go, but for today, I decided to set up a sensory bin around my current wanderlust.

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Lately I've been on a natural art supplies kick. It all started with finding those beautiful Stockmar crayons which led me to make my own scented beeswax crayons. Then, I saw that the same company also makes modeling clay too, so of course I had to try and make my own! This recipe is a conglomeration of ideas I found online for making your own beeswax clay, with my own adaptations. Check out this post on making modeling clay with natural colorants!

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I have been eyeing this box of Stockmar Beeswax Crayons for awhile, natural art supplies are so pretty and nice to use. They usually smell great and come with that sense of satisfaction that you're protecting your kids and the environment from life threatening chemicals (just kidding). Look at all of those five star reviews, can't you just imagine the countless hours your little ones would spend quietly coloring before running up to you with their masterpieces in hand to reveal the Picasso-esque creations they had drawn, just for you!

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Part of our November grocery giveaway is asking people about what they're thankful for. Here are a few of the answers.

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Halloween has come and gone, and maybe your kid's candy has done the same, but if not, you should most definitely use the rest to build a Candyland small world! We used the same space we normally do sensory play in, a shallow plastic tote, but a table top would suffice too! Aurora had so much fun unwrapping all of her candies, marveling at the different shapes and colors.

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Last week, we were reading the story of Moses in The Jesus Storybook Bible, and Aurora thought it would be awfully fun to live in the desert. "It's like a giant sand box, mom!" she exclaimed. When the Israelites crossed the red sea, she was sold, lake front property surrounded by a beach! Her idea of Heaven on Earth!

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There has been much talk of Hawaii over here again lately. I don't think Aurora will ever forget those beautiful white sand beaches that we called our playground. But, when the beach is miles away, cloud dough is the next best thing! We've made this stuff a few times before and it's always so much fun to play with, therapeutic even!

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We're continuing to explore with glow in the dark materials, and I am so excited that we finally found an opportunity to break out the glow in the dark water beads that I got off of Amazon. I'm not sure how I feel about all of the ghosts and goblins around Halloween time, especially for my one and three year old, but a spooky, educational sensory bin, I can get on board with that! 

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Last night, we were blessed once again to be in the home of Diana and Tobias, celebrating yet another birthday! Family potlucks are kind of magical in my opinion, everyone coming together to share a meal is a rare thing these days, but I'm so always to grateful to be a part of communities that still do this! Chili, rice, beer bread and sweets were enjoyed over some much needed adult conversation (seriously, I can't have one more conversation about the plot of a Disney Jr. show).

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