I’ve been listening to music in the car instead of podcasts this week. It’s funny to listen to old music and remember the time in my life I related to the song so well (or be amazed how much I still do). Music is a beautiful thing. Don’t laugh if you see me belting at the top of my lungs an Alanis Morrissette song from the 90’s while driving. I can’t help it.
I pinned a load of new kid ideas to my Pinterest board if you’re interested in more ideas to learn and play with your children. I have been very down this winter and I am praying next week is the saving grace I need to lift myself back up. With that, I also want to “play” more with Monkey and teach him along the way. The Makerspace movement I’ve started in my library is getting me excited about all the possibilities at home – and all the things we did as children -> I get to do again! I’m going to buy myself legos soon…
I ended the week last week with a tasty fresh mex bowl from Chili’s. I haven’t been there in so long. This bowl reminded me of the time we went to Chipotle. I love Mexican food. I could eat it every day.
Then I offered it up again (with an additional $0.11 I found in the car), but they turned me down and we got Rita’s for dessert. I did-not-know they now have hot fudge!
Monkey had a gift card to Toys R’ Us so we promptly took him shopping. I wanted to buy a bunch of things for myself to play with, but alas, we got him something fun – after we played in store for a bit. Apparently, I’m married to IRONMAN.
I found an awesome Little Tikes Tool Shop place thing at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $4, so I decided in addition to tools, we’ll paint half of it (DIY project to come) and make one side a kitchen. Monkey LOVES to cook.
We stopped at Buddy’s Small Lots on the way home to explore. Monkey found Mar-Mar a piggy star! She’s slightly obsessed with pigs – because they are always smiling 😀
And then he had to keep going back to the doggy to give him a hug. What a cutie pie.
While at the store, Monkey knocked over about 15 plastic cups. I told him he had to clean-up, so he found a sweeper and promptly swept each cup into his other hand and put them back. He impressed a nice lady at the store and then proceeded to tell her all about his snow boots. In that moment, I was a proud Momma.
At dinner, he’s into cutting things on his own. That night, it was a tomato.
On Monday, I got the itch to make chocolate. I picked up a few molds on Sunday and told Chris I was going to melt chocolate and make bars with added treats. He made fun of me for melting other people’s chocolate and reshaping it.
So – I did what any good wife would do – I showed him (he wasn’t home though) that I could make my OWN chocolate. And I did.
Homemade chocolate bars recipe:
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1-2-3-or-4 tbsp honey or maple syrup (to preference)
Melt the coconut oil. Mix in the ingredients. Place into a mold with add-ins and freeze 1hr.
Voilà – my own chocolate bars 😛
And just to show you how healthy my focus has been this week, here’s what I’ve been adding to our food shopping list… can you find a vegetable or fruit? The olives and bubble bath are for Monkey.
This is the winter that keeps on giving. Please, I need 60+ degrees permanently…