The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Muffin Recipes & Weekly Link Party

There is something so comforting about enjoying a batch of homemade muffins warm from the oven. They're a quick and easy treat to enjoy for breakfast, brunch, snack time, or anytime in between! From classic blueberry to a few recipes with a healthy twist, there's sure to be one from this collection that your family will love! Get your morning off to a great start with this tasty round-up of muffin recipes! The hardest part will be deciding which to try first.
1. Healthy Coffee Cake Muffins / To Simply Inspire
These muffins look amazing! And with those cinnamon crumbles on top, I bet they taste just as good as they look.

2. Blueberry Banana Muffins / A Sprinkle of Joy
With a streusel topping, these muffins are sure to get your morning off to a delicious start!

3. Homemade Blueberry Muffins / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Made with fresh blueberries and a slight sugar crunch on top, these are sure to become a family favorite!

4. Double Chocolate Chip Muffins / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
These chocolate muffins might seem decadent, but they have a few "secret" ingredients that keep them on the healthy side. Shhh! No need for the kids to know. {wink, wink}

5. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Love the flavor of pumpkin spice? Then these muffins are for you! And the rich cream cheese filling skyrockets them to an even higher level of deliciousness.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ocean-Themed Activities for Kids & Weekly Link Party

We aren't taking a trip to the beach this year, but that doesn't mean a little of the ocean can't come to us. Here are several ocean-themed activities that are perfect for summer. Arts and crafts, sensory activities, and printables are all present in this splashingly fun round-up! Which would your kids enjoy?
1. Painted Rock Fish / A Little Pinch of Perfect
Grab out those paintbrushes and paint! This fun activity is a new twist on pet rocks.

2. Ocean Animal Suncatchers / A Little Pinch of Perfect
This is such a fun craft, and the animal silhouettes are adorable. Be sure to click on over to grab your copy of the pattern for those cute ocean animals.

3. DIY Coral Reef Water Table / Living Montessori Now
What an awesome sensory activity! I could see this one providing hours of fun.

4. Ocean Animal Clip Cars / A Little Pinch of Perfect
These are a great way for kids to practice literacy skills like letter recognition and beginning sounds. Oh, and just look at how cute they are!

5. Beach I Spy Graphing Printable / Living Life and Learning
It's a game of I Spy and graphing all in one beach-themed printable! This site is filled with quality printables for kids, so you'll definitely want to pay them a visit.

6. Sand Dough / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
The texture of this sensory dough makes it a fun break from traditionally soft play doughs. This one gets a little messy, so you'll want to take it outside.

7. Ocean Jell-O / The Life of Jennifer Dawn (A blast from the past!)
This one is from four years ago, and the pictures aren't great. The activity is super fun and simple, so I thought I'd reshare. Enjoy!

P.S. Choosing features this week was a challenge. There were so many amazing posts. I'll be sharing some of my other favorites on Facebook. If you aren't following me over there, this is a great time to start.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blueberry Muffin Recipe

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Looking for something tasty to make for your family this summer? Try this quick and easy recipe for muffins that are bursting with fresh, seasonal blueberries. They bake up so moist and flavorful with a slight sugary crunch on top. Don't just take my word for it, though. I'm sharing the recipe with you today so you can try them for yourself!
Berry Picking!
It's berry picking season here in the South. That means the fields are burst with fresh blueberries and blackberries. And the kids have been gobbling them up! Although we love to eat the berries completely on their own, this is a great time to reserve some for recipes like the homemade blueberry muffins I'm sharing with you today.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Printable Chores Cards and Checklists

Are you expecting guests this summer? Get the guest bathroom in tip top shape with these printable chore cards! They're perfect to use when enlisting the kids' help, and the main checklist just might become your go-to method when you need to do a thorough but quick clean. Many thanks go out to Cottonelle for inspiring a well-stocked, clean bathroom!
We just finished a bathroom remodel!
My husband and I recently remodeled the kids' bathroom which also doubles as the bathroom our guests use when they come. I'm so excited to share with you all of the changes and projects we squeezed into that tiny 5 ft. by 5 ft. space. Consider this your sneak peek because that post is coming very soon!

Our newly remodeled bathroom is probably the cleanest room in the whole house right now. Which is saying a lot because it looked like a construction zone just before that. With three young children, keeping the bathrooms squeaky clean is never an easy feat. I plan on enlisting some help, though. Cue the kids because they are about to get some training in the fine art of housekeeping with these cute chore cards. It's important to the hubby and me that our kids' take on some of the responsibility of helping to keep the house clean. It's important for them too--even if they don't understand that yet. These little chore cards are sure to make the tasks a little more fun and manageable.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sensory Activities for Kids and Weekly Link Party

It's link party time and this week's features are sensory activities that are perfect to try with your kids this summer. I know I'm all over the place with my features from week to week. One week might be recipes or DIY projects and the next week is something fun for the kids. This week's features happen to hold a huge personal interest for me, though. You youngest son has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder along with developmental delays in multiple areas. It's for that very reason that I'm always on the hunt for excellent sensory activities--not just for him but for all three of my kids!

My little guy has certainly presented us with some challenges through the years, but the blessings far outweigh any of the obstacles that we have faced or will continue to surmount. Perhaps I'll sit down one day and tell you all about it. For now, I'm sharing a fun sensory topic--sensory play! You can't go wrong with implementing sensory play into your child's routine! Below you'll find a list of simple sensory play ideas to try with your child. Not only are they fun, but they promote development and learning.

Although not all kids have Sensory Processing Disorder, ALL kids do have sensory needs. Let that sink in for a minute... They all have the need to explore textures, sounds, sights, and more! And kids learn best through play. Sensory exploration and play help with many facets of a child's development. Whether your own child has sensory processing issues or not, the activities shared below can help support the development of their sensory systems. And they are all activities that can easily be implemented in their playtime routines this summer!
1. Mini Aquarium in a Bottle / A Little Pinch of Perfect
Sensory bottles are a no-mess activity and can appeal to a variety of senses. And this mini aquarium is such a fun and creative idea for a sensory bottle!

2. Sandbox with Lid / The Country Chic Cottage
Summertime is the perfect time for loads of outdoor play. Here's a fun way to get the kids outside playing. Not only is it an excellent tactile activity, but it's also budget-friendly!

3. Interactive Rainforest Box / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Here's an activity your kids will come back to time and time again. It's as fun to play with as it is to create!

4. Frozen Fractals Art Activity / A Little Pinch of Perfect
Here's a sensory and art activity all rolled into one. And the ice makes it an ideal outdoor activity for a hot summer day!

5. Ice Cub Tray Crayons / The Chaos and the Clutter
Colors, sorting, fine motor skills, creativity...this activity covers a variety of areas. Coloring is a great visual activity, but making your own crayons takes it to a whole new level. These chunky crayons are perfect for little hands that are still working on their fine motor skills.

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